Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/24/2020

The city of Toronto is considering closing its parks after thousands of people gathered in a downtown park this weekend in violation of social-distancing rules. Meanwhile, Japan decided to end its state of emergency, since its incidence of coronavirus has tailed off. Also, a third of Italian businesses are expected not to reopen after the lockdown is over.

In other news, the Greek Shipowners’ Association has donated ten new maritime vessels to the country’s coast guard in a bid to cut down on illegal immigration.

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Financial Crisis
» It is Much Worse Than You Are Being Told
» Italy: One in Three Businesses Will Not Reopen After Lockdown
» The Worst Unemployment Spike in U.S. History — 1 Out of Every 4 Workers Has Filed for Unemployment Benefits in 2020
 
USA
» 9th Circuit Court: Allowing California Churches to Open is a ‘Suicide Pact.’
» A Sheriff Speaks to Us All
» Bill Gates’ Hand in COVID-19, Part 3
» Contact Tracing
» Cuomo Blames Trump for New York Nursing Home Disaster
» Declassified Memo Shows Trump-Russia Probe Launched on 3rd-Hand Speculation
» How You’re Being Robbed of Your Freedoms With COVID-19
» Judy Mikovits Suggests Retroviruses Play a Role in COVID-19
» Law Prof Wins $1.2 Million Defamation Suit for False Rape Accusation
» Mask-Pushing Governor Caught at Beach Without Face Mask
» New Disturbing Details Emerge in Case of Elderly Man Who Was Beaten at Michigan Nursing Home
» Reason to Grieve
» Trump Says Biden ‘Not Mentally Sharp Enough’ To be POTUS: ‘He Doesn’t Know He’s Alive’
» Trump Camp Slaps Biden, Introduces #YouAintBlack T-Shirts
» Trump: Biden’s Experience Should be Biggest Strength But He Doesn’t “Remember What He Did Yesterday”
» Trump Shares Tweets Calling Hillary Clinton a “Sk*nk, “ Stacey Abrams Fat
» U.S. Colleges Have Accepted $6 Billion in Undisclosed Donations From Foreign Governments, DoE Probe Finds
 
Canada
» Toronto Officials May Shut Down Parks After Thousands Gather on Saturday
» Woman Barred From Travelling to Her Mother’s Funeral Challenging Newfoundland Travel Ban
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: No-Go Zone ‘Youths’ Spit on Police Car Door Handles to Spread Virus
» Czech Court Upholds Former Prague Muslim Leader’s Conviction
» Hundreds of Roma Are Leaving the UK and Returning to Czechia Over Coronavirus Fears
» Italian Government Recruits 60,000 Informants to Spy on Neighbors During Lockdown
» Soros Attacks Salvini, Says He Wants to Take Italy Out of EU and Eurozone
» Soros Attacks Salvini, Says He Wants to Get Italy Out of the EU
» Sweden: Two Men in Their 90s Robbed in Multicultural Malmö
» UK: Boris Adviser Squashed Plan to Delay Real Brexit Concocted While He and PM Had COVID
» UK: Report: Boris Backtracks on Huawei 5G Deal, Zero China Involvement by 2023
 
South Asia
» Chinese Troops Challenge India at Multiple Locations in Eastern Ladakh, Standoff Continues
 
Far East
» “Epidemic Prevention” Chinese Communist Party Style: Persecute Religious Minorities
» Crazy! WHO’s ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’ Include a Chinese Propagandist and Xi Jinping’s Wife
» Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Marching Against National Security Law
» Japan to Completely Lift State of Emergency as Virus Cases Tail Off
» Pope Francis Entrusts China to the Protection of Virgin Mary
» Taiwan Promises ‘Necessary Assistance’ To Hong Kong’s People
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘I Didn’t Start Coronavirus!’ Guy Sebastian Denies That He’s Australia’s Patient Zero — After the Singer Revealed He Thinks He Caught COVID-19 in Wuhan and Never Got Tested
» Man, 39, Is Stabbed to Death Inside His Sydney Home — as Police Charge Two Teens With Murder and Search for Three Others ‘Who Fled the Scene’
» The United States Threatens to Cut Off Australia After Victoria Ignored Security Advice to Join a Controversial Trade Deal With China
» Victoria is Back in Business! Daniel Andrews Lifts Coronavirus Lockdown — Allowing 20 People in Homes and Revealing When Gyms and Cinemas Will Open Up
» Your Aussie Friends Are Baffled, Britain: Why Escape From Brussels — Only to Kowtow to Beijing, Asks Former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott
 
Immigration
» Afghan Tried to Sneak Into Sweden Using Pro-Migration Activist’s Passport
» Another Turkish Minister Threatens to Flood Greece With Migrants After Pandemic
» Britain Ready to Welcome Hong Kong Refugees
» Eritrean Migrants Protest That They Cannot Bring Their Families to Sweden
» Greece: Audit Reveals Huge Growth of Pro-Migration NGOs With Millions in Revenue
» Greek Association Donates Boats to Coast Guard to Stop Illegal Migration
» Italy: Leaks: Magistrates Agreed With Salvini Migrant Policy, Attacked Him Anyway
» People Smugglers Disembark Some 400 Migrants Near Beach in Sicily
» UK: Ex-Border Force Chief Says Migrants Crossing Channel Are “Major Threat”
» UK: Net Non-EU Migration is at Highest Level Ever
» UK: Waves of Alleged Child Migrants Landing in Dover ‘Unsustainable’ Says Local Council Leader
 
Culture Wars
» George Soros Views the COVID-19 Plannedemic as a ‘Revolutionary Moment’ Where ‘Everything is Up for Grabs’ Says Radical Change Needed
» Hardline Feminist Clementine Ford is Slammed for Saying Coronavirus ‘Isn’t Killing Men Fast Enough’ in ‘Repulsive’ Twitter Rant — But Blames the Backlash on ‘Male Fragility’
 

It is Much Worse Than You Are Being Told

For a long time I warned that our economic bubble would burst and that we would plunge into a nightmarish economic collapse. Now it has happened, and it turns out that fear of COVID-19 was the “black swan event” that triggered the collapse. The ironic thing is that COVID-19 is not even close to the worst thing that is going to happen to us. But it was more than enough to topple our incredibly fragile economic system, and now tens of millions of Americans are deeply suffering. On Friday, the April jobs report was released, and it was the worst jobs report in U.S. history by a very, very wide margin. According to the official numbers, 20.5 million Americans lost their jobs during the month, and the unemployment rate shot up to 14.7 percent. During the last recession, the unemployment rate peaked at about 10 percent, and we have already left that number in the dust. The figures that we are seeing now are truly, truly horrifying, and what is even more frightening is that they aren’t even that accurate.

But don’t take my word for it.

On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department publicly admitted that the true unemployment rate in April was closer to 20 percent…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: One in Three Businesses Will Not Reopen After Lockdown

ROME — The long-term cost of Italy’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown is slowly emerging as media report that nearly a third of the country’s businesses will not reopen and millions remain without work or income.

The Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported Sunday that one in three stores in Rome and Milan will not reopen their doors and many are not applying for state-guaranteed loans. Moreover, a significant percentage of those who have accepted loans are not expected to be able to repay them.

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

The Worst Unemployment Spike in U.S. History — 1 Out of Every 4 Workers Has Filed for Unemployment Benefits in 2020

Even though most U.S. states have begun the process of “reopening” their economies, the unprecedented tsunami of job losses that we have been experiencing just continues to roll on. On Thursday, we learned that another 2.4 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits during the previous week, and that brings the grand total for this pandemic to a whopping 38.6 million. To get an idea of just how badly this swamps what we witnessed during the last recession, take a look at this chart. This is the biggest spike in unemployment in all of U.S. history by a very wide margin, and analysts are expecting another huge number once again next week.

After my father got out of the U.S. Navy, he worked as a math teacher for many years, and throughout my life I have always had a deep appreciation for numbers.

And in this case, the numbers are telling us that we are facing something truly horrific.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

9th Circuit Court: Allowing California Churches to Open is a ‘Suicide Pact.’

Even as California ever slowly emerges from the lockdowns prompted by COVID-19, as workplaces, manufacturing plants, and restaurants begin re-opening, a federal court has upheld a ban on in-person church gatherings put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom.

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

A Sheriff Speaks to Us All

In truth, the real crisis that we have is with our willingness to allow governors and bureaucrats to close our churches and businesses and sporting events and to show them that because our fear is greater than our commitment to our constitutional rights, they can remove our freedoms one by one (more about that in later articles) and manipulate us.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bill Gates’ Hand in COVID-19, Part 3

Remember when I said that Gates wants everyone vaccinated? He doesn’t want anyone that survived the virus without a vaccine. Those people can’t be tracked because they won’t have the chip that comes along with the vaccine.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Contact Tracing

What does Pelosi’s progressive brigade offer by contrast? Let’s see now. Love for all races but our own; continual baby murder paid for by the government; guiltless sex with anything that moves; no more marriage; constant fear of everything that breaths, barks, talks and coughs; and government as family.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cuomo Blames Trump for New York Nursing Home Disaster

Facing increased scrutiny for his March 13th directive forcing nursing homes in his state to accept over 4,300 patients infected with coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming President Trump for the fateful decision.

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

Declassified Memo Shows Trump-Russia Probe Launched on 3rd-Hand Speculation

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained an Obama era memo from July 31, 2016, showing that the investigation into potential election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was launched without even the bare minimum amount of evidence typically required to initiate a case in the FBI.

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

How You’re Being Robbed of Your Freedoms With COVID-19

Pandemic, plandemic or scamdemic? The manufactured anthrax crisis initiated the PATRIOT Act, one of the most severe compromises of our personal freedoms. Now, COVID-19 is set to drive a stake through your heart, and rob you of even more of your human rights.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Judy Mikovits Suggests Retroviruses Play a Role in COVID-19

Is key information being withheld from the public? Does an effective treatment with 40 years of research behind it already exist? What may be crippling immune function during COVID-19 infection and why you may be 36% more likely to get the coronavirus if you’ve received this common vaccine.

One of the most shocking revelations Mikovits reveals is that she doesn’t believe SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of COVID-19 but merely serves to activate or wake up a dormant XMRV infection. To support her assertion, she states that COVID-19 patients have the same cytokine signature as the gammaretrovirus XMRV, which she published many years ago.

XMRV stands for “xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus.” Xenotrophic refers to viruses that only replicate in cells other than those of the host species. So, XMRVs are viruses that infect human cells yet are not human viruses.2

The XMRV retrovirus is actually the virus that has the same cytokine storm signature as COVID-19, not coronaviruses, which are far more benign. (I delve into what retroviruses are in another section further below.)

Additionally, there may be other infections that also are contributing to the infection, such as Borelia and Babesia or parasites, which may be why some of the antiparasite drugs like Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are working.

Getting back to the issue of gammaretroviruses, Mikovits research showed that many of our vaccines are contaminated with them. How did this happen? In short, vaccine viruses were replicated and grown in animal cell cultures that were already contaminated with retroviruses. In other words, the root of the problem stems from the use of contaminated cell culture lines.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Law Prof Wins $1.2 Million Defamation Suit for False Rape Accusation

Francesco Parisi, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, has won a defamation lawsuit against the woman who falsely accused him of rape in 2015. Parisi had been confined in jail for three weeks and faced the stigma of being charged with felony rape before county prosecutors dropped the charges in March of 2017 over lack of evidence.

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

Mask-Pushing Governor Caught at Beach Without Face Mask

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was reportedly caught without a face mask at Virginia Beach Saturday as the Democrat weighs a statewide order requiring citizens to wear masks. Northam was seen on the beach reviewing security at the beach without a face covering, local outlet NBC12 reported Saturday. The governor’s office later explained in a statement that Northam was “not expecting to be within six feet of anyone.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New Disturbing Details Emerge in Case of Elderly Man Who Was Beaten at Michigan Nursing Home

The father of the 20-year-old man who allegedly beat an elderly man in a Michigan nursing home last week, which went viral this week after video of the alleged incident was viewed millions of times on social media, says that his son was not supposed to be at the nursing home, but was taken there because he tested positive for the coronavirus. Police are now also reportedly investigating whether the suspect beat an elderly woman.

The father told FOX 2 Detroit that his son has “mental issues” and that he was at a group home last week where he was having health related issues. The father also said that his son is involved in a pending case where he is accused of attacking a staff member at a group home

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

Reason to Grieve

And so we entered the “Anger” stage of grief at the loss of our freedoms, and the quickly coming destruction of our great nation. People around the country began to protest, demanding their constitutional rights and freedoms be restored… demanding a redress of grievances. Patriots rightly argued that it’s only common sense to quarantine the SICK — but not the entire country. Let the rest of us get back to work.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Says Biden ‘Not Mentally Sharp Enough’ To be POTUS: ‘He Doesn’t Know He’s Alive’

President Trump declined to offer any positive words toward his presumptive presidential challenger Joe Biden Sunday when he was asked to state just one meritorious quality of the former vice president who is expected to be on November’s ballot.

When asked during a Sunday interview with WJLA what Biden’s strongest feature was as a political opponent, Trump noted that he could have said experience but explained why he did not think it was appropriate.

“Well, I would have said experience, but he doesn’t really have experience because I don’t think he remembers what he did yesterday,” Trump said. “So how is that experience? He’s been there a long time. He was never known as a smart person.”

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Camp Slaps Biden, Introduces #YouAintBlack T-Shirts

The Trump campaign is wasting no time making the most out of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s latest racial gaffe.

On Friday morning, talking to radio host Charlamagne tha God, Biden told anyone struggling to choose between him and President Trump, “you ain’t black.” The racially provocative suggestion, appearing to imply that in order to be black a person must see the world as the Democratic Party sees the world, caused an immediate backlash.

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

Trump: Biden’s Experience Should be Biggest Strength But He Doesn’t “Remember What He Did Yesterday”

President Trump was asked in a Saturday interview what he believes is the biggest strength possessed by his 2020 opponent Joe Biden.

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

Trump Shares Tweets Calling Hillary Clinton a “Sk*nk, “ Stacey Abrams Fat

President Trump on Sunday retweeted several disparaging tweets about political opponents, including one calling Hillary Clinton a “skank” and another mocking Stacey Abrams for being overweight.

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

U.S. Colleges Have Accepted $6 Billion in Undisclosed Donations From Foreign Governments, DoE Probe Finds

The Department of Education has discovered at least $6 billion in unreported donations to American universities from adversarial foreign nations, Townhall reported on Friday.

The DoE revealed its updates in a May 19 letter to Congress and a subsequent briefing to several ranking House Republicans who are conducting an investigation into the foreign funding of U.S. educational institutions.

The investigation was spurred by increasing reports of Chinese funding at U.S. educational institutions, including the prevalence of Confucius institutes on U.S. campuses. Confucius institutes are Chinese-government funded centers which ostensibly promote Chinese language and culture, but which U.S. agencies have warned spread propaganda for China’s government.

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

Toronto Officials May Shut Down Parks After Thousands Gather on Saturday

Toronto officials expressed discontent on Saturday after large crowds gathered at a downtown Toronto Park to enjoy the weather decided to ignore the physical distancing protocols.

Thousands of people congregated at Trinity Bellwoods Park, near Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue, despite repeated calls from public health officials to avoid large gatherings as Ontario continued to see a rise in new COVID-19 cases after being on the decline for a number of weeks.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was disappointed to see so many people breaking the social distancing rules.

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

Woman Barred From Travelling to Her Mother’s Funeral Challenging Newfoundland Travel Ban

A woman who was barred from travelling to Newfoundland to attend her mother’s funeral is taking the province to court over their extreme public health measures.

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia resident Kim Taylor and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) filed a claim in the Newfoundland & Labrador Supreme Court, arguing that the travel ban enacted by the province to slow the spread of coronavirus violates mobility rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Taylor, who was raised in Newfoundland but now lives in Nova Scotia, had applied for an exemption to the travel ban after learning her mother had died but was denied.

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

Belgium: No-Go Zone ‘Youths’ Spit on Police Car Door Handles to Spread Virus

Three “youths” in the notorious radical Islamist hotbed municipality of Molenbeek in Brussels were arrested after spitting on police vehicle door handles in an effort to spread the Chinese coronavirus.

The three individuals arrested were members of the so-called “White Vests”. The group wear white vests while supposedly trying to raise awareness among the youths of Molenbeek about the dangers of coronavirus, advising people to abide by social distancing rules, wash their hands, and engage in other helpful actions such as redistributing food.

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

Czech Court Upholds Former Prague Muslim Leader’s Conviction

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that convicted a former Prague Muslim leader of being part of a terror group and financing terrorism, sentencing him to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said imam Samer Shehadeh helped his brother Omar in 2016 and later his brother’s wife, Fatima Hudkova, travel to Syria to join an extremist group known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

Prosecutors also said Shehadeh sent unspecified sums of money to the group that seeks to replace the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with an Islamic state.

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

Hundreds of Roma Are Leaving the UK and Returning to Czechia Over Coronavirus Fears

About 350 Roma have returned to the Czech Republic from the United Kingdom since mid-March and up to 850 others are considering the possibility of doing so as well.

They are returning to the Czech Republic out of fear of COVID-19, but also because of social uncertainties, loss of income, and disinformation spread on the Internet.

The number of Roma leaving the UK for the Czech Republic is not dramatically high, the Czech embassy in London said concerning the recent departure of Roma population.

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

Italian Government Recruits 60,000 Informants to Spy on Neighbors During Lockdown

ROME — The Italian government announced Sunday it is recruiting 60,000 volunteer “civic assistants” as informants to report on anyone violating norms concerning the use of masks and social distancing.

The government is recruiting unemployed citizens, especially those who receive social security or unemployment income, as an extension of its uniformed security services during the second phase of the coronavirus lockdown, Italian media reported.

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

Soros Attacks Salvini, Says He Wants to Take Italy Out of EU and Eurozone

Well-known Left-wing extremist financier George Soros has turned his guns on Matteo Salvini, leader of the populist Right-wing Lega party and Italy’s former Minister of the Interior. Soros accused Salvini of wanting to take Italy out of both the European Union and the Eurozone.

Soros made the remarks in an interview he gave last week to Italy’s Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper. He was speaking in the context of explaining the importance of preventing other EU member states from following the United Kingdom’s path toward leaving the bloc.

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

Soros Attacks Salvini, Says He Wants to Get Italy Out of the EU

Hungarian-American plutocrat George Soros attacked populist Italian senator Matteo Salvini, claiming the League (Lega) leader wants to get Italy out of the European Union and the euro currency.

The left-liberal billionaire launched his attack on the former Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior because he was worried about Italy leaving the European Union as Britain has done, saying: “I am particularly worried about Italy. Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, is working to get the country out of the euro and the EU.”

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

Sweden: Two Men in Their 90s Robbed in Multicultural Malmö

wo men in their 90s on Friday afternoon were robbed in multicultural Malmö. Police suspect that a single perpetrator may be to blame for both robberies

The first robbery took place around 3pm when an elderly gentlemen had his wallet taken by force as he walked up his apartment’s stairwell. Police say the perpetrator stalked the elderly man while he was at a nearby park before following him inside the apartment building and robbing him.

Roughly an hour later, another man in his 90s was followed back to his apartment building after withdrawing money from an ATM. Similarly to what had occurred in the first case, the perpetrator pursued the victim into his apartment building, waited until he was alone and vulnerable, then robbed him of his belongings.

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

UK: Boris Adviser Squashed Plan to Delay Real Brexit Concocted While He and PM Had COVID

Boris Johnson’s under-fire chief adviser Dominic Cummings squashed a plan to delay Britain’s true Brexit day which was “all but agreed” while he and the Prime Minister were “laid out on their sickbeds”.

Cummings, resented by much of the media establishment and the “deep state” for his role in the Vote Leave campaign and open disdain for journalists and bureaucrats, is currently the subject of a media circus over allegations he broke lockdown rules by travelling from London to Durham so his family could look after his young child if he and his wife were incapacitated by their coronavirus infections.

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

UK: Report: Boris Backtracks on Huawei 5G Deal, Zero China Involvement by 2023

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly reconsidered allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei access to the British 5G network, amidst increasing tensions with China over the coronavirus pandemic and the Chinese Communist Party’s infringement of freedoms in Hong Kong.

The Prime Minister has instructed his government to begin making plans that would see the Chinese tech firms’ involvement in the nation’s 5G infrastructure to zero by the year 2023.

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

Chinese Troops Challenge India at Multiple Locations in Eastern Ladakh, Standoff Continues

New Delhi: The Chinese troops have “come in” about 3 km into Indian territory South East of the Galwan Valley, largely known as Hot Springs area in eastern Ladakh.

Sources in the know told ThePrint that Beijing has also moved in men at the “finger areas” of Pangong Lake while increasing build up on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Pangong Lake’s northern bank juts forward like a palm, and the various protrusions are identified as “fingers” to demarcate territory.

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

“Epidemic Prevention” Chinese Communist Party Style: Persecute Religious Minorities

Since early 2020, China has been doubling down on its already extreme suppression of religious freedom, and the Covid-19 outbreak has done nothing to curb the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) enthusiasm. If anything, the virus outbreak has served as an excuse to crack down even more on freedom of religion.

In February, for instance, officials came to inspect whether a church in Henan province was implementing lockdown instructions, but, according to one church member interviewed by Bitter Winter, “seeing some bible verses written on a blackboard they said, ‘China is the land of the Communist Party, and we are not allowed to hold religious beliefs’“. The officials then “smashed everything in the venue and left, locking the door…”

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

Crazy! WHO’s ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’ Include a Chinese Propagandist and Xi Jinping’s Wife

Why did the World Health Organization appoint two pro-Beijing “Goodwill Ambassadors”? WHO’s Goodwill Ambassadors

That seems a bit weird, doesn’t it?

One U.N. Watchdog has exposed the close ties between the World Health Organization and the Chinese Communist Party through the appointment of two WHO Goodwill Ambassadors.

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

Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Marching Against National Security Law

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district as thousands took to the streets Sunday to march against China’s proposed tough national security legislation for the city.

Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticized China’s proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory. Critics say it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.

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

Japan to Completely Lift State of Emergency as Virus Cases Tail Off

The Japanese government plans to completely lift the state of emergency over the novel coronavirus pandemic on Monday, before it expires on May 31, government sources said Sunday.

At a meeting of its coronavirus response task force on Monday, the government will decide to remove the emergency for Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, as well as the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. The 42 other prefectures have already been removed from under the emergency declaration.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a news conference on Monday to call on the public to balance efforts to prevent infections and the resumption of social and economic activities.

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

Pope Francis Entrusts China to the Protection of Virgin Mary

ROME — Pope Francis took advantage Sunday of his first public blessing since the coronavirus outbreak to give a shout-out to the “great country” of China.

“Let us join spiritually with the Catholic faithful in China, who today celebrate, with particular devotion, the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, help of Christians and Patron of China, revered in the Sheshan shrine in Shanghai,” the pope told pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his Regina Caeli message and apostolic blessing.

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

Taiwan Promises ‘Necessary Assistance’ To Hong Kong’s People

TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan will provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”, President Tsai Ing-wen said, after a resurgence in protests in the Chinese ruled territory against newly proposed national security legislation from Beijing.

Taiwan has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, which has been convulsed since last year by protests.

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands of people who rallied on Sunday to protest against Beijing’s plan to impose national security laws on the city.

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

‘I Didn’t Start Coronavirus!’ Guy Sebastian Denies That He’s Australia’s Patient Zero — After the Singer Revealed He Thinks He Caught COVID-19 in Wuhan and Never Got Tested

Guy Sebastian has insisted that he was not ‘patient zero’ for coronaviurus in Australia.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Man, 39, Is Stabbed to Death Inside His Sydney Home — as Police Charge Two Teens With Murder and Search for Three Others ‘Who Fled the Scene’

Greek native Kevin Kourtis, 39, died from multiple stab wounds after five men allegedly stormed into his home in Riverstone in western Sydney about 12.30am on Sunday.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

The United States Threatens to Cut Off Australia After Victoria Ignored Security Advice to Join a Controversial Trade Deal With China

Premier Daniel Andrews signed up to China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative against security advice, leading to the U.S. warning it will cut off Australia from intelligence sharing.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Victoria is Back in Business! Daniel Andrews Lifts Coronavirus Lockdown — Allowing 20 People in Homes and Revealing When Gyms and Cinemas Will Open Up

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said home gatherings of 20 people would be allowed from June 1, as well as overnight stays at tourist accommodation.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Your Aussie Friends Are Baffled, Britain: Why Escape From Brussels — Only to Kowtow to Beijing, Asks Former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott

TONY ABBOTT: It’s not that this virus has changed the nature of the Chinese regime; but it has made its repressive, secretive and self-aggrandising side glaringly obvious.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Afghan Tried to Sneak Into Sweden Using Pro-Migration Activist’s Passport

An Afghan woman was detained by Turkish authorities after attempting to enter Sweden using the passport of a well-known pro-migration activist. She claimed her passport was stolen during a trip to Iran.

The incident took place in January of this year but details had not been made public until this week. They show that Turkish authorities detained an Afghan woman who was in possession of both the passport and Swedish residency documents of well-known pro-migration activist Fatemeh Khavari.

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

Another Turkish Minister Threatens to Flood Greece With Migrants After Pandemic

Another Turkish official has threatened to flood Greece with illegal immigrants after the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has ended.

During a recent interview on Turkish television, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu brought up the issue of migration, saying that once the pandemic is over another wave of migrants will flood into Greece, Proto Thema reports.

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

Britain Ready to Welcome Hong Kong Refugees

BORIS JOHNSON has a secret plan to allow hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens to come to Britain if China clamps down further on the former British colony.

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

Eritrean Migrants Protest That They Cannot Bring Their Families to Sweden

Eritrean migrants living in Sweden are objecting to the fact that the country’s immigration laws make it difficult for their families to join them in Europe. They want the requirements eased.

The specific measure that the migrants are protesting is the so-called welfare requirement, which sets a minimum income and home size for individuals before they are eligible to bring their relatives to join them in Sweden under family reunification laws, according to a report by Fria Tider.

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Greece: Audit Reveals Huge Growth of Pro-Migration NGOs With Millions in Revenue

A round of audits by Greece’s National Transparency Authority of pro-migration NGOs has revealed massive growth in recent years, with some receiving tens of millions of euros in revenue.

The authority claims around 320 non-governmental organisations relating to immigration operate in the country. It has been investigating the funding and operations of the various pro-migration groups and is set to look in detail at around 15 to 20 per cent of them in the first major audit of its kind.

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Greek Association Donates Boats to Coast Guard to Stop Illegal Migration

The Greek Shipowners’ Association has donated ten new Rafnar maritime boats to the Greek coastguard to help the country stop illegal immigration to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

The group donated the Rafnar 1100 Cabin Bulletproof speedboats this week as Greece continues to see migrants arrive on the various islands located near Turkey. The ships themselves will be designed in Iceland and built in Greece and boast engines capable of 450 horsepower each and will carry a 12.7mm machine-gun.

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Italy: Leaks: Magistrates Agreed With Salvini Migrant Policy, Attacked Him Anyway

A leaked chat between Italian magistrates revealed that while they admitted thinking in private that former interior minister Matteo Salvini’s migrant policies were correct and legal, they chose to attack him publicly anyway.

The leaked messages were made on WhatsApp in 2018 while Salvini served as interior minister. During that time, judges were continually attacking the League leader for his policy that closed Italy’s ports to migrant transport NGO vessels operating in the Mediterranean.

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People Smugglers Disembark Some 400 Migrants Near Beach in Sicily

People smugglers managed to disembark some 400 migrants, probably all Tunisians, from two boats near a beach in Sicily on Sunday before sailing away, the Italian news agency ANSA reported, citing police.

The incident sparked a helicopter search for their vessels.

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UK: Ex-Border Force Chief Says Migrants Crossing Channel Are “Major Threat”

The United Kingdom’s ex-Border Force chief recently warned that illegal boat migrants crossing the English Channel pose a “major threat” to the country’s security.

At a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing, Tony Smith, the former head of the UK Border Force, urged lawmakers to adopt a new Anglo-French system of “integrated border enforcement teams”, the BBC reports.

“This is becoming a major threat to the UK border,” the former Border Force head warned.

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UK: Net Non-EU Migration is at Highest Level Ever

The net number of migrants entering the United Kingdom from countries outside the European Union stood at its highest level ever in 2019.

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published figures showing that the number of non-EU citizens entering the country during 2019 was 282,000 higher than the number of those who left, according to a report by the BBC. This is the largest increase since 1975 — the first year such numbers were officially recorded.

The ONS attributes this to an increase in the number of students coming from China and India.

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UK: Waves of Alleged Child Migrants Landing in Dover ‘Unsustainable’ Says Local Council Leader

The leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, said that the number of migrants claiming to be unaccompanied minors crossing the English Channel has reached “unsustainable” levels, adding that the county is being “overwhelmed” as illegal boat migration soars.

Councillor Gough said that the number of migrants landing in Kent were quickly heading to levels not seen since the 2015 migrant crisis, claiming that 180 alleged minors have been brought ashore at Kent since the beginning of the year — twice as much as were reported during the same time period last year.

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George Soros Views the COVID-19 Plannedemic as a ‘Revolutionary Moment’ Where ‘Everything is Up for Grabs’ Says Radical Change Needed

In the May 11th interview, Soros referred to the coronavirus ordeal as “the crisis of my lifetime” and gave his radical views for change and progress in the wake of the pandemic.

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Hardline Feminist Clementine Ford is Slammed for Saying Coronavirus ‘Isn’t Killing Men Fast Enough’ in ‘Repulsive’ Twitter Rant — But Blames the Backlash on ‘Male Fragility’

The 39-year-old writer shared her divisive opinion with her 133,000 Twitter followers on Saturday in response to an article written about gender disparities in parenting children.

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/24/2020

  1. Thanks God that our shipowners are patriots and make donations for health,defense,and many other needs of our country, because these scoundrels in the Parliament are completely useless not to say harmful.

  2. I began to notice one very bad tendency: a lot of Hitler’s followers appeared. Here and there. Now, for example, I came across a portrait of Hitler in one Twitter-account dedicated to Western art.
    A lot of Hitler’s followers from Germany and Scandinavia on the Russian VKontakte network – they migrated there from Facebook. If Russian-speaking fans of Hitler technical support bans immediately, then the bots that track such information are probably not configured in foreign languages.
    Moreover, as I understand it – VKontakte in foreign languages ​​- exists in a parallel space with Russian-speaking users, and therefore no one complains about this information.

    I do not like it. This is so indecent: adults, men, as a last resort, hoist portraits of dead bloodsuckers on banners. Like some moronic angry children.
    Humanity is going crazy.

  3. All that messing with Hitler and his Nazis and then turning around and going helter skelter after what the Chinese tightly (sic) treat as simply class a grade one mess that only responds to violent compulsory rewashing – or expulsion. In the nation’s survival interest.

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