Female journalist assaulted sexually by white men in Cologne, Germany

This video says about itself:

Esmeralda Labye TV reporter is sexually assaulted live on air during Cologne festival

5 February 2016

Female reporter is sexually assaulted live on camera during Cologne festival as she reports on how the event has been overshadowed by New Year’s Eve rapes

From teleSUR:

Belgian Reporter Sexually Assaulted by 3 White Men in Cologne

The incident took place while the journalist was doing a live broadcast from the Cologne Carnival, asserting that the attackers were German.

A female journalist was sexually assaulted on live TV Friday in the German city of Cologne as she was reporting on the carnival celebrations in the city for the Belgian station RTBF.

Esmeralda Labye was on camera when a man reached over and grabbed her breast in the middle of a live broadcast. Commenting on the incident in an article she wrote, Labye said she had started the broadcast when “two or three men gathered behind me and tried to make themselves the center of attention,” the Belgian reporter wrote Friday in an article posted on the RTBF online.

“I didn’t see them as I was focusing on the broadcast. Then I felt a kiss on my neck … almost immediately after I heard someone saying ‘do you want to sleep with me’ and some hands on my shoulders.”

She added that as she was about to finish the broadcast, “one of the men leaned over and touched my breast. At that moment I lost my temper and, knowing we were no longer live, I turned around and warned him, do not touch me again.”

Labye said she reported the incident to the police and had received “an apology from the city shortly after.”

In the light of hundreds of sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in the city of Cologne that were allegedly carried out by men of “Arab or North African origin” in the city, more than 2,000 uniformed police were patrolling the streets at the carnival in a bid to crackdown on potential sex crimes.

The organizers of the carnival also issued leaflets last week that included instructions for refugees and migrants in the city about sexual consent, kissing and urinating in public.

However, Labye told the London-based Daily Mail that she knew her attackers were German, stressing that she lived in an ethnically mixed district of Brussels where she had never experienced any problems with men from immigrant backgrounds.

“I have worked in Afghanistan and North Africa too, and nothing untoward ever happened to me as a white, female journalist,” she said Friday after the news of the attack. “I don’t think there should be any no-go areas for women journalists. We should be able to work anywhere, without being humiliated.”

Furthermore, Cologne police said they are now investigating the incident and 22 other sexual assaults which were reported on the first evening of the carnival. Also, at least 181 people were arrested on Friday for different charges including sexual harassment.

Authorities have described those being held as a “cross-section” of the population.

As long-time reporter Labye said, the news shows that sexual harassment against women is a problem that goes beyond racial stereotypes and extends to all nationalities and ethnicities.

Will there now be a ban for all white men at swimming pools in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany? As happened to male refugees at at least one swimming pool in Germany because of crimes against women, mainly by non-refugees, in Cologne on New Year’s Eve?

Republican Trump lost, Cruz won Iowa, USA … so?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Is Ted Cruz the Most Extreme Anti-Woman Candidate?

2 December 2015

Marge Baker, People For the American Way (PFAW) & Vicki Saporta, National Abortion Federation joins Thom. Ted Cruz was endorsed by a well-known male supremacist who has argued that “abortionists” should be executed by the government. But that doesn’t even make Cruz the most extreme anti-woman candidate?

From UltraViolet Action in the USA today:

Relieved Donald Trump didn’t win in Iowa last night? Don’t be.

Ted Cruz is just as terrible for women. If he wins next week in New Hampshire, odds are he’ll be the Republican nominee.

In 2016, we can’t let a man with views straight out of the 1950s be president. But people don’t know his appalling record yet, and it’s all of our job to make sure that everyone knows how dangerous Ted Cruz would be for women. Can you get started by sharing this today?

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–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet Action team


1. Ted Cruz Wants To Ban Abortions By Creating This Bizarre Constitutional “Loophole,” Bustle, December 11, 2015

2. Cruz: Voters should ‘spank’ Hillary Clinton, CNN, January 9, 2016

3. How Planned Parenthood could shut down the government, Politico, July 29, 2015

4. The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage, Bloomberg, January 26, 2015

5. Ted Cruz jokes ‘No, I have not stopped beating my wife’…, YouTube, February 26, 2015

Swedish women against racist pseudo-feminism

This video says about itself:

Anti racist demonstration in Stockholm, Sweden

3 September 2014

Swedish women taking to the streets to protest against racism in Sweden.

From The Local in Sweden:

Swedes tell racists: ‘We are not your women’

Published: 01 Feb 2016 07:46 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Feb 2016 14:46 GMT+01:00

Swedes are hitting back following a series of far-right violent marches over the weekend which targeted asylum seekers and migrants.

Swedes took to social media to hit back after violent far-right groups attacking refugee youths in Stockholm over the weekend handed out flyers and posted online messages claiming they acted to protect “Swedish women”.

The hashtag #inteerkvinna (#notyourwoman) was trending in Sweden on Sunday, with women posting pictures of themselves on Twitter alongside messages saying “not in my name”.

“I’m not your woman. I don’t want your protection. You’re the ones making me scared, worried, angry and sad,” tweeted one.

“No racist will use me as an alibi to commit their acts of violence,” wrote another.

The campaign came in response to a series of violent weekend incidents in the Swedish capital which began on Friday evening when gangs of up to a hundred masked men marched through the city, beating up non-Swedes and handing out leaflets threatening further attacks. …

According to Aftonbladet newspaper, men were distributing leaflets on Friday evening with the slogan “It’s enough now!” which threatened to give “the North African street children who are roaming around” the “punishment they deserve.”

On Saturday there were also reports of violence linked to an anti-immigration protest in Stockholm, where at least three people were arrested for assaulting counter-demonstrators after members of neo-Nazi groups and hooligans gathered in the capital’s central Norrmalmstorg square.

Meanwhile, refugee teenagers living in the city’s 16 homes for teens and underage asylum seekers arriving in Sweden alone without their parents were told to stay inside following the violence.

“It’s of course sad that we have to do this. But it’s still important that we put the young people’s safety first,” Alexandra Göransson, social services manager in Stockholm, told the Expressen newspaper.

The Friday evening attack on refugee children was organised by the Swedish Resistance Movement, a neo-nazi group.

A group of some 100 neo-Nazi thugs marched through the centre of the Swedish capital Stockholm Friday evening, carrying out a series of brutal attacks on refugees and foreign-looking bystanders. The action was claimed soon afterwards by the fascist Swedish Resistance Movement in a statement advocating vigilante “justice” against what it termed the “criminal” actions of refugees: here.

Anti-women Cologne crimes not refugee crimes, European Commission says

This video from Germany says about itself:

Refugees presents flowers in Cologne

COLOGNE, GERMANY – JANUARY 16: A group of activists, mostly refugees, holds banners. Following that they presented flowers to the other people in the street during a picket staged to highlight racist and anti-refugee actions in Cologne, Germany on January 16, 2016.

The demonstrators had with them, eg, banners saying in German: ‘We are Syrians. We are against anti-women violence’ and ‘We are refugees from Syrria. We oppose racism and sexism’.

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain:

EU leaders: ‘No link’ between Cologne sex attacks and migrant crisis

European Commission denies link between migration crisis and attacks on women in Germany

By Matthew Holehouse, Brussels

7:43PM GMT 29 Jan 2016

The sex attacks that took place in Cologne on New Year’s Eve were simply a “matter of public order” and had nothing to do with the refugee crisis, Jean-Claude Juncker’s inner circle believe.

The European Commission will be the “voice of reason” and tell the public that there is no link between the migration crisis affecting the continent and attacks on women in Germany, internal minutes disclose, amid growing fears of a “xenophobic” backlash. …

They called for “the unconditional rejection of false associations between certain criminal acts, such as the attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, and the mass influx of refugees.”

Cologne police says that usually each year in all those years before those refugees from Syria etc. arrived, there were about 50 reports of sexual harassment and rape during carnival celebrations.

After Murdoch-Blair quarrel, Murdoch-Trump quarrel

This video from the British Parliament says about itself:

Leveson Inquiry: Rupert Murdoch endorsed Tony Blair after getting all he could from him

25 April 2012

The News International proprietor admits that he only sanctioned Sun approval of Tony Blair after he had gotten all the concessions he could get from him.

Rupert Murdoch and fellow Big Media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi used to be buddies. That is, until Rupert and Silvio started to quarrel about a loot of lots of money

Rupert Murdoch and conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used to be buddies. That is, until Rupert helped to sack Tony.

Rupert Murdoch and British Labour Blairite Prime Minister Tony Blair used to be buddies. Tony is the godfather of Rupert‘s children. That is, until Tony had an affair with Rupert’s wife.

Rupert Murdoch and United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used to be buddies. That is, until now …

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Take advantage of the Fox-Trump fallout now

Saturday 30th January 2016

IT’S always hard to break up with a loved-one …

We’ve all seen, and in many cases been in, those relationships whereby everyone but the individual in question knows that they’re on a one-way trip to deceit, destitution and/or misery.

Yet to point it out is anathema and invariably leads to rifts on both sides.

The quandary therefore, when things inevitably go hideously, irrevocably wrong, is which individual to side with, if any, and whether to take the exalted higher ground or spell out some desperately needed home truths.

Happily this is not the case this week, when both spurned lovers are as loathsome as each other and mutually assured destruction is the best option for the planet.

No, I’m not talking about George Osborne and Google, who would never let a tiny thing like billions of pounds in tax avoidance get in the way of their cosy relationship.

I refer of course, to the rift betwixt Donald Trump and Fox News.

Let us just sit back and enjoy that for a moment …

Even the most favourably starred relationships hit their rocky periods. And none more so than when Trump is involved.

The presidential candidate for the lacking in thought has recently taken the “News” station to task and pulled out of a scheduled debate, complaining that its female anchor was disrespectful and biased … I know! This is Fox News we’re talking about!

The problem, apparently, was that he believes they were biased AGAINST him for a change.

The row ensued after said female anchor raised the use of “pig,” “dog” and several less than chivalrous epithets by Trump during the course of his presidential campaign to attack his female opponents for the Republican candidacy.

Now as we all know, politics is a filthy business and if you want to get involved you had best grow a thick skin and hold your nose, but even by the usual standards of vicious back-biting, slanderous misrepresentation and virulent personal abuse Trump has sunk to new depths.

When this issue was aired in a recent live debate by Fox host Megyn Kelly, who asked quite reasonably if this was the kind of language a wannabe president should be using, Trump spluttered and backtracked before saying off-air that: “She had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.”

This has widely been perceived as an attempt to claim that Kelly was menstruating and therefore, in Trump’s view, hormonally imbalanced.

Crass and pathetic as this claim is it is highly instructive and tells us two things.

Not only is Trump so patently emotionally and intellectually stunted that he is unable to say the word “vagina” but he has also apparently confused natural bodily changes coinciding with the cycle of the moon with the Ebola virus.

He also, hilariously, claimed that all Fox was interested in was getting money from his appearances, which is no doubt true but coming from the rapaciously capitalistic Trump went right off the end of the irony scale.

Fox went in to bat for their beleaguered anchor, because it’s all right for them to denigrate women and minorities but not when it comes back at them.

A Network spokesman said, and I quote, “We can’t give into terrorisations of any of our employees.”

Showing that he was a total stranger not just to the English language but also its concept.

“Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator (Kelly) violates all journalistic standards,” he added.

Which raises a number of questions, but principally, since when did Fox ever adhere to “journalistic standards?”

It never stopped them in the past when they were spoon-feeding made up shit to a gullible public in support of the ongoing “War on Terror” which was largely in their heads.

Lying through their scarily perfect teeth to back up a lame duck president who had no clue what he was doing and led the world into disaster was, likewise, apparently not a problem for their much-vaunted, newly discovered “journalistic standards.”

That’s fine, as long as he’s not black.

Basically the Fox statement can be read: “Say what you want about the Muslims, immigrants and Mexicans but criticise one of us and you’re spoiling for a fight.”

Sadly this spat will not last, so I for one am determined to make the most out of it while I can.

Ah, schadenfreude! It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

The only way it could get any better is if Tony Blair decided to act as peace maker and he probably will — if the price is right.

‘Japanese prime minister, apologize for forced prostitution’

This video says about itself:

Two former South Korean ‘comfort women‘ in Tokyo to condemn sex slavery agreement

26 January 2016

Two South Korean victims of Japan′s wartime sexual enslavement of women held a press conference in Tokyo condemning the agreement reached by the two governments just under a month ago.

Speaking on Tuesday at the Diet,Lee Ok-sun and Kang Il-chul demanded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologize to them in person and pay them reparations.

They accused Abe of trying to silence the victims by buying them off with what they said was the ″meager compensation″ outlined in the agreement.

They also said they do not blame the Japanese public, rather it is the fault of the Japanese government and Prime Minister Abe.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Former sex slaves demand personal apology from Abe

Wednesday 27th January 2016

by Our Foreign Desk

TWO Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military in World War II are demanding a personal apology from PM Shinzo Abe.

Lee Ok Sun and Kang Il Chul, both now in their eighties and wheelchair-bound, told reporters in Tokyo yesterday that they rejected the recent settlement negotiated between the South Korean and Japanese governments.

The women said neither government had asked their opinion before reaching the agreement.

They added that Mr Abe’s statement did not address them personally and that his pledge to create a one billion yen (£5.9 million) victims’ fund was not for compensation but for humanitarian work.

“Not only has Abe not apologised but he hasn’t even tried to meet us,” Ms Kang said angrily. “Why doesn’t he come out and apologise? We want him to meet us face to face.”

Ms Lee and Ms Kang are among a handful of survivors from the tens of thousands of so-called “comfort women” kidnapped by the invading Japanese army and forced to have sex with soldiers.

They were sent to Japanese-occupied China when they were teenagers in the early 1940s and did not return to their homes until decades later.

Also yesterday, Japanese Emperor Akihito, the son of wartime leader Hirohito, expressed guarded regret for his country’s brutal occupation of the Philippines at the end of a visit to the country.

He noted that in the 1945 battle to liberate the capital Manila, “a tremendously large number of innocent Filipino civilians were victims.”

Indonesian woman, raped by Dutch soldiers, compensated after 67 years

This video about music from the Netherlands says about itself:

This newsreel report was aired on October 25, 1996, at the occasion of the première of Peter Schat‘s ‘Indisch Requiem’ (‘Indic Requiem’) for tenor, choir, and orchestra.

Direct inspiration was the last colonial war of the Netherlands (still euphemistically called ‘police action’) in 1947 and 1948, a last attempt to keep Indonesia in Dutch possession.

The report contains an interview with the composer and impressions of the rehearsals.


In Holland the word ‘Indian’ [Indisch] is used when describing anything involving former Dutch East India, (Indonesia). To avoid misunderstanding I used the word ‘Indic’ instead, more commonly used to identify the entire group of Indo Aryan languages..

The poem Schat mentions is the poem ‘Love letter to our tortured bride Indonesia‘ which the poet/painter Lucebert (1924-1994) wrote in 1947 as a protest against the Dutch war in Indonesia

The ‘police action’ referred to in the clip is a set of military operations in 1947 and 1948 carried out by the Dutch army against the nationalist groups. However, the entire military presence aimed at crushing the uprising against Dutch rule of Indonesia spanned the time period between 1945 and 1949 (the year of Indonesian independence [as recognized by the Dutch government; the Indonesian declaration of independence had been in 1945]) and involved an army well over 100.000 troops and was in fact a full-scale colonial war.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Dutch government must pay for rape in Indonesia

Today, 11:07

The court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to pay damages to a woman who was raped by Dutch soldiers in 1949 in the then Dutch East Indies.

The Indonesian woman, who was then 18 years old, will receive 7500 euros. It is the first time that a Dutch court has ordered the government liable for war crimes other than executions.

Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld had demanded compensation for the woman.

The court considered it proven that the woman under threat of a firearm was raped by several soldiers. That happened during an attack on Java, in the village Peniwen. The government can not invoke the statute of limitations, the court ruled.


In the case of a man who says he was tortured by the military in 1947 the government did not have to pay damages. The government in this case disputes the facts.

The Indonesian man says he has been tortured with electric shocks. The court wants to know what research has been done in that case. Here, too, the time bar does not apply.

Widows and children of executed men in South Sulawesi have filed a claim against the government. The court will have the Australian historian Robert Cribb investigate these cases.