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German government using chartered flights costing 100K euros per flight to deport rejected asylum seekers

German deportation asylum seekers

Looking at Germany’s total number of rejected asylum seekers, the country needs thousands of planes to deport all 226,000 of them.


On Tuesday evening 14 Afghans were deported to their homeland with a chartered plane from Munich Airport.


The rejected asylum seekers were flown back to their homeland with a plane chartered by the Federal Government, Germany's Ministry of the Interior reported.

But Germany's return flights are pretty unsuccessful: On this flight around 58 rejected asylum seekers should have been on board.

Comment: Germany is reaping the fruits of participation in US-led wars as well as its failed open-door immigration policy. The majority of these refugees would not have been seeking asylum in Europe if their countries had not been made completely uninhabitable by the West.


USA

Deputy who stayed outside the building during Parkland school shooting resigns

Trump sheriff meeting
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FILE PHOTO: US Sen. Marco Rubio, Officer Mike Leonard, First Lady Melania Trump, and US President Donald Trump at the Broward County Sheriff's Office. February 16, 2018.
The Broward County deputy who was on the Parkland, Florida school campus during the fatal shooting has resigned, after it emerged that he stood outside the building and did not confront the attacker.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, confessed to the police that he opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 17 and wounding 15 people at the the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school last Wednesday. The former student then discarded the weapon and blended in with the students fleeing the building, the authorities said.

Cruz was eventually arrested by an officer from the neighboring town, some hours after the incident. Multiple news outlets questioned why he was never confronted by the armed school resource deputy who was on campus at the time.

Comment: Armed school officer at Stoneman Douglas High School stayed outside and 'did nothing' during shooting


Propaganda

Fake-News-week: Once-respected magazine retracts story about 'alt-right bots' and Sen. Franken

Senator Al Franken
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Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) departs the US Senate with his wife Franni, December 7, 2017.
A once-respected news magazine has been forced to retract a story claiming that 'alt-right bots' and 'Russian spies' were behind a campaign last year to unseat Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota).

It was a natural 'bombshell' story: "Alt-right" botnets and even Russians themselves had targeted the Minnesota Democrat after a radio broadcaster - described as a "Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model" - accused him of groping her on a comedy tour years ago. "Franken was framed!" exclaimed the #Resistance Twitter, calling for the senator's reinstatement, following a story published on Monday by Newsweek.

According to the piece, accusations by broadcaster Leanne Tweeden were unreasonably amplified by a pair of fake news websites based in Japan and created before she came forward, while a "swarm of related Twitter bots" made the accusations go viral in tandem with "prominent real, live members of the far right" such as Mike Cernovich. This supposedly drowned out testimonies by female Democrat staffers defending Franken.

Heart - Black

Armed school officer at Stoneman Douglas High School stayed outside and 'did nothing' during shooting

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Video evidence reveals that an armed Broward County resource deputy stationed at Stoneman Douglas High School during the Valentine's day massacre did "nothing" during the shooting - instead waiting outside as a gunman opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17.

Speaking at a press conference, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said the on duty officer at Stoneman "never went in." Israel said he was "devastated" after watching the video showing the deputy taking a position outside the Western side of Building 12 while shots rang out, "and he never went in" despite having a clear view of the entrance.

"I think he remained outside upwards of four minutes," Israel said.

Comment: So much for having armed guards at schools...


Handcuffs

Former German priest sentenced to 8-yr prison term for sexual abuse of children

Catholic priest sex abuse Deggendorf Germany
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The accused former priest sits in the court room of the state court in Deggendorf, southern Germany, on February 22, 2018
A former German Catholic priest, who gained the trust of his congregation as "Father Thomas," has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for at least 108 counts of child sex abuse and possession of child pornography.

The 53-year old will undergo years of therapy in a closed psychiatric institution before starting his prison term, a court in the southeastern city of Deggendorf ruled on Thursday, Die Welt reported.

Treatment for the man, a native of Wuppertal, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, will take "many, many" years, Chief Justice Thomas Trautwein said, casting doubt on whether it would be successful, adding that "pedophilia is not curable." The judge spoke of a "terrible calamity" that the defendant had caused by "destroying children's souls."

Comment: It's encouraging to see that German authorities have taken a decisive stand against pedophilia, rather than allowing the Vatican to attempt to coverup or deflect from the seriousness of the charges. 'Destroying children's souls' is an apt description for what these monsters inflict on vulnerable youth.


Meteor

Is the myth about meteors causing people to kill themselves in Indonesia?

Pulung-Gantung
© Illustration by Adam Noor Iman
The night before Aan* tried to take his own life, the skies above Yogyakarta briefly glowed red. It's unknown if Aan saw the meteor streak across the sky himself, but plenty of others in his rural coastal district of Gunung Kidul had. And they all knew what it meant-someone was about to die.

The next day Aan, 18, was pale and listless. He walked into the kitchen, took a short knife his grandmother used to peel the skin from fruits, and wandered out to the backyard. His grandmother Marni understood what was about to happen. She ran outside and tried to wrestle the knife away from her grandson, but she was too weak. She fell backwards as Aan plunged the knife deep into his own chest. He then pulled the blade out and threw it toward the oak trees behind his family's home.

Blood spurted from the wound in his chest. Marni screamed.

Attention

Vanessa Beeley: Mainstream media is lying - Residents of Ghouta are being slaughtered by Western-backed Al Qaeda

Douma
© REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh
City of Douma, in Eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria
An article published by the Guardian stated that eastern Ghouta is turning into Syria's Srebrenica. The report says that the population there is not being protected following the failure of negotiations for peaceful resolution in late 2017. Radio Sputnik spoke with activist and independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley in an interview.

Sputnik: Mass media reports that the US and its allies are attempting to protect the civilians in Eastern Ghouta- is this really the case?

Vanessa Beeley: What needs to be made very clear and I think perhaps needs clarifying for your audience because we are hearing as usual the sensationalist journalism from NATO aligned corporate media in the West describing the Syrian Arab Army's legitimate military campaign against terrorist factions led, again, by Al Qaeda-affiliated factions that have occupied the areas, the eastern suburbs of Damascus, since 2013.

Basically, the atrocities that those media outlets are denying are the almost daily rain down of mortars and projectiles, missiles, explosive bullets, the suicide car bomb attacks against Syrian civilians in densely-populated residential areas of Damascus city, which also, by the way, is home now to a number of refugees, particularly from eastern Ghouta but other areas from of the east such as [Dourbar and Durmur] and have been for many years because many of the civilians in those areas fled the terrorist occupation and invasion in 2013. Those same terrorist factions were raining mortars down upon predominantly school children, civilians and residents of Damascus city are also known to be abusing, starving, imprisoning, putting Syrian civilians into cages as human shields and holding them hostage.

Comment: To comprehend the events of Srebrenica - its scope and complexity, and to examine the parallels happening in Eastern Ghouta, see: The truth about the Srebrenica 'genocide', 20 yrs later

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Star of David

Nikki Haley: Israel won't love peace plan drafted by pro-Israel Trump advisors

Haley Rivlin
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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
Trump's Middle East peace plan is almost ready but won't be "loved" by either side, Nikki Haley has predicted. However, the Trump administration's staunchly pro-Israel stance seems at odds with the plan's alleged impartiality.

A vision for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is currently being finished by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a vocal supporter of Israel; along with Jason Greenblatt, a senior Trump adviser and, coincidentally, also Israel's ardent advocate. This was revealed by Haley in her address at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Thursday.

Haley reassured her Chicago audience that the peace roadmap "won't be loved and won't be hated" by either Israel or the Palestinians. She added that "it's up for them to decide" how to best solve the conflict, and "if they decide on two states, the United States will support two states. If they decide on certain boundaries, the United States is going to support those boundaries."

"The Palestinians deserve better and the Israelis deserve better. Right now, they're in conflict. It's not a good situation," Haley said. "If the leaders would put aside their pride and their ego, and think about their people, and improving the quality of life for their people, this peace process will do that."

Comment: Not a 'win-win'...just a 'meh-meh'? Best prediction yet, if anyone can believe Nikki Haley.


Propaganda

Spoofed: Germany's Bild duped by bogus Russian meddling 'bombshell'

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German tabloid Bild has been forced to retract a report about Russian interference in German politics. The 'bombshell' was invented by a satirical magazine to expose Bild's lax editorial standards and have some fun in the process.

Editors of Titanic, a German monthly satirical magazine with a circulation of approximately 100,000, found it odd and amusing that the German media, including the top-selling Bild daily, for some reason hesitated to blame Russia for meddling in their country's political process too. Capitalizing on the global 'Russian meddling' hysteria, they devised a 'spy movie' plot, a storyline that would feature a Russian 'troll factory' using social media bots to target German politicians.

"There were no rumors of Russian meddling and we thought - 'this cannot be' - we have to make an alliance with the Bild tabloid and push a story of Russian meddling. And as we see now, it works perfectly," Moritz Hürtgen, editor of Titanic, told RT.


Brick Wall

Work on border wall begins in downtown Calexico

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© Sandy Huffaker / AFP/Getty Images
Border wall at Calexico, California
The federal government began work Wednesday to replace a section of border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.

Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than two miles in downtown Calexico, a sliver of the president's plan for a "big, beautiful wall" with Mexico. A barrier built in the 1990s from recycled metal scraps and landing mat will be torn down for bollard-style posts that are 30 feet high, significantly taller than existing walls.

The administration is seeking $18 billion to extend the wall. Efforts to pay for it as part of a broader immigration package that would include granting legal status for people who came to the county as young children [DACA] failed in the Senate last week.

In November, SWF Constructors of Omaha, Neb., won a contract for $18 million to replace the wall in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego. It encompasses an area bisected by the New River, where smugglers are known to guide people through polluted waters. The project, which includes a bridge over the river, is expected to take 300 days.

Comment: Trump's physical wall is being challenged by the 'legal wall'. Stay tuned to see 'what goes up' and 'what comes down'.