Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Immigration officials found something shocking on the phones of hundreds of Syrian refugees: photos depicting murdered children and grotesque executions.

Norway’s Police Immigration Service have been working around the clock to process the huge number of Syrian refugees–but, when searching their belongings and the cell phones when they crossed the border, they found the disgusting images.

The photos depicted ISIS flags, dead children, and other victims of war and terorrism.

Erik Haugland, head of Norway’s asylum program, pointed out that it’s a possibility that horrible photos were completely innocent–namely, that they were there in case the refugees were asked to prove why they were fleeing their home country.

However, it’s also an unspoken possibility that the images weren’t there for innocent reasons.

The massive influx of refugees into countries like Norway have led to heightened fears that ISIS agents might be infiltrating–posing as refugees in order to gain access to the European Union.

Those fears have only increased in recent weeks–after the terrorist attacks on Paris, which left 120 dead, as well as a slew of other minor crimes that have swept Europe.

Many citizens complain that their leaders aren’t doing enough to keep them safe–and aren’t doing enough to ensure that the Syrian refugees they’re letting onto the continent are actually refugees, and not ISIS agents.

The response from European leaders has been all across the board. In Hungary, for example, leaders have shut the borders and begun to construct a wall to keep out unwanted refugees.

Meanwhile, in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel recently received Time’s Person of the Year distinction, due to her calls for all European countries–including her own–to take more refugees.

In response, conservative, anti-immigration parties like France’s Front National have been quickly rising in polls–and could be swept into power in coming elections.

While the majority of refugees do have good intentions, it’s clear from recent attacks that it only takes a few terrorists to cause major damage to a Western country. And, based off new information that comes available, it’s clear that the tide may be turning against the onslaught of refugees.

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Saudi Arabia wants to build 200 mosques in Germany.

Saudi Arabia has offered to “help” with the Syrian refugee crisis that’s quickly engulfing Europe–but is it really help if it’s nakedly self-serving?

The U.S.-allied kingdom, which has been one of the leading instigators of radical Islam over the last few decades, has offered help only in the form of building 200 new mosques in Germany.

That comes to about one mosque for every 100 refugees that have recently crossed the border.

Saudi Arabia has allowed 500,000 Syrian workers–which, worth noting, is not refugees, who usually don’t have an income–into their country.

But, along with their wealthy oil-rich neighbors, they have been heavily criticized for not doing much in response to the Syria crisis, which has forced millions to flee as ISIS continues to take over larger and larger portions of the embattled nation.

Part of the reluctance for the Gulf States’ to take in refugees is that Syria is closely allied with Iran, which has had a prickly and competitive relationship with the rest of the Arab world. These nations are concerned that, if they allow in refugees who are loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, there could be increased sectarian tensions.

As a result, Western countries–mainly in Europe–have been forced to pick up the slack. Germany has taken the lion’s share of the burden, offering to take up to 500,000 refugees each year–equivalent to nearly 1% of their population.

But whether or not Germany plans to take Saudi Arabia up on their mosque proposal remains to be seen.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel simply said that, like all proposals, this one would “have to go through the federal authorities.”



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