1. Dozens arrested for erecting giant cross in Lesbos meant to deter migrants
Dozens of people were arrested on Sunday on the Greek island of Lesbos for erecting a giant metallic cross meant to deter migrants and refugees from reaching the island.
Police arrested 35 Greek citizens and an Albanian man on charges of arbitrary occupation of public property and erecting an illegal construction. The site on the cliffs of Apellia in Mytilene — Lesbos' capital city — is on the grounds of the island's famed fortress and is protected by archaeological law.
It comes after a cement cross was similarly erected in August 2018, drawing the ire of the local "Coexistence and Communication in the Aegean" group, which denounced the monument as "offensive to the symbol of Christianity, a symbol of love and sacrifice, not of racism and intolerance."
It labelled those who had erected it as "aspiring crusaders" and called on authorities to take it down.
2. Report: Immigrants behind 70 percent of violent crime in Oslo
A report from Norwegian media has revealed that over the last year, around 70 percent of those convicted for violent crimes in Oslo have been immigrants.
Oslo courts have seen a total of 140 individuals convicted of violent crimes and then sentenced in the last year. Two out of three of those convicts have been revealed to be migrants, Norwegian broadcaster TV2 reports.
According to Statistics Norway, the number of immigrants as a part of the total population of Oslo is 33 percent, meaning that in violent crime, immigrants are vastly overrepresented.
3. Furious Muslim parents withdraw 600 kids from Parkfield School over “LGBT” row
Furious Muslim parents reportedly withdrew 600 children from Parkfield Community School today after claiming they were being "brainwashed" over gay lifestyles.
The pupils were taken out of classes as the row surrounding LGBT lifestyles being taught openly in the classroom escalated.
Some reports suggest as many as 80 per cent of the children at Parkfield Community School in Saltley have been removed - around 600.
Kids have been withdrawn over the school's "undermining of parental rights and aggressively promoting homosexuality", according to Alum Rock Community Forum.
The forum adds: "Dialogue, petitioning and protests by parents have been repeated and arrogantly ignored.
'Our children, Our Choice - Work with parents not against them.'”
4. Giorgia Meloni: Great victory for Brothers of Italy party against the UN Global compact!
Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, went live in this video to explain how her party finally managed to get the Italian government to commit to NOT signing the UN Global Compact, the document that states that migration is a fundamental human right and immediately annuls a country’s sovereignty.
5. How Emmanuel Macron wants to change the European Union
French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on European voters to reject nationalism and support a stronger European Union. In a letter published in newspapers in all 28 EU countries today, Macron urges EU citizens to use their votes in upcoming European Parliamentary elections to protect and strengthen Europe, and to reject eurosceptic parties. Macron also laid out several reform prosposals, including a new EU-wide agency to protect democracy, a ban on foreign funding for political parties, and plans to harmonize EU laws on hate speech on the Internet.
6. Austria bans Turkey's nationalist "Grey Wolves" salute
Austria includes Turkey's nationalist "Grey Wolves" salute into its law banning symbols of "extremist organizations".
7. UK: Corbyn makes it to Finsbury Park mosque after egging attack
The leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, was reportedly hit by an egg outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in London on Sunday, shortly before his arrival at the place of worship. Reports from several sources say the egg was thrown by an allegedly “pro-brexit” campaigner during Corbyn's visit to the mosque.
8. French police forces pepper spray a man in a wheelchair
Casualties continue growing by the day. This time, French police forces pepper sprayed a man in a wheelchair. According to a witness, the disabled mad approached the officer and asked him to have his glasses returned, for which he was shot with pepper spray in his face.
9. Greenpeace co-founder, Patrick Moore, responds to AOC’s Green New Deal on Twitter
Pompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get the food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.— Patrick Moore (@EcoSenseNow) February 23, 2019
10. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff ran $1M slush fund by diverting campaign cash to his own companies
Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat's chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of "dark money" in politics.
Chakrabarti's companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.
The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.