Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/14/2021

An alternative (sort of) conservative news channel called GB News has been launched in the UK. Immediately after it came online it gained more viewers than both the BBC and Sky News.

In other news, the New Zealand chapter of School Strike 4 Climate disbanded itself because of its inability to overcome its members’ inherent racism.

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USA
» Biden Breaches Royal Protocol by Blabbing About Conversation With Queen, Keeping Sunglasses on
» Breaking: NY Times Retracts False Claim That Smeared the Babylon Bee as ‘Far-Right Misinformation’
» Brooklyn Diocese Reports Attacks on Crucifix, Statue Over Weekend
» Car Drives Through Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis, Killing Woman
» Gov. Reeves Says He Would Support Legislation That Bans Critical Race Theory in Miss. Classrooms
» House GOP Teams With YAF on ‘Free Speech Caucus’ To Fight for 1a Rights on College Campuses
» Hundreds Protest IU Health’s Vaccination Mandate
» Judge Denies Florida More Time to Defend Against Attacks on Its Anti-Big Tech Censorship Law
» McConnell Crushes Biden’s Hopes of a Supreme Court Pick in 2024
» North Korean Defector Says ‘Even North Korea Was Not This Nuts’ After Attending Ivy League School
» Portland Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Setting Fire During Protests
» Pro-Palestinian Groups Backed by Antifa Target Seattle Port Workers
» Revealed: DC Mayor, Not Trump, Responsible for ‘Tear Gassing’ Protestors in Lafayette Square
» Ten Awkward Moments and Bloopers From Joe Biden on the World Stage
» Vast Majority of Democrats Support Employers Forcing Workers to Get COVID Jab, New Poll Finds
» Video: Sen. Cotton Reveals Details of “Anti-American Indoctrination” In U.S. Military
» Video: Fox Host Wallace Attempts to Shift Blame to Trump Over Wuhan Lab Leak
» Video: Students Trash the U.S. Flag, Equate it With War, Genocide, Racism
» Viral Video Shows Toddler Twerking on Streets of NYC, Onlookers Encourage and Applaud
» Watch: CNN’s Ana Navarro Defends the Return of Workplace Masturbator Toobin: ‘He Was Sexually Harassing Himself’
» Watch: Reporter Makes Shocking Claim She’s Been ‘Muzzled’ By Fox During Live Report, Plans to Release Evidence Via Project Veritas
» Watch: Huge Explosion at Illinois Chemical Plant
» Watch: WA State Senator Doubles Down on Endorsement of Candidate Who Threatened to Blow Up a School Bus
» Woman Killed After Car Drives Into Protesters in Minneapolis
 
Canada
» Charges Laid Under Reopening Ontario Act After Gatherings at Old Colony Mennonite Churches
» Toronto Police, Bylaw Officers Called to Dozens of Illegal Parties Last Weekend
» Trudeau Liberals Planning to Make French the Only Official Language in Quebec
» Vancouver Catholic Church Vandalized With Red Paint, Graffiti Reading ‘Release the Records’
 
Europe and the EU
» Belgium: 14-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Being Gang-Raped in Cemetery by Five ‘Youth’ Who Posted Video of the Assault Online
» Conservative News Channel Launched in UK
» Czechs Will Refuse to Kneel for BLM at Euro 2020 Football Championship
» Finland’s Millennial Feminist Govt Suffers Locals Defeat in First Election, Right Wing Parties Benefit
» Germany: Greens’ Chancellor Candidate Sees Popularity Taking a Nose Dive
» Malta: Watch: Weekend Sees Illegal Gatherings at Zebbug Feast, St. George’s Bay
» Poland Expects America to Engage in European Security
» Polish Foreign Minister Slams US, Says He Learned About Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Waiver From the Media
» Pope Francis: Poverty ‘Not the Result of Fate’ But of ‘Selfishness’
» Sweden Should Deploy Military Against Gangs, Says Councilor From Troubled City of Gothenburg
» Top Cop: British Public Sick of ‘Virtue Signalling’, Would Rather See Police Catch Criminals
» UK Already Planning to Extend Lockdown Before First Extension Even Announced
» UK Heading for ‘Substantial Third Wave’, Claims Govt Scientific Advisor
» UK: Anti-Woke GB News Tops Ratings on Launch, Beats BBC, Has Triple the Views of Sky
» UK: Derby Students Fined Thousands for Illegal Lockdown Parties
» UK: Eight Arrests as G7 Protesters Block Roads
» UK: Farage: Black Lives Matter Movement ‘Wants to Bring Down the Whole of Western Civilisation’
» UK: Masters and Slaves
» UK: Surrey Police Break Up 200-Person Illegal Rave at Epsom Common
» UK: Wiltshire Police Give Hundreds of Fines to COVID Rule-Breakers During Lockdowns
 
South Asia
» India: 61 Booked for Illegal Pool Party, COVID Violations
 
Far East
» China Takes a Vicious Swipe at G7 Leaders With an Eerie Cartoon Warning of the West’s ‘Last Supper’ — After Australia’s PM Received Rousing Support for a New COVID Origin Inquiry
» EU Blocked G7 Condemnation of China for Xinjiang Slave Labour: Report
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand: School Strike 4 Climate Chapter Disbands Because They Can’t Overcome Internal Racism
 
Immigration
» Austria and Greece to Team Up on Migration
» France: Macron’s Goal of 100% Deportation Rate for Illegal Immigrants is Actually Below 15%
» Lukashenko Sends Hundreds of Migrants to Europe, Warns Lithuania
 

Biden Breaches Royal Protocol by Blabbing About Conversation With Queen, Keeping Sunglasses on

President Joe Biden apparently breached royal protocol by blabbing some details of a personal conversation he had with the Queen at the G7.

“We had a great talk. She wanted to know what the two leaders that I… the one I’m about to meet with, Mr [Vladimir] Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping, and we had a long talk, and she was very generous,” the American disclosed to reporters before departing the United Kingdom at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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

Breaking: NY Times Retracts False Claim That Smeared the Babylon Bee as ‘Far-Right Misinformation’

Satire site The Babylon Bee took on The New York Times and won. Censored by Facebook back in March, The Babylon Bee became the subject of a Times story in which the Grey Lady claimed that the Bee was an example of a “far-right misinformation site” that “sometimes trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.”

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

Brooklyn Diocese Reports Attacks on Crucifix, Statue Over Weekend

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) — Officials in the Brooklyn Diocese said May 17 they will be “notifying our churches to be on alert” to vandalism and hate crimes directed at Catholic church property following two such incidents in about a three-day period.

“And we are asking the NYPD to increase patrols in and around the area of our churches,” the diocese said in a statement.

Over the weekend of May 15 and 16, a statue depicting Mary holding her son, Jesus, was vandalized on the grounds of the diocesan administrative offices in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. The child Jesus was decapitated.

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Car Drives Through Crowd of Protesters in Minneapolis, Killing Woman

MINNEAPOLIS — A person drove into a group of protesters in Minneapolis early Monday, killing one woman and injuring another person, authorities said.

A suspect is in custody after police say they saw the vehicle on video surveillance drive into the protesters just after midnight. The crowd was protesting an officer-involved shooting from a few weeks ago that did not involve MPD, John Elder, spokesperson for Minneapolis Police, told CNN.

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Gov. Reeves Says He Would Support Legislation That Bans Critical Race Theory in Miss. Classrooms

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) — Gov. Tate Reeves stated that he would be willing to support legislation that bans Critical Race Theory from being taught in Mississippi classrooms.

He made the announcement Thursday on the radio program, The Gallo Show.

As of now, Reeves said that he is unaware of any school district in Mississippi that teaches the curriculum.

However, if it were to become an issue, he said, “I believe we ought to pass legislation and pass a law to make these school districts unable to teach CRT in our classrooms.”

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House GOP Teams With YAF on ‘Free Speech Caucus’ To Fight for 1a Rights on College Campuses

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Kat Cammack (R-FL) have partnered with conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation (YAF) to create the Campus Free Speech Caucus in the US House of Representatives.

The group will aim to educate other legislators about partisan bias against free speech on campuses and bring national awareness to the ongoing threat against the First Amendment, which is happening in local districts and across the country.

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Hundreds Protest IU Health’s Vaccination Mandate

INDIANA (WEHT) — Around 200 people gathered outside of IU Health’s Fairbanks Hall this weekend to protest their COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Several protesters say they feel cornered by the mandate to either get the shot or lose their job. Some held signs that read “Forced consent is not consent” and “Let me call my own shots.”

Many of the protesters were IU Health workers.

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Judge Denies Florida More Time to Defend Against Attacks on Its Anti-Big Tech Censorship Law

Groups representing the tech industry filed a lawsuit to block the enforcement of Florida’s anti-censorship law, S.B. 7072, which was signed in late May, and is set to take effect on July 1.

The court denied the state’s request for more time to prepare for the lawsuit.

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McConnell Crushes Biden’s Hopes of a Supreme Court Pick in 2024

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that if he becomes majority leader again in 2022 he will block Joe Biden from filling a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurs in 2024.

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North Korean Defector Says ‘Even North Korea Was Not This Nuts’ After Attending Ivy League School

As American educational institutions continue to be called into question, a North Korean defector fears the United States’ future “is as bleak as North Korea” after she attended one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

“English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?”

“It was chaos,” said Yeonmi. “It felt like the regression in civilization.”

“Even North Korea is not this nuts,” she admitted. “North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy

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Portland Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Setting Fire During Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree arson for starting a dumpster fire near the city’s North Precinct during a protest nearly a year ago.

Authorities say Gavaughn Streeter-Hillerich, 23, was recorded intentionally setting fire to a large dumpster near the exterior of the police precinct on June 26, 2020.

The dumpster was pushed up against plywood on the windows, which had been installed to protect windows and prevent break-ins, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

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Pro-Palestinian Groups Backed by Antifa Target Seattle Port Workers

For over 10 days the ZIM San Diego, a large container ship owned by an Israeli shipping company, has remained moored in the middle of Elliot Bay near Seattle since Antifa-backed, anti-Israel groups have threatened to block the ship from unloading.

The Post Millennial has learned that the ship has not been unloaded due to the protesters harassing port workers entering the facility and continued threats against them. The ship was scheduled to dock and unload Saturday, but over 200 protestors from Falestinyat and Antifa showed up to stop them. Workers arriving at the port were heckled, and in some cases, attacked. A female security guard trying to enter the Port of Seattle Saturday to get to work, was reportedly mobbed by a group of anti-Israel protesters. Her rear window was smashed and her was car dented. The ship still has not docked in port.

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Revealed: DC Mayor, Not Trump, Responsible for ‘Tear Gassing’ Protestors in Lafayette Square

President Donald Trump was roundly criticized on June 1, 2020, when he walked through Lafayette Square, the site of major protests, to deliver a speech before St. John’s church, which had been set aflame by rioting arsonists.

He was accused of having instructed law enforcement to tear gas protestors to clear the park so that he could engage in a “photo op.” It was recently revealed that the park was in the process of being cleared already in order that fencing could be installed. Now it turns out that Trump wasn’t even the one responsible, it was Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser, reports Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist.

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Ten Awkward Moments and Bloopers From Joe Biden on the World Stage

President Joe Biden continues his first trip overseas as president, but already he has found himself in awkward, funny, or outright embarrassing moments on the world stage.

Here is a list of moments during Biden’s trip that sparked chatter on social media.

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Vast Majority of Democrats Support Employers Forcing Workers to Get COVID Jab, New Poll Finds

The most significant challenge in fighting the virus pandemic has been the political polarization on public health measures. A new CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday shows Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided on an employee’s right to either chose or waive the right to be administered a vaccine.

CBS News-YouGov poll asked 2,300 adults in the US between June 8-10 a series of questions about today’s environment in a post-pandemic world. One of the fascinating questions respondents were asked was:

“Suppose a private business or employer wants to mandate that its workers get coronavirus vaccines, in order to return to work. allowed to mandate vaccines for its employees, or not be allowed to mandate vaccines for its employees?”

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Video: Sen. Cotton Reveals Details of “Anti-American Indoctrination” In U.S. Military

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Friday, Senator Tom Cotton revealed shocking stories from whistleblowers in the military detailing how they are being indoctrinated to hate America by superiors who are adopting ‘woke’ practises, including racial segregation.

Cotton detailed how hundreds of people have come forward to warn that there is a “very specific kind of anti-American indoctrination” going on within the military.

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Video: Fox Host Wallace Attempts to Shift Blame to Trump Over Wuhan Lab Leak

During an interview with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Fox News host Chris Wallace attempted to excuse the inaction of the Biden administration over the Wuhan lab leak by suggesting Trump and Pompeo did nothing for a year.

“You also criticized President [Joe] Biden for not pushing hard enough on China to look for the origins of the coronavirus,” Wallace charged, a

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Video: Students Trash the U.S. Flag, Equate it With War, Genocide, Racism

With today, June 14th, being Flag Day, Campus Reform visited the University of Texas in Dallas to see what students think their country’s flag represents.

Reporter Ophelie Jacobson was subject to some disturbing comments, with many saying they feel the U.S. flag is a global symbol of war and genocide.

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Viral Video Shows Toddler Twerking on Streets of NYC, Onlookers Encourage and Applaud

A viral TikTok video shows a little girl who can be no older than 5 or 6 literally twerking on the streets of New York City as onlookers encourage her, cheer and applaud.

Yes, really.

“We all need this confidence in life,” says the text accompanying the clip, which shows the child performing the dance routine as one black woman simulates slapping her butt.

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

Watch: CNN’s Ana Navarro Defends the Return of Workplace Masturbator Toobin: ‘He Was Sexually Harassing Himself’

Jeffery Toobin, the CNN employee who was literally caught with his pants down masturbating on a Zoom conference call in Oct. 2020, is returning to the network after an eight-month absence.

His CNN colleague Ana Navarro, however, defended Toobin’s return on The View, saying that she’s “not surprised” he’s back on the air.

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Watch: Reporter Makes Shocking Claim She’s Been ‘Muzzled’ By Fox During Live Report, Plans to Release Evidence Via Project Veritas

FOX 26 News reporter Ivory Hecker has chosen to blow the whistle on her own television station. The journalist for the Houston-basted outlet announced on-air that she will be releasing recordings through Project Veritas tomorrow.

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

Watch: Huge Explosion at Illinois Chemical Plant

On Monday morning, a Chemtool chemical manufacturing plant in Rockton, Illinois exploded, shooting a thick dark cloud of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.

The incident happened early in the morning on Monday at around 7am at Chemtool’s 1165 Prairie Hill Road facility. The plume from the explosion was large enough to be clearly visible on satellite.

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

Watch: WA State Senator Doubles Down on Endorsement of Candidate Who Threatened to Blow Up a School Bus

Washington Democrat State Senator Rebecca Saladana on Sunday doubled down on her support of Ubax Gardheere, a Progressive activist candidate for King County Council who had previously threatened to blow up a school bus filled with children and called those who fled cowards.

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

Woman Killed After Car Drives Into Protesters in Minneapolis

A woman was killed and another person was injured after a car drove into protesters in Minneapolis late Sunday night, according to police.

Minneapolis Police said in a statement that the driver, who protesters pulled from the car after the collision, was taken into police custody. He also received treatment at an area hospital.

The police said their preliminary investigation indicated that the use of drugs or alcohol by the driver may have contributed to the crash.

The Uptown neighborhood where the incident took place has been the scene of protests after U.S. Marshals shot dead a Black man, Winston Boogie Smith Jr., earlier this month.

A man at the scene said in a livestreamed video posted to Facebook that people were playing Red Light Green Light in the street after a volleyball game when a car sped up, went through trash cans, hit another car that then hit a woman…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Charges Laid Under Reopening Ontario Act After Gatherings at Old Colony Mennonite Churches

WINDSOR, ONT. — Chatham-Kent police have charged two men in connection to gatherings at the Old Colony Mennonite Churches.

Police responded to reports of gatherings at the in Dresden, Charing Cross and Wheatley locations Sunday morning.

Through investigation, officers determined the churches had been in violation of the current regulations.

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Toronto Police, Bylaw Officers Called to Dozens of Illegal Parties Last Weekend

It was a busy weekend for Toronto’s bylaw enforcement and police officers who were called to dozens of illegal gatherings throughout the city.

In total, bylaw officers received 136 complaints and responded to 60 bylaw-related infractions in parks that were being patrolled, while Toronto police responded to 79 calls for large indoor and outdoor gatherings.

“In all cases, officers worked to advise residents of the regulations, disperse crowds and lay charges, when warranted,” the City said in a June 14 news release.

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Trudeau Liberals Planning to Make French the Only Official Language in Quebec

On Monday, it was made known that the Trudeau government plans to introduce legislation making French the sole official language within Quebec.

This is considered a surprising move by many, considering the Liberal Party in Canada’s long-standing support of bilingualism and of Canada’s two official languages.

According to the Montreal Gazette, This is an “unprecedented” move “by a federal Liberal government.”

The legislation will, however, include provisions to uphold the authorities’ obligations to protect linguistic minority groups countrywide, which includes anglophones within Quebec.

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

Vancouver Catholic Church Vandalized With Red Paint, Graffiti Reading ‘Release the Records’

Overnight from Saturday night to Sunday morning, the front of Vancouver’s St. Augustine’s Catholic Church was defaced by vandals who wrote “killers” and “release the records” on the front door in red paint.

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

Belgium: 14-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Being Gang-Raped in Cemetery by Five ‘Youth’ Who Posted Video of the Assault Online

A 14-year-old Belgian girl has taken her own life days after she was allegedly gang-raped in a cemetery by a group of five “youths” who shared images of the savage attack online, with the case drawing national attention due to the tragedy that befell the victim.

The sexual assault took place on May 15 after the teenage girl had been lured to a cemetery in Ghent, where she had planned to meet up with a male friend. However, once she had arrived at the location, she instead was met by a group of five unknown male teens.

The suspects — three minors aged 14 and 15, and two adults aged 18 and 19 — then filmed themselves assaulting and raping the young girl, before uploading the video footage to social media, Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports.

Four days later, the teenage girl killed herself. The victim’s parents, who were previously unaware of the reason which triggered their daughter’s suicide, were informed about the assault by the mother of their daughter’s friend.

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

Conservative News Channel Launched in UK

On Sunday evening, albeit with a few technical glitches, a new channel has been launched in the United Kingdom that has set the country’s conservative-minded viewers in its sights. The channel called GB News has been described as right-leaning, however, in the current media environment this could simply mean that it is staying away from the kind of metropolitan progressive news reporting that has entirely engulfed the British media landscape.

Led by former Sky News Australia boss CEO Angelos Frangopoulos, the real face of the new media outlet is former BBC presenter and Sunday Times editor, veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil. Neil, who was also editor of the conservative leaning The Spectator magazine, is known for his uncompromising and thoroughly professional interviews, feared by even the most seasoned politicians. Despite his prominence among British journalists, Neil has never been entrusted with presenting top-ranking news programs at his former employer, the BBC. According to opinions, this is a consequence of the gap between the BBC’s increasingly left-leaning news profile and his own center-ground, “middle Britain” stances on political and social matters of the day.

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Czechs Will Refuse to Kneel for BLM at Euro 2020 Football Championship

If one of the opponents of the Czech national football team at the UEFA European Championship chooses to support the fight against racism before the kick-off, the Czechs will only point to the left sleeve of their jerseys with the UEFA Respect campaign inscription, however, they will not kneel.

The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) announced the decision in a press release. The Czech players will stick to the gestures they made in March before the World Cup qualification match in Cardiff, Wales.

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

Finland’s Millennial Feminist Govt Suffers Locals Defeat in First Election, Right Wing Parties Benefit

HELSINKI (AP) — An opposition center-right party came top in Sunday’s local election in Finland, ahead of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s ruling Social Democratic Party in the first election for the popular young leader who took office 18 months ago.

With all votes counted in the Nordic nation’s municipal election, initial results showed on Monday that the conservative National Coalition Party had taken 21.4 percent of votes nationwide, while the Social Democrats took 17.7 percent and centrist government member Center Party 14.9 percent respectively.

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Germany: Greens’ Chancellor Candidate Sees Popularity Taking a Nose Dive

Although 98.6 percent of delegates voted in favor of the German Greens’ election program at Sunday’s three-day digital party congress, co-chair and chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock has seen a troubling slip in popularity recently.

Baerbock has lost more than a third of her supporters in a single month. According to the latest survey in a series of research called the Politbarometer, 28 percent of German voters consider her suitable for the post of chancellor, a deep dive from the 43 percent she had in early May.

The opposition party is currently campaigning for socio-ecological transformation, reducing the country’s CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030, and raising the price of a tonne of CO2 emissions to €60 by 2023.

[Comment: Hopefully the Germans are coming to their senses about the Green Party.]

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Malta: Watch: Weekend Sees Illegal Gatherings at Zebbug Feast, St. George’s Bay

A number of illegal gatherings were reported throughout the weekend, with breaches of Covid-19 social distancing and public gathering laws seemingly becoming all the more common as cases remain low.

Covid protocols were seemingly not followed at this weekend’s village feast in Zebbug — an activity which was well attended by both villagers and politicians from both sides alike.

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Poland Expects America to Engage in European Security

Polish President Andrzej Duda will attend the NATO summit in Brussels in Monday to hear in-person any US guarantees that it will continue the policy of underwriting European security, Polish President Andrzej Duda’s International Affairs office chief Krzysztof Szczerski told Polish Press Agency (PAP).

Duda’s key aide said that Monday provided the opportunity to hear first-hand of the security policy being pursued by the new US administration. But he acknowledged that it would be a short meeting rather than the kind of summit that had been held in Warsaw in 2016.

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Polish Foreign Minister Slams US, Says He Learned About Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Waiver From the Media

In an interview with leading daily Rzeczpospolita, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau slammed US behavior over the waiving of sanctions on the German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 and says that under President Joe Biden the US seems to equate Europe with German interests only.

Rau says he learned about Biden’s sanctions waiver from the media. Poland’s top diplomat did not expect any meeting between Biden and the Polish President Andrzej Duda in the near future.

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Pope Francis: Poverty ‘Not the Result of Fate’ But of ‘Selfishness’

ROME — Pope Francis said Monday poverty is not a natural condition of human beings but always a consequence of the selfishness of others.

It is wrong to “saddle the poor with responsibility for their condition,” the pope said in his message for the 2021 World Day of the Poor, because “poverty is not the result of fate; it is the result of selfishness.”

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Sweden Should Deploy Military Against Gangs, Says Councilor From Troubled City of Gothenburg

Following the recent severe violence in the Gothenburg suburb of Hjällbo, Hampus Magnusson, a municipal councilor in Gothenburg, proposed it should be possible to deploy the military against criminal gangs. The motion, approved by the Moderates in western Sweden, will be considered in the autumn at the Moderates’ party meeting, Nyheter Idag reports.

“We have a police authority that is under enormous pressure and which, on many occasions, ends up at a disadvantage. So we thought that the military could support it in several tasks, in which it has relevant training, such as setting up roadblocks or searching vehicles,” said Hampus Magnusson to the Dagens Samhälle weekly.

Gothenburg has seen a dramatic increase in violence for a city that was once seen as peaceful and mostly crime free decades ago. Shootings and murders have increased, including high-profile murders.

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Top Cop: British Public Sick of ‘Virtue Signalling’, Would Rather See Police Catch Criminals

The new head of Greater Manchester Police says the British public are sick of “virtue signalling” officers who take a knee and would rather see them concentrate on catching criminals.

52-year-old Stephen Watson, the new chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), says that ‘woke policing’ is interfering with officers overseeing basic law enforcement.

Watson explained how cops were being pressured to express support for the agenda of numerous far-left protest groups, something that eviscerates their impartiality.

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UK Already Planning to Extend Lockdown Before First Extension Even Announced

Having first mooted a 2 week delay to lifting lockdown which will today likely become a 4 week delay, government ministers in the UK are already suggesting the lockdown could continue beyond July.

The country was supposed to exit all lockdown restrictions on June 21st, dubbed “freedom day” by the media.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today announce a four week extension to the restrictions, meaning that Brits had more freedom in July 2020 compared to now despite the vast majority of “vulnerable” people having received the vaccine.

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UK Heading for ‘Substantial Third Wave’, Claims Govt Scientific Advisor

A scientist advising the government on the UK’s response to the Chinese coronavirus has predicted that a “substantial third wave” is coming. Meanwhile, the prime minister is set to announce a four-week delay to the end of restrictions.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, Professor Andrew Hayward of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) said: “I think it’s now very clear that we will have a substantial third wave of infections.

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UK: Anti-Woke GB News Tops Ratings on Launch, Beats BBC, Has Triple the Views of Sky

The self-described right-leaning and anti-woke British news channel GB News netted more viewers than main competitors Sky News and BBC News on its launch, having ratings of almost triple that of Sky.

GB News went live on Sunday night, and between 7 pm and 11 pm, garnered 164,400 viewers — more than BBC News’s 133,000 views and just 57,000 people who tuned into Sky News, according to BARB data reported by City A.M.

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UK: Derby Students Fined Thousands for Illegal Lockdown Parties

Two Derby university students who hosted illegal lockdown parties have been named and made to pay out a combined total of £5,000.

Javarny Ashley, aged 20, of Wardwick, Derby has been made to pay out £2,480 after hosting a party of more than 90 people at his property on December 6.

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UK: Eight Arrests as G7 Protesters Block Roads

Eight G7 protesters were arrested by police for intentionally blocking roads near the summit site in Cornwall.

Five people glued themselves to a road in St Ives and three others locked themselves to a minibus at a roundabout in nearby St Erth.

Police said none of the actions by protest groups on Sunday affected the G7 event or the movement of delegates.

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UK: Farage: Black Lives Matter Movement ‘Wants to Bring Down the Whole of Western Civilisation’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has had harsh words for England’s national football (soccer) team taking the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement during the belated UEFA European Football Championship 2020.

“Look, you cannot separate taking the knee from the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Mr Farage during an interview with the newly launched GB News network.

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UK: Masters and Slaves

While the global elite pose for staged ‘social distancing’ photo-ops before throwing huge parties and gorging themselves on the finest lobster, people in the UK are set to be put under lockdown for MONTHS longer.

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UK: Surrey Police Break Up 200-Person Illegal Rave at Epsom Common

Police broke up a 200-person illegal rave at a Surrey common over the weekend following complaints of noise from residents.

Officers attended Epsom Common at around 3am on Sunday (June 13) and dispersed the mass of people.

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UK: Wiltshire Police Give Hundreds of Fines to COVID Rule-Breakers During Lockdowns

HUNDREDS of people breaking coronavirus guidelines received fines from Wiltshire Police during months of lockdowns.

The force has been giving out fewer fixed penalty notices since restrictions began to ease in April but still emphasised the importance of following safety measures to stop the deadly virus spreading.

Figures published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council reveal a total of 762 fixed penalty notices were issued by Wiltshire Police between March 27 last year and May 16 this year.

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India: 61 Booked for Illegal Pool Party, COVID Violations

Noida Police on Sunday night booked 61 people allegedly found partying in violation of Covid-19 health protocols at a farmhouse in Sector 135.

This is the third property in the area that has been raided within a week over breaking Covid-19 protocol.

According to police, they raided the property following a tip. Police found 46 men and 15 women there not wearing masks and using the swimming pool, which is banned. Most were university students from Delhi and the National Capital Region, they said.

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China Takes a Vicious Swipe at G7 Leaders With an Eerie Cartoon Warning of the West’s ‘Last Supper’ — After Australia’s PM Received Rousing Support for a New COVID Origin Inquiry

The cartoon, titled ‘the last G7’, depicts the US, UK, Italy, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, India and Australia as their national animals plotting to ‘rule the world’ as they sit around a table.

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EU Blocked G7 Condemnation of China for Xinjiang Slave Labour: Report

European Union leaders reportedly blocked attempts from the United States, Britain, and Canada to call out the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the use of slave labour in Xinjiang.

EU leaders said that the West should focus on “cooperative” areas with China instead of adversarial elements.

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New Zealand: School Strike 4 Climate Chapter Disbands Because They Can’t Overcome Internal Racism

A group of young climate activists who formed School Strike 4 Climate in Auckland, New Zealand, has decided to disband their group and forfeit their mission because of the irredeemable racism inherent within their group. The group made the announcement on Instagram.

The group, whose last climate strike was April 4, wrote that the organization was “disbanding” “under the suggestion and guidance of the BIPOC members” of the group, “as well as individual BIPOC activists and organisations.”

[Comment: This article is not from the Babylon Bee.]

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Austria and Greece to Team Up on Migration

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis signalled a common position on European migration issues after talks in Vienna on Sunday (13 June).

“The European Commission should speed up the implementation of the refugee readmission agreement and should bring the pointless debate about the relocation of refugees to an end,” Nehammer said following talks with the Greek minister.

“The question of relocation can only be solved if migration flows are brought to a halt,” said Mitarakis.

Nehammer also expressed sympathy for the Greek proposal to declare Turkey a safe third state for migrants from countries such as Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Bangladesh.

Were the proposal to be adopted, migrants from these countries entering Greece via Turkey would not be able to apply for asylum status.

“We have to become proactive. The EU has to become significantly faster in implementing common proposals and should focus on topics where countries are in agreement, instead of pushing for pointless debates on the relocation of refugees,” Nehammer said.

The Austrian minister also emphasised that the Danish model to move asylum seekers to third countries as their application is processed would be a viable option. He will visit Denmark in the coming week to further discuss the topic.

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France: Macron’s Goal of 100% Deportation Rate for Illegal Immigrants is Actually Below 15%

French President Emmanuel Macron, who at the start of his five-year term mentioned the objective of an expulsion rate of 100 percent of illegal migrants crossing the border, is facing pressure as the deportation rate stands below 15 percent.

Last week, Macron for “very quick operational” measures to step up deportations. Macron, in the run-up to the country’s elections, is trying to present himself as tough on migration to stem off support for his rival Marine Le Pen, but many in France remain skeptical given the fact that he has mostly ignored the issue during his term in office.

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Lukashenko Sends Hundreds of Migrants to Europe, Warns Lithuania

Last week, Lithuania accused Belarus of being responsible for the influx of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, who have recently arrived in the country.

Vilnius believes that the government of Alexander Lukashenko has let hundreds of Iraqis, Iranians, and Syrians to arrive in Minsk this year on a tourist visa, and they have now moved on to Europe. The Lithuanian government even had to have a small tent town built on the border with Belarus to accommodate the newly-arrived migrants, AP reports.

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