Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/20/2021

Citizens were arrested for attending illegal lockdown-violating gatherings at a Swiss party, a Berlin church, and various residences in England and Wales. Meanwhile, a French tourist was expelled from Australia for organizing an illegal party that violated the COVID lockdown.

In other news, in his inaugural address President Joe Biden called for national unity.

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Financial Crisis
» Canada’s Economic Production Won’t Recover Until 2023: Report
» U.S. Stocks Hit Record Highs as Wall Street Stays Optimistic About President Biden
 
USA
» ADL Hails Big Tech Censors: CEOs Are ‘The 4th Branch of Govt, ‘ ‘They’re Trying to Hold the Country Together’
» After Inauguration, Conservatives Begin Holding Biden Responsible for Every COVID Death
» America’s Demise is Near at Hand
» Biden Has Maybe 2,000 Attendees at Inauguration — and 25,000 Military — Just Like They Do in Lawless Banana Republics
» Biden Looks to Former Obama Staffers, Amazon and Google Advisers, For Top Antitrust Roles
» Boeing, Boeing, Gone… Again
» CNN Politics Editor Ridiculed for North Korean-Style Fawning Over Biden
» Congresswoman Tlaib Leads Calls for Recent Capitol Breach Not to Lead to Increased Tech Surveillance of Citizens
» Death by Vaccine: The Last Things They Wanted You to Hear! (Video)
» Federal Government Bans Conservative Laura Loomer From Owning Guns
» Feeble Biden Hobbles Over to the White House After Swearing-in Ceremony (Video)
» First Conspiracy Charges Filed in the Capitol Hill Riots
» Is Wireless Technology an Environmental Health Risk?
» Joe Exotic, Assange, Snowden: Here’s Who Wanted a Trump Pardon But Didn’t Get One
» Kamala is a Pathological Liar Struggling to Score Diversity Points
» Leftists Call for New “Secret Police” Force to Spy on Trump Supporters
» Live Updates: President Biden Sworn in, Calls for Unity in Inaugural Address
» North Dakota Democrats Criticized for Donating Money to Man Accused of Vandalizing Senator’s Office
» One of Biden’s First Acts is to Ensure White House Website Asks for Correct Pronouns
» Police: Protesters Throw Objects at Officers, Damage Democratic Party of Oregon Building in Portland
» Private and Encrypted Email Providers
» Protest Turns Destructive in Seattle
» Protesters Burn American Flag on Steps of Colorado Capitol as Inauguration Underway
» Rand Paul: If Mitch McConnell Impeaches Trump, One Third of Republicans Will Leave the Party
» Report: Trump Considering Starting His Own ‘Patriot Party’
» Sean Hannity Calls for ‘Spineless’ Republicans Including Mitch McConnell to Go While Tucker Carlson Says the Democrats Will Start a ‘War on Their Own People’ To ‘Root Out Trump Supporters’ On the Eve of Biden’s Inauguration
» Sidney Powell Drops “Kraken” Lawsuit
» Texas: Son of Muslim Who Killed His Daughters for Having Non-Muslim Boyfriends Admits to Helping Father Avoid Arrest
» The Trump Family Was Alone in Washington From the Beginning
» Thousands Flock to Palm Beach, Florida to Welcome Historic President Donald Trump Home to Florida (Video)
» Treasury Secretary Nominee Janet Yellen Pushes Narrative of Bitcoin Being Tied to Crime
» Update: Officials Tell Gateway Pundit Video Evidence of Detroit’s Reported 3am Ballot Dump Ready by End of the Week
» UT-Austin Partners With Chinese Institute Later Deemed a Security Risk by Department of Education
» YouTube Extends Trump Suspension for Another Week
 
Europe and the EU
» Crime Rate in Czechia Dropped by Almost 17% Last Year
» Cyberspace is a Cyber-Disgrace for Polish Politicians
» EU Nations Begin to Take Steps to Regulate Social Media Giants
» French TV Editors Offered Extra Cash to Talk About Europe More
» German Police Break Up Berlin Church Service for Lockdown Violation
» Hungarian Justice Minister Varga Speaks Up Against Shadow Bans by Social Media
» Hungary, Poland, Czechia, And Slovakia’s Economic Clout is on the Rise
» New CDU Leader Laschet: EU Needs Both Hungary and Poland
» Poll: Only 46% of Czechs Want to be Vaccinated, But a Fifth Remain Undecided
» Poll: Most Britons Back Mandatory Jabs for Jobs
» Radical Mosque Near Montpellier Under Investigation by French Interior Minister
» Spain and Greece to Implement ‘Vaccination Passports’ To Re-Start Tourism
» Storm Clouds Lie Ahead for Germany’s New CDU Leader
» Switzerland Star Breel Embolo ‘Flees From Police in Rooftop Chase After They Raid Illegal Lockdown Party’
» UK: 20 COVID Cops Invade Flat Over Report of ‘Party’, Only to Find Three People
» UK: Covidiot Students Still Organizing Illegal Raves on Social Media With Secret Codes & Guest Lists Despite Record Deaths
» UK: Just Three Per Cent of Jailed Jihadists Are Isolated to Stop Them Radicalising Other Inmates: Report
» UK: Police Fine Three Key Workers and Arrest One More After Breaking Up Illegal Gathering in Caerphilly
» UK: Prison Chaplain Who Was Banned for 10 Years for Warning About ‘Islamic Extremism’ In Jails Gets Court Hearing
» UK: Plurality of Brits Support Govt Phone Surveillance to Enforce Lockdown: Poll
» UK: Teenager Arrested Over Suspected Bristol Illegal Rave Plan
» Vaccine Push in the UK: “Around-the-Clock” Vax Sites, Open 24/7
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Thousands of Israelis Tested Positive for Coronavirus After First Vaccine Shot
 
Middle East
» Italian Foreign Fighter Arrested by Turkish Authorities
 
Far East
» China’s 2020 Coal Output Rises to Highest Since 2015, Undermining Climate Pledges
» Philippines: Nine Cops Accused of Involvement in Killing of Four Army Officers Who Were Hunting for ISIS Jihadis
» Video: China Builds Massive COVID Detention Camp
 
Australia — Pacific
» China ‘Recruits as Many as 600 Top Scholars and Scientists in Australia’ — Sounding Alarm Bells That Beijing Could be Using Them to Get Clandestine Access to the Latest Technology
» French Tourist Kicked Out of Australia for Organizing Illegal Party
» Fury as the Words ‘Australia Day’ Are Dropped From Blockbuster Big Bash Cricket Games on January 26 — With Scott Morrison and Karl Stefanovic Blasting the ‘Disgraceful’ Decision
» Government Slams Proposal to Hold a Minute’s Silence on Australia Day as the Idea to Recognise Indigenous Aussies Will Only ‘Increase Division’
» Two Weeks Out of Jail, Muslim Accesses Material About Jihad Beheading and Torture, Returns to Jail
» Warnings China Could Blockade Australia by Sea and Stop the Supply of Goods if Trade Tensions Continue to Spiral Out of Control
» Why Western Australia’s Border Ban Runs Deeper Than the COVID Pandemic as Mark McGowan’s Tough Policy Reignites Calls for the State to Become Its Own Country
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Barrage of New Countries and Airlines to Adopt Vaccine Passports
» Nigeria: We Paid for Ilorin Nude Party, Arrested Mastermind in Bank — Police
 
Immigration
» Afghan Sentenced to Life in Prison for Double Murder Near Czech-Austrian Border
» Germany: 35% of All Government Positions in Berlin Should Go to Migrants and Those With ‘Foreign Roots’
» In New Precedent, French Court Allows Bangladeshi Migrant to Remain in France as ‘Climate Refugee’
» Police Take Action Against Migrant Smuggler Operation on the Balkan Route
» San Francisco’s Citizenship and Immigration Office Vandalized
 
Culture Wars
» Court Blocks Biden HHS From Forcing Catholic Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery
 

Canada’s Economic Production Won’t Recover Until 2023: Report

The Canadian branch of an international accounting firm released a reporton Tuesday which predicted that Canada’s full production capacity will not recover until 2023.

In the report, titled “The Real Economy: Canada Edition,” RSM outlines how the recovery of Canada’s economy is contingent on coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts.

“Canada’s economy has been decelerating since the end of 2017 and in outright decline for the whole of 2020. Prospects for recovery and expansion in 2021 are directly linked to an equitable distribution of a safe and effective vaccine,” claimed the report.

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

U.S. Stocks Hit Record Highs as Wall Street Stays Optimistic About President Biden

U.S.stocks hit record highs on Wednesday as Wall Street continues to be optimistic about Joe Biden taking over as president.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the S&P 500 topped its record closing level. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.8% while the Nasdaq composite increased by 1.9%.

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

ADL Hails Big Tech Censors: CEOs Are ‘The 4th Branch of Govt, ‘ ‘They’re Trying to Hold the Country Together’

America is not held together by the people but by a cadre of CEOs who censor the internet in accordance with the demands of the Anti-Defamation League, according to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

[Comment: Guffaw.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

After Inauguration, Conservatives Begin Holding Biden Responsible for Every COVID Death

Following rules set by Democrats, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, conservatives have immediately begun holding him responsible for every future COVID death in America.

“Biden said during his campaign that Trump was responsible for every American who died from coronavirus,” tweeted Ryan Saavedra. “Biden will be held to the same standard.”

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

America’s Demise is Near at Hand

For years I have been cataloging America’s decline into collapse, not merely economic collapse from economic concentration and the offshoring of jobs and investment, but also the collapse of the belief system that created some unity among a diverse population. Today not only is the economy done for, but so is the belief system that sustained social and political stability.

America no longer exists. A geographical entity exists of diverse peoples and interests, but not a country, much less a nation. The United States itself has degenerated into an empire. It is no longer simply a country with an empire. The 50 states are themselves the Establishment’s empire, and it can only be held together by force.

Earlier in my life free speech was used by liberals to legalize pornography, homosexual marriage, and abortion, all of which were opposed by the majority of the population. This did not stop liberals from imposing their agendas on the people. Today free speech is impermissible, because it can be used to protest what half of the population sincerely believes was a stolen presidential election. Even attorneys and legal firms that brought legitimate cases of electoral fraud for clients are being punished for doing the ordinary work of attorneys. The same is happening to university professors and to average Americans who exercised their Constitutionally protected right of free speech and association and attended the Trump rally…

I have provided for my readers a massive, but only partial, list of evidence of a stolen election. See: www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/01/15/dont-fall-for-the-establishmen ts-tall-tales-there-was-no-violent-assault-on-the-capitol-and-there-is-abu ndant-evidence-of-electoral-fraud/

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Has Maybe 2,000 Attendees at Inauguration — and 25,000 Military — Just Like They Do in Lawless Banana Republics

Joe Biden was sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States.

They say he had 81 million votes.

No one turned out to see Biden. A few hundred or maybe a thousand listened to him blather and slur his words.

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

Biden Looks to Former Obama Staffers, Amazon and Google Advisers, For Top Antitrust Roles

Enforcement of antitrust laws is supposedly one of the priorities of the Biden administration, but Big Tech critics needn’t get too excited. According to Reuters, the administration is eyeing several people for the top antitrust jobs at the US Department of Justice, including two former officials in the Obama administration and past Big Tech defenders.

One of the front runners for the job is Juan Arteaga. He worked in the Department of Justice in the Obama administration between 2013 and 2017, as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement. He has also worked in the private sector and advised companies such as AT&T and JP Morgan.

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

Boeing, Boeing, Gone… Again

Boeing’s stock prices continues to languish in the wake of the B-737 Max crashes in 2018 and 19. In December 2020 the jinxed plane was finally allowed to fly again after a tortuous programme to re-write and improve its control systems and regulatory oversight. The stock didn’t move much. Nor should it have.

I’ve mentioned many times I have massive issues with the US duopoly plane-maker. I am not a fan. Last week it signed a $2.5 billion deferred settlement with the US Department of Justice which some think puts it on the road to recovery. The deal makes me seethe — it’s a massive victory for Boeing’s corporate legal team over corporate social responsibility, natural justice and just about every positive aspect of stakeholder capitalism and ESG investment.

[Comment: McDonnell Douglas bought Boeing with Boeing’s own money. The same inept managers who destroyed McDonnell Douglas somehow ended up running Boeing and are now destroying Boeing.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN Politics Editor Ridiculed for North Korean-Style Fawning Over Biden

The media’s North Korean-style fawning over Joe Biden has already begun, with CNN’s politics editor ridiculed for his bizarre third world dictatorship-style praise.

David Chalian, who is also the network’s VP, appeared on CNN to perform a groveling display of loyalty that wouldn’t look out of place in Pyongyang.

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

Congresswoman Tlaib Leads Calls for Recent Capitol Breach Not to Lead to Increased Tech Surveillance of Citizens

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has announced her opposition to proposals that would give even more power to the US national security apparatus in the wake of the Capitol Hill unrest earlier in the month.

In a letter, Tlaib said that she was leading the effort to prevent this, and noted that initiatives of this kind often result in “the erosion of Americans’ civil liberties.”

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

Death by Vaccine: The Last Things They Wanted You to Hear! (Video)

Recently, a friend of truth, David Knight, reported the deaths of those who have recently received the vaccines and within a very few days they were dead (Proverbs 14:12).

With all of the information that is now available concerning who is behind this criminal conspiracy and what is that is in these untested vaccines, you would think that people would be up in arms by now as well as throwing a whole lot of criminal politicians in jail for their perpetrated fraud upon the very people that they are in fact to serve (Ephesians 4:14).

Video

Here is a look at adverse effects around the world, health professionals balk at vaccination, pharmacist destroys 500 doses intentionally, Romney lays the foundation for the military to push needles into arms and the tragic death of Congressman-elect Letlow, 41, may indicate issues with Fauci’s “standard of care,” Remdesavir (Leviticus 17:11, 19:19).

Video

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Government Bans Conservative Laura Loomer From Owning Guns

Laura Loomer found out recently she was banned from owning a gun. Despite the fact that she faces constant death threats — she cannot own or possess a firearm for her own personal protection. Her 2nd Amendment right has been BANNED.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Feeble Biden Hobbles Over to the White House After Swearing-in Ceremony (Video)

78-year-old Joe Biden hobbled over to the White House after he was sworn into office on Wednesday.

Virtually no one showed up to see senile Joe slur his way through his swearing in ceremony.

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

First Conspiracy Charges Filed in the Capitol Hill Riots

According to court documents signed by a judge on Sunday, 65-year-old Thomas Edward Caldwell has become the first citizen charged with conspiracy as a result of the Capitol Hill riots. Caldwell is allegedly the leader of the paramilitary group known as the “Oath Keepers.”

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

Is Wireless Technology an Environmental Health Risk?

Early in 2012, I started having debilitating cognitive lapses, pressure headaches, nausea and worse when around wireless and electronic devices.

That winter and spring, I’d put in long hours, drafting an eco-themed novel, writing for a hyperlocal news blog and …

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Exotic, Assange, Snowden: Here’s Who Wanted a Trump Pardon But Didn’t Get One

Although former President Donald Trump issued more than 73 pardons and 70 commutations before his departure from the White House on Wednesday, some popular names were not included on the list.

Recipients included former White House adviser Steve Bannon, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

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

Kamala is a Pathological Liar Struggling to Score Diversity Points

Incoming vice president Kamala Harris keeps lying about her own life and background, undermining her attempt to role-play as a victim of institutional prejudice. The lies are laughable. With leftists now noticing the Biden regime’s close ties to Big Finance and the Deep State, might they turn on Harris for trying so awkwardly to appropriate American black and feminist culture?

Kamala plays the “woman of color” role now in the halls of power. The media is desperate to prop it up. The press promotes an extremely Cringe photo of Kamala called “That little girl was me,” depicting Harris following in the footsteps of desegregation icon Ruby Bridges. At the dystopian Democrat convention, Harris declared “There is no vaccine for racism,” making it clear that she will be leading the rhetorical and policy charge against white middle class men in the Biden administration (a crusade that will definitely disenfranchise white business owners and possibly white farmers right off the bat).

Harris’ image as a “woman of color” is accurate, but the way she and the media presents it is deceptive. Harris is not a black African-American. She is half-Jamaican, descended on her father’s side from a notorious white slaveowner, and half-Indian, hailing from a high-caste Brahmin family tied to the government of India. Her ancestor Hamilton Brown, for whom Brown’s Town is named in Jamaica, owned many slaves and multiple plantations and even tried to get the Irish to mass-migrate to Jamaica to work as servants after the British empire banned slavery. Kamala’s father was a Marxist Stanford professor, her husband Doug Emhoff is a recent partner at the powerful D.C. law firm DLA Piper, and her Uncle Gopalan is arguably India’s top nuclear weapons expert. Ex-prosecutor Kamala’s attempt to insert herself into the African-American experience is ham-handed at best. In this way, she recalls her puppetmaster Barack Obama, another multiracial elite who struggled to burnish his black credentials. Harris’ overture to bumper-sticker feminism is also out of touch, considering the fact that she dated her way to the top professionally, romancing machine politician Willie Brown and sparking her popular nickname on the Right: “Heels Up Harris” (entertainer Montel Williams was another paramour).

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Leftists Call for New “Secret Police” Force to Spy on Trump Supporters

Perhaps channeling the spirit of the Soviet NKVD, leftists are now literally calling for a new “secret police” unit to be created at the federal level to spy on Trump supporters.

In an article published by the Daily Beast, Jeff Stein argues that existing federal agencies like the FBI are ill-equipped to stop “white terror” because they missed signs of the the pre-planning of the Capitol building siege.

The solution is to create a new “secret police” (yes, he literally uses those words) in order to “infiltrate and neutralize armed domestic extremists,” which according to the media’s latest narrative potentially includes 70 million Trump voters.

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

Live Updates: President Biden Sworn in, Calls for Unity in Inaugural Address

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been sworn in, in an inauguration ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Biden is now the 46th President of the United States, and Vice President Harris is the first female and first Black Vice President of the United States.

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

North Dakota Democrats Criticized for Donating Money to Man Accused of Vandalizing Senator’s Office

FARGO — Prominent Democrats in North Dakota are under fire for donating money to help with the defense of a Lisbon man accused of taking an ax to a Republican U.S. senator’s office entrance in downtown Fargo.

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen, party official Ellie Shockley and Ellen Chaffee, who ran as a Democrat for lieutenant governor in 2012, gave money to a GoFundMe account meant to help Thomas Alexander Starks. The 30-year-old man allegedly used an ax to smash the intercom system and entrance windows of Sen. John Hoeven’s office on Dec. 21 at 123 Broadway N.

Starks could face up to five years in prison if convicted of a Class C felony charge of criminal mischief in state court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota is investigating the incident, meaning Starks could also face charges in federal court.

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

One of Biden’s First Acts is to Ensure White House Website Asks for Correct Pronouns

One of the Biden’s administration’s first acts after the inauguration earlier today was to change the White House website to ensure it asked people for their correct pronouns.

Yes, really.

Within hours of Biden being sworn in, the contact form on the official White House website was changed to include a new selection of pronouns, including “they/them.”

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

Police: Protesters Throw Objects at Officers, Damage Democratic Party of Oregon Building in Portland

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) — Police said at least four gatherings of demonstrators and protesters were planned for Inauguration Day in Portland.

By Wednesday afternoon, one group that gathered at Revolution Hall and marched toward the Burnside Bridge had already shown “aggression” toward police, including swarming and throwing objects at officers, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

A PPB spokesman stated that officers on bicycles entered the crowd of 100 to 150 people to contact at least one person with a weapon, and remove metal poles from a banner so that they couldn’t be used as weapons.

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

Private and Encrypted Email Providers

Society has become even more dependent on online communications such as email and messaging services and email is of the most important aspects of our online life because it’s the address that links most of our accounts; it’s what we use to get logins and collect receipts. Access to our email account can give someone access to almost our entire online life. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re using an email provider that’s private, secure, and not controlled by a Big Tech giant.

Unfortunately, the major free email services such as Gmail and Yahoo! Mail have relatively little respect for the privacy of users’ inboxes. This disregard for user privacy is the bread and butter of Google, Yahoo, and other free email services. They earn tons of money through advertisers who want to keep track of individual purchasing habits or to identify potential customers by matching purchasing patterns with advertisements.

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

Protest Turns Destructive in Seattle

SEATTLE — Several buildings were damaged Wednesday night after after protests turned violent on Seattle streets.

Demonstrators started marching Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

According to Seattle police, multiple people were arrested.

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

Protesters Burn American Flag on Steps of Colorado Capitol as Inauguration Underway

Protesters burned an American flag outside the Colorado State Capitol building in Denver Wednesday as inaugural proceedings were underway in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the swearing-in of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

A public information officer with the Colorado State Patrol told Newsweek they were unaware of any arrests made in connection with the protest. Between 40 and 50 protesters were estimated to be present at the time of the flag burning, the official said.

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

Rand Paul: If Mitch McConnell Impeaches Trump, One Third of Republicans Will Leave the Party

Speaking on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle on Friday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he believes that if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans join the Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump, a third of Republican voters will permanently abandon the party as a result.

Speaking first about the Democrats’ aims for impeachment, Paul expressed incredulity. “I don’t understand how they can be moving forward with this,” he said, before adding “The thing they’re doing now is an overreaction, and if they think they’re going to have a positive feeling from the public, when they’re going to go through a partisan impeachment again, I think that’s absolutely insane and wrong headed.”

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

Report: Trump Considering Starting His Own ‘Patriot Party’

A Report in the Wall Street Journal claims that President Trump is considering starting his own political party and calling it the ‘Patriot Party’.

The Journal claims that Trump has discussed the idea with aides, who leaked the details.

Trump is said to be thinking about ditching the Republican party, following what he believes is a lack of support from GOP leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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

Sean Hannity Calls for ‘Spineless’ Republicans Including Mitch McConnell to Go While Tucker Carlson Says the Democrats Will Start a ‘War on Their Own People’ To ‘Root Out Trump Supporters’ On the Eve of Biden’s Inauguration

Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized Mitch McConnell for saying President Trump incited the U.S. Capitol riots while Tucker Carlson said the Dems think Trump supporters are ‘terrorists’.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Sidney Powell Drops “Kraken” Lawsuit

After having teased it as a lawsuit of “biblical proportions,” attorney Sidney Powell has officially dropped the lawsuit that she claimed would prove a vast conspiracy to rig Georgia’s presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden.

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

Texas: Son of Muslim Who Killed His Daughters for Having Non-Muslim Boyfriends Admits to Helping Father Avoid Arrest

Islam Said, a son of Yaser Said, who murdered Islam’s two sisters Amina and Sarah on January 1, 2008, denies that the killings were honor murders or had anything to do with Islam. “It’s something else. Religion has nothing to do with it.”

Yet Islam Said helped his father evade capture for twelve years. Why wouldn’t he have the normal human reaction of thinking that what his father had done in murdering his sisters was abhorrent, and turn his father in to authorities? Did Islam Said’s commitment to the religion of Islam override that natural human reaction and make him think that what his father had done was good and praiseworthy?

For despite media denial and obfuscation of the fact, honor killing is something that many Muslims believe to be good and in accord with their faith.

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

The Trump Family Was Alone in Washington From the Beginning

And just like this: “Hundreds of Writers and Book Agents Sign Joint Letter Demanding Publishing Industry Bans Trump Memoir — More than 250 signatories say there should be no book deals for ‘an administration that caged children’…” That didn’t happen. You know, this is a very serious thing. That did not happen.

Donald Trump didn’t cage any kids. The pictures that were used to show migrant children in cages were taken in 2014 during the Obama administration. It was the Obama administration which set up holding tanks, holding pens that looked like cages. Trump did not do it! These people consider themselves to be manifestly brilliant and smart and educated, and they are ignoramuses.

They haven’t the slightest idea what they’re talking about — and if they do, if they’re knowingly lying, it makes them even worse. “Encouraged a ‘coup’“? When did Trump encourage a coup? Trump was the victim of a coup, a four-year coup that was started by his own administration. The Obama administration cooked it all up before Trump had even taken the oath of office, they tried to undermine his campaign.

Then they tried to undermine his transition period. And then they tried and are still trying to undermine his presidency. Four years and counting. They are the authors of a coup. They are the people who did everything they could — with no evidence whatsoever — to ruin Donald Trump, to ruin his life, to ruin his career, to ruin his reputation, to ruin his family.

I’ll tell you something, folks. I had a sense of foreboding on the night before inauguration. He looked like a man alone to me. He was with his family. They had a specific celebration planned, and they did it. They executed it. And it included one of my all-time favorite patriotic songs: The Battle Hymn of the Republic. I thought, “I would have played that.”…

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Thousands Flock to Palm Beach, Florida to Welcome Historic President Donald Trump Home to Florida (Video)

THOUSANDS Lined the streets of Palm Beach, Florida today to welcome President Trump home from the DC Swamp.

After four long years of constant and unprecedented attacks by Democrats, and their fake news media, it must feel good to be back in Florida.

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

Treasury Secretary Nominee Janet Yellen Pushes Narrative of Bitcoin Being Tied to Crime

The incoming US administration looks determined to vilify Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general as tools whose main purpose is to help criminals and terrorists.

Those who advocate for greater adoption of digital, decentralized money say that it helps people become independent from the power and whims of central banks. Now Janet Yellen, who will serve as Secretary for Treasury in the Biden administration, says she has “a particular concern” regarding this type of digital money.

Addressing a Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Yellen said she “thought” that when it comes to transactions, many cryptocurrencies are used “mainly for illicit financing.”

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

Update: Officials Tell Gateway Pundit Video Evidence of Detroit’s Reported 3am Ballot Dump Ready by End of the Week

UPDATE: This is our latest update on the video we requested from the TCF Center in Detroit. After several delays we were told the video will be ready by the end of the week.

We hoped to have this much earlier but at least one official slow-walked the process and prevented us from securing the video in a timely manner.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UT-Austin Partners With Chinese Institute Later Deemed a Security Risk by Department of Education

In October 2017, the University of Texas at Austin announced that it had signed a new memorandum of understanding with the China University of Petroleum, a school directly affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.

According to a statement released at the time by the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, the agreement would “encourage academic cooperation through research and study in furtherance of the advancement of learning.”

But in October 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released a report critical of such foreign entanglements, specifically deeming contracts with China University of Petroleum a security risk.

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

YouTube Extends Trump Suspension for Another Week

YouTube is extending President Donald Trump’s channel suspension for a week longer than its previous temporary suspension.

The Google-owned company confirmed to CNBC the extension Tuesday, citing a potential for ongoing violence. Donald Trump’s YouTube account has 2.79 million subscribers and, prior to the suspension, typically posted several videos a day from him and from right-wing media stations.

The company is also going to continue banning comments from showing on videos posted within his channel. The temporary suspension means Trump’s account and existing videos will remain accessible but he won’t be able to upload new content for a minimum of seven more days.

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

Crime Rate in Czechia Dropped by Almost 17% Last Year

In the Czech Republic, the crime rate fell by 16.9 percent to 165,525 cases last year. Police recorded the decrease in all monitored categories as the number of simple thefts fell by almost a quarter and the number of violent acts by a tenth. Last year, authorities registered 130 homicides, representing 13 fewer year-on-year.

According to Ludek Fiala, director of the Bureau of the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, the crime rate decreased thanks to coronavirus measures, which restricted the movement of people as well as entries from other countries. The amendment to the Czech criminal code also helped to improve the statistics as it raised the limit for evaluating an act as a criminal offense to 10,000 korunas (€383). Previously, the limit was half of this amount.

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Cyberspace is a Cyber-Disgrace for Polish Politicians

Cyberspace. Cyberwarfare. Cyberterrorism. These terms evoke powerful responses, which rightly cause a subconscious worry among those who read them. Therefore, there is nothing odd about Polish politicians eagerly using such terms, especially in context of the threat from Russian intelligence services.

Yet when push comes to shove and when a mediocre hacker decides to “call” — it suddenly turns out that Polish politicians are like children when it comes to the fundamental issue of online security.

They’re powerless, inept and unprepared.

All of the warnings directed towards them by qualified institutions and security services dealing with combating online threats have been disregarded by these MPs.

The result? The scandal from Monday, for one. Unknown culprits took over the Twitter account of prominent Law and Justice (PiS) politician Marek Suski, the former head of the prime minister’s political cabinet (2017-2019). The hackers, under Suski’s name, posted entries on social media which accused Ewa Z., a local United Right activist, of sexual harassment.

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EU Nations Begin to Take Steps to Regulate Social Media Giants

The social and political need to regulate the operation of social media providers has emerged in public discourse from time to time, however, the recent permanent banning of the Twitter and Facebook profiles of outgoing US President Donald Trump suddenly made it clear to much of the international community that the tools currently available for countries that adhere to democratic rule of law only provide an extremely narrow framework to control the activities of Silicon Valley technology giants, Magyar Nemzet writes.

This is evidenced by the fact that, as a result of the events of recent days, more and more countries around the world have put the long-standing issue of regulating social media platforms back near the top of the agenda. Many EU member states have also decided not to wait for the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) presented by the European Commission last December to enter into force.

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French TV Editors Offered Extra Cash to Talk About Europe More

Editors at France’s public broadcaster France Télévisions will be offered a financial bonus to talk more on-air about European subjects after being accused of offering a lack of European Union coverage.

Editors of France Télévisions have been given a set of objectives in recent months, including an increase in diversity and coverage of Europe, with the objectives tied to the performance-linked part of their paycheque.

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German Police Break Up Berlin Church Service for Lockdown Violation

Police in Berlin broke up a church service of around 170 people over the weekend for violating Germany’s Chinese coronavirus lockdown rules.

The group of 170 people, which included children, gathered at a church in the area of Gesundbrunnen on Sunday evening after the pastor had called for a “small service” on Facebook.

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Hungarian Justice Minister Varga Speaks Up Against Shadow Bans by Social Media

Following Poland’s announcement that it has plans to begin taking anti-censorship action against social media companies that ban lawful content, Hungary is now seeking ways to curb what Justice Minister Judit Varga called “shadow bans” by social media giants.

“‘Shadow ban’ means the act of social media providers secretly, for political purposes, restricting the visibility and access of our user profile without our knowledge about it,” Varga wrote in a Facebook post. “Tech companies thus violate all those fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture.”

“We could not only learn about the system-wide practice of shadow banning from a voice recording of the now-leaked Twitter CEO,” she added.

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Hungary, Poland, Czechia, And Slovakia’s Economic Clout is on the Rise

In ten years, the economic performance of the Visegard Four (V4) region — the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia — has almost doubled, and the region, with a population of more than 60 million, is projected to be an increasingly important market player within the European Union, financial journalist Csaba Szajlai writes in a column in daily Magyar Nemzet:

In recent years, growth in the V4 countries has exceeded the European Union average. While the average growth in the Union was 2.4 percent, that of V4 countries was 4.3 percent, which clearly shows the region is catching up. Thanks to better performance, the economic weight of these countries has also increased, with the economic growth of the V4 countries rising between 16 and 24 percent within the EU over the past decade. While the southern European member states as well as the British are suffering from a severe recession, a lack of reforms, a sluggish budget deficit, and high public debt, the prospects for the Central European group of countries facing the “east wind” are fundamentally encouraging. What characteristics of the region are helping underpin this growth?

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New CDU Leader Laschet: EU Needs Both Hungary and Poland

The first signs indicate that the change at the helm of Germany’s ruling center-right Christian Democratic Party (CDU) will not affect the country’s pragmatic attitude towards Hungary, news portal Mandiner writes.

Before the electoral congress of the CDU, Manfred Weber, the Bavarian CSU faction leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, said that the first task of the new CDU president would be to decide in Brussels whether to expel Fidesz, which has already been suspended. However, no radical change is expected in this area based on experience to date and statements on the subject from newly-elected CDU Chariman Armin Laschet.

Laschet told ZDF public service television he expected difficult negotiations in the long-running conflict.

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Poll: Only 46% of Czechs Want to be Vaccinated, But a Fifth Remain Undecided

According to a survey conducted by the European National Panels, the willingness of people in the Czech Republic to get the COVID-19 vaccination rose to 46 percent in January. In the previous three months, about a third of people were interested in being vaccinated. Most willing are people above 55 years of age, while people between 25 and 34 are on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents feel now certain that they want to be vaccinated, while another 18 percent are leaning towards vaccination. Between October and December, between 11 and 14 percent of people were unconditionally interested in the vaccine.

At the same time, there are fewer people who do not want to get vaccinated at all, representing a third of respondents. However, in the previous three months, between 43 and 49 percent completely refused vaccination.

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Poll: Most Britons Back Mandatory Jabs for Jobs

Nearly half of all Britons polled said they backed employers demanding staff be vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus in order to keep their jobs.

A YouGov poll from Tuesday found that 49 per cent of respondents said that workplaces should be allowed to “insist that their employees get the coronavirus vaccine when they are offered it”. Only 36 per cent said that “they should not be allowed to insist”.

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Radical Mosque Near Montpellier Under Investigation by French Interior Minister

radical mosque in the commune of Lunel near the city of Montpellier is the focus of an investigation by the French Interior Ministry, having already been placed under surveillance in December.

The el Baraka mosque was under scrutiny five years ago after 20 local jihadists left France to join Islamic State in Syria and is again under investigation by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

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Spain and Greece to Implement ‘Vaccination Passports’ To Re-Start Tourism

Spain and Greece are to follow the example set by the Seychelles and implement a ‘vaccine passport’ system to allow those who have taken the COVID shot to enter the countries for holidays.

Greece has been lobbying the EU to introduce a bloc-wide standardised COVID passport, while Spain has announced that it fully supports the idea.

Speaking at at the meeting of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto described the move as “a sign of multilateral commitment,” adding “It could contribute to restoring mobility at European level.”

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Storm Clouds Lie Ahead for Germany’s New CDU Leader

The international press widely believes that the policy and influence of Chancellor Angela Merkel will continue unchanged in the person of Armin Laschet. There will be no twists and turns — and certainly none in a conservative direction.

Germany’s conservative Tichy’s Einblick opinion portal has bitterly reported in several articles that Friedrich Merz, who is the most popular among members, did not win the second round of the presidential election, which was instead won by the candidate of the ruling power and mainstream. The founder of the portal, Roland Tichy, said Merkel has already reshaped her party to such an extent that there is no room for fundamental change.

“The CDU is no longer the party of Konrad Adenauer or Helmut Kohl,” he wrote.

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Switzerland Star Breel Embolo ‘Flees From Police in Rooftop Chase After They Raid Illegal Lockdown Party’

SWITZERLAND international Breel Embolo fled from police via a rooftop after an illegal lockdown party raid, reports say.

According to German outlet BILD, the Borussia Monchengladbach forward was caught at an illegal party in Essen on Saturday, January 16.

They report the 23-year-old then fled from police, and did so by walking to an adjacent roof, entering another apartment through a window.

It came after Gladbach’s 2-2 draw away at Stuttgart.

Embolo was subsequently dropped for his side’s 1-0 loss against Werder Bremen due to the coronavirus breach.

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UK: 20 COVID Cops Invade Flat Over Report of ‘Party’, Only to Find Three People

A young British Youtuber watched with incredulity as 20 officers from West Midlands Police invaded his Birmingham flat to investigate false claims he was having a party in contravention of coronavirus lockdown laws, yet officers only found three people inside.

“How many of yous does there need to be?” asked 18-year-old Jayden Gray, known as Canking, as the officers filed into his apartment.

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UK: Covidiot Students Still Organizing Illegal Raves on Social Media With Secret Codes & Guest Lists Despite Record Deaths

University of Manchester students are using secret codes and guest lists to host the illicit parties despite national lockdown restrictions and the coronavirus death toll hitting a new high of 1,610 yesterday.

Parties advertised on social media were set to take place at Oak House halls of residence in the student heartland of Fallowfield, south Manchester.

The University of Manchester today told The Sun it has launched an ‘urgent investigation’ into the matter.

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UK: Just Three Per Cent of Jailed Jihadists Are Isolated to Stop Them Radicalising Other Inmates: Report

Just three per cent of the fewer than 200 jihadists serving time for terror-related offences are being isolated from other prisoners to stop them radicalising inmates, a report claims.

The Sun also reports that only one of the three specialist jihadist units set up in British prisons, Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Frankland in Durham, is open. Both centres at HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire and HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire have been closed.

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UK: Police Fine Three Key Workers and Arrest One More After Breaking Up Illegal Gathering in Caerphilly

Three key workers were fined for breaching coronavirus regulations on Tuesday after they were caught celebrating a birthday at a residential property.

Gwent Police also arrested one person after he became abusive towards officers when they arrived to break it up.

Officers were called to the house in Trethomas in Caerphilly on Tuesday evening after they’d been told about a birthday party taking place at a house.

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UK: Prison Chaplain Who Was Banned for 10 Years for Warning About ‘Islamic Extremism’ In Jails Gets Court Hearing

Just over a week ago, Jihad Watch reported that Pastor Paul Song, a “Christian prison chaplain who revealed his Bible meetings were hijacked by Islamic extremists is taking legal action after being punished for whistleblowing.” Kudos to him.

Song had stated that “inmates had taken over the prison’s Christian chapel and praised the killers of murdered soldier Lee Rigby,” and “described fearing for his safety after being assaulted and racially abused by Islamic inmates.”

Like many others, Pastor Song was punished for telling the truth about Islamic offenses. After all, it’s “Islamophobic“ to do so. His bosses fired him and he was banned for ten years from his prison chaplaincy. But his case has moved quite swiftly, and we may hope that justice will prevail in the end.

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UK: Plurality of Brits Support Govt Phone Surveillance to Enforce Lockdown: Poll

Nearly half of Britons are in favour of government surveillance on people’s phones in order to enforce lockdown measures during a pandemic, a poll has found.

In a survey conducted by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, which tracks opinions in 25 countries, 45 per cent of the British public were found to be in favour of expanding the spying powers of the government to clamp down on those who violate lockdown restrictions.

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UK: Teenager Arrested Over Suspected Bristol Illegal Rave Plan

A teenager has been arrested and 38 fines issued over suspected plans to hold an illegal rave in Bristol.

“Bristol Freerave” was promoted at an undisclosed location on social media but “following intelligence” officers descended on Oldbury Court in Fishponds at about 20:30 GMT, on Saturday.

The force said a “significant number of people” were in the area and fixed penalty notices were issued.

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Vaccine Push in the UK: “Around-the-Clock” Vax Sites, Open 24/7

The push to get everyone in the United Kingdom vaccinated is real. The push is being amplified with around-the-clock vaccination sites that will operate, quite literally, “around the clock.”

All adults in the United Kingdom will be given this shot by September if the ruling class has anything to say about it. And so far, they’ve gotten away with quite a lot. In order to accomplish this goal, the country will begin a “trial” of keeping vaccine sites open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

According to a report by Time Magazine, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Sunday that the government will soon begin a trial of round the clock injections at some locations as it continues to add more vaccination sites to increase the pace of delivery. The National Health Service opened a mass vaccination center on Saturday at the historic Salisbury Cathedral, where injections were accompanied by organ music.

“Our target is by September to have offered all the adult population a first dose,’’ Raab told Sky News. “If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the road map.” In the meantime, the ruling class has amped up the tyranny.

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Thousands of Israelis Tested Positive for Coronavirus After First Vaccine Shot

Over 12,400 Israeli residents have tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated, among them 69 people who had already gotten the second dose, which began to be administered early last week, the Health Ministry reported.

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Italian Foreign Fighter Arrested by Turkish Authorities

24-year-old allegedly fought with Al-Qaeda-linked groups

(ANSA) — ROME, JAN 20 — A 24-year Italian man who allegedly fought with Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq was recently arrested by the Turkish authorities, sources said on Wednesday.

The man moved to the Middle East in 2014 and an international arrest warrant was put out for him in 2017.

He was arrested after being tracked down in the Syrian city of Idlib thanks to cooperation between the Turkish and Italian authorities.

Once tracked down, he asked to hand himself in to the Italian authorities.

As a result he was transferred to the Turkish province of Hatay, where he was handed over to the Italian authorities.

He is already in jail in Italy.

The man’s Turkish wife and three children have stayed in Turkey, the sources said.

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China’s 2020 Coal Output Rises to Highest Since 2015, Undermining Climate Pledges

BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) — China’s coal output rose last year to its highest since 2015, despite Beijing’s climate change pledge to reduce consumption of the dirty fossil fuel and months of disruption at major coal mining hubs.

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Philippines: Nine Cops Accused of Involvement in Killing of Four Army Officers Who Were Hunting for ISIS Jihadis

No one would have dared question, when these police officers were hired, what their views were of Islam, jihad, and the infidel. That would have been “Islamophobic.”

Philippine Commander: Suspected Indonesian Bomber Says Parents Forced Her to Join IS,” BenarNews, January 15, 2021.

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Video: China Builds Massive COVID Detention Camp

Footage has emerged of a huge quarantine facility being built in China to house people infected with coronavirus, and presumably anyone else the state deems to be a COVID threat.

The time lapse video shows a sprawling complex in the province of Hebei being fully completed within a week.

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China ‘Recruits as Many as 600 Top Scholars and Scientists in Australia’ — Sounding Alarm Bells That Beijing Could be Using Them to Get Clandestine Access to the Latest Technology

Hundreds of scientists and academics at Australian universities have been recruited by the CCP as part of Beijing’s push to become the dominant global power by 2050, a new report claims.

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French Tourist Kicked Out of Australia for Organizing Illegal Party

A French tourist has been kicked out of Australia for his role in throwing an illegal New Year’s Eve party in regional Queensland.

The Australian Border Force issued hundreds of formal warnings, eight visa cancellations and deported several foreign nationals for breaching Covid restrictions.

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Fury as the Words ‘Australia Day’ Are Dropped From Blockbuster Big Bash Cricket Games on January 26 — With Scott Morrison and Karl Stefanovic Blasting the ‘Disgraceful’ Decision

The words ‘Australia Day’ have been dropped from next Tuesday’s Big Bash games, which will instead be referred to as ‘January 26’.

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Government Slams Proposal to Hold a Minute’s Silence on Australia Day as the Idea to Recognise Indigenous Aussies Will Only ‘Increase Division’

Independent MP Zali Steggall wanted the silence to recognise the suffering of Aboriginal communities during and after colonisation. But the government has rejected the idea.

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Two Weeks Out of Jail, Muslim Accesses Material About Jihad Beheading and Torture, Returns to Jail

“This man is now the fifth person arrested by the AFP for breaching a control order since July 2020.”

Is it just remotely possible that maybe this approach doesn’t work and a new one is needed? Nonetheless, a new approach is not likely, as that would require the discarding of cherished fantasies about “deradicalization.”

“Two weeks out of jail, Radwan Dakkak allegedly accessed ‘material that supported beheadings,’“ by Georgina Mitchell, Sydney Morning Herald, January 16, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Warnings China Could Blockade Australia by Sea and Stop the Supply of Goods if Trade Tensions Continue to Spiral Out of Control

Captain James Fanell, a former United States Navy director of intelligence for the Pacific Fleet, fears China could blockade Australia by sea within 25 years if Taiwan fell to Communist aggression.

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Why Western Australia’s Border Ban Runs Deeper Than the COVID Pandemic as Mark McGowan’s Tough Policy Reignites Calls for the State to Become Its Own Country

The state has a long history with secessionist movements, dating back to 1933 when two thirds of residents voted to become ‘self-governing dominion of the British Empire’.

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Barrage of New Countries and Airlines to Adopt Vaccine Passports

Several more countries have indicated that they are to adopt vaccination passports, meaning anyone crossing their borders will need to be able to prove they have been inoculated against coronavirus.

It is being reported that the South African government is working on implementing an entire Covid-19 vaccine ‘ID system’, which will not only encompass the so called ‘passports’, but will also include “management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine,” as well as “an integrated track-and-trace system,” and “a dashboard system… to capture the reasons given for vaccine refusal.”

The country’s COVID battle has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with a purported super ‘mutation’ of the virus being discovered there.

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Nigeria: We Paid for Ilorin Nude Party, Arrested Mastermind in Bank — Police

The Kwara State Police Command has arrested a member of a gang planning to organise nude party in selected places in Ilorin, the state capital.

Parading the suspect, Akinsola Babatunde, aka Mr White, in Ilorin on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega, said credible intelligence on the activities of the gang led to the arrest of the suspect at No. 16 Achimugu Street, Ilorin.

The police boss, who said organisers of the party advertised the show on social media for prospective attendees for N20,000 per person, added that they planned to hold it in lounges, club houses and service apartments.

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Afghan Sentenced to Life in Prison for Double Murder Near Czech-Austrian Border

The Supreme Regional Court in Linz, Austria, has confirmed a life sentence for an Afghan who killed a farmer near the Czech border in the autumn of 2019. The perpetrator also stabbed a hostel worker who succumbed to his injuries a few days later, reports ORF.at.

The incident took place in mid-October 2019 in the Upper Austrian village of Wullowitz, located just across the border with the Czech Republic. An Afghan named Jamal stabbed an employee of the local hostel for asylum seekers.

“According to the prosecutor, he went straight to the man and stabbed him in the chest with sheer force,” the ORF.at news portal described the incident.

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Germany: 35% of All Government Positions in Berlin Should Go to Migrants and Those With ‘Foreign Roots’

The demand for introducing quotas for migrants in public service has sparked a dispute in the Berlin Senate, with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its Governing Mayor Michael Müller calling the proposal by Integration Senator Elke Breitenbach of the Left Party (Die Linke) a “gross foul,” Tagesspiegel has reported.

With the new proposal, Breitenbach appears to be trying to make a name for herself with big demands, Junge Freiheit reports.

According to Breitenbach, in the future, Berlin should have quotas for people with foreign roots in the state administration as well as state companies, foundations, public prosecutor offices, and courts. The quota should correspond with the current 35-percent share of migrants in the population. Breitenbach says that the regulation is part of a new version of the Participation and Integration Act.

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In New Precedent, French Court Allows Bangladeshi Migrant to Remain in France as ‘Climate Refugee’

The Court of Appeal of the French city of Bordeaux last month granted “sick foreigner” status to a Bangladeshi man suffering from a respiratory illness, taking into account air pollution from his country of origin, thereby potentially having created legal precedent for a new category of refugees, French portal InfoMigrants writes.

After having lived in France for nearly a decade, Sheel, a Bangladeshi man suffering from a difficult respiratory disease, obtained his first residence permit for a sick foreigner in 2015. The unremarkable forty-something migrant living in Toulouse, in the Haute-Garonne, and suffers a severe form of asthma requiring heavy treatment as well as a strong sleep apnea forcing him to sleep under respiratory assistance every night.

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Police Take Action Against Migrant Smuggler Operation on the Balkan Route

The German federal police recently carried out a large-scale raid on an international smuggler gang, the Junge Freiheit reported. Over 400 officers were deployed in several federal states. Seven arrest warrants were executed. Seven arrest warrants were issued during the police action.

The investigation is directed against 19 suspects who are Syrian, Lebanese, and Libyan nationals between the ages of 21 and 44 years. They are accused of at least 23 cases of smuggling foreigners for commercial purposes or as a gang. They are accused of organizing smuggling operations via the so-called Balkan route since April 2019.

“In return for the payment of large amounts of money, 140 people, predominantly of Syrian origin, are alleged to have been smuggled in by vans and cars,” said the Munich Federal Police Directorate.

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San Francisco’s Citizenship and Immigration Office Vandalized

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office was vandalized Tuesday, just one day before the inauguration.

Graphic graffiti was spray-painted all over the building at 630 Sansome St.

And although this was a minor assault on a federal building, security experts say given what happened back on Jan. 6th, government officials must stay focused making sure everything and everyone stays safe.

Photos obtained by KRON4 show the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building covered in graffiti.

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Court Blocks Biden HHS From Forcing Catholic Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery

On Monday, the day before Joe Biden became president of the United States, a federal court in North Dakota defended Roman Catholic health care providers from an Obamacare mandate forcing doctors and nurses to perform experimental transgender surgeries that violate Roman Catholic convictions. The court enjoined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from forcing these Catholic physicians to perform transgender surgery.

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19 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/20/2021

    • The ADL and the Jews that are in lockstep with them are what I call boxcar jews, they vote and promote their own demise by siding with the communist left who hate them, but love their support and money. Hence we get a Soro’s or a Beria.

  1. re: Canada’s Economy Won’t Recover Till 2023

    Given that Canada has 3 bureaucrats for every private sector employee any recovery will primarily benefit ‘Crown corporations’ (state-owned).

  2. Re: French Tourist Kicked Out of Australia for Organizing Illegal Party

    When will people realize that a party will have to include hundreds of people before the authorities give up trying to enforce lockup/lockdown? Any organizer should ensure via an online board where and when to meet, and have everyone suddenly show up there at that time — thousands. People could come on motorbikes and bicycles so they can weave around cop lockup-enforcer cars.

    If 30 to 40% of the people in a town or large neighborhood just leave their apartments and homes at the SAME TIME, what can the corona macht frei cops do? Then despite the fines and arrests just keep doing it night after night after night.

    Start fighting back!

  3. re: Vaccine Push in the UK

    The ‘ruling class’ is determined that everyone be vaxxed by a certain date. They’ll really have to bust their chops to reach this body count. Of course said ruling class is exempt.

    • Well, my partner (who lives in a different part of London) should get hers today; I’m still waiting. Can’t come soon enough; even though it doesn’t give 100% protection, the symptoms, if you get the virus, are much less severe.

      We didn’t eradicate smallpox (and polio in most countries) by asking them nicely to go away.

  4. re: Biden Looks to Former Obama Staffers …

    Within a relatively short time there will be restrictions placed on the Administration’s actions. By whom. By the military. It’ll be done politely, quietly, unobtrusively. The US military is extremely apprised in minute, exhaustive detail of what occurred in the November election. And that makes the new Administration considerably less than legitimate.

    This de facto illegitimacy formally became an inescapable Constitutional reality the moment the new ‘President’ swore the oath in the Inauguration. That was the action needed for the military to undertake a peaceful transfer of power to a new Administration, which however they won’t do immediately. This is all due to a law passed in the McCarthy era as a safeguard against an internal communist takeover of the US government. Yes, seriously.

    The thousands of National Guard troops are slated to stay in DC for one month. So a legitimate civilian Administration will very likely be in place within a month.

  5. The Muslim media writes:
    Russian blogger (Muslim, Tatar) launched an anti-racist campaign “I buy from migrants”

    Blogger Rasul Tavdiryakov in his Telegram channel reacted to the appearance of the advertisement “I buy from Russians” with a flash mob in support of labor migrants. As part of the action “I buy from migrants”, the blogger calls on to help “our brothers” who have come to another country “in search of food.” In defiance of chauvinists, Tavdiryakov suggests making a choice in favor of migrants when choosing a particular service, be it a haircut, ordering a taxi, or delivery. The blogger supported his call with hadiths: “Allah helps His slave while he helps his brother”, “Whoever helps his brother in his need, Allah will help in his own need.”

    https://islamnews.ru/news-rossiyskiy-bloger-zapustil-antirasistskuyu-aktsiyu-ya-pokupayu-u-migrantov
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    At the end of November 2020, a channel with the title of the video “I buy from Russians” appeared on YouTube. There are very few subscribers and only one video. But this video was watched by more than 700 thousand people, supporting the action against migrants.

    This channel and video are currently blocked

  6. The name Gulchekhra becomes symbolic in Russia. (nanny Gulchekhra Bobokulova, who beheaded the child)
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    Nurse Gulchakhra Aydarova (native of Kazakhstan) cut the throat of an 83-year-old Russian woman.

    According to preliminary data, the 82-year-old pensioner made a remark to her 31-year-old nurse Gulchakhra Aydarova, who is a native of Pavlodar. Because of this, the latter cut the ward’s throat. The elderly woman died before the ambulance arrived.

    The nurse was detained. She is believed to be suffering from mental health problems. The circumstances of the incident are being established.

    https://rus.azattyq-ruhy.kz/incidents/20067-sidelka-pererezala-gorlo-pensionerke
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    There is a link in the network in English, it did not open for me, maybe it will open for you

    https://newsmanza.com/russia/a-nurse-who-cut-the-neck-of-a-pensioner-explains-her-act-crime-power-structures-lenta-ru/

  7. I think it would be the smartest move Trump could make to start a new party, because the MAGA movement and the Republican for-hire politicians were an ill match.

    • Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Look at how the system dealt with the Greens and Libertarians…

      • That’s possible.

        A figure the size of Trump, at a moment like now, is a rare occasion when it could work.

        On the other hand, it could also split the conservative vote very badly, assuring a TRASHING by the Democrats without them even having to cheat.

        The only way to avoid that would be to have an agreement between the two not to compete with each other.

        • I would vote for President Trump to start a new party and I know for a fact that millions of people would join if the platform was very conservative and anti-liberal. I would join it in a heartbeat.

  8. Terrorist crimes in Russia increased by almost a third over the year

    The number of registered crimes of a terrorist nature in Russia in 2020 increased by almost 30%, extremist – by 42%. This is stated in the statistics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

    “In January – December 2020, 2,342 crimes of a terrorist nature (+ 29.7%) and 833 crimes of an extremist nature (+ 42.4%) were registered,” the ministry said.

    https://tass.ru/proisshestviya/10512899

    • Islamic terrorism may have increased, but the FSB is very good at eliminating them by very large numbers you Russians never hear about, and those boys of the FSB and Spetznatz don’t play.

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