Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/5/2021

Spanish maritime services “rescued” more than 200 migrants in multiple boats on the Mediterranean Sea and in the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, Pope Francis urged the faithful to welcome Afghan migrants.

In other news, the Conservative Party in Canada announced its support for vaccine passports, meaning that there is no major party in the upcoming elections to which “vaccine hesitant” Canadians may turn.

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USA
» “Holy F*** This Person is a Sociopath”: A Former Theranos Interviewee Tells His Story of Meeting Elizabeth Holmes
» Analysis Unlocks Secret of the Vinland Map — It’s a Fake
» Colorado Imam Karim Abuzaid Defends Sharia and the Taliban
» Department of Commerce Says it Will Stop Surveilling Citizens’ Social Media Accounts for Census “Disinformation”
» Energy Company: Hurricane Ida Restoration Could Take Weeks
» Maskless Protesters Enter Stores, Hold Roadside Protest Against State’s Mask Mandate in Crystal Lake
» Oregon Police, Firefighters Sue Gov. Kate Brown Over Vaccination Mandate
» Portland Moves to Ban Texas Travel, Trade to Protest New Abortion Law
» Protesters Gather at State House, WaterFire Ahead of R.I. Vaccine Deadline
» Rolling Stone Issues ‘Update’ After Horse Dewormer Hit-Piece Debunked
» Texas: Muslim ‘Inspired by a Foreign Terrorist Organization’ Murders Lyft Driver, Opens Fire at Police Station
 
Canada
» Canada’s Conservatives Announce Vaccine Passports if They Win the Election
» Ganonoque Protesters Take Concerns Over Vaccines, Certificates to Town Hall
» People’s Party Leader Maxine Bernier Speaks Against COVID-19 Vaccine Passports in Kelowna
» Thousands Protest COVID-19 Measures and Vaccine Passport in Montreal
» Working Out in the Backyard? Too Dangerous, Here’s $5,000 in Fines
 
Europe and the EU
» Brexit Isn’t Done: Boris Govt Happy to Let EU Law Apply in Northern Ireland, Keep Internal Border for EU’s Sake
» Former Czech President Klaus: Upcoming Elections Won’t Change Anything, Fail to Address Core Issues of ‘Progressivism and Globalism’
» France: Two Muslims ‘Of Afghan Origin’ Held for Creating ‘Potentially Explosive or Incendiary’ Device
» Germany: Woman Converts to Islam, Starts Collecting Donations for Islamic State Jihadis
» Muslim Convert Sentenced for Glorifying Public Beheading of French Teacher by Terrorist
» Netherlands: Large Crowds Form During Protest Against Coronavirus Measures in Amsterdam
» Over 140,000 French Citizens Protest Over Vaccine Passports
» Scotland: Edinburgh Computer Science Students Banned From Using Popular Coding Names “Alice and Bob” For Being “Too Western”
» Scotland: Former NHS Doctor Behind Glasgow Airport Jihad Bombing Confesses to Plotting the Attack
» UK: Muslim Lawyer Charged With Injecting Blood Into Food at Supermarkets
» UK: Not-So Conservative: Boris Reportedly Planning to Impose Highest Tax Burden for 70 Years
» UK: Watch: ‘Revolution or Ruin’ — Extinction Rebellion Activist Says Only Socialism Can Stop Climate Change
 
South Asia
» “Around” 100 Americans Left Behind in Afghanistan, White House Says
» Breaking: Americans in ‘Hostage Situation’ With Taliban, Stuck on Planes for Days
» India: Many ‘Moderate’ Muslims Increasingly Open About Their Support for the Taliban
» Putin: US Achieved ‘Zero Result’ In Afghanistan, Fears ‘Radical Islam’ Will Spill Into Friendly Central Asian States
» Taliban Tells British Press: ‘We Want Islamic Law, And Not Just in Afghanistan’
» Taliban Shoot Pregnant Afghan Policewoman in Front of Her Family: Reports
 
Australia — Pacific
» Muslim Targeted a Cathedral and US Embassy for Jihad Massacres, Spoke of ‘Conquering a Small Town’
» New Zealand: Muslim Who Stabbed Six Was Living in Mosque Under Court-Ordered Supervision
» New Zealand Govt Claims Ex-Prisoner Migrant Could Not be Deported Before Terror Attack
» One Rule for Them? Cops Won’t be Punished for Throwing an Office Party With Rainbow Decorations and Buffet for ‘Lgbtqi Awareness Day’
» Workers at Spotlight, Anaconda and Mountain Designs Will be Punished if They Don’t Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Democratic Republic of Congo: Muslims Burn and Hack to Death 19 People, Burn Houses
» Nigeria: Muslims Murder 36 Christians, Authorities Arrest Only Christians for Defending Themselves
» Tanzania: Muslim ‘Industrious Businessman’ Murders Four People, ‘May Have Been Radicalised Only Recently’
 
Immigration
» Belarus Floods EU With Migrants From Middle East
» Council of Europe Slams Greece for Migration Law Limiting Activity of Migrant ‘Taxi’ NGOs
» Four Toddlers and Baby Are Among ‘Up to 150’ Migrants Picked Up on the English Channel as Crossings Resume After Two-Week Break Due to Poor Weather
» French Company to Build New Barriers on Calais Motorway to Stop Migrants
» Germany: Afghan Knifes Woman for Working, Then Elderly Man Who Tried to Help
» NATO and European Ministers Accuse Belarusian Authorities of Using Migrants as Weapons
» Pope Francis Urges Nations to ‘Welcome and Protect’ Afghan Refugees
» Sea-Eye 4 Given Permission to Dock With Rescued Migrants in Sicily
» Spain: Rescuers Pulls 208 Migrants From Boats in Sea, Ocean
» Texas Senate Passes $1.8 Billion Border Security Bill With Funds for 700 Miles of Barriers
 
Culture Wars
» Satanists Challenge Texas Abortion Law, Argue Religious Freedom
 

“Holy F*** This Person is a Sociopath”: A Former Theranos Interviewee Tells His Story of Meeting Elizabeth Holmes

With Elizabeth Holmes set to be on trial for the massive sprawling fraud she ran at Theranos in the coming days, discourse about the now-defunct company online is picking up.

Among the interesting banter that has made its way out of the woodwork over the past week was one former interviewee, who took to Twitter to describe his experience interviewing with Holmes for a job after John Carreyrou’s WSJ expose had been published. “When I heard Elizabeth was on trial I couldn’t help but recall that moment,” Jon Wu wrote on his Twitter.

He describes in May 2017 how a professor of his urged that Theranos wasn’t a fraud and that how he should meet with Holmes.

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

Analysis Unlocks Secret of the Vinland Map — It’s a Fake

The Vinland Map, once hailed as the earliest depiction of the New World, is awash in 20th-century ink. A team of conservators and conservation scientists at Yale has found compelling new evidence for this conclusion through the most thorough analysis yet performed on the infamous parchment map.

Acquired by Yale in the mid-1960s, the purported 15th-century map depicts a pre-Columbian “Vinlanda Insula,” a section of North America’s coastline southwest of Greenland. While earlier studies had detected evidence of modern inks at various points on the map, the new Yale analysis examined the entire document’s elemental composition using state-of-the-art tools and techniques that were previously unavailable.

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

Colorado Imam Karim Abuzaid Defends Sharia and the Taliban

“The hijab is an element of Islam, of the shari’a. Now, you should love for the law of Allah to be established, through the legal lawful channels, without violating the laws of the land.”

Many in the U.S. right now are working toward exactly that goal. It is, of course, a long way off, but that doesn’t mean no one is working toward it.

Original video:…

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

Department of Commerce Says it Will Stop Surveilling Citizens’ Social Media Accounts for Census “Disinformation”

The Department of Commerce has announced it will end an internal security division after an investigation concluded that it abused its powers by launching criminal investigations into US citizens and employees in the department.

An investigation into the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS), a division of the Commerce Department, by the department’s Office of General Counsel, said that the division did not have “adequate legal authority” to perform any criminal investigations.

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Energy Company: Hurricane Ida Restoration Could Take Weeks

Ida damaged or destroyed more than 22,000 power poles, more than hurricanes Katrina, Zeta and Delta combined, an impact Entergy President and CEO Phillip May called “staggering.” More than 5,200 transformers failed and nearly 26,000 spans of wire — the stretch of transmission wires between poles — were down.

“The level of devastation makes it quite difficult or near impossible to get in and fully assess some places,” said May of five southeastern Louisiana parishes facing the longest delays. The company is estimating full power restoration by Sept. 29 or even longer for some customers.

About a quarter of New Orleans residents have power back, including all the city’s hospitals, and the city’s 27 substations are ready to serve customers, said Deanna Rodriguez, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. Most customers should have power back by Wednesday, Entergy said.

One of the parishes facing long delays for power restoration is Terrebonne, where volunteers in the parish seat of Houma handed out ice, water and meals to shell-shocked storm survivors Saturday. Houma is roughly 55 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Maskless Protesters Enter Stores, Hold Roadside Protest Against State’s Mask Mandate in Crystal Lake

Maskless protesters entered multiple stores in Crystal Lake on Saturday protesting the state’s mask mandate after holding a roadside protest.

The rally was held on the corner of Route 14 and Main Street in Crystal Lake around 12 p.m. Saturday.

Dozens of demonstrators held signs and American flags in front of the Wendy’s protesting Illinois’ mask mandates for schools and businesses.

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

Oregon Police, Firefighters Sue Gov. Kate Brown Over Vaccination Mandate

A coalition of police and firefighters are suing Gov. Kate Brown over her mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccination for state workers.

The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, says the plaintiffs are the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police along with troopers from around the state and firefighters at the Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath County, KOIN-TV reported.

It names the governor and the state of Oregon as defendants.

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Portland Moves to Ban Texas Travel, Trade to Protest New Abortion Law

Portland City Council is to consider an emergency resolution this week to ban future travel, goods and services from the state of Texas in protest of the state’s new abortion law.

In statement released Friday, Mayor Ted Wheeler said City Council will hold a vote on the resolution on Wednesday, Sept. 8, with the intent to ban Portland’s “future procurement of goods and services from, and City employee business travel to, the state of Texas.”

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

Protesters Gather at State House, WaterFire Ahead of R.I. Vaccine Deadline

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Rhode Island state house ahead of the Oct. 1 COVID vaccine mandate deadline for health care workers in the state.

The crowd waved signs, spoke with passersby, and waved to drivers; some of whom appeared to be honking in support of the group.

Following the protest at the state house, some in the group also then walked to WaterFire to continue to show their opposition to the mandate that would affect all workers in state-licensed health care facilities.

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

Rolling Stone Issues ‘Update’ After Horse Dewormer Hit-Piece Debunked

Update (1155ET): Rolling Stone has issued an ‘update,’ not a correction, or a retraction, by appending the hospital’s statement to the top of the article.

After Joe Rogan announced that he’d kicked Covid in just a few days using a cocktail of drugs, including Ivermectin — an anti-parasitic prescribed for humans for over 35 years, with over 4 billion doses administered (and most recently as a Covid-19 treatment), the left quickly started mocking Rogan for having taken a ‘horse dewormer’ due to its dual use in livestock.

Rolling Stone’s Jon Blistein led the charge.

On Friday, Rolling Stone‘s Peter Wade took another stab — publishing a hit piece claiming that Oklahoma ERs were overflowing with people ‘overdosing on horse dewormer.’

It was suspect from the beginning.

The report, sourced to local Oaklahoma outlet KFOR‘s Katelyn Ogle, cites Oklahoma ER doctor Dr. Jason McElyea — who claimed that people overdosing on ivermectin horse dewormer are causing emergency rooms to be “so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting” access to health facilities.

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

Texas: Muslim ‘Inspired by a Foreign Terrorist Organization’ Murders Lyft Driver, Opens Fire at Police Station

“He was inspired by the rhetoric and or/propaganda. He wasn’t directed to do this.”

Police didn’t name the “foreign terrorist organization” that inspired Imran Ali Rasheed. Maybe it was some group of Congolese white supremacists that the FBI has cooked up. In the real world, however, one possibility is that Rasheed was inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS), which issued this call in September 2014:

So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….

“Texas man shoots dead female Lyft driver before being killed when he opens fire in police station: FBI launches terrorism investigation after it emerged gunman was ‘inspired by propaganda,’“ by Harriet Alexander, Daily Mail, August 31, 2021.

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

Canada’s Conservatives Announce Vaccine Passports if They Win the Election

The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Erin O’Toole, promised a federal proof-of-vaccine system if his party gets elected, which means that those who support civil liberties are going to be left with few options as all major parties support the invasive practices.

Prime Minister Trudeau made a similar pledge and NDP’s criticized the current PM for not having already implemented a federal vaccine passport system.

In a stop on his campaign trail in Coquitlam, British Columbia, O’Toole revealed his party’s pandemic-related plans, including a national proof-of-vaccine system, arguing that Canadians would need it for travel.

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

Ganonoque Protesters Take Concerns Over Vaccines, Certificates to Town Hall

GANANOQUE, Ont. — A group of demonstrators in front of town hall took aim at Premier Doug Ford’s vaccine certificate system Sunday morning, arguing the jab is a matter of personal choice.

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People’s Party Leader Maxine Bernier Speaks Against COVID-19 Vaccine Passports in Kelowna

The People’s Party of Canada leader Maxine Bernier made stops in the Okanagan this weekend and spoke against mandatory vaccine passports while at a rally in Kelowna.

Bernier first arrived in Penticton this morning at Gyro Park and spoke to a crowd of roughly 200 to 300 people. In Kelowna this afternoon, there was roughly a crowd of 400 people in Stuart Park.

“We are in a war against ideas… We are saying no to political correctness. We are saying no to identity politics, no to racial politics,” he said in Kelowna. “We know that a girl is a girl and a boy is a boy.”

Of mandatory vaccine cards, he said “That’s a communist society, that’s not our country.” The crowd cheered.

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

Thousands Protest COVID-19 Measures and Vaccine Passport in Montreal

MONTREAL — Thousands took to the streets of downtown Montreal Sunday afternoon to denounce the province’s COVID-19 health measures, including the vaccine passport.

The new measure, implemented Sept. 1, has met with some resistance and been the subject of some protests since it was first announced.

The government is requiring anyone in the province to show proof of vaccination to access businesses and events deemed non-essential, such as restaurants, gyms and festivals.

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Working Out in the Backyard? Too Dangerous, Here’s $5,000 in Fines

Over the past year, we have been helping everyday Canadians fight back against unjust COVID fines through our campaign at FightTheFines.com. I had the chance to travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba to help tell the story of one Canadian we are helping out, named Shaun Zimmer.

Shaun runs a bootcamp out of his backyard in Winnipeg. With Manitoba having had some of the strictest lockdown measures in the country, it was no surprise when Shaun came on the receiving end of multiple fines and visits from law enforcement. When we saw the footage of the incidents and the unfair treatment Shaun was receiving, we knew we had to help him out.

The irony of the situation is that there is a farmers’ market right around the corner where people can line up and gather for food, but Shaun gathering with people to exercise and strengthen their bodies was a no-go in the eyes of Premier Brian Pallister and the Manitoba government.

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

Brexit Isn’t Done: Boris Govt Happy to Let EU Law Apply in Northern Ireland, Keep Internal Border for EU’s Sake

Britain’s Minister for EU Relations has admitted Boris Johnson’s government is happy to let European Union law continue to apply in Northern Ireland for some purposes and keep an internal border between the British province and the rest of the United Kingdom for the EU’s sake.

Credited with getting “Brexit done” at the beginning of 2021 after years of delays and rearguard action against breaking with the European bloc by pro-EU politicians, Prime Minister Johnson did in fact make many major concessions to Brussels for a last-minute deal rather than countenance a clean “no-deal” exit.

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

Former Czech President Klaus: Upcoming Elections Won’t Change Anything, Fail to Address Core Issues of ‘Progressivism and Globalism’

Former President Vaclav Klaus and his institute do not expect any significant change from the upcoming parliamentary elections. However, Klaus would like the elections to help awaken the public to a number of important challenges facing Czech society.

The former president shared his opinion on upcoming elections to reporters during Thursday’s presentation of the book entitled “Elections 2021 — Will They Be About Anything?” which he co-wrote with his colleagues from the Vaclav Klaus Institute.

According to Klaus, the institute has decided to comment on the elections even though its representatives will not run in them. In the book, they express concern that the forthcoming parliamentary elections will not be about significant matters. Klaus refused the “trivialization of the elections” through slogans such as “anti-Babis” or inciting fear of Russia and China. He considers these topics to be “insincere”.

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

France: Two Muslims ‘Of Afghan Origin’ Held for Creating ‘Potentially Explosive or Incendiary’ Device

This is just the beginning. Watch for much more of this.

“Nantes: two men, suspected of having manufactured a potentially explosive device, in police custody,” translated from “Nantes : deux hommes, soupçonne’s d’avoir fabriqué un engin potentiellement explosif, en garde à vue,” LCI, August 31, 2021 (thanks to Fdesouche).

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Germany: Woman Converts to Islam, Starts Collecting Donations for Islamic State Jihadis

Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the idea that her new religion commands her to do violence against unbelievers, or aid those who commit the acts of violence. Who taught Denise S. about Islam? Where does she go to mosque? Why isn’t this being investigated?

“Germany arrests woman accused of helping Islamic State group,” Associated Press, August 30, 2021 (thanks to Henry).

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

Muslim Convert Sentenced for Glorifying Public Beheading of French Teacher by Terrorist

A 31-year-old French-born convert to Islam has been sentenced to six months in prison for glorifying terrorism after she made comments supporting the murder of teacher Samuel Paty by a radical Islamic extremist.

The 31-year-old, who is the former spouse of a man on the French terror watchlist known as the S-file, made comments on several videos on social media between September and November of 2020 praising the Chechen refugee who murdered Samuel Paty in September of 2020.

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

Netherlands: Large Crowds Form During Protest Against Coronavirus Measures in Amsterdam

Crowds formed at the Dam Square on Sunday around noon during a protest against coronavirus measures, called, “Samen voor Nederland”. The municipality of Amsterdam issued a warning not to come to the protest anymore. Around 50 thousand people were expected to attend, and over 10 thousand had arrived by noon.

Opponents of the coronavirus measures implemented by the government gathered at the Dam Square in Amsterdam at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The protestors started marching at 12 p.m.

Present at the demonstration was Forum voor Democratie faction leader Thierry Baudet. “I too will of course be at the Dam at 12”, Baudet tweeted Saturday evening.

Baudet stirred up controversy in the past, for example, by refusing to take a coronavirus test after having flu symptoms or for allegedly violating social distancing rules during a rally. He had called on his supporters multiple times in the past week to join the Sunday protest.

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

Over 140,000 French Citizens Protest Over Vaccine Passports

Ouest France reports that at least 141,000 people took part in the vaccine pass protests this weekend, while 18,425 protesters appeared for the demonstration in Paris alone.

Several videos were shared on social media of a large group of demonstrators chanting “Liberté!” at a retail centre.

The mass demonstrations are being held in response to the COVID-19 vaccine passport, which now prohibits people from entering most public places like restaurants and gyms without having the pass. Protests of the same sort have also been taking place in Germany and Italy, among others.

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

Scotland: Edinburgh Computer Science Students Banned From Using Popular Coding Names “Alice and Bob” For Being “Too Western”

University of Edinburgh’s computer scientists have been forbidden from using the popular coding terms “Alice and Bob” because it is too “Western.”

On many occasions, Alice and Bob are used as fictitious examples to explain how protocols and systems work in cryptography and digital culture. They are archetypal figures that are used as examples in discussions of cryptographic protocols.

However, during the recent “decolonization” movement at the University of Edinburgh, computer science instructors were informed that the names Alice and Bob were not acceptable.

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

Scotland: Former NHS Doctor Behind Glasgow Airport Jihad Bombing Confesses to Plotting the Attack

Poverty causes terrorism, or so mainstream counterterror analysts constantly assume. In reality, Ahmed was a doctor, and came from a wealthy family. He “used his ancestral property worth to fund terrorism, recruit terrorists and buy arms to create havoc.”

“Al-Qaeda terrorist behind Glasgow Airport bombing confesses to plotting attack,” by Craig Williams, GlasgowLive, August 26, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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

UK: Muslim Lawyer Charged With Injecting Blood Into Food at Supermarkets

Jihad contamination and poisoning attempts are not new. Earlier this year in India, there were four incidents of Muslims spitting on the food of non-Muslims, one said he’d been doing it for years.

Also in India in 2019, Muslims plotted to poison food offered in a Hindu temple that is consumed by at least 40,000 devotees.

Al-Qaeda has long considered the contamination of food as a jihad mass murder tactic. And in 2017, the Islamic State called on Muslims to poison food in Western supermarkets.

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

UK: Not-So Conservative: Boris Reportedly Planning to Impose Highest Tax Burden for 70 Years

The nominally conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson may introduce the highest tax burden on the British public in 70 years, amid record spending during the coronavirus pandemic and plans to tax the young and working-class for new National Insurance subsidies.

Boris Johnson’s government is reportedly planning on increasing National Insurance contributions in order to help fund the National Health Service (NHS) and care reforms. Should the changes go through, it would directly break 2019 Tory Party election manifesto commitments to not raise taxes.

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

UK: Watch: ‘Revolution or Ruin’ — Extinction Rebellion Activist Says Only Socialism Can Stop Climate Change

At an Extinction Rebellion protest on Saturday, a speaker claimed that the socialist model, along the lines of Communist Cuba, is the only way to combat supposedly man-made climate change.

On the final day of the two weeks of demonstrations from the radical climate change alarmist group Extinction Rebellion (XR), an activist from the Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) declared that socialism is the answer to climate change, to the applause of the crowd in Trafalgar Square.

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

“Around” 100 Americans Left Behind in Afghanistan, White House Says

Remember when Joe Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos just three weeks ago that if American citizens are left in Afghanistan beyond Aug 31, “we’re going to stay, get them all out?”

That was a lie, and according to the latest update from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, about 100 U.S. citizens were left behind in Afghanistan when the international airlift out of Kabul ended last week.

[Comment: Although I read somewhere that some of those “American citizens” are Afghans who got American citizenship.]

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Breaking: Americans in ‘Hostage Situation’ With Taliban, Stuck on Planes for Days

Six airplanes full of American citizens and Afghan refugees are reportedly being blocked from takeoff by the Taliban, in what has been referred to as a “hostage” situation. CBS News confirmed the news reported early Sunday morning by Fox News that Taliban is blocking planes holding Americans and green card holders.

As of Sunday morning, the planes have still not been cleared to take off, and there is no word on which the situation may change. According to the video released by CBS News, the US officials stationed in Doha, Qatar, have been negotiating with Taliban officials, but so far no deal has been made.

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India: Many ‘Moderate’ Muslims Increasingly Open About Their Support for the Taliban

Despite their negative image in popular news platforms, the Taliban is winning support from some Muslims of India. Some are wishing for the Taliban to knock on India’s doors and establish their Islamic caliphate in India as well.

The Indian Muslims who have openly declared their support for the Taliban are not a poor, uneducated bunch of hoodlums who can be dismissed as exceptional cases. Several Indian politicians, eminent citizens, government officials and teachers from the community have been found to be supporting the Taliban, with even more fervor recently than they had shown before, as they celebrate the group’s recent victory. Some social media accounts belonging to reputedly moderate Indian Muslims couldn’t contain their exhilaration following the return of Islamic rule in India’s northwestern neighborhood.

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Putin: US Achieved ‘Zero Result’ In Afghanistan, Fears ‘Radical Islam’ Will Spill Into Friendly Central Asian States

America under Biden has become a global laughingstock. While China castigated America for its “ill planned” withdrawal in Afghanistan, Putin has opined that America has achieved “a zero result, if not negative” in Afghanistan.

At least some of the tens of billions of dollars in aircraft and military equipment that were left for the Taliban is now being turned over to Iran.

Putin’s description of the Biden debacle can more accurately be described as catastrophic, so much so that it looks like sabotage.

“Putin says US achieved ‘zero’ in Afghanistan,” Al Jazeera, September 1, 2021.

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Taliban Tells British Press: ‘We Want Islamic Law, And Not Just in Afghanistan’

The Taliban said they want Islamic law both at home and abroad and warned Western forces they will face another 20-year quagmire if they return in an impromptu meeting with The Telegraph.

The right-leaning British newspaper, which is close to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, took “tea with the Taliban” after turning up a captured government building in Kabul, where an Islamist official told them they were “very happy that we are now the leaders of the government” and “want to have good relations with all the rest of the world. We want to work with foreigners and have good relations.”

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Taliban Shoot Pregnant Afghan Policewoman in Front of Her Family: Reports

The Taliban have said they will protect women’s rights and create an inclusive government but Afghans are sceptical of the assurances and have pointed the group’s atrocities across the country.

The Taliban shot dead a pregnant Afghan policewoman in front of her family in Ghor province, according to multiple reports, in the latest incident of violence against women by the hardline Islamist group in Afghanistan. Banu Nigara was said to be killed in front of her husband and children at her home in Firozkoh, reports said. “Nigara a police officer was shot dead infront of her kids and husband last night at 10PM in Ghor province. Nigara was 6 months pregnant, she was shot dead by the Taliban,” leading Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary tweeted on Sunday citing her family members.

The Taliban denied they were involved in the killing of Nigara. “We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujaheed told the BBC. Mujaheed said the policewoman could have been killed because of “personal enmity or something else” adding that the Taliban had already confirmed amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration…

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Muslim Targeted a Cathedral and US Embassy for Jihad Massacres, Spoke of ‘Conquering a Small Town’

A glimpse of what’s coming.

“Inside Islamic State extremist’s disturbing phone calls as he planned ‘guerrilla-style’ attacks across Sydney and vowed to ‘conquer’ regional town of Orange,” by Tom Sargeant, Daily Mail Australia, August 31, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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New Zealand: Muslim Who Stabbed Six Was Living in Mosque Under Court-Ordered Supervision

Why weren’t mosque leaders able to convince Ahmed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen that Islam teaches peace and tolerance, and rejects all violence and terrorism? How is it that the political elites continue to get away with lying to the public about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, despite an ever-growing mountain of evidence that disproves their claims?

“Police At Mosque Where Auckland Attacker Lived,” Associated Press, September 4, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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New Zealand Govt Claims Ex-Prisoner Migrant Could Not be Deported Before Terror Attack

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities imprisoned a man inspired by the Islamic State group for three years after catching him with a hunting knife and extremist videos — but at a certain point, despite grave fears he would attack others, they say they could do nothing more to keep him behind bars.

So for 53 days from July, police tracked the man’s every move, an operation that involved some 30 officers working around the clock. Their fears were borne out Friday when he walked into an Auckland supermarket, grabbed a kitchen knife from a store shelf and stabbed five people, critically injuring three.

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One Rule for Them? Cops Won’t be Punished for Throwing an Office Party With Rainbow Decorations and Buffet for ‘Lgbtqi Awareness Day’

NSW Police have concluded an internal investigation into the celebrations held at a western Sydney station during Covid lockdown after photos from the event were posted online.

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Workers at Spotlight, Anaconda and Mountain Designs Will be Punished if They Don’t Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The threat of missing out on end of year bonuses impacts on staff at hundreds of Spotlight, Anaconda, Harris Scarfe and Mountain Designs stores across Australia.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Muslims Burn and Hack to Death 19 People, Burn Houses

The governments of Africa where jihadis are active seem powerless to stop them, or not interested in doing so.

“19 civilians killed in DR Congo by Islamic State-linked militants,” AFP, August 29, 2021.

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Nigeria: Muslims Murder 36 Christians, Authorities Arrest Only Christians for Defending Themselves

This has been going on for years. The world yawns. After all, it isn’t as if this involved something really important, such as “Islamophobia.”

“Fulani Herdsmen Kill 36 Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria,” Morning Star News, August 30, 2021.

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Tanzania: Muslim ‘Industrious Businessman’ Murders Four People, ‘May Have Been Radicalised Only Recently’

Why is it even possible to “radicalize” a peaceful Muslim into believing and acting upon what every non-Muslim official in the West assumes to be a twisted, perverted, hijacked version of his faith?

“Tanzania gunman was a good boy ‘turned bad,’“ Daily Monitor, August 26, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Belarus Floods EU With Migrants From Middle East

Thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are pouring into the European Union from Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. The surge in illegal immigration is being orchestrated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is accused of trying to blackmail the EU into reversing the sanctions it imposed over his disputed reelection and a crackdown on dissent.

Many of the migrants are being flown to Belarus from the Middle East and then bussed to EU borders by Belarusian authorities. The trips are being organized by Belarus’s state-owned tourism agency, which charges migrants between $1,800 to $12,000.

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Council of Europe Slams Greece for Migration Law Limiting Activity of Migrant ‘Taxi’ NGOs

The Council of Europe has slammed a new Greek migration law that would limit the activities of NGOs picking up migrants in the Aegean Sea.

The Council of Europe stated that it was concerned about the new migration bill, which seeks to restrict the activities of NGOs and other groups that carry out actions which overlap the Greek Coast Guard’s jurisdiction.

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Four Toddlers and Baby Are Among ‘Up to 150’ Migrants Picked Up on the English Channel as Crossings Resume After Two-Week Break Due to Poor Weather

Up to 150 migrants, including five children, were brought ashore by Border Force officers today after they made the perilous crossing across the English Channel.

Four toddlers wrapped in hooded jackets and a baby were carried by adults as the group of migrants were brought into the port of Dover in Kent at around 10.30am today.

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French Company to Build New Barriers on Calais Motorway to Stop Migrants

The French company Getlink, which manages the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France, is installing new barriers along the A16 motorway near Calais to stop migrants breaking into lorries.

Work on building the new barriers began earlier this week on the motorway near the commune of Coquelles in the outskirts of Calais and have been planned since at least January, when Getlink announced it would be erecting barriers similar to those already established.

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Germany: Afghan Knifes Woman for Working, Then Elderly Man Who Tried to Help

BERLIN (AP) — A 29-year-old Afghan man in Germany attacked and severely injured a 58-year-old landscape gardener who was working in a park in Berlin, allegedly because he didn’t like the fact that as a woman she was working, police said Sunday.

The attack in the city’s Wilmersdorf district took place Saturday afternoon, and a 66-year-old passerby, who tried to come to the woman’s rescue, was also severely injured.

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NATO and European Ministers Accuse Belarusian Authorities of Using Migrants as Weapons

The foreign ministers of the European Union met in the capital of Slovenia, the country currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At the end of the meeting, Josep Borrel, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, saidthat the issue of Afghanistan took up a lot of time, but he stated that they also discussed the worsening of the situation in Belarus outside the program.

The ministers, said Borrell, deplored that “the Lukashenka regime has cynically used this summer’s migrants and refugees to artificially pressurize our eastern borders. Borrel mentioned how during the migration crisis in Spain they had to say that Spain’s border with Morocco was the border of the European Union, and said that now it was time to say: the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are also the borders of Europe. Therefore, the EU is ready to take all measures to support Poland, Lithuania and Latvia if the situation continues to deteriorate.”

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Pope Francis Urges Nations to ‘Welcome and Protect’ Afghan Refugees

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis launched an appeal for Afghan refugees Sunday, calling for prayers and generous reception of those seeking asylum.

“In these agitated moments that see Afghans seeking refuge, I pray for the most vulnerable among them,” the pope told the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus address.

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Sea-Eye 4 Given Permission to Dock With Rescued Migrants in Sicily

The crew from the German aid organization Sea-Eye has been given permission to dock in Sicily with nearly 30 rescued migrants on board their ship, it announced on Twitter on Sunday.

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Spain: Rescuers Pulls 208 Migrants From Boats in Sea, Ocean

AP — Spanish rescuers pulled 208 migrants from small boats that were headed yesterday to either the Iberian Peninsula’s southern coast or Spain’s Canary Islands.

Vessels operated by Spain’s maritime rescue service intercepted the boats in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, adding to the country’s rise in arrivals of people who risked a perilous seaborne journey to reach Europe.

A total of 106 migrants, including 44 women and 20 minors, were found in boats heading for the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, the rescue service said.

Another four boats carried 102 migrants who were crossing the Mediterranean to mainland Spain. All but one of the people in the boats were male.

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Texas Senate Passes $1.8 Billion Border Security Bill With Funds for 700 Miles of Barriers

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate passed a $1.8 billion border security bill that will allow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to implement a plan to curb illegal immigration from Mexico and install more than 700 miles of border barrier.

The Senate passed H.B. 9 by a vote of 23-8 Wednesday afternoon, after reaching an agreement on changes to the House version of the bill. The emergency supplemental bill is the largest-ever border security package of its kind to clear the state Legislature and will now head to the governor’s desk for signing.

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Satanists Challenge Texas Abortion Law, Argue Religious Freedom

In response to the Texas Heartbeat Act which went into effect on Sept. 1, the Satanic Temple is joining in the backlash against the new abortion law.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/5/2021

    • I find that hard to believe. I’ll bet he has taken quite a few of them, but he just puts them back outside the walls once he’s finished.

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