Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/27/2019

Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam has proposed a budget increase of a quarter of a million dollars for the Department of Corrections. The funding is specifically earmarked for the incarceration of citizens who defy the gun-confiscation and -registration laws that are expected to be passed next month.

In other news, Japan’s birth rate for 2019 is the lowest since records started being kept in 1899.

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Financial Crisis
» California Fizzle: Golden State Growth Rate at .35 Percent, Lowest Rate Since 1900 — State Loses 198,000 to Out-Migration
» Italy: NPLs Below 80 Bn: 60% Down in 4 Yrs
 
USA
» “I’ve Seen the Documents” — Rep. Ratcliffe Confirms Obama Deep State Was Lying and Spying on Trump Camp Way Before Opening Crossfire Hurricane
» Exposing the ‘Whistleblower’: Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ for Eric Ciaramella Docs
» Florida Man Friday: The Christmas Spirit Edition
» High Level Intelligence Officer Exposes Deep State Pedophile Rings, Killing of World Leaders and More in Explosive Interview
» Homeless Woman Arrested for Attacking Man in San Francisco
» IG Report Reveals John McCain Was a Mule Funneling Junk Trump-Russia Documents From Chris Steele to the Comey FBI
» In 2018 President Called on FISA Judge Collyer to Call in Comey, Yates, McCabe and Rosenstein and Press Criminal Charges
» Lily Tomlin Arrested at D.C. Climate Protest Led by ‘Grace & Frankie’ Co-Star Jane Fonda
» Meet the New Ancient Shark Species Found in Southern Alabama
» Michael Moore: “White People Are Not Good People… You Should be Afraid of White People”
» New Documentary Details How General Flynn Was Targeted and Set Up by Obama White House for Calling Out Clinton and Obama Supported Terrorist Cabal in the US
» Professional Hacker Reveals How Car Industry Spies on Drivers
» Report: $250,000 in Gun Control Funding Added to Virginia Budget Bill
» San Fran: In a City Covered With Poop, We Need to Ban Paper Cups
» The Five Craziest Campus Efforts to Fight the Climate Monster
» Trump to Pardon Roger Stone? POTUS Says “Dirty Cops” & “Evil People” Locked Him Up
» Virginia School District to Allow Students One Excused Absence to Protest
» Virginia Weighs Deploying National Guard to Enforce New Anti-Gun Laws. Things Could Get Ugly.
» Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget in Anticipation of Jailing Gun Owners
» WaPo Media Critic: Maddow Has a Lot to Answer for With Steele Dossier Obsession
» Washington Post Denies Claim New Estrogen-Packed ‘Impossible Whopper’ Will Make Men Grow Breasts
» Watch: Vegans Attack Burger Restaurant, Get Owned by Staff, Arrested
 
Canada
» Economy Remains Weak Under Trudeau as U.S. Thrives
» Trump Jokes That His Removal From Home Alone on Canadian Network Was Revenge by Justin Trudeau
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria Coalition Deal Between Kurz’s Conservatives, Greens Expected by Mid-January
» ‘Despite Brexit’ — French Economy Fails to Overtake UK as Predicted, Will be Far Behind by 2034
» EU to Threaten Blocking City of London Trade Unless UK Abides by Brussels’ Rules: Report
» France’s Chief Rabbi: Waiver of Halimi’s Murder is License to Kill Jews
» France: Three Wounded in Christmas Day Shootout Between Gang Members
» Irish Leader Backs UK Idea of Bridge to Scotland
» Italy: State Stakes in Crisis-Hit Firms ‘No Longer Taboo’
» Italy: Chinese 5G Warning Must be Assessed — Guerini
» Italy: Facebook Appeals Against CasaPound Reactivation
» It’s Christmas, So a British Newspaper is Encouraging Wives to Cheat on Their Husbands Again
» Khan’s London: Man Shot Dead on Christmas Eve in Front of His Family Named as Swedish National
» Major Afghan Politician Allegedly Collecting Benefits in Sweden
» Poland: Over 50 Percent Believe Incumbent President Will Win Next Year’s Election
» Report: Mastermind of Brussels and Paris Terror Attacks Identified
» Report Hyped by Climate Alarmists Warned of Million of Deaths, Nuclear War, Sunken Major Cities by 2020
» ‘Role Play’? Swedish School Forces Pupils to Recite Muslim Prayer in Arabic — Reports
» Switzerland: Unhinged Leftists Storm Church on Christmas Eve and Disrupt Service Over Pastor’s Harsh Words on Islam
» There’s ‘50 Percent’ Chance ‘Fragile’ Notre Dame Cathedral Might Not be Saved Completely
» UK: Former Canterbury Archbishop Warns of ‘Sinister’ Theories Behind Climate Change Denial
 
North Africa
» Libya: We Asked Italy for Arms Too Says Serraj
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» The Exodus: Christians Fleeing Gaza, Fearing Persecution
 
Middle East
» Sultan Qaboos’ Frail Health Raises Questions on Oman’s Political Future
» Turkish Court Overturns Erdogan’s Ban on Wikipedia
 
Russia
» What Do They Know? The U.S. And Russia Have Both Been Developing Plans to Deal With Incoming Asteroids
 
Far East
» Analyst: Pope Francis Will Not Let Hong Kong Spoil His ‘Dream’ For China
» Hong Kong Announces 336 Arrests During Christmas Protests
» Japan’s Births Decline to Lowest Number on Record
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aussie PM Defies ‘Reckless’ Climate Protesters, Backs Coal Exports
» Desperate Koala Stops Cyclist and Clings to Her Hand While Gulping Water From Her Bottle as Temperatures Soar to Nearly 40c
» Father, 54, Is Left ‘Brain Dead’ And Clinging Onto Life After Gang Bash Him, His Wife and His Daughter, 25, In Horror Christmas Day Attack
» New Zealand Gun Confiscation Program Steps on a Rake
» Parents Are Sending Troubled Teens Back to Africa to Teach Them Discipline at ‘Harsher’ Schools and to Stop Them Joining Melbourne Gangs
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Islamic State Murders 10 Christian Hostages in Africa to ‘Avenge’ Baghdadi
 
Immigration
» Congolese Woman Crosses the US Border Suffering From Abdominal Pain and Vomiting — Dies at Texas Hospital
» France Capitulates to Illegal Migrants Demanding Residence Permits After Protests
» Germany: Hamburg Taxpayers Have Spent €5.4 Billion on Migrants Since 2015
» Luxembourg: Cardinal: Europeans Should be ‘Fiercely Ashamed’ For Treatment of Migrants
» Norway: Only 50 Percent of Migrants Employed After €6.6 Billion Spent on Workforce Integration Program
» Ottoman Sultan Erdogan: Europe Will Feel the New Refugee Wave
 
Culture Wars
» 85-Year-Old Long Time Salvation Army Bell Ringer Banned From Fundraising Outside Nordstrom
» Canadian Trans Activist Who Campaigned Against Transphobia Found Murdered
» Former Planned Parenthood Instructor: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion
» Teen Vogue Posts ‘Guide to An*l Sex’ On Christmas
 

California Fizzle: Golden State Growth Rate at .35 Percent, Lowest Rate Since 1900 — State Loses 198,000 to Out-Migration

California recorded its lowest growth rate since 1900 this past year. Nearly 200,000 left the Golden State last year.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: NPLs Below 80 Bn: 60% Down in 4 Yrs

Deterioration of credit slowed in 2019 — ABI

(ANSA) — Rome, December 27 — Italian bank’s non-performing loans have fallen to under 80 billion euros, the Italian Banking Association (ABI) said Friday.

By the end of the year, it said, the total of NPLs will be just under 80 billion.

This compares to 84 billion in June.

At the end of 2015, by contrast, the NPLs totalled some 197 billion euros.

So they will have dropped about 60% in four years, ABI said.

ABI added that “in 2019 the deterioration of credit slowed”.

Italy has seen a number of banking crisis in recent years, some related to the high level of NPLs.

Siena bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), the world’s oldest lender, had to be bailed out.

Regional banks including a number from the Veneto region also had to be rescued or consolidated.

Some other local savings banks went to the wall, with small savers bilked and having to get government compensation.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

“I’ve Seen the Documents” — Rep. Ratcliffe Confirms Obama Deep State Was Lying and Spying on Trump Camp Way Before Opening Crossfire Hurricane

On Friday night former US Attorney and Rep. John Ratcliffe went on with Jason Chaffetz on Hannity and revealed he has seen the documents that indicate that Comey and Brennan were running an op BEFORE the opening of Crossfire Hurricane.

Fired FBI Director James Comey stated in March of 2017 under oath that the FBI investigation into the Trump — Russia scandal started in July 2016.

Comey lied.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Exposing the ‘Whistleblower’: Judicial Watch Sues CIA, DOJ for Eric Ciaramella Docs

Judicial Watch has filed two lawsuits after the CIA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for the communications of Eric Ciaramella, a CIA employee who reportedly worked on Ukraine issues with both the Obama and Trump White Houses. Many outlets have named him as the “whistleblower” who coordinated with staffers for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) before filing a report on Trump’s Ukraine call, sparking the investigation that led to the president’s impeachment.

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

Florida Man Friday: The Christmas Spirit Edition

The Christmas spirit was alive and well in Florida this week, leading to an avalanche of heartwarming stories.

But don’t worry: This is Florida, so we still have plenty of the regular madness, too.

So join me now — won’t you? — on another action-packed…

Florida Man Friday!

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

High Level Intelligence Officer Exposes Deep State Pedophile Rings, Killing of World Leaders and More in Explosive Interview

What goes on behind-the-scenes of the world’s political events

Dr. Steve Pieczenik joins The Alex Jones Show to break news of his involvment with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and other deep state operations in a tell-all interview:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Homeless Woman Arrested for Attacking Man in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A homeless woman has been arrested for attacking a man walking on Sansome Street in San Francisco on Thursday morning, according to the victim.

The victim, Luke Charles Boe, said the attack happened as he was walking to work with his coworker in front of the 7/11 store at 221 Sansome Street.

Boe said he saw the homeless woman, who he said was “mentally ill” in a Facebook post, hit and push the person in front of him. Then, the woman “came for him like a ravenes [sic] animal.”

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

IG Report Reveals John McCain Was a Mule Funneling Junk Trump-Russia Documents From Chris Steele to the Comey FBI

The Inspector General’s report revealed that John McCain funneled several junk Trump-Russia documents to the FBI after Steele’s termination from the elite spy agency. IG Report Reveals Steele Funneled Claims Through John McCain After FBI Dropped Him https://t.co/nUBAFIhijY via @BreitbartNews

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) December 26, 2019

John McCain was a willing dupe for the deep state FBI.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

In 2018 President Called on FISA Judge Collyer to Call in Comey, Yates, McCabe and Rosenstein and Press Criminal Charges

Earlier this month the presiding judge of the top-secret FISA court, Rosemary Collyer rebuked the Obama FBI for serious abuses in its efforts to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.

But Collyer was warned in 2018 about the fraudulent FISA applications by Rep. Devin Nunes.

In fact there was evidence back in May that the top Executives in Obama’s FBI all knew that there were multiple copies of the Steele dossier and yet they signed multiple FISA warrant applications to spy on President Trump anyways.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Lily Tomlin Arrested at D.C. Climate Protest Led by ‘Grace & Frankie’ Co-Star Jane Fonda

Lily Tomlin was arrested on Friday in the latest climate protest led by her Grace & Frankie co-star Jane Fonda.

Demonstrators shouted “Lily! Lily” as Tomlin and more than a dozen other demonstrators occupied the steps of the Capitol after a rally.

This was the 12th straight week of climate protests, something that Fonda plans to lead until mid-January, when Netflix’s Grace & Frankie goes back into production.

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

Meet the New Ancient Shark Species Found in Southern Alabama

Excuse me while I geek out about Alabama geology but there was a major discovery in southern Alabama. Scientists found a new species of fossil shark! You’ll be able to check out this new discovery for yourself at McWane Science Center in early 2020.

A team of scientists recently discovered a new species of fossil shark in southern Alabama. The discovery was led by Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections at the McWane Science Center.

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

Michael Moore: “White People Are Not Good People… You Should be Afraid of White People”

Film maker Michael Moore told Rolling Stone “white people are not good people” and that “you should be afraid of white people.”

During an interview on the ‘Useful Idiot’ podcast, Moore said that people should cross the street if they see three white men approaching them because at least two voted for Trump.

“Two-thirds of all white guys voted for Trump. That means anytime you see three white guys walking at you, down the street toward you, two of them voted for Trump. You need to move over to the other sidewalk because these are not good people that are walking toward you. You should be afraid of them,” Moore warned.

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

New Documentary Details How General Flynn Was Targeted and Set Up by Obama White House for Calling Out Clinton and Obama Supported Terrorist Cabal in the US

Flynn then dropped this bomb about the Clinton Foundation’s relationship with this terrorist:

However, funding seems to be no problem for Gülen’s network. Hired attorneys work to keep the lucrative government source of income for Gülen and his network going. Influential charities such as Cosmos Foundation continue their support for Gulen’s charter schools.

Incidentally, Cosmos Foundation is a major donor to Clinton Foundation. No wonder Bill Clinton calls Mullah Gülen “his friend.” It is now no secret that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s close aide and confidante, worked for 12 years as the associate editor for a journal published by the London-based Institute of Minority Muslim Affairs. This institute has promoted the thoughts of radical Muslim thinkers such as Qutb, al Bana and others.

Neonrevolt notes a New York Times article that discusses the terrorist organization in the US led by Gulen. What is happening is this:

The taxpayers fund the school system

The school abuses the H1-B visa program to import “teachers.”

The “teachers” get paid by taxpayers.

The “teachers” then donate 40% of their paychecks BACK to the Gulen Movement.

And Gulen goes and donates a chunk of this change back to the Clinton Foundation… while also trying to subvert and overthrow the Turkish government.

Neonrevolt then notes some statistics on the corruption in the US related to the Gulen group.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Professional Hacker Reveals How Car Industry Spies on Drivers

Automakers are reportedly spying on car owners by recording their every move, according to an experiment by a professional hacker and the Washington Post.

Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler recently asked Jim Mason to hack into a car’s computer. Fowler has a Ph.D. in engineering and reconstructs car accidents via hacking, The Daily Wire reported.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: $250,000 in Gun Control Funding Added to Virginia Budget Bill

A report from the NRA-ILA says $250,000 in gun control funding has been added to Virginia’s 2020 Budget Bill.

The NRA-ILA report notes, “Budget Bill HB30 includes an appropriation of a quarter million dollars to carry out a host of gun control measures that Northam and his anti-gun allies hope to enact.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

San Fran: In a City Covered With Poop, We Need to Ban Paper Cups

If I came over to your house, and you told me you were thinking about changing your wallpaper…and I happened to notice that there were hundreds of pounds of feces on the floor…I might suggest a different priority than getting rid of the outdated yellow and white stripes.

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

The Five Craziest Campus Efforts to Fight the Climate Monster

This year, climate change was a top concern for college students and professors, and they found plenty of outlandish ways to express their concerns.

From disruptions to attempts to control human behavior, Campus Reform has gathered a few of the most outrageous things done on campus this year in the name of combatting climate change.

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

Trump to Pardon Roger Stone? POTUS Says “Dirty Cops” & “Evil People” Locked Him Up

‘I hope someday one of my greatest achievements is getting rid of them.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Virginia School District to Allow Students One Excused Absence to Protest

One of the largest school districts in the United States has announced that it will allow students one excused absence per school year to participate civic activities such as protests.

Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia plans to start allowing the absences Jan. 27, 2020, news outlets reported. The district is the largest school system in the state.

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

Virginia Weighs Deploying National Guard to Enforce New Anti-Gun Laws. Things Could Get Ugly.

When Michael Bloomberg flooded Virginia state legislative contests with his anti-gun groups’ cash he got a quid pro quo from victorious Democrats: a near ban of AR-15s and a promise of more anti-gun laws. Now, to make room for all the felons who are predicted to be arrested by cops and the Virginia National Guard, whom the governor has been urged to deploy, Democrats are demanding more money for prison space and law enforcement.

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

Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget in Anticipation of Jailing Gun Owners

As if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s wholesale attack on law-abiding gun owners wasn’t enough, the disgraced public official and his Michael Bloomberg-bought allies in the General Assembly now want the state’s hard-working taxpayers to foot the bill for their unconstitutional schemes. The budget bill (HB30) includes an appropriation of a quarter million dollars to carry out a host of gun control measures that Northam and his anti-gun allies hope to enact.

The $250,000 is appropriated to the Corrections Special Reserve Fund in order to provide for the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of Northam’s gun control measures. Among the enumerated laws that this allocation is meant to fund is a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms transfers, and gun confiscation orders issued without due process.

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

WaPo Media Critic: Maddow Has a Lot to Answer for With Steele Dossier Obsession

Plenty of people need to answer for their embrace of the Steele dossier — the FBI, James Comey, Adam Schiff, Christopher Steele himself. A number of media outlets need to provide accountability, especially Buzzfeed for its inexplicable decision to publish what turned out to be a salacious package mostly consisting of rumor as misinformation. But when it comes to the worst offender, Erik Wemple declared yesterday, no one surpasses MSNBC’s biggest prime-time host.

“Name a host on cable news who has dug more deeply into Trump-Russia than MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow,” Wemple writes. And no one got it more wrong, either — and no one ran as fast from it when it fell apart. “She was there for the bunkings, absent for the debunkings,” Wemple concludes, “a pattern of misleading and dishonest asymmetry.”

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

Washington Post Denies Claim New Estrogen-Packed ‘Impossible Whopper’ Will Make Men Grow Breasts

The Washington Post published an entire article denying a claim by a veterinarian that Burger King’s new estrogen-packed vegan ‘Impossible Whopper’ could make men grow breasts if they eat too many.

According to James Stangle, a doctor of veterinary medicine in South Dakota, the soy-based Impossible Whopper contains 18 million times more estrogen than the original beef Whopper.

That works out at 44 milligrams of estrogen in the vegan burger compared to just 2.5 nanograms in the original beef Whopper.

“Just six glasses of soy milk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male,” wrote Stangle.

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

Watch: Vegans Attack Burger Restaurant, Get Owned by Staff, Arrested

A video posted to Twitter today shows militant vegan protestors attacking employees at an In-N-Out Burger in California. The attack is short-lived, however, as employees effortlessly carry the physically weak protestors out of the establishment and into the waiting arms of police.

As the protestors are carried out, the customers in the restaurant are heard cheering.

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

Economy Remains Weak Under Trudeau as U.S. Thrives

Canada’s economy is in a bit of a difficult situation. As we recently saw, Canada’s national economy made a step backwards by one tenth of one percent this past October, as real gross domestic product shrank for the first time in eight months.

According to figures by Statistics Canada, several sectors made marginal declines, with manufacturing down for the fourth time in five months dropping by 1.4 percent, and transportation equipment manufacturing slipping at a hefty 2.5 percent.

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

Trump Jokes That His Removal From Home Alone on Canadian Network Was Revenge by Justin Trudeau

President Donald Trump has responded to the controversy surrounding his cameo in the Christmas classic Home Alone being removed by a Canadian broadcaster. The president joked that the edit was revenge by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The internet was ablaze on Christmas, when some viewers noticed that the scene with Trump had been removed when it aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Austria Coalition Deal Between Kurz’s Conservatives, Greens Expected by Mid-January

Negotiations between Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives and the Greens in Austria are in their final stages and expected to result in a coalition government by mid-January at the latest, Reuters quoted both party chiefs as saying on Friday.

“It is our goal to have a government by early to mid-January,” Kurz told reporters in Vienna in reference to his talks with the Greens, who would enter national government in Austria for the first time.

The two parties’ positions differ considerably on issues ranging from environment to migration and taxes, leaving many Austrians deeply skeptical about the prospects for a deal.

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

‘Despite Brexit’ — French Economy Fails to Overtake UK as Predicted, Will be Far Behind by 2034

The United Kingdom is now projected to have a significantly larger economy than France over the coming years, by the same think tank which previously forecast that leaving the European Union would see Brexit Britain “leapfrogged” by its competitor across the English Channel.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) now acknowledged that “despite Brexit, the French economy failed to overtake the UK” — “despite Brexit” being the go-to phrase for almost all Remain-leaning commentators and organisations when forced to confront the reality of Britain not having fallen into ruin as a result of the vote Leave the EU, as most of them predicted/threatened during the 2016 referendum.

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

EU to Threaten Blocking City of London Trade Unless UK Abides by Brussels’ Rules: Report

Brussels is reportedly planning on threatening to block the City of London, the nation’s finance capital, from European markets unless the UK agrees to remain aligned to EU regulations post-Brexit.

EU negotiators are set to insist the UK retain close alignment with Brussels’ regulations for financial services and data flows when they sit down for internal talks in two weeks’ time, according to restricted documents reported by The Times.

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

France’s Chief Rabbi: Waiver of Halimi’s Murder is License to Kill Jews

France’s Chief Rabbi has slammed the decision by Paris prosecutors to excuse from trial the man accused of murdering Jewish Parisian Sarah Halimi, calling the decision a license “to kill Jews.”

In an open letter to French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, published by Le Figaro on Wednesday, Rabbi Haim Korsia argued that the decision was “a grave breach of trust” for the country’s judicial system, Algemeiner has reported.

Halimi was beaten and thrown to her death from a window in the early hours of April 4, 2017, by a man who was heard shouting “Allahu akhbar” and “Shaitan” (“Satan” in Arabic).

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

France: Three Wounded in Christmas Day Shootout Between Gang Members

Three people were wounded on Christmas day in the French city of Besançon following a shootout between drug gang members involving what local police described as military-grade weapons.

The incident occurred in the district of Planoise, known to be a particularly vulnerable area to criminality, with such areas often referred to as no-go zones. The shooting began at around 7:30 pm and saw two hooded men open fire on a group of other young men with what police described as Kalashnikov rifles, broadcaster RTL reports.

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

Irish Leader Backs UK Idea of Bridge to Scotland

A British idea that was previously lambasted by engineers — to build a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland — might be “viable”, Irish leader Leo Varadkar has said.

“All messing aside, I do think at the very least a high-level engineering assessment should be done as to whether it is a viable proposal,” Varadkar said in Dublin on Thursday (26 December).

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

Italy: State Stakes in Crisis-Hit Firms ‘No Longer Taboo’

State, market can co-exist to make market work better says min

(ANSA) — Rome, December 24 — The State’s taking up a stake in crisis-hit businesses like airline Alitalia, the ex-ILVA steel group and the failed Popolare di Bari bank should no longer be a “taboo”, Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said in a newspaper interview Tuesday.

“The State and the market can co-exist with the express purpose of making the market work better,” he told La Repubblica.

Gualtieri recalled that the formula of a mixed public and private ownership “showed its benefits” in the many partial privatisations of State companies that Italy has seen over the last couple of decades.

“The most important Italian multinationals are still today companies with a public stakeholding,” he said.

The State is set to take up a stake in chronically lossmaking airline Alitalia, along with Delta Airlines and other interested parties.

It is also set to invest in the former ILVA steel group and its sprawling and highly polluting Taranto plant after Framco-Indian group ArcleorMittal tried to get out of a contract to take it over.

The State will also play its part in the rescue of Banca Popolare di Bari.

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Italy: Chinese 5G Warning Must be Assessed — Guerini

Parliamentary intelligence body warned of security risk

(ANSA) — Rome, December 23 — Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini said Monday that the government must take account of a warning by parliament’s intelligence oversight commission about the involvement of Chinese companies in the development of Italy’s 5G network. Last week the Copasir said use of equipment provided by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE in Italy’s 5G network could be a security risk.

The firms have denied this but Guerini said Monday that the warning “must be assessed carefully” adding that the international debate about this issue “cannot be ignored”. Telecom Italia (TIM) is in the process of selecting suppliers for the upgrade of Italy’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The United States has pressured Italy and other European States not to use Huawei technology in their new networks.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Facebook Appeals Against CasaPound Reactivation

Rome court ordered accounts taken down in Sep to be reopened

(ANSA) — Rome, December 27 — Facebook on Friday appealed against a recent Rome court order to reactivate the accounts of neo-Fascist group CasaPound.

A spokesman for the social network said “there is concrete evidence that CasaPound committed organised hatred and repeatedly broke our rules”.

“That is why we have appealed”.

Facebook said “we don’t want people or groups that spread hate or attack others on the basis of who they are to use our services.

“It doesn’t matter who they are”.

The spokesman said “we have a policy on dangerous people and organisations which bans those involved in ‘organised hate’ from using our services.

“Political parties and candidates, like all the individuals and organisations present on Facebook and Instagram, must respect these rules, no matter what their ideologies”.

On December 12 the Rome civil court ordered Facebook to carry out the immediate reactivation of CasaPound’s facebook page, as well as the personal profile and public page of its administrator Davide Di Stefano.

Facebook had deactivated these accounts on September 9.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

It’s Christmas, So a British Newspaper is Encouraging Wives to Cheat on Their Husbands Again

Christmas is a time for tradition — bringing a tree into the house, midnight mass, giving gifts… and being repeatedly encouraged to cheat on your husband by a respected, small-c conservative national newspaper

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Khan’s London: Man Shot Dead on Christmas Eve in Front of His Family Named as Swedish National

The latest victim of London’s violent crime wave has been named as Swedish citizen Flamur Beqiri, who was gunned down in front of his family outside his London home on Christmas eve.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has opened a murder investigation after 36-year-old man Flamur Beqiri was shot five times on his doorstep, murdered in front of his wife and child on Christmas Eve in Battersea, London.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Major Afghan Politician Allegedly Collecting Benefits in Sweden

Afghanistan politician Razaq Ahmadzai, a close ally of President Ashraf Ghani, has been accused of actively collecting pension payments from the Swedish government for his mother who died in 2017.

According to the accusations, the Afghan’s mother was not reported to the Swedish state as having died in 2017, but rather that she had left the country and returned to Afghanistan. The Swedish state is then said to have kept up pension payments that were actually received by Ahmadzai, Nyheter Idag reports.

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

Poland: Over 50 Percent Believe Incumbent President Will Win Next Year’s Election

President Andrzej Duda is expected to win next year’s presidential election by 59.4 percent of IBRIS poll respondents, 10.8 percent have the same opinion about Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, the Civic Coalition (KO) candidate.

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Report: Mastermind of Brussels and Paris Terror Attacks Identified

The French justice department says it is convinced Oussama Atar, a 35-year old Belgian, was the mastermind behind the deadly attacks in Paris (13 November 2015) and Brussels (22 March 2016) and behind the failed attacks on the Thalys train in Verviers and Villejuif, De Standaard writes. Atar, who was killed in Syria, was the head of an Isis brigade which planned terrorist attacks in Syria and Europe.

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Report Hyped by Climate Alarmists Warned of Million of Deaths, Nuclear War, Sunken Major Cities by 2020

According to experts, climate change will result in “millions” of deaths, major European cities being sunken, nuclear war and global environmental riots…all within the next 5 days.

That’s because they made the prediction back in 2004 and said all that would happen by 2020, which is just 5 days away.

“Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters,” reported left-wing newspaper the Guardian on February 22, 2004.

“A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world,” the report added.

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‘Role Play’? Swedish School Forces Pupils to Recite Muslim Prayer in Arabic — Reports

The class was also reportedly divided by gender and the girls had to move to the back of the room.

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Switzerland: Unhinged Leftists Storm Church on Christmas Eve and Disrupt Service Over Pastor’s Harsh Words on Islam

Angry leftists stormed the village church in Kleinhüningen, Switzerland and disrupted the service on Christmas Eve.

The unhinged mob were outraged over Pastor Christine Dietrich’s harsh comments on Islam.

Pi-News reported:

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There’s ‘50 Percent’ Chance ‘Fragile’ Notre Dame Cathedral Might Not be Saved Completely

“It is not out of danger.”

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UK: Former Canterbury Archbishop Warns of ‘Sinister’ Theories Behind Climate Change Denial

The former archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said Thursday that climate change is humanity’s “largest challenge ever” while warning that some climate change skeptics are driven by “sinister” conspiracy theories.

Some people are reluctant to acknowledge the climate emergency because it would require them to change their behavior, Williams told Grayson Perry in an interview on BBC Radio.

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Libya: We Asked Italy for Arms Too Says Serraj

We got no reply says GNA Prime Minister

(ANSA) — Rome, December 23 — Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose Tripoli-based administration is recognised by the United Nations, has confirmed that he asked Italy for weapons to repel the offensive staged by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar. “We asked for weapons from many countries, including Italy, which has the right to choose the policy it likes most,” Serraj said in an interview in Monday’s Corriere della Sera when asked about the assistance being provided by Turkey. “Relations remain excellent anyway. In truth, an official response never came from Rome”. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the solution to the Libya crisis “cannot be military” as he visited the North African country for talks with both sides in the conflict last week.

Di Maio had meetings with Serraj and Haftar, who commands forces based in eastern Libya. “We had a rich exchange of opinions with Di Maio,” Serraj said in the interview.

“As for the visit to our assailant in Benghazi and Tobruk, I didn’t see anything of substance”. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Libya, including the impact of the ongoing conflict on civilians, attacks against human rights defenders and journalists, treatment of migrants and refugees, conditions of detention and impunity. “In 2019, our Office along with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has so far documented at least 284 civilian deaths and 363 injuries as a result of the armed conflict in Libya — an increase of more than a quarter over the number of casualties recorded during the same period last year,” it said.

“Airstrikes were the leading cause of civilian casualties, accounting for 182 deaths and 212 injuries, followed by ground fighting, improvised explosive devices, abductions and killings.

“During the same period, the World Health Organization has documented 61 conflict-related attacks against health care facilities and personnel, which is a 69% increase compared to the same period in 2018”.

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The Exodus: Christians Fleeing Gaza, Fearing Persecution

A 60-year-old Christian from Gaza is now living on the streets of Nazareth but says he prefers to stay there than to go back to Gaza, where he had lived his entire life.

Kamal Tarazi fled the Gaza Strip in 2007 after Hamas, an Islamic group considered a terrorist outfit in Israel, seized control of the enclave, ousting its previous government, officials from Fatah.

“The moment they took control, they started persecuting us, ruining our churches and forcing Christians to convert to Islam”, the 60-year-old Christian recalls.

The Turning Point

It was then that Tarazi decided to organise demonstrations against the movement, uniting Christians and Muslims alike. The calls to act didn’t move the masses, but they did anger Hamas.

“I was jailed several times. Do you know what a Hamas prison is? It is pure torture”, he explains, adding that the Islamic group decided to keep him alive to avoid depicting themselves as persecutors of the local Christian population, something that could potentially anger the international community.

After two months in prison, Tarazi had had enough. Shortly before Christmas, he applied for a permit that would allow him to cross the border into Israel and then travel to Bethlehem — located in the West Bank — to attend a series of religious ceremonies.

Once the permit was given and the border was crossed, Tarazi vowed he would never go back, and he is not alone.

Gaza’s Christian community has been steadily declining over the years. Before Hamas came to power in 2007, Christians made up some 3,500 people in the Strip. Now, however, there are no more than 1,300 and Tarazi says the actual number is even lower.

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Sultan Qaboos’ Frail Health Raises Questions on Oman’s Political Future

by by Amr Emam

Oman is bracing itself for big news. The country’s ruler of 50 years, Sultan Qaboos bin Said is suffering from frail health, stirring up speculation over who will succeed him. Qaboos reportedly cut short a visit to Belgium, where he traveled to conduct medical tests, and returned to his country, amid rumors that his days are numbered.

Who Will Succeed Sultan Qaboos?

Qaboos came to power in Oman in 1970 after ousting his father in a British-backed coup. Nonetheless, he has never appointed an heir since then. He does not have children to succeed him. Oman’s royal family has to name a successor within three days after the country’s top spot becomes vacant, according to Article No. 6 of the Omani constitution.

Qaboos has already asked the family to do this. He also has the right to name a successor who will take over if the royal family fails to agree on the person who will rule the country. Qaboos has already nominated a successor and written his name. An envelope containing the name of this person will be opened only when and if the royal family fails to choose a successor….

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Turkish Court Overturns Erdogan’s Ban on Wikipedia

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday (26 December) that the Turkish government’s block on Wikipedia is a violation of freedom of expression, in a legal victory against the two-year-old ban.

The ruling was passed by a 10-to-six majority in the Turkish high court and the authorities are expected to lift the restrictions accordingly.

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What Do They Know? The U.S. And Russia Have Both Been Developing Plans to Deal With Incoming Asteroids

When the Russians take decisive action, it is usually for a reason. As you will see below, the Russians have suddenly decided that now is the time to create an organization that will be tasked with detecting, tracking and potentially destroying incoming asteroids. Are they doing this now because they have finally decided that this is a good idea, or has something gotten their attention? Of course they are not likely to publicly admit if they have come to the conclusion that a gigantic space rock is heading directly toward us. Just like the U.S. government, the Russian government is very interested in maintaining social order, and so they would probably delay telling the public about a potential asteroid impact for as long as possible.

In life, what people do is far more important than what they say, and the new center that the Russians have just created will not just be watching giant space rocks. According to Futurism, this new organization will be in charge of making sure “they don’t collide with Earth”…

Russian space agency Roscosmos is creating a center devoted to monitoring meteors, comets, and asteroids to ensure they don’t collide with Earth — even it means having to blow them up in space.

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Analyst: Pope Francis Will Not Let Hong Kong Spoil His ‘Dream’ For China

ROME — Pope Francis dreams of being the pontiff who will establish diplomatic relations with Beijing, and to achieve this goal he is willing to make “concessions,” asserts Vatican analyst Alban Mikozy.

“Pope Francis is a prudent man,” Mikozy told French television. “He pursues a dream: to be the sovereign pontiff who will restore relations between China and the Vatican.”

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Hong Kong Announces 336 Arrests During Christmas Protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police arrested 336 people during the Christmas holiday as the city’s protest movement continues to simmer, an official said Friday.

Chief police spokesman Kwok Ka-chuen told reporters that those detained between Monday and Thursday included 92 women and minors as young as 12. The arrests bring the number of people detained over the course of the protests to nearly 7,000, with a large proportion of student age.

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Japan’s Births Decline to Lowest Number on Record

Japan has been trying to increase its birth rate for years, hoping that a youthful boost could offset an otherwise rapidly aging population. It’s not working.

The country’s health ministry announced Tuesday that the number of babies born in 2019 fell by an estimated 5.9% this year, to 864,000. It’s the first time since 1899, when the government began tracking the data, that the number has dipped below 900,000, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

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Aussie PM Defies ‘Reckless’ Climate Protesters, Backs Coal Exports

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed calls from radical climate activists to end the export of coal — an industry worth $67billion a year to the nation’s economy — as a new report shows global demand is set to keep increasing over the next decade and beyond.

Strong demand from China and India for this electricity-generating commodity is driving the growth.

Morrison wants Australia to maintain its edge by staying a key exporter and protecting the jobs of Australians who rely on the coal mining industry for their future and their financial security.

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Desperate Koala Stops Cyclist and Clings to Her Hand While Gulping Water From Her Bottle as Temperatures Soar to Nearly 40c

Anna Heusler and a group of cyclists were riding towards Adelaide on Friday when they spotted the koala sitting in the middle of the road.

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Father, 54, Is Left ‘Brain Dead’ And Clinging Onto Life After Gang Bash Him, His Wife and His Daughter, 25, In Horror Christmas Day Attack

The father was caught up in an eight-man brawl at a home in Morrolbark in the east of Melbourne at about 11pm on Christmas Day.

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New Zealand Gun Confiscation Program Steps on a Rake

When New Zealand experienced a mass shooting in April (previously virtually unknown in that nation), legislators there moved quickly to enact a mandatory gun “buyback” of certain semiautomatic firearms. This move was widely praised among American gun rights opponents, including virtually every serious current contender for the Democrats’ presidential nomination. Questions about why we couldn’t manage such a feat here in America littered the airwaves of CNN and MSNBC as well as the front pages of most of the major newspapers.

So how did that work out for them? Friday was the deadline and as the Washington Examiner points out, it hasn’t exactly been a smashing success. And if anything, it probably made law-abiding citizens less safe rather than more.

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Parents Are Sending Troubled Teens Back to Africa to Teach Them Discipline at ‘Harsher’ Schools and to Stop Them Joining Melbourne Gangs

South Sudanese Community Association Victoria chairwoman Achol Marial said ‘powerless’ parents felt they had no choice but to send their kids overseas.

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Islamic State Murders 10 Christian Hostages in Africa to ‘Avenge’ Baghdadi

The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the execution of eleven hostages, ten Christians plus one Muslim. The group said the murders were in retaliation for the deaths of ISIS leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir.

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Congolese Woman Crosses the US Border Suffering From Abdominal Pain and Vomiting — Dies at Texas Hospital

A 41-year-old Congolese woman died on Christmas Day at a Texas hospital after she arrived at the Laredo port of entry.

The woman said she was vomiting and was taken to a local hospital.

NBC says the woman died from kidney failure.

In June Cristina Laila reported on Congolese migrants coming to America with rolls of hundred dollar bills in their pockets.

So who is funding all of the Congolese migrants traveling from Africa and crossing the US southern border?

The World News reported:…

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France Capitulates to Illegal Migrants Demanding Residence Permits After Protests

Residence permits have been granted to a group of illegal migrants who’ve camped out in front of a Chronopost sorting center in Alfortville (Val-de-Marne) for the last six months in protest.

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Germany: Hamburg Taxpayers Have Spent €5.4 Billion on Migrants Since 2015

Taxpayers in the city of Hamburg, Germany have been forced to spend close to 5.35 billion euros on asylum seekers from 2015 to the end of 2019, official reports have revealed. The figures were released by the Hamburg Senate following a request from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) citizens’ group, Junge Freiheit reports.

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Luxembourg: Cardinal: Europeans Should be ‘Fiercely Ashamed’ For Treatment of Migrants

Luxembourg’s progressive cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich echoed a Christmas appeal for migrants by Pope Francis, decrying the exploitation of migrants in Greece and the shameful inaction of Europeans to help.

Speaking at the cathedral in Luxembourg City, Cardinal Hollerich chastised his fellow Europeans for not coming to the aid of those living in refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesbos, which he personally visited last May at the pope’s behest.

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Norway: Only 50 Percent of Migrants Employed After €6.6 Billion Spent on Workforce Integration Program

After the Norwegian government spent €6.6 billion over ten years on a scheme to integrate 37,000 migrants into the country’s workforce, just over half of those who went through the program currently have jobs.

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Ottoman Sultan Erdogan: Europe Will Feel the New Refugee Wave

As tens of thousands of people flee to the Turkish border amid the renewed bombardment Idlib province by Russian and Syrian forces, Turkey has warned that it would not be able to handle a “new refugee wave” coming from Syria.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Sunday warned that Europe would feel the impact of the new influx of migrants if the violence in northwest Syria isn’t quickly ended, Deutsche Welle reports.

Currently, Turkey hosts nearly 3.7 million Syrian refugees — the largest refugee population in the world. The country worries that a new wave of refugees from the Idlib province — a region that’s home to 3 million Syrians — could prove to be too much for Turkey to handle alone.

While speaking at an awards ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday evening, Erdogan said: “If the violence towards the people of Idlib does not stop, this number will increase even more. In that case, Turkey will not carry such a migrant burden on its own.”

The Turkish leader added that over 80,000 people were currently headed toward the Turkish border from Idlib.

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85-Year-Old Long Time Salvation Army Bell Ringer Banned From Fundraising Outside Nordstrom

An 85-year-old man who has raised over $100,000 for the Salvation Army has been banned from collecting donations outside a Seattle Nordstrom. The ban comes amid outcry from the left that the Salvation Army isn’t pro-LGBT enough.

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Canadian Trans Activist Who Campaigned Against Transphobia Found Murdered

A 51-year-old trans woman who fought against transphobia has been murdered.

According to Police, a Toronto woman, subsequently identified by friends and family as Julie Berman, was attacked in a boarding home near the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Harbord Street.

Investigators say two people were inside the home when the woman sustained injuries to the head.

She was transported to the hospital where she later died.

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Former Planned Parenthood Instructor: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion

Former sex educator Monica Cline said Planned Parenthood pushes sex education that “grooms” children for promiscuity and leads to abortion.

Planned Parenthood teaches students risk reduction rather than teaching children how to have healthy relationships and to date in groups, Cline said.

“Risk reduction is simply telling them how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” she explained. “The next step is to make them understand they need to be tested for STD’s every couple months.”

Planned Parenthood’s sex education grooms students for promiscuity, Cline believes, and this promiscuity leads them to abortion. “The sex education grooms them for promiscuity. Grooms them for STD treatment, and grooms them for abortion,” she said.

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Teen Vogue Posts ‘Guide to An*l Sex’ On Christmas

Teen Vogue has, once again, published a “guide to anal sex” for their very young readers — this time, on Christmas.

The tweet, which was an article from November, received swift backlash online from concerned parents and people who don’t think outlets, whose target audience is 13-17, should be promoting sex.

Disturbingly, the article is geared very much to their young readers, discussing how not everyone wants “p*nis-in-v*gina” sex. It also boasts that it is “an*l 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk”

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/27/2019

  1. If Japan gave a lowest birth rate , bring them this “refugees “ it’s plenty in Europe and Middle East or Africa, I’m sure they will be very happy NOT ..

  2. A Russian pensioner went to jail because of transfers to her terrorist granddaughter.
    According to the agency, Vera Andreeva, born in 1953, sent 300 thousand rubles to the account indicated by her granddaughter from the city of Salsk (Rostov Region). The granddaughter of a pensioner was in the Islamic State, an international terrorist organization banned in Russia.

    In relation to Andreeva, a case was initiated to promote terrorist activities. The 66-year-old woman was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    https://lenta.ru/news/2019/12/27/pensionerka/

  3. The video on General Flynn is interesting, but the fact that all the participants are essentially Turkish in their political outlook (if not genetically) makes everything they say somewhat suspect. I don’t trust those commentators any more than I trust the mainstream news. I still have no idea what to believe when all you get for information sources is a bunch of weasels.

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