Conflict between France and Islamist countries escalates - video

The past few weeks since Emmanuel Macron's announcement to fight Islamist separatism have been marred by an open boycott of French products, cyber attacks, dipomatic conflicts and direct threats. As diplomatic tensions escalate, Marine Le Pen thinks that France would need tougher laws.

Poland has enough ventilators

Although the second wave of the pandemic is intensifying, Poland has enough dedicated hospital beds and ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. The voivodships are constantly expanding their capacities to avoid a shortage of supplies.

Health Expert: Mask Wearing Will Remain Mandatory Even After a COVID Vaccine

A top doctor who served as an expert witness for the U.S. Congress says that even after a COVID-19 vaccine is available, mask wearing and other social distancing measures will remain mandatory.

“I feel like there is this perception that once we have a #CoronavirusVaccine life will go back to normal,” tweeted Dr.Krutika Kuppalli.

“Life will not be like it was pre-COVID. Even after we have a #vaccine you will still need to use good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance, avoid crowds and wear masks,” she added.

As we have repeatedly highlighted, despite the original lockdown and social distancing rules being introduced on the basis of ‘getting back to normal’, we’re now being told life will never return to normal.

In a CNN article written by their international security editor Nick Paton Walsh, the author asserted that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent,” “just part of life,” and that the public would need to “come to terms with it.”


Pro-abortion protesters vandalise John Paul II statue

In the Polish city of Poznan, pro-abortion demonstrators defaced the statue of John Paul II with paint, tapes, banners, and coat hangers on Sunday night. The past few days saw a number of similar incidents when activists damaged the monuments of the one-time pope to provoke the Catholic church and community.

A new ruling by Poland's constitutional court has tightened abortion regulations, drawing crowds of leftist activists into the street across the country. Following Saturday's protest in Warsaw, another demonstration - staged in Poznan on Sunday - had seven thousand participants, according to police sources, while organisers put the tally at twenty thousand people.

Templomokat rongálnak és rendĹ‘röket dobálnak a baloldali tüntetĹ‘k
Left-wing protesters vandalise churches and attack police
Agressive protests were held in the liberal capital during the weekend. Protesters sprayed graffitis on church facades and attacked police officers....

According to press reports, organisers planned to disrupt the evening mass in the Poznan Cathedral, just like they did in the capital on Saturday. Chanting obscenities, the crowd marched through Poznan's streets towards the church only to find that the cathedral's entrance was guarded by mounted officers and that there is no mass.

The protesters then marched to the headquarters of governing PiS party, chanting slogans such as "my body, my business", "leave my womb alone", or "this is war". They also shouted vulgar anti-government and anti-PiS slogans.

 The demonstrators also damaged the statue of Pope John Paul II. The former pope of Polish descent is revered by Catholics as a saint, so the destruction of the statue is another provocation against the church and the Catholic community.

 "Obscenity, and the defacing of churches and monuments is not the way to dialogue," former deputy prime minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on social media, reacting to the incident.

In recent days, several John Paul II monuments have been damaged across Poland.

Saturday night saw the desecration of another John Paul II statue in a park of a small town. The pope's hands were spray-painted red.

 The monument was quickly cleaned up, and a police investigation is under way.

 In a town north of Warsaw, posters were glued to a statue of John Paul II, whereas in Krakow, a poster exhibition about the pope's life was again vandalised with red spray paint.

 "This is how far-left militias fight for their rights. The ruined exhibition in the Plantach Park in Krakow is just another rough and vulgar act during a protest which they described as a 'spontaneous walk'", Szczecin town representative Dariusz Matecki wrote, reacting to the vandalism. The politician added that defacing public property is simply a crime and, of course, "moral savagery."

Leftist propaganda hidden in children's books is doomed to fail

"There is no danger as long as Central and Eastern European governments do not let harmful thoughts to be protected by legal censorship", said sociologist Dr. Filip Furman in an interview with V4NA. Furman pointed out that early-age exposure to propaganda confuses the child's mind and insecurity can become a weapon in the hands of the left-wing.

"The left has for years been trying to socialise children according to its own ideology, but even their voters are not open to sex change and homosexual content", Sociologist Dr. Filip Furman, Director of the Ordo Iuris legal research institute's Social Sciences and Bioethics Centre said. V4NA asked the expert for his opinion on propaganda tools - often disguised as children's tales but noticeable for emanating a leftist ideology - that are typically used around children.

"Children who have grown up in traditional families are more or less immune to the extreme leftist ideology", says Mr Furman. He also points out that books such as Fearless Fairy Tales or the Antiracist Baby - in which the story is focused on LGBT ideology or racism - are often more likely to influence the parents, who will pass on these values to their children.

Antirasszista Bébi – Könyv született az antirasszista gyereknevelésrĹ‘l
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A new children’s book teaches parents how to educate children from an early age to fight racism....

We can make a distinction between primary and secondary socialisation in every person's life, Mr Furman explains. Primary socialisation relates to immediate family members, where children learn basic values. During this stage it's solely the parents' values that have an impact on children, so the left's influence in Eastern Europe is not as strong as in the West, because the traditional family model and perception are much more prevalent in Eastern Europe.

Secondary socialisation, however, is different. This phase is not based on the values of children's immediate family members or those who surround them, but rather on the behavioural patterns of other communities that they are in contact with. "Left-wing propagandists have realised that people who have an established set of values are more difficult to change, so they want to change society and the culture that children are exposed to." This is how children's books come into the picture.

Mr Furman explains that children's minds follow a rather binary logic - perceiving simple truths and lies, as well as good and bad values - so complex issues like normalising untraditional sexual orientations in books like And Tango Makes Three, or the Hungarian book A Fairyland for All (Meseorszag Mindenkie) may confuse children.

A child protection activist has launched a petition against an LGBTQ children's book entitled Fairyland is for All (Meseorszag mindenkie) published recently in Hungary....

"In many instances, the way of thinking behind these stories is completely illogical," the expert says. "The book called The Antiracist Baby is built on the idea that we should notice and celebrate differences. However, I think it only introduces racism into children's lives." Although children notice skin colour, they do not automatically put each other into social categories, so these stories trigger the exact opposite effect.

"Most children would get confused," Mr Furman points out.

"Children are still learning about concepts in preschool and they are not socialised to this craziness," he says, adding that "uncertainty doesn't make them 'fearless' but rather confuses them". "I cant see what good this could achieve," he notes.

In a recent article, the BBC began promoting Fearless Fairy Tales, a children's book that retells traditional stories with "little tweaks and nods"....

Mr Furman says it is easy to expose the underlying leftist propaganda, because race in Central Europe is not a category that people tend to identify with. The phenomenon is more typical of Western Europe and stems from efforts to compensate their negative historical heritage. "We don't think in terms of races. I do not identify as white, I identify as a European." Children also see these differences, but these categories are unknown to them," he adds.

The expert remains optimistic and predicts that Eastern Europe is unlikely to follow the same path as the West.

"In a social perspective, all I can say is that this sort of propaganda will not be successful," Mr Furman says, pointing out that it did not gain ground in the West because people "have suddenly become tolerant", but becaue lobby groups have achieved certain legal changes to promote their own interests. It is not a revolution but a series of amendments and legislative changes. And then, it was no longer possible to speak out against them (say, against the LGBT propaganda) because that would be a breach of the law, which eventually came to protect these harmful thoughts and ideas, he stressed.

"If we are careful enough and avoid making the mistake of adopting laws that censor free thought, and we build on open discussions, we can protect the truth. I'm not worried about Poland or Hungary, but we must be careful," Mr Furman concluded.

The reform of the asylum system was announced in the UK

The UK is one of the most popular destinations for migrants. The current legislation is right up mass migration's street and the UK has problems even with the deportations of criminals and terrorists. The British Home Secretary promises a thorough reform of the "broken" system.

Local businesses suing 90 protesters for property damage during riots

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – A local real estate company is suing dozens of protesters in a class action lawsuit.

Several nights of protests that turned to riots left buildings in Cincinnati neighborhoods damaged.

Court St. Executive Suites fell victim. Now, they are suing to pay for the damages.

“The windows were broken and some sort of contaminant was thrown inside the building on furniture, the walls, and the carpeting,” said Blessing.

Attorney Bill Blessing represents the business. The suit wants to represent other businesses that were looted, vandalized, or damaged during the unrest.


Facebook and Twitter to comment on censorship only after elections

Social media sites have been accused of political bias, as they have managed to almost exclusively censor right-wing content in the heat of the US presidential campaign. The CEOs of the social media giants have been subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Comittee, but they will give their testimonies only after the election.

The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter are facing scrutiny, but only after the US presidential election.

Supression of right-leaning content on major social media sites has recently become a well-known phenomenon. The New York Post and the Remix News portals and even the Hungarian Government's official Twitter account have fallen victim to this trend. The tendency has become increasingly noticeable as the date of the US presidential election is approaching. One can only guess what effect it will have on the outcome. It is a breaktrough in the case, however, that the US Senate's Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in the case. The only problem is that the trial will not happen until after the elections.

One of the clearest indications of censorship was the incident when, after, Joe Biden's Ukranian scandal, Twitter first banned New York Post articles on the topic, and then suspended the newspaper's Twitter account, which the social media site has not restored to this day. The press release said that the charge against the tech giant CEOs was "the suppression and/or censorship of news articles concerning the 2020 presidential election." The hearing in the matter will be held on 17 November, 14 days after the elections.

Italy orders bars and restaurants to close early as COVID rates surge

Italy on Sunday ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m. and shut public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools to try to halt a rapid resurgence in the coronavirus that has pushed daily infection rates to new records.

The measures, which take effect on Monday and were agreed between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government in Rome and regional authorities, arrived after two nights of protests in Naples and Rome against curfews introduced in a number of regions last week.

Aware of the huge cost of shutting down the economy, the Rome government has said it does not want to repeat the blanket lockdown ordered in the first phase of the crisis. But it has been forced to ratchet up restrictions steadily as the pandemic has raced ahead after slowing down in the summer.

The decree encourages people not to go out and to limit contacts at home with anyone outside their immediate family, but does not impose a mandatory nationwide curfew or lockdown and allows shops and most businesses to remain open.

 However, service in bars and restaurants will be subject to a series of controls to limit contagion, and cinemas, theatres, gaming halls and disotheques will be closed.

The decree also directs that up to three quarters of high school teaching should be done online to limit the number of pupils in school buildings.

Italy, once the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the industrialised world, has been overtaken by others in Europe including Spain, France and Britain, but case rates have been rebounding rapidly and health services have come under increasing pressure.

 On Saturday, authorities reported a new record daily total of 19,644 infections, as well as 151 deaths from the respiratory disease.

The protests in Naples and Rome, while limited in scale, underlined the tense political climate facing Conte’s coalition government between the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party.

Conte was generally praised for his handling of the initial phase of the crisis but has come under increasing fire for failing to strengthen preparations including testing and contact tracing over the summer.

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Threats against teachers common in Western Europe

A few weeks before the brutal murder of Samuel Paty, a teacher was also insulted in another French school. The circumstances are eerily similar to those preceding last Friday’s murder.

France was shocked by the brutal death of Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered by a Muslim terrorist for talking about free speech and showing his class pictures of the Muhammad cartoons published by the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine, according to Breitbart.

The country nearly witnessed another similar tragedy in early October. According to the French La Depeche newspaper, students at the Pierre-Aragon primary school - in the commune of Muret - have threatened a teacher who talked about equal treatment for men and women as well as the principles of secularism, and how they relate to the wearing of the Islamic veil in public.

The teacher's claim that France's legal system provides individuals with more personal freedom than Saudi Arabia's was disputed by two students, who argued that Sharia law was better and superior than the laws of the French Republic. The teacher said she was approached and confronted by a 16-year-old girl after class, followed by two boys who are said to have had a "heated exchange" with her.

After the teacher filed a complaint with the local gendarmes, six people, all minors, were arrested. A children's judge indicted one of the minors earlier this week after the Toulouse minor prosecutor's office decided to lay charges in the case. The student may face a 6-month imprisonment for abuse against a public servant who was carrying out their duties.

Since the brutal beheading of Samual Paty last week, French teachers have come forward about the rise of radical Islamist ideas in their classrooms. High school teacher Jean-Baptiste Jorda, who works in the no-go suburbs of Paris, said that when he showed his students footage of Pakistanis burning French flags in response to the republishing of the Muhammad cartoons, they all stood up and cheered, Breitbart writes.

Threatening teachers with decapitation is not a new phenomenon. In the UK children aged under 10 had already issued similar threats against their teacher.

Students with an immigrant background just can't help themselves in Germany, either. There were cases where they directly admitted to have called their teachers Nazis.

Teachers in Sweden have also expressed concerns that such attacks could happen in their country.

Swedish teacher Olof Linton told Swedish state television (SVT) that the murder was in fact an attack on freedom of expression and could have happened anywhere in Europe - in Sweden, for example. According to the high school teacher in Stockholm, they have to be prepared for such attacks to happen, and it's no longer a a question of if, but when. Linton also pointed out that teachers must continue to educate children and they must not bow to extremist ideologies.

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Greece responds to Turkish NAVTEX with a canceling one of its own

Greece has responded to Turkey's navigation warning (NAVTEX) regarding research vessel Oruc Reis and accompanying ships with one of its own, reminding mariners the Turkish NAVTEX is illegal, as it concerns an area overlapping with the Greek continental shelf., Ekithemerini reports.

Greece's anti-NAVTEX, issued just after midnight Saturday, is as follows:

242140 UTC OCT 20




Turkey issued the navigational warning extending Oruc Reis' presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, shifting it south of the Greek island of Rhodes until Nov. 4 Saturday.

Turkey disputes the authority of Irakleio NAVTEX station, which is on the island of Crete, over the area.

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Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader

Afghan security forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted Terrorists list, Tanjug reports.

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) published this news late on Saturday.

Al-Masri has been charged in the United States with having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, and conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, Reuters reports.

Al-Masri, believed to be al Qaeda’s second-in-command, was killed during a special operation in Ghazni province.

Katie Hopkins: Hence British Mayors, town councils and other positions of power are occupied by Muslims. Very soon they will achieve complete political control.

Katie Hopkins, May 8, 2020:

»It is curious. By 2035 Muslim births outnumber births to all other in the UK. The number 1 boys name in the UK is any variation of Mohammed. And by 2045 native Brits will be a minority in their own land.  Any attempt to defend traditional British values, to stand and fight for our Christian culture, or to reject the takeover of our country is portrayed as racist and Islamophobic. The financial and political power block sits with the Muslim community. Hence British Mayors, town councils and other positions of power are occupied by Muslims. Very soon they will achieve complete political control.«

Follow the link to read the whole interview with Katie Hopkins: HERE.

Video HERE.

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Dutch daily insults Polish and Hungarian flags

The cartoonist of Dutch business daily Het Financieele Dagblad has drawn a middle finger on the Hungarian and Polish flags. Hungary’s ambassador at The Hague, Andras Kocsis, turned to the editorial staff to reply to the opinion piece, which the paper has declined.

The Hungarian Magyar Nemzet newspaper found that Het Financieele Dagblad, a Dutch daily business magazine, published an opinion piece on Monday regarding the EU's financial package which was passed this summer, but has not been implemented yet. According to the Dutch author of the article, Hungary and Poland are threatening to veto the nearly two thousand-billion-euro package, because they object to the rule of law criteria, due to the fact that "they have been violating the principles of rule of law for years".

The article was accompanied by a caricature portraying the Hungarian and Polish flags adorned with a middle finger.

Hungary's ambassador at The Hague, Andras Kocsis, turned to the editors to offer some sort of reply to the allegations, but the paper refused this.

Mr Kocsis also gave a detailed account of what happened on Twitter.

Therefore, the embassy in The Hague published the repressed opinion on its own website. Here, the ambassador wrote: "The simplification of European debates is embodied by the middle finger portrayed on national flags, as in Ms De Vries' October 19 opinion piece's illustration; it's not just a source of embarrassment, but reveals a complete misunderstanding of the argument."

He added: "We aren't extorting anyone in the negotiations regarding the EU's years-long budget and recovery fund. Quite the opposite in fact. In July 2020, the European Council made a decision on the mechanism to protect the budget and thereby strengthen rule of law. Unfortunately, however, certain Member States and the European Parliament are trying to reopen the European Council's July agreement, thus jeopardizing the approval of the package."

"Those who never actually supported the recovery of Europe's economy now demand a rule of law criteria that does not even exist in the European Council's set of consequences. It's merely an excuse to tear apart the agreement" - Mr Kocsis said.

In his article, Ambassador Andras Kocsis also points out that the source of the conflict between Hungary and our European partners is not really the rule of law, but the ideological conflict between liberal and Christian democracy. As he notes, the Hungarian government is firmly in favor of national sovereignty; its guiding principle is Christianity rather than migration, and its focus is on family.

This is not the first time the Western media refuses to publish Hungary's position. At the end of September the German Der Tagesspiegel newspaper declined a request by Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary's state secretary for international communications, to publish his reply.

This is independent journalism in the West

Liberal newspapers in the West have proved yet again that they apply double standards regarding Poland and Hungary. Recently, the Brussels correspondent of the American propaganda paper, The New York Times, gave insight into the types of prejudices they exhibit against two of the decisive countries of the Visegrad cooperation. Matina Stevis-Gridneff has shared her biased views on the international V4 News Agency's Twitter page.

It has become customary for once-reputable Western newspapers that have had better days to slander Poland and Hungary. This time it was the Brussels correspondent of the American New York Times (NYT) - a newspaper also associated with George Soros - who jumped to some irresponsible and hasty conclusions and shared them on V4NA's Twitter. 

We covered a meeting between Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjárto and Zbigniew Rau, his Polish counterpart, where the two politicians reaffirmed their views that both countries are entitled to EU funds because "Poles and Hungarians contribute to the EU's economic output," making the EU's funds a common asset.

Mr Szijjárto underlined that attempts to "blackmail" Hungary and Poland to give up their migration policy or other policies were unacceptable.

Poland and Hungary will “do what it takes” to stop any potential blackmail when it comes to accessing European Union funding,...

It is against this background that Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the propagandist of The NYT has shared the news on Twitter, saying "They won't be blackmailed, they will be doing the blackmailing."

The journalist's entry makes it clear that NYT's Brussels correspondent - who is entirely oblivious to the truth - remains clueless as to how things work. In their June agreement leaders of the EU's member states underscored that the EU funds cannot be used as a means to exert political pressure. Besides, Ms Stevis-Gridneff must also know that the EU funds are not donations or grants.

Before Ms Stevis-Gridneff became the hand-directed hired gun of the tarnished New York Times, she used to work for the Wall Street Journal where she mainly covered issues related to the African economy and, of course, migration.

She was co-author of a long article discussing that the fate of migrants crossing the Mediterranean was increasingly determined by money, race and religion in Europe. In another article, she propagated how volunteers flock to the Greek islands to provide aid for migrants. It was in the NYT  where she wrote a short piece about the ruling of the European Court of Justice in April, which stated that Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland had violated EU law by rejecting a decision on refugee quotas. Although she was fair enough to include the position of the affected countries in the article, she did it quite briefly.

The hand-directed NYT journalist has long been obsessed with Poland and Hungary and she rpoved keen to share posts on her Twitter page that show these countries in a bad light.

"In Poland, the government deepens its abusive stance toward women. In Hungary, one of the last independent press outlets folds after meddling. Illiberalism takes holds in the European Union's eastern flank, and EU money keeps flowing. European Values," she wrote in July this year.

In another post, Ms Stevis-Gridneff shared an article that essentially propagated a reality fabricated inside the workshops of the NY Times. This article gave a detailed explanation on how Poland and Hungary used the coronavirus to punish the opposition. Interestingly, it is Gerald Knaus - known as Soros's right-hand man - who is being quizzed in the article, although he can certainly not be accused of impartiality when it comes to these two countries.

"Poland and Hungary are using the coronavirus crisis to enhance their authority and punish political opponents. The EU appears reluctant to do more than criticize," Ms Stevis-Gridneff shared the article in April with this text.

Another indication that the American propaganda paper lives in a warped reality came in April, when they were fearful that Hungary may turn into a dictatorship because the government was ruling by decree temporarily due to the pandemic. Of course, their fear-mongering has proved baseless as the Hungarian government relinquished its special powers at the earliest possibility.

Soros György újra bevetette médiahadseregét is Magyarország ellen

Significant efforts were aimed at discrediting Hungary lately and the methods and fake news point towards the network of billionaire speculator George Soros.

Regarding Matina Stevis-Gridneff's statements, we have contacted The New York Times and sent them three questions:

1. Does Matina Stevis-Gridneff's view truly reflect the opinion of The New York Times in this regard?

2. Can what she wrote be viewed as the official position of The New York Times?

3. Do you maintain that your paper covers Hungarian and Polish news stories in an unbiased and independent way?

We will publish their response as soon as we receive it.

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Why it is important for Trump to win in the coming U.S. elections

Victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections four years ago was a true catastrophe for the establishment. The left was convinced that Hillary would win and that its final goal of establishing complete control over the American social, political and cultural life was fast approaching. Because of that, it went totally mad, when the results of the elections came in. On the other hand, Trump also faced opposition from the neoconservatives. It seemed that his victory represented a breaking point, and even more importantly, it meant that the white working and middle class started voting in accordance with its own interests. At the same time, Trump's victory showed us that many Americans weren’t fooled anymore by the propaganda machine of the mainstream media, and its campaign of demonizing the republican candidate.

In light of the coming elections, the retired professor of psychology Kevin MacDonald has published an article about why it is important for Trump to win, on the alternative media The Unz Review. MacDonald, who is most known as the author of the book Culture of Critique was also interviewed by our journal Demokracija (Democracy) a few months ago. In the mentioned interview MacDonald was quite critical of Trump. He told us that since Trump entered the oval office “his record is mixed”. He also told us that, in spite of his anti-immigrant rhetoric, Trump approved huge numbers of worker visas for foreigners and has not ended birthright citizenship according to which anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen. He was also critical of Trump, because of his policies in favor of pro-Israel donors.

But despite his criticism toward Trump, MacDonald warns us in his article “Why it is important for Trump to win”, that in case Joe Biden becomes president, the way will be cleared for the left to achieve its final goals. That means it will establish “a more-or-less permanent hegemony«. The left will also wide open the doors for mass migrations, thus ensuring the steady stream of its future voters and the destruction of traditional American culture. MacDonald is convinced that the victory of Democrats will also mark the end of the first and second amendments of the U.S. constitution. In other words, it will gradually abolish the freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. In the future that would mean the persecution and imprisonment of political dissidents, which is happening today in many EU countries. He also claims that in case of victory, the Biden-Harris administration would in time get rid of the Electoral College, thus ensuring the domination of the urban left-leaning states. It would also speed up the transformation of the educational system. Even now the Critical Race Theory, which Trump has outlawed from the education for government workers, is strongly present in the educational institutions. The goal of this class is the enforcement of “white guilt” and the spread of anti-white hatred. In case Biden wins, it will probably become a regular feature in every classroom, financed by the federal money.

MacDonald tells us that after Trump´s victory the left mobilized and that his victory also caused political polarization. The goal of this leftist mobilization is the destruction of traditional culture in the U.S., reaching its high point during the riots that followed the death of George Floyd and in the destruction of monuments that we witnessed in the last few years. In accordance with his already mentioned critical attitude towards Trump, MacDonald doesn’t see him as some sort of savior. But he does believe that Trump´s second victory would be a step in the right direction and a jumping-off point for future candidates that would be openly more pro-white. He also tells us that his second victory would cement the position of the populist wing inside the Republican Party, which has a stricter attitude towards mass migrations.  

Follow the link below to read the whole article of Dr. Kevin MacDonald: HERE.

Link to his interview for Demokracija: HERE.


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Hungary and Poland 'won't be blackmailed' over EU funds

Poland and Hungary will “do what it takes” to stop any potential blackmail when it comes to accessing European Union funding, Hungary's foreign minister said after talks with his Polish counterpart, in Warsaw. "In times of the pandemic, the V4 cooperation is more important than ever before," the Polish foreign minister stressed.

The two ministers underlined their respective standpoints that both countries are entitled to those funds because "Poles and Hungarians contribute to the EU's economic output,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Hungary's state news agency (MTI), adding that "the EU's funds are a common asset".

Attempts to "blackmail" Hungary and Poland to give up their migration policy or other policies "are unacceptable", he added.

 Mr Szijjarto and Mr Rau also agreed to reject the European Commission's new migration pact. The package "advocates the same principle along with the same mistakes that the [European] commission pushed in the past five years," the Hungarian foreign minister said.

The proposed pact "still includes a migration quota, even if it makes a strained grammatical attempt to describe it in a different way" FM Szijjarto said, adding that there is no use describing the quota as a "return sponsorship", when it is still a compulsory settlement quota.

Regarding the Belarus situation, the two ministers agreed that Hungary will provide assistance to Poland after several accredited Polish diplomats, including the ambassador, were forced to leave the country. Based on the inter-ministerial agreement, Hungary will undertake Poland's representation regarding visas - and will issue visas on behalf of Poland - until its representation in Minsk is restored.

 The top diplomats also agreed to carry on with the two countries' pro-Christian policies. Preparations will be made in the next one or two months to send, by the end of the year, supplies of medical equipment to Christian hospitals in Jordan that cater to patients from Syria, Mr Szijjarto added.

 "In times of the pandemic, the V4 cooperation is more important than ever before," FM Rau said, after meeting FM Peter Szijjarto.

Mr Rau invited his Hungarian counterpart to participate in an international conference dubbed Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom that Poland will organise in November 2020. The Hungarian foreign minister accepted the invitation.

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EU Ministers Reach Agreement on General Approach to Common Agricultural Policy Reform

Early this morning, the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council reached agreement on the general approach to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform beyond 2020 legislative package. This is an important achievement as the agreement facilitates opening the negotiations with the European Parliament. On behalf of Slovenia, the meeting was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dr Jože Podgoršek, who earmarked the compromise as extremely important achievement within the EU for the entire agricultural sector. “It is most important that we, the ministers, have come to an agreement that facilitates the continuation of the demanding CAP reform process and its subsequent timely implementation. In negotiations, Slovenia succeeded in ensuring the essential elements for the development of agriculture in Slovenia, while simultaneously following the environmental protection guidelines. Particular attention has been on small farmers in terms of reducing the administrative burdens.” At the meeting that commenced on Monday, the ministers discussed certain other topics in agriculture and fisheries.


Adopting the legislative framework for the future CAP is important in terms of the timely preparation of programme documents at national levels, so it is crucial that this legislative framework become stable and valid as soon as possible. In this regard, it is also essential that a multiannual financial framework for the period 2021–2027 be adopted as soon as possible, so that the implementation of the reformed CAP can begin.

In the process of negotiations, Slovenia has invariably advocated an ambitious CAP concerning the environment and climate change to help generate incentives for a more sustainable agricultural production. At the same time, Slovenia reiterates that solutions of new green architecture be balanced and proportionate.

The more prominent areas in negotiations for the Slovenian agriculture, food industry and rural development include:

  • Scheme for the climate and the environment, the so-called environmental scheme
  • Possibility of taking into account Slovenia’s endeavours for the environment and nature through the Rural Development Programme in implementing the environmental scheme in the 1st pillar.
  • Additionally, financial flexibility in the first two years, enabling Slovenia to avoid losing the CAP funds due to possible poorer inclusion of farmers into the new environmental scheme (as long as they have no experience with the new measure).
  • Slovenia has relatively sufficient flexibility for programming such environmental scheme.
  • Conditionality
  • Great progress has been made in flexibility of Slovenia and its farmers in the light of the Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) standards applicable to agricultural land.
  • Slovenia will be able to adapt certain requirements to its specificities and in particular to small farmers.
  • Production-linked subsidies
  • Scope of funds intended for the production-linked payments within the 1st pillar equals 13+2 %, which is more than the initial Commission’s proposal (10+2); for Slovenia, this has been one of the more prominent and incessantly striven for issues.
  • Re-allocation payment
  • It is most crucial for Slovenia that the introduction of the re-allocation payment is voluntary for the Member States, and that we will be able to address the issue of equitable direct payment allocation based on status analysis also with other measures, including rural development.


  • Sectoral interventions
  • A most important achievement is that producer groups not organised within producer organisations (POs) will be in a position to make sectoral interventions in other sectors (like fruit and vegetables) or that transformation into POs of other integration forms will be feasible within the transitional period – where any intervention type will be possible, including the crisis prevention and control measures in the subsequent programme period, and in the manner available to producer organisations (POs).
  • For Slovenia, this is a good and development-oriented achievement in the endeavours for better organisation of producers.
  • New implementation model
  • The compromise text reflects Slovenia’s comments and repeated highlighting of administrative burdens and feasibility of the system as envisaged by the Commission.
  • Instead of annual efficiency evaluation of measures, based on output and result indicators, for all the specific targets, the bi-annual evaluation is envisaged, taking annual reports on result indicator values as basis.
  • System of checks and controls
  • A most important achievement for Slovenia is that the system of checks and controls may be simplified in the light of conditionality for small farms.

On the first meeting day, the EU Ministers endorsed the Council’s conclusions on the “From-Farm-To-Fork” Strategy, advocating the development of sustainable alimentary system, from production to consumption. The conclusions highlight the fundamental Strategy goal as the framework for development of sustainable, integrated and circular alimentary system, and for attaining the climate neutrality and biodiversity goals. Importance of the EU’s endeavours in preserving and restoring a healthy environment was highlighted, where the Member States are facing a great challenge of reducing the use of plant protection products (PPPs), antimicrobials and mineral fertilisers, all of which will require developing new and more appropriate technologies. As important areas in conjunction with the sustainability aspect and the environmental aspect, the conclusions highlight the food scraps and food waste, improving the resilience and sustainability of the food chain, shortening of the supply chains, strengthening the system of protection of geographical provenance, strengthening the status of the farmer in the supply chain, drawing up the Code, and implementing the controls. The Minister underlined in this context that transition would not be easy and that higher future investments into measures, knowledge, digitalisation, information technology, and into reduced use of plant protection products, fertilisers and antibiotics through application of new technologies would be imperative.

On the first day of its meeting, the EU Council unanimously adopted Council Regulation fixing the fishing opportunities for 2021 for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks applicable in the Baltic Sea. The Regulation is part of a long-term approach to adapting and maintaining sustainable fishing levels.

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