Sweden: Journaille Calls Beheading “Knife Damage to the Neck”

Swedish media more worried about hate speech than ISIS

Canadians are quite familiar with the new socially progressive euphemisms that the media has adopted, “irregular migration” ISIS fighters are “foreign travellers” and so on.

Well, here is the newest phrase to the Social Justice lexicon: brutal beheadings are now “knife damage to the neck”.

According to Russia Today, that was the phrase used multiple times by the Swedish broadcaster.  

However, this might not be the worst part of their coverage.

The TV broadcast completely left out the ISIS connections of the attackers, and focused on telling people that sharing the video online could result in four years in jail for hate speech and incitement.

A few things need to be made clear.

The attackers are on video pledging their allegiance to ISIS and their leader Abu-Baker Al-Baghdadi.

They state that their interpretation of Islam is the motivation for the murder. Yet, according to RT, Sweden’s public broadcaster commented that simply restating what they said themselves could constitute a hate crime.

Read the whole thing below the fold.

Do black Africans have an entitlement to invade Europe?

‘Your skin colour was a crime’: African migrants in Algeria

By Giacomo Zandonini

Sub-Saharan migrants tell stories of horror, activists note that forced deportation from Algeria is an ongoing trend.

Data collected by Amnesty International show a sharp increase in collective expulsions from Algeria to Niger since 2014 [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]
Data collected by Amnesty International show a sharp increase in collective expulsions from Algeria to Niger since 2014 [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]

In 1991, Michael George Johnson was 11 years old when he left his country for the first time.

Both his parents were killed months earlier in one of post-independence Africa’s worst instances of bloodshed, the Liberian civil war.

Johnson spent the following 27 years searching for a safe place to settle and trying to leave the ghosts of the conflict behind. One day – at the beginning of October – he arrived in Niger, having survived a week-long, forced trip through the Algerian desert.

Johnson was one of dozens of mass expulsions of migrants in 2018 [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]

“We’ve been gathered in buses, travelling from town to town without food, obliged to walk for 30km in the Sahara with a gun to our heads, and packed like animals in a truck until we reached Agadez,” he recalled.

The convoy carried a total of 279 people, rounded up in police operations all over Algeria.

“There were Cameroonians, Ivorians, Guineans, Nigeriens, women and children, we saw everything there,” he added.

Johnson’s forced trip was one among dozens of mass expulsions of migrants organised by Algerian authorities in 2018, attracting international criticism over the country’s treatment of sub-Saharan citizens, often abandoned in the desert, hours away from the closest border post in Niger.

‘Terrible year’

“2018 has been a terrible year for migrant workers in Algeria, marked by the biggest number of arrests and deportations ever,” human rights activist Fouad Hassam told Al Jazeera.

A member of the Algerian League to Defend Human Rights, Hassam assisted some migrant workers in the city of Oran, his hometown in north-west Algeria, and has received threats for his work.

“Civil society actors and NGOs have been attacked for defending migrants,” he said over the phone.

“But this is only a part of the collective paranoia that rules our country: activists, bloggers, journalists, unionists or artists are seen as a menace, and migrants as well.”

One of the first expulsions of migrants, he explains, was triggered by a fight between some sub-Saharan workers and locals in the suburbs of Algiers two years ago. Security forces arrested 1500 sub-Saharans, deporting hundreds to the border with Niger.

“From that moment on, things only got worse: your skin colour was a crime,” Hassam said. “No matter what your legal status, you could be locked up and deported anytime, only for being black.”

Security forces arrested 1500 sub-Saharans in 2016, according to Hassam [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]

Johnson says he experienced that persecution firsthand.

“I knew that Algeria was unsafe,” he recounts, “but after endless travels, I could finally work as a daily labourer in construction sites, earning something to fulfil my dream, which is to reach France.”

‘Journey through hell’

In the years preceding, Johnson lived in Mauritania, the Ivory Coast and Sudan, where he tried unsuccessfully to cross the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia. He headed to Algeria after a dramatic passage through Libya, where he was detained and tortured by armed men.

“In Algeria, I had to hide, but at least there was some work,” he says. His European dream was interrupted abruptly one night in Algiers.

“On our way back from work, the police took all the blacks to a barracks. They didn’t check our documents and the next morning, they threw us in a bus. Those asking to go home to collect their things were beaten hard.”

Johnson says it was a journey through hell. He and his companions were insulted and beaten at every stop. “They told us it was a punishment for being in the country, and that we never have to come back”, he said.

During one of the stops of his convoy, he says a Liberian woman “was raped in turn by three agents inside a police facility and forced to dance naked in front of them”. One man “died of internal bleeding, after being kicked all over his body”.

“We buried him with our own hands in the desert,” he says, his voice trembling as he recalls those moments.

George Oldman Harris, another Liberian who made the same journey a few weeks before him, shakes his head as Johnson speaks.

Harris says he was deported five times since 2013 [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]

“I know very well what it is like,” he said. “Algerians deported me five times since I entered the country in 2013.”

The two met in Agadez and decided to reach Niamey with a common purpose: making some money in order to avoid going back to Liberia “empty-handed”.

Like hundreds of other refoules (‘the rejected ones’ in French), as they’re called in Niger, they pass their days walking in the city’s busy market squares looking for opportunities and a place to lay their heads.

Rights groups slam ‘racial profiling’

Transit centres offered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are packed with people demanding to return to their home countries through the UN agency’s voluntary return programmes.

“As push-backs continue, we’re submerged by requests, but we can’t open a new centre overnight,” an IOM official told Al Jazeera.

“These summary expulsions are justified by referring to a 2014 agreement between Algeria and Niger, but in reality, we are facing enormous violations of international norms and human rights,” Amnesty International researcher Debora Del Pistoia said.

According to a note sent to Al Jazeera by Niger’s interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, the 2014 document was a “declaration of intent” and not a formal pact. Its aim, the note says, was to restrict cases for push-backs to Niger of Nigeriens who were forced into begging in Algerian cities

“But among the deportees, there are refugees and asylum seekers registered in Algeria and people from all over West Africa, who were detained and deported illegally,” says Del Pistoia.

Amnesty International’s campaign, “Forced to leave”, launched on December 20, calls on Algerian authorities and their partners to immediately stop these practices and avoid any form of racial profiling.

Asked for a comment by Al Jazeera, the Algerian interior ministry didn’t respond.

During a conference on global migration earlier this month in Morocco, Minister of the Interior Noureddine Bedoui said Algeria respects the rights and dignity of migrants but had been through “a huge and continuous arrival of migrants and had to take measures to reduce it”.

According to Del Pistoia, statements by top Algerian officials, such as Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia’s in July 2017 that migrants were “a source of criminality, drug and other plagues” contributes to “a climate of xenophobia, where black migrants become the scapegoat for Algeria’s internal problems”.

UNHCR counted 77 registered refugees deported in 2018, while at least 3100 migrants were expelled to Mali and left in desert areas controlled by armed groups [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera]

Data collected by Amnesty International shows a sharp increase in collective expulsions from Algeria to Niger: from 1,340 people in 2014, 9,300 in 2017 to 26,000 in 2018 – 40 percent of whom were abandoned in the Sahara and forced to walk for hours to reach Assamaka, Niger’s first border post.

Among people expelled to Niger in 2018, UNHCR counted 77 who were registered as refugees in Algeria, and as such, should be granted special protection. Moreover, at least 3,100 people were expelled to Mali through the year and abandoned in desert areas controlled by armed groups

In Niamey’s Wadata square, around the Grand Marche or in the alleys of the crowded Katako market, deported migrants, carrying all their belongings in backpacks, are a common sight.

“You’ll see many with mental health problems, after all they went through,” says Johnson, who is hoping to make some money from the city’s construction boom in view of the 2019 African Union summit.

Going home seems then to be the only option left, with a hope that “George Weah, our new president, will respect his promises and bring Liberia out of the war’s heritage”.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

Continued:

Many of us have heard of the brutal ISIS-inspired murder and beheading of two European backpackers, Maren Ueland from Norway and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark, in Morocco.  

The crime was proudly videotaped spreading like wildfire throughout social media, which would warrant enough public attention without a bizarre new addition to the story from the Swedish media.

Canadians are quite familiar with the new socially progressive euphemisms that the media has adopted, “irregular migration” ISIS fighters are “foreign travellers” and so on.

Well, here is the newest phrase to the Social Justice lexicon: brutal beheadings are now “knife damage to the neck”.

According to Russia Today, that was the phrase used multiple times by the Swedish broadcaster.

However, this might not be the worst part of their coverage.

The TV broadcast completely left out the ISIS connections of the attackers, and focused on telling people that sharing the video online could result in four years in jail for hate speech and incitement.

A few things need to be made clear.

The attackers are on video pledging their allegiance to ISIS and their leader Abu-Baker Al-Baghdadi.

They state that their interpretation of Islam is the motivation for the murder. Yet, according to RT, Sweden’s public broadcaster commented that simply restating what they said themselves could constitute a hate crime.

This seems to be the precedent set by the political and media establishment: ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now just IS) has nothing to do with Islam.  But criticizing ISIS is Islamophobia.

This is probably the best example of the growing discontent with the people and the media establishment.

The men in the video shouted their motivation at every possible opportunity, radical Islam.

Yet the media and the political Left are trying to claim that this has 0% to do with Islam.

Now, not many people are saying that Islam is the sole factor here responsible for 100% of the crime, but it certainly the primary factor in this action.

The usual excuses for terrorism are noticeably absent here. There is no, and has never been, an American military occupation or occupation of Morocco.

It will be very hard to pin this one on the existence of Israel since the two countries are far apart, however, I wouldn’t put it past the European Left to try.

Were the attackers distraught over the conflict with Western Sahara?

Maybe.

Now it should go without saying that most Muslims do not share this interpretation of Islamic texts, or else the world would be on fire right now.

But this is a consistent view of a minority, the 1% of the 1% (note with 1.6 billion Muslims, that would make the number 160 000 jihadists, which is the approximate standing power of the entire Roman legion at a time).

It is a strange world where seemly the biggest threat of radical Islam to the West, really has nothing to do with Islam.

The biggest problem is the media and politicians who feed us such obvious lies, and then threaten legal action if anyone approaches the truth.

I don’t think any Jihadist could do as much damage to Sweden with a bomb than their own government can do with a twisted ideology and a sense of moral righteousness.

So now the rest of the Western world will watch Sweden, to see if feelings trump free speech.

In Canada, we still have a charter that claims that the truth is considered protected speech, but we also just passed a law that says driving is a probable casue for the police to take your DNA, so charter rights aren’t invulnerable these days.

I have a feeling that 2019 could be the year that Canada learns whether Social Justice is more important than certain freedoms.

One thought on “Sweden: Journaille Calls Beheading “Knife Damage to the Neck””

  1. They don’t call it the Stockholm Syndrome for nothing!

    This is the state of the entire world today:

    Cowardly masochists are so scared of losing, that they won’t even try to win any more, and instead pretend that settling for less, compromising, negotiating and, ultimately Submitting is a holy virtue, and anyone who disagrees is an evil aggressor, even if and when they’re only trying to defend them selves from the truly aggressive criminal extortionists.

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