Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/11/2019

Under the leadership of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, the Italian government has issued a decree requiring that migrant-”rescue” vessels be fined between €10,000 and €50,000 for bringing illegal immigrants to Italian ports. The owners, operators, and captains of such vessels will be fined. Repeat offenders will have their boats impounded.

In other Italian migration news, refugee-helping NGOs have filed a complaint that the Italian government’s new migration policies have forced them to lay off 15,000 employees.

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Financial Crisis
» Italy: We Want to Reduce Debt Without Depressive Budgets — Conte
 
USA
» 700 Quakes Hit a Key California Seismic Zone, And Tar is Literally Bubbling Up Through the Streets of Los Angeles
» After Five Months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez Wants a Raise!
» Alabama Rep Branded ‘White Supremacist’ For Pushing Free Speech Bill
» Any Excuse Will Do: Pinterest and Megan McClellan Block Gateway Pundit Posts — List “Nudity” And “Hate Speech” as a Reason … Nudity???
» Biden Can’t Stop Plagiarizing; This Time Rips Off Michael Avenatti Slogan
» Big Judicial Watch Find: Hollywood Approached Obama State Department to Do Anti-Trump Russia Flick Before Inauguration
» Broad Scope of Durham Probe Includes “Non-Governmental Actors” Like Glenn Simpson, Nellie OHR, The DNC and Hillary Campaign (Video)
» Confederacy of States: Oregon Votes to Ignore Electoral College in Favor of Popular Vote
» Dangerous Media Blackout on Violence and Harassment on College Campuses Conservative Students & Groups Ignored by the MSM
» Denver City Council Winner Promises Communism “By Any Means Necessary” [Video]
» Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its “Gone by 2020” Signs
» Internal Polling Shows Trump Beats Any Democrat, Will Hold Trump States — Looking to Expand to Oregon
» Nearly 1,700 Suspected Child Predators Arrested in DOJ Operation “Broken Heart”
» Nolte: Trump-Bashing Tony Awards Hit Record Low Ratings
» Scientists Spot Massive ‘Anomaly’ Five Times the Size of Hawaii Beneath the Moon’s Largest Crater
» Soros Implementing His Radical Leftist Agenda by Investing in Criminal Justice
» Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Declaring Children’s Lemonade Stands Legal
» The Tree Symbolizing “Friendship” Between Trump and Macron Has Died
» Trump-Bashing Republican Justin Amash Steps Down From Freedom Caucus After Discussion With Freedom Caucus Board
» Trump Slams Chamber of Commerce for Not Putting Americans First
» Tucker Carlson Warns of Soros’ Stealth Takeover (Video)
 
Canada
» “Extinction Rebellion” Climate Protest Snarls Toronto Traffic at Rush Hour
 
Europe and the EU
» BBC Bans Reporters From Using “Terror Attack” Term…offers Insane New Ways to Describe Terror Attacks
» French Conservatives Warn of 75 ‘Small Notre Dame’ Level Disasters Waiting to Happen in Paris Alone
» Greece: Is the Left-Wing Government Interfering in the Electoral Process?
» Hollywood Meddles in German Mayoral Election in Effort to Defeat AfD Candidate
» Italian Government Roiled After Country Used by Obama Deep State to Spy on Trump Campaign — 2 Intel Chiefs Fired
» Italy: Austrian Tourists Cited for Street Sex at Beach Resort
» Italy: Chinese, Pakistani Shop Check Directive Soon — Di Maio
» Italy: Priest Blackmailed Over Gay Relationship
» Italy Going Wrong Way, Risks Procedure — Juncker
» Italy: Govt Scrapping Whirlpool Incentives Over Plant ‘Closure’
» UK Prime Minister Frontrunner Clashes With EU
» Vatican Whistleblower Says ‘Gay Mafia’ Is Blocking Needed Reforms
» Victor Orban Adviser Maria Schmidt: “Orban and Trump Are Like Twins”
» Would-be Prime Minister Raab Promises All-Brexit Cabinet, Suspend Parliament Plan Gets Legal Green Light
» WWII French Freedom Fighter Memorial Vandalized by Open Borders Far-Left Anarchists
 
North Africa
» Libya, Endless War: Fighting Even Through the Night
 
South Asia
» Reason to Cheer: 596 New Plant and Animal Species Discovered in India Last Year
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘Criticising Someone From Another Race Doesn’t Make You Racist’: Sam Newman Slams New Adam Goodes Documentary as ‘Fake News’ And ‘Grovelling’ — Despite Not Watching it
» Ex-Footy Show Host Sam Newman is Banned From Watching New Adam Goodes Documentary After Labelling it ‘Grovelling’ And ‘Fake News’
» Gangsters Go to War in Melbourne: Terrifying Moment Masked Gunman Fires a Wave of Bullets at a Suburban Home in the Latest Shooting to Rock the City
» Horrifying Moment 14-Year-Old Girl Hits a Female Police Officer in the Face in a Shocking and ‘Unprovoked’ Attack at Westfield
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» DR Congo Ebola Outbreak: Child in Uganda Diagnosed With Virus
» Kenyan Media: China Forced Kenya Into $9 Billion ‘Debt Trap’ With Coal Plant Deal
 
Immigration
» 90% of Moroccan ‘Street Children’ In Sweden Are Adults — Report
» George Will: America Needs ‘As Much Immigration as Economy Can Take’
» German Woman Married to African Migrant Spends 3 Hours a Day on Facebook Combating “Hate Speech”
» Globalist Front: Mass Immigration Necessary to Replace Dying Americans
» Italian Pro-Migrant Groups Facing 15,000 Job Losses After Salvini Cuts
» Italy to Fine NGOs Who Rescue Migrants at Sea
» Italy: Migrant Rescue Vessel Captain Faces 20 Years for Aiding Illegal Immigration
» Migrant Crisis: Children Among Seven Killed as Boat Sinks in Greece
» NY Times Hit Piece Blamed Muslim Immigrant for ‘Radicalizing’ YouTube Viewer Into Hating Muslim Immigrants
» Scott Warren Trial: Hung Jury in Case of No More Deaths Volunteer
» Trump Destroys Democrats, Points Out the Obvious on Border Security
» U.S. Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers of Illegal Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Countries
» UN Criticism of Security Decree Inadequate — Italy
 
Culture Wars
» Bill Maher: “Political Correctness is a Cancer”
» Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Lists Top Pro-Life Sites as “Porn” — Bible Verses “Censored” (Video)
» Pinterest Bans Zero Hedge by Adding to “Porn Domain Block List” Used to Target Conservatives
» Prelates Decry ‘General Doctrinal Confusion’ In Church
» The Left’s Latest Obsession: Buying a Cake
» The University System is the Progressives’ Seminary
» Vatican Condemns Transgenderism as Attempt to “Annihilate Nature”
» Video: Woman in PBS Documentary Feels “Sense of Peace” About Aborting Her Twins
» Vox Once Gave Platform to YouTube Comic Who Told Gays “Kill Yourself”
» You’ll be Shocked to Learn That Book Claiming ‘Married Women Are Less Happy’ Is Total Bull***t
 

Italy: We Want to Reduce Debt Without Depressive Budgets — Conte

Premier optimistic about dialogue with European Commission

(ANSA) — Rome, June 11 — Premier Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday that his government was committed to bringing down Italy’s public debt but would not pass measures that could spark a recession. The European Commission said last week that an infringement procedure would be justified for Italy’s failure to comply with the debt rule, while stressing that the proceedings have not been opened yet and it is open to talks.

“I am absolutely confident about the capacity for dialogue of our government and of the European Commission,” Conte said at the assembly of the Assonime association of joint-stock companies in Rome.

“An infringement procedure would be extremely damaging both for our country’s growth prospects and for those of the whole eurozone.

“The government is committed to agreeing a credible path of debt reduction with our European partners, within a framework of social sustainability, without passing depressive budgets.

“That would contradict the agenda to boost growth that was adopted last year”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

700 Quakes Hit a Key California Seismic Zone, And Tar is Literally Bubbling Up Through the Streets of Los Angeles

Scientists are quite “concerned” about the huge earthquake swarm that has been shaking southern California in recent weeks, and right at this moment bubbling tar is literally coming up through the streets in one section of Los Angeles. None of this means that a major seismic event is imminent, but it is certainly not a good sign either. We have been tracking quite a bit of unusual shaking along the Ring of Fire in recent months, and scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before “the Big One” hits southern California. And if you follow my work on a regular basis, then you already know that I am extremely concerned about the potential for major seismic activity along the west coast. So when I came across a San Diego Union-Tribune article entitled “Southern California earthquake swarm takes an unexpected turn, and that’s reason to worry”, it definitely got my attention. According to that article, there have been “more than 700 earthquakes” in the Fontana seismic zone over the past few weeks…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

After Five Months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez Wants a Raise!

Federal lawmakers make bank.

A representative in the House makes $174,000 a year. That’s not exactly a “1 percenter” salary, but nearly quadruple the current median annual income in America. Not to mention the fact that they all have access to the best — and least expensive — health care in the country … for life.

That wasn’t enough for some members of the House. The Democratic-controlled chamber proffered a new salary of $178,500, a $4,500 raise. But even some Democrats balked at the raise, and the whole effort was scrubbed on Monday.

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

Alabama Rep Branded ‘White Supremacist’ For Pushing Free Speech Bill

Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Thursday banning free speech zones on publicly-funded state campuses.

House Bill 498, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Fridy, requires that outdoor areas of publicly-funded Alabama campuses are public forums, effectively eliminating their “free speech zones.”

“The institution shall not create free speech zones or other designated outdoor areas of campus in order to limit or prohibit protected expressive activities,” the bill states. In addition to banning free speech zones, the bill also states that any public college or university in the state cannot deny benefits to student organizations based on their “sincerely held beliefs.”

The bill does not protect speech that “substantially disrupts” the institution or “materially and substantially disrupt[s] the rights of others to engage in or listen to expressive activity.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Any Excuse Will Do: Pinterest and Megan McClellan Block Gateway Pundit Posts — List “Nudity” And “Hate Speech” as a Reason … Nudity???

In March a Gateway Pundit reader wrote us to notify us that we were being blocked by Pinterest.

This was news to us.

We already knew that The Gateway Pundit was shadow-banned or blocked by far left Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Wikepedia,…

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

Biden Can’t Stop Plagiarizing; This Time Rips Off Michael Avenatti Slogan

Joe Biden has a plagiarism problem dating back to law school, most recently busted after his campaign was caught lifting language for his environmental plan word-for-word from environmental nonprofits without attribution.

But it appears the former VP learned nothing from the humiliation he was forced to “apologize” for last time as the 76-year-old has now been busted once again for lifting his campaign slogan from none other than Michael Avenatti (yes that former presidential hopeful that is now preparing for time in the big house, not the White House).

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

Big Judicial Watch Find: Hollywood Approached Obama State Department to Do Anti-Trump Russia Flick Before Inauguration

According to documents released by Judicial Watch Hollywood producer Eric Hamburg approached the Obama State Department about doing a flick on Trump-Russia collusion.

On January 12, 2017, nine days before the Trump Inauguration, Hollywood producer Eric Hamburg wrote the Obama State Department to see if the outgoing administration would like Hollywood to produce an anti-Trump flick.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Broad Scope of Durham Probe Includes “Non-Governmental Actors” Like Glenn Simpson, Nellie OHR, The DNC and Hillary Campaign (Video)

As TGP’ s Cristina Laila reported earlier a new letter from the Justice Department addressed to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reveals John Durham’s investigation into Spygate is much larger than previously known.

AG Barr’s review of the FISA abuses and surveillance against Trump’s campaign is “broad in scope and multifaceted,” according to the DOJ letter.

The letter to Nadler, penned by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, indicates Fusion GPS, foreign intelligence services and non-governmental organizations and individuals are all a target of US Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of Spygate.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Confederacy of States: Oregon Votes to Ignore Electoral College in Favor of Popular Vote

Democrats in Oregon have succeeded in eliminating the Electoral College in their state in favor of the NPV, or national popular vote.

On April 9, the Oregon state Senate voted 17-12 to pass legislation (SB 870) to join the National Popular Vote (NPV) compact. On Wednesday, the state House of Representatives voted 37-22 in favor of the legislation. [link]

The governor is expected to sign. Make no mistake, this is the EXACT opposite of what our founders intended. They LOATHED the idea of electing the President by popular vote.

[Comment: All those involved are committing sedition. Thay should all be rounded up by military police and tossed in jail. Democrats and their ilk, like all communists, want power in perpetuity — in order to usher in their tyrannical communist utopia. ]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dangerous Media Blackout on Violence and Harassment on College Campuses Conservative Students & Groups Ignored by the MSM

Breitbart has begun another rap sheet, this time regarding violence and harassment of conservatives at college campuses (and high schools), which is an ongoing project as it appears they started with what they have documented from 2016 to present day, but they are still “back-filling,” meaning they are still adding more as they run across examples they have missed.

As of now they have 76 cases documented from 2016, with 21 listed for 2019 alone, although we have a few more to add that they haven’t back-filled yet.

Brietbart’s list published on June 5, 2019, stopped on May 30th, so we’ll start with what we have found that is not on the list (already sent to Breitbart’s tips for addition), and will focus more on just the increasing violence/harassment in just 2019. Breitbart’s list, can be read here.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Denver City Council Winner Promises Communism “By Any Means Necessary” [Video]

Leftist commies are infiltrating city councils and other elected seats all across America to try and change our capitalist way of life. They’ve already infiltrated our schools, universities and our media.

Listen to Candi CdeBaca who just upset the incumbent city council president in Denver in a runoff election.

This is frightening…What does this sound like to you?

Moonbattery sums up what’s happening across America in the best way possible…with honesty:

“Maniacs like this have infiltrated city councils throughout the country. Demographics deliberately altered through immigration and welfare policy make their election not only possible but inevitable. In many if not all large cities, left-wing radicals are the dominant force. This will be a major factor in America’s downfall.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its “Gone by 2020” Signs

Via Alt-Market.com

This article was written by Roger I. Roots and originally published at RogerRoots.com

May 30, 2019. St. Mary, Montana.

Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.

In recent years the National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were melting away rapidly. But now officials at GNP seem to be scrambling to hide or replace their previous hysterical claims while avoiding any notice to the public that the claims were inaccurate. Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing — not shrinking — since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier—easily seen from the Going-To-The-Sun Highway—may have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)

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

Internal Polling Shows Trump Beats Any Democrat, Will Hold Trump States — Looking to Expand to Oregon

Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany joined The Evening Edit on Tuesday night as President Trump campaigned in Iowa.

Both President Trump and Joe Biden are campaigning in Iowa today.

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

Nearly 1,700 Suspected Child Predators Arrested in DOJ Operation “Broken Heart”

The Trump Department of Justice arrested nearly 1,700 suspected child predators in operation “Broken Heart.”

The nation-wide campaign was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

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

Nolte: Trump-Bashing Tony Awards Hit Record Low Ratings

Just like every other award show in the Trump-era, Broadway’s Tony Awards just hit a record low in the ratings.

For the first time ever, reports the far-left Hollywood Reporter, fewer than six million tuned in to Sunday’s telecast of the Tony Awards. Yep, only 5.46 million were interested in what was obviously going to be an hours-long attack on President Trump and normal Americans by uninteresting people with no charisma or star power.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Scientists Spot Massive ‘Anomaly’ Five Times the Size of Hawaii Beneath the Moon’s Largest Crater

Scientists have detected a mysterious mass of material beneath a 1,200-mile crater on the surface of the moon.

The South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the moon is said to be the largest crater in the solar system and extends several miles deep.

And, according to the new research, the recently-spotted material is weighing down the basin floor by more than half a mile.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Soros Implementing His Radical Leftist Agenda by Investing in Criminal Justice

Via SaraCarter.com

For many years leftist billionaire George Soros has used his wealth to remake our society.

His latest area of focus is criminal justice. From Texas to Philadelphia to Virginia, Soros has reportedly spent millions in backing candidates for district attorneys or prosecutors.

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Declaring Children’s Lemonade Stands Legal

Great news, children of Texas: Your unlicensed lemonade stands soon won’t be criminal enterprises.

Gov. Greg Abbott late Monday signed a bill that prohibits cities and neighborhood associations from enacting rules that block or regulate children trying to sell nonalcoholic drinks like lemonade on private property. The law targets local health codes and neighborhood rules that intentionally or unintentionally ban the stands or require permits for them to operate.

Support for such a law in Texas began to grow in 2015, when police in the East Texas town of Overton reportedly shut down a lemonade stand by two young siblings who were trying to earn money to buy a Father’s Day present.

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

The Tree Symbolizing “Friendship” Between Trump and Macron Has Died

Last April, at the peak of their since-fizzled bromance, Emmanuel Macron gave a present to Donald Trump: an oak tree which was ceremoniously planted in the manicured lawns of the White House by both leaders. The photo of the two presidents digging away dirt promptly went viral and symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders.

It was a symbolic gesture: the tree came from Belleau Wood, north-east of Paris, the location of a pivotal battle in which 1,811 Americans died in June 1918 during the first world war.

Since then, Trump’s relations with Europe have soured and his friendship with Macron has since frayed — over issues ranging from Iran to trade — and the tree did not survive.

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

Trump-Bashing Republican Justin Amash Steps Down From Freedom Caucus After Discussion With Freedom Caucus Board

Trump-hating Republican Lawmaker stepped down from the Freedom Caucus on Monday night.

This comes after weeks of the Michigan Republican trashing the US president and calling for his impeachment.

He is the lone voice in the Republican party (so far) to call for Trump’ s removal over the junk Mueller witch hunt.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Slams Chamber of Commerce for Not Putting Americans First

President Trump called into CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ this morning to discuss tariffs on Mexico and trade with China.

He slammed the Chamber of Commerce as anti-American in their effort to stop his threat of tariffs on Mexico.

It’s no secret that the Chamber of Commerce is joined at the hip with Republican leaders like McConnell and Grassley.

These Republicans are beholden to the COC and aren’t putting the American worker or the legal American citizens first.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tucker Carlson Warns of Soros’ Stealth Takeover (Video)

Globalist is attempting to ‘remake American society’

In a hard hitting report Monday, Tucker Carlson warned that billionaire globalist George Soros is stealthily changing American society by ‘buying’ district attorney elections.

Carlson urged viewers to make themselves aware that Soros “has used his wealth to remake our society, American society.”

“His latest area of focus is criminal justice. From Texas to Philadelphia [and] the state of Virginia, Soros has reportedly spent millions of dollars backing candidates for District Attorney, for prosecutor.” Carlson continued.

“Once elected, these candidates…have ended cash bail, treated felonies like misdemeanors, and sometimes ignored some crimes entirely.” the host declared.

The Fox host highlighted the election of Democrat Larry Krasner to the office of District Attorney in Philadelphia.

“In the city of Philadelphia, Soros backed Larry Krasner and the murder rate there is the highest that it has been in a decade,” Carlson urged.

Carlson’s guest William McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania warned that “Philadelphia is the laboratory for where this experiment in Soros-funded prosecutors are playing out.”

McSwain charged the Democrat of “ramming down his radical, pro-defendant ideology on everyone else.”

With regards to Soros’ influence, he added “He is taking what I would describe as an illegitimate, anti-democratic shortcut by trying to purchase elections and then, once the DA is in place, he or she doesn’t enforce the law—and presto, you’ve got criminal justice reform.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“Extinction Rebellion” Climate Protest Snarls Toronto Traffic at Rush Hour

Various faith leaders and something called Extinction Rebellion Toronto are apparently concerned that the planet is engulfed in a “climate crisis.”

So they decided to do something about it… namely, inconveniencing thousands of Torontonians by shutting down a major downtown intersection at the height of rush hour.

On the night of a major Raptor’s game.

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

BBC Bans Reporters From Using “Terror Attack” Term…offers Insane New Ways to Describe Terror Attacks

It’s official—the Left has officially made it clear that they are siding with terrorists over innocent victims. Leftist publications, like BBC, who demand their reporters sanitize terms that describe acts of terror, are doing their readers a disservice. Instead of telling them the truth about horrifics acts of terror against innocent citizens, they are attempting to sugar-coat, or downplay the the truth about why terrorists are maming and killing people becasue of a radical ideology.

According to the Daily Mail — Reporters will be told to avoid using the word to describe any terror attack unless they are quoting someone else.

Instead, they will refer to terror attacks by naming specific details, such as the location and the method of slaughter used.

The controversial edict means that the BBC will no longer use the phrase ‘terror attack’ to describe the massacres at London Bridge or Manchester Arena, as the corporation did when the atrocities occurred.

Reporters would describe them as the London Bridge van attack or the Manchester Arena bomb attack instead.

But yesterday, MPs and experts accused the broadcaster of ‘failing in its public service duty’.

[Comment: Rowan Atkinson had a comic bit on “renaming” of criminal acts in the TV show “The Thin Blue Line.”]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

French Conservatives Warn of 75 ‘Small Notre Dame’ Level Disasters Waiting to Happen in Paris Alone

A group of French Republican politicians have sounded a “state of emergency” on 75 Paris Churches, each of which face a potential Notre Dame level catastrophic event if left without urgent remedial work, a statement after the world-famous Medieval cathedral suffered a catastrophic fire in April.

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

Greece: Is the Left-Wing Government Interfering in the Electoral Process?

The local elections held in Greece on May 26 cast doubt on the integrity of the powers-that-be in Athens, and raise questions about how fair the upcoming national elections, scheduled for July 7, will be.

During the lead-up to the local elections, suspicion had been rampant that the left-wing Syriza-led government was going to try to manipulate the outcome.

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

Hollywood Meddles in German Mayoral Election in Effort to Defeat AfD Candidate

Hollywood is meddling in the mayoral election of a small town in Germany in an effort to stop the right-wing AfD candidate from winning.

In the first round of the vote for Mayor of Goerlitz, the AfD’s Sebastian Wippel picked up 36.4% of the vote, beating the second place establishment CDU candidate.

The picturesque old town area of Goerlitz has been the site of numerous historical Hollywood movies over the years, including Inglourious Basterds and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Because of this, the industry now appears to think it can meddle in the democratic affairs of German residents of the town in an effort to prevent the election of the first AfD Mayor.

A joint petition signed by writers and directors from both Germany and Hollywood urges residents of Goerlitz not to give in to “hate and hostility” by voting for Wippel.

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

Italian Government Roiled After Country Used by Obama Deep State to Spy on Trump Campaign — 2 Intel Chiefs Fired

The Italians outed Joseph Mifsud as an intelligence asset with the British Intelligence, the FBI and CIA. Community Digital News has more from Italy — via American Thinker.

The Prime Minister of Italy has fired two of the countries most powerful intelligence chiefs in a major shake-up. It was directly attributed to their participation with John Brennan and the CIA in using Joseph Mifsud to set up George Papadopoulos as a pretext for launching the great Russia Hoax of 2016.

The use of Italian intelligence agencies to spy on members of the Trump campaign have roiled the internal workings of the Italian government at the highest levels. Simply put, Joseph Mifsud, who is represented in the Mueller report on page one as a “Russian agent”, is actually a senior Italian intelligence asset.

He works with British intelligence, the CIA and the FBI. Mifsud trains intelligence agents at a center for advanced intel studies in the hills above Rome. He is living there now. His rent is paid for by the institute.

This is the mysterious “Russian agent” that is at the very center of the “official” explanation of the origins of the Mueller probe.

[Comment: Only fired? How about jail time!?]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Austrian Tourists Cited for Street Sex at Beach Resort

At Lignano Sabbiadoro

(ANSA) — Udine, June 10 — A couple of Austrian tourists aged 19 and 21 were cited Sunday for having sex in the central avenue of the Friuli beach resort of Lignano Sabbiadoro.

They were cited for breaching public decency.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Chinese, Pakistani Shop Check Directive Soon — Di Maio

‘Not very transparent’

(ANSA) — Rome, June 11 — A directive to check up on shops owned by Chinese and Pakistani business people will be passed in the next few days, Deputy Premier Luigi Di maio said Tuesday.

He said these businesses were not very transparent.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Priest Blackmailed Over Gay Relationship

In Catania

(ANSA) — Catania, June 11 — A parish priest at Giarre near Catania in Sicily was blackmailed by a pianist with whom he had had a homosexual relationship, sources said Tuesday.

The pianist allegedly asked the priest for 5,000 euros to cancel photos and videos of their relationship, threatening to tell the local archbishop.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy Going Wrong Way, Risks Procedure — Juncker

‘Not threat yet, don’t want to humiliate Rome’

(ANSA) — Brussels, June 11 — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday the EC thought Italy was going the wrong way in fiscal terms and risked an infringement procedure for breaking the deficit and debt rules.

“We think that Italy is moving in the wrong direction, therefore we must take relevant decisions in this field, but I think that Italy risks in the next few years to be in the procedure for excessive deficits,” he told Politico.eu in an interview.

Asked if Rome was a threat to European stability, Juncker replied “not yet”.

Juncker said that he did not want to “humiliate” Italy but “this problem of Italy is a serious problem”.

He said “I don’t want to humiliate the Italian Republic with public declarations, because I have the greatest respect for various reasons, but we think that it is moving in a wrong direction.

Premier Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday that he, as premier, did not need a mandate for budget

negotiations with the EC.

He said next year’s budget must be forged “starting immediately” to give “clarity” to the country.

Asked about Juncker saying Italy was on the wrong track, Conte said “he got it wrong on Greece”.

He said that Juncker should know that “we are convinced about our line, it is not recessive”.

Conte added “if one day I were not to have a full mandate I would resign”.

The government’s proposed flat tax will be in the budget and the European Commission should permit

growth, Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said Tuesday.

He added that 50,000 teachers on temporary contracts will get steady full-time contracts.

The government is set to frame the 2020 budget after talks with the EC on possibly breaking debt and deficit rules.

A flat tax is one of the key campaign pledges of Salvini’s anti-migrant Euroskeptic League party.

Salvini added that the current government and majority, with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), “remain the only ones possible”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Govt Scrapping Whirlpool Incentives Over Plant ‘Closure’

Multinational denied reneging on deal, says jobs will be saved

(ANSA) — Rome, June 11 — Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday that he was scrapping State incentives granted to Whirlpool after the multinational decided to close, reconvert and sell on its factory in Naples.

“Whirlpool has not respected the pacts and it has taken back its word, saying it wants to close the Naples plant,” 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Di Maio told RTL radio.

He said he was about to sign “a ministerial directive revoking all the incentives, they have had around 50 million euros since 2014.

“If you come to Italy and take State money, you can’t then go off and close the plants with an attitude that breaches the pacts”. Whirlpool recently said it would “reconvert” the Naples plant and then sell it on to a third party.

Whirlpool hit back at Di Maio Tuesday saying it had never reneged on a deal, that the Naples site would not be “closed” and that it was “committed to finding a solution that guarantees the industrial continuity and the maximum employment levels of the site”.

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UK Prime Minister Frontrunner Clashes With EU

EU leaders have reiterated that the Brexit withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation as the Conservative leadership favourite — and thus new prime minister — demands the Irish backstop be renegotiated or the estimated £35-39 billion ‘divorce bill’ will not be paid.

Thought to be a likely contender for PM as the race to replace Theresa May gets under way, former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson looks set to clash with the EU if elected, predicted to make a no-deal Brexit more likely.

It comes as another contender former Brexit Minister Dominic Raab has also said he is willing to face no-deal if changes are not made.

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Vatican Whistleblower Says ‘Gay Mafia’ Is Blocking Needed Reforms

The former Vatican ambassador to the United States told the Washington Post a gay mafia among Church leadership is blocking attempts to seriously address clerical sexual abuse.

In an extensive interview, snippets of which were published Monday, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said that the sexual abuse crisis would be “far less severe” if the “problem of homosexuality in the priesthood were honestly acknowledged and properly addressed.”

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Victor Orban Adviser Maria Schmidt: “Orban and Trump Are Like Twins”

Dr. Maria Schmidt is a historian and one of the closest advisers to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. On May 24, she spoke to a U.S. travel delegation led by Dr. Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum and gave this exclusive interview to Gateway Pundit.

How did you first meet Viktor Orban?

I began to work for Viktor Orban in 1994. I was at home with my younger son at that time, who was 3 years old, when the Communists came back in power with the Liberals. Orban was head of the opposition party. I was always anti-Communist. I first “fell in love” with Orban in 1989 when he gave his speech on Heroes Square telling the Soviets to leave Hungary. It was the most important speech of that era in Hungary. I had just come back from the University of Indiana, in Bloomington, where I went on a Soros Grant in 1989 to research Jewish history. I had one of the first Soros Scholarship in Hungary in 1984! And when I came back from the States, there was this funeral (for Imre Nagy, Hero of the Hungarian Uprising 1956) where Orban spoke, and I said, “Oh my God, he’s the bomb!”

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Would-be Prime Minister Raab Promises All-Brexit Cabinet, Suspend Parliament Plan Gets Legal Green Light

Conservative leadership contender Dominic Raab has vowed to create a cabinet of Brexiteers, refusing to give a government job to any member of Parliament who wouldn’t accept that Britain is leaving the European Union in October.

Raab’s hardline approach to ensuring Brexit isn’t delayed again should he become party leader and, due to Britain’s Parliamentary system the Prime Minister as well, comes as his radical suggestion to prevent further Westminster interference in Brexit by closing Parliament temporarily got a boost on Tuesday.

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WWII French Freedom Fighter Memorial Vandalized by Open Borders Far-Left Anarchists

Far-left anarchist graffiti was found on a war memorial to those who resisted and liberated the southern French commune of Névache from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The monument, located at the Col de l’Echelle mountain pass in the Alps, is dedicated to the Maquis resistance fighters from the Second World War and was also partially vandalised along with the anarchist symbols that were drawn all over it, Le Dauphine reports.

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Libya, Endless War: Fighting Even Through the Night

by Fausto Biloslavo

Tripoli — The red flames illuminate a night propped up by stars. A government fighter glued to a heavy machine gun on the back of an off road vehicle shoots short intermittent bursts towards the positions of General Khalifa Haftar. A few kilometers further back, life in the center of Tripoli moves along in a chaotic manner, as if the war was far away.

The long road from the suburb of Yarmuk is interrupted by a shipping crate and a mound of earth, which a bulldozer was reinforcing as the sun was setting. On the right hand side a small abandoned building is in an optimal position for pounding enemy lines. In the absolute darkness we climb up stairs together with the breathless fighters, who are transporting heavy cases of ammunition. On the flat roof which overlooks half of the district, Tripoli defenders arrive from Misrata, Spartan Libya, and have placed down a Duska, without a tripod, fitting it onto the parapet.

The ones keeping their heads down are the journalists, in contrast to the fighters, who display no issues in taking aim and shooting tremendous broadsides that are lost in the dark. The roof is a type of armoury where they prepare ammunition tapes using the light of a mobile phone in the hope of not being seen by the Haftar snipers. A Misrata commander, who has been living on the front lines for weeks, indicates to the young machine gunner who is shooting and to areas of a sequence of hits which illuminate the red roof turning it into a perfect target.

One month after the beginning of the battle in Tripoli, the situation on the ground has come to a dramatic halt. In the capital there has been losses and regaining of position, but the line has changed very little. The recognised ONU government of Fayez al Serraj has failed to push back Haftar’s troops. And the Cirenaica General does not have the ability to go into the city and get to the center, as he had announced at the beginning of Ramadan, the month of Islamic fasting that began on the 6th of May. The government may be able to take the international airport which has been in disuse since 2014, but Tripoli remains besieged.

In all this chaos there are some unique characters, who one meets only during war; Mohammed is still hobbled from a bullet which struck his hip. He is a soldier of great courage found in Misrata along the first line, camouflaged and with crutches. Courageous and wiry he takes us into the heart of the battle in Ein Zara, a district of Tripoli where the hardest fighting has broken out. We give him a new crutch because the old one was lost who knows where, after hours of fighting.

The captain Rafat prefers jeans to a uniform with ranks on the shoulder pads. Italians had trained him in Cassino. When he meets us he goes out of his way to escort us along the front, in recognition of the friendship between our two countries.

The most colourful is Nidal, a tall black man who looked like a hobo, with a New York cap and a bandage slung over his neck for a wound on his arm. He does not care, driving with one hand what remains of a military jeep gnawed by bullets and shrapnel. It seems to be falling to pieces, but in reality it still travelled fast with a recoil-free cannon mounted on the back. Completely exposed, without any protection, he has a crew that seems serenely devoted to death. The “taxi” was perfect for travelling to the front.

You are made to face the war when bringing the injured to field infirmary close to the front line. The fighters in blue camouflage hit in the head, that don’t understand anything anymore. The young boy with guts hanging out and already dead. One of Fezzan’s African youths with a piece of a rocket ten centimeters in diameter lodged in his leg. He gives himself courage with his fellow soldiers by repeating the words Allah o akbar, God is great.

After a month of war for the conquest of Tripoli there is now a situation similar to the scenario in Syria at Italy’s front door, which risks dragging on longer without winners or losers.

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Reason to Cheer: 596 New Plant and Animal Species Discovered in India Last Year

Scientists and taxonomists have documented 596 new species of flora and fauna from India in the year 2018. The details of the discoveries were made public on Thursday by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in the publications Plant Discoveries 2018 and Animal Discoveries 2018.

Of the 596 species, 372 come under fauna (311 invertebrates and 61 vertebrates). The newly identified 224 plant species include seed plants, pteridophytes, bryophytes, fungi and lichen.

About 31% of the plant species were discovered in the Himayalas. In the case of animals, the Western Ghats remained a biological hotspot from where about 50% of the species were found.

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‘Criticising Someone From Another Race Doesn’t Make You Racist’: Sam Newman Slams New Adam Goodes Documentary as ‘Fake News’ And ‘Grovelling’ — Despite Not Watching it

The Final Quarter explores the former Sydney Swans player’s final years in his AFL career after he was subjected to targetted booing after he performed an Indigenous dance during a game in 2015.

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Ex-Footy Show Host Sam Newman is Banned From Watching New Adam Goodes Documentary After Labelling it ‘Grovelling’ And ‘Fake News’

Sam Newman on Monday called out the former Sydney Swans player’s documentary claiming that the booing directed towards him was not racist.

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Gangsters Go to War in Melbourne: Terrifying Moment Masked Gunman Fires a Wave of Bullets at a Suburban Home in the Latest Shooting to Rock the City

CCTV footage has captured the terrifying moment a masked gunman wearing a military-style vest opened fire on a Melbourne home.

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Horrifying Moment 14-Year-Old Girl Hits a Female Police Officer in the Face in a Shocking and ‘Unprovoked’ Attack at Westfield

A 14-year-old girl has been arrested for allegedly punching a female police officer in the face and kicking her in the leg in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon.

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DR Congo Ebola Outbreak: Child in Uganda Diagnosed With Virus

A five-year-old boy in Uganda has been diagnosed with Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.

This is the first case confirmed in the country amid a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 2,000 cases have been recorded there in the last 10 months — most of which have been fatal.

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Kenyan Media: China Forced Kenya Into $9 Billion ‘Debt Trap’ With Coal Plant Deal

Kenya’s Daily Nation on Tuesday accused China of forcing the Kenyan government into a “lopsided multibillion-shilling deal for the operation of the Standard Gauge Railway” and using similar strongarm tactics to push Kenya into a “debt trap” coal deal worth $9 billion in U.S. dollars.

The Daily Nation described the coal deal as a “bad project” and “another financial goof”:

[Comment: China has been doing this all over Africa.]

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90% of Moroccan ‘Street Children’ In Sweden Are Adults — Report

The influx of fake Moroccan “minors”, many of whom are in fact adults, has previously been associated with homelessness, drugs and crime.

A new cooperation with Morocco and tighter rapport between the Swedish border police and social authorities appears to have put a damper on the influx of Moroccan “minors”, the majority of whom are in fact adults, national broadcaster SVT reported. For a few years, Swedish authorities have been sounding the alarm over unaccompanied Moroccan “street children” who have been coming to the Scandinavian country in increasing numbers. Many sleep outdoors, they are often drug-influenced, and they commit serious crimes, SVT reported.

Neither the Swedish police nor the National Board of Health and Welfare have an exact figure on how many unaccompanied Moroccans are currently staying in Sweden, as many have entered the country illegally. However, fingerprint tests show that only ten percent of those checked are below 18 years of age. The rest have been lying about their age and are adults.

To illustrate this phenomenon, SVT told the story of Ali, who came to Sweden over a year ago. While he actually was 22, he lied and said that he was 16, as he had heard from friends that this was the easiest way to get help from the Swedish authorities. However, his real age was subsequently revealed using fingerprints. Now, Ali admittedly lives on the street and makes a living off of petty crimes.

By his own admission, he sees “no future” in Sweden and would like to move to Belgium instead, where he has contacts and plans to start a drug-peddling scheme.

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George Will: America Needs ‘As Much Immigration as Economy Can Take’

Never Trump, economic libertarian columnist George Will says the United States needs “as much immigration as the economy can take” to supply corporations with a never-ending flow of foreign workers and provide jobs to willing foreign nationals, no matter the cost to America’s working and middle class.

During an interview with Hill.TV, Will doubled down on his support for electing any of the multiple Democrats running for president against President Trump and said he wants as much immigration as the U.S. economy can handle.

[Comment: Another globalist mouthpiece. Note how they are all coming out of the woodwork to counter the worldwide rising of anti-globalist populist movements.]

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German Woman Married to African Migrant Spends 3 Hours a Day on Facebook Combating “Hate Speech”

make Facebook a “nicer place” by spending 3 hours a day moderating comments for “hate speech”.

“It’s 7:30 in Berlin, and Nina’s alarm clock is going off. Before getting up and making breakfast for her 13-month-old daughter, who is sleeping in the next room, she reaches for her phone,” reports BBC News.

Nina is part of “an international movement working to find and combat hate speech” because she cannot imagine her child “being grown up and reading all those things on Facebook”.

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Globalist Front: Mass Immigration Necessary to Replace Dying Americans

Mass legal immigration is necessary to replace older Americans in the workforce, globalist-aligned business interests and the open borders lobby say.

Analysis from Axios this week noted that elected officials are in a “scare” over the nation’s aging population coupled with declining birth rates and no increased incentives for Americans to have children.

The solution, Wall Street executives and open borders lobbyists say, is more legal immigration — that is, increasing the number of legal immigrants that are brought to the U.S. every year. Currently, the U.S. admits more than 1.2 million legal immigrants a year, more than any country in the world, which is subjecting America’s working and middle class to continuously increased foreign competition in the labor market.

“Earth has plenty of workers to do the jobs we need, just not in the countries where the jobs are right now,” the Axios report by Mike Allen concluded. “Fixing that mismatch is shaping up to be a central political challenge for the upcoming decades.”

The importation of more than a million legal immigrants a year to compete against working and middle-class Americans, Wall Street executives and open borders lobbyists claim, is not enough to mass-replace dying Americans.

A report by JPMorgan Funds Chief Global Strategist David Kelly asserts that the U.S. must increase legal immigration levels beyond their already historically high rates to “supply the economy with extra workers” and thus keep businesses and corporations from having to compete for U.S. workers with higher wages in a tightened labor market.

[Comment: Liars. Companies just want cheaper labour and globalists just want to destroy the USA.]

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Italian Pro-Migrant Groups Facing 15,000 Job Losses After Salvini Cuts

Following a series of budgetary cuts as part of populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s security and migration decree, migrant helper associations claim they have been forced to lay off thousands of employees.

The Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union announced the complaint, saying that so far pro-migrant groups have been forced to lay off around 5,000 workers due to the funding cuts in the security decree and added that the social centres were looking at a total of 15,000 layoffs by the end of the year, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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Italy to Fine NGOs Who Rescue Migrants at Sea

A decree adopted by the Italian government on Tuesday would force non-governmental organizations to pay between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,327 — $56,638) for transporting rescued migrants to Italian ports.

Rescuers who repeatedly dock without authorization risk having their vessel permanently impounded. The fines would be payable by the captain, the operator and the owner of the rescue ship.

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Italy: Migrant Rescue Vessel Captain Faces 20 Years for Aiding Illegal Immigration

German national Pia Klemp, the former captain of both the Iuventa and the Sea Watch-3 migrant rescue vessels, faces up to twenty years in an Italian prison after being put on trial on charges of suspicion of “help and complicity in illegal immigration.”

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Migrant Crisis: Children Among Seven Killed as Boat Sinks in Greece

At least seven people have been killed and 57 others rescued after a boat carrying migrants overturned near the Greek island of Lesbos, officials say.

The bodies of two children, four women and a man were recovered on Tuesday morning off the port of Mytilene.

While no official information has been provided on their nationalities, local media say they are of African descent.

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NY Times Hit Piece Blamed Muslim Immigrant for ‘Radicalizing’ YouTube Viewer Into Hating Muslim Immigrants

The New York Times hit piece that blamed right-wing YouTubers for radicalizing Caleb Cain into hating “Muslim immigrants” included as one of its targets a Muslim immigrant.

Yes, really.

According to Kevin Roose’s NY Times piece, Cain watched videos that “convinced him that Western civilization was under threat from Muslim immigrants”.

Three of those videos were produced by Mimi Al-Laham, a Muslim immigrant living in Australia.

“I am a Muslim immigrant, so the writer of this article Kevin Roose is implying that I somehow caused Caleb to hate myself,” said Al-Laham.

“How such videos could have contributed towards Caleb hating Muslim immigrants makes no sense unless the author Kevin Roose is implying that the very sight of a Muslim immigrant like myself could cause hatred,” she added.

Al-Laham reached out to Cain, who acknowledged that her videos played no role in ‘radicalizing’ him or making him hate Muslim immigrants.

This absurd contradiction illustrates how the article was intended as a broad effort to smear as many dissident voices as possible in an attempt to pressure YouTube into deplatforming them.

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Scott Warren Trial: Hung Jury in Case of No More Deaths Volunteer

After three days of deliberations, the jury in the case of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren was deadlocked and unable to reach a decision on the three federal felony charges against him. The judge declared a hung jury.

Warren faced one count of criminal conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens, and two counts of harboring, stemming from his January 2018 arrest by U.S. Border Patrol in Ajo, Ariz.

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Trump Destroys Democrats, Points Out the Obvious on Border Security

After President Trump played hardball with Mexico, forcing the U.S. neighbor to crack down on the flow of foreigners to the U.S. border, Democrats bashed the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement Saturday morning saying Trump had “undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world” by threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico if it didn’t control the flow of foreigners.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) piled on adding that since Trump has supposedly solved the problem, he no longer has to keep talking about illegal immigration.

Following their comments President Trump pointed out the obvious to the nation — Mexico is doing more for the US at the border than Democrats. That was a direct hit!

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U.S. Cities Overwhelmed With Numbers of Illegal Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Countries

Some U.S. cities are becoming overwhelmed with the number of illegal African migrants arriving from Ebola-stricken countries, with Portland Maine complaining that they are beyond capacity.

Large groups of migrants are arriving from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has been hit by one of the biggest ebola outbreaks in history, with 2,000 recorded cases in the last 10 months.

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UN Criticism of Security Decree Inadequate — Italy

Narrow minded

(ANSA) — Geneva, June 11 — A May 15 letter from the UN to Italy criticising the alleged restriction on migrants human rights in the government’s second security decree addresses the Libyan question “with an inadequate approach and stunning narrow-mindedness”, Italy replied to High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in a letter obtained by ANSA Tuesday. It said respecting human rights was a government priority.

Bachelet is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Bill Maher: “Political Correctness is a Cancer”

Talk show host Bill Maher says that “political correctness is a cancer on progressivism” and that the “vast majority” of liberals in America hate it.

During an appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time last night, the Real Time host complained that he was constantly on the receiving end of criticism for asking tough questions of Democratic politicians.

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Insider Blows Whistle on How Pinterest Lists Top Pro-Life Sites as “Porn” — Bible Verses “Censored” (Video)

Project Veritas interviewed a tech insider who blew the whistle on how Pinterest listed top pro-life sites as “porn” and censored Bible verses.

The insider, who wished to remain anonymous, described in detail how Pinterest blocks Christian terms and Bible verses by not allowing the terms to trend, blocking them from notifications and the auto-complete feature.

Pinterest also blacklisted pro-life group LiveAction.org by classifying them as “porn” which ultimately blocked their URL from being pinned.

Ben Shapiro commentary was also censored in “zero tolerance moment.”

Undercover Planned Parenthood videos were marked as ‘harmful conspiracy theories.’

Where is Congress? Every single tech company is acting like a publisher, not a neutral platform.

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Pinterest Bans Zero Hedge by Adding to “Porn Domain Block List” Used to Target Conservatives

Documents leaked to Project Veritas by a Pinterest insider reveal that the San Francisco-based social media company has blocked links from Zero Hedge and several conservative or religious-based websites — adding them to a ‘porn domain block list’ originally intended to keep the platform free of sexually explicit material.

Veritas has published several internal documents and interviewed the insider, who explained how the company with nearly 300 million active monthly users censors pro-life and Christian content. The leak reveals an aggressive campaign to censor conservative content under the guise of ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news.’

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Prelates Decry ‘General Doctrinal Confusion’ In Church

A small group of Catholic cardinals and bishops have published a “Declaration of Truths” in the face of what they see as “a widespread lethargy in the exercise of the Magisterium on different levels of the Church’s hierarchy.”

The group, which includes Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Janis Pujats, note they were moved to make this declaration because of the “extraordinary situation of a general doctrinal confusion and disorientation in the life of the Church” caused by a failure of Church leaders to teach clear doctrine.

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The Left’s Latest Obsession: Buying a Cake

Leftists in America have managed to turn buying a cake into the modern version of the Selma march. For one Colorado baker, this has become a march to the courthouse, over and over again.

Militant LGBT activists are once again picking on Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, a Denver suburb.

Jack is no stranger to controversy, but not by his choice. He is now facing his third legal challenge from LGBT militants in their unending quest to force Jack, in Orwellian fashion, to deny his religious beliefs.

This sorry saga began in 2012 when a Colorado judge ordered Jack Phillips to bake a cake commemorating a gay wedding. Jack refused as this went against his religious beliefs. As he said at the time, “I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”

Jack was practicing his “free exercise of religion” as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Being forced to deny his religious beliefs to him was, “displeasing God and acting contrary to the teachings of the Bible.”

Jack had to march to the courthouse, again and again, finally arriving at the U.S. Supreme Court, which, a year ago, ruled 7-2 in his favor. Case closed, right? Nothing is ever closed for the left. Despite the Mueller report finding no Russian collusion and no case for obstruction, Democrats and the media ignore the report, continuing to insist that President Trump is a Russian agent who should be impeached. It’s no different for the Denver baker.

The day of the Supreme Court ruling, transgender Autumn Scardina just happened to wander into Masterpiece Cakeshop, ordering a cake to celebrate her gender transition. Jack declined her order based on his religious beliefs.

Threatened with more harassment from the state civil rights commission, Jack punched back, filing a federal lawsuit against the commission, the State of Colorado, and then Governor John Hickenlooper, currently one of several dozen Democrats running for president…

Interestingly Muslim bakeries won’t make gay wedding cakes, either. Some in Dearborn, Michigan were filmed refusing such requests, but there were no lawsuits or fines from the state civil rights commissions, only silence or else demands that we respect the religious beliefs of Muslims.

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The University System is the Progressives’ Seminary

One hallmark of religions is they often have an institution of higher learning, where the most ambitious and well schooled young people go to complete their religious training and enter the world as leaders of their faith. In Christianity, we call these seminaries. A seminary is the place where a devout believer goes before he enters ministry. Once this training is completed, he is called to go out into the world to minister to his flock and to convert the unconverted.

The Progressive Left has a seminary, too — a finishing school where the ambitious and well schooled are polished to become “ministers” of their religion. It is the American university system.

The average high school graduate of promise often has no idea what world he is entering. All he knows is that all of his teachers have encouraged him from kindergarten until the end of his senior year that, if he has the talent and ability, he must go to college. The reasons for this aren’t nefarious. He will make more money as a college graduate; he will have a lower unemployment rate as a college graduate; and his general prospects for marriage, mental health, and the chance to retire are greatly improved by college. College has been, and continues to be, a great benefit — just like the public primary and secondary schools — for these reasons. But he is also unaware that he is about to enter a world that is even more slanted against tradition and conservatism than his usually left-leaning public school teachers, where conservatives are outnumbered nationally by a ratio of only 6 to 1.

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Vatican Condemns Transgenderism as Attempt to “Annihilate Nature”

As many in the world celebrate “Pride Month” amid a surge in demands for acceptance of the idea that gender is more complex and fluid than the binary categories of male and female, The Vatican has blasted modern gender theory, claiming in a new document that it seeks to “annihilate the concept of ‘nature’.”

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Video: Woman in PBS Documentary Feels “Sense of Peace” About Aborting Her Twins

A video clip from a PBS documentary features a woman describing her “sense of peace” at aborting her two twin babies.

The footage shows the woman being instructed by a doctor to take medical abortion pills.

“This is the stuff that makes the pregnancy stop growing and unattach a little bit from the uterus,” explains the doctor, before noting how a second pill taken 24 hours later “helps to induce the cramping and the bleeding that will actually help the body push the pregnancy tissue out of her uterus” and facilitate “miscarriage symptoms”.

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Vox Once Gave Platform to YouTube Comic Who Told Gays “Kill Yourself”

Vox — the company that led the effort to ban Steven Crowder over his use of homophobic language — previously gave a platform to Filthy Frank, who produced a satirical YouTube video in which he sang the words, “you’re a giant f*ggot and you should kill yourself.”

Oh, the foul stench of hypocrisy.

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You’ll be Shocked to Learn That Book Claiming ‘Married Women Are Less Happy’ Is Total Bull***t

“Happiness expert” Paul Dolan’s claim that married women admit to being less happy than unmarried women when their spouse is out of the room was based off a misreading of the data, adjunct professor Gray Kimbrough has revealed.

From Vox:

“Married people are happier than other population subgroups, but only when their spouse is in the room when they’re asked how happy they are. When the spouse is not present: f***ing miserable,” Dolan said, citing the American Time Use Survey, a national survey available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and used for academic research on how Americans live their lives.

The problem? That finding is the result of a grievous misunderstanding on Dolan’s part of how the American Time Use Survey works. The people conducting the survey didn’t ask married people how happy they were, shoo their spouses out of the room, and then ask again. Dolan had misinterpreted one of the categories in the survey, “spouse absent,” which refers to married people whose partner is no longer living in their household, as meaning the spouse stepped out of the room.

Oops.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/11/2019

  1. NYT stopping publishing political cartoons.
    In Paris there are twelve massacred because of unwelcome cartoons, but they at least have given their blood for the fundamental and essential values and freedoms that we had to fight hard for. In New York they voluntarily lie down in their graves without a struggle, morally dead.
    RIP New York Times.
    https://www.geenstijl.nl/5148085/rip-nyt/

  2. “..refugee-helping NGOs have filed a complaint that the Italian government’s new migration policies have forced them to lay off 15,000 employees.”

    15,000!! Good grief. If I’d been told 1,500 people in Italy worked for ‘refugee-helping NGOs’ I’d have been shocked at such a high number. Plainly it is a business and a very lucrative one.

    • I wouldn’t worry too much about them; I am sure sugar-daddy Soros can find new jobs for them as professional agitators & rent-a-crowds for protests against Salvini.

      It is good to see Salvini making Italy great again!

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    lately also notoriously called “STEFANISM”

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    Sweden – inside the world’s most stupid state.
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    THE TRUTH ABOUT SWEDISH SOCIALISM: Debunking the lies of the … Many people in the western world are now looking to Sweden expecting to find a … They are taking more ..
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    Some glimpses of Swedish citizens 1860 – 1918 (3 min.)
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      Former NATO chief: Sweden is “pure madness” and out of control due to political correctness

      Immigration Policy
      June 12, 2019

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen has participated in a seminar in Norway.
      The netpaper Economics has spoken to the former Danish Prime Minister, who continues to express himself clearly and unmistakably.
      In the interview he is asked, among other things, what he thinks about the situation in Sweden.

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen laughs loudly before he answers:
      – The Swedes have lost their hinges with political correctness. It’s pure madness. They have chosen a dangerous strategy by isolating the Swedish Democrats. We did the opposite in Denmark with the Danish People’s Party. My idea is to include all democratic forces into negotiations and include them. Thus, they become more responsible and parliamentary parties. We have seen this in both Denmark and Norway. What the Swedes do is completely wrong, he says.

      https://denkorteavis.dk/2019/nu-anders-fogh-rasmussen-sverige-er-ude-af-kontrol-takket-vaere-politisk-korrekthed/

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