Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/30/2021

A man named Coleman Thomas Blevins has been arrested in Texas for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack in a Walmart store. Police and FBI agents displayed some of the material which had been recovered from Mr. Blevins’ residence, including a Confederate flag, a neo-Nazi banner, and the flag of Saudi Arabia.

In other news, last night three people opened fire on a crowd outside a banquet hall in Miami where a rap “concert” was taking place. Two people were killed and at least twenty others wounded.

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Financial Crisis
» Biden Plans Retroactive Hike in Capital-Gains Taxes, So it May be Already Too Late for Investors to Avoid it: Report
 
USA
» Donald Trump Rips Into Joe Biden’s ‘Failed Border Policies’ During Fiery Interview on Newsmax
» Former AG Bill Barr Slams Critical Race Theory, Says it’s ‘Nothing More Than the Materialist Philosophy of Marxism’
» Gun Sales Across America Continue to Skyrocket Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic
» Healthcare Workers Sue Houston Hospital Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Forcing Staff to be Human ‘Guinea Pigs’
» House Republicans Propose ‘Stars and Stripes Act’ To Ban BLM, Other ‘Political Flags’ From Flying at US Embassies
» Kamala Harris Pays Tribute to Vets After Taking Heat for Earlier Memorial Day Tweet
» Michigan Court Greenlights Effort to Recall Gov. Whitmer
» NIH Investigating 500 ‘Scientists of Concern’ For Foreign Influence
» Over 200 Republicans Press Pelosi to Back COVID-19 Origin Probe, “Hold the CCP Accountable”
» Police: 2 Dead: 20+ Injured in Florida Banquet Hall Shooting
» Princeton Eliminates Greek, Latin Requirements for Classics Majors to Combat ‘Racism’
» Research Suggests Correcting “Misinformation” On Twitter Doesn’t Work Anyway
» Seattle Police Arrest at Least 4 Protesters During Downtown March
» Texas Senate Passes Bill to Purge Voter Rolls of Non-Citizens and Non-Residents
» Texas Man Arrested for Alleged Terror Plot After Planning Mass Shooting at Walmart
» Veterans Memorial in Oregon Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend
» Watch: Founder of St. Paul BLM Chapter Says He Resigned After Learning ‘The Ugly Truth’
» Watch: Portland Public School Teachers Plan Critical Race Theory Rollout on Zoom
 
Canada
» Ontario Government Refuses to Let Fully-Vaccinated Frontline Workers Into Leafs Game
» Six Toronto-Area Residents Charged for Illegal Gathering in Simcoe County Short Term Rental
 
Europe and the EU
» Attacks and Threats on French Mayors Tripled in 2020
» Austria: ‘Middle Eastern’ Man Beats Man on Train Who Objected to His Anti-Semitic Rhetoric
» Far-Right Party, Centrist Group Gain Big in Cyprus Poll
» French Judiciary Frees Extremist Antisemitic Murderer
» Germany: Thousands Throw Illegal Parties, Ignore Corona Rules
» Germany: Weidel and Chrupalla Chosen to Lead AfD in 2021 Federal Elections
» Islamic Extremism Driving Rise in Anti-Semitism in the UK, Warns Govt Minister
» Italian Court Fined for “Playing Down Gender-Based Violence”
» Tory MP Backs Call for Referendum on Defunding the BBC
» UK Intelligence Services Investigating Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: Report
» UK MP Sees Police Rescue Woman From Man With ‘Foot Long Machete’ on Ride-Along
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Throw Paint Over Cambridge Labour Headquarters Following Vote on Climate Bill
» UK: Muslim Cleric Says ‘The Only Solution is Jihad, ‘ Calls for Muslim Countries to Wage War Against Israel
» UK: Protesters Occupy London McDonald’s Outlets as Chain Urged to Go Plant-Based
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Hamas Chief in Gaza: We Fire Rockets at Israeli Civilians Because We Don’t Have Precision Weapons
» Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Fires Back at Coalition Effort to Oust Him: ‘Fraud of the Century’
 
Russia
» Belarus: Hundreds Join Global Solidarity Protests
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: Muslim Mob Murders Christian for Trying to Defend His Sister Whom Muslims Had Stripped Naked in Street
 
Far East
» Facebook Deleted Historical Papua New Guinea Photos
 
Immigration
» France: Four Muslim Migrants Arrested for Plotting Jihad Massacre
» German Court Sentences Radicalized Syrian Asylum Seeker to Life in Prison for Homophobic Murder
» Italian Judge Dismisses Case Against NGO Ship Captain Who Rammed Patrol Boat to Offload Illegal Migrants
» Pro-Migration Activists Sentenced for Aiding Illegal Immigration Into France
» Sweden: Migrant Who Raped Minor Avoids Deportation by Refusing Coronavirus Test
 
Culture Wars
» Scholars Protest Christian Persecution in Finland Over Traditional Marriage
 

Biden Plans Retroactive Hike in Capital-Gains Taxes, So it May be Already Too Late for Investors to Avoid it: Report

President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year assumes that a hike in the capital-gains tax rate took effect in late April, meaning that it already would be too late for high-income investors to realize gains at lower tax rates, according to a Wall Street Journal report out Thursday citing people familiar with the proposal.

Biden plans to increase the top tax rate on capital gains to 43.4% from 23.8% for households with income over $1 million, though Congress must OK any hikes and retroactive effective dates, the report added.

Some analysts predicted any rise in capital-gains taxes will not end up being retroactive.

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

Donald Trump Rips Into Joe Biden’s ‘Failed Border Policies’ During Fiery Interview on Newsmax

Donald Trump has ripped into President Joe Biden’s record on the southern border, saying that his presidential replacement is ‘destroying our country’.

Trump defended his own performance as president and said he had left Biden a strong platform during an interview with Dick Morris on Newsmax.

‘If he would have done nothing, we would have had right now the strongest border in history,’ Trump told the rightwing cable network. ‘All he had to do is nothing.’

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Former AG Bill Barr Slams Critical Race Theory, Says it’s ‘Nothing More Than the Materialist Philosophy of Marxism’

Former Attorney General Bill Barr warned about the state of America’s public education during a speech earlier this month, highlighting how the “increasingly militant and extreme secular-progressive climate in our state-run educational system” is the “greatest threat to religious liberty in America.”

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Gun Sales Across America Continue to Skyrocket Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

The spike in gun purchases seen at the beginning of the pandemic has continued well into 2021—with debates on gun control taking the spotlight once again amidst spikes in gun violence and mass shootings across the country.

In March last year, federal background checks topped one million a week for the first time since the government started tracking that data in 1998, the New York Times reports.

The mass buying continued through 2020 summer protests and through the fall election. A week this spring broke 1.2 million background checks.

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Healthcare Workers Sue Houston Hospital Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Forcing Staff to be Human ‘Guinea Pigs’

A group of 117 staff members from Houston’s Methodist Hospital sued on Friday to prevent their employer from forcing them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue working there.

The lawsuit claims that it’s illegal for their boss to require a vaccine as a condition of employment, and was filed by Jared Woodfill, a local lawyer, on behalf of the plaintiffs in Texas State Court.

According to the Washington Post, this group is part of a growing trend of such actions across the country. In the publication’s words, “the staffers join a growing list of employees challenging compulsory immunizations at businesses, colleges and other workplaces essential to the country’s reopening.”

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House Republicans Propose ‘Stars and Stripes Act’ To Ban BLM, Other ‘Political Flags’ From Flying at US Embassies

Rep. Nicole Milliotakis (R-NY) has introduced new legislation that would ban Black Lives Matter among other “political” flags, apart from the American flag, from flying at United States embassies.

This new bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Michael Guest (R-MS.), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL) and Pete Sessions (R-TX).

According to Milliotakis’s website, what prompted this measure was an incident at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece. The Black Lives Matter flag was flown on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death at many US embassies around the world. A leaked memo revealed that the Biden administration authorized the display of Black Lives Matter flags at state department buildings including embassies.

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Kamala Harris Pays Tribute to Vets After Taking Heat for Earlier Memorial Day Tweet

Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to fallen service members on Sunday after taking heat for a Memorial Day weekend message that neglected to mention veterans.

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Michigan Court Greenlights Effort to Recall Gov. Whitmer

On Friday, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a recall effort aimed at unseating the state’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Specifically, six different petitions currently being circulated to recall the embattled governor have been allowed to continue by the Court of Appeals, along with another petition calling for the recall of Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.

According to Michigan Live, the court’s ruling upholds a previous decision made by the Michigan Board of Canvassers that the petitions were legit and could move forward. Whitmer has come under fire for many things since the start of the pandemic. Recently, she has been receiving lots of media attention for alleged misdeeds regarding management of long-term care facilities during the pandemic.

A spokesperson for the Whitmer campaign commented: “We plan to appeal this disappointing decision and we fully intend to beat back these irresponsible partisan attacks against the Governor in the courts, on the streets or at the ballot.”

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NIH Investigating 500 ‘Scientists of Concern’ For Foreign Influence

A National Institute of Health official warned of over 500 “scientists of concern” suspected of possible misuse of federal funding and foreign interference in a Senate hearing on April 22.

In his testimony on foreign influence in U.S. biomedical research, Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research, said the agency has already contacted 90 institutions receiving federal funding about its concerns with over 200 researchers, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

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Over 200 Republicans Press Pelosi to Back COVID-19 Origin Probe, “Hold the CCP Accountable”

Authored by Eva Fu via The Epoch Times

More than 200 House Republicans are putting pressure on their Democrat counterparts to get down to the COVID-19 origins and hold the Chinese regime accountable for the pandemic coverup.

“We request that you instruct the appropriate Democrat committee chairs to immediately join Republican calls to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for its role in causing the global COVID-19 pandemic,” stated a May 28 letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The effort was led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif), Minority Whip Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Rep. Elise Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Conference and joined by 209 House Republicans.

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Police: 2 Dead: 20+ Injured in Florida Banquet Hall Shooting

Two people died and an estimated 20 to 25 people were injured in a shooting outside a banquet hall in South Florida, police said.

The gunfire erupted early Sunday at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, police told news outlets.

The banquet hall had been rented out for a concert. Three people got out of an SUV and opened fire into a crowd outside with assault rifles and handguns, police director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III said. Authorities believe the shooting was targeted.

“These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” Ramirez said in a tweet.

Two people died at the scene, police said. As many as 25 people went to various hospitals for treatment.

No arrests were immediately announced…

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Princeton Eliminates Greek, Latin Requirements for Classics Majors to Combat ‘Racism’

Classics majors at Princeton University will no longer be required to learn Greek or Latin while studying Ancient Greece and Rome.

School officials cite the purported need to combat racism. The university announced the decision in its May 2021 issue of Princeton Alumni Weekly.

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Research Suggests Correcting “Misinformation” On Twitter Doesn’t Work Anyway

Correcting false information on Twitter makes the problem worse as it leads to more of the same, according to new research.

The study was conducted by researchers at MIT Sloan in the US and the University of Exeter, in the UK. The researchers first identified about 2,000 Twitter accounts from across the political spectrum that had shared one of the 11 most popular fake news articles. All of those articles have been debunked by Snopes, a website that claims to be the “definitive fact-checking resource.”

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Seattle Police Arrest at Least 4 Protesters During Downtown March

A protest march in downtown Seattle led to at least four arrests Saturday afternoon, the Seattle Police Department said.

Three of the protesters were arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest and the fourth was arrested for carrying an illegal fixed blade knife, Q13 FOX in Seattle reported. The protesters were between 25 and 33 years old.

The three protesters allegedly interfered with officers who were attempting to arrest another protester wanted for an alleged assault. That person was able to get away, police said.

The protests marked the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of his murder last month.

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Texas Senate Passes Bill to Purge Voter Rolls of Non-Citizens and Non-Residents

On Sunday, the Texas Senate passed a voter roll maintenance bill that looks to purge non-citizen and non-residents from the state’s voter rolls.

Senate Bill 155, according to the Texas Scorecard, “adds the Texas attorney general to the list of officials receiving information about voters who identify themselves as not meeting citizenship or residency qualifications for jury service. This means they are also ineligible to be registered to vote in the county in which they were called to serve on a jury—or, in the case of non-citizens, at all.”

After prosecutors with the Attorney General’s office confirmed to lawmakers back in 2018 that non-citizens were registering to vote and voting in Texas elections, although it is already considered illegal to do so, the Republican Party of Texas made election integrity its top priority during the 2021 session.

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Texas Man Arrested for Alleged Terror Plot After Planning Mass Shooting at Walmart

Blevins, who is currently on active felony probation and is prohibited from possessing firearms, remains in Kerr County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

A Texas man believed to be a threat to national security after planning a mass shooting at a local Walmart has been arrested by the Kerr County Sheriffs Office.

According to authorities, 28-year-old Coleman Thomas Blevins, of Kerrville, was arrested by the KCSO Special Operations Division in the 1000 block of Junction Highway on Friday on a warrant for a Terroristic Threat to Create Public Fear of Serious Bodily Injury.

The arrest was made in coordination with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, the Kerrville Police Department’s Patrol Division, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.

On Thursday, investigators intercepted a message indicating that Blevins was preparing to proceed with a mass shooting, in which he made a specific threat that included Walmart. In partnership with the FBI, investigators moved to arrest Blevins after confirming his “affiliation and networking with extremist ideologies” and capability of following through with the threat…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Veterans Memorial in Oregon Vandalized Over Memorial Day Weekend

On Sunday, the Wall of Honor Memorial in Eugene, Oregon, was vandalized with anarchist graffiti just one day before Memorial Day, KEZI reports.

The 12-foot granite wall memorial in Skinner Butte Park was spray painted with the words “I refuse to glorify imperialism,” as well as the anarchist “A” symbol.

[Comment: Left-wing scum did it.]

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Watch: Founder of St. Paul BLM Chapter Says He Resigned After Learning ‘The Ugly Truth’

In a video published last week by TakeCharge, Rashard Turner, who founded the St. Paul, Minnesota, chapter of Black Lives Matter, revealed that he left the organization after he “learned the ugly truth” behind the group.

TakeCharge is a black-led organization that focuses on educating minority communities, and rejecting critical race theory.

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Watch: Portland Public School Teachers Plan Critical Race Theory Rollout on Zoom

Video has recently come to public attention of a meeting of a committee of Portland public school teachers discussing openly how they will implement Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their schools.

The below YouTube video is from April 22, 2021. One can clearly see lots of people present. The whole video runs for over an hour-and-a-half, with edits, as it was apparently cut down from a three-plus hour session.

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Ontario Government Refuses to Let Fully-Vaccinated Frontline Workers Into Leafs Game

On Sunday, the Ontario provincial government rejected a proposal that would have opened in-person attendance at the Leafs-Habs Game 7 to fully-vaccinated healthcare workers.

“Given the fact that a large number of our essential workers and healthcare workers who have given so much over the last year are fully vaccinated, this would be a way to give the Maple Leafs a boost,” said Brampton’s mayor Patrick Brown, who initiated the proposal in Ontario.

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Six Toronto-Area Residents Charged for Illegal Gathering in Simcoe County Short Term Rental

TORONTO — Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged six Toronto-area residents after busting an illegal gathering in a Simcoe County short-term rental over the Victoria Day long weekend.

OPP says they received a call on May 22 at approximately 10:30pm informing them of several people that had congregated at a residence on Lakeshore Road in the Township of Oro-Medonte.

Upon arrival, officers determined that the gathering was being hosted in a short-term rental and attended by six individuals who were from out of town. Police say the gathering was in contravention of the Reopening of Ontario Act (ROA).

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Attacks and Threats on French Mayors Tripled in 2020

Attacks and threats toward French mayors tripled in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to statistics released by the Interior Ministry, as aggression toward elected officials rises across the country.

In 2020, 1,276 acts of aggression, including threats and acts of violence, were reported against French mayors, while the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) claims that hundreds of deputies and at least 60 parliamentarians were subject to physical attacks that year.

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Austria: ‘Middle Eastern’ Man Beats Man on Train Who Objected to His Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

Celebrate diversity! This is the new Europe! Surely you aren’t so “Islamophobic” as to object, are you?

“Austria: Passenger beaten for complaining about Holocaust denial,” by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, May 27, 2021 (thanks to the Geller Report):.

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Far-Right Party, Centrist Group Gain Big in Cyprus Poll

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The far-right ELAM party and a centrist splinter group made big gains in Cyprus’ parliamentary election on Sunday as a sizeable chunk of supporters appeared to have turned their back on the top three parties amid voter disenchantment with traditional power centers.

With 100% of votes counted, ELAM garnered 6.78% of the vote — a 3% increase from the previous election in 2016 — to edge out the socialist EDEK party by the razor-thin margin of around 200 votes.

The centrist DIPA — made up of key figures from the center-right DIKO party which has traditionally been the third biggest party — gained 6.1% of the vote.

[Comment: The article says further down, “Christoforou said the real winners were ELAM with its strident anti-migration platform and hardline nationalist polies and DIPA whose top echelons still have connections to the centers of political power as former ministers and lawmakers.”]

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French Judiciary Frees Extremist Antisemitic Murderer

Paris, April 4, 2017. 4:00 am. A man breaks into the home of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old retired Jewish physician and educator. He beats and tortures her for over an hour while reciting verses from the Quran and repeatedly shouting, “Allahu Akbar!” [Allah is the greatest!”]. He uses anti-Semitic slurs and calls her “Sheitan” (Satan). He throws her from the balcony of her apartment and she falls to the ground, three floors below, dead. The police arrest him.

What happened was an unspeakable antisemitic murder. It was also the start of a process that brought to light once again the many serious and shameful dysfunctions that mark today’s France.

The murderer, Kobili Traore, an immigrant from Mali who became a French citizen, is a recidivist criminal who had already been arrested and sentenced by the courts 20 times for violent assaults. He was nonetheless free. His only known professional activity is, in two words: drug dealer. He told the officers who arrested him that he is a drug addict and had smoked marijuana in the hours before the murder.

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Germany: Thousands Throw Illegal Parties, Ignore Corona Rules

Germany is registering a return of a phenomenon that first appeared in 2020. Party people gather in parks or city centers to drink and dance. In several cities, the police have been busy dealing with the problem in the past 36 hours.

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Germany: Weidel and Chrupalla Chosen to Lead AfD in 2021 Federal Elections

Members of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) have voted decisively for parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel and party co-chairman Tino Chrupalla to lead the party in the this year’s upcoming federal elections.

Following an online survey which saw some 32,000 AfD members choose the party’s top candidates for parliamentary elections in September, Weidel and Chrupalla — representatives of the party’s national conservative wing — garnered 71 percent of the vote, prevailing over their competitors from the economically liberal wing of the party, who received just 27 percent of the vote, German weekly newspaper Junge Freiheit reports.

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Islamic Extremism Driving Rise in Anti-Semitism in the UK, Warns Govt Minister

The rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Britain is likely a result of Islamic extremism, according to a government minister.

Over the past month, amid a resurgence in violence in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the United Kingdom has seen a rise in anti-Semitism through attacks on Jews and anti-Israel rhetoric.

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

Italian Court Fined for “Playing Down Gender-Based Violence”

Authored by Jonathan Turley

There is an interesting decision out of the European Court of Human Rights. The court fined an Italian court for “playing down gender-based violence” in a ruling on a gang rape case.

The ECHR objected to references to the alleged victim’s sexuality, behavior, and the color of her underwear.

The case involved an alleged gang rape by seven men in a car after a party in 2008. The woman was a student who said that she was drunk at the time. The trial court convicted six of the men. However, the appellate court in Florence overturned the convictions in 2015.

What is striking is that the ECHR did not challenge that verdict but objected that the “language and arguments” used by the Florence court “conveyed prejudices existing in Italian society regarding the role of women.”

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Tory MP Backs Call for Referendum on Defunding the BBC

A Member of Parliament (MP) from Britain’s governing Conservative Party has backed calls for a referendum on defunding the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Jonathan Gullis MP issued the call in the wake of Martin Bashir, a now-former BBC journalist, being found to have used fake bank statements to persuade the late Princess Diana to give what proved to be a highly damaging interview about the Royal Family’s private life to the Panorama programme.

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UK Intelligence Services Investigating Wuhan Lab Leak Theory: Report

Intelligence agencies in the United Kingdom are reportedly working with the United States to investigate the theory that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic leaked from a laboratory.

The former head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Sir Richard Dearlove, said that the question of a lab leak has become an “intelligence issue” in which British spies may need to “incentivise” defectors within the communist country to come forward and reveal the truth of the origin of the Wuhan virus.

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UK MP Sees Police Rescue Woman From Man With ‘Foot Long Machete’ on Ride-Along

Tory politician Scott Benton saw police officers rescue a woman from a man who was “repeatedly” attacking her with a “foot long machete” while accompanying them on a ride-along in Blackpool, England.

Mr Benton, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackpool South, was accompanying “Police and Council ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) and housing teams for a number of planned enforcement visits” around the South Shore area of the English resort town, which includes the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach, with local politician Councillor Bradley Mitchell.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Throw Paint Over Cambridge Labour Headquarters Following Vote on Climate Bill

Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrators threw green paint over the Cambridge Labour Party’s headquarters in protest against councillors rejecting support for the Climate & Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill.

The paint was thrown over the party’s Alex Wood Hall HQ last night (May 29), when XR also spray-painted a message reading “Climate Inaction is Social Injustice”.

XR said that the paint was thrown because every Labour councillor present at the city council’s recent vote on a motion in support of the CEE Bill rejected support for it.

A parliamentary bill, the CEE Bill would force the UK to take responsibility for its entire carbon footprint.

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UK: Muslim Cleric Says ‘The Only Solution is Jihad, ‘ Calls for Muslim Countries to Wage War Against Israel

Once again we see here the aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that everyone ignores, to the detriment of their analyses. Find out why it is so damaging to ignore the Islamic aspect of the conflict in The Palestinian Delusion.

“EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham cleric calls for Islamic holy war on Israel,” The JC, May 20, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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UK: Protesters Occupy London McDonald’s Outlets as Chain Urged to Go Plant-Based

McDonald’s has taken a hit in the UK this past week after a series of protests at its four distribution centers resulted in menu shortages nationwide.

Now, Animal Rebellion’s latest action has caused several of the fast-food chain’s restaurants to shut down seating areas.

McDonald’s protest

A sit-in protest took place on Sunday, May 30, in the bustling West End in Central London. Branded a ‘Mc-sit-in’, the action involved protestors gathering to eat vegan packed lunches together.

As a result, Animal Rebellion confirmed ‘all’ outlets in the area closed down indoor seating. They branded it ‘McSelf Destruction’.

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Hamas Chief in Gaza: We Fire Rockets at Israeli Civilians Because We Don’t Have Precision Weapons

In an interview with Vice News, the leader of Hamas in Gaza says the terror group was ready to agree to a ceasefire with Israel hours after firing rockets toward Jerusalem, kicking off 11 days of fighting in the coastal enclave.

Yahya Sinwar also asserts that Hamas fires rockets at Israeli population centers because it doesn’t have precision missiles to target Israeli military installations with…

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Fires Back at Coalition Effort to Oust Him: ‘Fraud of the Century’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in hot water after the leader of the small Yamina Party said he would join with Netanyahu’s opponents to oust the country’s longtime leader — but Netanyahu is already firing back at what he called the “fraud of the century.”

Netanyahu accused Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett of the “fraud of the century” and said Bennett “only cares about himself” and could give power to a “dangeorous left-wing government,” Haaretz reported. Netanyahu said he had made “incredible” offers to Bennett to keep him on his side, according to Haaretz.

Sunday’s announcement by Bennett is a key step toward ending Netanyahu’s 12-year rule.

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Belarus: Hundreds Join Global Solidarity Protests

Hundreds of people in Poland and Lithuania gathered for protests on Saturday to show support for the opposition in neighbouring Belarus.

They called for the release of a Belarusian dissident who was arrested along with his girlfriend when their flight was diverted to Minsk.

The pair’s detention sparked global outrage, and prompted the EU to urge airlines to avoid Belarusian airspace.

Protests took place elsewhere in Europe as well as in the US and Australia.

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Pakistan: Muslim Mob Murders Christian for Trying to Defend His Sister Whom Muslims Had Stripped Naked in Street

These mobs can act against Christians with impunity, knowing that Pakistani law enforcement and judicial officials will be largely on their side.

“Gojra, Muslims kill Christian who was trying to protect sister,” by Shafique Khokhar, Asia News, May 25, 2021:

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Facebook Deleted Historical Papua New Guinea Photos

Facebook has been accused of discrimination and racism for removing historical and cultural photos from Papua New Guniea. The platform claims the photos were removed in error.

The photos were posted in a Facebook group that publishes historical photos from Papua New Guinea. Members of the group, which has over 55,000 members, claim Facebook deleted photos for violating its policy on nudity.

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France: Four Muslim Migrants Arrested for Plotting Jihad Massacre

If you hit yourself on the head, hard, with a mallet, you would likely be seriously disturbed. If you kept doing it as your blood streamed down your face, you’d be insane and/or suicidal.

France keeps bringing in Muslim migrants without making any serious efforts to determine whether or not they may harbor jihadist sympathies. French officials refuse even to face the ideological roots of the problem. And if you try to grab the mallet out of their hands, they’ll call you “Islamophobic.”

“Strasbourg: four young people arrested this Wednesday, suspected of preparing a terrorist action,” translated from “Strasbourg : quatre jeunes interpelle’s ce mercredi, soupçonne’s de préparer une action terroriste,” by Luc Dreosto, France Bleu, May 26, 2021.

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German Court Sentences Radicalized Syrian Asylum Seeker to Life in Prison for Homophobic Murder

A Syrian asylum seeker living in Germany was sentenced to life in prison last week after a court found him guilty of carrying out a homophobic attack on a gay couple which led to the death of one of the victims.

Following the recommendation of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the Saxon Higher Regional Court sentenced Abdullah al Haj Hasan, aged 21, to life in prison last Friday after finding the Syrian migrant guilty of murdering Thomas L., aged 55, and attempting to murder of the man’s 53-year-old partner, Oliver.

The incident in question dates back to October 2020 when Abdullah al Haj Hasan — who had arrived as an asylum seeker in 2015 — attacked the gay couple with a knife in Dresden’s city center, leaving one of the men dead and the other severely injured, the German newspaper Die Welt reports.

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Italian Judge Dismisses Case Against NGO Ship Captain Who Rammed Patrol Boat to Offload Illegal Migrants

An Italian judge has dropped the case against migrant taxi NGO captain and far-left activist Carola Rackete, who in 2019 rammed a patrol boat in the port of Lampedusa in order to offload a group of illegal migrants.

The case against Rackete, a 33-year-old German national, was officially dropped last Wednesday after prosecutors requested that the Judge for Preliminary Investigations (GIP) do. The judge attempted to justify the decision by emphasizing that the patrol boat Rackete had crushed against the dock “is not considered a warship”. The case’s dismissal follows a separate ruling in July 2019 which saw another GIP judge recommend that the charges against Rackete be dropped since she had acted “in a state of need”.

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Pro-Migration Activists Sentenced for Aiding Illegal Immigration Into France

A French court sentenced two pro-migration activists to two-month suspended prison sentences after they aided Afghans crossing the border illegally.

The Gap Correctional Court sentenced the two activists, aged 28 and 31, after finding them both guilty of “assisting the entry into France of irregular persons” after the pair had aided an Afghan family crossing over from Italy on November 19th last year.

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Sweden: Migrant Who Raped Minor Avoids Deportation by Refusing Coronavirus Test

A 21-year-old Afghan asylum seeker found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl has avoided deportation from Sweden by refusing to take a test for the Wuhan virus.

The Afghan was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in September of 2019 when he, and another young Afghan male, had taken the girl to an apartment after she ran away from a Swedish youth home.

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Scholars Protest Christian Persecution in Finland Over Traditional Marriage

A group of prominent scholars and human rights advocates have written an open letter to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to protest state prosecutions of Christians in Finland over biblical beliefs regarding marriage.

“The Prosecutor General of Finland has undertaken criminal prosecutions that will compel Finland’s clergy and lay religious believers to choose between prison and abandoning teachings of their various faiths,” write the scholars — who include former members of the USCIRF — in their May 28 letter.

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