Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/28/2021

An estimated 160,000 people took to the streets in France to protest the country’s recently introduced health passports. Meanwhile, as of September 10 Denmark will suspend all coronavirus restrictions, including health passports.

In other news, President Biden warned that there will likely be more terrorist attacks at the airport in Kabul.

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USA
» “F*** Antifa!” — Police Intervene as Antifa Goons Get Their Butts Kicked in Modesto, CA (Video)
» ‘Advocacy’ Organizations Linked to CCP State Media Demand DOJ Pause Prosecution of Alleged Spies
» Anger Over Mandate Prompts Protest
» Baltimore Might be Liable for Riot Damage to Businesses
» CDC Restarts ‘Gun Violence’ Program to Address Firearm ‘Epidemic’
» Group of Hartford Healthcare Workers Protest Vaccine Requirement
» Healthcare Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates in Hospitals
» Hundreds Protest Washington Gov. Inslee’s Vaccine Mandate
» Illinois Mom Says Judge Stripped Custody of Son Until She Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: Report
» January 6 Committee Requests Information From Social Media Platforms
» Locals Rolls Out Its Live Streaming and Tipping Feature, Livestream Connect, To All Creators
» Official Complaint Filed With UN Human Rights Committee Over Mistreatment of Jan. 6 Prisoners
» President Donald J. Trump: “If the Democrats Could Fight Wars as Well as They Execute Election Fraud, We Would Have Obliterated All of Our Many Enemies Throughout the World”
» Protesters Demonstrate Outside Tyson Foods Over Company’s Decision to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines
» ‘Single Mother’ Facing Eviction Who Wasn’t Really a Mom Another Example of CNN Guest Peddling Misleading Story
» University of Tennessee Chattanooga Student Dragged Out of Class for Not Wearing Mask (Video)
» Waco: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Vaccine Mandates
 
Canada
» Alberta Government Refuses to Take Part in Digital Vaccine Passports
» COVID-19: Vaccine Passport Opponents Plan to Protest Outside 3 B.C. Hospitals
» Ontario to Introduce Vaccine Passport System: Report
» Quebec Judge Rules Social Platforms Can’t be Compelled to Remove Content Unless it’s Illegal
 
Europe and the EU
» 160,000 Protest in France Against COVID Rules
» Boris Govt Prepares to Give COVID Vaccines to 12-15-Year-Olds in UK
» Denmark Ditches Controversial Vaccine Passport System
» Finland: Helsinki Mayor: English Could be the Capital’s Language
» Former Swedish Social Democrat Politician Caught With False Passports in Greece
» Germany: Protests in Berlin For and Against Coronavirus Restrictions
» ‘Get Vaxxed While You Shop’ — UK Health Service Jabbing People in Primark Changing Rooms
» Ibizagate: Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache Convicted of Corruption
» Netherlands: Demonstrators on the Dam Square Demand Safety for All Afghans
» Switzerland: Protests Against COVID-19 Restrictions Held in Three Locations
» UK: COVID: Vaccine Passports ‘To Boost Illegal Outdoor Raves’
» UK: Eric Clapton, Guitarist for Baby Boomers, Releases Protest Song for Anti-Vaxxers
» UK: John Cleese to Star in Anti-Cancel Culture Series ‘Cancel Me’
» UK: Thousands of Anti-Vaxxers March Through London in Massive ‘Medical Freedom’ Demonstration Against Vaccine Passports
» Young Girls Still Being Flown Out of Sweden for Forced Marriages and FGM
 
South Asia
» Afghanistan: Final UK Troops Leave Kabul
» Afghanistan: Biden Says Another Kabul Airport Attack Likely
» Biden’s Clown Show: US Embassy Alert Page Goes Offline for Hours; Gives “404 Error” To Stranded Americans Looking for Updates on How to Safely Reach Evacuation Flights
» Breaking: Turkey Expected to Recognize Taliban Following US Withdrawal
» Counting on Russia for G20 on Afghanistan — Di Maio-Lavrov
 
Far East
» Actresses Zhao Wei and Zheng Shuang Are Memory-Holed From Chinese Social Media and Streaming Services
» China Orders Crackdown on Independent Journalists That Criticize Financial Policy
» Korea Fines Facebook and Netflix for Privacy Invasions, Gives Google a Warning
 
Australia — Pacific
» Daniel Andrews Confirms Victoria’s Lockdown Will be Extended Past Thursday and Remains Adamant COVID Numbers ‘Can be Driven Down’ Despite the State Recording 92 New Cases — Its Most in a Year
» Records Tumble in NSW as the State Records 1,218 New COVID Cases But Best-Ever Vaccine Week Moves it Halfway to 70 Per Cent Immunisation Goal to Finally End the Lockdown
 
Immigration
» Afghan Refugees in Greece Still Stuck in Limbo
» Boris Vows to ‘Shift Heaven and Earth’ To Get More Afghans Into Britain
» Ex-Brexit Negotiator Barnier Launches Presidential Bid on Anti-Mass Migration Platform
» French Think Tank Warns Afghan Migrant Increase Means Increased Crime
» Muslim Leader Reveals the Real Reasons COVID Has Ripped Through Immigrant Households in Sydney’s South-West — and it Has Nothing to Do With Large Families Living Under the Same Roof
 
Culture Wars
» Cancel Culture Mob Brands Paw Patrol ‘Copaganda’ Which ‘Indoctrinates Children Into a Pro-Police Stance’
» Liberal Teacher at California High School Has Kids Pledge Allegiance to the Pride Flag (Video)
 

“F*** Antifa!” — Police Intervene as Antifa Goons Get Their Butts Kicked in Modesto, CA (Video)

Modesto, California — Police intervened as a group of Antifa dressed in black bloc got their asses beat by a group of conservatives.

Antifa goons were taking quite a beating by conservatives when police swooped in broke up the fight

Conservatives held a “straight pride” event in Modesto on Saturday when Antifa and other left-wing protesters showed up to start trouble.

Pro-family and pro-life protesters stood in front of Planned Parenthood holding anti-abortion signs.

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

‘Advocacy’ Organizations Linked to CCP State Media Demand DOJ Pause Prosecution of Alleged Spies

US Asian-American ‘advocacy’ groups recently presented a letter to President Joe Biden requesting a “pause” on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) China Initiative — a Trump policy package which aimed to counter Chinese originating national security threats. Since the introduction of the China Initiative in 2018, the DOJ pursued dozens of cases related to trade secret theft, cybersecurity breaches, and economic espionage.

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Anger Over Mandate Prompts Protest

PENDLETON — Gov. Kate Brown’s recent vaccine mandates for state employees, health care workers and school staff drew more than 150 people to Pendleton for a protest.

As COVID-19 continues to rip through Oregon and overwhelm hospitals, those attending the event Thursday, Aug. 26, at Roy Raley Park went without masks, including health care workers, teachers, firefighters and members of law enforcement.

The protest drew a multitude of voices, ranging from those completely rejecting vaccines and masks to those who were supportive of vaccines but felt the governor’s orders from Aug. 19 to either get the vaccine or lose their jobs violated their rights.

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

Baltimore Might be Liable for Riot Damage to Businesses

A federal court so holds, applying Maryland’s Riot Act, and quoting the Mayor’s famous line that the City “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that.”

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CDC Restarts ‘Gun Violence’ Program to Address Firearm ‘Epidemic’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be restarting its dormant “gun violence” research program to address the “epidemic” of firearm deaths and injuries, reported the Daily Wire.

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Group of Hartford Healthcare Workers Protest Vaccine Requirement

HARTFORD, Ct. (WFSB) — A group of healthcare workers gathered outside Hartford Hospital on Aug. 28 to protest vaccine mandates.

The workers and their supporters said they should not risk losing their jobs over their choice to not get vaccinated.

This mandate applies to doctors, nurses, any staff at hospitals, clinics or other parts of their healthcare networks.

Workers at the rally said the hospitals should respect their choice not to get vaccinated, especially after everything they did at the height of the pandemic.

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Healthcare Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates in Hospitals

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) — On Saturday morning, healthcare workers and several supporters protested against hospitals and medical facilities requiring vaccines for their employees.

The crowd quickly grew early after protestors joined each other in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

For them, it’s all about preserving their medical freedom.

“It’s about our choice, whether we want to get it or not,” said Kathy Proctor, who has been a nurse for over 40 years. “My girls have gotten it. My husband and I will not get it.”

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Hundreds Protest Washington Gov. Inslee’s Vaccine Mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at the state Capitol in Olympia on Saturday to protest Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate.

The mandate, which Inslee announced in early August, requires most state workers, healthcare workers and school employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face losing their jobs. Inslee has said the getting people vaccinated is essential for getting Washington past the pandemic.

Organizers of the rally Saturday warned that a large segment of state workers, including many firefighters, sanitation workers and bus drivers, won’t get the vaccine — as much as 30% to 40% statewide, they said. It wasn’t clear what that estimate was based on.

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Illinois Mom Says Judge Stripped Custody of Son Until She Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: Report

An Illinois mother says a Cook County judge decided to strip her parental rights over her refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a local report.

Rebecca Firlit told FOX 32 Chicago that Cook County Judge James Shapiro revoked all of her parenting time with her son until she gets vaccinated.

“I miss my son more than anything. It’s been very difficult. I haven’t seen him since August 10th,” Firlit told the outlet.

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

January 6 Committee Requests Information From Social Media Platforms

In the US, a Congressional panel known as the House Select Committee set up to investigate the events of January 6 in Washington DC has issued requests for data from 15 tech companies.

The requests cover social media, messaging and streaming apps, and are reportedly not seeking records of direct communication between individuals, but to flush out what is described as threats to the transition of power and identifying actors seen as responsible.

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

Locals Rolls Out Its Live Streaming and Tipping Feature, Livestream Connect, To All Creators

Locals, a community generation platform that helps creators monetize their content through paid subscriptions, has announced that the LiveStream Connect feature that it launched in July is now available to all Local creators.

The feature makes it easy for creators to live stream to their Locals community and has a built-in live chat feature so that viewers can give feedback on the live stream and interact with the creator in real-time.

Locals creators can monetize their live streams in several ways which include:

Charging a one-time fee for access to a specific live stream

Making it a “supporter-only stream” (which means that only paid supporters can watch the stream)

Accepting live tips during the stream

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

Official Complaint Filed With UN Human Rights Committee Over Mistreatment of Jan. 6 Prisoners

An America First community organizing group called Look Forward America and Citizens Against Political Persecution (CAPP), gathered outside the United Nations in New York City earlier this afternoon to announce that they have officially filed a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee over the mistreatment and myriad of human rights violations perpetrated against those being held on charges related to January 6th.

Just weeks ago, Congressman Matt Gaetz and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene were forbidden from checking on the conditions of prisoners being held in the DC jail, despite having given written notice that they intended on making the visit.

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President Donald J. Trump: “If the Democrats Could Fight Wars as Well as They Execute Election Fraud, We Would Have Obliterated All of Our Many Enemies Throughout the World”

Yesterday, President Trump released another ‘Save America’ statement on the tragedy in Afghanistan and the stolen 2020 Election.

In Arizona, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has sided with the Arizona Senate and given Maricopa County 30 days to comply with subpoenas for routers, Splunk logs, and the access keys.

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

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Tyson Foods Over Company’s Decision to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — People were protesting outside the Tyson Foods headquarters about vaccine requirements.

The protest was put on by Americans for Medical Freedom.

Earlier this month, Tyson announced all US employees must be vaccinated by October 1.

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

‘Single Mother’ Facing Eviction Who Wasn’t Really a Mom Another Example of CNN Guest Peddling Misleading Story

CNN’s promotion of a “single mother” who actually wasn’t the parent of three children fearing eviction this month was the latest example of a network guest peddling a false or questionable narrative on its airwaves.

CNN has been burned numerous times in recent years by its guests.

Most recently, CNN helped raise $230,000 for Dasha Kelly, a “single mother” of three children who was allegedly fearing eviction after the end of the federal eviction moratorium. After promoting a GoFundMe link for the mother, the network also invited her back to appear with Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., after President Biden announced a new moratorium on evictions despite potential constitutional conflicts.

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

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Student Dragged Out of Class for Not Wearing Mask (Video)

A University of Tennessee Chattanooga student was dragged out of class for not wearing a mask.

This comes as schools across the country are imposing draconian mask and vaccine mandates in most universities in the United States.

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Waco: Healthcare Workers Protest Against Vaccine Mandates

WACO, Texas (KWTX) — With many hospitals in Central Texas still requiring their employees to be vaccinated in the coming months, dozens of healthcare workers against it held a protest in Waco Saturday.

By putting the job on the line to refuse taking the vaccine, it’s a risk that Rachel Baldwin is willing to take.

“It’s terrifying because I have student loans and I’m about to get married,” she said.

“However, I have to trust that I’m doing the right thing.”

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

Alberta Government Refuses to Take Part in Digital Vaccine Passports

The government of the Canadian Province of Alberta has refused to share its residents’ vaccination status data with the federal government. Other provinces are cooperating with the government and have even launched vaccine passport plans.

In a press release, the Alberta Institute, a non-profit, said that the provincial government had confirmed to it, and “then later publicly announced, that they will not be providing the federal government with Albertans’ vaccination status and data for use in a federal vaccine pass system.”

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

COVID-19: Vaccine Passport Opponents Plan to Protest Outside 3 B.C. Hospitals

Opponents of B.C.’s incoming “vaccine passport” system are planning to stage protests outside of a trio of the province’s hospitals.

While polls show widespread public support for the measure B.C.’s newly-announced proof of vaccination program, the plan is facing opposition from a small but increasingly vocal group.

Just days after British Columbia said residents will need a vaccine card to access certain non-essential services and activities, some businesses have vowed to defy the mandate.

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

Ontario to Introduce Vaccine Passport System: Report

Ontario is set to announce a vaccine passport system early next week. This is according to anonymous sources, which leaked the information to CBC. The sources also say the cabinet will meet Tuesday to discuss the plan, and although members are opposed to it, the vaccine passport will pass.

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

Quebec Judge Rules Social Platforms Can’t be Compelled to Remove Content Unless it’s Illegal

In a case where a Facebook user was falsely accused of online harassment, a judge in Quebec, Canada, ruled that online content cannot be compelled to be censored unless it’s illegal. The decision might have gone otherwise if Canada had already passed the free-speech-damaging internet censorship Bill C-36.

In the ruling, Quebec Superior Court’s Justice Martin Sheehan argued that social media platforms do not follow the same rules as traditional media.

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

160,000 Protest in France Against COVID Rules

A total of 160,000 people protested across France on Saturday, the interior ministry said, angered at the country’s Covid health pass system which they say unfairly restricts the unvaccinated.

By early evening the authorities had logged 222 separate protest actions, including 14,500 people who turned out in Paris.

Sixteen people were arrested and three police officers slightly injured in what was the seventh consecutive weekend of Covid protests.

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

Boris Govt Prepares to Give COVID Vaccines to 12-15-Year-Olds in UK

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it is preparing to vaccinate children ages 12-15 against the coronavirus, even though the inoculation campaign has not yet been approved by the country’s vaccine advisors.

The Department of Health said it wants “to be ready to hit the ground running” once approval comes and be in position to deliver shots in schools when the new academic year starts in most of the country. The return of children to class in September is expected to drive up Britain’s already high coronavirus infection rate.

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

Denmark Ditches Controversial Vaccine Passport System

Denmark will remove all remaining COVID-19 restrictions by September 10, including the controversial and invasive vaccine passport system.

The news came after the country’s health ministry announced that the coronavirus was “no longer a critical threat to society.”

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

Finland: Helsinki Mayor: English Could be the Capital’s Language

Juhana Vartiainen (NCP) told Helsingin Sanomat on Saturday that Helsinki could declare itself an English-speaking city.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Former Swedish Social Democrat Politician Caught With False Passports in Greece

Abdi Elmi, a former politician belonging to Sweden’s Social Democrats, was arrested in Greece after being caught with passports that were not his own.

The arrest is said to have taken place back in July at an airport in Athens. Greek police stated that the former Social Democrat was travelling with Swedish passports that did not belong to him.

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

Germany: Protests in Berlin For and Against Coronavirus Restrictions

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters filled the German capital again on Saturday to demonstrate against the government’s coronavirus measures, despite bans against several gatherings.

Police had banned nine planned demonstrations for Saturday, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, the most visible anti-lockdown movement in Germany, which united a disparate mix of those opposing vaccinations, coronavirus deniers and right-wing extremists. A court ruled in favor of allowing one event, planned for 500 people, on Saturday and Sunday.

Still, like the last round of protests in early August, thousands ignored the bans and turned out to voice their opposition to government measures. With chants of “We are the people!” the protesters made their way through Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte neighborhoods.

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

‘Get Vaxxed While You Shop’ — UK Health Service Jabbing People in Primark Changing Rooms

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is jabbing people in the changing rooms of London clothes stores as part of a “Get Vaxxed While You Shop” initiative over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Shoppers at Wood Green and Oxford Street branches of the budget retailer, founded in the Republic of Ireland as Penneys in the 1960s, will be able to attend pop-up “clinics” to be jabbed with coronavirus vaccines without any prior appointment as long as they are over 16.

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

Ibizagate: Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache Convicted of Corruption

The former vice-chancellor of Austria has been convicted of corruption, following the so-called “Ibizagate” scandal.

Heinz-Christian Strache was found guilty of giving favours in exchange for donations to the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ).

The former FPÖ leader was given a 15-month suspended prison sentence, judge Claudia Moravec-Loidolt announced after the trial.

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Netherlands: Demonstrators on the Dam Square Demand Safety for All Afghans

Demonstrators rallied at the Dam square in Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon to demand the protection of all Afghan people. The protest is part of the “Stop Killing Afghans Now” movement which will take place on Saturday in 15 cities across Europe and the United States.

It was organized by the initiative Azadi which was created by young Dutch Afghans.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Switzerland: Protests Against COVID-19 Restrictions Held in Three Locations

Around 250 people gathered in Schaffhausen in the north; around 200 people in Brig in canton Valais and an as yet unconfirmed number of people demonstrated in Italian-speaking Bellinzona on Saturday.

Protestors condemned the country’s current coronavirus restrictions and any move towards compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus. Police said that all the protests had been peaceful.

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

UK: COVID: Vaccine Passports ‘To Boost Illegal Outdoor Raves’

Illegal raves will grow in popularity if nightclubs bring in mandatory vaccine passports to enter, an organiser of illicit events has said.

The North East man, known only by his alias Joy Circuit, believes those who are sceptical of the vaccine will turn their backs on high street nightlife.

He has arranged and attended about 100 of the so-called “free parties”, where DJs use professional set-ups outdoors.

The Home Office said the events had a “terrible impact” on communities.

Although he is heavily involved in the North East scene, “illegal rave” is not a term Joy welcomes. He prefers to describe his events as being part of the “free party” movement.

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UK: Eric Clapton, Guitarist for Baby Boomers, Releases Protest Song for Anti-Vaxxers

Eric Clapton, the British singer-songwriter and arguably second-greatest guitarist, continues to take what he perhaps sees as a bold stance against basic measures to protect people from COVID-19. His new song, “This Has Gotta Stop,” appears to be a rallying cry against vaccines and other issues, as Rolling Stone notes, at a time when the Delta variant is hitting unvaccinated people particularly hard.

“I can’t take this B.S. any longer / It’s gone far enough,” Clapton sings in the track. It arrives with a music video featuring subtle illustrations of an evil puppeteer, swirly-eyed people, a hypnotic man in a tie, and protesters with picket signs that read “Liberty” and “Stop.” He continues, “I knew that something was going on wrong / When you started laying down the law / I can’t move my hands / I break out in sweat.”

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

UK: John Cleese to Star in Anti-Cancel Culture Series ‘Cancel Me’

Legendary Comedian John Cleese is set to cancel cancel culture in his new series on UK’s Channel 4. According to The Guardian, the documentary will explore why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.”

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UK: Thousands of Anti-Vaxxers March Through London in Massive ‘Medical Freedom’ Demonstration Against Vaccine Passports

Thousands of anti-vaxxers have taken to the streets of central London in protest as they continue their campaign against mandated vaccines and Covid passports.

Demonstrators purportedly from The Save Our Rights UK group, armed with St George’s flags, placards, banners and megaphones, spent the afternoon marching through the capital.

The collective had previously promoted the ‘medical freedom march’, which would be ‘standing against mandated vaccines and vaccine passports, as the large crowd, understood to be in the thousands, gathering in Hyde Park.

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

Young Girls Still Being Flown Out of Sweden for Forced Marriages and FGM

According to an activist group that deals with honour violence and oppression, young girls continue to be flown out of Sweden for forced marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM) despite bans.

Sabina Landstedt, a member of the activist group Never Forget Pela and Fadime (GAPF), said that her group has received almost daily calls about abducted girls, while a law introduced last July to prevent FGM and forced marriages overseas has been used only 28 times to stop girls being taken overseas.

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

Afghanistan: Final UK Troops Leave Kabul

The final UK troops, diplomats and officials have left Kabul, Downing Street has confirmed.

The departure of the RAF flight brings to an end the UK’s 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan.

More than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK since 14 August.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the moment was a chance to reflect on the achievements of recent weeks — and the last two decades, such as girls’ education and weakening al-Qaeda.

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Afghanistan: Biden Says Another Kabul Airport Attack Likely

Another attack on Kabul airport is highly likely, US President Joe Biden has warned, saying that military commanders have told him it could come as early as Sunday.

The US is continuing evacuations but the final UK troops, diplomats and officials have now left Kabul.

About 170 people died after a suicide bomber targeted the airport on Thursday.

The IS-K group has claimed the attack.

In retaliation, the US carried out a drone strike on eastern Afghanistan late on Friday, killing two “high-profile” members of IS-K — the Islamic State (IS) group in Khorasan Province.

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

Biden’s Clown Show: US Embassy Alert Page Goes Offline for Hours; Gives “404 Error” To Stranded Americans Looking for Updates on How to Safely Reach Evacuation Flights

At a time when US forces scramble to wind down evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, one of the most crucial resources that stranded American citizens have relied on to guide them safely to their evacuation flights was unavailable for several hours.

The US Embassy in Kabul operates an ‘alert page’ that provides status updates about the evacuation efforts and also details ways for those who are trapped behind enemy lines to reach the airport. On Saturday morning, visitors to the page were met by a “404 Error — Page Not Found.”

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Breaking: Turkey Expected to Recognize Taliban Following US Withdrawal

On Saturday, Middle East Eye (MEE) reported that Turkey and Qatar will jointly operate the Kabul international airport after the US withdraws on August 31. Turkey withdrew its troops from the airport earlier this week after talks with Taliban leadership fell through.

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Counting on Russia for G20 on Afghanistan — Di Maio-Lavrov

Stabilization is priority say Draghi and Russian FM

(ANSA) — ROME, AUG 27 — Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said after talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Rome Friday that Rome is counting on Moscow for the special G20 summit it plans to call on Afghanistan.

Di Maio said Italy is counting on Russia’s collaboration for the planned ad hoc meeting, where Rome hopes to involve other major players like China, India and Turkey.

“Close international coordination with Russia is essential,” Di Maio told a press conference with the Russian FM.

He said that Moscow was a “fundamental actor” on the global scene.

Di Maio reiterated Italy’s concern over Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny saying his basic rights must be respected.

The Italian FM also raised the question of the Ukraine crisis.

He said friendly countries had to speak to each other with frankness.

Lavrov called for an easing of visa requirements between Russia and Italy.

Lavrov earlier met Premier Mario Draghi for talks that focused on the role of the G20, which Italy is currently chairing, in the Afghan crisis.

“The priority is stabilisation” of the country and the region, the two officials agreed.

Draghi and Lavrov also reiterated the need for political dialogue in Libya.

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Actresses Zhao Wei and Zheng Shuang Are Memory-Holed From Chinese Social Media and Streaming Services

Top Chinese actresses Zheng Shuang and Zhao Wei have been censored from all social media and streaming sites in the country, in what seems to be a crackdown on the entertainment industry by Beijing. The actresses were punished for “failing to file taxes.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zheng Shuang, from the hit series Meteor Shower, was slapped with a $46.1 million fine for not being transparent about the income she earned while filming a TV show in the financial year between 2019 and 2020.

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China Orders Crackdown on Independent Journalists That Criticize Financial Policy

Independent journalists are being maligned all over the world. But, while in the West social media platforms have taken it upon themselves to boost mainstream outlets at the expense of independent journalists, in China the suppression of citizen journalists is mandated by the government.

Beijing has tightened restrictions on internet content yet again with a campaign to condemn citizen journalists who counter the mainstream narratives and “misinterpret economic policies and forecast doom and gloom in financial markets.”

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Korea Fines Facebook and Netflix for Privacy Invasions, Gives Google a Warning

South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) has audited privacy practices of tech companies and has announced it found that three giants have been coming up short in this area and violating the country’s laws.

To nobody’s surprise, they are Facebook and Google, but also Netflix. Two of the three have received fines that total $5.7 million — no doubt a slap on the wrist for these tech heavyweights — but they have also been ordered to fix the problems that led to privacy rules violations.

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Daniel Andrews Confirms Victoria’s Lockdown Will be Extended Past Thursday and Remains Adamant COVID Numbers ‘Can be Driven Down’ Despite the State Recording 92 New Cases — Its Most in a Year

Victoria’s sixth lockdown is set to be extended by at least a week with another 92 cases recorded, including 31 mystery cases not yet linked to the rest of the outbreak.

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Records Tumble in NSW as the State Records 1,218 New COVID Cases But Best-Ever Vaccine Week Moves it Halfway to 70 Per Cent Immunisation Goal to Finally End the Lockdown

New South Wales has recorded 1218 new Covid cases, just days after Premier Gladys Berejiklian promised to reopen ‘certain industries’ as early as October.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Afghan Refugees in Greece Still Stuck in Limbo

Afghan refugees in Greece are increasingly worried about their status. The EU’s differing and uncertain asylum policies are making it even harder for them to cope.

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Boris Vows to ‘Shift Heaven and Earth’ To Get More Afghans Into Britain

LONDON (AP) — Britain is starting to bring its troops home from Afghanistan as the country’s evacuation operation at Kabul airport ends.

A Royal Air Force plane carrying soldiers landed at the RAF Brize Norton airbase northwest of London on Saturday morning. The troops are part of a contingent of 1,000 that has been based in Kabul to help run the airlift.

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Ex-Brexit Negotiator Barnier Launches Presidential Bid on Anti-Mass Migration Platform

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has announced he will run for the French presidency, vowing to take a harder line on immigration than incumbent Emmanuel Macron.

Barnier, who launched a political faction in France in February, will seek to represent the notionally centre-right Les Républicains (LR) in the 2022 presidential elections.

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French Think Tank Warns Afghan Migrant Increase Means Increased Crime

A member of the French think tank the Institute for Justice has warned that increasing the number of Afghan migrants in France could lead to an increase in criminality.

Pierre-Marie Sève, the director and spokesman of the think tank, noted that migrants are over-represented in nearly all categories of crime and stated that Afghans, in particular, commit more crimes than asylum seekers from other countries.

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Muslim Leader Reveals the Real Reasons COVID Has Ripped Through Immigrant Households in Sydney’s South-West — and it Has Nothing to Do With Large Families Living Under the Same Roof

Muslim leaders have conceded Covid ripped through immigrant communities who underestimated the severity of the Delta strain and continued to visit their families.

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Cancel Culture Mob Brands Paw Patrol ‘Copaganda’ Which ‘Indoctrinates Children Into a Pro-Police Stance’

The Paw Patrol team are facing one of their toughest situations yet: the wrath of the woke brigade. The children’s show has been branded as ‘copaganda’ for showing police in a positive light.

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Liberal Teacher at California High School Has Kids Pledge Allegiance to the Pride Flag (Video)

It looks like the liberal teachers at California high schools are so emboldened that they post themselves straight to social media with videos of how they indoctrinate children.

In this video, uploaded to her previously public Tik Tok account, 11th Grade High School Teacher Kristin Pitzen teacher at Back Bay High School in the Newport Mesa Unified School District revealed that she doesn’t make kids say the Pledge of the Allegiance and that she also doesn’t have the Star-Spangled Banner in her classroom. Pitzen claims that she took the flag down during the COVID-19 pandemic because it “made [her] uncomfortable.”

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/28/2021

  1. What is puzzling is that people are rioting against coronavirus because of its consequences and restrictions while they never riot against Muslim immigration, nay, invasion, who are even more dangerous and deadly than the coronavirus isn’t that strange?

  2. Denmark ending all restrictions including vax passports… will it be like in Israel – very short lived? My unjabbed friend in Israel was able to go to her synagogue after such a long time with even no mask… Now the issued passports even for their 3 year old ones. She went to visit her triple jabbed parents. Her mother had to have a test because she wanted to go to her club despite being triple jabbed. And the test was positive 🙂 When my friend got home she felt unwell and was sick for nearly 2 weeks. She couldn’t say anything to anyone even to her large family as all are jabbed. Unjabbed are blamed for spreading the disease there. Mother was sick too.
    Absolutely incredible what’s going on there!
    Tzippy went to the clinic to have her antibodies measured. She has plenty and may get her green passport which will be valid for 5 month… They will be stopping this possibility from the 1 October. Antibodies tests will be banned.

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