Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2022

Volunteers from the Middle East are fighting for both sides in the Russo-Ukrainian war. Russia says that it currently has 16,000 volunteers that want to fight, most of them from the Middle East. Meanwhile, Italy says that Ukrainian refugees must either be vaccinated or take PCR tests every 48 hours.

In other news, an explosion on a bus killed one person and wounded 17 others in the western Russian city of Voronezh. Officials say they do not believe the incident had anything to do with terrorism.

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Financial Crisis
» Biden Issues Exploration of a US Digital Dollar
» Only 18% of Americans Say Their Wages Are Keeping Pace With Soaring Inflation
 
USA
» $1.5 Trillion Federal Spending Bill Allocates $2.6 Billion to Programs That Fight “Disinformation” and “Hate”
» Alec Baldwin Claims No Liability for Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting, Says Contract Keeps Him Safe
» As TSA Extends Mask Mandate, Rand Paul Vows to Force Vote to Scrap it
» BLM Rioter Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Throwing Explosive Device Into Chicago Restaurant
» Brave Search and Presearch Say They Don’t Censor Search Results
» Breaking: Biden Says ‘We Will Not Fight a Direct War Against Russia in Ukraine’
» Charges to be Dropped Against Denver Man Who Killed Trump Supporter at Patriot Rally
» Democrats Would Lose Control of Congress if Election Were Held Today, New Polls Show
» Donald Trump’s Truth Social Propels Conservatives’ Reach Past Twitter in Few Short Weeks
» FDA Approved Pfizer Vaccine Despite 42,000 Adverse Events in First 3 Months, Prominent UK Doctor Explains
» Florida Middle Schoolers Face Hate Crime Charges After Racially Motivated Attack on White Students
» Illinois Illegally Denied Elections Group Access to Voter Records, Federal Court Rules
» Joe Biden Warns Putin of ‘Severe Price’ if he Uses Chemical Weapons
» Jussie Smollett Sentencing: Kim Foxx Says ‘Kangaroo Prosecution’ Led to Actor’s Punishment
» Jussie Smollett Will Undergo Mental Health Assessment After ‘I Am Not Suicidal’ Meltdown
» Man ‘Viciously Attacked’ By Stranger in Chinatown Stabbing
» Most Americans Want US to Increase Fossil Fuel Production Despite Biden Admin’s Push for Green Energy
» Odysee Launches Premium Plans With Ad-Free Viewing and Exclusive Features
» Parents Accuse Fairfax County School Board of Racism Over Admissions Policy Discriminating Against Asian Students
» Petition Drop-Off: Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
» Philadelphia Murders Mark Grim Milestone With 100 People Killed Year-to-Date, Top Cop Says
» Sen. Ted Cruz Rides Shotgun in Lead Vehicle of US Trucker Convoy Circling Washington, DC
» Sperry: Ukraine Worked With Democrats Against Trump in 2016 to Stop Putin — and it Backfired Badly
» Student Charged After Making Threat to Huron High School
» Substack Launches New App for Reading Newsletters and More
» Video: Reporter Points Out Biden’s Gross Hypocrisy on Electric Vehicles
» WSJ Poll: U.S. Voters Following Ukraine News Closely
» YouTube Deletes Massively Popular President Trump Interview on the Nelk Boys’ Full Send Podcast
 
Canada
» 80% of Canadians Say Pandemic Has Brought Out the Worst in Fellow Citizens
» Angus Reid: Half of Canadians Say Their Mental Health Has Worsened During Two Years of COVID Lockdowns
» Canada’s National Police Force Stands by Decision to Freeze Freedom Convoy Bank Accounts
» Canadians Still Rally After Freedom Convoy Protest Dismantled
» CBC Deletes Story Falsely Claiming Foreign Money Behind Freedom Convoy
» GiveSendGo Says it Will Refund Remaining Freedom Convoy Donations After Freezing Order
» How Do Canadians Feel About Soaring Fuel Prices?
» NS Allows Unvaxxed Gov’t Workers to Get Back to Their Jobs
» Pierre Poilievre Says He’s Running on Cost of Living and Freedom
» Rolly’s Restaurant Reopens After Five-Month Shutdown for Defying Vax Pass
» Some Ontario School Trustees Still Clinging to Mask Mandates
» There Are Actual Nazis in Ukraine — and the Canadian Government Has Been Supporting Them
» Toronto School Teacher Wants to Segregate Unmasked and Masked Children
» Trudeau-Selected Senator Introduces Bill to Lower Voting Age From 18 to 16
» Trudeau’s National Security Adviser: Freedom Convoy Planned to ‘Overthrow the Government’
» Vaccine Mandate for Cross-Border Truckers Raising Cost of Produce
 
Europe and the EU
» “The EU Owes Them an Apology!” — Swiss Magazine Hails Hungarian and Polish Humanitarian Efforts
» EU Bans Search Engines and Social Platforms From “Reproducing” Content From Sanctioned Russian Media
» Experiment Shows UK’s Pro-Censorship Politicians Have Their Own Past Comments Deleted by Facebook
» Four Jailed Over Islamist Killing of French Catholic Priest During Mass
» Macron Calls for Energy Sanctions Against Russia, But Orban Warns it Would Crash the Hungarian Economy
» Nuclear Power in France
» ‘Poland Deserves an Apology From the EU and the USA,’ Acknowledges Former U.S. Ambassador to Warsaw
» Poles Won’t Run Out of Food, Food Prices Will Rise Sharply Due to Ukraine War
» Spanish Populists to Enter Government for First Time After Regional Deal
» The UK Plans to Task Big Tech in Determining Which Advertisers Are Scams
» UK’s Brexit Minister Backs Fracking for Energy Independence
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: Washington’s Betrayal of Israel Has Only Just Begun
 
Russia
» ‘He Won’t Live to See Christmas!’ — Former Soviet Spy Predicts Sticky End for Putin
» Latest Developments
» Mayor of Ukraine City Kidnapped by Russian Forces: Official
» One Dead, 17 Injured After Explosion on Russian Bus
» Russia Calls for UN Security Council Meeting Over “Biological Activities” In Ukraine
» Russia Will Ban Instagram Within Days
» Russia Says 16,000 ‘Volunteers’ Want to Fight, Most From Middle East
» Ukraine President Zelensky Hails Polish Support Against Russia Invasion
» WHO Told Ukraine to Destroy ‘High-Threat Pathogens’ In Labs to Prevent Disease Spread
» YouTube Bans “Denying, Minimizing or Trivializing Well-Documented Violent Events” About Russia-Ukraine War
 
Far East
» China Enacts Law Banning Most Online Christian Content
 
Immigration
» Gambia Refuses to Take Back Illegal Migrants With EU Deportation Orders
» Italian PM: Ukrainian Refugees Must be Vaccinated or Take Tests Every 48 Hours
» Ukraine by the Numbers: Refugees Top 2.5 Million as War Continues
 
Culture Wars
» Conservative Watchdog Confronts Disney CEO Over Employee Critical Race Theory in Training Programs
» Kansas Teacher Sues District After She Was Suspended for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Pronouns
 
General
» Eight Countries Team Up to Form Digital ID Group
 

Biden Issues Exploration of a US Digital Dollar

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to establish a federal strategy on digital assets and cryptocurrency. The president also ordered the exploration of a US Central Bank-backed digital currency.

One of the objectives of the executive order is for the relevant federal agencies and regulators to identify the risk posed by digital assets to the economy and financial system, and mitigate them. It also calls for regulation of the crypto industry to prevent illicit finance and mitigate national security risks.

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

Only 18% of Americans Say Their Wages Are Keeping Pace With Soaring Inflation

Will Biden blame this on Putin too?

In the frenzy over today’s soaring CPI print which came in at a fresh 40 years high, many missed the other, far scarier, data point from the BLS which showed that while nominal wages keep rising at an impressive pace, on a real — or inflation adjusted basis — earnings have failed to keep up with inflation for 11 consecutive months, and in February real hourly earnings contracted by 2.6% compared to a year ago. This number will get far, far worse next month when the full impact of the biggest energy supply shock since the 1970s oil crisis hits front and center.

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

$1.5 Trillion Federal Spending Bill Allocates $2.6 Billion to Programs That Fight “Disinformation” and “Hate”

The huge $1.5 trillion US federal spending bill, that’s expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden today, allocates over $2.6 billion to “Democracy Programs” and requires these programs to combat “the misuse of social media to spread disinformation or incite hate.”

This requirement is buried deep into the 2,741 page bill on page 1,408 and is part of the “Title VII General Provisions” of the “Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022.”

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

Alec Baldwin Claims No Liability for Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting, Says Contract Keeps Him Safe

Actor-producer Alec Baldwin claims, in his most detailed account of the the fatal shooting of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, that he is not responsible for the tragedy.

Since Hutchins died on the New Mexico set for the movie in October 2021, Baldwin has been named in several lawsuits seeking damages for the fatal incident.

However, in an arbitration demand filed Friday by Baldwin’s attorneys, the actor-producer’s legal team claimed their client’s contract insulates him from financial liability in Hutchins’ death. The filing also reportedly seeks coverage of his legal fees.

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

As TSA Extends Mask Mandate, Rand Paul Vows to Force Vote to Scrap it

After the TSA announced Thursday that it will extend the mask mandate on public transportation and inside transportation hubs, Senator Rand Paul promised to force a vote to end it urging “we’re about two years past anyone believing the masks work.”

A TSA official told the media that it is leaving the mask mandate in place until at least April 18th, saying it is “at CDC’s recommendation.”

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

BLM Rioter Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Throwing Explosive Device Into Chicago Restaurant

A Black Lives Matter rioter was sentenced to five years in federal prison last Thursday for throwing an explosive device into a suburban Chicago restaurant in downtown Naperville, Illinois, during the violent summer 2020 riots.

27-year-old Diego Vargas, of Aurora, was convicted of hurling a lit explosive device through the window of Egg Harbor Cafe, resulting in two explosions on June 1, 2020. The restaurant was closed, and no injuries were reported at the time.

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

Brave Search and Presearch Say They Don’t Censor Search Results

After DuckDuckGo announced that it would be abandoning its years-long commitment to “unbiased” search results by down-ranking “Russian disinformation,” two alternative search engines, Brave Search and Presearch, have committed to not censoring their search results.

Brendan Eich, the CEO of Brave Software (the company behind the privacy-focused Brave browser, Brave Search, and other products), told journalist and producer Naomi Brockwell that Brave Search doesn’t censor its results and detailed how Brave Search is expanding its own search index.

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

Breaking: Biden Says ‘We Will Not Fight a Direct War Against Russia in Ukraine’

President Biden spoke to the nation on Friday, saying outright that the US and NATO “will not fight a direct war against Ukraine.” He was asked by reporters about the potential use of Russian bio-chemical weapons, and said Russia would “pay a severe price” for doing so.

Biden gave the remarks after speaking with Ukraine’s President Zelensky, saying that he praised Ukrainians for “their bravery as they bravely fight to defend their country.”

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

Charges to be Dropped Against Denver Man Who Killed Trump Supporter at Patriot Rally

Prosecutors are reportedly planning to drop the murder charge against unlicensed security guard Matthew Dolloff, who shot and killed a conservative US Navy veteran who was attending a 2020 “Patriot Rally” event in Denver.

According to the Denver Post, local prosecutors are planning to do so because they don’t believe they can “overcome” Dolloff’s self-defense argument.

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

Democrats Would Lose Control of Congress if Election Were Held Today, New Polls Show

The latest polls out of Washington show that President Biden and his fellow Democrats are continuing to lose ground to the Republicans despite the president’s first State of the Union Address and his recent ban on Russian oil imports.

According to WSJ’s lastest poll numbers, just 42% of Americans said they approved of President Biden’s performance in office, which was virtually unchanged from the previous WSJ poll in mid-November. That’s also roughly in line with the Real Clear Politics average, which we’ll get to later.

But on the question of who would win control of Congress in November if the vote were held today, the Republicans have a commanding lead at 46% to the Democrats 41% of respondents.

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

Donald Trump’s Truth Social Propels Conservatives’ Reach Past Twitter in Few Short Weeks

Radio host and TV commentator Dan Bongino built an army-sized following over the years on Twitter, with 2.4 million fans. In a few short weeks, he’s attracted about a tenth of the same following on President Trump’s nascent Truth Social platform.

But with millions fewer users and hundreds of thousands fewer followers, Bongino’s Truth Social account — like those of scores of other conservative stars — is creating substantially more engagement on posts than his long-time audience on Twitter.

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

FDA Approved Pfizer Vaccine Despite 42,000 Adverse Events in First 3 Months, Prominent UK Doctor Explains

(LifeSiteNews) — Dr. John Campbell, known in the U.K. for his public support of ivermectin as a medically proven, effective early treatment for Covid-19, went on YouTube yesterday to break down the newly released Pfizer documents concerning the safety of its Covid vaccine.

The documents were released after a Freedom of Information request was granted in a federal district court in Texas. They include records of adverse events associated with the Pfizer vaccine from Dec. 1, 2020 through Feb. 28, 2021, totaling 42,086 adverse events in the first three months of the vaccine campaign. Of these, there were 1,223 deaths. Countries reporting adverse events included the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and 53 others.

The number of vaccines administered during the same period, however, seems to have been redacted in the published report, making it impossible to establish the ratio of adverse events to vaccines administered in the relevant time period of the first three months of the Pfizer rollout.

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

Florida Middle Schoolers Face Hate Crime Charges After Racially Motivated Attack on White Students

Five Florida middle schoolers are facing charges after they allegedly beat up a group of white students based on their skin color.

The attack reportedly took place on Wednesday morning at the Coconut Creek Recreation Center in Coconut Creek, Florida, according to Fox News.

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

Illinois Illegally Denied Elections Group Access to Voter Records, Federal Court Rules

Authored by Matthew Vadum via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

A federal court ruled that Illinois violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) when it refused to provide an election integrity group with access to the state’s voter roll.

“Election officials must allow citizens to see what they are doing,” said J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), the successful plaintiff in the case.

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

Joe Biden Warns Putin of ‘Severe Price’ if he Uses Chemical Weapons

President Joe Biden warned on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would pay if he choses to use chemical weapons in the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“Russia would pay a severe price if they used chemical weapons,” he told reporters at the White House after a speech Friday.

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

Jussie Smollett Sentencing: Kim Foxx Says ‘Kangaroo Prosecution’ Led to Actor’s Punishment

Cook County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx slammed the legal team behind the criminal prosecution of Jussie Smollett, writing in an op-ed that the “justice system failed” just hours after the disgraced Hollywood star was sentenced to jail time for his hate crimes hoax conviction.

“At its best, our justice system should make people safer, hold accountable those who seek to harm others and earn the trust of its citizenry. At its worst, the system can be easily manipulated in furtherance of thinly veiled political agendas,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx wrote in an opinion piece published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday evening. “On Thursday, the damaging, costly, and disingenuous criminal prosecution of Jussie Smollett came to an end.”

She added: “Smollett was indicted, tried and convicted by a kangaroo prosecution in a matter of months. Meanwhile, the families of more than 50 Black women murdered in Chicago over the last 20 years await justice.”

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

Jussie Smollett Will Undergo Mental Health Assessment After ‘I Am Not Suicidal’ Meltdown

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett will get a full “medical, mental health, and security assessment” at Cook County jail following Thursday’s sentencing hearing that had the defendant shouting at the judge that he was not suicidal.

Judge James Linn concluded that Smollett only had himself to blame.

Jason Meisner of the Chicago Tribune posted about the prison situation on Thursday night, with further corroboration of exact details that show he was sent to a facility that has “a Residential Treatment Unit for infirm or at-risk detainees.”

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

Man ‘Viciously Attacked’ By Stranger in Chinatown Stabbing

LOS ANGELES — It was a brutal, random attack in the middle of the day in Chinatown.

William Yu, 46, was walking on Alpine Street just east of North Broadway on Wednesday afternoon, when a stranger suddenly stabbed him in the face and neck.

“My brother wasn’t doing anything. He was literally just going shopping and then gets attacked, viciously attacked,” William’s brother David Yu says.

William is now in the hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds and a nasty bite…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Most Americans Want US to Increase Fossil Fuel Production Despite Biden Admin’s Push for Green Energy

In response to a recent Rasmussen Reports question, a majority of American voters, regardless of political party, were revealed to want the US government to encourage increased oil production to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

In a question asked by Rasmussen, it states: “Should the US government encourage increased oil and gas production to reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil and gas?”

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

Odysee Launches Premium Plans With Ad-Free Viewing and Exclusive Features

Decentralized video sharing platform Odysee has launched two new premium plans for supporters who want to help the platform directly while gaining access to exclusive features.

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

Parents Accuse Fairfax County School Board of Racism Over Admissions Policy Discriminating Against Asian Students

Parents in Fairfax County managed to get the school board to flee midway through a Thursday evening meeting. It comes amid an ongoing legal battle over the admissions process for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Daily Wire‘s Luke Rosiak captured the moment. Lead protester Asra Q. Nomani is holding a copy of his anti-critical race theory book Race to the Bottom. In it, he talks about how school boards like Fairfax’s have begun pushing far-left political ideologies into school curriculums in recent years. Parents still had to show up on Thursday night because the county requested a stay on a judge’s ruling, who agreed that the admissions process discriminated against Asian students.

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

Petition Drop-Off: Build the Keystone XL Pipeline

Joe Biden’s first order of business as President of the United States of America was to rescind the approval of the nearly complete Keystone XL pipeline, which would have carried over 830,000 barrels of oil per day to refineries in America.

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

Philadelphia Murders Mark Grim Milestone With 100 People Killed Year-to-Date, Top Cop Says

Philadelphia reached a grim milestone on Friday, when the city marked reported 100 murders year-to-date, the earliest in the calendar year it has marked the milestone number since at least 2007, according to the police commissioner and statistics.

Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Commissioner released the staggering figure on Friday morning, when she wrote that the department was “devastated.”

“PPD will continue to utilize every resource we have to stem this tide of violence, and will not rest until we bring to justice those who seek to cause harm to our city and its people,” she tweeted. “it is our #1 priority.”

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

Sen. Ted Cruz Rides Shotgun in Lead Vehicle of US Trucker Convoy Circling Washington, DC

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland (LifeSiteNews) — On Thursday, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas went the extra mile to support the pro-freedom, anti-mandate U.S. trucker convoy that recently completed a cross-country trek to protest coercive COVID-19 measures.

Cruz joined the convoy on Thursday morning at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, where he addressed participants and even climbed aboard one of the trucks for a ride.

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

Sperry: Ukraine Worked With Democrats Against Trump in 2016 to Stop Putin — and it Backfired Badly

Authored by Paul Sperry via RealClearInvestigations

Six years ago, before Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country, the Ukrainians bet that a Hillary Clinton presidency would offer better protection from Russian President Vladimir Putin, even though he had invaded Crimea during the Obama-Biden administration, whose Russian policies Clinton vowed to continue

Working with both the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign, Ukrainian government officials intervened in the 2016 race to help Clinton and hurt Donald Trump in a sweeping and systematic foreign influence operation that’s been largely ignored by the press. The improper, if not illegal, operation was run chiefly out of the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, where officials worked hand-in-glove with a Ukrainian-American activist and Clinton campaign operative to attack the Trump campaign. The Obama White House was also deeply involved in an effort to groom their own favored leader in Ukraine and then work with his government to dig up dirt on — and even investigate — their political rival.

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

Student Charged After Making Threat to Huron High School

Charges have been filed against a 14-year-old Huron High School student whom a teacher reportedly overheard threatening to “shoot up the school like Oxford” while in a verbal altercation with another student Wednesday morning.

The freshman has been charged with one count of intentional threat to commit an act of violence against a school, school employees and/or students in what is the latest of a series of similar incidents that have occurred across Monroe County in the wake of the school shooting that occurred last week at Oxford High School in Oakland County.

According to a press release issued by the Huron Township Public Safety Department, a school resource officer from the Huron Township police department was immediately notified and took the student into custody. All of the student’s belongings and their locker were searched, and no weapons were recovered.

The case was sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecutorial review and the issuance of charges…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Substack Launches New App for Reading Newsletters and More

Substack has been the home of several writers who have gone their own way and cut ties with the legacy organizations they previously worked for after facing censorship and much else.

The company has now launched a new reader app, allowing users to read newsletters from their favorite writers in one place. For now, the app is only available for iOS users. However, an Android version is coming soon.

The Substack reader app puts all your newsletter subscriptions into an inbox. Video and podcast subscriptions are also available in the app, as well as comment sections and RSS feeds.

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

Video: Reporter Points Out Biden’s Gross Hypocrisy on Electric Vehicles

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy again proved he’s one of the only White House correspondents asking any real questions Thursday as he pointed out the rampant hypocrisy of Joe Biden continually talking about electric vehicles and green energy while he posts videos “revving the engine” of his petrol cars.

Biden’s handlers sent out a tweet earlier in the week essentially telling Americans to stick it to Putin by buying electric cars.

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

WSJ Poll: U.S. Voters Following Ukraine News Closely

American voters are willing to accept some level of economic costs to help Ukraine, but there is little support for putting U.S. troops at risk, a new Wall Street Journal Poll finds.

The Journal survey, released Friday, found that Americans have been captivated by news and images of Ukrainian efforts to fend off the Russian invasion. An overwhelming 90% of voters in the survey said they were following the situation closely, including 54% who said they were tracking it very closely.

A plurality of 46% said the U.S. should do more to help Ukraine, compared with 35% who said the current level of assistance was about right. Only 6% said the U.S. was doing too much.

But the nature of the help that voters saw as appropriate had limits. Some 55% favored additional economic sanctions, and an equal share would send weapons and military equipment.

Yet the survey found little support for involving U.S. troops. Only 25% would send U.S. military personnel to European countries other than Ukraine, and 10% would send troops into Ukraine itself.

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

YouTube Deletes Massively Popular President Trump Interview on the Nelk Boys’ Full Send Podcast

YouTube has deleted an interview with President Donald Trump on the Full Send podcast, hosted by The Nelk Boys.

“Youtube has DELETED our trump episode that over 5M views in 24 hours,” Kyle, of the Nelk Boys tweeted.

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

80% of Canadians Say Pandemic Has Brought Out the Worst in Fellow Citizens

A vast majority of Canadians agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the worst in their fellow citizens, a new Angus Reid Institute poll shows.

On the two-year anniversary of the virus being declared a pandemic, people say they are faring worse now than when they were in 2020.

The poll, which was commissioned by CBC, suggests that approximately 80% of Canadians believed that people have been pulled further apart over the last two years and that “the pandemic has brought out the worst in people.”

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

Angus Reid: Half of Canadians Say Their Mental Health Has Worsened During Two Years of COVID Lockdowns

A new poll shows more than half of Canadians saying their mental health has worsened during the past two years of COVID lockdowns.

Women under 55 were hit hardest. Two-thirds of women aged 35-54 say their mental health has taken a nosedive in the last 24 months.

The study also found that one in five Canadians say their relationship with their partner has deteriorated since March 2020. Almost 40% of Canadians said their relationships with family have worsened over the course of the pandemic.

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

Canada’s National Police Force Stands by Decision to Freeze Freedom Convoy Bank Accounts

OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — Canada’s federal police force is standing by their unprecedented move of freezing citizens’ private bank accounts without a court order.

In a statement by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner Michel Arcand on Monday, the official told the House Finance Committee that freezing the bank accounts of the Freedom Convoy protesters “enhanced the effectiveness of law enforcement’s investigation” and aided in bringing a “peaceful and timely end to the public emergency.”

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

Canadians Still Rally After Freedom Convoy Protest Dismantled

Although the convoy ended on a bad note during the police intervention that took place on January 18th and 19th, this hasn’t stopped protesters from demonstrating every week for the past two weeks in support of the convoy and continuing to make their voices heard about their disagreement with the vaccine mandates.

On March 5, another demonstration was held on Parliament Hill, where many people gathered to march and form a human chain. A human chain was also held in Lévis, Quebec and other cities and provinces in Canada.

While people were demonstrating, the Ottawa police intervened with the demonstrators, proclaiming that according to the rules of Parliament Hill, any message that is obscene, offensive, or promotes hatred is prohibited. The question is, why didn’t the parliamentary protection service intervene?

Here is what happened during the demonstration.

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

CBC Deletes Story Falsely Claiming Foreign Money Behind Freedom Convoy

CBC has pulled a second false story about the Freedom Convoy, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. The story in question claimed foreigners played a role in the protest.

Specifically, the claim was made on a radio broadcast of TheWorld This Hour, self-described as “Canada’s most trusted audio newscast.” According to the Western Standard, the network released a statement on the matter.

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

GiveSendGo Says it Will Refund Remaining Freedom Convoy Donations After Freezing Order

In a proposed class-action lawsuit against it, GiveSendGo told the court that it would refund the remaining donations made to the Freedom Convoy and Adopt a Tracker campaigns. The complainants in the lawsuit wanted the funds to be seized and given to those who were allegedly “affected” by the protests, like Ottawa business owners and residents.

The lawyer for the class-action lawsuit, Monique Jilesen, argued that the purpose of the order was to secure the donations so that a court would decide where the funds would go.

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

How Do Canadians Feel About Soaring Fuel Prices?

With Canada’s prices at the pump setting record highs, many are wondering where to place the blame. Whether it be the Russia-Ukraine conflict, carbon tax or poor policy, Torontonians at gas stations are unanimous in saying that prices need to come down.

“It’s hard for people who drive Uber, or have to drive for work,” one Uber driver told us.

While narratives are circling from corporate media in the West about Russian oil imports being to blame, and it being a “sacrifice” that North Americans should endure to hinder Vladimir Putin’s military advances, few are focused on the economic realities of this story arc.

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

NS Allows Unvaxxed Gov’t Workers to Get Back to Their Jobs

Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives have confirmed that 84 civil servants who did not meet the province’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements will be eligible to return to work on March 21 when restrictions are dropped.

Last fall, Premier Tim Houston’s government demanded that all provincial employees were required to be vaccinated by November 20, 2021, or be placed on administrative leave.

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

Pierre Poilievre Says He’s Running on Cost of Living and Freedom

Longtime Conservative member of parliament Pierre Poilievre was the first to launch a campaign to be the next Conservative Party of Canada leader. Poilievre joined True North’s Andrew Lawton for a wide-ranging chat about why he’s running, and what he seeks to do as Conservative leader and prime minister if he’s elected. Poilievre said he’s running to tackle the cost of living crisis, and says his message of freedom will not only unite conservatives, but also Canadians. He also contrasted himself with Jean Charest, whom he accused of being a high-tax Liberal.

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

Rolly’s Restaurant Reopens After Five-Month Shutdown for Defying Vax Pass

A small-town British Columbia restaurant that was shut down in October for refusing to check for vaccine passports has now reopened, the same day health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the relaxing of the province’s pandemic restrictions.

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope, B.C. resumed business on Thursday, five months after an injunction forced its closure last fall. The restaurant has now had to adopt a “counter-service model” in order to avoid enforcing vaccine passports, which are slated to be dropped on April 8. This means orders must be placed and picked up by customers in designated areas, similar to a fast-food restaurant.

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Some Ontario School Trustees Still Clinging to Mask Mandates

Some school boards in Ontario are trying to supersede Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, to continue forcing children and staff to wear masks.

On Monday, March 11, Moore announced the removal of the government directive enforcing mask mandates across most sectors, including in the education system. This change, which makes masks recommended instead of required, will come into effect on March 21 — the first day back from March Break for staff and students.

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There Are Actual Nazis in Ukraine — and the Canadian Government Has Been Supporting Them

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra discussed how while the Trudeau Liberals have been cavalierly slandering their political enemies as “Nazis,” they’ve been arming and training and promoting actual paramilitary Nazi groups in Ukraine.

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Toronto School Teacher Wants to Segregate Unmasked and Masked Children

A Toronto school teacher is recommending fellow educators segregate children based on mask-wearing. Peter Hasek, who goes by “he/they” pronouns, publicly endorsed masking-based segregation practices on his now-deleted Twitter profile.

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Trudeau-Selected Senator Introduces Bill to Lower Voting Age From 18 to 16

OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — The Canadian Senate is considering a bill that seeks to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

Senator Marilou McPhedran, who was appointed to the Senate in 2016 on the recommendation of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has introduced Bill S-201. The bill is currently in its second of three readings in the senate.

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Trudeau’s National Security Adviser: Freedom Convoy Planned to ‘Overthrow the Government’

Canada’s top national security adviser Jody Thomas warns that Canadians have enjoyed living blissfully ignorant of the threats posed to domestic security, claiming that the “Freedom Convoy” organizers went to the nation’s capital of Ottawa “to overthrow the government.”

“We have a lot to unpack in this country in terms of understanding what’s going on and its impact on democracy, our institutions and our society,” said Thomas at a panel at the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence on Thursday.

“This is a problem that is not going away,” said Thomas, adding that it will require “significant” work by the government to “try and understand and resolve.”

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Vaccine Mandate for Cross-Border Truckers Raising Cost of Produce

The chair of one of Canada’s largest farmers’ groups has confirmed to Parliament that the Trudeau government’s vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers is raising the cost of fruit and vegetables.

Chair of the Trade and Marketing Working Group at the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) Quinton Woods told parliamentarians at the Commons agriculture committee on Feb. 28 that the border restrictions on unvaccinated truckers further reduced the supply of available drivers.

He said this had compounded the supply chain problems fruit and vegetable growers already faced, forcing them to pass on the burden to consumers.

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“The EU Owes Them an Apology!” — Swiss Magazine Hails Hungarian and Polish Humanitarian Efforts

The humanitarian efforts from both Poland and Hungary, which have received the overwhelming majority of refugees fleeing Ukraine, have been praised by the German-language Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche following Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Skinas’ visit to Budapest.

The EU commissioner visited the Hungarian-Ukrainian border to engage with aid workers and refugees, and following a meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, she told reporters that “Hungary is on the right side of history.”

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EU Bans Search Engines and Social Platforms From “Reproducing” Content From Sanctioned Russian Media

They trained for this day for a long time; particularly by quashing online dissent during the two years of Covid hell, and now the big day is here: once considered an aspirational beacon of democracy, the EU is deploying some of the most egregious-to-date acts of censorship and suppression of free speech and access to information — certainly, at least, for a Western democracy.

And once considered an innovative and exciting company that brings knowledge to the people, and along the way “do no evil” — Google — and its ilk — will be there to help make it happen.

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Experiment Shows UK’s Pro-Censorship Politicians Have Their Own Past Comments Deleted by Facebook

Big Brother Watch is highlighting the problem with censoring controversial but legal speech, by showcasing comments previously made by UK politicians. The civil liberties group warned that the upcoming Online Safety Bill would make the censorship situation worse.

Big Brother Watch conducted an experiment, where it used dummy personal accounts to post quotes previously made by politicians, including PM Boris Johnson and Labour Party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner.

Rayner’s comment that police officers should “shoot terrorists and ask questions second” was blocked for “violence and incitement.” Johnson’s comment that Muslim women in burkas resemble “letterboxes” was removed for “harassment and bullying.”

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Four Jailed Over Islamist Killing of French Catholic Priest During Mass

Four men have been sentenced over the terror killing of a Catholic Priest in France, an attack that was perpetrated by self-described Islamic State members.

Sentences between seven years and life in prison have been handed down to four men in relation to the Islamic terror killing of French Priest Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered at the foot of his church’s altar while celebrating mass.

The brutal killing — which saw the 85-year old have his throat slit while worshippers were taken hostage — occurred only weeks after a Tunisian drove a truck through a crowd of French civilians celebrating Bastille Day in 2016, an attack that killed 86 people.

According to a report by Reuters, none of the men sentenced on Wednesday had been present during the attack, but all were found to have some involvement with the two terrorist killers — both of whom claimed membership of the Islamic State.

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Macron Calls for Energy Sanctions Against Russia, But Orban Warns it Would Crash the Hungarian Economy

French President Emmanuel Macron has joined the list of global leaders calling for sanctions on Russian oil and gas, even if such measures would be “painful” for Europe.

As heads of government and state of EU members arrived in the French city of Versailles for a two-day summit, the French president said Europe must be prepared to end its reliance on Russian energy supplies.

“Our democracy is in danger, our values are in danger,” Macron told reporters. “We have to accept that sometimes we have to pay the price,” he added, insisting that Europe must prepare itself for “any scenario.”

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Nuclear Power in France

Nuclear power is the largest source of electricity in France, with a generation of 379.5 TWh, or 70.6% of the country’s total electricity production of 537.7 TWh,[1] the highest percentage in the world.[2] Since June of 2020, it has 56 operable reactors totalling 61,370 MWe, one under construction (1630 MWe), and 14 shut down or in decommissioning (5,549 MWe).

Électricité de France (EDF) — the country’s main electricity generation and distribution company — manages the country’s 56 power reactors.[3] EDF is substantially owned by the French Government, with around 85% shares in government hands.[4]

Nuclear power was deployed in large quantities in France following the 1973 oil crisis according to the Messmer plan.

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‘Poland Deserves an Apology From the EU and the USA,’ Acknowledges Former U.S. Ambassador to Warsaw

The United States’s former ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher pointed to the responsibility of the West’s greatest democracies, which were unable to prevent the war.

“Sooner or later, we will have to come to terms with this fact. The world’s greatest economic and military powers were unable to stop a dictator who runs a country with a GDP of the size of Texas. Putin had been suggesting what he’d do for decades — cut off Ukraine’s land bit by bit and invade independent states. Yet the West stood idly by,” she said in an interview with the Polish news outlet Interia.

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Poles Won’t Run Out of Food, Food Prices Will Rise Sharply Due to Ukraine War

Polish food security is not currently at direct risk due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, however disruptions in food supply chains have and will continue to lead to an increase in food prices on global markets, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) has revealed.

The institute explained that Poland does not import much grain from Russia and Ukraine — just 65,000 tons of Ukrainian grain worth €15.4 million entered the Polish market in 2021, and just 10,100 tons of grain was imported from Russia.

However, PIE analysts believe that the war may contribute to the worsening of food security for the rest of Europe, with Ukraine a close trading partner of the European Union’s for certain produce.

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Spanish Populists to Enter Government for First Time After Regional Deal

Spanish populist-conservative party VOX is set to enter government in Castile and León following a historic deal with the conservative People’s Party (PP) that will see VOX enter its first government in the party’s history.

Alfonso Fernandez Mañueco, head of the PP in Castile and León, announced on Thursday that his party had come to a deal with VOX to form the next regional government, saying the parties had reached an agreement “that allows a stable and solid government with full respect for the constitutional order and the Statute of Autonomy of Castile and León.”

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The UK Plans to Task Big Tech in Determining Which Advertisers Are Scams

The UK government plans to force social media companies to fight online scams by making them liable if they allow fraudulent ads. The government plans to add the provisions in the upcoming Online Safety Bill.

During the pandemic, online scams have increased because lockdowns and restrictions have forced more people online. In the first half of 2021, the UK recorded an all-time high of £754M lost in banking scams, which was an almost 30% increase from the same period in 2020.

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UK’s Brexit Minister Backs Fracking for Energy Independence

Britain’s Brexit Minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has called for the Conservative government to reconsider their fracking ban, a development that could improve access to affordable energy for Britons, and even improve Britain’s energy independence.

Russia’s recent intensification of the Ukraine war and Boris Johnson’s Net-Zero green diktats have compounded long-standing problems borne of decades of bad government energy policy, seeing household energy prices, as well as petrol prices, soar.

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Caroline Glick: Washington’s Betrayal of Israel Has Only Just Begun

Tuesday the Washington Examiner reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, (IRGC) officers are actively plotting to murder former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton. According to the report, late last year, Bolton joined former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a former senior official who receives Secret Service protection due to “continuing, credible and specific” threats on their lives emanating from the IRGC.

The paper revealed that despite the fact that the U.S. Justice Department knows the identity of the IRGC officers leading efforts to murder Bolton, and has the evidence to indict them, the Justice Department is refusing to issue indictments “for fear that it could derail [the administration’s] drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, currently nearing completion in negotiations in Vienna, Austria.”

Under U.S. law, it is an act of war for a foreign power to attempt the assassination of U.S. citizens in the United States. So by rights, at a minimum, the Biden administration should be expected to pursue Bolton’s would be assassins with the full force of law. But in a testament to the obsessive-compulsive nature of the administration’s pursuit of a deal with Iran, not only are President Joe Biden and his administration not retaliating for this act of war. They are giving the Iranian regime a free pass to wage war against America, on its sovereign territory…

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‘He Won’t Live to See Christmas!’ — Former Soviet Spy Predicts Sticky End for Putin

A former Soviet military spy has claimed that Vladimir Putin “will not live to see Christmas,” claiming the Russian president is leading his country to the edge of catastrophe.

Viktor Suvorov, a former officer of the Soviet army and GRU operative, suggested on Polish TV network Polsat News that the support for Putin by Russian oligarchs, whose lives and businesses have been affected by Western sanctions, will soon wane.

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Latest Developments

In Ukraine: Ukraine killed a third Russian general since Moscow’s invasion began more than two weeks ago, officials said Friday, as Russia repositioned its beleaguered forces in the north of the country in what Western officials worry is a prelude to a renewed attack on the capital.

Russian airstrikes pounded Ukrainian cities far from the front lines as its military grappled for control over territory it nominally captured. Russian forces kidnapped the mayor of the occupied southern city of Melitopol, who had refused to cooperate with them and continued to fly a Ukrainian flag in his office, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry said.

In the West: President Biden said the U.S. will move to revoke normal trade relations with Russia, joining Western allies in a coordinated action to further punish Moscow.

Markets: Technology stocks extended their declines, dragging broader indexes to weekly losses, as volatility reigned and inflation fears heightened.

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Mayor of Ukraine City Kidnapped by Russian Forces: Official

Kyiv:

The mayor of southern Ukraine’s Melitopol was kidnapped on Friday by Russian soldiers occupying the city, President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian officials said.

“A group of 10 occupiers kidnapped the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov,” Ukraine’s parliament said on Twitter.

“He refused to cooperate with the enemy,” it added.

It said the mayor was seized when he was at the city’s crisis centre dealing with supply issues.

In a video message late Friday, Zelensky confirmed the abduction, calling Fedorov “a mayor who bravely defends Ukraine and the members of his community”.

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One Dead, 17 Injured After Explosion on Russian Bus

A woman was killed and at least 17 other people injured in an explosion on a bus in western Russia, local authorities said early Friday.

Several of the wounded were in serious condition.

“So far there is nothing to indicate that this was a terrorist attack,” Sergei Sokolov deputy governor of Voronezh, where the explosion occurred, told the Interfax news agency.

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Russia Calls for UN Security Council Meeting Over “Biological Activities” In Ukraine

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times

Russia has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss alleged U.S. “military biological activities” in Ukraine.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the United Nations, said in a Twitter post on March 10:

“Russian Mission asked for a meeting of #SecurityCouncil for 11 March to discuss the military biological activities of the US on the territory of #Ukraine.”

Reuters reported that diplomats have indicated the U.N. Security Council will convene on Friday, March 11, to discuss Moscow’s claims of U.S. biological activities in Ukraine.

Late on March 9, the United States denied Russian accusations that Washington is running labs in Ukraine geared toward developing bioweapons.

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Russia Will Ban Instagram Within Days

Russian authorities have called for the blocking of Instagram, following a policy change where the platform said it would allow threats of violence targeting Russian soldiers.

According to a report on Russian news agency TASS, Alexander Kninshtein, the leader of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, said Instagram should be banned if it is true that its policies were changed to allow users to post threats of violence towards Russian soldiers.

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Russia Says 16,000 ‘Volunteers’ Want to Fight, Most From Middle East

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced on Friday that his government has identified over 16,000 foreigners, most of whom come from the Middle East, willing to fight on Russia’s side in the ongoing war with Ukraine.

Shoigu made this declaration in a meeting of the Russian Security Council, according to the Russian news agency Tass, which noted that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was present and approved helping these foreign fighters enter the Ukrainian war theater. Putin reportedly pointed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s repeated pleas to foreign nationals to travel to the country and fight Russia as legitimizing Moscow making a similar effort.

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Ukraine President Zelensky Hails Polish Support Against Russia Invasion

Kyiv: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky Friday praised the support of neighbouring Poland since Russia invaded last month.

“When you have someone who hurts you, it is very important to have someone who offers their shoulder for you to lean on,” he said in a message to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda and the Polish people.

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WHO Told Ukraine to Destroy ‘High-Threat Pathogens’ In Labs to Prevent Disease Spread

The World Health Organization advised Ukraine to destroy ‘high-threat pathogens’ in the country’s public health laboratories in order to prevent “any potential spills” that might infect the population during the Russian invasion, Reuters reports.

“As part of this work, WHO has strongly recommended to the Ministry of Health in Ukraine and other responsible bodies to destroy high-threat pathogens to prevent any potential spills,” said the UN agency.

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YouTube Bans “Denying, Minimizing or Trivializing Well-Documented Violent Events” About Russia-Ukraine War

YouTube has started removing content about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that violates its rules around “denying, minimizing or trivializing well-documented violent events.”

As part of this expanded enforcement of these rules, which were first introduced in February 2019, YouTube said it’s also “blocking access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media globally.”

Additionally, YouTube reported that it has censored over 1,000 channels and over 15,000 videos since March 1 for violating policies such as its “hate speech,” “misinformation,” and “graphic content” policies.

Not only has YouTube censored more than 15,000 videos in less than two weeks but it has also boosted “trusted sources” and its “breaking news and top news shelves” on its homepage have received more than 17 million views in Ukraine.

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China Enacts Law Banning Most Online Christian Content

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has activated measures to drastically restrict the availability of Christian content on the internet, Open Doors reported this week.

Last December, China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) announced its upcoming “Measures for the Administration of Internet Religious Information Services,” a series of regulations designed to eliminate any online religious message that fails to conform to the principles of the CCP.

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Gambia Refuses to Take Back Illegal Migrants With EU Deportation Orders

The African country of The Gambia, headed by President Adama Barrow, is refusing to take back thousands of its citizens currently living in Germany and elsewhere in the European Union who have been issued deportation orders, blocking their repatriations back to West Africa.

As a result of Barrow refusing to issue landing permits for deportation pilots from European Union countries since 2019, the bloc’s authorities have and continue to be powerless to deport 6,000 of the 16,000 Gambians currently residing in Germany who have been ordered to leave the country, Die Welt reports.

The Gambia — where 95 percent of the population is Muslim — claims that it cannot take back its citizens who are residing illegally in Europe because they are “unable to be reintegrated back into society” — and if repatriated — would bring social unrest to the country. Thus, the government is refusing to comply with international law, which obliges country’s to take back their deported nationals.

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Italian PM: Ukrainian Refugees Must be Vaccinated or Take Tests Every 48 Hours

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that all Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Italy will either have to be vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus or undergo tests every 48 hours.

Over 20,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Italy since the outbreak of the Russian invasion and over 90 per cent are said to be women and children. During a question period in the Italian parliament, Prime Minister Draghi spoke about the current situation regarding the new arrivals.

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Ukraine by the Numbers: Refugees Top 2.5 Million as War Continues

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues past the two-week mark, the number of civilians who are fleeing is increasing.

Since Feb. 24, 2022, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refuge Agency, which is headquartered in Geneva.

More than a million of those refugees are children, many of whom are unaccompanied, UNICEF said on Thursday.

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Conservative Watchdog Confronts Disney CEO Over Employee Critical Race Theory in Training Programs

During a shareholders meeting he was able to attend Wednesday by purchasing a single share of the company, a conservative watchdog scolded Walt Disney Company executives over employee training that features elements of critical race theory.

That was part of a broader strategy Justin Danhof outlined last month.

“If you get your moral compass from Disney, it’s broken. Your compass is broken, go fix it,” Danhof told Fox News Digital when explaining how he began confronting high-powered CEOs to counter what he views as left-wing politics gripping many of the nation’s most popular brands.

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Kansas Teacher Sues District After She Was Suspended for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Pronouns

A Kansas math teacher has filed a lawsuit against her public school district after they suspended her for refusing to use a student’s preferred name and pronouns.

According to the Herzog Foundation, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of teacher Pamela Ricard against USD 475 Geary County School District and the principal of Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley, Kansas. Ricard is described as a “decades-long” teacher who has been assigned to the school since 2005.

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Eight Countries Team Up to Form Digital ID Group

A “working group” of eight countries has proposed “high-level principles” that could allow interoperability and mutual recognition of digital IDs in the future. The working group also claimed that most government-initiated digital ID projects are designed with the principles of interoperability and mutual recognition.

In 2020, eight countries came together to create the Digital Identity Working Group, to brainstorm how to incorporate digital identities in the digital global travel and trade ecosystem.

For the first time, the group has released a report.

The working group is chaired by Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency, with the other members being from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, Israel, Finland, Singapore, and New Zealand.

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24 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2022

  1. From the telegram channel. https://t.me/russ_orientalist/10336

    What does the statement about the conscription of 16,000 “sadiks” for military operations in Ukraine say?

    Firstly, that the forces of the RF Armed Forces are not enough to hold significant territories. The shock columns passed, and in the rear they had shock groups and DRGs. Diverse “wild divisions” began to be involved in the cleansing.

    And secondly, it will dramatically increase the motivation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and volunteer battalions. As happened after the active PR of the Chechen National Guard, which participated in the cleansings. On the same day, the number of Russian supporters in Ukraine dropped sharply.

    I don’t know what the combat effectiveness of the Syrian warriors will be, but I have no doubt that after this news, the number of people wishing to join the ranks of the territorial defense will increase, certainly more than the indicated 16 thousand.

    I think flexible Ukrainian propaganda will quickly pick up this case. Now Ukraine will remember Russian roots, that Kyiv is the mother of Russian cities, which is fighting the invasion of Asians. Videos will appear where Kyiv will be proclaimed the new center of the Russian world, Ukrainians will invite Russian volunteers to go to fight for Ukraine against the Horde. Here you will see!

    I think this will lead to fermentation in the minds of Russia itself. After all, the Syrians are being recruited for the war with Ukraine, but there are no Russian volunteers. The most active and militant Russians rush to the Donbass, stand on the border of the LDNR, and they are answered “no, stay at home, Chechens, Buryats and Syrians will go instead of you.” On the other hand, the Ukrainians are inviting.

    P.S. they write that a propaganda campaign of the described plan has already begun in Ukraine: “we are Slavs, Europeans against Asians.”

    • It’s been widely reported that Russian soldiers in Kherson, and other conquered areas have been attacking the local population, in various ways… I have my suspicions, as to who those “Russian soldiers” are.

      And similarly, wonder what the motivation is, for the Syrians to come to fight.

  2. Comparison of financial, humanitarian and military, officially declared, US and EU aid to Ukraine
    USA > 13,6 mld $
    UE > 2,2 mld € [1,2 + 1]
    Proposed by EP , EU Economical Sanctions on Poland and Hungary :
    Poland, 2.5 mld. Euros
    Hungary 1 mld Euros

    • EU is being its usual, pathetic self. But if they hate the Polish government, maybe at least they could transfer some of the funds directly to the liberal/leftist-run cities…
      Many of which are struggling now, with the sheer number of arrivals.

  3. Of the $ 13.6 billion from the US, 4 are support for EU’s neighbors,
    to accept refugees …
    Out of € 2.2 billion from the EU, 1.2 is macroeconomic assistance to the EU countries and 1-one is for military supplies to the EU countries

    EU countries receiving refugees can use their money from the EU Cohesion funds for this, as long as they are not blocked .
    Poland and Hungary money from Cohesion funds are blocked..

    • In 2015 EU gave Turkey 6 billion for breakfast migrants. euro (4 + 2).
      I guess to cover up German own Wilkommen policy.

  4. In yet another example of mass hysteria psychosis, the EU has voted to impose sanctions on Hungary and Poland EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE DEALING WITH 1.6 MILLION REFUGEES from the ongoing war.

    No doubt this has something to do with their unique positions on the invasion of the sub-human culture enrichers.

    EU imposes sanctions on Hungary, Poland despite their accepting 1.6 million refugees

    European Parliament votes 478 to 155 in favor of imposing sanctions on the two countries that have taken in the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian refugees.

    The European Parliament voted on Thursday morning in favor of imposing sanctions on Hungary and Poland, its two member states that have received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees following the invasion by Russia.

    The EU legislative body supported the call for the European Commission to place immediate sanctions on the two countries by a vote of 478 to 155, despite the humanitarian crisis from the Russo-Ukrainian conflict spilling over into Hungarian and Polish territory.

    In a press release published shortly after the Thursday vote, the European Parliament insisted it was “high time” for the European Commission to start taking steps to protect the EU budget from member states who ignore the bloc’s rule of law.

    EU lawmakers insisted that taxpayers’ money must be protected “against those who undermine the EU’s values,” Remix notes.

    EXPLAINER:

    The parliamentary vote means that the European Union has diverted its attention and resources towards sanctioning two of its own members at a time when the wider European continent is in disarray and Russia is seeking to flex its muscles and assert its dominance in Ukraine, Remix comments.

    It also means that the Hungarian and Polish governments must divert their own time and resources to confronting the hostility from Brussels, as both countries seek to contain the humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the European Union’s external border and take in hundreds of thousands of refugees.

    https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/eu-this-is-freaking-insane/

  5. Connect the dots folks. Russia has submitted evidence to the UN of the presence of Biolabs in Ukraine that are operated by the US. Those labs are for producing bioweaponry for use in germ warfare. Russi is right next door in and in the line of sight of what those labs are producing. Under those circumstances Russia’s attack on Ukraine was an act of self-defense against what the perennial Nazi George Soros, with the help of Mdme. Hilarity, John Kerryied away, and O’Bama have planned, built, and intended to be used in the very near future. Now the ice-cold dish of revenge for what we did to Russia in Cuba is being served up to us.
    May the Lord God help us all who were not party to this iniquity.

  6. If anyone has access to Dmitri Orlov blog, you can see first hand the hatred that Russians heap on Ukrainians. Mr. Orlov, instead of talking of denazification (as promised in the title) lets loose his inner demon.

    Here is an excerpt:
    “Disconnected and cast adrift, badly mistreated by its new colonial masters, this population steadily degenerated. It was not helped by widespread idiocy caused by iodine deficiency: the soils of the region lack the iodine necessary for normal human development. It was largely illiterate and its language drifted away from mainstream Russian and formed a separate set of often mutually incomprehensible village dialects. Then, in 1818, Alexei Sosnovsky formalized his native Sumy Region dialect in a book he published in St. Petersburg, titled “A Grammar of a Little Russian Dialect.” It was as much a description as a concoction (I could write “A Grammar of a Western Virginian Dialect” if somebody paid me enough) but it was then used to make largely spurious claims about a separate Ukrainian national identity.”

    “Thus we had a ne’er-do-well population that was used to being discriminated against, despised and excluded by every occupying power they came into contact with, permanently angry at the world and hell-bent on revenge but perpetually too weak and disorganized to carry it out.”

    “the uniquely Ukrainian cultural elements limited to ethnic outfits, elements of cuisine and a few poems and folk songs”

    See? Their language is just a silly dialect, their culture non existent, and they are congenital idiots besides, with a chip on their shoulder. This attitude on the Russian side is a big part of the problem.

    • First time I hear this name. Even more than that, this name is not heard in the press or social networks.
      ————-
      Now everyone is like mad dogs off the chain.

      • Orlov is a Russian engineer who lived in America for many years. He was running an obscure blog that got more popular as he likened the downward spiral of America to what happened in the Soviet Union towards the end. He was also notable for living in a small boat with his wife and child in the Boston harbor, and then sailing away for the winter.

        He now lives in Russia. He is an able observer and writer, and often a pleasure to read. This is not his better work, however.

  7. And now this:

    The public is waiting for the statements of the famous businessman Bill Gates, especially if he decides to announce a new step that the future will witness. After he predicted the spread of the Corona virus two years before this happened, he is detonating an unexpected surprise on the world.
    And Gates expected this time to develop a modern technology by Chaotic Moon that focuses on software, design and development of mobile devices, in the form of electronic tattoos on the skin, in which medical and sports data are collected and allow making calls and messages.

    This plan will not be implemented overnight, but Gates hopes that it will arrive as soon as possible and replace the current mobile phones, noting that this invention has advantages that this tattoo will be placed on the skin with built-in microprocessors that help to integrate it into the body as it will replace mobile phone location.

    # Now I believe satan is in charge.

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