1. Populist talkshows fuel rise of far right, German TV bosses told
Political shows’ negative focus on Islam erodes social cohesion, says cultural council
The head of Germany’s most powerful cultural body has called for the plug to be pulled on the nation’s multitude of political talkshows for a year, arguing that their populist agenda has helped fuel the rise of the far right.
Olaf Zimmermann, who heads the German cultural council, an umbrella group for organisations from art galleries to television companies, said public broadcasters needed to step back and rethink a format that has helped cement gloom-ridden public attitudes towards refugees and Islam, and propelled the AfD into parliament at last September’s election.
“I’d suggest for them, take a break for a year ... though the length of the intermission isn’t the decisive factor. What is crucial is that they return with new talkshow concepts and try to come up with more suitable contents with regards to social cohesion in our society,” Zimmermann said, arguing that the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF were obsessed with refugee-related issues, often framing them negatively.
2. Child sex gang JAILED for 89 years: Eight “predatory” men abused girls as young as 13
The gang, aged 36 to 48, were branded “predatory and cynical” by a judge as the court heard the men plied the girls with drink and drugs at parties in Oxford.
Judge Peter Ross said the case uncovered “systematic and widespread grooming”.
The sex attacks took place between 1998 and 2005 when the victims were aged between 13 and 17.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Nicola Douglas, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the victims who have all demonstrated such courage and bravery throughout the investigation and during the trial.
“I know nothing can ever undo the unimaginable suffering they were put through, but I hope it gives them some comfort to know these men have finally been held accountable for the abhorrent crimes they committed.”
3. NYC US: Driver sacked after kicking lesbian couple out of Uber for kissing
An Uber driver has had his licence suspended after he forced two kissing women to get out of his car in New York City.
The couple - Alex lovine and Emma Pichl - were travelling from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Saturday when they exchanged what they described as a "peck" on the lips.
They claimed the driver, Ahmad el Boutari, then booted them out of the car - sparking an argument in the street.
The couple, who have been together for two years, filmed the row on a mobile phone. [...] She said they had only "peck kissed" and were "not even touching", but that Mr el Boutari had been "very angry".
When asked about her reaction, the 26-year-old told WABC: "It went from shock to like anger.
4. Portland police officer who was arrested in Massachusetts resigns
Zahra M. Abu, the Portland Police Department's first Somali officer, was arrested at a nightclub in Worcester in January on charges including assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
The Portland Police Department’s first Somali police officer resigned Sunday before the department could complete an internal affairs investigation prompted by her arrest at a Massachusetts nightclub in January. [...]
In a report filed in court, Worcester police said the 5-foot-2, 130-pound officer was acting aggressively toward concert hall staff and pushed her way through the crowd, “physically assaulting several customers.” Told by security and police that her behavior was unacceptable and she was “no longer welcome on the property.” Abu was asked to leave “two to three dozen times,” according to the report.
5. UKIP leader Gerard Batten MEP: “This is not immigration, this is invasion”
UKIP leader and MEP, Gerard Batten, debates with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on the Future of Europe.
6. “Protest”: Documentary exposing how Iran’s terrorism infiltrates embassies in Canada and around the world released
Summary: “Protest” is a documentary film which exposes how the terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran infiltrates throughout its embassies in Canada and around the world. This film includes the insights of the political activists, Members of the Canadian Parliament, of those who have survived the terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran and of experts in the study of terrorism. This film clearly analyzes and explains the reasons for the closure of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in Canada.
7. Geert Wilders' PVV party sponsors ads for “Islam is deadly” campaign
“Islam is deadly”— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) June 13, 2018
Our TV-message watched carefully even at the gym! pic.twitter.com/GKzj0YpMFL
8. Islamic parties want to impose Sharia after the election, sparking opposition from Christians and some Muslims
Pakistan goes to the polls on 25 July. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, an alliance of five ultraconservative regional parties, is using religion “to attract votes”. The Constitution already promotes Islamic law. Some want to see a focus on women's rights and unbiased education.
Lahore (AsiaNews) – A coalition of radical Islamic parties has pledged to impose Sharia across Pakistan if it wins the next general election on 25 July.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) is an alliance of five ultraconservative and fundamentalist parties. In a rally organised in Islamabad, they presented a 12-point electoral program, the first of which is the application of Islamic law.
Speaking to AsiaNews, Muslims and Christians expressed their disagreement with the proposal, noting how radical Islamic parties have always used religion to attract votes.
9. Al-Azhar: Demands to omit Quran verses leads to terrorism
“Such boldness on others’ sanctity is one of the major causes of terrorism,” the Islamic scholar reiterated.
“It is regrettable that those who publish these statements do not know how much hatred these words could create in the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims,” he added.
“There is no single verse in the Quran that calls for killing Jews or Christians,” El-Tayeb stressed, pointing out that verses which call for fighting “call for combating any aggression”.
10. NEW EU CRISIS: Poland threatens bloc chaos with CRUCIAL referendum
Andrzej Duda has laid out plans to directly ask his citizens about the country’s relations with Brussels.
The referendum would ask Polish people whether or not the nation’s membership of the bloc should be guaranteed in the constitution.
And another question would see them asked whether they think the primacy of the Polish constitution over international and European law should be guaranteed.
Mr Duda said: “I thought a constitutional referendum should not have more than 10 questions but decided today’s project will encompass 15 questions, and I want the Committee to discuss this topic.”
The President said the finalised questions will be announced once a formal proposal is presented to the Senate, and this will not happen before July 20.
Since Mr Duda’s election three years ago, Poland has been in a tug-of-war over sovereignty with the European Union.