Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/1/2019

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has officially resigned, although he will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed. Anti-government protesters are not satisfied, however, and are demanding more.

In other news, police fired tear gas as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in a new wave of protests in Hong Kong.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to Insubria, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» Evanston Will Use Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Proceeds to Fund Local Reparations Program
 
Canada
» Help us Find the Thug: Activist Assaults Rebel Reporter Sheila Gunn Reid!
 
Europe and the EU
» British Yacht Skipper, 26, Wiped Out the Carbon Emissions Saved by Greta Thunberg’s Sail Across the Atlantic by Flying Out to the US to Help Her
» France Bans ‘Black Friday’ After Climate Protesters Physically Block Shops
» Greta Snaps: ‘Change Everything, ‘ ‘Climate Crisis’ About ‘Colonial, Racist, And Patriarchal Systems of Oppression, ‘ Fossil Fuel ‘Literally’ Killing US
» Italy: Segways Invade Transport Ministry Square to Demand Liberalisation
» Just Eight Per Cent of Swedes Think Leftist Govt Will Solve Gang Violence
» Pope Francis, ‘The Song of Roland’ And Imam Al-Tayeb
» Salvini Accuses Leftist Govt of Giving Away Italian Sovereignty to EU
» Sweden Arrests Islamic State Returnee for Multiple Crimes
» UK: ‘He Will Obviously Appear Neutral’ — Boris, Farage Play Down Endorsements Ahead of Trump Visit
» UK: Farage Demands Whole-Life Prison Terms for Terrorists Infected With ‘Jihadi Virus’
» UK: London Bridge Attack: Poland Honors Narwhal Tusk-Wielding Hero
» UK: Latest General Election Polls and Odds — Who Will Win in 2019?
» UK: London Bridge Terrorist Boasted About His UK Benefits While Plotting ‘Mumbai-Style Attack’
» UK: Revealed: Six of London Bridge Terrorist Usman Khan’s Fellow Stock Exchange Bomb Plotters Have Also Been Freed From Prison Since 2012 — and Another Was Freed Only to be Re-Jailed After Plotting a Lee Rigby-Style Attack
» UK: Sadiq Khan After Terror Attack: ‘Our Strength is Our Diversity’
» UK: Viewers Write Complaints to BBC About Marr as He ‘Loses Temper’ In Boris Johnson Interview
 
Middle East
» During Protests, Iran Guards Said to Massacre Up to 100 People Hiding in Marsh
» Iraqi Parliament Accepts PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi Resignation, But Protesters Demand More
 
South Asia
» ‘Muslims Must Voluntarily Hand Over the Gyanvapi Mosque and Mathura Complex to Hindus’
» Thailand: Conditions ‘Ripe’ For Mass Protests
 
Far East
» China ‘Appreciates’ Pope’s Cordiality
» Hong Kong Man Hit Over Head With Drain Cover While Clearing Protesters’ Barricades in Mong Kok
» Hong Kong Protests: Tens of Thousands Return to Streets After Days of Calm as Radicals Trash Shops With Mainland China Links
» Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Thousands Take to the Streets in Fresh Protests
 
Australia — Pacific
» Legendary Aussie Crocodile Wrangler Captures Monstrous Five-Metre Predator That Had Been Eating Cows on an Outback Property
» Prof Charged With Sending Threats to Herself Over Cancellation of Degree Program
» Shocking Moment a Young Couple Accused of Robbing a Melbourne Bottle Shop in Broad Daylight Took a Selfie Moments Before the ‘Brazen Theft’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Islamist Militants Hack to Death 12-Year-Old Christian Boy in Cameroon
 
Immigration
» Hungary: Orban: Fidesz Can’t Belong to a Pro-Migration Community
» Hungary: Szijjarto Warns of Growing Migration Pressure
» Hungary: Fidesz Anti-Immigration Cabinet Convened
» Migrant Presence on Hungary-Serbia Border Growing
» One Small Street in New York Funnels Migrants From the U.S. Into Canada
» Slovenia: Syrian Migrants Dead After People-Smuggler Crashes Vehicle
 
Culture Wars
» Law Professors Question University’s Punishment of Christian Professor for ‘Vile and Stupid’ Views
» University Residence Hall Employee on Leave for Saying ‘Don’t Bring Too Many White Students Around’
 

Evanston Will Use Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Proceeds to Fund Local Reparations Program

Evanston aldermen on Monday approved directing all sales tax revenue collected from recreational marijuana purchases to a fund that will establish a local reparations program.

Officials say the program will help the city’s black population stay in Evanston while also providing training for jobs and other benefits.

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

Help us Find the Thug: Activist Assaults Rebel Reporter Sheila Gunn Reid!

This weekend at the United Conservative Party AGM in Calgary, Alberta, an activist physically assaulted my colleague Sheila Gunn Reid. You can watch the footage here:

Sheila has filed a police report, but we need your help. Do you recognize that man?

If you think you know who this thug is, please go to FindTheThug.com.

If you can positively identify this man, Ezra will send you a $1,000 reward, and a loyal Rebel viewer has offered to double it!

That’s $2,000 for helping to bring this man to justice — and you’ll be completely confidential.

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

British Yacht Skipper, 26, Wiped Out the Carbon Emissions Saved by Greta Thunberg’s Sail Across the Atlantic by Flying Out to the US to Help Her

A British yacht skipper’s flight to the US to help Greta Thunberg sail to Portugal has produced the same amount of carbon emissions the voyage hoped to save.

Nikki Henderson, 26, flew to the US from Britain to sail 48-foot catamaran the La Vagabonde.

The vessel is carrying Miss Thunberg and her father Svante 3,000 miles to Portugal where she will go onto attend the COP 25 climate change talks in Madrid.

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

France Bans ‘Black Friday’ After Climate Protesters Physically Block Shops

French parliamentarians have voted through an amendment to ban publicity campaigns for “Black Friday” sales as protestors stormed dozens of businesses across the country.

The amendment, which was adopted earlier this week, is part of France’s “anti-waste law” and slammed Black Friday for glorifying consumerism and consumption while having negative effects on the environment, Euronews reports.

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

Greta Snaps: ‘Change Everything, ‘ ‘Climate Crisis’ About ‘Colonial, Racist, And Patriarchal Systems of Oppression, ‘ Fossil Fuel ‘Literally’ Killing US

Far-left climate extremist Greta Thunberg unloaded on the world in an op-ed published on Friday, claiming that fossil fuels “are literally” killing mankind, and that they are a threat to “our very existence” as she said that her “climate crisis” agenda is not just about the environment, but about fighting the “colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression.”

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

Italy: Segways Invade Transport Ministry Square to Demand Liberalisation

Stop seizures, fines, limitations say protesters

(ANSA) — Rome, November 28 — Segway riders invaded the square in front of the transport ministry in Rome Thursday to demand liberalisation and an end to limitations on their use.

The drivers unfurled a banner saying Let’s Free Electric Mobility, #freesegways.

They held up placards saying “I don’t pollute”, “stop seizures” and “enough limitations”.

The 60 or so protesters called on the government “to put electric micro-mobility on a par with bicycles, like in other European countries, against smog and CO2”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Just Eight Per Cent of Swedes Think Leftist Govt Will Solve Gang Violence

A poll has shown that only eight per cent of Swedes think the ruling Social Democrats can solve the rising problem of gang violence in the next six months.

The results of the poll, which was conducted by Sifo, show that the vast majority of Swedes, some 88 per cent, say that the levels of violence will either remain unchanged or will increase in the coming months, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

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

Pope Francis, ‘The Song of Roland’ And Imam Al-Tayeb

Two recent incidents in the same week highlighted Pope Francis’s upside-down vision about a religion.

Recalling a scene from the famous 11th-century poem “The Song of Roland”, in which Christians in Spain threatened Muslims “to choose between baptism or death”, Pope Francis recently said, “We must beware of fundamentalist groups; each (religion) has their own. Fundamentalism is a plague and all religions have some fundamentalist first cousin”. A few days before that, Pope Francis receivedthe Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb.

In the first incident, the head of the Catholic Church criticized Christians for converting Muslims ten centuries ago, and implied that every religion has its own faults. In the second incident, the Pope met a religious leader who still threatens death to Muslims who convert to Christianity. “Apostasy is a crime,” Imam Al-Tayeb has explained; “an apostate should be asked to repent, and if he does not he should be killed”. At least the Egyptian religious leader was up front about it: in the Middle East and North Africa, 14 of the region’s 20 countries criminalize apostasy. In addition, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen — all Islamic countries — recommend the death penalty for “atheism”. In Algeria, Muslims who convert to Christianity are being persecuted to this day.

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

Salvini Accuses Leftist Govt of Giving Away Italian Sovereignty to EU

Populist League (Lega) leader Matteo Salvini has accused Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte of handing over Italian sovereignty to the European Union with changes to an EU bailout fund.

The reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a bailout fund that gives emergency loans to countries and banks, has been slammed by Salvini and the League, who have argued that the reform could force Italy to restructure debt and have subsequent negative effects, Reuters reports.

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

Sweden Arrests Islamic State Returnee for Multiple Crimes

Swedish authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Islamic State returnee for attempted destruction, possession of illegal weapons, and unlawful threats.

The 35-year-old was arrested by police in Gothenburg on Friday after investigators were alerted to serious illegal threats made by the man. They also were alerted to a potentially dangerous object but technicians later claimed the object to be harmless, Nyheter Idag reports.

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

UK: ‘He Will Obviously Appear Neutral’ — Boris, Farage Play Down Endorsements Ahead of Trump Visit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage have both played down the possibility of election-related remarks from President Donald Trump when he visits the United Kingdom next week for a key NATO summit.

The separate remarks made by the British political leaders this week betray an anxiety born of the disastrous intervention by former U.S. President Barack Obama during the 2016 Brexit referendum, when he said that if the United Kingdom left the European Union it would sent to “the back of the queue” for a trade deal — falsely, as it turned out.

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

UK: Farage Demands Whole-Life Prison Terms for Terrorists Infected With ‘Jihadi Virus’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage laid down the law to representatives of other political parties in a Sunday election debate, slamming “liberal elite” weakness and demanding serious action against radical Islamic terrorists.

“Well, we all express our condolences, but nobody apologises, apologises for the fact the liberal elite have given us a ridiculous sentencing system,” Farage began when the subject of the London Bridge terror attack by freed terrorist Usman Khan was raised at the ITV debate between representatives of the Brexit Party, Conservative Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party (SNP), Greens, and Welsh separatist Plaid Cymru.

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

UK: London Bridge Attack: Poland Honors Narwhal Tusk-Wielding Hero

Poland says it will award its highest medal for sacrifice and courage to a Polish national who played a key role in preventing the London Bridge attack from escalating further.

A spokesman for the country’s justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, said on Twitter he would request the bravery honor from the country’s president. He added that the man — known only as Lukasz— “risked his own life” and “helped to overpower the terrorist.”

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

UK: Latest General Election Polls and Odds — Who Will Win in 2019?

THE December vote is just around the corner as Brits gear up to head to polling stations across the country for the 2019 General Election.

But will Boris Johnson remain our Prime Minister? Here’s what the bookies and the latest polls say.

Who will win the General Election?

We’re counting down the days to when Brits take to the polls, so who’s got the edge so far?

The latest Kantar poll taken between November 21-25 showed a slight narrowing of the Conservatives’ lead.

Labour has squeezed the governing Tories’ opinion poll lead to 11 points from 18 over the past week.

Kantar said that support for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives fell two points to 43 per cent, while Labour was up five points on 32 per cent.

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

UK: London Bridge Terrorist Boasted About His UK Benefits While Plotting ‘Mumbai-Style Attack’

THE London Bridge terrorist who killed two innocent people during yesterday’s rampage had previously boasted about his UK benefits while plotting a “Mumbai-style attack”.

Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire, was freed last December and police said he was “known to authorities” after he was convicted in 2012 for terror offences.

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

UK: Revealed: Six of London Bridge Terrorist Usman Khan’s Fellow Stock Exchange Bomb Plotters Have Also Been Freed From Prison Since 2012 — and Another Was Freed Only to be Re-Jailed After Plotting a Lee Rigby-Style Attack

Six of the eight terrorist plotters who were jailed along with London Bridge attacker Usman Khan in 2012 have also been freed from prison, it has emerged.

The nine jihadists were members of an al-Qaeda-inspired cell which plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange and kill Boris Johnson.

One is still in prison, another was convicted for a further terror plot and Khan is dead — leaving six back on the streets, it is believed.

Three of the nine — Khan, Mohammad Shahjahan and Nazam Hussein — were initially handed indefinite prison terms, but the trio won an appeal in 2013 which changed them to fixed sentences.

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

UK: Sadiq Khan After Terror Attack: ‘Our Strength is Our Diversity’

London mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters that diversity is one of the British capital’s strengths in the wake of the London Bridge attack, and that all great cities are targets for terrorists.

“Look, I’m mayor of the greatest city in the world, and one of our strengths is our diversity,” he told reporters shortly the attack by Usman Khan, a convicted radical Islamic terrorist who had been freed from prison on a tag after serving less than half of a 16-year term, which left two dead and three injured.

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

UK: Viewers Write Complaints to BBC About Marr as He ‘Loses Temper’ In Boris Johnson Interview

The Prime Minister was interviewed this morning on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show. During the appearance, viewers took to social media to accuse the presenter of “losing his temper” and “interrupting” Mr Johnson.

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

During Protests, Iran Guards Said to Massacre Up to 100 People Hiding in Marsh

During recent protests in Iran over fuel prices, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps forces massacred between 40 to 100 mostly unarmed young men, when they opened fire with machine guns on a marsh near the city of Mahshahr where demonstrators had taken refuge, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The report comes a day after Iran disputed death tolls issued abroad for bloodshed that erupted during protests two weeks ago, after a rights group said over 160 demonstrators were killed across the country.

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

Iraqi Parliament Accepts PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi Resignation, But Protesters Demand More

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is now official, following a session of Parliament on Sunday. Abdul-Mahdi and his government will stay on in a caretaker capacity until the parliament forms a new government.

Lawmakers told the Associated Press the process for how to handle a premier’s resignation was constitutionally unclear, but Parliament followed a legal opinion from Iraq’s federal supreme court, which said they could enact Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation without a vote.

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

‘Muslims Must Voluntarily Hand Over the Gyanvapi Mosque and Mathura Complex to Hindus’

Muslims must give Gyanvapi mosque and Mathura Krishna Janmasthan to Hindus: Expert.

Jaideep Shenoy | TNN | Mangaluru | Nov 29, 2019:: Karingamannu Kuzhiyil Muhammed aka KK Muhammed, part of first ASI team that excavated the historical site at Ayodhya averred that the Muslim community should now voluntarily come forward to hand over Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi and Krishna Janmastham Complex in Mathura to Hindus. They missed a (good) opportunity to do so at Ayodhya thanks to the influence that the Marxist historians had on them, Muhammed averred.

In an interaction with Harsha Bhat at a session on ‘Excavating Truth’ at Mangaluru Lit Fest on Friday, said various excavations carried out at Ayodhya by ASI pointed to just one truth that a temple existed there. “When I did state this to the media first, uncharacteristic for government servant to do so, I did bear in mind that an archaeologist is speaking about the issue, and me being a Muslim, I had double the responsibility to speak only the truth,” he said.

“We must strive for united India rather than fight about it,” Muhammed, who retired as regional Director with ASI in 2012, said. Dwelling on his madarasa schooling, Muhammed said his open mindedness that Abubakkar, his Islamic teacher showed in exposing them to Ramayan that helped shape his personality. “Hinduism is a greatly tolerant religion and because India is a Hindu majority country, India remains secular in truest sense of the term,” he said.

Espousing the need for capsuled course on Indian art, culture, architecture, painting as part of Indian education system, Muhammed said a system bereft of these characteristics will not help the youth relate to their own culture. “We need to adopt Indian heroes such as Lord Ram, which Muslim countries have done,” he said, adding it was such references that excavations threw up which tipped Supreme Court in coming out with a ‘fair judgement’ on the case.

Expressing disappointment that the present BJP government had in a way belied expectation that one had about promoting Indian culture, Muhammed said it is imperative to market our heritage. Nepal and Sri Lanka are doing this far better than India with their world heritage sites, he said, adding that India with its Buddhist connections, can have half the world’s Buddhist tourists lining up on Indian shores if it follows Nepal and Sri Lanka’s lead.

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Thailand: Conditions ‘Ripe’ For Mass Protests

A support group for relatives of victims of the 1992 political unrest on Sunday expressed its concern about Thailand’s deteriorating political and economic situation, which it said could erupt into violent street protests at any moment.

The chairman of the Committee of Relatives of the Black May 1992 Victims, Adul Khiewboriboon, said warning signs can already be seen and conditions are “almost ripe” for mass protests.

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

China ‘Appreciates’ Pope’s Cordiality

‘Sincere and open in promoting bilateral ties’ says FM spokesman

(ANSA) — Beijing, November 28 — China appreciates the “cordiality” of Pope Francis in voicing a desire to visit Beijing and is “open to exchanges with the Vatican”, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday.

Geng said communication between the two sides remains “good”.

He said “we are happy that progress has been made in the improvement of relations.

“China is sincere and open in promoting bilateral ties,” Geng added.

He was answering a question as to whether the pope would be given an invitation to China.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Hong Kong Man Hit Over Head With Drain Cover While Clearing Protesters’ Barricades in Mong Kok

A man was hit over the head with a drain cover by a masked assailant while clearing protesters’ roadblocks in Hong Kong in the early hours of Sunday, sparking a manhunt.

Police said the 53-year-old suffered serious head injuries from the attack at the junction of Nathan Road and Mong Kok Road in Mong Kok, where the victim was removing barricades at about 1am.

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

Hong Kong Protests: Tens of Thousands Return to Streets After Days of Calm as Radicals Trash Shops With Mainland China Links

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers returned to the streets on Sunday a week after the pro-democracy camp’s landslide election victory, but their procession rapidly descended into stand-offs with police and, by nightfall, mobs once again trashed shops with mainland China links.

After nearly two weeks of relative calm, chaos returned to the Kowloon side of the city by evening, as a group of protesters hurled bricks and police fired tear gas, while radicals set about smashing restaurants and shops in Whampoa and vandalised the exits of the railway station there.

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

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Thousands Take to the Streets in Fresh Protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, ending a rare lull in violence, as residents took to the streets chanting “revolution of our time” and “liberate Hong Kong”.

The protest in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui followed a march by hundreds of people to the U.S. consulate to show “gratitude” for U.S. support for the demonstrations that have agitated the Chinese-ruled city for six months.

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

Legendary Aussie Crocodile Wrangler Captures Monstrous Five-Metre Predator That Had Been Eating Cows on an Outback Property

Wrangler Matt Wright posed for a grinning photo next to the restrained crocodile. The croc had been preying on a Northern Territory farmer’s cattle.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Prof Charged With Sending Threats to Herself Over Cancellation of Degree Program

An Australian professor has been charged with implementing a bogus harassment campaign against herself following the controversial cancellation of a degree program.

Dianne Jolley, a professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at the University of Technology Sydney, allegedly sent threatening letters to herself between May and September as a protest against abolition of the degree in traditional Chinese medicine, university officials believe.

According to Stuff.com, Jolley, who’s also the school’s Dean of Science, claimed that in addition to the letters, various articles of clothing had been sent to her … had clothes stolen from her backyard.

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

Shocking Moment a Young Couple Accused of Robbing a Melbourne Bottle Shop in Broad Daylight Took a Selfie Moments Before the ‘Brazen Theft’

A young couple accused of stealing a bottle of whiskey from a Melbourne liquor store in broad daylight stopped to take a selfie moments before the alleged theft.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Islamist Militants Hack to Death 12-Year-Old Christian Boy in Cameroon

Jihadists from the Boko Haram terror group hacked to death a 12-year-old boy with machetes for his refusal to become a “child soldier” of the group.

Although news of the slaughter has only just reached the west, the militants are believed to have abducted the Christian schoolboy in a raid on the northern Cameroon district of Tourou on or around November 19.

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

Hungary: Orban: Fidesz Can’t Belong to a Pro-Migration Community

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on Friday that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost task in 2020, adding that it would be an uphill struggle to sustain economic growth with the euro zone in turmoil. The government’s economic action plan for the first quarter of 2020 “hopefully will be based on tax cuts”, he added.

[Comment: Article dated November 22, 2019.]

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

Hungary: Szijjarto Warns of Growing Migration Pressure

Hungary can expect the pressure of illegal migration to grow “constantly”, the foreign minister said after his annual hearing in parliament’s national security committee on Friday.

Szijjarto said that security in the Western Balkans in connection with migration was a crucial issue. He said that some 98,000 illegal migrants have now accumulated in those countries and this posed risks for central Europe. He also said that Turkey had reported 398,000 illegal entry attempts by mid-November, 128,000 more than in the whole of last year.

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

Hungary: Fidesz Anti-Immigration Cabinet Convened

Due to the increasing migration pressure, state secretary at the ministry of defence Szilard Nemeth has convened the anti-immigration cabinet of the governing Fidesz party’s parliamentary group for Monday.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Nemeth described the migration situation on Hungary’s southern border and the West Balkans as very serious, dangerous and a warning to all.

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

Migrant Presence on Hungary-Serbia Border Growing

The number of migrants looking to enter Hungary illegally from Serbia has risen significantly over the past month, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.

Altogether 11,808 people have attempted to enter Hungary illegally so far this year, with 2,418 of those attempts being made this month, Gergely Gulyas told a regular press briefing. He said migrants were now using new techniques to try to breach Hungary’s border fence. Migrants tried to bury under the fence, and two tunnels discovered by the police have been sealed, he added.

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

One Small Street in New York Funnels Migrants From the U.S. Into Canada

Tens of thousands of migrants cross north out of the U.S. each year, hoping they’ll have a better chance of being granted asylum. The journey takes them all to one dead-end road in Upstate New York.

A nondescript country lane in upstate New York has become one of the most popular routes for asylum-seekers trying to get into Canada. But many face steep legal hurdles if they make it to the other side of the northern border. Emma Jacobs reports on a new legal battle over immigration in Canada.

EMMA JACOBS, BYLINE: It’s after dark when a taxi drives past bungalows and horse pastures to where rocks and road dead ends at the Quebec border. The woman who gets out is originally from Haiti.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Non-English language spoken).

JACOBS: A Canadian police officer introduces himself from across a strip of gravel.

UNIDENTIFIED POLICE OFFICER: (Non-English language spoken).

JACOBS: “This is not an official crossing point,” he says. “If she proceeds to Canada here, she will be arrested.”

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

Slovenia: Syrian Migrants Dead After People-Smuggler Crashes Vehicle

Two Syrians have died as a result of a collision in Slovenia, in which a people-smuggler lost control of a vehicle containing a total of eight illegal migrants.

The accident occurred on a motorway between the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and Italy, according to police, who say that a third passenger, hidden in the trunk of the vehicle, was also injured, AFP reports.

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

Law Professors Question University’s Punishment of Christian Professor for ‘Vile and Stupid’ Views

Indiana University is letting students opt out of classes by a professor with “vile and stupid” views on gender, sexuality and affirmative action, and subjecting him to double-blind grading so that he can’t tell which student he’s grading.

But the public university will not fire Eric Rasmusen “for his posts as a private citizen,” Provost Lauren Robel told the Kelley School of Business community, where Rasmusen is a longtime professor of business economics and public policy.

Rasmusen (above) sparked controversy earlier this month when he tweeted out an articletitled “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably.” It was published on a website run by Ron Unz, a software entrepreneur and former Senate candidate.

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

University Residence Hall Employee on Leave for Saying ‘Don’t Bring Too Many White Students Around’

A residence hall employee at the University of Wisconsin Madison is on paid leave after telling residents “Don’t bring too many white students around.”

University spokesperson Meredith McGlone said an investigation confirmed the allegations made against Chuefeng Yang of the Multicultural Learning Center for Witte Residence Hall. These indeed included students being told “to limit who they invite to visit them based on race.”

According to NBC-15, Yang, who uses plural pronouns, said they are “typically vocal about topics of race,” and added they view engaging in “uncomfortable” conversations on race as part of their “unofficial job description” as a “community leader.”

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

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