Germany Loses Track Of 30,000 Failed Asylum Seekers

Having reported on a leaked document overnight that exposed the spiralling violence in Germany's refugee shelters, news this morning, via Die Welt, that more than 30,000 migrants due for deportation have gone missing under Merkel’s watch, just adds to anxiety and division in the nation.

And as TruthRevolt's Vijeta Uniyal reports, the government has no clue to their whereabouts, German newspapers report.

Putting a spin on the situation, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told reporters that some of these migrants may have self-deported. Despite this wishful thinking, it is more likely that most of these illegal immigrants are still within the country and have simply gone underground.

The news comes as Germany faces an imported crime wave. This year, police registered a more than 50 percent rise in crimes committed by immigrants. Going by the prevalent trend of underreporting migrant crime in Germany, the actual figures may be much higher.

Not just the law enforcement, but the German judiciary, too, has been clogged by asylum seekers. Courts are struggling to deal with the wave of cases filed by the migrants appealing the rejection of their asylum application. “The number of asylum cases being dealt with by German courts has risen by almost 500 percent in the past year,” reported the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

German newspaper Die Welt covered the ‘missing-migrant’ story:

More than 30,000 refugees, whose asylum applications had failed and were due for deportation, have gone missing without informing the authorities, media reports say. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told the Bild Zeitung,

 

“It cannot be ruled out that some of these people, due for deportation according to the Central Foreigners Register, have left the country or have gone underground without the Immigration Office noting the change in their status.”

 

The newspaper [Bild Zeitung] came up with the figure of 30,000 by calculating the difference between the number of migrants due for deportation and those collecting welfare benefits. According to the data taken from the Central Foreigners Register maintained by the government, 54,000 individuals were marked for deportation by the end of December 2016. German Statistical Office could only account for 23,000, the report said.  [Translation by the author]

The Police unions and people involved with the law enforcement have spoken up about the deteriorating law and order situation caused by migrants, only to be silenced by German politicians or labelled as bigots and racists by the media.

Last December, when the head of Germany’s Police Union, Rainer Wendt, warned that not everyone coming into the country was an asylum seeker and there were hardened criminals among the migrants, he was slammed by all the major political parties in Germany.

Ralf Stegner, deputy leader of the Social Democrats, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, called Wendt’s remarks "politically disgusting and stupid as one can get." A prominent German judge called Wendt "the Donald Trump of domestic politics" for daring to make the obvious connection between illegal immigration and crime. Calling someone ‘Trump’ is apparently the worst insult a liberal can come up nowadays with.

For Merkel and Germany’s ruling elite it is more important to shut out dissenting voices and carry on with their virtue signaling than to ensure the safety and well-being of ordinary Germans.

As for Merkel’s missing migrants: they won’t be missing for long. They will soon be resurfacing in Germany’s crime records.

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SegWit2X Update: BTC Margin Trading Temporary Suspension and Other Actions

SegWit2X Update: BTC Margin Trading Temporary Suspension and Other Actions

As the SegWit2X fork is approaching, we would like to update our customers on the actions we plan to undertake in the nearest future. In our previous statement we announced that, after the chain is divided into two, all our users who will have BTC on their balances at the moment of the fork will receive the new B2X coins. The respective trading pairs (B2X/BTC, B2X/USD, B2X/EUR, and B2X/GBP) will also appear on the platform. But it seems more complicated with margin trading.

Temporary Termination of Margin Trading

We believe all our users have to benefit from the future fork and intent to make it technically correct, avoiding any potentially arising issues. That is why we want to draw your attention to the fact that it is not clear what chain will follow the initial rules and which will conform to the new protocol. Besides, considering the concerns about the SegWit2X replay protection, there exists the risk of transactions being reflected on both chains.

This uncertainty about the expected SegWit2X fork has led us to the decision to temporarily stop margin trading on our platform.

Please, note the following information:

  • On November 6, we will disable opening new positions for Bitcoin pairs (BTC/USD, BTC/EUR, ETH/BTC) in margin trading.
  • We kindly request you to close BTC/USD, BTC/EUR, ETH/BTC positions in margin trading no later than November, 9, 23:59:59 UTCThis term was calculated considering block #494,784 at which the fork will take place with an additional time spare of 72 hours.
  • If some positions including the mentioned pairs still remain open, we reserve the right to close them on our own for the safety of your fundings.

We would like to emphasize that it is short-term measure taken to avoid the confusion around the split chains. And as soon as the situation with balances and coin splits stabilizes, trading on margin will be available again.

Deposits and Withdrawals

Besides, as announced earlier, we plan to temporarily disable BTC deposits and withdrawals on the platform. It will happen approximately 10 blocks before the fork. And as soon as we ensure that everything is stable, the mentioned operations will be enabled as always.

Concerning the operations involving the new B2X coins, we will provide the opportunity for our users to carry them out later. We also have to emphasize it is necessary to be very attentive when making the latter transactions, as various services may refer to the two blockchains in different ways.

In any case, we will keep you updated about any changes. And we guarantee that our team will do their best to ensure that you receive the highest benefits.

Now, take a chance to buy some Bitcoins on CEX.IO and receive the new coin after the fork!

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Aftermath of Somalia’s 9/11 counter-terrorism quandary

The bomber who was responsible for killing more than 300 people in a truck suicide attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu was a former soldier in the army. It appears that the attack may have been revenge for a botched raid by US and local troops on his home village, which killed ten civilians as they ran to take cover under banana trees.

On 25 August, the botched raid occurred in the bomber’s village in Bariire, southern Somalia. I penned down back then that it would lead to blowback towards government forces as family members impacted by the counter-terrorism raid may be inspired to join armed groups to spearhead their anger. It transpired, according to officials, that the bomber defected from the Somali forces in 2010, and allegedly joined Al-Shabaab – there is no way to verify this information. It’s time to be pragmatic about Somalia’s counter-terrorism quandary amid a dire humanitarian landscape and political fragility – and ask whether counter-terrorism is working.

The missing narrative

The missing narrative in the Mogadishu truck bomb attack is whether counter-terrorism in Somalia is actually working. On what intelligence did the US and local Somali forces act upon to raid an innocent village remains unclear, but if the counter-terrorism raid was based on tip-offs from local clan dynamics between tribes, that would explain the disingenuous attack. The village only held eight guns, seven of which were stored away and one in operation for a watch-keeper who was guarding the village from rival clans in the southern region. Al-Shabaab was nowhere to be seen.

Three days after the Mogadishu truck attack, the bomber’s village was subject to another counter-terrorism operation – this time with drone strikes killing eight civilians, including five men and three women. It is unclear which country conducted the drone strike, but the US regularly conducts strikes in Somalia, including in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

Read: US drone strike kills Al-Shabaab fighter in Somalia

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump provided the US military and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) larger autonomy to carry out targeted killings – considering parts of the country “temporary battlefields”. Some 510 people have been killed as a consequence of targeted strikes since 2007 with 52 injured.

Conflict dynamics in the south

Earlier this week, African Union troops unexpectedly withdrew from Rasadaay village, located 179 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu in southern Somalia. This was a strategic location which required control, and was at risk of Al-Shabaab taking over. A caravan of Al-Shabaab fighters comfortably roll in to the village without any battle less than two hours later. It is unclear why the African Union decided to withdraw from Rasadaay, but it now risks more attacks in southern Somalia including in the capital Mogadishu.

The peacekeeping African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) may have made some gains against Al-Shabaab’s territory, but the UN’s Security Council Resolution 2372 seeks to downgrade uniformed soldiers in Somalia. This poses another quandary for Somalia’s future as AMISOM’s overarching goal is to hand over the responsibility for security to local Somali forces. Judged on the botched raid which led to the Mogadishu truck bombing, this may weaken Somalia’s security. Risk of attack will most likely increase across Somalia, particularly as AMISOM does not assist or have a goal to influence any political infrastructure for governance in Somalia.

Read: US investigates civilian casualties in Somalia

Conflict dynamics in southern Somalia – in particular the Lower Shebelle region – has prominently been in favour of the Al-Shabaab group which poses a major dilemma for counter-terrorism efforts and whether they have an impact on the ground. Local communities therein have no reason to join forces alongside Somalia’s national army or AMISOM, both Gedir-Hawiye and Bimal-Dir clans have found it particularly advantageous to join forces with Al-Shabaab, the Somali national army and AMISOM forces at different times of the conflict. In such a context, based on changing political callings of communities in the south, it is important to ensure that clans are not grieved or hold negative sentiments from disingenuous counter-terrorism led hostilities – this can sway dynamics in the hands of Al-Shabaab.

Government forces ironically pulled out of towns only 45 kilometres outside of Mogadishu, near Lower Shabelle, which were taken over by Al-Shabaab. One reason for this is that salaries of government forces were not paid making low morale rife among forces guarding strategic regions. Without salaries, national army soldiers are likely to quit guarding their positions, making way for Al-Shabaab.

Similarly, Somalia’s national army and security forces have had a major issue of infighting, which has displayed weakness to its foes. In September, infighting between government forces led to the killing of nine people in Mogadishu, scores have been injured on separate occasions as a result.

Somali nationals marched the streets of Mogadishu against Al-Shabaab in the official three-day national mourning period following the truck attack – cementing an anti-Al-Shabaab sentiment on the ground.

How Somalia will deal with the following months will be crucial to winning over the support of the population. Somalia is already destabilised with a sensitive internal political demographic. President Mohammed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed should use this as an opportunity to unify the country – a dynamic which may work in his favour. The federal states may also see it as an opportunity to push a vote for no confidence and oust Farmajo due to the ongoing unrest caused by Al-Shabaab.

As some 1,000 Ethiopian forces march forward into Somalia to battle Al-Shabaab, it is vital to ensure that counter-terrorism operations are not targeting innocent civilians, potentially encouraging their relatives to join fringe groups in the quest for revenge once again.

Read More: Why did the US target Somali civilians hiding under banana trees?

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Blockchain Helps in Cancer Diagnostics

arna panaceaThere is an ICO boom, and most projects are eager to attract even more money for financial services development. The share of projects aimed to solve the society problems is precious little. According to ICO WatchList, Financial ICO reaches more than 15.5% of all launched ICOs. Asset management industry, payments/wallets, blockchain platforms are to follow offering some vague projects tripling the ultimate risk. And Drugs/Health industry ranks only No. 15 in the list with the tiny share of 3.2%! The trend can be explained easily – you won’t be able to paint beautiful picture here without real research data.  

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Senate Energy Democrats question timing of ANWR leasing hearing

Democrats on the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
questioned whether it was appropriate to hold a Nov. 2 hearing on
possibly allowing oil and gas leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge’s Coastal Plain when it was not yet clear why the issue needs to
be considered now.

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Bitcoin Price Behemoth Sends Altcoin Markets in Gloomy State – newsBTC

newsBTCBitcoin Price Behemoth Sends Altcoin Markets in Gloomy StatenewsBTCFor those holding altcoins, it is another story altogether, the BTC bull has bashed them all. The thing with the majority of altcoins is that you need Bitcoin to buy them, not many exchanges will let you use fiat, some of the major ones such as Bittrex …Bitcoin Batters Its Altcoin BrethrenEthereum World News (blog)Price Analysis, Nov. 2: Bitcoin, Ethereum, LitecoinCointelegraph (Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain News)$185 Billion: Bitcoin Price Rally Carries Crypto Market Cap to New All-Time HighCryptoCoinsNewsHacked -Cryptovest -Nigeria Todayall 252 news articles »

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