Monday, June 27, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/27/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/27/2011Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered the country’s defense establishment to stop the new Gaza flotilla from reaching its destination. The ships are being offered alternate off-loading ports in Israel itself. The IDF is being asked to avoid violence if possible, but is tasked with stopping any ships from reaching Gaza.

In other news, the deputy prime minister of Greece criticized opponents of the country’s austerity plan, some of whom are demanding a withdrawal from the eurozone and a return to the drachma. The austerity debate has been taken up in parliament while the mass protests in Athens continue.

Meanwhile, residents in villages 30 to 40 km away from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been discovered to have radioactive urine.

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Opus #6 said...

Has Fukushima stopped glowing yet? No.

Thank God for Netanyahu and his common-sense style. The world needs him.

Nick said...

Re. the link to the moscow times for the Caucasus story - my browser doesn't like it. (This site may harm your computer etc ...)

JS123 said...

The Netherlands abandons multiculturalism:

Dymphna said...

Here's that URL as a link, JS123

The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism

If you go to the link, you can get the embeds to the letter and the 15 page action plan.

IIRC, the Hudson Institute was less conservative than this way back when. The sidebar of essays looks intriguing indeed.
Those are sweeping reforms!

A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society."

The letter continues: "A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups."

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, "it is not the government's job to integrate immigrants." The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.

If necessary, the government will introduce extra measures to allow the removal of residence permits from immigrants who fail their integration course.

The measures are being imposed by the new center-right government of Conservatives (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA), with parliamentary support from the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV), whose leader, Geert Wilders, is currently on trial in Amsterdam for "inciting hatred" against Muslims.

We can thank Wilders for this. He pushed, and hard, and obviously the others can see the writing on the wall -- and the many citizens involved in writing the messages thereon.

They say:

The report concludes that Dutch society is poorly equipped to resist the threat of radical Islam because of "a culture of permissiveness" that has become synonymous with "closing one's eyes" to multiple transgressions of the law.

Do click on the link and scroll to the bottom to see the conversion of Interior Minister Donner. Too bad American politicians are so brittle that this kind of turn-around --the article says, "late-in-life conversion" -- doesn't happen at this level of governance.

I mean too bad for us...