Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/4/2018

A troupe of Turkish folk dancers used a trip to perform in Budapest as an opportunity to claim asylum in Hungary. However, according to a report in a Turkish newspaper, the “dancers” had paid €6,000 to people-smugglers for fake folk-dancing licenses and the trip to Hungary.

In other news, Silvio Berlusconi is negotiating an alliance with the leader of the Lega Nord which could propel the two parties into power after the upcoming elections in Italy.

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Financial Crisis
» Report: There’s Almost Zero Chance That US Slips Into Recession in 2018
» U.S. Private Sector Adds 250,000 Jobs in December, The Most Since March
» Alleged Pier 39 Terrorist Planned ‘To Funnel People Into an Area in Order to Shoot Them’
» Bulk Surveillance is the Wrong Way to Approach Security
» Can the Deep State Remove Donald J. Trump From Office? Part 2
» Earthquake Alert: Swarms Reported Near Mt. Saint Helens Volcano
» Hamas is Here: New Center for Security Policy Monograph Documents the Jihadist Network Inside the United States
» Make American (High Schools) Great Again! Part I of III
» The Deep State’s Plan ‘C’: Murder Donald Trump
» The Plotting Begins to Surface at FBI/DOJ
» Virtually Every Modern Computer is Vulnerable to a Pair of Devastating Attacks, And There’s Only a Fix for One of Them, And it Sucks
» Why Do 57% of Americans Want More Government?
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Euro Lega Nord Gets Closer to Italy Power in Berlusconi Talks
» Belgium and the Netherlands Swap Land to Change Their National Borders
» Britain Flirts With Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘Trade Deal’… More Migration, Less Sovereignty
» Italy Cruise Ship Hero Among Populist Party Hopefuls
» Top German Newspaper Harshly Criticizes New Hate Speech Law
» UK: London’s Pro-Immigrant, Anti-Trump, Muslim Mayor Just Got Some Very Bad News…
» UK: Murder Arrests After Boy Stabbed in Oxford
Middle East
» Obama Killed Probe of Hezbollah for the Iran Deal
» One Way to Counter Iran’s Aggression? Change the Map of the Middle East
Far East
» North Korea Accidentally Hit Their Own City With a Missile
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Army Adopts Marine Corps-Style Hand-to-Hand Combat Training
» Black African Gang Terror in Melbournistan
» ‘Folk Dancers’ Paid Smuggling Organization 6,000 Euros to Flee to Hungary: Report
» Germany: Study: Influx of Young Male Migrants Fueled Rise in Violence
» German Government Study Links Rise in Violent Crime to Mass Migration
» Italy: Somali Immigrant Allegedly Tried to Rape Woman in Labor
» Italy: Somalian Asylum Seeker Broke Into Hospital to Rape Woman Giving Birth
» Migrants Protest Living Conditions in Italian Mountain Welcome Center
» Norway Records Lowest Asylum Seeker Numbers Since 1995
Culture Wars
» ABC’s ‘Blackish’ Advises Kids to Make Teachers Feel ‘White Guilt’ For Better Grades
» Swedish Church Declares Both God and Jesus Christ Are Now ‘Gender Neutral’
» There Have Been More Than 30,000 Documented Terror Attacks Worldwide Since September 2001

Report: There’s Almost Zero Chance That US Slips Into Recession in 2018

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economists released a prediction Thursday afternoon that there is likely no chance the U.S. economy slips back into a recession in 2018.

The economic research team at the St. Louis FED estimates that there is only a 4 percent chance the U.S. economy enters a recession in 2018.

The FED’s estimates appear to be in line with the most recent economic indicators of a strengthening economy.

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

U.S. Private Sector Adds 250,000 Jobs in December, The Most Since March

US private-sector employment rose by 250,000 jobs in December from November, with much of the gains in the service sector, according to the ADP National Employment Report. It was the largest month-over-month gain since March.

“We’ve seen yet another month where the labor market has shown no signs of slowing,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Throughout the year there was significant growth in services except for an overall loss of jobs in the shrinking information sector. Looking at company size, small businesses finished out 2017 on a high note adding more than double their monthly average for the past six months.”

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

Alleged Pier 39 Terrorist Planned ‘To Funnel People Into an Area in Order to Shoot Them’

Everitt Aaron Jameson, the Modesto man accused of planning a Christmas terror attack on San Francisco’s Pier 39, was indicted Thursday in U.S District Court in Fresno on a charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISIS.

The indictment says Jameson, 26, was planning to use destructive devices to carry out a murderous rampage on Pier 39. In addition to using pipe bombs, his plan was to “funnel people into an area in order to shoot them,” the indictment says.

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

Bulk Surveillance is the Wrong Way to Approach Security

Lost in the shuffle of a tax bill and a rush to fund the government before Dec. 22, civil libertarians scored a major victory when House Republican leadership pulled the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. Instead, the House passed a short-term reauthorization of current law that extends it through Jan. 19.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Can the Deep State Remove Donald J. Trump From Office? Part 2

In this article, I will expose the raging conflict taking place in the halls of government and the streets and back allies of America. It’s a coup and a counter coup. The coup involves the Deep State’s illicit plots to remove the elected President of these United States. The counter coup is the President restoring the Constitutional Republic, while warring behind the scenes to eradicate the international criminal cabal and its Deep State, traitorous, swamp creatures.

With all the Deep State’s contrived attacks and the Russian collusion delusion failing in light of the facts, only two options remain. If they’re unable to establish a case under the 25th Amendment, which demands substantial evidence of mental incompetency and the Vice President’s collaboration, then assassination is the only remaining alternative.

The US Marines is the only military branch that has vowed to protect the President in his restoration of America. In 2014, Obama purged the military of all its good leaders.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely revealed in 2015 that “The [Obama] White House stalled the investigations into Fast and Furious and Benghazi. He’s intentionally gutting our military and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

“The Marine raid on the CIA was deployed in a show of force at two airbases about 180 miles away from the CIA’s Langley headquarters. This convinced the CIA to permit Marine Intelligence to enter the compound and seize computers. As a result, the purge of the Justice Department, the courts and the FBI has now begun,” Pentagon sources say. Reports: US Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Lands at Langley!

“The entire approach to take down the globalist cabal is strictly military. It started by cutting off their listening posts (CIA) and taking down low-level front-line troops. That includes taking down MS-13 gangsters, low-level procurers, pimps for the pedophiles, and similar criminals. These people were then pressured to reveal their bosses,” sources say.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Earthquake Alert: Swarms Reported Near Mt. Saint Helens Volcano

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake that hit near Mount St. Helens early Wednesday was followed by a swarm of aftershocks. This earthquake swarm is sparking fears that the volcano could be awakening once again.

The first earthquake hit east of Mount St. Helens, 23 miles south-southeast of Morton, just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. Nineteen aftershocks have followed with the largest being 2.7 in magnitude.

Mount St. Helens, 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington and 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon, is part of the Cascade Mountain Range that runs from northern California to British Columbia, Canada. It isn’t the only active volcano in the region. In fact, there are 12 other major volcanoes and nearly 3,000 other volcanic features in the Cascades but scientists consider Mt. Saint Helens the most active within the past 10,000 years.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Hamas is Here: New Center for Security Policy Monograph Documents the Jihadist Network Inside the United States

HAMAS has long been known as a Middle East terror organization that declares in its foundational Covenant that the obliteration of Israel is its raison d’etre and regularly fires missiles and digs tunnels across the border from Gaza to make that happen. But until now, its extensive networked presence here in the United States has been less well-understood, largely because of HAMAS’ success in disguising its operations through an array of front groups.

To cut through the web of HAMAS deceit, veteran Middle East analyst and author Ilana Freedman brings another volume in the Center for Security Policy Press’ Civilization Jihad Reader series, HAMAS, CAIR & the Muslim Brotherhood. As she explains in her highly readable yet fact-rich style, the Muslim Brotherhood (of which HAMAS is the Palestinian franchise) sought to expand into this country soon after World War II. But it really established a solid foothold with the founding in 1993 of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) by the top HAMAS operatives in the United States at the time.

As Freedman explains in her in-depth treatment of the 2008 Holy Land Foundation/HAMAS terror funding trial, while CAIR may be the most directly tied of the HAMAS branches inside the U.S., hundreds of other Brotherhood front groups all share the same objective, as spelled out in the Brotherhood’s 1991 Explanatory Memorandum. That objective is “destroying…Western Civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands [meaning those of the infidels]….” Unlike in the Middle East, where HAMAS’ Gaza operation confronts Israel kinetically and constantly, inside the U.S., the preferred method thus far has been “civilization jihad” — the stealthy, subversive use of infiltration, subversion and deception to pursue the destruction of the pillars of American society “from within.” By posing as “moderate” Islamic alternatives to the vicious violence of the likes of al Qaeda, the Islamic State or Taliban, the U.S. Brotherhood front groups have enjoyed remarkable success in advancing this agenda.

That is largely because Americans are all-too-often are unprepared to recognize deceit when it is employed in a sustained, disciplined fashion by skilled professionals. Consequently, as documented in a number of CSP Press’ other Civilization Jihad Reader Series offerings, key U.S. constituencies — notably, in academia, the courts and legal system, faith communities, government at all levels, local law enforcement and society in general — have failed to recognize that they are under assault by Brotherhood-associated individuals and groups. This is all the more shocking given that the latter’s loyalty to the triumph of Islam’s supremacist Sharia doctrine and to jihad to establish its dominance worldwide is of a piece with the ambitions of other jihadist groups…[…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

Make American (High Schools) Great Again! Part I of III

Once upon a time a high school diploma from an American school signified genuine accomplishment — good levels of literacy and mathematical skills, with a meaningful level of knowledge regarding American history and civics. That was then — before Progressive educators’ deconstruction and lowest-common-denominator egalitarianism. Today a high school diploma is largely a joke, signifying not even what once had been 8th grade level literacy, and probably close to zero knowledge of history and civics (the Marxist-inspired “oppression” ideology currently being peddled in our K-12 system doesn’t qualify as historical knowledge). All this though taxpayers pour more money than ever into K-12; one could fairly observe that under a Progressive-dominated education system, the more money that goes in, the worse the results. As covered in Curtis Bowers’ two “ Agenda” documentaries (amongst other places), this precipitous decline in outcomes is by design…

The Gramsci-inspired Cultural Marxists and their “long march through the institutions” have continued largely unquestioned and unimpeded. Illustrative of this is the fact that 1960’s revolutionary and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, like a Marxist mole, burrowed underground, becoming a Professor of Education — one instrumental in designing the current K-12 curriculum in place around the country. A reality that should send shivers up any decent-thinking person’s spine. Ponder the results — today coming from the K-12 and college systems we have graduates largely bereft of critical thinking skills, historical knowledge, literacy or mathematical skills, but adept at regurgitating Leftist dogma concerning oppression and gender and “social justice.” These so-called “social justice warriors” functionally retarded when it comes to going on to becoming productive citizens in the real world; they will struggle in a real-world workplace, and in the real-world in general. And it is they that will be representing America in the economic competition with, e.g., Asian countries in which genuine educational achievement is prized and proportionally much more common than among our youth. In the competition between our SJW’s and their engineers, place your chips on the engineers coming out on top. The bottom line is that our country’s very economic future (and thus our ability to militarily defend ourselves) depends upon us not allowing the educational status quo to remain.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Deep State’s Plan ‘C’: Murder Donald Trump

Longtime Donald Trump advisor and confidante Roger Stone is warning once again about the deep state. This time, he said that the deep state’s “plan C” is to simply murder the president, since plans A and B won’t work out.

With trust in the mainstream media at an all-time low, the global elitists are on the verge of losing their grip on humanity’s throat. And Roger Stone says emphatically that they plan to go down swinging. According to New American, the Deep State’s “Plan A,” is the imploding “investigation” into alleged “Russian collusion” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said Stone. If and when that fails, which Stone suggested was likely and soon, the establishment would move to “Plan B.” In essence, Plan B would involve trying to get a majority of Trump’s cabinet to declare him unfit for office. This would allow Trump to be removed under the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment. This scheme is also going to most likely fail, Stone said. Last but not least, though, Stone warned of “Plan C,” which is killing the president.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Plotting Begins to Surface at FBI/DOJ


(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch today released Justice Department records showing that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not recuse himself from the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecure, non-government email server until Tuesday, November 1, 2016, one week prior to the presidential election. The Clinton email probe was codenamed “Midyear Exam.”

While working as Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office, McCabe controlled resources supporting the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. An October 2016 internal FBI memorandum labeled “Overview of Deputy Director McCabe’s Recusal Related To Dr. McCabe’s Campaign for Political Office,” details talking points about McCabe’s various potential conflicts of interest, including the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s illicit server, which officially began in July 2015:

While at [Washington Field Office] did Mr. McCabe provide assistance to the Clinton investigation?

Related reading: Nunes blasts DOJ, FBI for ‘failure’ to produce records relating to anti-Trump dossier

After the referral was made, FBI Headquarters asked the Washington Field Office for personnel to conduct a special investigation. McCabe was serving as [Assistant Director] and provided personnel resources. However, he was not told what the investigation was about. In February 2016 McCabe became Deputy Director and began overseeing the Clinton investigation.

The Overview also shows if asked whether McCabe played any role in his wife’s campaign, the scripted response was: “No. Then-[Assistant Director] McCabe played no role, attended no events and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind.” More here.

Related reading: Russia never stopped its cyberattacks on the United States

Wider context:

Why do heads seem to be rolling — or at least tilting — at the Department of Justice and FBI?

Eight high ranking Department of Justice and FBI officials have been removed, reassigned or are rumored to be leaving. They include the top FBI agents who worked on two of the agency’s most high-profile investigations in the past two years: the probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information as secretary of state, and the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

There’s been a great deal of news coverage about allegations of collusion between President Trump and Russia; much of the reporting apparently accurate and some of it not.

Less attention has been given to concurrent investigations that seem to be claiming scalps even if indirectly.

The investigations into the investigators include Congressional inquiries and a multi-faceted probe launched by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz surrounding the FBI decision not to prosecute Clinton. Specifically, Horowitz — who was appointed by President Obama — said he’s reviewing:

Allegations that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik should have recused themselves. Allegations of improper political contacts by Kadzik. Allegations that Justice Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information and were influenced by improper considerations in releasing certain documents just before the 2016 election. Below are some of the players. Their inclusion in this article does not imply any wrongdoing. None of those mentioned are formally accused of any improper activities. Their past or pending job status may not be related to the controversies discussed. To the extent that any have commented, they firmly deny any misconduct and are staunchly defended by supporters and colleagues.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Virtually Every Modern Computer is Vulnerable to a Pair of Devastating Attacks, And There’s Only a Fix for One of Them, And it Sucks

Today, three groups of security researchers from the Technical University of Graz, Cerberus Security, and Google Project Zero revealed a pair of defects in modern computers that allow adversaries to steal passwords and other sensitive data from virtually any computer in use today.

The existence of these bugs has been hinted at for weeks as maintainers of the Linux kernel, as well as Apple, Microsoft and other OS vendors prepared patches based on some undisclosed knowledge. Today, the researchers revealed the details, and it’s very bad.

The researchers revealed two attacks, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre.” Both attacks take advantage of the universal practice of “speculative execution” in microprocessors, in which the chips make shrewd guesses about the instructions they are about to be asked to execute, and discard the outcomes of their wrong guesses. This is key to processor performance, and the patches available today for Meltdown slow down Intel processors by up to 30%.

Meltdown affects Intel processors. The researchers describe it thus:…

You should patch your computer, but that’s only for starters. What really needs to happen next is a fundamental rethink of how processors handle speculative execution, a project that will cost billions and take years, and in the meantime, the security community, governments, cyber arm-dealers and criminals will be thinking up ways to exploit these bugs.

[Comment: Side effect of creating silicon backdoors for NSA?]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Why Do 57% of Americans Want More Government?

“In a 2017 poll conducted by NBC News / Wall Street Journal, a record 57% of Americans responded that they want MORE government in their lives, and that the government should be doing more to solve people’s problems. That’s the highest percentage since they started asking this question in 1995. In fact, 57% is nearly double what people responded in the mid-90s. Furthermore, the number of Americans who feel the opposite, i.e. responded that the government is doing too many things that should be left to private businesses and individuals, fell to a near record-low 39%. Bottom line: people want more government.”

WARNING! If the number of Americans that want more government in their lives continues to grow, a free America as a Constitutional Republic will evolve rapidly into just another socialist third-world country, hopelessly in debt and vulnerable to being conquered by a stronger nation!

Every day, like vultures circling a fallen prey, they descend upon the centers of political power with their hands outstretched and without a hint of compunction or embarrassment, they beg, lobby, or riot for what they consider to be their “fair” portion of the sweat, blood and tears of those who are successful, self-reliant, responsible and independent. Black, white, tan, red or yellow, these mostly urban beggars and whiners epitomize the Occupy Wall Street crowd that say they aren’t getting their fair share of America’s wealth and demand that those that produce and earn their way, must cough up more in taxes to pay those who won’t work and want something for nothing, using the power of government to get it, in a grand scheme of wealth re-distribution. This “scheme” is socialism by any other name. If the urban beggars and whiners don’t get their way, they resort to violence, property damage and mayhem. This display of “Gimee! Gimee! Gimee!” is disgusting and not worthy of a people who once called them selves free, sovereign and independent.

Over the last 50 years, America has spawned at least hall of the population (if not more) as a mindless collective of Bernie Sanders whiners and takers, egged on by corrupt politicians scrounging for votes to remain in power. The legislatures, local, state and federal, exploit human weakness and greed and can’t wait to rob the public coffers to pay the bloodsuckers for what they have not earned. Government then uses the education system, the court system and law enforcement to brainwash the next generation into government-compliant robots. Then they pass never-ending social legislation to make the people and their offspring weaker and more dependent.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Anti-Euro Lega Nord Gets Closer to Italy Power in Berlusconi Talks

Matteo Salvini from the Lega Nord party has held a series of talks with the country’s four-time prime minister already this year in a bid to cement a centre-right partnership.

Polls show if the two did combine their parties could get round 40 per cent of the vote, sweeping to power in the March elections.

The pair have so far discussed key policies including reducing taxes, creating jobs and fighting illegal immigration.

But it is Lega Nord’s stance on the euro that is causing panic in Brussels.

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

Belgium and the Netherlands Swap Land to Change Their National Borders

The Netherlands and Belgium have peacefully adjusted their national borders by swapping a large tract of land, in a bid to resolve a police jurisdiction nightmare at the frontier.

The area affected, which is the size of 27 football fields, sits of east of the Belgian city of Vise and west of the Dutch village of Eijsden and on the river Meuse.

As of 2018 the countries’ border now goes down the centre of the river Meuse, with the Netherlands taking control of just over 40 acres of new land, while Belgium adopts around 8 new acres.

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

Britain Flirts With Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘Trade Deal’… More Migration, Less Sovereignty

Reports out of London suggest the United Kingdom is exploring the idea of joining the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, a long-standing goal of the erstwhile Obama administration and his failed, would-be successor Hillary Clinton.

In the U.S., the TPP deal was resoundingly rejected by workers, citizens, and conservative lawmakers, but it remained a favourite of the political establishment right until the last election.

Effectively, TPP is like a European Commission for Asia, replete with unelected trade commissioners, common regulatory standards, and even the prospect of open borders between the signatory nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

It is palpably absurd for the UK to be leaving one supranational institution — the European Union (EU) — in favour of joining another one on the other side of the world. Government minister Greg Hands semi-defended the idea in the Financial Times, stating: “Nothing is excluded in all of this… With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn’t have to be any geographical restriction.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italy Cruise Ship Hero Among Populist Party Hopefuls

The man hailed a hero in Italy after ordering the captain of a stricken cruise ship to return aboard was on Thursday one of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement’s parliamentary hopefuls.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]

Top German Newspaper Harshly Criticizes New Hate Speech Law

The editor in chief of Bild, one of the top newspapers in Germany, harshly criticized a very new law Thursday that aims to significantly reduce online hate speech, while still protecting other forms of expression.

The law, which came into effect at the start of the new year, was used almost immediately, with authorities in the country already launching an investigation into Breatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the country’s far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). The politician is suspected of violating the new rules by equating many Muslims to “barbarians” in posts published on Facebook and Twitter.

“Please spare us the thought police!” a headline in Bild’s Wednesday edition read.

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

UK: London’s Pro-Immigrant, Anti-Trump, Muslim Mayor Just Got Some Very Bad News…

Will Sharp Increase In Rape, Acid Attacks and Violent Crimes Crush Tourism?

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has been very critical of President Trump and his attempts to protect American citizens from violent, unvetted immigrants and refugees who come from terror hotbed nations. A new study, however, shows that London is seeing a sharp increase in violent crimes. Is there a correlation between mass immigration from terror-hotbed nations and violent crimes? Will this sharp uptick in violent crimes cause tourists to stay away from London?

Watch Sadiq Khan attempt to make excuses to Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan for 400 Muslim terrorists who have returned to London, after having gone to Syria to fight with ISIS:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

UK: Murder Arrests After Boy Stabbed in Oxford

A boy has been stabbed to death in Oxford.

The victim, believed to be aged 16 and from the Birmingham area, was found near a children’s playground in Friars Wharf, at 19:55 GMT on Wednesday.

He was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries, police said. His next of kin have been informed.

A 25-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody.

BBC South Today reporter Katharine Da Costa said forensic officers had been focusing on the area around a bridge over the River Thames close to the street.

Local resident Kathleen, who has lived on the estate for more than 30 years, said: “I was looking everywhere, I go out early in the morning to work, and [today] I was a bit frightened to go out.”

Det Ch Insp Andy Howard, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “I understand that this incident will cause concern in the community, but I would like to reassure people that we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation.

“Members of the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area in the coming days while our officers make inquiries.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information which could relate to it, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

           — Hat tip: Seneca III [Return to headlines]

Obama Killed Probe of Hezbollah for the Iran Deal

We are at war. Our mortal enemy doesn’t hide its goal and stated aim. Islam announces it wants to destroy Western civilization from within, sabotage its miserable house, and install a universal caliphate. Pamela Geller

The intelligence community does not have complete ‘eyes on’ the totality of the Iranian nuclear program, nor can it guarantee that we have identified all of Iran’s nuclear facilities and processes. LTG Michael T. Flynn

Obama’s Sell-Out Iran Deal

In the middle of the night, Barack Hussein Obama sent $150 billion US taxpayer dollars to Iran as sanction relief in part of its nuclear deal. There were no restrictions on how the monies could be spent.

Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security adviser, admitted the monies would likely be spent on terrorism. We knew Obama was willing to sacrifice the safety of Israel for the deal, but he also sacrificed the safety of American citizens.

Back in 2014, cocaine was second only to Bayer’s 1898 development of heroin in American drug deaths. The major player in the cocaine traffic into the U.S. was the Iranian-sponsored and funded terrorist group Hezbollah. For years it has been known that Hezbollah has infiltrated criminal gangs in South America and set up its own billion-dollar international criminal enterprise to finance its terror activities. None of this was a secret.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with 30 other intel agencies, including the U.S. military, who was investigating links between Iran and Shiite militias, launched investigations into crime syndicates. All of the paths led to Hezbollah.

U.S. law enforcement came up with an aggressive plan to take down the Hezbollah international network and its key individuals. But it never happened, and we now know why. It was Obama who put the kibosh on the Hezbollah investigation in order to get his Iran nuclear deal, and Politico broke the story.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

One Way to Counter Iran’s Aggression? Change the Map of the Middle East

By Michael Makovsky

The Trump Administration’s just released National Security Strategy properly identifies Iran as among the important challengers to U.S. security interests but does not offer a concrete strategy on how to counter its growing regional hegemony. Indeed, Iran’s geopolitical ascent is the most significant, and dangerous, development in the Middle East this century. President Trump should follow Ronald Reagan’s example and take the offensive, supporting indigenous forces that oppose, and seek independence from, Iranian domination. This requires eschewing convention and recognizing Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen for what they are: failed, artificial constructs whose capitals now serve as Iranian satrapies…

           — Hat tip: KS [Return to headlines]

North Korea Accidentally Hit Their Own City With a Missile

In the ongoing quest to become a nuclear superpower, North Korea has been making some impressive strides, worrying analysts. But one of their tests failed by all measures less than a year ago, as one of their first targets may have been themselves.

On April 28, 2017, a North Korean ballistic missile crashed and hit the urban city of Tokchon, roughly 40 miles north of Pyongyang, The Diplomat reported. This ballistic missile test that went horribly wrong was not previously known, but likely resulted in at least some casualties and considerable damage to buildings.

North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province (the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, to be more precise). That missile failed shortly after launch causing it to strike in the Chongsin-dong.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Australian Army Adopts Marine Corps-Style Hand-to-Hand Combat Training

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Martial Arts Program has been the Corps’ flagship close quarters combat program for well over a decade, teaching Marines to engage the enemy with hand-to-hand combat, edged weapons and weapons of opportunity.

Now, the Australian Army is following their lead. Down-under, Australian commandos have refined their own unarmed combat courses following the lessons they learned in recent battles.

The Australian Army intends to introduce this suite of unarmed combat courses as part of the force’s new approach to integrated combat, according to the Australian Army’s Director of Training and Doctrine Brig. Mick Ryan.

“Over the next 12 months, [the] Army will introduce a new shooting continuum and an unarmed combat training regime that will form part of a coherent approach to combat spanning from recruits through to Special Forces,” Ryan said in an Australian Defence Force press release. “Part of the unarmed combat training, known as the Army Combatives Program, will eventually become mandatory training for all Army personnel.”

The Australian Army previously taught a unarmed combat course called Military Self Defence, but “combat operations over the last decade have led both Special Forces Command and the Infantry Corps to move away from MSD, developing a separate suite of unarmed combat courses,” Brig. Ryan said.

The new initiative was largely influenced by Paul Cale, a former soldier in Australia’s elite 2nd Commando Regiment. During a 2007 night raid in Afghanistan, Cale was forced into a deadly scuffle with a Taliban commander, according to his account of the event in multiple interviews.

After that incident, he went home and began to flesh out a new program to better prepare his fellow commandos and infantrymen.

“Our guys, before Afghanistan, we would have thought we would just shoot them … but people fight for their lives,” Cale said in a video posted to Kinetic Fighting’s website. “People don’t just stand there like targets, and when you’re that close with the enemy, you need to have the ability to fight hand-to-hand.”[…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]

Black African Gang Terror in Melbournistan


Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has blasted the Victorian Labor government over African street crime, claiming residents of Australia’s second-largest city were scared to go out to restaurants at night.

In a dramatic intervention in the state’s crime debate, Mr Dutton accused Premier Daniel Andrews of undermining the police and the courts and said political correctness had “taken hold” in the state.

Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB that “people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night time because they are followed home by these gangs” and were worried about home invasions and cars being stolen, but did not provide any evidence to support these claims.

“You look at some of the jokes of sentences that are being handed down, there’s no deterrence at the moment,” the newly installed Home Affairs Minister and former police officer said.

“And the state government’s wrapped its police force up in this politically correct conversation — which I think they’re trying to break out of and they are trying to do the right thing — but I think the state government’s really been caught flat-footed.”[…]

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‘Folk Dancers’ Paid Smuggling Organization 6,000 Euros to Flee to Hungary: Report

A group from Turkey who have sought asylum in Hungary have turned out to possess fake dance licenses, which had been obtained by paying a human-trafficking gang 6,000 euros to smuggle them abroad, daily Habertürk reported on Jan. 4.

Turkish media reported on Dec. 5 that a group of “dancers” participated in a folk dance event in Budapest titled “Farewell to Summer” between Nov. 5 and Nov. 10, but stayed on in Hungary and applied for asylum in the country.

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Germany: Study: Influx of Young Male Migrants Fueled Rise in Violence

A study funded by the German government has found that the recent influx of mostly young, male migrants has led to an increase in violent crime.

The study by criminologist Christian Pfeiffer uses figures from the northern state of Lower Saxony to examine the impact of refugee arrivals on crime in 2015 and 2016.

Published Wednesday, the study attributes a 10.4 percent rise in violent crimes in the state during those two years almost exclusively to refugees.

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German Government Study Links Rise in Violent Crime to Mass Migration

A study conducted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has found a direct correlation between the mass influx of migrants during the migrant crisis and the rising level of violent crime in Germany.

The criminologists behind the study looked at the period between 2014 and 2016 in the state of Lower Saxony and found that before the migrant crisis violent crime had only increased by 10.4 per cent compared to after the height of the crisis where the number had dramatically increased to 92.1 per cent, Die Welt reports.

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Italy: Somali Immigrant Allegedly Tried to Rape Woman in Labor

A Somali immigrant allegedly tried to rape a woman while she was in labor at a hospital in Rome, according to a Tuesday report.

Ali Abdella, 38, has been accused of sexual violence and theft by attempting to rape an unidentified woman, 43, while she was in labor at the Sant’Eugenio Hospital in Rome, reported Italian outlet Il Libero Quotidianno. Abdella allegedly stole and donned a green hospital uniform, entered the woman’s hospital room, and began groping her thigh and masturbating in front of her, reported La Stampa.

The woman began screaming, alerting hospital staff who called the police, accoring to Abdella, who has been living in Italy for the past five years and has a history of crime, was arrested Dec. 31 by the Epozione police department.

Abdella’s first trial has been scheduled for Jan. 10. The defense team is calling for a psychiatrist’s report.

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Italy: Somalian Asylum Seeker Broke Into Hospital to Rape Woman Giving Birth

A 38-year-old Somali man has been arrested after attempting to rape a 43-year-old pregnant woman in a hospital in Rome after he was able to sneak into the facility and dress up like a member of staff.

The incident occurred at the Sant’Eugenio in Rome at the end of December and saw 38-year-old Ali Abdella arrested shortly after the attack. He will likely be charged with aggravated sexual violence and theft, La Stampa reports.

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Migrants Protest Living Conditions in Italian Mountain Welcome Center

Dozens of African asylum-seekers took to the streets this week to protest the conditions in their Italian welcome center, including the lack of variety in the food, insufficient medical facilities and issues of cleanliness and hygiene.

The migrant welcome center of Arcinazzo, not far to the south of Rome, is housed in a former tourist resort in this sparsely populated mountain town in the Appenines. There are only some 200 Italian residents left in the town, where the 134 migrants now make up almost half the population.

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Norway Records Lowest Asylum Seeker Numbers Since 1995

The number asylum applications received by Norway in the final months of 2017 were at their lowest ince 1995.

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ABC’s ‘Blackish’ Advises Kids to Make Teachers Feel ‘White Guilt’ For Better Grades

ABC’s Black-ish is back to its social justice shenanigans with its first episode of 2018.

This time, the story line has the grandmother advising her grandkids to manipulate their white, private school teacher using “white guilt” in order to cheat in class.

The two kids, Jack and Diane, are concerned they won’t do well on an upcoming math test. Since grandma Ruby doesn’t have the slightest clue how to help, she offers this advice:

“Before she hands you that test just look in the newspaper, find a tragedy that happened to a black person, and say, ‘That happened to my cousin.’ Yeah, white women will buy that like Oprah’s selling it.”

Diane takes Ruby’s advice and tells her teacher:…

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Swedish Church Declares Both God and Jesus Christ Are Now ‘Gender Neutral’

It was only a matter of time before cultural marxists would eventually target Christianity, as part of their long march through each and every western institution.

Back in November, the radical progressive activists finally managed to change clergy instructions for a Swedish Church, which will now advise officials to avoid terms like ‘Lord’ and ‘He’ when mentioning God or Jesus during church services.

Since then, a new politically correct religious guide has been issued on ‘how to conduct church services.’

Church official and feminist Susann Senter claims that making Jesus gender neutral is OK because some historical art depictions of “Jesus are quite feminine.”

Not surprisingly, the church’s political dictates have triggered a backlash in the country, as parishioners claim that the politicized change actually undermines the core Christian concept of the Holy Trinity — the basis of the religion.

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There Have Been More Than 30,000 Documented Terror Attacks Worldwide Since September 2001

When are we going to say that enough is enough? According to Act For America, more than 30,000 documented terror attacks have taken place around the world since September 11th, 2001.

And in case you were wondering, almost all of those terror attacks were committed by radical Islamic terrorists. According to one website that tracks these things, in 2017 alone “there were 2035 Islamic attacks in 61 countries, in which 15,700 people were killed and 14,302 injured.” Even though ISIS is on the ropes, Islamic terror continues to spread, and we must boldly confront this threat.

But instead, many western nations have been eagerly importing large numbers of young males from hotbeds of Islamic terror. As a result, levels of crime are absolutely exploding. Just check out the latest crime numbers from the city of London…

For example, gun crime in London is up 15 percent, homicides are up 25 percent, including an explosion in youth homicide of 70 percent, robbery is up by more than a third.

Those numbers are extremely chilling, but there is more. According to WND, the number of acid attacks in London has “soared exponentially” in recent years…

Among the most terrifying crimes in London are acid attacks, which have soared exponentially since 2014. There were 431 such attacks record in 2016 and police report they have become the tactic of first resort for some gangs.

Acid attacks also seem to be correlated to the large Muslim population in some areas of the city.

Of course London is far from alone. Over in France, the chaos and violence never seems to end.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/4/2018

  1. North Korea Accidentally Hit Their Own City With a Missile

    [Nelson Muntz]

    Haw, haw!

    [/Nelson Muntz]

    • When exactly Homer Simpson moved to North Korea? I remember that episode when he worked for a Bond villain, completely clueless as usual.

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