Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/5/2021

More than 500 migrants were “rescued” in the Mediterranean over the weekend by the NGO migrant ferry Ocean Viking. Meanwhile, an African migrant stabbed another man to death at a Paris Metro station.

In other news, police in Kingston, Ontario raided an illegal lockdown-violating party attended by an estimated 300 guests.

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

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USA
» 2 Chicago Cops Shot While Breaking Up 4th of July Crowds
» Amazon Uses Artificial Intelligence to Terminate Delivery Drivers
» Biden Tells Americans Getting Vaccinated is “The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do”
» Big Tech, Mainstream Media, And Public Officials to Gather for Secret Sun Valley Conference This Week
» CNN Says “Tucker Carlson is the New Alex Jones”
» DeSantis Spokesperson Squashes Talk of Beef With Trump
» Disgraceful: US Women’s Soccer Team Members Turn Their Backs to 98-Year-Old WWII Vet Playing the National Anthem
» Fauci-Funded EcoHealth Refuses to Give Wuhan Documents to Congress
» Keystone Pipeline Company Seeks $15 Billion From Biden Administration Over Project Cancellation
» Michigan Boy Dies in His Sleep Three Days After Getting Vaccine
» New Emails Raise New Allegations of Influence Peddling by Hunter Biden and Direct Knowledge of President Biden
» Over 100 People Dead From Gun Violence in Democrat Cities Over the July 4th Weekend
» Report: US Army Directs Commands to Prep for Mandatory COVID Shots for Troops
» ‘Rise of the Moors’ Suspects Arrested in Armed Highway Standoff Due in Court Tuesday
» Rumble Breaks Its Live Streaming Record With 500,000 Concurrent Live Viewers
» Target to Close Stores Early in San Francisco Due to Chronic Shoplifting
» Teen Lifeguard Stabbed at Worcester Pond
» Trump Promises to Restore Free Speech in America
» Videos: 30 People Show Up to See Biden, While 45,000 Head to Trump Rally
» Watch: Facebook CEO Releases Bizarre Flag-Waving, Electric Surfboarding July 4 Video
» Watch: Biden Stumbles, Fumbles Over Notes When Asked About Potential Russian Hack
» Woke Athlete Gwen Berry Posted Xenophobic Tweets, Rape Joke
» Yale Course Likens US Prisons to History’s Most Brutal Regimes
 
Canada
» Canadian Civil Liberties Boss Says ‘Burn it All Down’ As Churches Torched
» GraceLife Church Has Regained Control of Its Building and is Open for Worship
» Kingston Police Bust 300-Person Party for Violation of Lockdown Regulations
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Scientists Dispute Advantages of Electric Cars, Point to Omitted Shortcomings
» Donald Tusk Boasts About ‘Cutting Out’ Viktor Orban From European People’s Party
» France: Marine Le Pen Elected National Rally President for Fourth Time
» French Senate Blocks Referendum on Climate Change
» Hungary Responds to EU’s Questions on Child Protection Law
» If Not Now, Then When? UK Prepares to End Lockdown, Mask Mandates, Business Closures
» Merkel Criticizes Hungarian Child Protection Law, But Ignores Islamist Attack in Wurzburg That Killed Three
» Netherlands: Extinction Rebellion Stage Protest Over Pension Firm’s Fossil Fuel Investments
» Poland Has Transferred Visegrad Group Presidency to Hungary
» Portugal: Police Disperse 800 Youngsters at Albufeira’s Praia Da Oura
» Slovenian PM Says EU’s ‘Imaginary Values’ Could Trigger ‘Collapse’ Of Bloc, Amid Hungary LGBT Row
» Spain Restricts Nightlife as Virus Surges Among the Young
» The Head of the German Greens Faces a New Accusation of Plagiarism
» UK: ‘Brexit is Working!’: Farage Hails New Jobs With Nissan Investment, ‘Remoaners Got it Wrong Again’
» UK: Brands Reportedly Suffer Consequences of GB News Ad Boycott
» UK: Morrissey’s New Album is About the Manchester Arena Bombing
» UK: Sadiq Khan Poised to Defy Boris — Londoners to be Forced to Wear Masks Even After July 19
» UK: Three Huddersfield Grooming Gang Rapists Convicted of Abusing Schoolgirl
» UK: Trade Union Demands Masks on Public Transport Remain Compulsory After Lockdown Ends
 
Far East
» Chinese State Media Publishes ‘Three-Stage’ Plan for Invading Neighboring Taiwan
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australian Authorities Ban Church From Singing— on Zoom
» Melbourne Nightclub is Hit With a Massive Fine for Breaching COVID Rules With Wild Party Where 1,000 Maskless Revellers Danced Shoulder to Shoulder
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» South Africa: Lockdown Latest: SAPS Warns Citizens Will be Jailed for Breaking Rules
 
Immigration
» Austria Catches Third Afghan Suspect in Murder of Teenage Girl, Still Looking for Another
» Cyprus: Four Illegal Migrants Arrested
» France: Man Stabbed to Death by African Migrant at Paris Metro Station
» Greek PM Accuses Belarus of Weaponising Migrant Crisis
» Lithuania Wants to Bill Lukashenka for Migrants
» Ocean Viking Ship Rescues More Than 500 Migrants in the Mediterranean
» Ohio Gov Sending 14 State Troopers to US-Mexico Border After Texas Request
» Spain: Madrid Court on Far-Right Poster Targeting Migrant Minors: ‘They Are an Evident Political and Social Problem’
» Spain: 11 Boats Containing 162 Irregular Migrants Reach Murcian Coastline
» UK: Migrant Boats Will be Turned and Sent Back Across the Channel Under Priti Patel’s New Shake-Up of Rules
 
Culture Wars
» European Union’s LGBT ‘Colonialism’ Threatens Our Way of Life, Says Orban
» Exclusive: Mom Reveals That Naked Biological Male Got in a Hot Tub With Her 6-Year-Old Daughter at LA Spa
» Petition Launched to Stop Laurel Hubbard Becoming First Trans Athlete to Compete at Olympics
» Russian Supermarket Sparks Controversy by Pulling Ad With Lesbian Couple
» The Battle of Wi Spa
» Woman Who Complained to Police About Man Exposing His Genitalia to Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Says They Blamed Her
 

2 Chicago Cops Shot While Breaking Up 4th of July Crowds

Two Chicago cops were shot early Monday as they broke up rowdy Fourth of July crowds setting off fireworks, police said.

A commander was shot in the foot and a sergeant grazed in the leg when shots rang out around 1:30 a.m. in the city’s West Side, Chicago police said in a statement.

Both officers were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in good condition, police told The Post Monday.

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Amazon Uses Artificial Intelligence to Terminate Delivery Drivers

A Bloomberg report details how artificial intelligence systems employed by Amazon have hired and fired contract drivers.

Called “Flex,” Amazon uses AI to determine how many drivers are needed for deliveries. The app, installed on drivers’ smartphones, measures whether they delivered packages on time and followed customers’ special requests.

If a driver misses the mark, they are subjected to an automatic firing.

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Biden Tells Americans Getting Vaccinated is “The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do”

After failing to reach his previously stated benchmark for vaccinations, Joe Biden desperately tweeted a plea for Americans to do “the most patriotic thing you can do” and take the COVID shot.

The tweet came on the heels of an Independence Day speech yesterday at The White House when Biden urged “My fellow Americans, that’s the most patriotic thing you can do, so, please, if you haven’t got vaccinated, do it now: for yourself, for your family, for your community and for your country.”

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Big Tech, Mainstream Media, And Public Officials to Gather for Secret Sun Valley Conference This Week

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Council of Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, and other influential figures from Big Tech, mainstream media, and politics are on the guest list for a private, five day Sun Valley conference in Idaho that kicks off on July 6.

The annual conference was started in 1982 by the private investment firm Allen & Company — a company that has been the underwriter for several major Big Tech initial public offerings (IPOs) and an adviser for other significant Big Tech acquisitions.

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CNN Says “Tucker Carlson is the New Alex Jones”

CNN hosts Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy asserted that “Tucker Carlson is the new Alex Jones” during Stelter’s show after they played clips where Carlson’s rhetoric was similar to Jones’ on several different issues.

After Stelter asked Darcy about the comparison, Darcy remarked, “Tucker Carlson is the new Alex Jones — if you watch Tucker Carlson’s program and you watch Alex Jones’ program — they might differ a little bit in antics and the way they deliver their message, but that message to viewers is consistent and it’s pretty identical.”

Darcy went on to claim that Carlson mirrored Jones in pushing “vaccine conspiracy theories, false flag conspiracy theories, deep state conspiracy theories.”

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DeSantis Spokesperson Squashes Talk of Beef With Trump

Governor Ron DeSantis’ office is throwing cold water on a report from over the weekend claiming that he and former President Donald Trump had a dispute over the Saturday night rally in Sarasota, Florida — saying the story of a “feud” is “inaccurate reporting.”

According to a statement from the governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw, “Contrary to inaccurate reporting based on anonymous sources, the Governor never suggested cancelling the event. I’d also like to emphasize that there was never, at any time, a ‘plea’ from Governor DeSantis or anyone on his team to cancel or postpone the rally. There was never a ‘feud” either.’“

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Disgraceful: US Women’s Soccer Team Members Turn Their Backs to 98-Year-Old WWII Vet Playing the National Anthem

Ahead of the Olympic send-off match versus Mexico, several members of the US women’s soccer team turned their backs as 98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPré played the national anthem on his harmonica Monday.

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Fauci-Funded EcoHealth Refuses to Give Wuhan Documents to Congress

Four months before the Obama administration suspended federal funding for gain-of-function research on US soil, the process by which virologists manipulate viruses to be more transmissible to humans, a subagency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci — effectively shifted this research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) via a grant to nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance, headed by Peter Daszak.

The first $666,442 installment of EcoHealth’s $3.7 million NIH grant was paid in June 2014, with similar annual payments through May 2019 under the “Understanding The Risk Of Bat Coronavirus Emergence“ project, as we noted in April.

As we noted in April, the WIV “had openly participated in gain-of-function research in partnership with U.S. universities and institutions” for years under the leadership of Dr. Shi ‘Batwoman’ Zhengli, according to the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin.

Now, Daszak is refusing to comply with a months-old document request from House Republicans related to his work at the Wuhan lab, according to Just The News.

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Keystone Pipeline Company Seeks $15 Billion From Biden Administration Over Project Cancellation

President Biden’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit could now cause $15 billion (USD) in damages for taxpayers, as the pipeline company behind it filed a legacy NAFTA claim seeking to recover money lost because of the decision by the current administration.

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Michigan Boy Dies in His Sleep Three Days After Getting Vaccine

A 13-year-old Michigan boy died in his sleep three days after receiving the coronavirus vaccine in June and the Centers for Disease Control has opened an investigation into the death, a report said on Sunday.

Jacob Clynick — who was preparing to enter high school in the fall — received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a Walgreens in Zilwaukee, Mich. on June 13, his aunt told the Detroit Free Press.

Jacob was healthy and had no underlying health conditions. In the two days following the second jab, the only side effects he had experienced were the same ones most others had to deal with: fatigue and fever.

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New Emails Raise New Allegations of Influence Peddling by Hunter Biden and Direct Knowledge of President Biden

We have previously discussed the concerted and often embarrassing blackout in the media on stories involving Hunter Biden’s influence peddling during his father’s tenure as Vice President. That includes the burying of the laptop story and the growing contradictions over his father’s denial of any knowledge or involvement in his shady business dealings. Even recent reports that Hunter may have paid prostitutes with his father’s account were blacked out by mainstream media which exhaustively pursued any story related to the Trump children and their dealings and life styles. Now, however, there is a major allegation that Hunter used access to his father to seal previously unknown deals with Mexican businessmen, including Carlos Slim. A picture shows Hunter with the businessmen in the Vice President residence with his father.

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Over 100 People Dead From Gun Violence in Democrat Cities Over the July 4th Weekend

Cities across the United States saw a spike in shooting related incidents and fatalities over the holiday, per outlets on both sides of the establishment media aisle.

CNN cites the Gun Violence Archive in their reporting that 150 people died as a result of gun violence “in more than 400 shootings” across the USA. They go on to list the various local incidents that happened in different cities over the holiday weekend. In what marks the attempted return to normalcy for the country amidst pandemic restrictions being loosened.

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Report: US Army Directs Commands to Prep for Mandatory COVID Shots for Troops

The US Army is preparing to enforce mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for service members from the beginning of September, according to an Army Times report.

The report published Saturday notes “The Army has directed commands to prepare to administer mandatory COVID-19 vaccines as early as Sept. 1, pending full Food and Drug Administration licensure.”

“The directive came from an execute order sent to the force by Department of the Army Headquarters,” the report adds.

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‘Rise of the Moors’ Suspects Arrested in Armed Highway Standoff Due in Court Tuesday

The 11 suspects — who all claimed to be part of a group called the Rise of the Moors — are due in Malden District Court on Tuesday.

The 11 males who were arrested Saturday following an hourslong armed standoff that partially shut down Interstate 95 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, will make their first court appearances on Tuesday.

Police said the suspects arrested Saturday — who all claimed to be part of a group called the Rise of the Moors— are from Rhode Island, New York and Michigan.

The Massachusetts State Police have identified eight of the 11 males. Two of the men refused to identify themselves. One of the suspects is 17 years old. His identity was not publicly released…

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Rumble Breaks Its Live Streaming Record With 500,000 Concurrent Live Viewers

Video-sharing platform Rumble smashed its live streaming record by more than 3x on Saturday with 500,000 concurrent live viewers across its apps, website, and over-the-top (OTT).

The majority of these viewers were on Right Side Broadcasting Network’s (RSBN’s) live stream of President Trump’s rally in Sarasota, Florida. RSBN was temporarily banned from live streaming to YouTube hours before the rally started and so streamed via its own app and Rumble.

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Target to Close Stores Early in San Francisco Due to Chronic Shoplifting

Authored by AllahPundit via Hot Air

Normal store hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. They’re cutting back to 6 p.m. because, the company claims, “for more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores.”

Only a month? Walgreens has closed 17 stores in San Francisco since 2016 because it didn’t pay to keep them open with so many locals taking the five-finger discount. Target’s new policy raises the ominous possibility that the problem is getting worse, which would make sense. With the pandemic all but over in the highly vaccinated Bay Area, more thieves may be out and about lately.

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Teen Lifeguard Stabbed at Worcester Pond

Worcester Police say a 17-year-old lifeguard was stabbed while working at Bell Pond after a group of men was asked to stop drinking and smoking in the park.

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Trump Promises to Restore Free Speech in America

Authored by Melanie Sun via The Epoch Times

Former President Donald Trump warned at his third “Save America” rally on Saturday night that Americans no longer have free speech, describing a powerful system “for media and online censorship” that only presents the Democratic Party’s view of politics, including that Trump is attacking democracy by discussing potential election fraud.

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Videos: 30 People Show Up to See Biden, While 45,000 Head to Trump Rally

Around 30 people showed up on Saturday to meet Joe Biden during a stop in Michigan, while in Florida 45,000 crammed into Sarasota County Fairgrounds to see President Trump speak.

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Watch: Facebook CEO Releases Bizarre Flag-Waving, Electric Surfboarding July 4 Video

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg released a video on Independence Day showing him navigating an electric surfboard while holding waving Old Glory high with both hands.

In the video, Zuckerberg can be seen enjoying himself while floating above the water on the electric surfboard, which hovers a foot or two above the lake. For some reason, the music is set to John Denver’s classic tune “Country Roads.”

As can be imagined, reactions on social media to the patriotic video from the big tech founder were decidedly mixed.

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Watch: Biden Stumbles, Fumbles Over Notes When Asked About Potential Russian Hack

President Biden was surprised on Saturday when he stopped to buy ice cream and was asked a real question about Russian hacking. He stumbled for an answer, saying he didn’t have enough information, and referred to his notes, saying he expected to be briefed.

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Woke Athlete Gwen Berry Posted Xenophobic Tweets, Rape Joke

Underscoring once again how the most performatively ‘woke’ people are trying to compensate for past behavior, old offensive tweets posted by ‘activist athlete’ Gwen Berry have emerged in which she made rape jokes and xenophobic comments.

Berry made headlines recently after turning her back on the U.S. national anthem, a reaction the Team USA hammer thrower is almost certainly set to repeat if she wins medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

However, just as in the case of U.S. female soccer star Megan Rapinoe, old tweets have emerged from a period of time when Berry’s woke credentials would have been severely questioned.

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Yale Course Likens US Prisons to History’s Most Brutal Regimes

Yale University is offering a course this fall that likens the US prison system to the Soviet Gulag, with one of the professors leading the course describing America as home to “one of the most brutal prison societies in human history” on social media Monday.

The course, titled “Mass Incarceration in the Soviet Union and the United States” is billed by the Ivy League school as “[a]n investigation of the experience and purposes of mass incarceration in the Soviet Union and the United States in the twentieth century.”

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Canadian Civil Liberties Boss Says ‘Burn it All Down’ As Churches Torched

The executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Harsha Walia, is under fire for commenting on a story about the wave of church arsons sweeping Canada by saying “Burn it all down.”

Walia, a Bahrain-born South Asian based in Vancouver and described as “a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, feminist, anti-capitalist, abolitionist, and anti-imperialist movements” in her profile at the left-wing Intercept, made the inflammatory intervention in response to a VICE report on two Roman Catholic churches being burned down in Alberta and Nova Scotia.

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GraceLife Church Has Regained Control of Its Building and is Open for Worship

Sunday marked the first day back in their church building for the congregants of GraceLife Church, just west of Edmonton, Alberta, and Rebel News was on hand to mark the joyous occasion.

The church property, nestled inside Parkland County, was seized in a dawn raid by provincial authorities in April. Alberta Health Services was unable to bring the church, its congregation and its pastor, James Coates, into compliance with public health restrictions on places of worship that GraceLife argued violated Charter rights of freedom of religion, expression, association and assembly.

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Kingston Police Bust 300-Person Party for Violation of Lockdown Regulations

Police were called at 2:40 am on Sunday to a location on Aberdeen Street in Kingston, Ontario. They found approximately 300 people in attendance at an illegal gathering.

According to current lockdown regulations, indoor gatherings can only have a maximum of five people, and 25 people are allowed to get together outdoors.

According to CTV News Ottawa, Const. Cameron Mack of the Kingston Police emailed them the details of this recent incident.

Nobody as of this time has been charged yet, but the investigation has not concluded, and people being charged is still something that’s on the table.

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Czech Scientists Dispute Advantages of Electric Cars, Point to Omitted Shortcomings

Open letters signed by more than a hundred experts and scientists disputing the environmental benefits of electric cars have caused quite a stir. The European Union has been trying for a long time to combat cars with internal combustion engines and is promoting electromobility as the only way forward. Two Czech representatives from the Czech Technical University — Professor Jan Macek and Associate Professor Oldrich Vitek, both from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering — oppose this stance. They told Echo24 online daily that the issue is ideologized, and there is no discussion about the disadvantages of electric cars.

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Donald Tusk Boasts About ‘Cutting Out’ Viktor Orban From European People’s Party

Just a few days ago, conservative parties from all across Europe signed a joint declaration regarding the future of the European Union. Among the signatories were Law and Justice (PiS), Spanish VOX, Hungarian Fidesz, the French National Front, and the Italian Northern League.

The authors of the declaration emphasized that the aim of their cooperation is to deeply reform the EU through a return to the ideals which constituted the union’s foundation, including the sovereignty of European nation states.

Moreover, the declaration pointed to the loss of trust among EU citizens towards the union’s institutions, which the authors believe is a consequence of “the reinterpretation of the treaties”.

Donald Tusk, who has recently returned to Polish politics and taken the mantle of Civic Platform leader, criticized the declaration and accused PiS of being pro-Putin.

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France: Marine Le Pen Elected National Rally President for Fourth Time

Marine Le Pent was re-elected president of the French National Rally on Sunday by the delegates at the party’s electoral congress, but she will be temporarily hand over the post to first vice-president Jordan Bardella in September when she begins hes campaign for next year’s presidential election.

Marine Le Pen was the only candidate to run for the party presidency since 2011, leading a party founded by his father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. At the party’s annual congress, which began on Saturday in Perpignan, southern France, Le Pen was re-elected with 98.35 percent of the votes.

The party president told the French press that she was very determined about the presidential election and that her party’s failure in last week’s regional elections did not discourage her.

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French Senate Blocks Referendum on Climate Change

PARIS, July 5 — The French Senate has voted to block a referendum promised by President Emmanuel Macron on whether to enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution, it said in a statement on Monday.

Macron had pledged to organize such a vote in response to criticism that he has not done enough to protect the planet.

The Senate, the legislature’s upper house, is dominated by the opposition conservatives. In May, it watered down draft legislation requiring the constitution to “guarantee” the fight against climate change, preferring less binding wordin

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Hungary Responds to EU’s Questions on Child Protection Law

Despite an unusually tight deadline, Hungary has responded in full to the European Commission’s questions regarding Hungary’s new child protection law adopted last month, Justice Minister Judit Varga wrote on her Facebook page.

“Although two months would normally be available, we were granted only one week from the Commission to respond to hypocritical concerns. The whole thing is taking on the look of a continuous, never-ending conceptual lawsuit. We met the deadline and promptly sent our thorough replies to the Commission”, Varga wrote.

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If Not Now, Then When? UK Prepares to End Lockdown, Mask Mandates, Business Closures

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that if lockdown didn’t end soon, it probably couldn’t end this year at all, as he launched the government’s “five-point plan for living with Covid” during a national television address.

While stopping short of confirming that lockdown would actually end on July 19th — that, he said, would be a decision taken on the basis of the latest figures on coronavirus next week — Boris Johnson nevertheless laid out what the country would look like when it did.

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Merkel Criticizes Hungarian Child Protection Law, But Ignores Islamist Attack in Wurzburg That Killed Three

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Hungary’s child protection law during a Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly last week, saying the new law “discriminates against underage homosexuals”. The criticism comes at a time when Merkel continues to remain silent about the Somali asylum seeker’s knife attack in Würzburg that resulted in the death of three women, and which authorities believe was an Islamic terrorist attack.

At a hearing at the German-French Parliamentary Assembly, Merkel — in response to a question from a German Social Democrat on the EU’s possibilities for enforcing the rule of law — said that the new Hungarian law “recognizes discrimination against homosexual juveniles”. In the “very comprehensive” debate on the legislation at the last European Council, the vast majority of its members underlined that the EU is not only an internal market but also a foundation of values, and that these values cannot be called into question.

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Netherlands: Extinction Rebellion Stage Protest Over Pension Firm’s Fossil Fuel Investments

Around 20 members of Extinction Rebellion occupied the offices of government pension provider ABP on Monday morning to protest against its investments in fossil fuels. The group held up banners with slogans such as ‘ABP, stop financing the climate crisis’ in the lobby of the building in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district on Monday morning.

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Poland Has Transferred Visegrad Group Presidency to Hungary

During the Wednesday Visegrad Four leader summit in the southern Polish city of Katowice, PM Mateusz Morawiecki transferred the V4 presidential role to PM Viktor Orban. Hungary will lead the V4’s activities from July 1 2021 to June 30 2022.

“I congratulate Poland on the results it has achieved during the previous year. The Polish presidency took place during the most difficult year in the last several decades. Nevertheless, Poland managed to solve all problems efficiently, and no one was left behind,” Orban told the Polish Prime Minister.

The Hungarian PM stated that the coronavirus pandemic had remodeled the entire status quo of the world economy.

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Portugal: Police Disperse 800 Youngsters at Albufeira’s Praia Da Oura

Maritime Police dispersed a crowd of around 800 youngsters at Albufeira’s Praia da Oura on Saturday evening (July 3).

The youngsters — most of them foreigners and enjoying their school finalists’ trip in the Algarve — were informed about the current Covid-19 rules and advised to avoid large gatherings, the police force said in a statement.

It added that the youngsters, mostly aged 16 to 18, respected their orders and that there were no cases of disobedience.

However this seems to have been more than just a one-off situation in Albufeira, where restaurants and beach bars are being forced to close at 3.30pm on the weekend due to the borough’s epidemiological situation.

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Slovenian PM Says EU’s ‘Imaginary Values’ Could Trigger ‘Collapse’ Of Bloc, Amid Hungary LGBT Row

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa has condemned the EU’s western states for imposing “imaginary European values” without respecting local cultures.

Jansa supports Hungary in its fight against LGBT content in schools and TV.

Sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, Slovenia is a tiny country of 2.1 million people. However, for the next six months, it will set the agenda of the European Council.

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Spain Restricts Nightlife as Virus Surges Among the Young

MADRID (AP) — Faced with soaring numbers of new coronavirus infections among unvaccinated young people, some Spanish regions are reinstating curbs on nightlife only weeks after dropping them.

Fearing that the surging contagion could strain health care services as stressed employees try to go on summer holidays, health officials in several parts of the country are also rushing to get COVID-19 vaccine shots to people under 30.

Spain’s strict vaccination rollout has so far focused on older, more vulnerable groups, leaving the vaccination of teenagers and people in their 20s for the summer.

[Comment: Lockdowns don’t work and young people are the least likely to die from covid-19.]

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The Head of the German Greens Faces a New Accusation of Plagiarism

Austrian Stefan Weber, nicknamed the “plagiarist hunter,” has already uncovered several public figures and politicians who have claimed authorship of someone else’s works. A look at Weber’s online blog suggests that in recent days, he has been very busy reviewing the work of Annalena Baerbock, the elected leader of the German Greens and a candidate to become the new chancellor.

According to Weber, Baerbock copied whole sentences in several parts in her new book, “Now. How to Recover Our Country,” (in original Jetzt: Wie wir unser Land erneuern) without admitting it. At the same time, the publication is intended to depict her personal view of the political and social issues of today’s Germany. According to Weber, the sources by which the politician was “inspired” are articles in the German media, previously published statements by experts, or professional Internet sources.

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UK: ‘Brexit is Working!’: Farage Hails New Jobs With Nissan Investment, ‘Remoaners Got it Wrong Again’

Nigel Farage has declared that “Brexit is working” after Nissan announced plans to update its Sunderland factory for building electric cars, in a venture that could create 6,000 new jobs.

On Wednesday, Nissan and partner Envision AESC announced a £1 billion ($1.4bn) investment in England’s Sunderland plant, which will see the factory build the Japanese automobile manufacturer’s next-generation electric car. Envision AESC will also be building a gigafactory — a factory specialising in batteries for electric vehicles. The announcement comes in part thanks to the British government, now unshackled from EU rules, to offer incentives for businesses to operate in the UK.

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UK: Brands Reportedly Suffer Consequences of GB News Ad Boycott

The advertising boycott of the recently-launched media outlet GB News might have negatively affected brands’ customer perception, according to Stephan Shakespeare, the CEO of UK-based market research company YouGov.

Multiple advertisers, including top brands such as IKEA, Nivea, and Kopparberg, announced they would stop running ads on GB News, over the media startup’s challenge to the mainstream media.

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UK: Morrissey’s New Album is About the Manchester Arena Bombing

Pop icon Morrissey, who has become a pariah to the music industry due to his politically incorrect comments, is about to release an album with a title track that is about the Manchester Arena bombing.

The former Smiths frontman maintains a loyal hardcore fanbase but cannot find a record deal due to the blisteringly honest themes of his work.

The title track of his new album, Bonfire of Teenagers, is about what Morrissey refers to in an interview as “Britain’s 9/11,” the May 2017 Manchester Arena bombing by Islamic jihadist Salman Abedi that claimed the lives of 23 people and injured 800, many of them children.

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UK: Sadiq Khan Poised to Defy Boris — Londoners to be Forced to Wear Masks Even After July 19

HESITANT Sadiq Khan has admitted face masks could remain mandatory for Londoners, even when they are no longer required by law.

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UK: Three Huddersfield Grooming Gang Rapists Convicted of Abusing Schoolgirl

Banaras Hussain, Mohammed Akram, and Talish Mahmood Ahmed have been convicted of raping a vulnerable schoolgirl from the age of 13 in Huddersfield, England.

The girl, daughter of an abusive single mother as well as a bullying victim, was preyed on from 1995 to 1998, with Hussain, a married man, having initiated the abuse.

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UK: Trade Union Demands Masks on Public Transport Remain Compulsory After Lockdown Ends

A major trade union has demanded that masks remain compulsory on public transport after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifts the last of coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that he will be lifting the remaining lockdown restrictions on July 19th, after delaying ‘Freedom Day’ from June 21st, including social distancing rules and the mandate for wearing masks in indoor public settings such as shops and on public transport. Instead, Johnson will be advising Britons to “exercise judgement when going about our lives”.

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Chinese State Media Publishes ‘Three-Stage’ Plan for Invading Neighboring Taiwan

The Chinese state-controlled magazine “Naval and Merchant Ships” published an article detailing a three-stage plan to invade Taiwan, involving ballistic missiles, fighter jet attacks, and amphibious landings on Taiwan’s beaches.

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Australian Authorities Ban Church From Singing— on Zoom

The New South Wales government in Australia introduced new guidelines that ban singing in places of worship, even for livestreams. These restrictions are inspired by the slight increase in COVID-cases in the area.

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Melbourne Nightclub is Hit With a Massive Fine for Breaching COVID Rules With Wild Party Where 1,000 Maskless Revellers Danced Shoulder to Shoulder

Riva nightclub in St Kilda hosted the dance party on Saturday night in breach of several Covid restrictions still in place in Melbourne. It was fined $10,904 and is being investigated by police, Health Department.

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South Africa: Lockdown Latest: SAPS Warns Citizens Will be Jailed for Breaking Rules

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) has further beefed up its operational capacity in KwaZulu-Natal to clamp down on citizens who are allegedly violating the Lockdown Level 4 Alert regulations.

SAPS national spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo warned that citizens who failed to obey the regulations, including those who organised and attended illegal gatherings, would be fine or jailed.

He said that the policing structure had “enhanced” its operational capacity in the province “in response to incidents in which people are seen to be undermining the authority of the State including the flouting of the DMA (Disaster Management Act) Regulations.

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Austria Catches Third Afghan Suspect in Murder of Teenage Girl, Still Looking for Another

Austrian police caught the third suspect in the gang rape and subsequent murder of a 13-year-old girl. As with the two already arrested men, he is also an Afghan immigrant as well as a recidivist who has committed a series of drug offenses in the past. The police are now in search of the fourth suspect, for whom a European arrest warrant has been issued.

After arresting two young Afghans between the ages of 16 and 18 on Thursday night, police detained a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan who has lived in Austria since 2015.

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Cyprus: Four Illegal Migrants Arrested

Four illegal male migrants were arrested in Paphos over the weekend, police said on Monday.

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France: Man Stabbed to Death by African Migrant at Paris Metro Station

A migrant from Sudan was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man to death during an altercation at a metro station in Paris, France, according to reports.

The 29-year-old suspect was apprehended under suspicion of intentional homicide following the incident, which unfolded at around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday night.

A fight broke out between two men for unknown reasons on a platform at Bercy metro station in the French capital, Le Figaro reports.

“One stabbed the other,” a witness said.

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Greek PM Accuses Belarus of Weaponising Migrant Crisis

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Belarus of weaponsing the migrant crisis by encouraging migration flows into Lithuania.

Mitsotakis condemned Belarus for its action via his twitter account in the early hours of Tuesday morning, saying :

“The use of migrants as geopolitical pawns has failed in the past and it will fail once again. We stand with #Lithuania and strongly condemn the use of illegal migration to exert pressure on the EU. We will not be intimidated .”

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Lithuania Wants to Bill Lukashenka for Migrants

Lithuania plans to bill Lukashenko to transfer illegal migrants, MEP Petras Austrevicius said on the air of “Current Time.” According to him, this issue will be discussed at a session of the European Parliament.

“We have to pay all these bills, which are all big expenses: to meet the migrants, as well as to provide them with food and medical care and so on — we will collect all these bills and give them to Belarus. And we’ll see which international court will deal with it. I have no doubt that we will raise this issue at the level of the United Nations and at the institutions on migration. So, it will be another shameful stain on Lukashenka’s uniform,” said the MEP.

[Comment: Awesome idea!]

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Ocean Viking Ship Rescues More Than 500 Migrants in the Mediterranean

The aid agency SOS Mediterranee says it has saved a total of 572 people in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days. Those rescued include more than 100 children, the vast majority of them unaccompanied.

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Ohio Gov Sending 14 State Troopers to US-Mexico Border After Texas Request

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday he was dispatching 14 state troopers to the southwestern border region in response to a request for assistance from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

In a statement, DeWine’s office said the members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol would be at the border for two weeks to “assist local law enforcement with border surveillance” and would not be deputized to make arrests.

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Spain: Madrid Court on Far-Right Poster Targeting Migrant Minors: ‘They Are an Evident Political and Social Problem’

The Madrid Provincial Court on Monday struck down an appeal against a campaign poster targeting unaccompanied migrant minors that was put up by the far-right party Vox ahead of the Madrid regional election on May 4.

The sign, which was posted on April 20 in Madrid’s busy Sol Cercanias commuter train station, used the term mena, the Spanish acronym for an unaccompanied foreign migrant minor, which is often employed to negatively portray children and teenagers who have arrived in Spain without their families.

It read: “€4,700 a month for a mena. €426 a month for your grandmother’s pension” — numbers that were incorrect — and featured images of an elderly woman and a young man wearing a bandana over his face. “Protect Madrid. Vote for safety,” was written in smaller print at the bottom.

The public prosecution filed a complaint that was backed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) asking for the sign to be removed as a precautionary measure. It argued that the poster sought to “transmit a prejudicial image” of foreign migrants by presenting them as “hooded and masked” in order to associate them with criminals.

But the Madrid Provincial Court ruled that the sign was an “election slogan” and did not present ideas that should be “prohibited,” when there were others “just as critical or worse than these.” In the court document, to which EL PAIS has had access, the judges stated that “independently of whether the figures offered are true or not, [foreign migrants] represent an evident social and political problem, with consequences and effects on our international relations, as is well-known. “

[Comment: A free speech victory for populist/nationalists then.]

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Spain: 11 Boats Containing 162 Irregular Migrants Reach Murcian Coastline

Across the weekend the Marine Rescue Services, Cruz Roja, police and coastguard were kept busy by the seemingly endless arrival of dozens of illegal migrants attempting to enter Spain via sea.

By the end of the weekend 162 irregular migrants had been detected and detained, after 11 separate boats were intercepted, spread across Friday evening and Saturday when weather conditions were perfect for the crossing.

The irregular immigrants, all of Algerian nationality, and therefore classed as “economic migrants” were transferred to the port of Cartagena after being picked up out at sea, totalling 137 men, nine women and 16 minors.

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UK: Migrant Boats Will be Turned and Sent Back Across the Channel Under Priti Patel’s New Shake-Up of Rules

Priti Patel will today unveil powers for UK Border Force to turn away migrant boats in a new bid to tackle the Channel crisis and shake up the asylum system.

The Home Secretary’s masterplan will slash asylum rights for migrants who arrive in Britain illegally, and target trafficking gangs.

Writing exclusively in today’s Daily Mail, Miss Patel reveals how gun-wielding people smugglers forced a migrant couple to separate from their daughters over the weekend.

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European Union’s LGBT ‘Colonialism’ Threatens Our Way of Life, Says Orban

The push from European Union figures to encroach on Hungary’s education system through LGBT diktats threatens the country’s way of life, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned.

Striking back against woke threats from the likes of Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and other EU leaders, Viktor Orban said that Hungary must stand up for self-determination, particularly when it comes to the education of children.

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Exclusive: Mom Reveals That Naked Biological Male Got in a Hot Tub With Her 6-Year-Old Daughter at LA Spa

A woman brought her 6-year-old daughter to WiSpa in Los Angeles more than a year ago only to have her child exposed to a naked, biological male in the women’s-only hot tub. She recounted that experience in a YouTube video and now in an interview with The Post Millennial, though she has asked that her identity be kept anonymous.

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Petition Launched to Stop Laurel Hubbard Becoming First Trans Athlete to Compete at Olympics

A petition challenging the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) transgender policy and calling for the exclusion of New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard from competing in Tokyo later this month is building with more than 21,000 signatures already added.

Hubbard, 43, a male who identifies as a woman, became the first transgender athlete to be selected to represent their country at the Olympics when she was one of New Zealand’s first picks last month for the Tokyo games.

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Russian Supermarket Sparks Controversy by Pulling Ad With Lesbian Couple

An upscale Russian supermarket has come under fire from both sides after it posted — and then removed — an ad featuring a lesbian couple and their kids shopping at the store.

The health food chain VkusVill rolled out a new ad campaign on Wednesday, the final day of gay pride month, and included an ad showing the family, Aluma and her daughters Mila and Alina, with the mom’s girlfriend, Ksyusha, the BBC reported.

“We think it would be hypocritical not to talk about the real families among our shoppers. We advise you to weigh up all the pros and cons, before reading this article,” the company said in a message.

But by Sunday, the business had removed the ad and replaced it with a statement explaining that it had “hurt the feelings of a big part of our customers, employees, partners and suppliers.”

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The Battle of Wi Spa

In 1944, anti-fascists ran into machine gun fire across mine-riddled beaches to fight Hitler’s war machine.

In 2021, self-proclaimed “anti-fascists” dish out street beatings to fight people who don’t want little girls exposed to male genitalia.

Hans, are we the baddies?

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Woman Who Complained to Police About Man Exposing His Genitalia to Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Says They Blamed Her

A woman who complained to cops about a man exposing his genitalia to her 6-year-old daughter says she was told by a police officer that it was her fault.

Yes, really.

The incident occurred at the now notorious Wi Spa in Los Angeles, site of a protest and counter-protest on Saturday over another similar incident during which a biological male exposed his genitals to women and little girls in the female area of the spa.

According to the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, the incident happened in January 2020.

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/5/2021

  1. Headscarf wearing Ishane Haouach, who appears to be a Belgian EU official in an organization called the “ecolo Institute for equality between men and women” demands separation of state and church be “adapted”. Which can only mean abolished.
    Haoauch bases her opinion on “demographic changes” and blames, of course, “the far right”.

    She also plans to take the Begian French Speaking party MR to court for calling her views “extremely dangerous”.

    Dutch language :
    https://palnws.be/2021/07/haouach-scheiding-kerk-en-staat-moet-aangepast-worden-aan-demografische-veranderingen/

    original source in French :
    https://plus.lesoir.be/381979/article/2021-07-03/ihsane-haouach-je-me-suis-sentie-agressee-jenvisage-de-porter-plainte

  2. “THEY ARE ALLOWED TO COME HERE!! Will you Brexiteer/ rac’sist THICKOS read the Geneva convention it’s upto the refugee where they want to live. NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL! NO LAND IS OCCUPIED IT BELONGS TO AL’LAH”. The Daily Mail. Nobody respects “nice” people or people or people pleasers. The sooner the girls and half men like Doris and Pathetic are stopped the less mainland territory will be lost. Is this a Great Tsunami? Partition of England?

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