Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/14/2022

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act in order to deal with the Freedom Convoy. A number of protesters have been arrested at various locations. Banks are authorized to shut down the accounts of convoy participants, those who aid them, and even people who express support on social media. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has protested Mr. Trudeau’s actions.

In other news, the woman in Vienna who stabbed a migrant who was attempting to rape her has been charged with inflicting bodily harm.

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Financial Crisis
» Pandemic-Driven Closures See Business Bankruptcies at 35-Year High
 
USA
» Albuquerque Stabbings: 11 Knifed in Attacks by Suspect on BMX Bike, Police Say
» Anti-CRT Bills Aim to Outlaw Discrimination, Not Free Speech, Advocates Say
» D.C. Mayor to Drop Indoor Vaccine Mandate for Businesses
» Durham Probe Has ‘Accelerated, ‘ With More People ‘Cooperating, ‘ Coming Before Grand Jury
» Even Democrats Want Hillary Investigated Over Russiagate
» Homeless Career Criminal Allegedly Stabs Asian Woman to Death in Her NYC Apartment
» LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Defies Public Health Guidance, Goes Maskless at Super Bowl
» Lightfoot: Too Soon to Say When Chicago Will Lift Mask Mandate
» Minnesota Bank Moves to Close MyPillow Corporate Account
» NSBA Head Knew About DOJ’s Plans to Target Parents in Memo ‘Before They Were Published’
» NY Mayor Tells Social Media Companies to Censor Rap Videos
» Protests Ease as Oakdale Joint Unified Tells Unmasked 7th-12th Graders to Stay Home
» Protests Demand Archdiocese Drop Mask Mandates at Louisville Catholic Schools
» Sarah Palin’s Defamation Case Against New York Times Tossed for Failing to Prove Paper Acted With Malice
» The Media is Already Demanding the Metaverse be Censored for “Misinformation”
» Video: Biden Declares “Personal Freedom” Comes Second to COVID Mandates
» Woke Professor Triggered by Discovery That He Makes Less Money Than Manager at Panda Express
 
Canada
» Ambassador Bridge Reopens With Heavy Police Presence Around Former Windsor, Ont., Protest Site
» Artur Pawlowski’s Family Speaks to Rebel News as Hundreds Gather to Support Jailed Pastor
» Bloc Québécois Leader Slams Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act to Deal With Freedom Protests
» Breaking: Freeland Announces Measures Targeting Crowdfunding Platforms, Cryptocurencies to Curtail Freedom Convoy Funding
» Breaking: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Condemns Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act to Target Freedom Protesters
» CBC ‘Experts’ Warn Against ‘Far-Right’ Connotations of the Word ‘Freedom’
» Civil Servants, NASA Employees and an American Billionaire Among Donors Leaked in GiveSendGo Hack
» Exclusive Video— Freedom Convoy Supporter: Media Are Destroying Families, ‘My Sister Won’t Speak to Me’
» Ford Says Ontario Ending Vaccine Certificates on March 1 ‘Despite’ Trucker Protests
» Justin Trudeau Tanks in the Polls With Both Supporters and Opponents of ‘Freedom Convoy’
» Minister’s Husband’s Companies Awarded Hundreds of Millions in Federal COVID Contracts
» MPs Defeat Conservative Motion Calling for Federal Plan to End Vaccine Mandates, Restrictions
» Multiple Canadian Premiers Oppose Trudeau Invoking Emergencies Act
» MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to Donate Thousands of Pillows to Canadian Freedom Protesters: ‘Don’t Give Up!’
» Ontario NDP Accuses Ford of Supporting Anti-Vaxxers by Ending Vaccine Passports
» Parents Tell Us Why They Brought Their Children to Freedom Convoy Events
» Poilievre to Trudeau: ‘Eliminate These Mandates’ And ‘Let the Protesters Go Back to Their Jobs’
» Police Monitor Ongoing COVID-19 Protest at Pacific Highway Border Crossing
» Police Arrest 11 in Coutts After Midnight Raid
» Police Block Road Leading to America to Prevent ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protesters From Walking Over
» ‘Proof of Failure’: Opposition Parties React to Trudeau’s Call for Emergencies Act
» Thousands Take to Edmonton Streets for Third Weekly Protest as Part of Freedom Convoy Movement
» Truckers to Trudeau: ‘We Will Hold the Line’ Despite Emergencies Act
» Trudeau Invokes the Emergencies Act to Clear Protesters, Border Blockades
» Trudeau Plans to Invoke Emergencies Act in Response to Protests: Sources
» Twitter Allows Hacked GiveSendGo Freedom Convoy Data to Spread on Platform, Ignores Own Policies
» Two-Thirds of Canadians Ready to Drop COVID-19 Restrictions
» Veterans Explain Why They Removed Police Fencing Around Ottawa’s National War Memorial
» Video: Canadian Media Still Pushing Crackpot Theory That Truckers Are Russian Agents
» Watch: Freedom Convoy Organizer Speaks to a Huge Crowd: ‘This is an Example for the World’
» ‘Where’s Trudo’ Comic Brutally Mocks Justin Trudeau for Hiding During Freedom Convoy Protests
 
Europe and the EU
» At Least 7 Killed in Explosion and Fire in Southern France
» COVID Protest Convoy Arrives in Brussels
» Dutch Poised to Lift Most Remaining Coronavirus Restrictions
» EU: MEP Wants Clarity on Graphene in COVID Vaccines
» France to Build Up to 14 New Nuclear Reactors by 2050, Says Macron
» France Begins Trial for Jihadists Who Murdered Catholic Priest Jacques Hamel
» Gas at $7.70 a Gallon? UK Pump Prices Hit New Highs
» Germany Reveals End Date for Most COVID Restrictions
» German Press Criticized for Falsely Claiming Viktor Orban Said Hungry Could Leave the EU
» Hungary’s Conservative Fidesz Has Comfortable Lead Ahead of Elections
» ‘Turk Marries Cousin’ — Dispute Erupts Over German High School Philosophy Task
» YouTube Suspends Commentator Alex Belfield for Two Weeks
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israelis Mount Their Own COVID-19 ‘Freedom Convoy’
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand’s PM Signals Harsher Stance on Vaccine Protest
» New Zealand: COVID-19: Anti-Mandate Protesters Set Up Camp in Christchurch
» New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Blames Mysterious ‘Imported’ Forces for Freedom Convoy
» No More Masks, Warning for Smokers and Novavax to the Rescue: Dr Nick Coatsworth Pushes for a Huge Change to COVID-19 Rules Because the ‘Tide Has Turned’ And Tells Millions of Aussies to Clean Up Their Act
» The Billionaire Chinese Tycoon Named as the ‘Puppeteer’ In Mysterious Foreign Plot to Manipulate Australia’s Upcoming Election — and Has Spent $50m on Donations to Politicians, Universities
 
Immigration
» Austria to Organise Conference on Quicker Repatriation of Migrants
» France: Colombian Arrested for Stabbing 18-Year-Old Girl in Her Throat
» ‘I Don’t Take Orders From Women’ Muslim Migrant Suspected of Stabbing Pregnant Boss in Italy
» Nearly Six-in-Ten Greeks Say Reducing Immigration is a High Priority
» Woman in Vienna Charged With ‘Bodily Harm’ After Fighting Off Migrant Rapist
 
Culture Wars
» Sweden: Teacher Fired for Refusing to Refer to Trans Child With Gender-Neutral Pronoun
» UK: 6-Year-Old Boy Labeled ‘Transphobic’ By School for Being Confused by ‘Gender Fluid’ Student
» Woke ABC Guest Who Slammed PM for Eating White Bread Breaks Her Silence With a Bizarre Loaf Suggestion for Scott Morrison — as She Cops ‘Homophobic and Transphobic’ Messages
 

Pandemic-Driven Closures See Business Bankruptcies at 35-Year High

Businesses experienced a sharp increase in bankruptcies in the last quarter of 2021 according to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP).

Insolvencies were up by 36.8% across the board during last year’s fourth quarter, marking a 35-year high. The brunt of the damage was caused by closures in the food, accommodation and construction industries.

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

Albuquerque Stabbings: 11 Knifed in Attacks by Suspect on BMX Bike, Police Say

Police in Albuquerque arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people on Sunday in a string of attacks believed to have been carried out across the city on a BMX-style bike, authorities said.

In a statement posted to Twitter Sunday, The Albuquerque Police Department said officers were investigating “several stabbing incidents”.

It said officers had identified at least seven possible scenes stretching from the city’s downtown to central areas, with at least one site in the Wyoming and Central streets.

“The lone suspect is in custody,” the department said, with the suspect yet to be identified.

During a press conference, police said officers had first responded to a report of a stabbing downtown at around 11 a.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) Sunday, according to local NBC affiliate KOB.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos said it had not yet been confirmed that the first scene was connected to the string of attacks, but police believe it was.

Shortly after that incident, Gallegos said police responded to a succession of other stabbing reports across the city, with the same man believed to be behind the attacks.

Gallegos said the stabbings appeared to have been carried out at random.

He said the suspect was reported to be riding a BMX-style bike and to have carried out the attacks with a large knife…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Anti-CRT Bills Aim to Outlaw Discrimination, Not Free Speech, Advocates Say

Republican legislators in states across the country have introduced legislation to combat the use of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools, and while critics claim the bills attack free speech, advocates frame the issue as a matter of preventing discrimination on the basis of race and upholding federal civil-rights law.

“This is very clearly about rooting out discrimination and racism for everyone. This is not a Republican issue. This is not a Democrat issue,” Arizona State Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Gilbert, the sponsor of three bills on the issue, told Fox News Digital. “This furthers the work of our civil rights leaders who fought so hard to get us to where we are today.”

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

D.C. Mayor to Drop Indoor Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

Mayor Muriel Bowser is revoking the vaccine requirement for indoor businesses in Washington, D.C., effective Tuesday, she announced on Monday.

Under the order, private enterprises and certain public places will no longer be required to verify customers’ vaccination status, although they can impose the rules themselves if they choose. The mandate was first enacted only a month ago, effective January 15.

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

Durham Probe Has ‘Accelerated, ‘ With More People ‘Cooperating, ‘ Coming Before Grand Jury

Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation has “accelerated,” and more people are “cooperating” and coming before the federal grand jury than has previously been reported, a source familiar with the probe told Fox News.

The source told Fox News Monday that Durham has run his investigation “very professionally,” and, unlike Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, his activities, and witness information and cooperation status are rarely, if ever, leaked.

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

Even Democrats Want Hillary Investigated Over Russiagate

According to a new poll, a sizable majority of Americans want to see Hillary Clinton investigated over her role in the Russiagate scandal—including a large number of Democrats.

According to the poll, which was conducted by TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics in New Jersey, nearly three out of four Americans want to see Hillary Clinton investigated for her connection to the efforts to frame Trump for ties to Russia. That number includes 66 percent of Democrats.

The poll was conducted last month, before the latest revelations from a motion filed Friday by Special Counsel John Durham alleging that Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign paid a technology firm to “infiltrate’’ servers at Trump Tower (and later the White House) to link Trump to Russia.

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

Homeless Career Criminal Allegedly Stabs Asian Woman to Death in Her NYC Apartment

Christina Yuna Lee entered her apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Sunday morning, not realizing she was followed inside allegedly by a homeless man out on bail for previous alleged violent crimes. The man is accused of stabbing Lee to death in her apartment.

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

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Defies Public Health Guidance, Goes Maskless at Super Bowl

The Los Angeles Department of Health issued an advisory prior to Sunday’s big game, saying that face masks would be required at the stadium in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA’s COVID-restriction crazed mayor, showed up to the Super Bowl to root for his hometown Rams and notably did not wear a mask.

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

Lightfoot: Too Soon to Say When Chicago Will Lift Mask Mandate

The indoor mask mandate in Illinois will be lifted in two weeks, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it’s too soon to say whether Chicago will follow suit.

“February 28 is obviously the date that the state set, that’s not the date that the city set,” said Lightfoot. “We’re still though at 500 cases a day — not where we want to be. We’re still seeing too many people dying every day from COVID. So, I think we’re making great progress. Dr. Arwady and I will have more to say on that later this week, but I don’t want to put an artificial date on when this is gonna happen when we still see some danger signs in the data.”

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

Minnesota Bank Moves to Close MyPillow Corporate Account

On Monday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon on his War Room show that Heartland Financial’s Minnesota Bank & Trust sent him papers notifying him that they’re closing his account.

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

NSBA Head Knew About DOJ’s Plans to Target Parents in Memo ‘Before They Were Published’

A new report on Monday alleges that the National School Boards Association CEO knew ahead of time about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s controversial “school boards” memo, before it was published last year.

Even fellow board members seemed to be out of the loop beforehand.

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

NY Mayor Tells Social Media Companies to Censor Rap Videos

On Friday, New York’s Mayor Eric Adams asked social media companies to censor some types of rap videos that he says glorify violence.

The mayor said that he was not familiar with drill rapping. He learned more about it from his son.

“I had no idea what drill rapping was. My son sent me videos. It was alarming,” he said.

Adams said he plans on meeting with social media companies to tell them to ban drill rap videos.

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

Protests Ease as Oakdale Joint Unified Tells Unmasked 7th-12th Graders to Stay Home

Protests at Oakdale schools eased Monday following the district’s announcement that unmasked secondary students would be barred from campus buildings and referred to independent study.

Seventy-three students in Oakdale Joint Unified School District missed school Monday in connection with protests against masks, according to Superintendent Dave Kline. Over 340 students refused to wear masks last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 40 to 50 of those students protested in front of the district office, Kline said.

Parents protested at schools and the district office last week, too. The superintendent reported no protests in front of schools or the district office on Monday.

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

Protests Demand Archdiocese Drop Mask Mandates at Louisville Catholic Schools

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Some parents of Louisville Catholic school students are protesting over mask mandates.

A couple dozen parents protested outside the Archdiocese of Louisville headquarters on Poplar Level Road on Monday.

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

Sarah Palin’s Defamation Case Against New York Times Tossed for Failing to Prove Paper Acted With Malice

NEW YORK — A U.S. judge on Monday said he will throw out Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times after concluding that the newspaper did not in an editorial maliciously link the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate to a mass murder.

In an abrupt twist in a trial seen as a test of longstanding protections for American media, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said Palin’s lawsuit must be dismissed because she failed to show the Times acted with “actual malice,” the established standard in such cases.

The judge, however, allowed jurors to continue their deliberations in the case despite his intention to dismiss it and did not inform them of his plans. Rakoff said he plans to enter a formal dismissal only after jurors reach their own verdict.

“If you see anything in the media about this case, just turn away,” the judge told jurors before dismissing them for the day.

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

The Media is Already Demanding the Metaverse be Censored for “Misinformation”

The relentless search of new parts of the social media and tech ecosystems that could yet be censored has reached a “milestone” now with Buzzfeed looking for ways to flush out “misinformation” on private Horizon Worlds, and hold Meta (Facebook) responsible if found not to be “doing enough.”

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

Video: Biden Declares “Personal Freedom” Comes Second to COVID Mandates

Joe Biden managed to cobble together a sentence during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt over the weekend, declaring that his message to people who want COVID to be over is that their personal freedoms come second to his mandates.

“What’s your message to people who want desperately for [Covid] to be over and to be able to resume the lives they remember?” Holt asked Biden.

“If your exercising personal freedom puts someone else in jeopardy, their health in jeopardy, I don’t consider that freedom,” Biden sarcastically stated in response, before telling people who don’t want to continue wearing masks or getting jabs to “think of the children.”

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

Woke Professor Triggered by Discovery That He Makes Less Money Than Manager at Panda Express

Dr. Spencer Bagley, a professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, complained on Twitter about the fact that Panda Express is willing to pay a manager more than he gets paid as a college educator.

He was immediately roasted for his Feb. 11 post and called an “elitist.”

“My salary as an associate professor of mathematics at Westminster College, three blocks away from this sign, is $61,500,” tweeted Bagley, posting a picture of a recruitment sign from the massive Asian food chain advertising a general manager position that has a total potential annual compensation of “$69,000/Yr + Bonus.”

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

Ambassador Bridge Reopens With Heavy Police Presence Around Former Windsor, Ont., Protest Site

Traffic once again started flowing across the Ambassador Bridge on Monday after a six-day protest shuttered the international crossing between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.

Shortly after midnight, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced “normal operations” had resumed at one of the busiest border crossings in the country.

Protesters against pandemic restrictions had blocked the main exit and entrance of the bridge for nearly a week. Police cleared the protesters and vehicles were towed away on Sunday.

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

Artur Pawlowski’s Family Speaks to Rebel News as Hundreds Gather to Support Jailed Pastor

Pastor Artur Pawlowski has been arrested for the fifth time.

He is being held, reportedly in solitary confinement and bad conditions according to the Pawlowski family, until his bail hearing on Wednesday, and if bail is not granted there is no telling how long this pastor will remain in jail.

His latest charges include trespassing, mischief over $5,000 and most concerningly he is the first person ever to be charged under the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act. I was recently joined by Sarah Miller of JSS Barristers, who has been serving as Pastor Artur’s legal counsel at no cost to him thanks to your donations at SaveArtur.com, to break down the legal aspects of this story. To watch out legal breakdown of the charges click here.

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

Bloc Québécois Leader Slams Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act to Deal With Freedom Protests

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is the latest voice to object to the Trudeau government’s use of the Emergencies Act to respond to the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protests in Ottawa and elsewhere across the nation.

“Let’s understand clearly that Quebec, Quebec government and us do not want this law to be implemented on the territory of Quebec. It is not legitimate, and it is useless,” he said Monday.

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

Breaking: Freeland Announces Measures Targeting Crowdfunding Platforms, Cryptocurencies to Curtail Freedom Convoy Funding

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act will enable him to take unprecedented action in quelling the Freedom Convoy protests that took to the nation’s capital of Ottawa and inspired similar blockades elsewhere across the country — and even internationally, in Paris, Brussels, Wellington, and Canberra, among others.

At the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that measures are being taken to curtail the funding of the ongoing protests, which includes both crowdfunding platforms as well as digital assets and cryptocurrency.

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

Breaking: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Condemns Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act to Target Freedom Protesters

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has spoken out against Justin Trudeau’s unprecedented use of emergency powers to target truckers and their supporters who are protesting in the name of freedom across Canada.

The association released a statement via Twitter that read:

“The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act. This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met.

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

CBC ‘Experts’ Warn Against ‘Far-Right’ Connotations of the Word ‘Freedom’

Trudeau’s state broadcaster, the CBC, said in an article released on Sunday that “freedom” has become a rallying cry used commonly among far-right groups.

The article states that freedom is, to many, a “malleable term” and a word that’s “open to interpretation.”

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

Civil Servants, NASA Employees and an American Billionaire Among Donors Leaked in GiveSendGo Hack

An American tech billionaire, two NASA employees and Canadian civil servants are among a leaked list of nearly 100,000 Freedom Convoy donors, according to information released by hackers responsible for taking down the group’s crowdfunding site.

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

Exclusive Video— Freedom Convoy Supporter: Media Are Destroying Families, ‘My Sister Won’t Speak to Me’

Wayne, a demonstrator supporting the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, ON, told Breitbart News on Saturday that families are being “destroyed” by divisions related to the politics of COVID-19.

“My sister won’t speak to me, and she’s got two nephews that I adore,” said Wayne, who traveled to Ottawa from Toronto. “She won’t speak to me. … It’s ridiculous.”

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

Ford Says Ontario Ending Vaccine Certificates on March 1 ‘Despite’ Trucker Protests

TORONTO — Ontario is ending its vaccine certificate system on March 1, when capacity limits in public settings and restrictions on social gathering sizes will fully lift as well, though masking requirements will remain for now.

Premier Doug Ford insisted the steps are not a result of pressure from anti-vaccine mandate protesters.

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

Justin Trudeau Tanks in the Polls With Both Supporters and Opponents of ‘Freedom Convoy’

Far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a popularity collapse, several polls published this weekend found, in the aftermath of his handling of the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” anti-mandate protests — with both supporters and opponents of the protesters.

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

Minister’s Husband’s Companies Awarded Hundreds of Millions in Federal COVID Contracts

Some of you may recall Anita Anand, the Liberal MP serving as minister of defence, that hosted an event in Cobourg, Ontario last September that I attempted to attend as media. The email invitation to the $500/ticket event stated that the “Liberal Party is committed to openness and transparency… that they are committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for open and transparent fundraising events (including media coverage).”

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

MPs Defeat Conservative Motion Calling for Federal Plan to End Vaccine Mandates, Restrictions

The Conservative push to have the Liberal government present a plan to end federal vaccine mandates and restrictions by the end of the month was struck down on Monday.

The motion was defeated 185 to 151, with the Liberals, NDP, and Greens, for the most part, voting against the move and the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois voting in favour of it.

Unsurprisingly, Liberal MP Joel Lightbound also supported the motion. The Louis-Hébert, Que. MP publically spoke out against the government’s approach to the pandemic last week.

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

Multiple Canadian Premiers Oppose Trudeau Invoking Emergencies Act

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has been making headlines recently, first for standing in support of the truckers convoy, then for being the first premier in Canada to announce an end to vaccine passports in their province.

A few other Canadian premiers followed shortly after, with Progressive Conservative Premier Heather Stefanson announcing the planned loosening of restrictions in Manitoba as well.

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

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to Donate Thousands of Pillows to Canadian Freedom Protesters: ‘Don’t Give Up!’

On Saturday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell promised to donate thousands of pillows to the Freedom Convoy protesters across Canada, in support of the group’s ongoing protests against the Trudeau goverment’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The Right Side Broadcasting Network’s Brian Glenn spoke with the MyPillow founder at the “Save WI, Save America” event over the weekend.

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

Ontario NDP Accuses Ford of Supporting Anti-Vaxxers by Ending Vaccine Passports

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has said that Premier Doug Ford is caving to anti-vaxxers by announcing he is dropping vaccine passports.

Horwath claimed that vaccine passports are helping to keep Ontario open and are protecting people.

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

Parents Tell Us Why They Brought Their Children to Freedom Convoy Events

Mainstream media outlets have recently claimed to be concerned about the safety of children during the Freedom Convoy movement. Some even went so far as to suggest sending child protection to take back the children of truckers’ families who had their children with them at the Ottawa demonstration.

I went out on the field to ask parents questions to find out why it was important for them to bring their child to the event.

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

Poilievre to Trudeau: ‘Eliminate These Mandates’ And ‘Let the Protesters Go Back to Their Jobs’

Shadow Minister Pierre Poilievre told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday that he must lift the COVID restrictions and that this would end the protests nationwide.

“It’s clear that Justin Trudeau has caused a political emergency,” Poilievre stated.

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

Police Monitor Ongoing COVID-19 Protest at Pacific Highway Border Crossing

A blockade at the Pacific Border Crossing in Surrey continued on Monday, despite the arrest of four protesters the day before.

The crossing has now been disrupted for three days as part of protests nationwide against COVID-19 vaccination mandates and other restrictions.

Surrey RCMP are monitoring the protests at the Highway 15 border crossing and have not moved in to make arrests.

“Protest activity in the area has made it necessary to divert vehicle traffic to alternate border crossings,” said RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn in an update on Monday.

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

Police Arrest 11 in Coutts After Midnight Raid

Sunday night, RCMP say they obtained a search warrant for a house in Coutts, Alberta, the border village where truckers and farmers have been blocking border access for two weeks in protest of COVID-19 restrictions.

Eleven people were arrested after being involved in what the RCMP called a criminal organization; 13 “long guns” along with handguns, body armour, a machete and ammo were seized from the raided home and trailers.

Rebel News reporter Sydney Fizzard has been embedded in the blockade since January 30. Syd was on the scene in Coutts on Sunday night as police presence ramped up.

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

Police Block Road Leading to America to Prevent ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protesters From Walking Over

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) shut down a road leading to the Pacific Highway border crossing — which connects Canada and the U.S. via their respective towns of Surrey and Blaine — on Monday in an effort to block anti-coronavirus vaccine mandate protesters from walking toward the U.S. border on foot, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported.

“As of 9 a.m. PT on Monday, the road leading to the crossing remains closed and police are still on-site,” the RCMP said on February 14.

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

‘Proof of Failure’: Opposition Parties React to Trudeau’s Call for Emergencies Act

OTTAWA — Federal opposition parties say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act is a “proof of failure” in dealing with convoy blockades across the country.

Trudeau’s proposal was also quickly dismissed by the premiers of Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. It received support from Ontario, where the blockades paralyzed a major U.S.-Canada bridge in Windsor and part of the downtown core around Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

As a leader of a minority government, Trudeau needs the support of one the opposition parties to have the Act passed by Parliament within seven days.

Monday morning, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he was ready to support Trudeau when he invoked the Emergencies Act, but that the fact the Prime Minister needed to resort to it was an indictment of his “inaction” through the crisis rocking parts of Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C.

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

Thousands Take to Edmonton Streets for Third Weekly Protest as Part of Freedom Convoy Movement

Last Saturday afternoon, thousands of cheering supporters joined hundreds of truckers (and me!) to ignore a local Edmonton ban on horn honking to protest remaining COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The protest is part of a larger protest movement of convoys in cities across Canada — and now across the world — against lockdown restrictions and vaccine mandates for work, play and travel. The original Convoy For Freedom to Ottawa began its third week in the nation’s capital Friday and shows no sign of stopping or withdrawing its demands to end pandemic regulations in a return to normalcy.

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

Truckers to Trudeau: ‘We Will Hold the Line’ Despite Emergencies Act

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich had a message for Justin Trudeau, after reports that the prime minister would be invoking the Emergencies Act: “We will hold the line.”

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

Trudeau Invokes the Emergencies Act to Clear Protesters, Border Blockades

OTTAWA — For the first time since its creation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking the Emergencies Act, giving the government far reaching powers, allowing the government to freeze financial accounts, press tow truck operators into service and end blockades.

Trudeau said the protests are causing havoc to the lives of people in Ottawa and doing serious economic damage across the country.

“Here in our capital city, families, small businesses have been enduring illegal obstruction of their neighborhoods, occupying the streets, harassing people and breaking the law. This is not a peaceful protest,” Trudeau said.

The Emergencies Act was created in 1988 as the modern-day replacement to the War Measures Act. It allows the federal government to force companies to essential services, which in this case could mean tow-truck drivers who have been reluctant to get involved with the Ottawa protests.

The act can limit public protests especially ones that blockade roads. The act also allows for the military to be used as police, but Trudeau stressed the military will not be called in and the act’s use will be limited.

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Trudeau Plans to Invoke Emergencies Act in Response to Protests: Sources

Act grants cabinet ability to take ‘special temporary measures that may not be appropriate in normal times’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his caucus he will invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act to give the federal government extra powers to handle anti-vaccine mandate protests across the country, sources say.

Those sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the prime minister informed the premiers of his decision this morning.

The Emergencies Act, which replaced the War Measures Act in the 1980s, defines a national emergency as a temporary “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it.”

It gives special powers to the prime minister to respond to emergency scenarios affecting public welfare (natural disasters, disease outbreaks), public order (civil unrest), international emergencies or war emergencies…

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Twitter Allows Hacked GiveSendGo Freedom Convoy Data to Spread on Platform, Ignores Own Policies

For the second time, Twitter is allowing hacked data from the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo to spread freely on the platform, despite its seemingly stringent policies against sharing hacked material. This time, the Masters of the Universe are allowing users to spread hacked data on the site’s Freedom Convoy fundraiser.

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Two-Thirds of Canadians Ready to Drop COVID-19 Restrictions

Two-thirds of Canadians believe it’s time to drop COVID-19 restrictions and begin living with the virus, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Maru Public Opinion for Postmedia, revealed that 64 per cent of respondents believe that unless hospitals and intensive care units are affected by a sudden surge of COVID-19 patients that compromises the care of other people, governments should lift pandemic restrictions.

Respondents living in Quebec (71 per cent), Alberta (65 per cent) and Ontario (65 per cent) were found to be the most likely to hold this view. Those who are least likely reside in British Columbia (48 per cent), Manitoba and Saskatchewan (41 per cent), and Atlantic Canada (39 per cent).

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Veterans Explain Why They Removed Police Fencing Around Ottawa’s National War Memorial

Nearly two weeks ago, someone had danced on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since then, police officers have put a fence all around the War Memorial as well as the tomb itself.

This weekend, veterans came together with the intent of removing the enclosure. They wanted to take back what is theirs in order to be closer to it.

In this video, you can better understand their points of view surrounding this action.

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Video: Canadian Media Still Pushing Crackpot Theory That Truckers Are Russian Agents

As the Canadian freedom convoy rolls on and continues to influence other protesters around the globe, Canadian media continues to push outright disinformation by suggesting that the Russian government is behind the movement.

When the convoy first came to prominence at the end of January, state broadcaster the Canadian Broadcasting Company began spreading completely unfounded claims that “Russian actors” were present among the Canadian truckers holding up major cities including Ottawa and Toronto, as well as border crossings.

The tenuous reasoning behind the theory is that Canada has expressed support for Ukraine during the country’s ongoing tensions with Russia.

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Watch: Freedom Convoy Organizer Speaks to a Huge Crowd: ‘This is an Example for the World’

Benjamin Dichter, one of the founding organizers of the Freedom Convoy, braved the cold, as did his audience, to speak on Sunday as part of the convoy’s continued protests in Ottawa.

Dichter had just had surgery on Friday, and apologized if he “seemed low energy” because of this, but he spoke at length about important issues nonetheless, and was received by an enthused multitude.

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‘Where’s Trudo’ Comic Brutally Mocks Justin Trudeau for Hiding During Freedom Convoy Protests

A cartoon titled “Where’s Trudo?” is brutally mocking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for hiding while “Freedom Convoy” truckers protested coronavirus lockdowns and masking mandates in Ottawa.

The parody of Trudeau’s authoritarian Canada was created in the “Where’s Waldo” style by artist Bob Moran and features in comic form many of the outrageously, left-wing people and events that are occurring in Canada even as the Freedom Convoy is desperately trying to put a halt to some of it.

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At Least 7 Killed in Explosion and Fire in Southern France

PARIS (AP) — At least seven people, including two children, have been killed in an explosion and subsequent fire that occurred in apartment buildings in southern France on Monday.

Officials said a search is ongoing for at least two people who are missing.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin went to the site in the town of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque and said about 30 people were wounded or suffered psychological trauma in the explosion that occurred around 2 a.m.

Local radio France Bleu Roussillon reported that the explosion occurred on the ground floor of a two-story building, which was a grocery-sandwich bar. The fire then spread to neighboring buildings.

Perpignan prosecutor Jean-David Cavaillé said it’s too early to know what caused the explosion but he mentioned the possibility that gas cylinders may have been present in the shop. An investigation is underway…

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COVID Protest Convoy Arrives in Brussels

BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (Reuters) — About 500 cars and campervans arrived in Brussels on Monday, mainly from France, in a convoy to protest against coronavirus restrictions, Brussels mayor Philippe Close said.

The vehicles were barred from the city. Police directed them to a parking place on the outskirts of Brussels, from where protesters continued on foot to a square in the city centre and the area housing European Union institutions.

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Dutch Poised to Lift Most Remaining Coronavirus Restrictions

The government is almost certain to announce it is suspending all the coronavirus rules from February 25, apart from the basic hygiene regulations, broadcaster NOS said on Monday evening.

Cabinet sources have told the broadcaster that ministers are prepared to go further than the recommendations made by the Outbreak Management Team which were sent to parliament by health minister Ernst Kuipers on Monday evening.

The OMT is recommending that the use of face masks be dropped as well as social distancing. Home working will no longer be the standard policy either but should be phased out in stages.

But the government experts are keen to see the use of the coronavirus pass continue — something that the cabinet is now planning to drop on February 25, if the NOS report is accurate…

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EU: MEP Wants Clarity on Graphene in COVID Vaccines

Italian MEP Sergio Berlato wants clarity on graphene in the Covid vaccines. He referred to a recent study by Dr. Ricardo Delgado Martin and Dr. Pablo Campra, who claimed to have found graphene oxide in the Covid vaccines by using Micro-Raman spectroscopy.

Berlato further pointed out that in 2018 a team of researchers demonstrated that graphene could convert electrical signals into ultra-short terahertz signals with trillions of cycles per second. The silicon-based electronic components we use today achieve clock speeds of x-gigahertz, where 1 GHz corresponds to 1000 million cycles per second.

The scientists have shown that graphene could convert signals with these frequencies into signals with frequencies a thousand times higher than signals generated with silicon, according to Berlato.

“Graphene is therefore able to absorb radiation, which means it is highly toxic and harmful to human health when this material is included in a vaccine,” the MP noted.

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France to Build Up to 14 New Nuclear Reactors by 2050, Says Macron

Emmanuel Macron has announced a “renaissance” for the French nuclear industry with a vast programme to build as many as 14 new reactors, arguing that it would help end the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and make France carbon neutral by 2050.

“What our country needs … is the rebirth of France’s nuclear industry,” Macron said in a speech in the eastern industrial town of Belfort, in which he lauded the country’s technological prowess.

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France Begins Trial for Jihadists Who Murdered Catholic Priest Jacques Hamel

A Paris criminal court opened trial Monday for the case of Father Jacques Hamel, a Catholic priest whose throat was slit by two Islamic terrorists in July 2016.

Nearly six years after Father Hamel’s assassination while he was celebrating Mass in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, the victims and their loved ones hope to obtain answers during this trial, despite the absence of the main protagonists.

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Gas at $7.70 a Gallon? UK Pump Prices Hit New Highs

A combination of high taxes and constrained supply continues to push fuel prices ever upwards, with average prices at the pump reaching a dizzying new high in the United Kingdom, with petroleum selling on average for £1.48 a litre — $7.60 a U.S. gallon — for the first time.

Britain’s Automobile Association (AA) has revealed that average vehicle fuel prices over the weekend had hit new highs, with petrol (gas) on sale at 148.02 pence a litre ($7.60 a U.S. gallon) and diesel at 151.57 pence ($7.76 a U.S. gallon). These are new historic highs, nudging out the previous high at the end of last year.

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Germany Reveals End Date for Most COVID Restrictions

German officials are set to end the majority of remaining government Covid restrictions in March, amid decreasing coronavirus infections, according to a draft plan reported by news agency AFP on Monday.

“Broad restrictions of social, cultural, and economic life should be gradually lifted by the start of spring on March 20, 2022,” the draft document reportedly suggests. It is set to be formally approved by federal and state leaders on Wednesday.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz indicated on Friday that Covid restrictions would begin to be relaxed when the government and federal states meet on February 16, as “the peak of the wave is in sight.” However, at that time he didn’t reveal what date specifically that that might happen.

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German Press Criticized for Falsely Claiming Viktor Orban Said Hungry Could Leave the EU

The German news agency DPA has been accused by Hungarian government officials of misrepresenting the remarks of Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his state of the nation address on Saturday.

Hungary’s State Secretary for International Communication Zoltan Kovacs took to social media on Sunday to slam the German media outlet for “fake news.”

“This DE press got it wrong. PM Orban didn’t hint at leaving EU. On the contrary, he said: ‘We, for our part, want to keep the EU together… the EU only has a future if we can stay together.’ Behold, the German fake news factory at work,” Kovacs wrote on Twitter.

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Hungary’s Conservative Fidesz Has Comfortable Lead Ahead of Elections

The conservative Fidesz-KDNP party alliance enjoys a comfortable lead over Hungary’s opposition parties with just seven weeks until the country’s general election, the latest polling has revealed.

According to a Real-PR 93 survey, 54 percent would vote for the currently ruling parties compared to 41 percent for the joint six-party opposition.

“The balance of power between the ruling parties and the left-wing coalition has been stable for months, with no significant changes,” the polling agency commented. “Forty-nine days before the parliamentary elections, the Fidesz-KDNP can count on the support of the majority of the party voters who are voting, which is currently just as much as 54 percent at the time of our survey last December.”

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‘Turk Marries Cousin’ — Dispute Erupts Over German High School Philosophy Task

A philosophy teacher at the high school in Alleestraße, Siegburg in North Rhine-Westphalia, was under the impression that children were sent to school to acquire knowledge that would prepare them for the future.

The philosophy instructor gave his students the following task:

“A Turkish father in Germany married his daughter to his brother’s son without her consent in order to secure a residence permit for Germany and thus a livelihood for him. Discuss the situation with your table neighbor. What conflicts do you see in it?”

The genetic structure of present-day Anatolia was shaped by historical and modern-day migrations, high levels of admixture, and notably inbreeding. The latter custom is currently being imported into Germany. A study of 55 175 marriages in Turkey, conducted from 1970 to 1987, showed an overall rate of consanguineous marriage of 21,21 percent (mostly first-cousin liaisons).

The discussion at hand in the classroom continued to question so-called “universal” values. “An ethics for all cultures? — Opening up the problem in the field of tension between cultural relativism and universalism.”

But the Dortmund-based “Federation of Turkish Parents’ Associations in North Rhine-Westphalia” (FÖTEV) got wind of the matter. Its stance on the topic did not differ much from the Marxist “Education and Science Union” or for that matter the current German Ministry of Education.

In an open letter to the NRW Ministry of Education, the FÖTEV based in Dortmund was “stunned”. The task “uses the vocabulary of right-wing populists” they complained.

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YouTube Suspends Commentator Alex Belfield for Two Weeks

YouTube has suspended former BBC radio host, and now independent commentator, Alex Belfield for two weeks. The suspension came at a similar time as an article in the UK Times that highlighted YouTubers it believes are profiting from “misinformation.”

Belfield, a commentator in the UK, also received two strikes on his channel and a further strike within the next 90 days would result in a permanent ban from the Big Tech giant.

The article in the Times alleged that adverts from major corporations such as Disney and Vodafone were showing up against “disturbing” content.

The Times’s problem with the independent commenter was a video about Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer called “Boris blames Keir for letting off evil BBC Saville.”

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Israelis Mount Their Own COVID-19 ‘Freedom Convoy’

An Israeli protest convoy inspired by demonstrations in Canada against coronavirus restrictions drove along the main highway linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Monday.

Dozens of vehicles made their way to the parliament building in Jerusalem from a meeting point about mid-way between the two cities.

Other protesters stood on overpasses and at intersections on the highway as the so-called “Freedom Convoy,” with some vehicles flying Israeli and Canadian flags, drove by.

“Freedom doesn’t look like this,” read one sign, showing a picture of a girl in a mask.

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New Zealand’s PM Signals Harsher Stance on Vaccine Protest

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister on Monday said protesters who oppose coronavirus mandates were using “intimidation and harassment,” as authorities appeared to take a harsher stance toward the convoy of demonstrators that has disrupted the capital of Wellington for nearly a week.

Police initially let the protesters set up tents and camp on the grounds of New Zealand’s Parliament before arresting 122 people on Thursday and then backing off again. The size of the protest dropped to a few hundred last week but increased again to around 3,000 over the weekend.

Speaking with reporters, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signaled the thinning patience of authorities.

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New Zealand: COVID-19: Anti-Mandate Protesters Set Up Camp in Christchurch

Central Christchurch residents want police to take action against a small group of anti-mandate protesters before it turns into an occupation like in Wellington.

About 10 protesters set up five tents and two donated gazebos illegally in Cranmer Square under cover of darkness on Monday evening.

The Canterbury Freedom and Rights Coalition urged people to support the protest after a planned camp-out on Saturday was abandoned due to heavy rain.

The protest has irked local residents who want police to remove the campsite before it attracts more protesters.

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Blames Mysterious ‘Imported’ Forces for Freedom Convoy

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday blamed mysterious “imported” forces for the protests against her vaccine mandates that dominate the national capital.

Ardern pointed at Canadian flags and Donald Trump images on the streets of Wellington as evidence for her conspiracy claim.

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No More Masks, Warning for Smokers and Novavax to the Rescue: Dr Nick Coatsworth Pushes for a Huge Change to COVID-19 Rules Because the ‘Tide Has Turned’ And Tells Millions of Aussies to Clean Up Their Act

The former deputy chief medical officer and outspoken medical expert on Tuesday said ‘the tide has turned on masks’ now 94 per cent of Australia was vaccinated against the virus.

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The Billionaire Chinese Tycoon Named as the ‘Puppeteer’ In Mysterious Foreign Plot to Manipulate Australia’s Upcoming Election — and Has Spent $50m on Donations to Politicians, Universities

Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching alleged property developer Chau Chak Wing is the man Australia’s spy network claims is behind a plot to bankroll and manipulate election candidates.

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Austria to Organise Conference on Quicker Repatriation of Migrants

The Austrian government will organise a conference hosting 23 countries to speed up the repatriation of illegal migrants, ensure stricter controls at the EU’s external border and to assist the Balkan countries in operationalising repatriations.

The conference will take place in Vienna from 21 to 22 February. Twenty-three countries have been invited, with 10 of them — including France and Germany — already confirming their participation.

While there are different approaches across the EU on how to deal with illegal migrants, “the similarities are greater than the differences,” Austrian interior minister Gerhard Karner told APA. This would hold especially true for the ongoing problem of human trafficking, he added.

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France: Colombian Arrested for Stabbing 18-Year-Old Girl in Her Throat

A 34-year-old Colombian was taken into custody for the Feb. 5 after the violent stabbing of an 18-year-old French girl in the town of Nantes. The victim remains in the hospital, but is no longer in critical condition.

He was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a judge in the town of Agen in the southern part of France, according to French paper Le Figaro.

The young woman, who is a student in a scientific preparatory class in Nantes high school, was violently attacked this Saturday, Feb. 5, at Avenue Camus street in Nantes. At 8 a.m., the student from Bordeaux was stabbed seven times, including once in the neck, and then hospitalized, according to the public prosecutor, Renaud Gaudeul. She was hospitalized for a severe hemorrhagic wound on her neck, resulting an attempted murder charge for the migrant.

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‘I Don’t Take Orders From Women’ Muslim Migrant Suspected of Stabbing Pregnant Boss in Italy

A man from Bangladesh was arrested in Italy last week after stabbing his pregnant boss because he was outraged she had assigned him a task, according to reports.

The horrifying incident unfolded at around 9 a.m. on Thursday at a laundry and tailoring shop in Marzano Appio, a commune in the Province of Caserta.

Workers and pedestrians say they heard “inhumane screams” coming from inside the business as the 38-year-old female owner was jabbed repeatedly with a pair of scissors by the suspect, a 23-year-old man named Mohammed, Il Giornale reports.

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Nearly Six-in-Ten Greeks Say Reducing Immigration is a High Priority

A majority of Greeks, nearly six in ten, have stated that they view reducing immigration as a “high priority” for the government in a poll of public opinion.

A total of 58 per cent of Greeks say that refusing levels of immigration should be a high priority for the government, while another 23 per cent said it was a medium priority.

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Woman in Vienna Charged With ‘Bodily Harm’ After Fighting Off Migrant Rapist

A woman in Vienna was charged with inflicting bodily harm after stabbing a Syrian migrant, despite the fact that the migrant was trying to rape her.

The woman was attacked shortly before midnight on Tuesday last week as she entered her apartment building on Schönbrunner Strasse in the district of Meidling.

Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports that the attacker grabbed the victim’s private parts and pushed her to the ground.

“But then the rape attempt took a dramatic turn: the woman, with presence of mind, managed to pull a knife out of her purse,” reports Remix News. “She stabbed her attacker several times with it until he let go of his victim, grabbed her purse and ran away badly injured. The perpetrator was discovered by the police a short time later with cuts and stab wounds at a nearby subway station and taken to a hospital.”

After he was treated for his injuries the man, a 24-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, was found to be in possession of marijuana and was arrested.

Vienna police delayed making the case public by three days and only revealed details after media outlets started asking questions, prompting accusations by some that authorities had tried to bury the incident.

The public prosecutor’s office subsequently charged the woman with bodily harm despite the fact that she was trying to defend herself from being violently raped.

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Sweden: Teacher Fired for Refusing to Refer to Trans Child With Gender-Neutral Pronoun

A Swedish teacher has been fired for refusing to refer to a non-binary student named “Saga” with a gender-neutral pronoun in a case that is attracting widespread attention in Sweden.

The young transgender person, along with his parents, had been asking the teacher for eight months to refer to him using “hen,” which is a new Swedish pronoun which is neither masculine nor feminine, and which was only accepted in the Swedish school dictionary in 2015.

The pronoun “Hen” is not widely used in Sweden, but Saga, which is not the student’s real name but how the Swedish press is referring, to him, wanted the teacher to use it, arguing that it helped him deal with psychological issues arising from being unsure about his gender identity.

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UK: 6-Year-Old Boy Labeled ‘Transphobic’ By School for Being Confused by ‘Gender Fluid’ Student

Parents of a little boy at a primary school on the Isle of Wight pulled their son from the Church of England school after they were told that if the 6-year-old was confused by another student’s “gender fluidity” he would be “transphobic.” A letter came home to parents after the boy was confused by another student, who he knew to be a boy, was wearing a dress.

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Woke ABC Guest Who Slammed PM for Eating White Bread Breaks Her Silence With a Bizarre Loaf Suggestion for Scott Morrison — as She Cops ‘Homophobic and Transphobic’ Messages

Nareen Young, a professor for Indigenous Policy at the University of Technology in Sydney , made headlines last week when she took aim at Mr Morrison for his choice of bread.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/14/2022

  1. This unbelievable!!, do that women is charged and this filthy reapist is free ??!!, what kind of world We are living!, I still saying and saying loud women protect your selfs ..!

  2. > Banks are authorized to shut down the accounts of convoy participants
    > even people who express support on social media

    convoy participation is like terrorism these day, better know in advance. Anyway nothing that was not foreseeable after all that happened lastly. Unfortunately no “insurrection” or “revolution” can ever work this way: only with an organized structure with defined leaders and armed militia it is possible to do politics in “liberal” “democracies” these days… any other attempt is going to be a total failure.

    • There it is! The first man to point out the bloody obvious, the rest of the people actually think they can do this peacefully and without bloodshed and actually vote this insanity out. You can’t! You are going to have to do some very unspeakable thinks to get the job done.

  3. Of course I agree with you ‘Save Europe’, as no doubt thousands of women and men will also. A woman defends herself from being sexually accosted, and after the event is charged with causing bodily harm to her attacker. Utterly incomprehensible, but as is often claimed the Law is an Ass- this piece of dog….p…. should be castrated and then sent back to his country of origin. If he follows the teachings of Islam, his countrymen will find a way to deal with him. We should all hope and trust that the poor woman has those charges wiped off her details and allowed to get on with her life as best she can.

  4. UK: 6-Year-Old Boy Labeled ‘Transphobic’ By School for Being Confused by ‘Gender Fluid’ Student- what on earth is going on? How could a six year old child know anything about transgender or transphobic, this situation is quite evil in its intent and that school obviously needs help, not the 6 yr old child. Compliance with such an issue is being used by twisted authorities. I know what I would do if I was a parent.

  5. Just incomprehensible- if this boy called Saga has a male organ then he is a male-simple as that-surely there should be no more argument.

  6. A thought on the Canadian situation.

    Here in the UK, people are rightly outraged when “Climate Change” protestors block streets in London, or motorways, putting people’s lives at risk by delayng ambulances; or by blockading access to media companies which publish views conflicting with their own.

    So while I support the Canadian truckers’ objections to vaccine mandates, and their right to protest peacefully, I’m not convinced that they have the right to prevent the movement of essential goods, and cause major disruption to citizens’ lives over a prolonged period. If anyone disagrees, please do so.

    • I disagree, to this extent :

      There are two facets to the Canadian situation : the reality of it … and what the media reports (which is completely unreliable).

      The blockades of bridges and border crossings I disagree with, too. That IS illegal, according to ordinary laws. When they began (about 2 weeks in to the protest) I thought it was a mistake on the protesters’ part (and it could have been pre-empted had Trudeau taken a different approach, rather than demonizing the protesters).

      The protest in Ottawa is another matter. The truckers have, in most cases, left one lane open on the streets where they have parked their trucks. They are congregated mainly in the vicinity of the Parliament buildings, and the rest of the city is relatively unaffected. At worst, residents near the Parliament have been *inconvenienced* – their lives have hardly been *disrupted*.

      Theprotesters have been notably peaceful, and friendly. For 2-3 weeks police could find no cause to arrest anyone. At worst, they’re guilty of parking illegally. They (mostly) abide by the injunction against use of their horns, esp. after 6 p.m.

      Trudeau, self-serving, conflated the blockaders with the Ottawa protesters, in order to de-legitimize the entire thing. All the escalation and heightening of tensions can be laid at the feet of Trudeau’s intransigence, and his demonization of the protesters.

    • I disagree, nothing will change in our western countries unless and until our so called leaders feel pain and finally fear us, until then, all this is, is an exercise in futility. If you want a truckers protest to work, blockade all the major cities in or out and completely shut is all down, then it might change.

  7. There are thousands of participants in person and on line supporting the convoy.
    How are they all going to be identified? Who’s going to do it and how long will it take? Sure the ones ticketed are easy to ID but all those nameless faces in crowds?

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