Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/7/2021

Police broke up numerous illegal lockdown-violating gatherings in Ontario and Ireland, and issued heavy fines against the participants. Meanwhile, Cyprus has decided to require a “Coronapass” for those who wish to visit churches, restaurants, and other public locations.

In other news, three people were killed when a black powder device exploded along the bank of the Illinois River near the Starved Rock State Park in northern Illinois.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, Fjordman, László, LP, Reader from Chicago, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Canada’s Economy Loses 207,000 Jobs in April: StatCan
» Hungarian Economy Could Reach Pre-Pandemic Level by Year-End
» Montana Cancels Unemployment Benefits in Response to Unprecedented Worker Shortage
» Pays Not to Work: How Biden Benefits Are Grinding the Economic Recovery to a Halt
» US Added Just 266,000 Jobs in April, Far Below 1 Million Expected
 
USA
» “No Units to Send” — Baltimore Shortage of EMS Personnel During Night of Shootings
» 3 Dead After Black Powder Device Explodes Near Illinois Park
» Based Gov: DeSantis Tells Unemployed Floridians to Get to Work
» Biden Supports Suppressing Online “Misinformation” Press Secretary Says
» Brave’s New Feature Pulls Video Content Into a Single Feed
» Derek Chauvin, 3 Ex-Cops Indicted for Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights
» Developing: Shooting Reported at Walmart in Norton, Virginia
» House Republicans Schedule Vote to Oust Liz Cheney
» Judge Limits Footage That Family Can See of Deputy Shooting
» Kenosha, Wisconsin Still Recovering From Jacob Blake Riot Damages
» New Jersey Cop Fired After Expressing Fear About Black Lives Matter on Facebook
» Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Teaching of Critical Race Theory
» Portland: Heavily Armed Antifa Militants Block Streets, Attack Drivers While Pointing Guns at Them
» Senator Klobuchar Says Facebook’s Trump Ban Doesn’t Go Far Enough
» Teen Accused of Setting Portland Police Union Building on Fire Faces Federal Charge
» Trump Calls Stormy Daniels Claims a ‘Chapter of Fake News’ As FEC Drops Case
» University of Oklahoma Says it Won’t End Compelled Speech in Mandatory Online Diversity Trainings
» Watch: BLM Co-Founder Who Recently Went on Home Shopping Spree Once Bragged About How Her Book is Like Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’
 
Canada
» Mount Allison Professor Suspended After Saying Canada is Not a Racist Country, Criticizing BLM
» Revealed: Trudeau Liberals Did Not Review Antifa Groups for Terrorist Designation
» Toronto Police Busted More Illegal Gatherings This Week Than Ever Before
 
Europe and the EU
» Attacks Against Christians in Poland Grew Four-Fold in 2020
» Belgium: Brussels Policeman in Plainclothes Chased and Beaten by Gang of ‘Youths’ After Being Recognized on the Street
» Cyprus to Require ‘Coronapass’ For Church, Shops, Restaurants
» Data Shows Hungary Saved Lives and Money by Using Russian and Chinese Vaccines
» Donald Tusk’s Former Minister is Working Against Poland in ECJ
» EC Appoints ‘Left-Wing Political Activist’ To Access ‘Rule of Law’ In Hungary, Says Fidesz MEP
» European Medicines Agency ‘Assessing Reports’ AstraZeneca Jab Linked to Rare Immune Disorder
» France: Macron’s Tightrope Act in Napoleon Anniversary Speech
» German Spy Agency Calls Anti-Islam PEGIDA Protest Group ‘Anti-Constitutional’
» German Citizen Beheads Moroccan Wife in ISIS Style
» German Investors Love Czechia
» German Parliament Approves Bill Granting ‘Special Privileges’ For Vaccinated People
» Germany Bans Islamic NGO After Accusations of Terrorism Funding
» Great Britain: Depression More Than Doubles Since Before Coronavirus Pandemic
» Half of EU Countries, Including Czechia, Propose Creating a Joint Rapid Reaction Military Force
» Hungary: Miklós Kásler Announced the Great Opening in Healthcare on Next Thursday
» Hungary: Maruzsa Sent a Message to Young People: No Vaccine, No Party!
» Instagram is Using German Media Outlets to “Fact-Check” US Meme Accounts
» Ireland: Judge Slams ‘Flagrant’ Breach of Public Health Guidelines After Longford Wedding Party
» Ireland: Gardai Issue Nearly 4k Fines for House Parties as Public Reminded to Avoid Large Gatherings
» Local Govt and University Expand ‘Decolonising Sculpture for Urban Social Justice’ Statue Review in Leeds, England
» Media Campaign in Full Force Against Hungarian University Reform
» Spain: Madrid Becomes One of the Most Right-Wing Capitals in Europe With Election Victory of Isabel Ayuso
» Swedish City Rocked by Three Bombings in 40 Minutes
» UK Home Secretary Priti Patel Suggests “Non-Crime Hate Incidents” Should be Wiped From Police Databases
» UK: BBC Says it Has Flagged Multiple Accounts Sharing Trump Statements to Twitter
» UK: Voters Flock to PM Johnson’s Party as Labour Loses Bastion
» UK’s Vaccine Booking Service Caught Leaking People’s Vaccination Status
 
Russia
» Close to Half of the Staff in Russian Embassies Are Spies, Says Former Soviet Spy
 
Immigration
» Biden’s Migrant Plan Has Cost Taxpayers at Least $3B, Records Show
» Denmark Quietly Negotiating Asylum Camps in Africa
» Fidesz MEP: If the ‘United States of Europe’ Existed, Brussels Would Have Already Flooded Hungary With Migrants
» Germany’s Far-Left Green Party Criticizes Danish PM Over Her Party’s New Migration Policies
» Polish Border Guard Breaks Up Organized Smuggling Group
» Prosecutors: Dallas Man Arrested in Smuggling of 41 Migrants
» Swiss City Getting ‘Rid’ of its Homeless People With One-Way Tickets Out of the Country
» University Student Gov Pressures Admin to Hire “Undocumented Student Affairs” Position
» Woke Swedish Academic Complains of Racial Harassment From Migrant Youths
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: Disney Pushes Critical Race Theory on Staff, Teaches Them to Reject Equality
» Independent News Outlet StatusCoup Continues to be Affected by YouTube Censorship
» Poland, Hungary Push Against ‘Gender Equality’ At EU Social Summit
» VCU Student Activist Celebrates the Shooting Deaths of Police Officers, ‘Prays’ For the Death of Andy Ngo
» YouTube to Start Giving Grants to Select Journalists
 

Canada’s Economy Loses 207,000 Jobs in April: StatCan

Statistics Canada’s most recent labour force survey has found that Canada’s economy lost 207,000 jobs in April.

Unemployment jumped by .6 percent, from 7.5 in March to 8.1 in April.

According to StatCan,:

“Employment fell by 207,000 (-1.1%) in April and the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 8.1%.

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

Hungarian Economy Could Reach Pre-Pandemic Level by Year-End

By the end of the year, Hungary’s economic performance may reach pre-epidemic levels, and next year’s budget will serve further dynamic economic growth, Cabinet Minister Gergely Gulyas said at the weekly government press briefing. He pointed out that job creation remains one of the most important goals, and reducing the tax burden on businesses and supporting families and pensioners is a priority. According to the politician, bilateral agreements will ensure that vaccinated people can travel abroad in the summer.

“By the end of this year, we can climb back economically to where we were before the epidemic. The government plans 5.2 percent economic growth this year, and the most important goal of the 2022 budget is further dynamic economic growth,” Gulyas said. He added that the reduction of public debt is also secured in the next period. According to an announcement from the Hungarian Ministry of Finance, a deficit target of 5.9 percent and public debt of 79.3 percent are expected.

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

Montana Cancels Unemployment Benefits in Response to Unprecedented Worker Shortage

Three weeks ago, when looking at the unprecedented labor shortage that is crippling the US economy (even with some 100 million Americans not in the labor force)…

[…]we said that there is a simple reason for this paradoxical phenomenon: trillions in Biden stimulus are now incentivizing potential workers not to seek gainful employment, but to sit back and collect the next stimmy check for doing absolutely nothing in what is becoming the world’s greatest “under the radar” experiment in Universal Basic Income.

Consider the following striking anecdotes from Bloomberg:

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, Melissa Anderson laid off all three full-time employees of her jewelry-making company, Silver Chest Creations in Burkesville, Ky. She tried to rehire one of them in September and another in January as business recovered, but they refused to come back, she says. “They’re not looking for work.”

Sierra Pacific Industries, which manufactures doors, windows, and millwork, is so desperate to fill openings that it’s offering hiring bonuses of up to $1,500 at its factories in California, Washington, and Wisconsin. In rural Northern California, the Red Bluff Job Training Center is trying to lure young people with extra-large pizzas in the hope that some who stop by can be persuaded to fill out a job application. “We’re trying to get inside their head and help them find employment. Businesses would be so eager to train them,” says Kathy Garcia, the business services and marketing manager. “There are absolutely no job seekers.”

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

Pays Not to Work: How Biden Benefits Are Grinding the Economic Recovery to a Halt

When it comes to free money, Americans may be getting too much of a good thing.

Under President Biden’s recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, workers who lost their jobs to the pandemic shutdowns and scale-backs are now earning more in unemployment benefits than they did in wages. And that is stopping people from returning to work — just when employers are trying to reopen across the nation.

The unemployed are getting an extra $300 a week in federal benefits through Labor Day. That’s on top of state unemployment benefits averaging about $320 per week.

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

US Added Just 266,000 Jobs in April, Far Below 1 Million Expected

The US added just 266,000 jobs in April — far below economists’ expectations of 1 million — and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.1 percent, the feds said Friday.

The lower-than-expected data comes on the heels of strong gains in March, which saw 770,000 jobs added, about 150,000 lower than initially estimated, according to revised data published Friday.

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

“No Units to Send” — Baltimore Shortage of EMS Personnel During Night of Shootings

Baltimore City has recorded a 17% jump in homicides in 2021 compared with the same time last year so far.

Violent crime is spiraling out of control ahead of the summer month as the city halted prosecutions of prostitution, drug possession, and other minor offense. There was one point where so much chaos unfolded in such a short period that the city did not have enough medic units to treat shooting victims.

On April 30, Baltimore City reached a grave milestone of 100 homicides. Frustrated with new city leadership, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is concerned about the city descending into further chaos in the months ahead.

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

3 Dead After Black Powder Device Explodes Near Illinois Park

The three died from injuries they received in the explosion, LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch said. Autopsies were planned.

Three people have died after a black powder device exploded along a bank of the Illinois River in the northern part of the state, authorities said.

First responders were called to an area west of the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp where they they discovered three dead males around 7:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

“With assistance from the (Illinois) State Police, the Kane County Bomb Squad Unit & the FBI, it was determined that the individuals appeared to have ignited a type of black powder substance along an area near the river bank,” LaSalle County Coroner Rich Ploch said…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Based Gov: DeSantis Tells Unemployed Floridians to Get to Work

As Florida re-opens, governor DeSantis announced the government will soon require anyone receiving state benefits to show proof they are looking for work.

On Monday, the governor signed an executive order effectively “ending all local COVID lockdowns” in the state. As a result, economic prospects are expected to grow.

According to CBS Miami, May will be the last month Floridians can collect benefits without having to show they are actively searching for employment. Governor DeSantis had lifted the requirement when the pandemic began.

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

Biden Supports Suppressing Online “Misinformation” Press Secretary Says

President Joe Biden supports efforts to crack down on “misinformation” on Big Tech platforms, the White House said.

“The president’s view is that the major platforms have a responsibility related to the health and safety of all Americans to stop amplifying untrustworthy content, disinformation, and misinformation, especially related to COVID-19, vaccinations, and elections. And we’ve seen that over the past several months, broadly speaking. I’m not placing any blame on any individual or group; we’ve seen it from a number of sources,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington.

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

Brave’s New Feature Pulls Video Content Into a Single Feed

Brave users no longer need a dedicated app to queue media from the web. The browser rolled out an update to its iOS version with a Playlist feature, allowing users to queue online video and audio.

To use the feature, long press on any media you like and add it to the playlist. You can even reorder your playlist however you like. The feature leverages iOS’s picture-in-picture, allowing you to play media in the background.

Already, Brave allows users to download media. However, with the Playlist feature, you can stream content and save up on storage.

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

Derek Chauvin, 3 Ex-Cops Indicted for Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers were indicted by a federal grand jury Friday on charges that they violated George Floyd’s civil rights.

A three-count indictment named Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao. All four were charged with failure to provide Floyd, 46, with medical care as Chauvin pinned him to the ground for more than 9 minutes as a handcuffed Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe.

Chauvin, Thao and Keung were also charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force, according to the indictments.

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

Developing: Shooting Reported at Walmart in Norton, Virginia

A Virginia State Police MEDFLIGHT helicopter was dispatched to the Walmart retail area in Norton, Virginia Friday afternoon after reports of a shooting.

Preliminary information obtained by SuperTalk says an officer was being treated for injuries at the scene. His condition is not known at this point.

Hawthorne Drive is now closed to traffic because of the shooting investigation.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

House Republicans Schedule Vote to Oust Liz Cheney

The vote to determine House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney’s fate in leadership is scheduled for Wednesday morning — after months of the No. 3 GOP member being at war with her own party.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is slated to initiate the call for the vote to oust the Wyoming lawmaker, who came under fire for her criticisms of former President Donald Trump.

The meeting is slated to kick off at 9 a.m., the morning after House lawmakers arrive back to Washington after their two-week recess.

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

Judge Limits Footage That Family Can See of Deputy Shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The family of a Black man who was fatally shot in his car by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina will only be shown a fraction of body camera footage that was taken. The family could also wait days longer to view it. That’s according to a judge’s written ruling issued Thursday. Attorneys for Andrew Brown Jr.’s family had expected to see video of the shooting in Elizabeth City as soon as this week. But Superior Court Judge Jeffery Foster now says they must wait up to 10 days to view the footage, starting Thursday. He also limited the family to viewing less than 20 minutes of the nearly two hours of video that was recorded.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Kenosha, Wisconsin Still Recovering From Jacob Blake Riot Damages

What happens after race riot chaos dies down, and the people living in those cities have to pick up the pieces?

That’s what a new report from the Washington Examiner goes into. The piece by investigative reporter Barnini Chakraborty highlights the long-term aftermath of what happened to Kenosha, Wisconsin. A town thrown into turmoil last year after police officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake Jr. in the back several times, and paralyzed him.

Black Lives Matter activists at the time didn’t need to know any more details before showing up for retribution. By that meaning $50 million in damages to businesses in the area, as the local fire department raced to put out a whopping 37 arsons “on the second night alone.”

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

New Jersey Cop Fired After Expressing Fear About Black Lives Matter on Facebook

A police officer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, has been fired over a Facebook post where she called BLM protesters “terrorists” and said activists don’t care if cops die. Another officer who reacted to the post has been suspended for 6 months and stripped of her sergeant rank.

Last June, at the height of BLM protests fueled by the death of George Floyd, Officer Sara Erwin took to Facebook to express her frustrations.

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

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Teaching of Critical Race Theory

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill Friday that will ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state’s public schools.

CRT is a Marxist-based philosophy that embraces the concept that all social and cultural issues should be viewed through the lens of race and racial identity.

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

Portland: Heavily Armed Antifa Militants Block Streets, Attack Drivers While Pointing Guns at Them

Videos out of Portland on Thursday show a gang of antifa militants armed with AR-15s and shotguns blocking streets in a suburban neighborhood and attacking drivers who refuse to follow their commands.

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

Senator Klobuchar Says Facebook’s Trump Ban Doesn’t Go Far Enough

The recent decision by the Oversight Board to uphold Facebook’s decision to indefinitely suspend President Trump reignited calls for antitrust laws against Big Tech companies. But Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who is leading a team that could reshape the country’s antitrust laws, says the ban was not punishment enough.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Klobuchar called her political opponent the “ultimate conveyor of misinformation,” adding he should be permanently banned from social media platforms.

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

Teen Accused of Setting Portland Police Union Building on Fire Faces Federal Charge

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 19-year-old is facing a federal arson charge after being arrested in connection with a fire at the Portland police union building.

According to court documents, Alma Raven-Guido is accused of pouring accelerant onto the Portland Police Association building off North Lombard and Campbell in April and setting it on fire.

Police say they also found bottles that appeared to contain accelerant in her backpack.

Authorities allege that Raven-Guido caused at least $25,000 in damages.

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

Trump Calls Stormy Daniels Claims a ‘Chapter of Fake News’ As FEC Drops Case

Former President Donald Trump on Friday praised the Federal Election Commission for dropping a complaint alleging that he broke the law with a hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, accepted $130,000 just before the 2016 election after she alleged a 2006 tryst with Trump. The deal was brokered by then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

“I thank the Commission for their decision, ending this chapter of Fake News,” Trump said in an emailed statement.

“The Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C., has totally dropped the phony case against me concerning payments to women relative to the 2016 Presidential Election,” Trump said.

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

University of Oklahoma Says it Won’t End Compelled Speech in Mandatory Online Diversity Trainings

The University of Oklahoma (OU) has refused to end compelled speech in an online diversity training program, mandatory for faculty members and staff. The training requires trainees to agree with the university’s approved viewpoints on some controversial societal issues such as transgenderism.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) discovered the compelled speech in OU’s diversity training program last fall.

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

Watch: BLM Co-Founder Who Recently Went on Home Shopping Spree Once Bragged About How Her Book is Like Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the self-proclaimed “trained Marxist” and BLM co-founder has been caught on a 2010 video talking about how flattered she was when someone compared her then just-published book to Mao’s Little Red Book.

In the video first obtained by National Pulse, Khan-Cullors says:

“I was at the art publications table today, and I was speaking to this young person from Arizona who was trying to fight SP1070. And, he, he grabbed the book and said ‘it’s like Mao’s read book’. And I was like ‘man, that’s what I was thinking.’“

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

Mount Allison Professor Suspended After Saying Canada is Not a Racist Country, Criticizing BLM

Mount Allison University Professor Rima Azar has been barred from teaching in the fall semester, according to the CBC, in relation to the professor’s personal blog posts being deemed “racist” and “discriminatory” by students.

The president of Mount Allison’s Student Union, Jonathan Ferguson, conveyed that the union received multiple complaints about Prof. Azar, and expressed concern about the messages being spread through her blog, “What this professor was saying throughout her blog … denying systemic racism in New Brunswick or in Canada, talking about BIPOC students in unkind ways, labelling Black Lives Matter a radical group — stuff that doesn’t run in line with the values of our institution at all,” said Ferguson.

Seemingly the latest academic victim of rampant cancel culture, Azar has started a GoFundMe to recover money lost in legal fees.

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

Revealed: Trudeau Liberals Did Not Review Antifa Groups for Terrorist Designation

The Trudeau Liberals did not examine left-wing extremist groups, such as Antifa, for inclusion on its list of banned terror groups, reports True North.

The list was announced in February of this year, and added several ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates, as well as Atomwaffen, the Russian Imperial Movement, The Base, and The Proud Boys.

The Liberals, however, did not so much as consider reviewing Antifa to be included on its list. According to documents obtained in a Access to Information request, the Department of Safety did not send any documents related to Antifa-related groups to the Minister.

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

Toronto Police Busted More Illegal Gatherings This Week Than Ever Before

If you had any doubt about how serious police in Toronto are when it comes to cracking down on illegal gatherings… I mean, I wouldn’t blame you too much, given how many parties took place without incident before the current third wave.

Now though, now that there are 16 special enforcement teams dedicated to cracking down on violations of Ontario’s provincewide lockdown rules — specifically those pertaining to gathering limits —people are getting ticketed. Like, a lot.

The Toronto Police Service announced today that officers had laid more than 350 charges related to COVID violations between Friday, April 30 and Thursday, May 6.

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

Attacks Against Christians in Poland Grew Four-Fold in 2020

Physical aggression towards priests, the destruction of places of religious worship and the encouraging hatred based on differences in faith are all only some examples of how faith is being attacked in Poland, according to a report prepared by the Religious Freedom Laboratory which operates as part of the Pro Futuro Theologiae Foundation. The foundation is also part of the Department of Theology at the Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun.

The base of the report involved cases of infringement of freedom of religion, with the data coming from public news articles or were reported directly to the authors of the document. The report shows an almost four-fold increase of such infringements — from 72 in 2019 to 280 in 2020.

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

Belgium: Brussels Policeman in Plainclothes Chased and Beaten by Gang of ‘Youths’ After Being Recognized on the Street

In the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation for the police and the public in Belgium, a policeman in civilian clothes was attacked by dozens of young people late Monday afternoon near Jacques Franck Square in Saint-Gilles, in the Brussels Region, 7sur7.be reported.

The policeman, in his thirties, was walking quietly in the street when he was recognized by a group of approximately 40 “young people” in the multicultural Saint-Gilles district. The victim was beaten mainly in the back with sticks, crutches, and baseball bats, a spokeswoman for the area said. Local merchants intervened to save the policeman, who is now unable to work for seven days.

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

Cyprus to Require ‘Coronapass’ For Church, Shops, Restaurants

The government of Cyprus has announced a new round of draconian COVID rules, many of which are tied to the rollout of a ‘coronavirus passport,’ according to reports.

Residents of the European nation, which lies on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, have been living under extremely oppressive mandates which even required them to receive permission to leave their homes via text message (SMS).

Starting on May 10, Cypriots will have to present a ‘Coronapass’ in order to regain a fraction of the liberties that have been stolen from them under the guise of ‘containing the spread of COVID.’

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

Data Shows Hungary Saved Lives and Money by Using Russian and Chinese Vaccines

Tamas Menczer, secretary of state for information and international representation of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, analyzed the economic benefits of the rapid procurement of oriental vaccines in a video shared on his Facebook page.

“The Hungarian economy suffered a daily loss of 10 billion to 15 billion forints (€28 million to €41.7 million) after restrictive coronavirus measures were enacted. The 4 million people vaccinated would have reached one and a half months later without the Eastern vaccines,” Menczer said. He added that “during this month and a half, the Hungarian economy would have suffered a loss of more than 550 billion forints.”

“This amount, or at least a significant portion of it, has been saved thanks to oriental vaccines. In other words, the acquisition of the Russian and Chinese vaccines saved lives in addition to restarting the economy, and was also a good decision from an economic point of view,” he said.

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

Donald Tusk’s Former Minister is Working Against Poland in ECJ

In an opinion released on Thursday, the European Court of Justice’s advocate general, Evgeni Tanchev, stated that “the ECJ should rule that the Polish legislation concerning the disciplinary regime for judges is contrary to EU law.”

Tanchev — who previously had a successful legal career as a lawyer under communism in Bulgaria but has since become an official in Europe’s top court — declared that state laws which entail that Polish judges may be faced with disciplinary actions due to filing preliminary rulings were unacceptable.

The ECJ still has to rule on the case and won’t necessarily follow Tanchev’s view.

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

EC Appoints ‘Left-Wing Political Activist’ To Access ‘Rule of Law’ In Hungary, Says Fidesz MEP

Fidesz MEPs have written a letter protesting the European Commission’s decision to use a member of Hungary’s political opposition and a well-known “left-wing political activist” as a liaison to the delegation preparing a rule-of-law report on Hungary.

The Fidesz group leader, MEP Tamas Deutsch, wrote that the appointment of anti-Fidesz political operative, Gabor Magyar, shows the European Commission is acting in bad faith.

“Let us see, however, who the Commission has entrusted with the work on Hungary: Gabor Magyar, an employee of one of the European Commission’s Directorates-General, has been appointed as the contact person for the delegation preparing this year’s rule of law report for Hungary,” Deutsch continued.

Deutsch described it Magyar as a “true left-wing political activist” who could not be counted on to offer an objective assessment of the situation in Hungary.

[Comment: Hungary should join the Brexit club, as Farage says.]

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

European Medicines Agency ‘Assessing Reports’ AstraZeneca Jab Linked to Rare Immune Disorder

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is investigating reports of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine causing Guillain-Barre syndrome, as the pharmaceutical company remains embroiled in controversy over the jab’s link to blood clotting.

In a meeting this week, the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) revealed that it was “assessing reports” of the rare immune system disorder being found in people following vaccination.

“As part of the review of the regular pandemic summary safety reports for Vaxzevria, AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, the PRAC is analysing data provided by the marketing authorization holder on cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) reported following vaccination”, the PRAC declared.

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

France: Macron’s Tightrope Act in Napoleon Anniversary Speech

For the first time in 50 years, Emmanuel Macron was the first French president to tackle the controversial heritage of Napoleon Bonaparte on the 200th anniversary of his death. Macron spoke at the French Academy on Wednesday, May 5. Napoleon died in exile on the island of St. Helena on this day in 1821.

Widely considered as the founder of modern France, during his rule, Napoleon introduced wide-ranging reforms in France and the territories controlled by his empire, including the Low Countries, Switzerland, and large parts of what are now Italy and Germany. He was also the one who reinstated slavery in the French colonies.

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German Spy Agency Calls Anti-Islam PEGIDA Protest Group ‘Anti-Constitutional’

German intelligence services said Wednesday that they would widen their surveillance of the Islamophobic protest movement Pegida in its home state of Saxony, as the group had become a “extremist” and “anti-constitutional”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

German Citizen Beheads Moroccan Wife in ISIS Style

A German citizen who recently converted to Islam has beheaded his Moroccan wife in a crime that bears the hallmark of the Islamic state group, ISIS.

The man in his fifties, living in the city of Hamburg attends a local mosque in the northern German city where there is an important Turkish community, local media report.

German security forces and interior intelligence services are investigating the crime and are wondering whether the man acted alone or received instructions for the gruesome assassination.

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

German Investors Love Czechia

According to the survey of German foreign chambers, the Czech Republic is the second most attractive country in the region of Central and Eastern Europe for German investors after Estonia. Compared to last year’s ranking, Czechia moved one place up, ahead of Poland. The Czech Republic was in first place until 2019 when it was surpassed by Estonia.

This follows from a business survey of German foreign chambers, which is being conducted in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Over 1,300 companies take part in it every year.

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

German Parliament Approves Bill Granting ‘Special Privileges’ For Vaccinated People

The German parliament on Thursday passed new rules that gives special privileges to people who have been vaccinated against or have recovered from the COVID-19.

The law is expected to pass the Bundesrat, the upper house, on Friday, potentially allowing the rules to come into force on Saturday.

What would the new rules mean?

Current curfews and contact restrictions will cease to apply to fully vaccinated or recovered people. This includes the lifting of restrictions on private meetings between eligible people. They would not count towards contact limits in meetings with other people.

In other areas — such as shopping or visiting the hairdresser — they will be treated the same as people who have tested negative.

They would still have to wear masks and keep their distance and would still be unable to visit restaurants and hotels, because they are still closed in most federal states.

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Germany Bans Islamic NGO After Accusations of Terrorism Funding

Germany has banned the Islamic NGO Ansaar International after it was accused of sending money to terrorist groups in Syria and Somalia.

The ban comes as police carried out raids on the association in ten different German states on Wednesday, searching and seizing objects in Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Hesse.

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Great Britain: Depression More Than Doubles Since Before Coronavirus Pandemic

The proportion of people over the age of 16 who have experienced some form of depression has more than doubled since before the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Figures released on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that between January 27th and March 7th, 21 per cent of over-16s, which the ONS describes as “adult”, in Great Britain had “experienced some form of depression”. The British government’s statistics authority noted it was “more than double” that observed before the coronavirus pandemic, when between July 2019 and March 2020 that figure was 10 per cent.

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Half of EU Countries, Including Czechia, Propose Creating a Joint Rapid Reaction Military Force

Fourteen countries of the European Union, including the Czech Republic, propose creating a joint EU rapid reaction military force that would intervene in international crises, Reuters reported. An attempt to create a similar unit already took place 22 years ago.

The authors of the drafts agree that the EU should set up a unit of around 5,000 troops and should have ships and planes at its disposal to help democratic foreign governments in urgent need. An unnamed senior EU official told this to the Reuters agency.

EU defense ministers will address the idea at the Thursday meeting chaired by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who criticized the Union for its reluctance to intervene more in moribund states like Libya.

In addition to the Czech Republic, the 14 countries supporting the proposal include Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

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Hungary: Miklós Kásler Announced the Great Opening in Healthcare on Next Thursday

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Elective surgeries will be available again, but you will need an immunity card to get them.

From May 13, elective surgeries and rehabilitation services will resume, with appointments at health care providers to be arranged in advance and subject to established health precautions, the minister of human resources announced on his Facebook page on Friday.

Miklós Kásler wrote that patients must have a valid certificate of immunity before they can be admitted or have a negative PCR test result within 48 hours prior to the planned surgery, and a negative rapid antigen test on the day of surgery.

In the case of suspected infection, isolation will be carried out in in-patient facilities and a rapid antigen test will be performed to establish the diagnosis,” the minister added.

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Hungary: Maruzsa Sent a Message to Young People: No Vaccine, No Party!

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No vaccine, no party!” — Zoltán Maruzsa, Minister of State at the Ministry of Human Resources, sent a message to young people.

Zoltán Maruzsa, State Secretary for Education, asked the 16-18 year-olds to register for the vaccination by midnight today. Vaccination is very important for both immunity and freedom,” said Maruzsa.

“Remember! No vaccine, no party!”

– said Maruzsa, referring to the fact that the vaccination can be used to obtain a certificate of immunity, which can give you additional rights, exempting you from certain restrictions.

“We draw the attention of the 16-18 year-olds that they can register for their next week vaccination until midnight today; and only with a valid registration will they be able to book an appointment for their Pfizer vaccination starting next week,” koronavirus.gov.hu said this morning.

The government has decided to start vaccinating 16-18 year-olds on the week after their written school-leaving exams, and they will receive Pfizer vaccines. (…)

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Instagram is Using German Media Outlets to “Fact-Check” US Meme Accounts

Instagram’s controversial “fact-checking” program is now using German language fact-checks to flag some memes posted by US users.

A recent meme posted by the popular US meme account @capitalism.inc, which joked about bombings under different US presidents and suggested that there were fewer bombings under President Trump, was flagged as “False” by the German investigative journalism outlet Correctiv.

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Ireland: Judge Slams ‘Flagrant’ Breach of Public Health Guidelines After Longford Wedding Party

The bridal party and organisers behind an “illegal” wedding after party in Co Longford with over 100 guests, have been ordered to come before the courts to explain their decision to “flagrantly” breach public health guidelines.

Judge Keenan Johnson issued the direction at a special court sitting in Longford this afternoon after an estimated crowd of 120 people attended a celebration on the outskirts of the county town yesterday evening.

Judge Johnson said he wanted to hear from each of the respective parties involved as to why the event proceeded just hours after an emergency circuit court injunction was granted to remove a 2,000 sq ft marquee which had been erected 24 hours previously.

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Ireland: Gardai Issue Nearly 4k Fines for House Parties as Public Reminded to Avoid Large Gatherings

Nearly 4,000 fines have been issued by gardai for organising or attending a house party as they reminded the public that it’s still unsafe to gather in large groups.

Restrictions will ease in Ireland from Monday and this weekend will see more garda patrols and checkpoints across the country in preparation.

They are also reminding the public about illegal parking, particularly at scenic and tourist spots as it can slow down emergency services and put lives at risk.

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Local Govt and University Expand ‘Decolonising Sculpture for Urban Social Justice’ Statue Review in Leeds, England

Local government in Leeds, England, is teaming up with publicly-funded Leeds University to expand a BLM-style statues review with a report titled ‘Decolonising Sculpture for Urban Social Justice’.

The West Yorkshire city, which saw the high-profile vandalisation of a historic memorial to Queen Victoria with graffiti reading ‘BLM’ and branding her a ‘SLAG’, ‘WHORE’, and ‘SLAVE OWNER’ — inaccurately — in 2020, will use the report “in consideration of the city’s cultural strategy to make the city more inclusive overall,” according to an academic quoted by the Telegraph and Argus.

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Media Campaign in Full Force Against Hungarian University Reform

Media outlets hostile to Viktor Orban’s government have been abuzz with condemnation since the Hungarian government announced its planned reform of university governance. On April 27, Hungarian Parliament voted for the transfer of formerly state-owned assets to independent foundations among condemnation from opposition and foreign media outlets.

[Comment: I think getting the state out of education is a great idea.]

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Spain: Madrid Becomes One of the Most Right-Wing Capitals in Europe With Election Victory of Isabel Ayuso

Madrid’s election yesterday resulted in a major victory for the right-wing in Spain’s capital of Madrid after the conservative People’s Party (PP), led by regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso, won the ballot with 65 out of 137 regional parliament seats. The victory effectively doubled the number of regional seats the party won from the last regional election.

Despite the overwhelming victory, Ayuso is still shy of a majority of 69 seats, but her party is expected to ally with the right-wing, anti-immigration Vox party to give her control of Madrid. Turnout was huge despite the coronavirus pandemic, with 69 percent of residents turning out to vote compared to 59 percent in the 2019 regional election.

Ayuso campaigned under the slogan of “Freedom” and actively promoted relaxing COVID-19 measures. Much of her criticism was focused on the left-wing government of Socialist Pedro Sanchez for what she said was its poor management of the coronavirus crisis, including draconian lockdown measures.

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Swedish City Rocked by Three Bombings in 40 Minutes

Three detonations shook the Swedish city of Malmö in a span of just 40 minutes overnight, according to reports.

Blasts in the early hours of Thursday were reported near multiple residential buildings and also a business in the culturally-enriched city known for rampant violent crime.

Just before 2:40 a.m., the first explosion was reported to police who discovered the entrance to a residence had been damaged and windows blown out.

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel Suggests “Non-Crime Hate Incidents” Should be Wiped From Police Databases

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has told police leaders that individuals who have been accused of so-called non-crime hate incidents should have the allegation expunged from their record if no crime was found to have been committed.

Presently, authorities in the United Kingdom maintain records of so-called “non-crime hate incidents” in criminal databases, allowing for the non-offenses to be found during background checks. This means that even if a police investigation finds that no offense has been committed, the accused individual will still have a ‘hate incident’ on their police record, which in turn can lead to a host of problems.

Under the country’s current laws, which the home secretary has asked officials at the College of Policing to review, there is no appeal process or way to have these incidents removed from one’s record. Furthermore, once an alleged hate incident is recorded — which is mandatory — police have no way to dismiss the claim.

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UK: BBC Says it Has Flagged Multiple Accounts Sharing Trump Statements to Twitter

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has taken it upon itself to flag multiple Twitter accounts sharing Donald Trump statements, according to its own reporting.

In a report by San Franciso-based correspondent Cody Godwin on the termination of the @DJTDesk account, which claimed to be sharing missives from the former U.S. President “on behalf” of his office, the BBC said a Twitter spokesman told them the handle was banned for sharing content “affiliated with a suspended account.”

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UK: Voters Flock to PM Johnson’s Party as Labour Loses Bastion

Voters in an opposition stronghold turned en masse to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, boosting his parliamentary majority on Friday despite a high COVID-19 death toll, last year’s record economic slump and cronyism charges.

Conservative Jill Mortimer beat Labour’s candidate in Thursday’s ballot by 15,529 votes to 8,589 to take the parliamentary seat for Hartlepool, a victory once unthinkable in a northeastern English port town that for decades backed Britain’s main opposition party.

[Comment: According to Wikipedia, 69.6% of Hartlepool voters voted for Leave in the Brexit referendum.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2016_United_Kingdom_European_Union_membership_referendum]

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UK’s Vaccine Booking Service Caught Leaking People’s Vaccination Status

NHS Digital, used for COVID-19 vaccination booking in the UK, after discovering a massive failure caused by the leaking of sensitive medical data from the site, is now reshaping the process by which it accepts bookings. Since its launch, NHS Digital required users to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccination by either providing their NHS number or some basic identity information.

Here’s where the problem arose: NHS Digital ended up disclosing the vaccination status of its users to just about anybody who can manage to obtain basic information about their friends, coworkers, or family.

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Close to Half of the Staff in Russian Embassies Are Spies, Says Former Soviet Spy

Viktor Suvorov, who is a former spy and defector from Soviet military intelligence, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that close to half of the staff in Russian embassies are spies and that this number is most likely the highest among all countries in the world.

He pointed out that there are three groups of people in Russian embassies — actual diplomats, security service spies pretending to be diplomats (formerly KGB and now FSB) and spies from the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

Suvorov said that he himself served in the Russian representation to the European UN headquarters in Geneva in the 1970s. This is where the very crucial negotiations over nuclear disarmament were being conducted, and he claimed that half of the Russian diplomats were KGB and GRU spies.

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Biden’s Migrant Plan Has Cost Taxpayers at Least $3B, Records Show

The federal government has awarded about $3 billion in contracts to shelter unaccompanied illegal immigrant children since February, records show.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the three largest federal contracts, worth over $2 billion, to two private companies and one nonprofit — as record illegal immigration surges began overwhelming authorities at the southern border.

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Denmark Quietly Negotiating Asylum Camps in Africa

The Danish government is holding negotiations with countries in Africa about potentially opening a camp for asylum seekers on foreign soil, the newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported.

According to the newspaper, a secret delegation of top Danish officials travelled to Ethiopia, which borders Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea, in October 2020 to discuss establishing an asylum camp outside Europe’s borders.

One month later, a similar delegation travelled to Tunisia, which borders Libya.

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Fidesz MEP: If the ‘United States of Europe’ Existed, Brussels Would Have Already Flooded Hungary With Migrants

The so-called Spinelli Group, an initiative of leftist and green MEPs for the further federalization of the European Union, is pursuing a ‘dangerous nightmare’ and Hungary’s left is assisting them, Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch told Magyar Hirlap in an interview.

The Spinelli Group of the European Parliament, which has 74 members from various parties, includes three members of Hungary’s liberal party, the Democratic Coalition — Klara Dobrev (wife of former Socialts Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany), Attila Ara-Kovacs and Sandor Rónai — and the Socialists Istvan Ujhelyi and Marton Gyöngyösi. It has recently launched an appeal for wider federalization of the EU at a time when there is a series of conferences underway regarding the future of the Union.

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Germany’s Far-Left Green Party Criticizes Danish PM Over Her Party’s New Migration Policies

Members from Germany’s far-left, pro-mass migration Green Party have called on Denmark’s Social Democratic Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to reverse her government’s newly-enacted migration policies.

In an open letter, several Green MEPs urged Frederiksen to “rethink” her government’s immigration policy approach, and to reverse “current asylum and migration policy by 180 degrees”.

The letter comes after Denmark became the first member state of the European Union to announce that it would begin revoking the residency permits of Syrian asylum seekers whose homes have been deemed safe to return to, the German newspaper Junge Freiheit reports.

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Polish Border Guard Breaks Up Organized Smuggling Group

Polish Border Guard officers detained eight Ukrainian citizens who are accused of organizing illegal migration to Poland and heavily profiting from their ring.

The border officers launched their operation against the organized crime group and detained the eifght Ukrainian citizens last week in Warsaw, Lodz and Bydgoszcz. The whole operation involved the large-scale cooperation between officers from the Border Guard in Lodz and Dolhobyczow.

The detained individuals are suspected of directing and participating in a criminal group which specialized in legalizing residence for foreigners, mainly Ukrainians, and facilitating illegal border crossings by registering statements of entrusted employment and providing work permits based on those registrations.

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Prosecutors: Dallas Man Arrested in Smuggling of 41 Migrants

SAN ANTONIO — A Dallas man has been arrested on a charge of smuggling migrants after more than three dozen people were found in and around a big rig that was stopped in San Antonio, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, was arrested Thursday night at a gas station after local police received reports from resident who said they saw people in the back of the tractor-trailer he was driving, prosecutors said in a statement. Police initially reported finding 29 at the scene and federal immigrationagents ultimately detained 41 migrants who were in the U.S. without legal permission, according to prosecutors.

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Swiss City Getting ‘Rid’ of its Homeless People With One-Way Tickets Out of the Country

The Swiss city of Basel has come up with a special way to deal with its homeless population by offering them one-way tickets to European locations beyond Switzerland’s borders. However, homeless people must sign an agreement not to return to the country. If they violate it and return, they risk deportation.

Homeless people in the city can ask for a train ticket that will take them anywhere in Europe. In some cases, the authorities also offer a plane ticket. In addition, they will receive 20 Swiss francs (€18), said a spokesman for the Basel Ministry of Justice, Toprak Yerku.

However, it has one catch.

“Beneficiaries must undertake not to return to Switzerland — at least for a while,” said Yerku. “If they are spotted again, they risk being expelled from the country.” According to critics, this strategy amounts to “street cleaning”.

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University Student Gov Pressures Admin to Hire “Undocumented Student Affairs” Position

At Michigan State University (MSU), a student government bill aims to pressure university administration to hire an “undocumented student affairs” position.

Passed on March 4, Bill 57-78 calls on the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) to “Advocate for the Hiring of a Full-Time Employee for Undocumented Student Affairs.”

“This employee shall have a designated area in order to create a safe space for undocumented students to seek support,” states the bill.

ASMSU demands the new employee be selected by a committee comprised of “students and faculty most affected by the current lack of resources and representation for undocumented students.”

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Woke Swedish Academic Complains of Racial Harassment From Migrant Youths

Tobias Hübinette, a Swedish academic and one of the founders of Sweden’s far-left “anti-hate” magazine Expo, claims to have suffered constant racial harassment from “young grown men with an overseas background”.

Hübinette, who was born in South Korea and was allegedly active as a member of Anti-Fascist Action (AFA/Antifa) in the past, was one of the founding members of the Expo magazine, published by the Expo Foundation, a far-left group in Sweden.

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Breaking: Disney Pushes Critical Race Theory on Staff, Teaches Them to Reject Equality

Recently there’s been Disney related situations like when Kevin Feige said Doctor Strange wasn’t in Wandavision because he was a white guy. Elsewhere Falcon actor Anthony Mackie said Marvel wants “to change the way society looks at itself.”

They even retconned Lando Calrissian to be LGBTQ+ friendly. A lot of people were confused at why Disney seemed to be shifting toward this so strongly. But now we know why.

In a shocking scoop from Christopher Rufo, The Walt Disney Corporation internally practices critical race theory on a corporate level. There’s white privilege checklists and minorities have segregated affinity groups.

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Independent News Outlet StatusCoup Continues to be Affected by YouTube Censorship

On Thursday, independent progressive media outlet Status Coup announced on Twitter that YouTube had removed another one of their videos, calling the move “a disgrace.”

In the tweet, one of the founders of Status Coup, Jordan Chariton, revealed that YouTube’s stated reason for the removal was that the video was promoting harassment and cyberbullying — an accusation the outlet rejects as false.

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Poland, Hungary Push Against ‘Gender Equality’ At EU Social Summit

Lobbying by Poland and Hungary has led to the removal of the phrase “gender equality” from a draft declaration on advancing social cohesion that the EU is due to publish on Friday, according to diplomats and documents seen by Reuters.

Poland’s nationalist ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and its eurosceptic ally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, promote what they call traditional social values at home and have repeatedly clashed with their more liberal Western peers over the rights of women, gay people and migrants.

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VCU Student Activist Celebrates the Shooting Deaths of Police Officers, ‘Prays’ For the Death of Andy Ngo

After the student body president of Virginia Commonwealth University was revealed to have advocated for the murder of cops, another student with far-left views at the college has celebrated the shooting deaths of law enforcement officers.

Last week, The Post Millennial reported that VCU student government president Taylor Marie Maloney, 20, has called for violence on social media and posted numerous racist statements.

Maloney, who was championed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia last month for being the “first openly transgender and non-binary person” elected to the position, advocated on Twitter for killing cops, rioting, looting, vandalism and arson.

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YouTube to Start Giving Grants to Select Journalists

By this point, it’s common knowledge that YouTube is actively trying to reshape the content on its platform, promoting what it says are “authoritative sources” and suppressing others — a move that’s often been seen as the platform turning its back on independent creators and wanting more to complete with the likes of Netflix.

And now, according to an exclusive report on Axios, YouTube is going to spend $7 million to fund two new programs to help digital-first journalists and newsrooms. The funding is separate from Google’s $300 million Google News Initiative, which also shapes journalism.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/7/2021

  1. Yes of course. You are right. You are truly right.
    Kanada and The United States of America, plus Britain, France , etc.. are such hotbeds of racism…
    It makes it realy hard not to be white.
    So, to make this better… I propose…
    All non-white “people” leave these horrible,horrible, aweful rascist countries.
    They should go to such non-racsint countries such as … Zimbabwe, I am sure they will welcome you curry-breaths there.
    South Africa… A good place for East Indian imperialists.
    Papua New Guinea.. They could show “native americans” some good cannibal recipes.And of course, there is always Liberia, which was created by the white man for black “people”.

  2. “Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the self-proclaimed “trained Marxist” and BLM co-founder has been caught on a 2010 video talking about how flattered she was when someone compared her then just-published book to Mao’s Little Red Book.”

    This quote reminds me of a time when I was in Ladakh, Northern India, an area inhabited by many Buddists who’d had to flee Tibet to avoid Communist violence. In the toilet of the guest house where I was staying, they were using Mao’s little red book as toilet paper.

    A fitting use for commie trash.

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