Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2019

39 migrants traveling in four different boats successfully reached the coast of England. Meanwhile, a migrant-rescue NGO ship picked up thirty migrants off the coast of Libya. Also, more than 1,350 migrants landed on the Greek islands last weekend.

In other news, Prince Andrew was relieved of his charitable duties by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

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USA
» “The World is on Fire”: CD Media Interviews Steve Bannon
» California Dems Show us the Future. Run for Your Lives
» Church Tire-Slasher Tells Cops ‘I Don’t Like Christians’: Police
» Confederate Monument at Center of Protests in Chatham County Taken Down
» Cook County AG Kim Foxx Admits She Mishandled the Jussie Smollett Case as She Announces Re-Election Run With Dramatic Commercial — But is Trolled Online for Dropping Charges Against the Empire Actor
» Court Filing Alleges That DNA Test Shows Hunter Biden Fathered Arkansas Woman’s Baby
» Ex-City Colleges Vice Chancellor, Seven Others Indicted in $350,000 Kickback Scheme at School
» Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh Indicted on 11 Counts of Fraud, Tax Evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Scandal
» Jussie Smollett Sues City of Chicago for Malicious Prosecution
» Poll: Only 3 Percent of Young Republicans Comfortable Sharing Political Opinions With Professors
» Poll: Trump Leads Top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin
» Students Ditch Their Phones for a Week, Report Feeling Happier & More Refreshed
» Trump: Media is “Sick” For Speculating About My Health
» UC Berkeley Braces for Protests Against Ann Coulter Event
 
Canada
» 120-Year-Old Photo Sparks Greta Thunberg Time-Traveler Memes
» B.C. Government Looking to ‘Ticket’ Those Who Engage in Racist Behaviour
» Canadian Veterans of People’s Liberation Army Form Association, Sing of China’s Martial Glory
 
Europe and the EU
» Italy: Top Court Confirms 9-Yr Term for Foreign Fighter
» Salvini Dominates Poll as Ruling Leftist Coalition at Just 34.5 Per Cent
» Spain: Surge in Support for Conservative Populists
» Swedish Minister of Justice on Increased Violent Crime Due to Migration: “It Doesn’t Matter to Me”
» The Truth is No Defense Against Islam and the Left
» UK: ‘Toxic’ Culture Resulted in Deaths of 42 Babies at NHS Hospitals: Report
» UK: Corbyn Refused to Say if He Would Back His Soft Brexit Deal in a Second Referendum
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Cofounder Calls Holocaust ‘Just Another F***ery’
» UK: Queen Sacks Prince Andrew: Monarch Summons Distraught Duke of York to Buckingham Palace, Orders Him to Step Down From Public Duties and Strips Him of £249,000 ‘Salary’ Amid Fall-Out From His Friendship With Paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
» UK: Redcar Tory Councillor Suspended in Islamophobia Probe
 
Russia
» Ukraine Widens Probe Against Burisma Founder to Embezzlement of State Funds
 
Far East
» China Ramps Up Coal Power Despite Emission Pledges
» Chinese Communists Replace Statue of Jesus With a Lightning Rod
» Hong Kong: US Congress Throws Weight Behind Protesters
» Hong Kong Protests: Traffic at a Standstill as Hundreds Continue Lunchtime Disruption Across City
» Hong Kong Protests: Bitter Stand-Off Inside Polytechnic University Continues With as Many as 100 Activists Still on Campus, Determined to Evade Capture
» Masked Men Attack Hong Kong Newspaper Facility, Set Fire to Printing Presses, Papers
 
Immigration
» Afghan, Iraqi, And Iranian Asylum Seekers Arrested for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old German Girl
» Italy: Zingaretti Clashes With Di Maio Over ‘Ius Soli’
» Over 1,350 Migrants Arrive on Greek Islands in Single Weekend
» The Latest: Ship Rescues 30 More Migrants Off Libya
» UK: Four Boats Carrying 39 Migrants Reach English Shores in Span of Three Hours
 
Culture Wars
» British Mom Long-Targeted by Trans Activists Denied Entry to the U.S.
» Conservative Polish PM Vows to Win ‘Culture War’, Defends NATO
 

“The World is on Fire”: CD Media Interviews Steve Bannon

[…]

SB: The elites—the party of Davos—is comfortable with managed decline. In every aspect of western culture, whether it’s in healthcare, education, culturally—the elites are comfortable with managed decline. You’ve had the single greatest transfer of wealth ever from 2008 to today. If the working class has to suffer, Davos doesn’t care. And this isn’t about race. This concept of [white] replacement is ridiculous. It’s not about race. They’re always looking for more competition on labor, on the high end with tech workers and the low end. …

B: Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, talking about the corruption of the Clinton Global Initiative. Bernie Sanders had all those facts, and he did nothing with it. It was a pillow fight. That’s why he lost, that’s why he didn’t get a chance to take on Donald Trump. The same thing is happening here. Biden’s corruption is classic American crony capitalism. It’s the way Washington works. We have an aristocracy the founding fathers never intended us to have. You have Biden, from a middle class family in Scranton, but he’s a senator for forever, and then his deadbeat son ends up sitting on powerful boards. …

SB: It’s huge. You have two things converging here historically. An impeachment—for only the fourth time in the history of the republic—and at the same time, from the anonymous op-ed to Nikki Haley’s revelations in her book, to the anonymous book that’s coming out this week, you essentially have a soft coup. …

SB: I was on a task force with Thomas Friedman in the New York Times discussing how our engagement over the last 30 or 40 years with China hasn’t worked. Henry Kissinger was in the South China Morning Post on Friday saying that we are headed toward a catastrophic war—he used that term specifically—unless we fix things. It’s three-fold: the “One Belt, One Road” logistics chain, the “Made In China 2025” convergence of chip design, robotics and AI, plus Huawei, which is the backbone of quantitative computing and technological advancement—those three together are the great geopolitical thrust of the 21st century by the Chinese who want to become the hegemonic, global, dominant economic power.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

California Dems Show us the Future. Run for Your Lives

[…]

Liberals don’t care about guns in the hands of violent criminals. They’re coming after the guns of conservatives.

We’re horrified by people who commit violence with firearms. They’re horrified by people who haven’t committed any violence and never will — but who engage in speech displeasing to Democrats.

Like a magician revealing his trick, the governor of California provided the proof, making it absolutely clear that Democrats don’t give a fig for democracy and aren’t disturbed in the slightest by gun violence.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Church Tire-Slasher Tells Cops ‘I Don’t Like Christians’: Police

The man allegedly told Palos Hills police he slashed tires on 14 cars in church lots because he doesn’t like Christians.

PALOS HILLS, IL — A Palos Hills man is accused of vandalizing cars at two local churches Osama E. El Hannouny, 25, was charged with 14 misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and possession of cannabis. More charges, including felonies, may be forthcoming.

Around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Palos Hills police went to First Baptist Church, 11015 S Eastwood Drive, for a report of cars vandalized in the parking lot. While officers were investigating the scene, they learned that more cars were found damaged at Sts. Helen and Constantine, 11025 S Roberts Road. The tires on vehicles in both lots had been slashed, police said.

Palos Hills police reviewed security video which showed a man in a black hooded sweatshirt, later identified as El Hannouny, slashing tires. Officers located El Hannouny, who they said matched the description of the man in both church parking lots.

El Hannouny allegedly admitted to slashing tires of cars at the churches because he didn’t like Christians, police said.

           — Hat tip: Vlad Tepes [Return to headlines]
 

Confederate Monument at Center of Protests in Chatham County Taken Down

The embattled Confederate monument in downtown Pittsboro came down early Wednesday morning after standing outside the historic courthouse for 112 years, Chatham County officials said.

As concerns for public safety grew and the costs of protecting the statue have mounted, officials decided to remove it, according to a county spokeswoman. The county has spent more than $140,000 on security measures, as of Nov. 18, Dudley said.

“Over the past three months, protests continued to escalate week by week, growing larger and more violent,” Kara Dudley said in a news release, referring to the protests that happen nearly every Saturday.

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

Cook County AG Kim Foxx Admits She Mishandled the Jussie Smollett Case as She Announces Re-Election Run With Dramatic Commercial — But is Trolled Online for Dropping Charges Against the Empire Actor

Embattled Illinois prosecutor Kim Foxx announced her run for re-election in a dramatic commercial where she admits she mishandled the high-profile Jussie Smollett case and says her office is attacked every day for it.

Foxx announced Tuesday that she is running for re-election as Cook County State Attorney in a news release and shared a commercial on social media where she admits in the Empire actor’s case ‘I didn’t handle it well. I own that’.

The 47-year-old top prosecutor came under fire for dropping the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, who allegedly paid two men to stage a fake hate crime assault against him and filed a false police report in February.

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

Court Filing Alleges That DNA Test Shows Hunter Biden Fathered Arkansas Woman’s Baby

DNA tests allegedly confirm “with scientific certainty” that Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s son Hunter is the biological father of a baby whose mother he denied having sex with, according to court documents filed in an Arkansas Wednesday.

In a motion to partially seal information about the child from the public as part of an ongoing child support suit, an attorney for Lunden Alexis Roberts, an Arkansas woman and the child’s mom, asked that the infant, referred to as Baby Doe in court documents, have Secret Service protection.

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

Ex-City Colleges Vice Chancellor, Seven Others Indicted in $350,000 Kickback Scheme at School

A former vice chancellor at City Colleges of Chicago and seven others have been indicted on federal charges alleging they ran a $350,000 kickback scheme that awarded college contracts to a series of companies with ties to the administrator’s relatives and associates.

In some cases, no work was even performed, the charges alleged.

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

Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh Indicted on 11 Counts of Fraud, Tax Evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Scandal

Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children’s book series.

In a grand jury indictment made public Wednesday, prosecutors allege Pugh defrauded area businesses and nonprofit organizations with nearly $800,000 in sales of her “Healthy Holly” books to unlawfully enrich herself, promote her political career and illegally fund her campaign for mayor.

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

Jussie Smollett Sues City of Chicago for Malicious Prosecution

Jussie Smollett says the $10,000 he was mandated to pay after the criminal case against him was closed should prevent the city of Chicago from seeking reimbursement for the police investigation following his claim, back in January 2019, that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Attorneys for the former “Empire” actor filed a response Tuesday to Chicago’s lawsuit in federal court. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused humiliation and extreme distress.

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

Poll: Only 3 Percent of Young Republicans Comfortable Sharing Political Opinions With Professors

A new Institute of Politics at Harvard University poll released Monday found that only about one-third of young Republicans across the nation feel comfortable sharing their political opinions with their professors.

The poll found that only 35 percent of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29 felt comfortable sharing their political opinions with their college professors, highlighting a severe disparity when compared to Democrats and independents, who polled at 54 percent and 51 percent, respectively, on sharing views with educators.

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

Poll: Trump Leads Top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin

President Trump leads top 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls in theoretical match-ups in Wisconsin, a poll released Wednesday found.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg all trail Trump in Wisconsin, according to the new Marquette Law School poll. Last month, all of these candidates except Buttigieg beat Trump.

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Students Ditch Their Phones for a Week, Report Feeling Happier & More Refreshed

Students at a university in New York who took part in a test to go without their cellphones for a week reported that they felt refreshed, happier, more focused and more relaxed.

Participants at Adelphi University took part in the course in an effort to break their cycle of dependency and addiction.

One student, Jacob Dannenberg, said he had to go old school to get through the week, writing things down physically and using an actual alarm clock.

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

Trump: Media is “Sick” For Speculating About My Health

“We don’t have freedom of the press in this country. We have the opposite. We have a very corrupt media”

President Trump proclaimed Tuesday that people within the mainstream media are ‘sick’ for speculating that he is in poor health after an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“I went for a physical and I came back. My wife said, ‘Darling are you okay? What’s wrong? Oh, they’re reporting you may have had a heart attack,’“ Trump said Tuesday. “I went, I did a very routine, just a piece of it, the rest of it takes place in January, did a very routine physical. Visited the family, visited a couple of groups … I toured the hospital for a little while. I was out of there very quickly.” the President added.

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

UC Berkeley Braces for Protests Against Ann Coulter Event

BERKELEY — UC Berkeley is hoping to avoid another chaotic clash tonight as it gears up for expected protests on campus in opposition to an anti-immigration speaking engagement by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter.

UC Berkeley officials would not say what security precautions had been taken ahead of the event. An advisory was sent out to students notifying them that there will be a police presence on campus.

The event, hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans student group, is titled “Ann Coulter: Adios, America,” after her 2015 book and billed in a Facebook event page as Coulter speaking about “the current United States immigration system and the dangers of mass immigration.”

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

120-Year-Old Photo Sparks Greta Thunberg Time-Traveler Memes

Well, she’s impressive, but she’s not that impressive.

Conspiracy theorists are at it again over a 120-year-old photo depicting a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

The photo, unearthed from archives at the University of Washington, shows three children working at a gold mine in Canada, including a girl wearing Thunberg’s signature braid and stoic expression.

Historians believe it was taken around 1898.

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

B.C. Government Looking to ‘Ticket’ Those Who Engage in Racist Behaviour

British Columbia politicians are investigating their options in ticketing individuals who engage in racist behaviour.

Delta North NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon submitted a letter to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth requesting that the province crack down on “racist and hateful behaviour,” by measures that would include financial repercussions.

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

Canadian Veterans of People’s Liberation Army Form Association, Sing of China’s Martial Glory

Dressed in the uniform of China’s People’s Liberation Army, the 40 or so singers stood proudly in neat rows and belted out an old favourite.

I am a Soldier talks of defeating the Japanese, vanquishing Nationalist leader Chiang Kai Shek in the Communist revolution and being tested by the revolutionary war. The performance “brought forth a whirlwind of Chinese military spirit in a foreign land,” said a report on the concert.

The recital earlier this month at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Richmond Hill, Ont., was not offered by a visiting martial choir from Beijing.

It was the work of a surprising new Canadian association, dedicated to retired troops of the China’s People’s Liberation Army or PLA — China’s armed forces — who are now settled in this country.

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

Italy: Top Court Confirms 9-Yr Term for Foreign Fighter

1st female fighter joined ISIS in Syria in 2014, never came back

(ANSA) — Rome, November 20 — The supreme Court of Cassation on Wednesday upheld a nine-year sentence for Italy’s first woman foreign fighter, who went to join ISIS in 2014 and never returned.

A terror conviction this became definitive for Maria Giulia ‘Fatima’ Sergio.

The high court of appeal rejected appeals for her and another four defendants.

These included her Albanian husband, Aldo Kobuzi, who got 10 years again.

They also included a Canadian-born ‘indoctrinator’, Haik Bushra, who got nine years also.

Sergio was tried in absentia after going to Syria to be a combatant for the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group in 2014.

Her father Sergio Sergio was sentenced to four years in jail in the first-instance trial.

Sergio’s sister was tried separately and sentenced to five years four months in prison.

The family, all of whom were converts to Islam, were arrested in July 2015 when prosecutors said they and seven other suspects had joined ISIS and were on the verge of leaving to fight in Syria. The mother, Assunta Buonfiglio, died of cardiac arrest aged 60 in October 2015, on the eve of her release into house arrest.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Salvini Dominates Poll as Ruling Leftist Coalition at Just 34.5 Per Cent

Matteo Salvini’s League party continues to dominate Italy’s polls while the ruling leftist coalition has the support of just a third of the electorate.

The Swg poll puts Salvini and the League at 34 per cent, making them the would-be largest and only half a percentage point behind the combined support for the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) which form the current ruling coalition government, Il Giornale reports.

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

Spain: Surge in Support for Conservative Populists

Spain’s populist party, Vox, more than doubled its seats in parliament after winning 3.6 million votes in general elections held on November 10. The fast-rising conservative party, which entered parliament for the first time only eight months ago, is now the third-largest party in Spain.

Vox leaders campaigned on a “traditional values” platform of law and order, love of country and a hardline approach to anti-constitutional separatists in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia.

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

Swedish Minister of Justice on Increased Violent Crime Due to Migration: “It Doesn’t Matter to Me”

During a recent parliamentary debate, in response to the mention of increased group rape and personal robbery as a result of his party’s immigration policy, Social Democrat Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson whispered, “to me, it doesn’t matter”.

The debate took place on the floor of the Swedish parliament on October 24 and saw Sweden Democrat Party Secretary Richard Jomshof and the Social Democrat Minister of Justice Morgan Johansson trade blows Nyheter Idag reports.

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

The Truth is No Defense Against Islam and the Left

A book explores one woman’s fight for the truth.

In the fall of 2009, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff told the truth. The truth cost her much of her normal life. It cost her the realization that Austria, the country she had served, was not run based on law and liberty.

And It left her with a choice between paying a fine and going to prison.

That is the story that she tells in her book, The Truth Is No Defense. The title is taken from her odyssey through the European judiciary, beginning with a trial by the media, then by Austrian judges, by the Austrian Supreme Court, and finally by, the court of last resort, the European Court of Human Rights.

Elisabeth’s crime was famously telling the truth about Mohammed’s rape of Aisha, the little girl whom he “married”, and facing hate speech and then defamation of religion charges after a media hit piece. Even though everything Elisabeth described in her educational forums and in private remarks, secretly recorded by a tabloid hack, was sourced to the Koran, to Hadiths and to Islamic legal texts, particularly, the Reliance of the Traveler, the truth of what she was saying proved to be no defense.

Truth is no defense against charges of blaspheming against Islam, neither in Iran or Qatar, nor in Europe…

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

UK: ‘Toxic’ Culture Resulted in Deaths of 42 Babies at NHS Hospitals: Report

A leaked interim report has blamed a “toxic” culture at English hospitals that resulted in the deaths of 42 babies and three mothers and dozens of severe injuries in what is believed to be the worst maternity scandal in the history of the National Health Service.

The document, initially seen by The Independent, singles out the deaths and serious injuries of dozens of babies as evidence of 40 years of maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust “that is toxic to improvement effort”.

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

UK: Corbyn Refused to Say if He Would Back His Soft Brexit Deal in a Second Referendum

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn refused nine times to say if he would back his own proposed renegotiated soft-Brexit deal.

The socialist has pledged that if he becomes prime minister, he will go back to Brussels and renegotiate the exit agreement to include a customs union with the EU and a close relationship to the Single Market — essentially a Brexit in name only. He would then put this deal against Remain in a second referendum with no credible Leave option.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion Cofounder Calls Holocaust ‘Just Another F***ery’

The British co-founder of Extinction Rebellion sparked outrage in Germany today by referring to the Holocaust as ‘just another f***ery in human history’.

Roger Hallam compared the murder of six million Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis to other historical massacres and claimed that memory of the Shoah — or Holocaust — was holding Germany back.

The 53-year-old former organic farmer was quickly condemned by Extinction Rebellion groups in Germany after his interview with a newspaper in the country.

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

UK: Queen Sacks Prince Andrew: Monarch Summons Distraught Duke of York to Buckingham Palace, Orders Him to Step Down From Public Duties and Strips Him of £249,000 ‘Salary’ Amid Fall-Out From His Friendship With Paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

The Queen has effectively sacked Prince Andrew from Royal duties after discussing the Epstein scandal with Charles and summoning the distraught Duke of York.

She took decisive action to contain the fall-out from the duke’s disastrous TV interview about his friendship with a paedophile billionaire.

He stepped down from public duties as the Queen stripped him of his £249,000 Sovereign Grant ‘salary’ amid the fall-out from his friendship with the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which the duke discussed in a disastrous Newsnight appearance.

The interview triggered days of catastrophic headlines and caused a string of businesses and charities to desert him.

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

UK: Redcar Tory Councillor Suspended in Islamophobia Probe

A Conservative councillor has been suspended from the party in an Islamophobia row.

Malcolm Griffiths, who represents Hutton on Redcar and Cleveland Council, on Teesside, is alleged to have shared, commented on and liked Islamophobic content on social media.

A Conservative Party spokesman said an investigation into the allegations was under way.

Mr Griffiths has been approached for comment.

The posts in question came to light after a dossier on 15 current and 10 former Conservative councillors was forwarded to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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

Ukraine Widens Probe Against Burisma Founder to Embezzlement of State Funds

KIEV (Reuters) — Ukraine has widened its investigation into the founder of energy company Burisma to include suspicion of embezzling state funds, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said on Wednesday.

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China Ramps Up Coal Power Despite Emission Pledges

China is set to add new coal-fired power plants equivalent to the EU’s entire capacity, as the world’s biggest energy consumer ignores global pressure to rein in carbon emissions in its bid to boost a slowing economy.

Across the country, 148GW of coal-fired plants are either being built or are about to begin construction, according to a report from Global Energy Monitor, a non-profit group that monitors coal stations. The current capacity of the entire EU coal fleet is 149GW.

While the rest of the world has been largely reducing coal-powered capacity over the past two years, China is building so much coal power that it more than offsets the decline elsewhere.

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

Chinese Communists Replace Statue of Jesus With a Lightning Rod

Officials of China’s United Front have removed a statue of Christ the King from the steeple of the church of Linjiazhuang in Shandong, replacing it with a lightning rod.

Calling Christian symbols on church rooftops “too visible,” the United Front also tore down crosses from the church of Wuda (Inner Mongolia) and from the church of Zhumadian (Henan), reported AsiaNews, the official press agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

The removal of the statue of Jesus forms part of the program of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to “Sinicize” religion in China by expunging it of Western influence and making it more compatible with the tenets of Chinese socialism, the report said.

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Hong Kong: US Congress Throws Weight Behind Protesters

In a nod to pro-democracy protesters, US Congress has passed two bills supporting human rights in Hong Kong. China has threatened unspecified countermeasures if the bills become law.

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Hong Kong Protests: Traffic at a Standstill as Hundreds Continue Lunchtime Disruption Across City

Hundreds of protesters showed up in three districts at lunchtime on Wednesday, halting traffic in part of Kwun Tong.

The protesters used traffic cones, rubbish bins and railing to block off Tsun Yip Street, Wai Yip Street, and Kwun Tong Road, chanting slogans as they marched along the roads.

But in Central, dozens of police officers were deployed along Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road Central to prevent the protesters from walking into the road, raising a blue flag several times to warn that the rally was illegal.

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Hong Kong Protests: Bitter Stand-Off Inside Polytechnic University Continues With as Many as 100 Activists Still on Campus, Determined to Evade Capture

No resolution to the bitter stand-off at Hong Kong Polytechnic University appeared to be in sight on Tuesday night as 60 to 100 protesters remained on campus, determined to resist capture and not join the 1,000 who had so far either surrendered or been arrested.

The city’s leader, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said on Tuesday that she hoped the impasse, entering its fourth day by Wednesday, could be resolved peacefully, with those injured and aged under 18 handled in a humane manner.

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Masked Men Attack Hong Kong Newspaper Facility, Set Fire to Printing Presses, Papers

Masked intruders entered a printing facility for the Epoch Times in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning and set fire to newspapers and printing equipment, the outlet reported.

The Epoch Times is a multilanguage newspaper that is distributed in countries all over the world and has been published in Chinese since 2000. The organization has been reporting on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which has included coverage that could be viewed as critical of police as they cracked down on demonstrators.

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Afghan, Iraqi, And Iranian Asylum Seekers Arrested for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old German Girl

Police have arrested three asylum seekers for the gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl on Halloween night in the German city of Ulm.

The three asylum seekers, from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, in custody are aged 15, 16, and 26 and are three of five suspects in the case. Investigators say there could have been even more people involved in the suspected gang rape, newspaper Münchner Merkur reports.

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Italy: Zingaretti Clashes With Di Maio Over ‘Ius Soli’

M5S leader plays down row, says ‘ended things’ with Salvini

(ANSA) — Rome, November 18 — Centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Nicola Zingaretti has clashed with the leader of his government partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), over introducing a ‘ius soli’ (law of the soil) citizenship law for immigrant children.

At a PD national rally at the weekend Zingaretti said the progressive party must get behind moves to introduce ius soli or, as an alternative, ‘ius culturae’, granting citizenship when immigrant kids have completed five years of schooling in Italy.

But M5S leader and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who endorsed the tough migrant and security laws of former partner, League leader and ex-interior minister Matto Salvini in the last government, dismissed the idea.

“Half of the country is under water and some people thinking of ‘ius soli’, can you believe it?” he said.

With the M5S spiralling downwards in the polls Di Maio is loth to disown the anti-migrant moves of Salvini, with whom he formed the first alliance backing Premier Giuseppe Conte.

A second alliance, between the PD and the M5S, was formed after salvini brought down the first one hoping to cash in on high polling numbers in August.

The new M5S-PD government has been dogged by constant bickering which has sparked speculation about how long it will last.

The speculation surged again Sunday after the uis soli clash.

But Di Maio played down the row on Monday, saying the government was “working well on concrete issues”.

“We are working well on concrete points like the budget, we have kept our promise not to raise VAT, we’ve removed the ‘superticket’ (health care surcharge), we are raising net take-home pay a little.

“When it’s a matter of tackling concrete issues the government takes action and the parliamentary caucuses are also working well together”.

Di Maio also denied supporting Salvini policies, saying he had “ended things” with the former interior minister when he pulled the plug on the Cone 1 government.

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Over 1,350 Migrants Arrive on Greek Islands in Single Weekend

The Greek coastguard has said more than 1,350 migrants arrived on various islands in the Aegean Sea over the weekend, as tensions boil in the already overcrowded camps.

The coastguard said they picked up a total of 658 migrants from Friday to Monday morning and added that another 730 migrants had managed to land on the coast of one of the Aegean islands near Turkey, newspaper Courrier International reports.

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The Latest: Ship Rescues 30 More Migrants Off Libya

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants arriving in Europe (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

The humanitarian ship Ocean Viking has rescued another 30 people from a boat in distress off the Libyan coast, bringing the total number of migrants aboard the rescue vessel to 125.

Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter that the boat in distress was spotted on Wednesday. The aid groups operates the Ocean Viking jointly with SOS Mediterranee.

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UK: Four Boats Carrying 39 Migrants Reach English Shores in Span of Three Hours

Four boats carrying 39 migrants made it to English shores within a span of just three hours on Sunday after they were intercepted by U.K. authorities, bringing the total number of migrant arrivals this month up to 129.

After being intercepted by the U.K. Border Force somewhere in the English Channel, all of the migrants identified themselves as Iranian nationals, the Daily Mail reports.

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British Mom Long-Targeted by Trans Activists Denied Entry to the U.S.

On Tuesday, a London airport refused to allow Caroline Farrow, a British mother of five and UK director of the pro-life group CitizenGo, to board her scheduled flight to Orlando. She had scheduled the trip in order to deliver a petition to Disney World in person and to speak at a conference. Farrow has long been a victim of harassment from transgender activists, and some of them tweeted statements that suggest they were responsible for the flight ban.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) had approved Farrow’s trip to the U.S. Yet when she arrived at the airport, an airline representative told her “Your ESTA has been denied,” the mother told LifeSiteNews. Various pieces of evidence suggest the transgender activists who have long harassed her coordinated to prevent her trip.

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Conservative Polish PM Vows to Win ‘Culture War’, Defends NATO

Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawieki has said that “support and protection of the family” are at the heart of his government’s policies, and that if opponents to traditional values want a “culture war”, “then we will win it”.

Prime Minister Morawieki delivered a speech in the lower house of Poland’s parliament — the Sejm — on Tuesday, following the October 13th election returning the socially conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party to power. He spoke in support of the party’s plans to expand pro-family welfare spending and to protect children from “social experiments”, alluding to liberal-progressive interest groups’ demands to teach gender ideology in schools.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/20/2019

  1. Separation by sex and religion Swimming pools for Muslims only?

    The Frankfurt businessman Abdullah Zeran wants to build a swimming pool in the Main metropolis for Muslims only. There should be gender separation during swimming. He is currently raising € 3 million in seed capital for this project. The 38-year-old explains his construction project not religiously, but purely entrepreneurial: “I have done market research and say: A bath for strict Muslims is a gap in the market.”

    https://alternative-presseschau.com/trennung-nach-geschlecht-und-religion-schwimmbaeder-nur-fuer-muslime/

    • Hmm, there exists a market for swimming pools for strict muslims? Seems to me that there exists a far larger market for swimming pools aimed towards exclusion of muslim rapists, molesters and muslimas impersonating letterboxes and trash bags. Let them have their own area based upon religious totalitarianism so we can be rid of them from ours.

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