(Eighth in an occasional series as time and events allow)
It's cold in the region so there must be plenty of ISIS (my anagram for ISIL is SILLI):
"Norway town is a pipeline to extremism; Officials struggle with clusters of radical jihadis" by Andrew Higgins, New York Times April 05, 2015
This is because they are usually at the forefront of calling for Palestinian rights and documenting Israeli war crimes, isn't it, as well as a chance to push the "terrorists are everywhere" theme.
FREDERIKSTAD, Norway — Police officers in this placid Norwegian town had busted their marijuana parties so regularly that “we knew them all on a first-name basis,” recalled Ragnar Foss, head of a local police unit responsible for youth crime. But, two years ago, they cleaned up their act. “We wondered what had happened but were glad when they dropped off our radar,” Foss said.
Sigh. The terrorists are smoking pot before going radical, blah, blah, blah, blah.
As Europe tries to fathom such journeys by its young Muslims, politicians and scholars have variously blamed the influence of the Internet and radical mosques, or sources of despair like discrimination and unemployment.
I'm sorry I'm sos sick of Jewish war propaganda served up by organs and in$truments like the Jew York Times. I'm sorry. I guess it really isn't funny anymore.
But the subterranean currents that pushed so many young men to Syria from Lisleby, a Frederikstad district of just 6,000, stand out as an example of a phenomenon none of those theories can explain: Why it is that certain towns, and even small areas within them, generate a disproportionate number of jihadis?
Now the paper is theorizing, blah, blah, blah!
It “is a big puzzle,” said Jon Fitje Hoffman, director of strategic analysis at Norway’s domestic intelligence agency, the Police Security Service, known as PST. It is also one that has flummoxed security services from Denmark to Germany to France.
In interviews, the families of those who traveled to Syria, other residents, and local officials described an unsettling and relatively sudden turn for a clutch of youths, apparently impressed by the example of a popular local soccer player, Abdullah Chaib. Beneath an alluring image as a personable and handsome local hero, he harbored a deep commitment to jihad and was among the first to go....
No offense to anyone, but religion really is kind of silly, donchathink? I mean, look at all the trouble it has caused throughout history. Been used to control people and assert power, that's about it. Provides an excuse for the rule by tyrants in the belief that the Lord above will save us.
Well, it's getting f***ing late. Where is he?
While in the neighborhood let's stop in Sweden:
"Sweden restaurant shooting blamed on gangs" Associated Press March 20, 2015
STOCKHOLM — A shooting at a crowded restaurant in Goteborg, in which gunmen killed two people and wounded about a dozen, was probably connected to gang feuds that have escalated in recent years, Swedish authorities said Thursday.
‘‘We have a serious situation in Goteborg where many people have been murdered,’’ Klas Friberg, regional police chief, said. ‘‘We have different types of criminal gangs who . . . are ready to use aggravated violence in retribution attacks or to win market share.’’
In other words, they behave like the lying, war-criminal AmeriKan government we all know and love.
Police said the victims were two men in their 20s, but didn’t identify them. Eight wounded people were taken to the hospital, one of them with life-threatening injuries, Friberg said, adding that other people had sought hospital treatment on their own for cuts and other injuries.
No arrests have been made but several people have been questioned, he said.
Witnesses told Swedish media that the gunmen were wearing masks when they entered the restaurant in the Biskopsgarden section of Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city. One unidentified restaurant worker told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that they shot people in the head.
Sweden’s homicide rate has been steady in the past decade but police say they’ve seen an increase in shooting incidents in the major cities as part of turf wars between rival gangs.
Well, Sweden needs more tyranny then.
In 2013, there were 87 homicides reported in Sweden, about one-quarter of them in the greater Goteborg area, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
While violent crime is low compared with the United States, Swedish cities including Stockholm, Goteborg, and Malmo are dealing with the same kind of gang violence found — on a bigger scale — in American cities.
Was it live or was it memorex?
Continuing on to Finland:
"Opposition Center Party wins Finnish election" Associated Press April 20, 2015
HELSINKI — The opposition Center Party won Finland’s parliamentary election Sunday and its leader will become the country’s new prime minister.
Juha Sipila, the millionaire businessman who heads the party, declared victory before jubilant supporters and said he would approach the leaders of the three main parties Monday about forming a coalition.
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb conceded defeat. ‘‘It’s a fact that the Center Party has won the election,’’ Stubb said. ‘‘Now we have to focus . . . on how to get Finland back on track to growth.’’
With all the votes counted, the centrists had 49 seats in the 200-member Parliament, an increase of 14 from the previous election four years ago.
The populist, anti-immigration Finns Party, which shook Finnish politics with massive gains four years ago and advocates the ouster of Greece from the euro, was second with 38 seats, one fewer than in 2011.
Stubb’s conservative National Coalition party had 37 seats, down seven seats, followed by its main coalition partner, the Social Democrats with 34 seats, eight fewer than in the previous election.
Finland is in the midst of a three-year recession, and Stubb acknowledged before the voting that his government was slow to enact economic reforms.
It's a REJECTION of the $TATU$ QUO, and it's pandemic.
And like all governments, the way to fix things is take more money from your people:
"Finland’s progressive fines dent wallets big and small" by Suzanne Daley New York Times April 26, 2015
HELSINKI — Getting a speeding ticket is not a feel-good moment for anyone. But consider Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman.
He was recently fined $58,000 for traveling a modest, if illegal, 64 miles per hour in a 50-mile-per-hour zone. And no, the amount of the fine did not turn out to be a typo or a mistake of any kind.
Kuisla is a millionaire, and in Finland the fines for more serious speeding infractions are calculated according to income. The thinking here is that if it stings for the little guy, it should sting for the big guy, too.
Far be it from me to take the side of a rich guy, but.....
The ticket had its desired effect. Kuisla, 61, took to Facebook last month with 12 furious posts in which he included a picture of his speeding ticket and a picture of what that money could buy if it were not going to the state coffers — a new Mercedes.
He said he was seriously considering leaving Finland altogether, a position to which he held firm when reached by phone at a bar where he was watching horse races.
“The way things are done here makes no sense,” Kuisla sputtered, saying he would not be giving interviews. Before hanging up, he added: “For what and for whom does this society exist? It is hard to say.”
The Nordic countries have long had a strong egalitarian streak, embracing progressive taxation and high levels of social spending. Perhaps less well known is that they also practice progressive punishment, when it comes to certain fines. A rich person, many citizens here believe, should pay more for the same offense if justice is to be served. The question is: How much more?
On his Facebook page, quite a few of Kuisla’s friends offered their sympathy. But that did not seem to be the drift of public opinion. Elsewhere, it was easier to find Finns who were shrugging about his predicament.
I'm out-of-step again, huh?
At the University of Helsinki, Jussi Lahti, 35, a graduate student in geography, said he could understand that Kuisla was upset, but he considered the principle of an equal percentage fair. And, he added, Kuisla “had a choice when he decided to speed.”
The size of Kuisla’s ticket nonetheless drew considerable attention here, as television shows and newspapers debated the merits of Finland’s system, which uses a complex formula based on income to calculate an individual’s fines.
Some wondered whether the government should stop imposing such fines for infractions at relatively low speeds. Some suggested that a fine so big was really a form of taxation.
But the idea that the rich should pay heavier fines did not seem to be much in question.
“It is an old system,” said Pasi Kemppainen, chief superintendent at the National Police Board. “It may lead to high fines, but only for people who can afford it.”
In fact, the Finnish “day fine” system, also in use in some other Scandinavian countries, dates to the 1920s, when fines based on income were instituted for all manner of lesser crimes, such as petty theft and assault, and helped greatly reduce the prison population.
The fines are calculated based on half an offender’s daily net income with some consideration for the number of children under his or her roof and a deduction deemed to be enough to cover basic living expenses, currently about $277. Then, that figure is multiplied by the number of days of income the offender should lose, according to the severity of the offense.
Kuisla, 61, a betting man who parlayed his winnings into a real estate empire, was clocked speeding near the Seinajoki airport. Given the speed he was going, Kuisla was assessed eight days. His fine was then calculated from his 2013 income, more than $7 million.
Oh, so it's not like he was going to starve (for me it is the principle of the thing regarding these bankrupt governments. Come to think of it, how much government loot has he been given over all these years?).
The ticket has tapped into a broader debate about the coherence of the Finnish justice system. Kuisla’s speeding infraction is classified as a crime here, which could seem severe when other parts of the system are relatively lenient.
For instance, people convicted of murder could receive as little as nine years and could be released in 4½ years, said Kimmo Kiiski, a senior transport adviser with the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Look, it's FINNI$H FA$CI$M!
Now this is really silly:
"Most appendicitis patients need only antibiotics, study says" by Gina Kolata New York Times June 17, 2015
For more than 100 years, the standard treatment for appendicitis has been surgery. Now a large Finnish study provides the best evidence to date that most patients can be treated with antibiotics alone.
Three out of four who took antibiotics recovered easily, the researchers found. And none who had surgery after taking antibiotics were worse off for having waited.
“The time has come to consider abandoning routine appendectomy for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis, ” Dr. Edward H. Livingston, a surgeon and editor at the journal, who was not involved with the study, wrote in an editorial accompanying the report.
I'm sure it will cost a lot of sectors and surgeons some money.
The new study comes amid growing questions about the routine use of surgery to treat appendicitis, which strikes about 300,000 Americans a year, afflicting 1 out of 10 adults at some point in their lives.
The new results only apply to uncomplicated appendicitis, stressed Dr. Paulina Salminen, a surgeon at Turku University Hospital in Finland and lead author of the new study. She and her colleagues excluded the 20 percent of patients with complicated cases — people with perforated appendices or abdominal abscesses, and those with a little, rocklike blockage of the appendix called an appendicolith.
But Dr. Philip S. Barie, a surgeon at Weill Cornell Medical College, noted that antibiotics were not sufficient for more than a quarter of the patients in the new study and said the failure rate was unacceptable.
Patients should have the simple and safe operation to remove their appendix, he said, taking care of the problem quickly and permanently.
Even with the results of the Finnish study, many questions remain.
Like why the web Globe is adding so much more to the print copy?
Livingston began wondering about the role of surgery 10 years ago after he operated on a young man with appendicitis who experienced a rocky recovery.
In reviewing the medical literature, he found that much of the original research was done by a surgeon, Dr. Reginald H. Fitz, who in 1886 investigated why people die from pelvic infections.
Fitz looked at autopsy reports and found many patients whose appendices had been inflamed. That led him to conclude that the appendix may become injured, then infected, then gangrenous; finally, he theorized, a lethal infection spreads through the pelvis.
The way to prevent this dire chain of events, Fitz decided, was to remove the appendix. But more recent research has shown that the infected appendix does not become “gangrenous,” and — as even Fitz noticed — some patients simply get better on their own.
In the 1950s, soon after antibiotics were discovered, some doctors reported success using them to treat patients with appendicitis. But, Livingston wrote in his editorial, “So powerful is the perceived benefit of appendectomy for appendicitis that surgical treatment for appendicitis remains unquestioned, with seemingly little interest in studying the problem.”
That is what happens when an institution becomes vested in something.
Livingston also found that most appendices that perforate have already done so by the time the patient shows up at an emergency room. Those that have not perforated when the patient seeks medical help almost never do so.
People with so-called uncomplicated appendicitis, he concluded, seem to have a different disease — one that can be treated with antibiotics.
“The reason we take the appendix out and do it as an emergency is the belief, dating back to 1886, that the appendix will eventually become gangrenous and cause a pelvic abscess,” Livingston said.
The researchers decided to do open surgery instead of the more common laparoscopic surgery, Salminen said, in order to make their results generalizable to places where laparoscopic surgery is not available.
She added that although that was “a weakness” of the study, most of the surgical complications were from infections at the site of the incision, which could occur with laparoscopy too.
Barie said the decision not to employ laparoscopic surgery, which tends to be safer than open surgery, flawed the study’s results.
The researchers also decided to give the patients taking antibiotics three days of intravenous drugs in the hospital, followed by a week of antibiotic pills at home. That, Salminen admits, probably was more than was needed.
An American group is planning a clinical trial comparing laparoscopic surgery and a less powerful antibiotic than used in the Finnish study, given either as an injection followed by pills or as a one-day intravenous infusion followed by pills.
A person who has had one episode of appendicitis is at higher than usual risk for another. The US team will also try to assess whether these patients are more likely to rush to the emergency room for a CT scan each time they experience mild abdominal symptoms.
Conceivably, it could cost the medical system more in the end to keep treating these people unnecessarily than to simply remove their appendix with laparoscopic surgery during their initial bout with appendicitis.
They want to cut you open.
“Obviously, you can treat appendicitis with an antibiotic,” said Dr. David Flum, a surgeon at the University of Washington who will be a principal investigator in that study. “But from a patient’s point of view, should you?”
Accumulating data has led other experts to raise an even more controversial idea: Perhaps antibiotics aren’t always necessary, either. It is possible, some researchers say, that most people with appendicitis would get better on their own if doctors did nothing.
The Finnish team is now planning a clinical trial to test that theory.
I can see why the print version was cut. They don't want us knowing that.
Next stop, Denmark:
"Denmark shaken as two attacks leave two dead" by Steven Erlanger, New York Times February 14, 2015
LONDON — Two attacks shook Copenhagen Saturday, with a gunman spraying bullets into a cafe where a cartoonist who had caricatured the prophet Mohammad was speaking, followed hours later by a shooting near the city’s main synagogue.
Here we go again!
One man was killed in the cafe attack and three police officers were wounded; a man was shot in the head in the second attack and later died, and two police officers were wounded, news services reported. It was not clear if the two attacks were linked.
Police swarmed into the city center, evacuating a large subway and train station, setting up checkpoints and warning residents to remain indoors while those responsible remained at large.
Danes told to shelter in place!
The latest attacks come as Europe is increasingly on edge over the January attacks on a French satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris, one of the worst terrorist attacks in France.
You can pick up where I left off there.
Anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment is rising in Europe, and although there was no indication who was responsible for the shootings in Copenhagen, Twitter was ablaze with anti-Muslim indictments.
Fears are also rising about European Muslims who have become radicalized. Denmark, like many European countries, has seen young Danes going to Iraq and Syria to fight with jihadists. At least 100 Danes have done so.
I'm smelling a big dollop of propaganda and another false flag!
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt had earlier called the shooting at the Krudttoenden cafe a terrorist attack and said that the nation was on high alert.
“We feel certain now that it was a politically motivated attack, and thereby it was a terrorist attack,” Thorning-Schmidt said.
The artist who may have been the target at the cafe shooting, Lars Vilks, 68, was unharmed, and the police said Saturday evening that there had been only one gunman in that attack, after initially reporting there were two. The gunman, wearing a maroon balaclava over his head, escaped in a dark Volkswagen Polo, which was later found empty.
Sorry I'm getting so sour on the scripted bs.
The French ambassador to Denmark, who had been at the event, wrote on Twitter that he was unharmed.
Vilks has had regular protection from the Swedish police after death threats and at least one attempt on his life. On Saturday, the Danish police were guarding the cafe event, “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression,” and the gunman, who fired at least 30 rounds into the windows and doors, could not force his way in.
That a Swiss exhibit, and why is there a veil over it?
Like Vilks, the editor of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo — Stéphane Charbonnier, who was killed in the Paris attack — had been on a list of assassination targets issued by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and other radical Muslim groups. Others, like novelist Salman Rushdie, are still considered targets....
Remarkably, the seminar continued after the shooting(?).
Sure is smelling like another hoax and false flag.
"Danish police kill suspect in 2 fatal shootings; Attacks targeted cafe, synagogue" by Steven Erlanger, New York Times February 16, 2015
LONDON — Copenhagen police said Sunday they had shot and killed a man who they believed carried out two attacks that left two people dead, one at a cafe and one outside a synagogue, and wounded at least five police officers.
The police have identified the suspect but did not name him; they said Sunday that he was from Copenhagen and known to the security and intelligence services. But they said there was no indication he had traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight as a jihadi.
It's the same script, time after time after time, and it's really gotten old.
Investigators said the Danish-born suspect had a history of violence and weapons offenses and connections to a criminal gang, the Associated Press reported. They believe he carried out the attacks alone but are still investigating whether he had received any help.
Well, he won't be doing any talking, will he?
The first attack took place Saturday, when a gunman sprayed bullets into the cafe where a Swedish cartoonist who had caricatured the Prophet Mohammed was speaking.
That attack killed one man, who was identified Sunday by Danish media as Finn Norgaard, 55, a film director. Hours later, early Sunday, a man was shot and killed outside the city’s main synagogue, according to the police.
Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, a leader of Denmark’s Jewish community, said that victim was guarding the entrance of a building adjacent to the synagogue.
He said that about 80 people were inside the synagogue at the time, celebrating a bat mitzvah, and that the police had been asked to provide protection after the cafe shooting. Denmark’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior, identified the Jewish victim as Dan Uzan, 37, a longtime security guard.
The dual attacks in Copenhagen had a copycat resemblance to last month’s attacks in Paris, which began with gunshots aimed at cartoonists and followed with gunshots aimed at a Jewish target.
And if that was a false flag fake, well.... !!!!
“Denmark has been hit by terror,” the Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said Sunday. “We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator’s actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech.” She added: “This is not a war between Islam and the West.”
Why you making it one with outrageous statements like that while waving the "free speech" card.
She later visited the Copenhagen synagogue and said: “The Jewish community is a large and integrated part of Danish society,” adding, “Together we will shield Denmark from the kind of attack we saw last night.”
Denmark is obviously owned by the Zionists.
Jorgen Skov, a police inspector, said at a news conference Sunday that the police had shot and killed the suspect after he opened fire on officers in the Norrebro neighborhood. The shooter was confronted by the police as he returned to an address they were keeping under surveillance, Skov said.
Isn't that the last place the patsy would go?
The police suspected the man had been involved in the killings, in part because of information from video surveillance and from a taxi driver who had picked up the suspect. When the suspect returned to his address at 4:50 a.m., the police said, he responded to their shouts with gunfire and was killed.
It was a dramatic two days in Copenhagen, with 30 shots fired Saturday into a cafe at a public seminar on “Art, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression,” intended to discuss the January attack in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper that had reprinted Danish cartoons of Mohammed.
The center of Copenhagen was shut down, and the police told residents to stay inside as they conducted their search in the trendy Norrebro neighborhood.
The latest violence comes as Europe is increasingly on edge after the January attacks in Paris, when 17 people died, representing the worst spasm of terrorism in France in decades.
European governments, including Denmark, are trying to stop young Muslims from traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight as jihadis.
At least 5,000 Europeans are estimated to have already done so — at least 100 of them Danish — and there are fears some fighters will return home and commit domestic terrorism acts.
‘‘The people of the United States stand united with the people of Denmark and all others who defend the universal right of freedom of speech and stand against anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms,’’ said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
She makes one want to puke.
"2 men suspected of helping Copenhagen gunman are arrested" by Melissa Eddy, New York Times February 17, 2015
COPENHAGEN — Two men suspected of helping the 22-year-old gunman responsible for killing a documentary filmmaker and a guard in Copenhagen in terrorism attacks have been arrested, Danish police said Monday.
The two men, who were not identified, were detained Sunday in raids in Norrebro, the neighborhood where the gunman was killed by officers as he opened fire. A judge ruled Monday that they were to remain in custody for 10 days, pending the outcome of an investigation on suspicion of assisting the gunman.
The two men were believed to have helped shelter the gunmen and to have disposed of a weapon, Danish authorities said.
I love good fiction.
The authorities had previously said the gunman appeared to have operated on his own, and the prime minister said Monday that there was no evidence of a wider plot.
“We have no indication at this stage that he was part of a cell,” Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said. “But we will of course in the coming time evaluate our fight against radicalization. We are already doing a lot.”
Thousands of people turned out for a memorial rally in Copenhagen on Sunday, marching through the city in freezing temperatures. The public response was similar to the mass gatherings in the streets of Paris following attacks there.
My suspicion is they are all hired hands.
Smaller vigils were set to be held in other Danish cities and another mass memorial is planned in the capital Monday.
They are milking this, which means a larger agenda is at work.
Heavily armed officers spread out Sunday through Norrebro, where the gunman was believed to have lived, searching apartments and raiding an Internet cafe.
Oh, it's the Denmark excuse for martial law.
Joergen Skov, a police spokesman, said Monday that the gunman had visited the cafe between the attacks Saturday, adding that police were looking for information from anyone on who had seen him at the time.
“We are of course interested in whether he was alone and whether he was carrying anything and in which direction he went,” Skov said.
Danes responded to the attack with a mixture of regret and resolve. Mourners paid tribute to the victims by depositing flowers and candles at the sites of the killings, and Thorning-Schmidt vowed to “defend our democracy and Denmark.”
This is being so misappropriated I don't even need to research whether it is a deception.
But the attacks, which came a few weeks after a three-day onslaught in the Paris area left 17 dead, and police raids in Belgium a week later, heightened concerns about terrorism in Europe.
The gunman, identified in Danish news reports as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, appears to have shared some traits with at least two of the militants responsible for the Paris violence, notably a criminal record and an abrupt transition from street crime to Islamic militancy.
Yeah, tie 'em all together. Maybe that will convince us to believe it.
Copenhagen police have not publicly identified the gunman, saying only that he was 22 years old, was born and raised in Denmark, and was known to law enforcement officers because of gang-related activity and several criminal offenses linked to weapons violations and violence.
Hussein was released from jail two weeks ago and may have been radicalized during his incarceration, the Associated Press reported, citing a source close to the investigation.
Copenhagen’s dense network of video surveillance cameras captured the gunman as he moved from one place to the next, and the police released several images of him Monday. They appealed for any witnesses to come forward with information.
"Danish police had received warning on gunman; Prison officials viewed attacker as radicalization risk" by Karl Ritter and Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press February 18, 2015
COPENHAGEN — Despite a warning from prison authorities that the gunman behind a weekend shooting spree in Copenhagen was at risk of being radicalized in jail, Danish intelligence officials insisted Tuesday they had no reason to believe he was plotting attacks after his release.
So which agency set him up and delivered him for his role in this fiction?
Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team early Sunday after attacks on a free-speech event and a synagogue that killed two people and wounded five.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service, known by its Danish acronym PET, acknowledged that the 22-year-old gunman was flagged in September under a program meant to alert PET to ‘‘inmates who are at risk of radicalization.’’
The endless stream of propaganda has become a PET peeve of mine!
Hussein, a Denmark native with Palestinian parents, was in pretrial detention at the time for seriously wounding a train passenger in a knife attack, court documents show.
OF COURSE! WHY NOT!?
What prompted prison authorities to sound the alarm is unclear, but PET said that the information gave the agency ‘‘no reason to believe that the now deceased 22-year-old alleged perpetrator was planning attacks.’’
PET also said it did not have any intelligence before the gunman’s shooting sprees at a cultural center and synagogue that an attack was imminent. PET chief Jens Madsen declined to elaborate when reached by phone Tuesday.
Then what good is the dragnet, and that's the point of this exercise: more tyranny needed in Denmark!
‘‘We are in the middle of an investigation with many aspects, many things to look into; there are lots of unanswered questions right now,’’ Madsen said.
It means all the loose ends of the sloppy cover story have yet to be threaded together.
A Danish documentary filmmaker and a Jewish security guard died, and five police officers were wounded in the shootings before the gunman was killed.
Two sources close to the case identified the gunman as Hussein. They spoke on condition of anonymity because his identity has not been released by police. One said Hussein was released from jail about two weeks before the attacks after serving time for the train stabbing.
Court documents from that case describe Hussein as a repeat offender with a record of violence and weapons violations. During previous stints in prison, Hussein was deemed at risk of falling ever deeper into a life of crime.
He was offered ‘‘support and guidance regarding personal and social circumstances,’’ but declined.
However, there was no mention of any radical views.
‘‘Nothing like that came up during the trial,’’ said his defense lawyer in the case, Rolf Lindegaard Gregersen.
The Danish Parliament opened Tuesday with a minute of silence for the victims of the shooting attacks.
Authorities have said the gunman may have been inspired by last month’s terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris. But Denmark’s prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said there was no indication he was part of a wider cell, and no known terrorist group has taken responsibility for the attacks.
Police are still looking for potential accomplices. On Monday, a judge ordered 10 days of pretrial detention for two people accused of helping Hussein get rid of a weapon while evading authorities. Both men deny the charges, said Michael Juul Eriksen, a defense lawyer for one of the two.
Hussein’s first target was a cultural center hosting a panel discussion with a Swedish artist who had caricatured the prophet Mohammed.
The artist, Lars Vilks, was whisked away unharmed by his bodyguards. A 55-year-old documentary filmmaker was killed and three police officers were wounded.
Vilks said by phone on Tuesday that he expects security to be raised at any future events that he attends and that he has faith in his bodyguards.
‘‘I have not feared for my life in a long time. I have security,’’ he said.
The second shooting happened outside the synagogue after midnight Sunday, where the gunman opened fire on the 37-year-old Jewish security guard and two police officers.
Police fired back during the first shooting, apparently missing the gunman; it is unclear whether the officers outside the synagogue fired their guns.
Denmark has foiled a series of terror plots since the 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper triggered riots in Muslim countries and calls for vengeance.
"Copenhagen gunman used assault rifle, 2 handguns" Associated Press February 19, 2015
COPENHAGEN — The gunman behind weekend shootings at a free speech seminar and a synagogue in Copenhagen used an assault rifle and two handguns in the attacks, Danish police said.
Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, 22, was killed in firefight with police early Sunday after a shooting spree authorities say may have been inspired by the Paris terror attacks.
Copenhagen police confirmed his identity late Tuesday, after several media, including the Associated Press, had already confirmed it through sources.
In the first attack, Hussein killed a Danish filmmaker outside the building hosting the free speech seminar Saturday with a single shot from a M95 assault rifle, police spokesman Joergen Skov said. Hussein then sprayed the entrance with 27 bullets, wounding three police officers inside.
After fleeing the scene, Hussein appeared nine hours later outside a synagogue in Copenhagen where he fired nine rounds with two hand guns, killing a security guard and wounding two officers. Skov said Hussein carried the two handguns when he was shot by a SWAT team Sunday.
That much of a time lag, huh? And he was able to get over there with the nation on alert, huh?
"Denmark questions role of Islam as a motive for attacks" by Andrew Higgins, New York Times February 20, 2015
COPENHAGEN — Arrested for stabbing a 19-year-old passenger on a commuter train in November 2013, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein blamed his brutal, random, and nearly fatal attack on the effects of hashish, telling a court that he had been gripped by wild fear and thought his victim wanted to hurt him.
Another pious, drug-addicted, Islamic extremists. Whatever.
Last weekend, just two weeks after his release from prison for the knife attack, El-Hussein went on another violent rampage, killing two strangers and wounding five police officers. But this time he was gripped not by drugs but by a fanatical strand of Islam whose mission, according to a message he posted on Facebook shortly before the attacks, “is to destroy you. We will come to you with slaughter and death.”
Message: Islam is worse than drugs.
El-Hussein’s journey from drug-addled street thug to self-proclaimed jihadi declaring loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group has stirred soul-searching in liberal-minded Denmark on whether Islam in fact was a prime motivator for his violence or merely served as a justifying cover for violent criminality.
“This is a very difficult question to answer,” said Manu Sareen, the minister for integration and social affairs, who shortly before the attacks launched a program to combat radicalization.
That same question squarely confronts other European countries and the United States. As President Obama holds a summit on ways to combat the lure of jihad in Western nations, he has come under criticism for his cautious language distancing violent extremism from Islam.
I'm sitting on a draft of that bs meeting. Maybe I'll post it soon. Maybe I'll just dump it instead.
The link between the two has become a wellspring of debate in Europe, as societies grapple with the same messy knot of motives and influences after recent attacks in Denmark and France and a thwarted plot in Belgium. All involved angry, alienated young Muslims.
Often the attackers invoke Islam. But just as often, well before they had found religion, the professed jihadis built up long track records as violent criminals. Although many have become radicalized in prisons, they often seem determined to find an outlet for their violence one way or another.
Again, I'm sick and tired of Jew York Times war propaganda. Sorry.
One of a trio of gunmen responsible for the killing spree that terrorized Paris in January, Amedy Coulibaly, similarly fit the bill, with at least six arrests — five for robbery and one for drugs — before his embrace of Islamic extremism led him to storm a kosher grocery store and kill four people.
“This is classic trajectory into jihadist terrorism in Europe. There is not a single pathway, but this one is very worrying,” said Thomas Hegghammer, an expert on jihadi movements at Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. “They are misfits who find a solution to their problems in radical Islam.”
Too bad it is western intelligence agencies and their Muslim allies that have created, funded, and directed the very enemies they are claiming to fight.
Detailing measures Thursday to fight terrorism, including extra funding for intelligence services, Danish officials did not mention religion while vowing to defend what Mette Frederiksen, the justice minister, described as “one of the most generous societies.’’
What was I $aying above?
Danish Islamic agencies, including the mosque that rallied hostility to Denmark in the Muslim world for the 2005 publication of 12 cartoons of the prophet Mohammed by the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, condemned Hussein’s weekend attacks on a Copenhagen cafe.
Whenever the agenda-pushing war-promoting media flogs an event I know it is/was a false flag or complete fiction.
Junaid Mann, an ex-gang member who went to the same Copenhagen boxing club as El-Hussein, said he did not know the gunman well but crossed paths with him at the gym. “He was a criminal who went nuts,” he said.“I don’t think this attack had anything to do with Islam.”
Another boxing guy like the patsy Tsarnaevs!
C'mon, guys! What are you, running out of scripts?
Mann, who now works as a counselor to troubled Muslims, said Denmark and other European nations needed to defend, not stigmatize, Islam as only this can combat “street Islam,” a toxic jumble of lines from the Koran and political passions plucked from the Internet.
Olivier Roy, a leading French expert on Islam, has taken a similar line, telling Information, a Danish newspaper, that Denmark should counter wild strains of Islam by building up a “national version of Islam” using state funding for mosques and preachers, just as it funds Denmark’s state church.
But Sareen, the minister responsible for integration, said such an approach would do nothing to “prevent scenes like we saw at the weekend” because youths do not get radicalized in mosques but in jail or at home viewing YouTube videos.
Then get rid of JewTube like the Confederate flag (kinda silly, but....)
"Thousands of people of different faiths Saturday formed a human ring outside the synagogue in Copenhagen where a Jewish security guard was fatally shot last month. Organizer Niddal El-Jabr said the idea was to ‘‘send a powerful statement’’ that ‘‘Jews should be able to have their religion in peace.’’ (AP)"
Yeah, the poor, set-upon Jews, cue the somber cello music, etc, etc, etc.
Can someone change that tune?
"Denmark’s center-right opposition wins election" Associated Press June 19, 2015
COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s center-right opposition won a parliamentary election after strong gains by an anti-immigration party that wants to limit the European Union’s influence over the small Nordic country, official results showed.
The rejection of Zionist-occupied government by the people continues! Wow!
With all votes counted, preliminary official results showed the opposition bloc led by Lars Loekke Rasmussen, a former prime minister, would get the 90 seats needed to secure a majority in the 179-seat legislature.
‘‘Four years ago we handed over the keys to the prime minister’s office. I then said it was only a loan,’’ he told supporters in Copenhagen.
‘‘There is a majority that believes that Denmark needs a new government and gives us a possibility to get the keys back,’’ he added.
His main opponent, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, conceded defeat, saying she would resign as prime minister and leader of the Social Democratic Party on Friday.
‘‘We were beaten on the finish line,’’ said Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s first female leader. ‘‘I know that Lars Loekke loves Denmark and he should be happy that he takes over a Denmark that is in great shape.’’
How quickly they forget, huh?
If you had any doubt about these attacks being another in a long litany of lies, well, here's the confirmation:
"Netanyahu urges Jews to leave Europe" by Josef Federman, Associated Press February 16, 2015
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel after a deadly shooting near Copenhagen’s main synagogue, renewing a blunt message that has upset some of Israel’s friends in Europe.
Netanyahu said that at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel is the only place where Jews can truly feel safe. His comments triggered an angry response from Copenhagen’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior, who said he was disappointed by the remarks.
“People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism. But not because of terrorism,” Melchior said. ‘‘If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.’’
I'm surprised to see that word in my Zionist-owned pre$$.
Netanyahu issued his call during the weekly meeting of his Cabinet, which approved a previously scheduled $46 million plan to encourage Jewish immigration from France, Belgium, and Ukraine — countries where large numbers of Jews have expressed interest in moving to Israel.
Good thing there are no problems or poor people in Israel.
France and Belgium have experienced deadly attacks on their Jewish communities in recent years, most recently an attack in Paris last month that killed four Jews at a kosher market. Ukraine, meanwhile, is in the midst of a conflict between government troops and Russian-backed separatists.
What does that last one have to do with the other? Slip of the pen?
‘‘This wave of attacks is expected to continue,’’ Netanyahu told his Cabinet. ‘‘Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.’’
Look at him exploiting tragedy for his own political purposes. How vile!
Netanyahu’s comments came amid a tight reelection campaign ahead of March 17 elections.
That he stole, btw.
Seeking a third consecutive term, he has focused his campaign on Israel’s security needs, repeatedly warning voters about the many threats from Islamic radicals throughout the region. There was no immediate reaction from his chief opponents.
Netanyahu spoke at a time of rising tensions with European countries over Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, captured territories claimed by the Palestinians. Some Israelis believe such criticism has helped fuel anti-Semitism.
Yeah, funny how these false flags keep popping up every time things get tough for Israel.
Btw, the criticism is separate from the false charge, thank you. It's the ACTIONS they take, not WHO they are.
European leaders, however, have insisted that their criticism has no bearing on the treatment of their own Jewish communities. When Netanyahu rushed to France after the deadly supermarket standoff and urged the country’s Jews to move to Israel, French leaders signaled their unhappiness.
No one likes to see him coming!
‘‘France, without the Jews of France, is no longer France,’’ French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at the time.
He then dropped to his knees, unzipped fly, pulled down trou, and performed French fellatio on his masters.
The government has since increased protection at synagogues, Jewish schools, and other sites.
French Jews have been increasingly migrating to Israel, a pattern that dismayed the French government well before the attacks at the kosher supermarket and since has left top officials pleading for them to stay. In 2014, more than 7,000 French Jews left, more than double the number for 2013.
I'd be celebrating.
The exodus from France accelerated after the March 2012 attacks by Mohammed Merah, who stormed a Jewish school in Toulouse, killing three children and a rabbi.
Was anyone fooled by that?
Last month’s attack in France was part of a wave of violence that killed a total of 17 people carried out by extremists who claimed allegiance to the Al Qaeda and Islamic State extremist groups.
The U.S. knocks that many out with a drone strike.
Also see: Danish DJs Pull a Rabbit Out of a Hat
Oh, I'm sorry. I thought it said Rabbi.
I remember seeing something about Belgium:
"Accused Belgian jihadi recruiter gets 12-year term" by Andrew Higgins, New York Times February 12, 2015
BRUSSELS — In a case seen as a test of Europe’s ability to combat Islamic extremism through the courts, a Belgian judge Wednesday ruled that Sharia4Belgium, a group accused of recruiting fighters for Syria, was a terrorist organization and sentenced the group’s leader to 12 years in prison.
The trial began in September in Antwerp and has drawn attention in Europe amid a debate on how to fight radicalization, particularly after gunmen killed 17 people last month in Paris and its surroundings.
The principal defendant in the Belgian case, Fouad Belkacem, 32, a petty criminal turned religious zealot who led Sharia4Belgium, has not been directly linked to any terrorist attacks. Defense lawyers argued that the organization merely aimed to provoke public opinion, comparing it to the dissident Russian rock group Pussy Riot and the radical Ukrainian feminist organization Femen.
In other words, it is more controlled opposition.
But the Correctional Tribunal in Antwerp dismissed those arguments in its verdict Wednesday. It described Sharia4Belgium as a terrorist group that helped recruit dozens of young Belgian Muslims as fighters for extremist groups in Syria that embrace an ultraconservative strand of Islam known as Salafism.
Belkacem, unlike many other defendants in the trial, never traveled to Syria to join Islamic State or other militant groups. Yet Judge Luc Potargent described the defendant as the driving force behind Sharia4Belgium and said he was therefore responsible for turning others into jihadi militants.
All I can think of is what do we do with war-promoting newspaper?
“Belkacem is responsible for the radicalization of young men to prepare them for Salafist combat, which has at its core no place for democratic values,” Potargent said in his decision, according to Agence France-Presse. “Sharia4Belgium recruited these young men for armed combat and organized their departure for Syria.”
In addition to Belkacem, 45 other defendants were accused of joining the group, but only eight were in the courtroom. The others are either fighting in Syria or have reportedly died.
Seven members of the group were sentenced to three to five years in prison. The court acquitted a mother who had been accused of providing money for her son to travel to Syria, the Belgian media reported.
Sharia4Belgium, said Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a researcher who has observed jihadis who travel to Syria, played a key role in turning Belgium into Europe’s biggest source of jihadi fighters, as a proportion of the total population.
Just kill 'em all then.
World War III: Battle For the Balkans
World War III: Battle For the Mediterranean
That's getting a little too far south so let's return to where we started:
"Norway, in Push Against Climate Change, Will Divest From Coal" by John Schwartz New York Times June 06, 2015
NEW YORK — Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest such fund in the world, will sell many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks.
That's quite an endowment.
So when do they divest from Israel?
Parliament voted Friday to order the fund to shift its holdings out of billions of dollars of stock in companies whose businesses rely at least 30 percent on coal. A committee vote last week made Friday’s decision all but a formality; it will take effect next year.
The decision is certain to add momentum to a push to divest fossil fuel stocks that emerged three years ago on college campuses.
Related: Harvard Hotheads
They were just letting off some steam.
Also see: Time for Harvard to cut its investments in fossil fuels
Paulson’s $400m gift to Harvard is school’s largest ever
Kids didn't seem too occupied about that. What a bunch of controlled-opposition frauds or do-gooder dupes. It would be funny were it not so sad.
"Normally, I’m reluctant to criticize anyone who decides to give away money. But the Paulson gift — and the sheer voraciousness of the Harvard money machine —- shines an unflattering spotlight on the wealth gap in higher education and the ways in which it is perpetuated. The concentration of academic wealth is a serious problem for higher education. The struggle to pay for college is a defining middle-class issue, and education remains the most valuable steppingstone to help young poor people move up. The vast majority of those people have no connection to America’s wealthiest universities. It’s becomes a system in which the rich get richer and the rest fall farther behind. And even among elite schools, the scale of the financial strength of Harvard and its $35.9 billion endowment is off the charts. And here is Harvard’s official position on its own wealth: More, please. Two years ago, Harvard kicked off the public phase of a $6.5 billion fund-raising campaign. The university had already raised about $2.8 billion of gifts in a more private fashion. It was designed to be nothing less than the biggest university fund drive of all time."
Hey, they are feeding the hungry!
Members of the Rockefeller family, whose fortune derives from Standard Oil, also pledged last year to remove fossil fuel investments, beginning with coal, from their philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Margaretta ‘Happy’ Rockefeller, 88; widow of former vice president
Rockefeller to mark 100th birthday with land gift in Maine
Such wonderful people.
The decision by various funds to sell fossil fuel stocks has little or no impact on the vast market capitalization of most companies. For that reason, the divestment movement has long been dismissed by many institutions, especially oil companies, as symbolic.
Then why is Israel always complaining about it?
But divestment decisions from funds such as Norway’s are important because they require discussions that once seemed taboo, said Bob Massie, a climate activist and a founder of the Investor Network on Climate Risk, an organization of institutional investors affiliated with the business environmental group Ceres.
When I see the BDS movement in my pos Jewish public relations pre$$ I will be impressed.
“It lays the groundwork for the transformation of cultural and political views in a major topic that people would rather avoid,” he said. “This requires people to say, ‘What are we going to do? What are our choices? What do we believe in?’”
Massie, who was deeply involved during the 1980s in the South African divestment movement and who wrote a well-regarded history of it, said that in both cases, “there’s a mysterious process by which an unthinkable, ridiculous proposition becomes possible.”
Divesting from the economically battered coal industry is a more selective move than a broad action against all fossil fuels. But Jamie Henn, a cofounder of 350.org, a group that has promoted divestment, said that coal was the most environmentally damaging fossil fuel and that the various divestment decisions “send a clear political signal that we think will hasten the industry’s inevitable decline — and push governments to take broader action.”
Marthe Skaar, a spokeswoman for Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the huge Norwegian fund, said its goal is “safeguarding and building financial wealth for future generations in Norway.” Its reasons for divesting include “long-established climate-change risk-management expectations,” she said.
Norway’s decision underscores its ambivalence about fossil fuels. The fund is nicknamed the “oil fund” because its wealth comes from the nation’s oil and gas revenues. But proponents of the move say it helps prevent Norway from compounding the environmental damage its own production causes by investing in environmentally destructive companies.
Truls Gulowsen, the head of Greenpeace Norway, called his country’s decision “a great first step” that shows his nation understands that it was “nonsense to use oil money to invest in coal.” Now the nation must further understand “the nonsense of investing oil money in more oil,” he added.
Svein Flatten, a member of Parliament from the Conservative Party, said lawmakers acted because investments in coal companies have “both financial risks and climate risks.” He added, however, that this was not a step toward any other action. “The fund shall not be, and they really are not, a tool for political purposes,” he said.
Many institutions have pushed back against the divestment movement. Drew Faust, the president of Harvard, has stated that while climate change is an important issue, the university can address it through research, education, and its own practices, and that dropping fossil fuel investments is not “warranted or wise.” The endowment, she has said, should not be used “to impel social or political change.” Middlebury College, where 350.org founder Bill McKibben teaches, has also resisted pressure to divest.
David W. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College in California, opposes divestment. He said in an interview that schools and institutions that announce divestment decisions often do so in symbolic moves with no real sacrifice or change of policy.
“We actually don’t have any investments in coal, but to make an announcement of that type didn’t seem terribly useful,” he said. Oxtoby, a climate researcher, called the divestment activism a distraction from efforts that could bring about real change, such as getting government to tax oil and gas to reduce consumption.
OMG, these guys NEVER STOP!!
Norway’s decision, Oxtoby said, is similarly symbolic — especially when compared with the kind of commitment that might involve leaving significant portions of the nation’s oil and gas reserves untapped.
I'm tired of pre$$ imagery, illusion, and symbolism. Sorry.
"Divestment is an empty gesture" by Alex Beam June 11, 2015
With considerable fanfare, Norway, the largest oil producer in the North Sea, has announced its (partial) “fossil fuel divestment.” The country’s $890 billion sovereign wealth fund intends to sell off stocks of companies mining or exploiting coal.
This is a great moment in Nordic hypocrisy, rivaled only by “neutral” Sweden collaborating with Nazi Germany during World War II.
I knew they were going to make it in here somewhere.
Norway wouldn’t have $890 billion to finance its welfare state if not for fossil fuels. And while divestment chatter may provide some ideological conscience balm, it will have zero effect on fossil fuel consumption, and a negligible impact on energy companies’ stocks.
If Norway wanted to curb fossil fuel consumption, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, it would stop pumping oil and gas out of the North Sea. But that would involve actual sacrifice, as opposed to empty posturing.
Ironists will note that Norway is following the lead of the $870 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which last year decided to pare its portfolio of fossil fuel holdings, starting with coal and tar sands. Absent fossil fuel exploitation, there wouldn’t be a Rockefeller Brothers Fund – heck, there wouldn’t be any Rockefellers. The family fortune started with a trickle of black goo in northwestern Pennsylvania.
I wonder, idly, if America’s fossil fuel reserves were in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont, would it be so easy for right-thinking people to demand a halt to the economic activity that is the lifeblood of states such as Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, and Oklahoma? In coal country, they think the coastal elites have declared a “war on coal” because it costs them nothing to do so. Are they wrong?
Divestment chatter has been very much alive on college campuses, at least until students went home last week. Yale students upstaged their Harvard counterparts in April by getting arrested – you can watch the genteel affair on video – just days before Harvard students kicked off Divest Harvard’s “Heat Week.” That featured the equally well-mannered occupation of Massachusetts Hall, where Harvard’s president Drew Faust holds court.
Faust has pushed back against the children’s crusade for divestment, noting “a troubling inconsistency in the notion that, as an investor, we should boycott a whole class of companies at the same time that, as individuals and as a community, we are extensively relying on those companies’ products and services for so much of what we do every day.” Translation: How do you think we keep the lights on at Widener Library?
Good point there!
Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Pomona College president David Oxtoby, a climate change scientist, declared himself “a profound skeptic” of fossil fuel divestments, which he called “feel-good measures that have no effect on actual greenhouse-gas production.”
He noted that Pomona, like Stanford University, could have made news by divesting its coal stocks. But, he said, coal stocks “are mostly unappealing companies” that hardly figure in universities’ portfolios. “We could have made the same ‘divestment’ announcement without making a single change in our endowment — or a dent in climate change.”
Of course, if young people really wanted to strike a blow at fossil fuel consumption, they could set fire to the second car in their parents’ driveways. (I’m OK; my sons don’t read the paper.) But then how would they get to the climate change rally? Yet another of life’s complicated paradoxes.
And then you have John Kerry and Obama flying all over the place while selling the carbon tax to us.
Just as SILLI:
"In Oslo, Afghan women take part in unofficial talks with Taliban officials" Associated Press June 06, 2015
KABUL — Taliban representatives have held unprecedented meetings with a large delegation of Afghan women in Norway’s capital this week, an apparently incremental step in efforts to end a bitter 14-year war that has killed thousands, officials said Friday.
It was unclear whether such meetings, while representing a striking change, offer more than rhetoric as Taliban insurgents continue to threaten and kill women seeking education and employment as a constitutional right in Afghanistan.
While the meetings were informal, they signal a potential for the Taliban to shift on hard-line positions to facilitate an eventual dialogue with the Afghan government. They also highlight fears among Afghan women about just what the Kabul administration might be prepared to sacrifice to end the war, once a formal dialogue begins.
The talks were part of the Norwegian government’s efforts to broker peace in Afghanistan. Both Taliban members and Afghan officials confirmed the talks but offered little details, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the nature of the sessions.
‘‘This meeting with the opposition is not a formal peace dialogue,’’ the Taliban announced in a statement....
ISIS is beheading Taliban now, and that was the last I saw of Afghan peace talks in my war-promoting pre$$.
"Denmark's Royal Palace says the leader of Denmark's center-right Liberals will present a new small, minority government with his party alone but backed by a parliamentary majority. The palace says Lars Loekke Rasmussen on Sunday will present his new government, whose survival relies on the populist, anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, which came second in the June 18 elections, and two other parties. Loekke Rasmussen has vowed to further tighten Denmark's controls on immigration."
I was told it was there, but it isn't.
Also see: Russia
has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA which, if carried out, would
prevent NATO from reinforcing the Baltic states, claims US security
British students hurt in Belgium crash
Youth camp resumes 4 years after massacre on Norwegian isle