Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/22/2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his country is considering severing diplomatic ties with Russia after the latter recognized the independence and sovereignty of pro-Russia breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his country is moving towards denying operational permission for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

In other news, Tamara Lich, one of the jailed leaders of the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa, has been denied bail by a judge in Ontario.

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Financial Crisis
» As Inflation Hits 30-Year High, UK Households Start to Buckle
» Inflation in the Netherlands Rises, Reaches Highest Point in 40 Years
 
USA
» Breaking: Trump Slams Biden’s Handling of Putin, Ukraine
» Climate Scientist Tells Joe Rogan He Refuses to Debate Dissenters on Climate Change
» Democrats Overwhelmingly Approve of Trudeau’s Crackdown on Freedom Protestors, Freezing of Bank Accounts: Poll
» Gascon Recall: Nearly 98% of Los Angeles Prosecutors Voted in Support of Effort to Oust DA
» Harvard Law Professor Says Tucker Carlson Guilty of “Treason” For Criticizing Biden Over Russia
» Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting at Oregon Racial Justice Protest
» Maryland Drops Mask Mandate for Schools
» Men Convicted of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Found Guilty of Federal Hate Crime Charges
» Oregon Explosion: Six Hurt in Blast at Shearer’s Foods Facility Near Hermiston
» Portland Police Name Suspect in Antifa-Involved Mass Shooting, Confirm Critical Evidence Removed From Scene
» US Trucker Convoy to Set Off for DC This Week From California
» Video: Bill Gates Sardonically Compares Wearing a Mask to Wearing Pants
» Washington DC Mayor Issues Alert About Potential Protests as Trucker Convoys Prepare to Head to Capital
» Watch: Drew Hernandez Asks Kyle Rittenhouse if He Regrets Going to Kenosha
» Watch: Psaki Claims ‘Biden Has Rallied the World’ To Stand Up to Putin
 
Canada
» Cabinet Ministers Dodge Questions on Trudeau’s Ties to World Economic Forum
» Canadian MP Details How Struggling Single Mother’s Bank Account Has Been Frozen by Trudeau Regime
» Canadian Pastor and Veteran Rips Justin Trudeau for Treating His Own Citizens Like ‘Terrorists’
» Canadian Embassy in U.S. Paying Consultants to Woo ‘Thought Leaders’ After Invoking Emergencies Act
» Canadian MP Says Trudeau Creating Two Canadas After Emergency Order Extension Despite No Protests
» Flashback: Trudeau Praised Judge Who Denied Freedom Convoy Organizer Bail
» Former Canadian Chief Justice Pens Op-Ed Denouncing ‘Ugly Side’ of Freedom in Trucker Protests
» Former Global News Employee Anita Krishna Speaks Out About COVID-19 Narrative
» Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Denied Bail by Judge Who Ran as a Liberal Candidate
» Freedom Convoy Protesters Describe Interactions With Police: ‘It Got Really Bad’
» Interview With First Pro-Freedom Protesters to be Arrested at Surrey’s Pacific Highway Border Crossing
» Interview: Last Trucker Left in Ottawa Explains Why His Truck Was Towed — From Private Property
» Legal Update: Chad Williamson Chimes in on Coutts Border Blockade Arrests
» Liberal MP Says ‘Honk Honk’ Is Code for ‘Heil Hitler’, Cites Antifa as Source
» Ottawa Police Assault Rebel Reporters, But Investigate Protesters for Yelling at Mainstream Media
» Toronto Trio Demonstrating in Ottawa: We’re Here for Our Grandkids
» Why Was Pastor Artur Arrested This Month? Because He Gave a Speech in Support of the Truckers
 
Europe and the EU
» 600 Czech Troops on Standby for Rapid Deployment at NATO’s Request
» Bosnian Teens Arrested for Robbing Elderly Victims in France
» France: Le Pen Suspends Presidential Campaigning Over Lack of Official Sponsorships
» Germany Celebrates Karl Marx, The Father of New Europe
» Germany’s Far-Left Interior Minister Wants to Teach About Right-Wing Extremism in Kindergarten
» German Chancellor Pulls Plug on Nord Stream 2
» Maajid Nawaz to Host His Show on Odysee
» Report: Early 2022 Marked by ‘Epidemic’ of Anti-Christian Arson and Vandalism
» Switzerland Could be Blacklisted as Money-Laundering State
» Top Hungarian Epidemiologist Calls for Ending COVID Measure
» U.K. Heritage Party Leader Condemns ‘Horrible’ Trudeau
» ‘We Are Not Troublemakers, We Have Just Strengthened,’ PM Orban Tells Brussels
» While UK Moves to End All Remaining COVID Rules, PM Warns ‘We Need to Learn to Live With This Virus’
 
Russia
» Breaking: Biden Imposes Sanctions on Russian Banks, Elites, And Their Families, In Response to Ukraine ‘Invasion’
» Czech Government Stands Behind a Free Ukraine, Accuses Russia of Wanting New USSR
» Justin Trudeau Claims Canada ‘Stands Against Authoritarianism’, Announces Sanctions Against Russia
» Polish PM Calls Russia’s Action in Ukraine an ‘Act of Aggression, ‘ Demands Urgent Meeting of European Council
» Russia Inks Recognition of Donbass Regions
» The TRUTH About Ukraine
» Ukraine: Zelensky Seeks End to Russia Diplomatic Ties After Hinting at Pursuing Nuclear Weapons
 
South Asia
» India: Karnataka: Six Muslim Youths Arrested in Connection With the Murder of Hindutva Worker of Bajrang Dal in Shivamogga
 
Immigration
» French Teen Subjected to Death Threats for Insulting Islam Sexually Assaulted ‘By Migrants’
» Italy: Nun Punched in Face While Waiting for a Train, Illegal Tunisian Migrant Arrested
» Moroccan Migrant Indicted for Murder of French Woman Found Stabbed to Death
 
Culture Wars
» Texas AG Declares Sex-Change Operations and Puberty Blockers for Minors to be ‘Child Abuse’
» World Economic Forum Pushes Digital ID System That Will Determine Access to Services
 
General
» Global Survey Shows That Many Believe COVID-19 Pandemic Was Staged
 

As Inflation Hits 30-Year High, UK Households Start to Buckle

ASHFORD, England, Feb 22 (Reuters) — After work in the evenings, Nicola Frape turns off the heating and huddles under a blanket with her daughter and a hot water bottle. Adding a layer costs nothing, she says, but leaving the boiler on drains her inflation-hit bank account.

Treats such as cinema tickets have been scrapped as the 38 year-old care worker’s food and fuel bills climb, and she has tried to cancel her pay-TV service but cannot get through to her provider: she assumes everyone is doing the same thing.

Frape is one of millions of normally financially comfortable Britons who are facing a cost-of-living crisis as a double-whammy of accelerating inflation — driven by soaring energy bills — and tax increases kicks in this year.

Fast-rising prices are inflicting what the Bank of England says will be the biggest one-year fall in disposable income, adjusted for inflation, in at least 30 years.

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

Inflation in the Netherlands Rises, Reaches Highest Point in 40 Years

The Dutch inflation rate has been steadily rising since last summer, but new figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reveal that in January it reached 6,4 percent — the highest figure recorded since May 1982.

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

Breaking: Trump Slams Biden’s Handling of Putin, Ukraine

Former President Donald Trump released a statement where he criticized President Joe Biden for his weak handling of the situation in Ukraine.

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

Climate Scientist Tells Joe Rogan He Refuses to Debate Dissenters on Climate Change

A climate scientist who formerly worked in the Clinton administration admitted to Joe Rogan that he was unwillling to debate scientists who disagreed with him about climate change.

Andrew Dessler, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University has appeared on MSNBC and CNBC to promote the left’s views on man-made climate change. But the climatologist told Rogan on a February 16 episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience”, that there was no debate on “the fact” of climate change.

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

Democrats Overwhelmingly Approve of Trudeau’s Crackdown on Freedom Protestors, Freezing of Bank Accounts: Poll

A recent poll has revealed that a majority of American Democrats approve of the Canadian Prime Minister’s crackdown on the freedom protestors in Ottawa after he invoked the Emergencies Act early last week.

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

Gascon Recall: Nearly 98% of Los Angeles Prosecutors Voted in Support of Effort to Oust DA

More than 9 of 10 Los Angeles prosecutors are supporting an effort to recall District Attorney (DA) George Gascon, according to the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys (LAADDA), which released the results of a vote among county prosecutors Tuesday.

The LA County Registrar approved the recall, which is now seeking between 800,000 and 900,000 petition signatures, last year in the midst of the county’s violent crime spike that began in 2020.

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

Harvard Law Professor Says Tucker Carlson Guilty of “Treason” For Criticizing Biden Over Russia

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe suggested that Fox News host Tucker Carlson could be guilty of “treason” for giving “aid and comfort” to Russia, before hastily backpedaling and deleting his tweets.

The author made the assertion on the eve of the news that Vladimir Putin had recognized the independent states of Luhansk and Donetsk and sent in troops on a “peacekeeping” mission.

“Led by Fox News Channels’ Tucker Carlson, the GOP’s Trump wing appears to be throwing its weight behind Putin,” Tribe tweeted.

“If Putin opts to wage war on our ally, Ukraine, such ‘aid and comfort’ to an ‘enemy’ would appear to become ‘treason’ as defined by Article III of the US Constitution,” he added.

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

Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting at Oregon Racial Justice Protest

An Oregon man accused of killing one person and injuring five after opening fire on demonstrators in Portland was charged Tuesday with murder and other crimes, authorities said.

Benjamin Smith, 43, was charged with second-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and multiple counts of assault, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

The statement said Smith allegedly “confronted a group of people engaged” in a demonstration protesting the death of Amir Locke, a Black Minneapolis man who was fatally shot by tactical officers carrying out a “no-knock” warrant last month.

Citing video evidence, the prosecutor’s office said Smith allegedly told protesters who had gathered at a park northeast of downtown Portland on Saturday to leave the area.

“Several participants asked Smith to leave them alone,” the statement says. “Moments later, Smith drew a firearm and fired at the crowd, striking five people.”

The shooting ended after someone returned fire, hitting Smith in the hip area, the statement says. Smith remained hospitalized in critical condition, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said earlier Tuesday…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Maryland Drops Mask Mandate for Schools

On Tuesday, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to remove the statewide school mask mandate starting on March 1. According to Fox 5, the vote passed 12 to 2.

Governor Larry Hogan called for the board to remove the mandate policy for school children earlier this month, citing progress in the state’s health metrics and the availability of vaccines for school-aged children.

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

Men Convicted of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Found Guilty of Federal Hate Crime Charges

On Tuesday, the three men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in 2020 were found guilty of committing federal hate crimes along with other offenses.

36-year-old Travis McMichael, 66-year-old Gregory McMichael, and 52-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan were found guilty of violating Arbery’s civil rights by attacking him because of his race, and of attempted kidnapping, according to Reuters.

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

Oregon Explosion: Six Hurt in Blast at Shearer’s Foods Facility Near Hermiston

Six people have been hurt after an explosion at a potato chip factory near Hermiston, Oregon that closed a railway line sent a huge pillar of black smoke billowing into the sky.

Firefighters in Umatilla County said they were called to the Shearer’s Foods plant off Highway 207 at 12.51pm local time on Tuesday after employees reported that a portable natural gas boiler had blown up.

Homes to the south of the smoke plume and a Comfort Inn hotel were evacuated, while the nearby Union Pacific railway line was told to shut down traffic.

The county fire department said six people were taken to the Good Shepherd Medical Center with injuries…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Portland Police Name Suspect in Antifa-Involved Mass Shooting, Confirm Critical Evidence Removed From Scene

Portland Police have identified the suspect behind a shooting over the weekend at an Antifa gathering that left five people injured and one dead.

In a press release, police identified the suspect as 43-year-old Benjamin Smith, who remains hospitalized in serious condition.

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

US Trucker Convoy to Set Off for DC This Week From California

Mirroring the Canadian freedom protesters, American truckers are now launching the Washington, DC-bound People’s Convoy, heading from California to the nation’s capital.

The “peaceful and unified transcontinental movement” begins Wednesday morning at the Adelanto Stadium in southern California where hundreds of US truckers will hear from speakers including Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance president Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church pastor Rob McCoy.

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

Video: Bill Gates Sardonically Compares Wearing a Mask to Wearing Pants

Bill Gates has mocked people who are against mask mandates by sarcastically comparing wearing one to having to wear pants in public.

A maskless Gates along with a maskless panel at the 2022 Munich Security Conference laughed it up as they mocked people who point out the downside of face coverings.

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

Washington DC Mayor Issues Alert About Potential Protests as Trucker Convoys Prepare to Head to Capital

Washington D.C. issued an alert Tuesday about potential protests in the weeks ahead, possibly referring to planned trucker convoys slated to arrive in the region in an effort to voice dissent about COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.

“Mayor (Muriel) Bowser is being briefed by public safety officials as we continue to monitor the situation closely,” the alert said. “There are layered mitigation strategies in place and our agencies remain in regular contact with local, regional and federal partners.

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

Watch: Drew Hernandez Asks Kyle Rittenhouse if He Regrets Going to Kenosha

On Tuesday, the first episode of Drew Hernandez’s Turning Point USA show “Frontlines” launched, featuring Kyle Rittenhouse.

In this initial episode, Hernandez got a chance to catch up with Rittenhouse following his latest announcement of pursuing litigation over defamatory claims made against him regarding shootings he was involved in August of 2020 in Kenosha.

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

Watch: Psaki Claims ‘Biden Has Rallied the World’ To Stand Up to Putin

During Tuesday’s White House press conference, Peter Doocy of Fox News grilled White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on whether the sanctions announced earlier that day by President Biden would be enough of a deterrence stop Putin’s aims in Ukraine.

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

Cabinet Ministers Dodge Questions on Trudeau’s Ties to World Economic Forum

Conservative MP Colin Carrie had a question for Members of Parliament on Monday, regarding their involvement in the World Economic Forum (WEF)—the globalist thinktank that has received attention as of late for its use of global instability as windows of opportunity to intensify its agenda.

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

Canadian MP Details How Struggling Single Mother’s Bank Account Has Been Frozen by Trudeau Regime

Canadian MP Mark Strahl related how a single mother in his district has had her bank account totally frozen by the Trudeau regime after she completely legally donated $50 to the trucker Freedom Convoy.

“Briane is a single mom from Chilliwack working a minimum wage job,” Strahl tweeted, adding “She gave $50 to the convoy when it was 100% legal. She hasn’t participated in any other way. Her bank account has now been frozen.”

The MP further urged “This is who Justin Trudeau is actually targeting with his Emergencies Act orders.”

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

Canadian Pastor and Veteran Rips Justin Trudeau for Treating His Own Citizens Like ‘Terrorists’

Harold Ristau, a Canadian pastor and veteran, called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for treating his own citizens like terrorists after he invoked the Emergencies Act in response to the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests.

Ristau, who took part in the convoy in early February, led a group of protesters in prayer and joined them in singing the Canadian national anthem.

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

Canadian Embassy in U.S. Paying Consultants to Woo ‘Thought Leaders’ After Invoking Emergencies Act

Eight days ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau employed the never-before-used Emergencies Act to crackdown on peaceful protesters in Ottawa who were in Canada’s capital for nearly four weeks as part of a nationwide convoy movement in opposition to remaining COVID-19 restrictions.

The Act gives the government extraordinary powers to arrest demonstrators and seize assets, trucks, and bank accounts of those involved in anti-government protests.

The plan to distract from the Emergencies Act, first reported by Blacklock’s Reporter Monday morning, coincided with mainstream media skepticism of the Trudeau Liberals’ use of the Act.

The scheme involves a payment of $36,000 to a U.S. consultant S-3 Group LLC of Cortland, New York to “design a strategy” to promote Canada on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The firm must “enhance the public profile of the work done at the Embassy of Canada and consulates in various territories across the United States.”

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

Canadian MP Says Trudeau Creating Two Canadas After Emergency Order Extension Despite No Protests

Canadian conservative members of Parliament are outraged that their government extended the unprecedented Emergencies Act, with one MP describing it as further splitting the country into “two Canadas.”

“I believe history will judge this government and this Prime Minister very harshly. I think that he, instead of engaging in dialogue and showing leadership, he brought the hammer down on peaceful protesters who came here sincere of heart to protest his government’s actions, not the government,” Conservative Member of Parliament Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who serves British Columbia, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Tuesday.

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

Flashback: Trudeau Praised Judge Who Denied Freedom Convoy Organizer Bail

Unearthed video shows Justin Trudeau expressing support for failed Liberal candidate Julie Bourgeois in 2011.

Bourgeois, now a judge, just denied Tamara Lich bail.

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

Former Canadian Chief Justice Pens Op-Ed Denouncing ‘Ugly Side’ of Freedom in Trucker Protests

After Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cracked down on the “Freedom Convoy” protesters last week by invoking the Emergencies Act, freezing bank accounts and making violent arrests, one of the country’s former Supreme Court justices justified the extreme actions taken by the government in an op-ed published Tuesday.

Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote in Canada’s “The Globe and Mail” newspaper Tuesday, that the peaceful Ottawa truck convoy had revealed the “ugly side of freedom.”

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

Former Global News Employee Anita Krishna Speaks Out About COVID-19 Narrative

At Rebel News, we’ve covered the other side of the story to life with COVID-19 since January 2020. That includes allowing you to hear from doctors who are being intimidated by their licensing bodies for speaking out, scientists being ignored by politicians because their findings don’t align with public health, and vaccine-injured citizens being segregated from society due to vaccine mandates.

In this report you’ll hear another important perspective that you won’t find on legacy media, and that’s because it’s from someone who worked there for years.

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

Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Denied Bail by Judge Who Ran as a Liberal Candidate

Freedom Convoy leader and organizer Tamara Lich was denied bail by an Ottawa judge this morning. According to Marieke Walsh of The Globe and Mail and David Akin of Global News, Lich wanted to be released on $5,000.

Lich was denied bail because, in part, judge Julie Bourgeois believed that there was a risk that she would continue criminal actions. Bourgeois was a Liberal candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in 2011.

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

Freedom Convoy Protesters Describe Interactions With Police: ‘It Got Really Bad’

Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian demonstrators described their experiences as police broke up the Freedom Convoy over the weekend.

Protests against COVID-19 mandates rallied in Ottawa on Jan. 29 and brought hundreds of truckers and tens of thousands of protesters to the capital. Law enforcement over the weekend began breaking up the protests and installed fenced perimeters surrounding Parliament Hill, leaving the blocks empty of trucks and demonstrators for the first time in weeks.

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

Interview With First Pro-Freedom Protesters to be Arrested at Surrey’s Pacific Highway Border Crossing

Prime Minister Trudeau may have given himself sweeping powers to crush the voices of those protest against COVID-19 mandates outside of Parliament in Ottawa, but that hasn’t stopped protests against COVID-19 mandates from spreading across the country.

This past weekend, pro-freedom protesters calling for an end to COVID-19 mandates rallied for a third consecutive week, near the Pacific Highway Border Crossing, between Surrey, British Columbia and Washington State.

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

Interview: Last Trucker Left in Ottawa Explains Why His Truck Was Towed — From Private Property

Meet Jim Zinger of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Jim drove his big rig into Ottawa some three weeks ago to take part in the Freedom Convoy, which was unceremoniously dismantled by law enforcement last weekend.

As law enforcement descended upon the convoy assembled on Wellington Street, many truckers drove off on their own accord. Those rigs that remained were towed away.

But here’s the thing when it comes to Jim Zinger’s truck: it was not illegally parked on an Ottawa road; it was not blocking traffic; he was not blaring his horn. Rather, the vehicle was legally parked at a privately-owned parking lot. Jim was paying for the spot, and the lot owner did not request for the vehicle to be removed. What’s more, during the three weeks that Jim’s rig was parked, it had been severely vandalized.

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

Legal Update: Chad Williamson Chimes in on Coutts Border Blockade Arrests

On January 29 in Coutts Alberta nearly 10,000 trucks preformed a slow roll at the border in protest of the COVID mandates. Around 300 trucks stuck around to block the border in hopes of getting the government’s attention. They sure got it, and more.

For nine days I was embedded in the blockade with my colleague Sydney Fizzard to report the other side of the story, and to combat the lies regarding the situation propagated by the mainstream media and the Alberta government.

Four days into the blockade, the truckers received legal counsel from Chad Williamson, which is being crowdfunded at TruckerLawyer.ca.

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

Liberal MP Says ‘Honk Honk’ Is Code for ‘Heil Hitler’, Cites Antifa as Source

Canadian Liberal MP Ya’ara Saks said that “Honk Honk” is code for “Heil Hitler” while testifying in parliament on Monday in defense of Trudeau invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on Canadian freedom protesters.

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

Ottawa Police Assault Rebel Reporters, But Investigate Protesters for Yelling at Mainstream Media

What a humdinger of a press conference held last Sunday afternoon at Ottawa police headquarters. When it was my turn to pose a question to Interim Chief Steve Bell, I simply asked him how it was that my colleague and friend, Alexa Lavoie, was shot point blank with a tear gas canister on Saturday simply for practicing journalism in the public square.

Chief Bell’s answer stunned me.

Said Bell: “I’m unfamiliar with the incident you are speaking of.”

Say what?

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

Toronto Trio Demonstrating in Ottawa: We’re Here for Our Grandkids

Breitbart News spoke with Dimitrios, George, and John — three Canadian demonstrators from Toronto — during the Freedom Convoy gathering in Ottawa, ON, on Thursday.

“I came here because the most important thing in my life right now are my grandkids and their freedom,” George said. He wore a sign with a message highlighting the centrality of truckers to Canada’s supply chain: “If you got it, a truck brought it. Support our truckers. STOP the mandates.”

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

Why Was Pastor Artur Arrested This Month? Because He Gave a Speech in Support of the Truckers

Today we’re going to share with you our last interview with Pastor Artur Pawlowski before his arrest on February 8.

Pastor Artur has been known to vocalize his dissent from the public health orders and mandates that have been cast on us over the past two years by elitist politicians like Jason Kenney and Justin Trudeau. In a recent visit to Coutts, he continued to do exactly that.

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

600 Czech Troops on Standby for Rapid Deployment at NATO’s Request

Czechia stands ready to rapidly deploy hundreds of soldiers where needed at NATO’s request, Seznam Zpravy news outlet reports after directing questions to the Czech Ministry of Defence about the resources it has at its disposal in light of the escalating situation in Ukraine.

The Czech Ministry of Defence stated that the North Atlantic Alliance is constantly on standby with its collective Rapid Reaction Force, to which Czechia contributes units which change continuously at biannual intervals. The ministry confirmed that Czechia has its units ready in case of need, regardless of what is happening in Ukraine.

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

Bosnian Teens Arrested for Robbing Elderly Victims in France

A trio of teenage girls from Bosnia and Herzegovina was arrested under suspicion of robbing elderly victims in France this month, according to reports.

The slew of robberies unfolded over the course of approximately 10 days in Manosque, a commune in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

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

France: Le Pen Suspends Presidential Campaigning Over Lack of Official Sponsorships

French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has paused her election campaign over a lack of official endorsements needed for her to run for office in April.

Rassemblement National’s (RN, formerly Front National) presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, suspended her campaign on Tuesday over a lack of official endorsements from relevant public officials.

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

Germany Celebrates Karl Marx, The Father of New Europe

According to Deutsche Welle, the German Historic Museum has prepared an exhibition about Karl Marx as a constantly relevant thinker who was “ahead of his time in at least five different areas.” In short, it presents Marx as the father of our times.

Information about the exhibition praises Marx as the founder of social policy, a critic of capitalism and a cosmopolitan. Yes, it does note that Soviet totalitarianism and the East German collaboration system referred to Marx and that his works were of an anti-Semitic character, but declares those issues to no longer be relevant to his legacy.

The USSR had fallen, the GDR (so called German Democratic Republic — the communist state established by Soviets in East Germany) is gone, and anti-Semitism is usually condemned. The rest is deemed as “interesting.”

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

Germany’s Far-Left Interior Minister Wants to Teach About Right-Wing Extremism in Kindergarten

German Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser has spoken out in favor of teaching children about the dangers of right-wing extremism in kindergarten.

“We have to smash right-wing extremist networks,” Faeser affirmed in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper on Sunday. “The state of law must not accept calls for murder and threats.

“We are resolutely combating this breeding ground for violence, but the fight against right-wing extremism starts much earlier, namely with good educational work. It has to start in kindergarten,” she added.

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

German Chancellor Pulls Plug on Nord Stream 2

Germany will be taking steps to suspend the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia in light of the escalating situation in Ukraine, the country’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, announced on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Scholz condemned the invasion of Russian troops into the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine as a “serious breach of international law,” and revealed that as Western allies begin to impose punitive sanctions on Moscow, the status of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline must now be “reassessed.”

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

Maajid Nawaz to Host His Show on Odysee

Activist, author, and public speaker Maajid Nawaz has revealed that he’ll be hosting episodes of his new show, “Radical w/Maajid Nawaz,” exclusively on the decentralized video sharing platform Odysee.

Nawaz made the announcement during his recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast and said he’d chosen Odysee because of its decentralized, blockchain-based infrastructure.

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

Report: Early 2022 Marked by ‘Epidemic’ of Anti-Christian Arson and Vandalism

ROME — Christian churches in Europe have been “targets of repetitive vandalism, desecration and even arson” in the first two months of 2022, a human rights watchdog group reports Tuesday.

Every year sees numerous incidents of vandalism against nativity scenes, notes the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe (OIDAC), but the beginning of 2022 has also seen “many incidents of threats, arson and severe vandalism” against Christian sites.

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

Switzerland Could be Blacklisted as Money-Laundering State

The European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political grouping in the European Parliament, called for a review of Switzerland’s banking practices on Monday, and for the country to be included on the EU’s dirty-money blacklist after leaked Credit Suisse documents revealed the bank’s dealings with shady clientele.

The Swiss banking giant has reportedly served a motley client roster for decades, which included heads of state and spy chiefs, as well as human rights abusers and sanctioned individuals.

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

Top Hungarian Epidemiologist Calls for Ending COVID Measure

Hungary should move towards ending Covid-19 restrictions due to the number of declining patient numbers in hospitals and the protection vaccination offers the majority of the population, said Janos Szlavik, chief of infectious diseases at the South Pest Central Hospital, Hungary’s designated central Covid-19 treatment facility.

Szlavik said that obviously three shots are best against the Omicron variant, but one vaccine shot already offers protection.

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

U.K. Heritage Party Leader Condemns ‘Horrible’ Trudeau

In the full report, which is still to come, I sat down for a conversation with the leader of the Heritage Party and former London mayor assembly candidate in the United Kingdom, David Kurten, to talk about what comes next after England has lifted all of COVID restrictions, issues with free speech in our country, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the trouble in Canada with Justin Trudeau with the trucker convoys.

This is a clip from this interview where David displayed solidarity with the truckers, and how he feels British politicians must condemn the actions of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he calls a “horrible man” for the actions he has taken against his own citizens.

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‘We Are Not Troublemakers, We Have Just Strengthened,’ PM Orban Tells Brussels

Central European countries are not troublemakers, they have simply become better at asserting their own interests, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday after meeting Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Lendava, Slovenia.

Hungary and Slovenia are emerging economically stronger from the coronavirus pandemic, unlike many other European nations, the Hungarian prime minister told reporters during a joint press conference with his Slovenian counterpart.

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While UK Moves to End All Remaining COVID Rules, PM Warns ‘We Need to Learn to Live With This Virus’

The British government will announce the end of all remaining coronavirus rules and obligations on the public this week, reports state, but even as the end of that illiberty comes, the Prime Minister has managed expectations by warning the public that “we need to learn to live with this virus”.

Ending all remaining coronavirus rules, including the legal obligation to self-isolate after testing positive for coronavirus will end in England as early as this week, with an official announcement expected today, reports in government-adjacent establishment media outlets suggest.

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Breaking: Biden Imposes Sanctions on Russian Banks, Elites, And Their Families, In Response to Ukraine ‘Invasion’

President Joe Biden addressed the nation and the world on Tuesday, explaining the US position with regard to Ukraine, and Russia’s potential invasion of that European nation.

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Czech Government Stands Behind a Free Ukraine, Accuses Russia of Wanting New USSR

Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has confirmed the Czech Republic stands behind a free and independent Ukraine and warned that history shows Europe that aggression against sovereign neighboring states does not lead to peace.

The Czech leader criticized Russian acts of aggression, stressing that Czechia supports a unified EU response. Fiala was joined by other high-profile Czech politicians in condemning what he says is the Russian move to recreate the Soviet Union, with the Czech Foreign Ministry commenting on Russia’s recognition of the self-proclaimed republics in Ukraine.

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Justin Trudeau Claims Canada ‘Stands Against Authoritarianism’, Announces Sanctions Against Russia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a first round of sanctions against Russia in response to Putin recognizing the independence of Ukraine separatist regions Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Polish PM Calls Russia’s Action in Ukraine an ‘Act of Aggression, ‘ Demands Urgent Meeting of European Council

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday evening which entailed Russia officially recognizing the two self-proclaimed separatist republics in eastern Ukraine.

“I deem it necessary to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics,” Putin said in a statement.

The move paved the way to provide the separatist republics with military support, and Putin has ordered troops into two rebel-held republics under an alleged “peacekeeping mission.”

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Russia Inks Recognition of Donbass Regions

The justification for the Donbass population to declare independence and ask for protection from Russia, is because Ukraine has continued its aggression against the two autonomous regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement with the leaders of the two republics respectively on February 21, officially accepting the demise of the Minsk Agreement which Ukraine — a signatory — had failed to implement. By formally recognizing the two independent regions, Ukraine (like Yugoslovia) will be divided into three separate republics.

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The TRUTH About Ukraine

Arming rebels and occupying territory as a pretext to invade and topple governments is only bad when Russia does it.

When NATO does exactly the same thing, with disastrous consequences, it’s virtuous and noble.

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Ukraine: Zelensky Seeks End to Russia Diplomatic Ties After Hinting at Pursuing Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Tuesday that he was reviewing a request from his diplomats to cut all ties to Russia in response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin recognizing Russian proxies in the country as sovereign states and ordering “peacekeeping” troops into Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, colonizing its southern Crimea region and investing heavily, evidence suggests, in pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region. Russia openly considers Crimea part of its sovereign territory but has previously denied being involved in Donbas. On Monday, Putin announced that he would recognize the two regions that together comprise Donbas, Donetsk and Luhansk, as sovereign states, and honor a request from their “governments” for Russian military support against Ukraine.

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India: Karnataka: Six Muslim Youths Arrested in Connection With the Murder of Hindutva Worker of Bajrang Dal in Shivamogga

The murder of 26-year-old Harsha Nagara led to arson and stone-throwing in Karnataka’s Shivamogga during the funeral procession on Monday afternoon.

R Sathish | HENB | Shivamogga | Feb 22, 2022:: The Karnataka Police on Tuesday arrested a total of six people and questioned a dozen more in connection with the murder of a Bajrang Dal worker in Shivamogga district, news agency ANI reported.

Section 144 of CrPC, which bars the assembly of five or more people in an area, has been extended by two more days till Friday morning, said Dr. Selvamani R, Deputy Commissioner, Shivamogga district. Schools will remain shut during this period, he added.

The murder of 26-year-old Harsha Nagara (alias Hindu Harsha or Harsha Bajrangi) led to arson and stone-throwing in the city during the funeral procession on Monday afternoon. He died after he was attacked by a gang of youths that waylaid him when he stepped out of his home in the communally sensitive area on Sunday night.

The arrested six accused have been identified as Mohammed Kashif, Sayed Nadeem, Afsifullah Khan, Rehan Sharef, Nihan, Abdul Afnan, Shivamogga SP Laxmi Prassad said.

Although a social media post with ‘derogatory’ references to Islam ‘relating to Hijab’ has been attributed as a possible motive for the murder, sources described it as an “old issue” and said that a case had been filed against Harsha when the communal clashes occurred between Hindus and Muslims in 2020.

According to local police records, Harsha was involved in multiple cases of violence, including an incident of rioting in December 2020, when merchants at a cloth market in the city were attacked by a mob of pro-Hindutva activists following a communal flare-up. As a matter of fact, Harsha have been trying till he breathed last for a Hindu resistance against the growing Jihadi upheaval in Shivamogga areas.

Amidst the Hijab row in many parts of the state, the murder of Hindu activist Harsha Nagara by Jihadi goons sparked a new communal situation in BJP ruled Karnataka.

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said the murder has a link with the ongoing Hijab row in the state. “This murder happened when the Hijab controversy started. It is evident that there is a link between this murder and the Hijab row,” Ashoka said.

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French Teen Subjected to Death Threats for Insulting Islam Sexually Assaulted ‘By Migrants’

A French teen who was subjected to a torrent of death threats in 2020 for her criticism of Islam on social media was allegedly sexually assaulted by an illegal migrant in Lyon over the weekend.

French teen Mila, who was subjected to a torrent of death threats after criticising Islam in a viral video in 2020 in what became known as the Mila Affair in France, claims she was sexually assaulted by a pair of illegal migrants on Saturday by the banks of the Rhône river in Lyon.

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Italy: Nun Punched in Face While Waiting for a Train, Illegal Tunisian Migrant Arrested

Italian politicians have condemned the actions of an illegal Tunisian migrant arrested in Rome last week for a shocking attack on an elderly nun who was punched in the face while waiting for a train.

Witnesses of the attack were horrified as the Tunisian national, whose name has not been revealed, “stammered something incomprehensible” before punching the 76-year-old sister hard in the face, resulting in wounding and a profuse loss of blood.

The victim had been waiting at the Rome Termini train station to travel back to her home in Milan.

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Moroccan Migrant Indicted for Murder of French Woman Found Stabbed to Death

A 41-year-old Moroccan migrant has been arrested and indicted for the murder of Laura De Pradena Caceres, whose body was found in an alley last week in the commune of Marmande.

The 31-year-old mother of three’s body was found in an alley near the train station in Marmande, France during the night of Wednesday the 16th after receiving several stab wounds to the side of her body and to her face.

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Texas AG Declares Sex-Change Operations and Puberty Blockers for Minors to be ‘Child Abuse’

On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that the prescription of puberty blockers and certain sex-change operations on children is “child abuse” under Texas law.

Paxton released a formal opinion from the attorney general’s office, concluding that “certain procedures done on minors such as castration, fabrication of a ‘penis’ using tissue from other body parts, fabrication of a ‘vagina’ involving the removal of male sex organs, prescription of puberty-suppressors and infertility-inducers, and the like are all ‘abuse’ under section 261.001 of the Texas Family Code,” according to a press release.

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World Economic Forum Pushes Digital ID System That Will Determine Access to Services

The World Economic Forum (WEF), an international organization that works to “shape global, regional and industry agendas,” recently published its latest dystopian proposal — a far-reaching digital ID system that will collect as much data as possible on individuals and then use this data to determine their level of access to various services.

This digital ID proposal is outlined in a report titled “Advancing Digital Agency: The Power of Data Intermediaries” and builds upon a digital ID framework that the WEF has published previously.

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Global Survey Shows That Many Believe COVID-19 Pandemic Was Staged

Large parts of the globe believe the Covid-19 pandemic was staged. They are convinced that the Coronavirus was created by “some powerful forces” while others even think that the virus does not exist.

In a survey by YouGov, more than 25 000 people in 24 countries were questioned about the “conspiracy theories” related to the Coronavirus.

Across all 24 countries, on a list of the twelve most popular beliefs, the top theory was that a single group of people had secretly controlled events, outside of official governments.

“Support for this theory was particularly prevalent in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, with 72 percent, 69 percent and 61 percent respectively saying they thought it was definitely or probably true,” the researchers noted. At least another 27 percent of South Africans said they did not know whether it was true or false.

In India, 30 percent of (urban) respondents professed to sharing this view on the pandemic. Indonesia also stood out here, with 20 percent subscribing to the notion.

This belief was least common in Japan, Sweden, Great Britain and Denmark, where the results were between three and five percent.

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13 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/22/2022

  1. “Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his country is moving towards denying operational permission for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”

    Yes, Germany, geniuses, cut your nose.

    Hatred of the west for Russia exceeds that of muslims and Europeans towards Jews.

    No, Europe never learn a lesson. Just indulge in wars and then Blame Hitlers.

    How com there is no one semblance of human being with one iota of brains.

    If one Italian had one iota they would not surrender their country to islam.

    If one German had one iota they would not surrender their country to islam.

    If one Swedish had one iota they would not surrender their country to islam.

    If one Briton had one iota of brains or honor, they would not surrender their country to islam.

    Doesn’t Europe know that the Ukraine “crisis” is manufactured?

    Proof: Russia let Ukraine be independent. But Ukraine is inviting NATO, Turkey, Chechnyan’s. It is ok if muslims rape them and demand jizya.

    Soviet Union was hated because of communism. A big lie.

    Disgraced in Afghanistan and Suddenly an amazing one-sided passionate love emanated from the west towards Afghanistan.

    During Oslo Accord Norway coerced Israel to compromise to reach a peace agreement brokered by the naive humanist Norwegians.

    Did they dare to force any compromise on Palestinians? No

    Can scandinavians (falsely known for peace and progress) Can they tell the truth and ask NATO to stop its aggressive initiation of war.

    You cannot defend your nation and family without honor:

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2022/02/france-muslim-migrants-attack-critic-of-islam-in-broad-daylight

    Lose your life better than getting spat at and losing your honor.

    Give me honor or give me death. Hey feminists say something about
    spitting at this lady. Dare you? It’s different here, ye.

    different religions. Different attitudes.

    • “Soviet Union was hated because of communism. A big lie.”

      I’d have thought that was a pretty good reason in itself. The late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein,who was of Ukrainian-Jewish ancestry, was known for espousing left-wing causes (while remaining always a staunch supporter of Israel), so much so that the US government withdrew his passport in the McCarthy era (along with Paul Robeson, who really was a communist). Yet, after taking the New York Philharmonic on tour in the USSR in 1959, he said that while he’d previously liked the people but disliked the regime, he now loved the people but detested the regime. Are you defending its successor, or have I misunderstood?

    • Like every good dog they listen to their masters voice.
      More or less like the rest of Europe, with a few exceptions.

      Already the forerunner of the EU was founded by the OSS (CIA), the Rockefeller- and Ford Foundation
      http://www.google.at/search?q=american+comittee+of+united+europe

      The EU was and still is the civil arm of the NATO.
      That’s also the reason why every nation joined NATO before joining the EU.
      With the exception of the neutral countries Austria, Finland and Sweden.
      But of course unofficially they were always part of the game.

  2. It seems like I remember some other country that invaded a neighbor to “protect” ethnic minorities that spoke the same language as the invading country. Now who was that? Let me think. Maybe the invader country started with a ‘G’ and the invaded started with a ‘C’? Oh, yeah, and I think the invaded ‘land’ was also know as ‘Sudeten’ something.

    What’s that saying about history? It doesn’t repeat but it rhymes?

    • Nope. There was no 8 years of shelling and destroying and Czech militia murdering the German-speaking people in the Sudeten. There were no pregnant women and children torn to pieces by Czech bombs. Get your history straight.

      Plus, there was no history of that land belonging to Germany. Ever.

    • Lenin was Jewish, Stalin was Georgian, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Andropov were Ukrainian, Chernenko was half-Ukrainian and Gorbachev was mixed Russian and Ukrainian.

      • Lenin was either one-eighth or one-sixteenth Jewish. Unless I misunderstand them, Lenin would not even have been considered Jewish under the Nuremberg Laws.

  3. “Tamara Lich, one of the jailed leaders of the Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa, has been denied bail by a judge in Ontario.”

    Of course the fat Antifa-guy who drove his car into demonstrators to kill them did get bailed out.

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