Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/26/2016

Fidel Castro, the long-time leader of Cuba after the revolution of 1959, has died at the age of 90. Depending on one’s point of view, Mr. Castro was either a kind and visionary man much beloved by little children, or a brutal Communist dictator who had innumerable “enemies of the revolution” executed by firing squad. Take your pick. World leaders extolled the late Communist leader as a progressive icon, with the notable exception of president-elect Donald Trump, who referred to the cigar-chomping Fidel as a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”

In other news, although more than a thousand women were assaulted in Cologne last New Year’s Eve — and many of those assaults took the form of sexual molestation — only six perpetrators have thus far been convicted in the courts.

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Financial Crisis
» Marc Hanson: “Houses Have Never Been More Expensive to Buyers Who Need a Mortgage”
 
USA
» ‘Cult’ of Climate Change (née Global Warming)
» Donald Trump Selects Betsy Devos for Education Secretary
» Fake News Ruse: Establishment Declares War on Alternative Media
» Jill Stein’s Recent ‘Grass Roots’ Fundraiser to Recount the Votes Raises Many Red Flags
» Make America Great Again is Already Happening
» No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See
» Reddit CEO Admits to Editing Posts Made by Trump Supporters
» Trump Never Said He Will Not Investigate Hillary Clinton — NY Times Lied & MSM Echoed
» Trump Vows to Trim Down Over-Staffed Govt. Agencies
» Trump Lines Up ‘Black Sheep of EU’ To Fight Against Establishment as Hungary PM to Visit
» U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is Taking Top Aides and Associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo to Trial
» War Has Broken Out in North Dakota
» Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul as Anti-Clinton “Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools”
» Who is Behind “Fake News”? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images
 
Canada
» Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch Pitches Plan to Scrap CBC
» Marijuana Advocates Sceptical About Canada Path to Legal Pot
 
Europe and the EU
» Burqas, Mosques, ‘Gay Propaganda’ All Banned in Hungarian Village
» Justice? Just Six Convicted for 500 Cologne Sex Attacks Nearly Year On
» Maajid Nawaz Launches Seething Attack on Patriotic Britons in LBC Rant
» Switzerland Probes Top Muslim Leader Over Jihad Propaganda
» UK: Nigel Farage: I Live in Fear of Violent Attacks After Brexit and Donald Trump’s Victory
» UK: Take Your Diversity…
 
Middle East
» Syria Foreign Minister Dismisses UN Proposal for East Aleppo Autonomy
 
Far East
» China Tests Hypersonic Missile, Smash Targets 300 Miles Away
» ‘Golden Era’: China’s Global Triumphant March Prompts Panic in West
 
Latin America
» World Leaders Respond to Fidel Castro’s Death
 
Immigration
» Albanian People Smuggling Gang Taken Down in France
» Child Brides Discovered in Germany Backed by Refugee Workers
» Regretting Something, Angela? Germany’s Merkel Announces Plan to Deport 100,000 Migrants
» The Truth About Trudeau’s Refugee Budget Numbers
» UN Migration Chiefs: The Mediterranean is ‘Cluttered With Sunk Rubber Dinghies’
» Watch: Hundreds Arrested in Massive Migrant Riot
 

Marc Hanson: “Houses Have Never Been More Expensive to Buyers Who Need a Mortgage”

Houses have NEVER BEEN MORE EXPENSIVE to end-user, mortgage-needing shelter buyers. The recent rate surge crushed what little affordability remained in US housing. It now it requires 45% more income to buy the average-priced house than just four years ago, as incomes have not kept pace it goes without saying.

The spike in rates has taken “UNAFFORDABILITY” to such extremes that prices, rates, and/or credit are now radically out of scope.

At these interest rate levels house prices are simply not sustainable even in the lower-end price bands, which were far more stable than the middle-to-higher end bands (have been under significant pressure since spring).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Cult’ of Climate Change (née Global Warming)

Global warming has become a religion.

This is the opinion of Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever , Prof. Richard Lindzen, and many others. Climate change alarmism has a surprising number of attributes of a medieval or even ancient religion. Nevertheless, real religions have some pre-requisites, like a tradition spanning at least few generations. So the proper name for climate alarmism is a cult. And these are the telltale attributes:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Donald Trump Selects Betsy Devos for Education Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his nominee for secretary of education would be Betsy DeVos, a national leader in the school choice movement.

Mr. Trump described her as a “brilliant and passionate education advocate.”

“Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Fake News Ruse: Establishment Declares War on Alternative Media

The effort to shut down the alternative media following the election victory of Donald Trump is kicking into high gear.

On November 16 PolitiFact declared it would “fight back against fake news” and produced a hit list of alternative media sites.

Blacklisted News is included on a list compiled by a site created specifically to target alternative media the establishment wants eliminated.

Targeted news sites include Activist Post, Consortium News, the Corbett Report, Global Research, the websites of Lew Rockwell and Paul Craig Roberts, WikiLeaks, and many others. A few sites on the list are in fact fake news websites and others satirical.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jill Stein’s Recent ‘Grass Roots’ Fundraiser to Recount the Votes Raises Many Red Flags

The Jill Stein campaign prides itself for being anti-corporate — only accepting the donations from the small people — the disenfranchised folks who cannot afford to donate to her losing campaign — but do so nonetheless to help Jill fulfill an otherwise pointless existence in the political landscape.

Thanks to her website and the Wayback machine, we can examine the donations and the rate by which they came in — to see if they have a ‘grass rootish’ demeanor or not.

Here is the timeline on 11/23/16…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Make America Great Again is Already Happening

Donald Trump ran on the theme “Make America Great Again” (MAGA).

It’s still 55 days before his inauguration as President of the United States of America. Amazingly, MAGA is already happening.

Beginning on the day after the Election, the dark shadows clouding America started to dissipate, like Orcs scattering as Sauron and his Dark Tower fell after the evil One Ring had been destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom.

(1) DEFCON LOWERED TO 5

The Defense Readiness Condition or DEFCON is an alert system used by the U.S. Armed Forces, which prescribes five graduated levels of military readiness to match five military situations from most to least severe.

defcon-levels-1-to-5

The Defcon Warning System is a private organization, made up of experts claiming to have contacts within the US security industry, which monitors world events and estimates the level of nuclear threat against America.

On October 15, 2016, DEFCON was at level 3, the highest level since 9/11, which means U.S. troops could be mobilized in as little as 15 minutes. Tensions between the US and Russia reached an all-time high due to Obama and Hillary Clinton’s saber-rattling at Russia. Level 3 means US troops could be mobilized in as little as 15 minutes. (Source: Morning Ledger)

After Trump was elected, DEFCON immediately decreased to Level 5 — its lowest possible state. The UK’s Express reports on Nov. 15, 2016 that Defcon Warning System wrote on its website:

“The United States took a tentative step toward a more isolationist policy with its recent presidential election.

While it will take several months to see how the US reforms its foreign policy, already some world leaders have expressed hope that relations could improve, including Russia and Syria.

If the new US President keeps to his previous statements, look for the United States to withdraw somewhat from military confrontations in the Middle East and possibly European theatre . . . . “

(2) TPP IS DEAD

On November 14, 2016, Business Insider Australia reports that the “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has fallen over after the Obama administration suspended trying to legislate it before president-elect Donald Trump takes office.”

A new study found that TPP would have cost 448,000 American jobs. In fact, an Obama administration trade official, Michael Wessel, admitted that TPP would damage America. Wessel is a commissioner on the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission, as well as the international trade co-chair for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign. In an article for Politico Magazine, May 19, 2015, Micheal Wessel wrote:

“The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design-anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you . . . . We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal-and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.”

[Comment: Point number 5 in the article makes for schadenfreude reading.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See

One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea that Russian agents of various kinds helped hack the process by fueling this barrage of false news. But is that really true?

In a recent story, the Washington Post says that this is definitely the case, based on information provided by two groups of what the paper calls “independent researchers.” But the case starts to come apart at the seams the more you look at it.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Reddit CEO Admits to Editing Posts Made by Trump Supporters

Just one day after shutting down the “Pizzagate” subreddit thread, a move which infuriated a lot of users who claimed they were being censored over political views, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, has now admitted to editing individual posts made by Trump supporters that were critical of him. According to reporting from BBC, Huffman simply edits posts to redirect criticism away from him and onto the moderators of the “r/the_donald” thread.

Huffman offered the following apology admitting that he “messed with the “ u/spez” comments” and that “as the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Never Said He Will Not Investigate Hillary Clinton — NY Times Lied & MSM Echoed

Audio Transcripts reveal the New York Times lied, Donald Trump said he is not taking Hillary Clinton email and foundation investigations off the table. Editor’s note (more below): After this fact check went viral the NY Times was forced to admit Trump really told them the investigations into Hillary Clinton are still on the table.

Citing The New York Times reporting on their exclusive interview with Donald Trump, the corporate media widely reported yesterday that Donald Trump will not investigate Hillary Clinton regarding her email and foundation scandals.

Further perpetuating the false reports, Trump transitions team members defended Trump’s position not knowing Trump never stated he was dropping the investigations.

The full audio transcripts show the New York Times reporting on Trump’s statement are false.

The transcripts instead show Trump stated while he is not making the investigations a priority and that he is not seeking revenge to hurt the Clintons he is also not taking the investigations into the emails or the foundation off of the table.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Vows to Trim Down Over-Staffed Govt. Agencies

Prior to the 2016 election, then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised his supporters that if elected president he would “drain the swamp.” Specifically, he released a “Contract for the American voter” that contained a litany of “measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C.”

Recently, President-elect Trump began working with his Republican Congress to bring these measures to fruition, as reported by The Washington Post.

“Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions” were just some of the ideas being drafted, according to the Post.

Of course the liberal Post described these plans in a nefarious light, claiming they would “erod(e) job protections and grind() down benefits,” but as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich explained, draining the swamp was mandatory.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Lines Up ‘Black Sheep of EU’ To Fight Against Establishment as Hungary PM to Visit

DONALD Trump has invited Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to Washington as the President-elect seeks to forge strong relations with the eurosceptic eastern European nation.

The Republican maverick called the Hungarian leader on Thursday night, praising the country’s citizens as “brave freedom fighters”.

Mr Orban, who has been a thorn in the side of European Union leaders such as Angela Merkel, is one of the first EU politicians to come out in support of the US President-in-waiting.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is Taking Top Aides and Associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo to Trial

THE CLINTON FOUNDATION Will Be Next!

US Attorney for the State Of New York, Preet Bhahara, a mild mannered but vicious prosecutor has been given the green light to take Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides and associates to trial for corruption. As they say when Preet Bharara has his eye on you, it is best to look over your shoulder, because he always gets his man…or WOMAN. I have reported on the fact that Preet has his eye on the Clinton Foundation and has for some time. He is in the process of investigating the Anthony Weiner case, in which Weiner was involved sexually with an underage North Carolina girl. Of course, we know that the computer taken from Weiner’s home is the same computer with emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign office. Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was Clinton’s aide who downloaded Clinton’s classified emails to her computer Yahoo account. The DOJ has chosen not to pursue prosecution of Clinton, as Loretta Lynch intimidated the FBI into not finding Clinton guilty of intent of wrongdoing in their investigation of the emails.

At this time Lynch is under investigation due to an illegal meeting with Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill Clinton at the same time Hillary was under investigation by the FBI. After the meeting Lynch and the DOJ intimidated FBI Director James Comey into finding Hillary Clinton without intent of any wrongdoing in their investigation. Due to the interference of the DOJ into the FBI investigation Clinton has walked free in the Email investigation. However, although Preet Bharara is known not to talk about his investigations until he is in the process of taking action, we can rest assured at this time he is still hot on the trial of the Clinton Foundation. It may take some time, but we can look forward to the takedown of the Clinton Foundation.

There’s one last thing to consider which you’re going to want to keep your eye on. This investigation has been going on for well over a year without making very many headlines. That’s not how Bharara operates. His rare media statements are short and businesslike. But he promised action on this and after the long and challenging investigation was complete he delivered. Remember that Preet owes no loyalty to either party and is absolutely relentless. When he detected corruption in the state legislature in 2014, he launched a lengthy investigation which resulted in former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver — arguably the most powerful Democrat in the state — being sent to prison. He followed that up by sending the state’s senior Republican to keep him company behind bars.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

War Has Broken Out in North Dakota

he situation in North Dakota at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline has degenerated into what can now only fairly be described as a war zone.

The escalating assaults on unarmed protesters by heavily armed, fully militarized police units have transformed the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site into a battlefield.

Scores of people have been injured and medics are struggling to evacuate the injured to area medical facilities for treatment. The scene is one of constant clashes and assaults by North Dakota military police attempting to drive Native American protesters away from the pipeline construction site.

A flashpoint on the Backwater Bridge was the scene of an intense six-hour engagement between “Water Defender” protesters and Morton County, North Dakota, sheriff’s personnel.

Using military tactics, law enforcement unleashed barrage after barrage of military grade tear gas, rubber bullets, water sprayed from high-pressure hoses in below freezing temperatures, and concussion grenades. According to the ACLU, “News reports confirm more than 300 people have been injured.”

The worst injury reported occurred as a result of a concussion grenade thrown by police directly striking a 21-year-old protester from New York. Sophia Wilansky suffered severe damage to her arm when the grenade detonated in close proximity. The injury caused a compound fracture and extensive damage to muscle, nerve and bone, resulting certainly in a lifelong disability. Details of the Wilansky incident have gone viral on Twitter.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul as Anti-Clinton “Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools”

The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its “fake news, blame the Russians” narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably.

Citing “two teams of independent researchers” (who surely have a substantial libel litigation provision) who found “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery… echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal,” the Jeff Bezos-owned website names Drudge, Zero Hedge, and The Ron Paul Institute and countless other outlets among the “useful idiots” that true American patriots should be wary of…

For further color on “Useful Idiots”, Jim Quinn uncovered the following video by a former KGB member Yuri Bezmenov who defected to Canuckistan in 1970. In it he details how the Marxist/Leninist’s planned to conquer the west from within without ever firing a shot. How well do you think their plan is working? At about 7:20 the host, G. Edward Griffin, asks Yuri “What do we do?” (to counter the takeover) and we were more than a little surprised by his response:

[Comment: More lies from a globalist mouthpiece rag, The Washington Post. Watch the Yuri Bezmenov interview — what we are seeing today is communist subversion.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Who is Behind “Fake News”? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, publisher of Global Research.

The mainstream corporate media is desperate.

They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”.

Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites.

The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media.

Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

They are the unspoken architects of “Fake News”.

One area of routine distortion is the use of fake videos and images by the mainstream media. Four Notorious Cases of Media Distortion

These are four examples and there are many more. The manipulation of videos and images is routine. In some cases, they revealed by readers, independent media and social media. In most cases they go undetected. and when they are revealed, the media will say “sorry” we apologize: they will then point to technical errors. “we got the wrong video”

What is important to emphasize that these media distortions are invariably deliberate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Conservative Leadership Candidate Kellie Leitch Pitches Plan to Scrap CBC

Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch is proposing to scrap the CBC if she manages to reach the Prime Minister’s Office.

“I strongly disagree with the stance taken by fellow leadership candidate Maxime Bernier and his call for CBC reform,” said Leitch, who represents the riding of Simcoe-Grey.

“The CBC doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be dismantled.”

She said the media in Canada lacks a level playing field.

“For Canadian democracy to thrive, we need to hear from the different voices in the press,” she said in a statement.

“So long as the CBC continues to distort the market by consuming advertising revenues and having its operations underwritten by the taxpayer, the market is uncompetitive.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Marijuana Advocates Sceptical About Canada Path to Legal Pot

Canada will soon introduce legislation to legalise recreational marijuana. Pot advocates are not as happy as you might think.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Burqas, Mosques, ‘Gay Propaganda’ All Banned in Hungarian Village

The far-right mayor of a southern Hungarian village has banned the open expression of Islam, including the building of mosques and wearing of veils and headscarves, as well as the promotion of same-sex marriages.

In a post on Facebook, Laszlo Toroczkai, mayor of Asotthalom, a village near the Serbian border, outlined the proposals adopted by his council after a session on Wednesday.

All board members voted for the new rules, with only two abstentions…

           — Hat tip: Dzsihádfigyelo [Return to headlines]
 

Justice? Just Six Convicted for 500 Cologne Sex Attacks Nearly Year On

The world was outraged after migrants went on the rampage in Cologne along with other European cities to target women to rob, assault and sexually assault them in a night of horror.

In Cologne, more than 1,200 crimes were reported, including 500 sexual attacks.

But new figures have revealed just six the German legal system has only sentenced just six perpetrators.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Maajid Nawaz Launches Seething Attack on Patriotic Britons in LBC Rant

The LBC host, an outspoken Muslim, did not hold back as he lashed out against members of the public who supported the far-right.

Launching his fiery tirade, Nawaz roared: “I have a message for you to these far right fascists, who consider themselves patriots.

“You’re not patriots, you are traitors to this country and the reason you are traitors to this country is because one of the easiest ways to determine a traitor is to see who they’re in bed with — those who are openly hostile to this country and its interests.”

Comparing right-wing voters to Nick Griffin, who stepped down as leader of the British National Party in 2014, the LBC host continued his rant…

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Switzerland Probes Top Muslim Leader Over Jihad Propaganda

Swiss federal prosecutors said on Saturday a criminal probe into suspected jihadist propaganda has been expanded to include the leader of the country’s largest Islamic organisation. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general confirmed in an email to AFP that Nicolas Blancho, of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), was under investigation.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Nigel Farage: I Live in Fear of Violent Attacks After Brexit and Donald Trump’s Victory

The interim Ukip leader has received death threats and just last week was confronted during a night out.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Take Your Diversity…

‘Extremist’ who discourages singing and music is the patron of a Muslim school where girls cover everything but their eyes

Pic shows Students seen leaving the Jameah Uloomul Quran School in Leicester

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Syria Foreign Minister Dismisses UN Proposal for East Aleppo Autonomy

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has strongly dismissed a United Nations proposal concerning the establishment of an autonomous region run by foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the eastern part of the strategically northwestern city of Aleppo.

“This was completely rejected… This is a violation of our sovereignty,” he said in a televised news conference following a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in Damascus on Sunday. Muallem then made it clear that the incumbent Syrian government has no intention to decrease attacks on terrorist positions in the eastern flank of Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital Damascus, and that the Damascus administration does not accept leaving civilians there to be taken hostage by militants.

[Comment: Bankster run State Departement and CIA agency bankster moles seek to create safe haven for their ISIS creation.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

China Tests Hypersonic Missile, Smash Targets 300 Miles Away

CHINA has test fired a hypersonic missile capable of hitting target 300 miles away in the air, it has been claimed.

One the country’s J-16 strike fighters fired the giant missile earlier this month. Experts at Popular Science magazine analysed pictures of the event an estimated the missile measured 19 feet long and was 13 inches wide. One of the experts, Jeffrey Lin, said the launch of the missile was a “big deal”.

We are blame for this advancement by china, we have been giving them our intellectual property for decades and they have been stealing it openly. The companies that have been doing business have basically said that they loss of propriety does not harm their bottom line profit enough to cause them to pull out of china’s slave labor manufacturing capability. And this is the prize we are given.

Having said that, the odds of this thing actually being able to hit a moving target, are remote, making quick adjustments to reacquire a target at those speeds will likely cause the missile to break apart. If it misses the target, it will take a week for it to turn around and come back to the target that it had locked on. Speed has advantage and disadvantage, that is why you don’t “dog fight” at mach 2.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Golden Era’: China’s Global Triumphant March Prompts Panic in West

China’s investment in the US has surpassed America’s investment into China, the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization’s latest report highlights. However, China’s global expansion has prompted growing concerns in the West which is yet to reconcile itself with the reality of its fading economic influence in the world.

China continues its triumphant march across the globe with Chinese companies having invested a record $145.6 billion abroad in 2015, the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization highlights in its latest report dubbed the Blue Book of Chinese Enterprise Globalization.

[Comment: China is frantically turning the US dollars it holds into hard assets. ]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

World Leaders Respond to Fidel Castro’s Death

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who established a communist regime in Cuba that survived the collapse of the USSR, inspired revolutionary movements around the globe and brought two superpowers close to nuclear war before stepping down after 49 years in power, died last night at the age of 90. Castro passed away at 10:29 p.m. Friday local time, his brother President Raul Castro, who has ruled the country since 2006, said on state media Nov. 25. He will be cremated early on Saturday.

Reactions to his death, like his life, were deeply divided. World leaders including Russian president Putin, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Latin American politicians issued statements and tweets highlighting Castro’s achievements and extolling his virtues…

Finally, US President-elect Donald Trump has a simple, if quite factual reaction to Castro’s passing: “Fidel Castro is dead!”

[Comment: Trump’s reactio is the best. Make sure you keep a vomit bag close by when reading the comments of the world leaders fellow travellers.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Albanian People Smuggling Gang Taken Down in France

Five men, including three Albanians, have been indicted for smuggling illegal migrants from Albania across the English Channel to Britain.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Child Brides Discovered in Germany Backed by Refugee Workers

Youth workers found the two Syrian girls now living in Germany had been married in their homelands whilst under the age of 16, suggesting a worrying rise in underage marriages due to the migrant crisis.

Under German law marriages are only legal over the age of 18, although can recognised in exceptional cases for over 16s.

Usually marriages involving adolescents between the ages of 14 and 16, even if they can provide legal documentation from their home country, are not recognised…

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]
 

Regretting Something, Angela? Germany’s Merkel Announces Plan to Deport 100,000 Migrants

ANGELA MERKEL today announced plans to deport 100,000 migrants who arrived in Germany last year as she continues to backtrack on her controversial open door asylum policy.

The beleaguered Chancellor said authorities would significantly step up the rate of forced returns as she battles to arrest an alarming slump in her popularity which has fuelled a surge in support for the far-right. Mrs Merkel, whose decision to roll out the red carpet to migrants from across Africa and the Middle East spectacularly backfired, has taken an increasingly tough tone on immigration in recent months…

Her extraordinary change of heart has been prompted largely by a series of catastrophic local election results for her ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, which was trounced by the populist Alternative fur Deutschland in both her home state and the capital Berlin.

The party’s slumping poll ratings have sparked alarm amongst her allies in both the CDU and its coalition partner, the Christian Social Union (CSU), with talk that senior officials would try to oust her.

But instead Mrs Merkel last week announced her intention to stand for a fourth term as leader of Germany, and now she is striking an increasingly anti-immigrant tone as she attempts to restore her battered reputation ahead of next autumn’s election.

[Comment: Only 100,000? What about the rest? And what happened to “We will do it!” ? Oh yeah, the elections are coming up. Promises are cheap for liars. People will wait to see if she ACTUALLY does this. Likely a PR stunt to mollify public before they storm the government offices and string up the traitors.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Truth About Trudeau’s Refugee Budget Numbers

Lo and behold, on Tuesday, the Trudeau government released the final annual expenditures on the Syrian resettlement program.

The initiative did not cost taxpayers $100 million, as Trudeau had once promised. Instead, the Trudeau government spent $384.7 million on the program. They spent nearly four times as much as they said they would.

But, in a truly Orwellian twist of logic, the Trudeau Liberals claimed the initiative came in under budget. Immigration Minister John McCallum’s office shamelessly claimed the government managed to save $70.3 million from the cost of the Syrian resettlement program.

How can the Trudeau government claim they spent $70.3 million less than planned when they actually spent $284.7 million more than planned?

By using an old sleight of hand trick.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UN Migration Chiefs: The Mediterranean is ‘Cluttered With Sunk Rubber Dinghies’

According to a new post by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Mediterranean Sea is one of the world’s most dangerous migration routes and is “cluttered with sunk rubber dinghies.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Hundreds Arrested in Massive Migrant Riot

Hundreds of migrants have been arrested for taking part in a huge riot in Bulgaria after they were quarantined due to the prevalence of infectious diseases in the camp.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/26/2016

  1. ” president-elect Donald Trump, who referred to the cigar-chomping Fidel as a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”

    How refreshing, a world leader who brushes away the diplomatic niceties and speaks the truth and his mind. The mourning in Cuba over his death could be compared to battered wife syndrome.

  2. The whole fake news stuff is a continuous effort on the part of the left to eliminate the 1st amendment (not to mention the continuous attack on the 2nd as well) . The only fake news is that which the mainstream media puts out. First it was political correctness, and people were forced by their employers to buy into it, least the company face boycotts. We saw the deliberate lie that the Benghazi attack was due to the false narrative of an anti islamic video no one had heard of, all in name of using it as a weapon to attack freedom of speech. Next it was “hate speech”, now it’s “fake news”. The left never quits, and we should never quit in our response to the dangers of this thinking. People are actually pretty good at understanding what is false, and will eventually look for supporting evidence if they feel something is not true.

  3. If you truly understand science, you will know that nothing is “settled science”. Data is never adjusted to fit models, but exactly the reverse, models are changed to match observed results. This makes scientific models always open to modification, thus never static.

    • Precisely. That is why the obsession over “consensus” by the mandarins of the hivemind currently installed in what passes for academia will fail to produce anything original or first-rate. When not stealing ideas, they’re making up data and demanding that it be accepted as a final codification of whatever. Closed minds where the open-ended and ambiguous can never have any place because Big Money won’t finance uncertainty.

      And that’s what passes for ‘science’ among neo-Marxists.

  4. As Viktor Orban phrased in his speech about communism: the system got calcified with their leaders as they got old and finally when they died the devil took them. https://youtu.be/bwM9p0zehKo?t=11m3s

    Good riddance, another original communist bastard went downstairs. Now the new generation of cultural marxists should follow. (lowercase intended).

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