Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/2/2021

A violent extremist with a knife attacked and wounded six people in a supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand before being shot dead by police. The knifeman, who was reportedly inspired by the Islamic State, was under police surveillance at the time, due to his known extremist tendencies. The police are being criticized for allowing so many people to be stabbed before shooting the attacker.

In other news, Poland has declared a state of emergency at its border with Belarus due to the continuing flood of illegal migrants.

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Financial Crisis
» “Hit the Pause Button”: Manchin Throws Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Plan Into Disarray
 
USA
» A Tougher Bill Aimed at Keeping Critical Race Theory Out of Texas Schools Heads to Gov. Abbott
» ACLU Says the State Forcing People to Take Vaccines is a Victory for Civil Liberties
» ‘Anti-Racist’ Duquesne U. Professor Supports the ‘End of Whiteness’
» Biden Administration Ordered Abandoned Weapons Information to be Removed From Federal Websites
» BLM Activist Charged With Attempted Murder for Running Over Trump Supporters Free on $1 Million Bail With Help of Antifa Legal Group
» Breaking: Police Arrest Antifa Member Who Stabbed Latino Man During Riot at Los Angeles City Hall
» Breaking: Joe Biden in the Dog House — NPR Poll Has Joe Biden at 43% Approval But That’s Only With a +7 Democrat Advantage
» Candace Owens Denied Service by COVID Testing Center Due to Her Views on Masking, Vaccinations
» CDC Director’s Guidance for Labor Day Weekend: All Americans Should Wear Masks Indoors, Unvaccinated People Should Not Travel (Video)
» Congressman Richard Hudson Criticizes Facebook Suppressing Posts About Military Equipment Lost to Taliban
» Connecticut Elementary School Teacher Resigns Over Critical Race Theory Curriculum
» DC Court Sends Man to Jail for Watching “Conspiracy Theory” Videos Online
» DHS, CNN Scramble to Flip Biden Afghanistan Narrative Back to Domestic ‘White Supremacists’ Threat
» Fauci Says He Hopes to Get Emergency Use Authorization to Vaccinate Children Under 12 in Coming Weeks
» GOP’s Critical Race Theory Amendments for Defense Bill Voted Down by Dem-Led House Armed Services Committee
» Harvard Epidemiologist Says the Case for COVID Vaccine Passports Was Just Demolished
» Mask Mandates Shot Down by Florida School Board, Following Moving Citizen Testimony (Video)
» Outraged Parents Address School Board After Project Veritas Expose on Marxist Teacher
» Portland Protest Arsonist Sent to Federal Prison
» Several Protest Vaccine Incentive Outside School District Office in Anderson Co.
» State Looks to Curb Illegal Gatherings Amid Holiday
» Utah AGs File Amended Complaint in State Antitrust Case Against Google
» Watch Alex Jones Take Nobel Prize Winning Drug Ivermectin
» Workers Protest Mississippi Hospital’s COVID Vaccine Mandate
 
Canada
» Chaotic Protests Erupt in Toronto After Vaccine Passport Announcement
 
Europe and the EU
» Europhile Left Separatist Scots Announce Domestic Vaccine Passports for Large Events
» Far Left Pro Migrant Activist Wanted for Attacking French Gendarme
» ‘I Am Not Lord of the Rings, ‘ PM Orban Tells Hungarian Stand-Up Comedian
» Italians Face €1,000 Fines for Not Presenting Vaccine Passport
» La Résistance: French Create Their Own Makeshift Restaurant Again to Protest Vax Passports
» Radical Rewrite of German Political Map Could be Imminent
» Report: COVID-19 Has Permanently Divided Europe
» Seeking Re-Election, Czech PM Pledges to Keep Migrants, Brussels at Bay
» So-Called Opposition: Labour MP Refuses to Confirm Whether Party Will Back Tories’ Vaccine Passports
» Swedish Party Leader Calls for Change in Constitution in Case Populists Win Election
» UK: ‘Victory for Free Speech’: Piers Morgan Cleared Over Criticising ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Meghan Markle
» UK: 11 People Fined £8800 Under COVID Rules for Going to Illegal Bradford Gatherings
» UK: HS2 Protesters Climb Insurance Firm Office Building
» UK: Statues of Nelson, Drake, And Thomas Guy Under Threat as BLM-Inspired War on Heritage Continues
» Who Has the Longest and Shortest Workweek in the EU?
 
Balkans
» Czech PM Babis Calls for Expansion of Schengen Area to Include Western Balkan Nations
 
Far East
» CCP Cracks Down on “Incorrect Politics” & “Effeminate Men” In Show Business
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Could Force Citizens to Report Their Location on Demand Via Government Tracking App
» New Zealand’s PM Say Incident at Supermarket Was a “Terrorist Attack”
» Watch: Australian Government Plans Chinese-Style ‘Social Credit’ System for Social Media Users
 
Immigration
» “We Will Take Back Your Criminal Asylum Seekers, “ Says Taliban Spokesman
» Another 18 Illegal Migrants Captured Wednesday on Latvia-Belarus Border
» Cost of Housing Asylum Seekers Jumps 42 Per Cent to £1.4 Billion in Britain
» Danish Minister: It Was Wrong to Criticize Hungary’s Strict Immigration Policies
» People of European Origin on Course to Become Minority in France’s Urban Areas
» Poland Declares State of Emergency on Border With Belarus Over Illegal Arrivals
» The Polish-Belarusian Border Wall is Going Up Fast
» UK: Local Govts Reluctant to Host Afghans as Stats Reveal Zero Boat Migrants Deported This Year
» Victor Orban: “Migration Must be Stopped”
 
Culture Wars
» Indecent Exposure Charges Filed Against Trans Woman Over L.A. Spa Incident That Prompted Protests
» Reddit Bans NoNewNormal Community a Week After Committing to Allowing “Debate, Dissent, And Protest”
» Supreme Court Votes 5-4 to Leave Texas Abortion Law in Place
» Swedish Pastor Defrocked for BDSM Sex With Minor Becomes School Principal
 

“Hit the Pause Button”: Manchin Throws Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Plan Into Disarray

Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WV) has called on fellow Democrats to “hit the pause button” on their $3.5 trillion economic blueprint, throwing the tax-and-spending plan into disarray.

According to Bloomberg, Manchin said this week that “runaway inflation” and uncertainty over Afghanistan-fueled national security risks warrants a ‘go-slow’ approach and a possible rethinking of the plan.

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A Tougher Bill Aimed at Keeping Critical Race Theory Out of Texas Schools Heads to Gov. Abbott

This story has been updated to reflect the Senate’s vote on the bill.

After months of back-and-forth over critical race theory, the House passed a bill that educators worry could further limit educators’ ability to teach about racism, race and possibly even current events.

The legislation seeks to toughen efforts to ban the teaching of critical race theory, an academic framework that probes the way policies and laws uphold systemic racism.

The bill passed 84-41, largely along party lines, after members debated throughout Thursday afternoon. The Senate agreed with the House’s changes, so the bill is now headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Abbott is expected to sign the bill after making the issue one of his key priorities for the special session.

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ACLU Says the State Forcing People to Take Vaccines is a Victory for Civil Liberties

The ACLU has published an article in the New York Times followed up by a tweet which asserts that the government forcing people to take vaccines is a victory for civil liberties.

No, this isn’t out of the Babylon Bee.

“Far from compromising them, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties,” the organization’s tweet ludicrously claimed. “They protect the most vulnerable, people with disabilities and fragile immune systems, children too young to be vaccinated, and communities of color hit hard by the disease.”

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‘Anti-Racist’ Duquesne U. Professor Supports the ‘End of Whiteness’

Derek Hook, a professor at Duquense University in Pennsylvania, recently uploaded a now very controversial video arguing for the extinction of “whiteness” as a concept.

The video, which has since gone viral, and then made private by Hook, was originally uploaded in Jun. 2021 as part of a presentation for the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

Hook was quoting a South African professor of philosophy, Terblanche Delport, who had written an article entitled, “White people should commit suicide as an ethical act.”

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Biden Administration Ordered Abandoned Weapons Information to be Removed From Federal Websites

The Biden administration directed federal agencies to remove from their websites official reports with details about billions of dollars worth of weapons provided to the Afghan forces since 2001.

A report on Forbes showed that the State Department admitted that White House officials sent a directive to federal agencies to remove reports about the weapons provided to the Afghan forces.

The reports contained detailed accounts of the weaponry, down to small weapons such as hand grenades and night vision devices.

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BLM Activist Charged With Attempted Murder for Running Over Trump Supporters Free on $1 Million Bail With Help of Antifa Legal Group

Late last month 40-year-old BLM activist Tatiana Turner made her seven figure bail over criminal proceedings from last year. She’s facing trial over an incident last year where she was filmed running over demonstrators with her car.

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Breaking: Police Arrest Antifa Member Who Stabbed Latino Man During Riot at Los Angeles City Hall

LAPD have arrested an Antifa member who stabbed a Latino man during an August 14 riot near LA City Hall. Eric Cohen, 30, of Long Beach, California, has been charged with attempted murder and is being held on a $1 million bail.

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Breaking: Joe Biden in the Dog House — NPR Poll Has Joe Biden at 43% Approval But That’s Only With a +7 Democrat Advantage

Joe Biden is in the dog house.

Even far-left NPR has Biden at 43% approval and that was with a +7 Democrat advantage.

Biden has a 43% approval overall, and that with a claimed 85% of Democrats still sticking with him (which is peculiar), 64% of Independents disapprove of his job performance and 95% of Republicans disapprove.

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Candace Owens Denied Service by COVID Testing Center Due to Her Views on Masking, Vaccinations

A COVID Testing Center in Aspen, Colorado refused to let conservative commentator Candace Owens make an appointment on Wednesday due to Owens’ personal views surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

“Holy crap!! I just received an e-mail from a Covid testing facility that they are REFUSING to administer a test to me because they don’t like my politics. INSANE. I’m banned from making sure I don’t accidentally spread Covid?” Owens said in a post on Twitter.

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CDC Director’s Guidance for Labor Day Weekend: All Americans Should Wear Masks Indoors, Unvaccinated People Should Not Travel (Video)

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged ALL Americans, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors over Labor Day weekend.

Walensky also said unvaccinated people should not travel over the holiday weekend.

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Congressman Richard Hudson Criticizes Facebook Suppressing Posts About Military Equipment Lost to Taliban

In view of the United States’ involvement in the war in Afghanistan, the country has invested billions in weapons and training. The Taliban eventually took control with little resistance. Now much of the invested equipment and gear has been lost to the Taliban.

Rep. Richard Hudson, a lawmaker from North Carolina, shared content with graphic analysis of the loss of the US military equipment inventory on Facebook. However, Facebook and Instagram flagged the posts from the congressman on Wednesday, stating that they contained “false information.”

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Connecticut Elementary School Teacher Resigns Over Critical Race Theory Curriculum

Jennifer Tafuto, a Manchester Public School teacher for six years, resigned over the district’s critical race theory curriculum.

Tafuto said the curriculum pinned students against one another while the Connecticut school district said they want students to feel affirmed and thrive in a diverse society.

“I decided to resign from what I thought was my forever career because I felt more like a political activist than a teacher in my own classroom,” Tafuto said in a Twitter video posted by 1776Action on Wednesday.

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DC Court Sends Man to Jail for Watching “Conspiracy Theory” Videos Online

A DC district court judge on Thursday sentenced a man to jail for viewing content online that suggested the 2020 election was fraudulently stolen.

The man, Douglas Jensen, had been released on July 13 after a months-long incarceration in a DC jail for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 rally at the US Capitol.

One condition set by US District Judge Timothy Kelly upon Jensen’s pretrial release was he refrain from going online, “specifically to stream election fraud conspiracy theory content,” reports Buzzfeed News.

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DHS, CNN Scramble to Flip Biden Afghanistan Narrative Back to Domestic ‘White Supremacists’ Threat

President Biden had a disastrous August. His poll numbers tumbled to their lowest point of his presidency, and much of that had to do with the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In a bid to recapture the narrative and distract the minds of Americans from the Afghan farce, the Biden administration and liberal media appear to be attempting to shift the focus to who they believe the real enemy is…

“White supremacist and anti-government extremists have expressed admiration for what the Taliban accomplished, a worrying development for US officials who have been grappling with the threat of domestic violent extremism,” CNN reported on Wednesday.

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Fauci Says He Hopes to Get Emergency Use Authorization to Vaccinate Children Under 12 in Coming Weeks

President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday that he is hopeful that there will be an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children under 12-years-old in the coming weeks.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer, the controversial figure said that it is possible there could be enough data collected to make a decision by the end of September.

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GOP’s Critical Race Theory Amendments for Defense Bill Voted Down by Dem-Led House Armed Services Committee

The Democrat-controlled House Armed Services Committee voted down a number of Republican amendments related to critical race theory while marking up the new defense bill overnight Wednesday, according to reports.

Other Republican amendments related to China and Afghanistan were among the nearly 800 proposed for the National Defense Authorization Act, forcing the committee to stay in session until the predawn hours of Thursday.

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Harvard Epidemiologist Says the Case for COVID Vaccine Passports Was Just Demolished

Authored by Jon Miltimore via the Foundation for Economic Educcation (emphasis ours)

A newly published medical study found that infection from COVID-19 confers considerably longer-lasting and stronger protection against the Delta variant of the virus than vaccines.

“The natural immune protection that develops after a SARS-CoV-2 infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to a large Israeli study that some scientists wish came with a ‘Don’t try this at home’ label,” the Scientific American reported Thursday. “The newly released data show people who once had a SARS-CoV-2 infection were much less likely than vaccinated people to get Delta, develop symptoms from it, or become hospitalized with serious COVID-19.”

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Mask Mandates Shot Down by Florida School Board, Following Moving Citizen Testimony (Video)

A nearly 8-hour long school board meeting in Seminole County, which is located in Central Florida, was attended by hundreds of angry parents who showed up in force to voice their opinions on the school boards’ plans to adopt a district-wide mask-mandate.

The Seminole County School Board had originally decided to allow parents to select an opt-out option for their children before a far-left mask-obsessed teachers union pressured them into holding another vote on the matter.

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Outraged Parents Address School Board After Project Veritas Expose on Marxist Teacher

Parents attending a California school board meeting were outraged over a recent exposé from Project Veritas revealing a far left teacher indoctrinating students with Marxist ideology.

On Wednesday, parents of students at the Natoma Unified School District in Sacramento took to the podium to vent frustration over AP Government teacher Gabriel Gipe, who admitted to an undercover Veritas reporter he was working to turn his students into Antifa revolutionaries.

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Portland Protest Arsonist Sent to Federal Prison

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland man who lit fires at the Multnomah County Justice Center in the days after the George Floyd killing was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Wednesday.

Edward Thomas Schinzing marched with a group of protesters to the Justice Center on May 29, 2020. Windows were broken and several people entered the building. Some spray-painted the office, damaged computers and office equipment and others set fires.

Schinzing, who was shirtless and has his last name tattooed across his upper back, was seen on surveillance video starting a fire in the office.

[Comment: Talk about dumb criminals!]

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Several Protest Vaccine Incentive Outside School District Office in Anderson Co.

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Several people in Anderson County are protesting a vaccine incentive Thursday morning.

Many were also honking their horns riding by.

“What they’re doing is wrong we should not be paying out children to get the shot that is not good for them, and kids being kids are going to grab the $100 and not think about the consequence,” said Jackie Zasadny, protester.

“I don’t think it’s right at all. Like it shouldn’t be bribed, it really shouldn’t,” said Hayleigh, an Anderson School District Five student.

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State Looks to Curb Illegal Gatherings Amid Holiday

Pointing to scenarios where beaches — such as Makena’s Pu’u Ola’i —were temporarily shut down due to large, illegal gatherings during the pandemic, officials warned against such parties at parks and beaches statewide during the upcoming holiday weekend.

The warnings from officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the University of Hawaii on Wednesday came in the wake of a massive beach party along East Oahu’s Kaiwi coastline.

DLNR said during a Wednesday news conference that 300 to 400 people were disbanded at the Oahu party last Saturday, while four people were cited for unpermitted equipment in a state park. Officials doubled down against claims they didn’t issue more citations, saying that law enforcement’s primary mission during that incident was to efficiently disburse the crowd due to COVID-19 risks.

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Utah AGs File Amended Complaint in State Antitrust Case Against Google

Attorney generals from 37 US states, led by Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, have amended their complaint in the lawsuit they filed in July against Google, in a bid to provide more factual support to the claims made in the lawsuit itself.

It alleges that the tech giant engages in monopolistic behavior in its Play Store, including by violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, that guarantees free competition among parties engaged in commerce.

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Watch Alex Jones Take Nobel Prize Winning Drug Ivermectin

Alex Jones takes the Nobel Prize winning drug Ivermectin live on air.

[Comment: I found the video hilarious.]

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Workers Protest Mississippi Hospital’s COVID Vaccine Mandate

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Some employees are protesting a Mississippi hospital’s mandate that all of its workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, even as the state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. and has experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus cases the past several weeks.

Baptist Memorial Healthcare is requiring that all of its employees — including those at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi — be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1, the Oxford Eagle reported.

The newspaper reported that more than 100 people, including children, joined the demonstration on a sidewalk Wednesday outside the hospital in Oxford. As cars passed, protesters chanted, “Hear our voice. Mandate Choice.”

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Chaotic Protests Erupt in Toronto After Vaccine Passport Announcement

Protests erupted outside of Queen’s Park yesterday afternoon, with hundreds gathering in opposition to Doug Ford’s new vaccine passport announcement.

Their disdain for mainstream media was apparent from the get-go.

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Europhile Left Separatist Scots Announce Domestic Vaccine Passports for Large Events

The leftist separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) wants to institute domestic vaccine passports for entry to nightclubs and large events across Scotland.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who was caught breaking her own coronavirus rules last year which otherwise would have resulted in the average Scot being fined £60, announced on Wednesday afternoon that Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) in Holyrood will debate and vote on vaccine certificates being required for entry to nightclubs and large venues.

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Far Left Pro Migrant Activist Wanted for Attacking French Gendarme

A far-left pro-migrant activist has been issued a Europe-wide arrest warrant over an incident in May in which he allegedly attacked a French gendarme at the French-Italian border.

The incident took place on May 15th during a larger altercation between far-left activists and gendarmes at a three-day pro-migrant rally held in the town of Clavière on the Italian side of the border.

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‘I Am Not Lord of the Rings, ‘ PM Orban Tells Hungarian Stand-Up Comedian

“I am not the Lord of the Rings”, Hungarian Prime Minister responded to a Facebook post with a levity rarely seen in Hungary’s fiercely competitive public and political life.

At the heart of the issue lies the Karinthy-ring, a comedy prize awarded annually by the Hungarian Radio since 1975 on every June 25, the birthday of early 20th century writer and humorist Frigyes Karinthy.

The prize’s board of curators decided back in February that this year’s recipient will be standup comedian and actor Miklós Galla, an early Hungarian adapter of absurdist British humor typified by Monty Python.

However, two weeks before the awarding day, the board withdrew Galla’s award for “conduct unbecoming”, with a rumor circulating that the comedian flash his genitalia during a performance

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Italians Face €1,000 Fines for Not Presenting Vaccine Passport

Italians who refuse to present the coronavirus vaccine passport known as the “Green Pass” when required could face fines of as much as €1,000.

Since September 1st, the Green Pass, which requires proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from the coronavirus, or a negative test within the last 48 hours, will be required for those boarding aeroplanes, high-speed trains, ships, and buses, as well as for various indoor activities including dining.

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La Résistance: French Create Their Own Makeshift Restaurant Again to Protest Vax Passports

Another example has emerged of French people creating their own makeshift outdoor restaurant in protest against the country’s vaccine passport system.

Video footage out of Reims shows large numbers of people, including many families, camped out on the street enjoying picnics in defiance of the new rule, which bans the unvaccinated from entering bars, cafes or restaurants.

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Radical Rewrite of German Political Map Could be Imminent

Never in the history of Germany has the position of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) been so precarious in the election polls, emphasizes historian and sociologist Reiner Zitelmann. In a comment to the National Interest portal, he pointed to April last year when the party of the current chancellor, Angela Merkel, led with 38 percent of support. However, currently, the CDU is polling between only 21 and 24 percent.

The author cites the CDU’s weak candidate for chancellor, Armin Laschet, as one of the reasons for the declining support of the party. Laschet, as prime minister of the most populous federal state of Rhineland-Westphalia, has not yet been able to inspire his party or the wider electorate.

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Report: COVID-19 Has Permanently Divided Europe

The recent European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) survey, which concerned the 12 leading EU member states, has revealed highly worrying trends for the future of integration.

The financial crisis from 10 years ago divided the EU into the poorer south and the wealthier north, while the 2015 migration crisis divided the union into the immigration restrictionist east and multicultural west.

It turns out that the pandemic has also created divides, yet even more severe and deep ones. On one side there is the EU’s south and east, where the majority of respondents believe that the pandemic affected them personally, be it health-wise or economically. Yet, in the north and western parts of the EU, the majority of the citizens looked at the pandemic as a kind of macabre spectacle which did not concern them.

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Seeking Re-Election, Czech PM Pledges to Keep Migrants, Brussels at Bay

USTI NAD LABEM, Czech Republic, Sept 2 (Reuters) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis launched his populist ANO party’s campaign for re-election on Thursday vowing to keep out migrants and prevent ceding national powers to Brussels.

The central European country took in almost no migrants when a wave of asylum seekers swept the continent in 2015, and echoing Hungary’s leader Viktor Orban, Babis has continued to resist accepting migrants as an important part of his message to the public.

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So-Called Opposition: Labour MP Refuses to Confirm Whether Party Will Back Tories’ Vaccine Passports

A Labour shadow minister had avoided four times answering whether her party opposes the Conservative government’s plans to introduce domestic vaccine passports for nightclubs, in the lastest unclear statement from Labour five months after leader Keir Starmer branded vaccine passports against “British instinct”.

On July 19th — so-called ‘Freedom Day’ when the last of most of the government’s coronavirus restrictions had been lifted — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that from late September, proof of double vaccination would be required for entry to nightclubs and “other venues where large crowds gather”. This week, Johnson’s office doubled down on the pledge, with his spokesman adding that indeed, the requirement for vaccination could be required for “some other settings”, yet to be revealed to the public.

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Swedish Party Leader Calls for Change in Constitution in Case Populists Win Election

Swedish Centre Party leader Annie Lööf wants to change the country’s constitution in case of an election victory for the populist Sweden Democrats (SD).

Ms Lööf stated that her party wants to change the Swedish constitution in several ways to prevent the Sweden Democrats from changing the country, citing actions by conservative Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn’s Fidesz party and the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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UK: ‘Victory for Free Speech’: Piers Morgan Cleared Over Criticising ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Meghan Markle

Nigel Farage has hailed as a “victory for free speech” the British broadcasting regulator clearing TV show host Piers Morgan for criticising Meghan Markle and saying he did not believe the Duchess of Sussex was telling the truth when she accused the Royal Family of neglecting her mental health and that a family member was racist.

Meghan had made the claims during a bombshell interview in March with Oprah Winfrey, accompanied by her husband Prince Harry.

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UK: 11 People Fined £8800 Under COVID Rules for Going to Illegal Bradford Gatherings

ELEVEN people have been fined more than £8,800 for attending gatherings in Bradford during the third Covid-19 lockdown earlier this year.

They all appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on August 24, charged with participating in illegal gatherings of two or more people while the country was in lockdown at the beginning of this year.

Four of the people were all fined for attending a gathering at a property in Southfield Lane, Great Horton, on January 31, while three others were at a gathering at a house in Lingwood Avenue, Girlington, on the same date.

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UK: HS2 Protesters Climb Insurance Firm Office Building

Activists have climbed a building in central London as part of ongoing environmental protests in the capital.

Two demonstrators from HS2 Rebellion, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, scaled the seven-storey Tower Place West building in the City of London on Thursday.

The building houses the offices of insurance company Marsh, which insures subcontractors for the HS2 project.

The two men locked themselves onto the first and second storeys of the building, with a banner reading “Marsh Insurance Ditch HS2”.

An extraction team with an excavator arrived to try and get them down but later left, and the area around the building was cordoned off.

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UK: Statues of Nelson, Drake, And Thomas Guy Under Threat as BLM-Inspired War on Heritage Continues

Statues of Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Francis Drake, and Thomas Guy are under threat in Sadiq Khan’s London as woke academics and bureaucrats continue the BLM-inspired war on Britain’s built heritage.

Horatio Nelson, the one-eyed, one-armed hero of the Battle of the Nile, the Battle of Trafalgar, and other signature British clashes with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, dying at the moment of his greatest victory when a French sniper shot him through the spine, is to have a “troubling” monument to his memory adorning Deptord Town Hall reviewed by Goldsmiths University.

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Who Has the Longest and Shortest Workweek in the EU?

In Czechia, the tradition of an eight-hour workday has existed for more than 100 years, but while other countries are reducing working hours, this tradition in the Czech Republic continues, according to Eurostat data on working hours in EU countries.

The data shows that the Greeks spend the most time at work, and the Danes the least. Full-time work and part-time work for Czechs, including overtime, averages to 39.9 hours of work per week, while the European average is 37 hours per week.

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Czech PM Babis Calls for Expansion of Schengen Area to Include Western Balkan Nations

The enlargement of the European Union to include the countries of the Western Balkans is a complex process that will take a long time, but until then, Brussels should offer the region the prospect of membership in the Schengen Area, stated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia.

“Why aren’t we talking about Schengen? The enlargement of Schengen is much easier than the enlargement of the European Union,” said Babis, who participated in the conference in a panel of leaders entitled “Future of Europe — To Stand and Withstand”.

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CCP Cracks Down on “Incorrect Politics” & “Effeminate Men” In Show Business

The CCP’s push to reshape China’s economy and society has moved from a crackdown on its biggest technology companies, to imposing the most restrictive rules in the world surrounding minors access to video games, while reshaping industries from the private education space to ride-sharing to — its latest focus — entertainment.

After Beijing purged one of China’s most popular actresses (she was edited out of movies and TV shows) from its Internet in a manner that some likened to being “wiped from history”, it’s continuing with its crackdown on the entertainment industry, declaring Thursday that broadcasters must shun artists with “incorrect political positions” or “effeminate styles”, according to Reuters.

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Australia Could Force Citizens to Report Their Location on Demand Via Government Tracking App

The government of South Australia is running a trial for a system that could eventually force citizens to take a photo of themselves via a government app to report their location on demand within 15 minutes of authorities requesting it, or face a police investigation.

Yes, really.

The revelation was highlighted in an Atlantic piece by Conor Friedersdorf which questions whether Australia can still call itself a liberal democracy in light of the crippling restrictions it has placed on its own population.

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New Zealand’s PM Say Incident at Supermarket Was a “Terrorist Attack”

New Zealand police shot and killed a “violent extremist” who stabbed and wounded at least six people in an Auckland supermarket.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the event as a “terrorist attack” by a Sri Lankan national who was under surveillance.

The man, who cannot be identified, is said to have been inspired by the Islamic State terrorist group.

PM Ardern said he was killed within 60 seconds of the attack by police.

“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful it was wrong,” said PM Ardern in a press conference on Friday afternoon.

She said the man, whose identity cannot be revealed due to suppression orders, had arrived in New Zealand in October 2011 and became a person of national security interest in 2016.

He had been under constant monitoring and heavy surveillance due to concerns about his ideology.

However, questions have been raised about why action against him was not taken before six people were injured.

“The reality is, that when you are surveilling someone on a 24/7 basis, it is not possible to be immediately next to them at all times. The staff intervened as quickly as they could and they prevented further injury in what was a terrifying situation,” said Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.

One witness had earlier told news outlet Stuff NZ that it had been a scene of hysteria…

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Watch: Australian Government Plans Chinese-Style ‘Social Credit’ System for Social Media Users

According to a local Adelaide media outlet, there is a push in the Australian parliament to pass a bill forcing Australians to register their identities to track their online activities.

“The Australian federal government is planning to de-anonymize the internet to introduce a social credit system to combat “online abuse” — police will have access to individuals’ social media accounts, which will be linked to people’s passports,” chillingly states the original tweet.

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“We Will Take Back Your Criminal Asylum Seekers, “ Says Taliban Spokesman

The Taliban are open to taking back Afghans who have been slated for deportation from the European Union, after which they would face criminal trials under Taliban rule, according to the official spokesperson of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid.

Under life-threatening circumstances, journalist Shams Ul-Haq met with Mujahid for an interview for the Kronen Zeitung.

“Yes. They would be taken to court. The court would then have to decide how to proceed with them,” Zabihullah said when he was asked whether Afghanistan would take back deportees from countries like Austria and Germany who are looking to deport Afghans convicted of crimes.

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Another 18 Illegal Migrants Captured Wednesday on Latvia-Belarus Border

On Tuesday, August 31, the Border Guard did not allow 18 illegal migrants to cross the Latvian-Belarusian border.

No persons were detained for having crossed the border illegally.

In total, after the state of emergency was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 827 people have been denied entry into Latvia. The numbers peaked on August 12 and August 25 when 101 people were turned back overnight each time.

377 persons have been detained for illegally crossing the border this year, 295 of which came in the timeframe from August 6 to 10, and 25 of which came after the announcement of the state of emergency. Those people were allowed in citing ‘humanitarian reasons’.

As reported by LSM, this year 470 people have requested asylum in Latvia, of whom around 300 crossed the border illegally.

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Cost of Housing Asylum Seekers Jumps 42 Per Cent to £1.4 Billion in Britain

The cost of housing and supporting asylum seekers has ballooned to nearly £1.4 billion last year, amid record waves of migrants pouring across the English Channel and the Home Office failing to deport migrants.

In the year leading up to June, the British taxpayer shelled out £1.359 billion to support alleged asylum seekers, with many being provided free accommodation and other forms of welfare assistance.

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Danish Minister: It Was Wrong to Criticize Hungary’s Strict Immigration Policies

“It was a mistake to criticize Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for raising a barbed wire wall at the border in 2015,” Danish Minister of Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye told the press after the meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels.

“As is well known, initially the majority of European leaders strongly criticized the establishment of the southern border lock, but now more and more people acknowledge that the Hungarian prime minister was right in the migration debate,” Tesfaye said.

He also said after the debate on the expected wave of migrants from Afghanistan that the events of 2015 should not be repeated.

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People of European Origin on Course to Become Minority in France’s Urban Areas

The Great Replacement, labeled a “conspiracy theory” by the left, is rapidly becoming a “conspiracy fact,” and the demographic data proves it, writes Olivier Bault for Remix News

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Poland Declares State of Emergency on Border With Belarus Over Illegal Arrivals

Polish President Duda declared a state of emergency after a request by the Government to help protect its border with Belarus after an influx of Middle Eastern migrants arrived across the border in recent weeks.

Hundreds of migrants have crossed from Belarus into Poland within the last month, and in response, the Polish government had asked President Andrzej Duda to declare a 30-day state of emergency in Podlaskie and Lubelskie, the two regions that border Belarus.

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The Polish-Belarusian Border Wall is Going Up Fast

The Polish Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that 15 kilometers of the border fence on the Polish-Belarusian border has been completed. The Polish Border Guard is also currently being assisted by around 2,000 Polish soldiers in defending the border against incursions from illegal migrants from Belarusian territory.

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UK: Local Govts Reluctant to Host Afghans as Stats Reveal Zero Boat Migrants Deported This Year

With figures showing Boris Johnson’s government has deported zero Channel boat migrants in 2021, two-thirds of local government authorities are refusing to further burden themselves by hosting Afghans evacuees.

Of 333 councils in England, only a third have offered up accommodation for thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul in August, with a Telegraph report citing “concerns over the impact on local needs for affordable social housing and school places” for the reluctance of the remainder.

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Victor Orban: “Migration Must be Stopped”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a forum of leaders in Slovenia that “migration must be stopped” in order to preserve Europe’s cultural heritage.

Speaking during a roundtable discussion at the International Strategy Forum (BSF) in Bled, Orban asserted that mass migration from Muslim countries was not a reasonable solution to the continent’s demographic decline.

“We do not need outsiders, because they are changing the composition of European societies, the cultural image of Europe, the Christian, family-based system,” Orban said, noting that the overwhelming majority of migrants were Muslim.

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Indecent Exposure Charges Filed Against Trans Woman Over L.A. Spa Incident That Prompted Protests

Prosecutors filed multiple counts of indecent exposure this week against a transgender woman whose alleged conduct was at the center of a viral video that sparked a pair of violent protests outside a spa in Westlake this summer, according to court records and a person with knowledge of the investigation.

Darren Agee Merager was charged Monday with five counts of indecent exposure, relating to an incident that took place July 24, according to court records. The listed violation date is the same day that a viral video emerged alleging a customer had exposed their penis in front of people inside the Wi Spa.

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Reddit Bans NoNewNormal Community a Week After Committing to Allowing “Debate, Dissent, And Protest”

On Wednesday, Reddit banned an active subreddit that had been accused of COVID-19 “misinformation.” The move came after other subreddits called on the platform to take action against the spread of pandemic-related misinformation.

The subreddit r/NoNewNormal appears to have been banned for COVID-19 misinformation, although Reddit claims it was banned for over 80 brigades. Reddit defines a brigade as members of one subreddit flooding another one to “harass” other users.

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Supreme Court Votes 5-4 to Leave Texas Abortion Law in Place

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Supreme Court is allowing a Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in force, for now stripping most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state.

The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others that sought to block enforcement of the law that went into effect Wednesday. But the justices also suggested that their order likely isn’t the last word on whether the law can stand because other challenges to it can still be brought.

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Swedish Pastor Defrocked for BDSM Sex With Minor Becomes School Principal

While the Church of Sweden is synonymous with its liberal stance on social issues including LGBTQ issues, a BDSM relationship with an underage boy proved to be a bridge too far.

A homosexual pastor in Kalmar County has been defrocked, which is the Church of Sweden’s harshest punishment, after having a sexual relationship “with BDSM elements” with a teenage boy, national broadcaster SVT has reported.

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

  1. 2015 Starts all over again!!, thanks to Merkel&CO, she is the main reason why this Islamic invasion never ends, I hope Poland stop this madness and send them back straight to Lukaszenko and Putin , to conspiracy theory monsters

  2. Watch, the NZ terrorist act will be underplayed, because (a) it wasn’t done by a white guy and (b) it can’t be repurposed to push gun control.

  3. You really have to love our Dear Leaders who rule our domains with such wisdom and integrity. Benevolent despots like Joey Demento and Herr Merkel for example.

    The former United States of America effectively has no more borders and the scum of the earth, the worst of the worst illiterate criminal savages and barbarians, are flooding in from literally all over the world.

    Nothing is too good for these vermin, thanks to the US tax slaves. While we Americans are being forced to get injected with medications, our children are being suffocated in their classrooms and the unclean unvaxxed are told we should not think of traveling this weekend, the barbarian hordes do whatever they please, regardless of the plagues they are carrying.

    But I digress. Here is an example of something they are doing right. Something that should give us all hope.

    In the midst of the insanity,

    “An Afghan man who was evacuated from the war-torn country to Germany has been detained after he was flagged during a security screening, America’s top military commander in Europe said Thursday.”

    Just think, they actually managed to detain ONE MAN! Can you believe it?

    Now that’s what I call efficiency and vigilance.

    https://nypost.com/2021/09/03/afghan-evacuee-detained-after-screening-at-us-base-in-germany/

        • And yet the first concern of the useless
          New Zealand Prime Minister is
          About a “back Lash” towards the
          Muslim Community.

          No doubt she’ll resort to wearing
          The hijab in solidarity again.

          You couldn’t make it up if you tried!

          • Make it up, no. But predict it, yes.
            She also says, He was a Lone Wolf, inspired by isil. Completely downplaying it and keeping his other “obvious particulars” out of it.

            Unlike of course the Evil White Supremacist Tarrant (who actually believes whites are currently far from superior, and actually just wants separation like so many others do) Who is a Stark Representation of ALL WHITE MALE DOMINATED SOCIETIES.

            Yeah, I mean, whaddawe do??

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