Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/12/2021

In the British city of Bradford, 29 men have been charged with raping an underage girl over the space of seven years. The case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 17.2%.

In other news, the alleged Times Square shooter Farrakhan Muhammad was apprehended in Jacksonville, Florida after fleeing there with his girlfriend.

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Financial Crisis
» Consumer Prices Increase 4.2% to the Highest Level Since 2008
» Pandemic Economy: Brexit Britain Contracted Modestly in First Quarter
 
USA
» “Free Speech” Lawyer Argues “Lying” Should be an Impeachable Offense
» 120 Retired Generals, Military Officers Sign Letter Warning of Conflict Between Marxism and “Constitutional Freedom”
» Alleged Times Square Shooter Nabbed in Florida After 4-Day Manhunt: Officials
» Antifa Protester: “I Can’t Wait Until Black People Lynch White People”
» Antifa Chants ‘Death to America, ‘ Burns American Flag to Protest Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner in Washington
» Biden Nominates Globalist to Head State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs
» Company Continues Operating Pipeline Through Michigan Despite Governor’s Order
» D.A. Declines to Charge Two Teens in Robbery of Asian Women
» Liz Cheney Ousted From Leadership Post by House Republicans
» Man Pleads Guilty to Damaging Police Car, Assaulting Horses During Pittsburgh Protests
» NYC Man Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
» Ohio to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions June 2
» Police Officer Suspended Over Tweet Critical of BLM Sues City for $1 Million
» Policies Adopted by State’s Attorney in Baltimore Follow Other Like-Minded Prosecutors
» Protests Break Out Across US as Violence Escalates Between Israel and Hamas
» Some 911 Calls in Baltimore May Soon be Answered by Mental Health Counselors
» Trump Celebrates Political Demise of ‘Horrible’ Liz Cheney
» Tucker Carlson on Gas Panic: “Somebody Did This to US on Purpose”
» U.S. Gas Prices Rise to Highest Levels in Over 6 Years Amid Ongoing Shortage Due to Pipeline Closure
» Video: CNN’s Cooper Accuses Rand Paul of ‘Disrespecting Medical Science’ For Questioning Fauci
» Virginia Parents Torch Loudoun County School Board Over Critical Race Theory, ‘Pornographic’ Books in School
» Washington Bans Open Carry of Weapons at State Capitol, Public Protests
» YouTube Suspends Steven Crowder (Again)
 
Canada
» Canadian Mayor Claims Anti-Lockdown Protests Are ‘Thinly Veiled White Nationalist Supremacist’ Activities
» Doctors Whose Online Posts Contradict Official COVID Stance Face Regulatory Investigation
 
Europe and the EU
» Boris Tells Britons to Exercise ‘Care and Common Sense’ When Hugging
» COVID Passport to ‘Signal Freedom and Mobility’ Across EU — German Official
» England Rugby Team Drops ‘Saxons’ Nickname to Reflect ‘Diversity in Society’
» France: Le Pen Warns Macron: “Danger of Civil War” Unless Islamist Problem Tackled
» France: African Migrant Suspected of Murder, Sex Attack in 24-Hour Paris Rampage
» France: Two Suspects Arrested in Killing of Police Officer in Avignon After Nationwide Manhunt
» Holy Mary Figurine Destroyed in South Poland
» Hungary Develops Mobile App for Vaccine Certificate
» Is There a Secret Society of Masons in Italy Appointing Powerful Judges?
» Return of Friedrich Merz Welcomed by Eastern Neighbors
» The Far Right is Ready for a Slice of Real Power in Sweden
» The Online Safety Bill is a Major Blow to the UK’s Already-Feeble Free Speech Rights
» UK Government Accused of Promoting a “Nanny State” With Proposed Online Ban on High Calorie Food Ads
» UK: ‘Extremely Problematic’ Street Signs and Statues Face Removal in Multicultural Birmingham
» UK: 29 Men Charged With Rape of Underage Girl Over Seven-Year Period in UK
» UK: Met Police Break Up Waltham Forest Illegal Rave With ‘500 People’ As Officers Attacked
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Arab Mobs Set Synagogues on Fire in Israeli City, ‘Kristallnacht in Lod’
» Israel Vows to Increase Gaza Strikes Until There is “Total, Long-Term Quiet” Amid Barrage of Palestinian Rocket Fire
» Israeli Airstrikes Kill Senior Hamas Figures
» Pakistani Actress Quotes Adolf Hitler to 1.2 Million Twitter Followers as Tensions Flare in Israel
 
Far East
» Falun Gong Practitioners Speak Out About Communist China on Their Special Day
» Panel Says WHO Could Have Saved Over 3 Million Lives by Recommending Border Controls Earlier
 
Australia — Pacific
» Vile Moment Protester Burns the Israeli Flag in Sydney’s Muslim Heartland as War Threatens to Erupt in the Middle East — and Scott Morrison Warns Aussies Not to Bring the Conflict Here
 
Immigration
» About 70 Migrants Brought to Malta After Rescue
» Farage Says ‘Impact of Brexit is Just Beginning’ As Barnier Backs Immigration Ban in France
» German Minister of Interior Calls for a Halt to Illegal Immigration
» Greece: 32-Year-Old Pakistani in Prison for Attempted Rape in Karpathos
» Greece: Mitsotakis: Migration Flows Decreased to 15,000 People in 2020 From 72,000 in 2019
» ‘Illegal Alien’ and ‘Assimilation’ Among Words Biden Bans Immigration Agencies From Using
» Illegal Immigration Hits 21-Year High
» Italy: Salvini Asks PM Draghi to Act as Migrants Flood Lampedusa Again
» Le Pen Denounces Migrant Taxi NGOs as Part of ‘Modern Slavery’
» Southern EU Countries Unable to Cope With Migrant Influx, Ask Brussels for Help
» UK: Almost 200 Migrants Arrive in Dover in One Day — in the Second Biggest Day of Channel Crossings This Year With 2,744 Detained So Far
 
Culture Wars
» Free Speech Friendly Discord Alternatives
» Instagram to Allow Users to Choose From 41 Pronouns — Woke Mob Complains There Aren’t Enough
 

Consumer Prices Increase 4.2% to the Highest Level Since 2008

The consumer price index has jumped 4.2% over the last 12 months, the fastest pace of inflation since 2008, according to a Department of Labor report.

The consumer price index (CPI) increased 0.8% between March and April, according to the Labor Department report released Wednesday morning. Economists projected that the CPI increased by 0.2% last month and 3.6% over the 12-month period ending in April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Pandemic Economy: Brexit Britain Contracted Modestly in First Quarter

LONDON (AP) — The British economy contracted by a quarterly rate of 1.5 per cent in the first three months of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdown to combat a second wave of the coronavirus.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said Wednesday that the economy even managed to grow by a monthly rate of 2.1 per cent in March when the country began easing some restrictions, notably by reopening schools.

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“Free Speech” Lawyer Argues “Lying” Should be an Impeachable Offense

As the threats to free speech wage on, a law professor has suggested that lying by the President should be made an impeachable offense. However, the truth can be subjective, especially on controversial topics such as COVID-19, which has scientific arguments so contradicting.

According to Catherine Ross, a law professor at George Washington University, former President Donald Trump “has highlighted for us why lies in the public arena are so dangerous and also why the president’s lies are so much more dangerous and significant.”

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120 Retired Generals, Military Officers Sign Letter Warning of Conflict Between Marxism and “Constitutional Freedom”

By Jack Phillips of the Epoch Times

More than 120 retired generals, admirals, and military officers signed a letter that warned that the United States is embroiled in an existential fight and called on “all citizens” to get involved in local and state politics.

“We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” stated the letter (pdf), which was signed by 124 former generals and admirals, released by “Flag Officers 4 America.”

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Alleged Times Square Shooter Nabbed in Florida After 4-Day Manhunt: Officials

Each of the victims — a 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn, a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey, and a 23-year-old woman visiting the city for Mother’s Day — suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds

The man suspected of opening fire in Times Square Saturday night, wounding three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, has been apprehended in Jacksonville, Florida, two law enforcement officials confirmed to News 4 Wednesday.

The officials say Farrakhan Muhammad had been with his girlfriend, who is now being questioned as investigators look into whether she was knowingly helping to harbor a fugitive. The two apparently left New York City together after the shooting, according to one senior law enforcement official, though it’s not clear if the woman knew he was wanted in the Times Square shooting at this time.

According to the senior law enforcement official, NYPD detectives checked cameras that showed him leave Times Square after the gunfire and go to a hotel on West 42nd Street. There he changed clothes and was seen leaving with his girlfriend, the senior law enforcement official said…

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Antifa Protester: “I Can’t Wait Until Black People Lynch White People”

An Antifa protester at a demonstration near Seattle was filmed proudly proclaiming, “I can’t wait until black people lynch white people.”

Yes, really.

The chant was heard during a far-left black bloc protest against a Billy Graham association event.

At first a woman is heard stating, “I can’t wait until black people hang you, I can’t wait.”

When she is asked to repeat the statement, she proudly clarifies, “I can’t wait until black people lynch white people.”

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Antifa Chants ‘Death to America, ‘ Burns American Flag to Protest Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner in Washington

Antifa militants marched in Bellevue, WA Tuesday night while lighting American flags on fire and chanting “death to America” in protest of a law enforcement appreciation dinner hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) originally planned to host a dinner honoring the Seattle Police Department, but the Seattle Police Department rescinded the invitation after facing criticism from Seattle City Councilmembers for attending an event with an association that allegedly holds “anti-LGBTQ” views.

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Biden Nominates Globalist to Head State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs

US President Joe Biden has nominated Karen Donfried as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs in another signal that Biden’s foreign policy will take an anti-nationalist, globalist approach.

Political analyst John Fonte, program director at the Washington Hudson Institute, told Magyar Nemzet that Donfried’s nomination could signal a return to the Obama administration’s European policy. Donfried will be the direct superior of the yet to be nominated Budapest ambassador and reinforce the vehemently anti-Orban foreign policy line represented by Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

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Company Continues Operating Pipeline Through Michigan Despite Governor’s Order

A Canadian energy company is continuing to operate a pipeline through Michigan despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) order to shut down.

Whitmer on Tuesday ordered Enbridge Energy to stand down its oil and gas pipeline, Line 5, by May 12, saying that the pipeline in the underwater section of Line 5 is too risky to keep operating.

“These oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are a ticking timebomb, and their continued presence violates the public trust and poses a grave threat to Michigan’s environment and economy,” Whitmer’s office said at the time.

But the pipeline still continued operating, according to The Detroit Free Press.

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D.A. Declines to Charge Two Teens in Robbery of Asian Women

On Twitter, Councilwoman Helen Gym has been outspoken about how the office of District Attorney Larry Krasner is supposedly “defined by the discretion, judgment, and decency of its occupant.”

“We won’t go back,” Gym tweeted, adding, “Vote @Krasner4DA.”

Gym, who has also been outspoken about her opposition to anti-Asian violence, however, has been silent for the past few days as BigTrial has been seeking comment from her about a recent local example of anti-Asian violence that D.A. Krasner’s office declined to prosecute.

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Liz Cheney Ousted From Leadership Post by House Republicans

House Republicans voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as conference chair in a Wednesday morning vote, following months of brewing friction over her constant criticisms of former President Trump, according to Axios, citing two sources in the room. The decision was made by voice vote — which means there will be no accounting for who voted her out, or who wanted her to stay. According to The Hill‘s sources, “it was an overwhelming vote against Cheney.”

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Man Pleads Guilty to Damaging Police Car, Assaulting Horses During Pittsburgh Protests

PITTSBURGH — A 25-year-old Crafton man pleaded guilty to damaging a police vehicle and assaulting police horses during last year’s Pittsburgh protests.

Raekwon Blankenship will be sentenced on Aug. 12. He is the first person to plead to charges related to the May 30 protests that sparked rioting and looting through Downtown Pittsburgh following the death of George Floyd.

Investigators said he was seen at the protest holding a stop sign and using it hit mounted police units. He allegedly then threw it “javelin style” into a police cruiser’s windshield. Police also said he jumped onto a department’s SUV after throwing the sign. That was the same SUV that was set on fire a short time later.

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NYC Man Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

A Brooklyn man who pledged allegiance to ISIS and uploaded instructional manuals online about how to carry out lone-wolf terror attacks in New York was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday.

The suspect, 42-year-old Zachary Clark, pleaded guilty last year to attempting to provide material support to ISIS — and admitted he posted manualsabout how to carry out attacks to encrypted chat rooms designed to recruit new terrorists.

At the hearing in Manhattan federal court, Judge Naomi Buchwald highlighted that prior to his arrest, Clark said he was willing to die for the cause — and showed little remorse after he was collared.

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Ohio to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions June 2

Ohio is set to lift most of its coronavirus restrictions in less than a month, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced the new guidelines Wednesday, saying that the mask mandate and remaining coronavirus health orders will be lifted on June 2. Social distancing and capacity restrictions will no longer be required, although schools and businesses will have the ability to put their own rules into place.

The only exception will be for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Police Officer Suspended Over Tweet Critical of BLM Sues City for $1 Million

A veteran police officer in Sparks, Nevada is suing his department after he was fired over tweets he posted while off duty.

George Forbush, a bomb squad technician who has served 19 years with the Sparks Police Force, is suing Sparks after being suspended for tweets critical of Black Lives Matter.

“Officer Forbush did not relinquish his right to think, care, and speak about politics and current events when he accepted a job as a police officer,” his lawsuit reads. Forbush is seeking $1 million and for the city to “implement a policy governing officers’ personal social media use that is consistent with the Constitution.”

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Policies Adopted by State’s Attorney in Baltimore Follow Other Like-Minded Prosecutors

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Baltimore’s City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby claims to be a leader in criminal justice reform, but many of her policies and actions follow what other so-called progressive prosecutors have already implemented across the country.

In March of 2020, Mosby said she would stop prosecuting what she calls “minor crimes” which includes trespassing, prostitution and certain drug crimes.

But the policies seem to copy a social experiment being carried out by like-minded prosecutors in a few other major cities across the country.

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Protests Break Out Across US as Violence Escalates Between Israel and Hamas

Protesters supporting Israel and the Palestinians came out to demonstrate in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities on Tuesday as the violence escalated between the two sides overseas.

Groups on each side clashed in New York City in front of the Israeli consulate where police officers struggled to keep aggressive demonstrators from attacking each other. Physical fights broke out among some of the activists, videos on social media show.

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Some 911 Calls in Baltimore May Soon be Answered by Mental Health Counselors

The Baltimore mayor recently announced that certain 911 calls will not be answered by police, but rather by mental health professionals.

According to CBS Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott “wants police to focus on violent offenders and said officers should not be handling calls for people having behavioral health issues.” The move comes as the city’s violent crime rate continues to rise, which has lead to calls for increased police presence.

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Trump Celebrates Political Demise of ‘Horrible’ Liz Cheney

President Trump reacted with glee to the news that Liz Cheney has been ousted from Republican leadership, labelling her “a bitter, horrible human being.”

Cheney was dumped by House Republicans after repeated criticism of Trump.

The last straw came Tuesday when Cheney promised she “will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

Reacting to the development, Trump issued a statement noting “I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country.”

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Tucker Carlson on Gas Panic: “Somebody Did This to US on Purpose”

Tucker Carlson warned Tuesday that the disruption in the Colonial Pipeline and the resulting shortage panic is being carried out by design.

Carlson noted that the situation represents a “grimmer version of the 1970s” with many states declaring emergency shortages, and resulting price gouging as a result of, we are told, “some mysterious gang of cybercriminals [who] hacked the software at a major American fuel supplier.”

Referring to the Biden administration, Carlson declared “The same lunatics who don’t believe in Human Biology immediately made a serious mess of our economy, it took them less than six months to do it.”

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U.S. Gas Prices Rise to Highest Levels in Over 6 Years Amid Ongoing Shortage Due to Pipeline Closure

The American national average price of gasoline has skyrocketed to its highest level this week since 2014, and is set to continue rising in the short-term.

“On the week, the national gas price average jumped six cents to $2.96,” the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported on Monday. “If the trend continues, an increase of three more cents would make the national average the most expensive since November 2014 —the last time we saw average prices at $2.99 and higher.”

By Wednesday, the national average price for a gallon of gas had risen to $3.008, marking the highest price point for gas in six and a half years.

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Video: CNN’s Cooper Accuses Rand Paul of ‘Disrespecting Medical Science’ For Questioning Fauci

Following another confrontation between Senator Rand Paul and White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci Tuesday, during which Paul questioned Fauci about his extensive ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, CNN’s Anderson Cooper declared that Paul should “have more respect at least for medical science.”

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Virginia Parents Torch Loudoun County School Board Over Critical Race Theory, ‘Pornographic’ Books in School

Parents of students in a wealthy Virginia public school district torched the school board over critical race theory as well as so-called “pornographic” books being assigned to high school freshmen students.

Wearing a face shield and wielding the fury of a protective mother bear, the mother of a student at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) eviscerated the school board for pushing critical race theory in the district’s schools.

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Washington Bans Open Carry of Weapons at State Capitol, Public Protests

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signed legislation into law banning people from openly carrying weapons at the state Capitol and during public demonstrations.

According The Associated Press, the governor signed the bill on Wednesday, which takes effect immediately.

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YouTube Suspends Steven Crowder (Again)

YouTube suspended the channel of Steven Crowder again. This time, the Google-owned platform issued a second hard strike, meaning the channel will not be able to upload any content or stream for two weeks.

YouTube suspended the channel after it uploaded a video about the Columbus shooting. The video stated that the shooting of Makhia Bryant, a teenager, by the police, was justified, since she was threatening another person with a knife.

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Canadian Mayor Claims Anti-Lockdown Protests Are ‘Thinly Veiled White Nationalist Supremacist’ Activities

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has claimed that anti-mask and anti-lockdown protests in Canada during the pandemic are “thinly veiled white nationalist supremacist” activities and condemned demonstrators.

Nenshi, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city in 2010, spoke out about the anti-lockdown rallies during a television interview over the weekend.

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Doctors Whose Online Posts Contradict Official COVID Stance Face Regulatory Investigation

Canadian doctors, particularly those in British Columbia (BC), have been warned they could face disciplinary consequences for posting about COVID-19 and vaccines in a way that contradicts the government’s messaging.

Last Thursday, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the College of Physician and Surgeons released a joint statement.

“Public statements from physicians that contradict public health orders and guidance are confusing and potentially harmful to patients,” college registrar Dr. Heidi Oetter said in the statement, obtained by Reclaim The Net here.

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Boris Tells Britons to Exercise ‘Care and Common Sense’ When Hugging

Boris Johnson announced on Monday that people may hug each other again after more than a year of social restrictions due to the Chinese coronavirus — but they should “exercise care and common sense” when doing so.

Prime Minister Johnson confirmed that with “deaths and hospitalisations at their lowest levels since last July”, England would move into phase three of easing lockdown restrictions from Monday the 17th of May.

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COVID Passport to ‘Signal Freedom and Mobility’ Across EU — German Official

The European Union COVID-19 digital certificate would represent “freedom and mobility” across the region, German state minister for Europe Michael Roth said on Tuesday as reported by Reuters.

The programme is set to be rolled out in June and will aim to restart the tourism industry under the EU’s “common management ability”, according to a top official in Europe’s 27-member bloc.

The comments were made at a General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, which saw ministers discuss “green certificates” used to verify people had received COVID-19 vaccines and tests.

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England Rugby Team Drops ‘Saxons’ Nickname to Reflect ‘Diversity in Society’

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has dropped the nickname “Saxons” for one of the top England teams following a Black Lives Matter-inspired diversity review into the sport.

England’s second team, which has been referred to as the “Saxons” since 2006, will have its name changed back to the old “England A” team when they face off against Scotland A in Leicester in June, in order “to reflect the diversity in society”.

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France: Le Pen Warns Macron: “Danger of Civil War” Unless Islamist Problem Tackled

Populist leader Marine Le Pen has echoed the sentiments of a letter written by active duty military personnel by warning President Macron that there’s a danger of “civil war” unless he solves the country’s Islamist problem.

Le Pen made the comments following the publication of the letter, which outlined how the soldiers had been “fighting Islamism” in dangerous countries abroad only for the French government to “(make) concessions on our soil.”

“If a civil war breaks out, the military will maintain order on its soil because it will be asked to do so,” stated the letter.

While much of the French establishment dismissed the letter as the work of a political faction of right-wing extremists within the military, Le Pen took the side of the dissenters.

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France: African Migrant Suspected of Murder, Sex Attack in 24-Hour Paris Rampage

A migrant from Eritrea has been arrested after allegedly murdering a man and then trying to rape a woman on back-to-back nights in Paris, France, according to reports.

On the evening of May 8, a French teacher told authorities a man had tried to rape her in the middle of the street near the Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

Officers tracked down the suspect, a 24-year-old man from Eritrea, and arrested him.

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France: Two Suspects Arrested in Killing of Police Officer in Avignon After Nationwide Manhunt

Ilyes Akoudad, 19, has been indicted and imprisoned for the murder of police officer Eric Masson and attempted murder of a second policeman. The other accused, 20-year-old Ayoub Abdi, was indicted for failure to assist a person in danger and sheltering a criminal. He has also been imprisoned.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Monday the arrest of four people in total linked to the murder of the officer last Wednesday in Avignon during an anti-drug operation.

Three people were arrested Sunday evening at the Remoulins tollbooth, located about twenty kilometers from Avignon. Among them were two young men aged 19 and 20, suspected of being the shooter and his accomplice, said Philippe Guémas, the public prosecutor of Avignon at a press conference.

As the CNews reported, he added that the two young men were known to the courts for acts of violence and drug trafficking.

“They are French, born in France,” specified the Minister of the Interior. Both men appear to have migration backgrounds due to their names, which are typically Arab names.

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Holy Mary Figurine Destroyed in South Poland

In another example of religious hatred directed at Catholics, unknown vandals destroyed the Holy Mary figurine displayed in the historic Uzbornia Woods Chapel.

The figurine was torn from its stand and crushed against the cobble surrounding the chapel, with the incident taking place over the weekend in the town of Bochnia in the Malopolska region.

The vandalization takes on another dimension due to May being the month in which Mary is honored in the Catholic faith, which features worshipers throughout Poland singing devotions to Mary near chapels during the month.

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Hungary Develops Mobile App for Vaccine Certificate

Hungarians will shortly be able to download a vaccine certificate application for mobile phones and tablets that is expected to significantly ease travel abroad, daily Magyar Hirlap reports.

According to the newspaper’s information, the application for the security certificate has been completed, which can be downloaded from app stores to smartphones and tablets within days. It will show more information compared to cards sent by mail after you register in the app.

It will show when the user of the application received the vaccines (the dates of the first and second vaccinations will also be visible, which may be important in some countries where entry is subject to full protection, which can be calculated after two doses for most vaccines). After the second vaccination, the data will be updated in the application.

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Is There a Secret Society of Masons in Italy Appointing Powerful Judges?

Last year, in the light of the scandals involving Italy’s Governing Council of the Judiciary (CSM), the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella denounced “the inadmissible confusion between politicians and magistrates” as well as the “degeneration of the system of currents”. He was then referring to the political currents existing within the CSM, which are linked to the way judges and prosecutors are appointed by the different currents that are present in the National Magistrates’ Association (ANM).

Mattarella then called for an in-depth reform of the CSM, which is responsible for guaranteeing and supervising the independence and impartiality of the Italian judicial system. As of today, that reform is still awaited despite the very serious scandals that have exposed the political activities of networks of magistrates (judges and prosecutors) passing through the CSM to put right-wing leaders such as Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini out of action through legal proceedings.

But while waiting for this reform to come about, a new scandal has just erupted following evidence of a secret Masonic lodge involving Italian elites coming to light. Members of the CSM, magistrates, politicians, and officials from the Guardia di Finanza (a militarized police force under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance), and members of the police allegedly belong to a lodge called “Hungary” — not a reference to Viktor Orban’s homeland — but to a square in Rome where its members are said to have held their meetings, at the home of an important magistrate. It is within this lodge that the appointments and dismissals of magistrates in Italy are decided, it is said.

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Return of Friedrich Merz Welcomed by Eastern Neighbors

Conservative governments of the Visegrad Four group have been watching the pre-election jostling in Germany with an amount of anxiety, as an electoral victory for the Green party would almost certainly mean a further deterioration in bilateral relationships. Although in recent years economic ties have remained strong, the German government’s radical shift to the left under Angela Merkel has brought about a weakening of the political common ground between Germany and countries with conservative governments, most notably with Hungary and Poland.

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The Far Right is Ready for a Slice of Real Power in Sweden

(Bloomberg) — The populists who’ve been battling to shut down immigration into Europe may be heading for a significant breakthrough in Sweden.

The far-right Sweden Democrat party may well have the votes to help the conservative opposition secure a majority after next year’s elections, and the evidence is mounting that traditional right-wing politicians will be tempted to cut a deal to give the anti-immigrant group a say in government.

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The Online Safety Bill is a Major Blow to the UK’s Already-Feeble Free Speech Rights

The UK government has introduced a draft of its controversial “Online Safety Bill” which aims to block social media websites in the country if they fail to remove “disinformation,” “legal but harmful content” and more.

As with most online censorship laws, the UK government has framed this bill as something that will “keep children safe” while it gives the government and its communications regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), sweeping powers to censor what people say online.

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UK Government Accused of Promoting a “Nanny State” With Proposed Online Ban on High Calorie Food Ads

The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, is reportedly going ahead with a plan experts are calling “not even half-baked.” The said plan is about issuing a complete online ban on high calorie foods. The plan was put to consultation back in December itself but received a fierce pushback.

Critics of the plan said that the move, if implemented, would be “insane” as it would not accomplish more than cutting down the overall calorie consumption of children.

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UK: ‘Extremely Problematic’ Street Signs and Statues Face Removal in Multicultural Birmingham

Birmingham City Council will look to replace “extremely problematic” street names and statues across the city following a Black Lives Matter-inspired review.

A report entitled ‘Everyone’s Battle, Everyone’s Business’ will look to remove or “contextualise” monuments and street names that do not fall in line with woke standards.

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UK: 29 Men Charged With Rape of Underage Girl Over Seven-Year Period in UK

More than two dozen men have been charged in connection with the sexual exploitation and rape of an underage girl over seven years in West Yorkshire.

The offenses are reported to have taken place in and around Calderdale and Bradford between 2003 and 2010 when the victim was aged between 13 and 20.

29 male suspects were charged with the following counts:

  • Asad Ali, 37, of Brighouse, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Ajmal Aziz, 39 of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape and attempted rape
  • Mohammed Jangier, 44, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Mohammed Asif, 36, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Harris Ahmed Butt, 37, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault
  • Taukeer Butt, 36, of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape
  • Muitasim Khan, 40, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Mohammed Hamza, 47, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Mohsin Mir, 40, of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape
  • Javid Mir, 38, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Haroon Saddique, 37, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Zahir Iqbal, 41, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Sarfraz Rabnawaz, 35, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Wajid Addalat, 43, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Sajid Addalat, 45, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Nazim Hussain, 43, of Bradford, is charged with conspiracy to rape
  • Nadeem Saddiqque, 43, of Sheffield, is charged with rape
  • Saquab Hussain, 43, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Sadakat Ali, 48, of Bradford, is charged with rape
  • Ziarab Mohammed, 48, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Imran Raja Yasin, 41, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Zulfiqar Ali, 40, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Malik Abid Qadeer, 64, of Halifax, is charged with five counts of rape
  • Kamran Amin, 45, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Mohammed Akhtar, 51, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Ali Zulfiqar, 38, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Shafiq Ali Rafiq, 40, of Dewsbury, is charged with two counts of rape
  • Amir Shaban, 45, of Halifax, is charged with rape
  • Sakeb Nazir, 36, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape

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UK: Met Police Break Up Waltham Forest Illegal Rave With ‘500 People’ As Officers Attacked

Police officers were attacked with fire extinguishers, bottles and tyres during an illegal rave with more than ‘500 people’ in Waltham Forest.

The party-goers barricaded themselves in a building with metal and wooden structures in an attempt to stop the force from disrupting the rave during the early hours of the morning (Wednesday, May 12).

But police officers from the Metropolitan Police as well as Waltham Forest district officers attended the illegal rave and managed to get in.

They stormed the building to put an end to the Covid rulebreakers’ party.

But upon entry, police officers were met with a flurry of party-goers who attacked them with fire extinguishers, bottles and tyres for around two hours, the force says.

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Arab Mobs Set Synagogues on Fire in Israeli City, ‘Kristallnacht in Lod’

Intense Arab riots broke out in the Israeli city of Lod late on Tuesday, with at least three synagogues and a multitude of shops and cars being reportedly set on fire. The Israeli government declared a state of emergency in the city, and dispatched multiple companies of Border Police to help deal with the situation.

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Israel Vows to Increase Gaza Strikes Until There is “Total, Long-Term Quiet” Amid Barrage of Palestinian Rocket Fire

Gaza City — Rockets streamed out of Gaza and Israel pounded the territory with airstrikes early Wednesday as the most severe outbreak of violence since the 2014 war took on many hallmarks of that devastating 50-day conflict. As CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported on Wednesday, what began weeks ago as protests in Jerusalem over restrictions at a major Muslim holy site and the planned eviction of Palestinian families has morphed into a new war.

And on Wednesday, there was no end in sight. Israel’s Defense Minister said the attacks on armed groups in Gaza were to be stepped up, to bring what he promised to be “total, long term quiet.”

Gaza’s Hamas rulers and other militant groups have fired barrages of hundreds of rockets that at times have overwhelmed Israel’s missile defenses, causing air raid sirens and explosions to echo across Tel Aviv, Israel’s biggest metropolitan area, and other cities…

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Israeli Airstrikes Kill Senior Hamas Figures

The fighting between Israel and Hamas continued on Wednesday, with Israeli airstrikes killing several senior Hamas figures and rockets fired from Gaza leaving four Israelis, including a 6-year-old, dead.

Since the conflict escalated three days ago, 65 Palestinians have been killed, including 16 children, Gaza’s Health Ministry said. In Israel, seven people have died.

Israeli airstrikes leveled two high-rise facilities in Gaza that housed Hamas facilities, as well as residential apartments and businesses. In response, hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, with some traveling as far north as Tel Aviv. An Israeli military spokesman said at least 14 Hamas militants were killed Wednesday, including members of “top management” and weapons experts; Hamas confirmed that a senior commander and several members have been killed…

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Pakistani Actress Quotes Adolf Hitler to 1.2 Million Twitter Followers as Tensions Flare in Israel

A Pakistani actress quoted Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler on her personal Twitter account with over 1.2 million followers as tensions flare between the Israeli security forces and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

In a now-deleted tweet, actress Veena Malik from Pakistan posted a quote attributed to the infamous dictator who systematically murdered two-thirds of the European Jewish population.

“‘I would have killed all the Jews of the world… but I kept some to show the world why I killed them,’“ Malik wrote, attributing the made-up, anti-Semitic quote to “Adolf Hitler.”

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Falun Gong Practitioners Speak Out About Communist China on Their Special Day

Falun Gong practitioners are some of the most persecuted people in Communist China.

Those involved in this peaceful and spiritual movement have faced arrest and relentless abuse at the hands of China’s ruthless regime, which has forced many of them to escape Mainland China.

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Panel Says WHO Could Have Saved Over 3 Million Lives by Recommending Border Controls Earlier

An independent panel has ruled that the World Health Organization, which in January 2020 suggested it was racist to impose border controls to stop the spread of COVID-19 , could have saved over 3 million lives if it had recommended travel restrictions earlier.

The panel has released a report entitled ‘COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic’ which concludes that the month of February was “lost” because most countries failed to stop the international flow of people coming from heavily infected regions.

“The situation we find ourselves in today could have been prevented,” said panel co-chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, adding, “It is due to a myriad of failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response.”

The report notes that Chinese doctors reported cases of unusual pneumonia in December 2019 and yet on January 14, the WHO amplified Chinese state propaganda that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of the virus.

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Vile Moment Protester Burns the Israeli Flag in Sydney’s Muslim Heartland as War Threatens to Erupt in the Middle East — and Scott Morrison Warns Aussies Not to Bring the Conflict Here

Scott Morrison says ‘those things shouldn’t be played out here’ after a woman in Sydney was charged over burning an Israeli flag in a heated protest.

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About 70 Migrants Brought to Malta After Rescue

VALLETTA, May 11 (Xinhua) — A group of around 70 migrants were brought to Malta after being rescued to the south of the island on Monday night following a distress call, a spokesperson from the Home Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

The spokesperson gave no further details, including the nationalities of the illegal migrants.

The migrants were swabbed for COVID-19 upon arrival on land and were escorted to a detention center where they will be kept in isolation until the authorities investigate their provenance and whether they are entitled to asylum, the spokesperson told Xinhua.

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Farage Says ‘Impact of Brexit is Just Beginning’ As Barnier Backs Immigration Ban in France

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has said that the “impact of Brexit is only just beginning” after top eurocrat Michel Barnier took a move towards the right and stated he backed a cessation of immigration in France for three to five years.

Mr Barnier, a former French foreign minister who most recently acted as the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, told broadcaster France Télévisions on Monday: “I try to look at the problems as they are, as the French people experience them. I think that it is indeed necessary to take the time for three or five years of suspended immigration.”

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German Minister of Interior Calls for a Halt to Illegal Immigration

While Germany’s migration and asylum policy is aeffective, further steps must be taken to prevent a resurgence of irregular migration, Federal Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer said in a statement on Tuesday.

Seehofer (CSU) explained that the picture emerging from the asylum data shows a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers entering the territory of the European Union, especially on the so-called Balkan route.

He added that he was discussing the development within his CSU and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) joint federal parliamentary group in the lower chamber of the Bundestag “because unregulated migration must be prevented from taking on alarming proportions again”.

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Greece: 32-Year-Old Pakistani in Prison for Attempted Rape in Karpathos

A 32-year-old Pakistani national was sentenced to six years in prison for attempted rape and 8 months for illegal possession of a firearm, Estia reported.

He received a total sentence of six years and four months with the appeal having no suspensory effect.

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Greece: Mitsotakis: Migration Flows Decreased to 15,000 People in 2020 From 72,000 in 2019

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during his visit today to the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum that illegal migration flows into Greece had significantly decreased from 2019 to 2020.

“From 72,000 in 2019, they decreased to about 15,000 in 2020 and have been reduced to just 2,500 in the first four months of 2021,” Mitsotakis said.

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‘Illegal Alien’ and ‘Assimilation’ Among Words Biden Bans Immigration Agencies From Using

US immigration agencies are being ordered by the Biden Administration to change their language surrounding immigrants in the United States, NPR reports.

According to memos by top immigration agencies, the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation” will now be replaced by the terms “undocumented noncitizen” and “integration.”

The memos from heads of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies outline the new guidance that falls in step with the Biden Administration’s attempts to create a more “humane” immigration system.

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Illegal Immigration Hits 21-Year High

Numbers released by the Customs and Border Patrol Tuesday, highlighted the highest number of immigrants coming across the southwest border of the United States in 21 years, following the hectic crisis that happened in March.

The CBP encountered 178,622 people crossing the border into the United States in April. This marks a three percent increase over March 2021 and the highest number of encounters in a single month since April of 2000, when where CBP encountered 182,613 people crossing the border, according to the New York Post.

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Italy: Salvini Asks PM Draghi to Act as Migrants Flood Lampedusa Again

We are urging a similar defense to other European countries from Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Matteo Salvini said on Monday after another 2,000 migrants arrived on the island of Lampedusa last weekend. The conservative politician stressed that an independent national decision would be needed, as Italy cannot wait for the solidarity and cooperation of the other member states, as it did with the vaccine.

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Le Pen Denounces Migrant Taxi NGOs as Part of ‘Modern Slavery’

French populist leader Marine Le Pen denounced the activities of migrant taxi NGOs, linking them to people trafficking and modern slavery.

Le Pen made her statements on France’s national day of the abolition of the slave trade on Monday, criticising NGOs, which operate primarily in the Mediterranean Sea, for picking up migrants and transporting them to Europe.

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Southern EU Countries Unable to Cope With Migrant Influx, Ask Brussels for Help

Thousands of migrants from North Africa are heading to Italy, and Southern European countries do not have enough capacity to handle the crisis, leading them to plea for help from the European Union.

Despite the dire situation, the solidarity of the member states on the topic of immigration continues to weaken. Now, Rome is looking for an arrangement similar to the agreement with Turkey, which will involve paying off the Libyan government to keep migrants from reaching Europe.

These days, thousands of immigrants are arriving at the Italian shores, and the situation in the Mediterranean is becoming serious. For example, 2,100 refugees from Africa arrived on the island of Lampedusa in a single day. The capacity of the local reception center is only 200 beds. Immigrants arriving from Libya and North Africa live in unsatisfactory conditions on an old ferry.

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UK: Almost 200 Migrants Arrive in Dover in One Day — in the Second Biggest Day of Channel Crossings This Year With 2,744 Detained So Far

A total of 186 migrants arrived in Britain by small boat yesterday in the second busiest day for Channel crossings of the year so far.

May is on track to see the most crossings of 2021, with 636 migrants making the treacherous journey in the first 12 days, with more 2,744 detained since the year began.

The whole of March saw a record-breaking 831 crossings. April 28, the busiest day of the year, saw 209 cross the waters in nine boats.

[Comment: Article dated May 12, 2021.]

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Free Speech Friendly Discord Alternatives

As Big Tech companies have continued to mass censor public social media platforms and used their algorithms to manipulate the posts that users see, the popularity of community chat apps has soared.

Unlike most of the major social media platforms, where algorithmically curated newsfeeds and recommendations determine what users see, the content in community chat apps is driven by the users. Users create or join a server or room that aligns with their interests and then start chatting with other like-minded users in real-time.

Yet despite becoming the most popular app in a sector that’s driven by free-flowing conversations, the community chat app Discord has started to restrict what users say on its servers and used censorship buzzwords such as “hate speech” and “misinformation” to shut down several popular communities.

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Instagram to Allow Users to Choose From 41 Pronouns — Woke Mob Complains There Aren’t Enough

Facebook owned Instagram has decided to introduce a feature allowing users to pick from a list of 41 pronouns, thus saving on characters in the bio, but the woke brigade has already complained that there are not enough choices on offer.

The photo sharing app announced that the pronouns are to get a dedicated section.

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