Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/23/2021

The Proud Boys and Antifa clashed violently at a demonstration in Portland yesterday. Shots were reportedly fired during the battle. In the aftermath of the clash, Antifa established an autonomous zone along the city’s waterfront, calling it SSPAZ: Salmon Springs Park Autonomous Zone.

In other news, the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID “vaccine”, clearing the way for more vax mandates.

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Financial Crisis
» Orban: Booming Hungarian Economy Means Bigger Pension Bonus This Year
 
USA
» Antifa Establishes Autonomous Zone on Portland Waterfront, Attack Media
» Babbitt Family Attorney Responds to Exoneration of Lt. Mike Byrd in Killing Veteran Ashli Babbitt in Cold Blood on Jan. 6
» Breaking: New Report Claims Almost 15 Million 2020 Election Ballots Are Currently Unaccounted for — Where Are They?
» Breaking: Arizona Audit Spokesman Randy Pullen Believes Arizona’s Final Audit Report Will be Made Available to the Public by the End of August
» Bush Era NSA Head Says Its a “Good Idea” To Send Unvaccinated Trump Supporters to Afghanistan
» Capitol Police Say Ashli Babbitt Shooting Might Have ‘Saved’ Members of Congress
» Crowd Gathers Along Omaha Street to Protest COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
» Dozens of Firefighters Protest Orange County’s Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
» FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID Shot, Clearing Path to More Vaccine Mandates
» Health Care Workers Hit the Streets to Protest Vaccine Mandate
» Healthcare Workers Protest Somc Vaccination Policy
» Hospital Workers Protest COVID Vaccine Mandate in Easton
» Indiana AG Investigates University’s Ties to Chinese Communist Party
» Locals Protest Walmart’s Vaccine Policy
» Mayor De Blasio Requires All New York City Public School Teachers to Get Vaccinated
» Parents Wave Signs in School Mask Protest in Douglas County
» Private Schools See Enrollment Influx as Parents Change Schools Due to Mask Mandates, Critical Race Theory
» Protesters, Employees Rally at Prisma Health After Speculation of Future Vaccine Mandate
» Proud Boys and Antifa Clash in Portland: Smoke Bombs and Fireworks Launched — Antifa Goons Run Away Like Cowards (Videos)
» Sources Allege Apple Threatened to Pull Funding From Projects in Georgia if Faced With Antitrust Legislation
» Video: Shots Fired at Portland Dueling Protests Between Antifa and Proud Boys
» Watch: Black Mother Confronts Antifa After Her Children Were Assaulted at Prayer Gathering
 
Canada
» Breaking: BC Becomes Second Province to Issue Vaccine Passport
» Facebook Names Government-Funded CBC’s Radio-Canada as “Fact-Checker” For Canadian Election
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti-Gay Attack in Birmingham UK Has Police Looking for Three Suspects
» Anti-Racist Union: Use of Welsh Language Upholds ‘White Supremacy’
» Extinction Rebellion Occupy Norway’s Oil Ministry as Part of 10-Day Protest
» Italy: Two Youth Gangs Arrested in Riccione
» John Cleese Documentary Will Explore the Rise of Cancel Culture
» Lavrov Calls for Emancipation of Hungarian Foreign Policy From EU Bloc-Style Thinking
» Spain: Police Break Up Son Vida Party With Over 100 People
» Sweden’s Leftist Prime Minister to Resign in November
» Thousands Join ‘Unmute Us’ Marches Across Europe to Protest Ban on Music Festivals
» Three Arrests After 13-Year-Old Gang Raped on the Street in France
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: Activists Flock to Trafalgar Square as Two-Week Long Protests Begin
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Eco-Protesters Chain Themselves to Vehicles, Closing London Roads
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Protester Concretes Arm to Floor to Remain ‘As Long as Possible’
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Gail Bradbrook is Branded a Hypocrite After Revealing She Drives a Diesel Car Instead of an Electric Vehicle
» Watch: Crowd Protesting COVID Restrictions Storms Offices of UK Production Network
 
North Africa
» Italo-Moroccan Student Freed Says Foreign Ministry
 
Russia
» Czech President Says Russia Isn’t the Enemy; Calls Trump and Biden ‘Timid’
 
South Asia
» Breaking: Taliban Won’t Extend Aug. 31 Deadline for US Withdrawal — Threatens Biden Regime, “Complete the Evacuations by Aug. 31 or Face Consequences” (Video)
» British Plead With Biden to Extend Afghan Presence, Cannot Finish Evacuations Alone
» Fox News Rescues Afghan Colleagues and Their Families From Kabul
» French President Emmanuel Macron Lectures Joe Biden on ‘Moral Responsibility’ In Afghanistan
» Gun Battle Breaks Out in Kabul After Airport Comes Under Sniper Fire — One Afghan Soldier Dead
» Hoping Sleepy-Joe Would Become President, Osama Bin Laden Banned Al-Qaeda From Attempting to Kill Biden Because His Incompetence Would “Lead the US Into a Crisis”
» India: Another Hindu Woman Converted to Islam, Sold Off, Slaughtered by Muslim Husband
» Milan Charity Women Beaten by Taliban
» Sen. Cotton Helps American Get Out of Afghanistan, Knocks State Department for Lack of Assistance
» ‘Stone Adulterers’: Islamist Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary Calls on Taliban to Enforce Strict Sharia
» Taliban Executed Afghan Comedian on Claims He Worked Against Their Interests
» Taliban Warn of “Consequences” if US Extends Evacuation
» Thailand: 24 Arrested at Illegal Party in Koh Samui Luxury Villa
» US-Collected Biometric Equipment and Data Has Fallen Into the Hands of the Taliban
» Videos: Biden and Harris Laugh at Reporters Asking About Afghanistan Mess
» Young Child Among Seven Killed in Crowd Stampede at Kabul Airport
 
Far East
» North Korea Outlaws Gossip About Leader’s Weight Loss
» Top Chinese Censor Faces Trial After “Losing Faith” In Chinese Communist Party
 
Australia — Pacific
» Monsters: Citing Tyrannical COVID Restrictions, Australian Government Officials Shoot and Kill Rescue Dogs That Were Set to be Picked Up by Animal Shelter
» Police Issue $35,000 in COVID-19 Fines After Illegal Gathering at Sydney Church
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Burkina Faso: Muslims Murder 47 People in Jihad Attack on Town
» Uganda: Muslim Father Poisons Daughter, Beats Her Unconscious for Leaving Islam and Marrying Christian
 
Immigration
» Afghan Refugees Arrive Across the US for State Department Resettlement
» Another Wild Weekend of Migrants Crossing English Channel
» Armed and Dangerous — Illegal Migrants Begin Carrying Firearms to Britain: Report
» Austria Wants EU to Set Up ‘Deportation Centres’ for Afghans
» Greece Completes Wall Near Turkish Border to Prevent Influx of Aghan Migrants
» Greece: Human Traffickers Caught Giving Migrants Fake COVID Papers for Flights
» Polish Soldiers a ‘Bunch of Dogs’, ‘Trash’ — Liberal Media Broadcasts Insults to Polish Troops Over Migrant Crisis at Belarusian Border
» There Were 600,000 Foreigners in the Czech Republic at the End of 2020
 
Culture Wars
» Pope Removes Spanish Bishop
» Watch: British Police Chief Talks Up ‘Huge’ Impact of Rainbow ‘Hate Crime Cars’
 

Orban: Booming Hungarian Economy Means Bigger Pension Bonus This Year

The “booming economy” will allow the central budget to pay out pension premiums this year, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on state channel Kossuth Radió. on Sunday

The prime minister said that the economy is “racing”, which will make it possible to pay a pension premium, the amount of which depends on the rate of economic growth. Orban currently sees a one-time payment of 50,000 to 56,000 forints (up to €160) as probable, but added that “the amount may be much higher”.

According to the calculations of daily Magyar Hirlap, if economic growth exceeds 7 percent this year, the supplementary pension can be as high as 76,000 to 80,000 forints. By law, Hungary indexes pension to the amount of the inflation each January, but the conservative government in power since 2010 has also granted pension premiums in the years when the economy outperformed expectations.

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Antifa Establishes Autonomous Zone on Portland Waterfront, Attack Media

Antifa militants in Portland are once again attempting to establish an autonomous zone, this time along the city’s waterfront. Taking advantage of the absence of police in the aftermath of what was supposed to be a large “right-wing” rally in the area that attracted hundreds of left-wing terrorists, Antifa stole a series of roadblocks and roadsigns and set them up around the waterfront. The area is being mocked as SSPAZ: Salmon Springs Park Autonomous Zone.

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

Babbitt Family Attorney Responds to Exoneration of Lt. Mike Byrd in Killing Veteran Ashli Babbitt in Cold Blood on Jan. 6

In July, The Gateway Pundit confirmed that Lt. Mike Byrd was Ashli Babbit’s shooter.

Lt. Byrd killed Ashli Babbitt in cold blood on Jan. 6 in the US Capitol

Ashli Babbitt, a Trump-supporting US veteran, was gunned down in cold blood inside the US Capitol. She was unarmed and posed no threat to the police or anyone.

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

Breaking: New Report Claims Almost 15 Million 2020 Election Ballots Are Currently Unaccounted for — Where Are They?

Where did the 15 million ballots go?

PJ Media shared moments ago:

Almost 15 million mail-in votes have “gone unaccounted for,” according to a new report by the Indiana-based election integrity group”Public Interest Legal Foundation” (PILF).

“In the face of a pandemic, states from across the nation hastily pushed traditionally in person voters to mail ballots while, at the same time, trying to learn how to even administer such a scenario” the report stated.

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

Breaking: Arizona Audit Spokesman Randy Pullen Believes Arizona’s Final Audit Report Will be Made Available to the Public by the End of August

Audit spokesman Randy Pullen said that the machine recount numbers were finally delivered last Thursday to the audit team in Arizona.

Pullen expects that the final audit report will be made available to the public by the end of the month.

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Bush Era NSA Head Says Its a “Good Idea” To Send Unvaccinated Trump Supporters to Afghanistan

Former head of the NSA and the CIA during the George W. Bush presidency, General Michael Hayden, declared that he thinks it would be a “good idea” to send unvaccinated supporters of President Trump to die in Afghanistan.

Hayden, who infamously declared that the Fourth Amendment “changed” on September 11, 2001, and went on to oversee mass surveillance of Americans at the NSA while the invasion of Afghanistan was implemented, made the comments on Twitter.

Hayden responded to a post stating “Can we send the MAGA wearing unvaxxed to Afghanistan, no use sending that plane back empty?”

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

Capitol Police Say Ashli Babbitt Shooting Might Have ‘Saved’ Members of Congress

The shooting of Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot was “lawful,” and the Capitol Police officer involved will not face any internal disciplinary actions, the Capitol Police announced Monday, arguing his actions might have “saved” members of Congress “from serious injury and possible death.”

A video shows the 35-year-old Air Force veteran and Trump supporter attempting to climb through a broken doorway window into the Speaker’s Lobby during the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, when she was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer who has not yet been publicly identified…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Crowd Gathers Along Omaha Street to Protest COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Hours after the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for ages 16 and older, more than 100 people gathered Monday afternoon along 42nd Street between Dodge and Farnam streets to protest mandating COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Dozens of Firefighters Protest Orange County’s Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Monday afternoon, several firefighters showed up to protest Orange County’s vaccine mandate for county employees.

All Orange County employees have a deadline to get a COVID-19 shot by the end of the month.

Protesters chanted at the windows outside a meeting between Orange County officials and the International Association of Firefighters Local 2057.

The issue is the requirement that all county employees, including those in fire rescue, get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID Shot, Clearing Path to More Vaccine Mandates

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizerand BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine — becoming the first in the U.S. to win the coveted designation and giving even more businesses, schools and universities greater confidence to adopt vaccine mandates.

Up until now, the mRNA vaccine, which will be marketed as Comirnaty, was on the U.S. market under an emergency use authorization that was granted by the FDA in December. Since then, more than 204 million of the Pfizer shots have been administered, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Health Care Workers Hit the Streets to Protest Vaccine Mandate

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) —Some health care workers are protesting vaccine mandates at local hospitals and health care facilities. Protesters in scrubs held up signs on the sidewalk and shared their opposition to vaccine mandates. The health care workers and their supporters state Mesa Manor as well as Hilltop will be firing employees if they do not get the vaccine by November 1st. They feel no one should be fired for doing something they don’t believe in.

Protesters also say the mandate will make staffing shortages in the health care industry, particularly in hospitals, even worse. Officials say an increase in hospitalizations not just from a surge in COVID-19 cases but also delayed care or postponed surgeries is stressing out hospital systems in an already short staffed field.

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

Healthcare Workers Protest Somc Vaccination Policy

PORTSMOUTH — Honks, cheering and bells could be heard in Portsmouth, as employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center and other supporters of health care workers stood with signs protesting a policy that SOMC recently put in place.

On Aug. 5, 2021, SOMC announced after recommendations from 56 health care organizations including the Ohio Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association — as well as local medical and scientific experts, Southern Ohio Medical Center was requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17. While the policy does have exceptions, employees and other community members do not think it should be mandated.

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

Hospital Workers Protest COVID Vaccine Mandate in Easton

EASTON — A group of health care workers and their supporters gathered early Monday morning outside of the hospital in Easton to protest a COVID vaccine mandate for the employees of the University of Maryland Medical System.

More than 60 people including some doctors, nurses and others working in the medical field were joined at the protest on Monday, August 23, by other supporters in holding protest signs next to the “Home of the Brave” sign in front of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, with the numbers of the crowd fluctuating as some people left to start their shift and others arrived after their shift ended.

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Indiana AG Investigates University’s Ties to Chinese Communist Party

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced that his office will investigate the and the Chinese Communist Party’s Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University.

“The investigation is aimed at identifying and getting to the bottom of the true intent of any relationships between Valparaiso University’s programming and the Chinese Communist Party,” a statement from Rokita’s office reads.

Valparaiso, a private Lutheran institution, received $1.1 million from the Chinese government between 2010-2019 and acknowledges the Rokita’s investigation on its Confucius Institute website.

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

Locals Protest Walmart’s Vaccine Policy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — It was tough to count, but there were at least 100 people who came out to protest Walmart’s vaccine policy. However, very few of them were actually Walmart employees.

The majority of those who came out Sunday were either locals protesting mandatory vaccines as a whole or the family of Walmart employees who came to support their decision not to be vaccinated.

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Mayor De Blasio Requires All New York City Public School Teachers to Get Vaccinated

All employees of the City of New York, including public school teachers, will be required to be vaccinated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday morning. The shots for a first dose will have to be administered by the end of September, and there will be no “opt-out” option.

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

Parents Wave Signs in School Mask Protest in Douglas County

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) — A large group of Douglas County parents opposed to students having to wear masks in schools staged a protest on Monday morning. They gathered with signs on Wilcox Street in Castle Rock outside the Douglas County School District’s administrative building.

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Private Schools See Enrollment Influx as Parents Change Schools Due to Mask Mandates, Critical Race Theory

WESTLAKE, Ohio — ‘Unprecedented’ and ‘school-year’ are quite often used in the same sentence right now, but Courtney Novak says she wanted some consistency for her kids this year.

“Continuity was super important to us as well as being in an environment where they can thrive,” she said.

Novak’s two children are newly enrolled at St. Paul Westlake and said the school’s flexible mask policy is what prompted the change.

“I have one kid that may wear a mask sometimes and another child that does not, she finds it as an annoyance,” said Novak.

Apparently, Novak isn’t the only one jumping ship, St. Paul’s principal says the school is pausing enrollment because it already jumped 18% so far.

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Protesters, Employees Rally at Prisma Health After Speculation of Future Vaccine Mandate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) — On Monday morning, more than a hundred people — including some who said they were Prisma Health employees —gathered outside of Greenville Memorial to rally for “medical freedom” with signs and chants saying they’re against vaccine mandates for employees.

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

Proud Boys and Antifa Clash in Portland: Smoke Bombs and Fireworks Launched — Antifa Goons Run Away Like Cowards (Videos)

Proud Boys gathered for a ‘Summer of Love’ event on Sunday afternoon at an abandoned Kmart in Portland, Oregon.

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

Sources Allege Apple Threatened to Pull Funding From Projects in Georgia if Faced With Antitrust Legislation

Apple has become a strong force to be reckoned with not only in financial, but also, it appears, in political terms.

So strong, reports suggest, that it can influence legislators and other officials and make or break new laws to suit its own interests across the US.

With effectively unlimited funds they can throw into lobbying efforts, all Big Tech heavyweights are said to be engaging in similar practices, but reports single Apple out as being particularly aggressive, and cite the case that recently came to light of two bills that fell victim to its lobbyists in Georgia.

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

Video: Shots Fired at Portland Dueling Protests Between Antifa and Proud Boys

The much-ballyhooed dueling protests in Portland are finally living up the billing, as sounds of gunfire are now ringing out in downtown.

That’s right, apparently, someone is shooting at someone, which is likely to be connected to the Antifa vs. Proud Boys brawl.

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

Watch: Black Mother Confronts Antifa After Her Children Were Assaulted at Prayer Gathering

A black woman crashed a Portland protest media event held by Antifa supporters in Portland on Sunday during Antifa’s riot in the city.

The video shows the woman standing behind the activists as she says, “Hi, my kids were the ones who had Antifa throw bombs and pepper gas at them on August 7th.”

The female activist in front of her holding a sign supporting Antifa quips, “The black conservative preacher’s wife,” and points behind her towards the black woman.

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

Breaking: BC Becomes Second Province to Issue Vaccine Passport

British Columbia became the second province in Canada to mandate COVID vaccines to access non-essential services. In July, Quebec announced a vaccine mandate starting September 1 that would cover non-essential services excluding retail.

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

Facebook Names Government-Funded CBC’s Radio-Canada as “Fact-Checker” For Canadian Election

Facebook has revealed that Radio-Canada, a French-language news service owned by the government-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), will be serving as a “fact-checker” for the 2021 Canadian election campaign.

Facebook made the announcement as part of its Canadian Election Integrity Initiative and revealed that Radio-Canada’s “Les Décrypteurs,” a team that fact-checks “false information” and “disinformation,” has been added to the program since the last federal election.

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

Anti-Gay Attack in Birmingham UK Has Police Looking for Three Suspects

West Midland police are now looking for the three individuals shown in this article’s image in connection with a brutal assault on a gay male couple on Sunday.

Rob and Patrick [last names not currently available] were just outside the Missing Bar on Bromsgrove St. in Birmingham’s Gay Village when they were attacked with bottles. Patrick was knocked unconscious in the attack, and both parties suffered deep cuts.

According to the BBC, the incident started with the three people hurling anti-gay insults at the pair from inside a vehicle. The three assailants then got out of the SUV and assaulted them mercilessly.

[Comment: Based on the photos, the assailants are members of the Religion of Peace.]

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Anti-Racist Union: Use of Welsh Language Upholds ‘White Supremacy’

A Black Lives Matter-inspired review from the Arts Council of Wales has found that the use of the Welsh language is linked to “white supremacist ideology”.

A £51,000 taxpayer-funded review from the Arts Council of Wales and the National Museums Wales found that the use of the Welsh language by itself serves to exclude racial minorities.

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

Extinction Rebellion Occupy Norway’s Oil Ministry as Part of 10-Day Protest

OSLO: Some 150 Extinction Rebellion activists blocked access to the Norwegian energy ministry in Oslo on Monday as part of an ongoing 10-day campaign to protest against the Nordic country’s oil industry.

Norway is Western Europe’s largest producer of crude and natural gas, pumping some four million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Around 17 campaigners, some with “Ban oil” written on their palms, occupied the reception area of the ministry in central Oslo, while dozens of others demonstrated outside.

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

Italy: Two Youth Gangs Arrested in Riccione

Moroccan men allegedly robbed tourists, damaged cars

(ANSA) — RICCIONE, AUG 23 — Two gangs of young men were arrested in the Romagna Riviera resort of Riccione Monday on suspicion of vandalising property.

The youths, around 30 in all, were caught on CCTV damaging cars in the centre of the seaside town, police said.

Many of them are of north African origin, police said.

They were allegedly led by two young Moroccan men, aged 23 and 24, police said.

The pair, who live in Lecco north of MIlan, have reportedly been arrested on charge of robbing money, cell phones and gold chains from two tourists.

One of the groups of alleged vandals, all north African, also robbed two 18-year-old tourists of 50 euros, a cellphone and a gold necklace, police said.

Two second-generation Moroccans from near Biella north of Milan, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and taken into prison custody.

Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia (FI) Senate Whip Anna Maria Bernini said teen and youth gangs were a national emergency.

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John Cleese Documentary Will Explore the Rise of Cancel Culture

In a new documentary series for UK’s Channel 4, British comedy icon John Cleese will explore cancel culture.

The series dubbed “John Cleese: Cancel Me,” will see the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers actor “explore why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.”

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Lavrov Calls for Emancipation of Hungarian Foreign Policy From EU Bloc-Style Thinking

In an interview for the Hungarian conservative daily Magyar Nemzet, the Russian foreign secretary, Sergey Lavrov, laid bare his thoughts about recent sanctions that European Union countries have introduced against his country. He also spoke out about the mistakes of EU foreign policy with regard to the oppressive Ukrainian laws restricting the use of minority languages.

When reflecting on recent sanctions against Russia that Hungary voted for, the foreign minister acknowledged that Hungary has its particular obligations towards the EU and NATO which it is part of, even in cases when such a joint declaration “goes against the Hungarian national interest”, as he put it. Yet he made it clear that in his view, there is no place for forced expressions of “bloc-solidarity”. Furthermore, political sanctions are a useless tool and are entirely ineffective when it comes to Russia, added Lavrov.

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Spain: Police Break Up Son Vida Party With Over 100 People

On Friday night, Palma police intervened and put a stop to a party with 111 people at a villa in Son Vida. As with some other cases of illegal parties, this one was in rented property — a holiday rental in fact.

Residents contacted the police, and officers from the Green Patrol went to the scene. An inspector from the tourism ministry also turned up.

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

Sweden’s Leftist Prime Minister to Resign in November

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Stefan Lofven, Sweden’s Social Democratic prime minister since 2014, said Sunday that he will step down as head of government and the party in November.

The unexpected announcement — made during his annual summer speech — came ahead of Sweden’s general election next year and after Lofven in June became the first Swedish leader ever to lose a motion in parliament.

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Thousands Join ‘Unmute Us’ Marches Across Europe to Protest Ban on Music Festivals

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch music fans have been banned for months from going to large-scale festivals due to coronavirus restrictions. On Saturday, the festivals came to them.

Hundreds of performers and festival organizers held marches through six Dutch cities on Saturday to protest what they argue are unfair restrictions that have forced the cancellation of summer music festivals and other events.

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

Three Arrests After 13-Year-Old Gang Raped on the Street in France

Three men in the city of Marseille have been taken into custody by police after allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in the middle of the street earlier this month.

The three suspects, aged between 18 and 24, were arrested by police last weekend after allegedly sexually abusing the 13-year-old on the night of August 8th and are being held in pre-trial detention.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion: Activists Flock to Trafalgar Square as Two-Week Long Protests Begin

Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion has kicked off their fifth mass protest in Trafalgar Square, as they begin two full weeks of climate rallies.

Hundreds descended on the capital on Monday in a bid to demand the government divest from fossil fuel companies.

Demonstrators were spotted marching from St James’ Park banging drums and blowing whistles, while a marching band blocked Trafalgar Square.

Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of the activist group, opened the “Impossible Rebellion” with a speech sharing solidarity with nations that are disproportionately affected by climate change.

Police could be seen surrounding the protest, which is expected to disrupt London as demonstrators call attention to climate issues in the coming days.

The two weeks of activism, organised by Extinction Rebellion will take place at different locations around London.

The activist group said thousands of people are expected to take part in the protests, which plans to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis”.

It comes after three protesters scaled the entrance of Guildhall in central Londonon Sunday.

A crowd of about 200 people sang and cheered as the protesters sprayed red paint over the walls of the building and unfurled a banner reading “co-liberation freedom together”.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Eco-Protesters Chain Themselves to Vehicles, Closing London Roads

Extinction Rebellion protesters chain themselves to vehicles, closing roads in central London. The decentralised environmental group has begun a promised two weeks of climate activism, with protests and direct action in the UK capital. As well as tying themselves to vehicles, protesters have blocked roads with marches and drum performances. Police have made a number of arrests.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Protester Concretes Arm to Floor to Remain ‘As Long as Possible’

Speaking to LBC, the protester known only as Ben explained that he has concreted his arm to ensure it is harder for the police to take him away. The campaigner explained he plans to stay lying under a van in Covent Garden for as long as possible in the name of climate change. It comes as the Extinction Rebellion group have vowed to spark chaos as they begin a two-week-long climate protest across the capital. Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden on Monday as campaigners blocked roads and attached themselves to street furniture including lamp posts and bollards to draw awareness to the climate and ecological crisis.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Gail Bradbrook is Branded a Hypocrite After Revealing She Drives a Diesel Car Instead of an Electric Vehicle

The founder of radical climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has admitted that she drives a diesel car.

Dr Gail Bradbrook, 49, who helped to set up the protest group in 2018, made the revelation in an angry interview with TalkRadio presenter Cristo Foufas on Monday.

After revealing that she drives a car, she admitted that she does not own an electric vehicle because she cannot afford one.

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Watch: Crowd Protesting COVID Restrictions Storms Offices of UK Production Network

Demonstrators against anti-Covid restrictions have stormed the offices of ITN Productions, a company responsible for news bulletins broadcast on ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5, in the latest anti-media protest.

On Monday, dozens of Britons unhappy with the role of the media during the Covid-19 pandemic stormed the foyer of ITN Productions on Gray’s Inn Road, London.

The Met Police confirmed that they were responding to the demonstration and said officers were assisting security staff in removing people who unlawfully gained access to the building.

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

Italo-Moroccan Student Freed Says Foreign Ministry

Ikram Nzihi in Marrakesh jail over Koran comment since June

(ANSA) — ROME, AUG 23 — A 23-year-old Italo-Moroccan woman who had been in jail in Marrakesh for offending Islam since June has been freed, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio thanked Italian diplomacy and European Affairs Undersecretary Enzo Amendola for their work on the case of Ikram Nazih, jailed for three years for sharing a Facebook post on the Koran at the end of June.

Amendola said the student was set to be released on the margins of a hearing earlier Monday.

He said that Nzihi would soon be released from prison, also thanks to an excellent institutional collaboration with the local authorities.

“Our co-national is well, and I send her and her family my best wishes,” said Amendola.

He said he had been working on the case with Italian Ambassador to Rabat Armando Barucco and the consulate in Morocco, in concert with Foreign Minister Di Maio and the foreign ministry in Rome.

He said he had started following the case personally earlier this month, speaking with interested parties and going to see Nzihi in prison.

Amendola added: “Solid relations between Italy and Morocco continue, the fruit of a strategic partnership”.

Nzihi was jailed for three years in Marrakesh for offending Islam at the end of June.

The young woman was arrested at the airport in the Moroccan city on June 20 after flying from Marseilles, where she is doing law at university, to join her family who live in Morocco.

The student, who was born in Vimercate near Milan in 1998 and who grew up in the province of Monza, was convicted over a 2019 Facebook post that called a Koran verse obliging Muslims to sacrifice “the whiskey verse”.

She was found guilty of publicly offending Islam.

Amendola was speaking on the sidelines of her appeals trial.

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Czech President Says Russia Isn’t the Enemy; Calls Trump and Biden ‘Timid’

According to Czech President Milos Zeman, NATO needs fundamental reform. In connection with what is happening in Afghanistan, he stated that NATO should cease to be a service organization of the United States and should start to feature equality among its members. According to him, NATO should also define its enemy, which is international terrorism, not Russia, for example.

The departure from Afghanistan, accompanied by the fact that the Taliban movement has practically taken over power in Afghanistan, is the fault of US President Donald Trump and his successor Joe Biden. According to him, both are “timid”.

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Breaking: Taliban Won’t Extend Aug. 31 Deadline for US Withdrawal — Threatens Biden Regime, “Complete the Evacuations by Aug. 31 or Face Consequences” (Video)

The Taliban today announced they will not extend the August 31 deadline for US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The terrorists are calling the shots now.

They are counting on Joe Biden and Democrats leaving thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of US supporters in the country.

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British Plead With Biden to Extend Afghan Presence, Cannot Finish Evacuations Alone

The British are pleading with the Biden administration to extend the American presence in Afghanistan so that evacuations can be completed, with government ministers saying they cannot finish the job alone.

Britain’s Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, James Heappey MP, says the United States “has effectively taken over the full operation” at Kabul airport, and that “the period of time it would take to get in place a replacement force is not realistic” — meaning the British would be unable to continue evacuations in the absence of American logistics.

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Fox News Rescues Afghan Colleagues and Their Families From Kabul

Fox News rescued three Afghan nationals who have worked with the network for the last 20 years covering the region, along with another colleague and members of their respective families.

In total, the media company said it evacuated 24 people from the mayhem in the now-Taliban-controlled city of Kabul and flew them to Doha, Qatar, Fox CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed.

“These associates include consultants who served as local producers, translators, drivers and security guards supporting our correspondents throughout FOX’s coverage of the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades,” Scott said in a statement.

“We are extremely proud to have assisted in this critical mission bringing them to safety in Doha where the Qataris have been aiding in several evacuations, and are grateful to Fox Corps for all their assistance.”

At least 17,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. William Taylor said Saturday, including only 2,500 American citizens out of possibly up to 15,000.

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French President Emmanuel Macron Lectures Joe Biden on ‘Moral Responsibility’ In Afghanistan

French President Emmanuel Macron lectured President Joe Biden on the “moral responsibility” their two nations owed to Afghanistan during a call with the president on Thursday.

A readout of the call released by the French included a pointed note of Macron’s message to Biden.

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Gun Battle Breaks Out in Kabul After Airport Comes Under Sniper Fire — One Afghan Soldier Dead

A gunfight broke out last night outside the Kabul Airport that included US and German soldiers.

One Afghan soldier was killed after the airport came under sniper fire.

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Hoping Sleepy-Joe Would Become President, Osama Bin Laden Banned Al-Qaeda From Attempting to Kill Biden Because His Incompetence Would “Lead the US Into a Crisis”

Osama bin Laden banned al-Qaeda from trying to assassinate Joe Biden because — even over a decade ago — it was obvious he would be a completely incompetent president that would ‘lead the US into a crisis.’

The comments were discovered in a message that bin Laden wrote to an aide identified as ‘Brother Shaykh Mahmud’ (real name Atiyah Abd al-Rahman) in 2010. The 48-page letter was found with a massive amount of other documents by US special forces in Pakistan when the terrorist leader was killed in 2011.

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India: Another Hindu Woman Converted to Islam, Sold Off, Slaughtered by Muslim Husband

Muslim men initiating romantic associations with Hindu women, marrying them, converting them to Islam, putting them through endless agonies and finally killing them has become an everyday occurrence in India. The horror of these stories remains constant; what changes is the intensity of violence these women are made to endure during their partnership with these men.

Yet another shocking case of this has been reported from Kota in the western state of Rajasthan, India; a 26-year-old mother of three, Rizwana, was attacked and killed by her husband Imran in the middle of the street in broad daylight, because she had been staying away from him and seeking a divorce.

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Milan Charity Women Beaten by Taliban

Kids scared by ‘scenes of unprecedented violence’ says Pangea

(ANSA) — MILAN, AUG 23 — Some women activists of the Milan charity Pangea were beaten by the Taliban at the weekend, Pangea said on its Instagram feed Monday, posting photos of the arrival of the activists and their families in Kabul.

“Some women of Pangea have been beaten by the Taliban,” Pangea said.

“Seeing their bruised photos was heart-breaking”.

Pangea said it had been working non stop to help its Kabul workers and their families to reach the airport in the Asian capital.

“They have been difficult days.

“The women on the Pangea staff and their families have been trapped in the crowd for hours, without water, and with their very young children in their arms”.

Pangea said the children had “witnessed scenes of unprecedented violence and they are very afraid”.

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Sen. Cotton Helps American Get Out of Afghanistan, Knocks State Department for Lack of Assistance

An American who was stranded in Afghanistan arrived in Washington, D.C. and spoke to Fox News on Monday about his journey from the Taliban’s reign in Afghanistan.

“First of all, I should appreciate Mr. Tom Cotton that he really helped us get out of there. Without him, it was impossible. Yes, I just got to Washington, D.C. airport, so everything is fine. We’re feeling safe and happy, a little tired. We haven’t been sleeping for almost 36 or 40 hours almost, but yeah, we made it,” Haroon told “Fox & Friends.”

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‘Stone Adulterers’: Islamist Hate Preacher Anjem Choudary Calls on Taliban to Enforce Strict Sharia

Radical Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary has called for the Taliban to go full throttle in imposing Sharia law in Afghanistan by imposing an “infidel tax” on foreigners and stoning adulterers, among other extreme forms of ‘justice’.

The UK’s most infamous hate cleric had his ban on public speaking lifted earlier this year, which was imposed on Choudary upon his release from prison. The notorious preachers hadserved less than half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence for supporting the so-called Islamic State.

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Taliban Executed Afghan Comedian on Claims He Worked Against Their Interests

The Taliban claim to welcome international suggestions after rising to global prominence in their takeover of Afghanistan and its capital Kabul.

However, a recent report from the Daily Mail found the group of Islamic militants has not deviated from their methods of punishment.

Nazar Mohammad from the Kandahar province, also Khasha Zwan, died by a Taliban firing squad after the comedian made fun of the group over TikTok.

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Taliban Warn of “Consequences” if US Extends Evacuation

Taliban’s statement came a day after US President Joe Biden said he still hopes to complete the “heartbreaking” evacuation from Afghanistan by the end of the month.

The Taliban have warned there would be “consequences” if the US and its allies extend their presence in Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline, as chaos continued to overwhelm Kabul airport.

The Taliban takeover of the country last weekend shocked Western nations, coming just two weeks before the deadline for all troops to fully withdraw from the country.

Taliban’s statement came a day after US President Joe Biden said he still hopes to complete the “heartbreaking” evacuation from Afghanistan by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Britain said Monday it would urge the US to extend the August 31 deadline for evacuations from Afghanistan.

However, the Taliban, who have so far sought to strike a more moderate tone, showed no willingness to compromise on the US pullout.

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Thailand: 24 Arrested at Illegal Party in Koh Samui Luxury Villa

Perhaps people are getting fed up with Covid-19 restrictions keeping them isolated and unable to socialize and party. Or maybe the police are cracking down more on the illegal parties that often become Covid-19 clusters or superspreader events. Either way, stories of private parties in violation of Covid-19 Emergency Decree restrictions being busted seem to be cropping up more and more frequently in recent weeks. And in the early hours of this morning in Koh Samui, police broke up a party and arrested 24 people.

Last night, just after midnight, police raided a private party in a luxury villa in the Plai Lam/Choeng Mon area on the northeastern part of Koh Samui. They arrested 24 people, 11 foreigners (10 men) and 13 Thai nationals (10 women) for violating Covid-19 regulations. 4 of the people detained had reportedly recently recovered from Covid-19.

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US-Collected Biometric Equipment and Data Has Fallen Into the Hands of the Taliban

As it so often happens with invasive data collection; it eventually falls into the wrong hands.

Officials have told The Intercept that the Taliban has seized biometric devices that could help identify Afghans who assisted coalition forces.

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Videos: Biden and Harris Laugh at Reporters Asking About Afghanistan Mess

Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were caught on camera Sunday laughing at reporters who asked uncomfortable questions about the debacle in Afghanistan, prompting critics to ask, what is in any way funny about the situation?

Harris, who was AWOL for days after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, is now in South Asia and was asked by reporters at an airport what the situation is with getting Americans out of Afghanistan.

The vice president burst into laughter again.

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Young Child Among Seven Killed in Crowd Stampede at Kabul Airport

Seven people were crushed to death Saturday as massed crowds fell against concrete barriers outside Kabul airport as they gathered to try to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban took control, according to Britain’s Ministry of Defence.

Panicked crowds were pushing forward in an attempt to board evacuation planes when the tragedy took place, Reuters reports.

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North Korea Outlaws Gossip About Leader’s Weight Loss

The Pyongyang leadership has banned its citizens from discussing Kim Jong-un’s recent weight loss, and spreading any rumors related to it has been declared a “reactionary act”.

Pyongyang said that as the country struggles with severe food shortages, the dictator will also eat less while still remaining healthy, according to Mandiner.

The people are happy to see their leader slimming

The speculation about the dictator’s health began after he looked thinner and thinner in the photos and was estimated to have lost as much as 20 kilograms.

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Top Chinese Censor Faces Trial After “Losing Faith” In Chinese Communist Party

A former top official in China’s internet regulatory body is facing trial over corruption allegations and “losing faith” in the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to experts, the move is a reminder to all other propagandists not to stray from the party’s principles.

Peng Bo, a former deputy chief of the Cyberspace Administration of China, was accused of failing to regulate the internet industry and disloyalty to CCP.

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Monsters: Citing Tyrannical COVID Restrictions, Australian Government Officials Shoot and Kill Rescue Dogs That Were Set to be Picked Up by Animal Shelter

In a truly sick display of authority, Australian government officials in New South Wales decided to murder several impounded dogs because of the country’s tyrannical Covid restrictions, despite them being scheduled to be picked up by an animal shelter.

The helpless dogs weren’t ‘put down’ in the traditional and more humane way, instead, they were shot and killed to ensure lockdown measures couldn’t be violated by volunteers who were coming to pick them up.

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Police Issue $35,000 in COVID-19 Fines After Illegal Gathering at Sydney Church

NSW Police issued $35,000 in COVID-19 fines after around 60 people were on Sunday sprung gathering at a Western Sydney church, where the pastor declared “the lockdown is over”.

Officers were called to the Christ Embassy Church on Fourth Avenue in Blacktown about 7:30pm, after multiple complaints were made to Crime Stoppers.

In a video of a service held earlier in the day posted to social media, Pastor Marvin Osaghae can be heard urging parishioners to join him in prayer for the NSW government.

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Burkina Faso: Muslims Murder 47 People in Jihad Attack on Town

Jihadis emboldened everywhere.

“Jihadist attack in Burkina Faso kills 47 people,” Agence France-Presse, August 19, 2021.

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Uganda: Muslim Father Poisons Daughter, Beats Her Unconscious for Leaving Islam and Marrying Christian

The death penalty for apostasy is the official position of all Islamic schools of jurisprudence. It comes from the Hadith in which Muhammad is depicted as saying:

“Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57)

Barbarism against apostates is therefore rampant across the Muslim world.

It didn’t even matter to Hajira Namusobya’s Muslim father that her former Muslim husband used to abuse her “so severely that she attempted suicide.” Her ex-husband “nearly killed her with torture, besides beating her weekly.” All that mattered was that Hajira left Islam.

Savagely turning on your own child in defense of Islam is also well known in cases of honor violence.

“Mother Beaten Unconscious for Leaving Islam, Marrying Christian,” Morning Star News, August 9, 2021.

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Afghan Refugees Arrive Across the US for State Department Resettlement

With thousands of Afghan refugees expected to arrive to the U.S., the State Departmentmust facilitate their resettlement across the country as some critics raise concerns over homeland security and the swift vetting process.

An undisclosed number of Afghan refugees arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday, and were transported to Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. Its Ernst Center was to be used to house at least 200 refugees, and the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management gathered 500 cots, as well as food, water and other supplies.

But the State Department later bused the refugees back to the airport to be temporarily housed in the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. A Pentagon spokesperson said the expo center will serve as a “temporary layover location” until the refugees, many of whom are children, can be transported to either Fort Bliss, Texas, or Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, WRC-TV reported.

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Another Wild Weekend of Migrants Crossing English Channel

Hundreds of migrants reached the United Kingdom during another wild weekend on the English Channel, according to reports.

Saturday may have been a record-setting day of illegal traffic between France and the U.K. with some reports indicating at least 700 migrants made the crossing, both with and without help from border authorities.

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Armed and Dangerous — Illegal Migrants Begin Carrying Firearms to Britain: Report

Illegal boat migrants have begun carrying firearms across the English Channel, French authorities have reportedly warned Britain’s National Crime Agency.

On what is believed to have been a record day for illegal crossings of the Channel on Saturday, French officials alerted the UK’s equivalent to the FBI of at least one vessel possibly carrying firearms.

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Austria Wants EU to Set Up ‘Deportation Centres’ for Afghans

Vienna maintains a hardline stance on migration

(ANSA-AFP) — VIENNA, AUG 18 — Austria’s interior minister said Wednesday he would lobby the EU to help set up “deportation centres” in countries neighbouring Afghanistan to take in Afghans deported from Europe. Austria has insisted it wants to continue to deport Afghans whose asylum claims have been rejected or who have been found guilty of crimes and to discourage refugees fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan to come to Europe. “It is important… that it continues to be possible to deport violent asylum seekers or refugees, so we need these deportation centres,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told reporters before meeting his EU counterparts. Austria under conservative Sebastian Kurz has a hardline stance on migration, at odds with the chancellor’s current coalition partner, the Greens. The Taliban seized Kabul on Sunday, taking power again in Afghanistan after two decades of war and sparking huge concerns globally about their brutal human rights record.

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Greece Completes Wall Near Turkish Border to Prevent Influx of Aghan Migrants

Greece has completed a 40-kilometer barrier system on the border with Turkey in an effort to stop Afghan migrants from attempting to enter the country. Greece now fears that due to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the situation from 2015 where hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria arrived in Greece will repeat itself. Turkey is also strengthening border controls.

“We cannot passively wait for a possible impact,” Minister for the Protection of Citizens Michalis Chrysochoidis said on Friday during a visit to the border area by the Evros River, which forms the natural border between Greece and Turkey. “

Our borders will remain intact,” he added.

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Greece: Human Traffickers Caught Giving Migrants Fake COVID Papers for Flights

This news of fake Covid papers is no surprise. Many human traffickers (including organized NGOs) view themselves as “humanitarians” as they pursue their profitable ventures and assist in crime. Yet the vast majority of them are not being jailed or even being held responsible for their complicity. The Greek arrests represent a positive turn that should be replicated elsewhere.

Last year, a Greek minister accused multiple charities of “working with human traffickers to form a refugee-smuggling network that stretches from Somalia to the UK.”

The problem of illegal Muslim migrants being aided and abetted by human traffickers and smuggles is increasing across the EU in the face of the laxity of European officials, which serves as an open invitation.

“‘Eleftherios Venizelos’: A spiral of migrant trafficking was dismantled with fake coronavirus tests,” translated from ““[Greek text],” Proto Thema, August 11, 2021.

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Polish Soldiers a ‘Bunch of Dogs’, ‘Trash’ — Liberal Media Broadcasts Insults to Polish Troops Over Migrant Crisis at Belarusian Border

Disinformation is spread by leftist Polish, Belarusian and Russian media which claim that migrants are located in a ‘no man’s land’ and Polish services are mistreating foreigners, with one former anti-communist figure even calling the Polish soldiers guarding the border “a bunch of dogs,” and “simply trash” during a news program on Poland’s TVN24.

Former anti-communist activist Wladyslaw Frasyniuk made the remarks, but the program’s host, Grzegorz Kajdanowicz, did not react to the insults or admonish Frasyniuk.

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There Were 600,000 Foreigners in the Czech Republic at the End of 2020

At the end of last year, 634,790 foreigners were legal residents in the Czech Republic, 38,909 more than at the end of 2019. This follows from the Ministry of the Interior’s report on migration and integration of foreigners for 2020. According to the Ministry, citizens of Ukraine, Slovakia, and Vietnam were the most frequent in the Czech Republic last year, together making up more than half of legally residing foreigners.

Last year, those who had a temporary residence permit predominated among foreigners with a residence permit, a total of 325,182. The rest were granted permanent residence. The number of foreigners in the Czech Republic is also rising this year, with 668,238 being registered as of June 30.

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Pope Removes Spanish Bishop

Cleric said homosexuality due to absent father figure

(ANSA) — VATICAN CITY, AUG 23 — Pope Francis on Monday removed a Spanish bishop who stirred controversy by saying homosexuality was linked to “an absent paternal figure”.

The move follows Francis’ removal last week of a Brazilian bishop over a gay video.

The pope accepted the resignation of Mons. Xavier Novell Gomà, bishop of Solsona in Catalonia.

The 52-year-old bishop, who also courted controversy with statements in favour of Catalan independence, was replaced by mons. Romà Casanova Casanova, bishop of Vic near Barcelona.

Gomà became Spain’s youngest bishop when he was appointed in November 2010, at the age of 41.

In May 2017 he was declared persona non grata by a local town because of his comments on the alleged causes of homosexuality.

This past May he had to be escorted out of a church because of a protest by LGBT activists, after refusing to retract his ‘absent father’ thesis.

Last Wednesday, on the other hand, the pontiff removed a Brazilian bishop after a video surfaced in which he is seen semi-naked with another man.

Msgr Tome’ Ferreira da Silva was replaced as bishop of the Sao Jose’ do Rio Preto diocese by Msgr Moacir Silva, archbishop of Ribeirao Preto.

Msgr Ferreira, 60, has admitted the video is his but has declined to comment on the content.

Soon after his election in 2013, the pope famously replied “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gays.

But Catholic doctrine that active homosexuality is a “disordered” state and a sin has remained unchanged.

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Watch: British Police Chief Talks Up ‘Huge’ Impact of Rainbow ‘Hate Crime Cars’

Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke has claimed that British police “hate crime cars” with rainbows painted on them to encourage members of the public to report hate crimes have a “huge” and positive impact.

Deputy Chief Constable Cooke, who heads LGBT issues for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), stated in a video on social media platform Instagram that the cars with rainbow designs were “part of our vehicle fleet,” and labelled them “hate crime cars”.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/23/2021

    • Does that mean they will round up all single males and women and then tell them to come together in families or they stay in an internation camp?

      And will the women be pressured like “If not one of you females sacrifices herself, then this man will kill 10 females.”

  1. It’s incredibly funny. I fell from my chair with laughter as I read this message.

    Afghans who graduated from military universities in Russia sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin
    “We ask: do not leave us among the extremists who want to destroy us all !!!”
    https://www.facebook.com/asiaplustj/posts/4325274137537676

    All these graduates of military universities are asking Putin to take them out of Afghanistan, and apparently together with their numerous families – because they are all in danger of reprisals. They call themselves a part of the “Russian world”.

    “We would like to stay in Afghanistan and serve for the benefit of its development, but if we are killed, we will never have such an opportunity. We are highly motivated. Most are planning to study in the Russian Federation on a master’s program. Some of us have already received a study quota.
    To save us and the lives of our family members, Russia will need to take the necessary and practical steps to relocate us from Afghanistan, which is in the midst of a dangerous crisis.
    Western countries have already made efforts to export Afghans – graduates of their universities. ”

    Also among the comments under the post there is this:
    “If these people are killed, the blame will fall on Russia!”

    Russia will be to blame, not the Taliban! What slippery creatures!

    • Of course the blame will fall on Russia: Russians are creatures with free will.

      Taliban and Islamists in general, are a force of nature, without free. It’s no more their fault what they do than it’s the fault of wild animals, and surely you wouldn’t blame wolves for being… wolves?

      Am I the only one who has noticed that Islamists are treated as if they’re wild animals, instead of as humans with free will? Do they have free will?

  2. Antfa in Portand OR is the American deep state. Wake up people! federal law enforcement created a terrorist organization Antifa to persecute and control American citizens .

    • Hmmm, interesting to note that those of antifa don’t stray far from the reservation unless they have a death wish. Rather amusing that whenever they poke their noses in a conservative area they start running for their lives.

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