A commercial plane travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg carrying more than 200 passengers has crashed on the Egyptian peninsula, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed
• Plane initially thought to have gone missing near Cyprus • One report said the plane had re-appeared in Turkish airspace • Most passengers are said to be Russian tourists • The plane was operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia
An ad for flatmates stating “no Indians or Asians” need apply has outraged and disappointed a community group.
The Christchurch man who listed the ad was unapologetic, insisting he wasn’t racist but didn’t want to live with people “who cook curry every night” or couldn’t speak English.
“It’s shocking to hear about this ad,” NZ Indian Central Association president Harshadbhai Patel said.
“It’s not on. And we should not encourage these kinds of advertisements, especially targeting Asians and Indians.”
Patel said people were free to decide who they wanted to live with, but such explicit discrimination was concerning.
“It’s disappointing that it happens in a country like New Zealand.”
Patel said ads of this nature were rare in New Zealand, but had the potential to damage race relations.
Patel said he would raise the ad at the association’s executive committee meeting in Wellington on November 10.
The man who listed the ad, who went by the name Alistair, said he had several reasons for writing the ad.
“The honest answer is that the majority of them either don’t speak English very well, and I’ve had problems with communication in the past, where I’ve tried to tell them that they’re doing something wrong and they don’t understand.”
“The other thing is, the Indians in particular are quite arrogant. And I’ve had a lot of people come and look. It’s not a full racist thing. I’ve had phone calls from Indians and talked to them and said, ‘Yep, you’re fine, you can come and look at the place.’ But I don’t want to waste people’s time.
“I don’t want to get people turning up and not being able to speak English, or people who cook curry every night. I don’t want to come home to a house that smells…”
Alistair, who declined to give his full name, said he would consider letting Asian or Indian people who spoke English move in.
He said he’d filled the rooms advertised for the Addington flat, and some Indians and Asians still applied to become flatmates.
Alistair admitted receiving some criticism. “I had one from a German lady who was quite upset that I put that until I told her I had a German flatmate. I told her what the issue was and she was quite happy and ended up coming to look at the flat.”
He was happy to talk to people who found the ad offensive.
“On the face of it, it sounds like this would have crossed the line.” a TradeMe spokesman said.
He said TradeMe would consider its legal position, based on the Human Rights Act, but would also “make a call based on the TradeMe community’s reaction.”
In April 2012, TradeMe removed a rental property listing from a Fiji-Indian landlord who described his ideal tenants as “European”
TradeMe currently had an ad for a property in Mt Roskill, Auckland, saying only an “Indian or Asian male” would be welcome.
A listing currently on TradeMe seeking flatmates for a Mangere Bridge house said only Indians were welcome.
In Fenton Park, Rotorua, one TradeMe listing was even more specific.
The advertiser wanted an “Indian vegetarian girl” only for a room in the two-bedroom unit.
Hundreds of Germans are attempting to bring criminal charges against Chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of treason by opening the borders of Germany to mass migration.
The Federal Prosecutors office in Karlsruhe, Germany, has received over 400 letters calling for it to open an investigation into Chancellor Merkel, the elected leader of the German government for high treason. The complaints cite the chancellor’s decision to open the borders of the nation to all comers in September, since when they claim “an unhindered flow of refugees have poured into Germany”.
Under German law, anyone who attempts to affect change to the German republic or damage the constitutional order by force or threat of force is guilty of high treason. The letter, of which dozens more are received by the state prosecutor every day and is reproduced byCompact magazine, insists the migrant flood satisfies the conditions, as demographic change is altering the existence of the republic.
In introducing the pro-forma letter, Compact offers a quote commonly misattributed to American founding father Thomas Jefferson justifying the action: “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty, before adding “now everything is at stake”.
Citing the German constitution, which in article 20 paragraph enshrines the right of Germans “to resist any person seeking to abolish this constitutional order, if no other remedy is available”, the call to action remarks that to “safeguard our identity” their goal is now “the overthrow of the chancellor”.
The forcing of migrants on communities, which involves the government seizing property such as parks, sports centres, and private dwellings to create asylum accommodation is a form of violence, the letter contends, making Chancellor Merkel’s actions genuinely treasonous.
Despite the carefully formulated argument and provision of evidence, the petitions for action may yet be thrown out by the court. Hard-leftTaz newspaper reports the court is unlikely to accept that migrant violence constitutes an attempt by Chancellor Merkel to change the nature of Germany in a way that clearly violates the law.
These calls for Dr. Merkel to face criminal charges for her part in opening German to mass migration come among a backdrop of record low poll ratings for the chancellor, and increasingly fraught relations with her coalition partners.
The president of Bavaria has recently extended a hand of friendship to the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, a direct snub to the chancellor, and even contemplated building a border fence with Austria if she doesn’t shift her stance on mass migration.
While the chancellor’s poll ratings falter, the anti-mass migration Bavarian president’s own score has shot up 11 points – an indicator of the direction of travel for the German public which is starting to count the cost of mass migration.
Thousands of refugees leave accommodation on their own
“They are simply not there anymore” – daily many refugees disappear from the first reception facilities without giving notice. This is a serious problem for the authorities.
From the initial reception facilities in Brandenburg, refugees are increasingly heading on their own to relatives in Germany or abroad. Several hundred people disappear each week since the beginning of September without signing off, Ingo Decker, the spokesman of the Potsdam Ministry of the Interior said, answering an inquiry. “Eventually, these refugees are simply not there anymore.”, the spokesman said, and that sometimes they would come back or they would be picked up by the police.
On Wednesday alone, more than 600 people left the first reception facilities, Susan Fischer, the deputy ministry spokeswoman reported. According to official figures of the state government, more than 17,000 newcomers came into the country since the beginning of September. About 7800 have been accommodated in cities and communities, about 2700 people are still in the first reception facilities. It follows that at least 7000 people have left on their own.
It is a serious problem for the authorities that many thousands of people are on their way on their own in the federal territory, Decker said. He also said that refugees might thus be registered multiple times as the registration is based on information given by the registrants, which almost always come without any papers. “The same guy that is Muhammad Ali here in Eisenhüttenstadt can be Ali Mohammed a little bit later in Hamburg”, Decker exemplified. The states must live with that for the time being, because a proper registration at the border is currently not in sight.
Using force will not stop the global migration crisis – UN experts call for smart mobility solutions
GENEVA (23 October 2015) – Two United Nations experts on the human rights of migrants called on the European Union to open regular and safe channels for migrants in order “to take over the mobility market from the smugglers.”
“Attempting to seal borders and the over-emphasis on the securitisation ofborders is not going to reduce irregular migration in the long run,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Francisco Carrión Mena.
In an open letter* released today in New York, the experts expressed deep concern at the recent UN Security Council resolution allowing the EU to inspect, possibly seize and use force against boats off the coast of Libya in cases where reasonable grounds exist to suspect that such boats are being used for the smuggling of migrants from that country.
“International cooperation is certainly needed to combat organized criminal enterprises from engaging in such activities, but the Security Council resolution and EU Operation Sophia miss the mark,” they stated. “EU Operation Sophia – which allows for EU naval vessels to board, search, seize and divert vessels suspected of being used for migrant smuggling – is an example of the States’ naivety in thinking that sealing borders can work.”
“Countries can only effectively tackle smuggling if they take over the market. They must urgently provide safe regular channels for migration and places for refugee resettlement. Without a regular alternative available to reach safety and the opportunity of building a future for themselves and their children, people will continue to pay smugglers and risk their lives through dangerous journeys.”
The human rights experts called for commitment by all EU member States – and hopefully many more countries in the Global North and in the Global South – to resettle over a certain number of years a meaningful number of refugees (most probably in the millions) directly from transit countries. “EU member States would then reclaim this mobility market from the hands of the smugglers,” they noted.
“Whether considered migrants, asylum seekers or refugees, all are entitled to a protection response based on international law, in particular the human rights law, humanitarian law, and refugee law treaty framework,” the experts stated in their open letter.
“All policies and practices aimed at effectively responding to this phenomenon of increasingly mixed migration movements, as well as at addressing the situation of migrants in transit and destination countries, must be fully in line with these norms and principles established by the international community,” they added.
Comments made by chief of British-based think tank William Lacy Swing
Former U.S. Ambassador said ageing societies in the developed world and unemployment in developing countries would drive demographic trends
He said the world is bound to become more diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion
Comments come as Europe faces biggest migrant crisis since end of WW2
Developed nations must be prepared to become more culturally diverse in order to fill job vacancies caused by their ageing societies, a leading think-tank chief said today.
William Lacy Swing, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said ageing societies in the developed world and endemic youth unemployment in developing countries would drive demographic trends.
Mr Swing, a former United States ambassador and United Nations under-secretary general, said the world is bound to become more diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion.
William Lacy Swing, the head of the International Organization for Migration, has warned world leaders that they must be willing to become more culturally diverse because they need workers
He said: ‘Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job.’
The IOM is a British-based organisation that works with government’s around the world to promote humane and orderly migration.
Sources concerned the integration of immigrants is no longer possible because of ‘parallel societies’
A German newspaper reported on Sunday that Germany’s intelligence and security agencies are concerned about migrants that are coming to Germany with radical Islamic and anti-Semitic views.
The Welt am Sonntag had access to a document that was read by high-level officials in the agencies that said “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”
According to the newspaper, sources warned that “the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies.” In Germany, the term “parallel societies” is often used to refer to Muslim communities that are insulated and do not interact much with mainstream society.
The document, which is referred to as “the non-paper” because it had not signatories, said that “German security agencies…will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the arising reactions from Germany’s population.”
AFP”Germany has re-imposed border controls and curbed rail traffic from Austria in an effort to slow an influx of migrants”
A senior securityofficial spoke to the Welt am Sonntag and said that “The high influx of people from all parts of the world will lead to instability in our land.” He continued by saying that, “We are producing extremists through immigration. Mainstream civil society is radicalizing because the majority don’t want migration and they are being forced by the political elite.” He ended by predicting that Germans “will turn away from the constitutional state.”
The exclusive information was received by the newspaper from the four major German security agencies: the Federal Intelligence Service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Federal Police and the Federal Criminal Police Office.
The warnings from German officials and security agencies seem to be the first with regards to Arab anti-Semitism. Josef Schuster, the head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, raised the issue in a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in October.
Speaking to Die Welt daily, he said that “among the people, who have sought refuge in Germany, many come from countries in which Israel is an enemy and are raised with this hostility toward Israel.”
He added that the migrants “frequently carry over their resentments toward all Jews in general.”
Merkel replied by saying that for this reason, “We must take care of that,” but did not add how Germany would proceed with this.
The southern industrial city of Trollhattan in Sweden has become a focal point for underlying racial tensions in the country, a nation that has displayed generous attitudes toward refugees.
A 21-year-old local man rampaged through a school in the city Thursday, stabbing two people to death and seriously wounding two others before being fatally shot by police. Authorities called it a racist hate crime, saying he methodically selected dark-skinned victims at Trollhattan’s Kronan school, where most students are foreign-born.
Many in this nation of 10 million were horrified by the violence but not surprised at its eruption, saying the surge of refugees into Europe has increased anti-immigrant attitudes. Swedish officials estimate some 190,000 asylum-seekers will arrive this year, second only to Germany in Western Europe.
A British teacher at the Montessori school opposite Kronan, Jo-Anne Frampton, said the attack had been “just a matter of time.”
“We were all worried and afraid,” she told The Associated Press. “But the attack isn’t really surprising. There’s a lot of racial tension here, and it’s been growing since more and more migrants have been arriving.”
As relatives and friends of one of the stabbing victims returned to the school to pay their respects, anti-racist campaigners gathered in the city Saturday to discuss racial issues.
“We get the feeling that these dark forces are back,” said Jorge Pereira, a local activist. “But the difference now is that they have attacked children at a school.”
“Once again, we have experienced a hate crime … Our country is burning. Asylum dwellings are in flames,” Svenska Dagbladet, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, said in an editorial. “The hatred against immigrants spreads like wildfire.”
New guidelines on etiquette for communal kitchens at work suggested
Professor Adam Dinham warns employers to consider other religions
Advice includes not warming up a sausage roll in the microwave
Also suggests not leaving bacon sandwiches in communal fridge
It may seem an innocent enough act to warm up your sausage roll in the microwave during lunch hour.
But think again, because doing so could seriously upset colleagues of certain faiths, new guidelines on the etiquette of using communal kitchens at work suggest.
Similarly, it would also be advisable to avoid keeping bacon rolls in a fridge shared with people whose religious beliefs prohibit them from eating pork.
New guidelines on the etiquette of using communal kitchens at work suggest not microwaving a sausage roll.
Adam Dinham, professor of faith and public policy at Goldsmiths, University of London, has drawn up a religious literacy programme due to be presented to employers this week.
He said: ‘The microwaves example is a good one. We also say, ‘Don’t put kosher or halal and other . . . special foods next to another [food] or, God forbid, on the same plate.’
Halal and kosher food served at corporate events should be certified, and consideration should be given to whether to serve alcohol, the guidelines further suggest.
Professor Dinham warned that employers should consider new religions and cults, including Scientology, and beliefs such as environmentalism and vegetarianism, as well as the established faiths of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism.
The programme, commissioned by CoExist House, an interfaith group, will also deal with other matters including clothing, the right to wear religious symbols such as crucifixes and hijabs, and whether to allow time off on religious holidays.
Using the office mircrowave to heat up a sausage roll during your lunch hour could offend people of other religions
The guidelines are due to be presented to employers by EY, the Nprofessional services firm.
Professor Dinham told the Sunday Times: ‘We can’t be didactic. You can’t say, ‘Do this, this and this and you’ll get it right’.
‘We point out that there is no definition in law of religion and belief. The Equality Act has [made] an attempt . . . but it is so woolly as to be useless.’
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