Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/21/2019

Gökmen Tanis, the Turkish culture-enricher who allegedly killed several people on a tram in Utrecht, will face terrorism charges in court. Dutch authorities have determined that the possibility of a family dispute can be ruled out.

In other news, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that the Senegalese culture-enricher who allegedly torched a bus carrying schoolchildren near Milan will be stripped of Italian citizenship if convicted.

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USA
» Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Caught in Another Flagrant Lie
» Chicago Cops Demand DOJ Probe Into Smollett Case Meddling After Ex-Obama Official Called in Favor
» ‘He Had a Perpetual Smile — Even When He Was Correcting You’: Obama Leads the Tributes to His Chief Economist, Who Also Advised Bill Clinton, After He Takes His Own Life Aged 58
» Man Gets 6 Months in Prison After Cashing Dead Mom’s Social Security Checks…for 37 Years
» President Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Free Speech
» ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Cities, Counties, & States Spring up Across the Country
» USC Blocks Students Involved in Admission Scandal From Registering for Classes & Obtaining Transcripts
 
Europe and the EU
» “It’s a S*** Show”: Likelihood of UK Crashing Out of EU Next Week is Higher Than it Has Ever Been
» Counterterrorism Police Investigate After Five Mosques Vandalised in UK
» Euroskeptic Newcomers Unseat Dutch PM’s Conservative Senate Majority in Wake of Utrecht Shooting
» France: Army Back-Up for Police at Gilets Jaunes Protests
» French Rapper Nick Conrad Fined €5,000 for Song ‘Hang White People’
» Italy: Rome Assembly President De Vito Arrested
» Italy: Salvini: Senegalese Migrant Who Set Fire to Bus Full of Kids Will be Stripped of Citizenship if Convicted of Terrorism
» Landslide in the Netherlands, Anti Immigration, Anti EU Party Rumbles Into the Senate
» Macron: Vote Against Deal Will Lead to No Deal Brexit
» Macron: If May’s Brexit Deal Rejected Again ‘It Will be a No-Deal, For Sure’
» May Leading UK to ‘National Humiliation’ Pleading to EU on ‘Bended Knee’ For Brexit Delay
» Migrants Menace Brit Truckers With ‘Bats, Chains, Knives, Guns’, and Rape Threats
» Netherlands: Turkish Born Utrecht Tram Shooting Suspect Charged With Terror Offences
» New Populist Party Goes From Zero Seats to Largest Party in Dutch Election
» Orban Party Suspended From Conservative EU Parliament Group
» Over 100 Reports of Abuse at Swedish Youth Homes in Four Years
» Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to be Radicalised
» Surprise! EU Report Declares UN Migration Pact Legally Binding After All
» Swedish School Introduces ‘Pick up Classes’ For ‘Refugee Children’
» UK: 600,000 Sign Petition to Cancel Brexit
» UK: Government Prepares to Put Into Action Clean, No Deal Brexit Plans
» UK: MI5: Number of Far Right Terror Cases ‘Absolutely Dwarfed by the Number of Islamist Cases’
 
North Africa
» Haftar ‘Crucial for National Conference in Libya’
 
Middle East
» Will Saudi Arabia Leave the Seventh Century?
 
South Asia
» Pakistan Student Kills Professor Over Mixed Reception
 
Far East
» Bonanza of Bizarre Cambrian
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘100% Authentic’: As Aussies Call for Jacinda Ardern to Become Our Prime Minister, Experts Reveal the Lessons Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten Can Learn From Her Incredible Leadership After the Christchurch Massacre
» ‘All My Friends, Dead’: British Survivor of the Christchurch Mosque Shootings Describes the Terror Inside the Massacre as Corpses Were ‘Stacked on Top of Each Other’
» Embarrassment for the Project as it’s Forced to Issue a Correction After Slamming Scott Morrison in a Rant About ‘The Facts’ When the PM Called Waleed Aly a Liar Over Anti-Muslim Smear
» Heartbreak for Sonny Bill Williams as it’s Revealed He Used to Pray at Mosque Targeted in Christchurch Attack and Lost Friends in the Massacre
» Heavily-Armed Police Wearing Hijabs Stand Guard as Schoolboy Who Dreamed of Playing for Manchester United is Laid to Rest Alongside His Coach After They Were Murdered in Christchurch Mosque Massacre
» Just 37 Firearms Have Been Surrendered to Police in New Zealand Following Mosque Massacre
» Kiwis Are Encouraged to Wear Headscarves to Show Their Support for Muslims Following the Christchurch Mosque Massacre
» Major New Zealand Bookstore Bans Sale of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life
» New Zealand School Bans Muslim Students From Wearing the Hijab After Mosque Massacre Because Headscarves Are Not in Line With Its Uniform Policy
» Woman Whose Brother and Parents Were Killed in New Zealand Mosque Massacre Says She Will Forgive the Attacker — if He Converts to Islam
 
Immigration
» Austrian Monks Give Up Feeding Poor After Homeless Migrant Violence
» Canada Sees Largest Influx of Immigrants Since 1913
» Patriarch Says Syrian Refugees Are a ‘Total Danger for Lebanon’
» Somali Refugee, 45, Becomes the First Person in Queensland to be Jailed for Female Genital Mutilation After Taking Her Two Daughters to Africa for Procedure
 
Culture Wars
» Adriana: A Couple of Wins for Free Speech
» U.S. Bishops Denounce ‘Equality Act’ In Letter to Congress
» UK: Catholic Journalist Criminally Investigated for ‘Using the Wrong Pronoun’ In Tweet
 
General
» ‘Flat Earthers’ Planning Bizarre Antarctica Trip to Prove Conspiracy Theory
 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Caught in Another Flagrant Lie

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yet another complete lie by claiming that Fox News host Laura Ingraham had accused her of “doing the Latina thing” by saying her own name with an accent when Ingraham said no such thing.

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Chicago Cops Demand DOJ Probe Into Smollett Case Meddling After Ex-Obama Official Called in Favor

The president of the Chicago police union has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx interfered in the police investigation of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett after Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen, called in a favor, according to WLS-TV.

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‘He Had a Perpetual Smile — Even When He Was Correcting You’: Obama Leads the Tributes to His Chief Economist, Who Also Advised Bill Clinton, After He Takes His Own Life Aged 58

Alan Krueger, a groundbreaking Princeton University economist who served as a top adviser in two Democratic administrations and was an authority on the labor market, has died after taking his own life, his family said.

‘It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics took his own life over the weekend,’ a statement from his family reads.

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Man Gets 6 Months in Prison After Cashing Dead Mom’s Social Security Checks…for 37 Years

A Detroit man has been sentenced to six months in prison (plus three years on probation) for cashing 37 years’ worth of his dead mother’s social security checks — accruing more than $280,000 in benefits to which he wasn’t entitled.

Though his neighbor, Reginald Carpenter, said he tried to do the right thing by notifying the authorities (“but the checks just kept coming”), 76-year-old Walter Terrell had cashed his mother’s checks, despite the fact that she had been dead since 1981.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Free Speech

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday requiring colleges and universities to uphold the First Amendment on campus if they want to receive federal research funding.

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to protect free speech on college campuses. The order calls for holding universities accountable “both for student outcomes and for student life on campus,” by withholding federal research funding if a university or college does not agree to respect the First Amendment.

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‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Cities, Counties, & States Spring up Across the Country

Authored by Dagny Taggart via The Organic Prepper,

Sanctuary cities aren’t just for immigrants anymore…

A growing number of states, counties, cities, and towns are declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce gun-control laws that infringe on the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

While adopting ordinances and resolutions to defy gun laws isn’t a new tactic, momentum is rapidly building — likely in response to increasing calls for more gun control at state and federal levels.

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USC Blocks Students Involved in Admission Scandal From Registering for Classes & Obtaining Transcripts

The next shoe in the admission scandal saga has dropped.

The University of Southern California has now blocked students who were involved in the admissions scandal from registering for classes and getting their transcripts, according to a brand new CNBC report. Additionally, the students could see their admission revoked and are facing potential expulsion.

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“It’s a S*** Show”: Likelihood of UK Crashing Out of EU Next Week is Higher Than it Has Ever Been

UK Prime Minister Theresa May must enjoy ritual humiliation, because despite warnings from European Council President Donald Tusk that the EU likely wouldn’t accept May’s request for a brief Brexit extension, the Prime Minister traveled all the way to Brussels on Thursday so she could hear the EU27’s rejection in person. The bloc is insisting that it won’t authorize an Article 50 extension unless a meaningful vote on May’s deal succeeds (it has already been rejected twice, both times by historic margins), yet May has continued to grovel, because, at this point, it’s all she can do (other than resign, that is).

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Counterterrorism Police Investigate After Five Mosques Vandalised in UK

Counterterrorism police are investigating after five mosques in the Birmingham area were vandalised.

West Midlands Police confirmed that their officers were working with the its Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) to investigate after the windows of mosques and Islamic centres were smashed in a series of attacks that began in the early hours of the morning.

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Euroskeptic Newcomers Unseat Dutch PM’s Conservative Senate Majority in Wake of Utrecht Shooting

Euroskeptic party, Forum for Democracy, is set to become one of the two largest groups in the Dutch Senate, stripping the ruling coalition of its majority after winning provincial elections on Wednesday.

Forum voor Democratie (FvD) has scored a major victory and is set to win 12 seats in the upper house of parliament — as many as Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative VVD Party, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported after the majority of the votes were counted. The outcome also means the loss of its Senate majority for the ruling coalition, which comprises four center-right parties led by the VVD.

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France: Army Back-Up for Police at Gilets Jaunes Protests

Meanwhile, Nice bans protests ahead of President Macron’s meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping

Soldiers will be deployed to provide back-up for police officers over the weekend during the next round of gilets jaunes protests, the government has said.

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French Rapper Nick Conrad Fined €5,000 for Song ‘Hang White People’

35-year-old Nick Conrad, a relatively unknown French rapper, has been found guilty of incitement to murder and has been given a suspended fine over his music video titled ‘Hang White People’ that went viral on YouTube in September of last year.

Conrad was born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, but describes himself as an ‘Afro-French’ citizen.

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Italy: Rome Assembly President De Vito Arrested

M5S member accused of corruption over Roma stadium,market revamp

(ANSA) — Rome, March 20 — Marcello De Vito, the president of the Rome city council assembly and a member of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), was arrested by Carabinieri police on Wednesday in relation to a probe into AS Roma’s project to build a new stadium in the city and a market revamp, sources said. Two entrepreneurs were also arrested.

The probe is into alleged crimes including corruption and illegal influence peddling, the sources said.

Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said De Vito was being ejected from his M5S party.

“Marcello De Vito is out of the 5-Star Movement. I take the responsibility for this decision,” M5S leader Di Maio said via Facebook.

“What has emerged over the last few hours (in relation to the probe) it not just serious, it is shameful, morally low and an insult to all of us, each spokesperson for the Movement in the public institutions and every activist who works so hard every day for this project”.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, also of the M5S, said that wrongdoers should get no leniency after De Vito’s arrest.

“No leniency. There is no space for corruption in Rome,” said Raggi. “Those who have done wrong will not have any leniency from this administration”.

De Vito has already been replaced by another M5S member, former assembly deputy chief Enrico Stefàno, sources said later.

Stefàno was picked by the M5S caucus and Mayor Raggi, they said.

De Vito was arrested for suspected corruption in connection with the AS Roma stadium project and another project, the revamp of the former general markets area.

Wiretaps say De Vito received bribes on the latter from the Toti construction brothers.

On one wiretap, De Vito is heard to say “let’s distribute the money”. The other entrepreneur involved, lawyer Camillo Mezzacapo, advised De Vito “not to touch the money now but when your mandate is over”.

De Vito also told Mezzacapo that “even the Gabibbo would have won in Rome”, referring to a costumed satirical figure involved in TV expose’s.

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Italy: Salvini: Senegalese Migrant Who Set Fire to Bus Full of Kids Will be Stripped of Citizenship if Convicted of Terrorism

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reacted to news of a Senegalese migrant allegedly setting fire to a bus full of schoolkids to protest Italy closing its borders by announcing he’ll be stripped of Italian citizenship under the recently passed “Salvini Decree” if convicted of terrorism.

Senegal-born Ousseynou Sy, 47, hijacked a bus full of Italian children on Wednesday and rammed through a police blockade before setting the bus on fire and telling the children inside “no one would survive.”

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Landslide in the Netherlands, Anti Immigration, Anti EU Party Rumbles Into the Senate

Newcomer Forum for Democratie, The Dutch anti-EU, anti-immigration party rumbles into the Provincial States in The Netherlands.

The two major winners are Forum for Democratie and the green party, GroenLinks.

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Macron: Vote Against Deal Will Lead to No Deal Brexit

France’s President Macron has been clear today: if MPs reject Theresa May’s deal for a third time it will lead to a No Deal Brexit.

Speaking to reporters in Brussels today, Macron said: “We have to be clear: we can discuss and agree an extension if its a technical extension in case of a yes vote on the agreement we negotiated on two years.

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Macron: If May’s Brexit Deal Rejected Again ‘It Will be a No-Deal, For Sure’

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has made a clean, no deal Brexit more likely after reiterating instructions from the European Council that a short extension will not be granted unless British parliamentarians vote for May’s deal.

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May Leading UK to ‘National Humiliation’ Pleading to EU on ‘Bended Knee’ For Brexit Delay

Prime Minister Theresa May is under fire from all sides after writing to the European Union to request a three-month delay to Brexit, and blaming Parliament for the impasse.

“Why are we on bended knee to the EU begging for things we don’t need? Next week should be a simple choice between her deal and no deal,” demanded Iain Duncan Smith, a former party leader and influential eurosceptic.

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Migrants Menace Brit Truckers With ‘Bats, Chains, Knives, Guns’, and Rape Threats

British lorry drivers have been left “sitting ducks” by a work-to-rule strike by French customs officials, with illegal migrants hoping to infiltrate the United Kingdom taking advantage of the queues to threaten truckers with violence and even rape.

The Road Haulage Association said it had had feedback from one of its drivers suggesting he was delayed for a full twelve hours while attempting to board a ferry from Dunkirk, France, to Dover, England, KentOnline reports.

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Netherlands: Turkish Born Utrecht Tram Shooting Suspect Charged With Terror Offences

Turkish born Gökmen Tanis has been charged with killing with terrorist intent and other crimes, after an attack on public transport in the Dutch city of Utrecht which saw three killed.

The charge lays to rest debate and speculation that has raged this week whether Monday’s shooting, which took place onboard a morning tram near the centre of Dutch city Utrecht, was a terror attack or not. Counterclaims included that the shooting was linked to a family or legal dispute and that the killer knew his victims.

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New Populist Party Goes From Zero Seats to Largest Party in Dutch Election

A new populist, Eurosceptic party has achieved the remarkable feat of going from zero seats to becoming the largest single party in the Dutch Senate in a single election, as a young politician likened to a “Dutch Donald Trump” beat seasoned professionals in Wednesday’s poll.

Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy party, which has gained attention for its Euroscepticism, campaigned against open borders politics and against what he calls “climate-change hysteria,” winning 86 seats across the Dutch regions. The victory put his party ahead of even the ruling mainstream conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which achieved 80 seats.

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Orban Party Suspended From Conservative EU Parliament Group

Fidesz, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has been suspended from the European People’s Party (EPP) group after complaints about the “anti-EU” rhetoric of their campaign for the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Members of the EPP voted on Wednesday to suspend Fidesz, despite the Hungarian party threatening to leave the group if suspended, Deutsche Welle reports.

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Over 100 Reports of Abuse at Swedish Youth Homes in Four Years

A report has claimed there have been at least 106 reports of abuse, often sexual, in Sweden’s homes for disadvantaged youths in the last four years.

The details come from Sweden’s HVB homes, with claims that at least 133 people under the age of 25 have been victims of either sexual assaults or rapes in the last four years, SVT reports.

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Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to be Radicalised

Muslims born in the West are more prone to Islamic extremism due to a perceived sense of being “disadvantaged,” according to a study from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

The study claims to have compared western-born Muslims with migrants, saying that those born in Europe or North America were much more likely to see themselves as primarily Muslims first and become angrier over perceived anti-Muslim injustice, a press release from the University of Uppsala states.

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Surprise! EU Report Declares UN Migration Pact Legally Binding After All

Internal documents reveal that Brussels plans to incorporate the controversial UN migration pact into the EU’s legal framework “through the back door”, Austria and Hungary have warned.

Earlier this week, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told Brussels the government was opposed to a report by the European Commission’s Legal Service declaring that the UN compact should have legally binding consequences for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the agreement. The compact describes mass migration as “inevitable, necessary and desirable”.

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Swedish School Introduces ‘Pick up Classes’ For ‘Refugee Children’

Over the past two years, Älmhult municipality in southern Sweden has received almost three hundred “unaccompanied refugee children”.

A large part of these “children” ended up at Haganäs School — the same school where the municipality now introduces a training course on how to pick up girls.

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UK: 600,000 Sign Petition to Cancel Brexit

A petition to the UK government and parliament to ‘Revoke article 50 and remain in the EU’ is approaching 600,000 signatures.

Launched yesterday in the light of growing chaos and uncertainty over whether the UK will leave the EU with no deal next week, the petition is rising by more than 1,000 signatures a minute.

This comes as a Put it to the People protest is being planned in London on Saturday, with marchers assembling at noon in Park Lane to march to Parliament. Organisers say they want “to make the calls for a People’s Vote too loud to ignore”.

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UK: Government Prepares to Put Into Action Clean, No Deal Brexit Plans

Government ministers are preparing to launch No Deal exit plans on Monday if the EU27 reject a Brexit delay.

Ministers will be deciding in the next few days whether to launch the government’s national contingency plan “Operation Yellowhammer,” according to The Guardian.

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UK: MI5: Number of Far Right Terror Cases ‘Absolutely Dwarfed by the Number of Islamist Cases’

The number of far-right terror cases the authorities are faced with is “absolutely dwarfed” by the number of cases related to radical Islam, according to Britain’s Security Service, better known as MI5.

MI5 specialises in counter-espionage and domestic security, in contrast to the foreign intelligence-oriented Secret Intelligence Service — better known as SIS or MI6, made famous by Ian Flemming’s James Bond books. The assessment of the relative seriousness of the Islamist terror threat and the far-right terror threat was disclosed halfway through a Guardian report focusing heavily on the latter, later republished by other media outlets including CNN and Microsoft-owned MSN.

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Haftar ‘Crucial for National Conference in Libya’

But ‘overly powerful general is a problem’, Cristiani

(ANSAmed) — CAIRO, MARCH 21 — Libyan general Khalifa Haftar will have a crucial role in the success of the Libyan “national conference” announced on Wednesday by UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé, North Africa expert Dario Cristiani said. “Salamé’s announcement shows, I think, once again, a sort of strange conceptual dissonance between the strategic reality on the ground and the political reality of diplomacy,” Cristiani said. The expert is a visiting fellow at the International Centre for Policing and Security of the University of South Wales.

“From a methodological standpoint,” he added, “Salamé’s approach is correct: the solution to Libya’s problems must be a Libyan solution”, with “an approach that focuses on the variegated territorial, social, and political forces as political players and possibly the only ones, without external intervention.” The expert underscored, however, that there are still many players involved and that “squaring of the circle in this context is difficult”. Moreover, in Cristiani’s eyes, “there is a fundamental problem that is still unresolved and which is at the root of this dissonance” between ‘diplomacy’ and ‘on the ground’, that Haftar “has by now such power” at the territorial and economic levels as well as “support from outside” — compared with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and other Libyans — “that finding a lasting and stable political agreement with such a sword of Damocles hanging overhead is a difficult if not impossible task”. Cristiani, who is also an analyst for the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation, noted that “with Haftar’s advance in the south (now successful, whereas two years ago he had failed and the Brak al-Shatti massacre forced him to withdraw), there is a clear lack of balance of the forces on the field. From this point of view, any agreement in which there is one player that is clearly much too much stronger than others, will always be a harbinger of instability”. The analyst added that, therefore, “we are at a dead end”, with on one side “a political agreement that officially recognizes that Haftar’s centrality on the ground will lead to a series of problems, especially in Tripoli with local militias who feel in danger”, and on the other an agreement that “ignores” this centrality of the Cyrenaica-based general “will cause further escalation” in his military operations in an attempt “to take direct control not only of territory in western Libya but also of creating problems for fundamental institutions that at the moment can influence” but “not control”. The reference is to such entities as the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) and the Libyan central Bank, “control of which has long been a goal for Haftar”, the analyst said.

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Will Saudi Arabia Leave the Seventh Century?

Eleven women are on trial in Saudi Arabia this week, charged with lobbying for women’s right to drive and for abolishing the system of male guardianship over women. Under the male guardianship system, Saudi women are still treated as legal minors. They are assigned a male guardian, who has to approve their applying for a passport, travelling outside the country, studying abroad on a government scholarship, getting married, leaving prison, or even exiting a shelter for abuse victims, according to the BBC.

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Pakistan Student Kills Professor Over Mixed Reception

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student was arrested yesterday after stabbing his professor to death for organizing a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said. Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed yesterday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP. “The professor had organized a gender mix reception for the new students and the event was supposed to take place tomorrow, on Thursday,” he said.

According to the report registered with the police, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the student had shouted that he killed the professor because he was “spreading obscenity”. “The gender mix reception is against the teachings of Islam and I had warned him to stop it,” he was quoted as saying in the report filed with the police. The professor’s son Waleed Khan, who was with him at the time of the incident, said the student was waiting for his father…

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Bonanza of Bizarre Cambrian

Fossils Reveals Some of the Earliest Animals on Earth

A newfound fossil site in China is teeming with bizarre, primitive species that have never before been found any place on Earth. The bounty of creatures includes a spiny, segmented animal known as a mud dragon, and several jellyfish with preserved tentacles.

Paleontologists discovered this treasure trove of fossils, which are incredibly well-preserved, along the banks of the Danshui River in southern China. The dozens upon dozens of creatures date to the Cambrian Period (490 million to 530 million years ago), when Earth’s animal diversity was booming at an unprecedented pace.

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‘100% Authentic’: As Aussies Call for Jacinda Ardern to Become Our Prime Minister, Experts Reveal the Lessons Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten Can Learn From Her Incredible Leadership After the Christchurch Massacre

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has impressed many international onlookers with her handling of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

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‘All My Friends, Dead’: British Survivor of the Christchurch Mosque Shootings Describes the Terror Inside the Massacre as Corpses Were ‘Stacked on Top of Each Other’

Nathan Smith, who converted to Islam after moving to New Zealand 13 years ago, managed to flee the Al Noor Mosque after a terrorist rampage left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques.

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Embarrassment for the Project as it’s Forced to Issue a Correction After Slamming Scott Morrison in a Rant About ‘The Facts’ When the PM Called Waleed Aly a Liar Over Anti-Muslim Smear

Host Waleed Aly on Friday claimed the Prime Minister told colleagues to exploit voters’ fears of Muslim immigration as a political strategy in 2010. Morrison called Aly’s claims a ‘disgraceful smear.

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Heartbreak for Sonny Bill Williams as it’s Revealed He Used to Pray at Mosque Targeted in Christchurch Attack and Lost Friends in the Massacre

Rugby sensation Sonny Bill Williams regularly prayed at the Al Noor Mosque, the scene of the worst of last week’s atrocity, when he played for Canterbury and the Crusaders.

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Heavily-Armed Police Wearing Hijabs Stand Guard as Schoolboy Who Dreamed of Playing for Manchester United is Laid to Rest Alongside His Coach After They Were Murdered in Christchurch Mosque Massacre

Two football lovers — a school-boy and a coach — were laid to rest today, at the latest funeral for victims of New Zealand’s worst shooting.

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Just 37 Firearms Have Been Surrendered to Police in New Zealand Following Mosque Massacre

Just 37 firearms have been surrendered to police in New Zealand following the Christchurch mosque massacre, raising questions as to how thousands of semi-automatic weapons will now be confiscated following the passage of an emergency law that makes them illegal.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that “military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles” will be banned with immediate effect along with “high-capacity magazines and parts that can modify a gun to produce semi-automatic or automatic fire.”

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Kiwis Are Encouraged to Wear Headscarves to Show Their Support for Muslims Following the Christchurch Mosque Massacre

New Zealanders are being encouraged to wear headscarves on Friday to show their support for the Muslim community, one week after the Christchuch terror attack.

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Major New Zealand Bookstore Bans Sale of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

The modern equivalent of book burning is alive and well after it was revealed that a major bookstore in New Zealand has banned sales of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life as a response to the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Whitcoulls has removed the book from all of its stores across the country, according to a staff member in Albany. A search for the book on the company’s websites returns no results.

In an email sent to a customer, the chain writes that the book is “currently unavailable which is a decision that Whitcoulls has made in light of some extremely disturbing material being circulated prior, during and after the Christchurch attacks.”

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New Zealand School Bans Muslim Students From Wearing the Hijab After Mosque Massacre Because Headscarves Are Not in Line With Its Uniform Policy

An exclusive private school in Auckland, New Zealand, has come under fire for banning students from wearing the hijab.

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Woman Whose Brother and Parents Were Killed in New Zealand Mosque Massacre Says She Will Forgive the Attacker — if He Converts to Islam

Ghulam Hussain, his wife, Karam Bibi, and their son Zeeshan Raza, all of Pakistan, were killed when a terrorist gunman went on the rampage in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week.

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Austrian Monks Give Up Feeding Poor After Homeless Migrant Violence

Austrian Franciscan monks in Salzburg will cease feeding the poor after a number of violent incidents from foreign migrants.

The food service for the poor ended officially following an incident on Sunday in which four Romanian migrant beggars started fighting with each other in front of the Franciscan church, with monk Father Oliver also being physically attacked, as well, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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Canada Sees Largest Influx of Immigrants Since 1913

Though the mainstream media (and many in Congress) has largely dismissed President Trump’s cries about an emergency along the US southern border, even the New York Times and Washington Post have acknowledged in recent weeks that the number of migrants crossing the southern border is climbing rapidly. As the number of apprehensions have increased, the situation has gotten so bad that the administration has decided to start releasing some migrant families because its detention facilities along the border have become so crowded.

And as it turns out, migration is surging north of the border as well, as Canada’s statistics agency reported on Thursday that the country experienced the largest inflow of migrants in more than a century last year. Though the figures excluded illegal migrants (who have also reportedly been entering the country in record numbers), more than 320,000 people migrated to Canada last year, with more than 71,000 arriving in the final quarter — including legal refugees attracted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “open door” policy.

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Patriarch Says Syrian Refugees Are a ‘Total Danger for Lebanon’

The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Raï, has urged Lebanon’s government to repatriate Syrian refugees, who have become “a total danger” for the country.

“We cannot wait for a political solution in Syria to launch this process, as desired by some policy makers who have themselves had a hand in the destruction inflicted on Syria by the war,” the cardinal said.

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Somali Refugee, 45, Becomes the First Person in Queensland to be Jailed for Female Genital Mutilation After Taking Her Two Daughters to Africa for Procedure

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of taking her daughters, then aged 10 and 13, to Somalia in April 2015 for the procedure.

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Adriana: A Couple of Wins for Free Speech

For far too long colleges and universities have been stifling free speech on campus, contrary to the notion that higher education is supposed to promote a free flow of ideas. Thanks to political correctness spreading like a noxious weed from one liberal campus to the next, free speech has been under assault.

The good guys — College Republicans and everyone else who values the free speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution — notched a victory this week at Amherst College when its president shot down its own Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s “Common Language Guide” it emailed to students which laid out PC definitions for everything from capitalism to transgenderism to how to address illegal immigrants, or as they prefer it, “undocumented persons.”

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U.S. Bishops Denounce ‘Equality Act’ In Letter to Congress

Three leaders of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) have written a joint letter to the members of the House of Representatives in opposition to the Equality Act, which, they say, “would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”

The Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788) was introduced in Congress on March 13 and would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws. The Act would reportedly cement “gender ideology” into federal law, impacting issues such as transgender bathrooms, forced preferred pronoun use, and biological men playing women’s sports.

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UK: Catholic Journalist Criminally Investigated for ‘Using the Wrong Pronoun’ In Tweet

British police are now dedicated entirely to fighting perceived and imagined microaggressions on social media.

From Faithwire:

A British Catholic journalist is being investigated by the police for allegedly “misgendering” someone in a tweet. Caroline Farrow was contacted by authorities after making an appearance on “Good Morning Britain,” in which she engaged in a debate with a transgender activist, Susie Green, who has a trans child. Following this appearance, which took place last September, Farrow allegedly referred to Green’s daughter, Jackie, by the wrong pronoun.

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‘Flat Earthers’ Planning Bizarre Antarctica Trip to Prove Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy theorists are heading to the “end of the world” in a bizarre bid to prove the Earth isn’t a sphere.

The “Flat Earthers” plan is to sail to Antarctica to find the frozen barrier they believe marks the edge of our world.

The supposed “ice wall” is said to be a couple thousand feet thick, towers 164 feet high and surrounds the entire planet.

Next year’s trip — details of which are being kept under wraps — is being organized by the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC).

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/21/2019

  1. The world wide connection of Brenton Tarrant, the killer in Christchurch, New Zealand, so that all are aware of why New Zealand is fast tracking many changes in free/hate speech, media control, gun control, islamophobia and Identity like White Supremacists.

    It is often the case that current laws were not fully enforced, as gun licensing in NZ.
    That then allows the excuse to bring in extreme regulations.

    Politicians plan a major attack on the 2nd amendment. Will the federal system be able to leverage and then override States, cities and towns that claim 2nd amendment sanctuary?

    Directly following this tragedy, a gun control bill vote looms in the US Senate.

    After New Zealand announced that they would ban the sale of all semi-automatic rifles, Bernie Sanders tweeted, “This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.” ….. Directly following this tragedy, a gun control bill vote looms in the US Senate.

    MOVEMENT UNDERWAY TO KEEP POLICE VOTE AWAY FROM TRUMP IN 2020
    The Senate Bill 7, named the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019 introduced by Marco Rubio is just that bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee led by Republican Senator Lindsay Graham is holding a hearing on March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am to move this bill to the floor for a vote. Senator Chuck Schumer has garnered support for the bill with 48 votes. Three Republican Senators, Rubio, Graham, and Collins, will likely add to the 48 yes votes to give a majority 51 votes needed to pass the bill. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/politicians-just-planned-a-major-attack-on-the-2nd-amendment/?fbclid=IwAR1rD8noDBZ7fkva75ehpCNB-Xq_ChL0PCWPZAuyHEQ6sCQqJQP3DGShexs

    Sadly the USA seems to be dividing up, and I think some of ways how it falls out may be very surprising. Hopefully it stays a competition of ideas, and the truth and commonsense shines through.

    • Bernie, as per usual, is completely out of reality again: banning any kind of weapon makes sense only in a society that follows laws without questions by their own free will (which, in our world, probably only fits Japan and perhaps Sweden 50 years ago). A society where criminals will ignore laws has no reason to ban weapons. It’s quite the opposite, really, a society like that (and I find it extremely fitting for America’s state of affairs) needs to have armed citizens, so that they can protect themselves from harm. But I know all too well protecting citizens isn’t what Bernie’s about.

    • In Russia, weapons are mostly banned. But where do Caucasian jihadists get grenades and automatic rifles from?

      Strange news comes from the USA. There is a shaking of the foundations of the state and the unnerving of the population. This is a bad sign.

      But we see that empires do not collapse by themselves – it is a man-made process, not historical dialectics, as we were taught in the Soviet school.
      In Ancient Rome, too, were their Soros.

  2. “Kiwis Are Encouraged to Wear Headscarves to Show Their Support for Muslims Following the Christchurch Mosque Massacre” sure, let’s do this! As soon as all muslimas unveil themselves in support of Christians, pagans, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. after every muslim attack on them.

  3. “Just 37 firearms have been surrendered to police in New Zealand following the Christchurch mosque massacre, raising questions as to how thousands of semi-automatic weapons will now be confiscated following the passage of an emergency law that makes them illegal.” I guess it’s always possible to keep a weapon that’s been turned disfunctional and then later make it functional again or get a historic riffle for collection purposes and make that one functional and I imagine that’s what the owners are going to be doing now, I doubt a sane person would just hand their gun over like that and the insane ones will ignore the law anyway…

  4. In Tatarstan, a man attacked two policemen

     Going to the police officer, the young man stabbed him in the neck. At this point, colleagues heard a scream and ran out to see what was the matter. Seeing a bleeding colleague and inadequate walking on them with a blade in hand, who shouted extremist and religious slogans at the same time, the police officer opened fire and fatally injured the killer with two bullets.

    The culprit turned out to be 19-year-old student Rustam Kodirov (not a Slavic name).
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    I did not find in any link what kind of “extremist and religious slogans” they were.

    Maybe it was Yogov’s witnesses who called for yoga (Jehovah’s Witnesses sect was banned in Russia), maybe it was a communist who shouted “Glory to the CPSU”, maybe a Christian confused calendar dates and shouted “Christ is Risen” (although we are not Pakistan to consider it extremism), the media does not write …

    https://www.nchelny.city/news/2341129/v-tatarstane-muzcina-nabrosilsa-na-dvuh-policejskih

  5. Watched the NZ action(psss…dont tell the kiwis!)
    The guy passed at least five person before entering the building and let them get away.
    Counted the shots, that was a sharpshooter for sure. 41 hits with fifty some rounds. Whoa!
    Hardly any shots went to the right side of the room, but still ended up with a decent pile of bodies.
    The walls are made of bulletproof materials, not a slight mist of dust, which means good building codes.
    Perp let off two shots through the windshild of his car, not a scretch. He was testing the glass if it were bulletproof, surely.
    The third shot going to the passenger’s window shattered the glass, but those windows are not safety glasses, ie. made of two layers glued together.
    And to prove the government efficiencies, the Gun-ban legislation was ready and passed in less than a week.

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