Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2021

Protesters at Ohio State University occupied the Student Union and demanded that the school cut ties with Columbus police. Meanwhile, protests have begun in Raleigh, North Carolina over the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. by police in Elizabeth City.

In other news, defying COVID-19 restrictions, thousands of anti-lockdown protesters took to the streets of London.

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USA
» Black-Owned Businesses Near “George Floyd Square” Struggling With Violence and Lack of Traffic, Plead for Help
» ‘Cryptic’ Writings, Slew of Guns Among Evidence Recovered at Rock Hill Shooting Suspect’s Home: Deputies
» Deadly Police Shooting in Hollywood Shuts Down Sunset Boulevard
» DOJ Considering Filing Charges Against Chauvin for 2017 Arrest of 14-Year-Old Boy
» Elon Musk’s Business Partner Claims Real-Life ‘Jurassic Park’ Could be Created
» FBI’s “Suicide by Cop” Claim About Congressional Baseball Shooter Contradicted by Evidence
» Hundreds of US Scientists Accused of Chinese Industrial Espionage
» Lansing Chemist Convicted of Stealing $120 Million in Trade Secrets for Chinese Company
» Ma’Khia Bryant Police Shooting: Ohioans View Video, Officer’s Actions in Different Ways
» Ohio State Students Occupy Student Union, Demand School Cut Ties With Columbus Police
» Philadelphia Police Shortage Developing Into Very Real Concern, FOP President Says
» Portland Mayor: Time to ‘Take Our City Back’ From Violent Protesters
» Portland Mayor Wants Reed College to Expel Student if He’s Convicted of Smashing Downtown Windows
» Protests Begin in Raleigh After Death of Andrew Brown Jr.
» Senate Defeats Legislation to Ban Discrimination Against Asian-Americans in Higher Education
» Two Arrested Following Riot in NW Portland
» Video: Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Releases Body Cam Video of Deputy Shooting Man in Roadway
» Video: Portland Woman Laments Destruction of Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant by BLM Rioters
» Watch: Brutal Attack on Elderly Asian Man in De Blasio’s New York City Captured on Video
 
Canada
» 22 People Fined $1,000 for Violating COVID-19 Gathering Limits
» Breaking News: Maskless Protesters Rally in Downtown
» Breaking: Canadian Police Return With SWAT to Local Church Run by Arthur Pawlowski
» Extinction Rebellion Throws Down the Gauntlet to CBC News in British Columbia
» Judge Orders Google to Identify Person Behind Anti-Antifa Blog
» Montreal Police Count About 350 People at Mile End Religious Gathering
» Video: Heated Moments Between Peterborough Police Chief and Independent MPP Randy Hillier at Anti-Lockdown Rally
 
Europe and the EU
» Alleged Accomplice of Nice Truck Attack Islamic Terrorist Found in Italy
» Austrian Police Find ‘Enemies List’ In Raids Targeting Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas
» Cummings: Boris and No 10 ‘Far Below’ Standards of ‘Competence and Integrity’ UK Deserves
» Germany: Merkel Tells Citizens to Submit to ‘Tough’ New Lockdown Restrictions
» National Conservative Brothers of Italy Party Surge in Polls
» Seven Against Brussels — Commentary
» Spain: Prosecutors Investigating Populists for Comparing Spending on Migrants to Spending on Pensioners
» St. Louis Progressive Groups Campaign to ‘Defund’ St. Louis Police in Next City Budget
» UK Universities Could End Up Paying Students Back for Services Not Provided During COVID
» UK: Anti-Lockdown Protesters Defy Restrictions in Central London March
» UK: Bronzes Being ‘Returned’ To Africa by Woke Archbishop Made in 1980s, No Link to Colonialism
» UK: Fishmongers’ Hall: Prison Chaplain ‘Conned’ By ‘Remorseful’ Terrorist
 
North Africa
» Algeria: Islamic Scholar Criticizes Child Marriage, Gets Three Years in Prison for ‘Offending Islam’
 
Middle East
» The Armenian Genocide Forges On
 
South Asia
» CENTCOM Top Dog: It Will be Difficult to Battle Terrorism in Afghanistan Without U.S. Troops in the Country
» India: ‘No Difference Between Islam and Islamic Radicalism, It’s a Danger to All Religions’: What Yati Narsinghanand Said in a Recent Interview
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Mozambique: Muslims Abduct Hundreds of Girls for Sex Slavery
 
Immigration
» Exclusive Interview: “Remigration is the Only Solution to the Problem Posed by Mass Immigration, ‘ Says Spokesman of Banned Generation Identity
 
Culture Wars
» Amsterdam Man Cleared of Planning Terror Attack on Gay Pride
» Sec. of State Allows Flying Rainbow Flag on Same Pole as U.S. Flag at Embassies Worldwide
 

Black-Owned Businesses Near “George Floyd Square” Struggling With Violence and Lack of Traffic, Plead for Help

Black-owned businesses in Minneapolis, Minnesota, located at the intersection where George Floyd died, say they have lost 75 percent in revenue since May 25, 2020.

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

‘Cryptic’ Writings, Slew of Guns Among Evidence Recovered at Rock Hill Shooting Suspect’s Home: Deputies

Deputies also say a police officer passed Phillip Adams on the way to the scene, and that someone saw him take aim at the two HVAC techs outside.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — New warrants released Friday reveal what York County deputies found as they investigated the deadly shooting in Rock Hill earlier in April that left four members of a beloved family dead along with two HVAC technicians, and resulted in deputies discovering the suspect turned the gun on himself afterward.

The York County Sheriff’s Office released the warrants on April 23, which largely detailed their search of the home where Phillip Adams, the man deputies say carried out the shooting, was living at the time with his parents. Adams, a former NFL football player from Rock Hill, shot and killed six people, including Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife, Barbara, and their two grandkids, before taking his own life after an hours-long standoff with police earlier this month, officials said.

Additionally, the two technicians from Gastonia working at the Lesslie home fell victim to the gunfire: James Lewis died on the scene, while Robert Shook passed away from his injuries days later.

The warrants revealed York County deputies spoke to a witness who claimed to see Phillip Adams shoot two the HVAC workers outside the home on Marshall Road before going inside, where he’s said to have killed the four other family members. The witness claimed to hear multiple gunshots and see the suspect walk into the woods, according to the documentation.

A Rock Hill Police officer responding to the scene said he saw a person matching Adams’ description on an ATV driving away from the scene, according to narratives attached to the warrants. They also revealed Adams left his cell phone at the scene.

Adams was later found dead inside the family’s home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During a search of Adams’ home, detectives found multiple notebooks with cryptic writing and emblems written in them. It’s unclear if these writings are connected to a motive for the shooting, but deputies say they learned he was possibly following a new religion or ideology and had been acting differently recently. Deputies also found numerous weapons, including guns resembling sub-machine guns and rifle-style firearms, along with about two dozen shell casings.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at Riverview Family Medicine, where Dr. Lesslie practiced, on April 13. However, deputies say they found no indication Adams was a patient, and as of now have not figured out a motive for the killings.

Investigators are trying to gain access to a locked safe belonging to Adams. Deputies believe there could be more evidence inside of it.

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Deadly Police Shooting in Hollywood Shuts Down Sunset Boulevard

The LAPD confirmed a police shooting took place but did not immediately provide any details on what led to the shooting or whether anyone was injured or killed.

A person was dead on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Saturday, with Los Angeles police confirming a police shooting had taken place.

The shooting took place at 2:37 p.m., according to the LAPD.

Newschopper4 was over the scene around 2:45 p.m., with a lot of blood on the street as the body was being covered up with a white sheet on Sunset Boulevard. The world famous street was temporarily shut down in both directions near Fairfax Avenue, with a large police presence…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

DOJ Considering Filing Charges Against Chauvin for 2017 Arrest of 14-Year-Old Boy

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering filing charges against now-convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for an allegedly violent incident between Chauvin and a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

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

Elon Musk’s Business Partner Claims Real-Life ‘Jurassic Park’ Could be Created

The business partner of Elon Musk’s brain-chip start-up has said a real-life Jurassic Park could be made by humans.

Max Hodak, who co-founded Neuralink with Musk, tweeted last week that advanced engineering and breeding science could create genetically modified novel species akin to dinosaurs — just like in the Jurassic Park movies.

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

FBI’s “Suicide by Cop” Claim About Congressional Baseball Shooter Contradicted by Evidence

Rep. Brad Wenstrup, (R-OH) revealed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing last week that the FBI concluded the 2017 mass shooting at a congressional baseball game was a “suicide by cop” attempt by the shooter — a determination that now seems contradicted by the mass of evidence.

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

Hundreds of US Scientists Accused of Chinese Industrial Espionage

Just as the Biden administration has relaxed rules around Chinese influence on research and universities, alarms are being raised over the theft of American trade secrets.

Many in the US intelligence community have raised concerns about the lack of a coordinated response to the continued theft of American trade secrets by compromised scientists who are being funded by the Chinese government, the Washington Times reports.

The National Institute of Health has revealed that it is investigating over 500 scientists and more than 90 institutions including universities for their alleged ties with Chinese Talent recruitment programs and the smuggling of US research and technology to the Chinese government.

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

Lansing Chemist Convicted of Stealing $120 Million in Trade Secrets for Chinese Company

A Lansing chemist was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Xiaorong You, also known as Shannon You, was convicted after a 12-day trial of stealing trade secrets from Coca-Cola and Eastman Chemical Co. when she worked there, according to a DOJ press release.

You stole trade secrets related to information about BPA-free coatings for the inside of beverage cans and set up her own BPA-free coating company in China, according to the DOJ news release. The stolen trade secrets cost nearly $120 million to develop.

You and her Chinese corporate partner, Weihai Jinhong Group, received millions of dollars in government grants in China to support the new company, according to the release.

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

Ma’Khia Bryant Police Shooting: Ohioans View Video, Officer’s Actions in Different Ways

Some say Officer Reardon should be honored. Others believe he needs to be held accountable.

Three days after four shots ended the life of Ma’Khia Bryant, members of the Columbus community are giving input on whether Officer Nicholas Reardon could have de-escalated the situation before using deadly force.

Some have raised those opinions through demonstrations, marching and chanting. Others have voiced opinions through their keyboards. Thousands of comments have flooded 10TV’s social media pages. Many of them are in support of police believing the shooting of Bryant, based on the video, was justified.

“From what I saw and from what I know the police’s job is, it certainly looked like [Officer Nicholas Reardon] had no other option,” one man said.

The man did not want his face or name used, but wanted his opinion heard.

He says he had to watch the body cam video twice in real-time, then once in slow motion, to be able to come to his conclusion.

“The fact that he was able to make that decision based on what he saw and his training so quickly that it possibly saved the lives of other people…it was pretty unreal,” he said.

It’s why he says Officer Reardon, as awful as this situation absolutely is, should be honored. He says Reardon helped to preserve life, which is what police take an oath to do.

Others, though, don’t see it that way..

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ohio State Students Occupy Student Union, Demand School Cut Ties With Columbus Police

Several hundred Ohio State University students and community members demanded an end to the school’s contracts with Columbus Police by staging a sit-in at the Ohio Union followed by a march to the state Capitol.

According to The Lantern, the college’s student newspaper, the group is demanding that the university cut ties with Columbus Police. Speakers at the event reportedly criticized the police for not enforcing a statewide curfew and instead sledding with students one night in February, and for their response to a block party called “Chitt Fest” that spiraled into a riot, causing property destruction and flipping cars.

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

Philadelphia Police Shortage Developing Into Very Real Concern, FOP President Says

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — In Philadelphia, police are having trouble finding new recruits to join the force, even as officials say the department is severely understaffed.

FOP Lodge #5 President John McNesby says it’s kind of like a perfect storm developing.

The eye of the storm revolves around several issues including a dramatic rise in the number of Philadelphia police officers filing for retirement, a diminishing pool of young people who even want to be a big city cop, and the suspension of new officer training because of the pandemic.

[Comment: I would also add the risk of being railroaded by a mob as a factor in declining recruits.]

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

Portland Mayor: Time to ‘Take Our City Back’ From Violent Protesters

The mayor of Portland, Ore. has asked for the public’s help putting an end to the violent protests that have ravaged his city since Black Lives Matter riots first erupted last spring.

“They want to burn, they want bash, they want to intimidate, they want to assault,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday, while announcing the city would extend its state of emergency through Monday.

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

Portland Mayor Wants Reed College to Expel Student if He’s Convicted of Smashing Downtown Windows

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday called on Reed College to expel a senior if he’s convicted of smashing downtown windows, including those of the Oregon Historical Society, on April 16.

Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 22, faces seven felony charges—four for rioting and three for first-degree criminal mischief—stemming from property destruction in downtown Portland last Friday night, as black bloc marchers shattered windows in the wake of Portland police fatally shooting a man.

Yesterday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office charged Matthee-O’Brien for allegedly smashing windows at Nordstrom and the U.S. Bancorp Tower—aka Big Pink—in addition to previously seeking to indict him for allegedly damaging the front windows of the history museum.

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

Protests Begin in Raleigh After Death of Andrew Brown Jr.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Another expected weekend of racial-justice protests began Friday in downtown Raleigh in response to the death of Andrew Brown Jr.

As of 8 p.m., Raleigh Police officially declared the protest an ‘unlawful assembly’ after they say dozens impeded the flow of traffic by tossing trash cans in the street as around 40 people marched through the city toward Glenwood South.

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

Senate Defeats Legislation to Ban Discrimination Against Asian-Americans in Higher Education

Senate Democrats voted down an amendmentfrom Senate Republicans, including Ted Cruz, John Kennedy, and Bill Haggerty.

It would have barred “Federal funding for any institution of higher education that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.”

“This amendment is straightforward, it targets the ongoing discrimination that is being directed against Asian-Americans by colleges and universities across the country,” Cruz said.

He specifically mentioned Harvard and Yale as “denying admission to qualified Asian-American applicants in favor of underrepresented minority groups.”

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

Two Arrested Following Riot in NW Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Police Bureau declared a riot after a group of black-clad individuals began marching and smashing windows in Northwest Portland Friday night.

The riot was declared after one individual smashed the windows of a Starbucks in Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood.

Two people were arrested in connection with the riot.

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

Video: Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Releases Body Cam Video of Deputy Shooting Man in Roadway

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has released body camera video after a deputy shot and severely injured a man on Catharpin Road.

Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting. According to state police and the sheriff’s office, 32 year old Isaiah Brown called 911 at around 3:00 A.M. Wednesday morning reporting a domestic dispute with his brother.

In the 911 audio call you can hear Brown ask his brother for his gun and tell the dispatcher he’s going to kill his brother. Minutes later a deputy arrives and finds Brown walking outside..

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Portland Woman Laments Destruction of Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant by BLM Rioters

Video footage from Portland, Oregon shows a local woman lamenting the vandalism and damage inflicted on a nearby Popeye’s chicken fast-food restaurant, chastising rioters for “tearing down our community.”

Asked by a reporter what she thought of the vandalism, a woman going by the name Lady Leo stated, “I think that it’s some bulls**t, I think that they are tearing down our community, and they teachin’ our kids wrong. Look at these kids, these kids done grown up in this community, now they can’t even sit down and eat a piece of chicken because they done tore up the damn store. That s**t crazy!”

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

Watch: Brutal Attack on Elderly Asian Man in De Blasio’s New York City Captured on Video

An elderly Asian New Yorker is in critical condition after having his head stomped on Friday night in an apparent hate crime.

At 8:20pm a passing bus driver called 911 after seeing the man unconscious and laying on the street. First responders arrived and the man was taken to hospital and remains in critical condition as of Saturday morning.

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

22 People Fined $1,000 for Violating COVID-19 Gathering Limits

Halifax Regional Police have ticketed 22 people $1,000 for violating COVID-19 gathering limits.

Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, police responded to a report of a large social gathering that exceeded the provincially-mandated gathering limits.

Officers arrived at a residence on Jubilee Road in Halifax and ticketed 22 people.

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

Breaking News: Maskless Protesters Rally in Downtown

A group of about 60-70 people, many with signs and none wearing masks, gathered in front of Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop’s office Friday morning at a ‘freedom rally.’

After standing outside the office for a while, the group walked down West Street toward the downtown, chanting for freedom and new leadership.

Some youngsters carried signs that said ‘my childhood is essential’, while others carried hand-made placards saying all businesses are essential.

A man wearing nothing but a blue bathing suit — who has been front and centre at recent weekend protests in Barrie — led the parade of protesters that included kids to senior citizens.

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

Breaking: Canadian Police Return With SWAT to Local Church Run by Arthur Pawlowski

National File spoke to Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski concerning the second attempt to disrupt church services in order to carry out what Pawlowski refers to as “tyrannical interference.”

Pawlowski has refused to discontinue services or aid to local homeless throughout the entire duration of these COVID19 lockdowns, and has accumulated nearly 30 tickets for these violations.

Pawlowski believes the local police will continue to try to make an example of him due to his activism that spans over the last decade. This was made clear to him when the police returned to his church for a second time.

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

Extinction Rebellion Throws Down the Gauntlet to CBC News in British Columbia

An ad hoc group of environmental activists has decided it’s time to go after the media for its climate coverage.

It came in am April 23 letter to Treena Wood, the news director at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in British Columbia.

Extinction Rebellion Vancouver opened the letter with a declaration that it will “occupy the intersection of Hamilton and Georgia, outside CBC’s Vancouver headquarters”.

This action, which started at noon on Saturday (April 24), is intended to persuade CBC News “to report with urgency on the existential threat of human-caused climate change”.

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

Judge Orders Google to Identify Person Behind Anti-Antifa Blog

A judge in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has ordered tech giant Google to hand over information linked to a blog critical of the far-left extremist group Antifa after allegations of cyberbullying.

The request comes after a complaint from a Nova Scotia couple, Darius Mirshahi and Sakura Saunders, who the blog had previously alleged were leaders in a Canadian branch of the far-left anarcho-communist Antifa group.

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

Montreal Police Count About 350 People at Mile End Religious Gathering

MONTREAL — Montreal police responded to a 911 call tonight in Mile End about a large religious gathering, but upon arriving, they found that the situation was much more serious than even the caller realized.

At around 8 p.m., police got a call about a gathering inside a place of worship that the caller believed was around 100 people, in violation of COVID-19 rules.

The current limit for places of worship in Quebec red zones, including Montreal, is 25 people per building, and they’re required to keep a two-metre distance between them.

The building police responded to is on Jeanne-Mance St. near St. Viateur St., said Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chevrefils.

Police are not identifying the building, or the community or religion involved, she said.

However, a source told CTV that it was a synagogue. There’s one on Jeanne-Mance just north of St. Viateur.

Police could see there was a large group inside, but they waited outdoors, and when the “ceremony ended” at about 9:15 p.m, people started to leave and police tried to count them as they did.

They ended up finding there were about 350 people inside, Chevrefils said.

[Comment: Oh that is so horrible! (sarcasm)]

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

Video: Heated Moments Between Peterborough Police Chief and Independent MPP Randy Hillier at Anti-Lockdown Rally

Hundreds gathered at Confederation Square in Peterborough on Saturday, April 24 to voice their concerns about the harms of lockdowns.

The anti-lockdown rally was mostly peaceful until Peterborough police ticketed Maxime Bernier, the leader of the federal People’s Party of Canada, as he tried to leave the square after his speech.

Bernier was joined by independent MPP Randy Hiller at the rally, and engaged in a lengthy heated face-to-face with Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert.

Both Bernier and Hiller were charged with breaching the stay-at-home order.

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

Alleged Accomplice of Nice Truck Attack Islamic Terrorist Found in Italy

Italian police have arrested a 28-year-old Albanian man suspected of helping procure a weapon for the radical Islamic extremist behind the 2016 Nice terrorist attack.

Albanian national Endri E. was taken into custody this week in the commune of Sparanise near Naples after France issued a Europe-wide arrest warrant for him.

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

Austrian Police Find ‘Enemies List’ In Raids Targeting Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas

Raids on suspected Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas members in Austria last year led to the discovery of an “enemies list” of opponents of political Islam, according to people targeted by the groups.

Austrian police carried out dozens of raids in an anti-terrorism operation last November, which led to 30 arrests. Operation Luxor, took place in the early morning with searches at more than 60 addresses allegedly linked to Islamist extremists in four different regions.

The Styria region prosecutors’ office said in a statement it was “carrying out investigations against more than 70 suspects and against several associations which are suspected of belonging to and supporting the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas organisations”

It came days after four people were killed when a gunman who had previously been convicted of trying to join ISIS opened fire in Vienna, although the two investigations were not linked.

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

Cummings: Boris and No 10 ‘Far Below’ Standards of ‘Competence and Integrity’ UK Deserves

Prime Minister Johnson’s former chief adviser has launched an astonishing broadside against his administration, saying he and his office have behaved unethically and fall “far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves.”

Dominic Cummings, widely regarded as the architect of the establishment Vote Leave campaign which ran in parallel to the larger, Nigel Farage-backed Leave.EU campaign during the EU referendum in 2016, rendered his judgment on Boris Johnson and his office in a 1,000-word blog post.

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

Germany: Merkel Tells Citizens to Submit to ‘Tough’ New Lockdown Restrictions

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to accept nationwide pandemic restrictions that took effect at midnight, resulting in a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew and further limits on personal contacts and access to nonessential stores in regions with high infections.

In her weekly video address Saturday, Merkel acknowledged that the new rules are “tough” but insisted they are needed to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

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

National Conservative Brothers of Italy Party Surge in Polls

The national conservative Brothers of Italy party (FdI), which is in opposition to the government of Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, have surged in support in a poll.

The party, which is the only member of Italy’s centre-right coalition of parties which has not participated in the current “technical government”, is less than a percentage point behind the left-wing Democrats (PD), which remains the second-largest party in the country.

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

Seven Against Brussels — Commentary

Although it has been a month since seven heads of government wrote letters to the leaders of the European Union to accept and support nuclear energy, the importance of the subject has not faded. Moreover, as time goes on, it will become clear that the objectives of Brussels, as in many cases, are unattainable and the use of nuclear energy will be on the agenda again and again.

The seven heads of government (Babis, Cîtu, Jansa, Macron, Matovic, Morawiecki, Orban), after paying homage to the Union’s ambitious but clearly unattainable climate targets (55 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 versus 1990, climate neutrality by 2050), drew the attention of Brussels’ leaders to the fact that the use of nuclear energy is essential to achieving their climate goals.

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

Spain: Prosecutors Investigating Populists for Comparing Spending on Migrants to Spending on Pensioners

Spanish populist party VOX is being investigated over a campaign poster that compares monthly spending on migrant minors to monthly spending on Spanish pensioners.

The poster, which was launched ahead of the May 4th elections in Madrid, claims “A [migrant minor], €4,700 [£4,080/$5,670] per month, your grandmother, a €426 [£370/$514] pension per month” and shows a picture of an elderly woman and a young man with his face covered by a scarf and wearing a hoodie.

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

St. Louis Progressive Groups Campaign to ‘Defund’ St. Louis Police in Next City Budget

ST. LOUIS — Several prominent progressive St. Louis advocacy groups, including some aligned with Mayor Tishaura Jones, launched a campaign this month urging the city to significantly cut St. Louis police funding.

At a public hearing Friday of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the Defund SLMPD campaign organized more than 20 speakers to push for a list of police cuts to the city’s proposed $1.15 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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

UK Universities Could End Up Paying Students Back for Services Not Provided During COVID

Universities in the United Kingdom have been instructed to pay students thousands of dollars because they had ‘“less valuable” experiences due to the universities’ COVID-19 actions.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) is an independent body that reviews students’ complaints against higher education institutions. It does not have the power to regulate or punish the institutions, however

OIA recently shared several complaints students have made about the impact coronavirus has had on their educational experiences.

One complaint was lodged by an international medical student who had been studying at an undisclosed UK university with fees totaling nearly $45,000.

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

UK: Anti-Lockdown Protesters Defy Restrictions in Central London March

LONDON (Reuters) — Several thousand anti-lockdown demonstrators marched through central London on Saturday despite restrictions on mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was billed by organisers: “Unite for Freedom”.

The protesters view COVID-19 restrictions as unnecessary and a breach of their human rights. They oppose vaccinations, mask-wearing and so called health passports.

Media reports put numbers at about 10,000, though the Metropolitan Police did not confirm a figure.

Protesters chanted “freedom” and “take off your mask” and some carried placards saying: “No to vaccine passports” and “Lockdowns kill”. Most were unmasked.

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

UK: Bronzes Being ‘Returned’ To Africa by Woke Archbishop Made in 1980s, No Link to Colonialism

Two supposed Benin Bronzes being “returned” to Africa by the woke Archbishop of Canterbury were actually made in the 1980s and have no link to colonialism, it has been admitted.

Top Church of England clergyman Justin Welby made the decision to “return” two bronze sculptures which were gifted to Archbishop Robert Runcie by Professor Ambrose F. Alli and the University of Nigeria almost four decades ago in 1982, long after decolonisation.

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

UK: Fishmongers’ Hall: Prison Chaplain ‘Conned’ By ‘Remorseful’ Terrorist

A prison chaplain has admitted he may have been “conned” by a convicted terrorist who seemingly showed remorse for his actions.

Usman Khan was freed in December 2018 after serving a jail term for funding a training camp abroad.

Less than a year later, he killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.

The Rev Paul Foster has been giving evidence at the inquests into their deaths at London’s Guildhall.

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

Algeria: Islamic Scholar Criticizes Child Marriage, Gets Three Years in Prison for ‘Offending Islam’

Islamic apologists in the West routinely deny that Islamic tradition depicts Muhammad consummating his marriage with (i.e. raping) Aisha when she was nine. But Said Djabelkhir “was criticised for writing that the sacrifice of sheep predates Islam and for criticising practises including the marriage of pre-pubescent girls in some Muslim societies.”

In reality, Algeria is not being “extremist” here. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law.

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

The Armenian Genocide Forges On

Today, April 24th, is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, marking 106 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide, when the Ottoman Turks massacred approximately 1.5 million Armenians during World War I.

Most objective historians who have examined the topic unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide. According to the Genocide Education Project:

“More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as “Turkey”] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000.

“Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present.”

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CENTCOM Top Dog: It Will be Difficult to Battle Terrorism in Afghanistan Without U.S. Troops in the Country

Here we go: McKenzie and his colleagues are laying the groundwork to keep American troops there indefinitely, as expected. It will always be possible to make the argument that we simply have to keep troops there, because once we are gone, bad things will happen. So how long must we stay? Five more years? Ten? Fifty? And what is the goal? Does McKenzie think the jihad will end? He may, as he likely doesn’t have the first foggiest idea of what it stems from in the first place.

“CENTCOM general warns fighting terrorism will become difficult once US troops leave Afghanistan,” by Sarah Cammarata, Stars and Stripes, April 20, 2021.

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India: ‘No Difference Between Islam and Islamic Radicalism, It’s a Danger to All Religions’: What Yati Narsinghanand Said in a Recent Interview

Hindu priest Yati Narsinghanand Saraswat has been facing the ire of Muslim hardliners for his remark on Prophet Mohammad. Innumerable threats have been issued to his life. Despite this, in an interview with GoaChronicle, the Hindu priest did not shy away from presenting his honest views on Islam.

Speaking on the show Truth Matters, Swami Yati, elucidated that Islam is synonymous with radicalism. There is nothing like soft Islam, said the Dasna priest. “There is no difference between Islam and Islamic radicalism. Islam is radical. There is no soft Islam. Islam is about Mohammed’s direction. Muslims must obey and follow Mohammed’s thoughts and teaching. Islam is a danger to all religions in this world. There has been no reformation in Islam for over 1400 years it has become more dangerous today”.

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Mozambique: Muslims Abduct Hundreds of Girls for Sex Slavery

The jihadis in Mozambique are not acting in an “extremist” manner in this. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful for you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or the captives whom their right hands possess, for in their case they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)

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Exclusive Interview: “Remigration is the Only Solution to the Problem Posed by Mass Immigration, ‘ Says Spokesman of Banned Generation Identity

You were Génération Identitaire’s spokesperson, but on March 3 the government banned your organization. What does this mean in practice?

Génération identitaire is no longer active. The ban was pronounced in the Council of Ministers and we have filed two cases against that decision with the Council of State, which is France’s highest administrative court: the first one is a petition for suspension with the aim of suspending the ban for the time it will take the Council of State to rule over our second case concerning the legality of the ban. The petition for suspension will be judged on April 30 and we will then know whether Génération Identitaire will be able to continue its activity during the proceedings, which could last at least six months to a year.

Do you have confidence in the Council of State as the highest instance of administrative justice? Many in France believe that the Council of State is not totally independent of the government.

That is a pretty hard question to answer. If the judgment is rendered based on the law, we are extremely confident. However, if politics takes precedence over the law, then we have every reason to be concerned. In theory, the Council of State is supposed to base its rulings on the law, and we will have a first look at this on April 30. The ruling on our petition for suspension procedure will be decided on collegially by three judges, which happens extremely rarely since most often there is only one judge to make such a decision. This shows that the case is taken very seriously.

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Amsterdam Man Cleared of Planning Terror Attack on Gay Pride

A 32-year-old man from Amsterdam has been sentenced to five months in jail to be followed by compulsory psychiatric treatment for making threats against gay people, Jews and the police on social media but was found not guilty of planning a terrorist attack.

The prosecution had said Tahsin E was planning to carry out a terrorist attack on last summer’s Gay Pride boat parade, and had undergone ‘terrorism training’. But judges ruled they were not convinced Tahsin E actually had terrorist intent or that he had taken part in a training exercise.

Police were alerted to E’s plans by the Dutch security service AIVD and the FBI last year and he was arrested on August 7. A search of his home in Amsterdam turned up several telephones, a quantity of hydrogen peroxide and injection needles.

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Sec. of State Allows Flying Rainbow Flag on Same Pole as U.S. Flag at Embassies Worldwide

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has approved flying the rainbow “LGBT pride” flag on the same flag pole as the American flag at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2021

  1. Muscovite Darina Paliy stabbed a drunken Caucasian boyfriend with a knife in the stomach. 24-year-old food delivery courier Magomed pursued the girl for several months, swore his love and caught her in the most unexpected places. Recently, the guy began to threaten – he promised to tie and stab.

    The barmaid Darina did not know how to get rid of inadequacy, but the other day she had a wonderful opportunity. Having drained a bottle of wine, Maga in the middle of the night threw a rope from the roof of his beloved’s house and descended on it to Darina’s balcony. The girl, asleep, took a kitchen knife and stabbed the intruder in the stomach with it. Then Darina called the police and an ambulance.

    Magomed was admitted to the hospital, and the lively madame had to communicate with the investigator.

    https://vk.com/wall-150709625_8261637

  2. The great reopening!

    There were in region of one million people who marched in London!

    One million people, and bbc never even made any mention of the march, Reuters claimed 10,000 people, and sky also lied.

    We are in ww3, we must detain the traitors, all of them.
    The game is up now,

    Capital punishment for all involved in this genocide!

    • I really wish I could translate that video. But it’s obvious that Black lives don’t matter to Blacks considering they kill each other over trivialities.

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