Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/13/2019

The father of Stephan Balliet, the synagogue shooter in Halle, told the media that his son had been a soldier in the Bundeswehr. The elder Mr. Balliet said that he and his son often had serious disagreements.

In other news, 130 Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested in Amsterdam after they disrupted traffic by shutting down a bridge.

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USA
» “These Are Bad People, These Are Evil People” — President Trump Speaks Out on Obama, Strzok, Page and Entire SpyGate Scandal (Audio)
» A Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors in More Than 100 Published Studies
» Criminal Facebook Deletes “Donald Trump is Our President” Facebook Fan Page With 3,276,000 Fans!
» Facebook Takes Down “Proud American” Page on Support of US Border Patrol — Loving Your Country is Too Offensive for Far Left Social Media Giant
» Glenn Greenwald: CNN and MSNBC Are Like “State TV” With Ex-Intel Officials as Contributors
» Hanoi Jane Fonda Says She’s Been ‘Climate Scientist for Decades’
» In Advance of Law School Speech by Attorney General William Barr, Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole Issued a Ringing Defense of Free Speech
» James O’Keefe Drops a Bomb! Announces Project Veritas Has Undercover Video From Inside CNN
» Meet Fiona Hill — The Soros Mole Aiming to Take Down Trump
» MSNBC President Phil Griffin ‘Smirked as He Waved Around a Zoomed-in Photograph of Maria Menounos’ Naked Crotch in a Staff Meeting, After She Was Caught on Camera Suffering a Bikini Malfunction, According to Ronan Farrow’s New Book
» Oath Keepers Plan to ‘Do What Police Will Not Do’ And Protect Trump Supporters From ‘Antifa’
» President Trump Rips Paul Ryan: He Refused to Allow Subpoenas to Investigate Deep State Corruption (Video)
» Ted Malloch: Meet the True Deep State
» Wisconsin Governor Vows to Kill Plan to Punish Campus Disruptors
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Immigration and Abortion Nationalist Party Wins Seats in Leftist Portuguese Parliament
» Belgium: Knife-Wielding Islamist Threatens Walkers in Brussels, Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’
» Denmark Introduces Permanent Border Controls With Sweden Due to Gang Violence
» Dying Society: Deaths of UK-Born Overtake Births to UK-Born Mothers
» France: Paris No-Go Suburb Activist Arrested Trying to Pay Homage to Islamist Cop Killer
» France: More Death to Free Speech
» France: Islamic Radicals Are Teaching Students in Public Schools
» Germany: Yom Kippur Synagogue Shooter Was Former Army Member, According to Father
» Hungary’s Opposition Wins Budapest Election, Makes Gains in Other Cities
» Italy: Renzi Parents Convicted of Issuing False Invoices
» Netherlands: 130 Arrests as Extinction Rebellion Activists Block Key Amsterdam Bridge
» Optimistic on Europe’s Future Says Draghi
» Populists Top Poland Vote, Expand Majority: Exit Poll
» Prince Charles Writes Op-Ed for Vatican Paper on Newman Canonization
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Activists Paid 450 Euro-a-Week to Lead Protests, Documents Reveal
» UK: Khan’s London: Man Accuses Woman of Rejecting Him for Being Black, Stabs Her 7 Times
» UK: Mark Carney Says Firms Ignoring Climate Crisis Will Go Broke
» UK: Rules for Journalists Focus on Muslim ‘Sensitivities’
» UK: Soggy Extinction Rebellion Protesters Huddle Together in a Rain-Soaked Trafalgar Square for a Seventh Day of Eco-Protests That Have Shut Down Swathes of Central London
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Arab Plumbers Refuse to Charge After Learning Woman’s Holocaust Survivor
 
Middle East
» Kurdish Demonstrators Protest Across France Over Turkish Actions in Syria
» Pope Francis Urges Assistance to ‘Beloved and Battered Syria’
» Syrian Army to Deploy Along Turkish Border in Deal With Kurdish-Led Forces
» Turkey “Accidentally” Bombs US Special Forces Base in Syria
» Turkish Envoy Hits Back at Italian Rap Over Syrian Offensive
 
South Asia
» This Popular Solo Female Travel Vlogger Thinks Pakistan Could be the World’s No. 1 Tourism Destination
 
Far East
» HK Leader Ditches Meeting Ted Cruz, Says the U.S. Senator
» Hong Kong Protesters and Police Clash, Metro and Shops Targeted
» Virgil: We’ve Seen This Movie Before — How Communist China is Following Nazi Germany’s Playbook Against America
» Western Corporations Set Up Communist China to Rule the World
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Christians in Burkina Faso: “A Fight for Survival”
 
Immigration
» Migrant Youths Charged With Gang-Raping an 18-Year-Old Girl in Germany
» Sweden: Anti-Mass Migration MP Considers Moving After Second Vandalism Attack
 
Culture Wars
» AG William Barr Warns on How Growing Secularism is Pushing Out Religion, Traditional Values
» Buttigieg Announces Plan for Nationwide ‘Mentorship’ Program to Connect LGBT Youth With Politicians
 
General
» Bees Get Better at Math When They’re Punished for Mistakes
» Center of Milky Way Exploded 3.5 Million Years Ago
 

“These Are Bad People, These Are Evil People” — President Trump Speaks Out on Obama, Strzok, Page and Entire SpyGate Scandal (Audio)

Rush Limbaugh played audio this week of former DNI James Clapper admitting on CNN that Barack Obama made them all spy on President Trump and his campaign.

This was a huge admission by James Clapper — Obama was behind it all! Obama was making the calls to have the FBI and CIA spy on Trump advisers all over Europe.

This is what we all suspected all along.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors in More Than 100 Published Studies

Scientists in Hawaii have uncovered a glitch in a piece of code that could have yielded incorrect results in over 100 published studies that cited the original paper.

The glitch caused results of a common chemistry computation to vary depending on the operating system used, causing discrepancies among Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The researchers published the revelation and a debugged version of the script, which amounts to roughly 1,000 lines of code, on Tuesday in the journal Organic Letters.

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

Criminal Facebook Deletes “Donald Trump is Our President” Facebook Fan Page With 3,276,000 Fans!

Criminal Facebook Strikes Again…

The Facebook officials go sit in front of Congress and LIE about censorship.

Then go back to their offices and continue to eliminate conservative content.

Facebook eliminated the “Donald Trump Is Our President” Facebook fan page.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Takes Down “Proud American” Page on Support of US Border Patrol — Loving Your Country is Too Offensive for Far Left Social Media Giant

Sergio Tinoco wrote the book “Proud American” about his life story. More recently Sergio launched the “Proud American” Facebook page. The page dedicated to border patrol agents has over 44,000 likes.

On Thursday Facebook abruptly removed the “Proud American” Facebook page — no reason was given.

Sergio told The Gateway Pundit the Facebook page was taken down without any prior warnings. Sergio added that Facebook suppressed the page in the past but this time they completely removed the entire page.

Sergio told TGP he filed a complaint but has heard nothing back.

Of course, Sergio Tinoco is not the only conservative and “proud American” who has been silenced by the far left gatekeepers at Facebook.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Glenn Greenwald: CNN and MSNBC Are Like “State TV” With Ex-Intel Officials as Contributors

Glenn Greenwald called out the media for not apologizing for “lying to people” and being wrong in their years covering the Trump-Russian collusion investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. He called on top primetime cable hosts to go before cameras, hang their head in shame and apologize.

“It was continuously on MSNBC which, let me just say, should have their top posts on primetime, go before the cameras and hang their head in shame, and apologize for lying to people for three straight years exploiting their fears to great profit,” Greenwald told Carlson. “These are people who are on the verge of losing their jobs. That whole network was about to collapse, this whole scam saved them.”

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

Hanoi Jane Fonda Says She’s Been ‘Climate Scientist for Decades’

When she went to North Vietnam and sat on one of their anti-aircraft guns while Americans were dying in the Vietnam war, was it just a climate investigation? Because Jane Fonda says she has been a “climate scientist for decades and decades.”

Fonda was interviewed by ABC News on Thursday, the day before she was arrested with sixteen other protesters on Friday after being repeatedly warned by police to leave the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Hanoi Jane was charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.” and was released hours later.

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

In Advance of Law School Speech by Attorney General William Barr, Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole Issued a Ringing Defense of Free Speech

Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame on Friday and attracted over 100 protesters, some of whom were blowing whistles. In advance of the talk, new Notre Dame Dean Marcus Cole issued a ringing defense of free speech.

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

James O’Keefe Drops a Bomb! Announces Project Veritas Has Undercover Video From Inside CNN

James O’Keefe III, the ‘guerrilla journalist’ and founder of Project Veritas, spoke today at the Family Research Council conference in Washington DC.

As he ended his speech James O’Keefe fired off a warning shot to CNN.

Project Veritas has undercover video from INSIDE CNN. And Project Veritas has undercover video of CNN ‘talent’ Brian Stelter! James told the crowd Project Veritas will release the video this week.

James teased, “This may be the biggest story Project Veritas has EVER BROKE!”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Meet Fiona Hill — The Soros Mole Aiming to Take Down Trump

Infowars has reverse engineered the Deep State plan to remove Trump using a network of intelligence operatives posing as whistleblowers

Infowars first reported that Fiona Hill worked as a mole for George Soros when Trump confidante Roger Stone broke the bombshell in May 2017, revealing that Hill was serving as Soros’ mole under the supervision of former NSA adviser H.R. McMaster on the National Security Council.

Sources close to President Trump also confirmed to Infowars that Hill is one of the whistleblowers involved in the Ukraine witch hunt against Trump.

Now, Hill is set to testify before Congress in an investigation laundering operation that conceals the origins of evidence called parallel construction. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: They claim the so-called whistleblower needs protected identity and whatever they say must be accepted as the word of God.

Step 2: A partisan investigation is begun, led by known globalist hacks and anti-Trumpers such as Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

Step 3: A “Bait and Switch” occurs where the very conspirators posing as 3rd party witnesses pretend to be caught up in the investigation and reluctantly are forced to testify — despite the fact that all other real named parties and documents show the exact opposite to be true.

“What they’re doing is illegal,” Alex Jones said. “They’ll be the anonymous tipper themselves or the anonymous whistleblower and then use those protections to keep their anonymity. Then they’ll trigger the fake investigation and then be called as a witness because they’re considered a person of knowledge by the committee run by the corrupt Adam Schiff who helped concoct the entire scheme in the beginning.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

MSNBC President Phil Griffin ‘Smirked as He Waved Around a Zoomed-in Photograph of Maria Menounos’ Naked Crotch in a Staff Meeting, After She Was Caught on Camera Suffering a Bikini Malfunction, According to Ronan Farrow’s New Book

The president of MSNBC waved around a zoomed-in photograph of Maria Menounos’ crotch in a staff meeting after she suffered a bikini malfunction, according to explosive details in Ronan Farrow’s new book.

Phil Griffin, 62, reportedly smirked as he told others in the room: ‘Would you look at that? Not bad, not bad.’

TV host Maria, 41, called the publication of the photographs ‘the most embarrassing moment of my life’ after the images emerged of her on the beach in Miami on New Years Eve in 2010.

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

Oath Keepers Plan to ‘Do What Police Will Not Do’ And Protect Trump Supporters From ‘Antifa’

The far-right Oath Keepers group is set “do what police will not do” and be out in force for President Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas next week, having made a similar move at the Trump rally in Minneapolis.

The group has said it will be providing escorts to and from the rally for Trump supporters who they fear may come under attack from “Antifa or another radical leftists.”

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

President Trump Rips Paul Ryan: He Refused to Allow Subpoenas to Investigate Deep State Corruption (Video)

For months there have been rumors that Paul Ryan would not allow Republican House members to subpoena deep state criminals in the FBI and Justice Department. For two years of the Trump administration Paul Ryan allowed the deep state to launch attack after attack on this president while he remained silent.

On Saturday President Trump ripped the failed former Speaker.

President Trump: We have great, great relationships with the people in the Rupublican Party. But they don’t fight dirty. As an example with subpoenas. You take a look at Paul Ryan when he was Speaker. He wouldn’t give em! I’m not even knocking him for that. He wouldn’t give em. He thought it was inappropriate. Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, all of the guys wanted, Gaetz, all of them. Matt Gaetz. I could name 25 people. These are incredible people. They wanted subpoenas to investigate all of the corruption that they found. Horrible, horrible corruption. Paul Ryan would say, “Well, wait a minute, slow down. Let’s come back next week.” They would come back, they wouldn’t get it. She hands them out like their cookies!

Paul Ryan was always working for the other side.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ted Malloch: Meet the True Deep State

Guest post by Ted Malloch

I just received this notice from Google, where I have accounts, email, cloud storage and browser, just like many of YOU.

Dear Google User,

Google received and responded to legal process issued by Federal Bureau of Investigation (District of Columbia) compelling the release of information related to your Google account. A court order previously prohibited Google from notifying you of the legal process. We are now permitted to disclose the receipt of the legal process to you. The agency reference number or case number on the legal process is Case: 1: ZZ-??-00XXX/… (withheld here)

For more information about how Google handles legal process, view our transparency report at www.google.com/transparencyreport/userdatarequests/legalprocess/. Google is not in a position to provide you with legal advice or discuss the substance of the legal process. If you have other questions regarding this matter, you may wish to contact an attorney.

Please reply to this email and/or include the case identification number located in the subject line in any further communications regarding this matter. Regards,

Legal Investigations Support Google LLC You received this announcement to update you about important information in regard to your Google account. (c) 2019 Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Yes, The FBI—our very own government — is spying on us and gets easy access to everything we say, see, and view, every single click.

This is a near police state.

The DEEP STATE actors, in cahoots with Google, work day and night to thwart freedom and especially to knock conservatives and make life difficult for ANYONE associated with or supporting President Donald Trump, who they loathe and want to thwart, if not impeach and remove from office.

All of this, what Trump himself calls “bulls***,” likely stems from my active opinion and media appearances defending Trump and his policies.

I have appeared literally many hundreds of times in print and on television around the world, especially in Europe — FOR Trump.

The FBI did not want YOU the public to read my book, The Plot to Destroy Trump because it spelled out in grainy and gory detail the intel gate led by former CIA Director, John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey and their Obama cronies which was paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC, attempting a coup against our duly elected President.

It detailed the origins of the British MI6 spy Steele Dossier and named names.

Now it is all coming home to roost.

Former Princeton University professor and leading Kremlinologist, Stephen Cohen agreed with me.

The DEEP STATE is now apparently also very concerned about the release of my new book out in December 2019, published by Humanix Books, entitled, Trump’s World, which elaborates in great detail the highly successful ‘America First’ foreign policy of President Trump and shows who are his real adversaries.

Preorder it here:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Wisconsin Governor Vows to Kill Plan to Punish Campus Disruptors

On Friday, a spokesman for Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he would kill a plan moving through the state of Wisconsin Board of Regents that would punish students who frequently disrupted campus speakers.

“He didn’t support it on the Board of Regents and still doesn’t support it,” Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff told The College Fix.

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

Anti-Immigration and Abortion Nationalist Party Wins Seats in Leftist Portuguese Parliament

For 45 years, since the 1974 coup which brought down the single-party, conservative regime led by Mr. Oliveira Salazar that saw Portugal unscathed through the Second World War, Parliament in the westernmost European Country has been held by exclusively left-oriented parties. The Constitution itself, in its preamble, has for its doctrine “the road to a socialist society”, a unique case in the Western world and one of only eight on the planet along North Korea, Cuba, China and the like.

In fact, so widespread and immanent has become the presence of the Left, that until last year even the Christian Democrats (CDS) were known to support, or at least not oppose, the legalization of abortion that took place in 2007; mass immigration; a bankrupt Ponzi scheme of public welfare; and many other “modern” causes and quandaries.

School curricula, in the hands of deconstructivist public employees (of which there are 700.000) preach historic revisionism, gender ideology and moral relativism. Virtually every media outlet is in the hands of political parties or their proxies, mostly law firms, and control the airwaves in perfect Orwellian fashion. Gramsci would be proud of this creation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Belgium: Knife-Wielding Islamist Threatens Walkers in Brussels, Yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’

Police in Brussels arrested a man last week who had been threatening to stab random passers-by on the street while repeatedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

On Wednesday morning around 11 am, police in the Brussels-West zone received numerous calls from individuals who said that a man on the street had threatened them with a knife, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

The man allegedly asked some of the people walking by were Jewish before going on to threaten them with a knife while yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.

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

Denmark Introduces Permanent Border Controls With Sweden Due to Gang Violence

The Danish government will introduce permanent border controls with Sweden due to the rising tide of gang violence plaguing the Scandinavian country.

Justice minister Nick Hekkerup said on Thursday that the threat from Swedish organised gang violence means Denmark must enact stricter border controls with its northern neighbour, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

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

Dying Society: Deaths of UK-Born Overtake Births to UK-Born Mothers

Deaths of British-born people outstripped deaths to British born mothers for only the third time since records began in 1838.

There were only 471,476 live births to British-born mothers in England and Wales in 2018, compared to 487,618 deaths of British-born people, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reported by The Telegraph.

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

France: Paris No-Go Suburb Activist Arrested Trying to Pay Homage to Islamist Cop Killer

Far-left activist Hadama Traoré was arrested in the no-go Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis after attempting to pay homage to Mickael Harpon, an Islamic convert who murdered four people at a Paris police station.

The activist and founder the ‘The Revolution Is on the Move’ movement had previously called on supporters in Seine-Saint-Denis to demonstrate in support of Mr Harpon. He claims the suspected cop killer was not a terrorist and labels the media as disseminating “misinformation”, Le Parisien reports.

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

France: More Death to Free Speech

On September 28, a “Convention of the Right” took place in Paris, organized by Marion Marechal, a former member of French parliament and now director of France’s Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences. The purpose of the convention was to unite France’s right-wing political factions. In a keynote speech, the journalist Éric Zemmour harshly criticized Islam and the Islamization of France. He described the country’s “no-go zones” (Zones Urbaines Sensibles; Sensitive Urban Zones) as “foreign enclaves” in French territory and depicted, as a process of “colonization”, the growing presence in France of Muslims who do not integrate.

Zemmour quoted the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, who said that the no-go zones are “small Islamic Republics in the making”. Zemmour said that a few decades ago, the French could talk freely about Islam but that today it is impossible, and he denounced the use of the “hazy concept of Islamophobia to make it impossible to criticize Islam, to reestablish the notion of blasphemy to the benefit of the Muslim religion alone…”

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

France: Islamic Radicals Are Teaching Students in Public Schools

Less than a week after the terrorist attack on police headquarters in Paris, French Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that a dozen public school teachers have been reported for Islamic radicalization in 2018.

“These are cases that can be of varying intensity. These are things that give rise to an initial vigilance on our part,” Blanquer said on Thursday during an interview with French radio Europe 1.

“There are values to be respected at school, and when we do not respect these values, when we have anti-republican speeches, we do not have a place for those adults supervising children,” the Education Minister added.

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

Germany: Yom Kippur Synagogue Shooter Was Former Army Member, According to Father

Synagogue shooting suspect Stephan Balliet, 27, had previously been a member of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, according to his father.

The father of the suspected far-right terrorist, who killed a woman and a man near a synagogue in the German city of Halle, claimed that he had verbally fought with Mr Balliet. “There was always a fight. My opinion did not count. I could not get to him,” he said, according to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

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

Hungary’s Opposition Wins Budapest Election, Makes Gains in Other Cities

BUDAPEST (Reuters) — Hungary’s opposition scored its biggest election victory in a decade on Sunday when liberal challenger Gergely Karacsony ousted ruling-party incumbent Istvan Tarlos as mayor of Budapest and opposition parties made gains in other major cities as well.

The result will not affect Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s grip on national power as his Cabinet is buoyed by a strong economy, fierce anti-immigration rhetoric and hefty wage rises. His ruling Fidesz party remains wildly popular in rural areas.

No general election is due until 2022 and Orban, who rose to power in 2010, holds a huge majority in parliament.

[Comment: The big cities in the West are liberal/left.]

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

Italy: Renzi Parents Convicted of Issuing False Invoices

Get 1 yr, 9 mts each

(ANSA) — Florence, October 7 — A Florence court on on Monday handed down sentences of one year, nine months for the parents of ex-premier, former centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader and now head of the centrist Italia Viva (IV) party, Matteo Renzi, in a false invoices case.

A third defendant, businessman Luigi Dagostino, got two years.

Tiziano Renzi and Laura Bovoli denied the charges.

But a prosecutor said the three acted criminally in issuing two false invoices, perhaps not only for allegedly dodging taxes.

He said Tiziano Renzi and Laura Bovoli “are two experienced businesspeople who issue invoices for major sums, meant to evade taxes”.

Dagostino also issued fake invoices for the same ends, the prosecutor said.

The issuing of the invoices may also have had “other purposes” which the prosecutor did not go into.

The Renzis said they would appeal the verdict.

Tiziano Renzi said: “I am aware that it is only a first moment, I have not absolutely lost faith in justice and I await the appeals trial with my dfence attorneys”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Netherlands: 130 Arrests as Extinction Rebellion Activists Block Key Amsterdam Bridge

Police arrested 130 climate activists in Amsterdam on Saturday after they blocked the Blauwbrug bridge for several hours, disrupting road and water traffic and some tram services.

An estimated 250 other Extinction Rebellion activists were put into police buses and driven to the outskirts of the city, where they were left, local broadcaster NH Nieuws reported.

All those arrested face automatic fines of €380.

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

Optimistic on Europe’s Future Says Draghi

Euro more popular than ever, ECB chief says at degree ceremony

(ANSA) — Milan, October 11 — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday he was optimistic about the future of Europe.

“I’m optimistic about the future of Europe…and the euro is more popular than ever”, he said a ceremony granting him an honorary degree from Milan’s Cattolica University.

“A more active budget policy in the eurozone would make it possible,” he added “to regulate the ECB’s policies more quickly.

“The ECB’s policies have been shown to be valid,” he added.

Draghi said those who had harboured doubts about “the creation of the European Union, the introduction of the euro and the ECB’s operations” were now being “doubted”.

He said experts were today often called into question, but “knowledge is useful”.

Finally, Draghi said it was “unfounded” that the ECB had increased inequality.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Populists Top Poland Vote, Expand Majority: Exit Poll

Warsaw (AFP) — Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party won a general election in Poland on Sunday, expanding its majority, according to an exit poll by the Ipsos institute.

The PiS scored 43.6 percent of the vote for 239 seats in the 460-member lower house of parliament, outpacing the centrist Civic Coalition (KO) opposition with 27.4 percent support (130 seats) and a leftist coalition that took 11.9 percent (43 seats), the poll for Poland’s three major television stations said.

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Prince Charles Writes Op-Ed for Vatican Paper on Newman Canonization

ROME — The Prince of Wales has written a tribute for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano asserting that Sunday’s canonization of John Henry Newman is “a cause of celebration not merely in the United Kingdom, and not merely for Catholics, but for all who cherish the values by which he was inspired.”

John Henry Newman was a 19th-century Anglican priest and scholar who converted to Catholicism at the age of 44 and was later made a cardinal. Pope Benedict beatified him in 2010 when visiting the UK.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Activists Paid 450 Euro-a-Week to Lead Protests, Documents Reveal

Extinction Rebellion activists are being paid as much as 450 euros-a-week to lead protests that have brought disorder and confusion to cities across Britain, new reports have revealed.

Green extremist activists working for the organization have been paid nearly 230,000 euros since the protest movement began last fall, the Daily Mail reports.

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UK: Khan’s London: Man Accuses Woman of Rejecting Him for Being Black, Stabs Her 7 Times

A man who stabbed a woman seven times after she turned down his romantic overtures, suspecting she had done so “because I am black”, has been convicted of attempted murder.

23-year-old Joseph Martelli hurled his victim to the floor at his home in the inner-city district of Holloway in the London borough of Islington — represented by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons — after she pulled away from an attempted kiss, demanding: “Is it because it because I am black?”

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UK: Mark Carney Says Firms Ignoring Climate Crisis Will Go Broke

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has threatened environmentally inactive companies with bankruptcy in his latest push to tackle the “climate emergency.”

The global transition needed to address the climate crisis could result in an “abrupt financial collapse,” Mr. Carney told the UK-based Guardian newspaper, adding that delays in curbing emissions only exacerbate the risk of collapse.

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UK: Rules for Journalists Focus on Muslim ‘Sensitivities’

Journalism regulators in the United Kingdom are proposing rules that critics say would favor Islam over other religions.

The aim of the rules apparently is “to respect ‘sensitivities’ and avoid causing offense — not the factually correct reporting of newsworthy events,” wrote Judith Bergman, a lawyer, political analyst and senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

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UK: Soggy Extinction Rebellion Protesters Huddle Together in a Rain-Soaked Trafalgar Square for a Seventh Day of Eco-Protests That Have Shut Down Swathes of Central London

Soggy Extinction Rebellion protesters are huddled together in a rain-soaked Trafalgar Square for the seventh day of eco-protests that have shut down swatches of central London.

Protesters clutching umbrellas are braving the miserable weather to continue the demonstrations that caused huge disruption in the capital last week.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed and led to 1,309 arrests have been made so far in connection with Extinction Rebellion protests so far, with 42 people charged with a variety of offences.

This morning activists took part in ‘ten minutes of silence and stillness’ across a number of sites as they ‘reflect on the past week.’

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

Arab Plumbers Refuse to Charge After Learning Woman’s Holocaust Survivor

Two Arab Israeli plumbers in the northern city of Haifa waived a NIS 1,000 ($285) service fee after learning their client was a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Simon and Salim Matari, who are brothers, were recently called to the home of Rosa Meir to fix a major leak, according to Channel 12.

“When we got there, we saw there was a large blast of water and we started fixing it,” said Simon. “At some stage, while working, my brother Salim started to talk to Rosa about her life. She told us she’s 95, a Holocaust survivor, and that she has a daughter.

“Her life story touched my heart. At that moment, I decided I won’t take a cent from her.”

After the work was completed, he removed his notepad to bill her, and wrote: “Holocaust survivor, may you have health until 120 [years old], from Matari Simon and Matari Salim,” adding that the cost of the service was “0 shekels.”

Rosa was brought to tears, the report said.

“The brothers really surprised me,” she said. “It was so moving and uplifting, and I thanked them a lot.”

Simon Matari said they did it “from their hearts.”

He also left her a parting gift: If she should need anything else, he said, they would happily come fix it for free.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Kurdish Demonstrators Protest Across France Over Turkish Actions in Syria

Kurdish activists in France are protesting against the Turkish incursion into northern Syria across several French cities after tense scenes unfolded between Kurds and police in Paris.

The Democratic Council of Kurds in France advertised the protests writing, “Let’s raise our voices loudly to denounce the fascist aggression of Turkey against Rojava. Reminder of mobilization throughout France this week to defend the Rojava against the Turkish invasion.”

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Pope Francis Urges Assistance to ‘Beloved and Battered Syria’

ROME — Pope Francis called attention to the plight of Syria Sunday, as Turkey steps up its assault on Kurds in the northeast of the country.

“And my thoughts go once again to the Middle East,” Francis told the estimated 50,000 people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his Angelus message. “In particular, they go to beloved and battered Syria from where once again dramatic news is arriving about the fate of the people of the north-east of the country, forced to leave their homes because of military actions.”

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Syrian Army to Deploy Along Turkish Border in Deal With Kurdish-Led Forces

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) — The Syrian army will deploy along the length of the border with Turkey in an agreement with the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria to help repel a Turkish offensive, the Kurdish-led administration said on Sunday.

The army deployment would support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in countering “this aggression and liberating the areas that the Turkish army and mercenaries had entered”, it said, in reference to Turkey-backed Syrian rebels.

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Turkey “Accidentally” Bombs US Special Forces Base in Syria

Turkey has now given Trump every reason to unleash the newly authorized sanctions, as Newsweek reports that American special forces troops have come under Turkish fire.

According to the breaking exclusive: “A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria.” It was “apparently by mistake,” the report adds.

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Turkish Envoy Hits Back at Italian Rap Over Syrian Offensive

Conte said Ankara’s refugee ‘blackmail’ was ‘unacceptable’

(ANSA) — Rome, October 11 — Turkey’s Ambassador to Italy Murat Salim Esenli hit back on Friday after Rome condemned Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria.

“We are shocked and disappointed by the statements of the Italian government because it is not what we expect from an ally,” Esenli told a news conference. On Thursday the Italian government summoned the envoy to express its condemnation of the offensive.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio had said he would call on the EU to take action to persuade Turkey to stop the operation.

Premier Giuseppe Conte, meanwhile, warned that the chaos caused by the operation could spark the return thousands of former ISIS foreign fighters.

The premier also said the Turkish government’s “blackmail” that it could allow millions of Syrian refugees to go to Europe if the EU hinders the operation was “unacceptable”. Esenli said the situation “is not black and white as it is presented in the press” and accused the EU of “jumping on the anti-Turkey bandwagon”. “I hope the top levels of the government of Italy understand where we are coming from and why we are conducting this operation,” he continued. “We are defending the Turkish borders, but also those of NATO and the EU. “We have explained the reasons for the operation, we communicated them to the United Nations.

“If, after these explanations, there is criticism and comments, we consider this to be support of the terrorist organizations”.

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This Popular Solo Female Travel Vlogger Thinks Pakistan Could be the World’s No. 1 Tourism Destination

Pakistan. It’s not exactly on every solo female traveler’s bucket list. But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be. Especially if you ask vlogger and content creator Eva zu Beck, who thinks Pakistan could be the world’s #1 tourism destination.

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HK Leader Ditches Meeting Ted Cruz, Says the U.S. Senator

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam scrapped a meeting with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the highest profile U.S. politician to visit the city since anti-government protests broke out more than four months ago, the senator said on Saturday.

Lam’s office had requested that the afternoon meeting be completely confidential and that Cruz refrain from speaking with the media about it, Cruz told journalists in Hong Kong.

“She seems to misunderstand how free speech operates, and also how freedom of the press operates,” said Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas and a vocal critic of China who was stopping in Hong Kong for two days as part of a regional tour.

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Hong Kong Protesters and Police Clash, Metro and Shops Targeted

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and riot police clashed in chaotic scenes around the city on Sunday, with police in riot gear chasing protesters through crowds of lunchtime shoppers.

Rallies in shopping malls on Hong Kong island and across the harbor in the Kowloon district began peacefully around midday with a few hundred people at each chanting “Free Hong Kong” and other slogans.

A few hours later, black-clad activists took to the streets and began trashing shops and metro stations and erecting road blocks.

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Virgil: We’ve Seen This Movie Before — How Communist China is Following Nazi Germany’s Playbook Against America

In old China, the kowtow was the bow of deep respect, even prostrate obeisance, to the Emperor. Today, Americans are seeing the distressing spectacle of huge American corporations kowtowing to a new kind of emperor, Xi Jinping, and his Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The most recent flashpoint, of course, has been the self-abasement of the Houston Rockets basketball team.

As Breitbart News put it, the Rockets and the entire National Basketball Association have “caved” to Red China. Indeed, pro basketball is so eager to kowtow to Beijing that it has imported a little bit of Chinese-style totalitarianism to the U.S. Just on Wednesday, basketball authorities engaged in the pettiest possible censorship of its live audience at a game, right before a streaming camera.

We can leave it to the subversive wits at Babylon Bee to capture the utter craziness of the moment, in which woke corporate values have displaced familiar patriotic values: “NBA Now Requiring All Players To Stand For Chinese National Anthem.”

Of course, it’s not just the NBA; it’s Activision Blizzard, it’s Apple and Google. In fact, Bloomberg News circulated a long list of American companies that have similarly bowed down to China…

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Western Corporations Set Up Communist China to Rule the World

NBA, Blizzard, Hollywood all answer to their ChiCom masters.

Alex Jones exposes the corrupt entertainment industry bending over to accommodate China’s censorship control grid expansion across the globe.

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Christians in Burkina Faso: “A Fight for Survival”

The extremist attacks on Christians in the Muslim-majority West African country of Burkina Faso are not only a cause of great concern, but indicate that terrorist groups in the Middle East, such as ISIS, have not been defeated; they have moved their operations elsewhere.

Terrorism — committed by armed groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Mourabitoun, Ansar al-Dine, Ansar-ul-Islam lil-Ichad wal Jihad, Boko Haram, Islamic State in Greater Sahara and the Macina Liberation Front — has resulted in the displacement of more than 135,000 people in Burkina Faso, two-thirds of them since the beginning of this year. Their violence also has led to the closure of many schools.

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Migrant Youths Charged With Gang-Raping an 18-Year-Old Girl in Germany

A court in Duisburg, Germany has charged three migrant youths with the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in July.

Police say that the three youths who’ve been charged are Bulgarian nationals living in Germany.

According to a report by Deutsche Welle, there were two other boys, aged 12, who were also involved in the brutal gang rape but were too young to be charged.

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Sweden: Anti-Mass Migration MP Considers Moving After Second Vandalism Attack

Swedish Moderate Party MP Hanif Bali, an outspoken critic of mass migration, said he might have to move house after his car was vandalised for the second time this year.

Mr Bali noticed the damage to his vehicle on Wednesday evening as he was about to take his mother home following a family dinner. He said that the car’s tyres were slashed and the paint scratched off the body, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

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AG William Barr Warns on How Growing Secularism is Pushing Out Religion, Traditional Values

Attorney General William Barr raised concerns about the increasing secularism in society in his recent speech on Oct. 11, speaking on how it has contributed to a number of social issues plaguing communities across the nation.

Barr, who delivered his remarks to students at the Notre Dame law school, drew attention to the comprehensive effort to drive away religion and traditional moral systems in society and to push secularism in their stead.

“We see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism,” Barr said.

He explained that the forces of secularism are doing this through the use of mass media and popular culture, promotion of greater reliance on government intervention for social problems, and the use of legal and judicial institutions to eliminate traditional moral norms.

The attorney general explored several of the consequences of “this moral upheaval,” highlighting its impact on all levels of society.

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Buttigieg Announces Plan for Nationwide ‘Mentorship’ Program to Connect LGBT Youth With Politicians

Indoctrination programs exposing children to LGBT issues already underway

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announced disturbing plans for a taxpayer-funded nationwide “mentorship” program to connect “LGBT youth” with “leaders” in politics and business which many are suggesting sounds like a state-sponsored grooming program.

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Bees Get Better at Math When They’re Punished for Mistakes

Oct. 11 (UPI) — Bees can count and understand the concept of zero. But their math skills have limits.

Previously, scientists thought bees could only count to four, but new research suggests bees can understand quantities as great as five, provided they’re trained with rewards and punishments.

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Center of Milky Way Exploded 3.5 Million Years Ago

Oct. 7 (UPI) — Some 3.5 million years ago, a sudden blast of energy rippled across the Milky Way. The cone-shaped burst of radiation sprang from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy.

Astronomers described the phenomenon for the first time this week in the Astrophysical Journal.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/13/2019

  1. Members of the Turkish army brutally raped and murdered a Kurdish women rights activist. I’m surprised nobody tipped it. I didn’t because I thought it’s going to be a big news and only had a Czech source.

  2. “Arab Plumbers Refuse to Charge After Learning Woman’s Holocaust Survivor” it’s nice to see there’s some decent human being among them as well.

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