Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2020

A recent poll suggests that 40% of American families are more likely to homeschool their children after their experience with the coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, anti-lockdown demonstrators took to the streets in Warsaw, Stuttgart, London, and other European cities.

In other news, almost fifty illegal migrants were rescued by Spanish maritime services off the coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, CM, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» 25% of US Restaurants Will Never Reopen: Opentable
» Antifa Magazine Announces They Are Shutting Down After Editor Was Accused of Rape
» Bill Gates’ Hand in COVID-19, Part 2
» Broward County Administrator Discusses Going Into ‘Family Homes’ To Separate People
» Case Western Reserve Prof Arrested Over Financial Ties to Chinese Government
» CNN Pundit Who Blasted Trump for Not Using Masks Removed Hers When She Thought Cameras Were Off
» Elderly Couple “Executed” At Veterans Cemetery Were Visiting Son’s Grave, A Daily Ritual
» Fresno County Sheriff Won’t Enforce Stay-at-Home Orders; Too Busy Re-Arresting Freed Criminals
» Harvard Professor Exposes Google and Facebook
» Judge Rejects Martin Shkreli’s Request for Prison Furlough to Help Find Coronavirus Treatments
» NYC Shootings Spike Nearly 200% This Week Compared to Same Time Last Year
» Obama’s Inner Circle Requested ‘Unmasking’ of General Flynn
» Oregon Salon Owner Fined $14k for Reopening Shop Against Lockdown Order; Vows to Stay Open
» People Flock to NYC-Area Bars, Beaches as ‘Quarantine Fatigue’ Intensifies
» Poll Finds 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool or Virtual School After Lockdowns
» So Far, No Spike in Coronavirus in Places Reopening, U.S. Health Secretary Says
» The School Closures Are a Big Threat to the Power of Public Schools
» Tonight We Riot: Antifa Video Game Launches for Nintendo Switch and Steam
» Top CDC Official: ‘We’ll Just Get Rid of All Whites in the United States’ Who Refuse Vaccines
» US States Rush-Recruiting COVID-19 Contact Tracers Are Overcompensating for Their Incompetence With Authoritarianism
» YouTube Censors Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for Opposing Lockdown
 
Canada
» Breaking: Large Gathering of Anti-Shutdown Protestors Converges on Ontario Legislature
» Islamic Call to Prayer Played Out Loud in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, And Other Major Cities
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Lockdown Protests Break Out in London, Warsaw, Other European Cities as Coronavirus Shutdowns Linger
» Bizarre EU Funded Comic Book Predicted Pandemic, With Globalists as Saviours
» Brits Flock to Seaside on First Saturday Since Lockdown Was Eased Forcing Beauty Spot Car Parks to Close
» Danes Want to Re-Open Land Borders to Everyone Except No-Lockdown Sweden
» France: Woman in Paris Creates Social Distancing Hat
» Germany: Brandenburg AfD Chief Expelled From the Party
» Italian Lawmaker Demands Bill Gates be Arrested for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’… But Why?
» Italy to Liberate International Travel to and From Country as of June 3
» Macron Launches Programme to Teach Arabic in French Schools
» Right-Wing EU Representatives Protest Euros for Terror
» UK: Police Hunt Driver Who Kissed Elderly Woman on Cheek for ‘Sexual Assault’
» UK: Rochdale Rape Gang Victim Bumps Into Abuser in Local ASDA (Interview)
» UK: Watch: Delingpole Confronted by Police at Anti-Lockdown Rally
» US Ambassador Suggests Poland Might Take Nukes
 
Balkans
» Bosnians Protest Mass in Sarajevo for Nazi-Allied Soldiers
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Israeli Sovereignty, Not Appeasement is the Key to Lasting Peace
» China to Send Team to Investigate Death of Ambassador to Israel
 
Middle East
» EU Funds Turkish Military Forces That Harass Greece
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: Tablighi Jamaat Leader Kidnaps Hindu Boy, Demands Conversion to Islam as Ransom for Releasing
 
Far East
» ‘Coronavirus Did Not Come From Animals in Wuhan Market’: Landmark Study Suggests it Was Taken Into the Area by Someone Already Infected — as Beijing Thwarts Efforts to Establish Source of COVID-19
» Coronavirus: China’s Disappeared Heroes and the Silence of the West
» Man Suffers Lung Collapse After Jogging While Wearing Face Mask
» Report: Vatican is Moving ‘Full-Steam’ In Courtship of Beijing
» Study Points to COVID-19 Lab Creation; Lead Author Suggests ‘Forced Selection’ vs. Genetic Engineering
» YouTube Auto Deletes Comments With Terms That Insult Chinese Communist Party
 
Immigration
» Belgium: North African Migrant Who Stabbed Prostitute to Death Appears in Court
» Channel Migrants: Boats Carrying 90 Migrants Intercepted Off Kent Coast
» France: Leftist Groups Decry Racist Comments After Pro-Migrant Charity Head Murdered by Migrant
» Greece: Another 36 Migrants Reach Lesvos
» Italy: Tunisian Migrant Suspected of Raping 40-Year-Old Jogger Arrested
» Nearly 50 Migrants Plucked From Waters Off Spain’s Gran Canaria
 
Culture Wars
» Google Bans Podcast Addict App After 9 Years for Letting Users Play Podcasts That Reference COVID-19
» OK, Karen!
» Trump Vows to Strip ‘Radical Left’ of ‘Total Command’ Over Facebook, IG, Twitter & Google
 
General
» Neurosurgeon Says Face Masks Pose Serious Risk to Healthy People
 

25% of US Restaurants Will Never Reopen: Opentable

Total restaurant reservations, walk-in customers have fallen 95%

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Antifa Magazine Announces They Are Shutting Down After Editor Was Accused of Rape

An Antifa magazine has announced that they are shutting down after their editor was accused of multiple rapes.

Shyam P. Khanna, 31, an editor at Commune Magazine and Antifa organizer, was accused of rape by a woman named Jessica “Leila” Raven.

Raven published the allegations in a Medium post titled “An open letter to the former Commune Magazine editor who raped me.”

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

Bill Gates’ Hand in COVID-19, Part 2

We all know that vaccines are intended to protect people from disease saving lives in the process. Bill Gates intends to use vaccines for the opposite. He wants to use vaccines for human depopulation. He believes that we have to eliminate 350,000 people a day!I don’t know about you but if that’s his plan to depopulate, I don’t think I’ll participate in his ‘vaccine’ program.

There is another part of his evil plot and that’s a system to set up Global Digital Identification. Can you say Mark of the Beast? Call me a conspiracy theorist but it isn’t a conspiracy when they are doing it. Last September 2019, an annual summit was hosted by the ID2020 alliance, composed of significant partners from around the world. Microsoft, GAVI (Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunizations), The Rockefeller Foundation, and a growing number of partners from international governments, universities, and humanitarian relief programs. The entire summit was sponsored by the UN Office of Information Communications Technology, the UN Refugee Agency, the International Telecommunication Union and the Danish Mission to the UN.

The mission of the ID2020 alliance is “Accelerating technology to ensure that everyone in need has access to a unique digital identity as part of their basic human right.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Broward County Administrator Discusses Going Into ‘Family Homes’ To Separate People

Government has power to enter your home and remove you from your family, according to Bertha Henry.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Case Western Reserve Prof Arrested Over Financial Ties to Chinese Government

A professor at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine was arrested on Wednesday over his alleged financial ties to the Chinese government. The FBI alleges that professor Qing Wang was providing research funded with taxpayer money to the Chinese communist government.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

CNN Pundit Who Blasted Trump for Not Using Masks Removed Hers When She Thought Cameras Were Off

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins was caught on camera ripping off her face mask the second she thought cameras had stopped rolling.

Collins has been extremely critical of President Donald Trump for not using face masks.

After Friday’s White House press briefing concluded, Collins, who was seated in the front row, quickly stood up and pulled the mask off her face.

As soon as it was off, she also broke social distancing to move closer to other reporters who were leaving.

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

Elderly Couple “Executed” At Veterans Cemetery Were Visiting Son’s Grave, A Daily Ritual

Maryland couple Paul Marino, 86, and his wife Lidia, 85, who were “executed” at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, were visiting their son’s grave as they did every day, according to one of their surviving sons.

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

Fresno County Sheriff Won’t Enforce Stay-at-Home Orders; Too Busy Re-Arresting Freed Criminals

We’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Harvard Professor Exposes Google and Facebook

In recent years, a number of brave individuals have alerted us to the fact that we’re all being monitored and manipulated by big data gatherers such as Google and Facebook, and shed light on the depth and breadth of this ongoing surveillance. Among them is social psychologist and Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff.

Her book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” is one of the best books I have read in the last few years. It’s an absolute must-read if you have any interest in this topic and want to understand how Google and Facebook have obtained such massive control of your life.

Her book reveals how the biggest tech companies in the world have hijacked our personal data — so-called “behavioral surplus data streams” — without our knowledge or consent and are using it against us to generate profits for themselves. WE have become the product. WE are the real revenue stream in this digital economy.

“The term ‘surveillance capitalism’ is not an arbitrary term,” Zuboff says in the featured VPRO Backlight documentary. “Why ‘surveillance’? Because it must be operations that are engineered as undetectable, indecipherable, cloaked in rhetoric that aims to misdirect, obfuscate and downright bamboozle all of us, all the time.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judge Rejects Martin Shkreli’s Request for Prison Furlough to Help Find Coronavirus Treatments

District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto has rejected Martin Shkreli’s request for a three month long furlough from prison so that he could help develop treatments for coronavirus.

Shkreli is currently serving seven years in a federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania for securities fraud, but has a unique history of experience developing new drugs and requested the furlough in April.

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

NYC Shootings Spike Nearly 200% This Week Compared to Same Time Last Year

Gunmen aren’t social distancing.

Shootings in the city soared 188 percent this week— from eight to 23 — compared to the same period last year, while murders doubled from four to eight, police sources told The Post.

The gunplay involved 29 victims. Five shootings erupted within two hours of each other Saturday, the sources said. Overnight, seven people were shot.

Warm weather and fewer people in isolation might be behind the rising body count, experts say.

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

Obama’s Inner Circle Requested ‘Unmasking’ of General Flynn

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Wednesday sent top Republican senators a list of former senior Obama administration officials who might have been involved in efforts that “unmasked” former national security adviser Michael Flynn — including former Vice President Joe Biden…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Oregon Salon Owner Fined $14k for Reopening Shop Against Lockdown Order; Vows to Stay Open

An Oregon salon owner has been fined $14,000 for reopening her business early and against Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home lockdown order.

Lindsey Graham, who owns and operates Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, reopened her business on May 5 and has continued to operate despite the state’s orders mandating salons remain closed.

An OSHA spokesperson confirmed the fine and said “[Graham] is unquestionably operating in violation of the governor’s executive order, designed to protect workers and the public.”

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

People Flock to NYC-Area Bars, Beaches as ‘Quarantine Fatigue’ Intensifies

They’re partying like it’s 2019.

Lockdown-weary New Yorkers ditched the distancing to get social instead this weekend — transforming parts of the Big Apple into a raucous, late-season Mardi Gras.

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

Poll Finds 40% of Families More Likely to Homeschool or Virtual School After Lockdowns

A new national poll has revealed that 40 percent of families are more likely to continue home or virtual schooling after the lock downs end.

The RealClear Opinion Research survey also found that 64 percent of registered voters support school choice.

Homeschool has been under attack in a big way since the lock downs began, but mainstream media’s efforts to dismiss it is clearly not resonating with voters.

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

So Far, No Spike in Coronavirus in Places Reopening, U.S. Health Secretary Says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.

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

The School Closures Are a Big Threat to the Power of Public Schools

For many parents, the ongoing closure of public schools will just reinforce growing suspicions that public schools just aren’t worth it anymore. Maybe they never were.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tonight We Riot: Antifa Video Game Launches for Nintendo Switch and Steam

Antifa activists have launched a “revolutionary crowd-based retro brawler” game for Steam and Nintendo Switch titled “Tonight We Riot.”

The game is set in a “dystopia where wealthy capitalists control elections, media, and the lives of working people,” according to a description on Nintendo’s website.

Instead of playing as a single character, the user plays as a “movement” of far-left anarcho-communists to stage a revolution.

“The unique catharsis that comes from throat-punching a billionaire ghoul who would rather watch the world and everyone on it burn than lose a tax break,” the Nintendo website continues.

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

Top CDC Official: ‘We’ll Just Get Rid of All Whites in the United States’ Who Refuse Vaccines

Chair of Advisory Committee on Immunizations floats racially-based depopulation plan.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

US States Rush-Recruiting COVID-19 Contact Tracers Are Overcompensating for Their Incompetence With Authoritarianism

Restaurants in the state have been ordered to keep logs of their guests, complete with emails and phone numbers, as a condition of re-opening, giving owners the choice between making money and respecting customers’ privacy.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Censors Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski for Opposing Lockdown

Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, former head of biostatistics, epidemiology and research design at Rockefeller University, says YouTube removed a video of him talking about the virus which had racked up more than 1.3 million views.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Large Gathering of Anti-Shutdown Protestors Converges on Ontario Legislature

Protestors converged on Queen’s Park Saturday afternoon to protest the continued measures implemented by the Ontario government. Over 500 people chanted slogans like “Open up Ontario,” and “No new normal.”

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

Islamic Call to Prayer Played Out Loud in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, And Other Major Cities

The Islamic call to prayer can be heard regularly across Canada, including in major cities like Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

City councils have provided special permissions for mosques to publicly broadcast the calls during the Muslim celebration of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a holy month observed by practising Muslims worldwide. This year, Ramadan begins on the evening of April 23 and extends to May 23.

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

Anti-Lockdown Protests Break Out in London, Warsaw, Other European Cities as Coronavirus Shutdowns Linger

Amid increasing frustration over lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, multiple protests took place across Europe on Saturday to demand businesses reopen.

In Warsaw, Poland, law enforcement used tear gas on protesters, while police made arrests at a demonstration in London’s Hyde Park.

Police in several German cities enforced distancing rules as thousands of people gathered to vent anger over economies in freefall and perceived losses of freedom.

Police in Stuttgart said that the number of demonstrators exceeded the permitted threshold of 5,000; they directed other protesters to another open space. Police said they were enforcing a mask requirement under threat of a 300-euro ($325) fine.

The permitted number of 1,000 protesters also was reached in Munich at the site of the now-canceled Oktoberfest beer festival. It was one of a number of gatherings across the southern state of Bavaria.

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

Bizarre EU Funded Comic Book Predicted Pandemic, With Globalists as Saviours

Eerie 2012 document painted eurocrats as saving the planet from a killer virus and draconian lockdowns.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Brits Flock to Seaside on First Saturday Since Lockdown Was Eased Forcing Beauty Spot Car Parks to Close

CAR parks at beauty spots were forced to close as thousands of Brits flocked to the seaside following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Changes in the Covid-19 regulations since Wednesday mean people in England can now drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance — so long as they do not travel into Wales or Scotland.

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

Danes Want to Re-Open Land Borders to Everyone Except No-Lockdown Sweden

Several Danish political parties have announced support for opening Denmark’s borders as the Chinese coronavirus outbreak declines in the country — but not to Sweden, where cases and deaths continue to rise.

The Danish government has until June 1st, under existing lockdown measures, to announce whether the border will be opened — and which countries it will be opened to.

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

France: Woman in Paris Creates Social Distancing Hat

A Chinese woman living in Paris has created a social distancing hat to wear in the street with straight flaps on each side to stop people getting too close.

She has taped a one metre sign to the back of a cap on which is written “ceci est un chapeau d’un mètre, veuillez respecter la distance” (this is a one-metre hat, please respect the distance).

Stéphanie, interviewed by French media Le Parisien, said she had been inspired by a traditional hat from the Song dynasty, which used to be worn by the subjects of the emperor to avoid them getting too close and plotting against him.

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

Germany: Brandenburg AfD Chief Expelled From the Party

The federal executive committee of the populist Alternative for Germany on Friday voted to expel Brandenburg’s AfD chief Andreas Kalbitz — one of the best-known representatives of the Rightest wing of the party. Seven board members voted in favor of a motion to expel the Brandenburg leader, five voted against, while one member chose to abstain from voting.

The reason: Kalbitz had failed to inform the party’s leadership about his past membership in the extreme Right-wing Heimattreuen Deutschen Jugend (Loyal German Youth) which has been banned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Junge Freiheit reports.

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

Italian Lawmaker Demands Bill Gates be Arrested for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’… But Why?

An Italian lawmaker has managed to bring the conspiracy blame-game to an entirely new level, exercising her parliamentary chamber free speech to blast Bill Gates as a “vaccine criminal” and globalist tool.

Bill Gates and his latest anti-coronavirus efforts have been at the center of the wildest theories that explore possible sinister motives behind the billionaire’s activities. In arguably the most high-profile outcry last week, an Italian MP for Rome Sara Cunial delivered a speech rarely (if ever at all) heard at any parliament.

In her passionate address, Cunial called upon fellow lawmakers to defy any plans of compulsory vaccination against Covid-19. Such endeavors are being pushed by the corrupt elites — the Deep State — she claimed, pointing the finger at Bill Gates as one of the main culprits behind the vaccination drive, if not the pandemic itself.

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

Italy to Liberate International Travel to and From Country as of June 3

ROME — The Italian government issued a decree Saturday allowing travel to and from other countries beginning on June 3.

With consistently good numbers regarding the slowing of the coronavirus, the government has moved up the date for international travel from the previous marker of June 15. The opening to international travel will now coincide with Italy’s opening for travel between its regions.

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

Macron Launches Programme to Teach Arabic in French Schools

Although France has been struggling with its ongoing lockdown in an attempt to contain the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak there, President Emmanuel Macron hasn’t neglected the need for French schools to begin teaching Arabic. He signed a decree authorising the new programme on May 2.

The programme’s aim is to guarantee “linguistic diversity,” and would offer classes in Arabic to students in French schools from the first grade up through university courses. It is being developed in cooperation with authorities in Tunisia, according to a report by Valeurs Actuelles.

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

Right-Wing EU Representatives Protest Euros for Terror

Conservative and right-wing EU Members of Parliament have protested against the EU’s letter to Palestinian Organizations suggesting the EU would continue paying taxpayer Euros to terrorist organizations.

As the Times of Israel reported, the East Jerusalem-based head of the EU’s mission to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, sent a letter to Ramallah-based Palestinian NGO Network March 30 stating that while terrorist groups on EU lists are not eligible for Euro tax support, “a natural person affiliated to, sympathizing with, or supporting any of the groups mentioned in the EU restrictive lists is not excluded from benefiting from EU-funded activities”.

In protest, 35 MEPs belonging to conservative parties wrote to EU Foreign Policy Representative Josep Borrell to “express our grave concern” about the suggestion that “ persons affiliated or sympathizing with terrorist groups may participate in EU activities and receive EU funding. We are dismayed with the suggestion that — after long-standing efforts which led to the introduction of robust assurances that no EU funding may be funnelled to the benefit of terrorist activities, groups, persons or their affiliates — the ‘clarification’ by Mr Kühn von Burgsdorff provides a roadmap on how to circumvent EU counter-terrorism financing legislation.”…

           — Hat tip: CM [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Police Hunt Driver Who Kissed Elderly Woman on Cheek for ‘Sexual Assault’

Derbyshire Police are trying to hunt down a lorry driver who gave a woman in her seventies a thank-you kiss on the cheek after she helped guide his vehicle out from under a bridge.

The police force, which drew criticism in recent months for deploying a special drone team to harass lone ramblers and dog-walkers for taking socially-distanced exercise in the middle of nowhere, tweeted that the gesture “would be classed as a sexual assault as the woman did not [ask] the man to kiss her on the cheek.”

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

UK: Rochdale Rape Gang Victim Bumps Into Abuser in Local ASDA (Interview)

A Victim of the infamous Rochdale grooming gang recently met her abuser face to face while shopping in ASDA.

This was not part of a victim perpetrator meet in order to try and understand crimes reported TalkRadio.

Adil Khan was jailed for eight years in 2012 after being convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, he was released in 2016.

He was supposed to have been deported back to Pakistan he appealed against that and lost that appeal in 2018, but still remains in the UK.

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

UK: Watch: Delingpole Confronted by Police at Anti-Lockdown Rally

The British police have issued over 14,000 fines to people who have allegedly broken the government’s lockdown measures — and today in London I nearly got a £100 ticket myself.

My crime? Covering an anti-lockdown rally in London’s Hyde Park, interviewing some of the protestors and seeing for myself how extraordinarily high-handed and belligerent the police have become in accordance with the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions.

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

US Ambassador Suggests Poland Might Take Nukes

Responding to talk among German politicians about the country potentially asking the US to stop deploying nuclear weapons there, the US Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, suggested on Friday that Poland might be willing to host them instead.

Rolf Mützenich, the Acting Chairman of the Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) parliamentary bloc, stated in an interview earlier this month that it is time for Germany to consider asking the US to remove its nuclear weapons from the country, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

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

Bosnians Protest Mass in Sarajevo for Nazi-Allied Soldiers

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of Bosnians, many wearing masks, demonstrated Saturday against a Mass in Sarajevo for Croatia’s Nazi-allied soldiers and civilians killed by partisan forces at the end of World War II.

The Mass in Sarajevo was a replacement for a controversial annual gathering usually held in Bleiburg, Austria, which was canceled due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Another small replacement event took place Saturday at a cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia.

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

Caroline Glick: Israeli Sovereignty, Not Appeasement is the Key to Lasting Peace

In the coming months, Israel is expected to apply its civilian law and administration to the 30 percent of Judea and Samaria (or the “West Bank”) that President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled peace plan anticipates remaining with Israel after a final peace agreement.

One might expect that Israel’s plan would be hailed for advancing peace and the equal rights of Israelis and Palestinians alike. But the more common response of many so-called experts has been to distort the facts and preemptively condemn Israel.

The distortions begin with the very words used to describe Israeli plans. Across platforms, “experts” fret over what they call “Israeli annexation.”

As I explained in my 2014 book The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, Israel cannot “annex” any part of Judea and Samaria. Annexation is an act under which a state imposes its sovereignty over another state’s territory.

The state of Israel has sovereign rights to Judea and Samaria by force of its declaration of independence issued 72 years ago, on May 14, 1948. With its declaration of independence, together with Britain’s surrender of the Mandate it had been granted by the League of Nations to reconstitute the ancient Jewish national home, Israel became the one and only state that acquired sovereignty over all the Mandate’s territory.

When Israel applies its civilian law, it will be exercising sovereign rights that it has held for decades.

The second problem with the discourse surrounding Israel’s plan to apply its laws to these areas is that it ignores both why doing so is important for Israel and why President Trump included Israeli sovereignty in his peace plan in the first place…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

China to Send Team to Investigate Death of Ambassador to Israel

China will send a special team to investigate the death of its ambassador to Israel on Monday, Du Wei, whose body was found in his Tel Aviv apartment on Sunday, sources have told Haaretz.

Du, 58, was found dead in his bed and appears to have died in his sleep. He left behind a wife and a son. He was appointed as China’s envoy to Israel in February.

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

EU Funds Turkish Military Forces That Harass Greece

A European Commissioner has revealed the fact that the European Union has purchased equipment for the Turkish armed forces that are now being used to make provocative moves against its neighbor, Greece.

The Turkish armed forces have a long history of intimidating Greece. Tensions have mounted this year as Turkey unleashed a new wave of illegal migrants on Greece, its fighter jets harassed a helicopter that was carrying Greece’s top two military commanders, and its personnel have fired weapons across the border into Greek territory, as previously reportedby Voice of Europe.

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

Pakistan: Tablighi Jamaat Leader Kidnaps Hindu Boy, Demands Conversion to Islam as Ransom for Releasing

In a video shared by a Pakistani lawyer and activist, Rahat Austin, on Twitter, a Hindu woman belonging to the Bheel tribe in Nasarpur village in Matiari in the Sindh province of Pakistan, can be seen putting up a strong resistance against forced conversion to Islam.

As per the video, a Hindu boy was abducted by the leader of Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic Missionary Movement, in Sindh. Besides, houses belonging to Bheel Hindus have been ransacked and vandalised. Their properties have been illegally grabbed and forced to vacate their own houses.

The mother of the boy can be heard demanding the release of his son. She reiterated, “We will prefer to die but never ever convert to Islam.” It must be mentioned that the kidnappers of the Hindu boy have been seeking the conversion of Hindu families to Islam as a ransom to release the boy.

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

‘Coronavirus Did Not Come From Animals in Wuhan Market’: Landmark Study Suggests it Was Taken Into the Area by Someone Already Infected — as Beijing Thwarts Efforts to Establish Source of COVID-19

Specialist biologists suggest the virus was taken into Wuhan’s seafood market by a human. The news comes as Beijing thwarts global efforts to establish the source of the virus.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus: China’s Disappeared Heroes and the Silence of the West

Three Chinese internet activists have disappeared and are believed to have been detained by police. They have reportedly been charged with preserving articles that were removed by China’s online censors. Chen Mei, Cai Wei and Cai’s girlfriend went missing on April 19.

A few days earlier, Beijing police formally arrested retired professor Chen Zhaozhi for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” in a speech about the pandemic. The former Beijing University of Science and Technology professor had posted comments online, including that “Wuhan pneumonia is not a Chinese virus but Chinese Communist Party virus”. In addition, Wang Quanzhang, a Chinese human rights lawyer, who ended his prison sentence after more than four years for “subversion against the state”, immediately after leaving the penitentiary, was placed in “quarantine”, meaning under arrest.

These are just the latest Chinese dissidents who were concerned about the virus that began in Wuhan, the ground zero of the Covid-19 pandemic, who have vanished. They were evidently “disappeared” because they were searching for, and telling the truth about, what happened, as well as the Chinese regime’s attempt to bury it.

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

Man Suffers Lung Collapse After Jogging While Wearing Face Mask

‘Citizens are advised not to exercise vigorously while wearing masks,’ warns Chinese medical doctor.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Report: Vatican is Moving ‘Full-Steam’ In Courtship of Beijing

ROME — The Vatican is pulling out all the stops to woo Beijing into full diplomatic relations, according to veteran Vatican journalist John L. Allen, Jr.

In an article Sunday in Crux, a U.S.-based online Catholic news outlet, Allen wrote that the Vatican is “covetous of a relationship with China, and often apparently willing to stifle objections and give away a great deal” in order to make headway.

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Study Points to COVID-19 Lab Creation; Lead Author Suggests ‘Forced Selection’ vs. Genetic Engineering

A study led by Flinders University vaccine researcher Nikolai Petrovsky in Australia reveals that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, is optimized for penetration into human cells vs. animal cells — undermining the theory that it naturally evolved in animals before jumping to humans, according to LifeSiteNews‘ Matthew Cullinan Hoffman.

Petrovsky says that the results, which are not peer-reviewed, suggest “a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention.”

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YouTube Auto Deletes Comments With Terms That Insult Chinese Communist Party

YouTube is automatically deleting comments containing certain terms that are insulting of the Chinese Communist Party.

People using the platform discovered this week that certain terms cause a comment to delete just seconds after they are posted, implying that the removal must be automated and not based on user reports.

One such term is an old phrase from Taiwan’s martial law era that was used to describe Chinese Communists, “??”, which means “communist bandit.”

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Belgium: North African Migrant Who Stabbed Prostitute to Death Appears in Court

A North African migrant who knifed a young female prostitute to death in Schaerbeek, Brussels in 2018 is set to appear before the assize court — the court which hears trials by jury on the most serious of charges.

The Indictment Chamber has decided that the now 20-year-old perpetrator, despite being a minor at the time the crime was committed, will be tried as an adult. The man, whose name has yet to be revealed to the press, faces a prison sentence of 30 years, Belgium newspaper Het Laatste News reports.

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Channel Migrants: Boats Carrying 90 Migrants Intercepted Off Kent Coast

Six boats carrying 90 migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast.

The Home Office said 79 men and 11 women had crossed the Channel on Saturday 16 May on small boats.

A spokesman said the migrants travelled from France and were taken to Dover, where they were medically assessed.

Where appropriate, immigration officials will some of them, while others will be sent back to France, the spokesman added.

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France: Leftist Groups Decry Racist Comments After Pro-Migrant Charity Head Murdered by Migrant

French pro-migrant groups have denounced “racist” comments online following the murder of migrant aid association head Jean Dussine, who was killed by an Afghan migrant earlier this week.

Jacques Declosmenil, president of the Saint-Lois committee of the Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Peoples (MRAP) labelled the comments posted to social media after the death of the activist “unacceptable and obnoxious.”

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Greece: Another 36 Migrants Reach Lesvos

A boat with 36 migrants arrived on Sunday at Tsonia beach in northeastern Lesvos.

According to sources, the passengers are of African and Afghan origin.

They remained at the port until they were tested by an EODY team. Then they will move to Megala Therma in northern Lesvos, in order to be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

Since then, another boat with 19 passengers arrived on May 17th.

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Italy: Tunisian Migrant Suspected of Raping 40-Year-Old Jogger Arrested

A Tunisian asylum seeker, aged 16, who is suspected of having raped an Italian woman while she was out jogging, was arrested on Tuesday in a small town on the Italian island of Sardinia.

The 40-year-old victim was out jogging in an isolated area on the outskirts of La Maddalena, a small commune on the northern side of Sardinia, when the young Tunisian attacked her from behind, raped her, and then attempted to strangle her, L’Unione Sarda reports.

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Nearly 50 Migrants Plucked From Waters Off Spain’s Gran Canaria

GRAN CANARIA (Reuters) — Spain’s coast guard rescued 49 African migrants from a dinghy drifting a few miles off the coast of Gran Canaria on Sunday, a spokesman for the organisation said, the latest arrivals in a months-long surge of migration to the Canary Islands.

A fisherman spotted the dinghy and alerted the coast guard, which brought it and its occupants to the port of Arguineguin, he added.

All the people found on board were male, and 35 of them were believed to be under 18, according to the Red Cross, which takes in illegal migrants who make it to the islands.

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Google Bans Podcast Addict App After 9 Years for Letting Users Play Podcasts That Reference COVID-19

One of the most popular podcast players on the Google Play store, Podcast Addict, has been suspended on the grounds that some of the podcasts it indexes reference the coronavirus but aren’t approved by government entities or public health organizations.

According to the now-removed Google Play store listing for Podcast Addict, it was the number one podcast app on Android with over 9 million downloads and over 2 billion podcast episodes downloaded through the app.

It had over 500,000 user ratings with an average rating of 4.7/5 and had been on the Google Play Store for more than nine years.

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OK, Karen!

Karens all over the world are milking the opportunity to inflict their petty enforcement of personal behavior on other people.

Karen is MAD. And she wants to speak to the manager of coronavirus.

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Trump Vows to Strip ‘Radical Left’ of ‘Total Command’ Over Facebook, IG, Twitter & Google

‘The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation,’ president tweets.

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Neurosurgeon Says Face Masks Pose Serious Risk to Healthy People

There is no scientific evidence that it is effective against COVID-19 transmission, he says

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2020

  1. “A recent poll suggests that 40% of American families are more likely to homeschool their children after their experience with the coronavirus lockdown.” That’s good news for once!

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