Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/21/2022

The Canadian House of Commons voted to support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act to deal with the freedom protests in Ottawa. The Communists and the Socialists voted with Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals to support his action, while the Conservatives and the Bloc Quebecois voted against it.

In other news, a Ukrainian man who was allegedly smuggling migrants from Belarus to Poland was arrested by Polish authorities near the border with Belarus.

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Financial Crisis
» Hungary Had Highest Economic Growth in the EU in 2021
 
USA
» AOC Accuses Tucker Carlson of ‘Harassment’ For Segment Mocking Her
» Biden Extends US National Emergency Over COVID-19
» Bill Gates: ‘Sadly Omicron Has Done a Better Job Than the Vaccines’
» Critical Race Theory-Related Ideas Found in Mandatory Programs at 23 of Top 25 US Medical Schools: Report
» DC Trucker Convoy Plans on Shutting Down Capital Beltway, Organizer Says: ‘Giant Boa Constrictor’
» Fencing Goes Back Up Around Capitol as Biden’s State of the Union Address Nears
» Kyle Rittenhouse Launching Initiative to Combat ‘Lies’ From Powerful Media Outlets, Names Those He May Sue
» Minnesota College Cancels No-Whites-Allowed Luncheon After College Fix Report
» Nolte: Enrollment at NYC Public Schools Dives 9 Percent
» Police: Fatal Ne Portland Shooting Sparked by Confrontation Between Armed Homeowner, Protesters
» Rand Paul Denounces Trudeau’s ‘Dangerous’ Emergencies Act, Warns of Similar US Laws
» San Francisco Mayor Admits City Has ‘Failed Our Children’
» Suspect With 40 Prior Arrests Allegedly Assaults 4-Year-Old in Times Square
» The FDA is Now Contemplating Authorization for a Second Booster Shot Later on in 2022
» Trump’s New TRUTH Social Platform Skyrockets to #1 Spot in Apple’s App Store
» Video: Uber Driver Mom Begged for Her Life Before Fatal Shooting
» Washington State Police Officer Stabbed in Head While Trying to Arrest Child Rape Suspect
» Watch: Virginia Mother Brings Photos of Unmasked School Board Member to Meeting on Masking
» What is the CDC Hiding? Agency Admits Withholding Widespread Vaccine Efficacy Data
 
Canada
» Breaking: Parliament Approves Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act in Response to Freedom Protests
» Canada Moves to Make Asset Freezing Under Emergencies Act Permanent
» Canadian Veteran Begins Protest March From Vancouver to Ottawa
» Canadian Protester’s Truck Seized, Bank Accounts Frozen Over Connection to Freedom Convoy
» Conservatives Up 10 Points in New Poll Amid Trudeau’s Anti-Freedom Fiasco
» Evangeline Lilly Urges Justin Trudeau to Sit Down With Canadians Protesting Vaccine Mandates
» Family of Protesters, Donors Have Bank Accounts Frozen, Police and Lawmaker Say
» Freedom Convoy: Piers Morgan Flames Justin Trudeau for ‘Behaving Like a Fascist’
» Freedom Protests Spread Across Canada After Trudeau Crackdown
» Indigenous Elder Who Was Trampled During Freedom Protest Crackdown Says Trudeau Can’t be Trusted
» Ottawa Police Called ‘Tyrants,’ ‘Criminals’ After Threatening Freedom Convoy Truckers
» Ottawa Police Threaten Journalists With Arrests
» Police Confirm Probe Into Alleged Officer Texts Celebrating Trampling Protesters
» Police Lay 391 Charges on 191 Freedom Convoy Protesters in Ottawa Crackdown
» Researchers Told Trudeau Government That Parents Are Wary of Vaccinating Young Children
» Research Shows More Canadian Parents Choosing Independent Schools
» ‘Stop Policing Thoughts’ — Globalist Economist Magazine Turns on Trudeau
» Trudeau Says ‘State of Emergency’ Will Remain in Place
» Video: Canadian MP’s Audio Feed Cut When He Asks Why Klaus Schwab Brags About Having “Infiltrated” Parliament
» Watch: Conservative MP Roasts NDP for ‘Selling Out’ To Trudeau
» Watch: Poilievre Smashes Trudeau Over ‘Unjustifiable Power Grab’
» Well, This is Awkward.
 
Europe and the EU
» “Suisse Secrets”: Massive Leak of Credit Suisse Bank Records Exposes $100 Billion Held by 18,000 Spies, Strongmen and Criminals
» Italy’s Ambassador to Australia Dies After Alleged Fall From Balcony
» ‘Libertarian’ Boris Johnson’s Govt to Ban ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ Protests at Jab Centres, Schools
» Polish Author Canceled From Fantasy Convention for Having ‘Right-Wing Views’
» ‘Second Pandemic’ — 10 Million Britons Need Mental Health Care After Lockdowns
» Sexual Predators Have ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Under EU Law: Irish Migrant Amnesty Minister
» Spain: Vox Now Second in National Poll, Ahead of Center-Right People’s Party for the First Time
» UK: Prominent Lockdown Advocate Admits He Got it Wrong
» UK: Scottish Government Accused of Effectively Reducing Age of Consent to 13
» ‘We Are Destroying the Excellence of Our Institutions’ — Heather Mac Donald Warns About Cultural Revolution in Western Universities
 
Russia
» Archive Find Confirms NATO’s Promise of Never Expanding Eastward
» Ukraine Crisis: Putin Sends Russian Tanks, Hardware Into Donetsk — Report
 
South Asia
» India: Amidst Hijab Row, Hindu Activist Murdered in Karnataka, Jihadi Hand Suspected
 
Far East
» NBC’s China Olympics Were a Ratings Disaster
» NIH Sent the Intercept 292 Fully Redacted Pages Related to Virus Research in Wuhan
 
Australia — Pacific
» Fortress Australia Lowers Drawbridge to the World: Reopens After Two-Year Isolation
» New Zealand Coronavirus Restrictions Stay: PM Jacinda Ardern Says ‘Battle’ Just Begun
» Students Banned From Chanting at Rowing Regatta
 
Immigration
» 247 Migrants Disembark in Sicily, 129 Rescued Off Libya
» EU to Boost Support to Cyprus as Migrant Flows Across Ceasefire Line Rise
» Germany: Afghan Migrant Accused of Stabbing Three People and Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Admits in Court He Lied About Not Remembering the Attack
» People-Smuggling Gangs Buy Boats for Migrants From China After Officials on Mainland Europe Made it Harder to Legally Obtain Craft
» Polish Police Bust Ukrainian Suspect Smuggling Migrants
» Polish Border Guard Uses Drone to Stop Migrant Assault on Border With Belarus
» Sanctuary State New Jersey: Illegal Alien Charged With Sexually Assaulting Children
» Supreme Court to Hear Biden Administration’s Appeal Over “Remain in Mexico”
» Video: Migrants Attack Hungarian Border Guards With Ladders, Sticks and Slingshots
» Video: German Antifa Groups Riot at Polish Migrant Camp, 10 Individuals Charged
 
Culture Wars
» Babylon Bee Joke Removed by Facebook for Violating ‘Community Standards’ For ‘Hate Speech’
» The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West
» Trans Woman Who Molested 10-Year-Old Brags About Light Sentence in Phone Calls From California Jails
 

Hungary Had Highest Economic Growth in the EU in 2021

The Hungarian economy is showing the highest performance across the entire European Union, the country’s Finance Minister Mihaly Varga told attendees of an event at the Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce on Saturday.

According to the first estimate of the Central Statistics Office (KSH), Hungary’s GDP increased by 7.1 percent in 2021, which is the highest-performing economy in the bloc, far outpacing the European Union average of 5.2 percent.

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AOC Accuses Tucker Carlson of ‘Harassment’ For Segment Mocking Her

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York went on a Twitter tirade against Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Saturday, after he delivered a scathing review of a new book about her, “Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC,” on his show.

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Biden Extends US National Emergency Over COVID-19

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

President Joe Biden said the U.S. national emergency that was declared in early 2020 due to COVID-19 will be extended beyond March 1, citing what he called a “risk to the public health and safety.”

In a letter released on the White House website, Biden told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that “there remains a need to continue this national emergency.”

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Bill Gates: ‘Sadly Omicron Has Done a Better Job Than the Vaccines’

During an event at the Munich Security Conference, Bill Gates said that “sadly” Omicron is a “type of vaccine” and has “done a better job getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines.”

The Microsoft co-founder made the remarks after being asked to assess where the world was at in its fight against COVID-19.

“Sadly, the virus itself, particularly, the variant called omicron, is a type of vaccine, that is it creates both B-cell and T-cell immunity, and it’s done a better job getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines,” Gates lamented.

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Critical Race Theory-Related Ideas Found in Mandatory Programs at 23 of Top 25 US Medical Schools: Report

EXCLUSIVE — At least 23 of America’s 25 most prestigious medical colleges and universities have some form of mandatory student training or coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to CriticalRace.org, which monitors CRT curricula and training in higher education.

“The racialization of medical school education is troubling. It’s one thing to recognize the health needs of different populations, it’s entirely different to inject racial politics into medical care. Demanding that medical school students become activists is dangerous,” William Jacobson told Fox News Digital.

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DC Trucker Convoy Plans on Shutting Down Capital Beltway, Organizer Says: ‘Giant Boa Constrictor’

A trucker convoy heading to Washington, D.C., plans to shut down the Capital Beltway later this week in protest of wide-ranging issues such as fuel prices, vaccine requirements and immigration, the organizer said.

Bob Bolus, who owns a truck parts and towing business in Scranton, Pennsylvania, told FOX5 DC that he heard hundreds of people were interested in taking part in shutting down the roadway in protest.

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Fencing Goes Back Up Around Capitol as Biden’s State of the Union Address Nears

It has been confirmed that security personnel will be reinstalling heavy-duty fencing around Capitol hill before President Biden addresses the State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on March 1.

Sources say that this week, authorities will start implementing security measures, including the fence.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Launching Initiative to Combat ‘Lies’ From Powerful Media Outlets, Names Those He May Sue

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who was found not guilty of the killing of two people during the 2020 Kenosha riots, is launching a new initiative to combat powerful news organizations for the “lies” they spew.

“Me and my team have decided to launch The Media Accountability Project as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they said and deal with them in court,” Rittenhouse said on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Minnesota College Cancels No-Whites-Allowed Luncheon After College Fix Report

Gustavus Adolphus College appears to have canceled its “People of Color & International Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch” after a February 11 article from The College Fix.

An email sent to the university community invited any racial minority or international faculty to attend, excluding white people by default.

But now the Lutheran college will offer a Black History Month lunch open to all, according to an email reviewed by The Fix.

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Nolte: Enrollment at NYC Public Schools Dives 9 Percent

Enrollment at New York City public schools is down nine percent, which has resulted in massive budget cuts.

“Elementary school enrollment in Manhattan’s District 2, which encompasses affluent areas like Greenwich Village and Soho, is down 10 percent this year and 17 percent over two years,” reports the New York Post.

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Police: Fatal Ne Portland Shooting Sparked by Confrontation Between Armed Homeowner, Protesters

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — One person was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting in northeast Portland Saturday night, sparked by a confrontation between an armed homeowner and armed protesters — about 90 minutes after another person died in a southwest Portland officer-involved shooting, police said.

North Precinct officers responded shortly after 8 p.m. to a shooting call near the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Hassalo Street, near Normandale Park in the Rose City Park neighborhood, officers said.

Officers arrived to find a female victim who was deceased. Five other shooting victims, two men and three women, were taken to area hospitals; police said late Saturday night their status was unknown.

Portland police issued this update Sunday afternoon:

“A preliminary investigation into the February 19, 2022 shooting near the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street indicates this incident started with a confrontation between an armed homeowner and armed protesters.

“The scene was extremely chaotic, and a number of witnesses were uncooperative with responding officers. Most people on scene left without talking to police.

“Detectives believe a large number of people either witnessed what happened, or recorded the incident as it unfolded. This is a very complicated incident, and investigators are trying to put this puzzle together without having all the pieces. Detectives ask that anyone with information or video please contact Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 or Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0457. The case number is 22-47502.

Two suspects are in custody, according to Portland Police, KPTV reported…

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Rand Paul Denounces Trudeau’s ‘Dangerous’ Emergencies Act, Warns of Similar US Laws

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the Emergencies Act that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently invoked to quell the trucker convoy protests is “very, very dangerous” and warned against similar legislation that exists in the United States.

“I think statutes that allow presidents or heads of state to invoke emergencies are very, very dangerous,” said Paul during an episode of the BASED Politics podcast that aired Sunday. “We have the same sort of statutes here, and I have long-time been an opponent of these. We actually have in the United States an Emergency Act that allows the president to shut down the internet.”

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San Francisco Mayor Admits City Has ‘Failed Our Children’

After three of the cities seven school board members were recalled in San Francisco last week—the only member that were eligible for recall—Mayor London Breed said “we failed our children.” Breed made these comments on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

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Suspect With 40 Prior Arrests Allegedly Assaults 4-Year-Old in Times Square

A suspect with a long rap sheet and multiple arrests this year alone allegedly randomly punched a four-year-old boy in the head in Times Square.

According to police, just before 3:30 pm Thursday at the corner of 46th Street and Seventh Avenue, Rafaela Rivera and her young son, Angel Rivera, were at the New York City tourist destination when the suspect allegedly approached them and, without warning or provocation, punched the child in the head.

Babacar Mbaye, 34, was arrested for the broad-daylight attack after being tackled by Angel’s mother and another woman, according to police.

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The FDA is Now Contemplating Authorization for a Second Booster Shot Later on in 2022

The FDA is reportedly examining the possibility of authorizing in the near future a second booster shot of the mRNA-based COVID vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

Both companies are also reported to have been developing specific vaccines to target the Omicron variant of COVID, although it appears that the surge of new cases due to Omicron is almost over planet-wide, and it appears to have been much less severe than previous waves.

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Trump’s New TRUTH Social Platform Skyrockets to #1 Spot in Apple’s App Store

The official Presidents’ Day release of President Donald Trump’s new TRUTH Social saw tens of thousands of people flock to join the pro-free speech platform.

While the demand exists for people to use it, the Trump-branded platform itself is working through a massive waitlist of social media users hoping to join. Many have attempted to sign up for TRUTH Social through this past weekend.

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Video: Uber Driver Mom Begged for Her Life Before Fatal Shooting

An Uber driver and young mother begged a man to spare her life before he allegedly shot and killed her in Pennsylvania.

“Allegheny County police on Wednesday night charged Calvin Crew, 22, in the killing of 38-year-old Christi Spicuzza, whose body was found in Monroeville last weekend,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday.

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Washington State Police Officer Stabbed in Head While Trying to Arrest Child Rape Suspect

A Centralia police officer was stabbed in the head on Friday while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for the rape of a child which led to a police-involved shooting. The officer is in stable condition and the suspect was shot and killed by police.

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Watch: Virginia Mother Brings Photos of Unmasked School Board Member to Meeting on Masking

At a school board meeting in Montgomery County, Virg., an angry mother confronted a school board member over masking. The mother showed photos of the school board member unmasked in public. The mother said that parents were ready to take back their power from school boards.

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What is the CDC Hiding? Agency Admits Withholding Widespread Vaccine Efficacy Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been collecting detailed information on Covid hospitalizations for more than a year which breaks cases down by age, race and vaccination status — yet the agency has withheld most of it from the public according to the New York Times.

What’s more, the agency appears to have selectively published information to support messaging behind boosters.

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Breaking: Parliament Approves Trudeau’s Use of Emergencies Act in Response to Freedom Protests

A vote in Canada’s Parliament on Monday night resulted in the confirmation of Prime Minister Trudeau’s declaration of the Emergencies Act over the freedom protests that have gripped the nation for three weeks. The vote was 185 in favor to 151 against.

Right after the vote, Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen rose to issue a motion to rescind the declaration, and stated that Conservatives would continue fighting for Canadians’ rights.

The vote was split along party lines, with the Liberals and NDP voting in favor of Trudeau’s declaration of the Emergencies Act, and Conservatives and Bloc Quebec opposed. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said that he would endorse the Act, if reluctantly.

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Canada Moves to Make Asset Freezing Under Emergencies Act Permanent

Canada has moved to make the asset freezing part of its Emergencies Act, which was used to target supporters of the Freedom Convoy protests, a permanent fixture.

Wow, who saw that one coming?

In order to stop what the Trudeau regime referred to as “illegal blockades,” the government threatened to freeze the bank accounts of demonstrators and anyone who donated money to them.

Under the Emergencies Act, bank are required to freeze accounts without a court order, while all crowdfunding platforms and payment providers are mandated to provide information to FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada).

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Canadian Veteran Begins Protest March From Vancouver to Ottawa

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veteran James Topp began his 4395-kilometre march from Vancouver to Ottawa on Sunday morning, departing from the Terry Fox monument downtown in solidarity with the truckers and working Canadians to bring an end to overbearing government mandates.

A crowd of around 100 people gathered outside B.C. Place to cheer Topp onward, offer him small gifts and hear him speak a few words. About 70 people had come to march with him through the streets of Vancouver, while a small handful appeared committed to going the distance to Ottawa.

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Canadian Protester’s Truck Seized, Bank Accounts Frozen Over Connection to Freedom Convoy

Derek Brouwer, a Canadian truck driver who attended the “Freedom Convoy” in Ottawa, said his bank accounts have been frozen and his truck was seized due to his involvement in the protest.

On “America’s Newsroom” Monday, Brouwer said his personal bank account, his trucking account and a third unrelated business account were all frozen over the weekend. He also doesn’t know where his truck is or what happened to it.

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Conservatives Up 10 Points in New Poll Amid Trudeau’s Anti-Freedom Fiasco

Amid the Trudeau government’s crackdown on the freedom protests, the federal Conservative party has shot up in the polls since Candice Bergen took over as interim leader, according to new data from Mainstreet Research.

“The 10-point jump for the Tories comes as Bergen advocates for protesters & as the Tories oppose the government’s use of the Emergencies Act, which was invoked to give police new powers to remove those same demonstrators,” iPolitics reporter Rachel Emmanuel reported on the new poll’s findings.

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Evangeline Lilly Urges Justin Trudeau to Sit Down With Canadians Protesting Vaccine Mandates

Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly is urging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak with groups protesting vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions in the country.

The actor addressed Trudeau in a video posted earlier this week to the Instagram account for Bridge City News, a Canadian news show that airs on the Miracle Channel, a Christian television network. In the video, Lilly stated: “I want to speak to you today about your current approach to and current treatment of our fellow Canadians who are protesting your federal vaccine mandates. They have asked to meet with you, Prime Minister: medical experts, top scientists, doctors, nurses, parents, grandparents, intelligent, loving, concerned citizens.”

The actress then directly asked: “Why won’t you sit with them?”

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Family of Protesters, Donors Have Bank Accounts Frozen, Police and Lawmaker Say

Amid a crackdown on the Freedom Convoy protests, even family members of those that have been involved in the demonstrations have reported difficulty accessing their banks.

CTV’s Mackenzie Gray reported that senior police sources told CTV that family members of some of the citizens that have participated in the protests have reported issues with banking.

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Freedom Convoy: Piers Morgan Flames Justin Trudeau for ‘Behaving Like a Fascist’

British broadcaster Piers Morgan says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “behaving like a fascist” by invoking emergency powers and having police round people up who are peacefully protesting a “legitimate cause”.

Ottawa Police secured the city’s downtown with fencing on Sunday, local time, after two days of tense standoffs and 191 arrests ended the three-week demonstration.

Convoy organisers called for the remaining protesters to disperse on Sunday after police officers used pepper spray and stun grenades, while making dozens of arrests.

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Freedom Protests Spread Across Canada After Trudeau Crackdown

Pro-freedom protests have spread across Canada after the Trudeau government’s brutal crackdown on the weeks-long Freedom Convoy demonstration in Ottawa.

Freedom protesters in Calgary took to the streets Saturday and braved the cold in large numbers, spurred on by the Trudeau administration’s draconian actions.

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Indigenous Elder Who Was Trampled During Freedom Protest Crackdown Says Trudeau Can’t be Trusted

The Indigenous woman and elder who was injured by a police horse in Ottawa has spoken out in a new interview and slammed Justin Trudeau for being an untrustworthy leader.

Alexa Lavoie of Rebel News (also injured by Canadian authorities) had a chance to interview her on Saturday. Sero revealed that she believes several officers may have kicked her while she was down.

In the interview, Sero slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for refusing to meet with freedom protesters: “How can we have trust in a Prime Minister that doesn’t come and speak to people?”

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Ottawa Police Called ‘Tyrants,’ ‘Criminals’ After Threatening Freedom Convoy Truckers

Ottawa police sparked social media outrage on Sunday after issuing threats to Canada’s truckers in hopes of bringing an end to the weeks-long “Freedom Convoy” protest against COVID-19 mandates.

“If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges,” the department’s account shared in a Sunday tweet.

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Ottawa Police Threaten Journalists With Arrests

Following the invocation of the Emergencies Act on Monday, the Ottawa Police Service began a crackdown on civil liberties protesters. On Friday, the police warned that members of the press could be arrested if they are found in the “enforcement” areas.

“All media who are attending the area, please keep a distance and stay out of police operations for your safety. Anyone found within areas undergoing enforcement may be subject to arrest,” the official Ottawa Police account tweeted.

Fox News’ Matt Finn confirmed that indeed the police were threatening members of the media with arrest.

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Police Confirm Probe Into Alleged Officer Texts Celebrating Trampling Protesters

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) published a statement on Sunday confirming it is “looking into” alleged screenshots of text messages circulating this weekend that appear to show Canadian officers celebrating police brutality against the Ottawa Freedom Convoy protesters.

Law enforcement began a violent operation this weekend against the Freedom Convoy, a peaceful protest movement seeking an end to civil rights violations like vaccine and mask mandates, business lockdowns, and other coronavirus-related government limitations on freedom. The Convoy is largely trucker-led and has consisted of large trucks occupying major cities and blocking international road crossings. Its largest iteration was in Ottawa, where police dispatched officers on horseback to attack unarmed protesters beginning on Friday and have reportedly arrested nearly 200 people, despite no reports of significant violence prior to the police’s arrival.

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Police Lay 391 Charges on 191 Freedom Convoy Protesters in Ottawa Crackdown

Police in Ottawa confirmed 191 arrests of Freedom Convoy protestors on Sunday after a weekend crackdown on the movement, issuing 391 charges for various offences including mischief and obstructing police.

Ottawa police — who worked alongside Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and others — cleared the area around the Canadian parliament in Ottawa of Freedom Convoy protesters over the weekend, arresting 191 people.

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Researchers Told Trudeau Government That Parents Are Wary of Vaccinating Young Children

Canadian parents are hesitant about vaccinating kindergarteners against COVID-19 and resent being made to “feel guilty” by federal regulators, according to in-house research by the Privy Council Office (PCO) obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter on Friday.

“Participants had a number of questions regarding vaccines,” said the research, called Continuous Qualitative Data Collection Of Canadians’ Views. “Most commonly focused on side effects and potential long-term implications of their use.”

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Research Shows More Canadian Parents Choosing Independent Schools

Enrolment in government-run public schools is on the decline in Canada while attendance at independent institutions is on the rise, according to new research.

The Fraser Institute’s Associate Director of Education Policy Paige MacPherson has found that enrolment in government-run public schools has been going down since the 2006/2007 school year.

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‘Stop Policing Thoughts’ — Globalist Economist Magazine Turns on Trudeau

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on the Freedom Convoy movement has drawn criticism from the liberal-leaning Economist magazine, which urged the once-darling of the establishment to stop trying to “police thoughts”.

Leading globalist weekly The Economist has warned that Justin Trudeau’s handling of the anti-vaccine mandate trucker protests threatens to destabilise the country.

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Trudeau Says ‘State of Emergency’ Will Remain in Place

Despite the Freedom Convoy protest effectively ending thanks to the brutality of authorities in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau said that the ‘State of Emergency’ will remain in place.

The Canadian Prime Minister made the comments earlier today during a speech after a weekend of brazen violence and police brutality directed against the protesters.

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Video: Canadian MP’s Audio Feed Cut When He Asks Why Klaus Schwab Brags About Having “Infiltrated” Parliament

A Canadian MP was cut off and accused of spreading “disinformation” during a debate when he began to ask why the head of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, has been publicly bragging about infiltrating the Canadian parliament.

The debate, concerning the use of emergency powers by the Trudeau regime, occurred on Saturday and saw many MP’s using Zoom video chats.

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Watch: Conservative MP Roasts NDP for ‘Selling Out’ To Trudeau

Conservative MP Warren Steinley had an important question for the New Democrats during Question Period on Monday

“My question to the Prime Minister: How did he convince the federal NDP to sell out the core beliefs of Jack Layton and Tommy Douglas?”

Steinley’s question comes after New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said that his party would reluctantly vote in favour of the Emergencies Act.

“We’re reluctant because it should have never gotten to this point,” he said.

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Watch: Poilievre Smashes Trudeau Over ‘Unjustifiable Power Grab’

Conservative Shadow Minister for Finance Pierre Poilievre called out Justin Trudeau for his “divide and conquer” tactics, while explaining why he opposes the prime minister’s “unjustifiable power grab.” Poilievre criticized Trudeau for bringing in mandates against truckers specifically.

“The prime minister… brought in this new mandate to deprive people of their living. Why? Because he knew that it would spark in them a sense of desperation. If he could deprive them of their incomes, they would be so desperate, that they would have to rise up and protest, and then he could further demonize them and call them names and attack their motives and belittle them and dehumanize them in order to galvanize the majority against the minority,” said Poilievre.

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Well, This is Awkward.

Canadian MP silenced and accused of “disinformation” for suggesting WEF has infiltrated governments.

Yet Klaus Schwab himself admitted it!

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“Suisse Secrets”: Massive Leak of Credit Suisse Bank Records Exposes $100 Billion Held by 18,000 Spies, Strongmen and Criminals

Credit Suisse has had an extremely difficult year already, but on Sunday, dozens of respected newspapers and other media organizations from around the globe dealt Switzerland’s second-largest bank by assets a major blow: releasing reporting on leaked banking records involving 18,000 clients considered “sensitive” for their ties to corrupt government officials, Middle Eastern autocrats or foreign spymasters.

“Suisse Secrets” — as the leak is being called — was coordinated by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the same organization that spearheaded “the Pandora Papers” and the “Pegasus Project”, two earlier major leaks involving topics ranging from official corruption to illicit software-enabled surveillance. Like “Pandora” and the “Panama Papers” leaks, the records exposed in “Suisse Secrets” are mostly financial data, like bank account information, as well as evidence of internal red flags that were routinely raised — and routinely ignored.

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Italy’s Ambassador to Australia Dies After Alleged Fall From Balcony

Italian Ambassador to Australia Francesca Tardioli was found dead outside her house in Foligno, Umbria, according to Italian media reports.

Francesca Tardioli died on 19 February after falling from a balcony of a house in the town of Foligno, according to Corriere di Umbria, a local news outlet.

The incident reportedly took place in the province of Perugia, in the hometown of the diplomat, where she had arrived for a vacation. Allegedly, the woman fell from the fourth floor after losing her balance.

“She allegedly lost her balance while leaning over her balcony,’’ Italian news agency AGI reported.

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‘Libertarian’ Boris Johnson’s Govt to Ban ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ Protests at Jab Centres, Schools

Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to sign off on a new bill that will ban so-called ‘anti-vaxxer’ protests from taking place at jab centres and schools.

An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill made by left-wing Labour MPs banning certain forms of protest in the United Kingdom looks set to be accepted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel.

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Polish Author Canceled From Fantasy Convention for Having ‘Right-Wing Views’

Renowned Polish fantasy author Andrzej Pilipiuk was removed from a list of guests invited to participate in the Avangarda Association fantasy convention for the crime of holding conservative values, it has emerged.

He was initially invited by the association itself to speak at the virtual event, but the management canceled his invite and de-platformed the writer because “members and the management of the Avangarda Association did not appreciate the presence of writers with right-wing views,” a reason confirmed by the organization’s board members.

The organization released a statement about the exclusion of right-wing authors, claiming that “the writers had been invited by mistake for which improper communication among the convention organizers’ team was responsible.”

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‘Second Pandemic’ — 10 Million Britons Need Mental Health Care After Lockdowns

Health officials in England have warned there is an impending “second pandemic” of millions of children and adults suffering from mental health issues exacerbated by the imposition of lockdowns during the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

Nearly ten million people in England, including 1.5 million children, are projected to need care for mental health issues such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders are experiencing long waiting times in the nation’s socialised healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS).

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Sexual Predators Have ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Under EU Law: Irish Migrant Amnesty Minister

Ireland’s Minister for Justice — who implemented a broad amnesty for illegal migrants earlier in the year — has told parliament that sexual predators have a “right to be forgotten”.

Helen McEntee, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, has told Ireland’s lower parliamentary house that sex offenders have a “right to be forgotten” under European Union law, and that the Irish Department of Justice aims to uphold that law.

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Spain: Vox Now Second in National Poll, Ahead of Center-Right People’s Party for the First Time

The anti-immigration, right-wing populist Vox party has overtaken the center-right People’s Party (PP) in a national poll for the first time as Santiago Abascal’s party continues to enjoy its rapid rise to prominence.

A recent survey conducted for Spanish digital newspaper, Okdiario, showed that electoral support for Vox had increased to 22.1 percent, up by 5.1 percent on similar polling undertaken on Jan. 5. In contrast, the PP had lost 6.1 percent of its vote and currently sits at 21.7 percent.

It marks the first time in a national poll that the Vox party has proven more popular than the PP, and places Abascal’s party behind Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s socialists (PSOE) by just 3.3 percent.

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UK: Prominent Lockdown Advocate Admits He Got it Wrong

A prominent lockdown advocate who advised the UK government admits in a new book he got it wrong and that there was never any proper consideration of the devastation caused by lockdowns.

Well, we told you so.

Professor Mark Woolhouse is a member of SPI-M, the modelling group on SAGE, the group that advises the British government on lockdown measures.

SAGE has become notorious for consistently predicting doomsday COVID scenarios that never even come close to passing, such as last year’s warning that Omicron could cause 6,000 deaths a day in the UK without harsher restrictions.

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UK: Scottish Government Accused of Effectively Reducing Age of Consent to 13

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has been told by family campaigners and the Catholic Church that its latest sex guidance runs the risk of effectively reducing the age of consent across the country to just 13 years of age.

Government-backed guidance recommends police officers, teachers and social workers to respect a child’s privacy and not immediately inform parents if they come to learn that a child is sexually active before they have turned 16.

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‘We Are Destroying the Excellence of Our Institutions’ — Heather Mac Donald Warns About Cultural Revolution in Western Universities

Renowned American writer, publicist, and Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald spoke about the diminishing freedom of speech at Western universities while attending the MCC International Summit in Budapest, Hungary, organized by the Mathias Corvinus College. Mac Donald agreed to sit down with Hungarian news outlet Magyar Hirlap and speak about the current situation in Western universities and where she believes the progressive takeover of education is headed.

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Archive Find Confirms NATO’s Promise of Never Expanding Eastward

Representatives of the Russian government have repeatedly asked the US for security guarantees as NATO continues its expansion towards Russia. Meanwhile, Washington claims the situation on the Ukrainian border with Russia is very threatening, ignoring the promises it made.

New security treaties are certainly needed to prevent another NATO adventure like the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. According to Moscow, the latest US response was not appropriate as it did not cover the main demands.

In March 1991, the US had promised not to expand NATO eastward. “We have made it clear that we will not expand NATO beyond the Elbe,” German diplomat Jürgen Chrobog said at a meeting of the United States, Britain, France and Germany. This protocol meeting record confirms Russia’s view of limited eastward enlargement of the alliance.

The note from the British National Archives, which has only just surfaced, supports the Russian claim that the West violated promises made in 1990 with NATO’s eastward expansion. This was reported by German weekly Spiegel.

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Ukraine Crisis: Putin Sends Russian Tanks, Hardware Into Donetsk — Report

Columns of military vehicles including tanks were seen in the early hours of Tuesday on the outskirts of Donetsk, the capital of one of the breakaway east Ukraine regions, after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the regions as independent states.

The Reuters reporter saw about five tanks in a column on the edge of the city and two more in another part of town.

No insignia were visible, but the appearance of the tanks came hours after Putin signed friendship treaties with the two separatist regions and ordered Russian troops to deploy on what Moscow called a peacekeeping operation.

Reuters reporters in Donetsk had not seen tanks on the streets in previous days.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent on Monday and ordered the Russian army to launch what Moscow called a peacekeeping operation into the area, upping the ante in a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war.

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India: Amidst Hijab Row, Hindu Activist Murdered in Karnataka, Jihadi Hand Suspected

Karnataka: Hindu activist hacked to death in Shivamogga; tension in the city, prohibitory orders clamped, schools & colleges shut. Jihadi hand suspected behind murder.

R Sathish | HENB | Shivamogga | Feb 21, 2022:: During the Hijab controversy in the state, a Bajrang Dal activist was allegedly murdered on Sunday in Karnataka’s Shivamogga following which security was tightened in the city. According to police, the incident took place around 9 pm at the Ravi Varma lane in Bharathi Colony. The reason behind the killing is not immediately known. The deceased has been identified as Harsha (26) alias Hindu Harsha or Harsha Bajrangi. According to family inputs, Harsha was getting threats over mobile from some undetectable numbers to stop his organizational activities.

The town, around 250 km from the state capital Bengaluru, had recently seen disruption in some colleges over the hijab row. The reason behind the Sunday killing is not immediately known. But, the Jihadi hands behind this murder cannot be ruled out as the local residents said to HENB.

Police said several vehicles were burnt in the Seegehatti area in Shivamogga city, adding that a fire brigade team has reached the spot to douse the fire. After the incident, many supporters of the deceased man came out on the streets and vented their anger.

Deputy Commissioner Selvamani R told reporters that prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC have been clamped in the town and orders have been given to shut all the schools and colleges. The Shivamogga district administration has also ordered commercial establishments and cinema halls to close by 9pm.

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said that the youth was murdered by four-five men, adding that police have got the clue and surely the accused will be arrested soon.

“A group of four-five youth murdered him. I don’t know of any organization being behind this murder. Law and order is under control in Shivamogga. As a precautionary measure, schools and colleges in city limits have been closed for two days,” the Minister said. “I appeal to people to maintain calm,” he added.

Superintendent of Police B M Lakshmi Prasad told reporters that a taskforce has been formed to track down the criminals behind the incident.

“Our priority is to find them out and get them punished. We request people to cooperate with us and not to act emotionally,” Prasad told reporters.

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NBC’s China Olympics Were a Ratings Disaster

The 2022 Winter Olympics that wrapped up in China over the weekend have been a ratings disaster for NBC, leaving the major network questioning its $7.75 billion investment that gave it exclusive US media rights to the Games through 2032.

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NIH Sent the Intercept 292 Fully Redacted Pages Related to Virus Research in Wuhan

WITH THE GLOBAL death toll from Covid-19 approaching 6 million, the need to understand the origins of the pandemic is both pressing and grave. But the National Institutes of Health continues to withhold critical documents that could shed light on this question. This week, in response to ongoing litigation over public records related to coronavirus research funded by the federal agency, the NIH sent The Intercept 292 fully redacted pages rather than substantive material that could help us understand how the virus first came to infect humans.

At this point, no one can say for sure how SARS-CoV-2 set off the pandemic. It may have emerged naturally, jumping from a host animal to people, as many other deadly pathogens have. Or the coronavirus could have first spread to humans as the result of a research mishap — through bat capture and collection, risky experiments, or a host of other more mundane lab activities. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed both theories as possible. But knowing exactly what led to the worst disease outbreak in recent history requires more information.

[Comment: Why is a health agency redacting anything?]

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Fortress Australia Lowers Drawbridge to the World: Reopens After Two-Year Isolation

Australia’s borders reopened on Monday as tearful Aussies and visitors embraced at airports with some seeing loved ones for the first time since the country went into self-imposed isolation back in 2020.

Over 50 flights are scheduled to land in Australia in the next24-hours as Aussies around the world return to their families.

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New Zealand Coronavirus Restrictions Stay: PM Jacinda Ardern Says ‘Battle’ Just Begun

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday her left-wing Labour government won’t lift coronavirus restrictions until they are “well beyond” the peak of the virus, speaking even as anti-mandate protest numbers continue to swell in the capital.

Ardern has predicted that coronavirus case numbers are likely to peak mid-late March, but restrictions including reporting who you meet with in public via the NZ COVID-19 Tracer app, social distancing from people you don’t know, vaccine passes and mandatory vaccinations will remain until further notice.

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Students Banned From Chanting at Rowing Regatta

School sports are normally loud events, with teams cheering and chanting through the day’s events. Not so for the regatta being held in Ballarat this weekend where chanting has been banned because of … Covid.

The Ballarat Head of the Lake rowing regatta on Sunday the 27th February has banned all chanting to bring the sporting event in line with existing Covid health orders.

This comes despite Covid health orders being withdrawn entirely from many countries in the world.

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247 Migrants Disembark in Sicily, 129 Rescued Off Libya

247 people rescued from the Mediterranean by the Ocean Viking have landed in Italy, after spending days at sea. Another 129 migrants were rescued by the Sea-Watch 4.

Dozens of unaccompanied minors were among the 247 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean by the private humanitarian ship, the Ocean Viking. They disembarked in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on Saturday and Sunday (February 19 and 20) after having spent days aboard the ship, awaiting permission for a safe harbor. Some of those those on board had been seasick due to stormy seas, InfoMigrants website reported.

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EU to Boost Support to Cyprus as Migrant Flows Across Ceasefire Line Rise

NICOSIA, Feb 21 (Reuters) — The European Union will provide Cyprus with extra support to help it cope with a surge in migrant arrivals across the island’s ceasefire line, the bloc’s executive said on Monday.

Cyprus, the EU’s easternmost state, says numbers of irregular migrants, predominantly from sub-Saharan Africa, have risen sharply, putting a strain on the island’s resources.

They arrive southward across the porous line that divides Cyprus’ Turkish Cypriot and Greek communities, thereby also entering the EU.

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Germany: Afghan Migrant Accused of Stabbing Three People and Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Admits in Court He Lied About Not Remembering the Attack

An Afghan migrant who stabbed three people at random in a German train station and screamed “Allahu Akbar” in August of last year has now admitted that he lied when he initially told investigators he did not remember anything.

The 24-years-old Milad A. is currently only trial for randomly attacking a group of travelers in the central railway station in the German town of Dresden on Aug. 13, 2021. He stabbed travelers with a knife and chased a man through the station.

According to a report from the State Criminal Police Office, there is no evidence of terrorism behind the attack despite the man screaming “Allahu Akbar.”

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People-Smuggling Gangs Buy Boats for Migrants From China After Officials on Mainland Europe Made it Harder to Legally Obtain Craft

People traffickers have been smuggling dinghies in from China to keep migrants flowing across the Channel.

Crime gangs have been scouring the world because the authorities in mainland Europe have made it harder to secure craft legitimately.

David Fairclough, of the Home Office’s immigration enforcement agency, said: ‘The supply of rigid inflatable boats, maritime engines and equipment has become much harder in northern Europe.’

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Polish Police Bust Ukrainian Suspect Smuggling Migrants

Police in Poland arrested a Ukrainian man suspected of smuggling illegal migrants into the country after he fled a border checkpoint, authorities say.

The incident unfolded on Thursday night in Czeremcha, a commune on the Polish border near Belarus.

The driver of a Fiat ignored orders of uniformed officers to pull over.

Eventually, the vehicle stopped and two passengers were seen fleeing into a nearby forest.

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Polish Border Guard Uses Drone to Stop Migrant Assault on Border With Belarus

Polish authorities used drone equipment to locate and disrupt a group of 16 migrants attempting to illegally cross into the country from Belarus on Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guard has confirmed.

The group were caught attempting to enter Poland near to the village of Czeremsza early on Sunday morning, Polish Border Guard lieutenant Anna Michalska announced. She also noted that Belarusian border officials had assaulted Polish authorities with rocks as they attempted to contain the situation.

Czeremsza has already been targeted by illegal migrants attempting to cross into the European Union this year, and the problems Polish border guards experience from their Belarusian counterparts are well documented.

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Sanctuary State New Jersey: Illegal Alien Charged With Sexually Assaulting Children

An illegal alien has been charged with sexually assaulting two children under the age of 13-year-old in the sanctuary state of New Jersey.

Francisco Barrera-Capistran, a 36-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested and charged late last week with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault by contact, and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Supreme Court to Hear Biden Administration’s Appeal Over “Remain in Mexico”

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear the Biden administration’s appeal over a Trump-era immigration policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their case is heard, instead of being allowed to await their hearings in the United States.

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Video: Migrants Attack Hungarian Border Guards With Ladders, Sticks and Slingshots

Hungarian authorities published footage of a group of migrants assaulting the three-meter high fence on the border with Serbia, as they attempted to cross illegally into the country.

The seven-minute long video posted on Sunday shows individuals, equipped with ladders, attempting to scale the border fence as Hungarian authorities arrive on the scene.

Sticks, rocks, and other articles can be seen being launched at the border officials who defend themselves with riot shields.

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Video: German Antifa Groups Riot at Polish Migrant Camp, 10 Individuals Charged

Polish prosecutors have indicted ten members of the Antifa “No Border” group, including one German national, after riots at a closed migrant camp near the town of Krosno Odrzanskie, according to Polish broadcaster TVN24.

Last Saturday, several members of the group gathered in front of the headquarters of the Polish border protection agency and demanded better treatment of immigrants. Among other things, they chanted: “Stop criminalizing migration.”

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Babylon Bee Joke Removed by Facebook for Violating ‘Community Standards’ For ‘Hate Speech’

Popular Christian-themed satire publication The Babylon Bee was targeted for “hate speech” on Monday, when Facebook removed one of its posts for violating “Community Standards.”

“Facebook just removed one of @TheBabylonBee’s posts for ‘hate speech’,” noted the Bee’s own Joel Berry on Twitter. The “violation” reads “No one else can see your post. We have these standards because we want discussions on Facebook to be respectful. Repeatedly violating our Community Standards can cause further account restrictions. If you think we’ve made a mistake you can disagree with the decision.”

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The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West

by Glenn Greenwald

But when these weapons are wielded by Western governments, the precise opposite framework is imposed: describing them as despotic is no longer obligatory but virtually prohibited. That tyranny exists only in Western adversaries but never in the West itself is treated as a permanent axiom of international affairs, as if Western democracies are divinely shielded from the temptations of genuine repression. Indeed, to suggest that a Western democracy has descended to the same level of authoritarian repression as the West’s official enemies is to assert a proposition deemed intrinsically absurd or even vaguely treasonous.

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Trans Woman Who Molested 10-Year-Old Brags About Light Sentence in Phone Calls From California Jails

Progressive Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon issued a statement regarding the sentence of convicted child molester Hannah Tubbs, a biological male who at 26 was convicted of sexually assaulting a child when Tubbs was 17. Gascon indicated that a two-year sentence may not be enough. This as he faces a recall election and was heavily slammed for his office’s handling of this case.

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  1. The Wolff of Wall Street SPEZIAL:
    Deep Staat & Digital-Finanzieller…

    https://tube4.apolut.net/w/3t3fNLzDkLwhCU6ajfSTaa

    It is the end of December 2021 and we are in an economic and social transition period of historic proportions. For almost two years now, almost all countries in the world – regardless of whether they are dictatorships or parliamentary democracies – have largely been pursuing one and the same agenda.
    This global alignment shows that there is a force that has more power than any of the 200 or so governments currently on the planet. This force has a name: it is the digital-financial complex. At its top are the five largest IT groups in the world on the digital side: Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Meta, formerly Facebook, and on the financial side the largest asset managers, BlackRock and Vanguard.
    But how exactly did this complex become so powerful and how does it manage to assert its interests around the globe at the same time?
    Let’s start with the first question. For centuries, power rested on a single pedestal, money. Whoever had money had power and whoever had a lot of money had a lot of power.
    That still applies, but no longer exclusively. Since the use of computers and the triumph of the Internet as part of the 3rd Industrial Revolution, there has been a second base of power, namely data. Those who have data have power and those who have large amounts of data have a lot of power.
    However, those who, like the IT companies, organize the data streams of entire industries and also those of governments in the context of digitization, gain an additional insight into their innermost being – and can thus make them dependent and in this way also make them docile.
    It is precisely this process that has led to the fact that the large IT companies are today far above all other companies and above the governments of the world. Whether armaments, food, pharmaceuticals, energy or media – all these industries and all state institutions, including the secret services, are now dependent on the drip of the digital corporations, which have also built up their own global media power with the social networks.
    The financial industry, on the other hand, which is constantly on the lookout for new investment opportunities, has promoted this process from the start and is now involved in all leading IT groups through its most powerful representatives – the large wealth management companies. Since she is also dependent on them at the same time, both have merged into a kind of community of interests.
    BlackRock and Microsoft provide a particularly vivid example of this: BlackRock uploaded its data analysis system Aladdin, by far the most important database in global finance, to Microsoft’s Azur cloud in April 2020, so it is now dependent on Microsoft for data. Microsoft, in turn, is a public company and dependent on its largest shareholders, who are none other than Vanguard and BlackRock, with Vanguard also being BlackRock’s largest shareholder.
    So much for the emergence of the new world power. But how exactly does the digital-financial complex assert its interests? Which mechanisms and which channels does it use?
    The most important strategic role is played by the central banks, which officially gave up their independence at the latest in the global financial crisis of 2007/08. Since then, Blackrock has been advising the two largest central banks in the world, the European Central Bank ECB and the American Federal Reserve. So Blackrock has a crucial say when it comes to distributing the huge sums of newly created money in the financial sector.
    Incidentally, from the point of view of the central banks, there is no other way. BlackRock, together with its main shareholder Vanguard, manages almost 17 trillion dollars, which roughly corresponds to the sum of the balance sheets of the ECB and the Fed, also has a much larger data pool with Aladdin than all central banks in the world and could easily sabotage any decision not made in its own interest .
    How well the use of the central banks works was already shown in Greece in 2015: When Syriza, a political force that was unacceptable for the digital-financial complex, came to power, the ECB cut off the country from all money flows until the Syriza -Leadership fell and carried out exactly the opposite of what they had promised the people on the campaign trail.
    Incidentally, the interaction between the central banks is orchestrated by the Bank for International Settlements BIS in Basel, Switzerland, which has a total of 63 central banks among its members.
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    In addition to central banks, the digital-financial complex, with its money and data control, has also subdued another set of extremely influential institutions. These include universities, think tanks, NGOs, numerous sub-organizations of the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund IMF – and above all numerous extremely powerful foundations.
    How effectively this network works is particularly evident in the current health crisis. Just a few examples: The medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University, which supplies authorities around the world with medical data, has been called the Bloomberg School of Medicine since 2014 because IT billionaire Michael Bloomberg has given it more than 3.5 to this day has donated billions of dollars. Harvard University’s medical school is named TH Chan School of Medicine in honor of a Hong Kong billionaire donor.
    The World Health Organization (WHO), established and financed by several countries after the Second World War, now receives more than 80 percent of its money from donors. The largest donor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founded by IT billionaire Bill Gates, which is the richest foundation in the world with assets of almost 50 billion dollars.
    Gates’ Foundation has been highly active in advancing the interests of its founder for two decades. She launched the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization GAVI in 2000, co-founded and co-financed the Better Than Cash Alliance to eliminate cash worldwide in 2012, and donates millions to media outlets each year to ensure favorable coverage.
    By far the most politically important foundation is the Swiss-based World Economic Forum, headed by German Professor Klaus Schwab. The WEF has not only brought together and networked the rich and powerful of the world every year for half a century, it has also been training the international political and corporate elite since the early 1990s.
    On the political side, these include Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair, Emmanuel Macron, Annalena Baerbock and Cem Özdemir, and on the corporate side, among others, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Balmer and Jack Ma.
    So it’s no wonder that the man who founded the WEF and brought all these people together even wrote the screenplay for the current world crisis with his work “Covid-19 – The Great Upheaval”.
    All this information is just a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, but it shows how the digital-financial complex was able to either hijack an increasingly dense spider web of organizations over the past 4 decades or to develop it itself and thus exert influence through a wide variety of channels and the To move things globally in the direction he wants.
    The concept of the deep state, by which one understands the entirety of powerful, non-democratically legitimate organizations that pull the strings in the background within a country, is a thing of the past. The digital-financial complex has given us a new global power that has long since incorporated the deep state of every nation on earth and that now wields far more influence than any single deep state ever could.
    And yet the digital-financial complex is faced with an unsolvable problem in our time: its rise is accompanied by a process of concentration of money and power in fewer and fewer hands, which forces it to act in an increasingly authoritarian and dictatorial manner and which therefore – how we have just experienced in the past 2 years – with every further step inevitably leads to ever sharper contradiction to the mass of the population.
    And that’s exactly what will ultimately be his undoing.
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    • Hail Hydra! When enough people really grasp the situation, the bodies will start hitting the floor, our very survival as a western peoples will depend upon it.

  2. A Republican Congresswoman in the U.S. is trying to put together a bill for taking in persecuted Canadians. This Canadian is thankful that at least someone, somewhere, is trying to do something about it.

  3. I came across this site and at first I thought it was a joke or parody site. Sadly, I don’t think it is.
    https://thecovidblog.com/
    I have been thinking this is going to come back to bite Trump when someone wants to do that. Like, let’s suppress this until he is running and then the news will come in about how bad these were. Before the vaccines he was talking about Ivermectin and Hydroxy…
    and that got attacked. Not sure if it is a true story but I guess the Queen of England is being treated with it under a branded name. The Queen thinks she is a horse.

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