Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/15/2021

The man who allegedly detonated a bomb yesterday in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital has been identified as Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen. The late Mr. Swealmeen was an immigrant from Iraq who had legally changed his name to Enzo Almeni. He also reportedly converted to Christianity.

In other news, gas prices in California rose to an average of $4.68 per gallon, an all-time record high.

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USA
» Alex Jones Found Liable in Connecticut Sandy Hook Civil Case
» Antifa ‘Journalist’ Accused of Predatory Behavior by Women; Expressed Racist, Antisemitic Views and Called for Murders
» Black Analyst: MSNBC Race Baiters Are Engaging in “Satanism”
» Breaking: Steve Bannon Surrenders to the FBI
» California Gas Price Averages Soar to All-Time Record High
» Critical Race Theory Wasn’t the Only Reason We Pulled Our Daughter From Her School
» CRT Defender Tells Parents He’s Got 1,000 Soldiers ‘Locked and Loaded, ‘ Some See it as Threat
» Former Google CEO Suggests Big Tech is Justified in Stopping People “Propagate [COVID] Falsehoods”
» Google Hit With Amended Antitrust Complaint From States
» Group Protests Vaccine Mandate at Conway Medical Center, Support Healthcare Workers
» Hundreds Protest School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate at the California Capitol
» Kari Lake Calls for School Board President Caught Creating Dossiers on Parents Opposed to CRT to Resign
» Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Jury to Begin Deliberations After Prosecution and Defense Make Closing Arguments
» Marvel Writer Urges People to Burn Down the City of Kenosha Over Rittenhouse Trial Verdict
» ‘Our Children Our Choice:’ Parents Protest Vaccine Mandate in Downtown Bakersfield
» Rittenhouse ‘Should be Acquitted,’ Sue Media Over ‘Deliberate and Willful Lies’: Alan Dershowitz
» Taxpayers Get the Bill for Apple’s Digital ID Card Feature Rollout
» Trans Teen Pleads No Contest to Second Loudon County School Assault, To Face Sentencing in December
» Victory: Florida School District Ends Mask Mandate After 8-Year-Old Girl Told Them They Should be in Prison
» Video: Rhode Island Teacher Warns CRT ‘Absolutely Everywhere’ In Schools
» Watch: Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Warns That US is Under Authoritarian Control
» Woman Dies After Stabbing Outside Walgreens in Williamsburg
» Wyoming GOP Votes to Stop Recognizing Liz Cheney as a Republican
» YouTube Cuts Off the Best Real-Time, Legal Coverage of Rittenhouse Trial and Immediately Regrets It
» YouTube Co-Founder Updates First-Ever Video to Criticize Removal of ‘Dislike’ Button Count
 
Europe and the EU
» Austria Introduces Lockdown for Those Without Vaccine Passport
» British Universities on the Payroll of Islamic Regimes
» COVID-19: Fifteen People Arrested After Protests in Dutch City of Leeuwarden Over Newly-Imposed Lockdown
» Czech MP: The EU Must Not Become a ‘Super-National Federation’
» Faith Leaders Try to Shake Down Wealthy Nations Over Climate Change
» Farage Brands Austrian Lockdown for Unvaxxed ‘Dark Times for Freedom and Liberty’
» Hero Cab Driver Locked Bomber Inside Taxi Before Blast at UK Hospital: Reports
» Hungary: PM Orban Reelected as Ruling Party Leader at Fidesz Congress
» Hungarians Drank More Alcohol During Pandemic
» Poland, Latvia and Lithuania Consider Activating NATO’s Article 4, Announces Polish PM Morawiecki
» Protests Mark the Start of Austria’s Lockdown for the Unvaccinated
» UK Hospital Bombing Declared a Terror Attack, Video of Explosion Leaked
» UK: ‘Fault of Our Weak Leaders’: Farage Slams Govt After Terror Attack, Threat Level Raised
» UK: Animal Rebellion Campaigners Who ‘Scaled Government Building’ Appear in Court
» UK: Drax Train Protester Released on Bail
» UK: Exclusive: Suicide Bomber Who Died When His Device Blew Up Outside Liverpool Hospital Was Pizza Chef, 32, Who Fled Middle East and Converted to Christianity at Cathedral ‘He Wanted to Attack’ and Was Once Arrested for Carrying a Knife
» UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion: Taxi Driver David Perry ‘Lucky to be Alive’
» UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion: Police Name Suspect Killed in Blast
» UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion Declared a Terror Incident
» UK: Seconds After Cheating Death: Cabbie is Seen With His Head in His Hands After Staggering From Wreckage of His Car After Suicide Bomb Exploded Outside Hospital
» UK: Taxi Driver Carrying Suspected Terrorist Named a Hero Following Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion
 
Middle East
» New Alarm System is Triggered When “Offensive” Language is Detected
 
Australia — Pacific
» Protesters Break Into Newcastle Coal Loading Facility Despite Police Commissioner’s Jail Warning
 
Latin America
» Tampa Demonstrators Show Support for Cuban Protests for Second Day in a Row
 
Immigration
» Belarusians Took us to EU Border, Gave Tools to Cut Through Fences: Migrants
» Czechia is Ready to Help Poland With Border Crisis, Could Send Police Units
» Greece: PM Mitsotakis: Instrumentalization of Migrants is a Hybrid Threat
» Hundreds of Migrants Break Through Belarusian Border Fence in Latest Flashpoint at the Polish Frontier: EU Agrees New Sanctions on Lukashenko as Defiant Dictator Vows ‘We Will Defend Ourselves’
» Live Updates: Poland Builds Wall to Keep Migrants Out of Country
» Paris Snipes it Will Take ‘No Lessons’ From the UK Over Surging Migrant Crossings and Accuses Number 10 of Treating France Like a ‘Punch-Ball’ After Photos Revealed the Squalor of Dunkirk’s New Jungle…
» Poland Border Crisis: EU to Widen Belarus Sanctions as Row Intensifies
» Texas Lawmaker Uncovers Secret Operation to Move Migrants Across the US, House Them in Abandoned Hotels
» UK Backs Poland in Conflict on Polish-Belarusian Border, Declares British Foreign Minister
» UK: Home Office Spent £7,000 of Taxpayers’ Cash on 700 Domino’s Pizzas for Channel Migrants in Just Two Days Last Week as Record Numbers Arrived in Dover
» Watch: Migrants Massing on Poland Border, Lured by False Promise of Free Passage to Germany
 
Culture Wars
» Loudoun School Board Agrees to Reverse Suspension of Teacher Who Spoke Out Against Transgender Policy
» Ottawa-Carleton Schoolboard Will Allow Students to Change Names Without Parents’ Knowledge
 

Alex Jones Found Liable in Connecticut Sandy Hook Civil Case

Connecticut judge Barbara Bellos has found Alex Jones liable in a lawsuit brought by the husband of one of the victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The finding followed Judge Bellis’ defaulting of Jones and his companies for “failure to produce critical material information that the plaintiffs needed to prove their claims.” The next step will be a hearing to determine the amount of damages Jones will have to pay.

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

Antifa ‘Journalist’ Accused of Predatory Behavior by Women; Expressed Racist, Antisemitic Views and Called for Murders

A Los Angeles-based self-identified Antifa member turned self-identified journalist who has been trying to shut down The Post Millennial is revealed to have a history of racism, anti-Semitism, incitement to violence and is the subject of on-going accusations of harassing and threatening behavior in court filings. Additionally, left-wing activist women have accused the militant leftist of predatory behavior.

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

Black Analyst: MSNBC Race Baiters Are Engaging in “Satanism”

Analyst Jason Whitlock slammed leftist race baiters at MSNBC, arguing that they are promoting “satanism” by forcing a false reality on the world.

Appearing with Mark Levin, Whitlock targeted Joy Reid and her recent guests for equating practically everything with white nationalism.

“I don’t want to diminish racism, I don’t want to diminish anti-Semitism, those are real issues and real problems,” Whitlock clarified.

He continued, “But what we’re really seeing here from Joy Reid, from Michael Eric Dyson, from Jonathan Capehart, this is satanism.”

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

Breaking: Steve Bannon Surrenders to the FBI

Steve Bannon, former Trump aide and War Room correspondent, has turned himself in to the FBI after a subpoena was issued for him to testify before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee. He turned himself in to the FBI field office in Washington, DC.

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

California Gas Price Averages Soar to All-Time Record High

On Sunday, California gas prices rose to a record-setting high average of $4.676 per gallon for regular gasoline, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The previous record average price of $4.671 was set in October 2012.

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

Critical Race Theory Wasn’t the Only Reason We Pulled Our Daughter From Her School

Classrooms across America are reportedly becoming hyperpartisan and overpoliticized.

I cannot speak to how widespread this is, and what its long-term impact will be. But I can say that we have experienced it in the Peoria Unified School District.

There are no do-overs and we only get one shot with our kids’ education. That’s why we as concerned parents need to find out what’s being taught, and when the instruction becomes inappropriate, we owe it to our children to push back.

My family’s story is a good illustration why.

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

CRT Defender Tells Parents He’s Got 1,000 Soldiers ‘Locked and Loaded, ‘ Some See it as Threat

Fort Worth parents told Fox News that they felt threatened when a parent who defended critical race theory turned to the crowd during a school board meeting and said, “I got over 1,000 soldiers ready to go,” before adding, “locked and loaded,” as officers escorted him out of the room.

“Absolutely, it made me feel threatened,” Hollie Plemmons, a stay-at-home mother of three, told Fox News on Sunday. “I’m scared and I’m afraid he’s going to do something.”

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

Former Google CEO Suggests Big Tech is Justified in Stopping People “Propagate [COVID] Falsehoods”

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on The Ben Shapiro Show on Sunday to discuss a number of topics, such as the future of a world “fully integrated with AI,” Facebook’s efforts in the shape of its emerging Metaverse — and misinformation, particularly around Covid, the way Big Tech sees it.

Notwithstanding the fact that juggernauts like Google are taking it upon themselves to “check” the veracity of information and ban content if it doesn’t pass those checks, Schmidt first spoke about the need for people to make sure that information they are taking in is true.

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

Google Hit With Amended Antitrust Complaint From States

Texas is spearheading an updated legal challenge mounted by several US states seeking to prove that Google is abusing its dominant position in the digital ad market to further violate antitrust legislation.

The lawsuit, filed in New York and to be considered by a federal court, alleges that the tech giant is behaving in monopolistic and coercive ways in a bid to cement its dominance in online advertising, and prevent competition from getting a foot in the door.

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

Group Protests Vaccine Mandate at Conway Medical Center, Support Healthcare Workers

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — Community members were gathered in front of Conway Medical Center on Monday to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and show support for healthcare workers.

According to the spokesperson for CMC, Allyson Floyd, said the group was not protesting the hospital but President Biden’s vaccine mandate.

States have since sued the federal government to try to block a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers.

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

Hundreds Protest School COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate at the California Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hundreds of demonstrators descended on California’s Capitol on Monday to protest the state’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students.

“I don’t think that’s fair if it’s forced upon them,” said Grady Gaal, who was in attendance.

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

Kari Lake Calls for School Board President Caught Creating Dossiers on Parents Opposed to CRT to Resign

Following the revelation last week that the president of the Scottsdale Unified School District, Jann-Michael Greenburg, had been creating dossiers on parents who were protesting critical race theory teachings in their schools, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is calling on him to resign.

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

Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Jury to Begin Deliberations After Prosecution and Defense Make Closing Arguments

The prosecution painted Kyle Rittenhouse as a “chaos tourist” who went to Kenosha last August looking for trouble during closing arguments on Monday, while his defense attorney argued that the then-17-year-old was just trying to protect businesses when a “crazy person” ambushed him and forced Rittenhouse to defend himself.

Judge Bruce Schroeder ordered the jurors to assemble on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. for deliberations after two weeks of testimony from about 30 witnesses.

Rittenhouse is facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

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

Marvel Writer Urges People to Burn Down the City of Kenosha Over Rittenhouse Trial Verdict

One of the things that state prosecutor Thomas Binger used in his argument against Kyle Rittenhouse was the idea of provocation. But one commentator who works with Disney’s Marvel Comics didn’t get the memo when he openly called for people to burn down the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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

‘Our Children Our Choice:’ Parents Protest Vaccine Mandate in Downtown Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Dozens of upset parents gathered in front of Bakersfield City Hall to protest the state’s vaccine mandate.

The parents claim city leaders need to do their job and represent the opinions of constituents even if it means going to jail.

The parents said a large percentage of teachers and parents share the same opinions even though some already have the vaccine.

About 40 people protested in Downtown Bakersfield against what they said is an overreach of the state government. Outside of the Mayor’s office is the latest stop in a series of protests the group full of parents and teachers have made over the last month.

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

Rittenhouse ‘Should be Acquitted,’ Sue Media Over ‘Deliberate and Willful Lies’: Alan Dershowitz

Famed lawyer and retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said that not only should Kyle Rittenhouse be acquitted, he should be able to sue various media outlets for defamation.

Dershowitz further elaborated that he felt that the prosecution has utterly failed to make its case of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Rittenhouse did not act in self-defense.

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

Taxpayers Get the Bill for Apple’s Digital ID Card Feature Rollout

One of the world’s richest corporations, Apple, has found a way to make taxpayers in several US states share the cost of introducing its new service — that of using iPhones as digital ID cards stored in the Wallet app.

Some industry observers see the nature of these deals as unprecedented as far as states allowing access to identity data for commercial use.

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

Trans Teen Pleads No Contest to Second Loudon County School Assault, To Face Sentencing in December

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

A teenager, who identifies as “gender fluid,” in one of Virginia’s most populous counties on Monday pleaded no contest to assaulting a girl in a school bathroom last month.

The same teen in October was found guilty of sexually assaulting a different girl at a different high school in Loudoun County in May.

The no contest plea means the boy did not challenge the charges, which were felony abduction and misdemeanor sexual battery. The 15-year-old admitted to abducting a girl from a hallway inside Broad Run High School in Ashburn and forcing her into an empty classroom, where he touched her chest area, authorities said.

The Epoch Times was told the hearing was closed to the press.

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

Victory: Florida School District Ends Mask Mandate After 8-Year-Old Girl Told Them They Should be in Prison

Palm Beach County school district has ended a mask mandate just days after a second grade girl told school board officials they should all rot in jail for forcing children to wear face coverings against their will.

As we reported last week, eight-year-old Fiona Lashells of Tampa Bay was suspended almost 40 times for refusing to comply with the mandate, which the school kept in place despite the state ending mask mandates in July.

In a viral video, Fiona told the board that “your rules suck,” adding “I hope you all go to jail for doing this to me.”

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

Video: Rhode Island Teacher Warns CRT ‘Absolutely Everywhere’ In Schools

A middle school English teacher in Providence, Rhode Island has warned that critical race theory, which teaches children they should feel guilty for being white, is “absolutely everywhere” in schools in the area and that it is causing “great harm and racial divide and hostility between children.”

Ramona Bessinger described to RT host Steve Malzberg how she has been barred from giving classes for speaking out against her school district’s “radicalized” CRT “culture”, noting that there used to be “lots of diversity [and] lots of multicultural materials” in the curriculum, but now its essentially all CRT.

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

Watch: Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Warns That US is Under Authoritarian Control

Famed Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei warned Americans during an interview with PBS last week that the United States is already under authoritarian control and called out “wokeness” as similar to Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

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

Woman Dies After Stabbing Outside Walgreens in Williamsburg

Police said LaTeisha Meekins, 35, stabbed Catherine Heaston, 71, outside the pharmacy on Richmond Road. Meekins is charged with Second-degree Murder.

On Monday, police released the name of a woman who died after someone stabbed her outside of a Walgreens in Williamsburg on Friday.

Officers said Catherine Patricia Heaston, 71, died at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg after LaTeisha Meekins, 35, stabbed her. Meekins is facing a charge of Second-degree Murder.

The Williamsburg Police Department said the stabbing happened at the pharmacy, located in the 1300 block of Richmond Rd., around 6 p.m. on Nov. 12. That’s near the intersection where Lafayette Street changes into Monticello Avenue.

When officers got to the Walgreens, they found Heaston with stab wounds.

Investigators believe that Heaston arrived at the Walgreens separately from Meekins. Witnesses told investigators that the two women met outside the store and spoke before the stabbing happened.

The James City County Police Department notified Heaston’s family of her passing.

Police said the motive for the stabbing is unclear. Meekins was in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Monday…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Wyoming GOP Votes to Stop Recognizing Liz Cheney as a Republican

The Wyoming Republican Party will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a member of the GOP in its second formal rebuke for her criticism of former President Donald Trump.

The 31-29 vote Saturday in Buffalo, Wyoming, by the state party central committee followed votes by local GOP officials in about one-third of Wyoming’s 23 counties to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

[Comment: Hahahaha.]

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

YouTube Cuts Off the Best Real-Time, Legal Coverage of Rittenhouse Trial and Immediately Regrets It

Right after Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger began his closing statement in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, YouTube cut off channels that were beating legacy media channels. Coincidence?

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

YouTube Co-Founder Updates First-Ever Video to Criticize Removal of ‘Dislike’ Button Count

Jawed Karim, the American engineer who co-founded YouTube and was the first person to upload a YouTube video in history, spoke out on the company’s decision to remove the “Dislike” button from videos.

Karim, who sold his share of stocks to YouTube for around $65 million in 2006, changed the description of the first YouTube video ever uploaded, to voice his displeasure. The video, titled “Me at the zoo”, features Karim at the San Diego Zoo.

“When every YouTuber agrees that removing dislikes is a stupid idea, it probably is. Try again, YouTube,” he wrote recently on the video, which was originally uploaded all the way back in April of 2005.

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

Austria Introduces Lockdown for Those Without Vaccine Passport

In Europe, Austria appears to currently be the leader in introducing ever more draconian tracking measures affecting citizens who don’t have a vaccine passport, in a bid to force them to change their mind and get the shot.

A government decree that came into force on Monday has placed over 20% of Austria’s population — more than 2 million people — who have not been vaccinated in a lockdown that will last for ten days but could be extended, while police officers will patrol the streets and ask people who ventured outside to prove that they have been vaccinated.

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

British Universities on the Payroll of Islamic Regimes

By Giulio Meotti

British universities have been put up for sale. Two news stories from the last three months are enough to get that. Oxford accepted a mega-donation of 155 million pounds from a Vietnam conglomerate, while Imperial College London pocketed up to 14.5 million from Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant linked to its Communist Party.

But above all, an immense river of money that never dries up has been poured by Islamic regimes, dictatorships and monarchies into English universities.[…]

According to an academic report cited by the BBC, Islamic regimes have donated £ 750 million to UK universities since 1996.

The Telegraph in an investigation revealed that a Saudi prince donated 8 million to Cambridge to build the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Islamic Studies; Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah, donated 8 million to the University of Exeter and the Qatar Development Fund donated 3 million to Oxford.

Qatar is also very active in the United States, where it has spent $ 1 billion in American universities since 2011.[…]

How this money literally changes universities can be seen at the London School of Economics, where there was an event under the rules of sharia law. Strictly separate men and women. Professor Anthony Glees also said that 70 percent of classes at St Antony’s College in Oxford, funded by Islamic regimes, are “relentlessly hostile” to the West and Israel.

This was demonstrated a few nights ago at the London School of Economics, where Israel’s ambassador to England, Tzipi Hotovely, was literally whisked away by the security service after an attempted assault. Along with the money comes Orientalism, Third Worldism, Decolonialism, Islamism and this is the result. And then we are no longer in the West.[…]

[I have had personal experience of this — Sharia Law on campus and bullying of Jewish students]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]
 

COVID-19: Fifteen People Arrested After Protests in Dutch City of Leeuwarden Over Newly-Imposed Lockdown

Fifteen people have been arrested after protests broke out in the Netherlands over a newly-imposed COVID-19 lockdown.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden on Saturday night, where videos showed them setting off fireworks and holding flares billowing smoke.

The Northern Netherlands Police Unit said a number of people refused to leave after they called on everyone to return home.

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

Czech MP: The EU Must Not Become a ‘Super-National Federation’

National sovereignty should not be degraded by membership in the European Union, but should be the basis of European identity, said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in a pre-recorded speech at the “Pivotal Europe: National Sovereignty or a European Identity as the European Union Integrates” conference in Prague.

“Membership in the European Union should not put us in front of a decision. National sovereignty should be the basis and the concept of European identity, and the rule of the European Union project,” said the Prime Minister, adding that this is not happening at the moment.

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

Faith Leaders Try to Shake Down Wealthy Nations Over Climate Change

ROME — A group of faith leaders have sought to guilt rich nations into redistributing their wealth under the guise of climate change reparations.

This weekend, more than 40 bishops, priests, ministers, and pastors called for “urgent and ambitious action to deliver justice for the most vulnerable people and communities” as the COP26 negotiations reach a “critical moment.”

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

Farage Brands Austrian Lockdown for Unvaxxed ‘Dark Times for Freedom and Liberty’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has condemned Austria’s lockdown for the unvaccinated as a sign of “dark times for freedom and liberty”.

From midnight on Monday, Austria enforced a lockdown of unvaccinated citizens, affecting an estimated two million in a country of nine million.

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

Hero Cab Driver Locked Bomber Inside Taxi Before Blast at UK Hospital: Reports

The driver of a taxi that exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital is being hailed as a hero following reports that he had trapped a suicide bomber inside the vehicle.

Three arrests under the Terrorism Act have been made in the wake of the blast, which occurred just moments before the traditional tw0-minute silence for the war dead on Remembrance Sunday, although no descriptions of the suspects have been issued beyond their sex and ages.

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

Hungary: PM Orban Reelected as Ruling Party Leader at Fidesz Congress

“It’s not the bread that is small, it’s your mouth that is too big,” is the communist-era joke that Viktor Orban told his audience during his party’s 29th National Executive Congress, where he was reelected as Fidesz’s leader. The joke was a reference to what Orban says is the approach of the country’s opposition to solving problems.

In his speech to party members, the Hungarian prime minister said that since the existence of Fidesz, he has remained loyal to himself, loyal to Hungary and its people. In the last 33 years, more Hungarians have voted in favor of his party than for any other party in Hungary’s parliamentary history, he stressed. We are successful, he said, because what Fidesz does, it does it with passion.

“We are aiming at the top and we want to get Hungary there,” he emphasized.

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

Hungarians Drank More Alcohol During Pandemic

Hungarians drank more alcohol with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, news portal Mandiner wrote halfway through the national Dry November anti-drinking campaign.

According to data from the National Tax and Customs Office (NAV), during the first two months of the pandemic in 2020, February and March, alcohol consumption rose by 75 and 50 percent, respectively, compared with the previous year.

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Poland, Latvia and Lithuania Consider Activating NATO’s Article 4, Announces Polish PM Morawiecki

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki revealed the steps which Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are considering to counteract the migration crisis caused by the Belarusian regime.

“We have been discussing with Latvia and Lithuania in particular, whether to activate NATO’s Article 4. This is a solution which entails, that all sides involved will consult each other whenever one of them believes that there will a threat present to: their territorial integrity, political independence and security of an allied state,” he said.

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Protests Mark the Start of Austria’s Lockdown for the Unvaccinated

Austrian residents unvaccinated against COVD-19 have been placed under lockdown and can only leave their homes for limited reasons, such as working or shopping for essentials.

The restrictions will affect around 2 million people, approximately a quarter of the country, and comes as the nation struggles with a surge in infections and the growing strain on intensive-care units.

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

UK Hospital Bombing Declared a Terror Attack, Video of Explosion Leaked

British authorities have confirmed that a deadly vehicle explosion outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday was a terror attack, with CCTV of the explosion leaked to the press.

CCTV footage of the incident obtained by GB News shows the taxi-cab exploding in spectacular fashion as it pulls up to the hospital’s reception around 11 a.m. — the moment the country commemorated the war dead with a two-minute silence for Remembrance Sunday — and the driver stumbling out moments later as a member of staff in a high-visibility jacket rushes to assist him.

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

UK: ‘Fault of Our Weak Leaders’: Farage Slams Govt After Terror Attack, Threat Level Raised

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has criticised the UK’s “weak leaders” after a deadly vehicle explosion outside of a Liverpool hospital on Remembrance Sunday, which has since been declared a terror attack. The government has since raised the threat risk to Severe.

On Monday, Greater Manchester Police’s counter-terrorism unit confirmed that the explosion of a taxi-cab outside of Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday — that resulted in the death of the suspected bomber inside the vehicle and the injury of the driver — is being treated as a “terrorist incident”.

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

UK: Animal Rebellion Campaigners Who ‘Scaled Government Building’ Appear in Court

Four environmental campaigners believed to be members of the Extinction Rebellion offshoot Animal Rebellion have appeared in court after they allegedly scaled the Defra building in London.

Orla Coghlan, 26, and Jamie Ozden, 25, both from Tottenham, Liam Bright, 28, from Dorset, and Annabel Berwick, 19, of no fixed address, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (November 15).

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

UK: Drax Train Protester Released on Bail

A protester who was arrested after climbing on a train bound for one of the UK’s largest power stations has been bailed.

The freight train was transporting wood pellets to Drax, near Selby, North Yorkshire, when it was flagged down by an activist on Friday, police said.

Pictures showed a member of the Axe Drax campaign group on top of a container waving a flag bearing an Extinction Rebellion logo.

A woman was arrested and released on bail pending further inquires, British Transport Police said.

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

UK: Exclusive: Suicide Bomber Who Died When His Device Blew Up Outside Liverpool Hospital Was Pizza Chef, 32, Who Fled Middle East and Converted to Christianity at Cathedral ‘He Wanted to Attack’ and Was Once Arrested for Carrying a Knife

The suicide bomber who died inside a taxi when his device blew up outside a hospital in Liverpool on Remembrance Sunday has been unmasked as a pizza-baking Christian convert and failed asylum seeker.

MailOnline can reveal that Enzo Almeni, 32, arrived in the UK from Iraq several years ago and converted from Islam to Christianity in 2017 at the cathedral it is believed he wanted to attack yesterday.

Friends said Almeni was born Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen to a Syrian father and an Iraqi mother, and is believed to have spent a large part of his life in Iraq.

He was arrested for possession of a ‘large knife’ after the rejection of his asylum claim in 2014. This resulted in him being sectioned under the Mental Health Act and hospitalised for several months.

It is thought that Almeni was a motor racing fan who changed his name by deed poll in honour of Italian supercar creator Enzo Ferrari, and in a bid to sound more Western on his asylum application.

Almeni spent most of his time in the UK in Liverpool, where he was being supported by Christian volunteers from a network of churches who help asylum seekers. He spent eight months living with devout Christians Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott at their home in the Aigburth district of Liverpool.

Almeni converted to Christianity in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral four years ago, which it is thought he had wanted to attack on Remembrance Sunday as 1,200 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen gathered to observe the 11am minute’s silence.

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UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion: Taxi Driver David Perry ‘Lucky to be Alive’

The wife of a taxi driver who survived an explosion from inside his cab has said he is “lucky to be alive”.

David Perry was injured when a homemade bomb exploded shortly after he pulled up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday.

The passenger, who is believed to have brought the device into the taxi, died at the scene.

Posting on Facebook, his wife Rachel said it had been “an utter miracle” that he had escaped from the vehicle.

She said she felt “some guardian angels” had been looking over him.

Ms Perry also thanked the “amazing staff, doctors and nurses” at the hospital and the police officers and detectives “who have been looking after us”.

Mr Perry picked up a fare in the Rutland Avenue area of Liverpool and was asked to be taken to the Women’s Hospital, about 10 minutes away, police said.

As the taxi arrived at the hospital’s drop-off area, it exploded and Mr Perry escaped the car seconds later before it was engulfed in flames.

“He is without a doubt lucky to be alive,” Ms Perry said.

“The explosion happened whilst he was in the car and how he managed to escape is an utter miracle…

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UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion: Police Name Suspect Killed in Blast

The man who died when a homemade bomb exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital has been named by police as Emad Al Swealmeen.

The 32-year-old was a passenger in a taxi when his device blew up shortly before 11:00 GMT on Remembrance Sunday.

The driver David Perry escaped before the car caught fire and has since been discharged from hospital.

Four men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act and the UK terror threat level has been raised to “severe”.

Officers believe Al Swealmeen lived at a house in Sutcliffe Street in the Kensington area of Liverpool, where counter-terrorism police officers carried out raids earlier.

Police said he had recently rented an address in Rutland Avenue, near Sefton Park in the city, which has also been searched by officers…

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UK: Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion Declared a Terror Incident

An explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday has been declared a terror incident by police.

The suspected attacker died when a homemade bomb exploded in a taxi outside the hospital, while the injured driver — named locally as David Perry — escaped before the car caught fire.

The passenger is not believed to have been known to MI5, according to BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera.

The UK terror threat level has been raised to severe.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said it had been raised from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, because the explosion in Liverpool was the second incident in a month.

Four men have been arrested in the city under the Terrorism Act.

Police have confirmed a controlled explosion was carried out in the Sefton Park area at about 16:00 GMT…

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UK: Seconds After Cheating Death: Cabbie is Seen With His Head in His Hands After Staggering From Wreckage of His Car After Suicide Bomb Exploded Outside Hospital

Dramatic CCTV footage shows the scene as the bomb exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10.57am on Remembrance Sunday.

Glass is sent flying as the car’s windows blow out, before a plume of smoke billows upwards.

Around nine seconds later, dazed driver David Perry opens his door and staggers out.

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UK: Taxi Driver Carrying Suspected Terrorist Named a Hero Following Liverpool Women’s Hospital Explosion

Liverpool’s mayor is hailing taxi driver David Perry a hero following the Sunday morning explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital in northwestern England that British authorities declared an act of terrorism.

Perry, who survived the blast, had been driving the taxi that brought the suspected terrorist to the hospital and is credited with intervening and preventing an “awful disaster,” Mayor Joanne Anderson said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 Monday.

Perry was able to escape the vehicle after the homemade explosive device detonated inside his car, reportedly locking the doors on his way out and trapping the suspected terrorist inside the taxi as it burst into flames, surveillance footage from the incident showed.

Perry suffered minor injuries like cuts and a ruptured ear drum. He also fell unconscious briefly before escaping the car, according to an online fundraiser a supporter created for his family. He has since been discharged from the hospital, according to BBC News.

“The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital,” Anderson told BBC Radio 4, praising Perry’s “quick thinking to lock the taxi and get out of the taxi.”

“It does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told press.

“He is without a doubt lucky to be alive,” Perry’s wife Rachel wrote on Facebook.

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New Alarm System is Triggered When “Offensive” Language is Detected

During the Dubai Design Week, a new alarm system was unveiled. The device sounds an alarm when it detects potentially “offensive” language.

The device is named after Themis, the Greek goddess of social order and justice. Themis is a lamp-sized device created for the purpose of moderating discussions in educational settings and “manifest political correctness.”

The device can also be used to police language at family gatherings and dinner parties. The designer of Themis, Zinah Issa, hopes it will help with “self-critique.”

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Protesters Break Into Newcastle Coal Loading Facility Despite Police Commissioner’s Jail Warning

Police have arrested three more people amid warnings that coal activists disrupting train movements in the NSW Hunter Valley could face 25 years behind bars.

The group Blockade Australia returned to the Port of Newcastle this morning, halting operations for a ninth consecutive day, taking a stance against Australia’s climate policy.

NSW Police say two Victorian women, aged 24 and 28, have been charged with “intent to kill or injure person on railway, cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock and endanger safety of person on railway”, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years’ jail.

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Tampa Demonstrators Show Support for Cuban Protests for Second Day in a Row

TAMPA, Fla. — Several dozen demonstrators in Tampa on Monday again called for an end to the Cuban dictatorship, joining planned rallies around the world in support of the Cuban people.

“We are the muscles, they are the strength, and together that’s going to destroy the Cuban dictatorship,” shouted Ysrael Mendez, one of the demonstrators at the corner of Columbus and Dale Mabry.

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Belarusians Took us to EU Border, Gave Tools to Cut Through Fences: Migrants

The sudden surge of migrants to Belarus from the Middle East that is now the focus of a political crisis in Europe was harldy an accident.

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Czechia is Ready to Help Poland With Border Crisis, Could Send Police Units

Czechia is the next country to announce open support for Poland in the struggle against the migration crisis manufactured by the Belarusian government.

Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek discussed the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Sunday. He emphasized, that Czechia was prepared to bilaterally support Poland in the conflict.

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Greece: PM Mitsotakis: Instrumentalization of Migrants is a Hybrid Threat

The instrumentalization of migrants as a means of exerting political pressure is a “hybrid threat for Europe,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wrote in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

In an article published late on Sunday, the Greek prime minister referred to the situation on the Belarus border where thousands of migrants are daily trying to enter the EU via Belarus, saying — in reference to the event at Greece’s Evros land border with Turkey in early 2020 — that the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, had “drawn inspiration from a strategy that has already been tested and which caused chaos and misery on Europe’s borders.”

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Hundreds of Migrants Break Through Belarusian Border Fence in Latest Flashpoint at the Polish Frontier: EU Agrees New Sanctions on Lukashenko as Defiant Dictator Vows ‘We Will Defend Ourselves’

Hundreds of migrants have broken through a Belarusian border fence with Polish guards rushing to stop them in the latest flashpoint on the febrile frontier today.

Videos taken near the Kuznica border crossing point on Monday showed hundreds of people — the majority of whom appeared to be young men — pushing their way through a broken fence towards a smaller barbed wire barricade where Polish border police in riot uniforms confronted them.

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Live Updates: Poland Builds Wall to Keep Migrants Out of Country

Poland has urged NATO to come up with “concrete steps” amid a deteriorating situation on the border with Belarus, where troops have begun constructing a concrete wall to prevent illegal crossings from migrants.

On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris refused to be drawn on comparisons to the U.S.-Mexico border situation but said the Biden Administration is “very concerned” about the crisis unfolding in Europe.

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Paris Snipes it Will Take ‘No Lessons’ From the UK Over Surging Migrant Crossings and Accuses Number 10 of Treating France Like a ‘Punch-Ball’ After Photos Revealed the Squalor of Dunkirk’s New Jungle…

as MORE arrive today on boats and ‘a JET SKI’

Britain and France are locked in a worsening row over the migrant crisis after one of Emmanuel Macron’s most senior ministers accused the UK of treating the French government like a ‘punch-ball’.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that ‘Britain is in no position to be giving lessons to us’ after the number of migrants crossing the English Channel hit a new record high last week.

Mr Darmanin is due to hold talks with his UK counterpart, Home Secretary Priti Patel, this week and he told Cnews television ahead of the meeting that Britain ‘should stop using us as a punch-ball in their domestic politics’.

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Poland Border Crisis: EU to Widen Belarus Sanctions as Row Intensifies

The European Union is to step up sanctions against Belarus in response to an escalating migrant crisis on the border with Poland.

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell confirmed the move, saying that vulnerable migrants were being exploited in a “hybrid war” that is “intensifying”.

Belarus is accused of pushing migrants towards its borders to undermine security, a charge it denies.

On Monday, hundreds of migrants were blocked at a crossing by Polish troops.

A video filmed at the border by the BBC showed migrants sitting down on a road in front of barbed wire and Polish forces in a tense stand-off.

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Texas Lawmaker Uncovers Secret Operation to Move Migrants Across the US, House Them in Abandoned Hotels

Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, said Monday that he has uncovered a secret operation by nonprofits to house and move migrants within the United States, providing them with a packet on how to navigate and assimilate into the country.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday, Gooden said that he was contacted by a whistleblower from San Diego who provided him with details on the kind of information the nonprofit groups were providing to the migrants.

The Texas representative subsequently hopped on a plane and discovered that abandoned hotels in the California city were being utilized as shelters for the migrants. Some of the locations he mentioned included The Four Points by Sheraton [San Diego], a Wyndham and a Ramada Inn.

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UK Backs Poland in Conflict on Polish-Belarusian Border, Declares British Foreign Minister

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss declared staunch support for Poland and other allies affected by the migration crisis manufactured by the Belarusian regime.

The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border has become severe following a strong rise in the number of migrants currently present on the Belarusian side.

“The United Kingdom will not look away. We will stand with our allies like Poland in the region who are on the frontier of freedom,” she wrote.

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UK: Home Office Spent £7,000 of Taxpayers’ Cash on 700 Domino’s Pizzas for Channel Migrants in Just Two Days Last Week as Record Numbers Arrived in Dover

A Dover branch of fast food chain Domino’s was forced to close last week after Border Force officers ordered hundreds of pizzas to feed migrants who had crossed the Channel.

Officials are said to have bought around 700 pizzas over the course of two days at a cost of more than £7,000.

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Watch: Migrants Massing on Poland Border, Lured by False Promise of Free Passage to Germany

Clashes between predominantly Iraqi and Afghan migrants bussed to the European Union’s frontier by Belarus and Polish forces may be repeated as numbers swell at crossing points once again.

Pictures and video released by the Polish government showing crowds massing on the Belarusian side of the Polish border reveal a new intensification of Europe’s border crisis — caused, according to Warsaw, by false claims the border would be opened to migrants seeking transport to Germany.

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Loudoun School Board Agrees to Reverse Suspension of Teacher Who Spoke Out Against Transgender Policy

The Loudoun County School Board has agreed to a permanent injunction prohibiting it from retaliating against Leesburg Elementary School teacher Tanner Cross, the teacher who got suspended for speaking out against the pro-transgender Policy 8040. The school board settled Cross’s lawsuit by agreeing not to take further action against him, but Cross and other teachers are still challenging 8040 in court.

“Just today, the court issued a final order permanently prohibiting the Loudoun County Public School Board from punishing me for freely expressing my views,” Cross said at a news conference after the settlement on Monday. “I can now confidently continue teaching at Leesburg Elementary School without fear of punishment for expressing my views.”

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Ottawa-Carleton Schoolboard Will Allow Students to Change Names Without Parents’ Knowledge

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) will allow students to “make their own decisions about their gender identity and expressions” at school without their parents’ knowledge.

According to an email sent to OCDSB colleagues, students will have the option of being referred to by their chosen name and pronouns, and will be able to change their names on all non-legal documents used by the school.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/15/2021

  1. He also reportedly converted to Christianity.

    He did that after converting to the Bloody religion. Had he not converted he would not have thought of harming anyone.

    Oh europe the continent of knowledge and utter ignorance. paralyzed by islam.

    servile traitors. no faith. no honor. no self respect. No stomach for resistance

    of evil.

  2. Melbourne petrol price is A$1.70/litre . There are 3.78 litres/gallon. A$/US$0.73 so US$4.69 equivalent and has been around that level for a while. Some sellers asking $1.90 which is US$5.24/gallon. US has been very lucky for a while on energy. Of course half our petrol price is govt tax.

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