Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/8/2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden affirmed his support for reducing funding for police departments in the USA. Mr. Biden averred that militarized police have become the enemy.

In other news, a judge in the UK has ordered Christopher Steele to pay damages to Russian bankers named in his now-notorious “collusion” dossier.

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Financial Crisis
» Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy, Searches for Buyer
» Czech Government Bonds Are a Hit Among Investors
» Czech Economy to Dip More Than OECD Expected 7.8 Percent
» Federal Deficit Balloons to Record $2.7 Trillion
» Hungary’s House Speaker: Current Global Economic Model Unsustainable
» Recession in Poland Will be Shallowest in the EU
» Recovery Fund: Greek PM: We Will Not Accept Conditionalities
 
USA
» 9 Children Under the Age of 18 Have Been Shot Dead in Chicago Since June 20
» A Pro-Trump Student Tried to Document His Professor’s Bias Against Him. Now He’s Facing a Criminal Trial.
» Biden Says Some Funding Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Redirected From Police
» Biden Campaign Slams “Tucker Carlson Tonight” — the Most Popular Cable News Program Ever — as “Hate Speech Masquerading as Journalism”
» Biden Says Police Have “Become the Enemy” And Calls for Defunding the Police (Video)
» Biden Makes No Sense, Forgets His Own Proposal While Reading From a Teleprompter During Virtual Conference (Video)
» BuzzFeed Mad After Bikers Counter Protest BLM Demonstration in Small Ohio Town
» Chief Justice John Roberts Was Hospitalized Overnight After Fall in June
» City of Seattle Forced White Employees to Attend Racial, Marxist “Re-Education” Seminars
» City of Jackson Votes to Remove Statue of President Andrew Jackson From City Hall
» CNN’s Don Lemon: If Mount Rushmore is Going to be Altered, Put Obama “Front and Center”
» District Attorney Who Filed Hate Crime Charges for Painting Over Black Lives Matter Mural Was Backed by Billionaire George Soros
» Doctor Faces Investigation Over Alleged Social Media “Misinformation”
» False Online Accusation Resulted in a Boycott, Outrage and “Terroristic” Threats Against Venue Business
» Farage Backs Trump Over Pulling Out of ‘Corrupt, Globalist’ Who
» FBI Director Wray Says Half of Bureau’s 5,000 Counterintelligence Cases Are Related to China
» Gary Larson Unveils 1st New “Far Side” Comics Since 1995
» Grave of 17 Dead Unknown Confederate Soldiers Desecrated at Church in DC Suburb
» Ilhan Omar Calls for “Dismantling” Of U.S. “Economy and Political Systems” In Order to End “Oppression”
» Judge Allows Roy Moore Lawsuit Over Sacha Baron Cohen Prank to Proceed
» Judge Asked to Dismiss Part of Rep. Bailey Lawsuit
» June Sets NICS Volume/Gun Sales Record
» Kanye West: “They Want to Put Chips Inside of Us”
» Kanye West Confirms Presidential Run, Says His White House Would Run Like Wakanda
» Laura Loomer and Freedom Watch Request Full Court Review of Their Big Tech Censorship Lawsuit
» Lt. Col Alexander Vindman Announces Retirement From Army
» Marquette University Threatened to Rescind Student’s Admission Over Pro-Trump TikTok Video
» More Than 6,000 Coronavirus Patients Were Sent to New York Nursing Homes After Gov. Cuomo’s Order
» New Species of Seaweed Threatens Existence of Protected Coral Reef Near Hawaii
» NYPD Limits Retirement Applications Amid 400 Percent Surge This Week
» Oregon Politician Wrote Racist Letter to Himself, Police Say
» Prince Andrew’s Cousin Says Ghislaine Maxwell Has ‘Secret Video’ of Him
» Pro-Trump Flotilla Shatters Record for Largest Boat Parade Ever
» San Francisco Considers ‘Caren Act’ To Penalize ‘Racially Exploitative’ 911 Callers
» Second Federal Lawsuit Filed Over CHOP
» Sen. Blackburn: “Omar and Her Marxist Comrades Are a Threat to Our Democracy. Omar Should Resign.”
» The Band Lady A Files Lawsuit Against Singer Anita ‘Lady A’ White
» Trump Administration to “Pressure” Governors to Open Public Schools in the Fall
» Watch: BLM Agitator Vows to Call CPS on White Church-Going Mother
 
Canada
» Breaking: Protestors Take to Toronto Streets to Oppose Mandatory Masks in Ontario
» Canadians Less Likely Than Americans to Wear Masks, Poll Reveals
» Edmonton Eskimos Sponsor Threatens to Drop Team if They Do Not Change Their Name
» Toronto Doctors for Defunding Police in Say ‘Policing is a Public Health Crisis’
 
Europe and the EU
» British Judge Orders Christopher Steele to Pay Damages to Russian Bankers Named in Dossier
» Climate Activists Step Up Calls for Imprisoning Climate Realists
» Dutch Police Arrest Farmers Protesting EU Emission Laws Strangling Agriculture
» Dutch Police Discover Kidnap, Torture Chamber in Hidden Shipping Containers
» ‘Europe Uncensored’ Meant to Foster Dialogue, MEP Bellamy Says
» Germany Thinks Facebook Isn’t Doing Enough to Censor “Hate Speech” And Plans to Intervene
» Italy: Voter Confidence in Conte Government Plummets by 20 Points
» Neurobiologist Elected New President of Hungarian Academy of Sciences
» PM Orban: Europe is in Retreat
» PM Orban Meets Moderator of Innovative Online Conference
» Poland: PM Morawiecki to Trzaskowski: What Have You Done to Prevent Arriva Road Accidents in Warsaw?
» Record Amount of Meth Worth €300 Million Confiscated in Slovakia
» Switzerland: Mountain Linked to Racist Scientist Agassiz to Keep Its Name
» Top Italian Epidemiologist Says New Coronavirus Outbreaks No Cause for Concern
» UK Will Block Blair’s Spin Doctor, Anti-Brexiteer Mandelson From Becoming Head of WTO: Report
» UK: Labour Leader Claims Boris’s Transparent Press Briefings Will ‘Unbalance Political Discourse’
» UK: Watch: Black Lives Matter Protest Joins ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ Chanting Pro-Yemen Demonstration
 
Middle East
» 12 Christians Arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in 3 Cities
» Turkish Media Report Hagia Sophia is Being Converted Into a Mosque
 
South Asia
» Australian Surfer Carmen Greentree Abducted and Raped for 2 Months in a Houseboat in Kashmir in 2004, Pressurised to Convert to Islam
» In Islamic Pakistan, Hindus Are Forced to Bury the Dead Bodies, Depriving Sanatani Last Rites
» VHP and Bajrangdal Rescued Hindu Girl From Love Jihad Trap in West Bengal
 
Far East
» Pope Omits Prepared Comments About China’s New Hong Kong Laws From Speech, Raising Concerns
 
Australia — Pacific
» Ancient Voyage Carried Native Americans’ DNA to Remote Pacific Islands
 
Latin America
» “To Those Who Cheer Against Hydroxychloroquine — I Regret to Inform You I Am Doing Well” — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Announces Excellent News on His Health (Video)
 
Immigration
» Analysis: European Countries Cannot Protect the EU Borders Alone
» Australia: Protesters Vow to Block Traffic Twice a Day for Six Months if Asylum Seekers Are Sent to Christmas Island From Their Waterfront Hotel Home of Seven Years
» EU Commission Declares Asylum Rejections at Borders Illegal
» Majority of Swedes Say They Want Fewer Asylum Seekers
» Migration Watch: 7,500 Illegal Boat Migrants Will Reach the UK by Christmas
» Northeastern Joins Harvard, MIT in Federal Lawsuit Over New Immigration Rule Targeting Students
» Passengers Offered Counselling After Witnessing Afghan Migrant Kill Wife on German Bus
» Pickup Truck Carrying Migrants Crashes in North Macedonia
 
Culture Wars
» Activists Telling Companies to Boycott Facebook Ads Are Still Running Facebook Ads Themselves
» Creator of Call of Duty Video Game Franchise Removes “OK” Symbol From Modern Warfare and Warzone Games
» Fearing Cancellation, Some Withdraw Signatures From Open Letter Decrying Cancel Culture
» Ohio’s Oldest Abortion Clinic, Opened Just Months After Roe V. Wade Decision, Is Closing Down
» Orwell Cancelled? Journalist Says “Vile” Author Aided Nazis
» Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Opens Across From Largest Planned Parenthood Clinic in Texas
» Supreme Court Delivers Win for Religious Liberty, Protecting Religious Schools From Nondiscrimination Suits
» Supreme Court Rules Employers May Opt Out of ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate for Religious, Moral Reasons
» ‘The Purge Will Only Accelerate’: Stefan Molyneux Suspended From Twitter Just Days After Receiving YouTube Ban
» Trump Warns Republicans to “Toughen Up” To Combat the Left’s “Culture War”
» Video: Students Say They Will Sacrifice Free Speech to Avoid Offending People
» Vox Journalist Matthew Yglesias Publicly Shamed by Colleague for Daring to Sign Anti-Cancel Culture Letter
 

Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy, Searches for Buyer

Brooks Brothers, the pioneer of the polo, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday as it continues to search for a buyer.

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Czech Government Bonds Are a Hit Among Investors

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Czech government had to increase the budget deficit, which led to issuing government bonds worth almost 500 billion korunas (€18.7 billion).

However, the Czech government bonds have already been a hit among foreign investors since the beginning of the year as they have increased the volume of Czech debentures in their portfolios by 109 billion korunas (€4 billion).

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

Czech Economy to Dip More Than OECD Expected 7.8 Percent

According to the European Commission, the Czech economy will drop by 7.8 percent this year due to restrictions associated with the spread of the coronavirus, which is significantly more than originally expected.

In its macroeconomic estimate, the European Commission worsened this year’s outlook for the Czech economy by 1.6 percent compared to the May forecast. Next year, the Czech Republic’s gross domestic product should increase by 4.5 percent, but even that is half a point less than in the spring estimate, the Commission added.

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Federal Deficit Balloons to Record $2.7 Trillion

The United States federal deficit in the first nine months of the fiscal year ballooned to a record $2.7 trillion — nearly double the largest full-year deficit on record, the Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday.

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Hungary’s House Speaker: Current Global Economic Model Unsustainable

The coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated that the current global economic model is unsustainable, Speaker of the House Laszló Kövér said in an interview with news station InfoRadió.

Kövér said the spread of the pandemic also showed that globalization has had unexpected, but entirely logical consequences, which will remain a threat in the future. He pointed out that the movement of people and goods across continents has reached an unprecedented level, are here to stay and the situation could still get worse. In parallel with this, human relationships have gained a new value while other factors have been devalued: “it is not so important that we spend our holidays overseas”.

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Recession in Poland Will be Shallowest in the EU

In May, the EC forecasted that Poland’s economy will shrink by 4.3 percent. This is 0.3 percentage points less than the current forecast of 4.6 percent. Despite the change in the forecast, the economic situation in Poland will be good compared to other European countries.

“The Polish economy has shown relative resistance in Q1, mainly due to slow exposal to sectors affected by the difficulties and the diversified economic structure,” the EC’s statement reads.

The GDP of the entire Eurozone will decrease by 8.7 percent, compared to the 7.7 percent forecasted in May.

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

Recovery Fund: Greek PM: We Will Not Accept Conditionalities

Mitsotakis told Ft, Greeks have matured, we want to make reforms

(ANSA) — BRUSSELS, 06 LUG — “Further rigid conditionalities,” imposed by the EU for the aid from the Recovery Fund would be “politically unacceptable.” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with the Financial Times.

“After a decade of austerity, the Greeks have matured a lot, and now we want to make our reforms, which are necessary to recover from the coronavirus crisis,” underlined the Greek Prime Minister, who is aiming to targeted actions for “green and digital transition,” and encouraged investments partially through a privatization program.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

9 Children Under the Age of 18 Have Been Shot Dead in Chicago Since June 20

The city of Chicago is on track to surpass the 778 deaths it amassed in 2016 — its deadliest year since the mid-1990s.

Of the 336 people who have been murdered in Chicago through July 2, nine childrenunder the age of 18 have been shot dead since June 20.

Rev. Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church in Chicago called the recent killings the worst he has seen in 45 years.

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

A Pro-Trump Student Tried to Document His Professor’s Bias Against Him. Now He’s Facing a Criminal Trial.

UPDATED

Was it really a private conversation?

A student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is being prosecuted for recording a conversation with a professor whom he suspected of discriminating against him for his political views.

Jared Schafkopf disputes the charges: felony wiretapping for recording the conversation with Rachelle Bouchat, associate professor of mathematics, and disorderly conduct because Bouchat told police she “feared for her safety” and her children’s.

Though the student shared the police report with The College Fix, he declined to answer several questions or flesh out certain allegations, citing his lawyer’s advice.

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

Biden Says Some Funding Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Redirected From Police

Joe Biden also said police forces don’t need surplus military equipment because it makes them look like ‘the enemy’ in communities

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Campaign Slams “Tucker Carlson Tonight” — the Most Popular Cable News Program Ever — as “Hate Speech Masquerading as Journalism”

The campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden has lashed out at Fox News host Tucker Carlson, claiming he “and his colleagues … traffic in hate speech masquerading as journalism.”

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

Biden Says Police Have “Become the Enemy” And Calls for Defunding the Police (Video)

Joe Biden on Wednesday fully embraced the defund the police movement.

77-year-old Biden stumbled his way through an interview with health care activist Ady Barkan.

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

Biden Makes No Sense, Forgets His Own Proposal While Reading From a Teleprompter During Virtual Conference (Video)

77-year-old Joe Biden on Wednesday made no sense and forgot his own proposal while reading from a teleprompter when he made remarks at IBEW’s 2020 virtual political conference.

As soon as Biden realized he was making no sense, he insisted he was “taking too much time.”

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

BuzzFeed Mad After Bikers Counter Protest BLM Demonstration in Small Ohio Town

Small town Black Lives Matter supporters recently staged a protest in Bethel, Ohio, only to be greeted by a much larger group of counter protesters including members of local motorcycle clubs, who proceeded to challenge the Black Lives Matter protesters and largely disrupted the event.

On June 15, a small group of Black Lives Matter supporters was greeted by over 700 counter protesters in Bethel, Ohio, leaving police totally overwhelmed, and generating a series of viral videos. While National File previously reported on this event, Buzzfeed’s reporting focused on isolated reports of racism at the hands of bikers and, potentially, residents of Bethel.

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

Chief Justice John Roberts Was Hospitalized Overnight After Fall in June

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized after sustaining a forehead injury during a fall on June 21, according to a source who talked with the Washington Post.

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

City of Seattle Forced White Employees to Attend Racial, Marxist “Re-Education” Seminars

Documents uncovered by City Journal journalist Christopher Rufo show that white city employees in Seattle were exclusively forced to attend Marxist re-education training in a course entitled, “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness.”

The sessions were meant to reinterpret traditional American concepts like “individualism,” “intellectualism,” and “objectivity,” as examples of white people’s “internalized racial superiority.”

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

City of Jackson Votes to Remove Statue of President Andrew Jackson From City Hall

The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, voted 5-1 Tuesday to remove a statue of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson from City Hall and relocate the bronze monument to a less prominent spot, a local NBC affiliate reported.

The lone dissenting vote was Councilman Ashby Foote — the only Republican on the council.

Foote, who is a self-described “history buff,” said “the whole idea of tearing down historical statues and monuments is generally a bad idea.”

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

CNN’s Don Lemon: If Mount Rushmore is Going to be Altered, Put Obama “Front and Center”

CNN anchor Don Lemon on Tuesday said that former U.S. president Barack Obama should be “front and center” on Mount Rushmore alongside the country’s founding fathers.

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

District Attorney Who Filed Hate Crime Charges for Painting Over Black Lives Matter Mural Was Backed by Billionaire George Soros

A California district attorney who charged a couple with a hate crime for painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural was backed by liberal billionaire George Soros.

Contra Costa County, California, District Attorney Diana Becton announced on Tuesday that Nichole Anderson and David Nelson, both white, were being charged with three misdemeanors, including a “violation of civil rights” hate crime charge, after they were caught on video painting over a Black Lives Matter street mural.

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

Doctor Faces Investigation Over Alleged Social Media “Misinformation”

Senator Scott Jensen, who is also a family doctor, made a video about COVID-19 that went viral, particularly on Twitter and Facebook. As a result of the viral video, he is facing an investigation by the Minnesota Medical Review Board. According to the senator from Chaska, the complaints made to the review board might be politically motivated.

In April, as the coronavirus became the global conversation and the experts were offering conflicting advice, Jensen was trending on Twitter. The senator alleged that the guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were misleading and could potentially inflate the number of COVID-19 deaths.

The doctor called the guidelines “ridiculous”, and said that hospitals could inflate the numbers for revenue.

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

False Online Accusation Resulted in a Boycott, Outrage and “Terroristic” Threats Against Venue Business

Mob mentality online is increasing. While some people are deemed “canceled” when they commit an atrocity, others are simply falling prey to attacks over their opinions or false accusations and are facing mobs and being ostracized for doing nothing wrong.

What we have now is a Black-owned business that has taken a huge hit due to false accusations that were posted on Facebook. Owned by TC Cuthbertson, The Falls Banquet is a banquet hall located near the Morrisville line in Pennsylvania and is a common destination for several events including weddings.

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

Farage Backs Trump Over Pulling Out of ‘Corrupt, Globalist’ Who

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has backed Donald Trump in his move to pull the United States out of the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Tuesday, President Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from the UN-backed organisation after it faced criticism for its handling of the Chinese coronavirus. The WHO had even initially echoed Chinese Communist Party propaganda that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.

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

FBI Director Wray Says Half of Bureau’s 5,000 Counterintelligence Cases Are Related to China

Most Americans have likely had their information stolen already, Wray says

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned Americans that the Chinese government’s theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale, suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington, Wray said that Chinese thefts amount to “one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” and that the American people are the victims.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Gary Larson Unveils 1st New “Far Side” Comics Since 1995

Fans of the cartoon “The Far Side” were blessed with a series of new comics released by Gary Larson on Tuesday.

A man hailing a “taxidermist,” bears eating Cub Scouts, and aliens preparing for a human abduction while promising to practice “probe and release,” were all new frames appearing on the comic’s website.

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

Grave of 17 Dead Unknown Confederate Soldiers Desecrated at Church in DC Suburb

A memorial at the grave of 17 Confederate soldiers, 16 of whom were never identified, was desecrated at a church in the DC suburb of Silver Spring, MD, last month.

The vandalized gravestone memorial was barely mentioned by any national media, despite being only minutes from the nation’s capital and nearby the homes of hundreds of journalists.

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

Ilhan Omar Calls for “Dismantling” Of U.S. “Economy and Political Systems” In Order to End “Oppression”

Following her previous appeal to reconstruct the American criminal justice system after the death of George Floyd, Representative Ilhan Omar has now called for the “dismantling” of the United States “economy and political systems.”

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

Judge Allows Roy Moore Lawsuit Over Sacha Baron Cohen Prank to Proceed

A federal judge in New York has denied a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against actor Sacha Baron Cohen by former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter, an Obama appointee, denied the motion in an order filed Monday in the 2018 lawsuit against Cohen, Showtime and CBS filed by Moore and his wife, Kayla, according tomultiple reports.

The lawsuit stems from a 2018 episode of Cohen’s show “Who is America?” Moore claims that he was defamed and tricked into appearing on the show, during which Cohen, posing as an Israeli anti-terrorism expert, labeled the former U.S. Senate candidate as a pedophile while using a device “supposedly invented by the Israeli Army.”

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

Judge Asked to Dismiss Part of Rep. Bailey Lawsuit

CHICAGO (WICS/WRSP) — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion to dismiss Count I in a lawsuit brought by Rep. Darren Bailey against Gov. Pritzker.

Rep. Bailey, R-Xenia, filed a lawsuit in Clay County Circuit Court on April 23, claiming Pritzker had exceeded his authority and violated the civil rights of Illinoisans by issuing and extending the stay at home order.

Last week, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney ruled that the 30 days of Pritzker’s emergency powers lapsed on April 8, so any executive orders related to COVID-19 in effect after this date are void.

Despite the ruling, officials with the Governor’s Office said Phase 4 of Restore Illinois remains in effect.

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June Sets NICS Volume/Gun Sales Record

The FBI processed a total of 3,931,607 records through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in June, roughly 1.6 million more than the same month in 2019 and nearly 200,000 more than the previous highwater mark, set in March. After subtracting use of the system not associated with a firearm purchase, the number reflects the sale of nearly 2.4 million guns nationwide. The figures do not include transfers made to valid CCW permit holders in those regions of the country where a redundant background check is not required for their firearm purchases.

May’s gun sales numbers were also up by 80.2 percent, with a total of 1,726,053, according to an estimate from Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF). The increases have now continued for more than a year and show little sign of slowing.

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

Kanye West: “They Want to Put Chips Inside of Us”

Kanye West gave a wild interview to Forbes in which he asserted that vaccines were “the mark of the beast” and that the true agenda behind them was a plot to “put chips inside of us.”

Much of the media coverage of the interview centered on the rapper’s supposed distancing of himself from President Trump after Kanye stated, “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”

However, his other comments were significantly more incendiary.

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

Kanye West Confirms Presidential Run, Says His White House Would Run Like Wakanda

Kanye West confirmed in a recent interview with Forbes magazine that he is running for president of the United States in 2020, but has not created an organized campaign.

[Comment: Wakanda is a fictional country appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is located in Sub-Saharan Africa and is home to the superhero Black Panther.]

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Laura Loomer and Freedom Watch Request Full Court Review of Their Big Tech Censorship Lawsuit

Congressional candidate Laura Loomer and non-profit Freedom Watch’s lawyer Larry Klayman has submitted a petition for rehearing en banc which seeks a full court review of the dismissal of their Big Tech censorship lawsuit by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The lawsuit accuses Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter of working together to “intentionally and willfully suppress politically conservative content,” breaching the Sherman Act (an anti-monopoly law, breaching the District of Columbia’s public accommodation law (which prohibits discrimination in any place of public accommodation), and breaching the First Amendment.

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Lt. Col Alexander Vindman Announces Retirement From Army

Ukraine impeachment hoax figure Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman announced via Twitter Wednesday he is putting in for retirement from the Army. Vindman was up for promotion to full colonel this year but there were questions about whether he would indeed be promoted given the controversy over his tenure at the White House National Security Council. After President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial in February, Vindman and his twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman were both fired from the NSC.

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

Marquette University Threatened to Rescind Student’s Admission Over Pro-Trump TikTok Video

UPDATED

Soon to be Marquette University freshman Samantha Pfefferle has yet to even step foot on campus, yet she said she is already facing possible dismissal from the school.

The threat to cancel Pfefferle’s admission came after she posted a video to her account on the popular social media site TikTok showing her support for President Donald Trump.

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

More Than 6,000 Coronavirus Patients Were Sent to New York Nursing Homes After Gov. Cuomo’s Order

New York state officials are now revealing that the number of coronavirus patients that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered sent to nursing homes in the height of the pandemic was more than 6,300, a higher number than was previously estimated.

Cuomo’s March 25 order has come under increased scrutiny as no other state saw the thousands of elderly deaths New York reported.

Health officials note that the data is showing that many nursing home patients became sick because the staff caring for them had become carriers of the virus, even when not displaying symptoms.

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New Species of Seaweed Threatens Existence of Protected Coral Reef Near Hawaii

Scientists have warned of seaweed that was spreading rapidly in remote northwestern Hawaiian islands, killing large patches of pristine coral. In a study published in journal Plos One, researchers from the University of Hawaii explained that this newly discovered species of seaweed easily breaks off and tumbles around, eventually settling on corals to block their space and sunlight.

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NYPD Limits Retirement Applications Amid 400 Percent Surge This Week

New York’s Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle — while citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The Post has learned.

A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year’s number — as the city grapples with a surge of shootings — and the stampede caused a bottleneck that’s forcing others to delay putting in their papers, officials and sources said.

The NYPD said Wednesday that 179 cops filed for retirement between June 29 and Monday, an astounding 411-percent increase over the 35 who filed during the same time period in 2019.

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Oregon Politician Wrote Racist Letter to Himself, Police Say

UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. — A man who claimed he received a hate-filled, racist letter from an anonymous person allegedly wrote the letter himself, Hermiston Police say.

Chief Jason Edmiston tells KEPR-TV News that the criminal investigation for second-degree intimidation due to the racist, hate-filled letter received by Jonathan Lopez on June 23 has been closed. The matter will be referred this week to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for initiating a false report — a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.

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Prince Andrew’s Cousin Says Ghislaine Maxwell Has ‘Secret Video’ of Him

An acquaintance of Ghislaine Maxwell has told reporters that the socialite has secret video footage of Prince Andrew that was filmed during her time as Jeffrey Epstein’s so called ‘madam’.

Christina Oxenberg told The Sun that Andrew, the British Queen’s son, “is one of many johns, all of whom were videotaped by Ghislaine.”

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Pro-Trump Flotilla Shatters Record for Largest Boat Parade Ever

A fleet of boats honoring President Trump over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina shattered a world record for the largest boat parade in history.

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San Francisco Considers ‘Caren Act’ To Penalize ‘Racially Exploitative’ 911 Callers

San Francisco may become the first city in the United States to ban 911 calls made under discriminatory or racially-motivated pretenses, at a time where race relations have become increasingly fragile.

Some high-profile incidents where white people were caught on camera calling the cops on people of color have prompted lawmakers in progressive California city to propose what they are calling the CAREN Act.

The CAREN Act stands for Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, and was first revealed on Tuesday by San Francisco Democrat Shamann Walton at the Board of Supervisors.

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Second Federal Lawsuit Filed Over CHOP

SEATTLE — A second lawsuit was filed in federal court over the CHOP zone on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The class action lawsuit claims by allowing the protest zone, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee, violated the Constitutional rights of everyone who lives, works, or passes through the area.

Not only does attorney Jacob Bozeman say the city allowed it, he claims they helped create it by installing barricades and bathrooms.

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Sen. Blackburn: “Omar and Her Marxist Comrades Are a Threat to Our Democracy. Omar Should Resign.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Tuesday strongly recommended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to resign after she called for the “dismantling” of the U.S. “economy and political systems.”

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The Band Lady A Files Lawsuit Against Singer Anita ‘Lady A’ White

On June 11, the band announced it was dropping the name Antebellum from its name after reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement and in an effort to be more inclusive.

Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum” from its name because of the word’s ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

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Trump Administration to “Pressure” Governors to Open Public Schools in the Fall

President Trump said on Tuesday that his administration would be pressuring governors throughout the United States to open public schools to students in the fall.

“We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open. It’s very important,” Trump said at a White House event on school reopenings that featured health experts, educators, and politicians.

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Watch: BLM Agitator Vows to Call CPS on White Church-Going Mother

A Black Lives Matter protester vowed to vindictively call Child Protective Services (CPS) against a white mother who was merely trying to shepherd her children into church. Black Lives Matter recently harassed churchgoers in Troy, New York Calling CPS against law-abiding parents is a common leftist intimidation tactic that places their targets in the system, liable to lose their kids if CPS plays along.

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Breaking: Protestors Take to Toronto Streets to Oppose Mandatory Masks in Ontario

Protestors took to Toronto streets on Tuesday to demonstrate against the Ontario government’s decision to make masks mandatory for indoor spaces. The protest, which was organized by thelinecanada.com, involved flooding the subway and chanting “hugs over masks” and “back to normal.”

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Canadians Less Likely Than Americans to Wear Masks, Poll Reveals

A recent poll has revealed that while Canadians tend to support their government’s handling of COVID-19 more than Americans support theirs, Americans are more apt to wear masks when out of their house.

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Edmonton Eskimos Sponsor Threatens to Drop Team if They Do Not Change Their Name

A sponsor of the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos has threatened to drop its support of the team unless it changes its name.

This comes after the team conducted “an extensive year-long formal research and engagement program with Inuit leaders and community members across Canada,” and found that there “were a range of views regarding the club’s name but no consensus emerged to support a name change. The club has therefore decided to retain its name.”

The team had been facing down condemnation from various social justice organizations with claims that the term “Eskimo” is “racist” and discriminatory toward the Inuit.

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Toronto Doctors for Defunding Police in Say ‘Policing is a Public Health Crisis’

A group of more than 50 Toronto-based doctors are demanding the defunding of police, claiming that “policing is a public health crisis.”

In response to calls from Black and Indigenous communities to address “systemic racism,” Doctors For Defunding Police advocates for the reallocation of police funding to “support response systems” backed by public health research.

[Comment: Woke doctors. Lovely.]

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British Judge Orders Christopher Steele to Pay Damages to Russian Bankers Named in Dossier

A court in the United Kingdom ordered British ex-spy Christopher Steele to pay thousands in damages to two Russian bankers named in the former MI6 agent’s dossier as having “illicit” financial ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Justice Warby of the Queen’s Bench Division of the British High Court of Justice presided over a weeklong March hearing in the defamation lawsuit brought by the owners of Russia’s Alfa Bank, Petr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, and German Khan, against Orbis Business Intelligence, Steele’s private intelligence firm through which he conducted research in 2016 for Fusion GPS through the Perkins Coie law firm on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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Climate Activists Step Up Calls for Imprisoning Climate Realists

Unable to win the debate in the court of public opinion, climate activists are increasingly calling for the imprisonment of climate realists. The latest example is an article in The Carbon Brief titled “How climate change misinformation spreads online.” The authors, who are all University of Exeter professors, advocate fines and imprisonment for people publishing “climate misinformation” online. They justify their call for imprisonment by claiming tremendous harm from “misleading information that is created and spread with intent to deceive.” …

This isn’t the first time such wild calls for criminalization of contrary climate opinion have been made, in fact, it goes back to 2014: Lawrence Torcello, a liberal arts professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, writes in an essay at The Conversation that climate scientists who fail to communicate the correct message about “global warming” should face trial for “criminal negligence.” A commenter on his article went even further to suggest that I should be sent to the war crimes tribunal in the Hauge for having a different opinion on climate:

“… I believe Anthony Watts should be frogmarched to The Hague as well. No question, in my mind. In fact, I find the idea of a defense of his actions ethically reprehensible.”

It gets worse. An ugly theatrical play, called Kill Climate Deniers, was even created in Australia about the issue.

The bottom line? Imprisonment of political dissidents has been a common theme with repressive regimes going back to the beginning of history. When those seeking power can’t convince the populace of the merits of their ideas, they start putting people who disagree in jail, hoping that fear will keep the rest in line. Fortunately, we live in a country where free speech is guaranteed by the Constitution.

But, should the time ever come when I’m going to be imprisoned for my viewpoints, I won’t go quietly, and neither will the thousands of independent thinkers on social media.

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Dutch Police Arrest Farmers Protesting EU Emission Laws Strangling Agriculture

Dutch police arrested dozens of farmers Wednesday who were blocking the entrance to a waste treatment plant, the latest in a string of protests by farmers angry at government plans to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide.

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Dutch Police Discover Kidnap, Torture Chamber in Hidden Shipping Containers

Dutch police have arrested six men after a torture chamber was discovered in a series of underground shipping containers, kitted out with implements of torture including a dentist chair, handcuffs, pliers, saws, and black hoods.

The seven shipping containers were modified with sound insulation and lined with heat-insulating foil. Each container had handcuffs on the floor and ceiling, with the purpose of chaining kidnapping victims in standing position. The torture chambers were also fitted with cameras, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service revealed on Tuesday.

One of the shipping containers was found to have several sets of police clothing, bulletproof vests, and flashing lights. Dutch police also found a container with a dental chair bolted in the middle. There were also bags full of instruments presumably meant to torture prospective victims, including “pruning shears, tree loppers, branch saws, scalpels, pliers, extra handcuffs, finger cuffs, tape, balaclavas, and black cotton bags” that could be used as kidnapping hoods.

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‘Europe Uncensored’ Meant to Foster Dialogue, MEP Bellamy Says

Today’s Europe Uncensored video conference featuring three Central European leaders is designed to foster dialogue that could lead to better mutual understanding among EU member states, said French philosopher and MEP François-Xavier Bellamy in an interview with conservative Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap.

“We must maintain dialogue with our friends in East-Central Europe. Since becoming member of the European Parliament, I have had the impression that division is a major hazard to Europe [and] these divisions are often fed by a great deal of misunderstanding or often even by false information,” Bellamy said. “The need to strengthen dialogue is more pressing than ever before.”

Bellamy will moderate an English-language video conference today at 10 CET featuring Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa. The conference will streamed here.

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Germany Thinks Facebook Isn’t Doing Enough to Censor “Hate Speech” And Plans to Intervene

The German government has indicated again that it wants to increase the regulation of Facebook content, and say that the tactics applied by the social network are not enough to prevent the spread of so-called hate speech.

Possible actions by the German government are being decided upon as a response to a campaign against Facebook originated by activist movements in the United States.

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Italy: Voter Confidence in Conte Government Plummets by 20 Points

ROME — Italian voter confidence in the government of Giuseppe Conte has declined by 20 percentage points since mid-March and now sits at just above 30 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday by Tecnè.

According to the survey, 53.1 percent of Italians are looking for a change of executive, with 33.3 percent proposing a government of national unity and 19.8 requesting an early vote.

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Neurobiologist Elected New President of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Neurobiologist Tamas Freund, 61, replaced on Tuesday mathematician Laszló Lovasz, 72, at the helm of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) after a 24-hour voting round that ended on Tuesday. Freund received 58.51 percent of the 429 votes, with over 100 of the 555 voting right members not taking part. Psychologist Csaba Pléh, 74, was second with 39.39 percent of the votes.

Freund, a graduate of the Eötvös Lorand Science University received his doctorate in neurobiology in 1984 and has been a researcher ever since, having won several prestigious international and domestic awards, including Denmark’s The Brain Prize for outstanding contribution to neuroscience by a still active researcher. He is also a member of the European Academy, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Natural Sciences.

[Comment: Hopefully he’s not part of the Woke Brigade.]

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PM Orban: Europe is in Retreat

Once mighty Europe and the European Union is currently in retreat, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a joint video conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday. The conference — streamed live on Facebook — was meant to offer the larger public a window into the thoughts of the three regional leaders on the current issues the European Union is facing.

“Europe is in retreat, Europe is performing worse than it was doing 30 years ago,” Orban said. “The fertility rate in 1990 in the EU was 1.8, in 2008 it was 1.56 and in 2018 it was 1.5. The annual number of marriages shows the same pattern. If you look at the defense spending, it is the same: we are paying much less attention to our safety than we did 30 years ago. The economic output of Europe in 1990 was 25 percent of the global total — last year it was 15.”

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PM Orban Meets Moderator of Innovative Online Conference

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met French MEP François-Xavier Bellamy in his office on Tuesday, the day before the innovative “Europe Uncensored” live video conference today of three regional leaders which aims to give a wider audience access to their unfiltered thoughts.

Bellamy (34), leader of the French Republicans’ MEP group will be the moderator of the conference during which Orban and the two other regional leaders, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa will all speak in English, in order to avoid any potential distortion or loss of their message due to translation.

The topics of the conference will include but will not be limited to long-term issues of the region and Europe at large such as demographics, immigration, sovereignty and national identity.

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Poland: PM Morawiecki to Trzaskowski: What Have You Done to Prevent Arriva Road Accidents in Warsaw?

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has highlighted the recent Arriva bus accident in Warsaw on social media, where he questioned Rafal Trzaskowski’s decision-making as mayor of the city:

“We make mistakes in different areas. The art of governance is the skill of drawing conclusions. Mr. Trzaskowski, what safety measures and security, what did you do to prevent these accidents? Has the German-owned Arriva introduced a recovery plan? One should answer questions such as these.”

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Record Amount of Meth Worth €300 Million Confiscated in Slovakia

Officers from the Financial Administration department at the Nitra Customs Office have confiscated 1.5 tons of meth from Mexico worth at least €300 million. The drugs were hidden in two metal tanks used for liquids. The goal was to clear the shipment in Slovakia, from where it could be distributed throughout the European Union. The Slovak Financial Administration office said on Tuesday that this was the largest amount of confiscated drugs in the country’s history.

Slovak customs officers focused on inspecting the two metal tanks, which were transported from Mexico through a port in Croatia for customs clearance in Slovakia. According to the financial administration office, the reason for the inspection was the fact that the consignment traveled along a well-known drug route from Mexico.

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Switzerland: Mountain Linked to Racist Scientist Agassiz to Keep Its Name

New efforts to rename the Agassizhorn peak in the Swiss Alps have suffered a setback after the authorities of Grindelwald rejected a request by campaigners.

The local council of the mountain resort dismissed a call for renaming the 3,946m peak on Tuesday as “far-fetched”.

“History can’t be wiped out just like that,” said Grindelwald mayor Beat Bucher, as quoted in Wednesday’s edition of the Der Bund newspaper.

He argues it is wiser to deal with both the positive and negative aspects of history, including the Swiss-American 19th scientist Louis Agassiz and his racist views.

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Top Italian Epidemiologist Says New Coronavirus Outbreaks No Cause for Concern

ROME — The president of the Italian Society of Anti-infection Therapy (SITA) said Monday scattered new outbreaks of coronavirus in Italy present no real cause for concern.

Dr. Matteo Bassetti, who is also the director of Infectious Diseases at the San Martino Hospital in Genoa, said that all the signs are that the epidemic continues to decline in Italy and even where new positives occur, they represent a significantly lower viral load and in no way suggest a second wave of the virus.

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UK Will Block Blair’s Spin Doctor, Anti-Brexiteer Mandelson From Becoming Head of WTO: Report

While Tony Blair’s former advisor may have garnered support from EU member states, Britain’s Conservative government will reportedly block Peter Mandelson’s bid to become the next leader of the World Trade Organization (WTO) over his anti-Brexit views.

Once dubbed The Prince of Darkness, the Labour peer Lord Mandelson is one of two British candidates in the running to become the chief of the global trade regulator, along with former British trade secretary for the Conservative government, Brexiteer Dr Liam Fox.

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UK: Labour Leader Claims Boris’s Transparent Press Briefings Will ‘Unbalance Political Discourse’

The leader of the left-wing Labour Party has claimed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson introducing a White House-style televised press briefing would risk “unbalancing the political discourse”.

In a bid for greater transparency — and what would reduce the mainstream media’s monopoly on access to political leaders on a daily basis — Boris Johnson announced the new televised press briefings.

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UK: Watch: Black Lives Matter Protest Joins ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ Chanting Pro-Yemen Demonstration

On Sunday, hundreds of pro-Yemeni and Black Lives Matter protesters joined forces in London to demonstrate against “white” capitalism, systemic racism, and the war in Yemen.

In a Breitbart London exclusive video, protesters are seen shouting the Islamic phrase “Allah hu Akbar” (Allah is greater [than your god]), “Justice for Yemen”, as well as common slogans to the BLM movement in Britain such as “the UK is not innocent”.

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12 Christians Arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in 3 Cities

At least a dozen Christians living in Iran have been arrested by intelligence officersbelonging to the country’s Revolutionary Guard in three cities, a human rights monitoring group reported.

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Turkish Media Report Hagia Sophia is Being Converted Into a Mosque

According to Turkish journalist Mehmet Ardiç, who is Erdogan’s secret adviser, Turkey’s Supreme Court decided to overturn Kemal Ataturk’s decision (from 1934), which turned Hagia Sophia into a museum.

“The Council of State unanimously canceled the Hagia Sophia decision dated 27.11.1934,” he tweeted.

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This news comes as a representative of Turkey’s governing AKP, Numan Kurtulmus, told Turkish media that on July 15, or even earlier, Hagia Sophia will be opened as a mosque “for prayer”.

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Australian Surfer Carmen Greentree Abducted and Raped for 2 Months in a Houseboat in Kashmir in 2004, Pressurised to Convert to Islam

About 16 years back, Carmen Greentree, then 22, took time out of her surfing to explore spirituality under Dalai Lama in the Himalayas in May 2004. However, what promised to be an ethereally edifying experience, turned out to be Ms Greentree’s worst nightmare after she was duped by scammers masquerading as government tourism operators and subsequently held her captive on a houseboat in Kashmir where she was raped dozens of times and thrashed when she pleaded to leave.

Carmen Greentree pens a book detailing her horrific ordeal

Ms Greentree has painstakingly chronicled her excruciating past in a book, hoping to rest the demons that continue to haunt her. She has penned down her painful ordeal in a book titled “A Dangerous Pursuit of Happiness” narrating in striking details about her abduction and her subsequent recovery from the traumatic experience.

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In Islamic Pakistan, Hindus Are Forced to Bury the Dead Bodies, Depriving Sanatani Last Rites

Shri Ram Shaw | MNDS | New Delhi | July 7, 2020:: Be it Hindus, Sikhs or Christians, the plight of minorities in Pakistan has always been very pathetic.

Regrettably, facts and common sense matter little in Pakistan, as a populist media and rabble-rousers within the political establishment have found a golden opportunity to pillory minorities there. And, now faced with no land for crematorium to perform the last rites of their kith and kin, Hindus are being forced to bury corpses.

Cremating the dead is believed to be the last rite of the 16 fundamental rituals of Hinduism. Burning of the dead is considered an offering to the gods. In Sikhism and Jainism too, cremating the corpse is preferred over burying. “Cremating the dead might be a choice for others but a compulsory ritual for us. It is mandatory in our religion to perform antim-sanskar of the dead, but we have no place in Peshawar to do it. We have been struggling for years to get land,” a local, on condition of anonymity, told MyNation over the phone from Peshawar.

He even complained that their holy places of worship were destroyed and public toilets and madrasas were constructed there. Circumstances are such that we can’t even raise our voice fearing for our lives. But we’ll keep struggling till our demands are met…

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VHP and Bajrangdal Rescued Hindu Girl From Love Jihad Trap in West Bengal

For the purpose of trafficking, Muslim Racket Procured Fake Birth Certificate, EPIC, Aadhaar & PAN Card. CBI MUST START PROBE FOR SUCH RACKETS IN WB.

Sankirtan Das | HENB | Kolkata | June 28, 2020:: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (Dharma Jagaran and Goraksha units) and Bajrangdal units of North 24 Pgs (WB) rescued a 21 yrs Hindu Girl from Dumdum Cantonment area from a Jihadi racket on Saturday night under a tip off from a source.

The victim Moumita Haldar, daughter of Gouranga Halder of Ghuni, P.S. New Town was fallen in a Love Jihad Trap in the middle of 2014 of one Muslim guy Rakesh Tarafdar (don’t be misled with such a pseudo-Hindu name) of Noapara area, not far from the Dumdum Cantonment locality. Rakesh introduced himself as a Hindu to Moumita in a very ataractic way.

On December 2014, Moumita and Rakesh entered into a deep intimacy in a secrete place of which Rakesh captured many video of that intimacy beyond the knowledge of her prey.

From that intimacy Moumita came to know that Rakesh was not a Hindu at all and Rakesh’s Muslim identity frustrated Moumita enough and she started to end that relationship made in a fraud.

But, Rakesh started to blackmail Moumita on the basis of those pictures of deep intimacy between them and at one point of time Moumita surrendered to Rakesh and compelled to tie a knot with Rakesh without her parent’s consent. Rakesh and Moumita entered in a wedlock by local Quazi of a Mosque.

Now, the story of torture upon Moumita started up in Rakesh’ House, where her Muslim father-in-law Safiq Tarafdar, Mother-in-law Meherunnesa Bibi, Rakesh’s two uncles Siraj Tarafdar and Saiful Tarafder and two aunts Taslima Bibi and Nanu Bibi used to abuse, misbehave and torture with Moumita for dowry…

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Pope Omits Prepared Comments About China’s New Hong Kong Laws From Speech, Raising Concerns

In a July 5 address given at the Vatican, Pope Francis did not deliver prepared remarks expressing concern over the new national security law enacted recently in Hong Kong.

In advance of the speech, journalists had received a copy of the remarks prepared for the pope to give in the address. The pre-written remarks included a section on the situation in Hong Kong.

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Ancient Voyage Carried Native Americans’ DNA to Remote Pacific Islands

Finding that some Polynesians carry genetic ancestry from South America supports long-held theory that ancient populations met and interbred.

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“To Those Who Cheer Against Hydroxychloroquine — I Regret to Inform You I Am Doing Well” — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Announces Excellent News on His Health (Video)

On Tuesday Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.

In early April Jair Bolsonaro urged residents to keep the economy going despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Analysis: European Countries Cannot Protect the EU Borders Alone

According to security experts, without a Europe-wide solution, states at the borders of the European Union cannot cope with a possible new migration wave. Strengthening of the European border guard Frontex will not be enough if the member states do not unify their migration and asylum policies.

The Czech Interests in the EU project published the results of its analysis on Tuesday, as the EU interior ministers discussed this issue via video conference.

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Australia: Protesters Vow to Block Traffic Twice a Day for Six Months if Asylum Seekers Are Sent to Christmas Island From Their Waterfront Hotel Home of Seven Years

Protesters have threatened to disrupt peak hour traffic twice a day for six months if asylum seekers are moved from a waterfront hotel to Christmas Island.

So far 400 people have signed a ‘pledge to resist’, vowing to cause commuter chaos in Brisbane to protest the transfer of 120 male asylum seekers who have been living in the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in the city’s south for the past seven years.

Protests have been held outside the hotel since April.

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EU Commission Declares Asylum Rejections at Borders Illegal

The European Commission has declared that European Union member states cannot reject asylum applications at their borders or close their borders to asylum seekers.

Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Internal Affairs and Migration, stated that countries should not push back migrants from the border and that all asylum applications should be allowed to take place within the territory of the European Union.

“Rejections are illegal. Not everyone has the right to asylum, but everyone has the right to be treated in line with our values. When people apply for asylum in the EU, they appeal to European values. And we must honour that appeal,” Ms Johansson said, according to Il Giornale.

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Majority of Swedes Say They Want Fewer Asylum Seekers

A majority of Swedes say they want to see fewer asylum applications than the country saw in 2019, with the proportion of that opinion increasing from a similar poll taken last year.

Polling firm Novus found that 63 per cent of Swedes want to take fewer asylum seekers than last year, when the country accepted around 22,000 new claims.

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Migration Watch: 7,500 Illegal Boat Migrants Will Reach the UK by Christmas

Migration Watch UK has issued a report that predicts that the number of illegal boat migrants entering the United Kingdom will be more than 7,500 by the end of the year, as Home Secretary Priti Patel backs away from her pledge to make illegal migration an “infrequent phenomenon”.

Illegal boat migration across the English Channel has increased in the first six months of 2020, with at least 2,400 migrants successfully reaching British shores since the beginning of the year, four times the 600 migrants that came during the same period in 2019.

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Northeastern Joins Harvard, MIT in Federal Lawsuit Over New Immigration Rule Targeting Students

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three universities in the Greater Boston area have joined together in a lawsuit that challenges a new order issued by federal immigration authorities.

The leaders of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston seeking a temporary restraining order against the new rule, which would require international students to leave the country or transfer to another institution if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall.

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Passengers Offered Counselling After Witnessing Afghan Migrant Kill Wife on German Bus

A 37-year-old Afghan asylum seeker was arrested after stabbing his estranged wife to death on a public bus in the German municipality of Obergünzburg on Monday.

Several others on the bus witnessed the attack and saw the Afghan stab the 27-year-old woman several times before fleeing the scene on foot and leaving the murder weapon behind.

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Pickup Truck Carrying Migrants Crashes in North Macedonia

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — A pickup truck carrying 32 migrants has crashed in North Macedonia, near the southern borders with Bulgaria and Greece, leaving eight people injured, police said Wednesday.

Police said the pickup truck had been travelling at high speed when it crashed into a car and then into parked vehicles in the town of Strumica on Tuesday.

Authorities said the vehicle was carrying 15 Afghans, nine Pakistanis, six Bangladeshis, one Syrian and one Iraqi.

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Activists Telling Companies to Boycott Facebook Ads Are Still Running Facebook Ads Themselves

Color of Change, one of the main promoters of the Stop Hate for Profit boycott campaign against Facebook, does not appear to be very dedicated to abstaining from funding Facebook, as an investigation revealed that the organization continues to pay for advertising on the social network while encouraging other brands not to.

The massive boycott against Facebook does not seem to apply the same to all participants.

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Creator of Call of Duty Video Game Franchise Removes “OK” Symbol From Modern Warfare and Warzone Games

Video game company Infinity Ward has removed the well-known “OK” symbol from two of its Call of Duty games: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

The company has not explained the reason for the symbol’s removal, but media outlets speculate it is because of the symbol’s reported use by white supremacists.

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Fearing Cancellation, Some Withdraw Signatures From Open Letter Decrying Cancel Culture

Some of the public figures who signed an open letter decrying the rise of cancel culture retracted their support, presumably fearing they too might become a victim of it.

As we highlighted yesterday, 150 intellectuals, authors and activists including Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie and JK Rowling signed the letter, which was published by Harpers Magazine.

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Ohio’s Oldest Abortion Clinic, Opened Just Months After Roe V. Wade Decision, Is Closing Down

After 47 years of operation, one of just three abortion clinics in Columbus, Ohio is closing this week.

The clinic opened in 1973, soon after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. It stopped taking new patients on June 30, but will treat existing patients through Thursday.

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Orwell Cancelled? Journalist Says “Vile” Author Aided Nazis

Despite being dead for 70 years, George Orwell may become the latest public figure to be cancelled after a left-wing journalist called him a “vile man” who aided the Nazis with his strident criticism of Stalinist Russia.

Yes, really.

“In addition to being a gov snitch, fraud George Orwell spent WWII demonizing the USSR as it defeated Nazism,” tweeted Ben Norman.

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Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Opens Across From Largest Planned Parenthood Clinic in Texas

Planned Parenthood’s largest abortion clinic in Texas now has a pro-life pregnancy center as its new neighbor.

The Prestonwood Pregnancy Center opened its new southwest Dallas location to provide free services, such as ultrasounds, childbirth classes, and counseling to women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy.

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Supreme Court Delivers Win for Religious Liberty, Protecting Religious Schools From Nondiscrimination Suits

In a 7-2 decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court has greatly expanded the protectionof religious institutions against nondiscrimination laws, allowing them to fire those teaching religion for any reason.

In the majority opinion, written by George W. Bush appointee Samuel Alito, the Court ruled,

“the independence of religious institutions in matters of ‘faith and doctrine’ is closely linked to independence in what the Court has termed ‘matters of church government.’“

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Supreme Court Rules Employers May Opt Out of ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate for Religious, Moral Reasons

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday in favor of Catholic group Little Sisters of the Poor in their decade-long dispute over Obamacare’s birth control mandate, which forced employers to provide free contraception to employees via their health care plans.

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‘The Purge Will Only Accelerate’: Stefan Molyneux Suspended From Twitter Just Days After Receiving YouTube Ban

Conservative firebrand Stefan Molyneux has had his Twitter account suspended, just a week after he was banned from YouTube. His removal from the platform comes amid a growing debate over free speech on social media.

The ban came without warning, Molyneux claimed during a livestream in which he discussed the development. “It’s nice to see that Twitter is talking to tech journalists before they would talk to me,” he said. The popular right-wing pundit and intellectual suggested that he was removed from the platform after promoting a new essay that outlines his values and beliefs. “It’s not hard to understand why powerful people might not want you to read what I wrote below,” reads a note at the top of the essay, in which he announced his removal from Twitter.

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Trump Warns Republicans to “Toughen Up” To Combat the Left’s “Culture War”

In an interview with RealClear Politics published Wednesday, President Trump warned Republicans to “toughen up” in order to combat the left-wing’s aggressive “culture war” that threatens American civilization.

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Video: Students Say They Will Sacrifice Free Speech to Avoid Offending People

A video shot by Campus Reform shows young Americans vowing to give up their right to free speech in order to make other people feel more comfortable and avoid offending them.

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Vox Journalist Matthew Yglesias Publicly Shamed by Colleague for Daring to Sign Anti-Cancel Culture Letter

Vox co-founder and writer Matthew Yglesias has been publicly shamed by a colleague for signing an open letter addressing the stain of cancel culture. Free speech advocates and fellow journalists are defending him, in a rare show of solidarity between both conservatives and some liberals.

More than 100 liberals, including activists, academicians, and writers, signed the open letter titled “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” The letter was published in Harper’s Magazine on July 7.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/8/2020

    • I was in beautiful Montpellier this February for the first time since 1972. Like so much of the incredible country and culture that is France the brainwashed backward Muslim invader begs for an appropriate unified response.

    • The IQ of a pencil eraser combined with a lack of impulse control and the only wonder is that there aren’t even more of them molesting, raping, stealing from, or selling drugs to anything and everything that moves.

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