Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/12/2019

Bolivian Senator Jeanine Anez has declared herself president upon assuming control in the country’s senate. Street fighting continued in La Paz after former President Evo Morales departed to seek asylum in Mexico.

In other news, the “Conservative” Party in the UK now has a 14-point lead over Labour, according to the latest polls. In next month’s elections the Tories are favored, 42% to 28%.

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Financial Crisis
» The Globalists Have Declared War on Your Savings
» UK Economy: 13 Quarters of Growth Since EU Referendum
 
USA
» Arctic Blast Brings Record-Breaking Temperatures Across U.S
» Bernie Sanders: AOC Will Play ‘Very Important Role’ In White House if I’m Elected
» Blizzard’s Apology Fails to Appease Protesters in Anaheim
» Dems Went All-in on Schiff Impeachment and Now it’s Quickly Turning Into a Schiff Show — Unconstitutional, No Crimes, With Only Far-Left Democrat Support
» DHS Expects to Have the Biometrics Data of 259 Million People by 2022
» Female Journalist Assaulted While Liberals and Police Stand by and Do Nothing
» Google Running Orwellian Project to Secretly Hoover Up Health Records of Millions of Americans Across 21 States — WSJ
» Impeachment Whistleblower May be Abusing His Office to Enrich Himself, ICIG Complaint Alleges
» Kids, Some Only 10 Years Old, Join Weekend Shoplifting Mobs
» Northwestern U Campus Newspaper Apologizes After Covering ‘Traumatic’ Jeff Sessions Speech
» Now That We’ve Incentivized Sociopaths… Guess What Happens Next
» San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not be Prosecuted
» Watch: Jane Fonda: Oil Execs, Politicians Who Don’t Support Climate Change Agenda Should be Tried Like Nazi War Criminals
» Watch: Alex Trebek Gets Emotional With Contestant’s Surprise Tribute
» Why Everything They Say About California Fires is Wrong
» ‘You Couldn’t Make This Up!’: Furious Backlash After it Emerges That Google Has Secretly Amassed Healthcare Data on Millions of People
 
Canada
» Breaking: Veterans Monument Vandalized in Toronto Following Remembrance Day
» Brian Burke Favourite to Replace Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner
» ‘Bring Back Don Cherry’ Petition Continues to Climb, Approaching 100,000 Signatures
» Don Cherry Talks to Rebel News About Getting Fired, Ron Maclean, And Being “A Right-Winger”
» Toronto Pounded With Snow Overnight, Breaks Records
 
Europe and the EU
» As Bombings Spread, Denmark Closes Border With Sweden
» Austria: Will Politics Enable a Minority to Impose an Agenda?
» Five Takeaways From a Year of French Yellow Vest Protests
» Germany: Leipzig Offers €100,000 to Identify Left-Wing Extremists
» Nineteen Arrested as Police Clear Catalan Protesters From French Border
» Spain: Catalan MEP is ‘Elected’, Court Advisor Says
» Spain: Sanchez and Podemos Agree Coalition Deal in Madrid
» Sweden: 25 Percent of People Named ‘Ali’ Have a Criminal Record
» UK: ‘Member of the Public’ Who Heckled Farage is Labour Party Association Chairman
» UK: Conservatives See 14 Point Lead Over Labour, Largest Since Election Called
 
Middle East
» British Founder of Syrian ‘White Helmets’ Found Dead
» Man Killed as Protests Sweep Lebanon After Aoun Interview
» Turkey Begins Repatriating Captured Islamic State Fighters to US and Europe
» White Helmets ‘MI-6 Co-Founder’ Found Dead in Turkey
 
Russia
» Dad Who Took His Kids Back From Swedish Muslim Foster Family and Fled Returns Home With Family to Russia
 
South Asia
» New Honeyeater Species Described From Indonesia’s Alor Island
» New Species of Asian Jumping Spider Named After Tendulkar
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Protests, Violence Brings City to ‘Brink of Total Breakdown, ‘ Police Say
» Man Carries Out Major Chemical Attack on Chinese Kindergarten, Over 50 Injured
 
Australia — Pacific
» Greta Thunberg Couldn’t be More Wrong About Australian Bushfires
» Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 28, Announces Her Engagement While on Holiday in Morocco — After Leaving Australia Over Her Disrespectful ANZAC Day Post
» Two Teenage Boys Accused of Repeatedly Stabbing a Girl, 16, And Then Setting Her Bedroom Alight Are Charged With Attempted Murder
 
Latin America
» Chile Protests: Hundreds of Thousands Take Part as Peso Hits Record Low
» Protests, Clashes Ignite After Bolivia’s Opposition Leader Declares Herself President
 
Immigration
» “These Gates Will Open” — Erdogan Declares as Turkey Begins Deporting ISIS Captives to Europe
» Belgian Asylum Centre Set on Fire
» DACA Arguments Draw Large Protests at Supreme Court
» Don Cherry: “I Wish I Had Used Different Words”
» Five Reasons the Canadian Left Hates Hockey Icon Don Cherry
» Greeks Protest Migrant Redistribution by Hosting Pork and Alcohol BBQ
» Leftists Freak Out After ICE ‘Tank’ Spotted in Queens
» Nearly 700,000 in Germany Are Without Permanent Housing, And Over 60 Percent Are Migrants
» Quebec Premier Celebrates Cherry’s Firing, Calls the Icon a ‘Clown’
» Trump Was Right!… Denmark Closes Its Border With Sweden as Bombings Spread
 
Culture Wars
» Teachers Are Indoctrinating Our Children in Radical Trans Ideology
» UBC Professor Insults Non-Diverse “Frat Boys” Laying Wreaths at Remembrance Day
 

The Globalists Have Declared War on Your Savings

Negative rates, higher taxes, and inflation — the statists are employing every measure to gain access to the fruits of your labor.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK Economy: 13 Quarters of Growth Since EU Referendum

The United Kingdom has once again defied the expectations of economists and project fear naysayers, enjoying the 13th quarter of growth since the 2016 Brexit referendum, outperforming Germany, and the Eurozone as a whole for much of the past two years.

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

Arctic Blast Brings Record-Breaking Temperatures Across U.S

A dangerous deep freeze is about to get worse for millions of Americans as it widens and tightens its grip. From the Great Lakes to New England, people are digging out from deep snow.

At least five people died on icy roads, including an 8-year-old girl in Kansas. Sleet-slicked roads caused a 50 car pileup near Youngstown, Ohio, that left two people critically injured. Forty miles west in Hudson, multiple collisions caused cars to spin off the road. Overnight, a bus carrying seven passengers landed on its side after the driver lost control just south of Syracuse, New York.

Meanwhile, snowfall records shattered across the Northeast and Great Lakes. In Buffalo, New York, nearly nine inches of snow broke a 77-year old record. Parts of northern Michigan saw upwards of 30 inches of snowfall.

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

Bernie Sanders: AOC Will Play ‘Very Important Role’ In White House if I’m Elected

Socialist candidate elevating freshman congresswoman to real position of power should frighten everyone.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Blizzard’s Apology Fails to Appease Protesters in Anaheim

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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack apologized at BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on Nov. 1 for punishing a video game tournament player over showing his support for Hong Kong protesters.

Yet his apology did little to appease the 50 protesters parked outside the convention halls.

The professional Hearthstone tournament player, named Ng Wai Chung, publicly sided with Hong Kong in a dispute about its opposition to Chinese policies.

Anaheim protesters, and thousands of social media protesters, felt Blizzard was afraid to take on China, where Blizzard sells millions in products.

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

Dems Went All-in on Schiff Impeachment and Now it’s Quickly Turning Into a Schiff Show — Unconstitutional, No Crimes, With Only Far-Left Democrat Support

You just can’t break the truth. No matter how far you may bend it, it is always the truth. The Democrats are learning this lesson again and it is going to be really ugly this time and it should.

Speaker Pelosi and her band of socialist Democrats went ‘all-in’ on an impeachment of President Trump. They’ve wanted this since before the 2017 Inauguration. However, in their rage they forgot and are missing a couple of key points — one, there must be high crimes, misdemeanors, treason or bribery — and two, there must be public support. Unfortunately for the Dems, they have neither.

The Schiff Sham is unconstitutional As the Democrats move forward with their insane impeachment hearing in the House, the levels of insanity reach new levels. The Schiff Sham is unconstitutional, that is why it is so insane!

The Democrats created an impeachment process where the individual leading the process was involved in creating it with a CIA spy who leaked information from a Presidential call. The same CIA spy was kicked out of the White House in 2017 for leaking.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

DHS Expects to Have the Biometrics Data of 259 Million People by 2022

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to have face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people in its biometrics database by 2022. Is there any way to escape the mass surveillance and tracking that George Orwell warned us all about in his iconic book, 1984?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Female Journalist Assaulted While Liberals and Police Stand by and Do Nothing

Reporter attacked by anti-Trump protester near Trump rally in Kentucky.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Google Running Orwellian Project to Secretly Hoover Up Health Records of Millions of Americans Across 21 States — WSJ

Google running covert project to hoover up all your health care records.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Impeachment Whistleblower May be Abusing His Office to Enrich Himself, ICIG Complaint Alleges

The whistleblower behind the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated government regulations by using his office and his access to classified information to enrich himself on GoFundMe, a new complaint alleges. Anthony Gallo, managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC, sent a letter to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) passing on the allegations from a source with a top-secret SCI security clearance who has served in government.

The GoFundMe fundraiser, entitled “Help the Intel Community Whistleblowers,” has raised $227,537 as of Tuesday morning. According to the complaint, first reported by Fox News, the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official. This may violate 5 CFR 2635.203 and other government statutes.

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

Kids, Some Only 10 Years Old, Join Weekend Shoplifting Mobs

Organized shoplifting teams, some taking advantage of children who appeared to be no more than 10-years-old, struck retailers repeatedly this weekend in the Loop, Magnificent Mile, and Lincoln Park, according to police reports.

One crew pepper-sprayed a retail worker. Last Wednesday, another theft team slammed a store employee’s head into a glass merchandise case.

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

Northwestern U Campus Newspaper Apologizes After Covering ‘Traumatic’ Jeff Sessions Speech

One of the nation’s leading journalism programs is apologizing for partaking in standard reporting practice, lamenting that it may have “harmed” students by reporting on protests on campus last week.

In its coverage of a visit to the university by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and corresponding student protests, Northwestern University’s The Daily Northwestern apologized for “contribut[ing] to the harm students experienced.”

The paper issued an apology Sunday for several aspects of its reporting, emphasizing the fact that reporters posted several photos of the event that student protesters complained were “retraumatizing and invasive,” and noting that the photos have since been taken down.

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

Now That We’ve Incentivized Sociopaths… Guess What Happens Next

As long as central banks create and distribute trillions in conscience-free credit to conscience-free financiers and corporations, the incentives for sociopathy only increase.

“Sociopath” is a word we now encounter regularly in the mainstream media, but what does it mean? Here is a list of 16 traits, many of which are visible in lionized corporate and political leaders and entrepreneurs.

One key trait is a lack of moral responsibility or conscience; the sociopath feels no remorse if he/she takes advantage of people or exploits them.

Sociopaths are masters of superficial charm, intelligence and confidence, and adept at massaging or misrepresenting reality up to and including outright lying to persuade others or get their way.

Like all psychological syndromes (manic depression, autism, bipolar disorder, etc.), there is a wide spectrum of sociopathological traits, some of which may offer some adaptive benefits (and hence their continued presence in the human genome). In other words, an individual can have a few of the traits in greater or lesser proportions.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not be Prosecuted

San Francisco’s pee problem could soon get worse.

Chesa Boudin, the urine-and-feces-plagued city’s incoming district attorney, pledged during the campaign not to prosecute public urination and other quality-of-life crimes if he was elected. Boudin declared victory Saturday night after results showed him winning a plurality of votes in the DA race.

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

Watch: Jane Fonda: Oil Execs, Politicians Who Don’t Support Climate Change Agenda Should be Tried Like Nazi War Criminals

Irony has no greater example than this: actress Jane Fonda, who infamously posed with the North Vietnamese Viet Cong during the Vietnam war, now says “climate criminals,” (read: oil company executives and politicians who do not embrace the climate change agenda) should be treated like Nazi war criminals who were given a Nuremberg-style trial.

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

Watch: Alex Trebek Gets Emotional With Contestant’s Surprise Tribute

Alex Trebek, the host of Jeopardy!, is a revered icon globally. His game show has been making us all smarter for years.

However, Monday’s episode may have brought many fans to tears. It almost brought Trebek to tears too, as a matter of fact.

During the “Final Jeopardy” round, contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote, “We love you Alex!” using a heart instead of the word “love.” It triggered an emotional reaction from Trebek.

Before the show, Trebek announced that he would be re-entering treatment for pancreatic cancer.

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

Why Everything They Say About California Fires is Wrong

In 2018, a fire ripped through the town of Paradise, California, killing 85 people. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

Liabilities from wildfires started by its powerlines bankrupted Pacific Gas & Electric, which cut off power to nearly one million homes and businesses last month to prevent wind from triggering and fanning fires.

Many blame climate change.”The reason these wildfires have worsened is because of climate change,” said Leonardo DiCaprio.”This is what climate change looks like,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

On Sunday, after President Donald Trump tweeted, “The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management,” Newsom tweeted back, “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”

But can the increase in fires in California really be blamed on climate change?

I asked Dr. Jon Keeley, a US Geological Survey scientist who has researched the topic for 40 years if he thought the 2018 Paradise fire could be attributed to climate change.

“It’s almost certainly not climate change,” he said. “We’ve looked at the history of climate and fire throughout the whole state, and through much of the state, particularly the western half of the state, we don’t see any relationship between past climates and the amount of area burned in any given year.”

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

‘You Couldn’t Make This Up!’: Furious Backlash After it Emerges That Google Has Secretly Amassed Healthcare Data on Millions of People

Lawyers, medical professionals and tech experts have reacted with a mixture of horror and fury after it emerged that Google has been secretly acquiring sensitive medical data on millions of people without their knowledge or consent.

Questions were immediately raised around the ethics of the data-gathering operation — code-named Project Nightingale — as well as the security of patient data after the program was first reported on Monday.

Others called for an immediate change to privacy laws after Google and Ascension, the healthcare organization it has partnered with, boasted that the scheme is completely legal.

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

Breaking: Veterans Monument Vandalized in Toronto Following Remembrance Day

The cenotaph that stands outside Toronto’s Old City Hall has been vandalized with spray paint. The inscription the spray paint made out, was “ye broke faith.”

This comes less than 24 hours after Remembrance Day.

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

Brian Burke Favourite to Replace Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner

You can now bet if former hockey executive Brian Burke will replace Don Cherry after his controversial poppy rant.

Brian Burke is now considered the favorite to replace Don Cherry on the Canadian staple TV segment Hockey Night in Canada.

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

‘Bring Back Don Cherry’ Petition Continues to Climb, Approaching 100,000 Signatures

A new petition has popped up online demanding that long-time Coach’s Corner host, broadcaster, and Canadian icon Don Cherry return to his position after being fired by Roger’s Sportsnet.

“Don Cherry is a Canadian icon and a symbol of the working class,” reads the fast-growing petition. The petition’s text acknowledges that Cherry doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to brash comments, but that his comments don’t warrant his firing.

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

Don Cherry Talks to Rebel News About Getting Fired, Ron Maclean, And Being “A Right-Winger”

The day after a nation was rattled by the firing of a national icon simply for being politically incorrect (at least in the eyes of the usual suspects), I ventured to the Mississauga home of hockey legend Don Cherry, who talked to me about being an opinionated broadcaster in era of cancel culture.

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

Toronto Pounded With Snow Overnight, Breaks Records

Well Toronto, we hope you like snow. Because as many of you have surely noticed by now, you’ve got a lot of it!

The Toronto area was subjected to record-breaking early snowfalls that may leave commuters in a temporary daze, as sidewalks and roads have quickly become snowy in a hurry.

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

As Bombings Spread, Denmark Closes Border With Sweden

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark will temporarily reinstate border controls with Sweden and step up police work along the border after a series of violent crimes and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by perpetrators from Sweden.

The checks, which start Tuesday for six months, will take place at the Oresund Bridge between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmo and also at ferry ports.

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

Austria: Will Politics Enable a Minority to Impose an Agenda?

Austria’s recent general election has implications for the West as a whole. The snap legislative election, held on September 29, was spurred by what has come to be called the “Ibiza scandal” — a scandal named after the location of a shady meeting that took place earlier in the year between Heinz-Christian Strache — Austria’s deputy chancellor and head of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) — and a woman claiming to be the niece of a Russian oligarch.

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

Five Takeaways From a Year of French Yellow Vest Protests

France’s yellow vest protesters have had a profound effect on the country since they burst onto the scene a year ago, occupying roundabouts and staging weekly demonstrations that have sometimes ended in violence.

Here are five takeaways from a movement that rocked Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and acted as an inspiration for other leaderless revolts worldwide.

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

Germany: Leipzig Offers €100,000 to Identify Left-Wing Extremists

Following a series of violent attacks by left-wing extremists against people and property in the city of Leipzig, officials have offered members of the community a € 100,000 reward to identify individuals involved in the attacks.

The Leipzig public prosecutor and the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) of Saxony announced last week that a € 100,000 reward would be given to private individuals who come forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the left-wing extremists in question, Bild reports.

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

Nineteen Arrested as Police Clear Catalan Protesters From French Border

Nineteen people were arrested on Tuesday morning — 18 by the French authorities and one by the Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra — as they were participating in a roadblock of the AP-7 highway near La Jonquera, a busy border crossing between Spain and France.

Riot police on both sides advanced toward the border line and surrounded around 300 demonstrators taking part in a protest called by Democratic Tsunami, an apparently leaderless movement that advocates direct action in support of Catalan independence.

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

Spain: Catalan MEP is ‘Elected’, Court Advisor Says

The advocate general of the EU Court of Justice’s (CJEU) said on Tuesday (12 November) that the jailed former Catalan politician Oriol Junqueras is indeed an elected MEP — in a boost to the cause of several such jailed pro-independence MEPs.

In an advisory opinion, Maciej Szpunar said it was “up to the voters” who became an MEP, but that was now up to the parliament itself to decide whether the MEPs should enjoy parliamentary immunity.

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

Spain: Sanchez and Podemos Agree Coalition Deal in Madrid

Spain’s socialist caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, and the leader of the leftist party Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, reached an agreement to form a coalition government on Tuesday, after they lost together a total of 10 deputies in Sunday’s election. This coalition government will need the support of smaller and regional parties, as they only have 155 seats in the congress — not an absolute majority (176 seats).

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

Sweden: 25 Percent of People Named ‘Ali’ Have a Criminal Record

Official figures from Statistics Sweden and a legal database have revealed that nearly a quarter of individuals named ‘Ali’ who live in Sweden have a criminal record, a new report from Samhällsnytt has revealed.

A quick search in Statistics Sweden’s database revealed that 40,790 people with the name Ali as their first or surname are currently living in Sweden. Another search in Lexbase — a website and database that allows users to perform searches on people and companies who’ve been the subject of criminal trials — for the name Ali, rendered 9,742 hits.

The data clearly reveals that nearly a quarter (24 percent) of those living in Sweden with the name Ali have criminal convictions.

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

UK: ‘Member of the Public’ Who Heckled Farage is Labour Party Association Chairman

A man who heckled Brexit leader Nigel Farage and was reported in the British media as merely being a “member of the public” is actually a Labour activist and local chairman recently photographed with far-left party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Several newspapers and broadcasters reported on the stunt, referring to Cumbrian local Karl Connor as a “member of the public”, “man in the street”, and in the case of hard-left pressure group Momentum merely as a “rugby player” — but none seemed to have noticed that the author of the apparently chance encounter was actually a political activist and a Labour chairman as recently as May 2019.

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

UK: Conservatives See 14 Point Lead Over Labour, Largest Since Election Called

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have polled 14 points clear of their nearest rivals, the increasingly hard-left Labour party of Jeremy Corbyn, his best-projected result since the election was called in October.

The YouGov poll conducted on behalf of Sky News put the presently governing Tories on 42 per cent, while Labour languished behind on 28 per cent. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, who have gained praise this week for standing down their candidates in over 300 seats to give the Conservatives a clear run to prevent anti-Brexit parties gaining a foothold posted their worst poll rating since their foundation earlier this year at four per cent.

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

British Founder of Syrian ‘White Helmets’ Found Dead

James Le Mesurier, 48, who set up the White Helmets, has been found dead in Istanbul, the Guardian reports. According to Turkish authorities, he was found with fractures to his head and legs and appeared to have fallen from a balcony. The White Helmets are a Syrian rescue group that consists of 3,000 volunteers and operates in rebel-held areas of Syria to help people during Syrian and Russian bombings.

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

Man Killed as Protests Sweep Lebanon After Aoun Interview

BEIRUT (Reuters) — President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday Lebanon faced a catastrophe if protesters did not go home, igniting a new wave of demonstrations during which a protester was shot and killed after an altercation with Lebanese soldiers near Beirut.

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Turkey Begins Repatriating Captured Islamic State Fighters to US and Europe

Ankara, keeping good on its promise to repatriate captured Islamic State jihadists, said on Monday that it would begin putting terrorists on flights back to Europe and the US.

The spokesman for Turkey’s Interior Ministry, Ismail Catakli, announced on Monday that a U.S. national, a German, and a Danish citizen — all members of the Islamic State — were scheduled to be sent home that day, while seven German nationals would be repatriated on November 14th, Deutsche Welle reports.

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

White Helmets ‘MI-6 Co-Founder’ Found Dead in Turkey

A former British army officer and military contractor who founded the shadowy ‘White Helmets’ has been found dead near his home in Istanbul, days after he was accused by Russia of being a spy with “connections to terrorist groups.”

The body of 43-year-old James Le Mesurier was found Monday in the Beyoglu district of the city, with state-run Anadolu news agency reporting that he may have fallen to his death.

The White Helmets, a roughly 3,000 member NGO formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense, was established in Turkey in “late 2012 — early 2013” Le Mesurier trained an initial group of 20 Syrians. The group then received funding from Le Mesurier’s Netherlands-based non-profit group, Mayday Rescue — which is in turn funded by grants from the Dutch, British, Danish and German governments.

According to reporter and author Max Blumenthal, the White Helmets received at least $55 million from the British Foreign Office and $23 million from the Agency for International Development. They have also received millions from Qatar, which has backed several extremist groups in Syria including Al Qaeda.

The US has provided at least $32 million to the group — around 1/3 of their total funding — through a USAID scheme orchestrated by the Obama State Department and routed overseas using a Washington D.C. contractor participating in USAID’s Syria regional program, Chemonics.

Notably, the Trump administration cut US funding to the White Helmets last May, placing them under “active review.”

While the White Helmets tout themselves as ‘first responders’, the group has been accused of staging multiple chemical attacks — including an April 7 incident in Duma, Syria which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dad Who Took His Kids Back From Swedish Muslim Foster Family and Fled Returns Home With Family to Russia

“The Russian, who escaped from Sweden to Poland with his three daughters, returned to Russia with the children.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Honeyeater Species Described From Indonesia’s Alor Island

JAKARTA — Scientists have described a new bird species found only on the Indonesian island of Alor, where a growing human population is already encroaching on the bird’s volcanic habitat.

The description of Myzomela prawiradilagae — named after prominent ornithologist Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) — is a culmination of field observations by different research groups between 2002 and 2016, according to a paper published in the Journal of Ornithology on Oct. 5.

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New Species of Asian Jumping Spider Named After Tendulkar

New Delhi: Arguably one of the greatest cricketers of all times, Sachin Tendulkar’s name is rarely ever out of the spotlight. Six years have gone past since the batting great played his last Test match in front of a Wankhede stadium that was packed to the rafters but Tendulkar remains one of the biggest names in Indian cricket.

In what has to be one of the most unique ways to pay tribute to the master blaster, a research scholar pursuing a Ph. D in spider taxonomy decided to rename one of two newly discovered species after Tendulkar.

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Hong Kong Protests, Violence Brings City to ‘Brink of Total Breakdown, ‘ Police Say

A flash mob of more than 1,000 protesters descended on central Hong Kong on Tuesday in a scene authorities said was bringing the Chinese-ruled city to the brink of “total collapse.”

Clashes in the central business district and elsewhere in the former British colony came a day after a police officer drew his gun during a struggle with protesters, shooting one in the abdomen. In another neighborhood, a 57-year-old man was set on fire after an apparent argument.

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

Man Carries Out Major Chemical Attack on Chinese Kindergarten, Over 50 Injured

Victims mostly children.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Greta Thunberg Couldn’t be More Wrong About Australian Bushfires

With all the subtlety and insight of a dead kangaroo, Greta Thunberg has pronounced on the bushfires currently ravaging Australia.

If there’s one person who doesn’t know what she’s talking about, it’s the pig-tailed Swedish school dropout, St. Greta.

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Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 28, Announces Her Engagement While on Holiday in Morocco — After Leaving Australia Over Her Disrespectful ANZAC Day Post

The Brisbane-raised writer flashed her diamond ring in a post on Instagram where she announced her engagement on Tuesday.

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Two Teenage Boys Accused of Repeatedly Stabbing a Girl, 16, And Then Setting Her Bedroom Alight Are Charged With Attempted Murder

Police say the girl, 16, suffered a punctured liver and stab wounds to her abdomen, back and head after the alleged attack in Albury on Monday morning.

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Chile Protests: Hundreds of Thousands Take Part as Peso Hits Record Low

Chile’s currency dropped to a record low on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands took to the streets with anti-government demonstrations showing no signs of abating.

Citizens marched peacefully in Santiago, gathering in the capital’s Plaza Italia district, brandishing both national and Mapuche indigenous group flags. Nearby, protesters confronted police, who used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

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Protests, Clashes Ignite After Bolivia’s Opposition Leader Declares Herself President

Clashes broke out in the streets of the Bolivian capital Tuesday evening after an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country’s interim president following the resignation of Evo Morales.

Jeanine Anez assumed temporary control of the Senate late in the day, putting her next in line for the presidency. Lawmakers of Morales’ Movement for Socialism party were not present when she made the announcement.

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“These Gates Will Open” — Erdogan Declares as Turkey Begins Deporting ISIS Captives to Europe

“These Gates Will Open” — Erdogan Declares As Turkey Begins Deporting ISIS Captives To Europe Have Turkey’s floodgates begun to open? For months now the question of what to do with foreign jihadists which flooded Syria over the course of the eight-year long war has been intensely debated. President Erdogan has shocked European officials by repeatedly threatening to unleash them along with some three million Syrian refugees on Europe if his ‘Operation Peace Spring’ does not gain support, and if the EU rejects his ‘safe zone’ offer.

But as of Monday Turkish officials announced plans to begin sending hundreds of the some 1200 plus ISIS detainees and other jihadists it has in its custody back to Europe, saying Turkey “is not a hotel for jihadists” — to quote an Interior Ministry statement from last week.

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Belgian Asylum Centre Set on Fire

During the night of 10 November a planned asylum centre in the city of Bilzen, in the Belgian province of Limburg, was set on fire. According to fire services and the police it was an arson attack. The federal government was planning to use the building as a new asylum centre in December. There were no victims.

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DACA Arguments Draw Large Protests at Supreme Court

The arguments at the Supreme Court over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program drew crowds of protesters from around the country on Tuesday.

Throngs of demonstrators gathered at the steps of the Supreme Court in support of the DACA program, which President Trump moved to end in 2017. Multiple groups quickly challenged his authority to terminate it, and the case has finally reached the nation’s highest court.

DACA has provided protections for hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers against deportation.

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Don Cherry: “I Wish I Had Used Different Words”

Don Cherry’s stated that he won’t apologize for his comments on immigrants not wearing poppies, but stated that he would use different words if he could.

“I think the closest I’ll come to apologizing is I wish I had used different words,” Cherry told Global News.

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Five Reasons the Canadian Left Hates Hockey Icon Don Cherry

While hockey icon Don Cherry was fired after leftist backlash this week, the former Coach’s Corner co-host has been a thorn in the side of the Canadian left for years.

Widely regarded as one of the last true conservatives left in the Canadian mainstream media, Cherry was fired from Hockey Night in Canada on Remembrance Day on Monday after he suggested that more recent immigrants to Canada should pay a few dollars for a poppy to respect the country’s veterans.

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Greeks Protest Migrant Redistribution by Hosting Pork and Alcohol BBQ

Members of the right-wing group “Enomenoi Macedonia” (United Macedonians) has stirred controversy after organizing a pork kebab and alcohol barbeque protest against the transfer of migrants to the Greek mainland.

The event, which took place on Sunday near the Diavata migrant camp in Macedonia, saw the group purpose to offer pork souvlakia, local wine and beer at the entrance of the migrant camp in what they described as a “new and unique protest,” news outlets including the Greek Reporter and London’s The Times reports.

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Leftists Freak Out After ICE ‘Tank’ Spotted in Queens

“People feel terrorized”

The sight of an armored vehicle in Queens last week belonging to a branch of ICE had leftists all in a spin, as some suggested, wrongly, it was there as an ‘occupying force’ to arrest illegals.

The armored personnel carrier, (not a tank) surrounded by ICE agents, and even a gunner, was seen on Forest Avenue near Norman Street in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood.

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Nearly 700,000 in Germany Are Without Permanent Housing, And Over 60 Percent Are Migrants

New figures reveal that around 678,000 people in Germany are now without access to a permanent residence, with tens of thousands currently living on the street.

The report, released by the German Federal Working Community (BAG), shows that in 2018 there were a total of 678,000 individuals without permanent residences, of which the vast majority, 440,000 — or 64 per cent — are refugees living in collective housing, German tabloid Bild reports.

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Quebec Premier Celebrates Cherry’s Firing, Calls the Icon a ‘Clown’

Quebec Premier François Legault has called Don Cherry “a clown” after he was fired for his poppy comments. Speaking to a Quebec City radio station, Legault told listeners that he was “very happy” that Cherry had been booted.

The premier went on to say that “He’s a bit of a clown … I’ve often seen him whining against francophones. Now he’s doing it against immigrants.”

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Trump Was Right!… Denmark Closes Its Border With Sweden as Bombings Spread

In February 2017 President Trump held a rally in Florida in front of thousands of supporters.

During his speech President Trump referenced the increased violence in Sweden due to the tremendous influx of refugees.

President Trump: “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden — they took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.

The media immediately pounded on President Trump.

They ran attacks all day Sunday claiming Trump said there was a terrorist attack in Sweden.

But Trump was right. Migrants are changing the face of Sweden.

But Trump was right. The bombings and violence have continued to escalate in once peaceful Sweden.

On Monday Denmark closed its border with Sweden as bombings spread.

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Teachers Are Indoctrinating Our Children in Radical Trans Ideology

For trans ideology to truly spread, it needs to become an inherent part of our core belief system. As natural as the sky being blue, and the earth being round, we must all have the truth of trans as a foundational element of our understanding about the world for it to thrive. Convincing adults is one thing, but to really make this wash, it’s children that need to taught the dogma of multiple gender identities and the ability of humans to swap their sex for its opposite. The purported goal behind teaching children that male and female are nothing more than feelings is compassion, empathy, and anti-bias.

The work to bring children into the trans fold is pervasive and growing, and we’ve seen it in the US and Canada. In Sweden, the government is pouring money into an educational program for drag queens to read to children with disabilities. Meanwhile, in the UK, where trans advocates have a major head start, the BBC is airing educational programming to teach children that there are as many genders as stars in the sky. Both of these programs bring new dictates on gender to young kids. And kids, malleable as they are, typically believe what adults tell them.

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UBC Professor Insults Non-Diverse “Frat Boys” Laying Wreaths at Remembrance Day

An economics instructor at the University of British Columbia thinks it’s “casual racism” for fraternity members to be allowed to lay wreaths at the school’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/12/2019

  1. A few days ago I left a comment on the Denis Lisov family in the same selection of news.

    The Polish side was not afraid to break the laws EU border crossing to send them home.

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    Novosibirsk hooligans beat a third grader, calling him a “Russian pig”

    Nine-year-old Roma and a friend decided to drive the ball in the yard. Later, a non-Russian peer boy approached them and also asked to play. The guys accepted him, but during the game there was a conflict between the boys, and the newcomer kicked Roma’s friend and pushed Roma himself when he tried to intercede for his comrade.
     

    – An unfamiliar boy called my son a Russian pig, there was still a lot of swearing in the speech, I won’t list them … I took out two lighters from different pockets and said: “I’ll burn you now and you will burn with blue flame,” Roma’s mother Olesya Katrechko.
     

    According to the woman, her son is a completely non-conflict child. On the contrary, he stands up for everyone, is always ready to help his mother, and his teachers note him for kindness and honesty.
     

    So that day, Roma and his friend decided not to mess with a clearly aggressive peer – they took lighters from him and threw them into the bin, and they went home. But along the way, Roma remembered that he had forgotten a bottle of water on the field, and decided to return. Four nine-ten-year-olds were already waiting for him there.

     

    – They grabbed Roma by the hands and jacket and dragged him to the trash. The son was trying to break free, and the “invaders” said at that time that they would show who was at home, ”Olesya reports the story of Roma. – They dragged Roma to the urn and ordered to find lighters, which the son threw out with his friend.

     

    The boy refused to do this, then the hooligans threw him to the ground and began to punch him on the head and kick him on the sides. Fortunately, at that time a man passed by, who, seeing what was happening, shouted at his punks – they immediately released their victim and fled.

     

    Arriving home, Roma, right on the threshold, lost consciousness. He was taken to a hospital where doctors diagnosed a concussion and severe soft tissue injury.

     

    Olesya Katrechko intends to write a statement on hooligans to the police, moreover, the woman knows the offenders of her son – they study with Roma at the same school. Also, a woman will try to get video from surveillance cameras to confirm words in court.

    • Probably a little incomprehensible. Roma is an abbreviated version of the name Roman. More popular in Ukraine. The name of the mother also indicates Ukrainian origin (may be partially). But the boy was beaten by Asian children. Who exactly is not indicated.

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