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German study: Globalization fears see EU right-wing populist parties flourish

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AfD party members hold voting cards during the AfD party congress in Stuttgart, Germany, April 30, 2016.
Voters in the European Union are opting for right-wing populist parties due to a fear of globalization, a study by Germany's renowned Bertelsmann Stiftung has found. The results come as populist and right-wing parties' support across the EU grows.

Authors of the research, entitled "Globalization anxiety or value conflict? Who in Europe votes for the populist parties and why?" examined the opinions of nearly 11,000 people in all 28 EU countries. According to a key finding of the paper, globalization appears to be the crucial force behind the growing ranks of right-wing and populist parties' across Europe.

"The results of our study show that it is mainly the fear of globalization that drives some to go away from the political mainstream and turn to the populist parties," the research states. It adds that values are playing hereby a "subordinate role." According to the study, 78 percent of the German anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) are viewing globalization critically or have a fear of it.

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Bigwig Daesh recruiter still on the loose in Sweden after 15 years of searching

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Paris terror attacks
A former Stockholm resident suspected of involvement in the Paris and Brussels terror attacks also had links with a radical Islamist network in the Nordic country, whose Swedish Security Police SÄPO tried in vain to stop for over 15 years.

Swedish national broadcaster SVT has in collaboration with the German TV-channel ARD gained access to over 4,000 names that have leaked directly from Daesh, revealing the identities of thousands of European citizens who traveled to Syria to join the terrorists, among them 12 Swedes.

Algerian-born Mohamed Aziz Belkaid reportedly co-masterminded the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, in which 162 people died, and was himself shot dead by Belgian police before the bombings in the Belgian capital took place.

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Number of US states with declining populations of Whites increases to 17

In 2014, more white people died than were born in 17 American states, a new high, according to a new study. In 2004, four states had more white deaths than births. Researchers said the trend will likely continue given an aging white population in the US.

Non-Hispanic white deaths in states that represent 38 percent of the US population have surpassed white birth rates, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

The states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The total population of these states is about 121 million.

Comment: Population decline is also a big problem in Europe (though we don't know if the pattern is the same vis a vis whites/ethnic minorities).


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Sweden expects surge in jihadi turncoats posing as refugees

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As the Syrian Civil War is slowly approaching its end, various jihadi and rebel groups are being squeezed out of Aleppo. With the tide of terrorists posing as refugees flooding in, Sweden, whose generosity is often abused, has got every reason to expect unwanted guests.

At present, thousands of people are fleeing Aleppo's rebel-controlled part. Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a major financial and industrial center, has been held by various rebel and terrorist groups ever since the outbreak of the Syrian war, many of them loyal and in fact supported by the US. As the terrorist groups are losing ground inch by inch, a moral defeat looms.

In areas where the Syrian government recently regained control together with loyal militia forces, the future of the former 'rebels,' as they are still being portrayed in some Western media, is rather bleak, as the Syrian special services will spare no effort to track down terrorists and insurgents. Many of them are expected to flee and try and seek asylum in Europe.

Comment: For more analysis on the refugee crises: Refugee Crisis: The Generators, Agents Provocateurs & Opportunists (VIDEO)


War Whore

Albuquerque cops dodge murder charge in killing of homeless man

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The murder charge filed against one of two former Albuquerque police officers accused of killing a mentally ill homeless man has been dropped by a special prosecutor. James Boyd was shot by police following an hour-long standoff in 2014.

Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn filed a notice to dismiss the charge of second-degree murder against former Officer Dominique Perez on Monday.

The notice to dismiss comes more than a month after a three-week jury trial for Perez and the other officer ended with a judge declaring a mistrial because jurors could not agree on a verdict.

"Saying that Dominique Perez is relieved terribly understates the weight that has been lifted from his shoulders," said Luis Robles, the former officer's attorney, according to the Associated Press.

The 2014 shooting was the first time that Perez had opened fire.

The video on Perez's helmet cam showed a cop opening firing on Boyd while his back was turned to the police in March 2014. The clip was widely circulated online and led to protests, and caused the local police force to become the target of widespread condemnation.

Comment: Notice the military tone of the officers involved in James Boyd's murder. Police training has long abandoned the idea of 'protect and serve'. They are now for all intents and purposes a domestic army.


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Prison guard charged with simple assault after spraying inmates genitals with mace


The Lackawanna County Prison is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania
A Lackawanna County Prison guard has been placed on paid leave after being accused of grabbing an inmate by the throat, pulling his hair and using a pepper spray-like substance on his genitals. The guard now faces assault charges.

Sergeant Scott Blume is charged with assault and harassment after the majority of the September 24 incident was caught on video. Blume is accused of attacking an inmate - including pepper-spraying his genitals.

According to the affidavit, the incident began when an inmate was caught drinking alcohol and needed to be escorted to the restricted housing unit by Blume. Blume led the inmate to a holding cell where he ordered him to change into a different uniform for the corresponding housing unit.

While the inmate was disrobing, the two argued and Blume proceeded to enter the cell where he grabbed the inmate by the throat and pulled his hair. The inmate continued to refuse to change his uniform and Blume responded by pepper-spraying the inmate through a slot in the door.

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Sweden: Music festival attendees will have to sign a document promising not to rape

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This year's summer festivals in Sweden were marred by a series of rapes and other sex-related crimes. Having tried (and failed) anti-grabbing bracelets and girls-only zone, Sweden decided to try new groundbreaking methods to combat gropers and rapists, such as value system contracts and floodlights.

To visit next year's edition of the popular Bråvalla Festival in the city of Norrköping, one will have to sign a document accepting the festival's set of values. Remarkably, the value system contract will be signed by festival-goers, personnel and even artists alike, to eliminate the very possibility of crime. This is part of the preventive work against rape and sex crimes, which flourished at summer festivals in 2016. By their own admission, the festivals' organizers FKP Scorpio were previously not specifically clear about their core values.

"What we want is for people to be able to visit this festival and feel safe and secure," SKP Scorpio marketing manager Niklas Westergren told Swedish national broadcaster SVT.

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Standing Rock water protectors vindicated as another pipeline just exploded near Kansas City

A pipeline explosion that caused a large fire in Platte County, just north of Kansas City, on Tuesday evening, clearly revealed exactly why the water protectors at Standing Rock are standing up against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The pipeline, operated by Mid-America Pipeline Company, thankfully ruptured in an isolated area near the Kansas City International Airport, causing a massive explosion and fire - but no injuries.
According to a report by KCTV-5:

"Plumes of fire and heavy smoke were showing from the scene and lit up the sky from miles away. An hour after the fire started, it was still burning, but the flames had reduced significantly. The fire was burning itself out a short time later.

A crew from Mid-America Pipeline Company came to shut off the valves so the pipelines' mix of ethane and propane didn't fuel the fire."

Comment: See also:


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WikiLeaks publishes new email batch in honor of whistleblower Barrett Brown - HBGary Federal discussed 'sniffers & taps on journalists'

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Thousands of leaked emails from a US cybersecurity contractor were published by WikiLeaks to mark the release of whistleblowing journalist Barrett Brown from federal prison. Among other things, the emails discussed targeting journalists and governments.

Emails belonging to HBGary Federal were first obtained by hacktivist collective Anonymous in February 2011. WikiLeaks published them for the first time on Tuesday in the form of a searchable database comprised of some 60,000 emails.

The release was dedicated to Brown, a Texas journalist who spent almost two years in federal prison for his work in reporting on the HBGary leaks and the 2012 hack of the private intelligence company Stratfor. Some 5.5 million emails from that hack were published by WikiLeaks between 2013 and 2014.

In January 2014, Brown was sentenced to 63 months behind bars for obstruction of justice, threatening a federal officer and being an accessory after the fact. He was paroled Tuesday.

Among the revelations contained in the HBGary Federal emails was the company's proposal to spy on Russia using mobile telephony and wireless "sniffers," hinting at capabilities of the NSA before they were disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

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5 Things We Learned From The First Episode Of Leah Remini's Scientology Exposé TV Show

For decades, actress Leah Remini - best known as the female lead on the hit TV series King of Queens — was one of Scientology's most diehard celebrity members, along with fellow actors Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta and, of course, Tom Cruise. She appeared in promotional videos and at events designed to recruit new followers, dazzling them with stories of how Scientology was not only responsible for her success in Hollywood, but offered the only solution to curing the planet of its many ills.

Then, in 2013, after 34 years of devotion, Remini left the Church of Scientology and became the religion's most famous defector - and its most outspoken critic courtesy of Troublemaker, her 2015 memoir about her time as a member. But the book's publication failed to provide her with closure; as she learned about the experiences of other ex-members, including former high-ranking officials, the actor found herself unable to walk away with a clear conscience. Having participated in promoting propaganda and vehemently defending the organization against criticism, Remini felt a responsibility to help undo the damage she says the Church has caused. So she began documenting these stories for her new A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, hoping to use her star power to expose the abuses of what the show calls a "multi-billion dollar church, corporation, empire and cult."

Like her memoir, this TV documentary series breaks down Scientology's allure, ably explaining the manipulative and abusive tactics used to indoctrinate followers into prioritizing the Church's supposed goals over anything else. Here are five things we learned from last night's premiere episode.


Comment: You can read more about Leah Remini's experiences and knowledge of Scientology in her Reddit AMA where she answers questions from readers.