1. Belgium: Fears of new migrant “Jungle” in the heart of Europe
Belgian authorities want no part in even a temporary solution for people they say are only interested in reaching Britain.
Adam, like many of the 500 to 600 migrants processed in the park by charities this month, has been caught out by Belgium's clear preference that he quickly move on.
For Theo Francken, deputy minister in charge of immigration, there is no reason to take on board "illegals ... who do not want asylum in Belgium".
Also hanging over migrants is the EU's so-called Dublin rule, an obligation that asylum seekers lodge their cases in their first point of entry in Europe. In Adam's case, as for most in the park, this was Italy.
2. Christian girl placed in foster care with Muslim carers is back with her family
A Christian girl forced to live with a Muslim foster carer was last night returned to her family after a court ruling.
It follows a national outcry over Tower Hamlets council’s decision to place the five-year-old in two Muslim households – against the wishes of her family.
The girl was taken to her grandmother’s house yesterday after a judge urged councils to seek ‘culturally matched placements’ for vulnerable children.
Judge Khatun Sapnara, a Muslim, told the council it was in the girl’s best interests to live with a family member who could keep her safe, promote her welfare and meet her needs ‘in terms of ethnicity, culture and religion’, The Times reported.
3. BuskerFest partnering with Toronto’s Muslim community on Eid al-Adha
(One wonders if pulled pork will still be available at the festival…)
4. Egypt puts more than 350 people on terrorism list
Egypt has put the names of more than 350 people, including prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, on its terrorism list.
The designation, announced over two days this week in the government's official Gazette, bans those on the list from travel, puts them on a watch list and grants authorities the right to freeze their assets.
Authorities have launched a severe crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters since former President Mohammed Morsi's ouster in 2013 following mass protests against his divisive, one-year rule. The Sunni Islamist organization was founded in Egypt.”
The United States and Great Britain have both floated legislation to declare the Muslim brotherhood, who’s official slogan is, “Against them make ready”, as a terrorist entity.
5. Hungary extends state of emergency due to migrant crisis
The Hungarian government has decided to extend by six months, until March 2018, the state of emergency declared early last year because of the migrant crisis.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Wednesday that strict border controls were still needed because the "threat of terrorism in Europe has increased" recently.
Hungary's razor-wire fences, built on its borders with Serbia and Croatia in late 2015, have practically stopped the flow of migrants through the country.
6. Quebec City mosque says president's car set on fire
A Quebec City mosque where six men were shot dead in January says a car belonging to its president was set on fire earlier this month.
The mosque says in a statement the incident occurred on Aug. 6 at about 1:30 a.m. in the driveway of Mohamed Labidi's home.
It states the car was a total loss and that the fire also spread to the hedge of the home.”
The Montreal Gazette has more. Both articles treat this as a hate crime, even though many such "hate crimes" turn out to be hoaxes.
7. “Rape worse at start” man takes flak
A 24-year-old apparently Muslim 'cultural mediator' for an Italian migrant-reception cooperative got into hot water Monday by saying rape was "a worse act, but only at the beginning, when the willy goes in, then the woman becomes calm and you enjoy it like normal intercourse".
There were calls for the man, Abid Jee, to be sacked over the Facebook post, which caused a stir despite being quickly removed.
Jee was commenting on the Friday night rapes of a Polish tourist and a transsexual prostitute by a reported North African gang of four in Rimini.
8. USA: Grand jury indicts 19 for attack on protesters outside Turkish embassy
A grand jury has indicted 19 defendants, including 15 Turkish security officials, over charges stemming from a violent attack on protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., in May.
The indictments before the Superior Court for the District of Columbia were made public on Tuesday by the Justice Department.
The defendants, 16 of whom were charged in June on criminal complaints, were indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit a crime of violence. Many of the 19 were also indicted on additional charges including assault with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault.
Some video evidence suggests that Erdogan instructed security personnel to attack:
9. Saudis to mount cultural showcase amid human rights investigation
The Saudi ambassador to Canada says the two countries need closer ties, while Canada has ‘expressed its concerns’ about the Saudi government’s security operations.
The federal government is investigating video footage that appears to show Saudi troops using what experts interviewed by The Globe and Mail identified as Canadian-made armoured vehicles in a military operation in a mostly-Shia urban area of the Sunni-ruled country.
The Saudi government has clashed with citizens in its restive Shia Eastern Province this summer, leading to violence that drew rare criticism from the Canadian government about the way the Saudi government is handling the issue.
This comes amid another round of front-page headlines in The Globe and on Radio Canada and the CBC drawing attention to what human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said are persistent human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led military alliance is helping the Yemeni government fight off a rebel movement, and has killed civilians while doing so.”
The “rebel movement” is widely thought to be an Iranian takeover of Yemen via the Houthi people as a proxy army for Tehran. The Houthi people have a motto: “Allah is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.”
10. Father of 3-year-old victim of jihad attack in Barcelona hugs local imam
The imam has the shaved moustache and beard typical of the Wahabi sect of Sunni Islam.
Commentary at Gates of Vienna.