Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Italy, Britain, Belgium -- It May Be too Late to Save the EU, But America Beware
THE REAL NEWS TODAY IS THAT EuroPE IS LURCHING OUT OF CONTROL. And few leaders even want to talk about it. • • • ITALY IN CRISIS. We have been predicting this for several years. It has finally happened. Italy is in the throes of a political and economic crisis that could bring down not only the Euro currency but also the European Union. And, make no mistake, this is of a magnitude far greater than the already-horrific crisis Greece has had. Italy is the third largest economy in the Eurozone. • • • ITALY AND THE Euro. The Guardian on Monday published a guest article by economist Yanis Varoufakis, the co-founder of DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement) and former finance minister of Greece under Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the socialist Syriza party who has served as prime minister of Greece since 2015. Yanis Varoufakis wrote that : "Italy should be doing well. Unlike Britain, it exports considerably more to the rest of the world than it imports, while its government spends less (excluding interest payments) than the taxes it receives. And yet Italy is stagnating, its population in a state of revolt following two lost decades. While it is true that Italy is in serious need of reforms, those who blame the stagnation on domestic inefficiencies and corruption must explain why Italy grew so fast throughout the postwar period until it entered the Eurozone. Was its government and polity more efficient and virtuous in the 1970s and 1980s? Hardly. The singular reason for Italy’s woes is its membership of a terribly designed monetary union, the Eurozone, in which the Italian economy cannot breathe and which consecutive German governments refuse to reform." • That sums up the battle now waging between the elected Italian populist govenrment and the Italian Eurocrat political elites. Varoufakis compares Italy's situation to Greece's : "In 2015 the Greek people elected a progressive, Europeanist government with a mandate to demand a new deal within the Eurozone. In the space of six months, under the guidance of the German government, the European Union and its central bank crushed us. A few months later, I was asked by the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera if I thought European democracy was at risk. I answered : 'Greece surrendered but it was Europe’s democracy that was mortally wounded. Unless Europeans realise that their economy is run by unelected and unaccountable pseudo-technocrats, committing one gross error after another, our democracy will remain a figment of our collective imagination.' Since then, the pro-establishment government of Italy’s Democratic party implemented, one after the other, the policies that the unelected bureaucrats of the EU demanded. The result was more stagnation. And so, in March, a national election delivered an absolute parliamentary majority to two anti-establishment parties which, despite their differences, shared doubts about Italy’s Eurozone membership and a hostility to migrants. It was the bitter harvest of absent prospects and withering hope." • • • DEMOCRACY OR DICTATORSHIP OF THE ELITES? That, to borrow from Shakespeare, is the quesiton. The media is full of the events unfolding in Italy because they negate any sense that domocratic nations should follow the advice given by their citizens in elections. The United States is just now coming out of such a period, but it never fell into the black hole of overriding by fiat a national election -- Donald Trump is still Preisdent and is finally taking firm control of the reins of the US govenrment. • Varoufakis explains what has happened in Italy : "After a few weeks of the kind of post-election horse-trading common in countries like Italy and Germany, the Five Star Movement and League leaders Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini struck a deal to form a government. Alas, President Sergio Mattarella used the powers bestowed upon him by the Italian constitution to prevent the formation of that government and, instead, handed the mandate to a technocrat, a former IMF employee who stands no chance of a vote of confidence in parliament. Had Mattarella refused Salvini the post of interior minister, outraged by his promise to expel 500,000 migrants from Italy, I would be compelled to support him....No, Mattarella chose to clash with an absolute majority of lawmakers for another reason: his disapproval of the finance minister designate. Why? Because the said gentleman, while fully qualified for the job, and despite his declaration that he would abide by the EU’s rules, had in the past expressed doubts about the Eurozone’s architecture and has favoured a plan of EU exit just in case it was needed. It was as if Mattarella declared that reasonableness from a prospective finance minister constitutes grounds for his or her exclusion from the post." • But, added Varoufakis : "Beyond his moral failure, the president has made a major tactical blunder. What is so striking is that there is no thinking economist anywhere in the world who does not share concern about the Eurozone’s faulty architecture. No prudent finance minister would neglect to develop a plan for Euro exit. Indeed, I have it on good authority that the German finance ministry, the European Central Bank and every major bank and corporation have plans in place for the possible exit from the Eurozone of Italy, even of Germany. Is Mattarella telling us that the Italian finance minister is banned from thinking of such a plan?....he fell right into Salvini’s trap. The formation of another 'technical' government, under a former IMF apparatchik, is a fantastic gift to Salvini’s party. Salvini is secretly salivating at the thought of another election -- one that he will fight...as the defender of democracy against the Deep Establishment. He has already scaled the moral high ground with the stirring words : 'Italy is not a colony, we are not slaves of the Germans, the French, the spread or finance.' If Mattarella takes solace from the fact that previous Italian presidents managed to put in place technical governments that did the establishment’s job (so 'successfully' that the country’s political center imploded), he is very badly mistaken. This time around he, unlike his predecessors, has no parliamentary majority to pass a budget or indeed to lend his chosen government a vote of confidence. Thus, the president is forced to call fresh elections that, courtesy of his moral drift and tactical blunder, will return an even stronger majority for Italy’s xenophobic political forces, possibly in alliance with the enfeebled Forza Italia of Silvio Berlusconi. And then what, President Mattarella?" • Few analysts writing over the weekend about the crisis Italy now finds itself in have laid out the problem with such clarity as Yanis Varoufakis. • • • WILL THE ITALIAN PRESIDENT BE IMPEACHED? BBC posed the question on Monday : "Italy is mired in fresh political turmoil, with the president facing impeachment calls after he vetoed a choice for finance minister. In a rare move, President Sergio Mattarella said he could not appoint the Eurosceptic Paolo Savona, citing concerns by investors. The decision ended a bid by Italy's two populist parties to form a coalition. Mr Mattarella may now appoint a stop-gap prime minster with early elections looking increasingly likely. He has summoned Carlo Cottarelli, a former executive director of the International Monetary Fund, who could form an interim administration....The BBC's James Reynolds in Rome says a temporary prime minister is unlikely to last long and early elections may have to be called. There is now a real argument between the president and the populists about Italy's position in the EU, he adds." • President Mattarella was stupid enough to veto Paola Savona -- an 81-year-old economics professor who has called Italy's entry into the Euro a 'historic mistake' -- as finance minister by citing his fierce opposition to membership of the Eurozone. Justifying his move, Mattarella said : "uncertainty about our position in the Euro has alarmed Italian and foreign investors," and argued that Savona's stance clashed with the two parties' own position on Europe. Matterella said he asked the new populist majority for "an authoritative person from the parliamentary majority who is consistent with the government program..who isn't seen as a supporter of a line that could probably, or even inevitably, provoke Italy's exit from the Euro." He added that Mr Conte, the majority coalition's nomineee as prime minister, refused to support "any other solution" and then surrendered his mandate to be PM. Former prime minister Massimo D'Alema, caught speaking on an open microphone on Saturday, summed up the fears of traditional parties : "If we go back to elections because of a veto on Savona, they (anti-establishment parties) are going to win 80%." • Under Italian law, the president has the right to reject the appointment of a cabinet member but the power is rarely used. According to the French worldwide AFP news agency, it has happened at least three times before, including in 1994 when then-President Oscar Luigi blocked attempts by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to appoint his personal lawyer as Minister of Justice. But, this time, Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio called for impeachment under article 90 of the constitution, which allows parliament to demand a president step down based on a simple majority vote. If the vote is in favor of impeachment, Italy's constitutional court then decides whether to impeach or not. Di Maio said in a Facebook video : "I want this institutional crisis to be taken to parliament...and the president tried. Why don't we just say that in this country it's pointless that we vote, as the ratings agencies, financial lobbies decide the governments?....Paolo Savona would not have taken us out of the Euro. It's a lie invented by Mattarella's advisors. The truth is that they don't want us in government." Salvini has called for fresh elections : "In a democracy, if we are still in democracy, there's only one thing to do, let the Italians have their say," he told supporters in a speech in central Italy. Di Maio said that Mattarella, himself a former constitutional court judge, had "gone beyond his legal prerogatives." And Salvini repeated : "This isn't democracy, this isn't respect for the popular vote. It's the latest slap in the face from those that say Italy should be a slave, scared and precarious." Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio called on party supporters to attend a rally in Rome on Saturday, the anniversary of Italy's transformation into a republic in 1946, after what he called "Italian democracy's darkest night." Di Maio said an impeachment trial for Mattarella, 76, would be "almost a certainty." But, most analysts however say impeachment is only possible in cases of "high treason" or constitutional breaches. Massimo Luciani, president of the Italian Constitutionalists Association, said : "President Mattarella has only exercised his constitutional powers." • • • CAN TECHNOCRAT COTTARELLI FORM A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL STABILIZE FINANCIAL MARKETS? Not likely. On Tuesday, President Mattarella charged Italy's caretaker prime minister Carlo Cottarelli, Carlo Cottarelli, a pro-austerity economist formerly with the International Monetary Fund, to assemble a cabinet -- in the face of resistance from far- right and anti-establishment parties. The first and only fact about any Cotterelli govenrment is that it has zero chance of being approved by the Italian parliament controlled by Salvini and his coalition. So, it will hobble on as a caretaker until new elections take place, probably in early 2019. • Financial markets were understandably not happy about that fact. They plunged into a frenzy as Cottarelli was left in charge after efforts to end months of political deadlock. • The UK Daily Mail reported at noon on Tuesday that : "Global markets have plunged amid political turmoil in Italy with investors spooked by the prospect of fresh elections -- and an even better result for anti-EU parties. The Italian stock market opened down 1.8% today while the deepening crisis has sparked a second day of heavy selling across Europe. The spread between the Italian 10-year government bond and the benchmark German bund rose to 230 points, the highest level since October 2013, with interest rates at 2.9%....In early European trade, London fell 0.7% as dealers returned from a long holiday weekend, while Milan sank more than 2%, Paris slipped 0.7% and Frankfurt lost 0.6%. Earlier, the Euro extended losses in Asian trade Tuesday. National Australia Bank said in a commentary : 'Fears of a Euro existential crisis are gathering momentum amid simmering political turmoil in Italy.' And Alessio de Longis, a New York-based portfolio manager at Oppenheimer Funds, told Bloomberg Television : 'These developments are concerning. The markets will be really unable to move forward into a different narrative' until the Italian outlook is clearer.'....'We may now be in for an extended period of heightened uncertainty ahead of fresh elections' in Italy, Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney, said in a note. Adding to the EU financial pressure is a brewing crisis in Spain, where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a no-confidence vote after his party was found guilty of benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial. • • • THE EURO SINGLE CURRENCY IS IN PLAY. The Euro was down against major currencies on Tuesday, and was trading in the range of 1€ = 1.155 US$, a new recent low for the Euro against the Dollar. • The UK Daily Mail said : "The Euro looked to have dodged a bullet when Italy's would-be Eurosceptic coalition government collapsed at the weekend, but it may turn out to have been the opening salvo in a war over Europe's single currency. With the Sunday rejection of the new populist, Eurosceptic govenrment by Italy's president because of the presence of finance minister Paolo Savona, who had previously said Italy should leave the Eurozone, the two coalition parties, who were rivals in the March vote, are weighing whether to join forces ahead of a fresh election in the autumn or early next year. 'The upcoming elections will not be political, but instead a real and true referendum...between who wants Italy to be a free country and who wants it to be servile and enslaved,' League leader Matteo Salvini said on Monday. 'Today Italy is not free; it is occupied financially by Germans, French and Eurocrats.'....'The election is going to resemble a referendum, de facto, on the European Union and the Euro,' said Francesco Galietti, head of political risk consultancy Policy Sonar in Rome. 'It's an existential threat for the entire Eurozone.' If Italians were to cast a protest vote against the EU and Euro at fresh elections, it would deliver the bloc's biggest challenge since Britain voted to quit the Union two years ago and raise questions about the future of the single currency. As the Euro zone's third-largest economy, heavily indebted Italy also represents a far bigger potential threat to the single currency than the Greek economic crisis." • President Mattarella's veto of Savona as economy minister has put the currency, which was little discussed in the last election campaign, at the centre of the debate. "Membership of the Euro is a fundamental choice," Mattarella said in a televised speech, explaining his veto. "If we want to discuss it, then we should do so in a serious fashion." Salvini rails against the Euro, calling it a "mistake for our economy...We don't have a Euro in our pockets. We have a German mark which they called the Euro." Italians will also be considering the future of their savings as financial markets put the country's stock market and bonds under pressure and borrowing costs increase. Italy has a government debt burden of 2.3 trillion Euro ($2.7 trillion), and the Italian bond market is the largest in Europe, so its instability or continuing weakness could have an outsized impact on EU bonds overall. European institutions, and especially the Germany-led Eurozone austerity purveyors, already suffering lack of legitimacy because they are neither elected nor accountable to the citizens of the EU. • The Italian soft coup d'état bu Italian president Matterella and his appointment of Cottarelli, a Eurocrat-IMF austerity adherent called "Scissors Man," will make things much worse. And the rest of the populist parties in Europe will use it to bludgeon their Eurocrat elite enemies. Marine Le Pen has already tweeted : "The European Union and the financial markets are again confiscating democracy. What has happened in Italy is a coup d'état." Leading Brexit campaigner and former leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, said on Twitter : "Italian voters will be furious that the establishment is blocking new ministers. Time for more elections and bigger votes." • • • THE EU HAS OTHER TROUBLES. It is not just Italy. On Tuesday morning, a gunman shot 3 police in Liege, Belgium. Reuters reported that : "Authorities said terrorism could not be ruled out as a motive....La Libre Belgique newspaper quoted a police source as saying the gunman shouted Allahu Akbar -- God is greatest in Arabic -- and RTBF said investigators believed the attacker may well have had a terrorist motive....The national anti-terrorist crisis center, which Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter was monitoring the situation, said terrorism could not be excluded as a motive though it was also looking into other possible reasons. 'It (terrorism) is one of the questions on the table, but for the moment all scenarios are open,' a spokesman for the crisis center said." • The attack took place in the center of Liege, and after the gunman stalked 2 female police officers, stabbed them in the back several times and then shot them with their own service pistols, he turned his fire on a passing car and kille its 22-year-old driver. He then fired at other poilice and hit 2 in their legs, and took a high school cleaning lady hostage before being shot and killed by elite police. The cleaning lady was not harmed. • The dead shooter, 36, was named locally as Benjamin Herman, from Rochefort, a city about an hour from Liege. He was well-known to police after a string of crimes including robbery, assault and drug-dealing. Local media reported that Herman was temporarily released from prison for several hours on Monday night for "family leave" to prepare his reintegration into society, despite a prison service assessment that he was very violent. Herman was not on the government's list of suspected potential terrorists, according to local media, but had been in touch with radicalised prisoners during his several stints in jail. • Belgian media reported that Herman could have killed hours before the shooting, linking him to a murder in On. The body of a man shot in the head was found after a jewellery robbery in Rochefort earlier that evening. • Belgium's terror threat level remains on two, which represents an "unlikely" terror threat. However, Belgium has been on high alert since a Brussels-based ISIS cell was involved in attacks on Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people and Brussels in 2016 in which 32 died. • The populist parties are also voicing their anger over this latest terrorist incident. Éric Ciotti is a member of the National Assembly of France and a member of The Republicans, the conservative party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, said that the attack shows that Europe in in the midst of a threat that will go on for some time. Marine Le Pen said European leaders do not understand the scope and danger inherent in the terrorist threat and need to shiftt heir strategy to one of "prevention" -- by which she surely means reducing immigration into the EU. • What is alarming is that there are less obvious but equally violent attacks of migrants -- supposedly terrorists, but often simply culturally unadapted young Moslem men who stab or attack women in the street, especially in Germany. European leadership makes a real effort to under-report or downplay these attacks, refusing to admit that there is problem with migrants, many of whom are still in immigration centers awaiting decisions about asylum. And, when populist leaders point out the problem, they are atacked as racists and zenophobes. • • • BRITAIN HAS THE SAME PROBLEM. There is a continuing string of Moslem gangs "grooming" young white girls to be child prostitutes. They are sometimes put on trial, but the UK does all it can to prevent the media and its citizens from having the details of the gangs' lascivious activities. • The American Thinker's editor Thomas Lifson published an article aboutthe UK situation last Saturday : "Tommy Robinson, a well known political activist warning of the dangers of Islamic extremism, was arrested Friday while doing a live-feed report online about the trial of Moslem gang members accused of grooming young girls for a prostitution ring. Metro UK reports : "The co-founder of EDL[i] livestreamed 'reports' from outside Leeds Crown Court for an hour this morning. He showed men entering the court on Facebook until he was approached by officers telling him to stop. In a separate video, the far-right activist is filmed being led away by police, arresting him for an alleged breach of the peace and incitement. He's heard asking one of his supporters : 'Can you get me a solicitor? This is ridiculous, I haven't said a word. I've done nothing.' He's then filmed asking the police officers if he's being arrested on 'contempt of court'. Before he's bundled into the van, he says: 'Someone laid their hand and assaulted me outside court. Other people have sworn at me and threatened me about my mother and here I am being arrested for saying nothing.' " Lifson quotes Nick Kangadis of the Media Research Center : "As most people know, there is no First Amendment in the UK. The UK has become an authoritarian state. While everyone ridiculously fawns over royal weddings, authorities in Britain are arresting people for shedding light on atrocities that the government doesn't want people to know about." You can watch Ezra Levant's commentary on the arrest on You Tube : < https://youtu.be/m6w7MJZX5YU >. • The Canada Free Press published this report : “UK right-wing activist and journalist Tommy Robinson was arrested and reportedly jailed Friday after he filmed members of an alleged child grooming gang entering a court for trial -- but the details of his purported sentence remain murky after the judge ordered the press not to report on the case. (Fox News, May 26, 2018) Robinson, the former head of the English Defense League and a longtime activist against Islam and Islamic migration, was arrested after he was filming men accused of being part of a gang that groomed children. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex scandals perpetuated by gangs of predominantly Moslem men. Video shows Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, being surrounded by as many as seven police officers as he livestreamed the incident on his phone. The police informed him he was being arrested for 'breach of the peace.' But shortly after his arrest, a source with knowledge of the case told Fox News that he had been jailed for 13 months on a contempt-of-court charge...dating back to a year ago [for trying to livestream another grooming gang trial]. A court listing indicated the case was “closed” by Friday afternoon. (Fox News)....According to The Independent, Robinson was already on a suspended sentence for contempt of court over a gang rape case in 2017. (Fox News)." • As the Canada Free Press points outn what is appalling about the Robinson case is that : "The judge in the case on Friday slapped a reporting ban on the case. The order bans reporters from reporting on a case if there is reason to believe the reporting could prejudice a trial. The order prevents reporting until the conclusion of the trial Robinson was reporting on. The gag order led to news outlets in the UK removing their reporting from their websites to comply with the order. Most remaining reporting in the UK comments on Robinson’s arrest, but not on his purported sentencing. Reaction to Robinson’s sentencing from commentators and right-wing politicians was fierce, particularly as it is the latest in a series of commentators -- particularly those who are critical of Islam and mass Islamic migration into the UK -- being locked up by British authorities. • Gerard Batten, populist UKIP party leader and member of the European Parliament, tweeted : “What kind of police state have we become? I am trying to recall a legal case where someone was convicted of a ‘crime’ which cannot be reported on. Where he can be cast into prison without it being possible to report his name, offence, or place of imprisonment for fear of contempt of court. Arrested for 'breaching the peace' while reporting on a Islamic grooming gang trial? If only British authorities spent as much time working to imprison child groomers as they did on Tommy Robinson." • Sources with knowledge of Robinson’s case spoke on condition of anonymity in part because of fear they would be arrested for contempt. One told Fox that Robinson’s lawyer warned that, considering the presence of Moslem gang members in prison, a 13-month sentence was tantamount to a death sentence. (Fox News). The source said : “Tommy’s lawyer said he will likely die in jail given his profile and previous credible threats, and the judge basically said he doesn’t care. He sentenced him to 13 months in prison.” If, given his profile and previous credible threats, it is Tommy’s fate to “die in jail,” it should be the authorities responsibility to take preventative action to save his life. [NOTE : In fact, Robinson was attacked by Moslem inmates the last time he was jailed and had to be moved to another prison.] • A survivor of a child exploitation gand in Rotherham, Katie Hopkins tweeted her fears (shared by many others) that Robinson will be murdered in custody, as he is an object of hate by many Moslems : @KTHopkins "Tommy warned us about these rape gangs. You laughed and called him a racist. Tommy will die in prison at the hands of these gangs. You will laugh and say it served him right. Then you will remember YOU have a daughter #TommyRobinson." The Rotherham child exploitation scandal Katie Hopkins mentions in her tweet was a horrific example of British police deliberately ignoring widespread exploitation of young girls by Moslem gangs. You can find a summary on Wikipedia or by Googling it. • • • DEAR READERS, the fact is that much of the Brexit impetus was caused by the acts of unadapted Moslem and other migrants in the UK. And, other EU countries are feeling the heat of their citizens for much the same reason. • Consider this. Conservative Zone reported on May 22 that the Irish Refugee Protection Program is asking homeowners in Ireland -- anyone who has a primary residence, a second/holiday type dwelling, or any ‘spare property’ -- if there is an empty bedroom, you are expected to pledge that room to an asylum seeker for periods up to year. The Irish Refugee Protection Program expects you to ‘put that space to better use’, according to the Irish Red Cross. The Programme description says : “Pledging a vacant property or spare room will play a significant and valuable role in helping Syrian refugees rebuild their lives and settle in Irish communities.” Established by Dublin nurse Elizabeth O’Herrin in 1939 to provide humanitarian aid, the Irish Red Cross is administering this program as part of Ireland’s effort to resettle approximately 4,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece. In the newest national campaign to house migrants, the charity explains that any asylum seeker or refugee (there is a difference) who is homed through the program will also be provided with education, healthcare, employment support, and a caseworker. Each adult receives €21.60 per week, as does each child in a family. (€ 21.60 is approximately US$25.48). • Conservative Zone says : "In their 2015 campaign, hundreds of Irish people pledged free rooms and vacant homes in response to the over one million refugees landing on Europe’s doorstep. Less than 90 responses resulted in actual accommodations for migrants; many people who pledged actually withdrew their offers when contacted by the Irish Red Cross. Of the 492 pledges received in 2015, almost half were immediately withdrawn; others were deemed ‘too rural’, failed the assessment or became ‘temporarily unavailable’ due to ‘changed circumstances’. Still, other offers failed because the person pledging did not want to take in a single male refugee; almost all singles waiting to be placed in Irish homes are single males." Irish Red Cross Migration Program Manager Eve Leonard admits that this program to date has had a low accommodation return, but she is quick to add, “In terms of integration, this is a really good model for refugees to engage with Irish people and for Irish people to engage with refugees.” • The small town of Lisdoonvarna was informed their community of 300 would see a hotel in town turned into a new migrant center that would increase the town population by a third. Michael Walsh, a resident, said : “We don’t know where these people are going to be from. They won’t tell us what countries they’re from, what religion they’re from. Ireland is under the impression that these people will all become Irish, pretty much overnight and everything will continue to be terrific. But, in fact, history shows us, in Sweden, France and Germany -- this is not necessarily the case.” In fact, 93% of the residents in the tiny town voted against the huge influx, concerned about the strain on their resources. The hotelier, who originally said he would not sign a contract for the center if the residents were against it, did sign the contract. Walsh speculates the hotelier will make one or two million Euros per year from the government. “Very many people are concerned, but they’re also concerned about being called racist” Walsh explained “…the town is in a real pickle right now.” • Shockingly, these forced migration programs come as the Irish government pays journalists to report positively about the massive Project Ireland 2040 plan -- the nation intends to boost their 4.7 million population by another million via mass migration. • And, America is not immune. Ameircan Thinker published a May 23 article by Pamela Geller titled "Islamizing the Schools: The Case of West Virginia." Geller writes : "This is an outrage, but it is common nationwide : the Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Mountain Ridge Middle School in West Virginia is 'instructing junior high students to write the Islamic profession of faith ostensibly to practice calligraphy.' Students are made to write out the Shahada, which states : 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.' This is exactly what I warned about in my book, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, in the chapter 'The Mosqueing of the Public Schools.' In order to convert to Islam, one says the shahada. Saying the shahada makes you a Moslem. The shahada is what is on the black flag of jihad. No non-Moslem student should be forced to write or say the shahada without the qualifier 'Moslems believe that...' This is because it is a statement of faith. If the school exercise is requiring students to write it, it should be clear from the wording of the exercise that this is Islamic faith, not the student's faith. That distinction has been glossed over in many, many school textbook presentations. This is in West Virginia, not Baghdad. And it's a problem not just in West Virginia -- it's a national problem." • Geller also notes in her article that : "In Volusia County, Florida, hundreds protested Islamic lessons in their 'World History' text, a Common Core-approved high school history textbook. With an entire chapter dedicated to the virtues of Islam and not a single chapter for Christianity, the textbook had Floridians in a frenzy. And who is the biggest pusher of Common Core besides leftist progressives? The Islamic Society of North America, a Moslem Brotherhood front group, along with the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In Florida, CAIR is on the offensive. We have seen the increasing Islamization of the public-school curriculum. History lessons in Islam are dawah -- proselytizing for Islam....In West Virginia, it gets even worse....after the Daily Caller and Geller Report exposed what was happening, Mountain Ridge administrators and teachers began messaging parents who were sharing the story, asking them to remove their posts." • Europe is in trouble. The Euro is losing its patina and Italy is the biggest threat to its continued existence. The EU as a whole is unable or unwilling to treat its migrant problem seriously, choosing to restrict freedom of the press in order to prevent citizens from knowing the entire truth about what is happening in their own communities. • It may be too late to save Europe, so...AMERICA, BEWARE.