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Stockholm mass sexual assault coverup uncovered

by Starvid Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 10:35:52 AM EST

The shock created by the mass sexual assaults in Köln is spreading like rings on the water. It has now reached Stockholm - and uncovered an alleged police/media cover-up of mass sexual assaults here as well.

Swedish police face allegations of covering up mass sex assault

Sweden is facing its own version of Germany's Cologne scandal with police in Stockholm pledging to investigate allegations of covering up mass sexual assault at a festival two years ago.

Swedish police promised urgently to investigate the claims reported first by liberal newspaper Dagens Nyheter that a gang of youths -- reportedly mostly from Afghanistan -- groped and molested girls as young as 11 or 12.

The allegations, which date back to the 2014 youth festival We Are Sthlm, are yet to be confirmed. But they are still likely to cause a political scandal perhaps even greater than the reaction in Germany because of the success in the Nordic country of an anti-immigration party, the Sweden Democrats, that has in recent months periodically topped opinion polls.

This is what has happened.

front-paged, discussion about events in Cologne in the comments - Bjinse

This summer and last summer, mass sexual assaults, groping and so on, allegedly took place during a multi-day oper air concert in central Stockholm. The girls who were assaulted were as young as 11-12. The perpetrators were recently arrived Afghan asylum seekers, so called "alone arriving refugee children". They get special privileges for being under 18, so it is rational for them to claim to be under 18. Their age is never checked, which means that many of them are 20, 25, 30 or even older. Yes, if that sounds insane to you, then welcome to Sweden.

This summer the editorial page of the paper of record, Dagens Nyheter, got a tip from a psychologist working for the police about this. Initially the paper was interested, but when it understood that the perps were refugees, its interest suddenly waned.

Then Köln happens, and another guy at DN writes a news article, kind of in passing, reporting that the same thing happened in Stockholm.

The alternative immigration-critical online news-site Nyheter Idag discovers that DN got the tip-off this summer and chose not to dig. The guy who runs the paper calls the person at the DN editorial page, and she blows him off. What she doesn't know is that he records the call...

The DN journalist then calls the original source, and tells him she feels let-down that he has contacted Nyheter Idag. She talks to his voice-mail.

Nyheter Idag uploads both the calls on Youtube and writes a story on how DN perpetrated a cover-up for political reasons.

DN panics. Their number one objective now becomes finding someone else to blame - the police. So they start writing articles on how the police let the girls down, and claim that the police did this because they didn't want to aid the Sweden Democrats - they have a direct quote on this from a local chief of police. Ironically, this is likely the same reason why DN didn't write about it either.

Obviously, if the police is adapting its work to aid or counteract political parties this is an even greater scandal - a threat to Swedish democracy itself.

The chief of police however claims he has been misquoted, and that they performed the cover-up not because they were afraid of aiding the Sweden Democrats, but because they were afraid it would increase xenophobia in general. At the same time he claims that the political correctness of the media hampers the work of the police, because they can't publish descriptions of suspected criminals without being criticised by the media for being racists.

Suddenly lots of people and media outlets start reporting that this very same thing, un-reported sexual assaults by groups of refugees, has happened in several places all over the country. Last fall, the political point of culmination regarding immigration was reached in the political sphere, when the centre-left government implemented measures to radically reduce immigration.

This might very well be the somewhat dealyed culmination point for the media.

Already we see mea culpa articles on why people didn't dare report the full picture on immigration issues for all these years, and why debate was stifled, what the causes were, and how we should make sure this is not ever repeated again.

It will be interesting to see what the effects on public opinion will be. Even before this, almost a quarter of voters (and a third of male voters) supported the Sweden Democrats. This scandal is most unlikely to hurt the party's prospects.

WTF? The media bending over backwards to accomodate their own worldview is cynically expected. But in this case it's especially shameful and journalistic malfeasance. Where's the correctness towards the victims?

However, if the police start getting into the game then it shakes the confidence in the rule of law (did they at least solve some cases?). By not wanting to give ammo to the SDs they're stupidly arming them with political rocket launchers. Maybe this won't drive much more people into the arms of the SDs but it will certainly help to solidify their place.

Why do things have to get to extremes before adjustments -that are in turn extreme- take place? I think in our insular world we have gotten used to not seeing much ugliness. The delusion is that if we think, say, and do only good/pretty things the ugliness will stay away. But political correctness is not politics - it's narcissistic bullshit. While Rome is burning, while the fascists are rising, people are more concerned about e.g. the current cover of Focus magazine because "racism and sexism". BTW the cover is bad because Focus aestheticizes the horrible with its usual lifestyle bullshit.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 03:07:01 PM EST
Yea, Laurie Penny is here kinda scrabbling towards a decent point, although I think she's going around the houses a little

New Statesman - Laurie Penny - After Cologne, we can't let the bigots steal feminism

In a perverse sort of way, it's progress. After months of dog-whistle xenophobia, European authorities have finally started to treat migrants as they would treat any other citizen. They have achieved this by choosing not to make a fuss when migrants are accused of raping and assaulting women.
 I'll be blunt. I think some people out there are very excited by their conception of `Islamic' violence against women. It allows them to enjoy the spectacle of women being brutalised and savaged whilst convincing themselves that it's only foreign, savage men who do these things. If hearing that makes you angry, if it makes you want to smash my bitch face in and tell me I'm a whore who deserves to be raped to death by ISIS, then congratulations, you've just proved my point.
It's time to take rape, sexual assault and structural misogyny as seriously every day as we do when migrants and Muslims are involved as perpetrators. That means that, yes, refugees must learn to respect women as human beings. Citizens, too, must learn to respect women's agency and autonomy. Men and boys of every faith and none must learn that they are neither entitled to women's bodies nor owed to our energy and attention, that it is not okay, ever, to rape, to assault, to abuse and attack women, not even if your ideology says it's okay. That goes for the men's rights activists, the anti-feminists and fanatical right-wingers much as it does for religious bigots.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 05:00:16 PM EST
I was thinking something similar.  Women being assaulted at rock festivals didn't exactly start with refugee immigration, it's just been ignored until now that we have "them Moo-zlims" to blame.
by rifek on Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 10:15:44 PM EST
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by Katrin on Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 06:04:03 PM EST
There has been some debate about the meaning of statistics and the actual scale of assaults at such events, though, and the article you linked includes the main issue (my emphasis):

Last year, 162 women and girls, many from abroad, sought assistance at the security point, Gottloeber said. Four alleged they had been raped, others reported being sexually assaulted in other ways. But, more commonly, the women end up lost or separated from their friends, Gottlöber said.

Still, it's true that the Cologne (and Hamburg) events are just a small part of sexual assaults overall and the xenophobes who suddenly want to protect women now are hypocrites. (Especially the hooligans who "protested" and beat up random foreigners in Cologne.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 05:02:23 AM EST
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Yes, exactly: sexual violence against women is no topic for the people who now loudly protest it, unless they can exploit it for racist purposes. There are no reliable figures on sexual violence. Nobody is talking about why not. Women who get groped or otherwise assaulted on the Oktoberfest or elsewhere where people got to party and to drink do not often report that. They blame themselves rather than the perpetrators. "Why did I go there? Why did I drink too much?" It's what they often get to hear from their social surroundings, too. Or in police reports: violent woman did not get it is joking behaviour to grope her under her skirt. She turned and hit with her beer glass at the assailer joking guy. She, not he, was fined.

In Cologne the "Other" are blamed. In the beginning some of them reported crimes, now there has been an explosion of the numbers. The women are encouraged to blame the perps not themselves and to report the crimes. This is totally new, and it only happens because the perpetrators are "The Other". It is not a change of attitude towards sexual violence.

by Katrin on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 06:37:34 AM EST
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Are we so sure that the recent mass of migration is not bringing the misogeny to an enterily other (pretty medieval) level? What can we have a year later?
by das monde on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 07:27:08 AM EST
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Impossible to tell, since we  don't keep statistics or encourage reporting.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 07:50:31 AM EST
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by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:28:54 AM EST
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Are we sure that fluoride salt is not a commie plot to dilute our precious bodily fluids?

Serious answer: Just looking at the known facts this was a case of both sexual harassment and robbery, of which the second at least carries no stigma for reporting. So this is something that should be visible in crime statistics. That it hasn't been up till now suggests that hysterics are not yet called for.

Also I like to remind everyone that suspects are just that. There might well be a rounding up of the usual suspects going on. Still at least from what is known at this point, as DoDo has pointed out already the link to recent refugee policy is rather weak.

by generic on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:05:11 AM EST
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Has anybody actually checked the crime statistics?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:07:41 AM EST
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I suppose if there was something to be found then some of our concerned citizens would have done so. Refugees Welcome is a relative new motto, there was no particular incentive for the police to go out of its way to hide data. Assuming of course enough of them can read.
by generic on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:42:29 AM EST
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Yes. There are actually crime stats about refugees: they are under-represented in all sorts of violent crimes (including sexual violence), but over-represented in committing the terrible crime of fare-dodging.
by Katrin on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 10:09:43 AM EST
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Statistics on sexual crimes are traditional undercounting and almoist worthless. But that was and is an universal problem.
by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 11:24:51 AM EST
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The reports and coverups constitute edgy evidence already. Political perceptions are more important than the actual facts now.

Guess, which direction the perceptions will go the next months. Or keep clinging to your comfortable wishes.

by das monde on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 12:18:29 PM EST
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And you can cling to your "xenophobioa is finally triumphing!" wishes.

won't happen.

by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 02:05:38 PM EST
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You are that much hysterically shade blind? I have no joy with seeing this. Keyboard "non-xenophobia" is not good for you.
by das monde on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 06:11:46 PM EST
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well who is hysteric now...
by IM on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 01:39:45 AM EST
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LOL, man!
by das monde on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 04:11:39 AM EST
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Well, you should also mention that the Oktoberfest lasts 16-17 days (open from 10:00 to 23:30) and is visited by around 6 million people.

Last year, 162 women and girls, many from abroad, sought assistance at the security point, Gottloeber said. Four alleged they had been raped, others reported being sexually assaulted in other ways. But, more commonly, the women end up lost or separated from their friends, Gottlöber said.

In Cologne we´re talking about 650+ complaints by now, 45% of them about alleged sexual harassment and assault. And IIRC 1 or 2 alleged rapes.
According to newspaper articles the police is now saying that out of the larger group of around 1,000 men, a smaller group of roughly 180 men committed most of the alleged crimes.
And all that in just one night.

What is shocking most Germans is that so many alleged crimes happened in such a short time in such a public space. And with such - I dont´t know - disdain, disregard to the police nearby?

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 03:40:05 PM EST
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On an average day 20 rapes (Vergewaltigung + sexuelle Nötigung) are reported in Germany. On a New Year's eve probably more rapes are committed than on normal days, because people drink more. Nobody is talking about the other cases of that night. Nor is there an attempt to find out how many women are victims of sexual violence on the Oktoberfest. We do not know, because it is regarded as unimportant. So no, I don't believe that the fact that "so many alleged crimes happened in such a short time in such a public space" is the main driver for the outrage. Not even the behaviour of the police, although it is criticised. The main driver is the fact that white German women were attacked by the "Other", by brown, Muslim men (and it doesn't matter if they were really Muslims, that category is racialised enough). Plain racism and Islamophobia drives this outrage, not the aim of fighting sexual violence.
by Katrin on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 05:01:06 PM EST
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Plus, women are more sensitive to awkward approaches by the "other"?
by das monde on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 11:03:13 PM EST
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Are you seriously meaning that women object to the violence of the "other" more than that of the indigenous? Perhaps that we secretly like getting groped by the "right guy"?

I sincerely wish that I have misunderstood what you mean.  

by Katrin on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 07:00:25 AM EST
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There is the angle to sexual violence crime statistics in general that racist women might report harmless advances or no advance at all from the "other" as sexual abuse. But I'm not sure this is what das monde meant (and I doubt this was much of a factor in the Cologne case).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 09:57:47 AM EST
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I allude to subjectivity of the snap judgement for safety, man's intentions. Familiarity, stereotyping certainly play role there.

My prediction is that higher percentages of the migrant men (compared to Eurotrash fellas) will both get to marry (messily or not) and/or get into sexual coersion problems.

by das monde on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 09:43:19 PM EST
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According to you we have to disregard sexual violence against women because the offenders weren´t (white) Germans?
Anyone who is shocked by the violence is is just a racist?

20 rapes or sexual assaults per day - (without of course mentioning the origin of the rapists) - are suddenly "normal" without mentioning the origin of the rapists?

Should I even mention that 20 rapes per day in all of Germany doesn´t translate into 200 rapes during the 16 days of the "Oktoberfest"?
(Without mentioning of course that the Oktoberfest is visited by visitors from all over the world?)

Give me a hint that these numbers are true?
How 2 reported rapes translate into 200 rapes during those 16 to 17 days?
Anything to justify the translation from 2 reported rapes to 200 alleged rapes?

And even more so....
Quite obviously I have missed some things.
I never raped a women. I never harassed or abused a women.

According to you I was stupid?
Everyone around me was abusing women? I was just too stupid to see it? And take advantage of it?

Quite simply put. Are you´re ready to excuse sexual violence if a minority does it?

Perhaps you should spend some time (outside vacations) in Arabian or North African countries?
Just to accustom you on how North Africans treat single European women?

Just to repeat it once again...<big sign>

Just what the fu*k do you want?

You want equality of the sexes, tolerance of gays, tolerance of transgenders then you should favor a controlled limited amount of immigration from muslim countries.
Because right now, equality of the sexes, tolerance of gays or transgenders is pretty low on the priority of muslims trying to enter Europe.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Mon Jan 18th, 2016 at 05:06:08 PM EST
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I don't see Katrin peddling the dubious 200 number so why do you want to pin it to her?

I'm still rather confused by the hysteria boiling just below the surface. Just remembering how many trees had to die because one of the Paris assassins might have come over the Balkans gives me a headache. I suppose some are Merkel supportes who are confused because not only is there for once a policy with her name on it, it is also one they never expected to have to defend. But its definitely not limited to them.
In fact I'm not sure I can identify a group of people who have kept their nerves.

by generic on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 04:13:34 AM EST
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According to you we have to disregard sexual violence against women because the offenders weren´t (white) Germans?

You are putting words into my mouth that I never said. Very offensive behaviour.


Anyone who is shocked by the violence is is just a racist?

That again is not what I said. If you had some arguments on your side, you wouldn't have to put things into my mouth in order to refute them. But anyone who is shocked by the violence of men looking like North Africans ONLY, while disregarding the violence of white Germans, is a racist.


According to you I was stupid?
Everyone around me was abusing women? I was just too stupid to see it? And take advantage of it?

There are probably a few men around who wouldn't rape a woman even if they knew they would get away with it. I have no idea at all into which category you belong, nor am I interested to know. I did not say that you are stupid, or a secret rapist. The only behaviour of yours that I can say something about is your appalling debating manners.

Sexual violence occurs daily and almost nobody talks about that. Only when the perpetrators belong to a minority sexual violence against women suddenly becomes a topic. There is no reason at all to believe that imported cultural pecularities make men more inclined to rape than indigenous ones. Crime stats certainly don't bear that out. If anything, immigrants are less likely to commit violent crimes than Germans. (This is about reported crimes, but I can't think of any reason why people should be less inclined to report crimes committed by immigrants than by German nationals.)

Just to accustom you on how North Africans treat single European women?

You are prepared to talk about anything, but not about how German men treat single European (or non-European) women, aren't you? And you need to project violent behaviour to North Africans. I see.


You want equality of the sexes, tolerance of gays, tolerance of transgenders then you should favor a controlled limited amount of immigration from muslim countries.
Because right now, equality of the sexes, tolerance of gays or transgenders is pretty low on the priority of muslims trying to enter Europe.

It may be pretty low for Muslims, but it is certainly not higher on the agenda of non-Muslims. Please don't try to pinkwash racism: the same people who attack immigrants attack gays too, and the parties that demand a breach of the law introducing a limit on asylum are the parties opposing women's and gays' rights too.

by Katrin on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 05:37:54 AM EST
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Well if Detlef thinks that the Cologne incidents mean that all refugees across Germany are abusing women (and yes he is saying that), then for him the proposition that "whites" (in general) are just as likely to abuse women as refugees (in general) means that everyone around him was abusing women... sigh.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 09:50:03 AM EST
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You are prepared to talk about anything, but not about how German men treat single European (or non-European) women, aren't you?

Well, Deutsche Welle is talking:

Report: Female migrants face sexual violence | News | DW.COM | 18.01.2016

An Iraqi woman claimed a security guard in Germany offered her clothes in exchange for spending time alone with him.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 04:04:45 PM EST
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So in all certainty, there is (and never will be) a need to prioritize social norms and migrant welfare? We (the 99%) have all resources to have it all, for everyone? There will be no increase tension in the rat race tension?
by das monde on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 09:49:29 PM EST
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Which social norms in your view need prioritising in the light of these events?
by Katrin on Wed Jan 20th, 2016 at 07:08:53 AM EST
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As the first thing, one has to recognize the reality of how much the power and resource balance is lacking for the desired norms, and conclude the required scope of prioritization. At interesting times, it is vital to go beyond reacting to individual events, but anticipate trends and power interests.

If you are in power to make a decision under social stress, then you better make it uncompromisingly: democratic deliberation may be too costly, and sharing the power may lead to more terrible results.

At this time, I am not keen on prioritizing migrant welfare on a massive scale. Apart from winning a lottery, life is not promising for the most in Europe already. Evident fears and eerie risks are not to be dismissed lightly.

If you are really concerned about migrants, powerless rhetoric for "saving everyone" is not really helpful. Instead, you could make a few migrant friends with interests that appeal to you, and see what needs to be helped.

by das monde on Fri Jan 22nd, 2016 at 01:17:36 AM EST
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At least you are consistent in the themes you go for in your Malthusian fanfiction.
by generic on Fri Jan 22nd, 2016 at 08:07:28 AM EST
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Further to Katrin, what the Cologne case definitely shows (but I don't see much discussion about it in German media) is the likely scale of under-reporting in general. The complaints jumped about sixfold since 1 January because a lot of victims who kept it to themselves submitted complaints after seeing the media onslaught (I presume it gave them both hope that the perpetrators might be caught and reassurance that police will believe their complaints).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 14th, 2016 at 04:21:22 AM EST
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Yes. That is why I find this extremely damaging to the aim of reducing sexual violence: the focus is on the "race" of the perpetrators, not on the crime. The message now is that sexual violence is a feature of "Arab CultureTM" or "Muslim JihadTM". It is easy to conclude that the behaviour of whites can't be sexual violence then. I fear that this will make our lives much harder.
by Katrin on Thu Jan 14th, 2016 at 04:49:53 AM EST
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Here go Peak Social Democracy, Peak Tolerance, Peak Feminism?
by das monde on Mon Jan 11th, 2016 at 10:49:19 PM EST
you wish
by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:29:36 AM EST
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What is there to wish? SD passed its peak last century already. Tolerance is contradictory or cold to most people in EU. Will Feminism hold on while everything else is crumbling down?
by das monde on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 12:05:30 PM EST
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Meanwhile, some points for a more differentiated picture on Köln:

  • The first reports already said that the perpetrators looked "North African", and the nationality of the first 23 identified suspects confirmed this: most of them are Moroccans, all but one of the rest North Africans, and one Syrian. (So contrary to the narrative of German xenophobes, the event had little relationship with the big influx of mostly Syrian refugees via the Balkans route.)

  • The media also published police stats claiming that 40% of male Moroccan immigrants but only 0.5% of male Syrian immigrants become suspects in criminal offences in their first year. Furthermore, some expert claimed that groups of young men fondling women is a specifically Moroccan "custom" which even has a name in Arabic, and the problem was "imported" and has been known in France for years. Implied is that nothing pre-emptive was done by German authorities against a known problem.

  • The (otherwise progressive) federal justice minister Heiko Maas/SPD repeatedly claimed that the Cologne event must have been a well-planned provocation organised in advance. But this was pure speculation directly contradicted by police who found no evidence of centralised organisation or premeditated acts (the perpetrators appear to have just gathered for New Years', drank a lot, and began harassment and robbery in smaller groups after police stopped them from rioting in a larger group).

  • It's still a matter of dispute whether Cologne police would have been in the position to do more that night. But one thing is for certain: patrolling railway stations was originally the task of federal police, which has been commanded off to Bavaria  for the purely political border controls (the border patrols don't turn away any refugee, all they achieve is delays for cross-border commuters and opportunities of grandstanding for CSU politicians).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 04:55:23 AM EST
has been known in France for years

IANAexpert, but I've heard nothing of it in France.

However, it is well-documented in Egypt, see here and here.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 07:54:55 AM EST
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 In Germany this trick has been known for years.
Here is a warning from May 2013.
by Katrin on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 08:48:48 AM EST
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Also: 678, an Egyptian movie on the same subject.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 03:58:44 PM EST
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The best column about Köln I've read till now is Fischer im Recht:

Allgemeine Ansicht: Es müsse im Umgang mit Ausländerkriminalität endlich Ehrlichkeit her. Der Kolumnist unterstützt das ausdrücklich. Eine aufgeklärte Gesellschaft kann nicht hinnehmen, dass Jahr um Jahr wider jede Evidenz behauptet wird, man wisse leider immer noch nicht, ob der internationale Leistungssport aus kriminell organisierten Kartellen bestehe, man habe leider noch nicht herausfinden können, welche ausländischen Mitarbeiter der Deutschen Bank dem deutschen Rentner in spe ein Drittel seiner Altersvorsorge unter dem Sofakissen weggezogen haben, und es sei völlig ungeklärt, ob der ausländische Pharmakonzern Pfizer das ihm hierzulande gewährte Gastrecht dazu missbraucht habe, 100.000 deutsche Ärzte zu bestechen, 250 Krankenkassen zu betrügen und fünf Millionen deutsche Frauen an ihrer Gesundheit zu beschädigen.


Bleiben Sie, liebe Mitbürger, bitte ruhig und freundlich! Es sind am 31. Dezember 2015 in Deutschland etwa genauso viele Straftaten geschehen wie an jedem anderen 31. Dezember. Der Anteil der von Ausländern begangenen Straftaten ist nicht gestiegen.

Picking out single quotes does the whole thing injustice.

by generic on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 12:16:49 PM EST
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The second quote I pulled does make quantitative claims that might be relevant: In Germany on 31.12.2015 there weren't more crimes committed than on 31.12.2014. Neither did the rate of crimes committed be foreigners change.
by generic on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 12:21:12 PM EST
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That is more a rhetorical flourish then a genuine quantitative claim.
by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 02:10:51 PM EST
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I'd say it serves as the trivial quantitative claim. We have anecdote not data.
by generic on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 06:00:17 AM EST
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A very good piece, quite long but I read it all in one go.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 04:25:49 PM EST
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Here is a Süddeutsche article on the Moroccan/North African angle. Some interesting points:
  • There are two old centres of North African immigrants in Cologne and Düsseldorf. The old immigrants are among the most integrated by every measure.
  • For some two years now, however, police has problems with new arrivals who flock there due to lack of language skills and connections, then start by stealing from the old immigrants and then swarm out.
  • Some of these (the article doesn't say what fraction) get to Germany not via Mediterranean EU members but fly to Turkey and then take the Balkans route with fake papers or no papers at all, some even learning Syrian dialect.
  • Pickpocketing in Cologne main station has been up in recent months, it's not entirely new. Cologne police even had a special unit to deal with the new pickpocketing phenomenon, but it wasn't big enough for the task.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 03:55:40 PM EST
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European Tribune - Comments - Stockholm mass sexual assault coverup uncovered
The perpetrators were recently arrived Afghan asylum seekers, so called "alone arriving refugee children". They get special privileges for being under 18, so it is rational for them to claim to be under 18. Their age is never checked, which means that many of them are 20, 25, 30 or even older. Yes, if that sounds insane to you, then welcome to Sweden.

This is not true. It is a common and long-standing talking point from SD, which has recently migrated to Moderaterna.

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Om du inte har några identitetshandlingar, om du inte kan visa din ålder på något annat sätt, och din ålder inte verkar stämma, håller personalen först ett samtal med dig om hur gammal du är. Det betyder att handläggaren pratar med dig för att utreda hur gammal du är.

Om handläggaren bedömer att du är äldre eller yngre än du har sagt, ändrar handläggaren din ålder i Migrationsverkets databas. Om handläggaren bedömer att du är 18 år eller äldre kommer ditt ärende att behandlas på samma sätt som för vuxna  asylsökande.Vad är en medicinsk åldersbedömning?  

Migrationsverket kommer att informera dig om att du har möjlighet att gå till en läkare för att göra något som kallas för en medicinsk åldersbedömning eller läkarbedömning av ålder. Det kan till exempel innebära att du går till en läkare och gör en handleds- eller tandröntgen. Sedan bedömer läkaren på ett ungefär hur gammal du är.

Åldersbedömningen är frivillig och det är något som du tillsammans med din gode man får besluta om och boka tid för. Migrationsverket står för kostnaden av åldersbedömningen när den lämnas in.

Migrationsverket kan ändra sin bedömning om du lämnar in identitetshandlingar eller på annat sätt visar hur gammal du är. 

Det går inte att överklaga den bedömning Migrationsverket gör av din ålder separat. Men om du överklagar beslutet i ditt asylärende, kan du även klaga på den bedömning som Migrationsverket har gjort av din ålder.  

Short version in english: if you claim to be below 18 and can not prove it by documentation, the Migration authority will decide how old they think you are, and taht decision will stand. The asylum seeker claiming to be under 18 has the right to a medical examination. The decision can not as such be appealed, but if the decision on asylum is appealed, age determination can be appealed in the asylum appeal.

The pediatricians association argues that the way the medical examination is handled is un-scientific and no longer wants to participate. This has not stopped the right-wing from demanding more un-scientific examinations.

If it sounds insane, check it.

by fjallstrom on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 09:09:34 AM EST
Forensic age checks are one of the things introduced this fall, as a part of the big effort to reduce migration (which by the way has been succesful. Last time I checked, the number of asylum seekers had fallen by 98% from the top inflow date). It was not used previously.

Nor are age checks unscientific. They certainly can't tell how old you are to the month, and they might even be 1-3 years off. Fine. That still means you can screen out all who are 21 or older but claim to be under 18.

How many unaccompanied children are adults?

327 av de 637 (51 procent) ensamkommande asylsökande som sade sig vara minderåriga och kom till ett danskt asylcenter under åren 2011 och 2012, visade sig efter rättsmedicinsk undersökning ha ljugit om sin ålder, och var över 18 år. De första fyra månaderna 2013 var tre av fyra (75 procent) testade flyktingbarn över 18 år, enligt Justitieministeriets statistik.

"Erfarenhetsmässigt har det visat sig, att en stor del av de asylsökande som testas, uppskattas vara vuxna. Vi ålderstestar därför, när det finns en misstanke om att den sökande inte är minderårig", säger kontorschef Bjørn Hørning hos Udlændingeservice.

I Sverige har personal vid Migrationsverket och på HVB-hem under många år rapporterat att det, bland de många asylsökande som kommer till Sverige och säger sig vara minderåriga, finns mängder av betydligt äldre personer. En person som arbetar som modersmålslärare för asylsökande ensamkommande barn säger att det känns märkligt, som att spela med i en fars, att han som är 32 år, ska undervisa "barn" som är lika gamla som han själv.

Anders Thomas, som under åtta år var anställd på Migrationsverket, har berättat om sina erfarenheter: "Det kändes rent bisarrt att sitta och utreda '16-åringar' som uppenbarligen var närmare mig i ålder. På den tiden fanns det möjligheter att göra en åldersutredning, det finns inte i dag utan man verkar släppa igenom i stort sett alla som säger sig vara barn. Vad händer när dessa vuxna män börjar i gymnasiet och går med riktiga 16-17-åringar?".

327 of the 637 (51 percent) unaccompanied asylum seekers who claimed to be juveniles and arrived at a Danish asylum center during the the years 2011 and 2012 were shown, through forensic examination, to have lied about their age, and were older than 18 years old. During the first four months of 2013 three out of four (75 percent) of examined refugee children were over 18, according to the statistics of the Justice Department.

"Our experience shows that a large fraction of the asylum seekers who are examined, are judged to be adults. That's why we examine their age when there is a suspicion that the seeker is not juvenile", says office chief Bjørn Hørning at Udlændingeservice.

In Sweden, personell at Migrationsverket and at HVB-homes have for many years reported that among the many asylum seekers who arrive in Sweden and claim to be juveniles, there are plenty of considerably older persons. One person who works as a native language teacher for asylum seeking unaccompanied children says that if feels strange, like taking part in a farce, that he who is 32 years old, should teach "children" who are as old as he is.

Anders Thomas, who was employed by Migrationsverket during 8 years, has shared his experiences: "It felt purely bizarre to investigate '16 year olds' who obviously were closer to my own age. In those days we had the opportunity to make an age investigation, that is not possible today and they seem to allow anyone who claims to be a child. What happens when these adult men start high-school and are to study side by side with real 16-17 year olds?".

So much for that "myth".

I might add that I actually have friends (left-wing, for the record) who have worked at HVB-homes, and they claim that about half of the asylum-seekers at the places they worked clearly were adults. I trust my friends.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 10:43:27 AM EST
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" and they might even be 1-3 years off."

pretty close to worthless.

by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 11:19:14 AM EST
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"In those days we had the opportunity to make an age investigation, "

what now? I thought it is freshly imntroduced.

by IM on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 11:21:58 AM EST
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I supposed they were used, then abandoned, then reinstituted.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 at 02:28:42 PM EST
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Pre 2014, the Migration authority had contracted age investigations with some major Swedish hospitals. The hospitals cancelled the contract after they determined that the way the Migration authority used the tests, in particular a over-reliance on x-rays, was unscientific. Then the Migration authority tried ordering x-rays on its own, which the Radiation authority blocked because the Migration authority lacked the proper medical authorty to order x-rays.

Thus leading to the present order where it is up to the asylum seeker to get a medical test (reimbursed by the Migration authority) to further their case. The issue of how age determinations are to be done has been investigated in a government investigation during the year. This is a real question but the far-right has - with help form the conservative right - been able to introduce their long-held beliefs about asylum seekers getting to decide their own age in the debate.

by fjallstrom on Sat Jan 23rd, 2016 at 10:34:51 AM EST
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Don't trust the Danish migration authority, and especially don't trust the Danish government's pet doctors. (The standard of doctors in Denmark is generally extremely good, but you can find quacks in any profession, and the Danish municipalities have spent two decades' worth of Austerity-lite building their portfolio of medical opinions for hire.)

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 01:18:11 PM EST
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Aftonbladet has a less then one hundred percent accuracy rate. From that article I take that age determinations will probably change for the few refugees who will be able to enter despite not having a paper record and despite the mandatory ID-controls that are now enacted to keep out anyone who might want to seek asylum. This does not confirm your idea that up to now, the Migration authority has accepted whatever refugees has told them.

This is from last spring:

Socialstyrelsen ser över rekommendation för åldersbestämning - P4 Gävleborg | Sveriges Radio

Socialstyrelsen tog 2012 fram nya rekommendationer om medicinsk åldersbedömning för ensamkommande barn som ansöker om uppehållstillstånd i Sverige. Målet var att minska risken för att de felaktigt bedöms vara över 18 år.

Enligt de nya bestämmelserna ska en undersökning av en läkare genomföras, som sedan kan kompletteras av handleds- och tandröntgen.

Men så har det inte blivit i praktiken.

- Våra rekommendationer är att undersökningen ska inledas med en barnläkarundersökning. Men Migrationsverket har fortsatt att huvudsakligen göra röntgenundersökningar. Så vi är tillbaka på ruta ett, säger Elis Envall, som arbetar som utredare på Socialstyrelsen.

Elis Envall säger att rekommendationerna nu behöver ses över.

Note that this also puts back your claim of refugees being able to decide their age on their own to at least before 2012. And the article is about a boy


Nor are age checks unscientific. They certainly can't tell how old you are to the month, and they might even be 1-3 years off. Fine. That still means you can screen out all who are 21 or older but claim to be under 18.

For a proper comparision, you need a population for which you know both age and biometrics to compare with. Hard to find in the states from where most under-age refugees hail.

Even so, if you only screen out those older then 21, it is an open question if that is an improvement over the determination as it has been done before. And age determinations to rule out those over 21 is not what is demanded, but hard tests to make sure who is and who isn't over 18. Like those used by whoever made that Dansih statistics.

Your second claim is essentially that some who are over 18 are accepted as under 18. That sounds very probable, but it does not show that there are no tests, nor that it is not the Migration authority that decides the age. If an op-ed claims that is should reflectly negatively on the accuracy of the op-ed.

Wheter faulty age determinations is wide-spread is another question. Save the Children says it isn't:

"En myt att vuxna påstår sig vara barn" - Nyheter | SVT.se

Elisabeth Dahlin säger att hon är den första att hålla med om att barn och vuxna har olika behov och inte ska bo ihop. Men att det förekommer i någon större utsträckning är en vandringssägen, säger hon.  

- Vi jobbar med den här frågan sedan 15 år och besöker asylboenden varje vecka. Om vi hade sett att det fanns vuxna bland barnen hade vi slagit larm direkt, säger hon.  

And I assume your friends working at HVB-hem knows that lone refugee children can be put there up to the age of 21 as long as the decision is judged to have been made before they are 18?

There is a real debate going on on how age determinations should be done, and who should be responsible for them. The Migration authority wants data from the doctors (in particular x-rays) and wants to make the decision, while the doctors wants to make the decision if they are to be involved. The radiation authority has effectively banned the Migration authority from ordering x-rays on their own because they lack medical expertise. The current state of affairs where the refugee seeker can get a medical examination is a temporary compromise, likely to be changed. But this real debate is rarely heard over the non-sense debate over "introducing age determinations" that starts from SD's talking points.

European Tribune - Stockholm mass sexual assault coverup uncovered

The perpetrators were recently arrived Afghan asylum seekers, so called "alone arriving refugee children". They get special privileges for being under 18, so it is rational for them to claim to be under 18. Their age is never checked, which means that many of them are 20, 25, 30 or even older. Yes, if that sounds insane to you, then welcome to Sweden. Age determination when documentation is lacking is inherently hard when dealing with a population that has suffered hardships and has poor records, even when using medical examinations. So some might be older then 18, but probably not much.

It is quite a difference, wouldn't you say?

by fjallstrom on Fri Jan 15th, 2016 at 10:32:40 AM EST
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We can't trust Danish authorities, but we can trust Swedish political NGO's?

I'm not sure much fruitful development can come from a debate if you have such an ideologically slanted view, so  I'll just link to the notoriously racist Foreign Policy then.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 at 02:29:54 PM EST
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I don't know about Swedish political NGOs, but the Danish migration authorities, in their present incarnation, were established by serial liars, expanded by serial liars, and have been revealed multiple times to be run by serial liars at the highest levels. It may be unfair to call the entire construction is a right-wing think tank sponsored by public money and given power of life and death over the victims of the right wing rage du jour, but it would not be less unfair to call it an impartial exercise of best practice in the field.

So yeah, you shouldn't trust those any further than you can spit.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Jan 17th, 2016 at 02:15:54 AM EST
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You trust a LTE's version of a Danish newspaper article's reporting of a Danish authority report. I don't. Find the report if you want to lean on it.

But if I trust a Swedish political NGO's reporting does not really matter, as I have already admitted that it is likely that some who claim to be less then 18 years old are in reality more then 18. But surely you agree that the age has to be determined before the acted upon? Thus those in age limbo ends up somewhere, currently in youth storage.

As to the core matter, how age is determined, Foreign policy more or less confirms what I have been telling you: asylum seekers do not get to decide their own age, medical testing is used and it is not that reliable.

When `Underage' Refugees Look Anything But | Foreign Policy

Previously, unaccompanied minors' state-appointed guardians could request age-determination tests by means of dental and wrist-bone X-rays if the Migration Agency decided the children were older than they claimed; these could become standard if the Justice Ministry's proposal goes forward. But Anders Hjern, a professor of pediatrics at the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Stockholm, told Foreign Policy that while the method works well in determining ages between 14 and 17 years, it's less than accurate in people between 17 and 30 -- a tricky problem when so much hinges on the true age of older applicants.

They also put the finger on a real problem:

When `Underage' Refugees Look Anything But | Foreign Policy

Sweden's commitment to underage asylum-seekers is evident in the housing provided for unaccompanied minors while their asylum claims are decided, a process that on average can take some 200 days.

Now the question is, if mandatory testing is introduced - ie, test all, not just those deemed to be over 18 - will this average time increase or decrease? I would guess increase, which would mean that the demand for more tests, rather then more resources for a speedier process, is in reality a demand for longer time in the youth storage.

by fjallstrom on Sat Jan 23rd, 2016 at 10:22:36 AM EST
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I wonder if these youths are prepared in any way for the world they encounter in Europe,the differences with regard to sexual mores in their own homelands.

They have probably never been exposed to such lascivious images, whether in magazines, billboards or tv, or the reality of overt prostitution, pole bars and revealing, titillating fashions that demand attention by appealing to the sex drive of the mating game.

Once they figure out how much of this courtship rotates around status signifiers, money, fine duds, fancy cars etc, things they feel they probably will never have, it's easy to imagine rage and frustration being predictable consequences.

Looked at like this, it seems similar to the looting that happened in England a few years ago. Workers who passed windows full of consumer goodies every day knowing they are extremely unlikely to ever be able to afford them, under cover of chaos help themselves to the 'forbidden fruit' dangled in front of them with little interest or consideration for how inflammatory these situations can prove for those with no social brakes, for whatever cultural reason.
If integration is to work it seems that some counseling in this issue may be in order, or this kind of event may become more frequent, especially as there are another million refugees expected this year to Europe.
It is much more probable that these bad actors are not recent arrivals, imo, possibly first generation children of immigrants who have no memories of war escaped from, and less gratitude to their adopted country, caught as they are in a socially unjust world they did not choose to be born into.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 12th, 2016 at 06:48:14 PM EST
Are you sure?

http://egypt.unfpa.org/english/Staticpage/3/c94040b0-542a-4a2d-a549-da8756195c6e/Sexual_Harassment.a spx

Sexual harassment is a widespread and serious problem in Egypt, as the country ranks second in the world after Afghanistan in terms of this issue. Also, the research "Study on Ways and Methods to Eliminate Sexual Harassment in Egypt" carried out by UN Women in 2013 revealed that over 99.3 % of Egyptian girls and women surveyed reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime. According to the same study 82.6 percent of the total female respondents did not feel safe or secure in the street. The percentage increased to 86.5 percent with regard to safety and security in public transportation.

Morocco and Tunisia also seem to have a problem with sexual harassment of women. Apparently mainly in the cities. Not as bad as Egypt though.
I didn´t check Algeria.

So it´s entirely possible that some of these youths learned how to "act" around women in public places in their home countries.

I do agree with the rest of your comment.

by Detlef (Detlef1961_at_yahoo_dot_de) on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 05:27:24 PM EST
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It does not look like Rotherham is being recalled much in the media in this context:

Widespread organised child sexual abuse took place in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, between 1997 and 2013. Local investigations into the abuse began in 1999, although some reports were never finalised or made public by the authorities. In 2010, five men of Pakistani heritage were found guilty of a series of sexual offences against girls as young as twelve. A subsequent investigation by The Times reported that the child sex exploitation was much more widespread, and the Home Affairs Select Committee criticised the South Yorkshire Police force and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for their handling of the abuse.

An independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in the town, led by Professor Alexis Jay, was established in 2013 for Rotherham Council. The inquiry's initial report, published on 26 August 2014, condemned the failure of the authorities in Rotherham to act effectively against the abuse and even, in some cases, to acknowledge that it was taking place. It conservatively estimated that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the town between 1997 and 2013, predominantly by gangs of British-Pakistani men. Abuses described by the report included abduction, rape, torture and sex trafficking of children.

Members of the British-Pakistani community condemned both the sexual abuse and the fact that it had been covered up for fear of "giving oxygen" to racism

What is the name for this phobia? Where will the discourse go with these headlines:

New history GCSE course on migration branded 'disturbing' and 'dangerous'
The course suggests that Africans arrived in Britain before the English


Antony Beevor, the military historian and author, said: "Migration is a very valid area to study, but if it's a question of rewriting history to bolster the morale of certain sections of the population, rather than a scrupulous attitude towards facts, then that is a total distortion and it's outrageous."

by das monde on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 12:57:02 AM EST
National Review claims some trend statistics:
While cross-national comparisons are difficult, as of 2010, Sweden -- welcoming, peace-loving Sweden -- had the third-highest rate of rape per capita in the world, at 63 victims in every 100,000 Swedish residents. Only South Africa, where widespread rape is a brutal legacy of colonial rule and decades of apartheid, and neighboring Botswana were higher. Sweden does not keep official statistics on the ethnic backgrounds of attackers, but two studies by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), an agency of the Swedish Ministry of Justice, are suggestive.

A study that Brå published in 2005 found that, among Swedes ages 15 to 51 between 1997 and 2001, immigrants were 5.5 times more likely than native Swedes to be charged with rape, though the study did not further distinguish by country of origin. (Meanwhile, almost one quarter of all crimes were committed by foreign-born individuals, and another one fifth were committed by individuals born to foreign-born parents.)

A government study published almost a decade earlier found that, from 1985 to 1989, immigrants accounted for 61 percent of all rape convictions and that immigrants from Iraq, North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia), and Africa (excepting North African countries and Uganda) were, respectively, 20, 23, and 17 times more likely to be convicted of rape than were native-born residents [...]

And, more to the point, findings in Sweden mirror findings elsewhere. In both Finland and Denmark, sexual violence is on the rise, and Denmark's government-statistics agency reported that between 2004 and 2010, one third of Denmark's convicted rapists were immigrants [...]

Etc., on to Norway, UK. Julian Assange must have been surely counted in 2010.
by das monde on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 06:46:14 AM EST
I thought the Swedish figure were due to changes in statistical collection?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 06:50:39 AM EST
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NR backhandedly acknowledges that:
Some have noted that Swedish authorities use a comparatively broad definition of rape and report rape statistics in a way that is likely to inflate the numbers of individual incidents -- but since those are relatively recent developments, they do not account for the findings in the earlier study.
by das monde on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 06:57:25 AM EST
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With rape statistics, a quite strong factor is the rate of reporting by the victims.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 14th, 2016 at 04:13:04 AM EST
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Yes, and there are efficient campaigns to encourage reporting rape and other sexual violence in Sweden, but that is not the only explanation for their high numbers of rape in the stats. They have a broad definition of rape, and they switched to an unusual way of counting the cases:

Sweden's rape rate under the spotlight - BBC News

"In Sweden there has been this ambition explicitly to record every case of sexual violence separately, to make it visible in the statistics," she says.

"So, for instance, when a woman comes to the police and she says my husband or my fiance raped me almost every day during the last year, the police have to record each of these events, which might be more than 300 events. In many other countries it would just be one record - one victim, one type of crime, one record."

by Katrin on Thu Jan 14th, 2016 at 04:28:16 AM EST
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Trae Vassallo and Michele Madansky Podcast Interview with Kara Swisher | Re/code
Sixty Percent of Women in Tech Say They've Been Sexually Harassed

We already know that when men behave badly to women in tech, women leave. But what happens to the women who stick around?

According to a new study called "Elephant in the Valley," which focused on women with at least 10 years of experience in Silicon Valley, the answer is depressingly predictable.

Women in Tech

The inspiration for this survey came out of the incredible conversation from the Ellen Pao & KPCB trial. What we realized is that while many women shared similar workplace stories, most men were simply shocked and unaware of the issues facing women in the workplace. In an effort to correct the massive information disparity, we decided to get the data and the stories. We focused on five main areas including: Feedback & Promotion, Inclusion, Unconscious biases, Motherhood, and Harassment & Safety.

  •    65% of women who report unwanted sexual advances had received advances from a superior, with half receiving advances more than once
  •    1 in 3 have felt afraid of their personal safety because of work related circumstances

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jan 13th, 2016 at 03:37:03 PM EST
The BBC is up to speed on this story now.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 at 02:34:28 PM EST
Also in the Spectator.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 at 02:36:55 PM EST
o please, spectator?
by IM on Sat Jan 16th, 2016 at 05:07:54 PM EST
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Austria Suspends Schengen, Warns EU is Threatened

Schengen suspended as army mobilizes

The Austrian Defense Ministry announced in new regulations on Saturday that it would be deploying troops to stop refugees who want to transit through Germany, and not apply for asylum there.

While Denmark waits for a proposal to pass, Switzerland is already seizing refugees' valuables

German politician Peter Dreier takes bus full of refugees to Merkel

An irate politician from Germany's southern state of Bavaria took a bus carrying 31 refugees to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin on Thursday as a protest against her open-door refugee policy.

The Syrians, escorted by police, arrived after a 550-kilometre trip outside Ms Merkel 's office, where a dozen German protesters, unconnected with them, were chanting "Merkel must go" in protest at her line on immigration.

Peter Dreier, head of the south-eastern town of Landshut, acted on a threat he made to Ms Merkel last year when he said his municipality could no longer cope with the number of arrivals.

by das monde on Mon Jan 18th, 2016 at 03:49:45 AM EST
David Cameron says migrant families could be broken up and mothers deported if they fail new English test

Dutch town erupts in riots over planned migrant center as lawmaker urges male Muslim refugees to be locked up

In a repeat of scenes seen in several Dutch towns and villages since late last year amid growing tensions over record numbers of migrants, police intervened to disperse about 1,000 people who rallied in central Heesch.

It was not immediately clear from police how many people had been arrested and whether anyone was injured.

The riot came only hours after populist far-right politician Geert Wilders called for Islamic male refugees to be kept locked up in asylum centers, saying such a move was needed to protect Dutch women after the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne, Germany.

by das monde on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 at 04:47:07 AM EST
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Report: Female migrants face sexual violence | News | DW.COM | 18.01.2016

The report released Monday by the human rights group was based on interviews with 40 women and girls in Germany and Norway last month who had traveled from Turkey up through the Balkans to reach western Europe.

"After living through the horrors of the war in Iraq and Syria these women have risked everything to find safety for themselves and their children," Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's Crisis Response director, said in a news release. "But from the moment they begin this journey they are again exposed to violence and exploitation, with little support or protection."

Women and girls traveling alone or accompanied only by children said they felt particularly under threat in Hungary, Croatia and Greece, where they were forced to sleep alongside hundreds of male refugees.

A 22-year-old Iraqi woman told researchers that a uniformed security guard in Germany offered her clothes in exchange for spending time alone with him.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jan 18th, 2016 at 06:18:10 AM EST
Gosh, why are they sending the guys and keeping the girls in camps in hope that the lads can send for them when they get sorted out a bit? What could the reason possibly be? Must be because they're here to steal our welfare and our women!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 18th, 2016 at 09:12:14 AM EST
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Opinion: New Year′s Eve in Cologne - A déjà vu for Muslim women | Opinion | DW.COM | 20.01.2016

Many Muslim women recognized what happened on New Year's Eve outside the Cologne Central Train Station from their own home countries. The problem is obvious to all and begins with circumcision, says Nalan Sipar.


Those who know this problem best are the women who question and criticize the role they are given in Muslim society. Women for whom the Cologne attacks are nothing new. They know such behavior from Taksim Square in Istanbul and Tahrir Square in Cairo. Women who refuse to remain silent about gender relations in their societies.

To clarify: Every person has the right to live in peace. This is not about immigration from Islamic countries per se. People that are fleeing war zones naturally deserve our help and solidarity - especially families, and mothers with children. These children have done nothing wrong and it is our moral obligation to help them.

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jan 20th, 2016 at 04:12:52 PM EST
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Rape, circumcision, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism...this has it all!! The cops and the newspapers are so confused about who they should protect they instead dummy up and protect no one (except, in the end, themselves)!

This event (and more importantly the reactions) only confirms to me that we are after all nothing more than pack animals who are constantly jostling with each other for power and dominance. The true battle remains as it always has been: between males and females. And, as already seen above, the people involved become nothing more than cannon fodder in that age old battle. Sigh...

by Jace on Wed Jan 27th, 2016 at 04:00:00 PM EST
 The true battle remains as it always has been: between males and females.

Oh fuck off.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 05:25:15 AM EST
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Are you jostling with me?
by Jace on Thu Jan 28th, 2016 at 07:34:47 AM EST
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Thinking about this some more, I want to expand a little on my admittedly flippant comment from the other day and delineate why I think this event in Stockholm is very significant to women in particular. Given the thuggish reaction I got from Colman, I don't see any need to elaborate on how I came to these conclusions:

  1. This incident did not involve one male but several
  2. It happened in the heart of Europe and not out in some dusty hinterland
  3. Male dominated institutions like the police did not react in any meaningful way.

This to me is very likely an important turning point but as always, it's not the event that's most important but the reaction to it.


by Jace on Fri Jan 29th, 2016 at 07:13:30 PM EST
När fördomarna inte bekräftas blir det tyst - Syre - grönt nyhetsmagasin  When the prejudices are not confirmed it becomes quiet - Oxygen - green newsmagazine
Det var bara fyra av arton gärningsmän under festivalen We are Stockholm som var ensamkommande flyktingbarn från Afghanistan, meddelar polisen. "När man tittar närmare på de här anmälningarna ser man att det inte är så svartvitt som svensk media pumpat ut" säger Varg Gyllander som är presschef på polisen i Stockholm. Det kom som en nyhet den 21 januari på P3. Inga andra medier följde upp det.It was only four of eighteen suspects during the festival We are Stockholm who were unaccompanied refugee children from Afghanistan, notifies the police. "When you look closer at these reports one sees that it isn't as black and white as Swedish media pumped out" says Varg Gyllander who is press officer at the police in Stockholm. This was reported as news January 21 on P3 (radio). No other media followed up.

So this time the news is that the media incorrectly reported that this was primarily a matter of lone refugee children from Afghanistan. And again it is not widely reported.

So perhaps it was the right call not to claim that this summer. Wheter it was newsworthy or not without the refugee-angle is another question.

by fjallstrom on Thu Feb 4th, 2016 at 04:13:58 AM EST
So every detail of the story as reported in the diary turns out to be bloated right-wing propaganda...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2016 at 05:53:34 AM EST
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Who Could Have Predicted?
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Feb 10th, 2016 at 03:50:08 PM EST
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Female journalist tells of sexual assault during Cologne live broadcast | World news | The Guardian

A female TV presenter has described how she was groped by an unknown assailant live on air during the Cologne carnival.

Esmeralda Labye, a reporter for Belgium's RTBF, was doing a piece to camera when she was approached by two or three men, one of whom reached over her shoulder and grabbed her breast as she was broadcasting.

Yet another consequence of immigration, oh wait...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Feb 6th, 2016 at 03:57:38 PM EST
"Reports" of that incident are becoming shriller and more hysterical, but always without showing the video. Are the groping men "North African looking"? Or black? Wearing those suspicious "Islamic garments"? See for yourselves.

by Katrin on Sat Feb 6th, 2016 at 04:50:35 PM EST
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In Cologne, reporter groped while covering Carnival on live television - CNN.com
The men taunting Esmeralda Labye in the lead-up to the harassment appear to be of European origin.

"I'd like to emphasize, and this seems important me, that the incident has been caused by young men speaking German," she said.

Regarding the media's precision, note that the video doesn't show the groping, and two of the three men shown actually intervene to drag the third away. One of the interveners is possibly the one who surrendered:

A 17-year-old boy recognized himself in the shot behind Labye and turned himself in to police in the company of his mother, Cologne police said, but he said he had not harassed the reporter. After reviewing the footage, police decided it corroborated his claim and let him go.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2016 at 05:48:37 AM EST
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