Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/11/2020

The Italian government has seized the migrant-ferry vessel Sea-Watch 3, which has been docked under quarantine in Sicily at Port Empedocle since it offloaded more than 200 migrants, some of them infected with COVID-19. Meanwhile, migrants who have been under quarantine in Sicily have been able to leave their residence and roam the town of Siculiana at will, because police have been ordered not to forcibly return them.

In other news, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the former cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople will open for prayers as a mosque on July 24. Mr. Erdogan said that people of other faiths are welcome to visit the new mosque.

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Financial Crisis
» Major Tax Increases Are About to Slam America as Cities & States Want You to Pay for COVID Fallout
 
USA
» “USA! USA!”: Black Man Promotes “American Power” While Jogging With US Flag
» Another Hate Crime Hoax: Oregon Politician Admits to Mailing Himself Racist Letter
» Chicago: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted Over to Read ‘All Lives Matter’
» Cops Raid Mansion of St. Louis Couple Who Defended Home From Protesters, Confiscate AR-15
» Coronavirus Cancels Pelosi Husband’s Bohemian Grove Ceremony
» Court Tells Green-Energy Prof to Pay $600k After Dropping His Own Case
» DA’s Office Drops Charges on 59 Rioters in Portland, Including Suspected Felony Arsonist
» De Blasio Says BLM Protests Can Continue While Canceling All Other Large Events
» Ex-Jewel Thief Claims Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Forced Him to Watch Pedo Videos Involving US Politicians’
» FBI Agents Knew Michael Flynn ‘Was Not Acting as an Agent of Russia’, New Evidence Reveals
» Fear Mongering: MSNBC/NBC Contributor Lied About Having COVID
» Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Endorses Black Lives Matter, Then Says She Only Endorses Concept
» Man Arrested for Pulling Gun on Customer Not Wearing Mask
» Microsoft to Pull Support for PHP: Version 8? Exterminate, More Like…
» Movie Theater Giants Sue New Jersey Over “Unconstitutional” COVID-19 Closures
» NBC Contributor Repeatedly Featured on Network During “Battle With COVID” Never Actually Had the Virus
» NYPD Places Limits on Retirements After ‘Troubling’ 400 Percent Surge
» Portland Rioters Surround Car and Driver Shoots His Way Out
» Princeton Students Cyberbullied, Called Racist for Their Open Letter Defending Academic Freedom
» Protests Erupt After Detroit Cops Fatally Shoot “Unarmed” Man. Police Release Video Showing Him Firing on Officers at Point-Blank Range.
» Scott Jensen Being Investigated for Blowing the Whistle on Government’s COVID-19 Death Toll
» Texas A&M Student Who Reported Racist Notes on Vehicle Placed Them There Himself: Police
» Three Churches Have Burned in Just Over 24 Hours, But You Wouldn’t Know it if You Watch National News
» Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence
» Twitter Suspends, Reinstates Author After His Joe Rogan Interview
» Video: Alex Jones Says Trump Broke With AG Barr to Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence
» Video: Sheriff Urges Virginia 2A Sanctuaries to Send ‘Clear Message’ As Dems Plan More Anti-Gun Laws
» Virginia State Board Unanimously Approves Removing Downtown Richmond Robert E. Lee Statue
» Why the Bill Gates Global Health Empire Promises More Empire and Less Public Health
 
Canada
» Breaking! Amazon Bans Ezra Levant’s Bestselling “China Virus” Book
» Committe Votes to Investigate Government Dealings With WE Charity
 
Europe and the EU
» Britain Concretes Over Almost 835,000 Acres as Mass Migration Drives Housing Demand
» Europe: Rape Victims Accused of Racism
» France: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Man Robs Pensioner and Defecates on Him
» France: No Glass Spire or Swimming Pool: Notre Dame Cathedral to be Rebuilt Properly Without Modernist Vandalism
» Greece Will be Putting Sanctions Against Turkey for Its Decision to Convert Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque.
» Greek Political Party Calls for Ataturk’s House in Thessaloniki to Become a Genocide Memorial Museum
» Poll: More Italians Concerned With Racism Under Leftist Coalition Govt
» UK: Farage: BBC’s ‘Days Are Numbered’, Will Face New Media Challengers
 
Balkans
» Virus Unrest Turns Violent as Serbs Protest Being “Lied to for Political Ends”
 
Middle East
» The Moment the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Learn Hagia Sofia Will be Converted Into a Mosque (Video)
» Turkey to Cover Holy Icons in Hagia Sophia With “Special Technology”
» Turkish President: On July 24, The Hagia Sophia Mosque Opens for Prayer
 
Russia
» Savvidis to Putin: Russia Needs to Once Again Defend Orthodoxy and Pay Attention to Hagia Sophia
 
South Asia
» “I Could Live With That”: How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade
» India Releases ‘Tik Tik — Made in India’ To After Country Bans China-Made TikTok
 
Far East
» Chinese Virologist Flees Hong Kong, Accuses Beijing of COVID-19 Cover-Up
» Hong Kong Police Raid Public Opinion Pollster Linked to Pro-Democracy Primaries
» New Pneumonia With “Much Higher Fatality Rate Than COVID” Discovered in Kazakhstan, China Says
 
Immigration
» French Navy Rescues Migrants With Severe Hypothermia From Capsized Boat in Channel
» Hungary: Court Hands Prison Sentence to Migrants Breaking Through Röszke Border Fence
» Italy Seizes NGO Vessel That Brought in Coronavirus Positive Migrants
» Migrants Roam Free in Sicilian Town Despite Quarantine
 
Culture Wars
» Don Lemon Bashes Jesus: “Admittedly Was Not Perfect When He Was Here”
» Max Igan, Silenced for Speaking Against Slavery of Governemnt
» PANIC! Time Mag Says 2020 is ‘One Last Chance’ To Save Planet
» The Groupthink Pandemic
 

Major Tax Increases Are About to Slam America as Cities & States Want You to Pay for COVID Fallout

Just prior to the global Coronavirus outbreak, serious signs of an emerging financial crisis began to emerge. As people were beginning to realize that yet another central bank engineered ‘bust’ was coming down on us, we were thrown into lockdown, shuttering millions of businesses and sending millions of people to the unemployment line.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“USA! USA!”: Black Man Promotes “American Power” While Jogging With US Flag

Patriotic American stands by country amid dire straits.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Another Hate Crime Hoax: Oregon Politician Admits to Mailing Himself Racist Letter

An Oregon politician fessed up to sending himself a racist and homophobic letter, then claiming it was left anonymously in his mailbox on June 23, according to KOMO news.

[Comment: Toss him out of office.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Painted Over to Read ‘All Lives Matter’

The peaceful protesters were accused of “hate” and “racism” for their message of unity.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cops Raid Mansion of St. Louis Couple Who Defended Home From Protesters, Confiscate AR-15

St. Louis authorities confiscated an AR-15 used by Mark McCloskey, who made headlines with his wife Patricia last month when they defended their historic mansion from protesters who had broken down a gate to trespass on their private road.

Police executed a search warrant Friday evening at the McCloskey’s home, seizing the rifle used in the June 28 incident, according to KSDK. The couple said their attorney was in possession of the pistol Patricia McCloskey brandished during the confrontation. The raid comes two weeks after St. Louis circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner vowed to work with the St. Louis Police Department to conduct an investigation into the incident.

According to the report, there are no charges against the McCloskeys at this time, as the warrant was just for the guns.

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

Coronavirus Cancels Pelosi Husband’s Bohemian Grove Ceremony

Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul will not be able to attend this year’s Bohemian Grove ceremony at the Bohemian Club in Monte Rio, California, where he is a member, because the event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. The Bohemian Grove ceremony is attended by some of the most powerful men in American politics, business, and media. The ceremony usually takes place the second week of July.

Wikileaks published the Bohemian Grove’s 2008 guest list, which included Pelosi, Donald Rumsfeld, and many other globalist elites. Pelosi also appeared on the 2018 guest list alongside James Baker, George H.W. Bush and many other titans of our misbegotten modernity.

Alex Jones famously infiltrated Bohemian Grove and filmed the “Cremation of Care” ceremony in which the elite guests practice a faux-sacrifice ritual to a statue believed to be Moloch, the demonic “god” of child sacrifice, or possibly Minerva according to some.

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

Court Tells Green-Energy Prof to Pay $600k After Dropping His Own Case

A Stanford professor who sued a critic and a scientific journal for $10 million — then dropped the suit — has been ordered to pay the defendants’ legal fees based on a statute “designed to provide for early dismissal of meritless lawsuits filed against people for the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

Mark Jacobson, who studies renewable energy at Stanford, sued in September 2017 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for defamation over a 2017 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that critiqued a 2015 article he had written in the same journal.

He sued PNAS and the first author of the paper, Christopher Clack, an executive at a firm that analyzes renewable energy.

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

DA’s Office Drops Charges on 59 Rioters in Portland, Including Suspected Felony Arsonist

Multnomah County district attorney Rod Underhill has dropped charges on 59 people who have been arrested on suspicion of various different crimes over the last seven weeks of protests that have commonly devolved into riots. Some of these are small, petty crimes, such as Failure To Obey, which some journalists were charged with, while others are more serious felonies, including a suspected arsonist.

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

De Blasio Says BLM Protests Can Continue While Canceling All Other Large Events

So it’s okay to have mass-gatherings, then paint a “Black Lives Matter” mural in front of Trump Tower in New York City — but indoor dining at restaurants has been delayed?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ex-Jewel Thief Claims Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘Forced Him to Watch Pedo Videos Involving US Politicians’

An alleged former Jewel thief who says he had group sex with Ghislaine Maxwell but ‘drew the line at under-age girls’ claims he was forced to watch pedo videos involving ‘two high-profile US politicians’ and ‘two high society figures having a threesome with an under-age girl.’

Whether one believes an anonymous ex-jewel thief’s exclusive interview with The Sun is up to the reader. That said, Epstein accuser Maria Farmer claimed there was a ‘secret media room’ in the dead pedophile’s New York mansion which was full of recording equipment.

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

FBI Agents Knew Michael Flynn ‘Was Not Acting as an Agent of Russia’, New Evidence Reveals

Comes after District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing criminal prosecution against Flynn, urged a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to dismiss case.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Fear Mongering: MSNBC/NBC Contributor Lied About Having COVID

Virologist/epidemiologist appeared on national television over ten times.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Endorses Black Lives Matter, Then Says She Only Endorses Concept

The Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Jo Jorgensen, decreed that it is not enough for Libertarians or Americans “to be passively not racist,” and they must instead “be actively anti-racist,” using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, only to be met with sharp criticism that led her to further clarify her remarks.

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

Man Arrested for Pulling Gun on Customer Not Wearing Mask

Media hyper-sensationalism pushing liberals over the edge.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Microsoft to Pull Support for PHP: Version 8? Exterminate, More Like…

No support ‘in any capacity’ for PHP for Windows for v8 and beyond, but Windows users not to worry, says release manager Born-again open-source fan Microsoft is celebrating 25 years of PHP by, er, pulling its support for the scripting language that is beloved (or dreaded) by server operators the world over.…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Movie Theater Giants Sue New Jersey Over “Unconstitutional” COVID-19 Closures

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to shutter across the nation, the movie theater industry is going to court claiming constitutional injury. On Monday night, AMC, Cinemark and Regal were among the exhibition giants to allege that New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy can’t keep theaters closed any longer.

“By this Complaint, Plaintiffs challenge Defendants’ unconstitutional and unlawful distinctions in allowing certain places of public assembly to reopen, while requiring movie theatres to remain closed,” states a complaint being led by the National Association of Theatre Owners of New Jersey. “COVID-19 represents a serious public health risk, and Plaintiffs support fair and reasonable actions by the government to address that risk. However, the government-mandated total closure of movie theatres is neither fair nor reasonable, and is instead a violation of Plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of expression, Equal Protection of the laws, Due Process under the law, and is a Taking of property without just compensation.”

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

NBC Contributor Repeatedly Featured on Network During “Battle With COVID” Never Actually Had the Virus

Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist and NBC News contributor, has confirmed that despite appearing on NBC nearly a dozen times to document his battle with COVID-19, he never actually had the virus.

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

NYPD Places Limits on Retirements After ‘Troubling’ 400 Percent Surge

Police officers feeling abandoned by their department, city leaders

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Rioters Surround Car and Driver Shoots His Way Out

Every night for the past six weeks in Portland, Oregon, antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters, looters and vandals have turned what used to be a nice neighborhood in downtown into a war zone. Portlanders are sick of it.

The police commissioner/mayor and the new BLM-approved police chief have done little about it. The Portland Police Officers Association held a scathing news conference, issuing a no-confidence throwdown to City Hall and begging elected officials to stop defending antifa.

But next to nothing has been done by local Portland police.

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

Princeton Students Cyberbullied, Called Racist for Their Open Letter Defending Academic Freedom

The nearly two dozen Princeton University students who recently signed an open letter in defense of academic freedom and free speech now face cyberbullying and name-calling from peers at the Ivy League institution.

The letter was signed by members and supporters of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition and expressed opposition to a list of demands pushed by hundreds of students at the school that call for things such as reparations for African Americans, mandatory “anti-racist” trainings, and curriculum changes framed by identity politics.

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

Protests Erupt After Detroit Cops Fatally Shoot “Unarmed” Man. Police Release Video Showing Him Firing on Officers at Point-Blank Range.

Protests erupted Friday evening at the scene where a 19-year old man, identified as Hakim Littleton, was shot and killed by Detroit police after he pulled a gun on one officer and fired several times at point blank range.

According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, officers were searching for a person involved in a Fourth of July shooting that wounded five people and left three others dead.

Craig said he released a body cam video of the incident to curb “a false narrative” that the shooting was an act of police brutality against an unarmed civilian.

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

Scott Jensen Being Investigated for Blowing the Whistle on Government’s COVID-19 Death Toll

Scott Jensen, the doctor and senator from Minnesota, who blew the whistle on the government’s gross over-exaggeration of COVID-19 deaths is being investigated. Jensen shared documents proving Health and Human Services demanded healthcare workers list as many deaths as possible as COVID-19 deaths, whether they were tested or not.

Not that the tests matter anyway with a 50-80% (depending on the study) false-positive rate. Jensen is now under investigation after someone complained about him sharing the fact that the government needs to count as many deaths in the United States as possible as COVID-19. We featured Jensen when he first broke the news a few months ago:

BOMBSHELL: MN Senator Reveals HHS “Coaching Document” On How To OVERCOUNT Coronavirus Deaths & Cases

He was not the only doctor who blew the whistle either. There’s now a running joke that if you fall out of an airplane without a parachute, you’ll be labeled a COVID-19 death. Jensen says he knows he’s being targeted for sharing this information with the public.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Texas A&M Student Who Reported Racist Notes on Vehicle Placed Them There Himself: Police

Texas A&M police on Thursday said that a student who reported finding racist notes on the windshield of his car last month, may have placed the papers there himself.

Isaih Martin, a senior at Texas A&M, called police on June 24, claiming he had found three handwritten notes on his car that read “All Lives Matter” and “You don’t belong here.” A third note included an African-American slur.

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

Three Churches Have Burned in Just Over 24 Hours, But You Wouldn’t Know it if You Watch National News

A fire destroyed Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Elkmont, Alabama Friday night.

On Saturday a man drove into a church in Ocala, Florida, before lighting it on fire.

Next, a fire destroyed the roof of 249-Year-Old San Gabriel Mission Church in California.

Despite three churches burning across the country in just over 24 hours, you’re unlikely to have heard about it if you are only following mainstream media. It is highly unlikely that there would have been this kind of silence if the arsonists were right-wing or if they the places of worship been any other religion.

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

Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence

President Trump has commuted the 40-month prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Suspends, Reinstates Author After His Joe Rogan Interview

Twitter censored author James Lindsay the day after he discussed Cancel Culture with podcast host Joe Rogan.

Lindsay, who calls himself the “leading expert on wokeness,” was temporarily suspended from Twitter after discussing cancel culture on Rogan’s podcast. Lindsay gained notoriety when he and two other authors pranked numerous academic publications by writing papers satirizing social justice causes. Seven of their articles were actually published, enraging academia. He discussed many controversial household issues with Rogan, including how Cancel Culture has become a powerful religious ideology that dominates modern society.

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

Video: Alex Jones Says Trump Broke With AG Barr to Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence

“Sorry, you’ve broken your sword on this,” President Trump reportedly told the Attorney General.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Sheriff Urges Virginia 2A Sanctuaries to Send ‘Clear Message’ As Dems Plan More Anti-Gun Laws

Sheriffs of at least two Virginia counties have called on Second Amendment Sanctuary localities to draft resolutions reaffirming their opposition to recently implemented Democrat-sponsored gun control and confiscation laws and a series of anti-gun bills which, alongside a number of other far-left initiatives, are expected to resurface at an upcoming special legislative session in Richmond.

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

Virginia State Board Unanimously Approves Removing Downtown Richmond Robert E. Lee Statue

A Virginia state review board has unanimously approved removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from downtown Richmond.

The left has been on a mission to tear down statues and monuments by holding historic figures to modern “woke” standards.

The Hill reports that “the plan still hinges on a court’s review of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) power to remove the monument, though aides to Northam have said he’s determined to remove the statue.”

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

Why the Bill Gates Global Health Empire Promises More Empire and Less Public Health

Behind a veil of corporate media PR, the Gates Foundation has served as a vehicle for Western capital while exploiting the Global South as a human laboratory. The pandemic is likely to intensify this disturbing agenda.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking! Amazon Bans Ezra Levant’s Bestselling “China Virus” Book

Breaking News!

Amazon just emailed us to say that they’ve BANNED Ezra Levant’s new book China Virus: How Justin Trudeau’s Pro-Communist Ideology Is Putting Canadians in Danger.

Check it out for yourself: Go to ChinaVirusBook.com and click “BUY THE BOOK.”

This page will be updated with more information soon!

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

Committe Votes to Investigate Government Dealings With WE Charity

The House of Commons Government Operations committee has voted to investigate all dealings between the Trudeau government and WE Charity.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, committee members felt that they had a moral duty to investigate allegations of cronyism between the government, the charity and the prime minister’s family.

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

Britain Concretes Over Almost 835,000 Acres as Mass Migration Drives Housing Demand

Almost 835,000 acres have been concreted over in Britain, new data shows, while the so-called Conservative Party wants to build over even more green belt land to make way for new housing.

Satellite analysis revealed that between 1990 and 2015, a total of 1,303 square miles (3,376 square kilometres) in Britain was lost to urban sprawl.

Overall, grasslands were reduced by an astonishing 2,960 square miles (7,668 square kilometres), or 1.9 million acres — although a portion of this was replaced by woodland.

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

Europe: Rape Victims Accused of Racism

The notion is hardly limited to the recent riots in America. Elements of such thinking often appear in other contexts.

British women, for instance, including rape victims who drew attention to “Asian” (Pakistani and South Asian) sex grooming gangs, are also being attacked by the “woke” establishment.

Earlier this month in the UK, Sarah Champion, a Labor politician and MP for Rotherham (the epicenter of sex grooming), was accused of “fanning the flames of racial hatred” and “acting like a neo-fascist murderer.” Her crime? She had dared to assert that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”

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

France: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Man Robs Pensioner and Defecates on Him

A 53-year-old man in the French commune of Le Crosic has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after robbing an 85-year-old, beating him, and defecating on him.

The incident took place on May 29th earlier this year and saw the man open the window of the elderly man’s home and steal clothing, a telephone and three knives. Initially, he left the home but returned later after he had left his shoes in the home.

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

France: No Glass Spire or Swimming Pool: Notre Dame Cathedral to be Rebuilt Properly Without Modernist Vandalism

Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, which was nearly totally lost to fire in April 2019, will be rebuilt as it was, the French government says, defying the calls of modernist architects to seize the opportunity to give the medieval masterpiece a glass and steel overhaul.

The French government has condoned a 3,000-page report by the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture calling for a full and faithful rebuild of Notre Dame cathedral, in a move which French newspaper Le Monde notes will annoy “the concrete lobby and iron lovers”.

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

Greece Will be Putting Sanctions Against Turkey for Its Decision to Convert Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque.

“Erdogan made a historic mistake, a mistake that creates a gap, I hope it is not bridged,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told SKAI earlier. Petsas emphasised that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a “wrong decision”.

“Greece condemns this action and will do everything in its power to have consequences for Turkey,” he said, adding that “everything is on the table and the possibility of sanctions not only from Europe but also from international organisations, such as UNESCO.”

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

Greek Political Party Calls for Ataturk’s House in Thessaloniki to Become a Genocide Memorial Museum

A Greek political party has called for the birth home of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Thessaloniki to become a museum commemorating the Greek Genocide in the Pontus region on the Black Sea.

The Greek Solution suggested to convert Atatürk’s house into a genocide memorial museum.

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

Poll: More Italians Concerned With Racism Under Leftist Coalition Govt

At least 60 per cent of Italians say they are worried about racism in Italy today under the leftist coalition government, a 13 per cent increase from a poll taken when populist Matteo Salvini’s League was in the coalition.

The poll, conducted by Demos & Pi survey, reveals that a majority of Italians are concerned about problems of racism in the country, with younger members of the public expressing the most concern over the issue.

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

UK: Farage: BBC’s ‘Days Are Numbered’, Will Face New Media Challengers

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that the BBC’s “days are numbered” after the British broadcaster introduced charges for over-75s and its biased coverage of recent events such as the Black Lives Matter disorder.

On Thursday, the BBC announced that it would follow through on its plans to start charging pensioners over the age of 75 to watch television through the compulsory £157.50-a-year TV licence.

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

Virus Unrest Turns Violent as Serbs Protest Being “Lied to for Political Ends”

Young Serbs quickly took the streets on Tuesday after Vucic announced Belgrade would be placed under a new order restricting movement in the region for three days to mitigate the spread of the second coronavirus wave. Many were infuriated by the re-implementation of the lockdown after coming out of some of the strictest ones in Europe to allow the general election last week.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Moment the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Learn Hagia Sofia Will be Converted Into a Mosque (Video)

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey erupted with enthusiasm and excitement, when Deputy Chairperson of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Celal Adan, announced Hagia Sophia will be converted into a mosque.

The Turkish deputies present rose from their seats, and applauded for a long time after hearing the decision.

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

Turkey to Cover Holy Icons in Hagia Sophia With “Special Technology”

The declaration of Hagia Sophia becoming a mosque has caused a shock all over the world, and it appears the only ones in glee are Turks and their media outlets.

Yeni Safak spoke of a “resurrection” of Hagia Sophia and Türkiye reported on its front page “The suffering of the Hagia Sophia mosque is over. The 86-year-old chains are broken.” Sabah newspaper published the headline “Nostalgia for Hagia Sophia is over.”

According to Hürriyet, Hagia Sophia will be open for prayer but also for tourists who want to visit it. They said that icons and mosaics will be covered with special technology and lighting.

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

Turkish President: On July 24, The Hagia Sophia Mosque Opens for Prayer

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Hagia Sophia mosque will be open for prayer on July 24.

“Hagia Sophia will start functioning as a mosque after 86 years. I hope this decision will benefit all of humanity. “The doors of Hagia Sophia will be open to everyone,” he said.

“Open to all, Muslims and non-Muslims,” he added.

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

Savvidis to Putin: Russia Needs to Once Again Defend Orthodoxy and Pay Attention to Hagia Sophia

Ivan Savvidis, a Russian-Georgian billionaire of Pontic Greek origins, who is also a former member of the Russian Parliament, has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to take a strong position in defending Orthodox Christians against Turkey’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.

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

“I Could Live With That”: How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade

“I decided I could live with that.” — Stansfield Turner, Jimmy Carter’s CIA director, on the extreme level of civilian casualties in the CIA’s covert war in Afghanistan.

The first indelible image of the war in Afghanistan for many Americans was probably that of CBS anchorman Dan Rather, wrapped in the voluminous drapery of a mujahedin fighter, looking like a healthy relative of Lawrence of Arabia (albeit with hair that seemed freshly blow-dried, as some viewers were quick to point out). From his secret mountainside “somewhere in the Hindu Kush,” Rather unloaded on his audience a barrowload of nonsense about the conflict. The Soviets, Rather confided portentously, had put a bounty on his head “of many thousands of dollars.” He went on, “It was the best compliment they could have given me. And having a price put on my head was a small price to pay for the truths we told about Afghanistan.”

Every one of these observations turned out to be entirely false. Rather described the government of Hafizullah Amin as a “Moscow-installed puppet regime in Kabul.” But Amin had closer ties to the CIA than he did to the KGB. Rather called the mujahedin the “Afghan freedom fighters … who were engaged in a deeply patriotic fight to the death for home and hearth.” The mujahedin were scarcely fighting for freedom, in any sense Rather would have been comfortable with, but instead to impose one of the most repressive brands of Islamic fundamentalism known to the world, barbarous, ignorant and notably cruel to women.

It was a “fact,” Rather announced, that the Soviets had used chemical weapons against Afghan villagers. This was a claim promoted by the Reagan administration, which charged that the extraordinarily precise number of 3,042 Afghans had been killed by this yellow chemical rain, a substance that had won glorious propaganda victories in its manifestation in Laos a few years earlier, when the yellow rain turned out to be bee feces heavily loaded with pollen. As Frank Brodhead put it in the London Guardian, “Its composition: one part bee feces, plus many parts State Department disinformation mixed with media gullibility.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

India Releases ‘Tik Tik — Made in India’ To After Country Bans China-Made TikTok

TikTok, the Chinese social media platform, has been intensely scrutinized for accusations of spyware, storing and sharing user data with the Chinese government, and questionable content surfacing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all leading to abundant controversy.

In India, TikTok was one of 59 apps banned in concert with rising geopolitical tensions between India and neighboring China. As a result, a Keralan developer came up with a replacement for the popular platform.

“Tik Tik — Made in India” was originally designed to compete with TikTok, and since the Chinese app was banned in India, has enjoyed immense success since its unveiling.

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Chinese Virologist Flees Hong Kong, Accuses Beijing of COVID-19 Cover-Up

A highly respected Chinese virologist has fled Hong Kong and says that the Chinese government knew about COVID-19 long before they claim they did, and that her supervisors — some of the top experts in the field — ignored research she was conducting at the onset of the pandemic which she says could have saved lives, according to an exclusive interview with Fox News.

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Hong Kong Police Raid Public Opinion Pollster Linked to Pro-Democracy Primaries

Hong Kong police on Friday raided the offices of a polling organization tasked with running primaries that will select pro-democracy candidates in September’s Legislative Council (LegCo) elections.

The raid, shown in a video livestream by Hong Kong’s StandNews, came as a high-ranking official warned that the primaries could breach a draconian security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party on June 30.

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New Pneumonia With “Much Higher Fatality Rate Than COVID” Discovered in Kazakhstan, China Says

Little about this “new pneumonia” is understood, other than the fact that it has no connection to COVID-19.

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French Navy Rescues Migrants With Severe Hypothermia From Capsized Boat in Channel

Four migrants with severe hypothermia were rescued by the French navy after their boat capsized in the English Channel.

The group were spotted by a passing passenger ferry on Saturday.

They were found to have severe hypothermia after being taken to port of Calais.

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Hungary: Court Hands Prison Sentence to Migrants Breaking Through Röszke Border Fence

An appeals court in Szeged, in southern Hungary, has sentenced four illegal migrants to one year imprisonment for breaking through the border fence at a road crossing in Röszke, on the Hungary-Serbia border, in January this year.

In its binding ruling passed on Tuesday, the appeals court also ruled that the two Syrian and two Palestinian defendants should be expelled from the country for two years once they have served their prison terms, thus reducing four years of expulsion in the primary ruling.

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Italy Seizes NGO Vessel That Brought in Coronavirus Positive Migrants

Italian authorities have seized the Sea-Watch 3 vessel, citing several “irregularities” after the ship brought over 200 migrants to Italy last month, many of them infected with the Chinese coronavirus.

The vessel has been docked at the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle for several weeks after dropping off migrants on June 25th and was under quarantine due to the fact at least 28 of the migrants on board later tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Migrants Roam Free in Sicilian Town Despite Quarantine

Migrants placed under coronavirus quarantine in the town of Siculiana have been allowed to essentially roam free, after police were allegedly commanded not to use coercion to stop them breaking lockdown rules.

Police were allegedly ordered to politely ask roving migrants to return to the reception centre under lockdown. The instructions have largely been ignored by many migrants who roam free in the town, according to angry locals.

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Don Lemon Bashes Jesus: “Admittedly Was Not Perfect When He Was Here”

Jesus’ perfection essentially at the core of Christian dogma.

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Max Igan, Silenced for Speaking Against Slavery of Governemnt

Max Igan’s YouTube channel has been permanently removed from YouTube for shedding light on those who are trying to take over the world. It reminds me of a quote I heard in a video a while ago, and I’ll never forget it:

“The things that are going to be blocked are not going to be fake stories. The things that are going to be blocked and censored, the things they are going to keep from people is going to be stuff they just don’t want you to focus on or know about.” — Melissa Dykes

It’s become quite clear that the elitists in power, who are pushing the New World Order of tyrannical dictatorship want people distracted and living in fear. So when a person like Max Igan says things like “stop living in fear and leave the Matrix [the system these psychopaths set up]” he cannot be allowed to speak anymore.

Mass censorship has been happening all over in the previous years, but it’s really ramped up in 2020 as people wake up to the fact that they are being lied to and mind-controlled by the mainstream media. Since Igan’s video that we shared not long ago was removed, here it is from the Bitchute platform, a centralized way to share information and opinions that the ruling class doesn’t want to focus on or know about:

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PANIC! Time Mag Says 2020 is ‘One Last Chance’ To Save Planet

It’s the end of civilization. Again.

Eco-extremists in the liberal media can’t even give themselves a 10-year gap for their end-of-the-world predictions.

The latest Time magazine cover declared that 2020 is our last, best chance to save the planet. Run for your lives!

Time announced the new cover on Twitter.

The cover article was written by Justin Worland, the same author who co-wrote the “TIME 2019 Person of the Year: Greta Thunberg.”

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The Groupthink Pandemic

Groupthink is all around us. Decision-making in government, in the media and at work. It’s slowly killing the world.

In the background of the most important events, the Covid-19 response and increasing tension and conflict in the world, it might be worth looking through some of this in a bit more detail…

Groupthink is common where group members have similar backgrounds and particularly where that group is placed under stress, resulting in irrational decision outcomes.

The obvious analogy for all these behaviors is the response to Covid-19 when government ministers were collectively panicked into making extreme decisions on lockdown, using just one preferred source of ‘expertise’.

At the same time, they sidelined dissenters and independent experts who could have offered a calm, rational perspective and a targeted response to Covid-19.

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18 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/11/2020

    • It’s very hard to say at this point. I think polls are unreliable, but they say it will be Biden, for what it’s worth. And I assume many people are afraid to openly show their support for the president, because they know what happens to people who do that.

      In other words, your guess is as good as mine.

      • Regardless of whichever one wins or cheats their way to victory, the likely post election public disobedience, defiance, rioting, and violence will make the current troubles look like a scuffle in a schoolyard compared to what’s to come. Some observations I have read claim that Americans are too obese and sedentary to ever have another guerilla war or insurrection. It is an interesting speculation and one we will likely have the answer to soon enough.

        • It amazes me that a few months of austere living really takes off the pounds. It makes one fit in no time because they are forced to.

  1. So there is an invisible virus ravaging the earth with cries of bring out your dead on every street corner but immigration continues?

    • It isn’t immigration. It is a deliberate invasion of the West provoked by the likes of Soros and other multi billionaire elites for the sole purpose of destroying ethnic homogeneity in the targeted countries.

      Words have power and we would be wise to remember to use them properly otherwise we surrender moral advantage to those who use hordes of third world orcs as weapons against the nations of the west.

    • Yes, I am. Dymphna and I have written numerous times on Episcopalian topics, notably during the tenure (reign?) of Katharine Jefferts, the previous presiding bishop who looked like Muammar Qaddafi.

      • I´m asking this for one reason. Generally, when we are younger we are progressive but with the time we became conservative.

        In this journey, that is a kind of conversion, we understand how we are progressive educated by media, school, university and so on
        and I see a lot of people change their pre-conceptive ideas about God, religion, etc.

        One pre-conceptive idea is the strong criticism about the Catholic Church that changes when we became conservative. Have you ever passed by it? Have you anytime have ever thought about being catholic?

        thanks, Alerj

        • Oh yes, I have thought about becoming Catholic. My wife was Catholic. The thing is, there isn’t a Catholic Church in our county.

          In any case, I would never consider becoming a Catholic as long as the communist Bergoglio is Pope. And any institution that would choose him as its leader leaves something to be desired.

  2. Erdogan has called for the ‘liberation’ of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
    Holy War Batman! He wants to march on Jerusalem to liberate the Byzantine Cathedral that the muslims took over and have occupied for the past 1,400 years.

    • secretely,I have wished that the great leader would attempt a march on Jerusalem. This would teach the islamic world a lesson they will not forget in thousand years. The “Samson Option”, if this concept exists…
      p.s. someone here from Israel to confirm or deny?

  3. The disgusting defecation story out of France is yet another example of “humiliation violence” that has been a favorite tactic by invaders as of late.

    • It IS a [mass of nonsense]. People are racists against them in every country because they are violent. I know. I am racist against Black Lives (don’t) Matter (to blacks)

  4. National suicide has already been committed. “Young people” will try to wake up and stretch but find “they” can’t. I imagine.

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