March 21, 2019

(Top 10) Italy: Senegalese native hijacks, torches school bus carrying 51 children

Victor LaszloRebel Commentator

1. Italy: Bus driver abducts 51 children, sets vehicle on fire

MILAN (AP) — A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages' lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a Carabinieri blockade.

Officers from the national police force broke windows at the back of the bus to reach the passengers and got all of them out without serious injuries before flames destroyed the vehicle, authorities said.

The driver was apprehended and treated for burns. Prosecutors described him as a 47-year-old Italian citizen of Senegalese origin and said he told authorities he wanted to vindicate Europe-bound migrants who have died in the Mediterranean Sea but did not plan to hurt anyone.

However, prosecutors said the suspect, identified as Ousseynou Sy, made preparations that showed his actions were premediated, such as buying a canister of gasoline and restraints on Tuesday.

He also sent a video to friends in Italy and Senegal indicating plans for a bold action and with the message, "Africa, Rise up," they said.

Related videos: To see a news report from, click HERE. A child who was on the bus is interviewed HERE.

2. Turkish “terror” suspect is ARRESTED after “shooting a relative on Dutch tram 'for family reasons' and then firing at anyone who tried to intervene”, killing three

A gunman has killed three people on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht in what authorities said may have been a terror attack, and a suspect has been seized after an hours-long manhunt which saw schools and businesses in lockdown.

Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, was allegedly targeting one of his own relatives in this morning's shooting, which left five other people injured, and saw the terrorism threat level in Utrecht raised to the highest possible.

The suspect - who "was known" to authorities - was detained during a raid on the Oudernoord district of Utrecht, and the threat level in the province has been downgraded by one notch as a result of the arrest, Dutch police confirmed. Two other arrests were also made by police probing the attacks.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said some people wounded in the tram attack "are still in critical condition", with "three people fighting for their lives."

Related: Dutch police arrest suspect, following deadly tram shooting

Following a nearly eight hour manhunt, Dutch police have arrested the Turkish-born suspect who allegedly shot up a tram in the Netherlands

According to local media, 37-year-old Gökman Tanis killed three people and injured five others Monday after he opened fire on a tram.

The Turkish national was reportedly targeting a specific female passenger over “family reasons, “and would shoot at anyone trying to help her."

Related video: 3 dead in Utrecht shooting, mayor says

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4. Philippines officially leaves the International Criminal Court

MANILA — The Philippines officially withdrew from the International Criminal Court on Sunday, after the country’s highest court declined to overrule President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to pull out from the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal.

Manila announced it was withdrawing from the court a year ago, but under court rules, the withdrawal could not take effect for at least 12 months. The Philippines is the second country to withdraw from the Hague-based body after Burundi, which left in 2017.

Romel Bagares, a lawyer for a coalition of rights activists who had asked the Supreme Court of the Philippines for an injunction against the move, said the Philippine withdrawal was “a terrible setback in the long fight against impunity in the country.”

Related: Philippines Withdraws From International Criminal Court

[...] The state's move follows President Rodrigo Duterte's complaints with regard to the United Nations' work; according to Duterte, the UN authorities attempted to represent Duterte as “a ruthless and heartless violator of human rights" amid his campaign against drug dealers.

5. Soldier told to remove Canadian flag from Ottawa home

In a battle of patriotism versus the strict rules of condo living. The soldier says sometimes rules should be relaxed.

P.S. Visit to sign the petition to support Mitchell’s fight to fly the Canadian flag.

6. Venezuelans who've fled socialism shred D.C. protesters who support Maduro's regime

Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. at Lafayette Square near the White House on Saturday to show their support for Venezuela's embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.

The "Hands Off Venezuela" protesters are not only against any sort of intervention in Venezuela, but many actually believe Maduro is a good leader.

Now dozens of Venezuelans who've fled socialism crashed the rally to educate the protesters about the true horrors of socialism and Maduro.


The other side: "We would trade Trump for socialist dictator Maduro" say “Hands Off Venezuela” protesters

Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. at Lafayette Square near the White House on Saturday to show their support for Venezuela's embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.

The "Hands Off Venezuela" protesters are not only against any sort of intervention in Venezuela, but many actually believe Maduro is a good leader.

So much so, some even admitted they would happily trade President Donald Trump for Maduro when asked by the Daily Caller.

7. U.S. Navy veteran detained in Iran sentenced to 10 years in prison

Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been sentenced to serve at least 10 years in prison in Iran, an attorney for his family said Saturday. White was detained while visiting his Iranian girlfriend in July 2018 on charges he insulted Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and posted a private photograph on social media.

Mark Zaid, the White family's lawyer, told CBS News that White was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge of insulting the supreme leader and 10 years for posting the photo. Zaid said he believes the sentences are to run concurrently.

8. UK: Manchester police arrest four for comments about New Zealand attack

Greater Manchester Police have arrested four people for comments made in person and online about the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The first reported arrest was of a 24-year-old man from the Oldham area for “malicious communications” on social media, with police alleging he was “making reference and support for the terrible events” and taking him into custody on March 16th.

The following morning a 38-year-old woman from Rochdale — site of one of Britain’s more infamous rape gang scandals — was arrested for what the force described as “a racially aggravated public order offence” involving “comments made online about the New Zealand attack.”


9. President Erdogan uses New Zealand mosque shooting footage in Turkey campaign

Footage of the New Zealand mosque shootings that was pulled down by Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms has resurfaced as a campaign prop in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan screened a montage of videotaped snippets from the attack on Muslim houses of worship in an apparent attempt to galvanize his pious, conservative base ahead of March 31 local elections. At televised rallies in Istanbul and Tekirdag to the west, he showed blurred fragments of suspected attacker Brenton Tarrant’s online manifesto and his livestream from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 50 people.

The suspected attacker, who ranted about Turkey in his manifesto, “targeted Turkey and me,” Erdogan said. The Turkish leader then pivoted to assail the leader of Turkey’s main opposition CHP party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who was shown in the campaign video, for talking about “terrorism rooted in the Islamic world.”

Erdogan invoked anti-Muslim sentiment to prod his devout supporters to close ranks at the polls amid an economic slump that’s taking a toll on the nation of 82 million. Turkey’s economy entered a technical recession last year following a crash in the lira that also sent inflation to more than five times the official target of 5 percent.

Related: Erdogan criticised for showing NZ video


10. Yair Netanyahu triggers Erdogan with “Istanbul is Constantinople” tweet

TEL AVIV – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “twist the ear” of his son Yair to punish him for calling Istanbul by its former name of Constantinople.

“You should twist the ear of your son for calling Istanbul Constantinople,” Israel’s Kan broadcaster quoted Erdogan as saying.

“I have ways of disciplining Israel if Netanyahu’s son continues to use shameful nicknames, things like Islambol,” the Turkish strongman added.

The Turkish leader and the elder Netanyahu had been exchanging barbs over Twitter before the younger Netanyahu joined the fray.

“I will remind him that Istanbul is actually a city called Constantinople! The capital of the Byzantine empire and center of orthodox Christianity for more then [sic] a thousand years before Turkish occupation!” Yair Netanyahu tweeted.


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commented 2019-03-21 21:50:50 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 36,938 Attacks, 238,654 Killed, 317,715 Injured…. that we know of
commented 2019-03-21 20:36:32 -0400
“My fear is rational. Especially since our government over-extends the system with unvettable people. I don’t blame Muslims, I blame our government.”


Exactly Lisa…my enemies are not those who just don’t know any better or who despise me for their own reasons….my enemies are white liberals .
commented 2019-03-21 15:39:03 -0400
Looking at the face of the Muslim when he was explaining why he set the bus full of Italian kids on fire, was a lesson in Islam. He was wide eyed, forthright, and without much attitude stated that he was just doing what Allah tells Muslims to do. He was just being a good Muslim. ( I heard it was revenge for the Muslims who drowned trying to get to Italy, but I also heard it was punishment for Islamophobia, who knows, but either way it was revenge.)

Not all Muslims, but clearly Islam has a problem. There is reason in the west for non Muslims to be concerned. How do we know who is here to peacefully co exist and who is going to walk down the Danforth shooting Torontonians on a Sunday afternoon?

My fear is rational. Especially since our government over-extends the system with unvettable people. I don’t blame Muslims, I blame our government.
commented 2019-03-21 15:23:32 -0400
  1. If one of those kids(10 or 11yrs old) had not wriggled his hands free; seen and picked up the one phone the Senegalese Muslim Islamist terrorist had forgotten to take with him when he set that bus on fire; then all those children would have been trapped inside and burnt alive.
commented 2019-03-21 14:59:06 -0400
The BBC and most of the phony baloney media referred to the school bus driver as an Italian Driver in their headline.
commented 2019-03-21 13:25:07 -0400
#5-Soldier told to remove Canadian flag what a joke no wonder Canada is headed for the shit pile!!! Can’t be a patriot or a nationalist anymore might get you in trouble with the racism police-Fck that let your patriotism shine. Wonder if a resident would be asked to remove an Islamic flag-DOUBLE STANDARD Canada