Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/31/2021

Almost 600 migrants from Tunisia have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the space of two days. Meanwhile, a migrant-ferry vessel operated by the NGO SOS Mediterranee “rescued” nearly 200 migrants off the coast of Libya.

In other news, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in France to protest the government’s newly-mandated “health pass”.

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Financial Crisis
» Fed’s Preferred Inflation Reading Shows Prices Jump 3.5% Annually
 
USA
» Antifa Rioter Identified as Homicide Victim Found Burned at Portland Homeless Encampment
» Biden Names First Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
» CDC Study Admits 74% of COVID Sufferers in Massachusetts Outbreak Were Fully Vaccinated
» Chicago Trying to Block a $1M Tax Rebate on Trump Building
» CRT Activist Kendi Says America is a ‘Slaveholders’ Republic’ and GOP Wants ‘Freedom to Infect’ Others
» Gov. Sisolak Avoids Anti-Mask Protests at Reno Community Events
» Kansas City Only Missouri School District Reporting it Teaches ‘Critical Race Theory’
» Protesters Target Getty House With Toilet Paper, Graffiti
» Revealed: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Partied Maskless for Her Birthday One Day Before Her New Mask Mandate
» Revealed: ‘Defund the Police’ Advocate AOC Spent Thousands on Private Security
» Revealed: BLM Activist Shaun King Moves Into Luxury Five-Bedroom Lakefront Home
» Scientists Warn of ‘Unprecedented Surge in Climate-Related Disasters’
» SF Police Searching for Shooter Who Killed 16-Year-Old Girl, Injured Woman
» Study Highlights Link Between the Pandemic and the Rise in Domestic Violence Cases Around Houston
» Suburban NY County Considers Letting Police Sue Protesters
» Vicky Hartzler Speaks Out on Her Push to Ban Critical Race Theory in Military Schools
» Washington Square Park Provocateur Arrested, Parties Stop — for Now
 
Canada
» Ford Government Reveals Masks Will Remain Mandatory Indoors Even After Step 3 Restrictions Are Lifted
 
Europe and the EU
» Italy Plans Mandatory Crucifixes in Public Buildings — With a £890 Fine for Non-Compliance
» Reform UK’s Tice Brands Vax Passports ‘Blackmail and Coercion Through Back Door’
» Six UK Thugs Officially Became Murderers, Being Sentenced to a Collective 81 Years in Prison
» Tens of Thousands Fill France’s Streets on Third Weekend of Protests Against COVID-19 ‘Health Pass’
» UK: Batley Murder: Five Teenagers and Man Jailed for Brutal Killing of 20-Year-Old They Chanced Across in Alleyway
» UK: Travel Rules for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh — Will They Stay on Red List?
» UK: Thousands of Anti-Vaxxer Protestors Including Children Throw Plastic Balls at the Gates of Downing Street on March Through London to Oppose Jabbing Under-18s
» UK: Vegans May be Exempt From Compulsory Vaccines, Law Firm Claims
» Watch: Scuffles in Italian Parliament as National Conservatives Protest Vaccine Pass
 
Far East
» Hong Kong Man Arrested for Booing Chinese Anthem While Watching Olympics
 
Australia — Pacific
» Beijing’s Poodles: Had Any Other Nation Unleashed COVID We Would Never Hear the End of It
» Sydney Anti-Lockdown Protest Blocked as Organisers Vow to Regroup in August
 
Immigration
» 600 Migrants Reach Italian Island From Tunisia in 2 Days
» Greece Accuses Aid Groups of Helping Smugglers of Migrants
» Hidalgo County Judge Invites Biden to Border to See Effects of Recent Migrant Surge
» Italy: Anti-Terror Prosecutor Concerned Jihadists Are Among Illegal Migrant Wave
» Ship Rescues Nearly 200 Migrants Off Libya
» Texas Bill Would Give $300M in Unused COVID Funds to Farmers for Migrant Damages
» UK Home Office Block-Booking Hotels for Migrant Youths as Channel Crossings Surge
» UK: Dozens of Migrants Are Living in a Plush Hotel Close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ Home in Kensington Palace — With 55 Asylum Seekers Put Up for as Long as Nine Months
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: Trans BLM Band Performs Outside LA Spa Where Male Genitals Were Allegedly Exposed in Women’s Section
» Harvard Professor Who Refuses to Use the Term ‘Pregnant People’ And Insists on ‘Woman’ is Accused of Transphobia by Her Woke Ivy League Colleague
» Harvard Lecturer Blasted by Colleague for Defending Existence of Biological Sex
» Italy: Trans Activists Object to Vax Pass Because it Would Reveal Their Gender
» ‘Queer That Class’: Middle School Teacher Presents Curriculum to Teach Preteens About Pronouns, Queer Theory, Critical Theory
» UK Police Pledge to ‘Promote Pronoun Awareness’ In Cringe Video for Yet Another Pride Weekend
 

Fed’s Preferred Inflation Reading Shows Prices Jump 3.5% Annually

The core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation measure, accelerated in June by the most on an annual basis in almost three decades.

Core PCE, which excludes food and energy, increased 3.5% year over year in June, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The reading, which was the highest since July 1991, was up fractionally from last month’s 3.4% print.

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Antifa Rioter Identified as Homicide Victim Found Burned at Portland Homeless Encampment

Portland police have identified Antifa rioter Joseph Robert Sipe, 23, as the victim of a gruesome homicide in May who was found burned at a homeless encampment.

On May 25, police were called because a woman had spotted a human hand sticking out from under the wood in a fire pit at a homeless camp in Northeast Portland. The hand turned out to belong to Sipes’s cadaver, according to authorities. Upon investigation, it was discovered that he had been stabbed multiple times. The cause of death was ruled to be blunt force or sharp force trauma.

Police later found and apprehended Aaron David Christopher, 41, nearby in the 6500 block of Northeast Halsey Street. Christopher was arrested and charged with felony second-degree murder and felony first-degree abuse of a corpse over Sipe’s death. Christopher pleaded not guilty and is set to go on trial in August 2022.

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Biden Names First Muslim as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

U.S. President Joe Biden announced Friday his “intent to nominate” Rashad Hussain as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the first Muslim to occupy the post.

Under the Obama Administration, Hussain served as U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from 2010 to 2015.

[Comment: Islam has put religious freedom in peril for around 1,400 years.]

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CDC Study Admits 74% of COVID Sufferers in Massachusetts Outbreak Were Fully Vaccinated

In a new study published to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, it is revealed that nearly three quarters of those who tested positive for COVID-19 as part of an “outbreak” of the largely survivable virus in Massachusetts had been completely vaccinated against the virus.

Alongside the bombshell that the vaccine was unable to protect the individuals, four of whom were hospitalized for their illness, the new data also suggests “that fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people, and could spread it to other individuals.”

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Chicago Trying to Block a $1M Tax Rebate on Trump Building

Former President Donald Trump is owed a $1 million tax refund on his Chicago high-rise, Illinois officials say, but local authorities are trying to block the rebate.

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board unanimously voted last month to reduce the assessment on the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s value, meaning Trump would be owed $1.03 million from his 2011 tax bill, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Now, the Cook County State’s Attorney is moving to block the payment.

Windy City government agencies would take a hit by the reduction, including Chicago Public Schools, which would lose $540,000, the newspaper said.

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CRT Activist Kendi Says America is a ‘Slaveholders’ Republic’ and GOP Wants ‘Freedom to Infect’ Others

Anti-racist author Ibram X. Kendi claims on his podcast, “Be Antiracist,” that Republicans who oppose lockdowns are similar oppressors to slave owners.

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Gov. Sisolak Avoids Anti-Mask Protests at Reno Community Events

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Today was the first day of the new mask mandate, but that didn’t stop protesters from speaking out against the mandate.

Gov. Sisolak spent the day in Reno where he first hosted a story time at the Washoe Public Library. To kick off summer reading he read to some children and stressed the importance of reading.

There were several anti-mask protesters outside the library holding signs against the mask mandate.

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Kansas City Only Missouri School District Reporting it Teaches ‘Critical Race Theory’

A survey of over 400 Missouri school districts found only Kansas City Public Schools reported that it uses a curriculum that both teaches lessons about critical race theory and includes the 1619 Project.

Two other districts reported that they utilize the 1619 Project in their curriculum.

The results of the survey, administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), come a week after a handful of parents and teachers opposed to critical race theory decried its teaching in schools before a committee of lawmakers — even as the state’s commissioner of education said the academic concept is largely not taught throughout K-12 public schools in Missouri.

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Protesters Target Getty House With Toilet Paper, Graffiti

Los Angeles Police Department responded Thursday night to a report of vandalism after a protest at Getty House, the mayor’s official residence.

Videos posted on social media shows trash thrown on the property, toilet paper on the trees and fence, and graffiti on the sidewalk. “Housing is a Right” and “Repeal 41.18d” — a reference to a city law governing public precedence — were written on pillars outside the home, video shows.

The videos also show protesters berating the police.

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Revealed: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Partied Maskless for Her Birthday One Day Before Her New Mask Mandate

Muriel Bowser, DC’s Mayor, recently reinstated an indoor mask mandate, effective on Saturday. The night before, she attended her own packed and maskless birthday party at a bar.

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Revealed: ‘Defund the Police’ Advocate AOC Spent Thousands on Private Security

It’s been revealed that “defund the police” advocate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands to a former Blackwater contractor for personal security.

According to a review of Federal Election Commission records, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign dropped at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for “security services” between January and June 2021, the New York Post reported.

The Franconia is a Virginia-based company owned by Devin Tullis, who was also a bail enforcement officer. According to his website, his other clients include the royal families of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Revealed: BLM Activist Shaun King Moves Into Luxury Five-Bedroom Lakefront Home

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, who claims he advocates for the poor and disenfranchised communities, has been living large in a luxury five-bedroom, 3,000 square foot New Jersey lakefront home.

King, who famously got upset when someone vandalized a George Floyd statue, but wanted statues of Jesus to be torn down, apparently moved away from his place in downtown Brooklyn earlier in 2021. According to the New York Post, “the property, surrounded by lush, tall trees, was purchased by King’s wife, Rai-Tonicia King, a Ph.D. candidate and educator, in November 2020 for $842,000.”

The house, located on property in North Brunswick, New Jersey, purportedly boasts of five bedrooms and 3,000 square feet of living space.

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Scientists Warn of ‘Unprecedented Surge in Climate-Related Disasters’

Two Oregon State University professors have doubled down in declaring a worldwide “climate emergency” and warning of “untold suffering” if fossil fuels are not eliminated.

An article published Wednesday in the online journal BioScience asserts that there is “mounting evidence that we are nearing or have already crossed tipping points associated with critical parts of the Earth system, including the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, warm-water coral reefs, and the Amazon rainforest.”

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SF Police Searching for Shooter Who Killed 16-Year-Old Girl, Injured Woman

San Francisco police are hoping members of the public with information will come forth as they search for clues in the Friday night shooting they say claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl and put a 45-year-old woman in the hospital.

“We are still gathering evidence. We are seeking the public’s help” to solve the case, SFPD Officer Adam Lobsinger said in an interview Saturday.

The shootings occurred in the 100 block of Bertha Lane just before 7 p.m., police said. The two shooting victims were taken to the hospital before the officers arrived, according to police.

The 45-year-old victim was treated for injuries that are not deemed to be life-threatening, and she is expected to survive, police said.

Despite life-saving efforts, the 16-year-old victim succumbed to her injuries, police said…

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Study Highlights Link Between the Pandemic and the Rise in Domestic Violence Cases Around Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The seemingly unending daily headlines of domestic violence is not an accident.

Advocates for domestic violence survivors say the trend is directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest study shows there’s no end in sight.

“It’s alarming. It’s disturbing,” said Executive Director of the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Barbie Brashear. “It matches what we are hearing nationally, that domestic violence is on the rise.”

[Comment: The rise in domestic violence is not due to COVID-19 but to the government response to COVID-19.]

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Suburban NY County Considers Letting Police Sue Protesters

Lawmakers in a suburban New York county are set to vote Monday on a proposal that would allow police officers to sue protesters and collect financial damages — a move civil rights activists say is payback for demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd last year in Minneapolis.

Newsday reports that the bill being considered by the Nassau County Legislature would make police officers and other first responders a protected class under the county’s Human Rights Law, which currently bars discrimination based on race, religion, gender and sexual orientation. No other professions are protected under the Human Rights Law.

The bill would allow a lawyer for the Long Island county to sue protesters on behalf of officers and calls for fines of up to $25,000 for anyone who harasses, menaces or injures an officer. The fine amount would be doubled if the offending behavior happened “in the course of participating in a riot,” the bill says.

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Vicky Hartzler Speaks Out on Her Push to Ban Critical Race Theory in Military Schools

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., joined “Fox Report” Friday to explain why she introduced legislation to ban critical race theory in military schools.

REP. VICKY HARTZLER: Well, I’m a former school teacher, I’m also a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, and the thought that our Department of Defense could be teaching our children that their country is inherently racist, and certainly the children of our men and women in uniform is just abhorrent. And we need to make sure this doesn’t happen.

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Washington Square Park Provocateur Arrested, Parties Stop — for Now

Washington Square Park neighbors hope the midnight madness is finally over — after a party host and provocateur whose raucous antics plagued the famed space was arrested last week.

David “Shaman” Ortiz was taken into custody just before midnight on July 21, when he stepped in front of a slow-moving cop car in a futile effort to stop the breakup of his last rowdy Greenwich Village gathering, authorities said.

“They tried to run me over,” Ortiz told The Post a day after his arrest. He posted a video of the incident, in which he was charged with misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration, on his Instagram.

The 29-year-old, who was quickly released, has been making residents near Washington Square Park miserable for months, organizing large parties well past the park’s midnight closing time which drew hundreds and were accompanied by a host of illegal activities: fireworks, boxing matches, drug use, unlicensed alcohol sales and amplified music, which is banned in city parks.

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Ford Government Reveals Masks Will Remain Mandatory Indoors Even After Step 3 Restrictions Are Lifted

As Ontario prepares to exit its “reopening roadmap,” the Ford government has announced new details, including which restrictions will remain in place.

On Friday, Premier Ford’s government outlined what Ontarians can expect in the weeks ahead. The province is currently in Step 3 of their “reopening roadmap,” which allows essentially all businesses to open their doors, albeit with reduced capacity.

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Italy Plans Mandatory Crucifixes in Public Buildings — With a £890 Fine for Non-Compliance

PUBLIC buildings in Italy will be legally required to display crucifixes in a prominent place if a new bill is approved by the country’s parliament.

Those who fail to display the Christian symbol “in a high and clearly visible place” could face fines of up to £890 (€1,000).

The law would apply to buildings including schools, hospitals, airports and prisons.

The proposals are designed to preserve “the meaning of the principles on which Italian society is based,” Rome-based newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.

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Reform UK’s Tice Brands Vax Passports ‘Blackmail and Coercion Through Back Door’

Reform UK leader Richard Tice has criticised as “blackmail and coercion” the government proposal of vaccine passports.

Earlier this month, the government announced it would be demanding proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs from late September, with reports the documents may also be required for university, large events, or even travel.

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Six UK Thugs Officially Became Murderers, Being Sentenced to a Collective 81 Years in Prison

A gang of six street-dwelling vagrants officially upgraded their titles to full-blown killers this Friday, as the group all faced sentencing charges over their roles in a June 2020 killing.

The article from Yorkshire Live goes over everything from start to finish. His name was Bradley Gledhill. The 20-year-old was with two friends late at night near Jessop Park, over in the English town of Batley. Their evening of casual activity was winding down to wanting “a smoke and the toilet.”

For no “apparent reason” this group of six young men got physical towards Gledhill and his two friends. Much of the documenting evidence came by way of CCTV footage, which at one point displayed young Bradley failing to escape.

One of the youngest thugs struck Mr. Gledhill and he ended up on the ground. The gang of six held him there and took turns “kicking,” “stabbing,” “striking,” and “stamping” the victim. Residents living in the area of Park Croft tried to tend to Bradley after the fact, but he was stabbed in the heart in a way that made staying alive impossible.

The events of that tragic evening last summer lingered as the litigation process played out. From June 2020, we then fast forward to today and the six received sentencing.

The fact that at least three of the gang are said to have “bragged” about killing someone, alongside efforts made known about the group’s attempt to cover-up their crime, lent none of these murderers any sympathy from the judge.

We know the names of all six of Bradley Gledhill’s killers because Justice Kerr lifted reporting restrictions. He allowed the naming of two defendants who were only sixteen years of age at the time of the crime, given the brutality on display therein.

In alphabetical order:

Ahmed Karolia (age 24): set to face 16 years minimum, for prison. Ahmed kicked Bradley Gledhill in the head during the ambush. Alongside that, he’s convicted of attempted murder for going after one of Brad’s friends too.

Irfan Hussain (age 17): sentenced to 11 years. Irfan is said to have been the most violent of the gang with alcohol in his system. He kicked and stomped Brad Gledhill, bragging about the display of dominance as the victim was dying.

Nabeel Naseer (age 18): faces a minimum of 11 years for murder and attempted murder. Nabeel’s role was hiding evidence. While not reportedly being directly involved in Brad Gledhill’s killing, Nabeel launched kicks on one of Brad’s mates. He faces the sentence of “Her Majesty’s Pleasure,” which in England means a young offender institution, for a yet to be determined length of time, to face later reviewing as to whether or not it’s “safe” to release them.

Nikash Hussain (age 17): sentenced to 10 years. Suspected to have a knife that night. Nikash’s part was kicking Brad Gledhill twice in the head and throwing Brad’s bloodied phone down a drain after the attack.

Raja Nawaz (age 19): set to face 12 years minimum. Raja didn’t throw punches because held the victim down as others did the beating. It’s reported he gave a “mocking salute” gesture at Gledhill’s dying body.

Usman Karolia (age 19): set to face a minimum 21 years in prison. 17 years for Gledhill’s murder, alongside three years and one years for the attempted murders and harm of Brad’s two friends.

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Tens of Thousands Fill France’s Streets on Third Weekend of Protests Against COVID-19 ‘Health Pass’

Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues, introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.

Protesters injured three police officers in Paris, a police spokesperson said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that 19 demonstrators were arrested, including 10 in Paris.

It was the third weekend in a row that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron’s new COVID-19 measures have taken to the streets, an unusual show of determination at a time of year when many people are focused on taking their summer break.

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UK: Batley Murder: Five Teenagers and Man Jailed for Brutal Killing of 20-Year-Old They Chanced Across in Alleyway

Gang chased and cornered Bradley Gledhill before stabbing, stamping and kicking him to death

All six of the attackers — Usman Karolia, 20, of Lime Tree Avenue, Batley; Ahmed Karolia, 24, of Lime Tree Avenue, Batley; Raja Nawaz, 19, Longfield Road, Heckmondwike; Nabeel Naseer, 18, of Gordale Close, Dewsbury; Irfan Hussain, 17, of Church Walk, Batley; and Nikash Hussain, 17, of Low Road, Dewsbury — were convicted of his murder following a trial that lasted several weeks at Leeds Crown Court.

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UK: Travel Rules for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh — Will They Stay on Red List?

Around a quarter of Birmingham’s population are Asian. The majority are of Pakistani origin, while others are of Bangladeshi and Indian ethnicity. Many have family in those three countries and will be wondering when they can next travel to see them, or when relatives can visit them in the UK.

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UK: Thousands of Anti-Vaxxer Protestors Including Children Throw Plastic Balls at the Gates of Downing Street on March Through London to Oppose Jabbing Under-18s

Hundreds of anti-vaxxers have marched through the streets of London today accompanied by their children as they campaign against the Covid jab.

Pictures from the scene show crowds armed with placards bearing slogans including ‘leave our children alone’ and ‘hands off our children’ as they made their way through the capital.

The protestors marched along the banks of the River Thames, past the London Eye before arriving at Downing Street where they chanted ‘save our children’.

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UK: Vegans May be Exempt From Compulsory Vaccines, Law Firm Claims

Ethical vegans may be exempt from being forced by their employers to be vaccinated because their lifestyle beliefs are protected by law, a legal firm has claimed.

Last year, a judge presiding over an employment tribunal ruled that ethical veganism — where a vegan avoids all animals products, products that used animals in testing, or services associated with animal exploitation — was a “philosophical belief”, making it a protected characteristic like race, religion, or sexuality, with its adherents covered under the Equality Act 2010.

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Watch: Scuffles in Italian Parliament as National Conservatives Protest Vaccine Pass

Scuffles broke out in the Italian parliament on Thursday as members of the national conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) protested the passing of the coronavirus “health pass”.

Members of the FdI, led by firebrand Giorgia Meloni, held a protest in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Italian parliament, against the so-called “Green Pass”.

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Hong Kong Man Arrested for Booing Chinese Anthem While Watching Olympics

Hong Kong police arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of insulting the Chinese national anthem after he was caught on video in a shopping mall booing when the song played during an Olympics medal ceremony.

The man, whose name was not released, also waved a British colonial Hong Kong flag when he gathered with others at a Hong Kong mall to watch a local star, foil fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long, receive his gold medal, the first won by an athlete from the city in 25 years, The Guardian reported.

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Beijing’s Poodles: Had Any Other Nation Unleashed COVID We Would Never Hear the End of It

Instead, we’ve rolled over in an act of appeasement redolent of the 1930s, writes IAIN DUNCAN SMITH

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH: To the Beijing regime, any idea of questioning its official narrative or any suggestion that its laboratory safety protocols warrant scrutiny is not just unreasonable but insulting.

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Sydney Anti-Lockdown Protest Blocked as Organisers Vow to Regroup in August

Anti-lockdown protests planned in Sydney on Saturday have failed to materialise, with police confident a crackdown on movement and checkpoints entering the city prevented a repeat of the lockdown-violating mass gatherings seen last weekend.

As New South Wales health authorities announced 210 new cases in the Delta outbreak on Saturday morning, the deputy police commissioner Michael Willing set the scene for an operation involving mounted police, helicopters, harsh fines and an exclusion zone to keep potential protesters from gathering.

Taxi and rideshare companies were banned from taking passengers into Sydney’s central business district between 9am and 3pm, with fines of up to $500,000 for businesses and $100,000 for individuals who failed to comply.

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600 Migrants Reach Italian Island From Tunisia in 2 Days

ROME: Nearly 600 migrants reached the Italian island of Lampedusa from Tunisia in only two days.

Countless departures of people fleeing the crisis-wracked North African country and attempting to reach Europe on dinghies and small boats are reported every hour by NGOs and Italian Coast Guard vessels patrolling the Channel of Sicily.

Only on Saturday, by midday, 99 migrants landed in Lampedusa on six different small boats. Before their arrival, 1,137 people were already present at the center in Contrada Imbriacola, well above the facility’s maximum capacity of 250.

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Greece Accuses Aid Groups of Helping Smugglers of Migrants

As Greece faces criticism for its quick return of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Turkey, it is cracking down on the activities of some aid groups working with refugees, accusing them of facilitating trafficking rackets and spying.

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Hidalgo County Judge Invites Biden to Border to See Effects of Recent Migrant Surge

EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — In a one letter page, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez invited President Joe Biden to visit the Southern border to witness local challenges on the recent migrant surge.

Cortez participated in meetings on Friday with federal, state, and local representatives to call on Congress and the president to act on “ major immigration policy shortcomings” that are directly impacting Hidalgo County.

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Italy: Anti-Terror Prosecutor Concerned Jihadists Are Among Illegal Migrant Wave

An Italian anti-terrorism prosecutor has expressed concerns that radical Islamic jihadists are among the wave of illegal migrants coming to Europe from North Africa.

National anti-mafia and anti-terrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho expressed concern about the link between illegal migration and terrorism, particularly from migrants departing from Tunisia.

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Ship Rescues Nearly 200 Migrants Off Libya

MARSEILLE, FRANCE — The Ocean Viking on Saturday rescued 196 migrants off Libya, the humanitarian ship’s operator said.

It first picked up 57 people in an inflatable dinghy struggling in international waters off the North African country, SOS Mediterranee said.

In the afternoon, the ship’s crew carried out two additional rescues in the same area, plucking 54 people from a dinghy and 64 others from a wooden vessel.

In their latest operation, they saved 21 people from a wooden vessel.

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Texas Bill Would Give $300M in Unused COVID Funds to Farmers for Migrant Damages

A Texas congressman has introduced a bill with bipartisan backing to help farmers and ranchers on the border deal with vandalism and property damage from illegal immigration.

Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) is the main sponsor of the bill, which calls for a new fund to be set up using $300 million in unspent COVID rescue dollars to reimburse farmers and ranchers on the front lines of the border crisis for the vandalism and damage they’re continually experiencing.

The legislation would funnel the $300 million into a new fund to pay farmers for damages from illegal immigration, including livestock loss, crop loss and damage, perimeter fence replacements, damages to physical structures and property loss.

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UK Home Office Block-Booking Hotels for Migrant Youths as Channel Crossings Surge

Britain’s Home Office has been block-booking hotels along England’s south coast to host migrant youths as the country’s long-running Channel crisis continues to worsen, despite promises to end the practice.

The government department, broadly responsible for policing, national security, and border control and led by Priti Patel MP as Home Secretary, said in March that it did not “want to be housing [migrants] in hotels anymore”, with the policy acting as a pull factor for illegal immigration as well as angering British taxpayers. The government vowed to send them to reception centres instead.

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UK: Dozens of Migrants Are Living in a Plush Hotel Close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ Home in Kensington Palace — With 55 Asylum Seekers Put Up for as Long as Nine Months

Dozens of asylum seekers are being housed in a hotel in one of London’s most upmarket postcodes.

The Best Western Kensington Olympia, a short walk from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s residence Kensington Palace, has been closed to paying customers and is instead putting up 55 migrants — in some cases for up to nine months.

The hotel is nestled in a corner of West London where three-bedroom flats sell for about £1.2 million.

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Breaking: Trans BLM Band Performs Outside LA Spa Where Male Genitals Were Allegedly Exposed in Women’s Section

A trans Black Lives Matter band performed live Saturday in front of the controversial Wi Spa in Los Angeles.

The spa has been the site of violent Antifa clashes with law enforcement, reporters documenting the protests, and street preachers who oppose the spa for allegedly allowing a transgender individual’s male genitals to be exposed to women and girls in the spa’s female section last month.

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Harvard Professor Who Refuses to Use the Term ‘Pregnant People’ And Insists on ‘Woman’ is Accused of Transphobia by Her Woke Ivy League Colleague

A Harvard professor of evolutionary biology has been slammed by her department’s diversity head for rejecting the term ‘pregnant people’ and insisting on referring to people as male or female instead.

Carole Hooven, who has been at the university for 20 years and received multiple teaching awards, spoke of feeling ‘frustrated’ at the atmosphere in academia.

She told Fox News on Wednesday that she was dismayed at the insistence on politically correct terminology, which she felt was misguided.

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Harvard Lecturer Blasted by Colleague for Defending Existence of Biological Sex

Harvard lecturer Carole Hooven took heat from her own colleague after an appearance on Fox News this week in which she asserted that biological sex is real and defended the continued use of terms like ‘pregnant women’ and “male and female.”

“The ideology seems to be that biology really isn’t as important as how somebody feels about themselves, or feels their sex to be,” Hooven told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. “The facts are that there are in fact two sexes — there are male and female — and those sexes are designated by the kind of gametes we produce.”

Hooven, the author of a book about testosterone, teaches Human Evolutionary Biology at the school and appeared in a segment dedicated to discussing how medical schools had gone woke.

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Italy: Trans Activists Object to Vax Pass Because it Would Reveal Their Gender

Transgender activists in Italy have objected to the coronavirus “Green Pass”, claiming it would reveal information on their gender.

Christian Cristalli, president and co-founder of the activist group Gruppo Trans Bologna, said of the health pass: “Transgender people will have to show a QR code that will refer to personal information, which causes a lot of discomfort and exposes the person.”

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‘Queer That Class’: Middle School Teacher Presents Curriculum to Teach Preteens About Pronouns, Queer Theory, Critical Theory

Amanda Cherry, a middle school Language Arts instructor at Southern Hills Middle School in Boulder, Colorado, presented a lesson plan called “Queer That Class!” reportedly to a A Queer Endeavor conference, which describes itself “queer-led” organization that seeks to expand “gender, sexual and family diversity in education”.

In the session, Cherry says the presentation will teach instructors “about queering the content of your secondary Language Arts classes”. She explicitly seeks to inform fellow educators how to introduce middle school children to Queer Theory, including “pronouns, Critical Lenses and Queer Theory”. Cherry notes that she has been teaching 6th graders for 12 years, but has been teaching her students Queer Theory for six years, since she connected with the Queer Endeavor project.

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UK Police Pledge to ‘Promote Pronoun Awareness’ In Cringe Video for Yet Another Pride Weekend

Rather than pledging to tackle violent crime in Liverpool, the Merseyside Police force have released a video in which officers promised to “promote pronoun awareness” for the city’s LGBT Pride weekend.

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12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/31/2021

  1. The French people are very clever they are protesting against the virus pass because it is very dangerous but jihadists and Muslims arriving by thousands every day in France Italy and Europe pose no danger at all . well , for now so today we will drink have sex and party and never think about tomorrow.
    Clever Eu geniuses will solve the problem .

    Do you think that they will be apathetic to the problem until civil wars will break out in every nation in blessed Europe ? Nnnnoooo

  2. It’s a kind of surrealism to appoint a Muslim to oversee issues of religious freedom.
    This is the same as admitting a goat to the vegetable garden with cabbage or a wolf to the sheepfold.

  3. WTF? 600 migrants?

    I thought we had a pandemic going on.
    In a pandemic (a real one) you wouldnt bring in people who may be infected. They are turned away (by gunfire if necessary) or if they have been able to enter your country they are put in an internation camp.
    Yes, you may have to kill them, but the protection of your own people comes first.
    And a shuttle service, like that of Ms Rakete is shut down. A stern warning and if she doesnt heed that, then its either a torpedo or a Harpoon missile.

    So, I would say that this is a clear indication that this entire COVID thing is nothing more than a fake and scaremongering.

    • Yes it is a fake pandemic.
      Here they do not vaccinate the immigrants and the Gypsies.
      It is only us that must be vaccinated.

      • This particular dividing line for who gets jabbed versus who does not tends to make me think the replacement agenda is in play.

    • Look at the size of her butt it seems that jizya money and food from infidels is really healthy and nutritious and the Lord said that he will make the descendants of Ishmael a thorn in the side of The descendants of Rebecca and if the thorn falls down the descendants of Rebecca will lift it up and stick it in their own side again

      You will have no relief from the thorn

  4. All those ISIS murderers are now cleared to return to the UK and Irish mainland. One can’t really blame the Muslims for their extreme disdain for locals. Western Europe is well and truly for the wrecking ball. It may as well be Islam as anyone. I imagine.

  5. Russian opposition journalist Yulia Latynina advised the Lithuanian authorities to starve illegal migrants. She announced this on the air of the program “Access Code” on the radio station “Echo of Moscow”.

    “I want to tell Lithuanians that in fact it is very simple to fight against illegal migrants. To do this, you just need to just put every illegal violator who crossed the border, not in jail, for God’s sake, just in some place surrounded by a fence, give him a loaf of bread, two liters of water and put each additional one there.

    When the number of detainees exceeds 10 people per square meter, and the amount of food in the form of bread and water remains the same, then everyone who cannot remember where they came from and what their names are – all these wonderful people themselves will immediately express a desire to return to their homeland. And new ones will mysteriously stop coming in, ”said Latynina.

    https://www.rubaltic.ru/news/01082021-rossiyskaya-oppozitsionnaya-zhurnalistka-predlozhila-litve-morit-migrantov-golodom/

    • Leave it to a female Slavic journalist to have the common sense that eludes every one of her overeducated Western European counterparts. And the intestinal fortitude to speak that truth on air.

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