Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/22/2021

During a second day of protests in Columbus, Ohio after the police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, Black Lives Matter demonstrators called for the abolition of the police. Meanwhile, BLM activists in Elizabeth City, North Carolina confronted the city council after police shot a black man to death.

In other news, an imam in Czechia was sentenced to 14.5 years in prison for financing a terrorist group in Syria.

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Financial Crisis
» “Way to Go Joe!” — Bonds Bid as Biden Tax Plan Tanks Stocks
» Americans on Jobless Benefits Jumps Back Above 17 Million as Initial Claims Dip
 
USA
» “State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth”: House Democrats Approve D.C. As the 51st State
» Activists Send Lawyers After Virginia Sheriff for Making Prayer Requests, Saying “God Bless” On Facebook
» Alleged Iranian Agent Has Been Writing Opinion for the New York Times on Iran, And They Still Haven’t Fully Disclosed His Ties
» Angry BLM Mob Forms in Front of City Council After Officer-Involved Shooting Deaths of Black Man in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (Video)
» BLM Complains Black Communities Being ‘Terrorized at a Greater Rate’ Under Biden Than Trump
» BLM Protesters Storm Oklahoma Capitol Over GOP Bills Protecting Drivers Fleeing Riots, Police From ‘Doxxing’
» BLM UK Warns Minneapolis Police Dept ‘Would Not Have Survived’ If Chauvin Acquitted
» Chicago Mayor Proposes Cops Get Supervisor Permission Before Chasing Suspects on Foot
» Columbus Shooting: Protesters Call for Abolition, Defunding of Police, Reports Say
» Exclusive: Soros Group Pledges $20 Million to Pass Biden Plan
» Ex-Virginia Tech Soccer Player Sues Coach for ‘Forcing Her to Quit the Team With Campaign of Abuse and Retaliation’ Over Her Refusal to Kneel in Protest of Racism With Her Teammates
» FBI Used Facial Recognition and Instagram to Track Down Capitol Rioter’s Identity
» How to Switch to a More Private Email Provider
» Lawsuits Against Robinhood in the GameStop Saga Are Getting Their Day in Court — But There’s One Big Snag
» ‘Loot for Justice’: BLM Agitators Target Stores in California
» Minneapolis’ George Floyd Square Features Special Instructions for White People
» Murder Rates Soar Dramatically in Cities After BLM Protests With Up to 6,000 Extra Deaths Nationwide — Massively Outweighing the Decline in Police Shootings, Researcher Finds
» Muslim Acid Attacks Come to New York
» NBC Deceptively Edits 911 Call to Conceal Fact Bryant Had a Knife
» Petition to Reverse Whitmer’s Executive Orders Has Enough Signatures, Will be Sent to State Board
» Report: The ‘Squad’ Hired Private Security While Calling for Abolition of Police
» ‘Stop the Bullsh*t’: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Dump Manure Outside White House to Protest Biden Climate Policies
» Twitter Suspended GOP Commentator Steve Cortes for Citing Study He Got From Govt Website
» YouTube Censors Dr. Ron Paul’s Liberty Report After Video Questioning Bill Gates
 
Canada
» Updated: Maxime Bernier, Randy Hillier to Attend Peterborough Rally
 
Europe and the EU
» Czechs Work Hundreds of Hours More a Year Than Germans
» Czechia: Former Prague Imam Sentenced to 14.5 Years in Prison for Financing Terrorism
» EU Cancels Shipments of 300 Million AstraZeneca and J&J Vaccines
» Farage Criticises ‘Out-of-Touch’ BBC Still ‘Haunted’ By Rise of UKIP
» France: Carla Bruni: Cancel Culture is “Seeking to Invade Humanity”
» France: Study: Right-Wing Alliance, Hatred for Macron Could Mean Le Pen Victory
» French President Macron Seeks to Reassure Angry, Disappointed Jewish Community After Top Court Decides Against Trial of Accused Antisemitic Killer
» Germany: Hesse’s Ministry of Culture Warns Teachers That Showing Muhammad Cartoons in Class Can be ‘Radicalizing’
» Greece: Mitsotakis Announces Tax Rate Reduction to 22% From 24%
» Mentally Ill Man Killed UK Neighbor Who He Thought Was Spreading COVID on Putin’s Orders
» Policia Local Accused of Holding Illegal Party at Headquarters in Spain’s Mallorca for Retiring Officer
» Report: UK Vaccine Passports to be Rolled Out Within Days
» Report: Poles Are Exiting the Pandemic With Higher Wages and Savings
» Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Glasgow Protest: Activists Target Barclays Bank
» UK: Farage and Reform Party Throw Weight Behind Anti-Lockdown Fox to Replace Sadiq Khan in London Mayoral Race
» UK: Silvertown Tunnel: Extinction Rebellion Protest at City Hall
» UK: Windows Smashed in Extinction Rebellion Protest at Canary Wharf Bank HQ
» Watch: French Police Battle Gangs in Fourth Night of ‘Urban Violence’
» Zemmour: ‘Islamo-Leftism Means Making Muslims the New Revolutionary Base to Replace the French Proletariat. Before, The Enemy Was the Bourgeois, Today it is the White Man’
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» PA: Munich Olympics Massacre Planners Presented “Spectacular Aspects of Pride, Glory, And Loyalty”
 
Middle East
» Officials: Biden Preparing to Recognize Armenian Genocide
 
South Asia
» Gujarat: Muslim Mob Attacks Hindu Policemen Over COVID-19 Rule Enforcement Restricting Road Namaz During Ramadan
» India: Kerala Muslim Woman Stabbed by Sister and Brother-in-Law After Marrying a Hindu Youth: Read Details
» Pakistan: Authorities Block Lawyers From Holding Press Conference on Arrest of Two Christian Nurses for ‘Blasphemy’
 
Far East
» China’s Fishing Fleet is Vacuuming the Oceans
» UK Cuts Taxpayer Funded Aid to World’s Second-Largest Economy China by 95 Per Cent
» US-Based YouTuber of Chinese Politics Disappears After Visiting China
 
Australia — Pacific
» Farage Accuses New Zealand of ‘Selling Their Souls to Chinese Communist Party’
» Take Back Darwin: Calls for Australia to Now Repossess Vital Port From China After Scrapping Victoria’s ‘Belt and Road’ Deal — as List of Assets Owned by Beijing is Revealed
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nigeria: Emir of Katsina, Others ‘Abducting, Forcefully Converting Hausa Christian Girls to Islam’
 
Immigration
» 2021 Sees Surge in Libya Mediterranean Crossings, Thousands Migrating to Europe
» Denmark to Ban Convicted Criminals From Path to Citizenship
» Germany: Police Admit to Illegally Harassing Grieving Father Whose Son Was Killed by Syrian Asylum Seeker
» Italy Experiences Surging Illegal Migrant Numbers
» Romania: Afghan Migrants Clash in Temesvar, One Killed
» Stabbing Rampage at Netherlands Asylum Center Requires International Emergency Response
» Texas Democrat Breaks With Biden on Ending Use of the Term “Illegal Alien”
» US Politicians Echo Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson’s Report on Demographic Change and Its Role in Democratic Party’s Power
 
Culture Wars
» Christian College Sues Biden Administration for Ordering Them to Place Biological Men in Female Dorms
» Democracy Without Values? A ‘Dictatorship of Relativism’ Is Rising, Warns Polish History Professor
 

“Way to Go Joe!” — Bonds Bid as Biden Tax Plan Tanks Stocks

A Bloomberg report suggesting Biden will pay for some of his “infrastructure” bill by doubling the capital gains tax for high income Americans sparked some brief unrest in US equity markets today…Nasdaq was the hardest hit on the day but we note that Small Caps were sold most after the Biden headline…

Notably, Small Caps briefly got green for the week (after being down over 4% on Tuesday) before Biden buggered it all up…

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

Americans on Jobless Benefits Jumps Back Above 17 Million as Initial Claims Dip

After tumbling to pandemic lows the previous week, thanks to a collapse in California claims (that suggested fraud/systemic issues and not economic improvements), analysts expected some give back last week, but they were wrong as the number of Americans filing for first time jobless claims plunged to 547k — a new pandemic low.

Texas and New York saw the biggest drops in claimants as Virginia and Inidiana saw the biggest rise…

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

“State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth”: House Democrats Approve D.C. As the 51st State

Authored by Jonathan Turley

The House Democrats, with the support of President Joe Biden, have just voted (perfectly along party lines) to approve the establishment of the “State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth” as our 51st state today.

I had testified and written about D.C. statehood for decades and, as noted in a recent column, I believe that the best interests of both the country and the district residents is found in retrocession, not statehood.

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

Activists Send Lawyers After Virginia Sheriff for Making Prayer Requests, Saying “God Bless” On Facebook

Bland County Sheriff Jason Ramsey of Virginia has responded to complaints against his postings on the Sheriff’s Office official Facebook page.

The complaint was made by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a non-profit organization who is working to try and get the posts deleted and to prevent the Sheriff from posting any further messages that have Christian undertones.

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

Alleged Iranian Agent Has Been Writing Opinion for the New York Times on Iran, And They Still Haven’t Fully Disclosed His Ties

Despite it being four months since a New York Times opinion contributor was arrested on charges of operating as an Iranian agent, the Times has not immediately appended a note on the articles under the bylines of the accused, warning readers of his alleged unlawful ties.

Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, a political scientist who resides in the United States, was arrested Jan. 18 on charges of “acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of … Iran, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA),” according to the Department of Justice, as previously reported. FARA mandates that agents of foreign countries engaged in political activity in the U.S. must regularly disclose their relationship.

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

Angry BLM Mob Forms in Front of City Council After Officer-Involved Shooting Deaths of Black Man in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (Video)

An angry mob of about 100 BLM protesters gathered in front of the City Council on Wednesday evening after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a 40-year-old black man earlier in the day.

40-year-old Andrew Brown was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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

BLM Complains Black Communities Being ‘Terrorized at a Greater Rate’ Under Biden Than Trump

Black Lives Matter has complained that black communities are under greater threat now that Joe Biden is President and that things have gotten worse since he took office.

The organisation tweeted that those it represents are being “terrorized” more under Biden than when Donald Trump was president.

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

BLM Protesters Storm Oklahoma Capitol Over GOP Bills Protecting Drivers Fleeing Riots, Police From ‘Doxxing’

Demonstrators chanting “Black Lives Matter” stormed the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday, forcing the state House of Representatives into lockdown, in order to protest several Republican-backed bills, including one that provides legal protections to motorists fleeing riots.

More than two dozen protesters filled the gallery on the fifth floor while the Oklahoma House in the chamber below was in session. Video showed demonstrators chanting, “Stand united against all hate,” and “We will use our voices to stand against corruption, to fight hate, to defend Black and Brown lives.” The disturbance interrupted the session for several minutes.

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

BLM UK Warns Minneapolis Police Dept ‘Would Not Have Survived’ If Chauvin Acquitted

Black Lives Matter UK has warned that the Minneapolis Police Department “would not have survived” if former police officer Derek Chauvin had not been convicted for the murder of George Floyd in the United States.

“The Minneapolis Police Department would not have survived if the verdict had gone any other way. The American establishment did not want another summer of Black rebellion,” said Malcolm Baker, a spokesman for Black Lives Matter UK, in comments reported by the i, in reference to former police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd.

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

Chicago Mayor Proposes Cops Get Supervisor Permission Before Chasing Suspects on Foot

Chicago police may soon be required to ask their supervisors for permission to chase criminal suspects on foot, due to a change to police procedure proposed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “No one should die as the result of a foot chase,” she said.

The mayor, who promised to announce details of the policy soon, comes in the wake of calls to action from activists in the wake of the police-involved shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

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

Columbus Shooting: Protesters Call for Abolition, Defunding of Police, Reports Say

Second night of demonstrations held after Ma’Khia Bryant’s death

Protesters gathered again in Columbus, Ohio, to demonstrate against the fatal officer-involved shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, chanting her name and calling for the defunding of the city’s police department, reports say.

The 16-year-old appeared to attack two other females with a knife on Tuesday before police officer Nicholas Rearden discharged his firearm, fatally striking her, body camera footage shows. Rearden, who has been on the force since December 2019, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The demonstrations began Wednesday afternoon on the campus of Ohio State University, where organizers told a crowd of more than 400 people that the protest was for the abolition of police, student newspaper The Lantern reported…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive: Soros Group Pledges $20 Million to Pass Biden Plan

The Open Society Foundations are pledging $20 million to jumpstart as much as $100 million for a campaign to rally progressives around President Biden’s infrastructure and social welfare proposals.

Why it matters: Backing from the George Soros-founded group could serve as an important call to action for Democratic donors and activists who support Biden’s initial $2 trillion+ infrastructure plan but want to see him go bigger.

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

Ex-Virginia Tech Soccer Player Sues Coach for ‘Forcing Her to Quit the Team With Campaign of Abuse and Retaliation’ Over Her Refusal to Kneel in Protest of Racism With Her Teammates

A former Virginia Tech soccer player is suing her old coach for allegedly launching a ‘campaign of abuse and retaliation’ over her refusal to kneel in protest of racism.

Kiersten Hening, a former non-scholarship player for the Hokies, filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia Tech coach Chugger Adair, saying he targeted her because he ‘dislikes Hening’s political views.’

‘Because she refused to kneel, he benched her, subjected her to repeated verbal abuse, and forced her off the team,’ read the lawsuit obtained by DailyMail.com.

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

FBI Used Facial Recognition and Instagram to Track Down Capitol Rioter’s Identity

Social media is increasingly being used to track down suspects.

The FBI has confirmed in legal filings that it used facial recognition technology to both track down and arrest an individual who was suspected to have taken part in the Capitol Hill riot that took place earlier this year.

It is worth noting that the FBI has formally acknowledged that it had depended on facial recognition to not only confirm identity but to discover a suspect in the first place.

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

How to Switch to a More Private Email Provider

The rise of Big Tech companies and their increasingly pervasive surveillance of our online lives has led to increased demand for privacy-focused alternatives to Gmail, Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail and live.com), and Yahoo Mail.

While several viable alternatives exist, one of the major obstacles people face when they’re considering ditching these Big Tech email providers is that they don’t want to lose all of their emails when they make the switch.

Fortunately, it’s relatively quick and easy to export your data from one of these Big Tech email providers and transfer it to a new provider.

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

Lawsuits Against Robinhood in the GameStop Saga Are Getting Their Day in Court — But There’s One Big Snag

When Robinhood suddenly set buying restrictions at the height of the GameStop trading frenzy in the early months of 2021, users reacted with fury.

Now, the legal journey begins in earnest on Monday for those angry investors.

April 19 marked the initial court date following a judicial panel’s decision to bunch together nearly 40 lawsuits — and possibly more — in front of one Miami federal judge who will handle the “multi-district litigation.” The Zoom ZM, +0.30% call had nearly 140 lawyers and other attendees listening, according to the count from one court staff assisting with logistics.

But there is one big snag: If these plaintiffs think investment decisions are complicated and don’t like sluggish responses to their decisions, well, experts say, they ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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

‘Loot for Justice’: BLM Agitators Target Stores in California

BLM agitators tried to organize a ‘loot for justice’ event by targeting a shopping mall in California, prompting a police response.

The planned looting was a response to the police killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, who was shot dead by a cop in Columbus, Ohio after she tried to stab two other people.

Leftists have lied about the incident in an effort to create another George Floyd moment, when in reality the responding officer literally saved the lives of two African-American women.

Seeking an opportunity to exploit the incident for more rampant criminality, BLM extremists tried to organize a “loot until justice is served” shopping spree last night at the Bayfair Center shopping mall near Oakland.

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

Minneapolis’ George Floyd Square Features Special Instructions for White People

White people wanting to visit George Floyd Square, the intersection where the 46-year-old Black man died last May, will need to heed special instructions.

The intersection of E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — where a bystander recorded the now-famous video that showed then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck — was converted into a memorial and renamed George Floyd Square shortly after his death.

A sign near the entrance of the Square welcomes visitors to “A Sacred Space for Community, Public Grief, and Protest.”

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

Murder Rates Soar Dramatically in Cities After BLM Protests With Up to 6,000 Extra Deaths Nationwide — Massively Outweighing the Decline in Police Shootings, Researcher Finds

A researcher has found that cities that had Black Lives Matter protests saw a significant decrease in police homicides, but a huge overall increase in murders.

Travis Campbell, an economics PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, published his findings in a recent pre-print study examining the impact of BLM protests on police use-of-force incidents.

His analysis, which is still undergoing peer-review, found that cities with BLM protests had 15 to 20 percent fewer police homicides than expected if the protests had not taken place, equating to 300 fewer police killings nationwide over five years.

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

Muslim Acid Attacks Come to New York

A few years ago I noted the sharp growth in acid attacks in the UK.

While acid attacks are commonplace in certain Muslim countries, they were not normative to western ones. Until immigration reshaped the UK.

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

NBC Deceptively Edits 911 Call to Conceal Fact Bryant Had a Knife

NBC was caught editing a 911 call to omit the reference to the fact that Ma’Khia Bryant was engaged in a stabbing attack when she was shot by police, as well as failing to show video footage which showed her carrying a knife.

As we highlighted yesterday, leftists have been caught repeatedly lying about the incident, at first asserting that Bryant was “unarmed” and then falsely claiming that she had called the police for help.

Video footage of the incident, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, shows Bryant attempting to stab two other females with a large kitchen knife before she is shot dead by a police officer.

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

Petition to Reverse Whitmer’s Executive Orders Has Enough Signatures, Will be Sent to State Board

A petition to reverse the executive orders of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has raised enough valid signatures and will be taken to the state’s Board of Canvassers on Thursday. The petition was coordinated by advocacy group Unlock Michigan.

The Board of Canvassers will hear the petition and then send it to the state’s Board of Elections. If approved by the elections board, it will then go to the Michigan legislature, which is expected to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governors Act.

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

Report: The ‘Squad’ Hired Private Security While Calling for Abolition of Police

Members of the So Called ‘squad’ of extreme leftist Democrats spent thousands of dollars on hiring private security while simultaneously calling for defunding and even abolishing the police, a report highlights.

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Cori Bush (Missouri) and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) privately built up their own protection forces, while telling the public that they shouldn’t rely on police protection, and that police departments should be defunded because of ‘institutional racism’.

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

‘Stop the Bullsh*t’: Extinction Rebellion Protesters Dump Manure Outside White House to Protest Biden Climate Policies

Members of the controversial Extinction Rebellion climate-change protest organization dumped over a dozen wheelbarrows of cow manure outside the White House in protest of President Joe Biden’s climate policies.

Videos posted on Thursday showed the group of protesters wheeling pink barrows full of manure up to the White House while shouting “bullsh*t!” before they dumped the load. They sang the phrase “Time is running out!” — in reference to their claims that it will soon be too late to reverse a human extinction event.

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

Twitter Suspended GOP Commentator Steve Cortes for Citing Study He Got From Govt Website

Here we go again. Twitter is censoring conservatives—but this one is uniquely weird, even for Twitter.

Steve Cortes, conservative political commentator and former campaign advisor for Trump’s 2020 run, was suspended from Twitter for a few days for sharing a study on NIH.gov saying that masks don’t stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s right, Cortes was suspended for sharing a study he found on a government website.

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

YouTube Censors Dr. Ron Paul’s Liberty Report After Video Questioning Bill Gates

Former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul has been censored by YouTube again, this time for posting an episode of his political talk show titled “What’s in it for Bill Gates — Does He Want To Rule The World?” which YouTube deemed to be “medical misinformation.”

In the episode, Dr. Paul and his co-host Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discussed recent coronavirus statistics that had been released, the negative economic impacts of lockdowns, the way governors and police forces have used the coronavirus to exert power, the media’s coronavirus fear mongering, and speculated on Bill Gates’ motives amid the pandemic.

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

Updated: Maxime Bernier, Randy Hillier to Attend Peterborough Rally

Two politicians who are planning to travel to Peterborough to speak at an anti-lockdown rally this weekend are “clowns” and need not come, Mayor Diane Therrien tweeted Thursday.

“The travelling clown convention isn’t welcome here,” Therrien tweeted to the attention of independent MPP Randy Hillier and to Maxime Bernier, leader of the federal People’s Party of Canada.

Bernier and Hillier will be the featured speakers at a rally planned for Confederation Square at noon on Saturday.

The group No More Lockdowns Canada is organizing the event, another in a series held at the downtown park. Rallies over the past two weekends have led to police ticketing some participants.

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

Czechs Work Hundreds of Hours More a Year Than Germans

Reducing working hours is a trend that keeps spreading in developed European countries, and while the Czech Republic is expected to join this trend at some point in the future, Czechs currently work hundreds of hours a year more than Germans.

The most productive economies have a relatively short working week. In first place for productivity are Luxembourgers who work an average of 29 hours a week. In third are Norwegians, in sixth are Danes, and ninth spot goes to the Dutch who work a little over 27 hours.

Workers in richer countries tend to work fewer hours than those in poorer countries due to the fact that in richer countries, workers can produce more for every hour of work, which translates into higher incomes and the ability to work less.

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

Czechia: Former Prague Imam Sentenced to 14.5 Years in Prison for Financing Terrorism

Former Prague imam Samer Shehadeh will serve 14.5 years in prison for helping to commit a terrorist attack and finance terrorism. On Tuesday, the defendant concluded an agreement on guilt and punishment with the public prosecutor and, subsequently, Prague City Court confirmed the arrangement. Shehadeh was already sentenced to a ten-year sentence last year for similar crimes, so this decision will extend his prison sentence by 4.5 years.

Thirty-seven-year-old Shehadeh confessed to the act. He said that he did not regret it because he considered it right.

“I’m not a terrorist,” he said. He added that he was only trying to fight against the criminal regime in Syria, which he says is committing genocide in the country. The man faced up to 20 years in prison for possible help with the terrorist attack.

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

EU Cancels Shipments of 300 Million AstraZeneca and J&J Vaccines

The European Union has canceled the order of 300 million extra doses of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and are set to replace the lost doses with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, news portal Mandiner wrote based on a Wednesday report by Reuters news agency.

An anonymous source told Reuters that the Brussels body wants to drop vaccines that have been reported to cause blood clots in very rare cases, but also to distance itself from AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish company that is blocking vaccine supplies in EU countries. The European Commission reached an agreement with Johnson & Johnson on Oct. 8 to procure 200 million doses of the vaccine, with the option to purchase an additional 200 million doses. They also reached an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Aug. 14 to purchase 300 million doses of coronavirus vaccine with a clause allowing EU member states to purchase an additional 100 million doses of vaccine.

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

Farage Criticises ‘Out-of-Touch’ BBC Still ‘Haunted’ By Rise of UKIP

Nigel Farage has criticised the “out-of-touch” BBC, calling for a televised debate on the future of the funding of the broadcaster, which is maintained with a mandatory charge on all those watching live television.

Writing in The Telegraph on Tuesday, the Brexit leader mocked remarks from Samira Ahmed that appeared to suggest the BBC presenter was “haunted” by accusations that the broadcaster had elevated the status of himself and his former party UKIP in the political arena.

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

France: Carla Bruni: Cancel Culture is “Seeking to Invade Humanity”

Famous fashion model Carla Bruni has slammed cancel culture as a “puerile” attack on authentic culture that seeks to “invade humanity.”

Bruni shot to global prominence after she married French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, but she had a successful career in modeling and the music industry beforehand.

Bruni made the comments in the context of an Instagram post dedicated to two deceased French comedians, Michel Colucci and Pierre Desproges. The pair were popular in the 1980’s but wouldn’t be allowed to perform their act now due to political correctness.

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

France: Study: Right-Wing Alliance, Hatred for Macron Could Mean Le Pen Victory

Populist French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen could achieve victory in next year’s elections under certain conditions, according to a study by the Jean-Jaure’s Foundation.

The study by the left-wing think tank notes that there is a “not insignificant possibility” of Le Pen winning the French presidency in 2022 if the right-wing come out to support Le Pen against her predicted opponent, incumbent President Emmanuel Macron.

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

French President Macron Seeks to Reassure Angry, Disappointed Jewish Community After Top Court Decides Against Trial of Accused Antisemitic Killer

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a change in his country’s laws on criminal responsibility, following last week’s decision by France’s highest appeal court to excuse from trial the accused antisemitic murderer of a Jewish woman on the ground that his intake of cannabis supposedly rendered him temporarily insane on the night of the killing.

Speaking to the newspaper Le Figaro on Sunday, the French president was asked about last Wednesday’s decision by the Court of Cassation not to try Kobili Traore for the brutal murder of Sarah Halimi in April 2017. The court argued that since Traore had imbibed what it termed an “acute delirious puff” on a marijuana joint that eliminated his “discernment” — or self-awareness — he could not “be judged criminally even when his mental state was caused by the regular consumption of drugs.”

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

Germany: Hesse’s Ministry of Culture Warns Teachers That Showing Muhammad Cartoons in Class Can be ‘Radicalizing’

This is how the freedom of speech is lost. One bows to violent threats in the name of prudence, and soon one finds violent threats not decreasing, but increasing. That’s only to be expected. By bowing to these threats, you have shown that they work, and thereby invited more of them.

“‘Showing the Mohammed cartoons can have a radicalizing effect on students,’“ translated from “‘Zeigen der Mohammed-Karikaturen kann radikalisierend auf Schüler wirken,’“ by Joachim Wagner, Welt, April 19, 2021.

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

Greece: Mitsotakis Announces Tax Rate Reduction to 22% From 24%

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced five tax reductions and insurance reliefs for employees and companies during a teleconference meeting on the restart of the Greek economy.

Among other things, the tax cuts include a reduction in the tax advance for all natural persons who are in business, to 55%, while the special solidarity contribution to the private sector is suspended for 2022.

In total, Mitsotakis announced five tax and insurance reliefs for employees and companies after a meeting to restart the Greek economy.

[Comment: Tax cuts are always good.]

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Mentally Ill Man Killed UK Neighbor Who He Thought Was Spreading COVID on Putin’s Orders

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious effect on people’s mental health and in one English village it even led to a murder.

An inquest has recorded a verdict of unlawful death on parish councillor James Nash.

A mentally ill villager shot and beat his neighbour to death after convincing himself the man was working for Russian President Vladimir Putin and was helping him to spread the COVID-19 virus in Britain.

Alex Sartain, 34, used a home-made shotgun to shoot 42-year-old James Nash outside his cottage in Upper Enham, near Andover in the south of England on 5 August 2020.

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

Policia Local Accused of Holding Illegal Party at Headquarters in Spain’s Mallorca for Retiring Officer

A Policia Local unit has been accused of holding an illegal party at their headquarters at Mallorca.

It is alleged that 15-on-duty police officers attended the hour-long gathering which was organised to celebrate the departure of a retiring colleague.

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

Report: UK Vaccine Passports to be Rolled Out Within Days

The UK government is to officially roll out vaccine passports within a matter of days according to a report in The London Telegraph that cites sources who have revealed that the Department for Transport has spoken to travel industry officials about the plans.

According to the report, an official on a phone call with members of the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group said “We aim to give people the ability to prove their vaccine status by the time international travel restarts where other countries require it. The earliest that will restart is May 17.”

Two industry sources have confirmed the accuracy of the quote, and the government has not disputed it, according to the Telegraph.

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Report: Poles Are Exiting the Pandemic With Higher Wages and Savings

The latest data concerning wages, savings and industrial production for March 2021 released by Statistics Poland (GUS) has positively surprised experts and analysts, who are saying that industrial production in particular has exceeded their wildest expectations.

The data for March for Polish industry is much better than any forecasts and the best in Polish history. In March 2021 industrial production grew by 18.9 percent on a year-to-year basis and by 18.6 percent compared to February 2021. Even better results are now expected for April 2021.

What’s more, one of the banks, mBank, has described wages, which increased the 8 percent year-to-year in March, as “skyrocketing”, with average salaries in this month have amounted to more than 5,900 PLN gross (ca. €1,300).

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Scotland: Extinction Rebellion Glasgow Protest: Activists Target Barclays Bank

Two activists have doused themselves, and a model Earth in fake oil, at 12.50pm outside Barclays’ Bothwell Street branch.

It follows the ‘Climate Crime Scene’ the same group performed at the Argyle Street branch of Barclays on April 1.

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UK: Farage and Reform Party Throw Weight Behind Anti-Lockdown Fox to Replace Sadiq Khan in London Mayoral Race

A “new patriotic alliance” which will see Brexit leaders Nigel Farage and Richard Tice with the Reform party back Laurence Fox’s Reclaim party candidacy against Sadiq Khan has been announced.

The electoral pact which will see the Reform — previously known as the Brexit Party — back Laurence Fox’s London mayoral candidacy in return for Fox backing the Reform Party’s London Assembly candidates in May’s votes was announced in London’s Hyde Park on Thursday morning.

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UK: Silvertown Tunnel: Extinction Rebellion Protest at City Hall

Extinction Rebellion activists today walked from The Crystal in Newham to City Hall to call on Sadiq Khan to cancel the Silvertown Tunnel.

The proposed road tunnel between the Greenwich peninsula and west Silvertown in Newham has been heavily criticised by locals and activists who fear it will cause further air pollution.

To mark Earth Day, three members of Newham Extinction Rebellion made the walk from the proposed new home of the GLA to its current home with the intention of delivering a letter to Sadiq Khan, though City Hall is not able to pass correspondence to candidates during the pre-election period.

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UK: Windows Smashed in Extinction Rebellion Protest at Canary Wharf Bank HQ

Windows were smashed in a demo in Canary Wharf today (April 22) when members from the Extinction Rebellion protest movement converged on the banking district.

A group of women were protesting when the glass at the HSBC headquarters was broken.

They were wearing patches with the words “better broken windows than broken promises”.

This was a reference to the Suffragette movement’s acts of civil disobedience more than 100 years ago.

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Watch: French Police Battle Gangs in Fourth Night of ‘Urban Violence’

A large police force converged on the French city of Tourcoing to combat roving gangs who have been wreaking havoc for days, according to reports.

Roughly 130 officers from multiple branches of the French National Police — including riot control and undercover specialists — were deployed to reinforce municipal patrols who have been overwhelmed amid four consecutive nights of ‘urban violence’ in the region.

The chaos reportedly kicked off on Saturday night after police observed a young male performing a ‘wild rodeo’ on a motorcycle as he taunted them before falling off the bike and claiming to be injured.

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Zemmour: ‘Islamo-Leftism Means Making Muslims the New Revolutionary Base to Replace the French Proletariat. Before, The Enemy Was the Bourgeois, Today it is the White Man’

French author, polemicist, and anti-liberal philosopher Eric Zemmour has drawn a parallel between “Islamo-leftists” and communists, asserting that the former have substituted their arch nemesis, the bourgeois, with White people — whom they would like to see replaced by the “Muslim proletariat”.

Zemmour, one of the preeminent thinkers on the French right, contends that the new political alliance formed between Islamists and leftists, called Islamo-leftism in France, is nothing less than the communist movement of the 21st century, the political magazine Valeurs Actuelles reports.

French philosopher Pascal Bruckner has described Islamo-leftism as “the fusion between the atheist Far-Left and religious radicalism”. For Bruckner, many on the far-left aim to use Islamism as a “battering ram” to take down capitalism and cancel individual rights. On the other hand, Bruckner asserts that Islamists — purely as a tactical means to carry out their true goal of instituting an Islamist totalitarian theocratic government — pretend like they’ve joined the ranks of the left in its opposition to capitalism and racism.

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PA: Munich Olympics Massacre Planners Presented “Spectacular Aspects of Pride, Glory, And Loyalty”

The PA never tires of celebrating their most lethal terror attacks against Israel and praising the “masterminds” behind them. One such attack is the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Official PA TV News mourned the death of the “most prominent leaders of the Palestinian revolution,” Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, and Kamal Adwan — three members of the Black September terror organization — the group responsible for planning and carrying out the Munich Olympics massacre. The three were killed by Israel in the year following the attack. PA TV News said the life stories of the three “commanders” “emit a pleasant aroma” and that the “death as Martyrs” of the three terrorists “presented the most spectacular aspects of pride, glory, and loyalty”.

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Officials: Biden Preparing to Recognize Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is preparing to formally acknowledge that the systematic killing and deportation of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in modern-day Turkey more than a century ago was genocide, according to U.S. officials.

The anticipated move — something Biden had pledged to do as a candidate — could further complicate an already tense relationship with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Administration officials had not informed Turkey as of Wednesday, and Biden could still change his mind, according to one official. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Lawmakers and Armenian-American activists are lobbying Biden to make the announcement on or before Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, which will be marked on Saturday.

[Comment: Disappointing that Trump didn’t do this. I wonder if Trump was influenced by special interests concerning Turkey.]

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Gujarat: Muslim Mob Attacks Hindu Policemen Over COVID-19 Rule Enforcement Restricting Road Namaz During Ramadan

Swapna Lalwani | HENB | Kheda | April 20, 2021:: A group of Muslims, more than 30 men, who had gathered outside a Mosque in Kapadvanj town of Gujarat’s Kheda district, allegedly attacked policemen over the issue of enforcement of coronavirus guidelines, police said on Wednesday. Police did not allow the crowd to perform Namaz on the road during Ramadan.

No policeman was injured in the attack, in which some police vehicles were damaged by rioters, an official said.

The Muslims, stormed the Kapadvanj town police station, hurled stones and attacked policemen on Tuesday night, the police alleged.

An FIR was registered on early Wednesday morning in connection with the incident, said police inspector of Kapadvanj, H C Zala.

All the 35 accused persons named in the FIR were absconding, he said.

They were booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), police said…

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India: Kerala Muslim Woman Stabbed by Sister and Brother-in-Law After Marrying a Hindu Youth: Read Details

In another case of religious intolerance, the relatives of a Muslim woman, hailing from Kerala, have reportedly hacked the former for marrying a Hindu youth, after getting romantically involved with him. The incident took place when the Muslim girl went to visit her parents at Kalanjoor in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. She was reportedly attacked by her own sister and brother-in-law, who were displeased by the interfaith marriage.

The Muslim woman from Kerala, who injured her arms in the attack was admitted to a hospital in Ranni. The police have registered a case against the accused duo and confirmed that they would record the victim’s statement soon. The police are yet to ascertain whether the assault was for property or is it a case of an ‘honour attack’.

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Pakistan: Authorities Block Lawyers From Holding Press Conference on Arrest of Two Christian Nurses for ‘Blasphemy’

In Pakistan, authorities don’t want the truth to get out about how the blasphemy laws are used to persecute Christians and other religious minorities. It’s the same in the West, where the establishment media and the social media giants do their best to suppress those who tell the truth about jihad violence and Sharia oppression, while leftist organizations work hard at smearing and defaming those who tell it.

An update on this story. “Anger as blasphemy case press conference is blocked in Pakistan,” by Kamran Chaudhry, UCA News, April 16, 2021:

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China’s Fishing Fleet is Vacuuming the Oceans

Communist China seems increasingly to be depleting the world’s oceans of marine life. The country has by far the world’s largest fishing fleet of anywhere between 200,000 to 800,000 fishing boats — accounting for nearly half of the world’s fishing activity — approximately 17,000 of which belong to its distant-water fishing fleet. The growth has been made possible by enormous state subsidies. In 2012, for instance, the Chinese state poured $3.2 billion in subsidies into its fishing sector, most of it for fuel. However, according to a report from 2012, “government support for the fishing and aquaculture sector could be as much as CNY 500 billion (USD 80.2 billion, EUR 61.7 billion) when regional and national subsidies for rural-based fish farmers are taken into account.”

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UK Cuts Taxpayer Funded Aid to World’s Second-Largest Economy China by 95 Per Cent

The United Kingdom has finally cut aid to the world’s second-largest economy and rising adversary China, but will still pay out nearly £1 million to the communist country for “human rights” work.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the reduced aid, which was part of a £4 billion cut in taxpayers’ money going overseas, in a written statement delivered to Parliament on Wednesday. The United Kingdom’s pledged aid fell temporarily from 0.7 per cent GDP to 0.5 per cent in response to the economy being ravaged by the effects of the Chinese coronavirus.

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US-Based YouTuber of Chinese Politics Disappears After Visiting China

The whereabouts of a US-based Chinese YouTuber are unknown after he traveled to China from the US. He might be in the custody of authorities, considering he touched on sensitive political topics casting the authoritarian communist regime in a negative light.

Zhou Qiang is a presenter of a talk show called “Zhou Zhou Kan,” which is broadcast on YouTube. The Chinese language talk show often covered sensitive political topics such as President Xi Jinping’s authoritarianism, the Hong Kong protests, dissidents such as Ren Zhiqiang, and whistleblowers such as Dr. Li Wenliang, who was among the first to report the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan.

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Farage Accuses New Zealand of ‘Selling Their Souls to Chinese Communist Party’

Nigel Farage has accused New Zealand of having “sold their souls to the Chinese Communist Party” after rejecting allies’ calls for the Five Eyes to forge a common diplomatic position against China.

The South Pacific nation is one of the members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, along with its neighbour Australia and other Anglosphere powers, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The network, which has its origins in the close alliances of the Second World War, is said to be the deepest intelligence-sharing agreement on earth.

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Take Back Darwin: Calls for Australia to Now Repossess Vital Port From China After Scrapping Victoria’s ‘Belt and Road’ Deal — as List of Assets Owned by Beijing is Revealed

Darwin Port was leased as Chinese investment in Australia ramped up over the past decade, with communist-backed companies snapping up land, real estate and universities.

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Nigeria: Emir of Katsina, Others ‘Abducting, Forcefully Converting Hausa Christian Girls to Islam’

See list of nine victims

The Federal Government must sanction Katsina Islamic leaders for indiscriminate abduction and forceful conversion of scores of Hausa Christians, especially girls of underage, to Islam, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has said.

The chief culprits in the dastardly act, according to the rights group, are the Emir of Katsina and the Islamic District Head of Kafur in Kafur Local Government Area of the State, noting that this is according a statement issued on April 15, 2021 by the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO).

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2021 Sees Surge in Libya Mediterranean Crossings, Thousands Migrating to Europe

Data collected by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has revealed an increase in migrants departing Libya as migration numbers have increased across the Mediterranean so far this year.

According to the figures, over 16,500 migrants have entered Europe through the three main routes in the Mediterranean sea, with the largest number, 8,472, arriving through the central Mediterranean route to Italy, with the Spanish western route seeing just over 7,000 arrivals.

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Denmark to Ban Convicted Criminals From Path to Citizenship

The Danish government has reached an agreement with several other major parties on citizenship that will prevent anyone given conditional and unconditional prison sentences from becoming citizens.

Danish Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye spoke about the agreement earlier this week, saying: “Among immigrants, some are doing well, and then some are doing poorly. We want to make sure that those who receive Danish citizenship have settled well in Danish society and has embraced Denmark — including Danish values.”

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Germany: Police Admit to Illegally Harassing Grieving Father Whose Son Was Killed by Syrian Asylum Seeker

Police in Germany have admitted to using illegal methods to protect a Syrian asylum seeker who had received probation and community service for the killing of a local German man, including harassing the victim’s grieving father and suggesting that he posed a threat to the migrant.

According to a report from German news portal Focus Online, police in Dessau-Roßlau — a town of 80,000 in the state of Saxony-Anhalt — have admitted to using illegal methods against Karsten Hempel, aged 56, whose 30-year-old son Marcus Hempel was murdered in an assault by a Syrian asylum seeker in broad daylight on the streets of Wittenberg in 2017, insinuating — without evidence — that the grieving father was planning to take revenge on the migrant.

The Syrian perpetrator, Sabri H., was convicted — not for murder or for manslaughter — but for “bodily harm resulting in death” in March 2020, and was sentenced to just two years of probation and 120 hours of community service. The juvenile criminal chamber at the Magdeburg District Court considered the sentence to be adequate because Sabri H. was just 17-years-old at the time. The migrant arrived in Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied minor but now lives with his parents and siblings after they used family reunification laws in Germany to migrate.

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Italy Experiences Surging Illegal Migrant Numbers

The number of illegal migrants who arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea more than doubled in 2021 compared to the same period last year. As of April 20, the Italian Ministry of the Interior registered nearly 8,600 arrivals. In the previous year, authorities reported less than 3,300 individuals in this period, while two years ago, it was around 650.

More than 1,200 immigrants said they were Tunisians, and approximately the same number of people said they came from the Ivory Coast. Another 930 people claimed to emigrate from Bangladesh, stated the Italian Interior Ministry. A little more than 1,200 people were unaccompanied minor refugees.

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Romania: Afghan Migrants Clash in Temesvar, One Killed

Two groups of Afghan migrants clashed near the central railway station of the western Romanian city of Temesvar (Timisoara), one of whom was knifed to death while another suffered severe injuries, local news portal Tion reports.

The incident happened Monday afternoon on the boulevard leading to the train station, when one group of migrants — previously unknown to the other — attacked the latter with knives. The smaller group, consisting of three persons, was attacked by a larger group of six and the attackers fled the scene after leaving two of them injured. One of the victims, a 27-year-old man died in hospital soon afterwards, while the other is in serious condition.

After the incident, local police arrived to the area in large numbers, taking into custody a reported 70 other migrants in search of the perpetrators.

Another source reported that as police extended its search, 200 migrants were also questioned in the Temesvar metropolitan area, but it was not clear whether the second number included the 70 already mentioned.

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Stabbing Rampage at Netherlands Asylum Center Requires International Emergency Response

Dutch police arrested a resident of an asylum center in the Netherlands after a stabbing spree that left at least seven wounded, according to reports.

Authorities from multiple countries responded to a call about a major incident at a migrant facility in Echt on Wednesday night where multiple victims had been critically injured.

A 24-year-old resident of the Pepinusbrug facility was quickly apprehended at the scene.

“The severity of the violence led authorities to declare a Grip 1 regional emergency, which sent extra personnel to the scene all coordinated under a single incident commander,” the NL Times reports.

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Texas Democrat Breaks With Biden on Ending Use of the Term “Illegal Alien”

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) became the first member of his party to buck the Biden administration’s order to ban the use of the term “illegal alien.” Cuellar said that, as someone who lives near the border, he finds it unnecessary.

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US Politicians Echo Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson’s Report on Demographic Change and Its Role in Democratic Party’s Power

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is questioning why the Democratic Party has been so adamant in its open borders push shortly after Tucker Carlson, the prime-time news anchor for Fox News, sent shockwaves throughout the United States’ media landscape after he said that the Democratic Party is trying to increase its political power by “replacing the current electorate” with migrants from the Third World.

Johnson, in an appearance on Fox News, stated, “This administration wants complete open borders and you have to ask yourself why. Is it really, they want to remake the demographics of America to ensure their—that they stay in power forever? Is that what’s happening here?”

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Christian College Sues Biden Administration for Ordering Them to Place Biological Men in Female Dorms

The College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over the government’s expectation that religious schools open dorms and showers on the basis of students’ self-determined gender identity.

The Biden administration issued a directive months ago that any institution receiving federal dollars under the Fair Housing Act must assign biological men to women’s dorms and give them female roommates if they self-identify as female.

The College of the Ozarks argues in its suit that doing so would violate the school’s moral and religious beliefs.

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Democracy Without Values? A ‘Dictatorship of Relativism’ Is Rising, Warns Polish History Professor

Professor Grzegorz Kucharczyk warned in an interview for Catholic television “Trwam”, that there has been a rise in signs that democracy without values is turning into a system in which there is increasingly less freedom. He referred to the words of pope Benedict XVI who called this phenomenon a ‘dictatorship of relativism’.

“When political currents which worship relativism (the conviction that everyone has their own truth and there is no such thing as objective truth) appear, then human freedom becomes the first victim,” Benedict XVI said.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/22/2021

  1. “The most productive economies have a relatively short working week. In first place for productivity are Luxembourgers who work an average of 29 hours a week. In third are Norwegians, in sixth are Danes, and ninth spot goes to the Dutch who work a little over 27 hours.”

    I have worked both in Norway and in Danmark, and I would say that the tale of high efficiency of the western worker is a long past history: If by any chance the value of western money goes significantly down, then millions of Poles, and hundreds of thousands of Czechoslovaks and Hungarians and Serbians will no longer make two or three times as much money as they would back home – the highly efficient western worker is in for a big big surprise.

    Czech Crown has been held down artificially by the central banks preventing Czechs to ever grow richer, that’s a fact.

  2. Lets make a democratic plebiscite. Every part of town may decide if they want a police force or not.
    Then build walls between those parts of town that want a police force and those that dont.
    And then watch how the law of the jungle takes over.
    And keep your popcorn ready.

  3. As far as policing is concerned, my opinion: screen all emergency calls in blue cities as to race/color of skin and send out police of the same race. (911 what is your emergency? What is your race? What do you identity as? This is needed so we send out the proper response team) Sure it might add to the response time but would remove any risk of white cop killing black perp. Also make sure the police always are in mixed race teams to allow same race interactions. Maybe make it three …add in a transgender. Hmm… Additionally, in those cities where BLM/liberals are calling for defunding the cops, I say go ahead. Do it. And live with the consequences and don’t call for federal funding to bail them out when things go to hell in a handbasket.
    I used to think that eventually the normal law abiding folks would have enough of being bullied and stage their own protests but now think I am living in the end of days of a once great country. Hard to believe and hard to watch.

  4. blacks are the criminal race in America. They commit 50% of homicides and 85% of overall crime.. If they would stop the shootings, the rapes, the killings, america would be safer. The police would not have to shoot them if they would stop their behavior. and BLM is a terrorist organization.

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