The only way to stop the Muslim refugee crisis becoming our crisis is to shut the door

It is time for a pragmatic solution to what is, in reality, an unsolvable problem affecting most of the world. Daniel Greenfield who is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Centre provides a pragmatic solution. It may not make people feel good as it involves putting our country and our country’s citizens first but it is as essential as this memorable scene in Game of Thrones where Hodor gave his life, holding the door shut so that his friends could survive.

…Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.

The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.

Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.

No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn?t going away.

The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.

The Muslim world had lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.

Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn?t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life…

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

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David Seymour “has a crack”

ACT Party leader David Seymour has had a crack at the Opposition and media over their reactions to the Panama Papers.

The Government appointed tax investigator John Shewan to investigate our foreign tax rules after New Zealand was revealed in the May 10 leak as a favoured spot for the rich to hide their wealth.

Despite the Government adopting all 16 of his recommendations, Mr Seymour says they leave the Panama Papers saga looking like a bit of a flop.

“It was supposed to be the end of the world and New Zealand’s international reputation. You had TVNZ and Radio New Zealand believing they were onto the scoop of the century,” he told Newshub.

“As it turned out, the only thing that had to happen was a couple of minor tweaks to the tax code.”
Govt will act on all Shewan tax recommendations

He also called out the Greens, Labour and New Zealand First parties as “racist xenophobes”.

“The unmistakable undercurrent was that foreigners are inherently bad, that people doing business across borders is inherently bad, and that we should be very, very leery of international commerce.” Read more »

Face of the day

Swedish activist Siavosh Derakhti

Swedish activist Siavosh Derakhti

Today’s face of the day, Siavosh Derakhti, is a Swedish Muslim who fights anti-Semitism. He says:

“It is absolutely terrible to be Jew today in Malm?.

“If you are a Jew, people blame you for everything going on in Palestine. Everybody hates Israel. I don’t accept this and do everything I can to build bridges between Jews and Muslims through education.?

Derahkti, director of Young People against Antisemitism and Xenophobia, is considered very unusual in Sweden. Among his activities are organizing demonstrations in support of Jews and organizing delegations of young Swedes?including Christians, Muslims and Jews?to the Nazi death camps. He has a good relationship with the Israeli Embassy in Sweden and even takes part in various programs run by the embassy.

…”Anti-Semites believe in conspiracy theories that (Jews) rule the world. I organized pro-Jewish demonstrations and helped protect our cousins. If Jews can?t live in Sweden I feel it’s a personal failure.”

Derahkti met with US President Barack Obama during his visit to Sweden in 2013. He won the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg award for this activities, and was recently selected by Forbes magazine to be included in the list of 30 most influential people in the world until the age of 30. He’s a public figure in Sweden, and frequently appears in local media.

He was invited by Forbes magazine and the Schusterman Foundation to deepen his relationship with Israel in April, as well as his knowledge of the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism. “My special relationship with the Jews began when I was 13,” recounted Derhakti. “My best friend in school was a Jew and I always protected him.”

?My friend suffered from anti-Semitism, and one day he came running to me and said, ‘there are five people who want to beat me. I told him, ‘There is absolutely no way we are running away. I physically fought with those guys for my friend. I told him I would fight for him, and this story has been etched in my memory.?

Six years ago, Derhakti read articles about how Jews in Sweden were being attacked just because of their religion. “I decided to do something in my city, Malmo. I founded an organization against anti-Semitism and xenophobia. We organize tours of young people, including Muslims, of the extermination camps. After they return to Sweden, I see a big change in their attitude. At first, some of them tell me they hate Jews, but after they see what happened to the Jews in history – they tell me they love Jews. I sympathize with the suffering of the Jewish people.”

Because of his decision to take the Jews? side, Derhakti gets many threats from Muslims. “They threaten to kill me, I get hate mail. When I walk down the street they shout at me, ‘You Jewish swine, we will kill you?. I now have someone guarding me due to my activities, I have no intention to surrender.?

Regarding his visits to Israel, the young Swede said “I love your country, the girls, Tel Aviv, the parties. I swear to you that Israeli women are No. 1 in the world. There is an enormous amount of ignorance in Europe as to what is going on here. They think you are killing Palestinians, but they don?t know that 20 percent of Israel?s inhabitants are Arabs. I told them that there are Arabs in the Knesset and an Arab judge on the Supreme Court. It is not just war?there is a thriving society here.?

What do you think about Swedish Muslims who attack Jews?

“I am ashamed of Muslims who act like that towards Jews. They do not represent me. There were once 2000 Jews in Malmo, now there are less than 400. This is shameful and should be dealt with. There is an American rabbi now in Malm? who receives lots of threats. We’re cousins and we are of the same family. We must protect the Jews.?

The only time Devoy gets it right, Labour thinks Asian bashing is just fine

She made a clear reference to Labour’s release of data which purported to show that 40 per cent of property sales in Auckland in a three-month period were to buyers with Chinese-sounding names.

“It is a deeply hurtful thing to have your children hear politicians insinuating that their Chinese-sounding surname means they’re foreigners and they don’t belong here,” Devoy said.

“We need to recognise dog whistle politics when we see it and call it out.”

Devoy said New Zealand had come a long way in terms of treating all ethnic groups with respect “but what’s clear is some of us still have a long way to go”.

“We’re all responsible for the kind of country and community we live in, and that includes politicians,” she said.

One in four people in Auckland were now Asian.

And more importantly, one in four people in Auckland will now definitely not vote for a party that has made it absolutely clear that they want voters to believe Asian?ethnicity is a factor in the economic challenges of this country. ? Read more »

Real Estate industry delivers hard data and shames Twyford, Little and Labour’s cynical Asian bashing

Claims foreign buyers are increasingly snapping up Auckland houses have been further debunked, with data indicating only a fraction of visitors to a popular real estate website are Asian.

Figures released by website realestate.co.nz reveal about five per cent of all online traffic viewing Auckland property between January and April were primary speakers of an East Asian language.

Of that five per cent, only 2.8 per cent originated from outside New Zealand meaning almost half were viewing from within the country.

Oh bugger. ?That must mean there are only 5 Chinese people buying up all of Auckland, right Phil? ? Read more »

“The Labour Party has declared political war on Chinese immigrants in New Zealand”

The Labour Party’s message to the Chinese people is clear. We are not racist. We just don’t want people with Chinese sounding names voting for Labour.

Andrew Little has been emphatic about his party’s cynical use of leaked private real estate data. It was not meant to single out Chinese people. Labour’s intent was to “open a debate”, nominally about foreign ownership of homes.

It just happened to point the finger at the yellow peril, the menace of Chinese names on Auckland property deeds. This would be the same yellow menace that the Labour Party’s most successful leader Helen Clark courted for years with a Free Trade Agreement.

Described as a “half baked” by Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, the Labour Party’s xenophobia has indeed opened a debate. It is a debate instigated by the Labour Party on how to discriminate against people with Chinese sounding names, in defence of hard-working Caucasians whose jobs have been lost offshore to Chinese workers and are now denying Kiwis the ability to buy houses in Auckland.

The Labour Party has yet to provide examples of Kiwi property sellers rejecting an above market price for a house from people with Chinese sounding names in favour of a lower price made by a struggling Kiwi family.

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Knock me down with a feather, the Herald actually did some proper investigations

The NZ Herald has been leading the charge of anti-immigrant house buying foreigners are forcing up the cost of homes. Their stories week after week have led to the perception that Asians are buying up our land.

After all that they’ve decided to do some investigation into all the claims made by various vested interests.

And what did they find? Well…that all their headline grabbing stories can’t be substantiated with any facts.

Foreign buyers are pushing house prices out of the reach of ordinary Kiwis. Or are they?

The evidence on the ground of non-resident Chinese buyers snapping up property isn’t as compelling as letter writers would have it.

White faces at auctions aren’t questioned. Asian faces are considered to be non-residents snapping up our property. Yet 54 per cent of overseas buyers – according to the BNZ – come from Australia, Europe, UK and South Africa.

As BNZ economist Tony Alexander points out, few if any auction goers have an ability to distinguish Kiwi-Asians from visitors.

The Herald was told by a Long Bay resident that new million-dollar homes in the Vaughan Farm development were almost all vacant – “bought by rich Asians and left unoccupied to reap the capital gain”.

The “evidence” was that there were no lights on the hillside at night. Yet when the Herald visited on a week night in May, most of the finished homes either had lights on, cars outside, or both. ?? Read more »

David Parker throws a xenophobic hissy fit with a dash of hypocrisy for flair

South Korea-based buyers may have open access to New Zealand’s housing market assured under a new trade deal, prompting warnings it could undermine New Zealand’s sovereignty.

Labour says the wording in the NZ-South Korea FTA is a blunder that could tie a future government’s hands and allow challenges if New Zealand adopted the sort of measures applied to foreign buyers by Australia.

It wants to block non-resident buyers acquiring residential homes here, unless they are new builds or apartments, as a way to take some of the heat out of the Auckland market.

But Labour trade and export spokesman David Parker said the deal with the Republic of Korea, announced in November, had been “botched up” by National.

“National doesn’t want to ban foreign buyers of New Zealand houses, but Labour does. Now National is limiting the freedom of the next government to ban house sales to foreigners or to introduce stamp duties targeting foreign buyers,” he said.

I’m sick of people attacking foreigners. ? It looks like Labour is trying to out-Winston Winston. ? Read more »

High profile lawyer scared; drives car with doors locked

High-profile lawyer Mai Chen locks her car on the drive to work because of abuse stemming from racist attitudes, Act leader David Seymour says.

Mr Seymour has hit out at a social media post that criticises an unidentified driver, saying such activity makes Kiwis look like “a bunch of slack-jawed [yokels]”.

A photograph posted to the “Overheard @ University of Auckland” Facebook page shows a car being driven on the wrong side of the road, and is captioned “overseen Asian driving on wrong side to uni”.

Noting the post had been “liked” about 1400 times in only three hours, Mr Seymour appealed to people to “raise the level a notch or two”.

In a post on his own Facebook page, Mr Seymour said he knew a prominent New Zealander who has driven here for 25 years and now locks her car on the way to work, due to the abuse she gets “for the way she looks”.

“Posts like this don’t help, and make us look like a bunch of slack-jawed [yokels] instead of a modern, sophisticated, cosmopolitan trading nation.”

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Winston back hatin’ on the Chinese to get in the news

I’d ignore this, but the problem is, he spouts this crap and the MSM are happy to give him the space.

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has criticised the number of foreign students choosing to study here, saying it is likely due to incentives such as permanent residency.

Mr Peters said there were 93,000 overseas students enrolled to study, an increase of 12 per cent in the last year.

He also noted that the number of Indian students studying in New Zealand had risen by 60 per cent over the last year. “The number coming in is spiralling thanks to ‘incentives’ being offered beyond the visa rules. The National government’s softening of restrictions, by allowing foreign students to work is pushing numbers to unacceptable levels.

What Peters doesn’t mention is that education is a substantial foreign exchange earner for New Zealand. ?He makes it sound like they come into the country packed in containers with flat screen TVs. ? Read more »