Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/25/2021

Protests continued into the weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee in response to the fatal shooting of Anthony Thompson Jr. by police in the restroom of a high school. Meanwhile, a man who was angry at the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright has been charged for shooting at police in St. Paul.

In other news, the British government is requiring that any citizens who suffer from blood clots as a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine must prove they are at least 60% disabled before they can receive any government compensation.

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Financial Crisis
» Why Illinois is in Trouble: 122,258 Public Employees Earned $100,000+ Costing Taxpayers $15.8 Billion
 
USA
» “Huge Safety Issues”: Police Departments Experiencing Historically Low Recruitment and Retention of Officers
» Are NYPD Officers Rushing to Retire Amid City’s Anti-Cop Climate?
» Big Tech Bankrolls BLM Co-Founder’s PAC, Charities in Exchange for Support
» Bill Maher to Young People With Far-Left Views: “Your Ideas Are Stupid”
» Derek Chauvin’s Medical Expert Faces Probe of Past Opinions After Murder Trial
» Former Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Player Sues Coach After She Was Forced Off College Soccer Team for Refusing to Kneel
» Horrifying Moment Attacker Repeatedly Stomps 61-Year-Old Asian Man’s Head in NYC as His Wife Pleads for Justice and He Lies in a Medically-Induced Coma
» Lawmaker Questions Financial Ties Between Fact Checker and Johnson and Johnson
» Man Angry Over Wright Charged With Shooting at Police
» Montana Passes Law That Prohibits Federal Gun Restrictions
» Never Before Seen Photos Reveal Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell Were Vip Guests in Bill Clinton’s White House
» Ohio Bar Bans NBA Games After Lebron James’ Anti-Cop Tweet, Lebron Responds
» Oscars: Hollywood Erects Walls to Keep Celebrities Safe During Academy Awards
» Portland Mayor Asks Residents to Help “Unmask” People Behind Violent Protests
» Protests Continue Over the Weekend in Knoxville Following the Death of Anthony Thompson Jr.
» Protesters Block Traffic, Clash With Cops on Brooklyn Bridge
» Report: California National Guard Put Fighter Jet on Alert for ‘Possible Domestic Mission’ To Terrify and Disperse Anti-Lockdown Protesters
» Senator Rand Paul: Dr. Fauci Must Answer Questions on Why He Continued to Fund Dangerous Human-Virus Studies After They Were Banned in US (Video)
» SpaceX Successfully Sends Four-Person Crew to International Space Station
» Suspect in Fatal Appalachian Trail Machete Attack Not Guilty by ‘Reason of Insanity’
» Watch: Trump Says Twitter is ‘Very, Very Boring’ — ‘A Lot of People Are Leaving’
 
Canada
» 13 People Ticketed for Illegal Gatineau, Que., Gathering
» 2 Men Fined $1,000 for Violating COVID Gathering Limit
» Police Lay Charges Related to Noisy Party Complaint in Queen West
 
Europe and the EU
» EU Regulations Are Stifling the Continent’s Car Industry
» EU’s Brexit Negotiator Barnier Fears Le Pen Victory in 2022
» French Prosecutor Says Killer of Police Worker Watched Videos Glorifying Jihad Just Before Attack
» Google Launches Program to Pay for Czech Media Content
» ‘I Know That You Are an Asset for Our Society, ‘ Says French Judge to Youths Convicted of Firebombing Police Officers
» Protesters Mass in France, Israel, UK to Demand Justice for Sarah Halimi
» UK Govt: Vax Blood Clot Victims Must Prove They Are 60 Per Cent Disabled to Get Compensation
» UK: Woman Handed £10,000 Fine for Throwing 30th Birthday Marquee Party for More Than 50 People
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Muslim Teens Fling Hot Coffee in Jewish Man’s Face, Then Post Video to Social Media
 
Middle East
» Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi Issues 39 Fines for Illegal Gatherings Since Start of Ramadan
 
South Asia
» Bangladesh: Muslim Mob Tears Down Newspaper Office, Attacks Hindu Homes
 
Far East
» Worrying New Clues About the Origins of COVID: How Scientists at Wuhan Lab Helped Chinese Army in Secret Project to Find Animal Viruses, Writes Ian Birrell
 
Australia — Pacific
» Footy Fan Fined $1,000 for Failing an ‘Attitude Test’ And Refusing to Wear a Mask in Locked Down Perth — Here’s All the Rules You Need to Know
» How Australia Could Take the Port of Darwin Back From Chinese Hands After the Controversial Belt and Road Deal Was Scrapped
» Jacinda Ardern is Slammed for Refusing to Join With Allies Against China — as the New Zealand Leader is Accused of ‘Sucking Up’ To Beijing Despite Uighur Genocide
 
Immigration
» Finland: Muslim Migrant Gets Four Years in Prison for Bringing His 13-Year-Old Wife to the Country
» Finnish Academic: Swedes Will Become a Minority in Their Own Country in Less Than 50 Years
» France: Muslim Migrant Who Murdered Police Officer Had Qur’an and Prayer Rug in His Scooter
» French Pro-Migration Activists Prosecuted for Aiding Illegal Immigration
» Spanish Coast Guard Rescues 49 Migrants Off Canary Islands
 
Culture Wars
» UK: ‘Non-Binary’ Singer Sam Smith Gets Insanely Creepy Tattoo of a Little Boy in High Heels and Underwear
 

Why Illinois is in Trouble: 122,258 Public Employees Earned $100,000+ Costing Taxpayers $15.8 Billion

By Adam Andrzejewski of OpenTheBooks.com, first published in Forbes

Illinois public employees and retirees with $100,000+ paychecks grew from 109,881 (2019) to an all-time high of 122,258 in 2020 — costing taxpayers $15.8 billion.

Congressional “bailouts” made it possible. The recent $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act provided an additional $13.5 billion to Illinois state and local governments.

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“Huge Safety Issues”: Police Departments Experiencing Historically Low Recruitment and Retention of Officers

Various police departments in the U.S. report they are experiencing “recruitment and retention issues,” including Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Baltimore.

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Are NYPD Officers Rushing to Retire Amid City’s Anti-Cop Climate?

More than 5,300 NYPD uniformed officers retired or put in their papers to leave in 2020 — a 75 percent spike from the year before, department data show.

The exodus — amid the pandemic, anti-cop hostility, riots and a skyrocketing number of NYC shootings — saw 2,600 officers say goodbye to the job and another 2,746 file for retirement, a combined 5,346.

In 2019, the NYPD had 1,509 uniformed officers leave and 1,544 file for retirement, for a total of 3,053.

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Big Tech Bankrolls BLM Co-Founder’s PAC, Charities in Exchange for Support

Big Tech has showered Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ PAC and charities with millions in donations — and censors her online critics — as she backs their battle to control the internet.

Philanthropists linked to Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated more than $7.5 million to a host of non-profits controlled by Khan-Cullors, who has helped them lobby for “net neutrality.”

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Bill Maher to Young People With Far-Left Views: “Your Ideas Are Stupid”

Bill Maher, host of “Real Time” on HBO, criticized the fact that “a third of people under 35” support policies such as abolishing the police and communism.

“You know the reason why advertisers in this country love the 18 to 34 demographic?” Maher said. “Because it’s the most gullible. Yeah.”

“A third of people under 35 say they’re in favor of abolishing the police — not defunding, but doing away with a police force altogether, which is less of a policy position and more of a leg tattoo.”

“Thirty-six percent of millennials think it might be a good idea to try communism, but much of the world did try it. I know, millennials think that doesn’t count because they weren’t alive when it happened. But it did happen. And there are people around who remember it. Pining for communism?”

“The problem isn’t that I don’t get what you’re saying or that I’m old. The problem is that your ideas are stupid.”

“Twenty percent of Gen Z agree with the statement, ‘society would be better off if all property was owned by the public and managed by the government,’ and another 29% saying they don’t know if that’s a good idea. Here’s who does know: anyone who wasn’t born yesterday.”

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Derek Chauvin’s Medical Expert Faces Probe of Past Opinions After Murder Trial

The medical expert who testified for the defense in convicted ex-cop Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is going under the microscope himself.

Seventeen years’ worth of death reports produced by Dr. David Fowler, Maryland’s former chief medical officer, will be reviewed in the wake of complaints over Fowler’s testimony that Chauvin was not to blame for the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

“Independent experts” will “review reports issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) regarding deaths in custody” from 2003 to 2020, when Fowler headed the office, the state attorney general’s office told the Baltimore Sun Friday.

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Former Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer Player Sues Coach After She Was Forced Off College Soccer Team for Refusing to Kneel

A former Virginia Tech soccer player is suing her former coach after she was forced off the team for refusing to kneel in a pregame SJW-BLM demonstration last September.

Kiersten Hening, 21, claimed in her lawsuit that she was benched and bereted for her political views and forced off the team because she didn’t want to take a knee for BLM Marxists.

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Horrifying Moment Attacker Repeatedly Stomps 61-Year-Old Asian Man’s Head in NYC as His Wife Pleads for Justice and He Lies in a Medically-Induced Coma

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. The horrifying moment an attacker repeatedly stomps on the head of a 61-year-old Asian man in New York City was caught on video released by the NYPD.

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Lawmaker Questions Financial Ties Between Fact Checker and Johnson and Johnson

Representative Thomas Massie has raised questions about the financial relationship between a common online fact checker and Johnson and Johnson — a regular subject in its fact-checks, particularly where it relates to J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine.

A Factcheck.org project addressing “misconceptions” about COVID-19 and vaccines is funded by an organization that has more than 15% of its assets in Johnson & Johnson stock, Massie pointed out.

The significant amount of stock in a company that is producing a COVID-19 vaccine would make some question if the project is really an unbiased source of COVID-19 information.

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Man Angry Over Wright Charged With Shooting at Police

According to the criminal complaint, the officer was monitoring retail areas for potential looting in St. Paul on April 13 amid protests in Brooklyn Center.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who was apparently angry over the death of Daunte Wright has been charged with shooting at a St. Paul police officer.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday that 24-year-old Jamoni Raekwon Blackstone of North St. Paul was charged this week with attempted murder.

According to the criminal complaint, the officer was monitoring retail areas for potential looting in St. Paul on April 13 amid protests in Brooklyn Center over Wright’s death at the hands of a white female officer. He said someone shot at his vehicle.

Blackstone told police he saw the window of the officer’s vehicle come down and he thought he was going to be attacked and he had to defend himself.

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Montana Passes Law That Prohibits Federal Gun Restrictions

Montana passed a law on Friday that prohibits “the enforcement of any federal ban or regulation of firearms, magazines, ammunition, ammunition components, or firearm accessories.”

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Never Before Seen Photos Reveal Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell Were Vip Guests in Bill Clinton’s White House

Newly released photos reveal that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were VIP guests in Bill Clinton’s White House.

The photos prove just how close Clinton was to the sexual predators.

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Ohio Bar Bans NBA Games After Lebron James’ Anti-Cop Tweet, Lebron Responds

Jay Linneman, the owner of Linne’s Pub in Cincinnati, Ohio, said he will no longer show NBA games until Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James is “expelled from the NBA.”

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Oscars: Hollywood Erects Walls to Keep Celebrities Safe During Academy Awards

Hollywood is full of anti-border wall celebrities. But on Tinseltown’s biggest night, ten-foot security fences have been erected around Union Station in Los Angeles, California, to keep celebrities safe and the public out during Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards.

The perimeter around Union Station is cordoned off by security fences and the entrances to the building are blocked by similar structures. Signs posted to the fences bear a stark warning: “This property is closed to the public. No entry without permission.”

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Portland Mayor Asks Residents to Help “Unmask” People Behind Violent Protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday asked residents to help “unmask” the people behind violence at protests in recent weeks, which grew in fervor after police fatally shot a white man at Lents Park.

What he’s saying: “They want to burn, they want to bash, they want to intimidate, they want to assault,” Wheeler said in a Friday video statement, referring to violent protestors. “Our community needs to resume their lives. People need to go back to work. Employers need to be able to reopen.”

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Protests Continue Over the Weekend in Knoxville Following the Death of Anthony Thompson Jr.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Protests continued in Knoxville this weekend following the death of Anthony Thompson Jr. during an officer-involved shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday, April 12.

Dozens of protesters gathered at Hardy Park on Saturday to march through the streets of Knoxville.

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Protesters Block Traffic, Clash With Cops on Brooklyn Bridge

Dramatic footage by The Post shows a crowd of protesters snarling traffic and squaring off with cops just a block from City Hall on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday night.

Six cops were seen corralling one man with his hands behind his back at the Manhattan mouth of the bridge from around 10:30 p.m.

“He’s breaking my finger,” the grimacing man claims.

“What am I being arrested for?,” another can be heard asking, as swarms of officers disperse several dozen protesters coming off the bridge onto Centre Street.

Dozens of protesters had crossed the bridge by walking along its Manhattan-bound roadway, blocking cars.

About a half dozen protesters were given appearance tickets for obstruction of vehicular traffic, according to police. There were no injuries reported, police said.

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Report: California National Guard Put Fighter Jet on Alert for ‘Possible Domestic Mission’ To Terrify and Disperse Anti-Lockdown Protesters

The Los Angeles Times reported that according to four sources, in March 2020, the California National Guard was told to put an F-15C fighter jet on alert status — fueled up and ready to go — to frighten citizens protesting Governor Newsom’s Covid lockdown orders.

“It would have been a completely illegal order that disgraced the military,” one source told the Los Angeles Times. “It could look like we’re threatening civilians.”

“That’s something that would happen in the Soviet Union,” said a second of The Times’ sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation. “Our military is used to combat foreign aggressors.”

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Senator Rand Paul: Dr. Fauci Must Answer Questions on Why He Continued to Fund Dangerous Human-Virus Studies After They Were Banned in US (Video)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Maria Bartiromo earlier today on Sunday Morning Futures.

During their conversation, Senator Paul scolded Joe Biden for wearing a mask on his international global warming calls this week, saying, “I guess this means that Dr. Fauci now believes you can get COVID, you can catch it over your webcam.

Senator Paul then said Dr. Fauci must answer questions on why he funded dangerous human-viral testing even after it was banned here in the US.

Senator Paul, “There’s a huge ethical question about the origins of the virus. The ethical question is should we be doing gain of function, should we be upgrading animal viruses in the lab to make them more susceptible to humans… We have to ask Dr. Fauci, why did he in overseeing these labs allowed gain of function? Why did he allow labs to get money to upgrade animal viruses so they can infect humans? We got worried about this around 2 or 3 years ago. We closed down about half of them but then Dr. Fauci and his committees opened them back up. We need to ask him why are we doing this in China but are we doing this in the US?”

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SpaceX Successfully Sends Four-Person Crew to International Space Station

SpaceX launched a four-person crew Friday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida, marking the third time SpaceX has launched to space for NASA.

The crew, which consists of NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and the European Space Agency’s Thomas Pesquet, successfully arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.

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Suspect in Fatal Appalachian Trail Machete Attack Not Guilty by ‘Reason of Insanity’

A Massachusetts man accused of killing an Appalachian Trail hiker with a machete two years ago was found not guilty “by reason of insanity” last week.

James Jordan, 32, was arrested and charged with murder and “assault with intent to murder” in May 2019 after officials said he attacked a group of hikers on the trail in Virginia — fatally stabbing 43-year-old Ronald S. Sanchez, Jr. of Oklahoma and injuring a woman, McClatchy News previously reported.

A few weeks before the attack, other hikers had reported that Jordan — who was wielding a machete and calling himself “Sovereign” — threatened and terrorized them along the trail in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Then, in May, Sanchez set up camp with three other hikers in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, The Washington Post reports based on court records. Jordan, who the hikers said they recognized due to his “erratic behavior,” was camping nearby.

When Jordan started acting “increasingly disturbed and unstable,” Sanchez and the others decided to leave.

“Jordan began randomly approaching the hikers’ tents, making noises and threatening the hikers,” FBI Agent Micah Childers wrote in 2019, according to MassLive. “Jordan spoke to the hikers through their tents and threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.”

When the four tried to leave the camp, officials say Jordan ran after two of them with the machete, MassLive reports. Jordan returned to the campsite, where officials say he fatally stabbed Sanchez.

A woman saw the attack and ran. But feds say Jordan caught up to her, stabbing her multiple times, The Washington Post reports. She survived and was able to call 911…

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Watch: Trump Says Twitter is ‘Very, Very Boring’ — ‘A Lot of People Are Leaving’

President Donald Trump slammed Twitter on Friday’s episode of Hannity, calling the platform “very very boring.”

Trump was banned from Twitter and nearly every other major social media platform following the Capitol protest on January 6.

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13 People Ticketed for Illegal Gatineau, Que., Gathering

Thirteen people in Gatineau, Que., have been given $1,500 fines after they tried and failed to hide from police officers investigating an illegal gathering.

Police were called to the home on boulevard de l’Amérique-Française at around 10:15 p.m. Saturday after getting a call from a concerned citizen.

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2 Men Fined $1,000 for Violating COVID Gathering Limit

Two men in Halifax have each received a $1,000 fine after violating Nova Scotia’s COVID gathering limit.

Around 9:30 p.m. on April 23, Halifax Regional Police responded to a complaint of a gathering at a home in the 1900 block of Brunswick Street.

The caller suspected people were exceeding the provincially mandated gathering limit which was reduced to five people, both indoors and outdoors, on April 22.

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Police Lay Charges Related to Noisy Party Complaint in Queen West

A number of charges have been laid following a loud party in the Queen West area of the city.

Police say they were called the area of Queen Street West and Dufferin just after midnight for reports of a large gathering.

When police arrived, they discovered a large group of people. Videos posted to social media show groups of mostly young people fleeing the area.

Charges were laid but police did not specify how many people were charged or if the charges were related to the enforcement of stay-at-home orders.

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EU Regulations Are Stifling the Continent’s Car Industry

The new emission norms imposed by the European Union since 2000 are stifling the European car industry and playing into the hands of Chinese brands, Hungarian news and opinion site Mandiner writes in a new analysis.

According to the car price database of Germany’s leading automotive magazine Autobild, the base price of the most recent VW Golf Mk8 series has exceeded €20,000, while Mk7 prices started at €17,800; Mk6 at €17,000; Mk5 at €15,500; and Mk4 at €14,900. The increase for the current generation was the steepest yet, even accounting for inflation.

In its annual report, German automotive data supplier DAT states that German car prices have jumped 90 percent in the last 25 years; meanwhile, salaries have grown by only 60 percent. The average car price in Germany rose by 8.2 percent to more than €36,000, while an average new car in Germany cost €30,000 in 2016 and €27,000 in 2012.

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EU’s Brexit Negotiator Barnier Fears Le Pen Victory in 2022

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that French populist Marine Le Pen may triumph in next year’s French presidential elections if mainstream politicians do not listen to anger in society.

Barnier, who is looking to publish a new book in May, has criticised current French president Emmanuel Macron in private, claiming that he “missed the mark” and blaming him for being too solitary and too arrogant while in office.

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French Prosecutor Says Killer of Police Worker Watched Videos Glorifying Jihad Just Before Attack

A French prosecutor Sunday said that the man who killed a police worker on Friday in France when he attacked a police station had watched religious videos glorifying acts of violence just before carrying out his attack. The murder left people in France shocked and authorities say they had identified the assailant, who was killed shortly after the initial attack, and were investigating possible accomplices.

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Google Launches Program to Pay for Czech Media Content

Google has launched the Google News Showcase initiative in the Czech Republic with the plan to pay for news content from Czech media, with Czechia serving as the first country in Central and Eastern Europe where the company is launching this cooperation.

As a part of the plan, Google concluded licensing agreements with five publishing houses.

Google News Showcase will make a portion of paid articles on the websites of cooperating publishers available to readers. In addition to funding from Google, publishers will gain another opportunity to reach new audiences and potential subscribers. Specifically, publishing houses Echo Media, Economia, Forum 24, Internet Info, and N media joined the Google News and the Discover channel.

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‘I Know That You Are an Asset for Our Society, ‘ Says French Judge to Youths Convicted of Firebombing Police Officers

After six long and trying weeks of closed hearings, and four years after the incident, the verdict has now been handed down for the 13 young people accused of having attacked and burned police officers with Molotov cocktails in Viry-Chtillon (Essonne) in 2016.

On Saturday evening, the Paris Assize Court for minors convicted on appeal five of the 13 young people tried for six weeks after firebombing two police cars during rioting. The court sentenced five young people to terms ranging from six to 18 years in prison and acquitted eight others.

According to sources present at the sentencing hearing, the judge began by addressing the accused and saying, “I know that you are an asset for our society.”

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Protesters Mass in France, Israel, UK to Demand Justice for Sarah Halimi

Protesters gathered in Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and London on Sunday to demonstrate against the ruling of France’s highest court that the killer of a Jewish woman in the French capital was not criminally responsible because he had smoked marijuana before the crime.

Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman, was pushed out of the window of her Paris flat to her death in 2017 by neighbor Kobili Traore, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic).

But in a decision earlier this month, the Court of Cassation’s Supreme Court of Appeals upheld rulings by lower tribunals that Traore cannot stand trial because he was too high on marijuana to be criminally responsible for his actions.

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UK Govt: Vax Blood Clot Victims Must Prove They Are 60 Per Cent Disabled to Get Compensation

Boris Johnson’s government is insisting that people harmed by vaccine side-effects must prove they are at least 60 per cent disabled in order to receive compensation, capped at £120,000, according to reports.

168 people were believed to have suffered blood clots following vaccination as of last week, according to a report by Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with 32 of those afflicted dying.

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UK: Woman Handed £10,000 Fine for Throwing 30th Birthday Marquee Party for More Than 50 People

A woman has been slapped with a £10,000 fine for hosting a 30th birthday party in a marquee with more than 50 guests.

Nottinghamshire Police said it had “no choice” but to hand the woman the maximum fine for breaching coronavirus restrictions after officers discovered the “large gathering” in the marquee.

The force said it had received reports that a party was taking place, with more than 50 people gathered at a property in St Emmanuel View, Bestwood, Nottinghamshire around 8.30pm on Friday (23 April 2021).

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Muslim Teens Fling Hot Coffee in Jewish Man’s Face, Then Post Video to Social Media

No one will take any notice of this, but just imagine if the roles were reversed, which they would not be and should not be. If this is noticed at all, it will be written off as a harmless prank, just some kids having fun and blowing off steam. Only in the opposite situation would it be an international incident. In any case, this is the direct result of the hatred and contempt that official “Palestinian” media outlets inculcate against Jews and Israel daily.

“Arab Teens Arrested for Flinging Hot Coffee in a Jewish Man’s Face, Then Posting Footage to Social Media,” by Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press, April 19, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi Issues 39 Fines for Illegal Gatherings Since Start of Ramadan

Abu Dhabi Police have issued 39 fines for illegal social gatherings since the beginning of Ramadan.

These were given for breaching Covid-19 rules which ban gatherings of more than 10 people, a police official said on Sunday.

Fines can reach Dh10,000 ($2,722) for organisers and Dh5,000 for each participant.

Police urged the public to follow coronavirus rules.

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Bangladesh: Muslim Mob Tears Down Newspaper Office, Attacks Hindu Homes

In yet another horrifying instance of the persecution of the minorities in Bangladesh, a 200-strong Muslim mob has reportedly torn down a newspaper office and vandalized and looted Hindu homes in Bangladesh’s Habibgunj district on April 19, 2021.

The Dainik Amar Habiganj office, its editor, and journalists were hounded after the news daily published stories exposing the politicians and leaders of the Awami League and Jubo League, alleging that they had occupied Hindu temple lands and leveling other serious accusations of corruption against them.

Enraged by the explosive content of the reports published in the Dainik Amar Habibjung, a local outfit named “Sachetan Nagarik Samaj” staged a protest against the news daily, demanding to bring the shutters down on it for good. The protest gained strength with members of the Jubo League and Chhatra League joining in large numbers. Led by one Ataur Rahman Selim, the crowd formed human chains and began a procession toward the newspaper office to tear it down. They were armed with sticks and country weapons. However, unable to enter the office, they hurled numerous brickbats at the building, leading to extensive destruction of the property and valuables. According to reports, four or five journalists have sustained serious injuries after being struck by these soaring brickbats.

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Worrying New Clues About the Origins of COVID: How Scientists at Wuhan Lab Helped Chinese Army in Secret Project to Find Animal Viruses, Writes Ian Birrell

IAN BIRRELL: Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that a nationwide scheme in China was launched nine years ago to discover new viruses.

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Footy Fan Fined $1,000 for Failing an ‘Attitude Test’ And Refusing to Wear a Mask in Locked Down Perth — Here’s All the Rules You Need to Know

The Perth woman was fined $1000 for refusing to wear a mask at the Super Rugby game at HCF Stadium on Friday night, with police commissioner Chris Dawson saying she failed an ‘attitude test’.

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How Australia Could Take the Port of Darwin Back From Chinese Hands After the Controversial Belt and Road Deal Was Scrapped

The Northern Territory government signed a 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin to a Chinese-owned company in 2015.

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Jacinda Ardern is Slammed for Refusing to Join With Allies Against China — as the New Zealand Leader is Accused of ‘Sucking Up’ To Beijing Despite Uighur Genocide

More than three million Uighurs have been detained in internment camps in Xinjiang, in north-west China, where, reports claim, they have been subjected to torture and sexual abuse.

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Finland: Muslim Migrant Gets Four Years in Prison for Bringing His 13-Year-Old Wife to the Country

The story below from Finland’s Yle is entirely unsatisfactory. What happens to the girl? What happens after this man is released from prison, which will almost certainly be sooner than in four years? Are Finnish authorities being charged with “Islamophobia” and failure to respect the culture of their “new Finns”? Will the man be deported after he serves his sentence, or will it be assumed that he will at that point become a loyal, stable, productive member of Finnish society?

“Court of Appeal sentences man who brought child wife from Iraq to four years in prison,” translated from “Hovioikeus tuomitsi Irakista lapsivaimon tuoneen miehen neljän vuoden vankeuteen,” Yle, April 15, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Finnish Academic: Swedes Will Become a Minority in Their Own Country in Less Than 50 Years

Swedes will become a minority in their own country in 45 years if current levels of immigration persist, the latest academic research on the country’s rapidly changing demographics has revealed.

Kyösti Tarvainen PhD, a retired Finnish professor and researcher in the Department of Mathematics and System at Aalto University in Helsinki, using the standard demographic method — the so-called cohort component method — concluded that Swedes will compose less than half of the population by 2065 if the country’s current levels of immigration remain unchanged.

In the next half decade, if current immigration policies endure, Sweden will see seismic shifts in its demographics, culture, and society, Tarvainen, who has his doctorate in engineering, says. According to the academic’s projections, there will be as many Muslims as there are Swedes in 2100.

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France: Muslim Migrant Who Murdered Police Officer Had Qur’an and Prayer Rug in His Scooter

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French Pro-Migration Activists Prosecuted for Aiding Illegal Immigration

Two pro-migration activists are being prosecuted for helping Afghan migrants illegally cross the Italian border into France in November of last year.

The two activists, 28-year-old Thibault C. and 31-year-old Alexandre W., are accused of aiding an Afghan family to illegally cross the border in the commune of Montgenèvre after police observed them assisting the Afghans prior to their arrest on November 19th.

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Spanish Coast Guard Rescues 49 Migrants Off Canary Islands

A group of 49 migrants were rescued on Sunday after travelling on a canoe-shaped open vessel, known as a cayuco, roughly 11 km south off Gran Canaria in Spain. The rescued migrants disembarked at Arguineguin’s port with the help of the Spanish coast guard. One of the rescued migrants was transferred to hospital to receive medical treatment.

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UK: ‘Non-Binary’ Singer Sam Smith Gets Insanely Creepy Tattoo of a Little Boy in High Heels and Underwear

British Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith, who uses the pronouns “they/them,” has a new tattoo and it is creepy as heck.

The tattoo, done in simple black line art, features a very young boy in his underwear and high heels while looking in the mirror.

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  1. and the reason the jury voted the police officer who ‘killed’ George Floyd guilty is that they didn’t want to be known as Chauvin-ists.

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