Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/8/2019

A million Labour voters will reportedly abandon the party to vote for the Brexit Party in next month’s general election in the UK. It is estimated that 10% of low-income voters will defect from Labour to Nigel Farage’s party.

In other news, 20 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in Dover harbor after crossing the English Channel in two rubber dinghies.

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Financial Crisis
» Canadian Economy Loses 1,800 Jobs in October
» Fears for Australia’s Economy as Retail Sales Plunge to Their Lowest Level Since the 1991 Recession and Houses Become More Unaffordable
» Stock Market Edges Up to New Record Close Even as Trump Says He Hasn’t Agreed to Roll Back China Tariffs
 
USA
» Bloomberg & Soros, Experts at Buying Elections
» Bone-Chilling Arctic Blast Expected to Blast the U.S. Next Week
» CBS News Reportedly Fired a Staffer Suspected of Leaking That Explosive Video of an ABC Anchor Saying the Network Killed Her Jeffrey Epstein Exposé
» CBS Staffer Fired Over ABC’s Epstein Scandal Speaks Out: ‘I’M Not the Whistleblower… the Leaker is Still Inside’
» Comedian Rob Schneider: Californians “Would Vote for Bowl of S*** if Had ‘D’ Next to it”
» Coup Falters Under Weight of Recent Revelations
» Doomsday Climate Petition Blocked After Dozens of Fictional Signatories Found
» Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself: Brewery Releases Secret Message on Beer Cans
» Eric Holder Considers Jumping Into 2020 Presidential Primary, Mike Bloomberg Prepares to Run
» Facebook Removes Any News Reporting on — or Even Mention of — Who the Whistleblower is Alleged to be
» Feminist Assaults Gavin McInnes and Milo Yiannopolous, Brags About it on Twitter
» Fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Alabama Senate Bid (Video)
» Florida Man Friday Meets the Emotional Support Chicken
» Gateway Pundit Contributor Jacob Engels Assaulted, Punched by Violent Leftist Outside Trump Hotel
» Giuliani: I’d Like to Interrogate Schiff and Attorney Zaid — the Only Crime Committed Was by Adam Schiff
» Jane Fonda: I Can’t Get Arrested in This Town!!!
» Lump Found on Sea Floor Off Florida May be New Species That Resembles Human Poop
» Top Democrat Issues Warning — We’ll Lose Florida Again if Democrats Nominate Sanders or Warren
» Top Democrat Witness and Fired Ukrainian Amassador Yovanovitch Used Private Email to Message Dem Staffer — Lied About it Under Oath
» ‘Unite Behind the Science, ‘ Greta Thunberg Tells 1,200 at Charlotte Climate Strike
 
Canada
» Wexit is Real: Manitoba Premier Warns Trudeau
 
Europe and the EU
» A Giant Statue of Molech Has Been Put Up Right at the Entrance to the Colosseum in Rome
» Belgium: Islamic Teacher Who Sexually Assaulted Students Receives ‘Slap on the Wrist’
» Dictionary Picks ‘Climate Strike’ As 2019’s Word of the Year
» EU Parliament Loses Funding Case Against Farage-Led Party
» Five ‘Asian’ Men in Court on ‘Grooming’ Charges in Nottingham, England
» Germany: Reagan Statue Unveiled in Berlin at Cold War Speech Site
» Green Light for New Deep Coal Mine in Cumbria, UK
» Italy: Lufthansa Cautious on Alitalia Deal, Wants Restructuring
» Julian Assange’s Father Says He Has ‘Faced the Bitter Truth’ That His Son ‘May Die in Jail’
» Kid Taken to Syria by ISIS-Supporting Mum Back in Italy
» Netherlands: Major Airport Shut Down Amid Reports of Armed Hijacking
» Sweden: ‘Homemade Black Powder Bomb’ Discovered at Shopping Mall
» Ten Days to Seal a Deal: Farage Calls on Boris to Drop Treaty Clauses That Trap UK in EU
» The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech
» UK Village Known as ‘Little White Town’ May be Forced to Change Its Name Over ‘Racism’ Complaints
» UK: 70 Per Cent of Tory Voters, 80 Per Cent of Brexit Party Supporters Back a Leave Alliance
» UK: Corbyn Misery: Low Income Families Turn on Labour With One Million to Back Farage
» UK: Ex-Speaker Brands Brexit ‘Biggest Foreign Policy Mistake’ Since War — Ahead of Suez, Iraq, Libya
» UK: Pro-EU Greens, Liberal Democrats, Welsh Separatists Agree Election Pact
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: Is Iran Winning or Losing?
» Iraq: As Protesters Mock Security Forces, The Death Toll Keeps Climbing
 
Russia
» Russian Army Receives Hypersonic Nukes & Lasers, Putin Trolls Trump ‘You Wanna Buy Some?’
 
South Asia
» Behind the Student Protests That Have Rocked Indonesia
 
Far East
» Foreigners Who Fly in to Join Hong Kong Protests Say They’re Not Interfering, Just ‘Showing Solidarity Across Borders’
» Hong Kong Faces 24th Weekend of Protest After Student’s Death
» Police Fire Live Round Skyward as Hong Kong Protesters Stage Demonstrations Across the City to Mourn the Death of Student Chow Tsz-Lok
 
Australia — Pacific
» Ice Addict, 27, Who Stabbed a Driver, 34, To Death in a Drug-Fuelled Road Rage Murder is Jailed for 20 Years
» Surf Lifesaving Club Calls Police to Keep Asian Tourists Away From Young Nippers — As Members Resort to Throwing Water at the Visitors and Say They Feel ‘Like Animals in a Zoo’
» Twist in the Jetstar ‘Racist’ Flight: Passenger Claims a Member of the Wedding Party Who Say the Airline Vilified Them for Their ‘Beards and Head Scarves’ Made an Air-Hostess Cry — by Calling Her a ‘Bad Muslim’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» African Pirates Kidnap Crew of 9 Sailors Onboard Norwegian Cargo Ship
» No Apologies: Africans Say Their Need for Oil Outweighs Climate Concerns
 
Immigration
» Barefoot Migrants Clad in Blankets Are Led Away by Border Force Officials After Their Dinghies Were Intercepted as They Reached Dover After Crossing the Channel
» Croatia: Citizens Feel Increasingly Vulnerable as Migrant Crossings From Bosnia and Herzegovina Increase
» French Population Being Replaced, MP Warns in Blistering Speech
» Frontex Gets Its European Border Police Force
» Germany Will Soon Have 35% Immigrants While Cities Will Have 70% Majority
» Germany: Syrian and Afghan Asylum Seekers Attack Village Disco With Machetes
» Italy: Migrants Who Braved Journey to Europe Star in Rome Opera
» Libya: Goal for UN to Run Migrant Centres — Lamorgese
» UK: People Smuggler Jailed Over Migrants Found on Boat
 
Culture Wars
» Archbishop Viganò: Pope Francis Serves as Catwalk for a “Satanic Plan”
» Internet Unites in Disgust at Tweet Promoting 12yo Drag Queen ‘Desmond is Amazing’ As the Future
» New Zealand: Outraged Customers Call for a Boycott of a Politically Correct Cafe Serving ‘Gender Neutral’ Gingerbread ‘People’
» Protests, Arrests and Injuries as Georgians Protest Gay Film’s Debut
» Swedish Government Grants $175,000 to Fund Drag Queen Shows for Children
» Swedish State Agency Uses Money of Dead Citizens to Fund Drag Shows
 

Canadian Economy Loses 1,800 Jobs in October

The unemployment rate in Canada held steady last month at 5.5 percent, as manufacturing and construction jobs lost just over 1,800 positions throughout Canada.

The numbers come from Statistics Canada’s latest report, noting that the economic loss in October follows a gain of 54,000 in September, and a 81,000 job gain in August.

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

Fears for Australia’s Economy as Retail Sales Plunge to Their Lowest Level Since the 1991 Recession and Houses Become More Unaffordable

Australia is regarded as being the world’s second-richest nation after Switzerland when it comes to the wealth of middle class individuals. The run of good economic times, however, is under threat.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Stock Market Edges Up to New Record Close Even as Trump Says He Hasn’t Agreed to Roll Back China Tariffs

U.S. stocks inched up to close at fresh record highs on Friday, even though President Trump cast doubt on progress in concluding a U.S. trade deal with China after optimism that the long running dispute would be resolved had powered the week’s rally.

The Dow gained for a third straight week while the benchmark S&P 500 index notched a fifth week of gains as the U.S. third quarter earnings reporting season wound down.

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

Bloomberg & Soros, Experts at Buying Elections

Billionaire liberals put their money into destroying America from within.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bone-Chilling Arctic Blast Expected to Blast the U.S. Next Week

Get ready for the big chill.

Record-breaking, teeth-rattling temperatures are on tap for next week as an Arctic blast sweeps across much of the country, according to forecasts.

“The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temperatures Monday to Wednesday,” Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said in a tweet. “A little taste of January in November.”

For much of the country east of the Rockies, the cold wave could mean temperatures of up to 30 degrees below average, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

[Comment: It is already getting cold here in Chicago.]

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

CBS News Reportedly Fired a Staffer Suspected of Leaking That Explosive Video of an ABC Anchor Saying the Network Killed Her Jeffrey Epstein Exposé

CBS News fired a staffer who previously worked for ABC News and accessed explosive footage of one of its anchors complaining that the network killed her exposé about Jeffrey Epstein, according to multiple reports published Thursday.

Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted Thursday morning that two sources familiar with the matter confirmed the staffer had been fired.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CBS Staffer Fired Over ABC’s Epstein Scandal Speaks Out: ‘I’M Not the Whistleblower… the Leaker is Still Inside’

A CBS News employee, fired after ABC executives informed CBS she’d had access to a leaked hot mic video that revealed the Disney-owned network killed a Jeffrey Epsteinscoop, says she did not leak the tape and was unfairly axed without being able to defend herself.

Ashley Bianco was a producer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” before joining “CBS This Morning” last month. Earlier this week, the controversial group Project Veritas published the damning video in which “20/20” and “GMA” anchor Amy Robach complained that her bosses killed a story that would have exposed the now-deceased child sex offender Epstein three years ago.

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

Comedian Rob Schneider: Californians “Would Vote for Bowl of S*** if Had ‘D’ Next to it”

Former Saturday Night Live cast member takes swipe at leftists in Golden State.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Coup Falters Under Weight of Recent Revelations

Ukraine whistleblower turns out to be Obama lackey.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Doomsday Climate Petition Blocked After Dozens of Fictional Signatories Found

Access to the 11,000 name-petition that accompanied a statement of concern published in BioScience on Tuesday was blocked on Thursday.

A statement issued by Oregon State University said: “an administrative error, unfortunately, saw the inclusion of a small number of invalid names”.

“We have to date removed 34 names from the original list, most of which were duplicates.”

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

Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself: Brewery Releases Secret Message on Beer Cans

With the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of prolific multi-millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a mountain of “EPSTEIN DIDN’T KILL HIMSELF” memes have taken over the internet.

Everyone from Joe Schmo to Joe Rogan has posted memes regarding Epstein, as the joke gained a second wind following a private pathologist’s said the injuries sustained “point to homicide.”

And now, Tactical Ops Brewing Company in Fresno is getting in on the fun.

The bottom of their latest cans bear a simple message, “2019/11/06 EPSTEIN DIDNT KILL HIMSELF.”

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

Eric Holder Considers Jumping Into 2020 Presidential Primary, Mike Bloomberg Prepares to Run

All of this comes as speculation builds that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee, may run again in 2020 as well.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Removes Any News Reporting on — or Even Mention of — Who the Whistleblower is Alleged to be

Social media companies including Facebook have launched a crackdown against accounts that publish the name of the alleged Ukraine whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Feminist Assaults Gavin McInnes and Milo Yiannopolous, Brags About it on Twitter

Right-wing media personalities and provocateurs Milo Yiannopolous and Gavin McInnes had water thrown at them by a feminist in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

The situation made a splash throughout Twitter due to the culprit’s brash admittance to the attack online. As Yiannopolous and McInnes ate at The Alibi restaurant in DC’s east end, one patron seated just a few tables over decided to livetweet the moment leading up to the attack

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

Fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Alabama Senate Bid (Video)

After recusing himself like a coward and allowing Rosenstein and Mueller to hijack the Justice Department for two years — which ended in a bloodbath of Trump associates, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday officially announced his 2020 bid for his old Senate seat in Alabama.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Man Friday Meets the Emotional Support Chicken

While recent experiments have provided incomplete, inconclusive, or even contradictory results, leading scientists still believe that it can’t really be Friday without Florida Man. Of course, all the leading scientists I know drink heavily, and they’re also actually just me, and I’m not a scientist.

But still, there must be worse ways to kick off the Veterans Day weekend than with a healthy dose of unhealthy activities, all presented to you in a cheerfully non-judgmental way on yet another…

Florida Man Friday!

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

Gateway Pundit Contributor Jacob Engels Assaulted, Punched by Violent Leftist Outside Trump Hotel

Gateway Pundit contributor Jacob Engels was assaulted by protesters outside Trump Hotel on Thursday evening.

Protesters were holding a noise demo outside the hotel when Engels spotted Antifa member Luke Kuhn, who had previously been arrested for planning an attack on the pro-Trump Deploraball.

Engels was filming Kuhn and asking about his problem when a woman with “black frame glasses and bad hair” assaulted him.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Giuliani: I’d Like to Interrogate Schiff and Attorney Zaid — the Only Crime Committed Was by Adam Schiff

“I think He Plotted the Whole Thing”

The former New York Mayor told The War Room that the only crime committed in the latest Trump impeachment investigation was by Adam Schiff. And Rudy then went on to say he would like to interview Adam Schiff. Rudy added, “I’ d like to ask Schiff how this all came about. Then I’ d like to ask that lawyer who said there was going to be a coup… How they were going to take them out… The anonymous source also turns out to be a political activist.”

Rudy added, “You cannot be convicted by anonymous accusers without facing your accuser in any place but the former Soviet Union… Just because you’re a whistleblower doesn’t mean you’re a saint. It’s in the 6th Amendment in the Constitution. Schiff has completely trashed the Constitution. They are going after the president’s lawyers… They are conducting at least 20 investigations of me. . He (Trump) is entitled to a defense. Otherwise we’re not America.”

Rudy on the whistleblower, “We’re going to find out it’s going to be plan B or C… The backup plan was the Mueller collusion thing.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jane Fonda: I Can’t Get Arrested in This Town!!!

Avoids 5th Bust in D.C.

Jane Fonda’s “Fire Drill Fridays” arrest streak is over — she avoided handcuffs this week, but only at the behest of the climate change movement for which she’s become the face … TMZ has learned.

The actress showed up Friday in Washington, D.C. and — like she has week after week — she urged Congress to act on climate change. Then she started marching with other protesters, and this is usually when police step in and issue 3 warnings … before taking Jane and others into custody.

But, it never happened. Jane simply got into a waiting SUV and bounced.

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

Lump Found on Sea Floor Off Florida May be New Species That Resembles Human Poop

Something that looks a lot like a piece of human excrement may qualify as a new species of marine life thriving off the southeastern United States.

The still-to-be-named lump was found Nov. 2 by a NOAA research team that was recording seafloor life about 2,500 feet down, off Port Canaveral, Florida.

Suddenly, near the end of the dive, the remote control camera spotted something “unusual” — a feces-like pile on the sea floor that had a whiskery skirt of hairs.

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

Top Democrat Issues Warning — We’ll Lose Florida Again if Democrats Nominate Sanders or Warren

They know they’re in trouble.

Former Democratic Senator Bill Nelson told The Daily Beast this week that Democrats will lose Florida if Bernie Sanders or Liz Warren is the party’s nominee in 2020.

Old-school Democrats fret that Americans are not yet ready for a Socialist president again. Meanwhile, President Trump is the most successful economic president since Reagan. More people are working and making better wages than anytime in history.

The last time we heard from Nelson he was trying to steal the Florida Senate race.

But Governor Rick Scott won.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Top Democrat Witness and Fired Ukrainian Amassador Yovanovitch Used Private Email to Message Dem Staffer — Lied About it Under Oath

Tucker Carlson broke an exclusive on Thursday on the ongoing Democrat Party impeachment inquisition.

According to Tucker Carlson a Democrat staffer contacted the fired Ukrainian ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, by email and asked for some time to discuss a “delicate” issue days after “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella filed his complaint against President Trump.

The Tucker Carlson team acquired a copy of the email from that Democratic staffer to Yovanovitch. This was sent by private email to the former ambassador.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) asked Ambassador Yovanovitch about the email during her testimony before Adam Schiff’s impeachment committee.

Yovanovitch lied and said she “never personally responded to it.” But that was not true. Yovanovitch did respond to the staffer saying, “Look forward to talking to you.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Unite Behind the Science, ‘ Greta Thunberg Tells 1,200 at Charlotte Climate Strike

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who leads a global movement of school-skipping youth demanding action on climate change, brought her blunt message to Charlotte on Friday.

Thunberg, 16, spoke at a student-led “climate strike” Friday outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, turning what has been a weekly vigil by a Charlotte teen into an exuberant gathering of more than 1,000.

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

Wexit is Real: Manitoba Premier Warns Trudeau

During a meeting in Ottawa, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister gave some “friendly advice” to Justin Trudeau. Pallister told Trudeau that there was growing frustration in western Canada has towards Ottawa, according to the CBC.

In their meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of issues that came up during the election campaign. This included climate change and indigenous issues, as well as western alienation. Speaking to the CBC, Pallister stated that “there’s some great frustration with the lack of progress, not just on pipelines, but on other things.”

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

A Giant Statue of Molech Has Been Put Up Right at the Entrance to the Colosseum in Rome

Tourists that visit the Colosseum in Rome these days are getting quite a shock. A gigantic statue of a pagan Canaanite deity known as “Molech” has been erected right at the entrance. In ancient times, those that served Molech would literally sacrifice their children to him, and apparently this involved burning them to death. And now a massive statue of this pagan idol is the centerpiece of a new “archaeological exhibition” at the world famous Roman Colosseum. Yes, the exact same Colosseum where countless numbers of Christians were martyred for their faith is now the home for one of the most monstrous pagan deities that the world has ever seen.

The organizers of this “exhibition” could have chosen to put Molech in a dark corner where nobody would have really noticed him, but instead they purposely decided to feature him in a place where 100 percent of the visitors to the Colosseum would immediately see him.

How in the world could something like this possibly be allowed?

And what makes this even more shocking is that the Colosseum is actually controlled by the Vatican. The following comes from Breaking Israel News…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Belgium: Islamic Teacher Who Sexually Assaulted Students Receives ‘Slap on the Wrist’

An Islamic teacher living in Brussels convicted of multiple sexual offenses and violence against students has evaded a prison sentence.

Although the Public Prosecution Service demanded a four-year prison sentence against the Islam teacher, the court’s judge saw enough mitigating circumstances to hand the teacher a three year suspended sentence, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

In addition to his suspended sentence, the 53-year-old Islamic teacher, and a sexual predator was banned from teaching for 10 years to prevent him from coming into close contact with children.

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

Dictionary Picks ‘Climate Strike’ As 2019’s Word of the Year

Collins Dictionary on Thursday named “climate strike” its Word of the Year for 2019 following months of protests and a surge of activism to address climate change.

The dictionary defines the term as “a form of protest in which people absent themselves from education or work in order to join demonstrations demanding action to counter climate change.”

In naming the term its Word of the Year, Collins wrote on its website that it was first used in November 2015 when a protest was held outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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

EU Parliament Loses Funding Case Against Farage-Led Party

The European Court on Thursday annulled the European Parliament’s decision to claw back some €173,000 from the then Ukip-dominated Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe in 2016. The court said the “appearances of impartiality were seriously compromised” in the parliament’s decision because one of its board members publicly said there had been “fraudulent use of funds”. Those statements were made before any official decision had been taken.

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

Five ‘Asian’ Men in Court on ‘Grooming’ Charges in Nottingham, England

Five men appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 36 charges related to so-called child grooming.

The alleged offences relate to two girls aged under 16 and one aged under 18, whose identities are protected for life. They are said to have been committed between 2017 and January 2019, according to a local report by NottinghamshireLive and a BBC report filed in the Nottingham sub-section of the England sub-section of the publicly-funded media outlet’s UK news coverage.

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

Germany: Reagan Statue Unveiled in Berlin at Cold War Speech Site

BERLIN — The U.S. Embassy in Berlin unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan on Friday at a site overlooking the location of the former president’s iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the Berlin Wall.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the inauguration of the work a “monumental moment” before helping remove the cover from the larger-than-life statue on the Embassy’s terrace, at eye-level with the top of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Pompeo was winding up a two-day trip to multiple cities and towns for commemorations.

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

Green Light for New Deep Coal Mine in Cumbria, UK

Plans to develop the UK’s first new deep coal mine in decades have been given the go-ahead by the government.

The Woodhouse Colliery would process around 2.5 million tonnes of coking coal a year, expected to replace imports from the US, Canada, Colombia, and Russia.

The Woodhouse Colliery would extract coking coal from the seabed off St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells.

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

Italy: Lufthansa Cautious on Alitalia Deal, Wants Restructuring

German airline’s expertise needed says CEO Spohr

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — Carsten Spohr, CEO of German airline Lufthansa, said on Thursday the airline’s requirements for an investment in Italian airline Alitalia include a newco and a restructuring, and that Lufthansa’s expertise would permit a restructuring.

“We believe the overlap of the Alitalia market makes business agreements more appealing,” he said, adding that “people in the current ownership need to be taken out before we can consider ourselves committed”.

Last Thursday Lufthansa wrote a letter to Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) rail group on FS’s handling of the Alitalia rescue, enclosing a copy to the industry ministry, in which it said it was ready to consider a “major investment” in a restructured Alitalia, but this investment is subordinated on “preconditions”, according to a copy of the letter seen by sources.

FS, the economy ministry, motorway group Atlantia and Delta Airlines of the US have been engaged in the Alitalia turnaround so far.

Alitalia Special Commissioner Enrico Laghi said during an hearing in the Lower House on Wednesday that State owned FS has announced it has “arranged a few new partners for the new company” while talks with Lufthansa are ongoing.

The partners to take over the troubled airline — highway operator Atlantia and the economy ministry — have been identified along with industrial partner Delta airlines, Laghi said, unless “an ongoing in-depth analysis that it is carrying out with Lufthansa” leads to something new.

FS now has to take a position on the industrial partner.

Meanwhile Stefano Paleari, another one of the three commissioner running the carrier, said Alitalia’s revenues grew 3% in the first semester of the year compared to the first semester of 2018 and 7.7% on the first semester of 2017, thanks to long-haul flights.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Julian Assange’s Father Says He Has ‘Faced the Bitter Truth’ That His Son ‘May Die in Jail’

The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he is worried his son will die in prison after nine years of ‘persecution’ for daring to reveal US ‘war crimes’.

John Shipton told reporters in Geneva he visited his son in a British prison two days ago and needed to ‘face the bitter truth’ that he ‘may die in jail’.

He said: ‘This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact.’

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

Kid Taken to Syria by ISIS-Supporting Mum Back in Italy

11-year-old landed in Rome on flight from Lebanon

(ANSA) — Rome, November 7 — A boy who was taken to Syria in 2014 by his Islamist extremist mother returned to Italy on Friday after being tracked down by Italian police in a refugee camp in the war-torn country. The 11-year-old landed at Rome Fiumicino airport at 7am on a flight from Beirut. The mother, an Albanian national, left behind her husband and her two other children at the family home in Barzago, near Lecco, in December 2014 to join ISIS. She is thought to have died in an explosion. The boy, who was six at the time he was taken to Syria, was found at a camp in Al Hol by State and Carabinieri police officers.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Netherlands: Major Airport Shut Down Amid Reports of Armed Hijacking

One of Europe’s largest airports was partially shut down on Wednesday after reports circulated that men armed with knives were trying to hijack a plane.

Police and emergency services were summoned to Amsterdam Schiphol as rumors of a possible hostage situation spread. Not long after, however, it was revealed that the major security alert was sparked after a pilot had accidentally pressed the ‘hijack button’, Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool reports.

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

Sweden: ‘Homemade Black Powder Bomb’ Discovered at Shopping Mall

Bomb technicians had to be called out to a shopping mall in Kristianstad late Monday evening after shoppers discovered a homemade explosive device. The incident is just the latest in a long line of recent incidents involving bombs in Sweden.

Police discovered the bomb outside of the C4 Shopping Mall at around 21:15 pm, after responding to reports that a suspicious object had been seen in the area, Kristianstadsbladet reports. The national bomb squad was then summoned to the scene to take over the situation.

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

Ten Days to Seal a Deal: Farage Calls on Boris to Drop Treaty Clauses That Trap UK in EU

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that he hopes Boris Johnson changes his mind on forming a Leave Alliance and called on the prime minister to drop two aspects of the EU-approved withdrawal treaty that could lock the United Kingdom in the EU post-Brexit.

Mr Farage has said he will keep the offer for a Leave alliance open for ten days before going ahead with his plans to field candidates in all seats across Great Britain.

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

The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech

On October 3, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a judgment that Facebook can be ordered by national courts of EU member states to remove defamatory material worldwide:

“EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal. In addition, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within the framework of the relevant international law which it is for Member States to take into account.”

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

UK Village Known as ‘Little White Town’ May be Forced to Change Its Name Over ‘Racism’ Complaints

Clown world strikes again.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: 70 Per Cent of Tory Voters, 80 Per Cent of Brexit Party Supporters Back a Leave Alliance

A poll has revealed that a significant majority of both Conservative and Brexit Party voters back a Leave alliance.

A poll by YouGov released on Thursday revealed that 70 per cent of Conservative voters and 81 per cent of those who back Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party support the two parties agreeing on a pact for the December 12th election. Just eight and six per cent respectively are opposed.

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

UK: Corbyn Misery: Low Income Families Turn on Labour With One Million to Back Farage

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) found Labour have lost 10 percent of their support from voters with a household income of lower than £17,000 since April. These means just 36 percent of these voters are backing Jeremy Corbyn’s party. As reported by The Telegraph, 18 percent of these voters will vote for the Brexit Party, accounting for 1.4 million votes.

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

UK: Ex-Speaker Brands Brexit ‘Biggest Foreign Policy Mistake’ Since War — Ahead of Suez, Iraq, Libya

Former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has dropped any pretence of neutrality on Brexit now he has stepped down, branding it “the biggest foreign policy mistake in the post-war period”.

Speaking to foreign journalists at the Foreign Press Association in London, Mr Bercow said: “I’m no longer the Speaker. I don’t have to remain impartial now, and, if you asked me honestly, do I think that Brexit is good for our global standing? The honest answer is no, I don’t.”

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UK: Pro-EU Greens, Liberal Democrats, Welsh Separatists Agree Election Pact

The Liberal Democrats, Greens, and Welsh separatist Plaid Cymru have agreed to an election pact where one of the pro-EU parties will be given a clear run in 60 seats they hope to turn anti-Brexit.

Prospective plans were reported in the media earlier this week, with The Guardian revealing that all parties had agreed to the Remain alliance on Wednesday night. The director of Unite to Remain, former Liberal Democrat treasurer Peter Dunphy, said that the group aims to unseat pro-Brexit MPs.

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Caroline Glick: Is Iran Winning or Losing?

There’s an old Jewish joke where a young man walks up to his grandfather man and asks him how he’s doing.

The grandfather answers, “In a word, good.”

“And in two words?” the grandson presses.

“Not good,” his grandfather replies.

The events of the week call the joke to mind in relation to Iran and its war against Israel and the United States.

Sunday, a crowd of thousands gathered outside the US embassy building in Tehran and chanted, “Death to America, Death to Israel.” The Iranians sounded their customary death chants to mark the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy and the hostage crisis it precipitated.

Sunday’s demonstration was the opening shot in a week of hostile actions by Iran. On Monday and Tuesday, senior Iranian officials announced they are abandoning key limitations set on their nuclear activities by the nuclear deal they concluded with the Obama administration, the EU, Russia and France in 2015. Monday Iran announced it expanding its uranium enrichment at the Natanz nuclear installation with advanced IR-6 centrifuges, and that it is doubling the number of IR-6 centrifuges presently being used…

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Iraq: As Protesters Mock Security Forces, The Death Toll Keeps Climbing

Baghdad — “I’m sorry, I can’t let you through without orders,” said the Iraqi civilian manning the makeshift checkpoint, smirking at the befuddled policeman he had waved down in the capital Baghdad. After a month of defying official curfews and road closures to protest, Iraqis have flipped the rule book.

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Russian Army Receives Hypersonic Nukes & Lasers, Putin Trolls Trump ‘You Wanna Buy Some?’

Russia won’t stop boosting its defensive capabilities with state-of-the-art weaponry, but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to threaten other countries with it, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said.

“Hypersonic, laser and other state-of-the-art weapon systems, which no other country possesses, will be put in service,” Putin promised as he met with newly assigned military commanders and prosecutors at the Kremlin.

However, those futuristic arms “are no excuse for Russia to threaten anybody,” he pointed out.

On the contrary, we are ready to do everything in our power to promote the disarmament process in view of our latest weapon systems, which are developed with the sole purpose of guaranteeing security in the face of growing threats we face.

Last year, Putin caused frenzy in the Western media by announcing a whole of new range of Russian weapons, including hypersonic and cruise missiles, lasers and underwater drones with nuclear-powered engines.

Little was known about those weapons at the time, but the shroud of secrecy is being gradually removed, with the hypersonic systems, which are said to be able to bypass any existing missile defenses means due to travelling five times faster than the speed of sound, gaining the most traction.

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Behind the Student Protests That Have Rocked Indonesia

JAKARTA — He was once a boy scout and member of a patriotic flag-raising team in high school.

But with student protests sweeping Jakarta and other cities in recent months in some of the worst civil unrest to hit Indonesia in decades, Manik Marganamahendra has emerged as an anti-establishment icon.

“Today we stand on Indonesian land, on land seized and corrupted by the oligarchy,” he bellowed through a sound system on a recent afternoon, standing on the bed of a pickup truck.

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Foreigners Who Fly in to Join Hong Kong Protests Say They’re Not Interfering, Just ‘Showing Solidarity Across Borders’

Ben Song was among thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder at a recent Friday night rally in Hong Kong’s Edinburgh Place.

As the protesters waved their lit mobile phones and shouted Cantonese slogans, Song stayed silent.

But as soon as the chants switched to English, his voice rang out loud with theirs: “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong!”

The 26-year-old Uber driver from Arlington, Texas, was new to it all. This was his second night in Hong Kong, and his first protest. Just three days earlier, he was still at home in the United States.

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Hong Kong Faces 24th Weekend of Protest After Student’s Death

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong protesters are planning a 24th straight weekend of pro-democracy rallies, including inside shopping malls across the Chinese-ruled city on Sunday, some of which have started peacefully in recent weeks and descended into violent chaos.

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Police Fire Live Round Skyward as Hong Kong Protesters Stage Demonstrations Across the City to Mourn the Death of Student Chow Tsz-Lok

A live round was fired into the air by police in Yau Ma Tei as thousands of protesters staged demonstrations in at least nine areas across Hong Kong on Friday night, mourning the death of a university student who fell from a car park earlier in the week.

“A group of detectives were surrounded by protesters at the junction of Hamilton Street and Nathan Road. Being outnumbered, an officer opened fire towards the sky. There were no injuries,” a police source said.

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Ice Addict, 27, Who Stabbed a Driver, 34, To Death in a Drug-Fuelled Road Rage Murder is Jailed for 20 Years

Benjamin Joshua George was on his way to a methadone clinic when 34-year-old Troy McLean’s car nudged the back of his at Salisbury, in Adelaide’s north, in November 2017.

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Surf Lifesaving Club Calls Police to Keep Asian Tourists Away From Young Nippers — As Members Resort to Throwing Water at the Visitors and Say They Feel ‘Like Animals in a Zoo’

Buses filled with tourists from China have been stopping near the Kurrawa Surf Club, on the Gold Coast, for the past eight months, parents claim.

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Twist in the Jetstar ‘Racist’ Flight: Passenger Claims a Member of the Wedding Party Who Say the Airline Vilified Them for Their ‘Beards and Head Scarves’ Made an Air-Hostess Cry — by Calling Her a ‘Bad Muslim’

Sarah Aslan, 23, her new husband Muhammed and 20 of their wedding guests were kicked off a flight JQ36 from Bali to Melbourne on Monday night.

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African Pirates Kidnap Crew of 9 Sailors Onboard Norwegian Cargo Ship

African pirates have kidnapped nine sailors after hijacking a Norwegian cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea, off the West African coast.

The Norwegian cargo ship, named Bonita, was hijacked by pirates about 14.5 kilometers from the port city of Cotonou on Saturday. Eight crew members and the captain, all of whom are Filipino nationals, were abducted, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reports.

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No Apologies: Africans Say Their Need for Oil Outweighs Climate Concerns

A handful of protesters on the ground floor of the cavernous Cape Town International Convention Centre spread fake oil on the ground and chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels [pictured].

Two floors above, the hundreds of delegates at Africa Oil Week were largely unaware — and mostly unmoved — by the display.

“Under no circumstances are we going to be apologizing,” said Gabriel Obiang Lima, energy minister of Equatorial Guinea, adding that they need to exploit those resources to create jobs and boost economic development.

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Barefoot Migrants Clad in Blankets Are Led Away by Border Force Officials After Their Dinghies Were Intercepted as They Reached Dover After Crossing the Channel

A group of 20 migrants have today been intercepted by Border Force officials as they attempted to make the perilous crossing into the UK.

The group of men were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover Harbour after they were spotted in two dinghies.

They were processed by authorities and given blankets after making the trip as temperatures plunged to just 4C this morning.

Around 1,500 asylum seekers have made it into Britain since January, with record numbers risking their lives to get to the UK by small boats.

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Croatia: Citizens Feel Increasingly Vulnerable as Migrant Crossings From Bosnia and Herzegovina Increase

Residents living in small towns along Croatia’s eastern border say they’re deeply concerned about illegal migrants crossing into the country from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

An increased number of migrant sightings in and around Vrgorac has raised concerns among locals, with some saying the migrants are contributing to rising crime in the area, Dnevnik Hrvatska reports.

“I am calling on Minister Bozinovic to visit us one night so he will see that the border is like Swiss cheese,” one resident told reporters.

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French Population Being Replaced, MP Warns in Blistering Speech

Senator says globalists erasing French identity via mass migration.

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Frontex Gets Its European Border Police Force

In its final step towards become a European border police corp, the EU Council, representing member states, on Friday, officially rubber-stamped a new regulation underpinning Frontex. The self-described law enforcement agency will now have more powers to return unwanted migrants. It will also have a standing corps of 10,000 border guards at its disposal, the ability to acquire its own equipment, and operate in countries outside the European Union.

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Germany Will Soon Have 35% Immigrants While Cities Will Have 70% Majority

In just twenty years, 35 percent of Germany’s population will be comprised of migrants or individuals with migrant roots, according to projections made by a German migration expert. At the same time, those with migrant backgrounds are expected to make up 70 percent of the inhabitants living in large cities by 2040, Deutsche Welle reports.

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Germany: Syrian and Afghan Asylum Seekers Attack Village Disco With Machetes

Syrian and Afghan asylum seekers attacked a village disco in a small German village armed with machetes after two were kicked out by a bouncer.

The incident occurred on Saturday in the village of Trebbin in Brandeburg. The group of around 10 migrants attempted to hack down the door to the building with their machetes, German tabloid Bild reports.

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Italy: Migrants Who Braved Journey to Europe Star in Rome Opera

Rome (AFP) — Migrants who survived a harrowing journey by sea to Italy are the backbone of a new Italian production of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneus, King of Crete” whose monarch is washed to shore after almost drowning.

About 30 men and women from Africa and the Middle East, most of whom arrived in Europe by boat in recent years, are extras in the show which opens at Rome Opera on Friday.

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Libya: Goal for UN to Run Migrant Centres — Lamorgese

Improve conditions and reach gradual closure

(ANSA) — Rome, November 6 — Among the changes Italy will demand to a 2017 deal with Libya on migrants is the gradual closure of migrant centres criticised for human rights violations and their replacement by centres run by UN agencies, Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese told the House Wednesday in a briefing on the Memorandum of Understanding on combatting illegal immigration.

The deal i set to be renewed for another three years.

Italy will seek, she said, “the improvement of the detention centres with the goal of their gradual closure to achieve centres run by the UN agencies,” she said.

The 2017 deal, which drastically cut migrant flows from Libya, has been criticised for pushing back migrants to Libya.

Italy has denied claims it negotiated with militias and human traffickers.

Lamorgese said that when the deal was signed, migrants flows were “concerning” but “today they have fallen”.

However, she said, a “drop in our attention on migratory dynamics and humanitarian risks is unjustifiable.

Sge stressed that there had been a “sharp reduction in victims at sea”.

“The memorandum contributed to these results, but it is also important to avoid the isolation of the Libyan authorities.” She said the UN-backed government in Tripoli had voiced willingness to modify the deal.

Centre-left Democratic Party (PD) former chairman Matteo Orfini called Lamorgese’s testimony “embarrassing and hypocritical”.

“‘The concentration camps are migrant centres. The memorandum a framework to be defended. The Libyans trustworthy partners’.

Do we really want to continue to pretend we don’t know?”

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UK: People Smuggler Jailed Over Migrants Found on Boat

A man who tried to smuggle six people including a child into the UK has been jailed for six years.

Samyar Ahmadi Bani, 35, was found on a boat with the migrants after it was intercepted by a Border Force vessel off the Kent coast on 1 June.

All six said they were Iranian and were taken to Dover where they were handed over to immigration officials.

Bani, of no fixed UK address, was sentenced following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

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Archbishop Viganò: Pope Francis Serves as Catwalk for a “Satanic Plan”

For Archbishop Viganó this is consistent with Francis’ aberrant Abu Dhabi declaration that alleges that “ God wills all religions.” Viganó observes that Francis personally practiced the Pachamama cult in the Vatican gardens, in St Peter’s Basilica and during the Synod closing Mass by placing an idolatrous plant on the altar.

He calls this Pachamama show “an initiatory rite of the new religion” in order to align the Church with anti-human and anti-Christian strategies that dominate the globalist scene and are supported by those in power.

The Pachamama is a female fertility figure, representing Mother Earth, venerated by peoples in the Andes and portions of the Amazon. In the context of the synod, it’s become the shorthand way of talking about several small figurines of a naked pregnant woman that made their initial appearance at an Oct. 4 indigenous prayer service in the Vatican gardens attended by Pope Francis, and that popped up several other times before going on display in Rome’s Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina near the Vatican.

According to Viganò, a “satanic plan” is unfolding to change the Catholic religion, and Francis “serves as a catwalk to ferry what remains of the Catholic edifice towards an indistinct Universal Religion” and a “ worldwide and stateless Pantheon.”

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Internet Unites in Disgust at Tweet Promoting 12yo Drag Queen ‘Desmond is Amazing’ As the Future

The liberal media may be happy to proclaim that the sexualization of children is “the future,” but ordinary people aren’t buying it. A video celebrating a crossdressing child has united Twitter in revulsion. We live in a permissive age, but even in 2019 some limits remain intact. Enter ‘Desmond is Amazing’…

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New Zealand: Outraged Customers Call for a Boycott of a Politically Correct Cafe Serving ‘Gender Neutral’ Gingerbread ‘People’

A gingerbread man is a biscuit is a Christmas staple around the globe and dates back to the 15th century. However, The Tannery, in Auckland, New Zealand, felt the name was a bit outdated.

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Protests, Arrests and Injuries as Georgians Protest Gay Film’s Debut

Several people were reportedly injured as hundreds gathered on Friday in the former Soviet republic of Georgia to protest the opening of a critically acclaimed gay film in the capital city of Tbilisi.

The protested film, “And Then We Danced,” portrays a young man in the Georgian national ballet company who falls in love with a rival performer. The same-sex love story, directed by Levan Akin, a Swedish national of Georgian descent, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has been selected as Sweden’s entry for the Academy Award for best international feature.

Demonstrators in downtown Tbilisi tried to break into one of six cinemas showing the film but were held back by police. Authorities released a statement saying 11 protesters had been arrested for “delinquencies.”

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Swedish Government Grants $175,000 to Fund Drag Queen Shows for Children

The progressive utopia rolls on.

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Swedish State Agency Uses Money of Dead Citizens to Fund Drag Shows

The Swedish Inheritance Fund, which manages the wealth of deceased Swedes with no heirs, will be using the money of dead Swedes to fund drag queen shows.

The state agency announced it would be giving 1,710,500 Swedish Krona (£138,656/$177,774) to the MUMS Cultural Association in Stockholm to “develop available normative creative fairy tales in the form of feature shows”, according to their website.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/8/2019

  1. “erasing French identity”?
    That is the idea.
    Hear the late bullying and tainted Peter Sutherland, UN migration promoter, in one of his disparaging moments:

    “We still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others, and that’s precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine.” https://www.azquotes.com/quote/713995

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