Tag Archive: Austria

900 Austrian Police Raid Mosques And Homes In Terrorist Search






” Some 900 police officers swooped in on mosques, prayer rooms and homes across Austria early Friday in an operation against suspected jihadi recruiters and alleged financiers of the ISIS terror group, local media reported. Prosecutors confirmed to NBC News in a statement that 13 people were arrested in the raids. They provided limited details but, according to Austrian newspapers, the raids took place in in Vienna, Graz and Linz and were the culmination of a two-year investigation into people suspected of recruiting young people to fight in Syria. A Vienna-based Bosnian preacher, who was the main suspect, was among those arrested in the raids which began before dawn at 4:00am. (10 p.m. ET on Thursday), according to the media reports. “












Ukraine Crisis Live: Russia Admits Its Troops Are Moving In Crimea




” Russian foreign ministry admits to entering Crimea from its Black Sea Fleet base as the Ukraine’s interior minister accuses country of ‘armed invasion’

  17.35 All aircraft movements at Sevastopol’s Belbek airfield are stopped after unidentified individuals seized the runway, a according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency

  17.06 Russia has just said it will give Russian passports to members of Ukraine’s Berkut – the disbanded riot police.

  16.57 A video has emerged purporting to show 12 Russian-combat helicopters (MI-24 & MI-8 3) flying over Sevastopol in Crimea.”


The Telegraph has more on the Crimean crisis  . Meanwhile Austria has introduced sanctions on 18 of the more notorious Yanukovych government officials including the freezing of assets …


Full list of the 18 people that Austria has imposed personal sanctions on, including the freezing of assets (all the “former”s have either resigned or been fired by the newly formed government):

-Віктор Янукович-Viktor Yanukovich, former President
-Олександр Янукович-Olexandr Yanukovich, oldest son
-Микола Азаров-Mykola Azarov, former Prime Minister
-Андрій Клюєв-Andriy Kluyev, head of the Presidential Administration
-Віталій Захарченко-Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former Minister of Interior Affairs
-Сергій Арбузов-Serhiy Arbuzov, former First Deputy Prime Minister
-Михайло Добкін-Myhaylo Dobkin, former head of Kharkiv regional administration (executive branch) [recently resigned to run for President, according to his press person]
-Геннадій Кернес-Hennadiy Kernes, mayor of Kharkiv-Олександр Клименко-Olexandr Klymenko, former Minister of Revenues and Duties [this ministry created under Azarov will no longer exist]
-Валерій Коряк-Valeriy Koryak, former head of Kyiv police-Олена Лукаш-Olena Lukash, former Minister of Justice-Олександр Попов-Olexandr Popov, former head of Kyiv city administration [executive branch]
-Віктор Пшонка-Viktor Pshonka, former Prosecutor General-Станіслав Шуляк
-Stanislav Shulyak, former Commander of Internal Armed Forces
-Володимир Сівкович-Volodymyr Sivkovych, former Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
-Олександр Якименко-Olexandr Yakymenko, former head of Ukraine’s Security Service
-Юрій Іванющенко-Yuriy Ivanushchenko, MP, considered one of the most influential members of the Party of Regions-Едуард Ставицький-Eduard Stavytskiy, former Minister of Energy and Coal


Switzerland has also frozen the accounts of the following individuals …



   … while Swiss authorities have raided a firm in Geneva owned by fugitive Yanukovych that is suspected of money laundering …


ZURICH (Reuters) -” Swiss police have raided the premises of a Geneva firm owned by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander in an investigation into “aggravated money laundering.”

The Geneva cantonal ministry in charge of justice and police said the raid took place on Thursday morning and documents were taken away. The action was directed “against the Yanukovych clan,” it said in a statement on Friday.”


    The tiny principality of Liechtenstein has also frozen thug assets yet the leaderless US can bring itself to do nothing more than “urge restraint” . More of that “smart diplomacy”™ in action . 










European Far-Right Parties Team Up Against Islam And Brussels




” Six European far-right parties joined forces Thursday to combat immigration and European bureaucracy ahead of 2014 elections, French newspaper Liberation reported.

The parties, which include France’s Front National, are teaming up against two common enemies: Brussels and Islam, the newspaper said. The Netherlands’ PVV, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, Italy’s Liga Norte, Swedish democrats and Austria’s Freedom Party met at a hotel in Vienna to discuss the outlines of their collaboration.

The meeting happened in secret so as not to attract the attention of possible demonstrators, the paper said, and to be able to devote their time to strategizing about the future of the far-right in Europe.

But Andreas Molzer, the organizer of the meeting and an Austrian member of the European Parliament, confirmed the meeting took place. “The points that unite us are more important than those that separate us,” he told Liberation.”


   The “extreme right” of Europe seems to be very similar to the Tea Party on this side of the pond . In typical leftist controlled media fashion those with a divergent viewpoint must be “extreme” . More power to the nationalists . Who really wants their country to be turned into Islamic slums even as the original citizens are forced top foot the bill ?






Link To Oetzi The Iceman Found In Living Austrians




” Austrian scientists have found that 19 Tyrolean men alive today are related to Oetzi the Iceman, whose 5,300-year-old frozen body was found in the Alps.

Their relationship was established through DNA analysis by scientists from the Institute of Legal Medicine at Innsbruck Medical University.

The men have not been told about their connection to Oetzi. The DNA tests were taken from blood donors in Tyrol.

A particular genetic mutation was matched, the APA news agency reports.

Oetzi’s body was found frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991.”















” The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday.

Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American.

A furious Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane, claiming that the decision had put the president’s life at risk.

In a midnight press conference, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia said that not only France and Portugal, but also Italy and Spain were denying the plane permission to fly through their airspace.

“We want to declare very firmly that it was an American story that Edward Snowden was on this flight,” said Saavedra at the VIP terminal of Vienna’s airport. “This is a plot by the U.S. government to destroy president Morales’ image. We say this simply is a lie. And we will confirm this.”



Related: Bolivia Vs. Europe Over Snowden-Linked Plane Delay








This Dude Is A Wackjob, And It Amuses Me To Know That A Little Nobody Like Me Could One Day Be On His Tree-Hugging “Death” List.




” Ah yes, the environmental wackadoodles.  They have their own little craaaaaazy corner market on WACK.

Take Professor Richard Parncutt, for example.  He’s an Austrian dude who believes that global warming deniers should get the death penalty.  No, I’m not kidding.

You can read his little manifesto here (this original version has since been taken down and replaced with an edited one – see link below), or you can save yourself the agony and just read the following paragraphs, which are my favorite excerpts:

In this article, I am going to suggest that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for influential GW deniers.  But before coming to this surprising conclusion, please allow me to explain where I am coming from.  “



Illustration By Cox & Forkum




Tiny Gold Bars Latest Rage For Jittery Investors



” Private investors in Switzerland, Austria and Germany are lining up to buy gold bars the size of a credit card that can easily be broken into one gram pieces and used as payment in an emergency.

Now Swiss refinery Valcambi, a unit of U.S. mining giant Newmont, wants to bring its “CombiBar” to market in the United States and build up its sales presence India – the world’s largest consumer of gold where the precious metal has long served as a parallel currency.

Investors worried that inflation and financial market turmoil will wipe out the value of their cash have poured money into gold over the past decade. Prices have gained almost 500 percent since 2001 compared to a 12 percent increase in MSCI‘s world equity index.

Sales of gold bars and coins were worth almost $77 billion in 2011, up from just $3.5 billion in 2002, according to data from the World Gold Council. “



HT/Tyler Cowen

Fat Cat

“Fat cat too greedy for kidnappers”

  “A kidnapped fat cat which tips the scales at more than two stones has been returned to its owners after thieves could no longer
cope with its enormous appetite.”