Joram van Klaveren, an ex-member of the notoriously anti-Islamic Party for Freedom (PVV), told Dutch TV show NieuwLicht that while writing his book, he “came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter.”
“It feels a bit like a religious homecoming for me,” he said in an interview.
PVV founder, right-wing politician Geert Wilders, denounced van Klaveren’s conversion following the announcement, comparing it to “a vegetarian going to work in a slaughterhouse,” the Independent reports.
…It’s worth noting that van Klaveren was not really all that “far-right” to begin with. He left Wilders’s party after Wilders said he wanted fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, which seems like common sense. The Netherlands is, after all, quite a small country, and there’s no reason why there should be a moral imperative for it to absorb more Moroccans.
However, on a deeper level this reflects the pattern described in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. As has been noted before, those disgusted with the spiritually exhausted Western Civilization are going to look for alternatives.
…As Islam reaches a critical mass within the West, expect more conversions and even the creation of a new form of the faith.
According to Southern, with her team they initially wanted to show how mass immigration disintegrates Europe’s culture and traditions, but later they discovered the less talked about aspect of the story: the massive crime ring of smugglers and NGOs that boost illegal immigration to Europe.
If you want to understand almost everything that is wrong with the world right now a good place to start is the underground car park beneath the European Parliament building in Brussels.
There you will find rank on rank of shiny black limousines — Mercedes and Volvos, mostly hybrids because “climate change” — waiting with their polite, smartly dressed and no doubt well remunerated staff drivers to ferry the 751 Members of the European Parliament [MEPs] wheresoever they please at a moment’s notice, free of charge.
“Nice job if you can get it!”, you’ll think to yourself.
The meeting will show an interview that she did with a group of Moroccan people smugglers, along with an interview of a migrant transport NGO CEO who has since been imprisoned for cooperating with people traffickers.
Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 top intellectuals
Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.
The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.
“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”
The message: Populism is bad for the business of the left.
Fifty percent of Europeans interviewed about their perceptions on anti-Semitism view it as a “problem in our country,” according to a new Eurobarometer Survey published on Tuesday by the European Commission.
Western European countries have called for further action to combat rising anti-Semitism in Europe, especially Germany and France, which have witnessed a rise in attacks.
Here’s one reason to hold out some hope for 2019. On January 9 — while the British political class continued to bungle Brexit, French officials kept battling the gilets jaunes, and leaders across Europe persisted in waving the EU flag and waving in armies of Muslim immigrants — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini went to Warsaw and, at a press conference with Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński, envisioned Italy and Poland as ushering in a new “European spring” to challenge the primacy of the “Germany-France axis.”
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the policies of “liberal” forces in the European Union will divide the bloc into an increasingly Islamic west and a traditional European-Christian east.
Making his first address to the media of 2019 in Budapest on Thursday, Prime Minister Orbán said his country’s objective is to ensure anti-mass migration forces become “a majority in every EU constitutional system” in May’s European Parliament elections, to combat the “progressive” open-borders policies driving the bloc’s current direction.
If one depended on the European media and European schools for one’s knowledge of Islam, one would indeed come away with a misleading picture of Islam. But the same could be said of Catholics who rely on Church pronouncements about Islam. Ever since the Second Vatican Council, Church leaders have presented a smiley-faced version of Islam which emphasizes the commonalities with Catholicism and leaves out the alarming elements.
Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has called for “anti-migration politicians” to take over Europe’s institutions after this spring’s elections, as he hailed a new partnership between Poland’s rightwing government and Italy’s populist interior minister, Matteo Salvini.
“This is a topic that is radically transforming European politics, it’s the defining political process in Europe,” Orbán said at a rare press conference in Budapest on Thursday. “The party structures, traditionally left or right, are being taken over by a different dimension – those for migration and against immigration.”
Orbán said Hungary’s goal was to gain an anti-immigration majority in the European parliament, then in the executive European commission, and later, as national elections change the continent’s political landscape, the European council, where national leaders make the most important EU decisions.
Sounds good to me.
In the choice between greed and values, Europe is approaching an existential crossroads with Iran. Europe is both undermining its credibility and surrendering its principles.
For Western governments to defend the interests of businesses is normal. But to betray the Iranian people, who are repressed by their own regime; to undermine Israel’s concerns about Iran’s all too real threats of annihilation; to beg for an accord that fast-tracks Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, and to boycott efforts by the US administration to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its actions — these are not normal. They are lethal.
In his first Cabinet meeting of 2019, US President Donald Trump reflected on his lack of popularity in Europe. The president told reporters on Wednesday that he was unfazed by low approval ratings among Europeans, saying it was his job to demand that Europe treat the US more fairly.
“That’s why I got elected,” Trump said, reiterating that European countries must be pushed to increase their share of defense spending, a point he has made repeatedly when talking about NATO funding and defense and security in Europe.
“I shouldn’t be popular in Europe. If I was popular in Europe, I wouldn’t be doing my job,” he added.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the European Union does not understand post-Communist eastern countries, as the bloc bears down on Poland over sovereignty.
The premier made the comments to the Financial Times while he defended his country’s judicial reforms which seek to sweep out the remnants of its Soviet satellite past.
Don’t expect the former slave nations of the East Bloc to give up their sovereignty to the EU and their Muslims.
“Europe is over”, Mark Lewis told Israeli Channel 10 after landing with his partner Mandy Blumenthal at Tel Aviv airport. “People killed in museums in Belgium, people killed in schools in France, people attacked in England. There is only one place where Jews can go”, added Lewis. And that place is Israel.
Lewis, 54, is one of the UK’s leading lawyers. A few days later, another Labor Party official was suspended for comments on social media in which he accused the Jews of orchestrating world conflicts. Mohammed Yasin, head of Corbyn’s Labor in the West Midlands, had written that “Jews are responsible for all wars in the world”.
Professor Dassetto said the secular world and its values are becoming less attractive to contemporary Islam and that Muslims are turning toward more reactionary forms of the faith, Il Giornale reports.