Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/25/2021

A surgeon at the University of Saskatchewan has been fired for calling for informed consent concerning vaccines. Meanwhile, Portugal has extended its lockdown and other COVID restrictions until at least July 11.

In other news, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22½ years in prison.

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USA
» 2 Women and 1 Man Charged in Beating and Strangling of Illinois Cop During Traffic Stop
» Biden Takes Heat for Using Word ‘Latinx’ In Explaining Why the Population is Slow to Get Vaccinated
» Breaking: Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for the Murder of George Floyd
» Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs 3 Workforce Bills at Community College in Tampa
» Grandma Charged With ‘Parading’ At Capitol Riot Told by Attorney to Denounce White Privilege Before Judge Sentenced Her
» HuffPo Writer, Prominent Progressive Activist Sentenced to 13 Years for Child Sex Crimes
» In Affluent Williamson County, An Uproar Over Critical Race Theory
» John McAfee’s Widow Says He Was Not Suicidal
» Portland Police Reassure Antifa That Man Shot by Police Was White to Avoid Riot
» Predators Circle the Babylon Bee
» Report Finds UFOs May be Security Risk, Have No ‘Single Explanation’
» Shaun King Wants Justice for Vandalized George Floyd Statue — a Year Ago He Demanded Jesus Statues be Torn Down
» Soros Gun-Ban Group Has Key Role in Biden ‘Crime’ Plan
» South Carolina Protests Continue in Rock Hill; Arrests Reported
» Trump Hits Back at Gen. Milley Over Critical Race Theory Comments: ‘Sad and Pathetic’
» Trump Blasts Biden DOJ Amid Lawsuit Against Georgia Voter Integrity Law
» Watch: Psaki Says DOJ Suit Against Georgia Voting Laws is ‘Going to be a Fight’ of Biden’s Presidency
» Watch: Joe Rogan Slams Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Really Have a Leader in This Country Anymore’
» Watch: Sen Cruz Calls Biden’s ATF Nominee ‘Far Out of the Mainstream’ on Gun Confiscation
» Winston Marshall Quits Mumford and Sons Months After Tweet Praising Journalist Andy NGO
 
Canada
» Breaking: City of Burnaby Cancels Canada Day
» Doctor Fired From University of Saskatchewan After Posting Online Statement Asking for “Informed Consent” on Vaccines
» Three Percenters Added to Canada’s Terrorist List
» Three Historic Churches Burnt Down This Month on Canadian Aboriginal Reserves
» Vancouver Police Chief Says Weekly Protests Are Pushing Costs Up
 
Europe and the EU
» CIA Tip-Off Led to Arrest of Hungarian Would be Islamist Terrorist
» COVID-19 Travel Certificate Rolled Out in Belgium
» Did a Comet Strike 13,000 Years Ago Change Human Civilization as We Know it?
» Dutch PM: Hungary Has No Business Being in the EU
» PM Orban: New Hungarian Law Protects Children and Parents
» Polish Teen Who Protested False WWII History in French Textbook Was Called ‘Descendant of Murderers’
» Portugal Extends COVID Restrictions
» Romania Gives Donald Tusk Highest Civilian Award
» UK: Andrew Neil Shuts Down Extinction Rebellion Founder in Fiery Clash ‘Never Mention China!’
» UK: Lockdown Architect Caught Red Handed Violating Lockdown to Have Affair With Mistress
» UK: Ministers Will Ditch Their Masks ‘As Soon as Possible’
» UK: Police Warn Partygoers and Organisers as Illegal Rave Planned in Cumbria
» UK: Protests Expected to Hit London This Weekend With Anti Lockdown and XR Rallies
» UK: Revealed: Privately-Educated Model and Actress, 28, Is the Mastermind of Extinction Rebellion’s Planned Attack on the Press This Weekend — as 12 Eco-Warriors Are Held Over London Protest
» UK: Rising Number of Children on Antidepressants Coincided With Lockdowns: Report
» ‘We Love Poles, And We Treat Them Like Brothers’ — Hungarian Sculptor Gifts John Paul II Sculpture to Polish University
 
North Africa
» Libya: Try to Involve US Says Draghi
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Vaccine Inventor: Israel Missed COVID Jab’s Cardiotoxicity Risks
 
Middle East
» Almost All Remaining Jews in Yemen Deported — Saudi Media
 
Far East
» Another New Scientific Study Concludes COVID Originated in November 2019, Before Wet Market Cases and Exact Same Day Lab Workers Got Sick
» Rights Group Covering Xinjiang Internment Camps Moves to Odysee After YouTube Censorship
» Scientists Say Newly Discovered ‘Dragon Man’ Species is Likely Our Closest Ancestor
» Video: Scalise Charges Democrats ‘Trying to Cover Up for China’ on COVID Origin
» Wuhan Coronavirus Lab Shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Science Achievement’ Prize by China’s Government Run Academy of Sciences
 
Immigration
» 3 Dead, 3 Injured After Attack by “Knifeman” In Wurzburg, Germany
» Austria Unites With Hungary, Czechia on Migration
» France: Police Clear Hundreds of Migrants Protesting in Central Paris
» Gov. DeSantis Deploys 50 State Law Officers to Patrol the Mexican Border as GOP Govs Target Biden Policies
» Greek Migrant Traffickers Arrested in Italy-Bound Speedboat
» Illegal Migration Into Europe is Surging Again
» Italy: Ten Sentenced to Up to 11 Yrs Over Migrant NGO Scam
» Philadelphia Becomes ‘Sanctuary’ School District, Will Train Staff How to Respond to ICE
» Three Killed, Five Seriously Injured in Germany Knife Attack
» Twice as Many Illegal Migrants Along ‘Balkan Route’ This Year
» VP Harris Met by Protesters in El Paso: ‘Kamala, You Came a Little Too Late’
 
Culture Wars
» Scottish Lawmaker Joanna Cherry Returns to the Bar to Defend Woman Accused of “Hate Crime” Over Tweet
» YouTube CEO on Why Lewd Music Videos Stay Monetized But Other Content is Censored
 

2 Women and 1 Man Charged in Beating and Strangling of Illinois Cop During Traffic Stop

The Aurora, IL Police Department charged three suspects, a male and two females, on Tuesday after an incident in which a police officer was allegedly beaten and strangled.

All three suspects are currently in custody, with the bail set for both women at $50,000 each. The man’s bail has been set at $75,000.

Sisters Jennifer Taylor and Sheba Taylor, aged 24 and 26 years respectively, and Paul Sherrod, aged 28 years, were each charged with one count of aggravated battery, resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, and aggravated assault of a police officer, according to Fox News.

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Biden Takes Heat for Using Word ‘Latinx’ In Explaining Why the Population is Slow to Get Vaccinated

President Biden is facing a firestorm of criticism that he is “racist as it gets,” after he claimed Thursday that “Latinx” people are less likely to get COVID-19 shots because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”

The 78-year-old commander-in-chief made the eyebrow-raising claim in North Carolina after he’d already confused the Tuskegee Airmen — the heroic African American pilots of World War II — with the victims of the infamous decades-long Tuskegee syphilis study.

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Breaking: Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for the Murder of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd, was sentenced by Judge Kahill on Friday to 22 and a half years in prison, with 199 days time served.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs 3 Workforce Bills at Community College in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Thursday morning in Tampa to sign three pieces of legislation aimed at improving Florida vocational and workforce training.

The governor spoke at Hillsborough Community College ahead of the bill signings.

“Our universities in Florida are very affordable, but you look around at some of these private universities — particularly places in other parts of the country — and you have some of these students that are saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in debt sometimes a hundred plus thousand dollars, and then they have a degree in like zombie studies or something,” DeSantis said. “And then they get out and you end up working in a job that you didn’t even need to go to college for.”

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Grandma Charged With ‘Parading’ At Capitol Riot Told by Attorney to Denounce White Privilege Before Judge Sentenced Her

An Indiana grandmother up on trespassing charges in the Capitol riot case was told by her court-appointed public defender to denounce her “white privilege.” The defense attorney gave her a reading list to reprogram her political views in order to cut a deal for no prison time for trespassing on January 6. She’s the first of the trespassers to be sentenced.

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HuffPo Writer, Prominent Progressive Activist Sentenced to 13 Years for Child Sex Crimes

Joel Davis, the current “Youth Ambassador for the United States on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the co-founding Executive Director of Youth to End Sexual Violence,” has been sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison.

According to the Huffington Post‘s own website, Davis “works in close partnership with the [US] government, the United Nations and various civil society and youth-led organizations to galvanize international support for the engagement of youth on the topic of sexual and gender based violence in conflict.”

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In Affluent Williamson County, An Uproar Over Critical Race Theory

Amid uproar over Williamson County Schools’ curriculum, Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson is questioning the district’s Wit & Wisdom reading program and whether it teaches critical race theory.

Johnson, a Franklin Republican whose children attend system schools, said this week he reviewed a large part of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum and found items that are “very problematic and certainly not age appropriate, if appropriate at all.”

Great Minds’ Wit & Wisdom, which received failing grades from initial reviewers of the state textbook commission but finally passed muster with the Education Department with waivers approved by curriculum Commissioner Penny Schwinn, is under attack from a parent group called Moms for Liberty

“I think there certainly are elements of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum that could be construed as being aligned with critical race theory,” Johnson told Tennessee Lookout.

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John McAfee’s Widow Says He Was Not Suicidal

John McAfee’s widow says that her husband was not suicidal when she last spoke to him and told her he would call her later that evening.

McAfee was found dead on Wednesday hours after a Spanish court ruled that he would be extradited to the U.S., where he faced the rest of his life in jail for tax evasion.

Speaking outside the Spanish prison where the anti-virus software tycoon was found dead, Janice McAfee, said: “His last words to me were, ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening.”

“Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,” she added.

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Portland Police Reassure Antifa That Man Shot by Police Was White to Avoid Riot

Portland Police moved to reassure Antifa extremists that a man they shot in the back was white in order to avoid a riot after it was erroneously reported the victim was black.

Yes, really.

After a man allegedly armed with a screwdriver was shot by cops outside a motel in Northeast Portland, authorities moved quickly to announce that the suspect was not African-American.

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Predators Circle the Babylon Bee

The war on satire is picking up speed on social and mainstream media, who seem to be embarking on an Orwellian undertaking to define humor and enforce that particular definition, and then use it as a pretext to censor content they dislike.

Seth Dillon, CEO of the Babylon Bee satirical site, warned about this, illustrating how Facebook and mainstream media like Slate appear to be playing tag-team on this latest perplexing policy.

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Report Finds UFOs May be Security Risk, Have No ‘Single Explanation’

Is the truth out there? Maybe.

A long-awaited US government report on UFO sightings released Friday was largely inconclusive, describing the more than 140 strange objects seen by military personnel across the nation as a threat to flight safety and possibly national security, but adding that there was no “single explanation” for their appearance.

The nine-page public report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said the lack of “high-quality reporting … hampers our ability to draw firm conclusions about the nature or intent” of the unidentified objects, but concluded they were likely physical in nature since they were picked up on radar and other sensors.

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Shaun King Wants Justice for Vandalized George Floyd Statue — a Year Ago He Demanded Jesus Statues be Torn Down

Activists and author Shaun King has a message for those who vandalized a George Floyd statue in Brooklyn, New York. He wants justice for the George Floyd statue, and he’ll do everything he can to get it.

It was just a year ago that King was calling for statues to be pulled down in the name of social justice, proclaiming fully that the tearing down of statues as a form of political speech was a necessary and laudable act.

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Soros Gun-Ban Group Has Key Role in Biden ‘Crime’ Plan

President Joe Biden is teaming with anti-gun advocate George Soros and several other liberal groups in his bid to reduce violent crime by focusing on guns and legal gun sellers.

Included in his plan is hosting meetings over the next 18 months in 15 high-crime cities where Soros’s Open Society Foundation and 12 other pro-gun-control groups will spell out “best practices” to help city leaders with the explosion of violence in their cities.

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South Carolina Protests Continue in Rock Hill; Arrests Reported

At least eight people were arrested in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Thursday as protestscontinued for a second straight night following the release of a video that showed police arresting two Black men in a struggle at a gas station Wednesday.

Dozens of people showed up at the Rock Hill Police Department to protest and officials said the arrests occurred over the span of three hours, WSOC-TV of Charlotte, North Carolina, reported.

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Trump Hits Back at Gen. Milley Over Critical Race Theory Comments: ‘Sad and Pathetic’

Former President Donald Trump laid into General Mark Milley Friday over viral comments he made in support of critical race theory on Capitol Hill, continuing his attacks on the loosely defined academic framework that’s become a subject of derision on the right.

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Trump Blasts Biden DOJ Amid Lawsuit Against Georgia Voter Integrity Law

Former President Donald Trump released a statement lambasting the politicization of the Department of Justice, following the announcement of a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over a recently passed election reform bill.

“The right of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement announcing the decision.

“This lawsuit is the first step of many we are taking to ensure that all eligible voters can cast a vote; that all lawful votes are counted; and that every voter has access to accurate information.”

In his statement, Trump slammed the Justice Department for filing the suit and urged Peach State residents to sue their representatives.

“Biden’s Department of Justice just announced that they are suing the Great State of Georgia over its Election Integrity Act,” his statement began. “Actually, it should be the other way around! The PEOPLE of Georgia should SUE the State, and their elected officials, for running a CORRUPT AND RIGGED 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — and for trying to suppress the VOTE of the AMERICAN PEOPLE in Georgia.”

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Watch: Psaki Says DOJ Suit Against Georgia Voting Laws is ‘Going to be a Fight’ of Biden’s Presidency

During a press conference Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki fielded numerous questions regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement that they filed a lawsuit against Georgia’s election integrity laws.

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Watch: Joe Rogan Slams Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Really Have a Leader in This Country Anymore’

Podcast firebrand Joe Rogan blasted President Joe Biden’s lack of strong leadership while discussing the current state of American politics Friday.

The show’s eponymous host was speaking with guest and fellow comedian Iliza Shlesinger on the iconic podcast Friday when the topic of cancel culture came up. Rogan iterated that he feels that the lack of a proper leader in America is at least partially to blame for the current mob mentality dominating the culture.

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Watch: Sen Cruz Calls Biden’s ATF Nominee ‘Far Out of the Mainstream’ on Gun Confiscation

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday regarding the controversial appointment of David Chipman as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Chipman’s appointment is part of the Biden administration’s plan to control guns, which he announced in April.

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Winston Marshall Quits Mumford and Sons Months After Tweet Praising Journalist Andy NGO

Winston Marshall has received praise from his father and much of the public for officially quitting rock band Mumford and Sons, a few months after becoming a victim of “cancel culture” for praising a conservative journalist. Marshall announced quitting the band in a 1,263 word essay posted on Medium.

“Very proud of my son!” Sir Paul Marshall wrote in a tweet where he shared a link to his son’s Medium article.

The controversy sparked in March, after Marshall, the lead banjoist for his band, praised conservative journalist and writer Andy Ngo for his book on the history and his experience with far-left movement Antifa. At the time, Marshall wrote: “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.”

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Breaking: City of Burnaby Cancels Canada Day

The city of Burnaby, BC, has announced that it will not be hosting Canada Day celebrations, joining the list of cities in the province that have cancelled festivities to express reconciliation after the discovery of unmarked graves containing the remains of Indigenous children at Kamloops Indian Residential School.

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Doctor Fired From University of Saskatchewan After Posting Online Statement Asking for “Informed Consent” on Vaccines

Dr. Francis Christian was fired from his position at the University of Saskatchewan and is being investigated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for an online statement calling for informed consent when it comes to vaccines.

Dr. Christian has been a surgeon for over 20 years. In 2018, he was appointed to the position of Director of Surgical Humanities Program and Director of Quality and Patient Safety at the University of Saskatchewan. He also co-founded the Surgical Humanities Program and is an editor of the Journal of The Surgical Humanities.

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Three Percenters Added to Canada’s Terrorist List

On Friday, the Canadian government designated the right-wing Three Percenters as a terrorist organization, adding the group to its list of terrorist entities.

According to Global News, the government argued that the group has an active presence within Canadian borders and could threaten national security.

The Three Percenters are named after the unproven theory that only three percent of colonials fought against the British during the Revolutionary War but achieved liberty for all. More than 480 individuals have been charged in connection with Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 At least 26 of those charged have been part of far-right groups including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters. The Three Percenters are considered to have also been responsible for a foiled plot across the border to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Three Historic Churches Burnt Down This Month on Canadian Aboriginal Reserves

Two Catholic churches on First Nations reservations in British Columbia are the latest churches burned down this month under what police have claimed are suspicious circumstances.

The Sacred Heart Chuch in Penticton and St Gregory’s Church on Osoyoos Indian Band lands, both over 100 years old, were destroyed in fires within hours of each other on Monday morning, with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigators treating both of the fires as suspicious.

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Vancouver Police Chief Says Weekly Protests Are Pushing Costs Up

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Vancouver police say protests happening in the city nearly every weekend are draining the department’s budget.

The VPD’s police chief says the 2021 budget is already taking a big hit. He points to weekly demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays, including 19 this past weekend.

“Vancouver is the epicentre for the entire province, so places like the Vancouver Art Gallery, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Public Library — these places that we see incredible numbers of people showing up,” Chief Adam Palmer said Thursday.

Palmer says 2021 is already worse than last year, mainly because of staged events.

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CIA Tip-Off Led to Arrest of Hungarian Would be Islamist Terrorist

The young man who was arrested by Hungary’s Counter-Terrorism Center on June 1 on suspicion of planning attacks during the Euro 2020 football tournament in Budapest was apprehended thanks to tips from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Hungarian tabloid Blikk reports.

The authorities have charged him with preparing to drive a truck into the crowd at the European Football Championship — held partly in Budapest — and he also wanted to detonate pipe bombs filled with nails.

According to Blikk, the young man, who was raised in a wealthy family, was unmasked during a CIA operation. One of the agency’s intelligence agents infiltrated a dark web group, and his work was so successful that the CIA managed to liquidate an entire Islamist cell. The revelation of the suspected Hungarian terrorist plot was an ancillary benefit to the main goals of the CIA’s operation.

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COVID-19 Travel Certificate Rolled Out in Belgium

A COVID-19 travel certificate expected to greatly simplify travel within the EU has been made available in Belgium from Wednesday (16 June), the country’s authorities confirmed.

The “European digital COVID certificate”, referred to in Belgium as the COVID certificate, is a document obtained at no cost and recognised throughout the European Union to facilitate travel abroad, whether business trips or tourist stays.

It contains data as to the person’s COVID-19 vaccination status, current negative PCR test, or confirmation that the person has recently recovered from the disease.

It will be accepted by authorities in all EU member states on paper or via smartphone, from 1 July, although some countries are accepting it already.

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Did a Comet Strike 13,000 Years Ago Change Human Civilization as We Know it?

Could a devastating comet impact in Earth’s distant past have forever changed human civilization?

Scientists think that a cluster of comet shards may have smashed into Earth’ssurface 13,000 years ago, in the most catastrophic impact since the Chicxulub event killed off Earth’s large dinosaurs about 66 million years ago. In a new study, a team led by Martin Sweatman, a scientist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, investigated the impact and how it could have shaped the origins of human societies on Earth.

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Dutch PM: Hungary Has No Business Being in the EU

Arriving for a two-day summit of EU leaders in Brussels, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte launched yet another attack on Hungary because of its recently adopted anti-pedophile law, which the liberal Western press has labeled anti-LGBT.

“In my opinion, they have no business (being) in the EU,” Rutte told Dutch TV channel RTL on a Brussels street, with rainbow-colored flags visible in the background. Before RTL asked him the question, the camera panned to a rainbow flag just over his head.

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PM Orban: New Hungarian Law Protects Children and Parents

The new Hungarian regulation is about how the child becomes acquainted with the otherwise difficult and complicated issue of sexuality, and the law helps the parent make that decision for their own family. That is why it is a child and parental protection law, Prime Minister Viktor Orban emphasized in Brussels on Thursday, ahead of a two-day meeting of EU leaders.

Orban was speaking as he arrived to the summit and met his Visegrad Four counterparts, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Henger, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Answering a question from journalists, Orban said, “It is an honor for Hungary if any prime minister or a president of the European Council is interested in a Hungarian law.”

“I would love to tell them that there is no question of any law that would apply to homosexuality. This law is not about this, this law is about the upbringing of children, the upbringing of any sexual content,” he said, adding that “it’s always better to read something first and only then react to it; that’s the right order.”

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Polish Teen Who Protested False WWII History in French Textbook Was Called ‘Descendant of Murderers’

In March 2017, Jakub Vaugon, who was then 14 and was attending school in Paris, managed to correct the record regarding false information contained in his history textbook concerning Poland. The book stated that Poles were part of the Treblinka concentration camp staff.

The teenager’s parents, Agnieszka and Jerome Vaugon, told the Polish Press Agency that the consequences due to their son’s actions were severe, resulting in an unpleasant reaction among his friends and the school staff. The students called him a “Polack” and a “descendant of murderers”.

“When our son came home with news about what happened in class, he was very upset. No one believed him that Poles were not the perpetrators in Treblinka,” Mrs. Vaugon said.

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Portugal Extends COVID Restrictions

The Portuguese government has said that rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and increasing hospitalizations means the country must postpone plans to remove restrictions and social distancing rules.

Speaking on Thursday, Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference that the planned deconfinement would be postponed until at least July 11.

“Portugal is clearly in the red zone of our risk matrix, so there are no conditions to continue the deconfinement,” she said, adding that with the “concerning levels of Covid… we don’t have conditions to move forward.”

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Romania Gives Donald Tusk Highest Civilian Award

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis awarded European People’s Party President Donald Tusk the highest civilian honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania.

“Deeply moved to receive the Order of the Star of Romania — Grand Cross. Thanks to President Iohannis & dear Romanian friends, I feel more motivated to continue serving the Polish-Romanian friendship, our common Europe & ideals we share: freedom, solidarity & simple human decency,” Tusk tweeted on Thursday upon receiving the state award.

While Hungary, with the EU summit at full steam in Brussels, had not yet reacted to the news, the award can be construed as an insult directed at Hungary, given that the very same Iohannis stripped a prominent ethnic Hungarian clergyman and politician of the Star of Romania for alleged “anti-Romanian” activities.

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UK: Andrew Neil Shuts Down Extinction Rebellion Founder in Fiery Clash ‘Never Mention China!’

ANDREW NEIL has shut down the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion over the environmental protest movement’s silence on China’s carbon emissions

Andrew Neil has clashed with the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Roger Hallam over the protest groups’ position towards China. The veteran broadcaster challenged the activist over the disruptive tactics the climate group has used in the UK over recent years. Mr Neil accused Extinction Rebellion of looking to “disrupt life in Britain” while never mentioning the role of China in polluting the planet with fossil fuels.

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UK: Lockdown Architect Caught Red Handed Violating Lockdown to Have Affair With Mistress

Lockdown architect who denied tens of millions of people a proper private life violates the rules he imposed on us to pursue his degenerate private life.

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UK: Ministers Will Ditch Their Masks ‘As Soon as Possible’

A senior minister has said he will stop wearing a mask “as soon as possible”, in remarks likely signalling the Cabinet’s confidence that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted on July 19th.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a delay to the end of all legal coronavirus restrictions from June 21st to July 19th amidst concerns over the Indian strain of the Chinese virus.

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UK: Police Warn Partygoers and Organisers as Illegal Rave Planned in Cumbria

Police are warning organisers and possible partygoers against attending illegal raves this weekend as they learn of an event planned in Cumbria.

Officers have received information that an illegal rave is planned to take place this weekend in Cumbria.

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UK: Protests Expected to Hit London This Weekend With Anti Lockdown and XR Rallies

A wave of protests is expected to hit the capital this weekend as anti lockdown demonstrations continue to sweep London.

Gatherings and marches are set to take place in Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark on Saturday and Sunday when Extinction Rebellion activists are also set to return to the streets.

The Metropolitan Police have arrested 12 people as part of a crackdown on demonstrators ahead of the chaos.

Officers carried out raids in three areas of London on Friday where they seized items including bamboo structures, lock-on equipment and other items “which could be used to cause criminal damage and obstructions”

Laurence Fox joined antilockdown demonstrators outside Downing Street last weekend after the Prime Minister delayed his roadmap out of lockdown.

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UK: Revealed: Privately-Educated Model and Actress, 28, Is the Mastermind of Extinction Rebellion’s Planned Attack on the Press This Weekend — as 12 Eco-Warriors Are Held Over London Protest

The mastermind behind a planned attack on the Press by Extinction Rebellion this weekend is a privately-educated model and actress with a court record, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Gully Bujak, 28, has been convicted of criminal acts three times during XR climate protests — including for her part in blockading a major printing works in September.

A former junior head girl at Stover School in Devon — where her father used to be headmaster — she was one of six protesters found guilty of obstructing a highway in an action that stopped the distribution of millions of newspapers, including the Daily Mail.

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UK: Rising Number of Children on Antidepressants Coincided With Lockdowns: Report

An increase in prescribing antidepressants to children in England peaked with each of the three national lockdowns during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, an analysis of data claims.

While the number of patients aged to 17 being prescribed antidepressants has been increasing, National Health Service (NHS) data obtained by The Pharmaceutical Journaland published on Wednesday revealed that rise accelerated during the pandemic, with three distinct peaks: in March 2020, November 2020, and January 2021.

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‘We Love Poles, And We Treat Them Like Brothers’ — Hungarian Sculptor Gifts John Paul II Sculpture to Polish University

A statue of John Paul II crafted by Hungarian sculptor Lajos Gyorfi commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Polish pope’s birth and also serves as a testament to what the sculptor says is his deep connection with Poland.

Gyorfi, whose wife Maria is Polish, had initially desired to have the statue unveiled and blessed on March 23, 2021, which is Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day, yet due to the pandemic the event was postponed.

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Libya: Try to Involve US Says Draghi

EU intervention under UN aegis says Italy PM

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 23 — Premier Mario Draghi said Italy would try to involve the US in the Libyan situation on Wednesday, under the aegis of the UN, saying “the actor that h as the most cards to play does not want to be involved in that part of the world”.

“It’s not as if we have no cards to play in Libya,” Draghi told the Senate.

“We have at least as many as the other actors…we spoke about it in Cornwall.

“What we are trying to do is to urge the intervention of the UN under the auspices of the UN and at that point we can see if the US intends to be involved”.

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Vaccine Inventor: Israel Missed COVID Jab’s Cardiotoxicity Risks

The doctor who developed the technology used in the majority of COVID shots warned that the US government is withholding information regarding the risks from coronavirus vaccines.

Dr. Robert Malone, who invented the mRNA technology now being used in both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines, spoke with Fox News this week about the push to vaccinate young adults and even children.

With the Centers for Disease Control finding a link between the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines and heart muscle inflammation among young people — particularly younger males — Dr. Malone said that a “risk-benefit” analysis must be made before children are vaccinated en masse.

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Almost All Remaining Jews in Yemen Deported — Saudi Media

The last three Jewish families in Yemen were deported by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leaving only four elderly Jews in the country, the London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported over the weekend.

The move marks the virtual end of a 2,600-year-old Jewish community in Yemen.

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Another New Scientific Study Concludes COVID Originated in November 2019, Before Wet Market Cases and Exact Same Day Lab Workers Got Sick

Scientists at the University of Kent in the UK have published new research that concludes it is most likely the virus that causes Covid-19 was circulating in Wuhan in November 2019, or even weeks earlier in October, before any cases linked to the Huanan wet market were reported in December 2019.

The research, which used methods from conservation science, according to reports, finds that the most probable date of the emergence of the virus was November 17, 2019.

The paper notes that SARS-CoV-2 could have first appeared from early October and concludes that it had already circled the globe by January 2020.

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Rights Group Covering Xinjiang Internment Camps Moves to Odysee After YouTube Censorship

After facing months of censorship at the hands of tech giant YouTube, Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights, a channel that shares testimonies from people who say their families are imprisoned in Xinjiang’s internment camps, has embraced Odysee — a decentralized video sharing platform that’s built on the LBRY blockchain

The channel has published close to 11,000 videos on YouTube and racked up over 120 million total views on the platform. Many of its videos feature the testimony of people talking about relatives who have disappeared in China’s Xinjiang region — an area where human rights groups estimate up to one million people may have been detained in camps.

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Scientists Say Newly Discovered ‘Dragon Man’ Species is Likely Our Closest Ancestor

Meet “Dragon Man,” a member of a newly discovered species of human who could be our closest ancestor.

Scientists announced Friday that a mammoth fossilized skull — discovered at the bottom of a well in northeastern China in 2018 — could be more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals, Agence France-Presse reported.

The so-called Harbin skull was reportedly first discovered in the 1930s in the Chinese city of the same name in Heilongjiang province — but was then hidden for about 85 years to protect it from the Japanese army.

It was later dug up and handed over in 2018 to Ji Qiang, a professor at Hebei GEO University.

On Friday, scientists made the thrilling announcement in a new study that the well-preserved cranium belonged to a previously unknown species of ancient human who lived in East Asia at least 146,000 years ago.

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Video: Scalise Charges Democrats ‘Trying to Cover Up for China’ on COVID Origin

Minority Whip Steve Scalise has slammed Democrats in the House for failing to hold hearings relating to the origins of the pandemic, noting that without subpoenas it is near impossible to get health officials to turn up to any Republican led hearing.

“[N]ot a single hearing by Speaker Pelosi in the House on this. It’s like they’re trying to cover up for China instead of getting basic answers that we all ought to want to find the truth about,” Scalise charged during an appearance on Fox News.

He continued, “We should be trying to get the answers to this. We are trying to get those answers. And if they don’t allow hearings, it’s hard to get those answers. Because those officials don’t come in.”

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Wuhan Coronavirus Lab Shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Science Achievement’ Prize by China’s Government Run Academy of Sciences

As the evidence continues to pile up that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the epicentre of the COVID pandemic, and that a cover up was orchestrated, China’s government run Academy of Sciences has shortlisted the bio-lab for its ‘Outstanding Science Achievement’ prize for work with coronaviruses.

Talk about rubbing it in.

The very scientists who were manipulating coronaviruses to make them more deadly to humans are set to be rewarded.

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3 Dead, 3 Injured After Attack by “Knifeman” In Wurzburg, Germany

UPDATE: The attacker is a Somali refugee. Imagine my shock.

3 people have been killed and 6 injured by a “knifeman” in Wurzburg, Germany, with clips posted to social media showing a crowd chasing the suspect, who is a 24-year-old Somali.

“Police in the city have reportedly arrested the suspected perpetrator following a “major operation,” reports the Express.

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Austria Unites With Hungary, Czechia on Migration

At a conference of the ‘Forum Salzburg’ in Prague, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer showed unity with his Hungarian and Czech counterparts on repatriation of migrants and border control, insisting that the forum sends a clear message to the European Commission to focus on topics where consensus is reachable.

“We are countries that look at migration with the same eyes,” the Czech Interior Minister told a press conference with Nehammer and the Hungarian Interior Minister and emphasised that the three countries oppose the EU’s relocation plans of migrants.

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France: Police Clear Hundreds of Migrants Protesting in Central Paris

French police on Friday herded migrants on buses and cleared central Paris. The migrants had been protesting lack of accomodation and had even pitched tents in front of the Paris City Hall.

As the police cleared the crowd, there was no incident. Yann Manzi co-founder of the group Utopia 56 which organised the action, said they would come back if no viable solution is found

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Gov. DeSantis Deploys 50 State Law Officers to Patrol the Mexican Border as GOP Govs Target Biden Policies

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Pensacola Friday to dispatch 50 state law enforcement agents to the Texas-Mexico border, a mission highlighting what Republicans like the governor consider security failings by the Biden administration.

DeSantis didn’t mention the president by name during a press conference, conducted at a highway weigh station with the uniformed officers in attendance, although in the past he has criticized President Biden for reversing the Trump administration’s border policies.

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Greek Migrant Traffickers Arrested in Italy-Bound Speedboat

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three suspects have been arrested in Greece on migrant smuggling charges after a speedboat bound for Italy was intercepted by the coast guard, authorities said on Friday.

The coast guard said the boat transporting seven migrants was stopped Thursday in the Ionian Sea, west of the island of Corfu. Forged identity documents were found in their luggage.

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Illegal Migration Into Europe is Surging Again

Illegal migration into Europe has massively increased following a relative slowdown in 2020, according to reports.

Migration pressure is up substantially in virtually every region of the European frontier, according to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex.

“The number of illegal border crossings at Europe’s external borders in the first five months of 2021 reached over 47,100, 47% more than the total from a year ago when irregular migration dropped due to travel limitations linked to the outbreak of COVID,” the agency reported this week, citing “preliminary calculations.”

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Italy: Ten Sentenced to Up to 11 Yrs Over Migrant NGO Scam

Woman ‘managed system’ to make profit out of emergency

(ANSA) — Milan, June 23 — A Milan court on Wednesday sentenced Daniela Giaconi to 11 years in jail for “de facto” managing an alleged “system” based on four NGOs that forged documents to manage the reception of hundreds of migrants, who were given very little because the defendant’s only interest was to “make a profit” out of the migrant emergency.

Giaconi was arrested on July 2, 2019.

The court also sentenced nine others to terms of up to eight years and six months in prison in the same case.

Nearly nine million euros were seized by authorities.

The charges pressed after an investigation led by prosecutor Gianluca Prisco were criminal association, fraud against the State, and money laundering.

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Philadelphia Becomes ‘Sanctuary’ School District, Will Train Staff How to Respond to ICE

The Philadelphia school board unanimously voted Thursday to adopt a “welcoming sanctuary schools” policy and will train employees on how to “respond” to immigration enforcement agents.

After months of meetings with Juntos, a pro-illegal immigration group, the board is “assuring immigrant students and families they will be safe from immigration authorities while at school or school activities, and promising more training for staff on how to respond to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials,” ABC 6 reported.

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Three Killed, Five Seriously Injured in Germany Knife Attack

Three people were killed and five seriously injured in a knife attack in southern Germany on Friday by a 24-year-old Somali immigrant, described by officials as having been placed under compulsory psychiatric treatment in recent days.

The man had lived in Wuerzburg since 2015, the year Germany opened its borders to more than a million migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty.

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Twice as Many Illegal Migrants Along ‘Balkan Route’ This Year

Vecernji List newspaper reported on Thursday that the number of people illegally crossing the external borders of the European Union in the first five months of this year reached 47,100, an increase of nearly 50% compared with the same period last year.

On the so-called Balkan route, 14,734 illegal attempts to cross the border were reported this year, or 104% more than at the same time last year. The Western Balkan countries reported 2,900 such attempts in May, which is twice as many as in May 2020.

Croatia lies on the Balkan route, and the majority of migrants come from Syria and Afghanistan, using it as a transit country on their way to other destinations in the EU. Even most asylum seekers, who arrive in Croatia from refugee camps in Greece and Italy under an EU relocation programme, eventually leave the country. Figures show 67 or 26.4% out of 250 migrants having stayed in Croatia.

Slovenia is reported to have returned 9,871 illegal migrants to Croatia last year and 607 in the first four months of this year. In the first quarter of 2021, 3,267 migrants illegally crossed the Croatian border, which is the same as in 2020, while compared with May 2019 their number increased by 17%. Most illegal migrants come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the burden of migration, Vecernji List reported.

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VP Harris Met by Protesters in El Paso: ‘Kamala, You Came a Little Too Late’

Vice President Kamala Harris was met by protesters in El Paso, Texas, upon arriving for her first trip to the southern border since President Biden tapped her to address the “root causes” of the ongoing crisis.

Upon her arrival, however, the vice president was not met with open arms.

Instead, the vice president was met with protesters waving flags and holding signs supporting former President Trump as well as blasting “Que Mala” — a Spanish phrase meaning “how mean” — for making a “wrong turn” and informing the vice president that El Paso “isn’t Europe.”

Other signs asked Harris how many “little girls need to be raped” before the administration declares the border crisis a “crisis” and if the vice president could “hear their screams.” Another sign said the “spirit of America starts at the border.”

“Kamala, you came a little too late. We have had this crisis for years,” Republican congressional candidate Irene Armendariz-Jackson said in an El American video report. “We need solutions, we don’t need you parading around the border patrol station or acting like you care.”

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Scottish Lawmaker Joanna Cherry Returns to the Bar to Defend Woman Accused of “Hate Crime” Over Tweet

Scottish Member of Parliament Joanna Cherry, who represents Edinburgh South West, will represent feminist activist Marion Millar in limited return to the bar. Millar was charged with a hate crime for “transphobic” comments posted on social media.

In one of the social media posts that led to the hate crime charge, she had retweeted a picture of a bow of ribbons in the Suffragette colors (green, white, and purple) tied around a tree outside a studio in Glasgow where a BBC soap opera was being filmed.

She was arrested and charged under the Section 27 of the Communications Act 2003, which prohibits the posting of grossly offensive content.

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YouTube CEO on Why Lewd Music Videos Stay Monetized But Other Content is Censored

During a recent interview with Smosh co-founder and YouTuber Anthony Padilla, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed how large corporations use their power and influence to shape the platform rules that impact smaller creators.

Wojcicki was asked by Padilla why YouTube allows “edgier or even straight-up lewd content” to stay monetized and top YouTube’s trending tab if it’s in the form of a music video while “demonetizing and blacklisting the same type of content otherwise.”

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/25/2021

  1. “The last three Jewish families in Yemen were deported by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, leaving only four elderly Jews in the country, the London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported over the weekend.” Could this set a precedent? Maybe we could use it to deport Muslims from all western countries.

    • Deport?? That would break the banks of Europe if they were to try, this will have to be done the good ole fashioned way, the point of a gun or bayonet. When they turn our major cities into war zones, nobody is going to give them any quarter nor mercy, the smart ones will flee back to where they crawled out of, the rest will perish.

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