Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/11/2017

A man named Akayed Ullah set off a pipe bomb strapped to his body this morning in a pedestrian tunnel just off Times Square. Mr. Ullah is an immigrant from Bangladesh who came to this country in a chain migration after one of his relatives won the diversity visa lottery. The explosion of the pipe bomb did some serious damage to the bomber’s torso and nether parts, but did not kill him. Four other people suffered relatively minor injuries, including temporary hearing loss. Mr. Ullah is said to have decided to detonate at that location because of the Christmas-themed posters on display, which offended him. He reportedly told police that he carried out the attack for the Islamic State.

In other news, more than 900 migrants were rescued off Libya over the weekend and brought to Italy.

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» A Most Remarkable Year
» American Radicals Colluding With ISIS, Al-Qaeda to Destroy Trump, Claims Author
» Backlash Likely Over Upcoming Decision Over Whether to Charge Police Officer Who Shot Australian Woman Justine Damond
» Dane Wigington: ‘CA Firestorms Are Geo-Engineered Catastrophes’
» Family of Alleged Port Authority Terrorist “Outraged” Over Police Behavior
» Lawsuits, Protests, And Cries of Racism at Oberlin After Black Students Arrested for Stealing, Assaulting White Shopkeeper
» Port Authority Explosion Suspect: What We Know About Akayed Ullah
» Sentencing Postponed for Edgewood Man Who Admitted to Conspiring to Aid ISIS
» Terror Suspect Sets Off Pipe Bomb Near Port Authority Terminal
» Terror Suspect Picked Target Because of Christmas Themed Posters
» Texas Teen Accused of Attempting to Help ISIS
Europe and the EU
» A New Stealth Attack in EU’s “War on Cash”
» German Intelligence Warns European Officials of Chinese Fake LinkedIn Profiles
» Ireland: Pfizer Denies Fumes From Viagra Factory Are Arousing Town’s Males
» Macron’s Catalonia: Nationalist Alliance Demand Autonomy for Corsica
» Majority of French ‘Pessimistic’ About France’s Future, Poll Claims
» Man Who Hit Pedestrians in Italy Aimed to Kill
» Polish Reject “EU Occupation”: Polexit Voices on the Rise
» Synagogue in Malmo Attacked by Firebombs Two Days After Attack on Gothenburg Synagogue
» The Pew Report on Muslim Migration to Europe is a Wake-Up Call — It is Time to Get Tough
» Understanding Balkan Geopolitics
Israel and the Palestinians
» Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital and Always Will Be
» A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church
Australia — Pacific
» Sam Dastyari’s Communist Party-Linked Chinese Billionaire Paid $55,000 for a ‘Boardroom Lunch’ With Bill Shorten as Foreign Donations Scandal Escalates
» ‘Asylum Seekers’ Using Fake Passports to Enter Germany Up 70 Percent
» Nearly 900 Migrants Rescued Off Libya Arrive in Italy
» NYC Terrorist Used Chain Migration
» Tanzania: UN and US Open New Processing Center to Move Congolese Refugees to the US More Expeditiously
» Trump’s Desired Immigration Reforms Could Have Stopped Last Two Terror Attacks
Culture Wars
» Pentagon: Transgender People Can Enlist in Military Jan. 1

A Most Remarkable Year

In the last 12 months, U.S.-backed combat operations drove ISIS from its last bits of territory. America withdrew from the Paris agreement on climate change, UNESCO, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The House and Senate have come within sight of overhauling the tax code and dismantling Obamacare. Most recently, Donald Trump — in a spectacular departure from his predecessor’s Middle Eastern diplomacy — has moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is as if a hurricane has swept through Washington. Each fallen pillar represents a very deliberate reversal of the status quo ante policies of Barack Obama. The entire edifice the former president erected in his eight years in office is in the process of being systematically demolished. Unsurprisingly, Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Greg Hinz reported a very unhappy former president warning that Trump was nothing less than a new McCarthy, Nixon, or Hitler while speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

American Radicals Colluding With ISIS, Al-Qaeda to Destroy Trump, Claims Author

In his latest book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, set to be released on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Edward Klein reveals to the public findings from an FBI investigation into the shocking ties between far-left radicals in America and Islamist extremists.

The FBI report was delivered to Acting Director Andrew McCabe on July 11, 2017. While certain names have been redacted, Klein reveals how the FBI followed a group of Americans anarchists/radicals who traveled to Germany to join their German counterpart Antifaschistische Aktion to protest Trump’s attendance at a meeting of G20 leaders and central bank governors.

Evidence gathered from a variety of intelligence sources showed the Americans took part in the violence there. “There is also evidence of meetings between these individuals and associates of ISIS…Making some sort of common cause with Americans who are determined to commit violence against the U.S. makes them potentially very useful to radical Islam,” writes Klein based on the report.

Klein notes that the FBI paid particular attention to a group of anarchists from Oakland, sister city to Berkeley, California, site of the campus of University of California at Berkeley and the scene of several violent protests.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Backlash Likely Over Upcoming Decision Over Whether to Charge Police Officer Who Shot Australian Woman Justine Damond

Heartbroken family, friends and supporters of Australian life coach Justine Damond are bracing for the announcement of whether the US officer who shot her dead will be charged.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

Dane Wigington: ‘CA Firestorms Are Geo-Engineered Catastrophes’

A leading expert on global climate engineering is blaming the elites who engineer the weather for the firestorms ravaging California. Dane Wigington says that these massive fires are nothing less than geoengineered catastrophes, and he has the evidence to back up claims.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]

Family of Alleged Port Authority Terrorist “Outraged” Over Police Behavior

The family of Akayed Ullah, the suspect behind Monday morning’s failed suicide bombing at the New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal, expressed “outrage” by the actions of law enforcement.

“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for CAIR New York, stated on behalf of the Ullah family, WABC reported Monday.

“But we are also outraged by the behavior of law enforcement officials who have held children as small as four years old out in the cold and who held a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without a lawyer, without his parents,” the family said. “These are not the sorts of actions that we expect from our justice system, and we have every confidence that our justice system will find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred today.”

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

Lawsuits, Protests, And Cries of Racism at Oberlin After Black Students Arrested for Stealing, Assaulting White Shopkeeper

A small business in Oberlin, Ohio, popular with denizens of Oberlin College is facing accusations of racism and protests after three black students were arrested November 2016 for assaulting a white shopkeeper and stealing bottles of wine.

After being labeled as a “racist establishment,” by a senior dean at the college, the family owned business, Gibson’s Bakery, says it has no choice but to sue the college and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students, for slander, the Associated Press reported.

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

Port Authority Explosion Suspect: What We Know About Akayed Ullah

NYPD: Explosion suspect identified as Akayed Ullah

Commissioner James O’Neill says the 27-year-old was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device that was intentionally detonated.

A suspect is in custody following an explosion at one of New York City’s busiest transit hubs in Times Square during Monday morning’s rush hour, police said.

The bombing suspect was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, according to New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill. Ullah had an explosive device strapped to his body, O’Neill said.

Law enforcement sources told Fox News Ullah lives in Brooklyn.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the explosion was an “attempted terrorist attack.”

Sources told the Associated Press that Ullah may be of Bangladeshi descent.

The suspect allegedly packed a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack into the right side of his jacket, according to The New York Post. He told police he made the bomb at the electrical company where he works, The New York Post reported.

The device was an “effectively low-tech device,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. It was “affixed to his person” with Velcro and zip ties, law enforcement officials said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Sentencing Postponed for Edgewood Man Who Admitted to Conspiring to Aid ISIS

Sentencing proceedings for a Harford County man who pleaded guilty to attempting to aid the self-proclaimed Islamic State have been postponed until January.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Monday for Mohamed Elshinawy of Edgewood, who was the first was the first person to be charged by federal prosecutors in Maryland for ties to ISIS.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander granted a defense motion to postpone sentencing proceedings, court filings show. She re-scheduled the hearings for Jan. 18-19.

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

Terror Suspect Sets Off Pipe Bomb Near Port Authority Terminal

A terrorist detonated a pipe bomb in a subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal — one of the busiest transit hubs in the world — during the Monday morning rush-hour, injuring three people and causing commuter chaos.

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive in the passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. at 7:20 a.m., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said.

He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off. Two PAPD officers grabbed him and successfully removed the explosives without further incident.

The heroic cops were identified as Jack Collins, Sean Gallagher and Anthony Manfredini.

“It wasn’t a big explosion,” a law enforcement source said. “There is no structural damage.”

Ullah was taken to Bellevue Hospital with burns to his hands and abdomen and also lacerations. He is expected to survive, sources said.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said preliminary information suggested Ullah “supposedly was setting the device off in the name of ISIS.”

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Terror Suspect Picked Target Because of Christmas Themed Posters

New York City terror suspect Akayed Ullah told investigators he chose his target based on Christmas-themed posters hanging on the walls near the Times Square subway station.

The 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh said he was inspired by ISIS attacks on Christmas markets in Europe, and was seeking revenge for U.S. airstrikes in Syria, according to The New York Times.

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

Texas Teen Accused of Attempting to Help ISIS

HOUSTON — An 18-year-old Houston man has been charged with unlawfully distributing explosive-making instructions and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to federal authorities.

Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya was arrested Dec. 8.

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

A New Stealth Attack in EU’s “War on Cash”

The EU’s Orwellian-dubbed Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committee has approved tough new rules on cash that travelers might bring into or take out of the bloc. It’s also broadened the definition of cash to include precious stones and metals and prepaid credit cards.

For the moment the new definition does not include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for one simple reason: “customs authorities lack the resources to monitor them.”

Most importantly, the draft law will enable authorities to impound “cash” below the traditional €10,000 threshold, if criminal activity is suspected. The new rules would repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU.

The draft law still needs to be approved by the European Parliament. Then the legislation needs to be negotiated with EU governments. If the law is passed, anyone acting suspiciously carrying any amount of cash, whether in notes, precious stones, precious metals or prepaid credit cards, could face having their “money” impounded.

“Large sums of cash, be it banknotes or gold bullion, are often used for criminal activities such as money laundering or terrorist financing,” said Mady Delvaux, the Committee’s co-rapporteur. “With this legislation, we give our authorities the tools they need to improve their fight against those crimes.”

It could be argued that any legislation aimed at disrupting criminal financial networks is, de facto, a welcome move, but that would ignore the fact that many forms of modern-day tax evasion, avoidance and money laundering are conducted without cash through shell corporations located across multiple jurisdictions, including Luxembourg.

But the EU’s anti-cash measures are not aimed at the giant corporations and well-heeled individuals and families, including those that, thanks to their armies of professional lawyers and accountants, get to exploit the loopholes built into the system to stash their wealth far from the prying eyes of European tax authorities. No, the measures are aimed at average Joes and ordinary Janes, and the main objective is to further dampen their ability or willingness to use or carry cash.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

German Intelligence Warns European Officials of Chinese Fake LinkedIn Profiles

In an unusual step, German intelligence officials have issued a public warning about what they said are thousands of fake LinkedIn profiles created by Chinese spies to gather information about Western targets. On Sunday, Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) held a press conference in which it said that it had discovered a wide-ranging effort by spy agencies in China to establish links with Westerners. The agency said that it undertook a 9-month investigation, during which it identified 10,000 German citizens who were contacted by Chinese spy-run fake profiles on LinkedIn. Across Europe, the number of targets could be in the hundreds of thousands, according to the BfV.

The main targets of the operation appear to be members of the German and European Union parliaments. Also targeted are members of the armed forces, lobbyists and researchers in private think tanks and foundations in Germany and across Europe…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

Ireland: Pfizer Denies Fumes From Viagra Factory Are Arousing Town’s Males

The coastal town of Crosshaven, County Cork, Ireland is just south of the village of Ringaskiddy. Ringaskiddy citizens say fumes from the local Pfizer Viagra plant are affecting men in the village.

“One whiff and you’re stiff,” local bartender Debbie O’Grady told the Sunday Times.

If it’s not the fumes emanating from Pfizer’s plant, then it’s the water that is getting the men’s Irish up, some believe.

“I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply,” Fiona Toomey, 37, told the paper. Toomey used to work at the Pfizer factory.

“I’m convinced that’s what happened at the very beginning before they were so closely regulated,” she said.

It’s not only human males who are aroused. Toomey says that dogs “walk around in a state of sexual excitement.”

The joke in Ringaskiddy is that while Viagra will soon be available over the counter in the UK, the town has had it for free for years.

Pfizer said a statement that there was no truth to what it calls “an amusing myth.”

           — Hat tip: JLH [Return to headlines]

Macron’s Catalonia: Nationalist Alliance Demand Autonomy for Corsica

A NATIONALIST coalition won a majority in the regional elections on the French island of Corsica and it is now calling for President Macron to negotiate the island’s independence.

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

Majority of French ‘Pessimistic’ About France’s Future, Poll Claims

THE MAJORITY of French people surveyed are pessimistic about their nation’s future, a poll has claimed amid fears Emmanuel Macron is unable to deliver his government’s plans.

The poll also found that people are hungry for change, but do not think that the new government will be able to “profoundly transform” France.

French people are growing increasingly pessimistic about the future, an opinion poll published on Sunday found.

The poll, conducted by Ifop for the conservative weekly Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) and the strategic communications institute No Com, showed that 59 per cent of French people are “pessimistic” about the country’s future, up three percentage points from June and 11 percentage points from May.

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

Man Who Hit Pedestrians in Italy Aimed to Kill

An Italian man who drove his car last week into pedestrians near a Christmas market in the northern town of Sondrio had been aiming to kill.

Sondrio Prosecutor Claudio Gittardi confirmed Italian media reports Monday the suspect is being investigated for wanting to carry out a massacre. The car struck and seriously injured a woman Saturday at an outdoor skating rink near the Sondrio market before crashing into a pillar.

Two others who had been strolling in the pedestrian-only square suffered light injuries in the crash, which was originally blamed on drunk driving.

“As things stand, the incident seems to have been determined by personal dynamics and not with the aim of terrorism,” according to police who investigated, Gittardi said in an email to The AP. The prosecutor didn’t elaborate.

ANSA said the suspect, 27, when he was arrested at the scene, said that he “should have killed more” people…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]

Polish Reject “EU Occupation”: Polexit Voices on the Rise

A GENERATION of Poles frustrated with the European Union are calling for an end to the economic bloc and for Poland’s immediate withdrawal from the EU.

Poland’s seemingly steadfast relationship with the European Union is growing increasingly uncertain as more Poles see injustices of the economic bloc.

Frustrated young people are struggling to come to terms with the rules imposed by Brussels’ unelected elite of bureaucrats.

A conflict of interests over migrant quotes, internal affairs and environmental laws has pushed many to call for an immediate end to the ‘EU occupation’.

The growing disdain comes of the back off EU’s top leaders threatening earlier this year to strip Poland of its voting rights if it does not fall in line with the rest of the bloc.

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

Synagogue in Malmo Attacked by Firebombs Two Days After Attack on Gothenburg Synagogue

Only two days after a group of masked men attacked a Synagogue in Gothenburg Sweden, for which there are no videos or descriptions despite security camera footage, three men have been arrested for firebombing the Synagogue in Malmo Sweden. One Syrian, two “stateless” people.

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

The Pew Report on Muslim Migration to Europe is a Wake-Up Call — It is Time to Get Tough

by Geert Wilders

The bell is tolling for Europe. All the warning signs are turned on red. A demographic catastrophe is in the making. If Europe fails to make a stand, its Judeo-Christian civilization is about to be blown away.

Last week, the renowned Pew Research Center published updated figures about the growing Muslim population in the broader EU region (i.e. the 28 European Union member states plus Switzerland and Norway). The figures are truly dramatic. Unless there are radical changes to the present policies towards immigration, 30.6% of the population in Sweden will be Islamic by the middle of the century. Sweden is as good as finished.

But the situation elsewhere is hardly better. 19.7% in Germany, 18% in France, 17.2 % in Britain, and 15.2% in the Netherlands. This is what Pew expects to happen if the migration patterns continue at the 2014-2016 levels. Pew also calculated what will happen if the current refugee crisis comes to an end but regular immigration continues at present level.

Under this scenario, the number of Muslims by 2050 is still bound to rise to 20.5% in Sweden, 17.4% in France, 16.7% in the UK, 12.5% in the Netherlands, and 10.8% in Germany.

Last week, I posted a tweet with a picture from the Pew report, accompanied by the text “An existential problem: our population is being replaced. And it will get much worse if we don’t de-Islamise soon!” A few hours later, the tweet was censored in France. In the country of President Emmanuel Macron, the people are not allowed to know the truth…

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Understanding Balkan Geopolitics

In his latest interview for Serbia’s National Public Service Radio, Srdja Trifkovic discusses the geopolitical significance of the Balkan Peninsula, through the centuries, in the context of today’s complex strategic equation in Southeastern Europe.

Audio (Interview starts at 2 minutes 50 seconds. Unedited translation from Serbian)

Q: The Balkan Peninsula is an area where empires, cultures and religions have clashed for centuries. For starters, can we define the geostrategic significance of the Balkans, or at least to outline some of its permanent features?

ST: Those permanent features are primarily geographic. The peninsula is the land bridge between Central Europe and the Middle East. At the same time, it is the point of encounter and conflict between various cultures, civilizations and religions. This had been a constant feature of the region even before the division of the Roman Empire [into its eastern and western domains] in the fourth century AD, which was an event of meta-historical importance.

A key feature of the Balkans is that for the greatest part of their history the peoples inhabiting the peninsula have not been the masters of their destinies. The matrix of geopolitical vectors: the Byzantines’ attempt to protect the border on the Danube from the incursions of Goths, Bulgars, Avars, Slavs, and others in the early medieval era, which ended in the late medieval times the fall of Constantinople, Bulgaria and Serbia to the Ottomans. This was followed by the creation of the Hungarian line of defense against the Turks. After the fall of Hungary [in 1526], it was immediately followed by the Habsburgs’ establishment of the Military Frontier in the western heartland of the peninsula in the 16th century…

           — Hat tip: Srdja Trifkovic [Return to headlines]

Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital and Always Will Be

In 1995, the United States Congress, with an overwhelming bipartisan majority, passed a law declaring that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” This law, passed by a whopping 93-5 when Bill Clinton was president, had no effect whatsoever on the Camp David Peace Process which would have given East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as the capital of their sovereign state had Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said yes instead of no and chose peace rather than war.

That law was reaffirmed in the United States Senate just six months ago by a unanimous vote. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, co-sponsored the bill. And just two months ago, Schumer slammed Donald Trump for not keeping his campaign promise to recognize reality. “This year,” Schumer said, “is the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, yet with 2018 fast approaching, the U.S. still hasn’t moved the embassy or made clear its commitment to Israel’s capital…President Trump’s recent comments suggest his indecisiveness on the embassy’s relocation. As someone who strongly believes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel, I am calling for the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be relocated to Jerusalem. Moving the embassy as soon as possible would appropriately commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification and show the world that the U.S. definitively acknowledges Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

Those are strong words, and far more inherently controversial than Trump’s. Schumer used the word “undivided” and “Jerusalem” in the same sentence while Trump went out of his way to say instead that “We are not taking a position of any final status issues including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

What differentiates the president from the Democratic minority leader is that Trump—correctly, and crucially —says the final borders in and around Jerusalem need to be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

A Proxy for the Kremlin: The Russian Orthodox Church

In late October the head of the Russian Orthodox Church traveled to Romania for the first time since 1962. Although Patriarch Kirill technically came to attend a theological event in Bucharest, the political implications of his appearance are impossible to miss. The visit was part of the Kremlin’s long-term strategy to deploy the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) as a soft power tool to exploit divisions, win friends and expand Russia’s influence in a region which shares the same Christian Orthodox faith. This is especially relevant in Romania where public perception of Russia is deeply negative.

The Russian Orthodox Church is particularly eager to influence public opinion by solidifying existing relations and making new friends for the Kremlin in Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania, where the Christian Orthodox faith is popular. Upon his arrival in Bucharest, Kirill wasted no time launching his charm offensive by reminding Romanians that “Romanians and Russians worship the same saints and share the same values”—a message that is closely aligned with the Kremlin’s ideological offensive to create frictions between the Orthodox and socially conservative Balkan countries and the West. It’s worth noting that according to Soviet archives, Kirill spent his earlier years as a KGB agent (code name “Mikhaylov”) as did his predecessor, Patriarch Alexei II. In more recent years, since becoming patriarch in 2009, Kirill speaks of the Putin era as “a miracle of God.”

Kirill’s momentous trip to Romania was only the most recent effort by the Kremlin-ROC axis to soothe longstanding resentments, and it appears the Kremlin’s soft power strategy is working. On Sunday Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church traveled to Moscow to participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate of the Russian Church.

The soft power concept, a term coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s, describes how countries in the modern era often seek to achieve foreign policy goals…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

Sam Dastyari’s Communist Party-Linked Chinese Billionaire Paid $55,000 for a ‘Boardroom Lunch’ With Bill Shorten as Foreign Donations Scandal Escalates

A Chinese political donor linked with embattled senator Sam Dastyari reportedly paid $55,000 to attend a lunch in Sydney with Labor leader Bill Shorten.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

‘Asylum Seekers’ Using Fake Passports to Enter Germany Up 70 Percent

The number of migrants attempting to enter Germany by aeroplane using forged or fake passports has increased by 70 percent in the second quarter of this year, as they try to get out of crowded Greek camps.

Asylum seekers stuck in Greece are trying new and inventive ways to circumvent the strict border controls that have prevented them from reaching countries like Germany. The European Union police agency Europol and border agency Frontex now claim that more and more migrants are flying in on forged passports rather than going by land north through the Balkans, Die Welt reports.

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

Nearly 900 Migrants Rescued Off Libya Arrive in Italy

Sicily on Monday welcomed nearly 900 migrants rescued in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Libya in the past few days, with many expressing relief at having escaped the “Libyan hell”.

More than 330 migrants rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, Italian media reported.

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

NYC Terrorist Used Chain Migration

The alleged perpetrator behind a Monday bombing attack in New York City benefited from chain migration.

Akayed Ullah, 27, is the alleged perpetrator in the attack that left four, including him, wounded. Ullah is from Bangladesh and has lived in the U.S. since 2011.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton tweeted that Ullah is a “Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh who benefited from extended family chain migration.”

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

Tanzania: UN and US Open New Processing Center to Move Congolese Refugees to the US More Expeditiously

What is happening here is that since the Obama Administration promised a few years ago to admit 50,000 from the DR Congo to your towns and since most are not Muslims (a few are!) then you will see these numbers jump because the refugee contractors*** need paying “clients” from somewhere to keep tax dollars flowing in to their coffers while President Trump slows the flow from their usual countries—Iraq and Somalia for example.

I just checked Wrapsnet and see that after Bhutan (where we have been cleaning out camps for the UN ever since the Bush Administration), the DR Congo is now in second place for supplying refugees to the contractors. Of the 3,553 refugees admitted to the US since October 1, 707 (20%) are from the DR Congo…

And, btw, Tanzania was one of those countries in the warning zone about the recent ‘Plague’ concern, see here. So hope the medical screening will be extra serious…

See URL for links

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

Trump’s Desired Immigration Reforms Could Have Stopped Last Two Terror Attacks

The Diversity Visa Lottery, a program President Trump wants to end, is at the heart of two recent terrorist attacks in New York City.

The alleged perpetrator of an October truck attack immigrated to the U.S. from Uzbekistan via the visa lottery program.

The alleged bomber at a subway station near Times Square Monday received a visa from Bangladesh due to a relative who came to the U.S. through the visa lottery.

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

Pentagon: Transgender People Can Enlist in Military Jan. 1

The Defense Department has given the green light to allow transgender U.S. citizens to enlist into the armed forces, a move that flies in the face of the White House’s plan to ban all transgender individuals from the U.S. military.

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist beginning Jan. 1 but will be subjected to a slew of physical, psychological and medical requirements before being considered for military service, Pentagon spokesman Maj. David Eastburn said Monday.

“Due to the complexity of this new medical standard, trained medical officers will perform a medical prescreen of transgender applicants for military service who otherwise meet all applicable applicant standards,” Maj. Eastburn told The Associated Press…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/11/2017

  1. The Age of Relativity, compounded by Marxist ideology grown throughout the institutions of the dying West, has largely destroyed Christianity. That Orthodox Christians and Catholics in Poland, and Hungary, stay true to the roots of Western civilization should be applauded.

    Yet, there is sniping, by the likes of Soros and Barack Obama, that religion is being used to undermine the New Decadence of the West! This is a cosmic joke as we witness Islam expanding, with military power in the Balkans, and through the migration-jihad mess created by Obama-Merkel. It is not a stretch to say that if Christian Russia is defeated by the Left (again), our atheist-based NWO will be as bad as anything Lenin or Mao, or professors at Harvard-and the Sorbonne, loosed on the Earth.

    • once the bureaucrats take over production, you may experience shortage of toilet paper, because some bureaucrat said “it must be cheap! for the masses!” Mandatory cheap toilet paper then breaks down the incentives to produce toilet paper, and you end up with newspaper being sold in some incredible numbers.

  2. Akayed Ullah’s nether parts?

    Splattered hopefully ….. and one fewer to spread his vile seed and pollute mankind!

    Just as a matter of interest, who pays for his (presumably extensive and very expensive) hospital treatment? Another of the Obamacare gifts to the scum of the world that just keeps on giving?

    • When fate closes one door, another opens.

      Is there any chance the Vienna Boy’s Choir needs another senior castrato? This might come up Win/Win with a little positive thinking.

      American Idol might be a field worth tilling.

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