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 A rabidly anti-white, anti-British woman in charge of Labour's immigration policy
 
Note: Abbott is decidedly dim  (see my piece on her below that of the Telegraph) as well as deeply unpleasant and fundamentally hostile to white British society. RH 
Telegraph  Putting Diane Abbott in charge of Labour's immigration policy is a perfect Christmas present... for Ukip 
Tom Harris


17 November 2016 • 2:59pm7 Comments

 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is joined by Shadow Home Secretary Diane AbbottCredit:Jeff J Mitchell/2016 Getty Images

The appointment by Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, ofone Diane Abbott as the new Shadow Immigration Minister has not, it is fair to say, gone down well with her fellow Labour MPs.
Abbott is not beloved of the vast majority of her colleagues, who see her as stratospherically arrogant with very little justification for such a degree of self-regard.
Nevertheless, until the party’s current experiment with the hard Left burns itself out in a conflagration of bitterness, recrimination and catastrophic losses in the general election, Labour MPs recognise they are stuck with Comrade Corbyn and his Merrye Band until Doomsday (“polling day” to you and me).
In the meantime, therefore, the shape of party policy on the all-important issue of immigration lies in Abbott’s hands. One of her first pronouncements on the subject was that Labour shouldn’t attempt to “out-Ukip Ukip”, and that Labour should be seeking to tempt into its fold those Lib Dem, Green and SNP voters who are much more pro-immigration that the nasty Tories or Ukip.
Diane Abbott called a 'sell out' and 'hypocrite' for sending her children to private school as reshuffle prompts Labour civil warPlay!00:32

This is very good news. Let me put that sentence in its full context: this is very good news for Ukip. Across Labour’s northern and midlands heartlands, Nigel Farage’s party has been making steady inroads into Labour’s support, fuelled by a dangerous mix of issues that includes, but is not limited to, immigration. It’s often said by smug metropolitan types that immigration is most opposed by communities that have been least affected by it. There is some truth in this: pro-immigration London has experienced multiculturalism on an industrial scale in the last few decades, while the north east, for example, turns an overwhelmingly white homogenous face to the world while its residents harbour a deep suspicion of so-called “open door” immigration, whether from the EU or beyond.
What’s telling about this argument, however, is the degree to which its proponents seem to think it matters a damn. Democracy means the people have a right to be wrong; they have the right to vote any which way they choose for any reasons they choose. And as things stand, Labour MPs are nervous that unless Labour starts talking the language of their working class basewhen it comes to immigration, a lot of those second places claimed by Ukip in 2015 will become first places by 2020 or before. 
But prejudice must be challenged, splutter the supporters of Abbott’s view that immigration is an unalloyed Good Thing and that Labour must be its champion. And they’re right in that; Labour would lose its very soul if it jumped on the racist bandwagon so expertly exploited by various modern demagogues. The frustration to moderates in the Parliamentary Labour Party is that the argument has now reached a point where the party feels it must choose between racism and unlimited immigration.
Why can’t we oppose racist attitudes and defend immigration controls at the same time, they ask themselves? This, of course, has been the Labour position for decades, but it is one that looks set to be thrown into the street along with the bath water. It’s a position that throws up a number of challenges, but hardly insurmountable ones to people with a basic understanding of language and the ability to walk while chewing sugar-free gum.
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The problem for sensible types like Michael Dugher, the Barnsley East MP – who, in a refreshingly typical northern fashion, has advised the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Immigration Minister “to get out more” – is that Abbott’s view is supported by an army of the kind of professionally-offended types who, duringlast year’s general election, chose to air their outrage at Ed Miliband’s “immigration mugs”. That Britain has always had immigration controls, and that no major party has ever considered abolishing them altogether, was lost on the keyboard warriors hyperventilating in their safe spaces.
Individuals like Dugher are exactly the kind of sensible, articulate, intelligent people Labour needs to promote the kind of immigration policy that respects communities’ concerns while not playing into the hands of the extremists. Diane Abbott, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of politicians who will convince voters across the country that Labour has no idea how people think beyond the M25.
Tragically for Labour and, I think, the country, the wrong people are currently serving on Labour’s front and back benches. Maybe that will change after Doomsday. Let’s hope the damage done by then will be reversible.


Diane Abbott, racism and “positive discrimination”




Diane Abbott, racism and “positive discrimination”
Robert Henderson The black shadow minister and  Labour MP for Hackney Diane Abbott has  been up to her racist tr...



Diane Abbott, racism and “positive discrimination”
Posted on January 15, 2012by Robert Henderson
Robert Henderson
The black shadow minister and  Labour MP for Hackney Diane Abbott has  been up to her racist tricks again labelling whites as being those who wish to keep blacks down through a policy of divide and rule.  Replying  on Twitter  to a black correspondent  who complained about the lumping together of all blacks  in Britain with phrases such as “the black community”  Ms Abbott replied that wicked ol’ whitey  just loves playing “divide and rule” and that was why a united black front should be presented:
This immediately prompted cries for her to resign from conservatives on the grounds that she was obnoxiously stereotyping whites (http://www.mirror.co.uk/2012/01/05/labour-mp-diane-abbott-faces-calls-to-resign-over-racist-tweet-storm-115875-23681033/). But white liberals and their non-white auxiliaries were strangely tolerant of her racism.  Her fellow black Labour MP David Lammy was positively outraged that  anyone should have accused Abbott of racism when her  mistake was simply “ Forgetting to add the word “some” [before white in her offending tweet]  (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8999638/Posturing-and-indignation-do-nothing-to-curb-racism.html).  To put the cherry on the top of the forgiveness cake,  the leader of the Labour Party  not only failed to withdraw the Labour whip from  Ms Abbott but allowed her to remain in his shadow cabinet as his spokesperson for Public Health.
All this liberal forgiveness meant Ms Abbott  was consequently allowed to escape with no more  than a non-apology   -“I apologise for any offence caused. I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8998430/Diane-Abbott-and-Luis-Suarez-are-not-really-apologising.html )- and,  unlike so many white people these days,  she escaped the attention of the Metropolitan Police whose representative  dutifully said  “The service was contacted by members of the public in relation to the comments made by Diane Abbott.”
“We reviewed the circumstances of the comments and having considered all of those circumstances and the information available to us, we do not believe a criminal offence has been committed.” “http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9001757/Diane-Abbott-will-not-face-police-action-over-racist-tweet.html
To add insult to injury, after the storm broke  Ms Abbott offered a  gross misrepresentation of what she had tweeted.  She tried to claim that the offending  remark referred  to the distant colonial past.   “Tweet taken out of context. Refers to nature of 19th century European colonialism. Bit much to get into 140 characters.” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jan/05/diane-abbott-accused-racism-twitter). As can be seen from the tweet I reproduced above this is nonsense.   “White people love playing “divide and rule”   is a simple unqualified statement  which refers to whites generally and in the present.   The hash tag “tactic as old  as colonialism”  merely states that whites have used the tactic from the time  they gained colonies. In short, Ms Abbott was making a statement attributing a quality and mentality to whites as a group throughout the centuries up to and including the present.  Moreover, even if the statement had been made about the colonial past,  it would still have been racist because it assumed that all white people had felt the same during colonial times. Clearly they did not,  as the British anti-slavery movement and the  later critics of Empire show.    It is also worth noting that she did not use her full 140 characters in the original tweet.
Ms Abbott has “previous” on the hating whitey front.  In 1988, a year after being elected an MP, she claimed Britain invented racism (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082527/Diane-Abbott-Twitter-race-row-MP-faces-calls-resign-racist-tweet.html ).
In 1996 she delicately  said that she disapproved of her local hospital employing “blonde, blue-eyed” Finnish nurses’ rather than  black West Indian ones (John Rentoul Independent Friday, 29 November 1996  Diane Abbott is sorry (For the record Miss Finland is also black – go to  http://www.theapricity.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-20066.html and scroll down), which elicited another feeble apology but no withdrawal of the Labour whip.
In that fracas she received the robust support of her now dead fellow black MP Bernie Grant ,  a man who came to public prominence in 1985 when he greeted the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock  by near decapitation during the  Broadwater Farm  estate  black riot  with a jolly “The police got a good hiding “ (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/706403.stm).  In the matter of the “blonde, blue-eyed” Finnish nurses’ Mr Grant offered a judicious  “”She [Abbott]  is quite right… Bringing someone here from Finland who has never seen a black person before and expecting them to have some empathy with black people is nonsense. Scandinavian people don’t know black people – they probably don’t know how to take their temperature.”   (http://www.theapricity.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-20066.html). Mr Grant, like Ms Abbott, did not have the Labour whip removed from him.
In 2010 Ms Abbott had  further bites  at the racist cherry. She was having a little local difficulty on the BBC Late Night show with the political commentator Andrew Neil. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1289868/Diane-Abbott-fumes-branded-racist-TV-This-Week-host-Andrew-Neill.html#ixzz1iQ5ZvyRW). The subject was her son’s education. Ms Abbott had always been a strident critic of private education and frequently publicly criticised  Labour politicians who sent their children to private schools or even worked the state system, like the Blairs, to send their children to state schools which offered a similar educational experience.  In 2010 she suddenly announced that her son would attend the £12,000-a-year City of London School.
Neil attacked her hypocrisy.  Abbott defended herself  with : ‘West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children.’  This led to the following exchange:
“Mr Neil hit back by demanding: ‘So black mums love their kids more than white mums, do they?’
Furious Ms Abbott said: ‘I have said everything I am going to say about where I send my son to school.’
Mr Neil persisted: ‘Supposing Michael said white mums will go to the wall for their children. Why did you say that? Isn’t it a racist remark?
‘If West Indian mums are as wonderful as you say, why are there so many dysfunctional West Indian families in this country? And why do so many young West Indian men end up in a life of crime and gangs?
‘You didn’t want your son to go to a school full of kids who have been brought up by West Indian mums.’
As Ms Abbott repeatedly refused to reply, Mr Neil asked: ‘Would you like to make it clear that West Indian mums are no better than white mums or Asian mums?’
When Ms Abbott, squirming in her seat, replied, ‘I have nothing to say,’ Mr Neil taunted her:
‘You don’t want to do that – you still think West Indian mums are the best?’” (ibid)
Ms Abbott also referred to David Cameron and George Osborne as ‘two posh white boys’ in 2010 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1280358/Diane-Abbott-race-row-calling-Cameron-Clegg-posh-white-boys.html).
Since her “divide and rule” tweet  Ms Abbott has been working hard on her  “hate whitey” credentials .  Again on Twitter she  accused tax drivers of routinely ignoring black people hailing cabs ‘Dubious of black people claiming they’ve never experienced racism.  ‘Ever tried hailing a taxi I always wonder?’  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083252/Diane-Abbott-sparks-ANOTHER-Twitter-race-row-branding-taxi-drivers-racist.html).
A 25-year-old black politics graduate Jade Knight has also added to our knowledge of  Ms Abbott’s attitude towards Britain and its white population. Miss Knight   had the temerity to approach Ms Abbott  in a Boots store and engage her in conversation. After describing her conservative with a small c politics and saying  she admired Abbott and  desperately wanted to work for her , Ms Knight encountered this response :
‘She [Abbott]  said, “You’d be better off working for a white Conservative. You’re a black conservative, you don’t do the black thing.” I couldn’t believe she had said it.
‘She was basically accusing me of selling out, which is not true. I told her being a conservative wasn’t going against my heritage. Anyone who understands black culture knows black culture can be very conservative. I thought she would understand that as she is educated.’  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2086722/Work-white-Conservative-What-Abbott-told-Tory-voting-graduate-asked-job.html#ixzz1jYOlQf4K).  Note  the reference to “white” rather than just conservative.
There are several things interesting  about  Diane Abbott’s frequent and casual racism. She clearly sees herself as living as in a country  divided into “them and us” with her  ‘us’ being the black population and her ‘them’ is the white population.   She has no sense of being part of a society entitled British or English. Her world is black “us” and  white  “them”.  Her use of “blonde, blue-eyed Finnish girls”  suggests that she has an  active hostility to white physical attributes.  Had she wished to merely complain about cultural differences between Finns and West Indian nurses there would have been no reason to mention the physical differences between the two.  It is rather  difficult to see how someone with  her mentality could represent her constituents or the interest of  British society generally without racial fear or favour.
An anti-white racist she may be, but if  other things were equal I would enthusiastically defend Ms Abbott’s right to say whatever she wants  because  I truly believe in free expression for everyone except those who would deny it to others.  But in politically correct modern Britain others things are not equal.  Whites who made the sort of statements that Ms Abbott has made would have been treated very differently.  If they were politicians the media would have bayed unceasingly for their blood.  They would have lost any position held within the government or on the opposition front bench. They would probably have had the whip withdrawn or,  if that did not happen, been deselected as a candidate by their party before the next election.   Indeed, they could have suffered such things for far less obviously racist than any of Abbott’s remarks. The Tory MP Patrick Mercer was sacked from his shadow cabinet post by simply being  honest about his experience of black soldiers when he was a serving army officer: “”I came across a lot of ethnic minority soldiers who were idle and useless, but who used racism as cover for their misdemeanours “  (http://conservativehome.blogs.com/torydiary/2007/03/patrick_mercer.html).
More generally, any white person who made similar statements to Ms Abbott could expect to  be the subject of disciplinary action by their employer up to and including the sack; suffer  media vilification and,   increasingly,  find themselves involved in a criminal prosecution, for example,  the England football captain John Terry (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/dec/21/john-terry-racism-case-cps).     Even putting golliwogs for sale in a shop window can result in a visit from the boys in blue (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-452477/Police-order-shopkeeper-remove-golliwogs-window.html).
Racist blacks and Asians generally are treated very leniently .  Even where the racism is violent and unambiguously  directed at whites,  it is treated very different to racism by whites against non-whites.   Recently four Somali Muslim girls  – Ambaro and Hibo Maxamed, both 24, their sister Ayan, 28, and cousin Ifrah Nur  28 – viciously attacked a white British girl Rhea Page, 22.  They  were charged with Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH),  having torn part of Miss Page’s  scalp away, knocked her to the ground and repeatedly kicked her, including kicks to the head  and repeatedly screamed racist abuse at her (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070562/Muslim-girl-gang-kicked-Rhea-Page-head-yelling-kill-white-slag-FREED.html#ixzz1flw8TY6p). The Somali girls were not only not convicted of a racist attack but were given non-custodial c sentences.
There is a strong argument for disregarding the  motivation for a crime in sentencing. A crime is a crime. Allowing motive to intrude provides a lever for subjective likes and dislikes to be given the force of law. However, as with the prosecutions for “inciting racial hatred”  and their ilk, while such laws are on the statute book they must be applied even handedly to preserve the rule of law.
The ideal thing would be for all criminal restrictions on speech  to be lifted  and motivation to be ignored when prosecuting.
Diane Abbott and Cambridge
The special treatment Ms Abbott  has received extends to other aspects of her life.  She is a history graduate having studied at Newnham College, Cambridge.  In 2003 she  wrote a piece for the BBC’s Black History Month  entitled Multi-racial Britain. It  contained this gem:
“From the days when the Norman French invaded Anglo-Saxon Britain, we have been a culturally diverse nation. But because the different nationalities shared a common skin colour, it was possible to ignore the racial diversity which always existed in the British Isles. And even if you take race to mean what it is often commonly meant to imply – skin colour- there have been black people in Britain for centuries. The earliest blacks in Britain were probably black Roman centurions that came over hundreds of years before Christ.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/dabbott_01.shtml).
For any educated person brought up in Britain the belief that the Roman legions came to Britain “hundreds of years before Christ”  would be to put it mildly surprising for the dates of 55 and 54 BC for Julius Caesar’s  two expeditions  to Britain (the first Roman military action in Britain) and  43 AD for the Roman conquest of Britain are iconic  dates in British history. For a history graduate from one of the two leading British universities to make such a howler is astonishing for it  shows a disturbing  lack of historical perspective and absence of very basic general historical knowledge.
But that is not the only startling part of the passage. Ms Abbott also says  “The earliest blacks in Britain were probably black Roman centurions”.  Why on earth should she imagine that if blacks did come to Roman Britain they would all be centurions?  That is not only historically dubious in terms of blacks coming to Roman Britain in ant guise, but absurd in its conception that the blacks were  probably all drawn from the centurion class.  That is a simple failure of intellect.
In the light of  the mental capacity revealed in  Multi-racial Britain, it   would be interesting to know exactly how and why Ms Abbott was selected for a much sort after place on a popular degree course at one of the two most prestigious British universities and once there how she managed to take a history degree. Could it be that an informal “positive discrimination”  was exercised in both the granting of the place at Newham and her completion of her degree course?
Diane Abbott and Is it in the blood?
In 1995 I wrote an article for a specialist  cricket magazine Wisden Cricket Monthly. This dealt with the use by the England cricket team of many black and white immigrants. In the article I argued that this made a mockery of the very idea of national sporting teams.  This created a vast media outcry. Ms Abbott sent me an unsolicited letter which I reproduce below together with my reply to which Ms Abbott did not reply.
Her comments  “You show no appreciation of acceptable terminology or mores” and “I believe that we have a duty to write on subject we know about”  prompt a smile at her lack of self-knowledge, but the most important aspect of her letter is the quiet desperation of her “Black and Asian culture is now an integral element of British society. I have always thought that the best thing about British culture is its diversity and receptiveness to new, creative influences.”    Of course, if that were the case there would be no need to say it.

Note: Just as no Marxist government can respect democracy so no Muslim government can.  This is because both believe in a totalitarian end, in the case of Marxists the entire world in a state of communism; in the case of Muslims the entire world filled with nothing but Muslims. RH 
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Muslim democracy is not a solution, it is a problem.
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When remnants of Turkey’s military launched a desperate effort to stop a democratically elected Muslim government that had championed Islamic terror and sought to restore the Caliphate, our government backed the Islamist democrats over the soldiers and officers fighting to protect secularism.
Erdogan, the aspiring ruler of a new Ottoman Empire, returned to power and began a purge of judges, reporters and political opponents. Tens of thousands of political prisoners filled his brutal prisons. Prisoners were tortured, raped and starved in halls and stables by the monster whom Barack Hussein Obama had named as one of his favorite world leaders.
Obama had praised Turkey as a model to the world. It “represents a blend of those ancient traditions with a modern nation state that respects democracy,” he rhapsodized. By ancient traditions, he obviously meant Islam. During her visit to Turkey, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had declared that other Muslim countries needed to, “learn the lessons that Turkey has learned and is putting into practice every single day.”
Those lessons are being taught in some nasty madrassas.
The domestic crackdown shows no signs of stopping. Instead Erdogan continues to escalate his assault on what little is left of Turkey’s secular institutions. And it’s our misguided support for Muslim democracy that made it happen. The majority of Muslim Turks support Islamist tyranny. And as long as we continue to believe that democracy is more important than freedom, so do we.
The Turkish thug’s tactics echoed the measures that his fellow Islamist, the monster Morsi, had used to stay in power. But in Egypt, the military and popular protesters succeeded in removing the Muslim Brotherhood leader from power and putting down the democratically elected Islamists. They did so despite vocal protests from the White House, the State Department and the media.
Despite the disastrous lessons of the Arab Spring, I was one of the few conservatives to support both coups. It’s not only leftists who have learned nothing from the rise of Hamas, the Iranian takeover of Baghdad or any of the disastrous Arab Spring experiments in Muslim democracy.
Far too few Republican leaders have come around to realizing that Muslim democracy, like open air submarines, is a contradiction in terms that just doesn’t work. Not only should we not support it. But we should oppose it and fight it at every turn because its ultimate outcome is a national security threat.
Islam is innately anti-democratic.
"Democracy is like a train: when you reach your destination, you get off,” Turkey’s Erdogan had said.
More recently the leader of the regime that was once touted as a model of how Islam and democracy could coexist together has declared that democracy and freedom have no value.
It’s obvious that they have no value to Erdogan. Islamists are not noted for valuing any kind of freedom. But much more significantly they have no value to much of the Turkish electorate whose idea of democracy is investing unlimited power in brutal Islamist thugs like Erdogan.
Obama chose to champion Islamist populism over military rule and allied dictators as the solution to the region’s ills. The results of his New Beginning policies led to numerous civil wars and the rise of Islamist terror groups including, most famously, ISIS. But even many Republicans were convinced that democratizing Muslim countries would improve them. This conviction was a misplaced emotional attitude that had no basis in either history or current affairs.
Indeed Bush’s experiments with Palestinian and Iraqi democracy failed badly. When the Arab Muslims in ’67 Israel were given the opportunity to vote, they chose Hamas, a band of Muslim Brotherhood Jihadists. In Iraq, power quickly went to the Islamist groups with the best demographic edge.

A decade ago, it was fashionable to think that the Middle East was a bad place because of bad governments. No one dared to contemplate the possibility that governments in Muslim countries were bad because the populations that supported them held hateful and intolerant beliefs.
And yet the key difference between Erdogan and Saddam is that his power comes from the voters. It was easy to dismiss Saddam Hussein as a tyrant and to believe that we could improve Iraq by replacing him. But what happens when there is an Islamist Saddam who has the backing of the populace?
Tyrants are not the trouble in the Muslim world. They are only a symptom of the true problem.
The Muslim world is defined by the violent xenophobia of its Islamic and tribal structures. A country with a dominant Muslim and ethnic bloc can unite behind a democratically elected tyrant like Erdogan while countries with more fragmented populations like Syria and Iraq are forever at risk of Islamic civil wars.
Muslim democracy allows for the consolidation of Islamic and tribal tyranny. It doesn’t make a country better. It doesn’t even make it democratic in the sense that we understand the meaning of the term.
It just makes the tyranny more transparent. It forces us to confront the fact that it isn’t one man sitting in a palace who is the cause of all the problems. Instead it’s the beliefs and values of the population.
Some countries aren’t bad because they have a dictator. They have a dictator because they are bad.
Muslim countries aren’t improved by democracy. Sadly they are worsened by it. The worst Islamic impulses of the populace are channeled by a democratic political process. And like most radical movements, Islamists usually end up destroying the democracy that brought them to power.
Under the Islamists, Turkey went from being an American ally to becoming an enemy. The fault lay in democracy. To the extent that we have allies in the Muslim world, they are to be found among secular elites, prosperous members of the upper classes who enjoy our way of life and want to be more like us.
Democracy displaces these elites and empowers the poorer population that benefits from Islamic social services, the local version of the welfare state, and believes that Islamic governments will eliminate corruption and put non-Muslims in their rightful place, under the feet of the Muslims, to have its say.
And that’s how you end up with an Erdogan.
Turkey’s terror should be a final lesson in the master class of Muslim democracy. Muslim democracy is not a solution, it is a problem. It will not make the Muslim world like us; instead it will empower those in the Muslim world who hate us the most. Muslim democracy will not even lead to democracy. Instead it will replace secular tyrants with Islamist tyrants who will be even more ruthless and ambitious.
Erdogan has already made the Turkish military look benevolent and he is only getting started. His ambitions won’t be limited to Cyprus. His vision extends across the lost lands of the Ottoman Empire.
During the Cold War we slowly came to understand that any democratic process which allowed Communists to come to power should be instinctively opposed.
It’s time that we made the same mental leap when it comes to Muslim democracy.
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German police raid 200 sites across 10 states in probe against banned Islamist group 'The True Religion German special police leave a house in Berlin Credit: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/Reuters
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15 November 2016 • 9:04am
German police on Tuesday raided 200 sites across 10 states in a probe against an Islamist group suspected of inciting hate.
The group called The True Religion (Die wahre Religion) has now also been banned by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, said a ministry spokeswoman.
She said the sweeping raids in 10 states including North Rhine-Westphalia in the west, Hamburg in the north and Baden-Wuerttemberg in the south-west began at dawn.
The group is suspected of propagating hate, she said, adding that many people who have travelled to Syria had contact with it.
Police officers walk into a mosque in Hamburg Credit: Christian Charisius/AP
The group is also known for its controversial programme called "Lies!" which distributes copies of the Koran in German.
But experts say the translation is a particular strict version from the original Arabic text.
"The message to the radical Islamist scene is clear: we do not tolerate fanatics who try to radicalise young people and send them to jihad," said Peter Beuth, the interior minister for Hesse state, where the raids also took place.
A cameraman films crates with editions of the Quaran in different languages at a publishing storage facility in Pulheim, Germany Credit: WOLFRAM KASTL/EPA
"By banning this organisation, a major source of radicalisation has been eradicated nationwide.
"Those who spread hate messages can't hide behind freedom of religion, the Interior Ministry has underlined this with the ban today," he added.
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CPS 'blinded by political correctness' dropped sex-selective abortion case, government aide reveals Mandy Sanghera, human rights activist and government advisor

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11 November 2016 • 10:00pm
The Crown Prosecution Service failed to secure what could have been the first conviction for sex-selective abortion after dropping a case amid fears of "political correctness", a government aide has revealed. 
Mandy Sanghera, a human rights activist who advises the government on how to tackle honour-based violence, told the Daily Telegraph how prosecutors  failed to pursue a case involving an Asian woman whose family forced her to have an abortion, for fear of being labelled racist. 
“When her family found out the baby was a girl, she was put under a lot of emotional pressure and duress. She did not want to have that termination,” said Ms Sanghera. “She already had a girl and they said ‘what about the dowry? We can’t afford to have another daughter’.”  
Mandy Sanghera, human rights activist and government advisor
When the woman reported the crime to police they did not recognise it as honour-based abuse at first, said Ms Sanghera.  
 But when they pursued the case and the woman said she wanted to prosecute, the CPS refused to press charges for the offence, claiming it was not in the public interest and that it was a "family matter". The husband later pleaded guilty to controlling behaviour and was sent on a course.   
"Because they didn't think she would make a competent witness...because she didn't have physical injuries, they said it wasn't in the public interest," said Ms Sanghera, who is one of the founders of and advisors to the Foreign Office and Home Office’s joint Forced Marriage Unit.   
"She felt [the case had been] abandoned for cultural reasons. Her having that termination was the nail in the coffin after all the psychological abuse. When she went and asked for help she didn’t get it."
Mandy Sanghera says authorities are "blinded by political correctness"
Had the CPS taken up the case, from 2014, it could have led to the first prosecution for sex selective abortion in Britain. 
Two doctors were secretly filmed agreeing to arrange sex-selective abortions as part of a Daily Telegraph investigation in 2012, but the CPS decided not to pursue the case after ruling that it was not in the public interest.
In May 2014, new guidance was issued by the Government and the General Medical Council clarifying that sex-selective abortion is “unacceptable and illegal”.
Ms Sanghera said: "There is a fear of not wanting to be accused of being racist. People are so scared about being political correct that they are blinded. They have lost their moral compass and their ability challenge cultural norms that have no place in 21st century Britain.”
“These are very vulnerable women and we have a duty to safeguard them,” Ms Sanghera said. “Not to have their story or their crime taken seriously because it’s not in the public interest is actually making a mockery of the justice system.”
Dt Sgt Pal Singh receiving award from Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe
Earlier this week, a Scotland Yard whistleblower claimed that an “apathy” by prosecutors led to the collapse of what could have been the first conviction for forced marriage in England.
Dt Sgt Singh told the Daily Telegraph how the CPS is failing to prosecute honour crimes for fear of causing “unrest” in Asian communities.
The Attorney General said it took the issues raised by the whistleblower “very seriously” and is to look into alleged failings by the CPS, revealed by this newspaper.   
A CPS spokesperson said: “We take honour-based crime extremely seriously.  ‘Political correctness’ plays no part whatsoever in our decision making – nor does any outside influence.  
“All charging decisions are made completely independently and objectively and based solely on the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We will not hesitate to bring a charge where the evidence supports the allegation and it is in the public interest to prosecute.”
 The spokesperson added: “The CPS recognises that honour based violence and forced marriage are fields in which we need to improve our understanding, response, and support to victims and witnesses.
“We have recently launched a new Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage Action Plan, which outlines the comprehensive steps we are taking to improve our performance in this area.”
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'I can't wait to see life and joy fill the room and not just carnage': Survivors bravely return to the Bataclan for Sting concert on eve of Paris attacks anniversary Sting perform at the Bataclan reopening Play! 02:33


Henry Samuel
David Chazan, in Paris
12 November 2016 • 7:56pm
A year after Briton Nick Alexander died in the Bataclan massacre, the friend who held him in her arms to the end has braved her demons to attend an emotional Sting concert to re-open the Paris venue. 
Helen Wilson was with the 35-year old merchandising manager from Colchester, Essex on November 13 when three Isil gunmen burst in during a concert by Californian group Eagles of Death Metal, fired indiscriminately into the crowd and killed 90.  
They were both hit - she in the legs, with one bullet missing her femoral artery by an inch, he in the stomach. The pair held hands lying among the dead. "Then he couldn't breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life," she told the Telegraph the day after the tragedy.
Musician Sting performs at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France Credit: Boris Allin/Reuters
One year on, Ms Wilson, 50, who runs a catering business that has served rock groups including The Rolling Stones and U2, is struggling to get over the terrible drama. “I still have dreams all the time where my role is always to save everyone. And I always fail,” she said beforehand.
But she somehow summoned the courage to turn up to watch Sting breath new life into the Bataclan on the eve of the attacks anniversary.
Standing outside the Bataclan before the concert started on Saturday night, Ms Wilson said: "I'm trying not to think about it. I'm really proud of myself that I'm strong enough to do it, and I know I've got to show that I'm strong. 
Helen Wilson stands outside the Bataclan before the Sting concert Credit: Guilhem Baker
"It hasn't really hit me yet. When I actually get inside the concert, that's when it will become an emotional moment for me. But now I'm trying not to think about it."
Ms Wilson  added: "I wish I could sit down and talk to the shooters.
"You know, when I was there, at one point, after Nick had passed, I got up and put my hands in the air. I said to one of the guys, who still had his Kalashnikov, 'What are you doing? Why are doing this?' And you know, he lowered the gun and he stopped. They just looked so normal."
"I'm glad to be here tonight. We all have to carry on with our lives. It's hard for me but I feel strong enough to do it, to come back here. And being here will make me stronger."
Another survivor, Kelly Le Guen, 22,  who was among the last to leave the Bataclan after last year's attack after barricading herself inside a room with 25 others,said she "couldn't wait" to get back inside the hall.
"I can't wait to see life and joy fill the room and not just carnage," she said. "Music and culture must re-stake their claim," she said. "I'm really happy about it."
Aurélien Perrin, 25, a Parisian chef who lost his best friend Nicolas at the Bataclan and was saved by the bar behind him, said he felt it was his "duty" to return to remember those who had died.
 Bataclan Theatre set to reopen a year after terror attack Play! 00:49

"I felt fine outside but now that I'm here I do feel uneasy - they have rebuilt it to look identical," said the heavily-tattooed rock fan with French crooner Serge Gainsbourg on his neck.
"I only came that night to accompany my mate as I wasn't a fan of the group - and he never left," he said. "For people who weren't there that night, it's impossible to imagine the barbarity we witnessed - there is no other word for it."
"I was standing right here and saw my best friend fall. He didn't have the time to say anything, he just looked at me and fell like a domino," he said. "Bodies were dropping like flies."
"When I saw him fall, I had the reflex to jump behind the bar. I hid there for 15 or 20 minutes though time stands still and it felt like hours," he said.
"They fired at people lying on the floor, there were cries and screams. You cannot imagine the noise a Kalashnikov makes in such a small space."

"Then when they were recharging, we ran through the emergency exit a few yards away. Some people were shot right next to me as we ran out."
"My best friend died but in the end you've got to keep smiling, drinking and enjoying life."
He said he would have rather see the Eagles of Death Metal play. "But whether it's Sting or any other group, the important thing is to be here."
Sting has promised to "remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack” of November 13, one of several by Isil gunmen and suicide bombers that left 130 dead, and “to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents”.
The 1,500 tickets sold out within 30 minutes after sales opened on Tuesday, with a share earmarked for victims and their families who feel strong enough to attend. It remains to be seen how many will turn up.
Flowers tied to a fence outside the Bataclan concert hall to mark the anniversary of the 2015 terrorist attacks Credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP
More than 400 people are still recovering from physical wounds with 20 still hospitalised, while another 600 are receiving counselling for psychological trauma. In all 1,000 or so lost a relative, including more than 50 children who are growing up without one or both of their parents.
Many find it hard to face daily life, like Maureen Roussel, a survivor of the carnage who gave up her job as a teaching assistant after the attacks.
"I feel like James Bond, as if everything might explode behind me," she said beforehand.
Security is expected to be very tight in what promises to be a night of rare musical and emotional intensity in a hall Sting knows well, having given a memorable performance there with his band The Police in 1979.
 Watch the moment gunfire erupts inside Bataclan theatre Play! 00:36

Bomb disposal squads were due to comb the site beforehand and fans will have to pass through a double security filter to enter the building.
Since its overhaul, the Bataclan has been equipped with state-of-the-art security cameras and an intrusion-proof door locking system. Dozens of police officers and 15 private security guards will keep guard inside and out.
The Bataclan, which opened in 1865 and has hosted performers including Velvet Underground, the Clash and Prince, was one of several targets in the attacks, which also included bars, restaurants and the national stadium.
At around 9pm a year ago, three Kalashnikov-toting terrorists wearing suicide vests burst into the dark hall as Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal were performing their song Kiss The Devil to a packed house. 
 Paris attacks: How the night of horror unfolded Play! 02:04

Spraying indiscriminately into the crowd, the killers soon turned the festive scene into a sea of blood and body parts. After more than two and a half agonising hours, police finally neutralised the gunmen only to discover a scene one officer likened to “Dante’s inferno”.
But Bataclan management were adamant that the much-loved indie-rock venue should not remain a graveyard.
“After a few weeks it was clear. We had to go on after such horror and not leave a mausoleum, a tomb,” said Bataclan co-director Jules Frutos .
“We owed it to ourselves to rebuild everything. It was obvious that it had to be rebuilt identically. Because of its past it was important we didn’t change it as a venue. That’s why people loved it.
“One night of tragedy mustn’t overshadow decades of parties and music.”

The burden of performing there was too great for several artists, including French pop singer Françis Cabrel, who said it was simply “beyond my powers”. “It’s just too emotional for me,” he said.
But Sting made it clear he was eager to perform days after releasing 57th & 9th – his first rock album in over a decade after a string of experimental ventures from 16th century songs with a lute to an orchestral LP, Symphonicities.
“He is really keen to do this and that’s an essential ingredient. Sting coming here is the cherry on the cake we needed. It gives this real meaning,” said Mr Frutos.
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is to perform at the Bataclan Credit: AFP/Getty Images
There are more than 20 concerts scheduled in the coming months at the Bataclan. These include performances from the Libertines frontman Peter Doherty who has sold out two nights starting on 16 November, as well as Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour and his Super Étoile de Dakar band. 
British-born singer Marianne Faithfull, who lives in the French capital, said she had written a song inspired by the attacks which she would perform for the first time there. “I think music makes people happy … and it can be very healing, which is why [reopening] the Bataclan is a very good thing.”
Marianne Faithfull has written a song inspired by the attacks and will perform it at the Bataclan Credit: Reuters
Over an eight-month refurbishment, the building’s interior was gutted, with everything from the seats to the floorboards replaced with identical fittings. The hall’s entrance now sports dancing red letters spelling out the words “Bataclan”.
Jérôme Langlet, head of Lagardère Live Entertainment which owns the venue, said their approach was to “change everything so that nothing changes,” paraphrasing a famous quote from Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard.
Management intentionally decided to re-open the Bataclan on the eve of the official anniversary to avoid kicking it off with a commemoration.
The outside of the Bataclan cafe and concert hall, ahead of the first anniversary of November 13 terrorist attacks Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Members of Eagles of Death Metal will be in Paris on Sunday to remember the victims despite being blackballed from the Bataclan after controversial comments from its lead singer.
Sunday’s remembrance ceremonies promise to be "low-key" out of "respect" for the victims with almost no political speeches, associations representing survivors have said.
Plaques will be unveiled with the names of victims in alphabetical order at each attack site and while numerous politicians will be present, including president François Hollande and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, "we have asked for sobriety from officials," said Georges Salines, president of the association 13Onze15, Fraternity and Truth.
Eagles of Death Metal perform on stage at the Bataclan on November 13 2015, moments before armed men stormed the building Credit: AFP/Getty Images
The group is urging the French to place candles at their windows on Sunday night in remembrance of the dead. A "lantern ceremony" will also take place on the canal Saint-Martin, a stone's throw from several bars targeted on November 13.
On Tuesday, the Alexander family will host a tribute rock concert for him at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Ms Wilson will attend and supervise the catering.
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Eagles of Death Metal singer turned away from Bataclan anniversary concert after suggesting Muslim staff had links to attack  This file photo taken on November 01, 2016 shows flowers tied to a fence outside the "Bataclan" concert hall 
David Chazan, Paris
13 November 2016 • 2:04pm
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes was turned away from the Sting concert that reopened the Bataclan on the eve of the Paris massacre anniversary for suggesting that its staff were complicit in the atrocity.
The band was performing when Islamist gunmen burst in  on November 13 last year and killed 90 people.
But Jules Frutos, the Bataclan’s co-director, said he refused entry to Hughes and the manager of Eagles of Death Metal on Saturday night.
American singer Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal 
“They came, I threw them out — there are things you can’t forgive,” Mr Frutos said.
However, his account was challenged by an Eagles of Death Metal spokesman, who denied that any of its members had attempted to enter the Sting concert.
Hughes provoked outrage in France in the wake of the attack by implying that Muslim security guards at the Bataclan cooperated with the terrorists — although the singer later backtracked and apologised.
 France marks the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks Play! 00:37

He and other members of the Californian rock band attended a sombre ceremony outside the Bataclan on Sunday to honour those who died at the venue.
The commemoration was led by President François Hollande and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris.
A minute’s silence was observed and the names of the dead were read out under a leaden grey sky. Mr Hollande unveiled a plaque at the Bataclan bearing the names of those killed there, and four similar plaques at the  other sites targeted by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on November 13.
The president and the mayor visited each of the cafes and restaurants that were attacked, and the national stadium, the Stade de France, where two suicide bombers killed a man at the entrance during a football match between France and Germany.
 Sting perform at the Bataclan reopening Play! 02:33

At the request of the victims’ families and survivors, neither Mr Hollande nor the other dignitaries addressed the gathering, also attended by government ministers, military and police chiefs.
Amid public anger over security failings, Mr Hollande was booed when he went to the Bataclan hours after the massacre, and again when he appeared in Nice after the Bastille Day lorry attack in which 86 died on July 14.
Balloons were released for each of those killed in the Paris attacks outside the town hall of the capital’s 11th arrondissement, where most of the 130 victims died.
Members of the band Eagles of Death Metal
Later on Sunday thousands of lanterns will be floated on the Canal Saint Martin and Parisians are to light candles in their windows in the culmination of the anniversary tributes.
Manuel Valls, the prime minister, said the state of emergency imposed in France after the massacre would probably be extended until the presidential election in less than six months. “(It) allows us to make arrests, administrative checks which are effective,” he said.
    
 
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Paris attacks coordinator Abdelhamid Abaaoud reached Europe 'far earlier' than previously thought Paris attacks coordinator Abdelhamid Abaaoud, pictured with the Isil flag, reached Europe in August last year, new intelligence reveals Credit: Youtube grab
Henry Samuel, Paris
12 November 2016 • 4:11pm
A key coordinator of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, arrived in Europe far earlier than previously thought and prepared the attacks from Belgium, not Syria or Greece, intelligence has reportedly learned.
With France preparing for the anniversary of the November 13 attacks in which three Isil commandos killed 130, intelligence agencies have also learned more about the pivotal role of Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commando groups, in ferrying a dozen members from eastern Europe to Belgium and France.
 New footage shows Salah Abdeslam capture Play! 00:45

A report released by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and the French terrorism analysis centre, CAT, sheds new light on the "French-Belgian nexus" leading to the bloody Isil attacks of last November, as well as the bomb blasts in Belgium on March 22 that left 32 dead.
Key information provided by Hungarian anti-terror services reveals that the first member of the suicide commandos to reach Europe before the attacks was Abaaoud, who was killed in a police shootout outside Paris shortly afterwards.
Abaaoud had reached Hungary from Syria by August 1 last year in the company of Ayoub el-Khazzani, a Moroccan national who led a botched attempt to wreak carnage in an Amsterdam to Paris train later that month, stopped by off-duty US servicemen, the report confirms. The fact they travelled together suggests Abaaoud helped coordinate this attack too.
Abaaoud travelled by car to Austria on August 4, while el-Khazzani left for Vienna by train the following day. 
Security agents believe that despite being a wanted Isil terrorist for his role in a thwarted plot to attack a police station in Verviers, Belgium, Abaaoud was able to oversee the arrival of the Paris attacks commandos from Belgium, probably in a Brussels suburb, not from Syria or Greece, as previously thought.
Newly obtained evidence suggests that he was helped by Abdeslam, his childhood friend, who played a "critical role in assembling the attack teams" by conducting four road trips from Belgium to Central Europe - three to Hungary, one to Germany - to bring a dozen or so terrorists to Brussels.
Salah Abdeslam in prison Credit: HET NIEUWSBLAD 
These were able to to slip through the net by masquerading as migrants provided with travel papers by Macedonia in June 2015. 
"It has been established that more than ten members of the terrorist network responsible for the attacks (in Paris and Brussels) stayed or passed through Hungary between July and November 2015 by profiting from the migrant flow," concluded a Hungarian intelligence note seen by CAT.
Members of the Paris attacks commandos Credit: Federal police/AFP
All these are now either dead or captured bar one known as A. Ahmed, who Abdeslam was supposed to pick up in Ulm, Germany, on October 2. He was later arrested in Hungary before going to Austria and fleeing to Turkey on November 16 and is now believed to be in Syria.
Drawing on interviews with European and American counterterrorism officials as well and a database on French foreign fighters maintained by CAT, the report issued a stark warning about "the future threat" one year on.
It concludes: "The number of veterans from the Syrian battlefields being deployed to Europe and the apparent continued survival of senior francophone figures at the apex of the Islamic State’s external operations wing suggest that despite military efforts to deprive the Islamic State of territorial control in Iraq and Syria, the group will continue to be a threat to France, Belgium, and other European countries for some time to come."
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Woman accused of poisoning child 'used legal aid in attempt to keep terror links secret' The Royal Courts of Justice Credit: Rex Features

Telegraph Reporters
13 November 2016 • 5:08pm
A woman accused of poisoning a three-year-old boy used tens of thousands of pounds in legal aid to try to keep her alleged terror connections secret.
Taxpayer-funded lawyers argued that Scotland Yard should not gain access to woman's files after she repeatedly contaminated an intravenous tube which was being used to treat the child.
It is claimed that the woman, who cannot be named, also planned to take the boy to Syria, where his father is alleged to be fighting alongside the Islamic State.
Where there is a clear public interest to assist the security services questions must be raised over how public money is spentMP David Morris
A High Court judge has now said that there is a clear public interest in passing her files to the Met Police and prosecutors, The Sun on Sunday have reported.
However, they will not be handed to foreign intelligence agencies such as the CIA.
Mr Justice MacDonald said:  "The alleged offences which are the subject of investigation by the MPS are offences under the anti-terrorism legislation.
"Such alleged offences are inevitably serious and the consequences are potentially grave and the subject of legitimate public concern." 
Describing the alleged poisoning of the child, referred to only as Z, in a High Court judgement last month, Mr Justice MacDonald said: "She had caused Z to become ill on a number of occasions by administering a drug to him and by contaminating an intravenous cannula.
"The woman was in contact with the father to a far greater extent than she had admitted.
"It is likely that the father is in Syria and is involved in terror related activity, that the woman was aware of and that the father planned that she and Z would travel to Syria to join him and to live there."
Tory MP David Morris said: "Where there is a clear public interest to assist the security services questions must be raised over how public money is spent."
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France set to extend state of emergency - while Paris struggles to rescue tourism French police stand guard at a commemoration for last year's Paris attacks Credit: Getty
Hugh Morris
14 November 2016 • 3:02pm
France’s state of emergency, which was declared after last year’s Paris attacks, could be extended again, French prime minister Manuel Valls has said.
The measure, which gives police additional powers to impose curfews, detain people and search properties, is a symptom of the difficulties and security concerns faced by the country since three major attacks in 18 months, including the November shootings that left 130 dead.
The weekend marked one year since gunmen killed 130 people in the city Credit: Getty
The state of emergency was initially due to last just three months but has been repeatedly extended. It was set to expire in July but was again extended after a man drove a lorry through Bastille Day crowds in Nice, killing 87. In its current form it is expected to last until the end of January, but now looks like it might be kept in place longer.
The French prime minister told the BBC this week, a year after the Paris attacks, that the measure was needed to protect democracy.
The news is a blow to the country’s tourism industry, which has suffered an 8.1 per cent drop in visitor numbers for the period of January to October compared to last year. The capital, Paris, has lost as much as €1.5 billion in tourism revenue after a 13 per cent drop in the number of tourists visiting between January and August.

The prime minister said: “We must say it clearly, tourism in France is going through a difficult period.”
“We haven’t recovered,” Frederic Valletoux, the tourism chief for the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, told the AFP. “The impact is lasting and completely unprecedented. Many small businesses are on their knees.”
It was hoped that confidence in the country and its capital would return after an initial drop in arrivals and hotel occupancy rates, but figures have shown the malaise has taken a much firmer grip.

Last week the government unveiled a €42 million plan to boost security in tourist areas, while Paris launched a three-pronged attack on revitalising its tourist experience, focusing on hospitality, quality of service and security.
“We are going through an extremely difficult period, marked by terrorist attacks and extreme weather conditions,” said Valeria Pecresse, the president of the regional council of Ile de France.

Pecresse announced earlier this month that 1,000 “tourism volunteers” will be mobilised and sent around the city to assist visitors and English lessons will be provided to anyone who works in the industry. She also suggested that the state of emergency be renamed to a "state of high security" so that it sounded less alarming.
The UK Foreign Office continues to advise travellers to France that there remains a high threat from terrorism in the country.
Last year, a study by the World Trade and Tourism Council (WTTC) suggested that the impact of the November attacks in Paris would last for 13 months, hitting tourist attractions and hotel occupancy rates, but it now seems now the damage could be felt for longer. This summ


 
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