Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/27/2021

Ecuador has imposed a vaccine mandate for all citizens over the age of five. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Americans should cancel any plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

In other news, nearly 700 migrants landed at the southern Italian port of Crotone in the space of 24 hours.

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USA
» 3 Teens Killed in Sunday-Night Shooting at Garland Gas Station, Police Say
» Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets to a Brutal 36 Percent
» Exclusive — Jim Jordan: Republican Majority House Will Investigate Fauci, Gain of Function, And Lab Leak
» Exclusive: Raiders Cheerleader Turned High-Flying Realtor is Revealed to be the ‘Delta Karen’ — Arrested for Vicious Assault on 80-Year-Old Passenger Who Took His Mask Off to Eat (And She Wasn’t Wearing a Mask Either!)
» Father Who Pranked Biden With ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Call Slams Cancel Culture, Leftist Mob in Steve Bannon Interview
» Fauci Says Americans Should Cancel New Year’s Eve Plans
» Former Washington State Democrat Campaigner Sentenced for Terrorist Attack on Railroad
» Lori Lightfoot Warns Unvaccinated Chicagoans in Video Wishing a ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’ To All
» Minnesota Puts White People at the Back of the Queue for Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatment
» More Than 1,200 More Flights Canceled Monday
» NASCAR Star Brandon Brown Says Anti-Biden Slogan ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Made it Hard for Him to Get Sponsorships
» New York’s Latest Mandates Fail to Curb COVID-19 Surge
» New York Democrat Introduces New Social Media Censorship Bill
» Polar Bear Swimmers Forced to Mask During New Year’s Day Dip in Pacific Ocean
» Realty Sites Remove Neighborhood Crime Data From Property Descriptions
» ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Becomes First Movie to Hit $1 Billion Since Pandemic
» The Downfall of Michael Avenatti, How Both the Media and the Lawyer Used Each Other
» Trans Antifa Rioter Charged With Felony Has Federal Case Dismissed After 30 Hours of Community Service
» Watch: Fox Host Blasts Media’s Treatment of Biden Compared to Trump
 
Canada
» Joe Rogan Won’t Come to Canada Because of Restrictive Vaccine Mandates
 
Europe and the EU
» Apple is Ordered to Loosen Its App Store Stranglehold in the Netherlands
» Banning Church and Jailing Grandma: Stories From Lockdown Ireland 2021
» Big Brother Watch Launches Legal Challenge to England’s Vaccine Passport
» Deception or Incompetence? UK Health Chief Under Fire Over ‘Dodgy’ Analysis of Coronavirus Data
» Finnish Man Blows Up His Tesla to Protest $22,600 Repair Cost
» Four-Year-Old is Accidentally Pepper-Sprayed by Police in Its Pram After Its Mother Took the Child to an Anti-Lockdown Protest in Germany
» Germany: Thousands Protest Against COVID Measures
» Glad Tidings! England Escapes Any New Lockdown Rules for New Year’s Eve
» Netherlands Residents Can Get COVID Jab in Virtual Reality Glasses
» New Coronavirus Restrictions Imposed in UK Nations From Boxing Day
» Police Investigate ‘Revenge’ Video After Crossbow Man Arrested at Queen’s Castle
» Poll: A Third of Brits Think the Pandemic Will Never End
» Sweden, Gang Violence and a New Prime Minister
» ‘Very Dangerous’: Greta Thunberg Slams Biden Over Climate Record
 
Russia
» Lukashenko May be in Power Until 2035 Under Proposed Constitutional Changes in Belarus
» Russian in Belarus Sentenced to 11 Years for Social Media Posts Urging Protests
 
South Asia
» Biden Admin Suspends US Evacuation Flights After Taliban Demand Seats on Planes Out of Afghanistan
» India: Hindu Seers and Saints Gave a Call of United War Against Jihad
» Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo Condemns Christmas Slaughter as ‘Horrific Atrocity’
 
Far East
» China Develops AI Prosecutor That Can Press Criminal Charges
» Protests Over Post-Vaccination Deaths Spread Across South Korea
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Anglican Bishop Condemns Christmas Suicide Bombing in Dr Congo as ‘Cowardice’
 
Latin America
» Ecuador Introduces Blanket Mandatory Vaccination
 
Immigration
» 700 Illegal Migrants Arrive in Italian Port of Crotone in 24 Hours
» Czech President Warns Against Migration and EU’s Green Deal
» EU Rejects Calls to Fund Border Defense
» Lithuania Says 29 Migrants Sought to Illegally Cross Border on Christmas Weekend
» Migrants: Record 35,000 Arrivals on Lampedusa in 2021
» Over 11,000 Migrants Entered Germany Via Belarus Route in 2021
» Polish PM to Soldiers: We Are Responsible for the Safety of All of Europe, But Above All Else, Poland’s Safety
» Two Stabbed as Christmas Brawl Erupts Between Afghans and Turks in Belgium
» UK: Leftist Politician Compares Border Control to Turning Baby Jesus Over to Herod
» UK: No Christmas Break for the People-Smugglers: Up to 60 Migrants Including Six Children Are Brought Ashore at Dover After Braving Heavy Wind and Rain to Cross the Channel
» UK: The 1,100 Asylum Seekers Who Pretend to be Children: Two Out of Three People Seeking Refuge in UK Claimed to be Under 18… But Lied About Their True Age, New Data Suggests
» UK: Unmasked: The Trio of Human Traffickers Who Made £1m From Channel Migrant Crossings
 
Culture Wars
» Majority of Americans ‘Strongly Agree’ There Are ‘Only Two Genders’: Poll
» Tumblr Introduces New Censorship Techniques on iPhone
 

3 Teens Killed in Sunday-Night Shooting at Garland Gas Station, Police Say

A motive and details of what led to the shooting are still being determined, investigators said.

Three teens are dead after a shooting inside a gas station in Garland on Sunday evening, police said.

Officers responded to a shooting call about 7:30 p.m. at a Texaco in the 700 block of West Walnut Street, near downtown Garland.

[…]

When they arrived, officers found three teens ages 14 to 17 dead inside the convenience store. A fourth teen was also wounded and taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police initially said the victims were men and later said that they were teenagers.

The victims’ identities were not immediately released.

Police said that surveillance footage showed the gunman get out of a white Dodge pickup, open the doors of the store and fire a gun, striking the victims. The gunman then got in the passenger side of the truck and left, police said.

Police said the shooter was a man wearing a baseball cap, blue surgical mask and dark-colored athletic shorts. He was not wearing a shirt, police said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Biden’s Approval Rating Plummets to a Brutal 36 Percent

A new poll put out by Civiqs shows President Biden’s approval rating continuing to steadily sink. These newest numbers put the president at a meager 36 percent approval rating.

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

Exclusive — Jim Jordan: Republican Majority House Will Investigate Fauci, Gain of Function, And Lab Leak

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Monday told Alex Marlow, host of the Breitbart Daily News podcast, that Republicans, if elected to a majority in the House of Representatives in November, should investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci — the president’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — and gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

Republicans must “do the oversight that needs to be done,” Jordan said.

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

Exclusive: Raiders Cheerleader Turned High-Flying Realtor is Revealed to be the ‘Delta Karen’ — Arrested for Vicious Assault on 80-Year-Old Passenger Who Took His Mask Off to Eat (And She Wasn’t Wearing a Mask Either!)

A high-flying realtor who worked for Coldwell Banker and Berkshire Hathaway in California has been revealed as the ‘Delta Karen’ who was arrested by the FBI for attacking an 80-year-old passenger on a plane after he removed his face mask to eat — while she was herself maskless.

Patricia Cornwall, a real estate agent previously based in Los Angeles, who in the 1990s was a member of the Raiderettes cheerleaders for the then-LA-based NFL team, was identified as the unruly passenger on the Thursday flight from Tampa to Atlanta when the altercation took place.

Cornwall had recently moved to Florida, Heavy.com reported.

She posted on a website looking for a room to rent for $1,200 a month in Okaloosa County, in the Florida panhandle.

‘Moving from California. I am single divorced and have two grown children who are overseas in UK. I have been practicing residential real estate for 13 years in Los Angeles/Westside.

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

Father Who Pranked Biden With ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Call Slams Cancel Culture, Leftist Mob in Steve Bannon Interview

Oregon dad Jared Schmeck, who pranked President Joe Biden with the “Let’s Go Brandon” call on Christmas Eve, joined former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s WarRooom to discuss the joke that triggered the left over the holiday weekend.

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

Fauci Says Americans Should Cancel New Year’s Eve Plans

Speaking to CNN on Monday, Biden’s top Covid advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told Americans they should probably cancel their New Year’s Eve plans. Fauci also called for Americans to cancel Christmas, and Thanksgiving, and did so last year as well.

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

Former Washington State Democrat Campaigner Sentenced for Terrorist Attack on Railroad

A Washington state woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for sabotaging railroad tracks near the US-Canada border in Washington state in an attempt to derail a train carrying crude oil.

Ellen Brennan Reiche, 27, of Bellingham was sentenced Dec. 17 in US District Court in Seattle to 12 months and one day in prison for committing an act of violence against a railroad carrier. Reiche is also required to complete 100 hours of community service while on federal supervision.

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

Lori Lightfoot Warns Unvaccinated Chicagoans in Video Wishing a ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’ To All

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and her spouse Amy issued a warning to unvaccinated Chicagoans as part of a video wishing all a “joyous Kwanzaa” — a holiday created by black nationalists — while claiming the Marxist-rooted holiday’s principles “guide us to unity and cooperation.”

“Joyous Kwanza [sic], Chicago! Amy and I wish to extend a very beautiful and prosperous Kwanzaa to all of you celebrating this season,” Lightfoot said in a video alongside her spouse on Sunday.

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

Minnesota Puts White People at the Back of the Queue for Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatment

The Minnesota Department of Health has published a document which instructs hospitals to discriminate against white people by ensuring non-white patients have priority access when it comes to potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments.

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

More Than 1,200 More Flights Canceled Monday

More than 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled Monday, continuing the weekend’s travel chaos as the omicron variant spreads throughout the nation.

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

NASCAR Star Brandon Brown Says Anti-Biden Slogan ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Made it Hard for Him to Get Sponsorships

NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, whose name inspired the “Let’s Go Brandon” anti-Biden meme, says that it has become hard for him to get new sponsors due to his connection with the phrase, which stands as a substitute for “F*ck Joe Biden.”

The popularized phrase first emerged after an NBC sports newscaster remarked that fans cheering “F*ck Joe Biden” in the background of her interview with Brown were instead saying “Let’s Go Brandon.”

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

New York’s Latest Mandates Fail to Curb COVID-19 Surge

The state of New York, despite its various COVID-19 measures in place, is currently facing a record-breaking surge in new COVID-19 cases.

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

New York Democrat Introduces New Social Media Censorship Bill

If a state senator got his way, the state of New York could soon get a new law aimed at regulating what content can appear on social media. The bill is designed to circumvent existing federal-level solutions in some instances and is reportedly inspired by internal documents leaked by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen.

But many legal experts believe that the bill, if passed, would eventually be overturned as unconstitutional for preventing dissemination of protected content.

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

Polar Bear Swimmers Forced to Mask During New Year’s Day Dip in Pacific Ocean

The annual Alki Beach Polar Bear swim in West Seattle is a go for New Year’s Day 2022 with some new regulations which include participants must wear a mask.

According to organizer and community activist Mark Ufkes and Lois Schipper:

  • Adults must be vaccinated and boostered against Covid 19.
  • Everyone must wear a mask.
  • You and your group must be Covid-free, be in good health, and distance yourselves 6 feet from others while on the beach.

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

Realty Sites Remove Neighborhood Crime Data From Property Descriptions

In an article on Realtor.com earlier this month, CEO of parent company Move Inc. David Doctorow touted removing “…the crime map layer from all search results” in order to “…rethink the safety information we share on Realtor.com and how we can best integrate it as part of a consumer’s home search experience.”

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

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Becomes First Movie to Hit $1 Billion Since Pandemic

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” passed $1 billion in global box office sales on Sunday, according to Sony, making it the first film to hit the notable milestone since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The threshold took the latest Marvel franchise film just 12 days to reach. In comparison, only “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War” have reached $1 billion in less time.

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

The Downfall of Michael Avenatti, How Both the Media and the Lawyer Used Each Other

A recent article released by Politico regarding disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti explains how both the media and the convicted felon used each other before Avenatti’s heavy downfall.

“No matter where you land on the question of his downfall, we are a part of this story, too. He used the media, and we used him,” Politico’s Ruby Cramer wrote.

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

Trans Antifa Rioter Charged With Felony Has Federal Case Dismissed After 30 Hours of Community Service

A serial riot arrestee charged over assaulting officers in August 2020 at a Portland riot had a federal case dismissed after completing 30 hours of community service.

Male-to-female trans Antifa rioter Joshua “Eva” Martin Warner, of Beaverton, Oregon, was charged last September by criminal complaint with felony civil disorder after she was found targeting the eyes of multiple law enforcement officers with a high-powered laser during an Aug. 8, 2020, riot in north Portland.

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

Watch: Fox Host Blasts Media’s Treatment of Biden Compared to Trump

“Fox Nation” host Tomi Lahren analyzed the media’s coverage of “Let’s Go Brandon,” mentioning that the media is much more lenient in its coverage of President Joe Biden than they were with his immediate predecessor.

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

Joe Rogan Won’t Come to Canada Because of Restrictive Vaccine Mandates

Podcaster Joe Rogan has said that he is not coming to Canada as a result of the country’s vaccine mandates.

Speaking on his show, the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan said that “I should probably say this: my 4/20 show that was sold out in Vancouver, I don’t think that’s happening.”

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

Apple is Ordered to Loosen Its App Store Stranglehold in the Netherlands

One of the pillars of Apple’s super-lucrative business model — tight control over the App Store, specifically the in-app payment options, has taken another blow.

Granted, the latest chink in the App Store armor is not comprehensive and doesn’t cover a huge market — but the Dutch challenge to Apple’s way of running the App Store is one of many lately piling on the massive company.

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

Banning Church and Jailing Grandma: Stories From Lockdown Ireland 2021

Between banning church attendance and jailing grandmas, Ireland has had a bizarre time with the Chinese Coronavirus during 2021.

2021 has been a strange year for Ireland.

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

Big Brother Watch Launches Legal Challenge to England’s Vaccine Passport

London-based rights group Big Brother Watch, a vocal opponent of Covid passes being introduced in England, has launched a legal challenge to the scheme it considers an example of divisive and discriminatory dystopia.

After raising nearly a quarter of a million pounds online to fund its cause (and crowdfunding campaign continues) — which Big Brother Watch said would go entirely towards fighting against Covid passes, including via costly legal challenges — the group has decided to oppose the government’s Covid passes law in court.

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

Deception or Incompetence? UK Health Chief Under Fire Over ‘Dodgy’ Analysis of Coronavirus Data

A UK government health chief has come under heavy fire in a generally government-loyal broadsheet newspaper over her controversial analysis of Chinese coronavirus hospitalisation data.

Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), has drawn scrutiny over her “dodgy” description of COVID hospitalisation data provided to UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

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

Finnish Man Blows Up His Tesla to Protest $22,600 Repair Cost

A Finnish Tesla owner received a repair bill totaling almost half of what he initially paid for the car. His response? Have YouTubers blow up the car with 66 pounds of dynamite and post the video rather than pay the hefty bill.

The Verge reports that a Finnish Tesla owner named Tuomas Katainen recently received a quote on having the battery in his 2013 Tesla Model S vehicle replaced. He was shocked by the bill of $22,600, perhaps not knowing Tesla’s notorious reputation for massive repair costs. Katainen discussed his experience with the car stating: “Well when I bought that Tesla, the first 1,500km [932 miles] were nice. Then, error codes hit.”

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

Four-Year-Old is Accidentally Pepper-Sprayed by Police in Its Pram After Its Mother Took the Child to an Anti-Lockdown Protest in Germany

A four-year-old has been accidentally pepper-sprayed by police after its mother took the child to an anti-lockdown protest in Germany.

Clashes broke between police wielding batons and firing pepper spray and protesters who punched, kicked and spat on them in Schweinfurt, Bavaria, on Sunday night.

Footage shows the screaming child, who was taken to the demonstration in a pram, being treated by two officers after coming into contact with the spray.

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

Germany: Thousands Protest Against COVID Measures

Thousands of people demonstrated on Monday against coronavirus restrictions in Germany.

Germany has imposed restrictions on private gatherings and barred spectators from public events ahead of New Year celebrations. The German parliament also approved a vaccine mandate for medical staff earlier this month.

In recent weeks, demonstrations against COVID measures have flared up across Germany — and often turned violent, with police officers injured and protesters arrested.

Eastern states see most protests

Police in the northeastern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state reported that a total of 15,000 protesters took to the streets in various towns.

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

Glad Tidings! England Escapes Any New Lockdown Rules for New Year’s Eve

England will escape any more coronavirus restrictions being imposed for New Year’s Eve after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was briefed by scientific advisors on Monday.

The local devolved governments of the UK, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all implemented fresh lockdown restrictions on Boxing Day, however, England will not follow suit.

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Netherlands Residents Can Get COVID Jab in Virtual Reality Glasses

In the Netherlands, people who are afraid of injections, but still want to get vaccinated, are offered to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in virtual reality glasses, Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge said on Monday.

“Are you afraid to get shots, but still want to be vaccinated (against COVID-19) or revaccinated? The Municipal Health Services (GGD) are happy to help you with this. For example, there are more and more places where virtual reality glasses, which allow you to relax during vaccination, are used. These methods also applied in Rotterdam,” de Jonge wrote on Twitter.

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

New Coronavirus Restrictions Imposed in UK Nations From Boxing Day

New post-Christmas restrictions aiming to curb the spread of COVID-19 came into force in three out of four of Britain’s Home Nations on Boxing Day.

New restrictions were imposed across swathes of the United Kingdom one day after Christmas in an effort to curb the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

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

Police Investigate ‘Revenge’ Video After Crossbow Man Arrested at Queen’s Castle

A video has emerged of a masked man waving a crossbow and vowing to “assassinate the Queen” as revenge for killings at a protest in British India over 100 years ago, allegedly published just minutes before a 19-year-old was arrested in the grounds of the castle where Elizabeth II was celebrating Christmas.

The one-minute video, allegedly sent on WhatsApp to a group of contacts of Jaswant Singh Chail — named by several media outlets as the individual arrested Christmas Day after someone broke into the grounds of Windsor Castle while the Queen was in residence — has been published by British tabloid newspaper The Sun.

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

Poll: A Third of Brits Think the Pandemic Will Never End

A new poll finds that a third of Brits think the pandemic, and all the restrictions that come with it, will NEVER end.

Yes, really.

Approaching two years into the pandemic, the YouGov poll finds that, “A third (33%) of Britons think the Covid-19 pandemic will never be effectively over in the UK, while just 4% of Britons think the pandemic is already effectively over.”

A further 41 per cent think that it will be at least another year before the pandemic is over, while 21 per cent think it will be more than two years.

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

Sweden, Gang Violence and a New Prime Minister

Sweden’s new Prime Minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, who previously served as finance minister, has a formidable task ahead of her: Dealing with the ever-growing gang violence and shootings in Swedish cities. Her predecessor, Stefan Löfven, notably failed even to contain the exponential growth in shootings during his seven-year tenure. Sweden’s parliament narrowly elected Andersson as Löfven’s successor in November, after Löfven announced his resignation in August.

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

‘Very Dangerous’: Greta Thunberg Slams Biden Over Climate Record

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg ripped President Joe Biden for not leading on climate change and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure in his first year.

“I mean, it’s strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing,” Thunberg told The Washington Post in an interview Monday. “The U.S. is actually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. Why is the U.S. doing that?”

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

Lukashenko May be in Power Until 2035 Under Proposed Constitutional Changes in Belarus

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ authorities on Monday released a draft document proposing amendments to the country’s constitution that may allow authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests and remain in office until 2035.

The proposed amendments are published on the president’s official website and the website of the state news agency Belta, and Belarusians are encouraged to submit their comments, suggestions and opinions about the changes.

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

Russian in Belarus Sentenced to 11 Years for Social Media Posts Urging Protests

MINSK — The Minsk City Court has sentenced a Russian citizen to 11 years in prison for his alleged actions against the rule of Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

The court handed down the verdict and sentence on December 27 against 21-year-old Yegor Dudnikov, who says police severely beat him after his arrest, for allegedly inciting hatred and calling for actions to hurt Belarus.

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

Biden Admin Suspends US Evacuation Flights After Taliban Demand Seats on Planes Out of Afghanistan

The Biden administration claimed that Qatar wasn’t happy with the Taliban trying to take seats on Afghanistan flights out of the country. But a new report suggests that Qatar and the Taliban are fine with the arrangement, and it’s American officials who are unhappy.

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India: Hindu Seers and Saints Gave a Call of United War Against Jihad

Open calls for genocide and use of weapons against Muslim Terrorists made at Dharma Sansad organised by Yati Narasimhanand; clamour for police action grows out of misinterpretations.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Haridwar | Dec 27, 2021:: Controversial calls for annihilation of Islamic terrorism and use of weapons against Muslim terrorists were made at a religious event in Haridwar in Uttarakhand last week. The organizers of the event urged a broad spectrum Hindu unity for the cause.

As recordings of the speeches at the conclave made their way to social media, scores of people demanded action against the speakers, who have flaunted their links with the BJP and have said they stand by their ‘hate speeches’, reported in some electronic media. Many of the selective secular media India coloured the conclave as ‘anti-Muslim’ and a ‘call of genocide of Muslim’ in a blatant lie. But, most of the nationalist people in India pledged their support initiatives by Hindu saints and seers to curb the growing Islamic fundamentalism in India.

While the event was held between December 17 and 19, no FIR had been registered against the alleged ‘hate speeches’ till Thursday evening. If one of the speakers invoked Godse, another said he felt like pumping six bullets into former prime minister Manmohan Singh at one point in time. The office of Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar reportedly said he had directed Haridwar DIG/SSP Yogendra Singh Rawat to take cognizance of the videos regarding the event and take action “in case a complaint is filed”.

The conclave or Dharma Sansad was organised by Yati Narasimhanand Saraswati, a religious leader who has been threatened and attacked by Islamic goons in the past for his uncompromising version against Islamic Jihad. According to a police complaint filed by a RTI activist Saket Gokhale, others associated with the gathering are Hindu Raksha Sena’s Prabodhanand Giri, BJP women’s wing leader Udita Tyagi and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, who is out on bail in hate speech case. “Like Myanmar, our police, our politicians, our Army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and conduct a Desh Virodi Safayi Abhiyan [clean-up the anti nationals]. There is no other option left,” Giri can be heard in a video. Giri has said he stands by his statement in the interest of vulnerable majority Hindus in India under the threat of Islamic Jihad and havoc increase of Muslim population.

The next such conclaves against the Islamic Jihad are about to take place with one in Kurukshetra in Haryana, and two others in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh and Ghaziabad to discuss the topic “Shastra meva jayate (warrior power alone triumphs)”.

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Myanmar’s Cardinal Bo Condemns Christmas Slaughter as ‘Horrific Atrocity’

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Bo has pleaded for an end to violence in the country following the brutal massacre of dozens of villagers on Christmas Day.

“The massacre of at least 35 innocent civilians in Mo So village, Hpruso, Kayah (Karenni) State is a heart-breaking and horrific atrocity which I condemn fully and unreservedly with all my heart,” Cardinal Bo said in a Twitter post Monday. “Grieving, I pray fervently for the victims, their loved ones and the survivors of this unspeakable and despicable act of inhumane barbarity.”

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China Develops AI Prosecutor That Can Press Criminal Charges

The Chinese state has developed an AI lawyer that can prosecute minor crimes in major Chinese cities. On top of this, this robot can identify dissent and press charges, according to the Daily Mail.

Researchers claim that the AI judge can successfully identify the right sentence for a crime with 97 percent effectiveness. China already has a really high conviction rate.

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Protests Over Post-Vaccination Deaths Spread Across South Korea

One of the most vaccinated nations on earth is seeing increased public pushback over Covid-19 jabs, as demonstrators in South Korea are demanding accountability for deaths that they blame on the shots.

Protesters gathered in Busan on Sunday after a similar rally was held in Seoul on Christmas Day. Aggrieved demonstrators held up large portraits of deceased family members — like those typically displayed at funerals in South Korea — and testified as to how their loved ones died soon after being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Dozens of funeral portraits were displayed at Saturday’s demonstration at the government complex in Seoul. Protesters called for the government to identify the causes of adverse reactions and admit that vaccines are to blame.

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Anglican Bishop Condemns Christmas Suicide Bombing in Dr Congo as ‘Cowardice’

A presumed Islamic terrorist blew himself up in a restaurant on Christmas Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing five Christians and himself and injuring 14 more.

The suicide bomber carried out his attack at the Ishango bar and restaurant in Beni in eastern DRC near the border with Uganda, at around 7:00pm when some 30 people were settling into Christmas dinner.

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Ecuador Introduces Blanket Mandatory Vaccination

Only children under the age of five and people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt from the obligation to be injected with an experimental jab. The measure was allegedly necessary because of the increase in infections and the spread of variants such as Omicron.

Ecuador has announced that Covid shots would be mandatory for every citizen, barring exemptions.

The BBC reported that the Ministry of Health has declared that there are enough doses to “immunize the entire population”. Only people with a medical justification and children under five years of age are exempt from the obligation to get the shot.

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700 Illegal Migrants Arrive in Italian Port of Crotone in 24 Hours

Almost 700 illegal migrants arrived over the weekend to the Calabrian port of Crotone in southern Italy, local media reports.

The first group of 90 people arrived at dawn on Sunday on a sailing ship intercepted by a vessel by the Italian Coast Guard off the coast of the Calabria region in southwestern Italy.

The second group of 400 arrived late in the morning on a Russian-flagged merchant ship that took the migrants on board off the coast of Crotone. Their landing proved to be a difficult task, given that the ship, due to its size, was unable to enter the port. The migrants were eventually transported by the Italian Coast Guard in groups of 90.

There were many Afghan and Syrian citizens with unaccompanied minors among them. Several children arrived with their mothers, and there were also pregnant women, one of whom was taken to a local hospital.

With the two new groups, the number of illegal immigrants arriving in Crotone in the last 24 hours has risen to 700.

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Czech President Warns Against Migration and EU’s Green Deal

The year 2021 was not an easy one, and the next one will not be any easier. Czech President Milos Zeman stated in his Christmas speech on Sunday.

According to him, several threats hang over the Czech Republic. Some will come from outside, while other ones will must be averted by the new government of Petr Fiala.

“The government has three tasks. It must suppress the pandemic, cope with the energy crisis and stabilize the state budget,” said Zeman.

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EU Rejects Calls to Fund Border Defense

In December, Greece renewed its demands towards the European Commission to help with the financing of their rapidly extending land wall on the borders with Turkey. As Takis Theodorikakos, a public order minister, had explained during a parliamentary session, there are a number of countries willing to use migrants to exert political pressure on EU member state, pointing at Belarus, which has recently sent thousands of Middle Eastern migrants towards their regional rivals, Poland included.

“We have every reason to expect that these kinds of threats will continue,” confirmed the Greek minister.

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Lithuania Says 29 Migrants Sought to Illegally Cross Border on Christmas Weekend

VILNIUS, December 27. /TASS/. About 30 illegal migrants sought to cross the Lithuanian-Belarusian border over the weekend, which began on the holiday of Christmas in the Baltic Republic on Friday, Commander of the State Border Guard Service, General Rustamas Liubajevas told the LRT national radio station on Monday.

“During the holiday, 29 illegal migrants attempted to get into Lithuania and have been turned back to Belarusian territory,” he noted.

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Migrants: Record 35,000 Arrivals on Lampedusa in 2021

ROME, DEC 27 — The prefect of the Sicilian city of Agrigento on December 23 warned that a record 35,000 migrants landed on the island of Lampedusa in 2021, compared to nearly 20,000 in 2020. The island’s hotspot has currently reached its capacity limit, the prefect warned.

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Over 11,000 Migrants Entered Germany Via Belarus Route in 2021

More than 11,000 illegal migrants have entered Germany this year after transiting through Poland from Belarus, German police said on December 27.

The EU accuses Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime of funneling mostly Middle Eastern migrants to the borders of Poland and fellow EU members Latvia and Lithuania as part of a “hybrid attack” to retaliate for Western sanctions.

Most of the illegal migrants are seeking to reach Germany, which has stepped up police checks along the passport-free border with Poland in recent months.

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Polish PM to Soldiers: We Are Responsible for the Safety of All of Europe, But Above All Else, Poland’s Safety

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Polish soldiers and officers at the Polish-Belarusian border on Christmas Eve to deliver a message to those men and women serving their nation.

“We are responsible for the entire European Union and for its security, but above all else, we are responsible for Polish territory and that is why we are proud of your service, your sacrifice and the fact that the Polish state and its citizens can count on you. You have not stained the honor of a Polish soldier or of a Polish officer. You defend the uniform and the safety of every Pole,” Morawiecki said during his visit to the Eastern Podlasie region of Poland.

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Two Stabbed as Christmas Brawl Erupts Between Afghans and Turks in Belgium

Two people were stabbed prior to a mass brawl in the Belgian city of Genk on Christmas day that saw a mob of around 40 young migrants from Afghanistan and Turkey clash.

The clash took place on Saturday evening at around 8 pm near the city’s main train station, where the first stabbing took place and saw an 18-year-old injured. The group of Afghans are believed to have come from the Lanaken asylum centre, while the Turks are said to be local residents of the city.

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UK: Leftist Politician Compares Border Control to Turning Baby Jesus Over to Herod

Leftist lawmaker Ross Greer accused the MP for Dover of being willing to hand over the baby Jesus to King Herod after she said the Channel migrant crisis should be brought to an end.

Natalie Elphicke, who represents a port city which bears the brunt of much of the illegal immigration to the United Kingdom, had said that this Christmas “reinforces to me how vital it is that we bring the treacherous small boat crossings [in the English Channel] to an end once and for all.”

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UK: No Christmas Break for the People-Smugglers: Up to 60 Migrants Including Six Children Are Brought Ashore at Dover After Braving Heavy Wind and Rain to Cross the Channel

Up to 60 desperate migrants were brought ashore to Dover in the early hours of this morning, after enduring a treacherous Channel crossing.

The group, which is understood to have included six children, arrived at 3.30am after surviving a dangerous sea journey with heavy winds and rain at the hands of ruthless people smugglers.

It comes just a day after the bodies of 16 Iraqi Kurdish migrants who drowned in November when their dinghy deflated during a Channel crossing were returned to their families in Iraqi Kurdistan.

[Comment: Article dated December 27, 2021.]

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UK: The 1,100 Asylum Seekers Who Pretend to be Children: Two Out of Three People Seeking Refuge in UK Claimed to be Under 18… But Lied About Their True Age, New Data Suggests

The number of asylum seekers pretending to be children has reached a record high, according to official data.

More than 1,100 migrants who claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults in the 12 months to September.

It was the highest number since the collection of figures began in 2006.

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UK: Unmasked: The Trio of Human Traffickers Who Made £1m From Channel Migrant Crossings

Three traffickers who raked in more than £1million by sending hundreds of migrants across the Channel into Britain can be unmasked today.

Syrian Mohammad Fiate, 22, and two 25-year-old Kurdish associates, Sharam Shorsh and Ali Haldin, have been jailed for facilitating more than 500 crossings.

Their guilty verdicts came just weeks after a migrant boat sank off Calais, leaving at least 27 people dead.

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Majority of Americans ‘Strongly Agree’ There Are ‘Only Two Genders’: Poll

A new survey out from Rasmussen found that a majority of Americans believe that there are only “two genders.” The poll asked, “Do you agree or disagree with this statement: There are two genders, male and female?” Of the 75 percent who agree with the statement, 63 percent of those polled “strongly agreed.”

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Tumblr Introduces New Censorship Techniques on iPhone

Tumblr, once a social media powerhouse, is apparently not done with its censorship war started some years ago, that many think, along with other less than prudent decisions, contributed to its slow downfall.

The current controversy is discussed on Twitter by iOS app users, who have been noticing that a more strict tag filter is allegedly now being used — unofficially, since those noticing the change have been discovering what’s on that blacklist themselves.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/27/2021

  1. The article about the ‘Delta Karen’ said this:

    “The FAA has received more than 5,000 complaints about unruly passengers so far this year… five times more than in 2020…

    Through November 1, there had been 5,033 reports of unruly passenger incidents, including 3,642 related to pandemic face covering regulations.”

    This seems to collaborate the Pew Study on mental health that found that over half of white liberal women in the U.S. have mental health issues, and over 56% of liberal white women 18-29 have been given a mental health diagnosis, more than double that of conservative white women that age, which still had a frighteningly high 27% diagnosis rate. Society is messed up.
    https://trendingpolitics.com/lol-pew-study-shows-53-of-white-liberal-women-have-a-mental-disorder/

    • And of course Jazz, there were less flights n 2021 than 2020.

      How do blokes get married over there. Most women look like they won first prize at the local cattle show. Given that they are also mentally challenged it must be a real crapshoot finding a chick that doesn’t cost you a fortune in terms of food or psychiatry bills!

      The skinny ones almost always appear to be complete loons.

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWqeyLvvK4I

    Ukraine. A huge banner with Bandera was hung on the building of the Ternopil regional council (this is the one who staged the Volyn massacre for the Poles)

    This was done to attract the attention of the population to the 113th anniversary of the birth of Bandera. Also in memory of Bandera on January 1, they intend to hold a torchlight procession in Ternopil.
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    In Ukraine, a decision was made to celebrate at the state level the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, recognized as an extremist organization and banned in the Russian Federation). The corresponding resolution was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the press service of the parliament said.

    In 2022, the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the organization will be celebrated with solemn events across the country. Recall that the UPA (recognized as an extremist organization and banned) was created in October 1942 by Ukrainian nationalists, operated against Soviet troops in Western Ukraine, collaborating with the Nazis.

    https://www.mk.ru/politics/2021/12/28/ukraina-reshila-otprazdnovat-80letie-upa-na-gosudarstvennom-urovne.html

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