Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/12/2019

The British Parliament voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest iteration of a Brexit deal. Next the Commons will vote on a “no-deal” Brexit, and if that fails, Brexit will be postponed.

In other news, a Saudi wedding was disrupted by a major explosion when a photographer stubbed his cigarette out in what he thought was a waste receptacle, but instead it turned out to be a bag of gunpowder. Several people were injured, including the photographer, who was severely burned. The gunpowder was kept on hand for a traditional wedding ritual known as the “Gun Dance”.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Dean, Dora, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» ‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses
» Facebook Bans Zero Hedge From Platform in Continued Purge Against Real News
» Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Says it Made a “Mistake”
» Felicity Huffman Released on Bail After Allegedly Bribing to Get Kid Into College as Part of Sweeping Admissions Scandal
» Must-See: Viral Video Exposes How Ocasio-Cortez Got Into Office
» Ocasio-Cortez Takes Gas Guzzling SUV to Lecture Americans About ‘Climate Change’ At SXSW
» Trump Won’t Return to Negotiations With California on Fuel Efficiency Rollback, EPA’s Andrew Wheeler Says
» Tucker Carlson: ‘We Will Never Bow to the Mob’
 
Canada
» Update: Radisson Toronto East Rejects Settlement Offer for Assault on Rebel Reporters. We’re Heading to Court.
 
Europe and the EU
» 13 EU States Have ‘Silk Road’ Memorandum — Sources
» 800-Year-Old Church Heavily Vandalised in French No-Go Suburb Saint-Denis
» City Ramparts Instead of Borders for Germany
» ‘Dangerous Fantasy’ No More — Merkel Backs Joint European Aircraft Carrier
» Day One: Police Testify That Tommy Robinson’s Behaviour Was “Unimpeachable”
» Deep Concern Over Chinese 5G — European Parliament
» Eurocrats Talk of Rejecting Brexit Delay, Tells UK to Prepare for No Deal
» Farage and Trump Discussed U.S. Backing ‘No Deal’ Brexit at CPAC
» Former Vatican Envoy Accused of Bullying, Labor Violations
» France Reiterates Commitment to Bilateral TAV Accord
» Germany: Not Satire: Social Democrats Want to Integrate ISIS Fighters With the Help of Radical Mosques
» German Military Accused of ‘Purging’ Populist Supporters
» Hands Over Siena: How Russian Oil is Buying the Tuscan City
» Italy Grounding the Boeing 737 Max-8
» Last Gasp: Juncker Offers Minor Concessions, ‘It’s This Deal or Brexit Might Not Happen at All’
» Man Yells “Allahu Akbar” At Funeral of German Woman Murdered by Muslim Boyfriend
» UK Parliament Votes on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal for Second and Probably Final Time
» UK: ‘The Prime Minister is Conning us All’: Brexiteer Rejects May’s EU Concessions
» UK: Brexit: MPs Reject Theresa May’s Deal for a Second Time
» UK: Even Before Parliament Has Voted, EU Prepares to Delay Brexit by Another Year
» UK: Javid: ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighter’ Begum Solely Responsible for Death of Child
» UK: Somali Parents Fly Sons to Africa to Escape Deadly Knife Violence in Khan’s London
 
North Africa
» 46 ‘Terrorists’ Killed in Sinai, 3 Egyptian Soldiers Dead
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Netanyahu Says Israel is ‘Nation-State of the Jewish People and Them Alone’
 
Middle East
» Cigarette Explosion Rocks Saudi Wedding
» Syria: 200 ISIS Family Members Leave Baghouz, NGO
» Turkey and Russia Begin Joint Patrols in Syria’s Idlib
» Watch Jihadi Brides Yell Daesh Slogans Amid Battle for Last Stronghold in Syria
 
South Asia
» Secretive New Frog Species From Ancient Lineage Discovered in India
 
Australia — Pacific
» Conservative University Students Outrage Classmates by Hanging a Very Politically Incorrect Sign on Campus — as They Vow to Keep Stirring Up Debate
» ‘Entitled’ Cook Who Raped a Female Colleague, 20, In His Car After Offering to Drive Her Home From Work is Set to be Deported Back to India
» ‘There Were Islander Girls Beating Up African Guys’: Man Caught Up in Wild Organised Melbourne Brawls Reveals What Kick-Started the Night of Violence
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Newly Discovered Monkey Species Helps Fill ‘6-Million-Year Void’ In Evolution
 
Latin America
» Cultural Relativism? British Woman Found Dead After Hiking in Guatemala
» Venezuela’s Road to Disaster is Littered With Chinese Debt
 
Immigration
» Elderly Swedes, Young Migrants to Live Together in Social Housing Program
» EU Admits Giving Thousands of Prepaid Debit Cards to Migrants
» Failed Asylum Seeker Accused of Fatally Stabbing German Ex-Girlfriend
» Why Aren’t the Politicians Listening? Newspoll Shows Eight in 10 New South Wales Residents Don’t Want a Population Increase — as Immigration Soars to a Record High
 
Culture Wars
» Black Trans Woman Arrested, Suspected of Hate Crime Spree Against White People
» What Happens to America if Trump is Not Reelected in 2020?
 

‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses

189 calls were made from 46 sites, raising new questions about working conditions. One ex-employee said ‘breakdowns [are] a regular occurrence’ at Amazon.

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

Facebook Bans Zero Hedge From Platform in Continued Purge Against Real News

Popular guerrilla news outlet marked as ‘spam’ that violates ‘community standards’.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Says it Made a “Mistake”

It has been a strange 24 hours.

On Monday, we first learned that for the previous two days, Facebook had banned all Zero Hedge content across its various mediums, as it went against Facebook’s “Community Standards” (which to the best of our knowledge, neither we not anyone else has any idea what they are), a decision which — as we noted yesterday — surprised us for two reasons: not only do we not have an official Facebook account, but Facebook did not approach us even once with a warning or even notification.

While we were in the dark about what had triggered Facebook, or what was the company’s motive, we were humbled and delighted not only with the media coverage this event received, but far more so with the outpouring of support we received from readers and across social media, where Zero Hedge had not been yet banned, like Twitter, where figures from various industries and across the political spectrum voiced support and came to our defense, with many condemning what we felt was an arbitrary decision.

Among those who spoke up were President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., Nigel Farage, Peter Thiel’s liberal foil at Thiel Capital, Eric Weinstein, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson and many others.

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

Felicity Huffman Released on Bail After Allegedly Bribing to Get Kid Into College as Part of Sweeping Admissions Scandal

BOSTON — Actress Felicity Huffman appeared in federal court Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles following a morning arrest after federal prosecutors named the star as one of 50 people charged in the largest-ever college admissions conspiracyprosecuted by the Justice Department.

A judge said Huffman can be released on $250,000 bail but must restrict her travel to the continental United States. Husband William H. Macy attended his wife’s initial court appearance. He has not been charged in the scandal and authorities have not said why.

Federal prosecutors charged 33 affluent parents, including CEOs and actress Lori Loughlin, nine college athletics coaches and others in the sweeping bribery case to enter elite universities and colleges. The elaborate conspiracy involved cheating on the SAT and ACT and parents paying coaches “enormous sums” to get their children into schools by fabricating their athletic credentials.

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

Must-See: Viral Video Exposes How Ocasio-Cortez Got Into Office

The powers behind the young Democrat exposed.

[Comment: She wast put there by globalists to be the face of global warming scam — aka de-industrialization of the USA.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Gas Guzzling SUV to Lecture Americans About ‘Climate Change’ At SXSW

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made quite the splash at this year’s SXSW conference, and it wasn’t just for her attacks on capitalism or labeling Ronald Reagan a racist.

No, the youngest congresswoman in history is making a much bigger statement with her actions, and it’s clear they have nothing to do with the socialist policies she espouses in her Green New Deal.

Twitter user Antonia Ferrier — a PR rep and “recovering Senate GOP flak” — was the latest to take note of the millennial lawmaker’s blatant hypocrisy when she posted a picture Monday of the lawmaker’s arrival at the conference this weekend.

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

Trump Won’t Return to Negotiations With California on Fuel Efficiency Rollback, EPA’s Andrew Wheeler Says

The Trump administration won’t be returning to the negotiating table with California before finalizing a plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Monday.

Wheeler, in an interview with the Washington Examiner, said the Trump administration won’t compromise on its final proposal to be introduced early this spring, and will officially move to revoke a cherished waiver granted to California and other states to set tougher fuel efficiency rules.

“At this point, we have to move to finalize,” Wheeler said in the interview on the sidelines of the CERAWeek by IHS Markit energy industry conference in Houston. “We don’t have time to move to reopen [negotiations]. We tried to work with California, but we were just not able to. In California, politics was playing the bigger hand than the policy.”

Wheeler added the EPA, as part of the plan, will revoke California’s waiver to force it to comply with the weaker national rules proposed by the Trump administration, so all states follow the same rules, assuring the plan will be challenged in court.

“In order to have a 50-state solution, we have to take care of the waiver,” Wheeler said. “There probably will be legal action. We can’t stop that from happening. We hope it will be wrapped up rather quickly.”

The EPA, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last August proposed freezing Obama-era fuel efficiency rules for cars and light trucks, instead of raising them each year, between model years 2020 and 2026.[…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Tucker Carlson: ‘We Will Never Bow to the Mob’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded directly to Media Matters for America’s (MMFA) recent attempts to derail his program by unearthing comments he made over a decade ago on a shock-jock radio show.

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

Update: Radisson Toronto East Rejects Settlement Offer for Assault on Rebel Reporters. We’re Heading to Court.

Regular viewers of this space might recall how my cameraman, Efron, and I, were assaulted at the Radisson Toronto East last month by a hotel manager.

It’s not the first time a Rebel reporter has been used as a punching bag. My colleagues Sheila Gunn Reid and Keean Bexte have also been roughed-up.

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

13 EU States Have ‘Silk Road’ Memorandum — Sources

No in principle objection, look to substance

(ANSA) — Brussels, March 12 — Some 13 European Union countries have already signed a memorandum of understanding with China on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or ‘new Silk Road, while another one, Luxembourg, along with Italy, is negotiating, EU sources said Tuesday.

The signatories are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia, the sources said.

In principle, they said, there are no formal “counter-indications” to signing such documents and it all depends on what they contain.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

800-Year-Old Church Heavily Vandalised in French No-Go Suburb Saint-Denis

The Basilica of Saint-Denis, built in 1135, was heavily vandalised last week, with vandals smashing stained glass windows and severely damaging the nearly 200-year-old organ.

The destruction was discovered by the basilica’s organist, who found that the engine of the organ had been damaged along with other parts of the massive instrument, designed between 1834 and 1841, Le Parisien reports.

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

City Ramparts Instead of Borders for Germany

Hans-Joachim Grote of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wants to bring back city ramparts to fight terrorism. In addition skillful city planning will help.

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

‘Dangerous Fantasy’ No More — Merkel Backs Joint European Aircraft Carrier

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the suggestion by her anointed successor to pursue a joint European aircraft carrier, a major symbol of military capability only operated by a handful of nations worldwide.

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

Day One: Police Testify That Tommy Robinson’s Behaviour Was “Unimpeachable”

To those of us who don’t live in the UK, the first day of testimony in Tommy Robinson’s suit against police harassment provided an education in an unusual aspect of English law.

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

Deep Concern Over Chinese 5G — European Parliament

‘Joint response needed from EU’

(ANSA) — Strasbourg, march 12 — The European Parliament on Tuesday voiced “profound concern’ on the risks to IT security from 5G networks developed by Chinese firms and warned member States to make sure there is a “coordinated response from the EU”.

The resolution was presented by the ALDE, S&D, EOPP and Green caucuses and approved by a show of hands by the plenary session.

The MEPs urged member States to “refrain from introducing disproportionate unilateral measures that would fragment the single market”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Eurocrats Talk of Rejecting Brexit Delay, Tells UK to Prepare for No Deal

While Prime Minister Theresa May has opened the possibility of ruling out making a clean break of the EU and of extending Brexit, Eurocrats are telling Britain to get ready for a no deal exit on March 29th.

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

Farage and Trump Discussed U.S. Backing ‘No Deal’ Brexit at CPAC

Nigel Farage and Donald Trump discussed the U.S. giving its backing to a clean, “No Deal” Brexit at recent CPAC conference in Maryland.

The Brexit campaign leader, who endorsed President Trump ahead of his 2016 election win and is understood to have the American leader’s ear, is said to have urged him to back Britain making a clean break with the European Union at the conference, where both gave speeches.

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

Former Vatican Envoy Accused of Bullying, Labor Violations

A Vatican archbishop has been accused of bullying, overworking, and underpaying his staff during his tenure as papal envoy to the United Nations from 2010 to 2014.

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

France Reiterates Commitment to Bilateral TAV Accord

Paris has pumped in 400 mn euros, 55 mn available for 2019

(ANSA) — Rome, March 12 — France has reiterated its commitment to implementing the bilateral treaty with Italy on the Turin-Lyon TAV high-speed rail link project, French official sources said told ANSA on Tuesday.

The sources pointed out that this commitment was recently confirmed by French President Emmanuel Macron and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne.

They said that France has pumped around 400 million euros into the project since the start of work and another 55 million are available for the French side of the project this year.

The Italian government is split over whether to press ahead with the project.

At the weekend Premier Giuseppe Conte told TELT, the Italian-French company building the tunnel for the rail link, to launch calls for tenders related to the project but without any operations entailing financial commitments from Rome.

The move was widely seen as a way to put off making a final decision on the TAV.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Not Satire: Social Democrats Want to Integrate ISIS Fighters With the Help of Radical Mosques

The German Interior Senator Andreas Geisel of the SPD is currently checking if returning ISIS fighters can be integrated with the use of radical mosques in Berlin.

Geisel proposed his plan at the 22 police convention to a newspaper. In the interview he mentioned wanting to use “Legalists”.

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

German Military Accused of ‘Purging’ Populist Supporters

While the German army has long expelled those with neo-Nazi sympathies, there have been recent claims that they are now targetting supporters of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) for expulsion as well.

Investigations have alleged that the Bundeswehr have begun broadening the scope of who they consider not fit to serve in the forces which have included “sympathisers of the AfD and the Hungarian premier Viktor Orban,” Il Giornale reports.

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

Hands Over Siena: How Russian Oil is Buying the Tuscan City

From Bashneft’s oil export contracts to trading in Estonia and the Caribbean, how a Kazach businessman built a fortune to take over Siena’s iconic Piazza del Campo square.

This is a tale of two fortunes. A treasure of art and beauty which is trying to recover from a long crisis, and a second treasure, made of dollars and oil, spent to buy, piece by piece, the first one.

The treasure of art and beauty is Siena, in Tuscany, but to get there you will have to embark on a tour of half a dozen countries across the former Soviet Union, Europe and the Caribbean to understand who and how is buying the city…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Italy Grounding the Boeing 737 Max-8

Concern over model after Ethiopian Airlines disaster

(ANSA) — Rome, March 12 — Italian Civil Aviation Authority ENAC is set to stop flights with the Boeing 737 Max-8 aeroplane from 21:00 on Tuesday, sources said. The move follows Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash in which 157 people died, including eight Italians.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Last Gasp: Juncker Offers Minor Concessions, ‘It’s This Deal or Brexit Might Not Happen at All’

Theresa May has secured some last-minute concessions on her proposed Brexit deal with the European Union ahead of Parliament’s second vote on it.

Following crunch talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, who leads the unelected European Commission which acts as the EU’s executive and as the sole initiator of EU-level legislation, the British prime minister claimed a “joint interpretative statement” giving legal weight to the EU’s previous promise to use its “best endeavours” to prevent the Withdrawal Agreement’s controversial “backstop” provisions from becoming indefinite, according to The Times.

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

Man Yells “Allahu Akbar” At Funeral of German Woman Murdered by Muslim Boyfriend

Panicked churchgoers fled in terror after a man yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the funeral of a German woman who was brutally murdered by her Muslim migrant boyfriend.

More than 500 people participated in the funeral march which took place in the city of Worms following the murder of 21-year-old Cynthia R.

Cynthia was killed by her boyfriend Ahmed T. having previously agreed to wear a hijab and learn Arabic to please the 22-year-old asylum seeker who already knew that he was about to be deported.

After Cynthia refused to go to Tunisia with Ahmed, who had been abusing the system by claiming welfare under three different names while in Germany, “He stabbed the young woman by ramming a kitchen knife through her neck, her lungs, her hands and her back more than ten times,” reports VladTepes.

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

UK Parliament Votes on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal for Second and Probably Final Time

The House of Commons, Britain’s lower legislative chamber, is voting again on whether to accept Theresa May’s slightly modified Brexit deal which it already rejected in January.

The vote comes 32 months after the British people voted to leave the European Union by a margin of over a million votes, the largest democratic exercise in British history. The decision was a major upset to the British political class, which all but totally supported keeping the UK inside the EU, and has since been working on Brexit negotiations at near-snail’s pace, running down the clock on finding an answer on how to leave the European Union until the very last days until the country is legally mandated to leave the Union.

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

UK: ‘The Prime Minister is Conning us All’: Brexiteer Rejects May’s EU Concessions

Leave Means Leave co-chairman Richard Tice has said that Prime Minister Theresa May is “conning” the country with the Irish backstop concessions she brought back from Strasbourg.

“Ignore the new documents agreed by the prime minister and Mr Juncker,” Mr Tice wroteTuesday morning.

“Exit is NOT unilateral nor effective: the UK would have to prove bad faith ([which is] almost impossible) and convince an arbitration panel of EU folk, still subject to ECJ, [in order to leave.]”

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

UK: Brexit: MPs Reject Theresa May’s Deal for a Second Time

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time, with just 17 days to go to Brexit.

MPs voted down the prime minister’s deal by 149 — a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January.

Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.

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

UK: Even Before Parliament Has Voted, EU Prepares to Delay Brexit by Another Year

Europe’s most senior bureaucrat, who is a well-known opponent of Brexit and allegedly wishes the process to go as badly as possible to act as a deterrent to others leaving the bloc, is ready to allow the United Kingdom to delay the official departure day by 12 months or more.

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

UK: Javid: ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighter’ Begum Solely Responsible for Death of Child

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has hit back at accusations from the opposition that his decision to remove British citizenship from jihadi bride Shamima Begum resulted in the death of her child, saying that the “only person responsible” was Begum.

During questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who claimed after the death of Ms Begum’s child at a refugee camp in Syria last week that Mr Javid had “behaved shamefully,” said, “This decision… has led, as night follows day, to this less than three-week-old baby dying.”

“The death of any British child, even one born to a foreign terrorist fighter, is of course a tragedy,” Mr Javid responded, “but the only person responsible for the death of that child is the foreign terrorist fighter.”

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

UK: Somali Parents Fly Sons to Africa to Escape Deadly Knife Violence in Khan’s London

Spiralling knife, drugs, and gang crime in London has been leading many concerned Somali parents to send their teenage offspring, who grew up in Britain, away to Africa for their own safety.

With 50 to 70 per cent of members of the Somali community in Islington, north London, “directly affected” by knife violence and ‘county lines’ drugs crime, mothers who arrived from the troubled African country during the 1990s told the Observer they felt they had “no choice” but to send their children away from an increasingly dangerous UK.

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

46 ‘Terrorists’ Killed in Sinai, 3 Egyptian Soldiers Dead

Clashes and 200 IEDs blown up

(ANSAmed) — CAIRO, MARCH 11 — The killing of “46 highly dangerous terrorists” in airstrikes and clashes in the northern and central sections of the Sinai peninsula left 3 Egyptian soldiers dead, MENA reported a statement as saying on Monday. The news agency noted that the clashes had occurred “in recent days”. The statement added that some 15 “terrorist hideouts” had been destroyed and 204 IEDs placed along roads had been blown up. The operation also included the seizure of “a large quantity of arms, munitions, and explosive material”, it said. Some “100 criminals wanted by the security forces” were arrested and 17 cars and 14 motorcycles were destroyed. In the northern and central sections of the Sinai, a low-intensity conflict has been underway for the past six years between Egyptian security forces and terrorists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS), with numerous deaths on both sides but no official death toll has been published.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Netanyahu Says Israel is ‘Nation-State of the Jewish People and Them Alone’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is drawing criticism for saying that Israel is “the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.” The comment prompted many people — including Israel’s president and the star of Wonder Woman — to defend Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority.

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

Cigarette Explosion Rocks Saudi Wedding

Dozens of men attending a wedding in Saudi Arabia were left bewildered after an explosion rocked their celebrations this week.

The attendees were at a wedding reception in Mecca’s Rabigh city when a cameraman filming the event accidentally put out his cigarette in a gunpowder bag he thought was a rubbish bin.

A 35 second video clip which emerged online showed the Egyptian photographer bend to put out the cigarette while a man using a microphone stood before him speaking to the congregation.

A large flame is soon seen consuming the photographer who was seriously injured in the explosion and is reportedly receiving treatment for critical burns. Two other attendees were in stable condition, reports confirmed…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Syria: 200 ISIS Family Members Leave Baghouz, NGO

Dozens of jihadists killed. Kurdish sources: ‘Battle nears end’

BEIRUT — A reported 200 family members of ISIS militants over the past 24 hours were able to leave Baghouz in south-eastern Syria, the UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. The NGO, which has a widespread network of sources on the ground, said clashes between Kurdish forces and militants continued overnight and, sporadically, on Tuesday morning.

According to sources on the ground, dozens of ISIS militants were killed over the past few hours in clashes with Kurdish forces and in air raids carried out by the US-led international Coalition.

The information cannot be independently verified on the ground.

Different Kurdish-Syrian sources were quoted as saying by pan-Arab media that the “battle is near the end”, although similar claims have been repeatedly denied over the past few days.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Turkey and Russia Begin Joint Patrols in Syria’s Idlib

To monitor ceasefire, airspace reopens

(ANSAmed) — ISTANBUL, MARCH 8 — Turkey and Russia on Friday began joint military patrols to monitor a ceasefire in Idlib, the Syrian northwestern province out of control of the Syrian regime and with Turkish observation posts in several locations.

The al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al Sham has a strong presence in the region.

The announcement was made by Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar, who noted that restrictions on the use of the airspace over Idlib and the nearby Afrin had been eliminated. He added that Turkish military coordination in Syria was with Russia and Iran and that there was no direct contact with the Syrian regime.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Watch Jihadi Brides Yell Daesh Slogans Amid Battle for Last Stronghold in Syria

As the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue its offensive on the Syrian city of Baghouz, one of Daesh’s last bastions in the country, more jihadi brides with kids are reportedly being transported to refugee camps.

A video allegedly showing Daesh brides still loyal to the self-proclaimed caliphate yelling abusive words and saluting the terror group has emerged on the internet.

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

Secretive New Frog Species From Ancient Lineage Discovered in India

A “secretive” new species of frog has been discovered on the forest floor in India’s Western Ghat mountain range. Dubbed the Starry dwarf frog after the markings on its dark brown back, Astrobatrachus kurichiyana has an orange underbelly and is just 2cm in length.

The frog, whose closest relatives are a group of species native to India and Sri Linka, is the only member of an ancient lineage dating back millions of years, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. It is unclear yet whether the species descended from African or Asian frogs.

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

Conservative University Students Outrage Classmates by Hanging a Very Politically Incorrect Sign on Campus — as They Vow to Keep Stirring Up Debate

Member’s of University of New South Wales’ Conservatives set up a desk at the Kensington campus, in Sydney’s east, with a sign reading ‘our immigration level is too high’ on Tuesday.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

‘Entitled’ Cook Who Raped a Female Colleague, 20, In His Car After Offering to Drive Her Home From Work is Set to be Deported Back to India

Gurmeet Singh pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his coworker, 20, at The Spit after he offered to take home. He will remain in an immigration detention before returning to India.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

‘There Were Islander Girls Beating Up African Guys’: Man Caught Up in Wild Organised Melbourne Brawls Reveals What Kick-Started the Night of Violence

Melbourne resident Blagoja Stajkojic said the low number of people taken into custody in Melbourne’s CBD was more a reflection of light-handed policing than the severity of the brawling.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Newly Discovered Monkey Species Helps Fill ‘6-Million-Year Void’ In Evolution

A new species of monkey that lived 22 million years ago in Africa “helps fill a 6-million-year void” in primate evolution, according to a new study.

Identified by its fossilized teeth, the new species, known as Alophia metios, was found in the badlands of northwest Kenya. The teeth may give clues on how their diets helped shape the course of evolution. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.

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

Cultural Relativism? British Woman Found Dead After Hiking in Guatemala

In yet another potential example of cultural relativism, a young woman who went hiking in a dangerous country alone has been found dead.

23-year-old British woman Catherine Shaw had set out traveling in September 2018 and was in Guatemala for two weeks before being reported missing on March 5.

Her body was subsequently found at at San Juan La Laguna.

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

Venezuela’s Road to Disaster is Littered With Chinese Debt

Venezuela sits at the northern tip of South America with Columbia on the west and Guyana on the east. The country is collapsing. The constant blackouts have put hundreds of patients at risk and many have already died, food is rotting, and water is at a shortage. According to media reports, schoolchildren and oil workers have begun passing out from hunger, and sick Venezuelans have scoured veterinary offices for medicine. Link Malaria, measles, and diphtheria have returned with a vengeance. The country’s infrastructure is falling apart along with their decaying power grid, and telecommunication networks have collapsed.

America has offered humanitarian aid, but Maduro has rejected it. He is taking his cues from communist Havana. Unfortunately, Venezuela never diversified; oil dominates their exports and government revenue and barrel prices of oil are down.

With Venezuela’s collapse, Maduro is begging Beijing; China’s price will be high as Venezuela’s debt to them is already in the billions. Xi Jinping needs a presence of power that encourages foreign governments to believe they should play ball with Beijing, not Washington. And that means China’s increased military presence around the world, and what better place than Venezuela or one of her islands in the southern Caribbean.

Would Maduro risk U.S. ire by allowing Chinese basing rights? I think so. Maduro is already increasing his rhetoric against Washington and has repeatedly threatened Colombia. At the same time, the Venezuelan leader knows the U.S. and its allies believe he is an irredeemable despot: They want no part of a rapprochement with his regime.

The Venezuelan and Chinese economies seem like they could hardly have less in common. The government of Nicolas Maduro has looted the state-run oil monopoly company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to pay for the “Bolivarian revolution,” the socialist movement under the late leader Hugo Chavez. Eleven billion has been stolen from PDVSA in a decade…

In General Michael T. Flynn’s book, The Field of Flight, he states, “The war is on. We face a working coalition that extends from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. We are under attack, not only from nation-states directly, but also from al Qaeda, Hezbollah, ISIS, and countless other terrorist groups. Suffice to say, the same sort of cooperation binds together jihadis, Communists, and garden-variety tyrants.”

“Once we bailed out of Iraq in 2011, the power of the Islamic Republic immediately expanded and rapidly filled the void left by our departure. The mullahs have already established strategic alliances in our own hemisphere with Cuba and Venezuela and are working closely with Russia and China.”

General Michael T. Flynn is absolutely correct.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Elderly Swedes, Young Migrants to Live Together in Social Housing Program

Pensioners to share communal housing with migrants.

[Comment: What could possibly go wrong? It is clear that globalists and their leftist puppets hate the native citizens.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

EU Admits Giving Thousands of Prepaid Debit Cards to Migrants

57 million euros funneled from taxpayers to migrants in 2017 alone.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Failed Asylum Seeker Accused of Fatally Stabbing German Ex-Girlfriend

A 22-year-old Tunisian failed asylum seeker has been charged in the German city of Worms, accused of stabbing his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend to death.

The murder occurred last Wednesday and saw 21-year-old Cynthia R. stabbed at least ten times at the home of her parents following an alleged dispute between the pair, according to testimony from the alleged murderer Ahmed T., Die Welt reports.

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

Why Aren’t the Politicians Listening? Newspoll Shows Eight in 10 New South Wales Residents Don’t Want a Population Increase — as Immigration Soars to a Record High

A Newspoll of Sydney and New South Wales voters found 25 per cent of respondents wanted Australia’s immigration pace to be slashed with another 55 per cent wanting it to stay put.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Black Trans Woman Arrested, Suspected of Hate Crime Spree Against White People

Suspect approached victims, asked if they were white before pepper spray attack.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

What Happens to America if Trump is Not Reelected in 2020?

With Trump out of the way, stopping Democrats from passing their law to murder babies after they are born will be extremely challenging.

Democrats are pushing for government controlled health-care based on the “quality of life” rather than God’s “sanctity of life”. In other words, a board will decide whether or not the quality of your life is worth government spending money to preserve it. If they decide you are too old to spend money on or if you own a gun, the board will say no surgery for you. Folks, I’m talkin’ government death panels assuming the role of God; deciding who lives and who dies.

Democrat congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fake news media’s rock star; their female version of Obama. Like Obama, fake news media promotes every crazy stupid idea out of AOC’s mouth as brilliance beyond our comprehension.

AOC’s wacko Green New Deal includes by 2030: ending air travel; ending the use of fossil fuels; mandating that every new job be unionized; decommissioning every nuclear plant; rebuilding every building in America for state-of-the-art energy efficiency and government funding everyone including deadbeats who refuse to work.

Don’t laugh folks. A dozen Democrat senators of which six are presidential candidates and 90 House Democrats cosponsored AOC’s idiotic Green New Deal. Many Americans do not realize that Democrats will sacrifice our economy, jobs, national security and even American lives to feed their all consuming obsession with gaining power to control every aspect of our lives.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

22 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/12/2019

  1. Regarding elderly Swedes and young kultur enrichers sharing communal housing, at least the enrichers will no longer have to worry about freezing off appendages as they roam the streets looking for Swedes to rape. “Meals on Wheels”, as it were. Who knows, the feminist superpower might even make a few additional Sweden Democrats out of the elderly residents.

    • »the feminist superpower might even make a few additional Sweden Democrats«

      You can find here
      https://www.expressen.se/nyheter/val-2018/valresultat/valresultat–se-vem-som-vinner-valet-dar-du-bor/

      results of the votes last September down to single voting districts.
      Click e.g. the southern tip of Sweden in the map and then click on the yellow areas or enter e.g. “Ljusnarsberg” and then click the map that appears.

      Where middle class families live in their own houses who have immediate experience with “cultural enrichment” the Sweden Democrats already scored around 40%; e.g. in the surroundings of Malmö or in the rust belt of middle Sweden (Bergslagen). Total average was 17,5% and this because the establishement took immigration politics of SD in their mouths. The genie is out of the bottle.

  2. Maybe this news is somewhere in English.

    In Catalonia, there are clashes between local youth and migrants.

    Authorities guard the shelter for underage migrants

    On March 8–9, in the Catalan city of Castelldefels, three major fights occurred between local youths of 17–24 years old and underage migrants living in the Cal Ganxo orphanage from December 2018. The first clash occurred on the street, during the second about 25 young people broke into a shelter, spoiled property and attacked caregivers and migrants. On the morning of March 10, 60 Catalans attempted to storm Cal Ganxo, but were stopped by the police. The shelter is still guarded.

    https://regnum.ru/news/2588985.html

  3. The European Parliament on Tuesday voiced “profound concern’ on the risks to IT security from 5G networks developed by Chinese firms and warned member States to make sure there is a “coordinated response from the EU”.

    Chinese Huawei is unbeatable value-for-money in the telecom business. But it seems like Ericsson and Nokia are striking back, and in this case it seems like a sort of “Diesel-Gate” in a sense they are using politicians to beat their competition out of Europe.

    If anyone’s worried about the spying aspect of mobile networks: They all spy, but I can also appreciate that our European spies do not want Chinese spying hardware in our network. Chinese are rather unreliable when it comes to honesty, and I don’t trust them neither.

  4. The mad cow, PM MAY, has mucked everything up again. Why do women vote for these conwomen like Gillibrand, Cillins, Klobuchar, HRC, and Kamala?

    • They couldn’t be elected without the help of quite a few logic-challenged males. Such pathetic examples of female “leadership” and the morons who elect them serve as textbook examples for why franchise should be limited to only those with skin in the game.

      • As I mentioned in my intro, it’s for a traditional wedding activity known as the “Gun Dance”. And no, I am not making this up.

        • As I mentioned in my intro, it’s for a traditional wedding activity known as the “Gun Dance”.

          Since this deals with Islamic festivities, isn’t “Gun Dance” a little redundant?

          And no, I am not making this up.

          Why bother? PoMo Progs and Muslims conspire daily to provide this planet with a cornucopic Tragi-Comic Buffet™. Long ago this dynamic duo transcended YJCMTSU (You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up) and metamorphosed into TSWI (This Stuff Writes Itself)—with”Stuff” being an acronymic prop…

          While an incredible time saver for joke writers everywhere, the world would be a better place without either cult’s grim humor.

      • Several years ago at a wedding in a moslem nation, a few men were shot and killed by gunfire as the men did their traditional ‘shooting of the guns’. It is normally performed outside with the guns pointed up into the sky. Perhaps a few scores had to be settled from previous disputes.

  5. If my memory serves me, then Sheffield is the city of Robin Hood.
    https://www.fahrenheit211.net/2019/03/12/its-sheffields-turn-now-to-be-graced-by-an-islamic-rape-gang-accusation/

    Slavs love all sorts of their famous corpses to draw on the banners and run with them and scream. In this case, they would have already run through the streets with flags of “Robin Hood come – order brought”

    It seems to me that in the world there are only a few states that care about their citizens. All the rest are some kind of cannibalistic allegories to states.

    • I like the Bible’s take on this topic, my King is not of this world. Or in the words of a prophet, when free Israelites demanded themselves a king:

      “This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.”

  6. Cigarette Explosion Rocks Saudi Wedding

    After all, how many of us can honestly say that at one time or another in their lives they haven’t brought a large bag of loose gunpowder to someone’s wedding?

    I know I have.

  7. “…Panicked churchgoers fled in terror after a man yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the funeral of a German woman who was brutally murdered by her Muslim migrant boyfriend…” – However contrary to the noble values of humanism and diversity, the outcome of such experiment in Serbia or Russia would be quite different… If an invader screamed “Allahu akbar” among 500 infidels at the funeral march of a halal-slaughtered victim, he would be asking for his own funeral. Or long and painful hospital stay with multiple debilitating traumas.

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