1. Hungary launches mobile billboard to counter criticism
Hungary's government is using a mobile billboard to defend itself against criticism of Prime Minister Victor Orban's anti-immigration policies.
Earlier this month Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE faction of the European Parliament, used a billboard mounted on a truck in Brussels to depict Orban as someone seeking to destroy the European Union after taking substantial funds from the bloc.
Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said late Wednesday that a truck displaying billboards mocking Verhofstadt's views will be travelling around Hungary and go to Brussels. It said “Hundreds have died in terrorist attacks since 2015” and linked it to a migration crisis.
VIDEO: Billboard battle brews between Brussels and Budapest
A billboard battle is brewing between Guy Verhofstadt and Viktor Orban, the former said he was not bothered by the Hungarian leader's jibe in his new poster campaign. Orban's billboard appears to suggest that all migrants are terrorists. Verhostadt told Euronews, that this is scandalous.…
2. ISIS suspect “who plotted to carry out mass poisoning attack in Italy” is arrested in Sardinia
Italian anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested a Lebanese man suspected of planning a poison attack in the name of the Islamic State jihadist group.
The suspect Alhaj Ahmad Amin, who has Palestinian roots, was apprehended for links to international terrorism and is accused of “having joined the terrorist, Islamic pseudo-state, IS,” anti-mafia and terrorism chief Federico Cafiero de Raho told reporters.
After an IS member was arrested in Lebanon in September for plotting to poison the drinking water of the Lebanese army, it emerged he had a cousin in Italy who “had the idea to carry out a similar operation in Europe,” police said.
3. Tucker Carlson: Fallout from Germany's migrant influx
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell analyses Angela Merkel's political decline since the country took in more than a million refugees.
4. Brazil's new top diplomat: Climate change is a Marxist hoax
Brazil's newly appointed foreign minister, Ernesto Frago Araujo, who starts his new job in January under President Jair Bolsonaro, has stated that the climate change issue was invented by “cultural Marxists” to help push a globalist agenda that is anti-growth and anti-Christian, reported The Guardian and the Daily Mail.
The Bolsonaro administration will take over Brazil's government on January 1, 2019. Bolsonaro selected Araujo to be minister of foreign affairs on Nov. 14. Araujo is a career diplomat who currently heads Brazil's department for U.S. and Canadian affairs. His blog, Metapolitica 17 -- Against Globalism, is here.
In his blog, Araujo has written that climate science is a “dogma,” and that it is pushed by “cultural Marxists” who want to undercut Western economic growth and promote a globalist agenda.
Araujo says he wants to use his position to “help Brazil and the world liberate themselves from globalist ideology,” which he believes is anti-Christian in nature, reported The Guardian.
5. Ottawa on pace to spend $400-million next year on irregular border crossings: watchdog
The cost to the federal government of processing asylum seekers entering Canada illegally from the United States is on pace to reach nearly $400-million next year, according to a new analysis from Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux.
In a report released Thursday, the PBO said the average cost for each migrant who entered Canada illegally is $14,321 for the entire claim process. That figure is predicted to rise to $16,666 in the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2019.
The PBO’s report focuses on the increased federal spending on public service staff and the cost of providing medical and legal benefits to asylum seekers. For instance, the Interim Federal Health Program provides health insurance for refugee claimants that are in the claims process.
The PBO’s estimates do not attempt to calculate the costs incurred by provincial governments. The government of Ontario has said it has incurred $200-million in additional costs in areas such as housing, social assistance and education due to the rise in asylum seekers.
6. Swedish nurses enroll in self-defence classes after rise in violence
Swedish nurses who work in the emergency room of a hospital in Kalmar are taking self-defence classes due to a rise in violent incidents from patients.
The hospital has also taken active measures to increase the number of security guards stationed at the emergency room to better deal with situations before they escalate into violence, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
Andrea Berg, a nurse in the Kalmar hospital ER, is behind the initiative saying that she had even seen colleagues beaten by patients who she described as stressed due to factors including long wait times. Berg added that she had also seen a rise in violence outside of work saying, “As a woman, you are much more exposed.”
The self-defence classes are not funded by the hospital or local government but are paid for by the nurses themselves and will teach them techniques such as being able to escape the grip of someone attempting to choke them.
7. US indicts Iranians over ransomware attacks
Two Iranians were found guilty for carrying out ransomware attacks against hospitals, city governments and public institutions in the US and Canada.
The US Department of Justice charged the hackers with extorting at least $6 million from these institutions by remotely locking down their computer systems.
The DOJ said Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, deployed the SamSam Ransomware into the systems of more than 200 institutions, encrypting their operations to make them inaccessible until the owners paid ransoms by bitcoin.
The 34-month long hacking scheme wreaked havoc on the city governments of Atlanta, Georgia and Newark, New Jersey, the University of Calgary in Canada, major US hospitals in Los Angeles and Kansas City, and Laboratory Corporation of America, or LabCorp, one of the world's largest medical testing businesses.
8. Columbia University Holocaust scholar's office vandalized with swastikas
A Jewish professor and Holocaust scholar at Columbia University in New York on Wednesday said two swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur were spray-painted on the walls outside her office.
Elizabeth Midlarsky said she was heading into her office at Columbia Teacher’s College around 1 p.m. when she found the hate symbols scrawled across the walls in red paint, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported. A derogatory word was also written on the wall.
“I was in shock,” Midlarsky told the paper. “I stopped for a moment, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Columbia Teacher’s College professor’s office vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti https://t.co/CqUDugjyrF— Columbia Spectator (@ColumbiaSpec) November 29, 2018
9. Germany calls for France to give its UN Security Council seat to the EU
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday proposed that France give up its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and turn it into an EU seat, attracting a stinging French rebuke.
In a wide-ranging speech on the future of Europe, Scholz said that giving the European Union a spot on the Security Council would allow the bloc to speak "with one voice" on the global stage.
“We could perhaps imagine that in the medium term the French seat becomes an EU seat,” said Scholz, who is also Germany's vice-chancellor.
“I realise this will take some convincing in Paris, but it would be a bold and smart goal.”
10. “They are supposed to protect children from rapists, not give them contact”: Sex gang victims blast council which tried to give Rotherham rapist access to the son born after he got girl pregnant when she was just 15
Victims of grooming gangs have rushed to the defence of Rotherham rape victim Sammy Woodhouse after a council told her abuser he had access rights to the child he fathered during a sex attack.
Miss Woodhouse, a 33-year-old mother, waived her anonymity to identify herself as a rape victim, as she revealed she was left “scared and angry” by the South Yorkshire town's council.
Arshid Hussain, 43, the ringleader of the notorious grooming gang, was not named on her son's birth certificate and had no parental responsibility for the child, who was born after his mother was raped, aged just 15.
He is serving 35 years in prison for multiple rape offences against nine victims – some as young as 11 – was contacted last year by officials from Rotherham Council, who said he had a right to see the child.
After Miss Woodhouse told of her horror at the decision this morning, fellow Rotherham survivor Linzi Williams, who Arshid Hussain also impregnated when she was 15, told MailOnline the decision was “absolutely disgusting.”
“I am speechless that this would be allowed to happen,” she said. “Social services supposed to protect children and people from paedophiles and rapists not give them contact.”
VIDEO: “What about my human rights” Rotherham victim on custody battle