Cultural Enrichment vs. COVID-19 in Germany

The translated material below concerns the various ways in which “New Germans” collide with the restrictions imposed by the government in response to the Wuhan Coronavirus.

First, an article from Bild, translated by MissPiggy:

Problems in the Erzgebirge

Asylum seekers disregard the social distancing order

by Frank Selig
March 25, 2020

Schneeberg (Saxony) — The mayors of Schneeberg and Zschorlau ask Saxony’s Ministry of the Interior for help. Because many of the asylum seekers living here are not complying with social distancing restrictions.

Large groups of residents of the Schneeberg asylum centre have repeatedly been observed on excursions without good reason, the city leaders report. This would give the population the impression that the restrictions do not apply to them.

Some asylum seekers reacted to this, sometimes aggressively. For this reason, the state should, for example, establish an on-location supply as soon as possible to provide the refugee home with goods for the residents’ daily needs.

To this end, the riot police could support the police in enforcing the ban on contact.

Next come three videos. The first features an esteemed Turkish-German gentleman complaining about the closing of Shisha bars. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The second video shows culture-enrichers in Frankfurt who are nonchalant about the ChiCom flu and disobey the new rules by using the gymnastic facilities in a public park. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

In the final video immigrants display fatalism and indifference concerning the coronavirus. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Is Sweden Too Easygoing About the Chinese Virus?

There is concern in Denmark about Sweden’s lackadaisical attitude towards the ChiCom virus. I hate to admit it, but I’m with Sweden on this one — I think the draconian response to the coronavirus is a hysterical overreaction that causes more harm than it alleviates.

A commonsensical, measured response — locking down the elderly and those at risk, quarantining those who are infected, and a vigorous public information campaign about hand-washing and “social distance” — would have been prudent and far less damaging than the total destruction of national economies.

Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:

Sweden is a deterrent example in fighting the coronavirus

In recent years, there has been much talk about the “Sweden image” — how the view of Sweden around the world in recent decades has gone from inspirational to exemplary to dissuasive examples. Previously, the criticism was mainly about such things as an exceptional immigration and gender policy, but now there is a new area — Sweden’s odd way of fighting the coronavirus epidemic.

In Denmark there is great concern among the elderly, especially those at risk, about being exposed to commuting personnel from Sweden in eldercare. For those who perceive the nonchalant Swedish way of dealing with the coronavirus crisis, confidence is low.

Hundreds of people living in Sweden work in eldercare on the opposite side of the Sound. Older Danes do not feel that the government and authorities in Sweden take the coronavirus epidemic as seriously as is the case in Denmark. The concern about being infected by Swedish guest workers is therefore great.

“They are worried about the Swedish health care staff,” confirms Bjarne Hastrup, who is the chairman of the public health organization Ældre Sagen.

Formally, the same guidelines apply to avoid infection for guest workers from Sweden as for domestic Danish staff, even when they are in Sweden. However, many people do not trust this considering the fact that its Swedish Public Health Agency, with its heavily criticized Anders Tegnell, has at the forefront reduced the safeguards and that the restrictions in Sweden are considerably weaker than in Denmark and most other countries.

Want guest workers from Sweden to be tested for coronavirus

Ældre Sagen, which at the request of many troubled elderly people in care, has now raised with the Danish government the demand that guest workers, in light of the inadequate restrictions in Sweden, be tested for the coronavirus.

“The least we can request is that all Swedish healthcare personnel who work in Helsingör, but live in Sweden, be tested for the coronavirus. We have many customers in nursing homes who are very concerned. They are old, are in the risk group and their safety must be assured,” Hastrup says in a comment to SVT [Swedish state TV].

One of the things that concerns many Danes is the lack of requirements for so-called social distance in Sweden. Public gatherings of 500 persons are still allowed here, while a maximum of ten persons may gather in Denmark. This means that there are major differences in the risk of transmission. In several other comparable countries, such as Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland, only two people are allowed to meet at a time.

Furthermore, almost all restaurants in Denmark are closed, while many in Sweden are still allowed to stay open. It is not only among the elderly in Denmark that the negative image of Sweden linked to the coronavirus has been established.

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Brother Antony Silenced on Breitbart

Regular readers are familiar with the work of our English correspondent Seneca III, who has been contributing essays to Gates of Vienna for more than twelve years. In recent years he has also been commenting on various sites under the name “Brother Antony”, and has just been banned from Breitbart News Network under that soubriquet. Below is his account of what happened.

Banned and be damned

by Seneca III

For a long time now I’ve been fighting our battle on other fronts under my other handle ‘Brother Antony’ which I suspect you are aware of.

My primary vehicle has been Breitbart London, now under the little-publicised Managing Editorship of one James Delingpole (according to Dr. Steve Turley) since Raheem Khassam left.

I’ve made many like-minded friends there, but today [26 March 2020] I’ve been summarily banned by ‘Breitbart News Network’ without even the courtesy of an explanation. Their prerogative, of course, but rather uncivil of them nonetheless. However, as there is nothing I can do about it, I would be grateful if you could just let the guys and gals from the BB comments section (those who also follow GoV, that is) and with whom I’ve had so many interesting and heart-warming conversations over the years know that I’m sorry I could not say goodbye in person, and I thank them for the memories. I will not be returning there even if given the opportunity, for I will not accept being chastised for speaking truth freely to power. Nor will I ever again offer my neck to the jackboot of those particular censors.

This is the offending post:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/26/2020

The number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus in the United States has now passed the total number of officially acknowledged cases in China. Meanwhile, the British Imperial College scientist who predicted 500,000 deaths from the disease in the UK has revised his estimate down to 20,000 or fewer. Also, two professors of medicine at Stanford University say that the widely disseminated estimated fatality rate for the coronavirus may be too high by an order of magnitude, due to the severe lack of reliable testing data on the number of cases.

In other news, the migrant-rescue NGO Sea Watch has proposed that the EU ferry migrants to Europe using cruise ships.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Did COVID-19 Escape From a Chinese Laboratory?

Every since news of the Wuhan Coronavirus appeared outside of China, there has been speculation that it is a bio-engineered organism that escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan. Much has been written on the topic, and I am not knowledgeable enough to comment on the likelihood of such stories being true. In recent days there seems to have been a consensus that the disease most likely escaped from the lab in Wuhan, but had not been genetically modified.

The following Italian video from 2015 discusses a coronavirus that was genetically altered in a Chinese laboratory. Numerous experts acknowledge the truth of the story, but say that COVID-19 is not that particular virus, nor is it a descendant.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The following article from Il Giornale (also translated by FouseSquawk) examines the issues posed by the video:

Virus, the case of the RAI video of 2015: Created in a Chinese laboratory?

The program aired in 2015 on TGR on a “supervirus” created in a Chinese lab. Is it the Corona virus? Salvini announces an inquiry

by Claudio Cartaldo
March 25, 2020

Some talk of a “coincidence”, some of a big “conspiracy”. Many, on the other hand, are certain that it is proof that the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Beijing lab (Watch video here).

A group of Chinese researchers, explained Daniele Cerrato in the release of the program, grafted a protein taken from bats onto the SARS virus, the acute pneumonia contracted from mice. And from that came a supervirus that could infect humans. Clearly, it remains closed in a lab. It is only for purposes of research. But is it worth it to run the risk of creating a threat so big, just to be able to examine it? In his program, Maurizio Menicucci spoke of this experiment in which the scientists succeeded in grafting a superficial protein of a coronavirus found in bats, onto a virus that causes SARS (the acute pneumonia) in mice. The researchers thought that the hybrid (a chimera virus) was able to infect humans, a hypothesis then confirmed by the lab results. Not only that. The molecule ShCo-14, explained the journalist, “allows the corona virus to contaminate humans “directly from bats without passing through an intermediate species like the mouse.”

The question that many now are asking is: Is this SARS-CoV2? Is it that virus, created in a lab by scientists, and which has brought China to its knees, and now the whole world? The suggestion that had already circulated in recent days is, for now, not confirmed by official sources. But yet, the TGR Leonardo video now seems to fit COVID-19. The ingredients are all there: The bats, SARS, acute pneumonia, the virus that directly attacks humans and infects them. The coincidences seem to be many, so many that even Matteo Salvini is asking for clarity and is announcing a parliamentary inquiry directed at [PM Giuseppe] Conte.

In reality, the experiments on the “chimera virus” have already been dealt with by the Italian press. Il Fatto, for example, has brought back to light an article on the argument, also in 2015, published by the international magazine Nature Medicine (Read here). It is the same article to which the RAI program referred five years ago. According to noted debunker David Puene, “none of the experts who have studied the genome of the SARS-CoV2 have identified it with the chimerical virus utilized in 2015.” Giuseppe Ippolito, scientific director of Spallanzani [Institute] thinks the same way. “It’s always the same story, full of fantasy, which from time to time requires us to issue denials,” he told Corriere. In addition, a group of British researchers had to speak out recently in supporting the position of the English government. For Franco Locatelli, the president of the Superior Health Council, finally, “there is no evidence that this has been the mechanism at the base of which SARS-CoV2 has been generated. It is bio-terrorism fantasy. All international groups share the sequence of strains isolated from the new coronavirus, and such a scenario has never been hypothesized.”

The viral dissemination of the video on social media has also, in the end, forced RAI to take an official position. “The program of 16 November 2015, which aired under the title “Leonardo, of TGR” was taken from a publication from the magazine Nature,” says the regional director of RAI, Alessandro Casarin. “Just three days ago, the same magazine declared that the virus which the program discussed, created in a lab, has no relation with the natural virus COVID-19.” Also interviewed by Adnkronos, the moderator Cerrato suggested “not making connections with Spy Story”. The program, he says, is the result of “a research that we found four years ago through international scientific agencies. And then a portion of the research was shown.” Now to understand whether there is a link between that virus and the pandemic that is exploding now, we need to turn to the experts, the geneticists. Two days ago, a systematic study of the genetic sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 came out (Anderson KG et al, Nature Magazine 2020) which shows without a shadow of a doubt that the virus has a natural and zoological (from animals, particularly bats and pangolins ) origin, for which the story of the virus “created” in a lab is confirmed to be a colossal hoax. Be careful, therefore, not to make connections with Spy Story. Let the scientists be the ones who have the final say.

Here’s another take on the subject (hat tip Fjordman) from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

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The Coronavirus is a Gift for Culture-Enrichers in Germany

The Wuhan Coronavirus crisis presents a golden opportunity for “New Germans” to troll “those who have been here for a longer time”. Not only do they get a rise out of stodgy burghers by hawking lungers at them, they also gather in large crowds at will — they don’t need no stinkin’ social distance!

Nash Montana has translated three articles on the topic from the German press. The first is from Breaking News Saarland:

Unbelievable! Youths target elderly people and service personnel in trains by coughing on them

Dillingen: It’s terrible how little respect some people have towards their fellow humans. In the past week several incidents took place in Saarland’s local train traffic, in which youths targeted elderly fellow travelers and train service personnel by coughing at them. Mostly targeted by the attacks were: Regional trains between Saarbrucken and the Rhineland-Pfalz town of Landstuhl, between Saarbrucken and Saarlouis, and between Saarbrucken and the Rhineland-Pfalz town of Pirmasens.

The incidents usually took place from early afternoon until the evening hours. The youths might find this funny, but these coughing attacks undoubtedly lead to anxiety and fear in these Corona pandemic times. The incidents, however, fulfill elements of the law about ‘annoyance of the general public’ according to the Administrative Offense Act.

Therefore it is against the law for anyone who partakes in an offensive act that leads to the annoyance of the general public, threats thereof, and limiting the public order. The act can be punished with monetary fines.

Apart from that it is entirely possible that these youths who direct their coughing at other people are infected with the novel coronavirus, even though they may not know it yet. These cough attacks could indeed infect elderly people and service personnel, which can have grave consequences for at-risk patients.

The federal police in Saarland and Kaiserslautern have been informed about the incidents and are searching for offenders. The German Bahn has upped security on the trains. They plan to patrol the affected trains with more security personnel.

The second article is from Rundblick Unna:

Young men swear and cough at pedestrians — “now you have Corona!”

“The police are speechless about the incident,” the spokesman for the Kreisbehoerde Soest police underlines. He’s talking about “a rather impolite incident” which took place Monday evening around 11pm, when a witness called in to the police station:

In the inner city, three young men were walking, circa 25 to 30 years old, They swore at pedestrians — and coughed into their direction with the words: “Now you have Corona!”

The police deployed immediately but couldn’t find the trio anymore.

“We are pretty speechless about this incident. That’s why we are asking witnesses who could give us any clues about the suspects to call us. There exists unfortunately no physical description of the trio.”

Finally, from Tag24:

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Péter Szijjártó: Don’t Underestimate Hungary

Péter Szijjártó is Hungarian Foreign Minister in the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. In the following interview a TV presenter attempted to ambush Mr. Szijjártó and force him into a defensive position about Hungary’s relations with Russia and Iran, but he failed to co-operate — he went on the offensive instead.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Hat tip: CrossWare.

Mullah Krekar Has Been Bunged Into Chokey

It couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow:

Terror Convict Mullah Krekar Extradited to Italy

12-year term for international terrorism

(ANSA) — Rome, March 26 — Faraj Ahmad Najmuddin aka Mullah Krekar was extradited to Italy from Norway Thursday to serve time for international terrorism.

He landed at Fiumicino and was taken to Rome’s Rebibbia Prison.

Krekar was sentenced last July 15 to 12 years in jail together with another five defendants, like him of Kurdish-Iraqi origin, for “association with terrorism purposes, also international”.

Hat tip: Insubria.

For the previous adventures of the renowned peace activist, see the Mullah Krekar archives.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/25/2020

Prince Charles has tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus, and is self-isolating in Scotland. Meanwhile, a woman in Newfoundland is being held in jail for refusing to self-isolate. Also, Egypt has imposed a 7pm to 6am curfew because of the coronavirus.

In other news, at least 60 Ethiopian migrants were found dead in a cargo truck in Mozambique, along with 14 survivors.

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

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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The Church of Sweden and the Muslim Brotherhood

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Swedish blog Ledarsidorna:

How the Church of Sweden’s Future Path is Being Prepared

The list of participants in the Church of Sweden’s conference “A world of neighbors” gives witness to the legacy Archbishop Antje Jackelen intends to leave behind in the form of a future path for the church. Beyond the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood organizational network, the conference also rested on another undercurrent: The Cairo Document.

At the conference “A world of neighbors” earlier this year, the Church of Sweden was represented not only by Antje Jackelen, but also by Gunilla Hallosten. Hallosten was until recently the Policy Director of the Church of Sweden’s international unit, but has an increased role today. Hallosten previously showed great sympathy for and has affirmed the Cairo Document, among others.

Annika Borg, doctor of theology and pastor in the Church of Sweden, has been one who early on and since has criticized the Church of Sweden’s path, as well as examined what the Cairo Document actually contains.

At the 2002 Church meeting, the document “God’s Path” was adopted, which stresses Jewish-Christian dialogue and rejects Replacement Theology. The document signified the beginning of a theological reflection, but would be supplemented and deepened by continued studies and conversations both with the Church of Sweden and with representatives of the Jewish faith. It was also intended to be a part of a necessary process of reconciliation since, “the largest portion of Europe’s Jews were destroyed on the continent where the Christian Church exercised influence from powerful positions.”

Today the Church is developing in another direction, which became even clearer at the Church of Sweden conference “A world of neighbors”. More of the inter-religious work has come to rest on the so-called Cairo Document, which was adopted at the 2012 Church meeting. The adoption of the Cairo Document in practice repealed the earlier decision made in 2002.

The Cairo Document is a basic document for the anti-Semitic BDS movement. Germany’s federal chancellor, Angela Merkel, is one of those who declared the movement to be anti-Semitic. It legitimizes terrorism, uses modern anti-Semitic rhetoric, is essentially Replacement Theology, and urges the total boycott of Israel. The document, together with other material from the Cairo-Palestine network, has been disseminated on the Church of Sweden’s website, shows up in study circles, and designs boycott packets for those who want to influence their local stores.

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The Coronavirus is Allah’s Punishment Against the Kuffar

In the following video Muslim women in India are asked their opinion about the ChiCom virus. All of them are delighted that Allah has sent it to punish the infidels.

Also, they’re obviously unconcerned about social distancing, because they know they can only catch the coronavirus if Allah wills it.

Many thanks to Bose for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/24/2020

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has been diagnosed with the Wuhan Coronavirus. Meanwhile, in London the British Army is helping to convert an exhibition center into a 4,000-bed hospital for victims of the disease. Also, Japan has postponed the Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus.

In other news, two men from Ghana have been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman in Ireland.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Fjordman, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Migrant-“Rescue” NGOs Are Raring to Go

It appears that the flow of migrant-“rescue” ships into Italy has stopped not because of prohibitions by the Italians, but simply because it is logistically impossible to organize the ships’ putting out to sea.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this op-ed from Il Giornale:

The NGOs don’t want to stop: Ready to bring in more migrants

The NGOs are itching to return to sea. For them it doesn’t seem to be a problem that bringing migrants into Italy at this time would present further difficulties for our country, which is exhausted by the battle against the coronavirus.

by Mauro Indelicato
March 21, 2020

It is true that in Libya, the war has not stopped, true that the emergency has lasted almost a decade, but that does not detract from the fact that the Italian conflict, in which our country is fighting against Covid-19, is also causing pain and suffering in the population.

This is a principle perhaps almost banal to mention, but not for some representatives of NGOs, which are chomping at the bit to get back to sea and bring in dozens more migrants into Italy. The words of Riccardo Gatti, president of Open Arms, from a few days ago, seem rather eloquent: “In Libya there are still men, women and children risking their lives every day,” declared the head of the Spanish NGO. “In Libya, the coronavirus is not the only problem; their lives are being violated. Every day.”

“The young men of Open Arms consider themselves missionaries of immigration, brave paladins of the weakest, modern-day Robin Hoods,” underlined Maurizio Belpietro in La Verita [The Truth]. They want to return to Libya; for them it almost seems that the only suffering of note is that of those who live on the Mediterranean shore of Africa.

It is not so important to them, therefore, whether Italy today is not able to accept even one more person, considering the thousands who, with difficulty and not a few risks, are confined within the reception centers.

Not only Gatti and not only Open Arms, but the members of the French NGO, SOS Méditerranée are clawing to get out, who yesterday declared that they have docked the Ocean Viking at Marseilles and are respecting the anti-virus regulations in force also in France. “But we are working to return to sea as soon as possible,” they wanted to report.

You remain inside the port because you are forced to do so by circumstances, not to avoid worsening the condition of a country such as ours, exhausted and tested by an unexpected public health emergency, and therefore even more terrible to live in. All of Italy is under pressure from what is happening: not only the citizens, but especially the doctors and volunteers in the ward who have not seen their own families for weeks in order to give the hope of life to all those people who no longer have the strength to breathe on their own.

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