Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/19/2019

25 illegal migrants were discovered inside a refrigerated container on a lorry bound for the UK. The lorry was intercepted by border agents on board a ferry traveling from the Netherlands to the UK.

In other news, two prison guards who were assigned to guard Jeffrey Epstein when he, ahem, committed suicide in prison have been indicted on federal charges. There’s no word on whether the guards will be on suicide watch when they enter detention.

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Financial Crisis
» Ron Paul — Federal Reserve: Enemy of Liberty and Prosperity
 
USA
» Americans Are Already Bored of the Impeachment Hearings
» Clinton Foundation Files $16.8 Million Loss
» Democrats Are So Politically Intolerant, They Even Refuse to Date Other Democrats
» Drudge Goes Peak Impeachment: Pushes Another Bogus Junk Poll From ABC
» Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake Accounts Ponzi Scheme
» Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans
» Jeffrey Epstein’s Prison Guards Are Indicted on Federal Charges
» John Kennedy to Bureau of Prisons Chief: Christmas Ornaments, Drywall, And Jeffrey Epstein Don’t Hang Themselves
» Lawsuit Claims Burger King’s Impossible Whoppers Are Contaminated by Meat
» Lt. Col. Vindman Thinks He’s President, — Says He’s Responsible for Creating the Cohesive, Coherent Ukraine Policy (Video)
» NSC Officials Attempted to Remove Leaker Vindman But Were Blocked by Obama Deep State HR Head in White House Letitia Lewis
» Stephen A. Smith Slams Colin Kaepernick: “You Don’t Want to Work. You Just Want to Make Noise”
» Story on U.N. Study on Child Detentions Withdrawn
» Students Demand Ability to Select Roommate Based on Race
» Student Arrested for Building ISIS Propaganda Computer Program
» The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Director Blames it Tanking on Men Not Wanting to Watch a Movie Starring Women
» Trump to Flip 11th Circuit to Majority GOP-Appointed Judges; Third Appeals Court to Change Majority
» Unpublished Data From Stanley Milgram’s Experiments Cast Doubt on His Claims About Obedience
» Video: Two Arrested After ‘Antifa’ Shuts Down Campus Conservative Event
 
Canada
» Don Cherry’s Podcast: Poppy Talk, Hockey, And Ron Maclean Discussed on First Episode
» Omar Khadr’s Living Victims Weren’t Warned About $10.5 Million Canadian Payout
» Sheila Gunn Reid: Wexit Town Hall Will Address In-Depth Issues of Forming New Country
» Study Finds 1 in 5 Quebec University Students Require Treatment for Depression
 
Europe and the EU
» Church May Introduce Ecological Sins Says Pope
» Denmark: Shootings, Car Torchings, Gang Violence
» ECJ: Poland’s Judicial Independence in Doubt
» Exclusive: Inside the Media Conspiracy to Hype Greta Thunberg
» France: Generation Identitaire Marches Against Islamization in Paris
» France: Far-Left Extremist on Terror Watch List Who Spied on Police Arrested
» French Government Closes Mosques and Schools Linked to Political Islam Across 15 Districts
» Germany: NH Hotel Group Cancels ‘Alternative Climate Conference’ After Protests
» Hungary, Poland Block EU Conclusions on Rule of Law
» ‘I Was Possessed’: How One Man Was Freed From Satanic Possession
» Italy: Police Raid Arcelormittal Offices
» Italy: Hate Hoax? Migrant Beaten by ‘Fascists’ Was Actually Attacked by Other Migrants
» Julian Assange Rape Investigation Dropped by Sweden
» National Populism Rising: Sweden Democrats Most Popular Party in the Country
» Observatory Releases Report on Christian Persecution in Europe
» UK: ‘F*** Nigel Farage!’: Brexit Candidate ‘Milkshaked’ On Campaign Trail, Follows Other Attacks
» UK: 320 ‘Bleed Control Kits’ To be Given to Bars in London
» UK: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn Go Head-to-Head in First Debate of General Election 2019
» UK: Labour Vows to Delist Firms Not Fighting Climate Change From Stock Exchange
» UK: Now Five Big Names Cut Ties With Prince Andrew: Advertising Week Europe Joins Standard Chartered in Pulling Backing for Royal’s Main Charity Following ‘Car Crash’ Interview — as Four Universities Consider Ditching Him
» UK: The More Voters See of Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson, The Less They Like Her: Poll
» Viktor Orban: Western Europe is Finished, Central is the Future
 
Middle East
» Suddenly, Iran is Aflame With Protest
 
Russia
» European Populists More Favourable to Russia
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Standoff at University Grinds on; Protesters Attempt Escape in Sewers
» Japan: New Species of Seaweed Uncovered by Genetic Analyses
» Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Hong Kong Protesters
 
Australia — Pacific
» Gang of 80 Armed Youths Trash an AirBnB House Before Running Riot on the Streets of Melbourne — Forcing Terrified Locals to Hide Inside Their Homes
» ‘I Was Born Here, You Weren’t’: Foul-Mouthed Woman Unleashes a Disgusting Racist Tirade at an Asian Couple and Calls Their Terrified Children ‘Rats’ Outside a Woolworths
» Pregnant Muslim Mother Relives the Traumatic Moment She Was Called a Terrorist in a Shopping Centre Car Park Because She Was Wearing a Headscarf
» Vile Rapist, 55, Who Embarked on a Life of Crime After Coming to Australia Aged Nine Will Finally be Deported Back to the UK
 
Latin America
» Nicaragua: Sandinistas Storm Managua Cathedral, Assault Priest and Nun
» Pope Francis Warns: ‘Fundamentalism is a Plague’
 
Immigration
» Human Trafficker Whose Gang Brought ‘More Than 100 Migrants’ Into Britain Last Year for Up to £8,500 Each is Jailed for Four Years in Spain
» Italy: Salvini Probed Over Open Arms Standoff
» Lorry Loaded With Migrants in Refrigerated Container Found Attempting to Get to England
» Netherlands: Pakistani Migrant Sentenced to Ten Years for Plotting to Murder Geert Wilders
» Sweden PM Claims No Link Between Rising Gang Crime and Mass Migration
» Van Carrying 52 Migrants Rams Through Barriers Along Spanish-Moroccan Border
 
Culture Wars
» 5 Proofs Leftists Hate America
» American Psychological Association Requires Authors to Use Singular ‘They’
» American Psychological Association Now Requires Authors to Use Singular ‘They’
» Anti-Semitism — This is War, Start Treating it Like One
» Chick-fil-A to Stop Donations to Charities With Anti-LGBT Views
» Illinois School District Rules Transgender Students Have Unrestricted Access to Bathrooms
» ‘In Memory of All Victims of Abortion’ Tombstone Causes Controversy in Ontario Town
» New Hampshire Town Removes Christmas From Its Christmas Ceremony After Two People Complain About Being Offended
 
General
» Italy: Xmas Play Scrubbed for Fear of Offending Non-Catholics
 

Ron Paul — Federal Reserve: Enemy of Liberty and Prosperity

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, the US dollar has lost over 96 percent of its value.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Americans Are Already Bored of the Impeachment Hearings

If the sentiments of several people interviewed by the New York Times are anything to go by, Americans are already getting bored of the impeachment hearings.

The hearings entered day three proper today as two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s president gave testimony.

However, in an article entitled ‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News’, the NY Times talked to Americans about how they viewed the spectacle and they didn’t come across as very enthusiastic.

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

Clinton Foundation Files $16.8 Million Loss

The numbers don’t lie, Hillary’s name is poison

Hillary Clinton’s name is pure poison and no one in their right mind wants anything to do with her.

This is evidenced nowhere more in the fact that the Clinton Foundation has gone from turning over a revenue of almost $400 million in 2013, to actually LOSING almost $33 million since Donald Trump wiped the floor with Hillary in 2016.

Newly released tax records show that the foundation reported a loss of almost $17 million in 2018, to add to the net loss of $16.1 million the previous year in 2017.

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

Democrats Are So Politically Intolerant, They Even Refuse to Date Other Democrats

Democrats are so politically intolerant that they are now refusing to even date other Democrats if they support a different presidential candidate.

Last week, arch-liberal Bill Maher said that partisan bickering is so bad in America that there could be a civil war if the rhetoric is not toned down.

“Home is where you learn that the three magic words in any relationship aren’t ‘I love you’ they’re ‘let it go’…we are going to have to learn to live with each other or else there will be blood,” Maher said.

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

Drudge Goes Peak Impeachment: Pushes Another Bogus Junk Poll From ABC

It’s no secret that the Drudge Report as gone far left. The mission of The Drudge Report is the impeachment of Donald Trump and rule by wild-eyed Socialists. Pretty disgusting.

On Monday Matt Drudge promoted this latest junk Ipsos/ABC News poll.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake Accounts Ponzi Scheme

So what is that magical ingredient, that secret sauce, that “genius” trade secret, that turned an over-funded money-losing startup into one of America’s greatest business success stories? It’s one that Bernie Madoff would recognize instantly: fraud, in the form of fake accounts.

Old money goes out, and new money comes in to replace it. That’s how a traditional Ponzi scheme works. Madoff kept his going for decades, managing to attain the rank of Chairman of the NASDAQ while he was at it.

Zuckerberg’s version is slightly different, but only slightly: old users leave after getting bored, disgusted and distrustful, and new users come in to replace them. Except that as Mark’s friend and lieutenant, Sam Lessin told us, the “new users” part of the equation was already getting to be a problem in 2012. On October 26, Lessin, wrote, “we are running out of humans (and have run-out of valuable humans from an advertiser perspective).” At the time, it was far from clear that Facebook even had a viable business model, and according to Frontline, Sheryl Sandberg was panicking due to the company’s poor revenue numbers.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Google is teaming with one of the country’s largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, according to people familiar with the matter and internal documents. The data involved in Project Nightingale includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth. Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter. There’s a lot of money to be made in healthcare, and it was only a matter of time before creepy technology companies like Google would want a piece of this pie — through massive amounts of personal information. Technically, this is all above board, though. It’s fully within federal regulations and laws, so this practice is unlikely to stop.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jeffrey Epstein’s Prison Guards Are Indicted on Federal Charges

Two correctional officers who were assigned to guard Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died in his cell have been indicted for allegedly ignoring more than 75 mandatory checks on the wealthy financier then fabricating records to cover it up.

Federal authorities charged Michael Thomas and Tova Noel with multiple counts of falsifying records and conspiracy. The two worked as guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal facility in Manhattan that is mostly used for defendants awaiting trial.

At a court appearance on Tuesday, Thomas and Noel pleaded not guilty and a judge released each of them on a $100,000 bond.

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

John Kennedy to Bureau of Prisons Chief: Christmas Ornaments, Drywall, And Jeffrey Epstein Don’t Hang Themselves

Not only is he the most quotable member of the Senate, he must be the most quotable politician in America.

Well, second-most behind you-know-who. But certainly no worse than that.

It’s the American people who’ve drawn the conclusion that Epstein didn’t kill himself, Kennedy noted at today’s hearing with the head of the BOP, leaving us to wonder if he agrees or disagrees. The affidavit unveiled this morning implies strongly that Epstein really did do the deed himself, enabled by BOP negligence. But that’s not the point here. The point, stressed by Kennedy at the end of the clip below, is that people are waiting for answers on Epstein’s death — and waiting, and waiting, for more than three months now. That point was made repeatedly in questioning of BOP chief Kathleen Hawk Sawyer during her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, with the frustration compounded by the fact that Sawyer refused to provide any information about Epstein because the investigations are still pending.

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

Lawsuit Claims Burger King’s Impossible Whoppers Are Contaminated by Meat

(Reuters) — Burger King was sued on Monday by a vegan customer who accused the fast-food chain of contaminating its meatless “Impossible” Whoppers by cooking them on the same grills as its traditional meat burgers.

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

Lt. Col. Vindman Thinks He’s President, — Says He’s Responsible for Creating the Cohesive, Coherent Ukraine Policy (Video)

During his testimony Vindman told the Democrat Party Counsel Goldman that HE was responsible for creating “cohesive, coherent” Ukrainian policy. Vindman was upset that President Trump had his own policy for Ukraine.

This clown thinks he’s president!

This is the nut of the whole thing.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NSC Officials Attempted to Remove Leaker Vindman But Were Blocked by Obama Deep State HR Head in White House Letitia Lewis

Jesse Watters outed the White House Human Resources leader who kept the NSC’s Alex Vindman on after others in the White House thought that he was leaking classified information from the Trump White House. Both Vindman and the HR representative by the name of Letitia Lewis, were holdovers from the Obama Administration.

Paul Sperry noted tweeted this morning that an HR representative in the White House kept Alex Vindman in the White House after complaints of his being a leaker —

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Stephen A. Smith Slams Colin Kaepernick: “You Don’t Want to Work. You Just Want to Make Noise”

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith lashed out at cop-hating former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for bailing out of a planned workout with 25 NFL teams on Saturday at the last minute.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Story on U.N. Study on Child Detentions Withdrawn

GENEVA (Reuters) — A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention —U.N. study” is withdrawn. The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued.

[Comment: Obama was President in 2015. So the study didn’t fit the narrative.]

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

Students Demand Ability to Select Roommate Based on Race

The Chancellor at Syracuse University has stated that he will actively work with a group of students who have issued several demands meant to address a racism issue at the school, including the institution of a new policy that would require students be offered an option to choose that their roommate share the same race.

The demand to allow “students of color” to elect not to room with students of other races was one of several such demands issued by a group of protesting students who aired their concerns about racism on campus during an ongoing sit-in. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud spoke at the sit-in in a live-streamed exchange.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Student Arrested for Building ISIS Propaganda Computer Program

Federal investigators have charged a US-based college student for trying to help ISIS spread the terrorist group’s propaganda over social media.

On Thursday, the Justice Department announced it had arrested 20-year-old Thomas Osadzinski of Chicago, Illinois for creating a computer program that was devoted to copying official ISIS propaganda and re-posting it.

Allegedly, his computer script relied on automated bots saving the propaganda ISIS had posted on social media before spreading it elsewhere. The affected social media platform was not named, but the criminal complaint against Osadzinski suggests he was targeting Facebook.

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

The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Director Blames it Tanking on Men Not Wanting to Watch a Movie Starring Women

Source — The well-reviewed “Charlie’s Angels” reboot is the latest studio box office bomb of the fall movie season. … The Elizabeth Banks-directed action comedy failed to crack $9 million at the box office over its opening weekend. Box office tracking had “Charlie’s Angels” opening at an already-disappointing $10 million, but the final total came in well below that low mark. IndieWire’s box office expert Tom Brueggemann says the film “will be a significant loss” for Sony this season.

Prior to the movie’s disastrous opening weekend, Banks gave an interview to the Herald Sun that is now proving to be somewhat controversial. The filmmaker, who also wrote and produced “Charlie’s Angels” and stars in the movie as Bosley, called out a potential box office bomb as being sexist.

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

Trump to Flip 11th Circuit to Majority GOP-Appointed Judges; Third Appeals Court to Change Majority

Senate Republicans confirmed one of President Trump’s judicial nominees to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday and will flip the federal appeals court to a majority of Republican-appointed active judges with another confirmation later this week.

It will be the third federal appeals court to be turned to a GOP-majority under the president’s promise to remake the federal judiciary with a conservative bent.

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

Unpublished Data From Stanley Milgram’s Experiments Cast Doubt on His Claims About Obedience

An analysis of previously unpublished data raises serious questions about Stanley Milgram’s landmark obedience experiments.

The findings, which have been published in Social Psychology Quarterly, indicate that many people were willing to engage in seemingly reprehensible behavior because they saw through the researchers’ cover story. Those who believed the cover story, on the other hand, tended to be more defiant.

The Milgram experiment was designed to test people’s willingness to bow to authority — in this case, scientists in lab coats. Subjects were led to believe that they were participating in a study about learning, and were asked to deliver increasingly powerful electric shocks to another subject whenever he got an answer wrong during a memory test.

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

Video: Two Arrested After ‘Antifa’ Shuts Down Campus Conservative Event

A conservative group at Binghamton University had its event featuring economist Arthur Laffer “shut down” on Monday night.

The College Republicans at Binghamton University in New York State hosted Laffer Monday night but protesters had different plans for the event, as they took up a good portion of seats in the auditorium in which he was slated to speak.

“On Monday, Nov. 18, a speaker sponsored by the College Republicans was disrupted and ultimately prevented from presenting by a large group of students and others,” Binghamton University said in a statement via Twitter Tuesday morning. The public institution says that several measures were taken ahead of the event, including the deployment of “a large number of police…”

“Despite those measures,” the university continued, “the lecture was immediately disrupted and the speaker was entirely prevented from addressing the audience led by an individual using a bull horn. That individual was arrested, as was another individual who attempted to interfere with police.”

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

Don Cherry’s Podcast: Poppy Talk, Hockey, And Ron Maclean Discussed on First Episode

What a wild couple of weeks it has been for broadcasting legend Don Cherry. After getting fired on Remembrance Day for his controversial “You people” comments, Cherry went on a media no-apology tour, making it clear that he meant what he said, though he wishes he could have phrased it a little more eloquently.

Now Cherry is back, on his own podcast The Grapevine, featuring none other than his son, Tim Cherry, as co-host.

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

Omar Khadr’s Living Victims Weren’t Warned About $10.5 Million Canadian Payout

Omar Khadr, the Canadian-born son of al-Qaeda royalty who killed US Army medic Christopher Speer while fighting for enemy forces in Afghanistan was convicted and sentenced by a jury at Gitmo for forty years for war crimes.

Not only did he leave Christopher Speer’s family without a husband and father, he also maimed soldier Layne Morris.

As part of an Obama administration political pressure campaign, Canada repatriated Khadr and Trudeau delivered him a $10.5 million payout for our failure to intervene on behalf of this killer.

The payment was structured to be handed to Khadr in secrecy, making it difficult for Khadr’s living victims to access funds after they won a wrongful death judgement against him in American courts.

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

Sheila Gunn Reid: Wexit Town Hall Will Address In-Depth Issues of Forming New Country

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Sheila Gunn Reid joined me to talk about the topics we plan to cover at our November 19th and 20th Wexit Town Hall events in Edmonton and Calgary.

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

Study Finds 1 in 5 Quebec University Students Require Treatment for Depression

A survey, titled “Sous ta façade” taken by almost 24,000 Quebec university students from 16 universities found a frightening figure, one in five Quebec university students have symptoms of depression that require urgent professional help.

The survey also found that close to 60 percent of university students have a heightened level of psychological distress when compared to the rest of the province. The survey also found that students are three times as likely to have suicidal thoughts compared to the general population and twice as likely to have attempted suicide. The survey also revealed that certain groups are more at risk to face mental health problems, namely those with disabilities, first-generation university students and those in the LGBTQ community.

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

Church May Introduce Ecological Sins Says Pope

Corporate conduct ‘cannot remain unpunished’ says Francis

(ANSA) — Vatican City, November 15 — Pope Francis said Friday the Catholic Church is thinking of introducing ecological sins.

“We are thinking of introducing ecological sins, sins against our common home, into the catechism of the Catholic Church,” he told an audience of legal experts on crimes against the environment in the Vatican.

“An elementary sense of just would impose that some conduct, which usually corporations are responsible for, cannot remain unpunished,” Francis said.

“In particular, all those can be considered as ‘ecocide’.” The pope recalled that, in the recent synod on the Amazon, the Church dealt with the issue of ecological crimes.

Francis has written several essays and an encyclical, Laudato si’, on the importance of preserving the earth’s natural heritage and combating the climate crisis.

Laudato si’, or Praise Be to You, was Francis’s second encyclical.

The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”.

In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Denmark: Shootings, Car Torchings, Gang Violence

On September 24, the US embassy in Denmark published a security alert. It warned US citizens in Copenhagen that:

“The Danish National Police urge individuals living in or visiting the areas of Nørrebro, Ishøj, and Hundige to exercise heightened awareness at all times due to a recent increase in gun violence. Copenhagen Police have instituted a stop-and-search zone in a large area covering Nørrebro. The ordinance — which will run through September 30 — allows police officers to stop and search anyone within the area without cause”.

The alert also encouraged US citizens to “keep a low profile”, “do not physically resist any robbery attempt” and “use caution when walking or driving at night”.

Police in Copenhagen eventually decided to extend the stop and search ordinance in parts of Copenhagen until October 14.

The police have confirmed that the numerous shootings, one of them lethal, are connected to rivalries between two criminal gangs, “Brothas” and “NNV”.

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

ECJ: Poland’s Judicial Independence in Doubt

The EU’s top court ruled Tuesday that there are reasons to question the independence of a new judicial chamber in Poland, created under the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government, which monitors and potentially punishes judges. But the European Court of Justice (ECJ) left it to the Polish Supreme Court to examine the new chamber’s independence, where some members have been recommended by PiS.

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

Exclusive: Inside the Media Conspiracy to Hype Greta Thunberg

Over 250 news outlets and journalists partnered with Columbia University School of Journalism’s flagship magazine to shape control of “climate crisis” coverage in the lead up to the United Nations climate conference. The coverage-coordination initiative included directing how much time, space and prominence should be devoted to the coverage, and asking that climate “news” be added to seemingly unrelated stories.

Some of the biggest media outlets in the country, such as CBS and Bloomberg, joined the effort. But others, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, declined to participate in a project they reportedly feared appeared activist in nature. More troubling, a number of the major outlets that joined did not disclose participation to their readers.

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

France: Generation Identitaire Marches Against Islamization in Paris

Hundreds of members of the patriotic movement Generation Identitaire gathered in the streets of Paris this weekend to march against the Islamization of their country.

The demonstration comes about a week after the “march against Islamophobia” organized left-wing activists and anti-French globalist politicians to protest what they falsely perceive to be growing anti-Islamic sentiment.

According to organizers from Generation Identitaire, as many as 800 people were present at the march which saw demonstrators hold French flags and display photos of terrorists like the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Le Point reports.

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

France: Far-Left Extremist on Terror Watch List Who Spied on Police Arrested

Police have arrested a 21-year-old far-left extremist at the first anniversary of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement on Saturday. The extremist has been accused of spying on police officers.

Police sources claim the young woman had gathered with other protesters at the Place d’Italie in Paris where violence erupted Saturday, La Point reports. She is said to be behind a Facebook account called “Marie ACAB-Land”, a reference to the far-left Antifa slogan “All Cops Are Bastards” (ACAB).

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

French Government Closes Mosques and Schools Linked to Political Islam Across 15 Districts

The French government has closed mosques, schools, and a variety of associations linked to the proliferation of radical Islamist political ideology in fifteen districts across the country.

Last Friday, Secretary of State for the Interior Laurent Nuñez announced that authorities had closed 129 drinking establishments, 12 mosques, four schools, nine associations in 15 districts which have been struck by ‘political Islam and communitarianism’, Le Figaro reports.

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

Germany: NH Hotel Group Cancels ‘Alternative Climate Conference’ After Protests

The NH Hotel Group will no longer host the 13th annual “alternative climate conference” in Munich featuring scientists skeptical of climate change alarmism following protests at its hotel.

Each year, the Jena-based European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), Germany’s leading private think tank on climate and energy issues, has rented out the NH Congress Center Munich for its alternative climate conference and did so once again this year until the hotel abruptly terminated the agreement this past week.

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

Hungary, Poland Block EU Conclusions on Rule of Law

Hungary and Poland on Tuesday blocked a conclusion on the evaluation of the annual rule of law dialogue among member states. The Finnish EU presidency published the conclusions, representing consensus among the other 26 member states on strengthening the process. The 26 agreed the dialogue could use the EU commission’s planned annual rule of law reports. Hungary and Poland objected to linking the annual report to the council’s dialogue.

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

‘I Was Possessed’: How One Man Was Freed From Satanic Possession

The testimony of a man who was possessed by cohorts of demons after a séance and was saved by his conversion.

PARIS — Michel Chiron was a simple educator in an institute for the mentally disabled in central France and led an uneventful life. In the 1980s, boredom and a love disappointment led him to participate in spiritualist séances with some colleagues.

The Catholic education he received in his childhood had been swept away by the cultural revolution of May 1968, and he proudly described himself as an atheist. However, as he started such practices in order to “have fun,” without believing in their effects, Chiron saw, with great astonishment, the pedestal table turn and the spirits communicate coherent messages through Scrabble letters.

A decade later, it is with a darker state of mind that he appealed to the same spirits again, alone, in search for answers regarding his romantic life. It was a step that will cost him dearly, as it enabled demonic spirits to take possession of his body and to torment him day and night for more than nine months.

In this interview with the Register, Chiron gives a chilling account of this authentic trip to hell — from which he came back, thanks to his return to the faith. Such a story is told in the newly published book J’étais Possédé (“I Was Possessed”).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Police Raid Arcelormittal Offices

Probe into false statements to market, asset stripping

(ANSA) — Rome, November 19 — Finance police on Tuesday raided the officers in Italy of ArcelorMittal and seized evidence in relation to probes into the steel giant’s controversial bid to back out of a contract to take over the former ILVA group. The case has rocked Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government and raised fears about the economic impact of the possible closure of the ex-ILVA group, including its troubled huge plant in the southern city of Taranto.

On Monday ArcelorMittal suspended the procedure to turn off the altoforno 2 furnace at the Taranto plant, pending a ruling in Milan about whether the French-Indian multinational’s withdrawal plan is legal.

ArcelorMittal said it was cooperating with the investigations. The Milan probe is looking into alleged false communications to the market, asset stripping and failure to declare earnings.

A probe in Taranto is examining various aspects of the case, including issues regarding the acquisition of raw materials and the sale of end products.

Two Taranto managers were quizzed as to the treatment of stocks in the warehouse, judicial sources said.

The city council in Taranto said it would stand as civil plaintiff in the case. Conte on Friday vowed to stop ArcelorMittal’s pullout, saying the company is breaching a contract. The multinational has cited the lifting of a penal shield against prosecution for a cleanup of the highly polluting works in the Puglia city as a reason for the pullout. The plant’s emissions have been linked to years of higher than normal cancer rates in Taranto.

ArcelorMittal says that, if it were persuade to stay on, it would be seeking 5,000 job cuts in the group, which employs some 8,300 in Taranto and around 3,000 more in two other, smaller plants at Genoa and Novi Ligure.

The government has vowed to avert jobs cuts, especially in Taranto, where the steelworks is the Puglia city’s biggest employer.

Union sources have said the planned job cuts would detonate a “social bomb” in Taranto, especially given the knock-on effects on ancillary industries and the supply chain.

Conte was said to be seeking to reintroduce the penal shield on Tuesday, as well as seeking possible help from Germany and a possible Chinese partner.

He is set to meet again with ArcelorMittal owners and executives on Friday.

Meanwhile Tuesday also saw the first job losses in the group, with three young temporary workers in the acquisitions office in Genoa getting their pink slips.

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Italy: Hate Hoax? Migrant Beaten by ‘Fascists’ Was Actually Attacked by Other Migrants

A Nigerian migrant who was said to have been beaten up by “fascists” was actually assaulted by Roma from eastern Europe, according to police sources.

The victim of the assault claimed two individuals assaulted him in a Florence, Italy underpass, punching him in the mouth and the side of his head, newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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Julian Assange Rape Investigation Dropped by Sweden

Sweden dropped a preliminary investigation Tuesday into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson made the announcement as she gave an update on the Swedish case, saying the rape investigation has been discontinued because “the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question.”

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National Populism Rising: Sweden Democrats Most Popular Party in the Country

A new poll has revealed that the national populist Sweden Democrats are the most popular party in the country, with nearly one in four voters saying that they would cast their ballot for the party if elections were held today.

The survey, conducted by Swedish polling company Demoskop, showed the right-wing populist party polling just under a quarter of Swedish voters, at 24.2 percent. This, compared to 22.2 percent for the ruling Social Democrats, who in 2018 had their worst electoral performance ever, garnering just 28 percent of the vote, Swedish daily tabloid Aftonbladet reports.

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Observatory Releases Report on Christian Persecution in Europe

ROME — The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe has published its annual 2019 report, chronicling the rising level of Christian persecution throughout Europe in the previous year.

In its report, the observatory documented “a rise in the number of churches, Christian symbols, and cemeteries across Europe being vandalized, desecrated, and burned, compared to previous years,” and yet these acts of anti-Christian violence constitute just the tip of the iceberg.

“We have seen Christian-run businesses financially ruined, street preachers arrested, Christians forced to choose between their moral values and their professions, Christian student groups and speakers silenced on campuses, asylum claims of Christian refugees arbitrarily denied, and parental rights trampled on by overreaching governmental interference,” said Ellen Fantini, the observatory’s executive director. “Fundamental rights are rendered meaningless if they cannot be freely exercised by all Europeans.”

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UK: ‘F*** Nigel Farage!’: Brexit Candidate ‘Milkshaked’ On Campaign Trail, Follows Other Attacks

A Brexit Party candidate has slammed the “unacceptable, undemocratic” behaviour of a man who threw a milkshake at an election stall while shouting “F*** the Brexit party” among other slogans during campaigning for the forthcoming general election.

The trend of physically attacking political candidates because of their policy positions that established itself during the European Parliament elections in May appears to have made the jump to the General Election campaign, with Brexit Party candidate Mitchell Feierstein being the latest figure to have had a drink hurled at him during a campaign event.

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UK: 320 ‘Bleed Control Kits’ To be Given to Bars in London

320 ‘bleed control kits’ are to be given to bars in the City of London as the UK capital’s knife crime epidemic continues to soar.

The kits will be handed out by City of London police across the 1.12 square mile center of the city at a cost of £25,000.

Authorities said they were “proud” to launch the initiative, with David Lawes, Chief Superintendent of the City of London Police, telling Sky News that the decision was a “no brainer.”

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UK: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn Go Head-to-Head in First Debate of General Election 2019

The Conservative and Labour leaders are taking part in the first debate of the 2019 snap general election, going head to head after a campaign that has already seen blows traded over immigration, the economy, and Brexit.

Update 2140 — Who won?

A common criticism of debates is they don’t change minds and generally, people walk away believing the candidate won who they were supporting in the first place. Regardless, the first snap poll seems to suggest no clear winner, YouGov giving it 51-49, within the margin of error.

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UK: Labour Vows to Delist Firms Not Fighting Climate Change From Stock Exchange

(h/t Rúnar) Companies that fail to act on the climate change they cause will be axed from the stock exchange, under radical Labour plans.

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, pledged his government would ensure firms are “pulling their weight” to tackle the “existential threat” to the planet.

And he warned: “For those companies not taking adequate steps under Labour they will be delisted from the London Stock Exchange.”

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UK: Now Five Big Names Cut Ties With Prince Andrew: Advertising Week Europe Joins Standard Chartered in Pulling Backing for Royal’s Main Charity Following ‘Car Crash’ Interview — as Four Universities Consider Ditching Him

Five multi-million pound businesses have cut ties with Prince Andrew’s Dragons’ Den-inspired charity and three more are now considering dumping the crisis-hit royal after his car crash BBC interview, MailOnline can reveal today.

Advertising Week Europe, which has supported the Pitch@Palace project and was hailed as an official supporter by the prince, is the latest company to pull its backing for the beleaguered duke.

Bosses will not be inviting Andrew or his team to its four-day summit in London — one of the world’s largest gatherings of advertising executives and experts being held in the capital next March.

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UK: The More Voters See of Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson, The Less They Like Her: Poll

A poll has revealed that British voters dislike Jo Swinson, the leader of the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, more now than when she became party leader.

Polling analysis published in The Times has revealed that while Ms Swinson has become more known amongst voters since she took over the Lib Dems in July, those opinions have become more negative — even with Remain voters.

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Viktor Orban: Western Europe is Finished, Central is the Future

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the situation in western Europe means that the continent must look to central European countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic for a bright future.

Orban gave a speech in Prague on Sunday in memory of the 1989 Velvet Revolution in 1989, which saw the end of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia.

“Thirty years ago we thought that Europe was our future, but today we think we are Europe’s future, and we are ready for this mission,” said Orban.

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Suddenly, Iran is Aflame With Protest

Iran is suddenly seeing its largest protests in years, in over 100 cities — and the government’s cracking down hard.

Amnesty International reports more than 100 deaths, while exile groups put the figure above 200; official media admit to more than 1,000 arrests. In a bid to stifle further demonstrations, the regime has imposed a nationwide Internet blackout and banned reporters from covering the protests.

The anger broke out Friday after Tehran announced fuel rationing and a price increase of 50 percent. But protesters are now chanting, “Death to Rouhani” and “Death to Khamenei” — denouncing Iran’s president and its actual supreme leader — as well as “Death to the dictator.”

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European Populists More Favourable to Russia

Supporters of populist parties in Europe tend to be more favourable to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, but to dislike the EU and migrants, according to a fresh survey by US pollster Pew. “Supporters of many right-wing populist parties in Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands, and Sweden are all at least 20 percentage points more likely than non-supporters to express confidence in Putin,” it said.

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Hong Kong Standoff at University Grinds on; Protesters Attempt Escape in Sewers

A days-long tense standoff between protesters and police is grinding on at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The numbers of protesters barricaded inside the school has dwindled to about 100, and their food supplies are rapidly depleting after police surrounded the campus on Sunday.

The situation is growing so desperate for the remaining protesters that several of them unsuccessfully attempted to escape the police siege by climbing through sewer drains, according to local media.

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Japan: New Species of Seaweed Uncovered by Genetic Analyses

Genetic analyses have revealed remarkably higher species diversity in common red seaweed than previously assumed. It was thought that there were only five related species of the Gloiopeltis genus (known as ‘funori’ in Japanese) worldwide. However, genetic analyses of historic and modern specimens have revealed that there are over ten in Japan alone. The reinstatement of the species Gloiopeltis compressa (new Japanese name: Ryukyu-funori) was proposed by this research. It is found in Okinawa and has previously been confused with other species of Gloiopeltis.

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Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Hong Kong Protesters

The Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday throwing support behind protesters in Hong Kong.

The bill, known as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, passed by unanimous consent on Tuesday evening, capping off weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations amid growing tensions in Hong Kong.

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Gang of 80 Armed Youths Trash an AirBnB House Before Running Riot on the Streets of Melbourne — Forcing Terrified Locals to Hide Inside Their Homes

The partygoers were seen sprinting from the home at Box Hill North, in the city’s east, on Sunday morning.

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‘I Was Born Here, You Weren’t’: Foul-Mouthed Woman Unleashes a Disgusting Racist Tirade at an Asian Couple and Calls Their Terrified Children ‘Rats’ Outside a Woolworths

The mother-of-two filmed the tirade witnessed by her three-year-old son, four-month-old baby and husband at Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre in Perth on Friday.

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Pregnant Muslim Mother Relives the Traumatic Moment She Was Called a Terrorist in a Shopping Centre Car Park Because She Was Wearing a Headscarf

Gemma Khodr said she has experienced Islamophobia while living in Australia but the incident outside a supermarket in Cairns, Queensland the worst she had ever experienced.

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Vile Rapist, 55, Who Embarked on a Life of Crime After Coming to Australia Aged Nine Will Finally be Deported Back to the UK

Convicted rapist Dean Regan Martin, 55, has lost his appeal against deportation after leading a life of violent crime in South Australia.

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Nicaragua: Sandinistas Storm Managua Cathedral, Assault Priest and Nun

A mob of dozens of pro-government activists stormed the cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua, Monday afternoon, repeatedly striking the cathedral vicar and a Catholic nun who protested their intrusion.

The pro-Sandinista throng sought to interrupt a hunger strike carried out by seven mothers of political prisoners being held by the regime of President Daniel Ortega, according to local reports.

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Pope Francis Warns: ‘Fundamentalism is a Plague’

ROME — Pope Francis blasted religious fundamentalism Monday, telling an Argentinian interreligious dialogue group that fundamentalism is a “plague.”

“Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own. In Argentina too there is a little fundamentalist corner,” the pope told his hearers. “And let us try, with fraternity, to go forward. Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group.”

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Human Trafficker Whose Gang Brought ‘More Than 100 Migrants’ Into Britain Last Year for Up to £8,500 Each is Jailed for Four Years in Spain

The leader of a human trafficking gang which charged desperate migrants up to £8,500 each to smuggle them into the UK in the backs of refrigerated lorries has been jailed for four years in Spain.

Iraqi-born Shwana Rafiq put the lives of entire families at risk by hiding them in trailers heading for Britain where temperatures never got above 40F (4C).

The 36-year-old was sentenced after he admitted playing a lead role in an international criminal gang which organised a ‘large number’ of operations involving the smuggling of Kurds.

Spanish police believe Shwana’s gang were responsible for smuggling more than 100 people into the UK between 2017 and 2018, earning up to £850,000.

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Italy: Salvini Probed Over Open Arms Standoff

Migrant-rescue ship was almost 3 weeks at sea before OK to dock

(ANSA) — Rome, November 19 — League leader Matteo Salvini is under investigation on the Sicilian city of Agrigento over a standoff when he was interior minister regarding the Open Arms migrant-rescue ship.

Salvini is being probed for abduction and dereliction of duty in relation to the 164 migrants who were rescued by the NGO-run ship at the start of August.

The ship spend almost three weeks at sea until it was finally allowed to dock at the island of Lampedusa after a deal was reached on sharing out the migrants among EU nations. Salvini spearheaded a tough stance of closing Italy’s ports to NGO-run migrant rescue ships when he was in government.

But that policy was dropped after he pulled the plug on Premier Giuseppe Conte’s first government and it was replaced by a new executive supported by a new alliance.

Probes against Salvini for other similar cases led to nothing.

“I wonder whether the Agrigento prosecutors don’t have anything more serious to deal with,” Salvini said.

“I did what the Italian people asked me to do.

“I defended the borders. I’m starting to get fed up”.

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Lorry Loaded With Migrants in Refrigerated Container Found Attempting to Get to England

A LORRY carrying 25 migrants was heading to England from the Netherlands, with a child suspected to be among the passengers.

The passengers were found to be in a refrigerated container found on the ferry between the two European countries.

According to the Daily Mirror, unconfirmed reports suggest a youngster was among those found.

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Netherlands: Pakistani Migrant Sentenced to Ten Years for Plotting to Murder Geert Wilders

A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani migrant to ten years in prison for planning to murder populist PVV leader Geert Wilders.

The defendant, identified only as 27-year-old ‘Junaid I.’ per Dutch privacy laws, had planned to murder Wilders because he was angered by the right-wing populists ‘draw Mohammad’ free speech event, Dutch daily morning newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

After finding the military-aged Pakistani migrant guilty of preparing a murder for terrorist purposes, the court sentenced him to ten years in prison — a sentence that’s substantially higher than the six years requested by the public prosecutor. During sentencing, the judge noted the more severe penalty was due to the seriousness of the crime and the risk of recurrence.

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Sweden PM Claims No Link Between Rising Gang Crime and Mass Migration

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has claimed that there is no link between the high number of migrants the country has taken in recent years and the rising problem of gang violence.

The Swedish prime minister made his comments on Sunday on Swedish television, stating that the problem with rising gang violence was very real and different from the past and that the government “may not have seen it coming”, Nyheter Idag reports.

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Van Carrying 52 Migrants Rams Through Barriers Along Spanish-Moroccan Border

A van carrying 52 sub-Saharan migrants rammed through the security gates along the Spanish-Moroccan border at high speeds to enter the enclave of Ceuta on Monday, injuring four in the process.

According to a spokesperson for the office of the Interior Ministry in Ceuta, the van packed with migrants barreled through the metal fence at around 3 am. The driver, a 38-year-old Moroccan national, and the 52 migrants stowed away in the vehicle were quickly arrested by authorities, Spanish broadcaster Europa Press reports.

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5 Proofs Leftists Hate America

by Dennis Prager

Whenever leftists are charged with not loving or even with hating America, they respond angrily, labeling the question absurd, mean-spirited and an example of right-wing McCarthyism.

But there can be little doubt that the left has no love for America, just as there can be little doubt that liberals and conservatives love America. Love of America is one of the many dividing lines between liberalism and leftism. (For a description of six differences between liberalism and leftism, please see my PragerU video “Left or Liberal?”)

Here are six reasons to believe the left hates America:…

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American Psychological Association Requires Authors to Use Singular ‘They’

The American Psychological Association is helping make grammar fluid to accommodate current gender fluidity trends, and a statement from a Modern Language Association of America spokesperson indicated the group may soon follow suit.

The APA recently announced scholars in some cases must use “they” as a singular pronoun to refer to individuals who identify as non-binary.

In a recent post, Chelsea Lee, content development manager for APA style, explained the change.

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American Psychological Association Now Requires Authors to Use Singular ‘They’

Term to refer to individuals who identify as non-binary; MLA may follow suit

The American Psychological Association is helping make grammar fluid to accommodate current gender fluidity trends, and a statement from a Modern Language Association of America spokesperson indicated the group may soon follow suit.

The APA recently announced scholars in some cases must use “they” as a singular pronoun to refer to individuals who identify as non-binary.

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Anti-Semitism — This is War, Start Treating it Like One

If we Jews merely shake our heads in disapproval but don’t treat this seriously — including diving into the slime to know our enemies and their interlinked yet distinct motivations — we will lose.

By David Hunt

Jews everywhere are rightly concerned about the growing anti-Semitism. We cannot merely sigh and resign ourselves to the abuse like we used to do in the Shtetl, ghetto, or dhimmi communities of old. We are under attack, in a few catastrophic cases lethally, and this must be fought aggressively.

Since this is war, we would do well to follow the advice of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese military strategist whose work, The Art of War, is one of the must-read books for any military person… indeed, any person in any combative endeavor. His advice is timeless:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Do we know the enemy? In this political environment, are we even willing to identify the enemy?

Jew-haters: Five Distinct Categories

It is not sufficient to say they are Jew-haters. Duh, we know that. We must look deeper into their motivation to defeat them. In doing so, I find five distinct types: Hitlerian, Christian, Islamic, Alt-Right, and Leftist…

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Chick-fil-A to Stop Donations to Charities With Anti-LGBT Views

As Chick-fil-A expands globally and into more liberal parts of the U.S., the chicken chain plans to change which charities it donates to after years of bad press and protests from the LGBT community.

The new initiative will no longer include donating to organizations like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Chick-fil-A says, all of which sparked criticism in the past from the LGBT community due to the organizations’ stances on homosexuality. The move comes after several U.S. airports rejected the company from concessions deals earlier this year. More recently, the landlord of the first Chick-fil-A in the U.K. announced eight days into its lease the pop-up venue would not be welcome to extend — all because of the company’s perceived anti-LGBT stance.

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Illinois School District Rules Transgender Students Have Unrestricted Access to Bathrooms

“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity.”

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‘In Memory of All Victims of Abortion’ Tombstone Causes Controversy in Ontario Town

A tombstone in Belleville, Ontario has gotten some attention, as it was erected to commemorate “all victims of abortion”.

The black gravestone, propped by the area’s Knights of Columbus, posted an image of their tombstone of Nov. 2 and Nov. 8, leading to a national debate across social media.

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New Hampshire Town Removes Christmas From Its Christmas Ceremony After Two People Complain About Being Offended

The town of Durham, New Hampshire announced it was removing several Christmassy elements from its annual “holiday celebration” because two people complained about being offended.

Yes, really.

According to CBS Boston, the town’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will undergo changes “in an effort to remove religious overtones.”

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Italy: Xmas Play Scrubbed for Fear of Offending Non-Catholics

Near Ancona

(ANSA) — Ancona, November 14 — A nursery school has called off its Christmas play for fear of offending non-Catholic children at Maiolati Spontini near Ancona in Marche, sources said Thursday.

Parents slammed the move as “discrimination” against Catholics.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/19/2019

  1. “It is not sufficient to say they are Jew-haters. Duh, we know that. We must look deeper into their motivation to defeat them. In doing so, I find five distinct types: Hitlerian, Christian, Islamic, Alt-Right, and Leftist…” He forgot category 6: other Jews…

  2. “Orban gave a speech in Prague on Sunday in memory of the 1989 Velvet Revolution in 1989, which saw the end of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia.” Hmm…”funny” that I haven’t noticed any news about this in our media…

  3. Tajikistan. 79-YEAR-OLD WITNER DETAINED FOR SEXUAL REMAINABLE ACTIONS

    Police officers in northern Tajikistan detained a 79-year-old resident of the city of Kanibadam while committing sexual indecent assault against a 35-year-old local resident. The press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Sughd region in its TV program “Police reports” reported that Uktam Yusupov, born in 1940, despite the fact that he did not have a religious education, abused the religious faith of citizens and was engaged in healing by reading the dua from the Koran, as well as witchcraft. He was detained while committing depraved acts against a 35-year-old woman. A video published by the police shows how the old man hastily puts on his pants after police officers burst into the room where he met with the “client” . The video shows that Uktam Yusupov managed to put on trousers, but he cannot tie a belt.

    https://akhbor-rus.com/-p3180-176.htm

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