Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/12/2021

Two gunmen opened fire last night outside of a nightclub in Austin, Texas, wounding fourteen people. Most of the wounded were thought to be innocent bystanders. While the two suspects were still on the lam, a local paper declined to provide any descriptions, in order not to “reinforce stereotypes”.

In other news, illegal migrants were hidden in used armchairs and sofas carried by delivery drivers across the English Channel to the UK, unbeknownst to the drivers of the trucks.

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

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USA
» 10 Shot, 1 Killed in Attack on Chicago Sidewalk
» Biden Declines to Mention Islamic State in Pulse Massacre Statement
» Biden DOJ’s Proposal to Stop Surveilling Members of the Press Appears to Only Apply to Traditional Media
» Congress Votes to Make Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial
» Critical Race Theory: These States Are Already Cracking Down on the Controversial Concept
» Federal Reserve Warns Employees Not to Use ‘Biased’ Terms Like ‘Founding Fathers’
» Federal Judge Halts Biden Admin’s Relief Program That Discriminates Against White Farmers
» Flags at Half-Staff Saturday as DeSantis Declares Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida
» Hate-Crime Hoax: Black Student Likely Egged Her Own Door, Police Say
» House Democrats Get Targeted in Surveillance Operation Made Legal Through Laws They Voted For
» Jim Jordan and Others in Congress Sponsor an Amendment to Section 230 Which Would Remove Immunity From Big Tech
» Judge Blasts Iowa Police Chief for Using Stun Gun to Shock Guests at Parties — Omaha, Nebraska
» Liberal Newspaper Won’t Print Description of Black Male Suspect in Mass Shooting Because it ‘Could be Harmful in Perpetuating Stereotypes’
» Michael Brown’s Father Demands Financial Transparency From BLM Amid Spending Scandal
» NYT’s Mara Gay: Seeing Trucks With U.S. Flags ‘Disturbing’ — Calls for Separating ‘Americanness, America From Whiteness’
» Police Seek 2 in Austin Mass Shooting That Wounded 14 People
» Teachers, Parents Protest Mask and Vaccine Rules at UFT Headquarters
» Trump Says ‘I Was Right’ After Multiple Fake News Articles Debunked
» Unvaccinated Students ‘Numbered’ With Sharpie Marker at New Hampshire Prom
» Virginia: Muslim School Board Member From Jihad-Linked Mosque Tells High School Students to Remember Their ‘Jihad’
» Watch: Pizza Hut Sponsors Critical Race Theory, Woke Indoctrination in American Classrooms
 
Canada
» “It’s a Terrible Waste of Taxpayers Money”: Reporter Fined for Shaking Hands With a Protester
» Climate Change Protesters in Vancouver Block Intersection, Call for End to Old-Growth Logging
» Federal Politics: As Concern Over COVID-19 Dissipates, Other Policy Issues May Dominate Election Debates
» Maxime Bernier Released From MB Jail After Arrest at Anti-Lockdown Rally
» Update: Police Continue to Hunt Down Pastor While Threatening His Church With Potential Million Dollar Fine
 
Europe and the EU
» British MPs Call on Biden to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange
» France: Emmanuel Macron Warned of ‘Bellwether’ Regional Elections — President’s Future at Risk
» French Conservative Magazine Takes Legal Action Against Sleeping Giants Activist Group
» Hungary: PM Orban Meets Jewish World Congress Leader in Budapest
» Remain Forever: Ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown Will Never Give Up on Forcing UK Back Into EU
» Theresa May Says ‘Incomprehensible’ Travel Rules Are Keeping Britain ‘Shut for Business’
» UK: ‘Protect the Oceans Not the Politicians’: Climate Activist Armada Encircles Ferry Housing Police Officers Supporting the G7 Summit — as Massive Ship Blares Its Horn at the Little Boats
» UK: Chichester Extinction Rebellion Campaigners Join Naked Protest on Worthing Beach — in Pictures
» UK: Live Updates as Extinction Rebellion Protesters Stage ‘Silent Sit-in’ Inside Cambridge Bank
» UK: Leicestershire Man ‘Used Bitcoin to Fund Islamic State Terrorism’
» Watch: French Far-Left Leader Doused With Flour by Protester
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» EU Study Finds Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks, Kept From Public
» Israeli Police Say Woman With Knife Shot Dead in West Bank
» Woman Armed With Knife Runs at Guards at West Bank Checkpoint, Is Shot Dead
 
Middle East
» Did Muhammad Exist? Zoom Chat With Robert Spencer Coming June 28
 
South Asia
» India: Muslim Repeatedly Rapes 15-Year-Old Hindu Girl, Then Kidnaps Her on Pretext of Marriage
» Pakistan: Vaccine Refusers to Lose Internet Access
» Pakistan: Muslim Mob of Over 300 Attacks Christian Village After Villager Spills Water on Clothes of Young Muslim
» Pakistan: Christian Mother of Five Abducted and Severely Abused
 
Far East
» Czech Senate Calls for Political Boycott of Winter Olympics in China
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Eritrean Bishops Condemn Nationalization of Catholic Schools and Hospitals
» Nigeria: Chief Imam of Major Islamic Society Says Islam Supports Child Marriage
» Uganda: Muslim Employer Sends Hit Man to Murder Christian Because He Refused to Convert to Islam
 
Immigration
» Afghans Jailed in Greece Over Moria Migrant Camp Blaze
» Bosnia: Minister Cikotic: We Have the Number of Migrants Which is at the Level of the End of 2017
» Italy: Muslim Migrants Kidnap German Teen and Sexually Abuse Her for Months
» Italy: Muslim Migrant Uncle of Girl Who Disappeared After Refusing Arranged Marriage Says ‘We Did the Job Well’
» Migrants Hidden in Used Sofas and Armchairs by Cross-Channel Smugglers
» North Macedonia: Police Find 82 Migrants Hidden in Vehicles
» Number of Asylum Applications Rises Sharply in Germany
» Romanian Man, 28, Is Arrested by Italian Police Over the Deaths of 39 Vietnamese Migrants Found Dead in the Back of a Lorry in Essex
» UK: Migrants Including at Least One Child Arrive in Dover After Kent County Council Said it Had Reached Limit on Number of Children it Can Take After More Than 1,000 Would-be Refugees Crossed Channel This Month
 
Culture Wars
» Boris to G7: We Must ‘Build Back Better’ In a ‘More Gender-Neutral, More Feminine Way’
» Facebook Partners With WHO and More in a Bid to End “Vaccine Hesitancy”
» Loudon County Public Schools to Appeal Court Decision Reinstating Gym Teacher After Comments on Gender
» Mozilla Suggests Regulators Issue Laws That Curb Recommendations of “Conspiracy Theory Videos”
 

10 Shot, 1 Killed in Attack on Chicago Sidewalk

A woman died and nine others were injured early Saturday morning when two men opened fire in the parking lot of Chicago’s oldest Black-owned business.

Lem’s Bar-B-Q on the city’s South Side had been closed for hours, but there was still a crowd in the lot in the busy neighborhood at around 2 a.m. when the two men started shooting.

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

Biden Declines to Mention Islamic State in Pulse Massacre Statement

President Biden issued a statement Saturday commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla.

The attack by gunman Omar Mateen left 49 dead at the LGBT nightclub, marking the deadliest act of Islamic terror on US soil since 9/11. Mateen was shot dead by police.

“In the coming days, I will sign a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial, enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground,” Biden wrote.

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

Biden DOJ’s Proposal to Stop Surveilling Members of the Press Appears to Only Apply to Traditional Media

Despite the fact that US President Biden publicly denounced the practice carried out by his predecessor’s administration to obtain information about journalistic sources through court orders as “simply wrong” — his own Department of Justice (DoJ) continued with the same policy, reports have revealed.

The news that the Trump era DoJ was getting communications records from a number of journalists and only informing them later concerned those employed by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN. But then the New York Times said the new DoJ was doing it, too — just as Biden was blasting Trump for the very same practice.

Backed into a corner like this, the DoJ said late last week that it would from now on stop seeking “compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs.”

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

Congress Votes to Make Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial

Three days before the fifth anniversary of the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the gay club a national memorial.

The House passed its version of the bill May 12. The measure now goes to President Joe Biden, who has supported a number of pro-LGBTQ proposals and is expected to sign it into law, though it’s unclear when.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., introduced the Senate bill. Scott was governor at the time of the massacre, which saw 49 clubgoers killed and dozens more wounded before the shooter, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement after a three-hour siege.

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

Critical Race Theory: These States Are Already Cracking Down on the Controversial Concept

Critical Race Theory is a controversial philosophy — a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as Marxist, anti-American and neo-racist.

It’s either “a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against White people,” according to a recent article in Education Week.

“CRT seeks to diminish the reality that we are all unique and precious in God’s eyes,” Melody Clarke of Heritage Action for America told Fox News Friday. “Our individual destiny is up to our God-given talent, drive and ambition, not what someone else thinks about us.”

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

Federal Reserve Warns Employees Not to Use ‘Biased’ Terms Like ‘Founding Fathers’

Employees of the Federal Reserve received some guidance from the Board of Governors back in April on how to communicate properly both in-house and with the public. As you might expect, it was an adventure in wokeness.

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

Federal Judge Halts Biden Admin’s Relief Program That Discriminates Against White Farmers

Federal judge William Griesbach ruled Thursday that the Biden administration’s federal farm aid program that excludes white farmers cannot go forward, pending the outcome of legal challenges to it which are likely to prosper and succeed.

Griesbach commended in his legal opinion that lawsuits pending against the program, which is part of the Biden administration’s gargantuan COVID-19 relief package, “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim,” and that the “use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law.”

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

Flags at Half-Staff Saturday as DeSantis Declares Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida

To mark the passage of five years since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday and asked Floridians to observe a moment of silence that morning.

In Thursday’s proclamation, DeSantis named June 12th as Pulse Remembrance Day and asked Florida residents to take a moment of silence at 9 a.m. to recognize the 49 people killed and dozens wounded in the mass shooting.

[Comment: Wikipedia says:

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old man, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.

In a 9-1-1 call made shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said the U.S. killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month “triggered” the shooting.]

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Hate-Crime Hoax: Black Student Likely Egged Her Own Door, Police Say

A black student who said she was the victim of multiple attacks because of her race has been identified as a primary suspect in the alleged vandalism, according to a police reportobtained by The College Fix under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Wayne State University Police Department said it spent “at minimum 200 man hours” investigating the alleged incidents that occurred in February and March 2021.

Zoriana Martinez alleged that on February 16 and March 1 someone threw eggs at her residence hall door. She also said someone tore down her LGBT Pride sticker and stole a photo of her dog.

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

House Democrats Get Targeted in Surveillance Operation Made Legal Through Laws They Voted For

Democrat House Intelligence Committee members, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Adam Schiff confirmed that Trump’s DOJ secretly monitored them by obtaining their personal data from Apple, between 2017 and 2018 when the committee was investigating whether Russia helped Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

As reported by the New York Times, as part of a leak investigation in the early days of Trump’s era, it emerged that the DOJ subpoenaed Apple and got the metadata (not actual content) of several members of the House Intelligence Committee, as well as their aides and family members.

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

Jim Jordan and Others in Congress Sponsor an Amendment to Section 230 Which Would Remove Immunity From Big Tech

On Friday Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), along with several of his Republican colleagues in Congress, introduced an amendment to standing Section 230 legislation, which is the bill that gives Big Tech providers immunity from lawsuits arising over content posted to their platforms.

The amendment has been dubbed the “Protect Speech Act”, and has been obtained by the Daily Caller in its current form as it has been presented before Congress. may be found in its entirety here on Scribd, and reads, in part:

“This bill modifies the immunity from liability of a provider or user of an interactive computer service (e.g., a social media company) for screening and blocking offensive content on its platform.”

“Specifically, the bill provides that this immunity shall not apply to any action taken to restrict access to or availability of material provided by another information content provider unless the action is taken in good faith based on an objectively reasonable belief that the material is (1) obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, promoting terrorism or violent extremism, harassing, promoting self-harm, or unlawful; or (2) violates the applicable terms of service or use.”

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

Judge Blasts Iowa Police Chief for Using Stun Gun to Shock Guests at Parties — Omaha, Nebraska

Judges accused Iowa police chiefs of shocking guests at two parties using a city-issued stun gun in 2016, a “immorality” that could lead to serious injuries and deaths. Judge Nancy Wittenberg recently rejected Craig Merrill’s allegations. Armstrong’s police chief said it was not a criminal offense to deploy taser equipment in off-duty social environments for voluntary participants.

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

Liberal Newspaper Won’t Print Description of Black Male Suspect in Mass Shooting Because it ‘Could be Harmful in Perpetuating Stereotypes’

The Austin American-Statesman, a liberal-leaning news outlet in Texas, published an article on the mass shooting that happened early Saturday morning, but refused to print the police’s description of the at-large black male suspect.

At least 14 victims were left injured. One suspect, described by local law enforcement as a slim black male with dreadlocks, escaped the scene.

“The Austin American-Statesman is not including the [police’s] description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes,” the editor’s note reads at the bottom of the article, adding that reporting will be updated if more detailed information is released to the public and the press.

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

Michael Brown’s Father Demands Financial Transparency From BLM Amid Spending Scandal

Michael Brown Sr., the next of kin of Michael Brown Jr. who was shot and killed by police in 2014, has now joined up with BLM 10 Plus, a group advocating for more financial transparency from the Black Lives Matter global organization.

This comes on the heels of the resignation of BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors amid a lavish spending scandal after it became public knowledge that the self-identified “Marxist” just purchased a fifth property.

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

NYT’s Mara Gay: Seeing Trucks With U.S. Flags ‘Disturbing’ — Calls for Separating ‘Americanness, America From Whiteness’

New York Times columnist Mara Gay said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she noticed trucks with American flags and was “disturbed” by what she saw.

During a conversation about the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Gay said that she also saw trucks with anti-President Joe Biden messages and Trump flags and advised that the message she got from the American flags was: “This is my country. This is not your country.”

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

Police Seek 2 in Austin Mass Shooting That Wounded 14 People

Police were searching for two people suspected in a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street early Saturday in which 14 people were wounded, including two critically.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic occurred at around 1:30 a.m. and that investigators believe it started as a dispute between two parties. He said police are searching for two male suspects, but he declined to disclose details such as whether both fired shots, saying the investigation was ongoing and the department was working to take them into custody.

“Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we’re still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon said.

The mass shooting — one of at least three in the U.S. overnight — sparked panic along 6th Street, a popular nightlife destination in the city that’s home to the University of Texas…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Teachers, Parents Protest Mask and Vaccine Rules at UFT Headquarters

More than 100 teachers, parents and students protested outside the United Federation of Teachers’ headquarters in Lower Manhattan Saturday, demanding freedom from wearing masks in schools.

Among the speakers was Jenna Miller, an 11-year-old student from Saugerties, NY, who was suspended from her elementary school last week because she refused to wear a mask in class.

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

Trump Says ‘I Was Right’ After Multiple Fake News Articles Debunked

As the fake news narratives crumble surrounding the Wuhan lab leak theory and Lafayette Square photo-op, former President Donald Trump has claimed numerous victories over the Democrats and mainstream media.

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

Unvaccinated Students ‘Numbered’ With Sharpie Marker at New Hampshire Prom

At a prom in New Hampshire, high school students attending who weren’t able to prove their vaccination status had numbers written on them with Sharpie marker to tell them apart from vaccinated attendees.

Students who were unable to provide evidence of their vaccination status, like their vaccine card, had a number written on their hand. Throughout the night of dancing, which was divided into three outdoor dance floors on school property, students were asked to raise their hand after every few songs to “determine who they were around,” an email from the school obtained by WMUR9 stated.

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

Virginia: Muslim School Board Member From Jihad-Linked Mosque Tells High School Students to Remember Their ‘Jihad’

Celebrate diversity! What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted “Islamophobe”?

“Dem Tells High School Grads They’re Entering A World Of ‘Capitalism’ and ‘White Supremacy,’ Encourages Them To Remember ‘Jihad’ And Reject Objectivity,” by Luke Rosiak, Daily Wire, June 11, 2021.

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

Watch: Pizza Hut Sponsors Critical Race Theory, Woke Indoctrination in American Classrooms

Pizza Hut and First Book are sponsoring radical critical race theory curriculum that attacks “greedy white men.”

The two are the latest corporations to embrace Big Business wokeness and sponsor a series of critical race theory indoctrination sessions that exposes school-aged children across the United States to radical Marxist teachings.

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

“It’s a Terrible Waste of Taxpayers Money”: Reporter Fined for Shaking Hands With a Protester

Every Sunday at noon at Hamilton’s City Hall there is a freedom rally to stand up against the draconian lockdown restrictions that have been in place for over a year now. I cover these rallies to show you the absurd waste of our tax resources and sheer intimidation.

You may have seen my earlier encounter with the revenue agents and armed thugs that came out of City Hall where I was charged $1,440 in fines for, get this — shaking hands with protesters.

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

Climate Change Protesters in Vancouver Block Intersection, Call for End to Old-Growth Logging

About 60 protesters from the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion marched from Vancouver’s City Hall on Saturday to the intersection of Broadway and Cambie where they called for an end to all old-growth logging in the province.

It’s the latest show of support for activists on southern Vancouver Island who continue to defy a court injunction that makes it illegal to block logging activities at forested sites between Port Renfrew and Cowichan Lake.

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

Federal Politics: As Concern Over COVID-19 Dissipates, Other Policy Issues May Dominate Election Debates

June 11, 2021 — As more than a year’s worth of national concern about the COVID-19 pandemic begins to ease, the country’s attention appears to be pivoting hard to other issues, raising questions over the extent to which the ballot question in a much-speculated-about 2021 election will be Justin Trudeau’s pandemic management, after all.

A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds that one-in-five Canadians (20%) now say Indigenous issues are among their top three federal concerns they care most about.

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

Maxime Bernier Released From MB Jail After Arrest at Anti-Lockdown Rally

PPC leader Maxime Bernier was released late Friday night after being eight hours in police custody in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was arrested for speaking at an anti-lockdown rally.

Bernier’s lawyers were able to get a bail hearing and get Bernier released on his recognizance by Justice of the Peace Mme. Becker.

According to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JFFC)’s website, they have “already filed a legal challenge in Manitoba maintaining that these health orders are an unjustified violation of Canadians’ fundamental Charter rights,” and plan to pursue this and other legal challenges against the lockdowns countrywide.

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

Update: Police Continue to Hunt Down Pastor While Threatening His Church With Potential Million Dollar Fine

If you haven’t heard already, currently there is a pastor on the run from the government in Manitoba. They want to put him in jail for the COVID crime of holding church.

His name is Pastor Tobias Tissen and since late last year he has been at odds with Premier Brian Pallister and the restrictions that have been placed on Manitobans, especially in regards to his church, the Church of God Restoration.

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

British MPs Call on Biden to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

Two dozen British MPs from different parties have sent a letter to US President Joe Biden, asking him to end the multi-year legal and personal drama of Julian Assange and drop the espionage indictment raised against the Australian in the US.

The MPs chose to appeal to Biden’s sense of allyship with those who are trying to stop criminalization of what they say are common journalistic practices. They also praise him as having an important role in President Obama’s decision not to prosecute Assange for publishing information about wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Guantanamo Bay prison.

We obtained a copy of the letter for you here.

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

France: Emmanuel Macron Warned of ‘Bellwether’ Regional Elections — President’s Future at Risk

French President Emmanuel Macron has been warned regional elections held at the end of June will be an important barometer for public opinion as they will be the last major election held before the 2022 presidential vote. But pollsters believe National Rally leader Marine Le Pen is set to take several regions in a historic first which could spell disaster for Emmanuel Macron’s reelection chances. The French President has been touring regions to promote his party La République En Marche but was recently slapped in the face when he met with crowds.

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

French Conservative Magazine Takes Legal Action Against Sleeping Giants Activist Group

The parent company of the French weekly conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles has announced it will be taking the far-left activist group Sleeping Giants to court.

Valmonde et Cie, who owns the magazine, has filed a complaint in the Judicial Court of Paris against the activist group, which has put pressure on advertisers to stop advertising on right-wing and conservative websites for the last several years.

“The purpose of this complaint is to denounce acts of discrimination, on the grounds of political opinions, and likely to hinder the normal exercise of an economic activity,” the company said in a letter to the Paris public prosecutor, Valeurs Actuelles reports.

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

Hungary: PM Orban Meets Jewish World Congress Leader in Budapest

On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Viktor Orban received Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), in the prime minister’s Budapest office, after his guest attended the opening of the Rumbach Sebestyén Street Synagogue in the Hungarian capital, Orban press secretary Bertalan Havasi told the press.

The ICOMOS award-winning reconstruction of the monument of international significance was carried out with 3.2 billion forints (€9.27 million) worth of government support.

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

Remain Forever: Ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown Will Never Give Up on Forcing UK Back Into EU

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown has spoken out on his deep-seated desire to drag the United Kingdom back into the European Union, and related his fear that a free Britain could become a “Singapore of the West”.

Gordon Brown, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the fall of Tony Blair from 2007 to 2010, spoke of his views on the situation post-Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in an online event for the left-leaning, pro-Brussels Guardian newspaper.

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

Theresa May Says ‘Incomprehensible’ Travel Rules Are Keeping Britain ‘Shut for Business’

The former Prime Minister hit out at the Government’s coronavirus travel guidance during a debate on the aviation industry in the House of Commons on Thursday. She said if travel was banned every time the UK finds a new strain of concern, “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again”.

Mrs May recalled promises from ministers last year suggesting they were “working hard” to ensure international travel could be resumed safely.

She added: “One year on we are no further forward, indeed what we have is a devastated industry, jobs lost and global Britain shut for business.

“More than not being any further forward, we’ve gone backwards.

[Comment: Great sense here! Disappointing that she couldn’t deliver Brexit.]

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UK: ‘Protect the Oceans Not the Politicians’: Climate Activist Armada Encircles Ferry Housing Police Officers Supporting the G7 Summit — as Massive Ship Blares Its Horn at the Little Boats

Protesters projected slogans including ‘protect the oceans not the politicians’ onto ship moored off the coast of Cornwall — where G7 leaders gathered for a beach barbecue on Saturday night.

A group calling themselves Ocean Rebellion — in an apparent nod to activist group Extinction Rebellion which shut down London in 2019 — went out into the water in a small motorboat off Falmouth.

They projected words including ‘as the sea dies we die’ and ‘protect the oceans not the politicians’ onto a large ship, understood to be housing officers stationed to support policing the G7 summit.

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

UK: Chichester Extinction Rebellion Campaigners Join Naked Protest on Worthing Beach — in Pictures

Extinction Rebellion activists from Chichester and Worthing along with other XR campaigners from across the south east, are going naked in protest at the lack of action from world leaders so far to tackle rising sea levels and the climate crisis, the group said.

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UK: Live Updates as Extinction Rebellion Protesters Stage ‘Silent Sit-in’ Inside Cambridge Bank

Extinction Rebellion activists are staging an occupation in a bank in Cambridge today (June 12) to protest its funding of climate breakdown.

It was originally reported by the group, that protesters will meet on Christ’s Pieces in the city centre at 11 am before moving on to Lloyds bank.

However, protesters have been spotted occupying the lobby area inside Barclays in Cambridge. Pictured below.

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UK: Leicestershire Man ‘Used Bitcoin to Fund Islamic State Terrorism’

A man used Bitcoin to fund the Islamic State group’s terrorism, a court has heard.

Hisham Chaudhary, 28, of Chestnut Drive, Oadby, Leicestershire, is also accused of spreading propaganda online.

He denies four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, one count of membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of funding terrorism.

Birmingham Crown Court heard claims there was a “humanitarian purpose” behind the money was a “smokescreen”.

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Watch: French Far-Left Leader Doused With Flour by Protester

PARIS (AP) — A French far-left leader got a faceful of flour at the start of a Paris march Saturday against “the ideas of the far right,” days after the French president was slapped while greeting a crowd.

Unions, associations and leftist political parties in France have called for demonstrations around France, a week before local elections and ahead of next year’s presidential voting that is widely expected to put far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the final round.

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EU Study Finds Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks, Kept From Public

Palestinian Authority textbooks encourage violence against Israelis and include antisemitic messages, according to an unpublished report commissioned by the European Union in 2019 and obtained by The Jerusalem Post.

The European Commission kept the report under wraps after receiving it from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research earlier this year. Brussels directly funds the salaries of teachers and the publishers of textbooks, which, the report indicates, encourage and glorify violence against Israelis and Jews.

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Israeli Police Say Woman With Knife Shot Dead in West Bank

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a private security guard at a checkpoint near Jerusalem has shot and killed a woman who allegedly planned to carry out a stabbing attack. The police said in a statement Saturday that the guard at the Qalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem saw the woman with a knife and shot her. Videos showed the woman lying on the ground at the Israeli side of the crossing. Her identity was not immediately revealed. Qalandia is the main crossing point for Palestinian residents of the West Bank entering Israel. It was closed following the incident. Palestinians have launched stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israelis in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem before, but attacks waned recently.

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Woman Armed With Knife Runs at Guards at West Bank Checkpoint, Is Shot Dead

Police say the woman, who’d reportedly been incarcerated in the past for a stabbing attack, did not respond to multiple calls to halt

Israeli security forces guard after a Palestinian woman was shot, at the Qalandiya Checkpoint near Jerusalem, June 12, 2021. (Jamal Awad/Flash90)A Palestinian woman was shot dead Saturday after she ran at guards manning a West Bank crossing brandishing a knife, and ignored multiple calls to halt, police said.

The 28-year-old woman from Aqabat Jabr arrived at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, and moved toward the checkpoint’s vehicle lane.

According to the police, the woman pulled out a knife and ran toward the forces. A civilian security guard called on her to stop several times. When she did not do so, he opened fire at her.

Her death was pronounced by medics at the scene…

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India: Muslim Repeatedly Rapes 15-Year-Old Hindu Girl, Then Kidnaps Her on Pretext of Marriage

These “love jihad” incidents are motivated by supremacist assumptions. The idea is that the Muslim community will always grow at the expense of the non-Muslim community, and that because that is a good outcome, any means, including deception, may be pursued in order to attain it. Also, pressure is brought on Hindu women to convert because of the Qur’an: “And do not marry polytheistic women until they believe. And a believing slave woman is better than a polytheist, even though she might please you. And do not marry polytheistic men until they believe. And a believing slave is better than a polytheist, even though he might please you. Those invite to the fire, but Allah invites to paradise and to forgiveness, by His permission. And he makes clear his verses to the people that perhaps they may remember.” (Qur’an 2:221)

“A minor Hindu girl’s kidnapper held in Vadodara,” DeshGujarat, June 9, 2021.

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Pakistan: Vaccine Refusers to Lose Internet Access

The push to get as many people as possible inoculated with the Covid vaccine looks to be taking a turn towards the extreme in some countries, with civil liberties being crushed further.

Health and military authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province, that has the largest population in the country, have announced a new policy that would punish citizens who refuse to get vaccinated by disabling their SIM cards, i.e., cutting them off from phone and mobile internet communication.

On Thursday, the Twitter account of Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department stated that mobile SIMs of unvaccinated people “may be blocked.”

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Pakistan: Muslim Mob of Over 300 Attacks Christian Village After Villager Spills Water on Clothes of Young Muslim

This kind of thing happens more or less routinely in Pakistan, while the world yawns. It doesn’t fit the “Islamophobia” narrative, so it’s ignored.

“Small Christian village attacked by irate Muslim mob of over 300 after villager spilt water on clothes of young Muslim man,” British Pakistani Christian Association, May 30, 2021.

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Pakistan: Christian Mother of Five Abducted and Severely Abused

A Christian mother of five children, Venus Bibi, 30, of Sahoo Ki Malian (village), Sheikhupura, was recently freed from her kidnapper after a police complaint was registered against the abductor.

Venus and her husband are both brick kiln workers. According to her husband, Warris Masih, on April 1, 2021 Venus Bibi went out for household shopping. On her way back home some Muslim men blocked her way and told her accompany them and not make a noise.

Before she had time to process what they were saying, they grabbed her by the hand and dragged her to a car parked nearby.

Bibi resisted and started shouting but the kidnappers showed her a gun and told her to stop shouting otherwise they would kill her. Bibi got scared and stopped shouting. She said she heard one of them was saying to take her to Sahiwal, another town about 129 miles away from her hometown, so nobody could find her.

Warris said that Muhamad Akbar is the main person who kidnapped Bibi with the support of his companions. Warris further said this was not the first time he had kidnapped a Christian female, but he had done so in the past, but because he is rich and very influential the police never take any action against him. Because of the police’s inaction against him, he has been emboldened and therefore he continues to commit such crimes freely and regularly.

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Czech Senate Calls for Political Boycott of Winter Olympics in China

The Czech Senate called on politicians not to attend next year’s Winter Olympics in China in order to avoid legitimizing the continuing human rights violations in the country. The Chinese embassy in Prague has already condemned this appeal.

According to the Upper House, Czech politicians should express their disapproval of the Chinese regime’s approach to Tibetans and Uighurs, but also to Taiwan and Hong Kong. In a resolution, senators pointed to the experience of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, when the Chinese government, contrary to its commitment to hold the Olympics in a free and open manner, restricted the free movement of athletes and journalists, said committee chairman Pavel Fischer.

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Eritrean Bishops Condemn Nationalization of Catholic Schools and Hospitals

The Catholic Bishops of Eritrea have denounced the state appropriation of Catholic schools and health facilities, the latest casualties of the country’s governmental overreach.

“We, pastors and leaders of the Catholic Church in Eritrea, are deeply saddened and intimately hurt by the measures that the government is taking or has already taken by force,” the bishops said in their letter this week, adding, “taking away from us the educational and health institutions that legitimately belong to us, and limiting our service to the country.”

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Nigeria: Chief Imam of Major Islamic Society Says Islam Supports Child Marriage

If Abdul Azeez Onike said this in the U.S., he would be excoriated as an “Islamophobe.” But in reality, child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law.

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Uganda: Muslim Employer Sends Hit Man to Murder Christian Because He Refused to Convert to Islam

magine if a Muslim employee’s Christian supervisor in any Western country sent a hit man to kill him because he refused to convert to Christianity. Yet such persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by Muslims is so commonplace that it is now practically expected, and largely ignored. The genocide of Christians and the persecution of minorities in general signifies that the lives of these victims are considered to be inferior in value to those of their persecutors.

So-called human rights organizations in the West have tacitly accepted Sharia abuses, instead of opposing them as they should have done. Now, due to mass migration, Islamization is advancing into once peaceful and advanced societies. The surrender has been due to political correctness and fear of being called “Islamophobic” for calling out Islam’s human rights violations.

“Employer Allegedly Sends Hit Men to Kill Christian,” Morning Star News, June 8, 2021.

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Afghans Jailed in Greece Over Moria Migrant Camp Blaze

Four Afghan asylum-seekers were sentenced to 10 years in prison in Greece on Saturday for their part in a fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp last year, in a case that highlighted the chronic refugee problem on Europe’s borders.

The men, charged with arson with risk to human life over the fire on the island of Lesbos last September, were found guilty after a court rejected a request by lawyers for three of them to be tried by a juvenile court because they were under 18 at the time.

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Bosnia: Minister Cikotic: We Have the Number of Migrants Which is at the Level of the End of 2017

In the last few months, we have the number of migrants, which is at the level of the end of 2017, when we had the beginning of mass migrations in BiH. Migrants change routes, but they do not give up on arriving on EU soil. The Mediterranean route is growing, from Libya to Italy, from Morocco to Spain, from the North African coast to Europe, thousands of migrants arrive every day. According to UNHCR, about 10,400 arrived in Italy in the first four months. About 70,000 migrants are waiting to set off on the coast of Libya. Another, well-known Balkan route, proved to be extremely expensive for migrants. To arrive in BiH, migrants paid three to three and a half thousand euros per person. And all this in order to reach the Croatian border, from which they cannot go further.

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Italy: Muslim Migrants Kidnap German Teen and Sexually Abuse Her for Months

The sex assaults of women by Muslim rape gangs (mainly Pakistani men) is all too common in the UK and seen increasingly in Europe. With a steady influx of Muslim migration, what might Westerners expect?

“The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take ‘captives of the right hand’ (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: ‘O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful for you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war’ (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: ‘The believers must win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or the captives whom their right hands possess, for in their case they are free from blame.’ (Qur’an 23:1-6)”

“19-year-old German kidnapped and raped by two Pakistanis: the nightmare that lasted months,” translated from “19enne tedesca sequestrata e stuprata da due pakistani: l’incubo durato mesi,” by Ignazio Riccio, Il Giornale, June 8, 2021.

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Italy: Muslim Migrant Uncle of Girl Who Disappeared After Refusing Arranged Marriage Says ‘We Did the Job Well’

Islamic honor killing comes to the West, courtesy mass Muslim migration.

More on this story. “‘Job well done’ says Saman’s uncle,” ANSA, June 7, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Migrants Hidden in Used Sofas and Armchairs by Cross-Channel Smugglers

MIGRANTS were hidden in sofas and armchairs for cross-Channel trips.

Unaware “man with a van” drivers were hired to bring back second-hand furniture from France and Belgium.

The motorists were instructed not to help with loading vehicles on the continent and were distracted while it took place.

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North Macedonia: Police Find 82 Migrants Hidden in Vehicles

KOPJE, North Macedonia — Police in North Macedonia say officers discovered 82 migrants hidden in vehicles in two separate operations Friday.

Police said a joint team of border officers from North Macedonia and Slovenia found 62 people hidden in a truck on the main north-south highway near the border with Greece and arrested two Serbian nationals, ages 33 and 37. The majority of passengers, 46, were from Pakistan, 13 were from Eritrea and three were from Mali.

Earlier Saturday, police had announced that officers doing a routine vehicle check found a group of 20 people from Bangladesh in a van on a major highway near North Macedonia’s border with Serbia. The officers arrested the van’s 44-year-old Macedonian driver.

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Number of Asylum Applications Rises Sharply in Germany

The number of asylum seekers in Germany increased significantly in May compared to the same period last year, Deutsche Welle radio reported on Tuesday, referring to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

In May, German authorities received 8,278 asylum applications, of which more than 3,700 were from migrants from Syria, almost 1,600 from Afghan citizens, and about 650 from migrants from Iraq.

By comparison, in May last year, when strict travel restrictions applied due to the pandemic, the German authorities received only 3,777 such requests.

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Romanian Man, 28, Is Arrested by Italian Police Over the Deaths of 39 Vietnamese Migrants Found Dead in the Back of a Lorry in Essex

Italian police said on Saturday they had arrested a Romanian citizen who is the subject of an international arrest warrant from the UK for the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese people who were being smuggled into Britain.

Stefan Damian Dragos, 28, allegedly provided the truck which was used to smuggle the group of migrants, who were found dead in a freight container on the back of the vehicle in October 2019, Italian police said in a statement.

There was no immediate statement from the suspect or from any lawyer representing him. He was arrested in the town of Cinisello Balsamo, north of Milan, but police gave no further details.

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UK: Migrants Including at Least One Child Arrive in Dover After Kent County Council Said it Had Reached Limit on Number of Children it Can Take After More Than 1,000 Would-be Refugees Crossed Channel This Month

mages captured in Dover this weekend show migrants arriving by boat on British shores, days after Kent County Council declared it had reached its limit for the number of unaccompanied child migrants it can look after.

The Home Office confirmed that it had dealt with a small boat incident today involving 39 people.

In France, one crossing attempted overnight was intercepted prior to launch which involved 30 people.

It comes after more than 1,000 would-be refugees crossed the Channel this month.

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Boris to G7: We Must ‘Build Back Better’ In a ‘More Gender-Neutral, More Feminine Way’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told fellow world leaders that they should be “building back better” in a “more gender-neutral, perhaps more feminine way” at a G7 roundtable.

Fresh from comparing himself and 78-year-old U.S. President Joe Biden to Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt planning the reconstruction of a post-war world in 1941, Prime Minister Johnson reiterated his commitment to the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda at what the BBC described as a “fireside chat” of world leaders in Cornwall in his wokest speech to date.

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Facebook Partners With WHO and More in a Bid to End “Vaccine Hesitancy”

Facebook announced it’s partnering with leading health organizations, including the WHO, and experts in other industries, to help solve “vaccine hesitancy.”

The coalition, called the Alliance for Advancing Health Online, was announced via a blog post on Facebook’s Newsroom. The purpose of the alliance is “to advance public understanding of how social media and behavioral sciences can be leveraged to improve the health of communities around the world.”

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Loudon County Public Schools to Appeal Court Decision Reinstating Gym Teacher After Comments on Gender

Virginia’s Loudon County Public Schools stated Friday that they intend to appeal the court’s decision to reinstate physical education teacher Tanner Cross, who was suspended last month after refusing to acknowledge that a “biological boy can be a girl and vice versa.”

In a statement from LCPS, they state that they would bring the issue to Virginia’s Supreme Court.

“LCPS respectfully disagrees with the Circuit Court’s decision to issue the injunction, and it is appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court of Virginia,” said the statement, obtained by Fox News.

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Mozilla Suggests Regulators Issue Laws That Curb Recommendations of “Conspiracy Theory Videos”

The Mozilla Foundation used to do one thing, and do it well: lead the development of the free and open source Firefox browser. Sadly, that browser, once with a huge chunk of the market and representing a revolutionary step up from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, is falling by the wayside as Google’s Chrome has taken over.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/12/2021

  1. Sweden replaced two percent of its population in one year

    We warned twenty years ago to no one’s benefit, of course. Now that the race is over, the politicians can not go that far yet. The question is, do those in charge end up in a courtroom? Maybe not, because they are so many that there will be no one left to govern, as it is not only the Social Democrats who have taken the lead in attacking their population, the so-called bourgeois are at least as bad. From Carl Bildt to Fredrik Reinfeldt. The maximum bet has been made, and the fall of the main culprits can be similar. Sweden replaced 2% of its population in one year – what happened next? Sweden’s violent crime surge could be linked to ‘extreme’ immigration policies.

    https://youtu.be/0sa2ciindUg

    • You ain’t voting your way out of this mess, those bloody politicians that wrought this upon you will have to be put up against the wall for there any meaningful lesson to be learned on how to treat treachery and treason.

  2. Re: Theresa May statement seeming to express support for Brexit, you wrote “Disappointing that she couldn’t deliver Brexit.”
    . . .From everything I’ve seen, May actually opposed the U.K leaving the EU. Her stated support for Brexit seems to have been false, a means to win her support from members of her party even as she worked to sabotage Brexit.
    . . .Example: She constantly extended the alleged “deadline” for reaching agreement with the EU on terms. Had she not done that, the exit would have been automatic, with no payments by the U.K to the EU. That would have put the U.K. in a much stronger negotiating position, since the Brits could have dragged the legal wrangling out for years if not decades–in which case the EU would have been under pressure to take a far smaller settlement instead of continuing a legal fight for many more years.
    . . .I’m convinced May was a plant–their equivalent of a RINO, like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell or Kevin McCarthy or Bill Barr or…the list is practically endless.

    • She acted as though she was a fifth columnist owing allegiance to the EU.
      She is hated here in the UK, she did everything she could to delay Brexit, and then to get an agreement that to all intents and purposes kept us in!!!
      Horrible woman, a traitor.

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