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Six ISIS orphans repatriated to Belgium

Six orphans of Islamic State jihadists who were being held in Kurdish camps in northeastern Syria were repatriated to Belgium , the Belgian foreign minister confirmed. (Image above: broken doll).

(NB! Any relevant images of violence, and executions committed by ISIS children will be blocked by Facebook. We have replaced them by a photo of broken doll to be able to publish the article in social media).

“The six children have just arrived in Belgium from Syria,” Didier Reynders announced via his Twitter micro blog.

The children, who are between the ages of six and 18, “are now being monitored and accompanied by the youth support services and the competent local prosecutors,” he adds.

Former Secretary of Migration, a prominent Belgium politician Theo Francken condemned the relevant authorities decision to repatriate ISIS orphans from Syria, questioning whether they really were orphans and arguing it could lead their parents to return to Belgium as well.

Vlams Belang party reacted with three words: “No. Never. Never” to the ambivalent decision of the judges to repatriate ISIS orphans, in spite of the fact that they are indoctrinated at very early age.

Children played with the decapitated heads, but I didn’t,”  Abas (16) told . “My father forbade me.” “We have seen many executions,” Saad said. “We came across them. It all happened in the middle of the street” according to Haaretz newspaper reports.

“Isis in Syria and Iraq is systematically recruiting children as young as eight to become soldiers and suicide bombers, and exacts brutal punishment on those who defy them” Evan Williams reports in his documentary.

Yellow Vests in decline

With 7,000 protesters across the country on June 15, the participation of Yellow Vests in Act XXXI is in visible decline. Some clashes erupted in Toulouse, the demonstrations passed without major incidents in Paris and Bordeaux.

In total, there were some 7,000 demonstrators throughout the country, according to the Interior Ministry (against 10,300 last week, and 9,500 the previous one). Act XXXI marks the smallest national mobilization recorded since the beginning of the movement, on November 17 (280,000 people had then marched through the streets of the country), although the Yellow Vests dispute the official figures.

As for act XXX in Montpellier, a call had been launched on social networks to make Toulouse the “capital” national movement for that particular day.

More than a thousand people – “several hundred” according to the prefecture – have started up the cry of the usual slogans anti-Macron.

We were happily advancing, we were singing, and suddenly dozens of policemen rushed on us, tearing the banners and clubbing the protesters at the head of the procession,” said to French TV Bastien, one of the protesters, whith eyes red from tear gas.

The procession then dispersed under a thick cloud of tear gas in a few seconds. From then on, divided into several small groups, the protesters played all afternoon with the cat and the mouse with the police. They have also had massive use of water cannon and tear gas.

What do they want from us, why is there so much violence?” Mireille, a retired Yellow Vest.

The prefecture said two protesters were injured, and 17 were arrested.

Putin expects to turn page of Skipals incident

President Putin said he would like to see Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor respect of the interests of cooperation between the UK and Russia. (Image: Sergey Skripal’s daughter Yulia).

Putin, talking  to journalists on the margins of an economic forum in St.Petersburg, Russia, underlined that he hoped whoever succeeded Theresa May as Britain’s Prime minister would see what he described as the “broader view” and move on from the Skripal incident.

Roskosmos official fled Russia

Roskosmos is shaken by a new scandal – one of the top managers of the Russian state corporation, Yuri Yaskin the general director of the Research Institute for Space Instrument Engineering (NII KP), which develops and manufactures radio equipment and electronics, resigned and fled Russia, leaving the enterprise amid audit.  According to Russian media, Yaskin wrote his resignation report from abroad, without returning from Europe. In April he received permission for a business trip to a European country, he used this opportunity to say farewell to the enterprise via a letter. (Image above: illustration).

Currently, the former director is presumably in Greece, Kommersant newspaper reports, citing unnamed top managers of defense industry enterprises.

The audit of the company and the subsequent departure of  Yaskin are associated with a warning that was sent out in early February to the management of the enterprises of the industry by Director General of Roscosmos Dmintry Rogozin, who reminded the directors of what happens when financial and economic irregularities are discovered. “I warn you about personal responsibility in the event of the discovery of such violations,” the letter said.

Liguria stops hotel funding for migrants

The Italian region Liguria decision, backed by the centre right and opposed by the centre left, the 5-Star Movement and left-wing parties, excludes hotels and hostels that hosted migrants under the SPRAR system from getting funding for tourist revamps.

Subsequently Liguria stops funding hotels that hosted migrants over the past three years, according to a League decision approved by the regional council in Genoa.

The rule was approved by 16 votes to 11.

An average price for accommodation in Liguria amounts to €50 a day, imposing on local community to cover costs of €1500 a month per person per each migrant.

The main reasons to visit Liguria is natural beauty (51.4% of Italian and foreign tourists), cultural heritage (45.3%), followed by food and wine interests (21.6%). For foreigners in particular there is a strong desire to visit unfamiliar places (29.1%). Foreign tourists also tend to pay attention to the quality/price ratio (29.5%). For Italians the main motivations are easy accessibility of the destination (47.5%) and proximity (36.3%)

The average per capita expenditure for accommodation is €52 euros per day for Italians. €49 euros is the expenditure for foreigners. Both are almost the same as the regional average €50.

 

Russia considers facilitation of Ukrainians naturalisation

Russia is considering the possibility of facilitating the naturalisation rules for all Ukrainian nationals, President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference concluding his visit to China.

We are thinking about providing the right to obtain Russian passports under a simplified procedure to all Ukrainian nationals,” he said.

Putin emphasized that the decision to ease Russian citizenship for self-proclaimed Donbass Lugansk and Donetsk Republics residents “was not spontaneous, it was not made at the spur of the moment.”

Before the decree was singed, we had made all the calculations concerning the number of people that may apply for citizenship, including the number of retired persons – they account for about 30% of the possible applicants,” Putin underlined.

On April 24, in Moscow (pictured) the Russian President signed a decree, which eases Russian citizenship rules for residents of certain regions of southeastern Ukraine.

Individuals permanently residing in certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions have the right to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure,” the decree reads. According to the document, the decision has been made “in order to protect human rights and freedoms” based on generally accepted international laws.

 

Ukraine language law against minorities

Ukrainian parliament – Verkhovna Rada – adopted the law “Providing the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the official one,” which discriminates all the other languages in the country. This decision was backed by 278 MPs.

Ukraine’s neighbors have a right to criticize a new Ukrainian law banning schools from teaching in minority languages beyond primary school level, the Venice Commission concluded.

The Ukrainian language is a symbol of our people, our state and our nation,” Poroshenko wrote. “It is another important step on the way toward our intellectual independence, Poroshenko wrote.

Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook after the announcement of the voting results, calling today’s decision a historic one, comparing it to the reconstruction of the Ukrainian army and the reception of independence of Ukrainian Orthodox Church from Moscow.

“Today was a truly historic event. 278 Parliamentarians adopted the law “on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a government”. Thanks to the people’s Deputies for the very important law for Ukraine, for a clear state-owned position!” the President wrote in his Twitter micro blog.

As of 2015, Ukraine had 621 schools that taught in Russian, 78 in Romanian, 68 in Hungarian and five in Polish, according to education ministry data. According to different polls Russian is the native language of 30% of Ukraine‘s population.

Previously in December 2017 a leading European rights watchdog – the Venice Commission said “…The strong domestic and international criticism drawn especially by the provisions reducing the scope of education in minority languages seems justified,”

Image: children in folk costumes, Lvov, Ukraine.

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