Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/20/2024

Two adult men, Lyndell Mays and Dominic Miller, have been charged with second-degree murder in the Kansas City Super Bowl shooting. Two people were arrested earlier, but have not been publicly identified, because they are juveniles.

In other news, the Russian air force established air superiority during the recent successful push to capture the town of Avdiivka.

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The Curious Case of the Chinese-Hungarian Law Enforcement Summit

It looks like Hungary, like other Western countries, is going to host it share of Chinese police stations. Our Hungarian correspondent László sends this report.


Chinese police station in Budapest

The Curious Case of the Chinese-Hungarian Law Enforcement Summit

by László

“Chinese-Hungarian Law Enforcement Summit”?!

Astonishing. And ominous.

I mean, what the yellow-red hell?!

The Minister of the Interior isn’t supposed to be… interior?

“During the official meeting with his Chinese partner on 16 February 2024 in Budapest, Minister of the Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér stressed that the cooperation between the two countries is based on the guarantee of security and stability […]”

I could find no further information on what exactly it all means (which is strange in itself), so I can only guess… Nothing good for liberty, for sure — especially for Chinese expats.

“The two leaders signed agreements on strengthening law enforcement cooperation and joint patrols.”

Huh? Does it mean Chinese policemen in Hungary?

I’m quickly sending this last S.O.S. message before my Covid card turns red and my internet access gets blocked. Food donations are welcome, as Chinese AI systems won’t allow me and my family to do the grocery shopping, as soon as this letter gets published.

OK, for the time being that’s a joke — but how long before it isn’t?

Translation of the announcement published on the official website of the Hungarian government:

Chinese-Hungarian Law Enforcement Summit

The State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China, Minister of Public Security Wang Xiaohong, paid his first official visit to Hungary after the Chinese New Year.

During the official meeting with his Chinese partner on 16 February 2024 in Budapest, Minister of the Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér stressed that the cooperation between the two countries is based on the guarantee of security and stability, which are essential for the establishment and further development of comprehensive strategic cooperation.

With the visit of State Councillor Wang Xiaohong, the parties took an important step towards the development of relations between the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of the Interior of Hungary. The two leaders signed agreements on strengthening law enforcement cooperation and joint patrols.

During his visit to Hungary, the Chinese Minister of Public Security, among other things, familiarized himself with the structure and capabilities of the Hungarian counter-terrorism service and inspected the construction works of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line.

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More on the Eritrean Ructions in the Hague

Below is a follow-up to last Sunday’s post about the recent culture-enriching riots in the Hague, which pitted rival groups of Eritrean immigrants against each other and the police.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from NOS News:

All 13 suspects still in custody after Eritrean riot in the Hague

February 19, 2024

All 13 suspects who were arrested Saturday during the riots between two groups of Eritreans are still in custody. According to the police, they are suspected of public violence and weapons possession. They are men between the ages of 19 and 36.

In the riots surrounding the meeting of Eritreans in a meeting hall center in the Hague, eight police officers were wounded. Pro-government Eritreans were gathered at the meeting. Opponents of the dictatorial regime sought the confrontation. According to the Hague mayor Van Zanen, the rioting youths were from the Eritrean organization Brigade Nhamedu.

Tweede Kamer wants clarification

Yesterday, several fractions in the Tweede Kamer [Second Chamber of Parliament] stated that they wanted clarification on the riots. Among others, The VVD [People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy] and CDA [Christian Democratic Appeal] have questions for outgoing Justice and Security Minister Yesilgoz. The parties also think that there should be an investigation into Brigade Nhamedu.

These are images from the riots.

PVV leader [Geert] Wilders says he is “sick and tired” and feels that the perpetrators must be arrested and deported. “I want to become the prime minister who finally puts things in order,” he writes on X. The VVD wants “strong punishment” and feels that such violence must have consequences for an eventual residence permit or “Dutch citizenship”. Several parties also want an investigation into the tension between the two groups.

Regularly go at each other

Refugee supporters and opponents of the regime in Eritrea regularly face off with each other. For that reason, there were extra measures taken at the meeting. Mayor Van Zanen later acknowledged that the acts of violence surprised him.

Following the riots, the Public Prosecutor’s Office established a large-scale investigative team to prosecute the suspects. The police are still investigating the case.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/19/2024

Farmers’ protests against the EU’s green policies continue in Spain and Greece, while new actions have been mounted in Wales and Czechia. All of these demonstrations involve tractors blocking streets in major cities.

In other news, 36% of Alaskans support the state’s secession from the United States to become an independent nation.

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Queer Eye for the Mozart Guy

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from eXXpress. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

What the heck, Mozart? Now the “sexist” Zauberflöte [The Magic Flute] goes woke

The woke craze has now also hit the opera world. How misogynistic and racist are the popular operas by composers like Mozart and Co.? The publisher Critical Classics has set itself the task of turning the historical libretti inside out.

Have you ever thought about how politically incorrect historical opera texts are? The publisher Critical Classics does. Because: Certain words and clichés from yesterday no longer work today.

It begins with Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” reports Deutschlandfunk [German public radio]. Because it is understood to be full of verbal low blows against women and people of colour. This is most obvious in the figure of the evil one, the so-called Moor Monostatos.

The platonic duet between Pamina and Papageno does not remain untouched either. The word “Weib/wife/broad” that is often used there should be replaced by “woman”. And instead of just singing about heterosexual love, space should be created for various love options. Man and man, woman and woman — all of this should also be possible in the new “Magic Flute”.

Not just text changes: characters should also be completely updated

Papagena’s disguise as an “old, ugly woman” is now perceived as sexist and age-discriminatory. The publisher has a solution: Papageno shouldn’t spurn Papagena because of her looks, but because he can’t deal with self-confident women.

But it’s no longer just a matter of text changes. This is intended to strengthen Pamina’s figure. Why is only Tamino allowed to sing a love aria, while Pamina’s commitment to the prince is tacitly assumed?

Afterword from the translator:

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Tomio Okamura on the Right to National Self-Determination

Tomio Okamura is the leader of the SPD (Svoboda a přímá demokracie, Freedom and Direct Democracy) political party in Czechia. He is a multicultural Czech: his mother was Moravian and his father Japanese.

In the following video, Mr. Okamura gives a lucid summary of the right to national self-determination — where it applies, and where it doesn’t.

Many thanks to Xanthippa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/18/2024

What is it with Eritreans this weekend? While Eritreans in the Hague were fighting each other and stoning police, Eritreans in Charlotte, North Carolina, were engaged in similar activities. Charlotte police said that eight people were arrested on Saturday during an Eritrean “cultural event,” where youths fought with sticks, rocks and other items.

In other news, a Koran verse that explicitly calls for Muslims to kill Jews was reportedly recited last week inside the Belgian parliament building.

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Targeting Jews in Belgium

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Dutch-language Jewish news outlet Joods Actueel:

Belgian Jews in a bind

January 30, 2024

Is the situation for Jews in Belgium worrying? Unfortunately, that would be an understatement. It is five minutes to midnight, maybe five minutes after midnight. Worst of all, the policymakers are complicit in the alarming increase in anti-Zionism and Jew-hatred.

by Jonath Weinberger

Each day, Jews in Belgium are confronted in a painful way by the war in Israel. The Palestinian flags waving everywhere and the painstaking distribution of “Free Palestine” stickers are part of the street scene in many Belgian cities these days. Thus, Jews are constantly reminded of the horrors of October 7. Many are regularly harassed by chants of “Free Palestine” or even worse— the genocidal tune, “From the river to the sea”.

In education as well, Jewish students no longer feel safe because they are spoken to in a reproachful tone about the conflict in Gaza. In some schools, anti-Israel pamphlets are even distributed. Other schools organize a minute of silence for the victims in Gaza. But not one word, nor a minute of silence for the more than 1,000 slaughtered men, women, and children on the Israeli side. Nowhere is there a demand for the innocent Israeli hostages to be released.

In Ghent, a group of family doctors decided to boycott Israeli medicines. They called on colleagues and pharmacists to follow their example. “Kauft nicht by Juden” (In German: Don’t buy from Jews”)

Even parties can no longer be held without Palestinian propaganda. The Flemish opening event in Mechelen, on the occasion of the Belgian EU presidency, was disrupted by pro-Palestinian activists. A poet proclaimed pro-Palestinian messages, and from the audience sounded “From the river to the sea.” When the singer Laura Tesoro took her turn on the stage, things got no better. On the contrary, by waving a Palestinian flag on the stage, she excited the visitors even more. A well-organized group of activists succeeded in hijacking the public space with a misleading, one-sided campaign. The brutal, murderous attack on October 7 on a music festival, among others, and several kibbutzes has completely disappeared from view, just like the hostages.

Jihad expert

The one-sidedness of the reporting of the Flemish broadcast is striking here. They invited almost exclusively pro-Palestinian activists, who got an open forum to spread their hate and lies. The extremist Abou Jahjah, a sympathizer with the terrorist Hezbollah movement, had no problem in questioning whether Hamas had actually committed the horrors of October 7. This Lebanese-Belgian extremist has now established his own political movement; the ideas of the party are easy to guess. Jahjah refuses to call Hamas a terrorist movement. And the Arabist, Montasser AlDe’emeh — a self-described jihad expert — shows his extremist side and is allowed to make a number of completely out-of-the-blue accusations against Israel on TV without any critical questions. By allowing the other side in this conflict barely a word, the public broadcast not only makes a serious mistake but also fails to calm the whipped-up mood.

You see this on the street, where the anti-Jewish violence is increasing. It varies from deliberate pokes while jogging to being dragged off a bicycle. On January 13, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of illegal weapons possession and preparing for a terrorist attack. Friends of Palestine come down hard when Jews buy products from Israel. Absolutely no form of intimidation or act of violence is shunned.

And then, as a well-meaning, concerned fellow human being, you expect politicians to take hard action against the increasing Jew-hatred in our society. Alas, with few exceptions, there is a deafening silence in this area. Nor is there anything heard about the Israeli hostages, who are still being held prisoner under harsh conditions in Gaza.

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Eritreans Rumble on the Fruitweg

The neighborhood around the Opera Hall Center in the Hague got thoroughly culturally enriched last night by rival Eritrean gangs, who did battle with each other and the police using iron bars, baseball bats, rocks, fireworks, and whatever else they could find that was close at hand. The night was chilly, and they set a bus and police cars on fire so that everyone could keep warm.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/17/2024

Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from the key town of Avdiivka, ceding the position to Russia. The Ukrainian command said the action was taken to save Kiev’s troops from being encircled by advancing Russian forces.

In other news, during an event hosted by the German public broadcaster ZDF, Beatrix von Storch of the AfD and Sahra Wagenknecht of the BSW found themselves in broad agreement on issues concerning the migration crisis.

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The Behavioral Sink in Brussels


Molenbeek, a district of Brussels

It seems the law of the jungle is the only law that remains in Brussels, the renowned capital of Modern Multicultural Europe.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Flemish daily De Morgen:

European parliamentarians in open letter regarding Brussels violence: “Growing feeling of insecurity in the capital city of the EU”

A number of European Parliamentarians addressed an open letter to the minister of Internal Affairs, Annelies Verlinden (CD&V), and the Brussels minister-president, Rudy Vervoort (PS). They are demanding a strict approach to drug violence and “decisive measures” to guarantee security in the European capital city.

February 17, 2024

The increasing drug violence in our capital city is also raising concern among the members of the European Parliament, according to the letter. They refer not only to the recent shooting in the capital city but also to the terrorist attack in which two Swedish football fans were killed in a shooting in December of last year, in which a worker of the European parliament was wounded.

The signatories to the letter also express concern over the situation in the Brussels South Station, “one of the most important entry ports to the capital city of the EU”. “The situation is further worsened by petty thefts, from telephones to cars, and by the increasing drug-related criminality,” the letter says.

Reference is made to a recent investigation which shows that Brussels ranks 15th in the cities with the highest crime index of 132 cities researched. “These are just some of the disturbing elements of a growing feeling of insecurity among the people who live and work in the capital city of the European Union,” the letter reads.

Extra police personnel

At a press conference earlier this week, Minister Verlinden stressed that this legislature has invested almost 500 million euros more in police services. “The fight against international criminality remains a priority for the federal government and the federal police,” she said. She also referred to recent efforts to recruit and select more police personnel. “With about 50,000 members, the integrated police have more employees than ever, but we also see that the expectations from the population have grown and that the fight against criminality is raising concern within the organizations, of which the crimes committed are often an expression.”

“Disinformation” is Whatever Goes Against the Narrative

Rob Roos is a Dutch politician who formerly represented FvD (Forum for Democracy) and then the party JA21 (Right Answer 21) in the European Parliament. He is now an independent. In the following video Mr. Roos speaks in the EP in Strasbourg about the EU’s attempt to censor Elon Musk’s platform X (formerly Twitter).

Many thanks to the anonymous translator, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/16/2024

President Biden did not receive a warm welcome when he visited East Palestine, Ohio, the site of a toxic train derailment more than a year ago. Residents made it clear that Mr. Biden’s visit was “too little too late,” and chanted “Let’s go, Brandon!” The president spoke for only six minutes, and took no questions.

In other news, two of the juvenile suspects detained following the mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Superbowl victory parade will be charged as adults.

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Hungry for Allah

The following report from the Radio Maudin channel in France features the account of a young woman who had just given birth in a public hospital, and was denied a full meal by the nursing assistant who brought her food. The reason? The nursing assistant was a Muslim, and the young mother was of Tunisian descent. Therefore the halal restrictions had to be applied to the new mother. She was hungry for her ham and mashed potatoes, but she was not allowed to have them.

By the way — the story recounted in this video took place twenty years ago, and conditions in France have obviously worsened considerably in the interim. The little baby girl who was born in that hospital all those years ago is now perhaps a university student, and is old enough to be gang-raped by “youths” on public transportation.

Just sayin’…

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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