1. Horrified viewers forced to switch off Rochdale child abuse series Three Girls, while others say it should be screened in SCHOOLS.
Three Girls is a three-part BBC drama telling the true story of the widespread grooming and sexual assault of girls in Rochdale by a gang of Asian men, which was revealed in 2012.
Maxine Peake stars as Sara Rowbotham, a sexual health worker who blew the whistle on the scandal.
PLUS: A heartbreaking personal account of how Muslim gangs turned young British women into sex slaves across the UK:
2. Austria approves burqa ban and mandatory language lessons for migrants.
AUSTRIA has approved a series of measures aimed at integrating migrants, including a ban on the burka and the introduction of mandatory language lessons. […]
The controversial ‘burka ban’ was one of those approved, with residents now blocked from wearing full-face coverings in public.
If they break this new rule they face a fine of some €150 (£128). Migrants will also be forced to undertake a one-year integration course including focus on the German language.
John Robson made an excellent video detailing the probable futility of clothing bans, as well as what the seeming need for such a ban likely really means:
3. Three hundred migrants in Sweden evacuated after three arson fires
Three fires in southern Sweden apparently aimed at refugees are being investigated as arson, Swedish authorities said Wednesday.
No injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made. But police said in separate statements Wednesday that more than 300 asylum seekers have been evacuated after overnight fires in Vaxjo, Borrby and Malilla.
One of the fires destroyed a cafe and dance hall in a wooden building in Vaxjo adjacent to a hotel being used to house refugees. Swedish Radio said firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to the nearby Hotel Butapalats but some 200 asylum seekers were protectively relocated to a nursing home.
4. Indonesia: Two gay men sentenced to 85 lashes
A Sharia court in Indonesia's Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex.
The men were found guilty of violating strict Islamic laws in conservative Aceh and will receive 85 lashes each.
The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found in bed together by vigilantes in March. They have not been identified.
Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia and this is its first such conviction. Aceh is the only province where Sharia is in force.
Interestingly, the sentence is harsher than the requested 80 lashes by the prosecution.
Indonesia recently sentenced Jakarta governor Ahok to two years in jail for blasphemy when the prosecution only asked for two years conditional probation with no custodial sentence. This gives a strong indication of which way the country is moving.
5. Turkish dictator Erdogan supporters appear to have attacked detractors in Washington, DC, outside the official residence of the Turkish Ambassador
6. Germany warns Turkey "we will not be BLACKMAILED" as war of words rages on
Federal foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel hit out amid an escalating row with Turkey after Germany accepted asylum requests from two Turkish soldiers, allegedly involved in the military coup.
In retaliation, an outraged Turkey refused to allow German politicians to visit soldiers at Incirlik air base.
This was followed by a strong rebuke from Chancellor Angela Merkel who threatened to withdraw all German soldiers from Ankara.
In summary, Turkey, a NATO partner, would not allow German officials to visit a NATO base within Turkey.
7. Saudi missionaries active in Kosovo, says German government
The German government says missionary groups from Saudi Arabia are spreading the ultraconservative Wahabi version of Islam in Kosovo.
In a response to questions from opposition lawmakers, the government says Saudi-backed preachers are active in the small Muslim-majority country in southeastern Europe.
The German government says donors from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are also funding Islamic communities in Kosovo. The country is a significant source of foreign fighters for groups such as the Islamic State.
8. While Lauren Southern and Tim Pool are on Sweden’s hate-speech list, Norwegian based hate preacher Mullah Krakar does not appear to be:
Oh boy ~ the Swedish gov put me in their registry of people who engaged in threats, hatred & incitement against migrants, women & LGBT. pic.twitter.com/VLcwAi9BFI— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) May 16, 2017
Here is typical interview with the Mullah in Norway, from 2015:
9. Muhammad Abdur Rabbani charged following arrest at Heathrow airport
Muhammad Abdur Rabbani, 36 (03.03.81) from Bethnal Green, attended an east London police station on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 and was charged as follows:
- that on 20 November 2016, at Heathrow Airport, he did wilfully obstructed, or sought to frustrate, an examination or search under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, contrary to paragraph 18(1)(c) of that Schedule.
10. "How can this be?!" Mum's heartbreak as migrant, who assaulted girl, six, gets soft sentence
AN IMMIGRANT in Germany has been given a mild 20 month suspended jail sentence for sexually abusing a little girl in an asylum seekers home in Berlin that led to her father being gunned down by police. The victim's mother Zaman burst into tears when she heard the verdict and cried out in the courtroom: "How can this be? He should be locked up in a place where he cannot do this again. He destroyed my life on this day.”