Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/19/2021

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has overruled the mandatory COVID vaccination policy put in place by Arizona State University. Meanwhile, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the State of Florida and against the CDC concerning the latter’s no-sail order for cruise ships.

In other news, police in Minneapolis are investigating bags of body parts that were found on the street. There’s no word on the skin color of those body parts, so we don’t yet know whether their lives matter.

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

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Financial Crisis
» DBRS Sees Greek GDP Growth at 5% This Year, 5% in 2022
» Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly Amid Labor Shortage
 
USA
» Antifa Militants Attack Pedestrians, Shut Down Streets Outside Denver Conservative Conference
» Are Some Chinese University Students Spies for the CCP?
» Arizona Gov. Overrides State University’s Rule Forcing Students to Get Vaccine
» Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect Thought People Were Following Him, Officials Say
» Bruce Springsteen Fans Who Have Had AstraZeneca Vaccine Barred From Shows in the US
» Chicago Alderman Criticizes Lightfoot, Blames Gangs for City’s Violence — Not ‘Systemic Racism’
» Coca-Cola Warned Its Woke Policy Would Violate Anti-Discrimination Law
» COVID-Tracker App Installs Itself Without User Consent, Including on Parental-Locked Devices.
» Fauci: Yes, There Was a Secret Meeting Among Scientists Last February to Discuss the Origins of the Coronavirus
» Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Florida, Against CDC’s No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships
» Gavin Newsom Gets Bottle of Water Thrown at Him During Trip to Oakland
» Here’s What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About Covid… But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden
» Illinois Town Holds Pride and Juneteenth Parades, Cancels July 4th Celebration
» It’s Not Just Your Imagination. Drivers in the Pandemic Have Gotten More Reckless
» Lauren Boebert to Antifa Protesting Her: ‘Get a Job’
» Minneapolis Police Investigating Bags of Human Body Parts Found on the Street
» Missouri Governor and AG Vow to Fight Biden Admin ‘Tooth and Nail’ Over Gun Rights
» NBC News Hit Piece on Grassroots Parents Battling K-12 Critical Race Theory Draws Fire
» Nonprofit Tied to Patrisse Cullors Failed to Disclose Significant Donations
» Student Charged With Misdemeanor for Residence Hall Fire in Hate-Crime Hoax
» Teachers Reward Bonus Points to Students Who Testify on Anti-Critical Race Theory Bill
» Texas is the Latest State to Take Action on ‘Critical Race Theory’
» Trump Endorses Murkowski Primary Challenger
» Twitter Restores Dave Portnoy’s Account Following Massive Backlash, Portnoy Responds
» Virginia: Far-Left Activists Make List Targeting Critics of CRT in School Curriculum
 
Europe and the EU
» Coronavirus Digest: UK Rocks Out at First Festival Since Start of Pandemic
» France: Multicultural Gang Turf Wars Getting ‘More Violent’, Admits Paris Police Major
» French Anti-Terror Police Arrest Suspected Far-Left Extremist School Principal
» Italy: WADA Says ‘Horrified, Defamed’ By Schwazer Ruling
» Police, Partygoers Clash Overnight at Unauthorized Rave in Western France
» Spain: New Conservative Madrid Govt Proposes €14.5k for Expecting Mothers
» Switzerland Votes to Extend Government COVID Powers
» Switzerland: Left Criticizes Anti-Terror Law to Monitor ‘Potential Terrorists’ As Young as 12
» UK: Buckingham Palace Inquiry Results of Meghan Markle’s ‘Bullying’ Could be Delayed Until 2022
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protestors Dressed as Staff Confront Queen at Ascot
» UK: Trio Receive COVID Fines After Lockdown Meeting on Somerset High Street
» UK: Tory MP Says People Must Reject Lockdown ‘Doom-Mongering’ From Scientists
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Muslim Cleric Calls for Murder of Police Officers
 
Middle East
» ‘Regime Change and Yes to a Democratic Iran’: Iranian Protestors Massively Boycott Elections
 
South Asia
» Pakistan: Christian Man Abducted and Raped by a Group of Muslims in Faisalabad
 
Far East
» Apple Denies Censoring “LGBT” Apps in China, Says it Removed Four for “Legal” Reasons
» Exclusive: Wuhan Lab Found All Genes to Recreate ‘Epidemic Strain’ of Coronavirus in 2017
» Revealed: Google and USAID Funded Wuhan Collaborator Peter Daszak’s Virus Experiments for Over a Decade
 
Australia — Pacific
» Wannabe Jihadi Googled ‘How to Join ISIS’
 
Immigration
» Germany: Muslim Migrant Murders His Wife, Invokes Sharia in Court, Says it Allows Him to Punish Her
» Germany: ‘Right-Wing Extremist’ Who Threw Burning Bottle at Families on Playground Was Actually a Muslim Migrant
» Iranian Migrant Arrested for Attacking Three Women at French Asylum Center
» Italy: Rome Court Convicts 4 Men for Sexual Assault, Murder of Teen
» UK Border Force Going Radio Silent While Picking Up Migrants From the French: Report
 
Culture Wars
» Catholic Democrats Appeal to ‘Primacy of Conscience’ In Abortion Support
» U.S. Bishops Vote to Draft Document on Worthiness to Receive Communion
 

DBRS Sees Greek GDP Growth at 5% This Year, 5% in 2022

DBRS credit rating on Friday said it expected the Greek GDP to grow by 5% this year and in 2022. In a report, the credit rating firm said this forecast is part of the main “scenario” for the Greek economy, included in the ratings firm’s report for the global economy.

It noted that conversely, under the worst-case scenario GDP growth is expected to reach 3% this year, and to fall to 1.5% in 2022.

DBRS estimates that the global economy is in a recovery course, led by advanced economies who have reported significant progress in a vaccination drive for COVID-19.

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

Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly Amid Labor Shortage

First-time unemployment claims surprisingly rose to a month-long high as the U.S. economy faces an ongoing labor shortage under the Biden administration.

According to the Department of Labor, 412,000 Americans filed for initial jobless benefits last week, marking the highest level in a month. Economists expected just 360,000 new claims.

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

Antifa Militants Attack Pedestrians, Shut Down Streets Outside Denver Conservative Conference

Antifa and Denver Communists attacked and threatened pedestrians while trying to block traffic outside of the Western Conservatives Conference on Friday night.

The streets of Denver saw violence Friday as Antifa and Denver Communists attempted to shut down traffic and proceeded to assault individuals outside of the Western Conservative Conference. One woman was seen getting out of her car to confront Antifa who threw projectiles at her vehicle and was subsequently threatened with a mob-style beatdown if she proceeded.

Another onlooker offered to help the one woman find the culprit who damaged her car, to which someone in the crowd yells: “If you touch one, you’re gonna get touched by every last one of these motherf—ers!” The crowd implied that she was at risk for a brutal beating if she proceeded.

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

Are Some Chinese University Students Spies for the CCP?

I missed this when it was published earlier this week by the Free Beacon. It’s definitely worth a look even at the end of a long week, especially in light of some additional information published last night. National security officials are looking into the possibility that several hundred Chinese university students are actually spies working for the CCP.

[Comment: I think so. The Chinese government spies to the fullest extent possible.]

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

Arizona Gov. Overrides State University’s Rule Forcing Students to Get Vaccine

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey shot down a forced vaccination policy for students at Arizona State University, leaving the school with egg on its face.

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

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect Thought People Were Following Him, Officials Say

The suspected gunman accused of killing one person and injuring a dozen others in a series of drive-by shootings allegedly thought people were after him because of an unrelated shooting, police in Arizona said.

The suspect, Ashin Tricarico, 19, reportedly told police in interviews that he thought every person he drove by was pointing a gun at him, according to NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix, which cited search warrants and police.

He told authorities that he thought he was being followed for about a week, the outlet reported.

Last month, Tricarico allegedly shot and wounded a customer while working as a security guard at a Phoenix restaurant. KPNX reported that the man was supposedly drunk and had been asked to leave. Tricarico allegedly told police that he shot the customer in self-defense.

That shooting is being investigated as an aggravated assault case, according to the outlet…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Bruce Springsteen Fans Who Have Had AstraZeneca Vaccine Barred From Shows in the US

Fans who are hoping to attend Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming theatre shows in New York may be turned away if they’ve had the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Anyone keen to attend the Boss’s comeback shows on Broadway will be required to show proof they’ve received the full coronavirus vaccination before being able to enter the theatre.

However, with the AstraZeneca vaccine not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) anyone who’s had that one and wants to attend is going to be disappointed.

Springsteen is returning to the stage for a limited run of performances at Jujamcyn’s St. James Theatre, kicking off June 26, with additional performances taking place through September 4.

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

Chicago Alderman Criticizes Lightfoot, Blames Gangs for City’s Violence — Not ‘Systemic Racism’

Chicago’s alderman for the 15th ward, Raymond Lopez, stated unequivocally in an interview published on Saturday that gangs, not “systemic racism,” are responsible for the city’s violent crime problem.

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

Coca-Cola Warned Its Woke Policy Would Violate Anti-Discrimination Law

On June 11, the American Civil Rights Project (ACRP) sent a warning letter to the Coca-Cola company, alleging that the beverage corporation’s new diversity policy would require contracted law firms to violate anti-discrimination law.

The letter asks the recently-beleaguered company to either “publicly retract the discriminatory outside-counsel policies it announced in January” or, otherwise, “provide access to the corporate records related to the decision of Coca-Cola’s officers and directors to adopt and retain those illegal policies.”

Further down in the letter, the memo talks about the mega soft drink company’s new policy “of contracting, refusing to contract, and altering the terms of signed contracts on the basis of the race of Coke’s counterparties, the [directors] have exposed Coke and its shareholders to material risk of liability.”

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

COVID-Tracker App Installs Itself Without User Consent, Including on Parental-Locked Devices.

Massachusetts state officials recently announced the launch of the “voluntary” MassNotify app, which monitors the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The only problem is the app appears to be installing itself on residents’ and their kids’ smartphones, unbeknownst to users, and without their consent.

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

Fauci: Yes, There Was a Secret Meeting Among Scientists Last February to Discuss the Origins of the Coronavirus

I’ll tell you up front that there’s nothing salacious in this USA Today story about what was said during the conference call held on February 1, 2020. The salacious part is that there was a secret meeting at all. “That call likely would have remained secret if not for documents released under the Freedom of Information Act,” writes reporter Alison Young about the meeting. Why is that?

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

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Florida, Against CDC’s No-Sail Order for Cruise Ships

We’ve entered the summer vacation season. The coronavirus pandemic is winding down and people are ready to get out and get back to a more normal way of life. The travel industry was especially hard hit during the pandemic shutdowns. Now the industry is trying to get back on its feet. One story is that of cruise lines and their ability to start up again out of ports in Florida. Governor DeSantis scored a temporary victory for Florida’s travel industry workers against the CDC’s no-sail order on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday for the Middle District of Florida, is a George H.W. Bush nominee. He granted a preliminary injunction against the CDC’s order Friday.

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

Gavin Newsom Gets Bottle of Water Thrown at Him During Trip to Oakland

During a trip to the Bay Area Friday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom was walking through the streets of Oakland until he and Mayor Libby Schaaf were approached by a homeless man.

The volatile transient, using a water bottle, ran at the group and threw the object in their direction before getting forced to the ground by their security unit.

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

Here’s What the Chinese Defector Has Reportedly Given Us About Covid… But Also on Joe and Hunter Biden

As the media laments being totally wrong about the COVID lab leak theory, more details are coming out about the Chinese defector who has been taken into US custody. The man alleges that he has knowledge about a slew of Chinese bioweapons programs and COVID. He alleges that the current pandemic was caused by a lab leak, and that bats were the real cover-up story. The defector alleges that while the lab leak was an accident, it was allowed to spread. Our friends at RedState wrote about this first, but Jen Van Laar has a new development. The identity of the defector has been confirmed, and he’s a high-ranking intelligence official with the People’s Republic of China:

[Comment: What the defector says makes sense to me.]

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

Illinois Town Holds Pride and Juneteenth Parades, Cancels July 4th Celebration

The town of Evanston, Illinois, is holding Pride and Juneteenth parades during the month of June, but canceling July 4 fireworks and Independence Day festivities.

The municipal government of Evanston had a grand announcement for its Juneteenth parade on Saturday. While the theatrical performance will be virtual, the parade will proceed in-person as scheduled.

Residents are also invited in-person to attend post-parade celebrations outdoors for “an afternoon of art, music, food and community.

Another major parade is scheduled in Evanston on June 26 to close out Pride Month. Once again, in-person events will continue after the parade, sponsored by the government, including a night-time “candle lighting ceremony and memorial.”

However, the July 4 parade and fireworks will not go on as scheduled in Evanston. The city opted to do everything in a virtual manner on that day, offering a “safe, creative virtual celebration” only, to be broadcasted over local TV.

[Comment: Evanston is a libtard city.]

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

It’s Not Just Your Imagination. Drivers in the Pandemic Have Gotten More Reckless

(CNN) — When the coronavirus pandemic shut down the country last year, highways emptied out as many people holed up at home. But those who got behind the wheel engaged in riskier behavior, leading to the deadliest year for US traffic crashes in over a decade.

More motorists went too fast, failed to buckle up and drove under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to law enforcement and traffic safety experts.

The outcome was grim. About 38,680 people died in vehicle crashes in the US last year — the highest number since 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatalities also increased among motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, even as the number of miles driven nationwide dropped by 13.2% compared to 2019.

“It’s mind-boggling and extremely frustrating to see the tremendous loss of life from Covid compounded by preventable traffic crashes,” says Pam Shadel Fischer, a senior director for the Governors Highway Safety Association…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Lauren Boebert to Antifa Protesting Her: ‘Get a Job’

DENVER — Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert has a message for the anarchists and radical leftists aggressively protesting her and a conservative conference: “Get a job.”

“Maybe this is their job. Maybe they’re paid to do it,” Boebert said in an interview with the Washington Examiner on Saturday. “You see this from extreme leftist progressives because either this is their job, either they are paid to do it, or they have nothing better to do, they’re sitting at home collecting a check, and this is their life.”

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

Minneapolis Police Investigating Bags of Human Body Parts Found on the Street

Violent crime is up sharply in Minneapolis to the point that some in the city are now having second thoughts about plans to defund the police. Yesterday, the city got a reminder of just how ugly a surge in violence can be.

Around 9:30 Thursday morning police got a call from someone who had taken his dog out for a morning walk only to have the dog discover a bag containing human body parts. Police came out to investigate the scene. While they were there they got another call saying another bag with additional body parts had been discovered about two blocks away.

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

Missouri Governor and AG Vow to Fight Biden Admin ‘Tooth and Nail’ Over Gun Rights

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Attorney General Eric Schmitt told the Department of Justice (DOJ) that state leadership is prepared to defend the Second Amendment rights of Missourians in a letter sent Thursday.

The pushback was in response to a threatening letter from the DOJ after the state’s attorney signed a law essentially forbidding state law enforcement from implementing what Parson regards as unconstitutional gun laws.

“The Second Amendment Preservation Act is about protecting law-abiding Missourians against government overreach and unconstitutional federal mandates,” Parson said in the statement.

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

NBC News Hit Piece on Grassroots Parents Battling K-12 Critical Race Theory Draws Fire

An NBC News hit piece on grassroots parents’ groups battling Critical Race Theory (CRT) and woke education in K-12 schools has drawn a flood of criticism.

The piece, published Tuesday, titled “Critical Race Theory Battle Invades School Boards — with Help from Conservative Groups,” was written by Tyler Kingkade, Brandy Zadrozny, and Ben Collins, and starts out by defining CRT as “the academic study of racism’s pervasive impact.”

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

Nonprofit Tied to Patrisse Cullors Failed to Disclose Significant Donations

Another nonprofit started by Blacks Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors has some fishy finances.

Dignity and Power Now, a group started by former BLM boss Khan-Cullors in 2013, raked in hundreds of thousands in donations but claimed otherwise to the IRS, public documents show.

It received at least $225,000 in 2016, but told the IRS that the charity had not made more than $50,000 that year, according to public filings. Failing to meet that revenue threshold meant that the group didn’t have to file a complete federal return, which would outline all of its spending and donations.

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

Student Charged With Misdemeanor for Residence Hall Fire in Hate-Crime Hoax

A former Viterbo University student has been charged with one misdemeanor count of negligent handling of burning materials after police say she set a fire inside her dorm in April for “attention purposes.”

Victoria Unanka, if convicted, faces a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine or nine months in prison, or both, according to the criminal complaint.

Unanka, through her attorney, entered a not guilty plea at a court hearing on Wednesday, the La Crosse Tribune reports.

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

Teachers Reward Bonus Points to Students Who Testify on Anti-Critical Race Theory Bill

At least two teachers in Rhode Island who support the teachings of critical race theory did not receive the outcome they expected after they offered bonus points to students who chose to offer testimonies on an anti-critical race theory state House bill.

According to documents gathered by Parents Defending Education (PDE), two teachers in Barrington, Rhode Island, offered five extra points to each student for their next exam if they testify by word of mouth or offer a written statement on the legislation.

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

Texas is the Latest State to Take Action on ‘Critical Race Theory’

TEXAS — One Republican Congressman says the new federal holiday, Juneteenth, is “more debunked critical race theory in action.”

The phrase, critical race theory, is a hot button topic around the country.

Sen. Ted Cruz slammed it once again at a conservative conference on Friday, calling it as racist a ‘KKK’ ideology.

Several republican-led states have taken action to ban teaching critical race theory in schools — with Texas being the latest.

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

Trump Endorses Murkowski Primary Challenger

If you haven’t heard the name of Kelly Tshibaka yet, it will likely become more familiar to you over the next year or so. Back in March, the former Alaska State Commissioner of Administration announced that she would be running against Senator Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary next year. Yesterday, Tshibaka received a significant boost to her prospects yesterday when she received the ringing endorsement of former President Donald Trump. His brief comments were quite flattering toward Tshibaka while getting in a few shots at Murkowski as needing “to go.” As you may recall, Murkowski was one of the Republicans who voted to convict Trump during the Democrats’ failed attempt to impeach him for a second time. It seemed fairly obvious that Trump wasn’t going to forget that betrayal and now he claims to be looking forward to going up to Alaska to campaign for her.

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

Twitter Restores Dave Portnoy’s Account Following Massive Backlash, Portnoy Responds

Twitter restored the account of Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy on Friday evening after the far-left social media platform faced instant widespread backlash for banning him.

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

Virginia: Far-Left Activists Make List Targeting Critics of CRT in School Curriculum

An extreme activist group in Albemarle County, Virginia, requested a “call to action” targeting citizens who spoke against Critical Race Theory (CRT) at a County school board meeting, telling its supporters to confront them, labeling the individuals “dangerous to our children.”

In a June 10 Facebook post, the Hate-Free Schools Coalition of Albemarle County (HFSC) posted the call to action, saying “these are your neighbors, friends, and family.” The message describes the controversial curriculum as “anti-racism and LQBTQIA+ [sic] inclusive,” avoiding the more problematic label of Critical Race Theory. After publishing the list of names and their respective districts, the organization warns: “Make no mistake that individuals who hold these beliefs are dangerous to our children. Dangerous to all children but in particular LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC children.” The post encourages its audience to communicate with the people on the list, by phone or in person, and try to change their minds. “Racists can’t hide,” it concludes.

Breitbart News has edited the screenshot below to protect the named individuals’ identities.

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

Coronavirus Digest: UK Rocks Out at First Festival Since Start of Pandemic

Heavy metal fans in the UK are once again singing, camping and moshing together, as Britain holds its first full music festival since the pandemic began.

The three-day Download festival is one of several events being held in the UK to test how to safely resume mass gatherings without sparking a COVID-19 outbreak.

Around 10,000 metal fans are taking part in the weekend event at Donington Park in England. Prior to the pandemic, the festival saw 10 times the number of attendees.

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

France: Multicultural Gang Turf Wars Getting ‘More Violent’, Admits Paris Police Major

VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France (AP) — Both fuming and bragging, the man told the police officers that he used his car as a weapon during the street battle in a northern suburb of Paris, ramming the vehicle into a fighter from a rival group.

“I destroyed him,” the man said. “For certain, he’s at the hospital. He’s got a cut on his skull, he’s got a cut on his mouth.”

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

French Anti-Terror Police Arrest Suspected Far-Left Extremist School Principal

French anti-terror police arrested six people, including a school principal, alleged to be far-left extremists, in connection with the sabotage of a communications tower.

Anti-terror police arrested the school principal, said to be a woman in her 60s, on Tuesday in the department (county) of Creuse. Officers also arrested two other women and three men in the department of Haute-Vienne.

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

Italy: WADA Says ‘Horrified, Defamed’ By Schwazer Ruling

‘Reckless, groundless’ claims of urine sample manipulation

(ANSA) — ROME, FEB 19 — The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it was horrified by an Italian court ruling clearing walker Alex Schwazer of doping, saying it had been defamed by the court’s findings the athlete’s urine samples had been deliberately tampered with.

Investigating Judge Walter Pelino in the northern town of Bolzano ruled for a dismissal of the case against the 2008 Olympic 50km walking champion from Italy “for not having committed the crime”.

Pelino wrote that he believed “with a high degree of credibility that the urine samples taken from Alex Schwazer on January 1, 2016 had been altered to obtain a positive result (in order to) obtain the disqualification and discredit the athlete”.

“Wada is appalled by the multiple reckless and groundless allegations made by the judge against the organisation and other parties to the case,” the Montreal-based body said in a statement on Twitter.

Schwazer, 36, was suspended for eight years just before the 2016 Olympics, for testing positive for anabolic steroids, but has claimed he was the victim of foul play.

The court said the international athletics federation (IAAF) and the world anti-doping agency (WADA) had been “opaque” in the longrunning case, which forced Schwazer to retire from the 2016 Olympics. The court was highly critical of the two organisations.

Schwazer has admitted a previous doping case, in 2012, which forced him to pull out of that year’s Olympics.

He is still serving his eight-year ban due to the second case.

The court instructed a prosecutor to investigate on possible charges of “false statements, trial fraud and defamation”.

Schwazer said: “I’m very happy that after four and a half years the day has finally come when justice has been done.

“I probably won’t be able to forget everything, but today makes up for many battles I have had to face with those close to me in these four and a half years, which have not been easy at all”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Police, Partygoers Clash Overnight at Unauthorized Rave in Western France

Five police officers were injured overnight in western France as they broke up a 1,500-strong illegal rave, authorities said Saturday, with one party-goer losing a hand in the clashes.

Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd, who defied an 11:00 pm coronavirus curfew on Friday and just stayed on into Saturday afternoon at a race course near Redon in Brittany.

There were “very violent clashes” when 400 police intervened, local prefect Emmanuel Berthier said, adding the violence lasted more than seven hours through the night.

“An evacuation operation is underway at the site,” the prefecture tweeted later.

Police detained five men on Saturday and opened an inquiry into violence against people in positions of public authority.

Two of the five injured police officers had to be taken to the hospital in Redon, Berthier said.

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

Spain: New Conservative Madrid Govt Proposes €14.5k for Expecting Mothers

The recently-elected conservative government in Madrid has proposed giving expecting mothers €14,500 (£12,456/$17,203) in financial aid as an incentive to increase the Spanish birth rate.

The proposal was announced this week by the acting president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, a member of the Popular Party (PP), which won last month’sMadrid elections.

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

Switzerland Votes to Extend Government COVID Powers

In an interview with Infowars Europe, Swiss citizen Catarina explained the implications of a recent referendum in which voters granted the government expanded ‘emergency’ powers related to the COVID crisis, which has dragged on for nearly 18 months.

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

Switzerland: Left Criticizes Anti-Terror Law to Monitor ‘Potential Terrorists’ As Young as 12

While “human rights” organizations are condemning Switzerland (see HERE and HERE) they largely ignore the torture and murder of innocent people by jihadists. Instead, they are worried about possible abuse of authority by the Swiss in merely watching over these children for “signs of potential jihad activity”.

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

UK: Buckingham Palace Inquiry Results of Meghan Markle’s ‘Bullying’ Could be Delayed Until 2022

The results of Buckingham Palace’s human resources investigation into claims that the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle bullied royal staff could be delayed until next year, a new report claims.

While the findings of the “highly sensitive inquiry which is being conducted by an independent law firm, were expected to be announced in the annual Sovereign Grant report to be published this week,” they will not be, according to the Times of London. Royal sources confirmed to the paper that the investigation is “ongoing” and may not be released until next year.

The investigation was launched in March after Markle was accused of bullying at least two palace aides during her short tenure as a senior British royal — occasionally reducing staffers to tears and “humiliating” another.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion Protestors Dressed as Staff Confront Queen at Ascot

Four women dressed as members of staff chained and glued themselves to railings on the final day of the event this afternoon. The Queen, 95, attended today in what is one of the first events she has attended following the loss of Prince Philip, but was forced to witness security staff ejecting the four women. The group managed to unveil a banner after the first race at 2.30pm as Her Majesty watched on without her husband of 74 years by her side.

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

UK: Trio Receive COVID Fines After Lockdown Meeting on Somerset High Street

Eight people have been fined for breaking coronavirus rules in Somerset and the local area in recent days.

Three of those people were fined for breaking coronavirus rules by participating in a gathering of more than two people on Glastonbury High Street back in November last year.

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

UK: Tory MP Says People Must Reject Lockdown ‘Doom-Mongering’ From Scientists

A leading Conservative lockdown-sceptic MP has said that Britain will need to learn to live with the Chinese virus rather than submit to the “doom-mongering” put forward by the likes of Professor Neil Ferguson.

On Thursday, Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson claimed that the so-called Indian (or Delta) variant of the coronavirus could lead to in excess of 1,200 deaths per day this summer.

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

Muslim Cleric Calls for Murder of Police Officers

He’d fit right in with the American Left.

“Imam of Lod mosque arrested for inciting violence against police,” Israel Hayom, June 17, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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‘Regime Change and Yes to a Democratic Iran’: Iranian Protestors Massively Boycott Elections

Tensions mount in Iran in the wake of their presidential elections on Friday, as protestors country-wide burn campaign posters and write pro-democracy graffiti messages.

Messages scrawled on walls over Tehran read “Our vote is regime change and Yes to a democratic Iran,” and “we will not vote for murderers.”

According to the Daily Wire, The Iranian government decided to extend polling station way into the wee hours in an effort to improve what still remained an extremely low voter turnout in what many critics have called a “sham” election.

It is estimated that the elections will go to Ebrahim Raisi, who is the favoured candidate of the Iranian religious authorities. Raisi is famous for his hardline stance against the protests that have rocked Iran in recent years, and appears to not be very popular with the Iranian public in general.

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Pakistan: Christian Man Abducted and Raped by a Group of Muslims in Faisalabad

Faisalabad (AsiaNews) — Danish Masih, a 17-year-old Christian man from the city of Ghafari, was drugged, kidnapped and tortured by a group of Muslims before he was dumped in a desolate area of Pakistan.

Even though his father reported his son’s disappearance, the police did not act. The victim was eventually able to make it home alone after five days in captivity.

The story began on 6 June when the young man went missing; two days later, his father Daniyal alerted the police about his disappearance, but nothing was done.

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Apple Denies Censoring “LGBT” Apps in China, Says it Removed Four for “Legal” Reasons

Apple is accused of the removal of 27 “LGBT”-related apps from its App Store in China. Apple denies the claims, saying that some of the apps unavailability is the choice of the developer but added that it did remove four apps for “legal” reasons.

A report prepared by Fight for the Future, in collaboration with GreatFire, a China-based non-profit that primarily tracks websites blocked by the Great Firewall of China, claims that 27 apps are not available in China’s App Store. The report accuses Apple of “actively helping governments around the world” discriminate against certain groups.”

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Exclusive: Wuhan Lab Found All Genes to Recreate ‘Epidemic Strain’ of Coronavirus in 2017

The Wuhan Institute of Virology — increasingly believed to be the source for the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus — obtained “all the genes to make a SARS coronavirus similar to the epidemic strain,” according to a 2017 report by Science News

The article — “Bats in China carry all the ingredients to make a new SARS virus” — documents how a Wuhan Institute of Virology research team led by the Fauci-funded “bat lady” Shi Zhengli sampled wild bats.

Also cross-posted to the Wuhan lab’s website, the November 30th 2017 report reveals how data collected by Shi’s team enabled the lab to “make a SARS coronavirus similar to the epidemic strain”.

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Revealed: Google and USAID Funded Wuhan Collaborator Peter Daszak’s Virus Experiments for Over a Decade

Google funded research conducted by Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance — a controversial group which has openly collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on “killer” bat coronavirus research — for over a decade, The National Pulse can today reveal.

The unearthed financial ties between EcoHealth Alliance and Google follow months of big tech censorship of stories and individuals in support of the COVID-19 “lab leak” theory.

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Wannabe Jihadi Googled ‘How to Join ISIS’

“How to join ISIS” and “what part of Yemen is ISIS in” are some of the things Khaled Temssah wanted to know while organising to buy an AK-47 through undercover police.

The Melbourne used car salesman now says he was radicalised through charity work after being exposed to the suffering of women and children in Kashmir.

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Germany: Muslim Migrant Murders His Wife, Invokes Sharia in Court, Says it Allows Him to Punish Her

There is domestic violence in all cultures, but only in one does it have divine sanction.

The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, says in a hadith that Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: ‘Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?’“ — Sahih Muslim 2127

An another hadith states: “Rifa’a divorced his wife whereupon ‘AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. ‘Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Messenger came, Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!’“ — Sahih Bukhari 7.77.5825

“Woman ‘slaughtered’ — man invokes Sharia law,” translated from “Frau “abgeschlachtet” — Mann berief sich auf Scharia,” Welt, June 17, 2021 (thanks to Medforth).

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Germany: ‘Right-Wing Extremist’ Who Threw Burning Bottle at Families on Playground Was Actually a Muslim Migrant

In Germany as in the United States, the Left pursues its agenda at the expense of the truth, ignoring the reality of jihad violence and wildly exaggerating a terror threat from so-called “right-wing extremists.” If the facts don’t match the narrative, alter the facts to fit the narrative.

“Greens look for neo-Nazi — find German-Iranian!,” translated from “Grüne suchen Neonazi — finden Deutsch-Iraner!,” JournalistenWatch, June 17, 2021.

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Iranian Migrant Arrested for Attacking Three Women at French Asylum Center

Police arrested an Iranian migrant for allegedly assaulting three women at an asylum center in France this week, according to reports.

The 25-year-old suspect was apprehended during a ‘major’ response from law enforcement and rescue services at a migrant reception center in the commune of Nédonchel on Monday morning.

Three female victims were hospitalized following the incident, which involved physical and verbal abuse, including death threats.

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Italy: Rome Court Convicts 4 Men for Sexual Assault, Murder of Teen

ROME (AP) — An Italian court late Saturday convicted four African men in the drugging, aggravated sexual assault and murder of an Italian teen in Rome, a crime that spurred calls in Italy for quick expulsions of migrants illegally living in in the country, state TV and private Italian media said.

After some nine hours of deliberation, the court delivered its verdict and sentenced two of the defendants to life imprisonment, Italy’s stiffest criminal punishment, and meted out prison sentences of 27 and 24.5 years to the other two, the LaPresse news agency said.

The body of Desiree Mariottini, 16, was found in October 2018 in an abandoned building used by drug dealers in a neighborhood near Rome’s main train station. When arrested, the suspects were found to be lacking documents granting permission for migrants to legally reside in Italy.

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UK Border Force Going Radio Silent While Picking Up Migrants From the French: Report

The UK’s Border Force has reportedly been employing covert tactics, including turning off tracking and radio systems while picking up migrants in the English Channel after a report claimed they were entering into French waters to ferry migrants to British shores.

Border Force cutters such as the Seeker allegedly have been turning off their Automatic Identification System (AIS) radar system used to prevent crashes in the busy waterway in order to avoid detection while accepting boat migrants from the French navy, it has been alleged.

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Catholic Democrats Appeal to ‘Primacy of Conscience’ In Abortion Support

Sixty Catholic Democrats in Congress have written an open “Statement of Principles” explaining why the Catholic Church should not deny Holy Communion to professed Catholics who promote abortion.

The open letter was published online on June 18 to coincide with the June meeting of the U.S. bishops, who discussed, among other things, the question of “Eucharistic coherence” and conditions under which a Catholic should not present himself to receive Holy Communion.

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U.S. Bishops Vote to Draft Document on Worthiness to Receive Communion

The U.S. bishops voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve drafting a document on the reception of Holy Communion, a topic with clear repercussions for President Joe Biden, a professed Catholic who supports the expansion of abortion rights.

Approximately three-quarters of the bishops (168) voted in favor of drafting the text, while only 55 voted against, with 6 abstentions.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/19/2021

  1. Maybe the rest of sane society could ban those who have been to a Springsteen “concert” for their lack of taste in music.

    I have never understood his popularity or association with patriotism. Ever since I first truly listened to the lyrics of his “Born in the USA” rag I have known that the guy is 100% a douche and nothing I have heard of him in the news since has convinced me otherwise.

    • Springsteen was huge, because of his carefully cultivated Jersey Shore personna, but, he sold out. In retrospect, I wonder if he was ever authentic.

    • I saw him in concert many years ago. But that [epithet] is a liberal con artist and he suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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