Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/11/2021

The Australian agency charged with regulating medications has banned the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Meanwhile, the U.S. federal government has exempted the USPS, members of Congress, and congressional staff from its new vaccine mandate.

In other news, French maritime authorities rescued 126 migrants who were attempting to cross the English Channel to the UK.

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USA
» Anti-Mask Protesters Return to Outside Skyview High School
» Biden Adviser Says President “Will Run Over” GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate
» Breaking: Video of Biden Apparently Getting Booed in New York on Anniversary of 9/11 Surfaces
» Florida Democrat Candidate Claims Jan. 6 Was Worse Than 9/11
» George W. Bush: ‘Violent Extremists at Home… Are Children of the Same Foul Spirit’ As 9/11 Terrorists
» Illinois School Says ‘Staff Member’ Who Called Student ‘Piece of S***’ Over Mask Dispute Has Resigned
» Members of Congress, Staff Exempt From Biden Vaccine Mandate
» Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Probation for Pointing Laser at Aircraft
» NY Hospital Forced to Stop Delivering Babies After Maternity Workers Resign Over Vaccine
» Protestors Rally Against City of Tampa Staff Vaccine Mandate
» Protesters Rally Outside Huntington Hospital Over Vaccine Mandates
» School Board Member Whose Father Led Mosque With Ties to Al-Qaeda Opposes Resolution to Honor 9/11 Victims
» Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigation’s Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison
» State Superintendent Leads Fight Against Critical Race Theory in Schools
» Syracuse Professor Says 9/11 Was an Attack on ‘Heteropatriarchal Capitalistic Systems’ That White Americans ‘Fight to Protect’
» Trooper Who Was Run Over During Protests Sues Driver, Buffalo Police
» Video of Larry Elder Hugging Supporter Debunks Manipulated La Times Photo That Suggested He Slapped Her
» While Biden Joins ‘Drone Club’ At 9/11 Ceremonies, Trump Hits Streets of NY
» Woman Who Admitted to Slender Man Attack to be Freed Monday
 
Canada
» Canadian Schools Hold Book-Burning Demonstration to be a More “Inclusive Country”
» Public Naming, $2K Fines Possible for Kingston Partygoers Under New Emergency Order
» Watch: Trudeau Stresses ‘Islamophobia’, Impact on Muslims of 9/11
 
Europe and the EU
» Anti COVID-19 Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police in Greece
» Divided Over Talks With Spain, Catalonia’s Separatists Rally
» France: ‘You Treat Us Like Dogs!’ Complains Bataclan Terrorist Who Helped Kill 130 People
» Hungary: PM Orban on 9/11 Anniversary: ‘We Are Working to Ensure it Never Happens Again’
» Italy: COVID-19: All Workers Will Need Green Pass Eventually — Minister
» Italy: Salvini’s League Falls Back Into Line Over Green Pass
» Netherlands: Thousands Protest Against Nightlife Ban
» Over 120,000 Join Protests Against ‘Health Passes’ In France
» Swedish No-Go Zone Local Says Area Like ‘Wild West’ As Shootings Continue
» Switzerland: Protesters Stage Another Rally Against COVID-19 Restrictions
» UK: Queen Offers ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ On 9/11 Anniversary
» UK: Watch: Boris Claims 9/11 Was an Attack on ‘Open Societies’, Afghan Withdrawal a Source of Strength
 
Middle East
» Thousands Demonstrate in Turkey Against COVID-19 Protocols
 
South Asia
» As World Marks 9/11, Taliban Flag Raised Over Seat of Power
» NYT Confirms Biden Murdered Innocent Family in Kabul Drone Strike
» Thailand: 48 Arrested at COVID-19 Violating Luxury Koh Samui Birthday Party
» UK Spy Boss on Afghan Disaster: ‘A Psychological Boost, A Morale Boost to Extremists’
 
Far East
» How Hollywood Sold Out to China
» Life is Strange: True Colors is Review Bombed and Pulled in China After Discovery of Tibetan Flag in the Game
» Revealed: 26 Out of the 27 Lancet Scientists Who Trashed Theory That COVID Leaked From a Chinese Lab Have Links to Wuhan Researchers
 
Australia — Pacific
» “A Decision They’ll Regret” — Australia Regulator Bans Ivermectin Use as COVID-19 Treatment
» ‘A Middle Finger to Those Who’ll Needlessly be Lost’: Fed-Up Sydneysiders Confined to Their Homes in the Locked-Down West Blast ‘Selfish’ Sunbathers for Flocking to Bondi Beach
» More and More Australians Are Seeking to Leave the Country
» Sydney Doctor Who Criticized Medical Censorship Online is Suspended From Practicing Medicine
» Tony Abbott Unleashes on ‘Snitch’ Who Reported Him for Not Wearing a Mask and Says He Won’t ‘Waste Police Time’ By Challenging His $500 Fine
» Victoria Records 450 New COVID Cases With Hundreds of Mystery Infections — Amid Regional Outbreak Scare and Fears Melbourne Will be Stuck in Lockdown Until Christmas
 
Latin America
» Jamaica: ‘Police Money Pull-Up’: Cops Allegedly Collecting Big Bucks From Illegal Party Promoters
 
Immigration
» EU Border Agency Preparing for Surge of Afghan Migrants
» France Rescues 126 Migrants Attempting Channel Boat Crossing to the UK
» ‘Germany is a Country With a Migrant Background, ‘ Says President Steinmeier
» Hungary: Justice Minister Welcomes Michel Barnier’s Referendum Initiative on Migration
» Merkel Calls Migrant Push at EU’s Border ‘Unacceptable’
» UK: Priti Patel Backs Medical Tests to Prove ‘Young’ Migrants’ Real Age After Furore Over Grown Men Posing as Schoolchildren
 
Culture Wars
» Gay Moroccan Attacked in Spanish City by Man Stating it Was ‘Muslim Territory’
» Trans Woman Fighter Beats Woman to Submission in MMA Match
 

Anti-Mask Protesters Return to Outside Skyview High School

Protesters again brought signs, flags and megaphones to the sidewalks outside of Skyview High School on Friday, this time rallying against a court-ordered injunction prohibiting demonstrations that “disrupt educational services” within one mile of Vancouver Public Schools buildings.

About three dozen people came out to the high school as students were released from classes for the weekend. The group held signs and expressed opposition to school mask mandates and called the injunction unconstitutional.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark granted the school district’s petition for an injunction Tuesday. Protesters said they planned to take their rally to the judge’s house later Friday afternoon, and her address was circulated on social media.

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Biden Adviser Says President “Will Run Over” GOP Governors Who Resist Vaccine Mandate

Update (1650ET): Following Thursday’s threat from President Biden to “use my power as president” against GOP governors “to get them out of the way,” White House senior adviser Cedric ‘boy’ Richmond said that Biden is willing to “run over” the governors.

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Breaking: Video of Biden Apparently Getting Booed in New York on Anniversary of 9/11 Surfaces

Video of what appears to be President Joe Biden being booed by a crowd at a 9/11 memorial site has surfaced on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The apparent scene appears to have taken place where numerous New Yorkers gathered together at the national 9/11 memorial in Lower Manhattan on Saturday morning to mourn the thousands of lives lost two decades ago on Sept. 11, 2001, near the site where the World Trade Center towers fell.

As Biden and former President Barack Obama passed through the onlooking crowd, a man can be heard shouting before the ensuing boos: “Murderers! Look, the murderers! You’re a mutt for what you did to Afghanistan! Terrible!”

“Don’t sniff him!” a bystander yelled at Biden approaching a child off-screen.

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Florida Democrat Candidate Claims Jan. 6 Was Worse Than 9/11

Pamela Keith, a failed candidate for the Democrats in Florda’s 18th Congressional District, tweeted on Saturday that the events of Sept. 11 2001 were ‘not even close’ to being as bad as those of Jan. 6 2021.

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George W. Bush: ‘Violent Extremists at Home… Are Children of the Same Foul Spirit’ As 9/11 Terrorists

Former President George W. Bush appeared to use his speech recognizing the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to compare the January 6th protests to the terrorists who attacked America.

Bush spoke at the 9/11 memorial service for Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, recalling the 9/11 attacks while warning of future terrorist threats to the United States.

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Illinois School Says ‘Staff Member’ Who Called Student ‘Piece of S***’ Over Mask Dispute Has Resigned

An Illinois high school says a “staff member” seen in a viral video calling a student a “piece of s***” for allegedly wearing a mask improperly has resigned.

The statement to Fox News late Friday from John Mensik, principal of Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois, does not identify the employee as a teacher, but says the “staff member” involved in the incident “has resigned and will no longer be working in District 87.”

In the clip posted on social media, a caption over the video reads, “My friend had his mask under his nose, and this Karen went crazy, got up in his face and cuzed (sic) at him.”

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Members of Congress, Staff Exempt From Biden Vaccine Mandate

Members of Congress, their staff, and federal court system employees are exempt from the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandates, according to Newsweek.

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Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Probation for Pointing Laser at Aircraft

A Milwaukee man who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of pointing a laser at law enforcement aircraft during police brutality protests in 2020 has been sentenced to a year of probation.

The Journal Sentinel reports 39-yea-old Jeremiah Belen apologized for his actions during an online sentencing hearing on Friday. He said he supports law enforcement but made the decision to point the laser at the aircraft out of boredom after being laid off work during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities say between May 31 and June 7, 2020, during protests and civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, an FBI surveillance plane and a Wisconsin National Guard Blackhawk helicopter were targeted by a green laser seven times.

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NY Hospital Forced to Stop Delivering Babies After Maternity Workers Resign Over Vaccine

A hospital in upstate New York has been forced to ‘pause’ the delivery of babies starting Sept. 24 after a flood of maternity workers resigned over Covid-19 vaccine mandates.

Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer made the announcement in a Friday press conference, according to WWNY. According to Cayer, six employees in the maternity unit resigned and another seven are ‘undecided,’ rendering the hospital unable to safely deliver children.

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Protestors Rally Against City of Tampa Staff Vaccine Mandate

TAMPA, Fla. — Protesters took to the streets in Tampa Friday to speak out against the mayor’s mandate requiring all city staff be vaccinated or be tested once a week.

Protesters said City of Tampa Employees says they shouldn’t have to choose between getting the COVID-19 and the risk of losing their jobs and their paychecks.

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Protesters Rally Outside Huntington Hospital Over Vaccine Mandates

A group of protesters rallied outside Huntington Hospital Friday over vaccine mandates.

The crowd chanted, “No forced vax, no forced vax.”

Some workers say the mandate infringes on their freedom.

“We have an absolute true belief that as an individual we have this right to make this medical decision,” said one of the protesters.

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School Board Member Whose Father Led Mosque With Ties to Al-Qaeda Opposes Resolution to Honor 9/11 Victims

Abrar Omeish, who serves on the school board of Fairfax County Public Schools near the Pentagon and whose father was the director of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque with al-Qaeda ties, spoke out in opposition to a resolution honoring the victims of 9/11. The controversial mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, had hired Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda operative to serve as its imam. Former President Barack Obama later ordered the top Al-Qaeda operative to be killed by drone strike. The mosque itself was regularly attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as well as the shooter in the 2009 attack in Fort Hood, Texas.

Omeish said a school board resolution calling for a moment of silence marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was not “anti-racist.” While acknowledging that 9/1 was “jarring” and a “historic turning point in [American] history,” the resolution failed to address “state-sponsored traumas” against American Muslims.

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Stark Contrasts: RealClearInvestigation’s Jan. 6-BLM Side-by-Side Comparison

Many in the political and media establishment consider the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot to be one of America’s darkest episodes. Others say the nationwide protests last summer over George Floyd’s murder were worse. With polling indicating Americans see two sides to the story — and major media dwelling on only one — RealClearInvestigations has developed the database below allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Further context can be found here.

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State Superintendent Leads Fight Against Critical Race Theory in Schools

CHEYENNE — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow showed her full support Friday morning for legislation designed to fight back against critical race theory in state schools.

She was alongside state Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and the Civic Transparency Act’s creator, and co-sponsor Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton. They stood in front of the state superintendent’s office inside the Capitol to introduce and discuss the importance of their bill, which will be introduced during the 2022 budget session.

They said their goal is to establish Wyoming as a leader among the states in keeping critical race theory out of classrooms, while ensuring full transparency of teachers’ curriculums.

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Syracuse Professor Says 9/11 Was an Attack on ‘Heteropatriarchal Capitalistic Systems’ That White Americans ‘Fight to Protect’

Jenn M. Jackson, an assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University, trashed 9/11 commentary marking the 20th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Jackson finds herself among various critics on the left lambasting the efforts of others to honor and commemorate the occasion.

Jackson, a Teen Vogue columnist, describes herself as “a queer genderflux androgynous Black woman, an abolitionist, [and] a lover of all Black people.”

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Trooper Who Was Run Over During Protests Sues Driver, Buffalo Police

New York State trooper who was run over in 2020 during racial justice protests on Buffalo’s East Side has filed a lawsuit in state court against the Buffalo Police Department and the driver who struck him.

Trooper Ronald L. Ensminger Jr., who was seriously injured in the early morning hours of June 1, alleged that city leaders should have taken steps to ensure that peaceful protests over the murder of George Floyd did not devolve into chaotic rioting.

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Video of Larry Elder Hugging Supporter Debunks Manipulated La Times Photo That Suggested He Slapped Her

New footage clearly shows California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder and a supporter greeting each other with a warm embrace, debunking a manipulated Los Angeles Times cover photo that falsely suggested he slapped the woman.

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While Biden Joins ‘Drone Club’ At 9/11 Ceremonies, Trump Hits Streets of NY

While President Biden joined former presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton at 9/11 services held at the World Trade Center and Shanksville, Pennsylvania — a group which presided over the deaths of countless Middle Easterners over 20 years of undeclared “wars on terror” that benefited the US Homeland Security-Industrial Complex and a few others, former President Trump took to the streets of New York to shake hands with first responders.

It was quite the juxtaposition to say the least — with former President Bush pushing the ‘domestic terrorism’ and ‘angry America’ narrative during a speech in Shanksville (echoing Klaus Schwab), and images of Biden pulling down his mask to shout at someone…

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Woman Who Admitted to Slender Man Attack to be Freed Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman who admitted to helping stab a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man will be freed Monday from a mental health institution under strict conditions, a judge ruled Friday.

Anissa Weier, 19, will be released after spending almost four years at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh. A conditional release plan calls for her to live with her father, submit to around-the-clock GPS monitoring and receive psychiatric treatment, among other things. She won’t be allowed to use the internet except at home, and the state Department of Corrections will monitor her online activity.

Weier and a friend, Morgan Geyser, both were committed to Winnebago after pleading guilty to attacking Payton Leutner when they were all 12 years old. Geyser stabbed Leutner multiple times as Weier urged her on. Leutner suffered 19 stab stab wounds — including one that narrowly missed her heart — and barely survived.

Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren said the conditions of Weier’s release were fair and the plan “provides for the protection of the community” as well as for Leutner and for Weier herself…

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Canadian Schools Hold Book-Burning Demonstration to be a More “Inclusive Country”

Authored by Jonathan Turley

We recently discussed how many on the left have discovered the allure of book burning, book banning, and blacklisting of authors.

While expressing shock at ISIS and other extremist groups burning books, the practice appears acceptable based on the titles or content.

Now educators in Ontario have held a “flame purification ceremony” for the local indigenous population by burning roughly 5,000 books.

The notion of teachers burning books is almost as bizarre as the thought of book sellers embracing blacklisting but both are now part of the realities of our age of rage.

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Public Naming, $2K Fines Possible for Kingston Partygoers Under New Emergency Order

The City of Kingston is cracking down on large street parties with a new emergency order that increases fines and publicly names violators.

The order, which took effect at 4pm on September 10, raises the fine for attending a party that exceeds COVID-19 gathering limits from $500 up to $2,000.

Gatherings are currently limited to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors by the provincial government.

The order also increases enforcement activity and allows police to fine people on the spot.

As well, the city will now disclose the names of those charged under the Reopening Ontario Act, the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, and similar laws.

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Watch: Trudeau Stresses ‘Islamophobia’, Impact on Muslims of 9/11

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau chose to stress the impact of 9/11 on Muslims and call for people to stand against “Islamophobia”, rather than radical Islam, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

Having called a snap election off the back of encouraging polling — which currently appears to have been a mistake — the Canadian leftist made the comments while on the campaign trail in Mississauga, Ontario, saying he wanted to kick off by “making a note” of the 9/11 anniversary after first thanking his local team.

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Anti COVID-19 Vaccine Protesters Clash With Police in Greece

Greek police fired tear gas and water canon on Saturday, September 11, to break up a demonstration of thousands of people protesting against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations.

Authorities said protesters hurled flares at police in Greece’s second-biggest city of Thessaloniki, who blocked them from trying to reach the area where Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to deliver his annual economic address.

The annual speech typically attracts crowds of demonstrators, and police estimated more than 15,000 people, including labour unions, took part in the demonstrations on issues ranging from economic policy to COVID-19 vaccines.

Protests against COVID-19 vaccinations began in July after the government announced the mandatory inoculation of health care workers and nursing home staff. Authorities have suggested vaccines could become obligatory for other groups too, such as teachers.

“Yes to vaccines, but not mandatorily,” the federation of public hospital workers, POEDYN, said in a statement.

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Divided Over Talks With Spain, Catalonia’s Separatists Rally

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalan separatists held their first major mass gathering since the start of the pandemic on Saturday, trying to offer a display of unity despite the divisions in their ranks over upcoming talks with the Spanish government.

Tens of thousands waved pro-independence flags and wore T-shirts with messages for their cause in downtown Barcelona. People used face masks for the event, which went ahead after regional authorities dropped restrictions on the number of people who could gather with COVID-19 cases dropping.

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France: ‘You Treat Us Like Dogs!’ Complains Bataclan Terrorist Who Helped Kill 130 People

In Paris on Wednesday, with the strictest security measures and great media interest, a historic trial began with alleged perpetrators of a series of coordinated attacks on six different locations in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, which killed 130 people ahd injured hundreds more. In the afternoon, the defendants arrived at the Palace of Justice in the center of the French capital, and shortly after 1:00 p.m. CET, the trial began.

Salah Abdeslam, considered the only survivor of the group of perpetrators, initially identified himself as an Islamic State soldier and later complained loudly about treatment by the French judiciary.

The trial, which French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti called a judicial marathon, is scheduled to run until the end of May 2022. Twenty people are being indicted, six of whom remain on the run. Most of them are facing life imprisonment. Seven suicide bombers died in the attacks.

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Hungary: PM Orban on 9/11 Anniversary: ‘We Are Working to Ensure it Never Happens Again’

Prime Minister Viktor Orban issued a pledge to defend Europe’s borders on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

“Hungary will defend Europe’s borders. We are working to ensure that what happened 20 years ago in New York will never happen again,” Orban said in a statement released by the prime minister’s press office.

“Two decades after the terrorist attacks in New York, it is still with a heavy heart that we remember the thousands of innocent victims. September 11, 2001, proved that the peace and security of Christian civilization is something we have to fight for every day,” he said.

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Italy: COVID-19: All Workers Will Need Green Pass Eventually — Minister

Vaccine passport ups costs for anti-vax opportunists -Brunetta

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 10 — Civil Service Minister Renato Brunetta said Friday that the Green Pass COVID-19 vaccine passport will be obligatory for all workers in Italy eventually.

“The Green Pass is brilliant because it increases the psychic and monetary costs the opportunists who are against the vaccine face,” Brunetta said.

“In the future it must be valid also for employment in the public and private sector”.

The green certificate, which shows that someone is vaccinated for the coronavirus, has recovered from it or has recently tested negative, is necessary to do many things in Italy, such travel abroad or on high-speed trains, attend certain events and to be able to sit at a table inside bars and restaurants.

All school and higher education staff must have it, as well as university students.

So anyone who does not want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 but wants to do a wide range of activities is forced to regularly fork out to have coronavirus tests to obtain the Green Pass.

Brunetta said the Green Pass should also be introduced for people who use public and private services.

Premier Mario Draghi’s government had been expected to further extend the scope of the Green Pass this week to make it obligatory for public sector workers and perhaps private ones too.

But this has been put on hold, given the reservations of Matteo Salvini’s League and due to some technical issues that need to be solved.

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Italy: Salvini’s League Falls Back Into Line Over Green Pass

Draghi says scope of vaccine passport set to be expanded

(ANSA) — ROME, SEP 9 — Matteo Salvini’s League fell back into line with the rest of the ruling alliance over the Green Pass on Thursday, voting in favour of a decree regulating the vaccine passport.

The right-wing party had broken ranks in parliamentary votes on Tuesday and Wednesday, backing amendments presented by the opposition Brothers of Italy (FdI) group and causing big tension with the other parties supporting the executive.

Salvini said Thursday that his party was happy to back the decree after winning commitments on several issues, including aid to pay for COVID tests.

The green certificate, which shows that someone is vaccinated for the coronavirus, has recovered from it or has recently tested negative, is already necessary to do many things in Italy, such travel abroad or on high-speed trains, attend certain events and to be able to sit at a table inside bars and restaurants.

All school and higher education staff must have it, as well as university students.

Premier Mario Draghi’s government had been expected to further extend the scope of the Green Pass this week to make it obligatory for public sector workers and perhaps private ones too.

But this has been put on hold, given the reservations of the League and due to some technical issues that needed to be solved.

Indeed, Thursday’s cabinet meeting only extended the scope of the certificate to make it obligatory for workers for external contractors providing services at schools, such as canteen staff and cleaners.

Draghi, however, told his ministers at the cabinet meeting that the scope of the vaccine passport would be ramped up shortly, sources said.

Salvini said Thursday that, as far as he knew, the scope of the Green Pass was not going to be extended.

The League leader has also come out against making COVID-19 vaccinations obligatory, something Draghi has said he is in favour of.

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Netherlands: Thousands Protest Against Nightlife Ban

Tens of thousands of people, including many DJs and musicians, took to the streets in the Netherlands on Saturday over coronavirus restrictions on nightlife.

The Netherlands had allowed music festivals to go on and nightclubs to repoen in July. But the government reimposed restrictions on nightlife shortly after lifting them as COVID cases soared.

What do we know about the rallies?

The protest movement, which has rallied under the slogan “Unmute Us,” held demonstrations in Amsterdam and other major cities.

Protesters danced next to a truck in the Dutch capital with the slogan “Give Us Back Our Safe Spaces” while another rallygoer held a banner that read “Culture Is Essential.”

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Over 120,000 Join Protests Against ‘Health Passes’ In France

Paris: More than 120,000 people demonstrated across France on Saturday, according to official figures, to protest the coronavirus health passes they say discriminate against the unvaccinated.

The health pass, or a recent negative Covid test, is required to enter cafes, restaurants and many other public places.

The interior ministry said 121,000 had demonstrated in France, 19,000 people of them in the capital Paris where police arrested 85 people after clashes broke out.

Three members of the police were slightly injured during the protests, the ministry added.

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Swedish No-Go Zone Local Says Area Like ‘Wild West’ As Shootings Continue

A local who works in the Stockholm no-go suburb of Tensta has said the area has begun to resemble the “Wild West” due to the continued number of shootings taking place.

Haval, a hairdresser who works in Tensta, said he was working just 650 feet from the latest shooting in the area on Tuesday.

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Switzerland: Protesters Stage Another Rally Against COVID-19 Restrictions

The demonstration on Saturday followed a mid-week protest by some 1,000 people in the Swiss capital Bern.

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UK: Queen Offers ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ On 9/11 Anniversary

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by offering her sympathies to the victims, survivors and families affected by the atrocity.

In a message to U.S. President Joe Biden, the British monarch remembered the “terrible attacks” on New York and Washington, D.C.

“My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty,’’ she said.

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UK: Watch: Boris Claims 9/11 Was an Attack on ‘Open Societies’, Afghan Withdrawal a Source of Strength

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published a slightly bizarre video message to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, claiming Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan will “only strengthen our determination to remember those who were taken from us”.

“A handful of dates are etched into our collective memory, some joyous, others tragic,” the Tory leader began.

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Thousands Demonstrate in Turkey Against COVID-19 Protocols

Several thousand people demonstrated in Turkey on Saturday against COVID-19 protocols recently implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Earlier this week, Turkey’s government said proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test would be required for attendance at concerts and other events with larger crowds, according to Reuters. The restrictions also apply to certain modes of transportation such as trains and buses.

In public spaces, people are required to practice social distancing and wear masks. Additionally, COVID-19 testing several times per week would be required for those who work in schools and remain unvaccinated, according to the news outlet.

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As World Marks 9/11, Taliban Flag Raised Over Seat of Power

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban raised their iconic white flag over the Afghan presidential palace Saturday, a spokesman said, as the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The banner, emblazoned with a Quranic verse, was hoisted by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the prime minister of the Taliban interim government, in a low-key ceremony, said Ahmadullah Muttaqi, multimedia branch chief of the Taliban’s cultural commission.

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NYT Confirms Biden Murdered Innocent Family in Kabul Drone Strike

President Joe Biden murdered an innocent family when the US military conducted a “righteous strike” on Aug. 29 against a vehicle that American officials thought was an ISIS bomb that posed an imminent threat to thousands of people at the Kabul airport.

In a late Friday afternoon report, the New York Times reveals that “Military officials said they did not know the identity of the car’s driver when the drone fired, but deemed him suspicious because of how they interpreted his activities that day, saying that he possibly visited an ISIS safe house and, at one point, loaded what they thought could be explosives into the car.”

In reality, they were filling water bottles.

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Thailand: 48 Arrested at COVID-19 Violating Luxury Koh Samui Birthday Party

Yet another illegal gathering, a party on Koh Samui, was busted by police for breaking the Covid-19 emergency restrictions. Early this morning, police raided Maithy Pool Lounge & Restaurant at a luxury resort in the hills behind Bangrak on the northeast corner of the island and arrested 48 people having a birthday party in defiance of Covid-19 rules.

27 foreigners — 6 women and 21 men — were arrested at the Samui party, as well as 3 Thai men and 18 Thai women. Police were tipped off that the venue, part of a resort and luxury residential neighborhood, was organising a birthday bash, despite the Emergency Decree and the Disease Control Act which forbids gatherings with alcohol and large gathering among other restrictions.

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UK Spy Boss on Afghan Disaster: ‘A Psychological Boost, A Morale Boost to Extremists’

The strategic failure by Joe Biden to withdraw from Afghanistan in an orderly fashion and the subsequent collapse of the expensively groomed Afghan state will give a confidence shot to “lone wolf” terrorists in the West, the director-general of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency has said.

MI5 Director-General Ken McCallum spoke to British public broadcaster the BBC on Friday, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack to discuss not only his reflections and memories on that terror attack, but also new and persisting threats facing the West, and Britain in particular.

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How Hollywood Sold Out to China

Chloé Zhao, the director of Nomadland, is new Hollywood royalty. In April, she made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director at the Oscars. In November, her big-budget Marvel movie, Eternals, will arrive in theaters. She commands so much admiration from the industry right now that she gets away with showing up to the red carpet of a film premiere in jeans.

Zhao was, for a time, just as warmly regarded in China. Born in Beijing, she also has ties to Chinese entertainment royalty: Her stepmother, Song Dandan, is one of the most celebrated comic actresses in the country. And Zhao’s success in Hollywood made her the model of a crossover artist, bringing Chinese sensibilities to American filmmaking. In March, the Communist Party—owned newspaper Global Times anointed her “the pride of China.”

But then an eight-year-old interview in which Zhao called the country a place “where there are lies everywhere” spread online. Beijing responded by deleting social-media celebrations of her Oscar win and canceling the release of Nomadland. Eternals, which should have been a shoo-in to screen across China, now faces a potential ban. Swiftly and quietly, Zhao’s native country appears to have disowned her—at least, for now. (Zhao declined to comment on the matter.)

Hers is a cautionary tale—and a common one these days. No matter their clout in Hollywood, filmmakers and actors have always been subject to bosses who decide which movies get to soar at the box office and which are left to languish. Now, more than ever before, that boss is Beijing.

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Life is Strange: True Colors is Review Bombed and Pulled in China After Discovery of Tibetan Flag in the Game

“Life is Strange: True Colors” the latest game in the “Life is Strange” series, has just been released had has received mostly positive reviews.

However, the game is already facing the wrath of China’s strict censors due to the appearance of a Tibetan flag in the game. The game has been pulled after facing criticism from authorities in China once the flag was discovered.

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Revealed: 26 Out of the 27 Lancet Scientists Who Trashed Theory That COVID Leaked From a Chinese Lab Have Links to Wuhan Researchers

On March 7 last year, the influential Lancet journal published the letter in which the 27 scientists said they ‘strongly condemned conspiracy theories’ surrounding the origins of Covid-19.

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“A Decision They’ll Regret” — Australia Regulator Bans Ivermectin Use as COVID-19 Treatment

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times

Australia’s medicine and therapeutics regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), hasintroduced new restrictions on the prescribing of ivermectin for COVID-19 and other off-label use.

The TGA, an agency under Australia’s Department of Health, announced that the changes were introduced “because of concerns with the prescribing of oral ivermectin for the claimed prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”

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‘A Middle Finger to Those Who’ll Needlessly be Lost’: Fed-Up Sydneysiders Confined to Their Homes in the Locked-Down West Blast ‘Selfish’ Sunbathers for Flocking to Bondi Beach

As temperatures skyrocketed to 29 degrees in the Harbour City on Saturday footage was widely shared of thousands of sunbathers in large groups at Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte.

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More and More Australians Are Seeking to Leave the Country

Authored by Daniel Teng via The Epoch Times

August saw the highest number of Australians apply to leave the country over the past year.

According to figures from the Australian Border Force (ABF), 37,979 applications were received from individuals hoping to leave the country, with 14,900 of those looking to be overseas for three months or more.

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Sydney Doctor Who Criticized Medical Censorship Online is Suspended From Practicing Medicine

On social media, a Sydney doctor questioned whether vaccines and lockdowns would be effective in ending the pandemic while also scrutinizing how medical authorities were handling treatment. As a result of his postings, New South Wales medical authorities have taken action against Dr. Paul Oosterhuis by suspending him.

Oosterhuis’ social media activities have garnered at least two anonymous complaints to the medical council, the group confirmed on September 2nd.

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Tony Abbott Unleashes on ‘Snitch’ Who Reported Him for Not Wearing a Mask and Says He Won’t ‘Waste Police Time’ By Challenging His $500 Fine

Mr Abbott copped a $500 fine when he was spotted chatting to a friend without a mask on at Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Wednesday morning but says he won’t be challenging it

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Victoria Records 450 New COVID Cases With Hundreds of Mystery Infections — Amid Regional Outbreak Scare and Fears Melbourne Will be Stuck in Lockdown Until Christmas

Victoria has reported 450 new cases of Covid-19, which is the highest number of daily cases in the latest outbreak.

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Jamaica: ‘Police Money Pull-Up’: Cops Allegedly Collecting Big Bucks From Illegal Party Promoters

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Illegal party promoters have allegedly been shelling out big bucks to police officers to allow the underground events to continue in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).

It is understood that some cops, instead of shutting down the parties when they patrol the venues, are given up to $60,000, and sometimes food and liquor to bypass the events.

Under the DRMA, parties, dances and other entertainment events are banned, as part of the government’s measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has led to some entertainment organisers using sophisticated and creative means to host events illegally.

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EU Border Agency Preparing for Surge of Afghan Migrants

The European Union border agency Frontex is preparing for a surge of Afghan asylum seekers to make their way to Europe.

Frontex Director-General Fabrice Leggeri said this week that his agency was preparing for a wave of migrants to leave the now Taliban-controlled country, noting that millions of Afghans were already displaced in countries like Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey, which borders the EU member-state Greece.

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France Rescues 126 Migrants Attempting Channel Boat Crossing to the UK

French maritime officials rescued 126 migrants attempting to cross the Channel to Britain as tensions escalated over record arrivals on England’s southern coast.

At least 14,100 people have now crossed the Channel to the UK on small boats this year, according to Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency — some 6,000 more than for the whole of 2020.

A record 828 people crossed over from France on a single day in late August, as traffickers took advantage of favourable late-summer weather.

French maritime authorities said Saturday that a first vessel transporting 43 people, including six women and two babies, was intercepted by a patrol boat after encountering problems.

Forty migrants were rescued in another operation. Another 43 were picked up from the Channel waters after sending out a distress signal.

France has a policy of not intercepting or turning back migrant boats unless they ask for help, and instead escorts them to British waters.

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‘Germany is a Country With a Migrant Background, ‘ Says President Steinmeier

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday praised immigrants for their contribution to society, and for helping Germany become more open and diverse.

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Hungary: Justice Minister Welcomes Michel Barnier’s Referendum Initiative on Migration

Justice Minister Judit Varga on Friday welcomed an announcement of Michel Barnier, the European Union’s former Brexit negotiator, that he would initiate a referendum on migration later this month.

In a bilingual Facebook post, Varga said “just like Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated in his speech [at the 16th Strategic Forum] in Bled a week ago, Barnier also declared that Member States should now get back their legal sovereignty on migration issues so that their sovereign decisions cannot be overtaken by the Court of Justice of the European Union or the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.”

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Merkel Calls Migrant Push at EU’s Border ‘Unacceptable’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she found it unacceptable that refugees were being used to apply pressure to Poland and other European Union members on the border with Belarus.

Speaking at a news conference during what she said she expected to be her last official visit to Poland as chancellor, Merkel appealed to Belarus, but also to Poland, to help people in difficult humanitarian conditions caught between the border of Poland and Belarus.

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UK: Priti Patel Backs Medical Tests to Prove ‘Young’ Migrants’ Real Age After Furore Over Grown Men Posing as Schoolchildren

Border Force officers are set to use X-ray technology to confirm the age of asylum-seekers arriving in boats across the Channel.

A Government document seen by The Mail on Sunday reveals how the Home Office is planning to use medical scans to verify the ages of migrants who claim to be children.

It follows a string of high-profile cases in which would-be asylum-seekers falsely claimed to be under 18. One spent six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at a school in Ipswich in 2018 before the local authority discovered he was years older.

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Gay Moroccan Attacked in Spanish City by Man Stating it Was ‘Muslim Territory’

A homosexual Moroccan migrant has claimed to have been the victim of a homophobic attack by a man in Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla, who told him the area was “Muslim territory”.

The incident is said to have taken place on August 28th while the young Moroccan was sitting on a bench in the Plaza Torres Quevedo and a man across from him began to harass him and shout at him.

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Trans Woman Fighter Beats Woman to Submission in MMA Match

Veteran turned trans woman Alana McLaughlin beat a woman into submission in an MMA fight on Friday night at the Combate Global prelims in Miami, Fla.

McLaughlin, 38, used a rear-naked choke hold on Celine Provost, 32, bringing the fight against the biological female fighter to an end after 3 minutes, which was a mere 32 seconds into round two of the match.

McLaughlin, a biological male who was a member of the US Army Special Forces until 2010, wore a t-shirt which read “end trans genocide” as she was named the victor after choking Provost on the mat, according to the New York Post.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/11/2021

  1. Bus drivers in Khabarovsk dropped passengers off for namaz

    In Khabarovsk, the drivers of several buses interrupted their journey and dropped off passengers to pray according to Muslim tradition, that is, to perform namaz. It happened on one of the popular city routes # 25 at rush hour. In the networks, a video is distributed in which passengers are explained the reason for the interrupted movement.

    The Department of Transport and Industry of Khabarovsk stressed that an inspection was carried out as a result of the event, and all drivers who stopped for prayer were fired. “Drivers have been warned about the need to comply with the schedule and perform all flights. The management of the transport company apologizes to the passengers, ”the message says.

    However, as Readovka reports, the road carrier itself says otherwise – they say, an inspection is being carried out, and the final result will be on Monday. It is about suspension, but not about dismissal. There are fears that interrupting the work schedule will return behind the wheel again.

    https://www.mk.ru/social/2021/09/11/voditeli-avtobusov-v-khabarovske-vysadili-passazhirov-radi-namaza.html

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