Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/30/2021

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets yesterday in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, to protest a new law that discriminates against unvaccinated citizens. Riot police intervened to stop them from blocking traffic. Meanwhile, users of social media in New South Wales may face a fine of $11,000 if they make anti-lockdown posts.

In other news, Hungarian police stopped a people-smugglers’ bus near the Austrian border and discovered that one of the seventeen migrants on board was carrying a machine gun.

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Financial Crisis
» Czechs Declare Household Economic Situation Best in 20 Years
 
USA
» Burbank Retirement Home Manager in Her 20s is Fatally Stabbed at the Facility; Suspect Arrested
» DC Comics Changes Superman’s Catchphrase, Replacing ‘The American Way’ With ‘A Better World’
» Did Critical Race Theory Lead to Ouster of Latino Student at Catholic School in California?
» DOJ Insists That Trump’s Tax Returns be Released by the Treasury to the House Ways and Means Committee
» Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Criminally Charged With Sex Abuse
» Gov. DeSantis Says He Will Bar Florida School Districts From Mandating Masks
» Gov. Cuomo Begs Businesses to Return to NYC After Crippling Lockdowns
» Gunn, Reeves Vow to Ban Critical Race Theory in Schools: ‘Can’t Take a Chance’
» Man Stabbed to Death in Bronx Driveway
» Netflix to Mandate Vaccines for Cast Members, Employees on Production Sets
» Parents Protest Mask Mandate in Gwinnett County Public Schools
» Portland Transgender Antifa Protester Charged Over Attack at Subway Restaurant
» ‘Propaganda’ And ‘Indoctrination’: Pennsylvania Parents Push Back Against Critical Race Theory in Schools
» Protesters Dispute Vaccine Science, Requirements at Duke as COVID-19 Cases Keep Rising
» Soviet Immigrant, Registered Democrat Warns Critical Race Theory Resembles Marxist Curriculum
» Update: Twitter Admits Dave Rubin Suspension Was an ‘Error’
» Video: Biden Loses it With Reporter Who Dares Question Mask Mandate Flip Flop
» Video: Biden Admits to Wanting Nationwide Vaccine Mandates
» Virginia Beach Parents Speak Out Against Critical Race Theory
» Walmart Forcing All Workers to Mask Up, Managers to Get Vaxxed
» Walt Disney Company Announces Vaccine Requirement for US Workforce
 
Canada
» Canada’s Next Proposal to Censor the Internet
» ‘Psychic Gym Bro’ Recognized for Predicting Lockdown Agenda
» Trudeau Liberals Propose New Chief Censor Position That Would Have Power Over Canada’s Internet
» Use of Illicit Drugs Soared in Most Major Cities During Height of Pandemic
 
Europe and the EU
» A ‘Very Exciting’ Unique Exoplanet Has More Water Than Earth
» Germany: Lockdown Raves: How Berlin’s Illegal Techno Raves Thrive During the Pandemic
» Germany: Berlin Bans 12 Planned Anti-Lockdown Protests
» German Court Says Facebook’s “Hate Speech” Ban Rules Violate Speech Rights
» Germany: Berlin Gay Pride: Man With Rainbow Flag Has Jaw Broken by Men of ‘Southern Appearance’
» Hungary Doubles Higher Education Budget This Year
» Ireland: Branch of Costa Coffee Demands Proof of Vaccination, Photo ID to Enter Shop
» Knee-Taking British Olympic Football Team ‘Devastated’ After Being Knocked Out of Competition
» Northern Ireland Admits Vaccine Passport Data Leak
» Paralympian Who Glued Himself to Top of British Airways Plane Convicted in Climate Change Battle
» Polish Parties Opinion Survey: United Right Surging, Civic Platform Down — the End of the Tusk Effect
» Portugal: GNR Disperse 600 People After Breaking Up Illegal Parties in Albufeira and Vilamoura
» Slovakians Block Roads of Capital to Protest Against COVID Vaccination Law
» Slovakia: Riot Police Intervene Against Crowd of Protesters in the Center of Bratislava
» Tax-Funded Research: Britons Could Live Off Bug Meat by 2030 Because ‘Net Zero’
» There Have Been More Acts of Violence in France This Year Than During the Yellow Vest Protests
» UK: Actor Vows to Identify as “Trans Vegan” Following Revelation Plant Eaters Could Avoid Mandatory Vaccine
» UK: Boris Johnson’s Climate Change Spokeswoman: ‘Join the Green Party’
» UK: Farage Beats the BBC, More Than Triple Viewers of Comcast’s Sky: Report
» UK: More Than 50 Tory Rebels to Vote Against Discriminatory Vaccine Passports: Report
» UK: Nottinghamshire County Council Meeting Disrupted by Extinction Rebellion Protesters
» UK: Video: NHS Nurses Demand to COVID Test Newborn Baby, Claim it’s Not Mother’s Property Once Outside of Womb
 
Russia
» Russia World’s Largest Oil Producer So Far This Year
 
Australia — Pacific
» Anti-Lockdown Social Media Posts Could Net Users $11,000 Fines in New South Wales
» Australians Who Post Anti-Lockdown Content Online Could Face $11,000 Fines
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Report: 3,462 Nigerian Christians ‘Hacked to Death’ By Jihadists in 200 Days
 
Latin America
» CNN Accused of Hypocrisy, ‘Pro-Regime Propaganda’ For Sounding Alarm on Cuba COVID Surge Amid Protests
» US Sanctions More Cuban Officials for Suppressing Protests
 
Immigration
» Danish NGOs to Sue Government Over Nation’s Strict Immigration Controls
» EU Urges Support for Lithuania’s Migrant Crisis as Baltic States Accuse Belarus of ‘Hybrid Attack
» France: Plainclothes Policeman Beaten by Migrants Bothering Couple
» Hungarian Police Arrested a Migrant With a Machine Gun Near the Austrian Border
» Lithuania Warns Belarus of More Sanctions Over ‘Weaponised’ Migrant Surge
» Migrants Overwhelming Lithuanian Border Villages
» Migration From Iraq to Lithuania is a Problem for the Entire EU, Says Josep Borrell
» Overwhelmed UK Border Police Feeding Migrants Takeaway Pizza as Facilities Over Capacity
 
Culture Wars
» Father Plans Legal Action After Gender Clinic Planned to Give His 9-Year-Old Autistic Son Puberty Blockers
» Google’s Jigsaw Proposes Real-Time, Cross-Platform Monitoring of “Hate Clusters” To “Disrupt Their Reach”
» Woke IOC Declares ‘Transwomen Are Women’ As Transgender Kiwi Readies for Weightlifting Debut
 

Czechs Declare Household Economic Situation Best in 20 Years

According to the survey, 58 percent of Czechs can easily live on their income. On the other hand, 40 percent of people admit to financial struggles. The assessment of the economic situation of one’s household is thus the best since 2002 when the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) started this survey. One-fifth of those who responded consider their household to be poor, which is the lowest proportion since the inception of the survey. The assessment of the economic situation of households has been steadily improving since 2013.

The worst evaluation was recorded in 2012, when only 30 percent of respondents could easily manage to live on their income. “This was not an accidental fluctuation, but a gradual deterioration after 2008, in parallel with the global economic recession. On the contrary, we have been observing a gradual improvement since 2013, and despite the undercurrent of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s evaluation is the best for the entire period under review,” said the statisticians.

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Burbank Retirement Home Manager in Her 20s is Fatally Stabbed at the Facility; Suspect Arrested

The stabbing occurred at the Burbank Retirement Villa West, 1911 Grismer Ave., shortly after 8 a.m., according to the Burbank Police Department.

A manager at a Burbank retirement home was fatally stabbed Friday, and the man who allegedly attacked her was arrested, police said.

The stabbing occurred inside the Burbank Retirement Villa West, 1911 Grismer Ave., shortly after 8 a.m., according to the Burbank Police Department.

Police said a man who used to work at the home walked inside while armed with two knives and began stabbing a female manager in her 20s.

She suffered multiple knife wounds to the neck and arms, collapsed and died at a hospital. Her name has not been released.

Witnesses say the man ran away. Police confronted him a couple of blocks away.

He waved a knife at officers who tackled him and booked him into custody on charges of murder.

The suspect is believed to be a former kitchen worker at the retirement home who was fired, although when and why is unknown.

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DC Comics Changes Superman’s Catchphrase, Replacing ‘The American Way’ With ‘A Better World’

DC Comics has the new Superman ditch “The American Way” from his famous catchphrase, which The Last Son of Krypton has used since 1940.

According to Screenrant in Superman: Son of Kal-El #1, written by Tom Taylor with art by John Timms and colors by Gabe Eltaeb, Superman’s son takes on his father’s mantle. Jonathan Kent made his debut in 2015’s Convergence: Superman #2. Clark Kent has trained his son in case a potential future comes true and after Superman disappears, Jonathan assumes his father’s iconic role.

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Did Critical Race Theory Lead to Ouster of Latino Student at Catholic School in California?

The parents of a Jesuit High School student have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the suburban Sacramento institution, alleging that their son’s objections to teaching critical race theory led to him being labeled a “bigot” and his forced withdrawal from school.

The lawsuit, filed late Thursday in federal court in Sacramento, identifies the student only as “A.P.,” a 17-year-old Mexican-American student with attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome and dyslexia who has been studying at Jesuit through an accommodation plan.

The suit names as defendants the Roman Catholic school in Carmichael, President John P. McGarry and Principal Michael Wood, who were unavailable for comment Friday.

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

DOJ Insists That Trump’s Tax Returns be Released by the Treasury to the House Ways and Means Committee

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo on Friday insisting that the Department of the Treasury furnish copies of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the Democrat-led House Ways and Means Committee.

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Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Criminally Charged With Sex Abuse

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been criminally charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1974.

In 2018, the Vatican opened an investigation into the serial homosexual abuse of the former U.S. cardinal leading to a guilty verdict and laicization or “dismissal from the clerical state.”

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Gov. DeSantis Says He Will Bar Florida School Districts From Mandating Masks

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Friday issued an executive order that bars local school districts from requiring students to wear masks when they return to the classroom next month.

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Gov. Cuomo Begs Businesses to Return to NYC After Crippling Lockdowns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is begging companies to stop remote work and return to their New York City offices in order to support the local businesses that have suffered under his long and devastating shutdowns.

Cuomo said that while remote work, and even remote learning, were fine for a short amount of time, now is the time for residents to return in-person activities. He is hopeful office workers will be back by Labor Day.

“Remember, we have to get people back and we have to get people back in volume. If you were to see a 15% decline of people coming back to New York City, that would have a devastating impact on the commercial market,” said Cuomo.

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Gunn, Reeves Vow to Ban Critical Race Theory in Schools: ‘Can’t Take a Chance’

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn promised attendees at the Neshoba County Fair yesterday that he will back legislation next year to ban “critical race theory” in Mississippi’s K-12 classrooms—despite the fact that it is not taught in K-12 classrooms.

“Ladies and gentleman, we can’t take a chance on critical race theory,” Gunn, a Republican, told the largely white, conservative crowd gathered at the Neshoba County Fair on Thursday. “We cannot allow it to be introduced into our schools. Socialists seek to turn Americans against each other and against this country by introducing critical race theory into our schools. We need to find ways to bring people together—not tear them apart.”

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

Man Stabbed to Death in Bronx Driveway

A 35-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the driveway of a Bronx home Friday, police said.

Police were called to the address on E. 227th St. near Barnes Ave. in Wakefield just before 7 p.m. where they found the lifeless victim with wounds to his neck and back.

Two men chased the victim from Barnes Ave. to the driveway of the two-family home where he was stabbed and left for dead, police sources said…

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Netflix to Mandate Vaccines for Cast Members, Employees on Production Sets

As the world copes with trying to figure out how to return to normalcy, the streaming giant Netflix will require staff to be vaccinated.

An exclusive from Deadline reports that company management has sent word down to production projects that COVID-19 shots are mandatory for the workplace—the caveat being that the vaccine mandate is for “Zone A” actors and crew who have to work on film sets without any protections.

It’s described as a blanket policy across all the company’s US sites. This distinction stands out as last week’s negotiations by studios and unions in Hollywood came to an “optional” and “production-by-production basis” as seen fit.

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

Parents Protest Mask Mandate in Gwinnett County Public Schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A group of parents gathered to protest Gwinnett County Schools mask policy ahead of the start of the school year next week.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas was at the “Unmask Our Children” protest in front of the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center Friday evening.

Parents held signs protesting the district’s decision to make masks mandatory when school resumes on August 4. Some parents told Thomas that they just want a choice.

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Portland Transgender Antifa Protester Charged Over Attack at Subway Restaurant

A transgender Antifa protester with a long history of riot-related arrests was arrested again last week for allegedly starting a fight with employees at a Subway in downtown Portland.

41-year-old Peter Wilson Curtis, who goes by the name “Tabitha Poppins,” entered a Subway in Portland’s Chinatown on July 23 and initiated a fight with staff, according to the police report. During the dispute, Curtis “slammed his hands down” so hard that the food line glass broke. Curtis was booked into jail and charged with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree theft, menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct. However, she was quickly released without bail.

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

‘Propaganda’ And ‘Indoctrination’: Pennsylvania Parents Push Back Against Critical Race Theory in Schools

National File attended a school board meeting for the Haverford School District in Pennsylvania earlier this month, where parents showed up in an overwhelming display of opposition to the instituting of Critical Race Theory in their children’s schools.

“The teaching is at best propaganda and at worst indoctrination,” remarked Angela Urso, the first parent to speak about the topic. Her main topic of concern was the inclusion of books by the radical author and ‘Critical Race Theorist’ Ibram X. Kendi on the mandatory summer reading list for her child. She viewed the inclusion of such a book as only fanning the flames of division in her community. “My family has been in Havertown for three generations. I have never seen so much hate in our community, so much division in our community,” she later told National File.

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Protesters Dispute Vaccine Science, Requirements at Duke as COVID-19 Cases Keep Rising

DURHAM, N.C. — Protesters are traveling across the state, from hospital to hospital, to rally against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers.

Close to 100 people were outside of Duke University Hospital today in Durham, as new COVID-19 cases reach their highest totals in months.

While many healthcare workers over the past several months have pleaded for people to get the vaccine, today at Duke University Hospital people refusing to do just that.

They’re pushing back against the now mandatory requirement for employment.

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Soviet Immigrant, Registered Democrat Warns Critical Race Theory Resembles Marxist Curriculum

As critical race theory wriggles its way into American education, Constructive Ethnic Studies Group co-founder and Soviet immigrant Elina Kaplan blew the whistle on how similar Marxist curriculum is.

Kaplan, a registered Democrat, joined “America’s Newsroom” to share her concern after reading the California Ethnic Studies model curriculum and feeling a sense of familiarity from what she learned as a child before she emigrated from the former Soviet Union to California at 11 years old.

“All of a sudden, I was reading the same concepts and language, in English this time, in the guiding principles of the California Ethnic Studies model curriculum,” she said.

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Update: Twitter Admits Dave Rubin Suspension Was an ‘Error’

UPDATE: Twitter Support has contacted Dave Rubin to inform him that his account has been restored, as his suspension was due to an error made on Twitter’s part.

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

Video: Biden Loses it With Reporter Who Dares Question Mask Mandate Flip Flop

After decreeing that anyone who works in government or with government will be mandated to get vaccinated, Joe Biden began to walk away from the lecturn without a mask, prompting Fox News reporter Peter Doocy to ask why the flip flop on mandating masks, even for the vaccinated. The question triggered Biden who exploded at the reporter.

“You said if you were fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” Doocy told Biden

“No! I didn’t say that,” Biden snapped at Doocy, blatantly lying.

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

Video: Biden Admits to Wanting Nationwide Vaccine Mandates

While ruling that all federal employees, as well as active duty military and veterans health workers will all be mandated to take coronavirus vaccines, Joe Biden admitted that he’d like to see the ENTIRE U.S. mandated to take the shots.

While talking about the likes of Google and Facebook announcing vaccine mandates for their employees, Biden said “I would like to see them continue to move in that direction,” and added that “it’s still a question whether the Federal government can mandate the whole country.”

“I don’t know that yet,” Biden added, indicating it is something he is actively seeking to clarify.

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

Virginia Beach Parents Speak Out Against Critical Race Theory

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Shay Coleman and her husband, Sean-Claude, have three biracial daughters in the Virginia Beach school district. Their impassioned pleas echoed the thoughts of many at Thursday’s rally about critical race theory.

“What and how I decide to teach my children about race, how to view themselves and the world is my role, not the schools’ and not the state,” said Shay Coleman.

The Colemans, along with other parents in the crowd, believe critical race theory is being taught inside the classrooms.

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Walmart Forcing All Workers to Mask Up, Managers to Get Vaxxed

Walmart is requiring workers in high risk areas to mask up — and will force all managers to get vaccinated by early October.

The mask mandate was announced Friday and immediately implemented. It applies to all store workers, regardless of vaccination status, in high risk COVID-19 counties, as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new policy came three days after the CDC reversed its May mask guidance, calling on all people to wear face coverings indoors in the approximately two-thirds of the country where the deadly virus and its Delta variant are spreading rapidly.

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

Walt Disney Company Announces Vaccine Requirement for US Workforce

Disney joins a growing list of US corporate entities who are deciding to enact COVID vaccine requirements as a matter of company policy.

Outlets like Variety and Deadline both shared the announcement.

“At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” the company said in a statement.

“Toward that end, and based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the US working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.”

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

Canada’s Next Proposal to Censor the Internet

Canada’s ruling Liberals are continuing their efforts to bring radical forms of internet censorship to the country’s online space.

The latest proposal, described as a vast and wide-ranging system in Canadian press reports, sets the goal of preventing illegal content from being posted on Facebook, Pornhub, YouTube, and other major platforms. Child pornography and “hate speech” — two very different types of content — are singled out in these reports as examples of what would qualify as illegal under the new law.

The draft was made public on Thursday and Canadians will have until the end of September to comment on it. The plan is to have large fines — up to $70,000 — imposed on those found in violation of these rules, and put pressure on platforms to comply with takedown requests regarding content flagged by users within 24 hours.

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

‘Psychic Gym Bro’ Recognized for Predicting Lockdown Agenda

‘Psychic gym bro’ Chris Sky is being recognized for his stunningly accurate predictions, made early last year, during which he laid out the entire lockdown agenda, including how compulsory mask mandates would return even for vaccinated people.

The clip shows Sky talking to an interviewer in the spring of 2020, mere weeks into the first lockdown and his words became even more prescient as each month rolled by.

“You don’t need the mask, the mask is about compliance… next they’re going to tell you to take the vaccine…and because they know [you] like to do what you’re told… they are hoping that everyone just complies,” said Sky.

“Next they’re going to tell you ‘sorry, the vaccine isn’t as effective as we told you it was gonna be’… so now you still have to wear your mask,” he adds.

That forecast has perfectly come to pass following the CDC’s u-turn on mask wearing, which has forced even the vaccinated to cover up once again, leading to widespread disaffection even amongst the most vehement pro-vaxxers.

[Comment: Wikipedia says “Christopher Saccoccia, also identified by the pseudonym Chris Sky, is a Canadian right-wing activist known for his involvement in the anti-mask, anti-lockdown, and anti-vaccine movements during the COVID-19 pandemic.’]

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Trudeau Liberals Propose New Chief Censor Position That Would Have Power Over Canada’s Internet

The Trudeau Liberals’ new proposed censorship provisions would introduce a chief internet censor that would have wide-ranging powers, including the ability to block websites and investigate anonymous complaints, cabinet said yesterday.

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Use of Illicit Drugs Soared in Most Major Cities During Height of Pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, the use of fentanyl, cannabis, and methamphetamines went up across major Canadian cities, including Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver.

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A ‘Very Exciting’ Unique Exoplanet Has More Water Than Earth

The CHEOPS satellite accidentally spotted a rare exoplanet with no known equivalent. The satellite detected this unique exoplanet while looking for two exoplanets in a bright nearby star system.

This planet called ‘Nu2 Lupi d’ is located 50 light-years away in the constellation Lupus (Latin for Wolf), around a star called Nu2 Lupi. It is about 2.5 times the size of Earth and almost 9 times its mass

What’s more, scientists used measurements with archival data from other observatories and numerical models to characterize the density and composition of the planet and its neighbors. They found that the planet has a rocky interior. It has far more water than the Earth. However, the water is not liquid; instead of taking high-pressure ice or high-temperature steam, making the planets uninhabitable.

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Germany: Lockdown Raves: How Berlin’s Illegal Techno Raves Thrive During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic forced all of Berlin’s nightclubs to shut their doors, bringing the city’s famous techno music scene to a grinding halt. At least that’s the official version. Unofficially, a few rave venues have still been operating, hidden from Berlin’s authorities.

DW’s Anne-Sophie Brändlin has this report from inside Berlin’s secret techno rave scene.

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

Germany: Berlin Bans 12 Planned Anti-Lockdown Protests

German police banned several demonstrations registered for Saturday and Sunday over doubts of whether sanitary measures would be adhered to.

Protests under the banners: “The recovery of our fundamental rights,” and “The year of freedom and peace — life after the pandemic,” were notified that their requests to demonstrate had been denied on Wednesday.

The ban was based on participants consistently refusing to adhere to coronavirus restrictions, including hygiene standards and distancing from fellow protesters.

Participants also explicitly said they would refuse to wear face masks during the protest as this was meant to be “the trademark and stated goal” of the protests.

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German Court Says Facebook’s “Hate Speech” Ban Rules Violate Speech Rights

A 2018 decision to temporarily ban two users in Germany because of their comments about migrants posted on the platform has come back to bite Facebook, since the country’s Federal Supreme Court has now ruledthat this case of censorship violated the users’ right to free speech.

Facebook at the time found the comments to be derogatory and treated them as hate speech, cutting the two users off without giving them a chance to respond and appeal. The court focused on this point to find it unacceptable under the law of the land in force at the time, slamming also Facebook’s censorship rules and the way they are enforced.

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Germany: Berlin Gay Pride: Man With Rainbow Flag Has Jaw Broken by Men of ‘Southern Appearance’

Several men described as being of a “southern appearance” attacked and seriously injured a 21-year-old man after a Berlin gay pride event.

The attack took place on Sunday in the German capital after 21-year-old Janluca W. and his friends had attended an LGBT pride event and sat down for a drink in the James-Simon-Park in Berlin’s Mitte district.

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Hungary Doubles Higher Education Budget This Year

Hungarian higher education will have HUF 2,700 billion in development money available on the basis of a never-before-seen program compiled by universities, Palkovics said, without specifying the exact time span.

Of this, about HUF 2,100 billion already has been allocated, and the government is working to raise the remaining amount, he added.

[Comment: I hope that the increased education budget went toward things beneficial to society such as accounting, and not to woke nonsense.]

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Ireland: Branch of Costa Coffee Demands Proof of Vaccination, Photo ID to Enter Shop

A branch of Costa Coffee in Ireland is demanding customers show proof of vaccination and a photo ID if they wish to enter the shop.

Yes, really.

A notice posted in the window of one of the company’s branches in the town of Killarney tells customers, “proof of immunity,” consisting of either an EU digital COVID certificate, a HSE vaccination card or “proof they have recovered from COVID-19.”

In addition, management at the shop are demanding people present photo ID such as a passport or a driver’s license.

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Knee-Taking British Olympic Football Team ‘Devastated’ After Being Knocked Out of Competition

Britain’s knee-taking women’s football (soccer) team has been left “devastated” after being knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics by the Australian side.

Despite English forward Ellen White scoring a three-goal hat-trick against the Australians, the woke team crashed out after the opposing side — who declined to take the knee — scored against them twice in extra time for a final tally of 4-3.

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Northern Ireland Admits Vaccine Passport Data Leak

Northern Ireland’s online vaccine passport system (COVIDCert NI) has been temporarily suspended following a data leak. The incident underscores people’s concerns about privacy with digital vaccine certification systems.

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health (DoH) announced the data leak and the suspension of the COVIDCert NI service. The department said some users of the service were shown data of other users, in some circumstances. At the time of writing, both the web portal and mobile app of the system were not working.

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Paralympian Who Glued Himself to Top of British Airways Plane Convicted in Climate Change Battle

A paralympic gold medalist has been found guilty of glueing himself to the top of a British Airways aircraft at London City Airport (LCY) during a climate change protest orchestrated by Extinction Rebellion in October 2019.

James Brown managed to clamber on top of the British Airways CityFlyer operated Embraer regional aircraft and then glued his hand to the roof. The two-time paralympic winner represented himself in court but the jury took just 45-minutes to find him guilty of causing a public nuisance.

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Polish Parties Opinion Survey: United Right Surging, Civic Platform Down — the End of the Tusk Effect

Portal wPolityce.pl has published the latest survey on voter preferences carried out by Social Changes.

If general elections in Poland took place this Sunday, the United Right (Law and Justice — PiS and to small coalition partners) would receive 36 percent of the vote — a 2 percent increase compared to the previous survey. Second would be the Civic Platform (PO) with 24 percent of the vote, a 1 percent decrease compared to what the party had previously.

Szymon Holownia’s Poland 2050 is maintaining a stable position with 19 percent of the vote.

The right-wing Confederation also has not dropped down in polls and continues to possess a 9 percent share of the vote.

The final party which would pass the election threshold is the Left, which is supported by 7 percent of voters. It has seen a 1 percent decrease compared to the previous survey.

The Polish People’s Party and Kukiz’15 would both see only 2 percent of support and would not enter parliament.

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Portugal: GNR Disperse 600 People After Breaking Up Illegal Parties in Albufeira and Vilamoura

Two illegal parties, attended by around 600 people in total, were broken up by GNR police in the Algarve this week.

The first party was broken up at a restaurant in Albufeira after GNR police were alerted by maritime police. After arriving at the scene, officers noticed a “large gathering of people”, said to be around 200, both inside and outside the restaurant “clearly breaking Covid-19 rules”.

The restaurant was closed, and its owner handed a notice.

The other party, believed to have been attended by around 400 people, was detected in the early hours of this morning (July 30) in an “isolated area” of Vilamoura. GNR officers were met with violence and “immediate intervention was necessary to restore order and safety in the area”.

Three people were arrested and named official suspects (arguidos), the police force added.

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Slovakians Block Roads of Capital to Protest Against COVID Vaccination Law

Hundreds flocked onto Bratislava’s streets and obstructed traffic in the capital, to protest against a recently passed law granting fully Covid-vaccinated people easier access into public venues than non-inoculated citizens.

Protesters poured into Bratislava en masse on Thursday, blocking key roads and the presidential palace to demonstrate their opposition to the recent coronavirus vaccination law. Several of the protesters made demands from the government and president to give power back to “the people”, with others warning that the law was creating a two-tiered society between the non-vaccinated and the fully inoculated.

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Slovakia: Riot Police Intervene Against Crowd of Protesters in the Center of Bratislava

In front of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava on Thursday, several hundred people demanded the abolition of anti-pandemic measures — which they say divide Slovaks into two categories — and declared a general strike. After 8 pm, riot police officers intervened against them, as they had paralyzed the traffic in the capital.

“Shame”, “Gestapo”, and “Yuck!” shouted the crowd at the intervening police. “I won’t get vaccinated because I don’t trust vaccines, and the state is punishing me with restrictions. The whole pandemic is one colossal fraud,” Igor, who came from Trnava, said. Protesters called vaccination a “genocide of the nation” and government measures a “restriction of human rights”.

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Tax-Funded Research: Britons Could Live Off Bug Meat by 2030 Because ‘Net Zero’

Burgers made of bugs will replace beef in the British diet within a decade in order to hit the green agenda ‘net zero’ government targets, a Great Reset-style taxpayer-funded review has predicted.

The UK Research and Innovation Council (UKRI) said that meat substitutes made from insects, such as mealworms and crickets, are more environmentally friendly as they require less space and feed compared to traditional bovine burgers.

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There Have Been More Acts of Violence in France This Year Than During the Yellow Vest Protests

Murders and violent crimes are significantly more prevalent in France in the first half of this year than two years ago, during the turbulent times of the yellow vest protest movement, an analysis by Le Figaro indicated. Tensions in society are rising, and physical assaults have never been more frequent than in the first six months of this year. There have been a total of 350,000 assaults already, compared to 300,000 in the first six months of last year.

In the first half of 2019, there were 320,000 such physical assaults. The statistics include assaults of all kinds, from attacks in the street, at school, between partners or within the family, against the police, at police stations, and on firefighters. On average, there are 2,000 attacks each day in France, Le Figaro calculates, adding that these are just the assaults reported to the police.

This year’s number of attacks increased by 16 percent compared to last year, but the telling value of this increase is made salient by the fact that in the first half of last year, the French spent two months in quarantine. If this year’s figures are compared to 2019, when there were numerous anti-government protests throughout France by the so-called yellow vests, who often caused fights, the increase is ten percent.

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UK: Actor Vows to Identify as “Trans Vegan” Following Revelation Plant Eaters Could Avoid Mandatory Vaccine

After the revelation that half a million vegans in the UK could be prevented from having to take mandatory workplace vaccinations due to their beliefs being protected by employment law, actor Laurence Fox publicly announced that he now identifies as “trans vegan.”

“So-called ethical veganism was ruled to be a protected characteristic at a tribunal last year, meaning employers would risk legal action if they order staff to be vaccinated,” reports the Daily Telegraph.

Workers with other religious beliefs could also cite their status as a protected category in order to avoid employers forcing compulsory jabs.

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UK: Boris Johnson’s Climate Change Spokeswoman: ‘Join the Green Party’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s climate change spokeswoman and former press secretary has caused her boss some embarrassment by suggesting people “join the Green Party”.

“When people say to me, ‘What can they do?’, they can do many things,” she told left-wing ex-newspaper the Independent.

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UK: Farage Beats the BBC, More Than Triple Viewers of Comcast’s Sky: Report

Nigel Farage’s GB News evening show has beat the BBC for two nights in a row, after having higher ratings than establishment rival Sky News last week.

The viewing figures for Farage, showed nightly from Monday to Thursday on the new alternative news network, overtook BBC News’s 7 pm equivalent primetime show Outside Source, according to “exclusive” viewer figures reported by the London political news website Guido Fawkes.

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UK: More Than 50 Tory Rebels to Vote Against Discriminatory Vaccine Passports: Report

The number of Conservative MPs reportedly preparing to vote against the government over vaccine passports has risen to at least 50, but will not be enough to disrupt Boris Johnson’s plans without support from the major Opposition party, Labour.

Boris Johnson announced this month that from late September, proof of vaccination will be required for entry into nightclubs, with suggestions they may also be mandatory for university, travel, and other large events.

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UK: Nottinghamshire County Council Meeting Disrupted by Extinction Rebellion Protesters

A council pensions meeting was held up for eight minutes by Extinction Rebellion campaigners shouting from the public gallery.

Councillors walked out of the meeting as climate campaigners accused the committee of hypocrisy over where it invests pension funds.

Fourteen members of campaign groups XR and Divest Notts interrupted the start of the Nottinghamshire Pension Fund Committee meeting, at County Hall yesterday (Thursday).

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UK: Video: NHS Nurses Demand to COVID Test Newborn Baby, Claim it’s Not Mother’s Property Once Outside of Womb

A video out of the UK shows NHS nurses demanding to COVID test a newborn baby, claiming it’s not the mother’s property once outside the womb and then threatening to report her to social services for refusing.

The shocking video, which was posted to Twitter, shows a heavily pregnant mother in a hospital bed being lectured by nurses about how it’s mandatory for the baby to be given a COVID test immediately after birth.

“It is my property,” states the mother, to which one of the nurses responds, “so you will…while the baby’s in your abdomen.”

“So you’re saying once the baby comes out it’s not my property no more, yes it is, I gave birth to it, it’s got my blood running through it,” the mother asserts.

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Russia World’s Largest Oil Producer So Far This Year

Russia produced an average of 10.36 million barrels of crude oil per day in January-May 2021, while the average U.S. production was 11.10 million barrels per day, fresh data from official Russia statistics agency Rosstat showed. Saudi Arabia slipped back to third place with an average daily production of 8.27 million barrels of crude oil.

In the first five months of 2021, oil accounted for 41.3 percent of Russia’s total exports, while its exports fell 16.9 percent from the previous reporting period, to about 50.8 million tons. The country produced a total of 212.3 million tons of crude oil this year, down 6.2 percent year-on-year.

However, analysts say Russia’s oil production is likely to increase in the coming months. The reason for this is an

increased demand and the global economic recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. Oil prices have recently reached a three-year high, so OPEC member countries have agreed to increase daily oil production in August.

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Anti-Lockdown Social Media Posts Could Net Users $11,000 Fines in New South Wales

Australian legislators have proposed harsher penalties for people defying COVID measures, including $11,000 fines for people supporting and promoting anti-lockdown protests online.

The number of positive COVID tests in the state of New South Wales continues to increase, despite the lockdown.

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Australians Who Post Anti-Lockdown Content Online Could Face $11,000 Fines

Australians who merely post anti-lockdown information online could face fines of up to $11,000 under a draconian new piece of legislation.

Under the proposal, which is being pushed by the opposition in in New South Wales, protest organizers would be fined a whopping $20,000 and people who attend would be fined $5,500.

However, the law would punish “people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to illegally attend” even more harshly, hitting them with $11,000 fines.

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Report: 3,462 Nigerian Christians ‘Hacked to Death’ By Jihadists in 200 Days

At least 3,462 Christians were murdered by Islamists in Nigeria during the first 200 days of 2021, while some 3,000 Christians — many of them girls and young women — were kidnapped in the same period, Crux reported Thursday.

Crux cites a dire report from the Nigeria-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, which tallied the anti-Christian violence in the country from January 1 to July 18, 2021.

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CNN Accused of Hypocrisy, ‘Pro-Regime Propaganda’ For Sounding Alarm on Cuba COVID Surge Amid Protests

CNN was accused of both hypocrisy and “pro-regime propaganda” on Thursday when the network sounded the alarm about a surge in COVID cases in Cuba following protests there. Observers pointed out CNN had downplayed the risk of COVID spread during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in America last summer.

CNN reporter Patrick Oppmann reported that coronavirus cases and deaths have surged during recent anti-communism protests and pro-freedom demonstrations.

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US Sanctions More Cuban Officials for Suppressing Protests

The Biden administration has imposed sanctions on Cuba’s police force and two of its leaders following recent protests on the island against the communist government.

U.S. President Joe Biden said Friday before meeting with Cuban American leaders at the White House that more sanctions were coming “unless there is some drastic change in Cuba, which I don’t anticipate.”

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Danish NGOs to Sue Government Over Nation’s Strict Immigration Controls

Under an amendment to the law passed in June, those wishing to immigrate to Denmark are required to wait outside the country for the asylum procedure to end. The amendment also allows Denmark to relocate immigrants who have already entered Danish territory to a non-European country for the same purpose, and if the Danish authorities decide that the migrant cannot be admitted to the Nordic country, he or she must also leave the “host” country.

However, Danish law also states that a residence permit already issued must be revoked if the conditions of the permit no longer apply, for example because conditions in the asylum seeker’s home country have improved. This passage is now being sharply attacked by NGOs, as Denmark has created an opportunity for itself to review the status of those with temporary permits coming to the country.

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EU Urges Support for Lithuania’s Migrant Crisis as Baltic States Accuse Belarus of ‘Hybrid Attack

The European Commission’s top migration official is urging EU member states to support Lithuania as thousands of irregular migrants cross from Belarus in what Baltic defense ministers are calling a “hybrid attack.”

Lithuanian and EU officials say Belarus is funneling migrants — mostly from Iraq — across the border of its Baltic neighbor to retaliate for EU support for the democratic opposition to Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s repressive regime.

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France: Plainclothes Policeman Beaten by Migrants Bothering Couple

Three North African men beat a plainclothes French police officer attempting to intervene while the migrants harassed a young couple at a train station.

The incident took place at the Massy-Palaiseau RER train station in the Paris suburb of Massy on Monday at around 9 pm. The three migrants, aged 17, 27, and 28 from Algeria and Morocco, had been harassing several people at the train station, including a young man and a young woman.

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Hungarian Police Arrested a Migrant With a Machine Gun Near the Austrian Border

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Hungarian authorities have stopped a human-smuggler bus heading to Austria, with one of the 17 migrants allegedly carrying a machine gun, Heute reports.

As reported by Kronen Zeitung on Friday, the migrants were detained [in Hungary] just a few kilometres from the Austrian border. According to the report, the authorities pulled over a smuggler-bus carrying 17 migrants — who were on their way to Austria.

The Serbian-Austrian driver of the bus was reportedly drunk. When the authorities stopped the bus, the migrants, who were hiding in the luggage compartment of the bus, escaped, Krone continues. The driver was immediately arrested by the police.

Terror alert

Then came the news that put officers on high alert. According to Kronen Zeitung, the trafficker informed the authorities that one of the alleged Syrians was armed with a Scorpion submachine gun.

The Austrian State Security Service has reportedly already opened an investigation, according to the report. Investigators are now to determine whether the weapon was planned for an attack. The investigation is in full swing. (…)

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Lithuania Warns Belarus of More Sanctions Over ‘Weaponised’ Migrant Surge

Lithuania has warned neighbouring Belarus that it could face more EU sanctions unless it gives up its alleged role in helping thousands of migrants illegally cross into the Baltic state this year.

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Migrants Overwhelming Lithuanian Border Villages

A massive influx of illegals migrants is causing chaos in Lithuanian border towns, according to reports.

Thousands of aliens hailing mostly from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Africa have been pouring into the tiny Baltic nation via Belarus amid deteriorating relations between Minsk and the European Union.

More than 3,000 migrants are now detained in Lithuania after 170 arrived during a single night this week — a new record.

Local residents have reportedly been protesting plans to build more detention centers in border regions.

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Migration From Iraq to Lithuania is a Problem for the Entire EU, Says Josep Borrell

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, spoke with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein about the growing number of Iraqi citizens arriving illegally in Lithuania, a member state of the European Union. The Lithuanian Border Guard detained a record 171 illegal migrants from Iraq in a single day this week.

Lithuania has recently pointed to the growing number of migrants arriving on its territory from Belarus. According to the AP agency, the country has already detained 3,027 refugees this year.

“This is an issue of concern not only for one member state but for the entire EU. We count on Iraq’s support,” Borrell wrote after an interview with the Iraqi Foreign Minister on Twitter, assessing the conversation as a good one.

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Overwhelmed UK Border Police Feeding Migrants Takeaway Pizza as Facilities Over Capacity

UK immigration officials have become so overwhelmed by the number of new arrival migrants they have been forced to register them in car parks and feed them takeaway pizza.

Border Force agents are also concerned about overcrowding in migrant facilitates and how that could lead to violence and unrest among the migrants as more and more new arrivals come to the UK across the English Channel in small boats.

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Father Plans Legal Action After Gender Clinic Planned to Give His 9-Year-Old Autistic Son Puberty Blockers

A Minnesota father is planning on suing a gender clinic he claims planned, unbeknownst to him, to give his autistic son puberty blockers when he was 9 years old. Minnesota law states that both of a child’s parents have equal say in matters regarding education, healthcare, and religious training. Brian Netz was shocked when he discovered that his child’s mother had been taking their then 9-year-old son to a gender affirming clinic without his consent.

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Google’s Jigsaw Proposes Real-Time, Cross-Platform Monitoring of “Hate Clusters” To “Disrupt Their Reach”

As Big Tech platforms have increased their censorship of so-called “hate speech” and “COVID-19 misinformation,” platforms such as free speech social network Gab and the messaging app Telegram have seen a surge in new users.

Now, a new post from Google’s Jigsaw unit, which “explores threats to open societies and builds technology that inspires scalable solutions”, is recommending that users of these platforms should be surveilled across platforms in real-time, so that they can be more easily be blocked from sharing links to “harmful content.”

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Woke IOC Declares ‘Transwomen Are Women’ As Transgender Kiwi Readies for Weightlifting Debut

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reaffirmed its full support of transgender athletes Friday when medical director Richard Budgett declared “transwomen are women” and should be included in women’s sport “when we possibly can.”

“After 100 years of promoting women’s sport, it’s up to each of the international federations to ensure that they try and protect women’s sport,” he told a briefing in Tokyo. “Science will help, experience will help, and time will help.”

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9 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/30/2021

  1. This savages with the machine guns “ refugees “ the was on the way to Merkel&CO lala land , used to call Germany, you can have them all Merkel, you are the biggest hard core in German history, this “ refugee crisis “ was nothing compared to Corona scum, this is Your masterpiece, !!,

  2. What interests me the most is that no one including you baron is TALKING about CHINA AND THEIR REPORTED ZERO covid cases and no forced vaccinations.

    Ask yourself why.

    I am sure even the lowest IQ imbecile can work out who is in charge of the pandemic, who is profiting from it, and who wishes to take over other countries using the media and government officials that they own.

  3. Checkmate, conspiracy theorists!

    Patriarch Kirill’s confessor Schema-Archimandrite Eli explained the genesis of the covid epidemic: all this is witchcraft. A certain sorcerer entered into a relationship with Satan and this union they created a virus.

    This revelation was broadcast by the TV channel Spas (a religious channel), which was accompanied by touching grimaces of the hosts and guests.

    https://credo.press/238438/

  4. News from Northern Iran
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    Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman of the Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media of the Moscow Patriarchate, urged not to accuse the films and books about Harry Potter of devilry and magic. According to him, one should not bring the situation to the point of absurdity.

    According to Legoida, it is wrong to denounce J.K. Rowling’s books “of some kind of magic and devilry.” He noted that if you approach Harry Potter from this position, then similar moments can be seen in Russian folk tales.

    “There are, of course, Christian meanings, and we can see a lot there simply because Rowling is a person of a certain culture – European, Christian culture,” the official of the Moscow Patriarchate stressed.
    The discussion about Harry Potter abounded with extreme assessments in the ROC-MP. So, the second film based on the book was often called demonic obsession and demanded to be banned in Russia. According to many clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the picture discredited the Orthodox Church

    https://credo.press/238433/

    • Interest Ask. First, they need to get to Belarus. Basically, Chechens are caught on the Polish borders. Well, it’s clear with the Chechens – Russia and Belarus have a visa-free regime, as well as with Ukraine. But how to get from Iraq to Belarus?
      Although they write a lot about what a mess now in Ukraine, one should not discount the Russian routes.

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