Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/2/2021

Two boys, aged 8 and 9, have been charged with shooting a farmer to death in South Carolina. The victim was shot once in the back, but since both boys fired the gun, both have been charged in juvenile court.

In other news, President Biden suggested that global warming may have caused the condominium building in Surfside, near Miami, to collapse, killing at least 20 people and leaving more than a hundred missing.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Dean, EF, Fjordman, Insubria, Mark Spahn, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» 130 Countries Agree to 15 Percent Global Tax Rate
» U.S. Adds 850,000 Jobs in June, Better Than Expected
 
USA
» Boys: 8 and 9, Charged in Shooting Death of S. Carolina Man
» Chabad Rabbi Stabbed 8 Times in Boston
» Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says 99% of Critics Motivated by Racism, Sexism
» Comcast Cuts Off Internet Access for Torrenting User
» Cops Play Copyrighted Music to Prevent Videos Appearing on YouTube
» Cosby Exploring Options to Sue County for His Incarceration
» Critical Race Theory Opponents to be Targeted, ‘Researched’ By NEA Teachers’ Union
» Critical Race Theory ‘Ground Zero’: Republican Glenn Youngkin Rallies Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia
» DC AG Subpoenas Facebook for Data on All Users That Have Spread “COVID-19 Misinformation”
» DeSantis: ‘No Evidence’ Climate Change Played Role in Condo Collapse, Despite Energy Secretary’s Claim
» Exclusive — Terry Schilling: Critical Race Theory is Used to Undermine Parents and Family
» Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Vetoes ‘Stealth’ Action Civics Bill
» Journalist to Sue New York Times After False Depiction in US Capitol Riot Documentary
» Majority of NH Gov. Chris Sununu’s ‘Diversity Council’ Resigns Over Law Banning Teaching of Inherent Racism
» mRNA Technology Pioneer Blasts Big Tech Censorship
» New York Times Magazine Slammed for ‘Shoddy’ Essay on Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws
» Revealed: Anthem-Snubbing Gwen Berry Has History of Racist Posts on Social Media
» School Employee Slams Bosses Over Critical Race Theory in Resignation Letter
» Trump Rally Videos Removed by YouTube, Broadcaster RSBN Suspended
» Video: Biden Suggests “Global Warming” Could Have Caused Condo to Collapse
» Virginia District Spent $34k on Critical Race Theory Coaching for Administrators, Documents Show
» Watch: Donald Trump Jr. Slams ‘Political Persecution’ Of Trump Organization CFO
» Watch: JD Vance Announces Ohio Senate Campaign on Tucker Carlson
» Watch: Sen Tom Cotton Tells Dan Bongino the US Must be Tougher on China
» YouTube Censors Video of Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Satoshi Omura Discussing Ivermectin
 
Canada
» Canadian Government to Extend ‘Pride Month’ To the Whole Summer
» Lytton, BC Nearly Destroyed by Wildfire, Some Residents Still Unaccounted for
» More Than 10,000 Canadians Died Waiting for Their ‘Free’ Healthcare
» Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II Torn Down in Canada
» Statues of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria Toppled in Canada Amid Protests Over Indigenous Children’s Graves
» This Canada Day, Let’s Remember: This Country Was Built on Genocide
» Trudeau’s Censorship Czar Promotes Government ‘Guide’ For Reporters to Combat ‘Disinformation’
 
Europe and the EU
» Criticizing the EU is an Expression of Freedom
» European Commission to Launch Infringement Procedure Against Hungary
» France: Macron Warns Against the Progressive Left
» French Government Considers Making COVID Vaccine Mandatory for Everyone Aged 24-59
» Macron Lashes Out at ‘Woke Culture’ Fracturing France
» Police Officer Fatally Shot in Alleged ‘Execution’ In ‘Vulnerable’ Area of Swedish City
» Security Flaws Uncovered in EU Vaccine Passport
» UK: ‘Sign That Free Speech is Under Threat’: Tice Slams MP Candidates for Not Defending Mohammed Cartoons Teacher
» UK: Boris Says There May be ‘Extra Precautions’ Put in Place When Lockdown Ends
» UK: Leicester Extinction Rebellion Campaigner Refuses to Pay £2,500 Council Tax Bill
» UK: Labour Clings on to Batley and Spen by a Few Hundred Votes in Surprise Result
 
Russia
» Beijing ‘Eating Up’ Siberia
 
South Asia
» Italy Afghanistan Mission Ends
 
Australia — Pacific
» Victoria’s State of Emergency is Extended AGAIN and One of Australia’s Biggest Music Festivals is Cancelled After Dan Andrews Said the Event Couldn’t Go Ahead — Despite There Being Zero COVID Cases in the State
» World Exclusive: First Bisexual Bachelorette in Show’s History Brooke Blurton Meets Her Very Attractive Female Suitors as Filming Gets Underway for Aussie Franchise
 
Immigration
» EU’s Von Der Leyen Says Flow of Illegal Migrants From Belarus ‘Politically Motivated’
» France Closes Highway Rest Stops Near Border to Prevent Migrants Hopping on UK Bound Trucks
» Illegal Alien Out of Jail on Bail Accused of Beheading Man, Playing ‘Soccer With His Head’
» Italy Expects 30,000 Migrant Arrivals From Libya This Year
» More Than 100 Migrants Rescued in Channel in One Day: French Authorities
» Report: Illegal Immigrants Burglarize Texas Ranch House, Steal Weapons and Ammo According to Border Patrol
» UK: Migrant Traffickers Running a ‘Criminal Business’, as Boat Landings Soared During Pandemic: Report
» UK: Supposedly Tough New Immigration Points System to Make it Easier for Foreigners to Stay as Non-Skilled Workers
 
Culture Wars
» Antifa Rallies Behind Biological Male Who Exposed Genitals to Women and Children in La Spa
» Science Says Transgender Hormones and Surgeries Do Not Prevent Suicides
» Spain Proposes Law Allowing People to Change Gender Without a Doctor
» Swimming Caps for Natural Black Hair Ruled Out of Olympic Games
 

130 Countries Agree to 15 Percent Global Tax Rate

One hundred and thirty countries, including China and India, have agreed to impose a uniform minimum 15 percent global corporate tax, but EU members Hungary and Ireland are still among those opting out, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.

“This is a historic day for economic diplomacy,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. The planned tax imposed on large technology companies has been a source of friction between the United States and other countries.

The OECD has stated that the current decision is expected to generate around $150 billion in tax revenue per year. However, the Paris-based organization confirmed that Ireland and Hungary, both countries with low corporate taxes (12.5 percent in Ireland and 9 percent in Hungary), have not joined the convention.

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

U.S. Adds 850,000 Jobs in June, Better Than Expected

Job growth leaped higher in June as businesses looked to keep up with a rapidly recovering U.S. economy, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 850,000 for the month, compared with the Dow Jones estimate of 706,000 and better than the upwardly revised 583,000 in May.

The unemployment rate, however, rose to 5.9% against the 5.6% expectation.

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

Boys: 8 and 9, Charged in Shooting Death of S. Carolina Man

WESTMINSTER, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old boy have been charged with killing a man who was shot with a rifle while cutting down brush in a South Carolina field. Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says both boys shot at Danny Andrew Smith with a rifle as he rode his tractor in the field near Westminster on June 23. The sheriff says Smith was shot once in the back, but investigators charged both boys because they both fired the gun in Smith’s direction. The boys are charged as juveniles in Family Court and their names were not released.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Chabad Rabbi Stabbed 8 Times in Boston

After the brutal attack, Rabbi Noginski is “in good spirits” at the hospital.

A rabbi affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement was stabbed multiple times outside of a Jewish school in Boston on Thursday, the Chabad movement announced.

Rabbi Shlomo Noginski, who works as a teacher at the Shaloh House Jewish Day School, was sitting outside the institution when he was approached by a man brandishing a gun.

The man demanded that Noginski take him to his car. When Noginski attempted to flee, the man stabbed him eight times.

The perpetrator was arrested by police shortly after he left the scene. A statement from the police said Khaled Awad, 24, will be charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

           — Hat tip: EF [Return to headlines]
 

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says 99% of Critics Motivated by Racism, Sexism

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says 99% of her critics are motivated by two things: racism and sexism.

Her comments came in an interview with WTTW, a local PBS station, to discuss the city’s recent surge in violence and those criticizing her leadership efforts.

Lightfoot said that “about 99%” of her criticism is motivated by racism and sexism when asked how much of the negativity she faces is based on her gender and race.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Comcast Cuts Off Internet Access for Torrenting User

While the online world has lately been busy considering and grappling with other forms of restrictions and ill-thought-out legislation, our “old pal,” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), continues to be used and abused like it has been since it was passed in 1998.

Reports say that Xfinity, an ISP and a Comcast conglomerate’s subsidiary in the US, is suspending internet access for users accused of downloading allegedly copyright infringing torrent files — seemingly just to be on the safe side of copyright holders’ wrath, and because, under the DMCA — it can.

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

Cops Play Copyrighted Music to Prevent Videos Appearing on YouTube

After noticing he was being recorded, a police officer started playing Taylor Swift’s Blank Space in an attempt to prevent a video of the interaction making its way onto YouTube, knowing that YouTube’s overzealous copyright takedowns could get the recording removed.

This is not the first time a police officer has played a popular song after noticing they are being recorded and we’ve reported on the phenomenon in the past. The difference is this officer admitted to the motive behind playing the song.

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

Cosby Exploring Options to Sue County for His Incarceration

Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are fighting back against Montgomery County. On Thursday, they reportedly met with a legal team to explore options for lawsuits. According to TMZ, the Cosby couple are looking into suing for abuse of process, among other options for grounds for lawsuits.

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

Critical Race Theory Opponents to be Targeted, ‘Researched’ By NEA Teachers’ Union

The National Education Association (NEA) adopted a measure designed to thwart the ongoing campaign against so-called “anti-racist” education, which critics have described as a form of neo-racism.

“NEA will research the organizations attacking educators doing anti-racist work and/or use the research already done and put together a list of resources and recommendations for state affiliates, locals, and individual educators to utilize when they are attacked,” the measure reads on NEA’s website.

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

Critical Race Theory ‘Ground Zero’: Republican Glenn Youngkin Rallies Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia

ASHBURN, Virginia — Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running for governor, announced Wednesday night the opening phase of his proposed education plan in Loudoun County, a location he described as “ground zero” for Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Youngkin rolled out the first of what he said would be three phases of his plan to a crowd of a couple hundred attendees in front of the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Building, centering his first phase around “restoring standards.”

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

DC AG Subpoenas Facebook for Data on All Users That Have Spread “COVID-19 Misinformation”

The District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General (AG) Karl Racine, a Democrat, has subpoenaed Facebook for a wide range of records related to “COVID-19 misinformation” on the platform.

The subpoena was filed on June 21 and demands that Facebook identify all groups, pages, and accounts that have violated the platform’s far-reaching COVID-19 misinformation rules.

It also calls for Facebook to release an internal study that looked at vaccine hesitancy among its users. Media reports on this study in March claimed that it showed that non-rule breaking Facebook content may be causing “substantial” harm.

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

DeSantis: ‘No Evidence’ Climate Change Played Role in Condo Collapse, Despite Energy Secretary’s Claim

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News on Wednesday that global warming does not appear to have had an impact on the tragic condominium collapse in Surfside in Miami-Dade County, Fla. last week.

At least 147 people remain missing with 16 confirmed dead from the collapse. DeSantis told “The Story” he wants an investigation into what truly caused the tragedy.

On Tuesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm suggested during a TV interview that global warming and ocean water levels could have played a part in the destruction at Champlain Towers South, located along the famous beachfront strip, A1A.

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

Exclusive — Terry Schilling: Critical Race Theory is Used to Undermine Parents and Family

Terry Schilling, president of the American Principles Project, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that the neo-Marxist paradigm of “critical race theory” is used to undermine parents’ roles in raising children.

Schilling noted how “critical race theory” frames society as divided along racial lines into oppressed and oppressors.

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

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Vetoes ‘Stealth’ Action Civics Bill

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has vetoed a misleading bill that would have allowed state sponsorship and funding of “action” or “protest” civics, an education method that permits students to earn class credit for participating in or helping to organize political protests or lobbying efforts.

On Tuesday, DeSantis vetoed SB 146, titled Civic Literacy Education, a deceptive bill that passed the Florida legislature unanimously with the backing of prominent sponsors.

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

Journalist to Sue New York Times After False Depiction in US Capitol Riot Documentary

A journalist announced Thursday that they plan to sue The New York Times after the paper released a 40-minute documentary on Thursday featuring “visual investigations” regarding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, which falsely depicting him as a rioter.

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

Majority of NH Gov. Chris Sununu’s ‘Diversity Council’ Resigns Over Law Banning Teaching of Inherent Racism

More than half of the members of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R) Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resigned Tuesday, days after the governor signed a measure that bans teaching that individuals are inherently racist because of their skin color.

The Union Leader reported ten members of the diversity council announced their resignations in a letter that read, “Governor, we feel obligated to inform you that — contrary to your recent public statements — systemic racism does in fact exist here in New Hampshire.”

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

mRNA Technology Pioneer Blasts Big Tech Censorship

Dr. Robert Malone, a pioneer of mRNA technology, is being censored by Big Tech platforms. According to Malone, the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines carry some risks that are being downplayed by public health bodies and his statements are coming up against misinformation policies on many social media platforms.

Malone’s team conducted early research on mRNA back in 1990, showing that nanoparticles could transfect mRNA into cells before Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó worked on solving some of the obstacles in introducing mRNA into cells throughout the 90s.

Malone’s personal LinkedIn account was removed this week without warning or explanation.

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

New York Times Magazine Slammed for ‘Shoddy’ Essay on Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws

Critics are slamming an essay published in New York Times Magazine this week that took aim at anti-critical race theory laws being signed into law across the country.

In the piece published on Tuesday titled, “The War on History Is a War on Democracy,” Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder compared opposition to CRT to Russian “memory laws” that essentially erased blemishes in the nation’s past.

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

Revealed: Anthem-Snubbing Gwen Berry Has History of Racist Posts on Social Media

It has come to public attention on Friday that the controversial Olympic athlete Gwen Berryhas repeatedly tweeted many kinds of prejudiced tweets in the past.

She returned to the spotlight after several unsavory tweets of hers have surfaced Friday as Internet sleuths unearthed the decades-old posts from the Olympian.

“Berry has become one of the most outspoken leaders in the sport fighting to bring awareness to issues of social injustice in the United States,” her personal bio touts.

However, Berry’s possibly problematic tweets denigrated various people as groups, including white people, white women, white girls, Mexicans, and Chinese people.

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

School Employee Slams Bosses Over Critical Race Theory in Resignation Letter

A New Hampshire elementary school coordinator trashed his bosses this week in a viral resignation letter, accusing them of endorsing “dehumanization and hatred of white people” in critical race theory training for staff.

“I won’t be pathologized for being White. I won’t be pathologized for being normal. Neither should you,” wrote Daniel Concannon in a June 28 tweetcontaining his resignation letter. The post has received 1,600 retweets and 4,000 likes.

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

Trump Rally Videos Removed by YouTube, Broadcaster RSBN Suspended

On Friday afternoon, Right Side Broadcasting Network revealed on Twitter that several videos of former President Donald Trump at recent events were deleted from the account’s YouTube channel despite amassing millions of views.

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

Video: Biden Suggests “Global Warming” Could Have Caused Condo to Collapse

Joe Biden suggested Thursday that it was “rational speculation” to suggest that global warming may have been the cause of the condo to collapse in Miami.

“We don’t have any firm proof of what’s happened,” Biden said, adding “There are all kinds of discussions about whether or not they thought that water level rising, what impact it had.”

He continued, “And interesting to me, I didn’t raise it, but how many of the survivors and how many of the families talked about the impact of global warming. How much, and they [don’t] know exactly, [but] they talked about sea levels rising and about how, how they were, and and the combination of that and the concern about incoming storms, incoming tropical storms.”

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

Virginia District Spent $34k on Critical Race Theory Coaching for Administrators, Documents Show

Newly unveiled documents from Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools show the district paid more than $34,000 for 55 hours of critical race theory coaching last year and slides contrasting “White Individualism” with “Color Group Collectivism.”

The documents, obtained through a freedom of information request from a Loudoun parent, show a framework for “culturally responsive” teaching from the Equity Collaborative, an equity consulting firm that offers courses on critical race theory.

Ian Prior, a former Justice Department official with children in the district and executive director of Fight For Schools, said a parent volunteering for the group had filed the public record request.

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

Watch: Donald Trump Jr. Slams ‘Political Persecution’ Of Trump Organization CFO

Donald Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump’s eldest son and the Trump Organization’s Executive Vice President slammed the case against the company’s chief financial officer Thursday night.

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

Watch: JD Vance Announces Ohio Senate Campaign on Tucker Carlson

Venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance joined Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday to announce his plan to run for Senate from the state of Ohio. He intends to enter the Republican primary.

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

Watch: Sen Tom Cotton Tells Dan Bongino the US Must be Tougher on China

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Dan Bongino on Fox News Thursday night to discuss America’s need to be tougher on Communist China, after recent violent threats from CCP President Xi Jinping.

“According to one new report, a top researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has deep ties to China’s military,” Bongino said. “What does this mean for the United States and what can we do to hold the malignant Communist Party of China accountable?”

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

YouTube Censors Video of Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Satoshi Omura Discussing Ivermectin

Before the coronavirus pandemic, ivermectin was described as a “wonder” drug by the medical community. And in 2015, Dr. Satoshi Omura and Dr. William C. Campbell were awarded half the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work that led to the development of ivermectin.

“The importance of Ivermectin for improving the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals with River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, primarily in the poorest regions of the world, is immeasurable,” the Nobel Assembly stated in its press release for the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

But after the pandemic began, the tech giants have gone all out to purge content that recommends ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

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

Canadian Government to Extend ‘Pride Month’ To the Whole Summer

The Canadian government has announced this it is expanding ‘Pride Month’ for the entire summer and calling it ‘Pride Season’.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Lytton, BC Nearly Destroyed by Wildfire, Some Residents Still Unaccounted for

The village of Lytton, located around 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been largely leveled by major wildfires ravaging the region.

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

More Than 10,000 Canadians Died Waiting for Their ‘Free’ Healthcare

Every lib I know regurgitates the same line: “If free healthcare works for Canada, it will work for us.” But, unfortunately, for more than 10,000 Canadians, it didn’t work fast enough to save their lives. Quebec didn’t even count how many died waiting for healthcare, so they aren’t even a part of the nationwide total. These deaths took place between April 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. The report, Died On a Waiting List, was released by think tank SecondStreet.org.

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

Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II Torn Down in Canada

A prominent statue of Queen Victoria has been torn down by protesters in Canada as anger grows over the deaths of indigenous children at residential schools.

The protesters cheered as the statue at the legislature in Manitoba’s capital Winnipeg was toppled on Thursday.

A smaller statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also upended nearby.

Local media say police used a stun gun to arrest a man at the scene but the protest was largely peaceful.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Statues of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria Toppled in Canada Amid Protests Over Indigenous Children’s Graves

Statues of Queen Elizabeth II and her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria were toppled and trashed in Canada during angry protests over the disturbing discovery of hundreds of indigenous children’s graves.

Videos online show large crowds pulling down the statues in Winnipeg on Canada Day on Thursday, many chanting, “No pride in genocide.”

“I helped tear the bitch down,” said a caption to an online video of the toppling of 95-year-old reigning UK monarch Elizabeth II, who is Canada’s current head of state.

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

This Canada Day, Let’s Remember: This Country Was Built on Genocide

by Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

Reports of unmarked graves of Indigenous children have shocked many Canadians. But these just confirmed what we knew all along

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Trudeau’s Censorship Czar Promotes Government ‘Guide’ For Reporters to Combat ‘Disinformation’

Trudeau’s censorship czar, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, has put out The Guiding Principles On Diversity Of Online Content, to help reporters combat “disinformation and misinformation.”

Guilbeault released a statement about the guide, saying that “We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world. We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

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

Criticizing the EU is an Expression of Freedom

Being critical of the European Union is not “Nazism, but an expression of freedom,” said Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian League party. Salvini wrote about the alliance with Hungary and Poland in an open letter published in the Corriere della Sera on Thursday.

Matteo Salvini emphasized that Poland and Hungary are “full members of the Europe represented by the League, and criticism of the EU is not an expression of Nazism but an expression of freedom and democracy due to the defeat of totalitarian regimes.”

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

European Commission to Launch Infringement Procedure Against Hungary

The president of the European Commission has announced that a letter of formal notice will be sent to Hungary for violating the protection of minorities.

At a joint press conference held by Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on the occasion of Slovenia taking over the rotating EU presidency from Portugal, the first question was immediately about “what was said at last week’s European Council and why did Jansa defend the Hungarian prime minister” regarding the new Hungarian law.

“We all agreed that gays, lesbians, etc. have the same rights,” the Slovenian prime minister replied, adding that “not everyone in an EU of 27 thinks the same.”

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

France: Macron Warns Against the Progressive Left

In an interview with Elle magazine, French President Emmanuel Macron shared his opinion on the progressive left, noting that ideas that society had long since gotten rid of were beginning to return. For example, he does not like the thought processes that reduce social problems to a matter of race or gender.

In the interview, Macron opposed intersectionality, i.e., a concept describing how various forms of discrimination affect each other.

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

French Government Considers Making COVID Vaccine Mandatory for Everyone Aged 24-59

The French government is considering making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for everyone aged 24-59 in response to concerns over a “fourth wave” of infections.

After Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that he would push for the compulsory vaccination of caregivers, the French Senate expressed their desire to expand the measure to cover young and middle-aged adults.

“The body published a report from its Common Mission of Information on Thursday, advocating for mandatory vaccinations of young to middle-aged adults on the grounds it could significantly lower hospitalization rates and deaths,” reports RT. The report issued a stern warning: “act now to limit impact”.”

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

Macron Lashes Out at ‘Woke Culture’ Fracturing France

French President Emmanuel Macron warns that ‘woke culture’ imported from the United States is fracturing the foundations of French society!

Why I’m not buying his sincerity.

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

Police Officer Fatally Shot in Alleged ‘Execution’ In ‘Vulnerable’ Area of Swedish City

A police officer in his thirties was fatally shot while on patrol in a “vulnerable area” of Gothenburg, Sweden, in what one person with knowledge of the investigation claimed was an “execution”. While a criminal clan crime gang source told local media that it will be difficult for investigators to find the perpetrator because “if you kill a policeman, you do not act alone” and clans won’t tolerate “rats”.

The police officer, who was new to the role, was fatally shot on Höstvädersgatan in Biskopsgården, Gothenburg, on Wednesday night. He had been shot at around 10:30 pm, but despite the best efforts of medics, succumbed to his wounds in hospital in the early hours of Thursday. So far, there are no suspects, and a police operation is ongoing in the area.

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

Security Flaws Uncovered in EU Vaccine Passport

The EU’s digital vaccination certificate for smartphones promises more secure freedom of movement, both within Germany and beyond its borders this summer.

While politicians have been quick to take the credit for its speedy rollout from Thursday, experts from the German security firm GData Cyber Defense have discovered a number of vulnerabilities, including the risk of counterfeiting.

Thomas Siebert, head of protection technologies at Bochum-based GData, said this was not due to a lack of technology but rather to the speed of the passport’s implementation.

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

UK: ‘Sign That Free Speech is Under Threat’: Tice Slams MP Candidates for Not Defending Mohammed Cartoons Teacher

Reform UK party leader Richard Tice has criticised establishment candidates in Thursday’s by-election in Batley and Spen for failing to adequately defend the teacher forced into hiding after receiving death threats for showing a picture of the Muslim prophet Mohammed to his pupils.

On Thursday, Labour’s Kim Leadbeater won the Batley and Spen seat in the north of England by a slim margin of 323 votes, despite earlier polls predicting a six per cent lead for the Conservative Party, meaning that the hotly-contested seat, which had been a Labour stronghold since 1997, was featured prominently in the media leading up to the by-election.

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

UK: Boris Says There May be ‘Extra Precautions’ Put in Place When Lockdown Ends

A return to normal after the end of restrictions appears unlikely after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that some “extra precautions” will be needed.

Giving the clearest indication yet that he hoped for Stage 4 of unlocking from pandemic measures to be completed by July 19th, the prime minister said on Thursday that he would set out the terms of returning freedoms to Britons in the next few days.

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

UK: Leicester Extinction Rebellion Campaigner Refuses to Pay £2,500 Council Tax Bill

An Extinction Rebellion activist is refusing to pay council tax to Leicester City Council because she does not believe it has done enough to tackle climate change.

Karen Wildin was summoned to appear before city magistrates this week over the unpaid sum of £2,521.

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

UK: Labour Clings on to Batley and Spen by a Few Hundred Votes in Surprise Result

Labour has clung on to its northern constituency seat of Batley and Spen in Thursday’s by-election, with party candidate Kim Leadbeater winning by just 323 votes.

The seat was left vacant after former soap opera actress Tracy Babin MP was elected the metropolitan mayor of West Yorkshire. Ms Babin had held the seat since the murder of Jo Cox MP — Ms Leadbeater’s sister — in 2016. Labour has held the seat since the New Labour Tony Blair revolution of 1997.

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

Beijing ‘Eating Up’ Siberia

by Vladimir Rozanskij

A documentary about the colonization of the Russian Far East by Chinese migrants. They do big business in a sparsely populated area with an unregulated market. Facial recognition “made in China” used to suppress dissent. The Kremlin accepts the growing Chinese presence to overcome the pandemic crisis

Moscow (AsiaNews) — The increasingly significant Chinese presence in Siberia, also thanks to recent agreements between Beijing and the Kremlin, is the focus of a documentary by journalist Pavel Afonasev. Titled “Heavenly Siberia” it was presented on June 23 and follows the lives of Chinese immigrants living in the territory of the Russian Federation, especially in its Asian part.

In a meeting in March with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov signed the joint statement “On some issues of global administration in contemporary conditions”. The document states that human rights must be defended “respecting national characteristics”. On June 16, the two governments agreed to build a lunar station together: work will begin in 2026 and finish in 2035.

Following these and other joint declarations, the inhabitants of Siberia and the Russian Far East speak more and more often of the “expansion” of the Chinese in their territory: settlers from China are looking for better economic conditions or to strengthen their businesses already started. Many migrants from China start over in Russia from scratch; they occupy areas to be deforested and make them arable. To obtain more intensive harvests, they make extensive use of chemicals. In general, the Chinese take away large sectors of the private and public economy from the Russians.

Afonasev’s film tries to show the life of the Chinese in Russia without indulging in controversy and prejudice. One of the interviewees, Wang Tsynbin, is the owner of one of the most popular restaurants in Novosibirsk: the “Tsyndao”, named after his hometown. Wang says he arrived in 1995, and began by trading in fabrics, before moving on to the sale of Chinese noodles and fruit:

“In China I was a low-level employee, Russia opened up new perspectives for me, a large market without many rules. Amid ups and downs I managed to make a lot of money”. After opening a number of restaurants, Wang was forced to close one due to the pandemic, but he plans to make up for it soon…

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Italy Afghanistan Mission Ends

Last soldier comes home, commitment to continue

(ANSA) — ROME, JUN 30 — Italy’s mission to Afghanistan officially ended Tuesday night when the last member of the contingent returned home from the Asian country, but Rome’s commitment will continue in other forms, Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini said Wednesday.

“But the commitment of the international community, Italy first, for Afghanistan does not end here but will continue in other forms, starting from the reinforcement of development cooperation (aid) and support for the Afghan republican institutions”.

Guerini last week paid tribute to the members of the Italian armed services who took part in the coalition missions in Afghanistan, including 53 who lost their lives.

“I thank the 723 Italians who were injured and the 53 victims who lost their lives for the Republic to bring stability and peace to Afghanistan,” Guerini said in the Senate as he reported on the withdrawal of Italian troops from the Asian country.

“This ultimate sacrifice must not be in vain and the memory of them will be indelible.

“It is not easy to summarize 20 years of effort.

“Over 50,000 men and women were involved over these 20 years and they contributed to giving lustre to our country.

“The Atlantic Alliance will continue with its commitment to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a paradise for terrorism and to combat the narrative of abandonment”.

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Victoria’s State of Emergency is Extended AGAIN and One of Australia’s Biggest Music Festivals is Cancelled After Dan Andrews Said the Event Couldn’t Go Ahead — Despite There Being Zero COVID Cases in the State

Victoria’s state of emergency has been extended again giving Dan Andrews and Brett Sutton overarching powers, despite zero new cases being recorded on Saturday.

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World Exclusive: First Bisexual Bachelorette in Show’s History Brooke Blurton Meets Her Very Attractive Female Suitors as Filming Gets Underway for Aussie Franchise

The preamble to the season’s first group date was filmed at a heritage-listed property in Dural, in Sydney’s north-west, on June 22

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EU’s Von Der Leyen Says Flow of Illegal Migrants From Belarus ‘Politically Motivated’

VILNIUS (Reuters) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday pledged support for Lithuania, which is experiencing a quickly growing flow of migrants though its 679-kilometre border with Belarus.

The Lithuanian government declared a country-wide emergency on Friday as 150 migrants crossed the border illegally in the 24 hours ended Friday morning, more than had entered annually in any of the three preceding years.

“Here we see indeed a pattern, a politically motivated pattern. And European Commission and the European Union stand by your side in these difficult times”, said von der Leyen in Vilnius at a joint press conference with country’s president and the prime minister.

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France Closes Highway Rest Stops Near Border to Prevent Migrants Hopping on UK Bound Trucks

Rest areas along a busy highway in France have been shut down in an alleged effort to prevent illegal migrants from forcing their way onboard trucks bound for the U.K., according to reports.

Authorities in the Dunkirk prefecture ordered rest stops closed from June 30 until at least December 31.

Rest areas “can constitute pick-up points in heavy goods vehicles for migrants wishing to go to the United Kingdom,” the decree states.

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Illegal Alien Out of Jail on Bail Accused of Beheading Man, Playing ‘Soccer With His Head’

An illegal alien out of jail on bail in New Mexico is now accused of beheading a man and then kicking the man’s head around like a soccer ball, Breitbart News has learned.

Joel Arciniega-Saenz, a 25-year-old illegal alien, was indicted by a grand jury this week after being arrested for allegedly murdering 51-year-old James Garcia in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, the day after Father’s Day.

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Italy Expects 30,000 Migrant Arrivals From Libya This Year

ROME: Officials from the Italian Ministry of the Interior in charge of migration policies expect 30,000 migrants to arrive from Libya by the end of 2021, part of a total of 70,000 expected to reach the coasts of Sicily from the North African coastline.

As of June 1, the turnstile counter on the ministry’s dashboard read 14,412 arrivals from North Africa. The number is almost three times greater than the number of arrivals in the same period in 2020.

Only on Wednesday, 232 foreigners docked in the seaport of Roccella Jonica, in Calabria, the southern tip of the Italian boot.

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More Than 100 Migrants Rescued in Channel in One Day: French Authorities

Lille:

Over 100 migrants, including 29 children, were rescued in a single day as they tried to cross the Channel to reach the British coast on six makeshift boats on Friday, maritime authorities in France said.

Migrants on one boat contacted French rescuers to report that they were in difficulty off the northern French coast.

The 55 castaways on board, including 14 women and 26 children, were rescued, the maritime prefecture said in a statement.

More migrants, including one pregnant woman, were then rescued from other boats.

All 111 migrants picked up were returned to the French ports of Dunkirk or Calais.

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Report: Illegal Immigrants Burglarize Texas Ranch House, Steal Weapons and Ammo According to Border Patrol

A Texas ranch house close to the Mexico/US border was broken into by three undocumented migrants on Tuesday. They took two loaded handguns with ammo as well as food and clothing.

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UK: Migrant Traffickers Running a ‘Criminal Business’, as Boat Landings Soared During Pandemic: Report

The number of crossings by boat across the English Channel has risen sharply despite the pandemic and pledges from the government to stop illegal aliens from making it to Britain’s shores.

An investigation by the i newspaper published on Thursday found that illegal crossings by small boat rose “exponentially”, which it based on the seizures of the vessels increasing from 154 in 2019 to 608 in 2020.

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UK: Supposedly Tough New Immigration Points System to Make it Easier for Foreigners to Stay as Non-Skilled Workers

The Boris Johnson administration’s supposedly tough new “points-based immigration system” will make it even easier for foreign students to stay in Britain as unskilled workers, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced.

“International students make an invaluable social, cultural, and economic contribution to UK campuses and the wider society. During the pandemic, students have continued to choose our world-leading colleges and universities, knowing it will bring them lifelong benefits, even as competitors in the global market closed their borders to students from overseas,” Patel wrote in an article for The Telegraph, appearing to boast about the relatively lax approach to border control which the Tories have adopted throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Antifa Rallies Behind Biological Male Who Exposed Genitals to Women and Children in La Spa

Antifa accounts on Twitter are promoting a direct action against a rally outside a Los Angeles spa where a woman complained last week that a transgender individual’s male genitals were exposed to women and girls in the female section.

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Science Says Transgender Hormones and Surgeries Do Not Prevent Suicides

President Joe Biden and gay and transgender members of his administration celebrated Pride month last week by ripping states that have protected women’s sports from men who claim to be transgender.

“These are some of the ugliest, most un-American bills I’ve seen and I’ve been here a long time,” Biden said during a Pride reception at the White House.

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Spain Proposes Law Allowing People to Change Gender Without a Doctor

The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow people to change their gender on official documents without seeing a doctor for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

The legislation, which must now pass to advisory bodies before being presented for a vote in the Spanish parliament, would allow people over the age of 16 unrestricted ability to change their gender on official documents simply by requesting it and reaffirming their decision after three months.

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Swimming Caps for Natural Black Hair Ruled Out of Olympic Games

International Swimming Federation rejects use of Soul Cap, saying it does not ‘fit the natural form of the head’

Swimming caps designed for natural black hair created by a black-owned brand will not be allowed at the Olympics.

The hats, made by Soul Cap, which previously partnered with Alice Dearing, who last week qualified to become the first black female swimmer to represent Team GB at the Olympics, have been rejected by the International Swimming Federation (Fina).

The body said the caps did not fit “the natural form of the head” and to their “best knowledge the athletes competing at the international events never used, neither require … caps of such size and configuration”.

Danielle Obe, the founding member of the Black Swimming Association, told the Guardian the ruling underlined the inherent systemic and institutional inequalities around the sport. “We believe that it confirms a lack of diversity in (the sport),” she said. “Aquatic swimming must do better.”…

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