Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/2/2022

On Saturday March 5 Canadian protesters are planning to form a coast-to-coast human “Freedom Chain” from British Columbia to Newfoundland. Participants plan to join hands simultaneously along the Trans-Canada Highway to protest Justin Trudeau’s COVID mandates.

I did a little calculation concerning the project. The distance involved is said to be 4,645 miles. Assuming a spread of five feet for each person’s outstretched arms (which may be too much, but it’s what I used), the distance would require that more than 4.9 million people participate. That would mean that almost 13% of Canada’s population of 38 million would be taking part.

If it can be done, it will be a stunning accomplishment.

In other news, both Eric Zemmour and Marine LePen gained enough mayoral endorsements to become candidates in the upcoming French presidential election.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, Insubria, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Analyst Warns Rising Diesel Prices Amidst Could Inflate Cost of Food by 30 Percent
 
USA
» 14-Year-Old Ordered Held in Fatal Shooting
» Convoy From Maine Headed to DC Area to Protest COVID-19 Policies
» Crowd Gathers in Boise to Protest COVID-19 Mandates, Support Truckers
» Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Indicted in Political Corruption Probe
» Hundreds Protest COVID Mandates in Downtown Lincoln
» Knoxville Man Accused of Trying to Help ISIS Terrorists Says His Actions Are Protected Under Freedom of Speech
» Man Who Attempted to Provide Material Support to ISIS Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison
» Must Watch: DeSantis Tells Students to Take Off Their Masks: ‘it’s Not Doing Anything’
» Nancy Pelosi Weirdly Rubs Hands Together During State of the Union
» Police Make Arrest in Las Vegas Hookah Lounge Shooting
» Proposed Illinois Bill Would Make Drunk Sex Illegal
» San Francisco Public Schools Resist Dropping Mask Mandates Despite Rollback of State and Local Requirements
» Squad Members Express Disapproval for Biden’s State of the Union Address
» The Purge of RT News Continues as DirecTV Cuts Off Broadcasts in U.S.
» Videos: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert Heckle Biden During SOTU
» Watch: Ron DeSantis Says a 9-5 Job Should Not be ‘A N-95 Job’
 
Canada
» Breaking: Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Shackled in Court
» Breaking: Brother of Imprisoned Alberta Pastor Artur Pawlowski Arrested
» Canadians to Form Coast-to-Coast Human ‘Freedom Chain’ Demanding an End to Trudeau’s COVID Mandates
» Canadians Opposing Foreign Tyrants Not Backed by Trudeau Government
» Help Stop B.C. From Firing More Medical Professionals — Let Them Care!
» Internal Emails Show Quebec Had No Scientific Basis for Imposing COVID Curfew
» Joe Rogan Slams Trudeau for Freezing Protestors’ Assets: ‘What Are You Doing?’
» London Police Issue Safety Warning as ‘Convoy’ Protests Keep Rolling
» Nova Scotia Gov’t Rejects All 56 Religion/Creed Vaccine Exemption Requests it Received
» People’s Party Leader Criticizes Calls to Censor Russian Media, Points to Canada’s State-Run CBC
» Trailer: Operation Bear Hug Documentary — a Rebel News Exclusive
» Trudeau Liberals Are Banning Russian TV Stations — But Do You Think it Will Stop There?
» Two Canadian Provinces Remove Mask Mandates and Most Other COVID Rules
» Vehicles in Bad Shape After Being Towed to Impound Lot Following Ottawa Convoy Crackdown
» Watch: The Democracy Fund Launches Animated Video Series Focused on Civil Liberties
 
Europe and the EU
» 1 in 4 Prisoners in France Are Foreign Nationals Costing Taxpayers €700 Million a Year
» Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen Make the Cut for First Round of French Presidential Election
» Europe Must Take Charge of Its Own Defense, French Minister Says
» Finland Parliament Debates NATO Membership in Wake of Ukraine Invasion
» Germany: Russian Conductor of Munich Philharmonic Fired After Failing to Submit to Mayor’s Demand He Denounce Putin
» Germany’s Ambassador to Warsaw: Poles May Have Got Russia Right
» Italy: 22 Cited for Using COVID Funds to Fuel High Life
» Scotland: Film Festival Bans Russian Films in Solidarity With Ukraine
» Stabbing Rampage at French University Leaves Four Injured as ‘Attacker Brandishing a Knife and Club’ Is Arrested
» Two-Thirds of French Partly Blame NATO for Ukraine Conflict
» UK: Rotherham: Police Investigator Did Not Act on Child Abuse Intel — Claim
 
Russia
» Apple & Google Payment Systems Block Russians, Causing Chaos in Moscow Metro System
» Apple Pauses All Product Sales in Russia, Pulls RT and Sputnik From App Stores Outside of Russia
» China Will Not Join Western Nations in Sanctioning Russia
» EA Sports Set to Remove Russian Teams From NHL, FIFA Games
» Google Play Blocks RT and Sputnik’s Apps in Europe
» Hillary Clinton is “Disappointed” Crypto Exchanges Won’t Block Russians Due to “Philosophy of Libertarianism or Whatever”
» International Criminal Court Launches Investigation Into Alleged Russian War Crimes
» Latest Developments
» Lavrov Says Third World War Would be “Nuclear” And “Destructive”
» Reddit Quarantines the r/Russia Community
» Russia Begins Blocking Media Outlets That Deviate From State Narrative on Ukraine Invasion
» Stoltenberg: NATO Will Not Send Forces to Ukraine
» Ukraine Asks for Russian Web Domains to be Deleted
 
South Asia
» India: Kalaburagi: Hindutva Activists Offer Prayers to Linga Inside Dargah Amid Protests, Call Cops ‘Disgraceful’.
 
Far East
» Chinese Officials Reportedly Asked Russia to Delay Ukraine Invasion Until After Winter Olympics
 
Australia — Pacific
» Aboriginals Ripped From Their Families in the Stolen Generation Will be Given $100k Each as Part of Governments New Redress Scheme
» New Zealand Police Move in Again on Protest Against COVID Vaccine Mandate
 
Immigration
» French Constitutional Court Vows to Block Zemmour or Le Pen’s Immigration Laws if Either Wins
» Italy: Five Youths Arrested for Violent Robbery in Turin
» Poland Expects 1 Million Refugees From Ukraine, But Many of Them Are Originally From Other Countries
» Some 2,500 Migrants Storm Border With Spain’s Melilla
» Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan Migrants Mingle With Ukrainian Refugee Flows Trying to Enter the EU
» Up to 200,000 Refugees to be Allowed Settle in UK Under Revised Visa Rules
 
Culture Wars
» CBS Highlights Problem of “Transgender Acceptance” In Ukraine
» NY Education Department Promotes Pornographic Book to Children
» Video: Biden Says During SOTU That He ‘Has the Back’ of “Younger Transgender Americans”
 

Analyst Warns Rising Diesel Prices Amidst Could Inflate Cost of Food by 30 Percent

A petroleum industry analyst is warning that a spike in diesel prices brought on by geopolitical tensions could cause food prices in Canada to rise dramatically.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, ramifications of Putin’s actions are being felt across the world.

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

14-Year-Old Ordered Held in Fatal Shooting

Mar. 2—A 14-year-old charged in the shooting death last week of a fellow West Mesa High School student will be held at the juvenile detention center while awaiting trial, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Police arrested Marco Trejo on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the fatal shooting Friday of West Mesa High School junior Andrew Burson, 16, near the school’s football field.

Albuquerque police and court records previously listed a different spelling for Trejo’s first name.

Police say the shooting was prompted by a dispute between the boys over a “ghost gun” purchased on the internet and assembled from parts.

The shooting “was done right near a high school,” Deputy District Attorney Bridget McKenney told a 2nd Judicial District Court judge Tuesday…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Convoy From Maine Headed to DC Area to Protest COVID-19 Policies

KENNEBUNK, Maine — A convoy of Mainers are on their way to the Washington, D.C area to protest COVID-19 restrictions.

The “Downeast to DC” convoy, inspired by the trucker protests held in Canada last month, held a rally at the Kennebunk rest stop on the Maine Turnpike Wednesday morning before departing.

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

Crowd Gathers in Boise to Protest COVID-19 Mandates, Support Truckers

A crowd was gathering in Boise this afternoon to protest against COVID-19 mandates such as mask wearing and vaccines, as well as opposing COVID-19 data.

The rally was taking place near the TA Travel Center, near the Boise Airport.

The rally was hosted by the Idaho People’s Convoy with the purpose of supporting truckers, according to an event flier. The event comes on the heels of Canada imposing a vaccine mandate on its cross-border truck drivers and protests that followed at the Canadian capitol in Ottawa last month.

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

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Indicted in Political Corruption Probe

The bombshell federal racketeering indictment of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan alleges the once-powerful Democrat met with then-Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker amid a scheme to get corrupt Chicago Ald. Danny Solis a lucrative state board position after Solis’ retirement from the Council.

That scheme is just one of those outlined in the 106-page indictment that accuses Madigan of leading a criminal enterprise for nearly a decade. It also alleges schemes involving ComEd and a parcel of land in Chinatown.

The indictment does not accuse Pritzker, also a Democrat, of wrongdoing, a point that U.S. Attorney John Lausch emphasized at a news conference Wednesday to announce the Madigan indictment.

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

Hundreds Protest COVID Mandates in Downtown Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the Nebraska State Capitol on Tuesday to protest medical mandates.

A group called Nebraska’s People Convoy organized the event, inspired by the trucker protests in Canada.

Protesters said they want less government control over their health.

“It all started with Canada truckers, I mean, because, you know, the U.S. has a law right now that really, the truckers can’t even enter in the States, unless they have proof of the vaccine, which isn’t right,” protester Ben Tapper said.

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

Knoxville Man Accused of Trying to Help ISIS Terrorists Says His Actions Are Protected Under Freedom of Speech

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Knoxville man accused of trying to help ISIS terrorists said he plans to argue his actions are protected under the First Amendment when he represents himself in a federal court trial this summer, he told 10News.

In a series of interviews from the Knox County Jail, Benjamin Carpenter, 31, said he has no regrets and does not consider himself a terrorist — though he does admit support for the Islamic State terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for shootings, bombings and beheadings.

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

Man Who Attempted to Provide Material Support to ISIS Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison

Miami, Florida — A federal district judge in Miami has sentenced Jonathan Guerra Blanco, a/k/a “Abu Zahra Al-Andalusi,” a Cuban-born naturalized United States citizen, to 16 years’ imprisonment and a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization.

In 2019, law enforcement officers learned that Guerra Blanco was following widely distributed instructions from ISIS directing adherents to — on their own — publish ISIS propaganda, fundraising requests, recruitment material, justification for attacks on the United States, and all manner of material helpful to ISIS. Guerra Blanco attempted to provide material support to ISIS by translating the group’s materials into Spanish for his target audience. In addition, Guerra Blanco produced videos that he intended to use to recruit Spanish speakers to ISIS’s cause, as well as to terrorize regular citizens of Spain. Many of the videos that Guerra Blanco produced and distributed from his two ISIS media networks glorified the terrorist group’s violence and called for attacks on Spanish authorities.

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

Must Watch: DeSantis Tells Students to Take Off Their Masks: ‘it’s Not Doing Anything’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told students standing behind him at a press conference to take off their masks, calling the masks “Covid theater.”

“You do not have to wear those masks. Please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything. We’ve gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous,” he said.

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

Nancy Pelosi Weirdly Rubs Hands Together During State of the Union

A video clip from last night’s State of the Union address shows Nancy Pelosi weirdly rubbing her hands together and smiling while Joe Biden talks about troops breathing in toxic smoke.

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

Police Make Arrest in Las Vegas Hookah Lounge Shooting

A suspect has been arrested in a shooting at a Las Vegas hookah lounge that left one person dead and 13 others wounded, according to Metro Police.

Lee Wilson, 44, was arrested Tuesday and booked at the Clark County Detention Center on a count of open murder and 12 counts of attempted murder, police said.

The shooting happened about 3:15 a.m. Saturday at Manny’s Glow Ultra Lounge and Restaurant, 953 E. Sahara Ave., police said.

Demetreus Beard, 33, died from multiple gunshot wounds, and two other victims were critically injured, authorities said…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Proposed Illinois Bill Would Make Drunk Sex Illegal

A proposed Illinois bill in the State House introduced late last month would classify having sex while intoxicated as an act where a person is “unable to give knowing consent.”

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

San Francisco Public Schools Resist Dropping Mask Mandates Despite Rollback of State and Local Requirements

SAN FRANCISCO (LifeSiteNews) — Public schools in San Francisco are to keep forcing children to wear face masks in schools despite plans to drop the statewide requirement in California later this month.

San Francisco Public Schools (SFUSD) Deputy Superintendent Gentle Blythe said Monday that “[u]niversal indoor masking will continue to be in effect at SFUSD as part of our layered approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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

Squad Members Express Disapproval for Biden’s State of the Union Address

During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address given by President Joe Biden in the Capitol building, Squad members expressed their disdain with the fellow Democrat’s speech.

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

The Purge of RT News Continues as DirecTV Cuts Off Broadcasts in U.S.

The coordinated wiping out of existence of RT News continued Tuesday night as DirecTV terminated its contract to show RT America news broadcasts with immediate effect.

In a statement, DirecTV noted “In line with our previous agreement with RT America, we are accelerating this year’s contract expiration timeline and will no longer offer their programming effective immediately.”

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

Videos: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert Heckle Biden During SOTU

Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert both heckled Joe Biden during his gaffe filled squinty eyed State of The Union address, calling out his failures in Afghanistan and on the Southern border.

Boebert couldn’t take any more of Biden talking about dead troops in a jingoistic fashion and when he said the “waste of war” put soldiers “in a flag draped coffin,” Boebert yelled out “THIRTEEN OF THEM,” referring to the troops who died during Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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

Watch: Ron DeSantis Says a 9-5 Job Should Not be ‘A N-95 Job’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis quipped in a video released across his social media, where he pushed back against the narratives around masking, that a “a 9 to 5 job should not be a N-95 job.”

“Simply relying on outdated CDC guidance when the experience has completely undercut that is not really a reasonable thing to do at this point,” DeSantis said via video.

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

Breaking: Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich Shackled in Court

Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich appeared in court on Wednesday seeking a bail review. Lich, who was denied bail last week, appeared in court wearing shackles around her feet, which made it difficult for her to move.

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

Breaking: Brother of Imprisoned Alberta Pastor Artur Pawlowski Arrested

In a video of the Wednesday afternoon roadside arrest broadcast to Facebook by Dawid Pawlowski, law enforcement officers pull Dawid over for what appears to be a routine roadside check for commercial vehicles before taking him away. Dawid was in what he called a church vehicle and remarks in the video that he was “checked for alcohol” and passed.

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

Canadians to Form Coast-to-Coast Human ‘Freedom Chain’ Demanding an End to Trudeau’s COVID Mandates

(LifeSiteNews) — Thousands of Canadians from coast to coast are expected to join hands this coming Saturday on the side of Canada’s main highway to demand an end to federal COVID mandates in a human Freedom Chain.

The Canada-wide “Freedom Chain 2022” will stretch the entire length of Canada’s Trans-Canada highway, which is some 7,476 kilometers (4,645 miles) long. It will start out west in Victoria, British Columbia, and end in St. John’s Newfoundland. The chain is set to begin at 1 p.m. EST in all locations.

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

Canadians Opposing Foreign Tyrants Not Backed by Trudeau Government

New research shows that despite the Trudeau government’s purported hard line against authoritarian states, the government does little to protect Canadians who speak out and are targeted by dictatorial regimes such as China.

A report by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found that Canadian activists and dissidents were being targeted by the security apparatuses of foreign states for speaking out against them.

The study, titled Psychological and Emotional War: Digital Repression in Canada described how there is little support for those who find themselves in the crosshairs of countries including communist China.

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

Help Stop B.C. From Firing More Medical Professionals — Let Them Care!

While the majority of provinces in Canada have started to return normalcy by lifting all COVID-19 restrictions or committing to do so soon, B.C. is doubling down on COVID mandates instead. That’s why we’ve created a petition you can sign to say enough is enough.

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

Internal Emails Show Quebec Had No Scientific Basis for Imposing COVID Curfew

QUEBEC CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Internal emails reveal that the Quebec government had no basis in science for implementing a curfew as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID during the so-called pandemic.

According to internal emails between Quebec officials obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), just six hours before the December 30 press conference where the government announced a curfew was being implemented to fight the spread of COVID, the government was still searching for a shred of scientific evidence that could be cited to justify the order.

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

Joe Rogan Slams Trudeau for Freezing Protestors’ Assets: ‘What Are You Doing?’

Joe Rogan commented on the Trudeau government’s use of the Emergencies Act and the new powers that were announced by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland that include the ability to freeze bank accounts sans liability.

The comments were made during an episode with comedian Brian Moses and rapper Freddie Gibbs, where he was discussing humans’ tendencies to drift toward more control in government.

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

London Police Issue Safety Warning as ‘Convoy’ Protests Keep Rolling

With convoys protesting COVID-19 measures rolling through London for the past several weekends, London police are reminding participants to follow road safety and respect local businesses ahead of yet another possible rally.

Inspired by the so-called Freedom Convoy that occupied part of downtown Ottawa for three weeks and blocked Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge for a week, demonstrators driving vehicles draped in Canadian flags and signs denouncing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have driven through London on the past four Saturdays.

London police haven’t provided an escort for the convoys, but officers routinely block the entrances to London Health Sciences Centre hospitals to ensure their operations aren’t disrupted during the demonstrations. Some downtown streets have also been closed to vehicles.

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

Nova Scotia Gov’t Rejects All 56 Religion/Creed Vaccine Exemption Requests it Received

The Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia has confirmed that it rejected all 56 requests for religious/creed exemptions for COVID vaccines, according to newly released documents.

The requests were made in response to Premier Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservative government’s demand that all provincial employees were required to be vaccinated by November 20, 2021, or be placed on administrative leave.

In response to a Freedom of Information and Privacy of Protection Act inquiry, the commission confirmed that 56 exemptions based on a religion/creed were requested by December 13, and that zero approvals were granted.

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

People’s Party Leader Criticizes Calls to Censor Russian Media, Points to Canada’s State-Run CBC

LifeSiteNews) — The leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) criticized the head of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) for demanding the federal government ban Russian news channels.

Maxime Bernier, 59, also called the work of Canada’s own state-funded media “propaganda.”

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

Trailer: Operation Bear Hug Documentary — a Rebel News Exclusive

For nine days, Rebel News was embedded inside the Coutts, Alberta border standoff, where hundreds of truckers and farmers had blocked the border in protest of COVID-19 mandates.

It was a gripping story, one that had a different development every five minutes.

We were unable to get our usual reports up in a timely fashion, due to being in the middle of nowhere — Coutts is a village of less than 300 people.

But we never stopped filming.

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

Trudeau Liberals Are Banning Russian TV Stations — But Do You Think it Will Stop There?

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra discussed the federal government’s decision to ban Russia Today, Putin’s state broadcaster, from broadcasting on Canada’s airwaves.

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

Two Canadian Provinces Remove Mask Mandates and Most Other COVID Rules

(LifeSiteNews) — Alberta and Saskatchewan have become the first Canadian provinces to remove their mask mandates. Only a few weeks ago, they already got rid of COVID vaccine passports following public support of the truckers’ Freedom Convoy which called for an end to all mandates.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that as of today, masks are no longer required, and most “remaining public health restrictions” have been dropped as part of the province’s “Phase Two” opening plan.

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

Vehicles in Bad Shape After Being Towed to Impound Lot Following Ottawa Convoy Crackdown

The Friday following all the events that happened with the police, the arrests, the abuse of power, the red zone, the intimidation, the damages and towing of the truckers’ and supporters’ vehicles, the story continued.

Several people went to 3100 Conroy, where the cars and trucks were towed and held for about seven days. Their licence plates had been removed, so they had to get new plates in order to get their vehicles back, and for those from outside Ontario, they had to get 10-day transitional licence plates. With all of this, plus the $516 fees for small vehicles and $1,191 for heavier vehicles, significant damage had been done, not to mention equipment that went missing from some vehicles.

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

Watch: The Democracy Fund Launches Animated Video Series Focused on Civil Liberties

The Canadian civil liberties charity The Democracy Fund has launched a new animated video series to serve as an educational resource on civil liberties and ethics in Canada.

The charity’s mandate states that its aim is to “advance and maintain substantive constitutional rights in Canada, through public education and strategic litigation”. The Democracy Fund has released two videos in the series so far, presented by the organization’s in-house Pandemic Ethics Scholar Dr. Julie Ponesse.

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

1 in 4 Prisoners in France Are Foreign Nationals Costing Taxpayers €700 Million a Year

The cost to the French taxpayer to accommodate foreign national convicts in France’s penitentiary system is approximately €700 million each year, according to government data and media reports.

Statistics published in October of last year revealed that 17,198 foreign nationals were incarcerated in French prisons, approximately 25 percent of the total prison population and a figure which has soared from 17.2 percent in 2011.

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

Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen Make the Cut for First Round of French Presidential Election

Despite fears that neither conservative candidate would be eligible to run in the French presidential election, Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour have obtained the number of signatures required to confirm their candidacies.

According to a summary released by the Constitutional Council on Tuesday, both individuals have now surpassed the 500 endorsements of political nominations from mayors, councilors and other elected representatives to be eligible to run for president, with the council revealing Zemmour had gathered 620 signatures, and Le Pen 503 signatures respectively.

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

Europe Must Take Charge of Its Own Defense, French Minister Says

According to French Defense Minister Florence Party, the war in Ukraine is a historic moment for Europe, in which it will either prevail or cease to exist.

“We are in favor of the strong measures taken for unity in recent days, and France will continue to play a leading role in this European action,” the head of ministry said in a debate in the National Assembly on the Russian war against Ukraine on Tuesday.

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

Finland Parliament Debates NATO Membership in Wake of Ukraine Invasion

Finland’s parliament discussed the possibility of the country looking to join that NATO alliance after a citizens’ initiative demanded a debate on the issue.

The Finnish parliament discussed the issue of NATO on Tuesday despite Social Democratic Party Prime Minister Sanna Marin stating Monday on Twitter that “ There will be no broader discussion on Finland’s line on the relationship to military alliance or non-alignment.”

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

Germany: Russian Conductor of Munich Philharmonic Fired After Failing to Submit to Mayor’s Demand He Denounce Putin

The Russian-born chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic was fired from his job after refusing to acknowledge Mayor Dieter Reiter’s demand that he condemn Vladimir Putin.

Music maestro Valery Gergiev was sacked three years before his contract was due to end because he refused to submit to Dieter’s call for him to denounce Putin’s “brutal war of aggression.”

“And Anna Netrebko, the Russian diva who is one of opera’s biggest international stars and also has ties to Mr. Putin, saw her upcoming engagements with the Bavarian State Opera canceled, and the Zurich Opera House announced that she had withdrawn from her next performances there,” reports the New York Times.

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

Germany’s Ambassador to Warsaw: Poles May Have Got Russia Right

German Ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven in an interview with Polish daily Rzeczpospolita argues that while it is obvious today that Moscow has rejected dialogue and cooperation, this was not the case when Putin came to power 20 years ago.

But he conceded that it took Germany too long to understand Putin’s game and that Poland seems to have deciphered him much sooner.

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

Italy: 22 Cited for Using COVID Funds to Fuel High Life

One businessman used relief cash to pay off Rolex

(ANSA) — ROME, FEB 23 — Some 22 businessmen have been cited by finance guards for allegedly using over 460,000 euros in COVID relief funds to fuel their expensive lifestyles, and in one case to pay off a Rolex watch, sources said Wednesday.

The tax police said the 22 had used the funds to help keep enjoying “luxurious” standards of living.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Scotland: Film Festival Bans Russian Films in Solidarity With Ukraine

The Glasgow Film Festival released a statement saying that Russian films and filmmakers would not longer be welcomed at the upcoming festival. This as a result of the Russian invasion of the European nation of Ukraine.

“In light of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and in response to a plea from the Ukrainian Film Academy today, on behalf of the society of Ukrainian film professionals and cultural figures, Glasgow Film Festival as decided to withdraw the two Russian titles (No Looking Back and The Execution) from out 2022 programme.”

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

Stabbing Rampage at French University Leaves Four Injured as ‘Attacker Brandishing a Knife and Club’ Is Arrested

Four people have been left injured in a stabbing rampage at a French university and a knife-wielding attacker has been arrested.

Police and firefighters were called to the University of Le Mans in France at 1.45pm today after a man with a knife is believed to have broken into the Faculty of Arts.

It is unclear what injuries the four victims have or whether they are in critical conditions or not.

Police said that a suspect has been arrested and that the attack did not appear to have been terrorism-related…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Two-Thirds of French Partly Blame NATO for Ukraine Conflict

More than two-thirds of French people believe that NATO is at least partly responsible for the current conflict in Ukraine, new polling shows.

A survey conducted by French institute Harris revealed that 68 percent of respondents blame the North Atlantic alliance for the Russian invasion — 38 percent think NATO bears some responsibility for the devastating events in the country this week, while a significant 30 percent believe the alliance is largely responsible.

The main blame still rests with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with an overwhelming 96 percent placing the blame at his feet — 87 percent of whom believe Putin is majorly responsible.

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

UK: Rotherham: Police Investigator Did Not Act on Child Abuse Intel — Claim

A former senior police investigator in Rotherham has been accused of not acting on evidence that children were sexually exploited in the region.

Detective Sergeant David Walker — who was in charge of Rotherham’s child abuse investigation unit between 2008 and 2012 — has been accused of not acting on claims that children were being sexually exploited.

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

Apple & Google Payment Systems Block Russians, Causing Chaos in Moscow Metro System

Russians attempting to use Apple Pay and Google Pay found that their access had been blocked, causing chaos in the Moscow Metro system.

Irish journalist Jason Corcoran tweeted the following image, which shows long queues at the Moscow metro station after both payment systems stopped working for Russians.

“Apple Pay and Google Pay no longer work on Moscow’s metro system, leading to long queues as people fumble about for cash,” tweeted Corcoran.

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

Apple Pauses All Product Sales in Russia, Pulls RT and Sputnik From App Stores Outside of Russia

Apple has announced sweeping restrictions in Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine with the iPhone maker pausing all product sales in the country and stopping exports to Russia sales channels.

In addition to the restrictions in Russia, Apple is also pulling RT (Russia Today) and Sputnik from its App Stores outside of Russia and disabling traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a “safety and precautionary measure” for Ukrainian citizens.

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

China Will Not Join Western Nations in Sanctioning Russia

China will reportedly not be joining Western nations in placing sanctions on Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s banking regulator said on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, the regulator added that he believed the impact of these measures on China would be limited.

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EA Sports Set to Remove Russian Teams From NHL, FIFA Games

EA Sports has become the latest company to boycott all things Russia, announcing that Russian teams will be removed from NHL and FIFA video games.

As Vladimir Putin continues his assault on Ukraine, a growing number of companies have made the decision to cut ties with Russia.

In solidarity with Ukraine, EA Sports announced on Wednesday that it would be removing all Russian teams from its FIFA and NHL games.

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Google Play Blocks RT and Sputnik’s Apps in Europe

State-controlled Russian media outlets RT (Russia Today) and Sputnik have been blocked from the Google Play mobile app store in Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Google confirmed that these outlets will be blocked in European Union (EU) members states and the UK, Ukraine, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

The block follows Apple blocking these outlets in its App Stores outside of Russia yesterday and means that RT and Sputnik are no longer available in the European app stores that account for the majority of mobile app downloads in these countries.

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Hillary Clinton is “Disappointed” Crypto Exchanges Won’t Block Russians Due to “Philosophy of Libertarianism or Whatever”

Speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday, Hillary Clinton has criticized cryptocurrency exchanges who have refused to ban all Russians, arguing against their principles of openness and commitment to decentralized finance.

As the Western world punishes Russia for the Ukraine invasion by locking it out of the global financial system, cryptocurrency exchanges have come under pressure to ban all Russians from their platforms.

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International Criminal Court Launches Investigation Into Alleged Russian War Crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) based in the Hague, Netherlands, has launched an investigation into the Russian invasion of Ukraine after reports of alleged war crimes having been committed in the conflict, officials have confirmed.

Ukraine’s U.S. Ambassador Oksana Markarova told reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Monday that at least one vacuum bomb had been deployed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in violation of international law. Markarova spoke about this before a closed congressional hearing.

On the same day, Karim Khan, the ICC’s attorney general, who had already been investigating Russia before the invasion, said he would launch an investigation into all other possible violations “as rapidly as possible.”

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Latest Developments

In Ukraine: Russian forces pounded Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, with airstrikes in a bid to break the will of the country’s resistance as Moscow’s offensive toward Kyiv stalled and Ukrainian officials said the invasion’s civilian death toll has reached 2,000.

Kharkiv residents said the city of 1.4 million people suffered heavy bombardment for the third day in a row. However, the front line held and the city, located 30 miles from the Russian border, remained under firm Ukrainian control.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that 498 soldiers had been killed in the war and more than 1,500 wounded. It also said that more than 2,800 Ukrainian troops had died in the fighting.

Ukraine’s military said more than 5,800 Russian troops have been killed in action.

Elsewhere: The United Nations General Assembly voted 141 to 5 to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in a largely symbolic rebuke to Russian President Vladmir Putin.

The U.S. canceled a routine missile test scheduled for Thursday to avoid escalating nuclear tensions with Russia, officials said.

Sanctions: Western countries agreed to remove seven Russian banks from Swift, the financial-messaging infrastructure that underpins the global financial system, but kept access open for some others, leaving open a path for energy-supply payments.

Exxon Mobil said it was halting operations at a multibillion-dollar oil and gas project in Russia and would make no further investments in the country. Apple, Ford Motor and Dell Technologies also joined the roster of companies retreating from Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

Markets: U.S. stocks rose, while crude prices surged over $110 a barrel for the first time since 2014. Russian markets remained closed for a third day.

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Lavrov Says Third World War Would be “Nuclear” And “Destructive”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that if a third World War were to take place, it would be “nuclear” and “destructive.”

Lavrov made the comments after an escalation in tensions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that led to Moscow putting its nuclear forces on high alert.

The Foreign Minister said that Russia would face “real danger” if Kiev were allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

As we previously highlighted, Russian TV host Dmitry Kiselyov , dubbed “Putin’s chief propagandist,” previously bragged about how “our submarines can shoot more than 500 nuclear warheads.”

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Reddit Quarantines the r/Russia Community

Discussion-centric platform Reddit has quarantined two Russia-focused communities — r/Russia (a community that focuses on “everything related to the country of Russia” and has over 266,000 members) and r/RussiaPolitics (a community that was created after Russia invaded Ukraine and focuses on “international politics from Russia Angle”) — and removed a moderator.

In a statement to Mashable, a Reddit spokesperson said: “We have quarantined r/Russia and r/RussiaPolitics and removed a moderator for acting in bad faith. We have connected directly with the remaining moderators to provide guidance and remind them of our policies. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps as needed.”

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Russia Begins Blocking Media Outlets That Deviate From State Narrative on Ukraine Invasion

Ekho Moskvy, one of Russia’s media outlets, was pulled off air on March 1 over its coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The outlet’s editor-in-chief Aleksei Venediktov, confirmed that Ekho Moskvy had been blocked and said the decision would be appealed.

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Stoltenberg: NATO Will Not Send Forces to Ukraine

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO would not send troops to Ukraine, and President Andrzej Duda confirmed that Polish planes would not fly to Ukraine.

Poland’s president, speaking after his meeting with NATO secretary general at the Lask Air Base in central Poland, underlined that the already stationed F-16 aircraft have now been joined by American F-16 combat aircraft. He also noted that both he and Stoltenberg had on Monday participated in an online meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden to reaffirm NATO unity and stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine.

Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO would not be sending troops to Ukraine. “NATO is not party to this conflict, and therefore, we do not intend to send any troops to Ukraine or to send our aircraft over Ukrainian airspace,” he said.

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Ukraine Asks for Russian Web Domains to be Deleted

On Monday, Ukraine’s vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked Domain Name System (DNS) oversight organization ICANN to remove Russian domains from the internet. Fedorov argued that Russian domains were being used to spread propaganda and misinformation about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In an email to ICANN’s CEO Goran Marby, Fedorov specifically requested the removal of domains associated with the Russian Federation, including “.ru”, “.??”, “.su.”

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India: Kalaburagi: Hindutva Activists Offer Prayers to Linga Inside Dargah Amid Protests, Call Cops ‘Disgraceful’.

Raghava Chaitanya Shivalinga in the Ladle Mashak Dargah premises is a clear evidence of Islamic invasion. Hindus tried to restore their rights of worship in Islamically Captured shrine in Karnataka.

Priyanka Rudrappa | News Nine | Kalaburagi | March 1, 2022:: Amid Mahashivaratri celebrations across the country, a tense atmosphere prevailed in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district on Tuesday, March 1. Hundreds of Muslims protested against those offering prayers to a Shivalinga inside a Dargah in Kalaburagi’s Aland city. The protesters, wielding swords, gathered around the dargah, in a bid to stop the Hindu devotees from offering prayers to the Raghava Chaitanya Shivalinga in the Ladle Mashak Dargah premises. Meanwhile, the Hindu leaders slammed the district administration for barring them and at the BJP government for “snatching their religious rights.”

Honorary president of Sri Ram Sene Siddalinga Swami called IPS officer Alok Kumar “disgraceful” and hit out at the police for failing to take action when the Shivalinga was desecrated a few months back. “Disgraceful, Alok Kumar IPS…Haraamkhor! He came to our Mutt and insulted us…We should be ashamed of your governance…Why are you there home minister? Is your job only to write letters of appointment to officers?…Police couldn’t stop when Shivalinga was dirtied. When we wanted to cleanse it, Isha Pant, who is a Congress-minded SP, banned us today,” he said amid loud cheers.

“We are taking this as a challenge…Isha Pant, Yeshwanth Gurukar DC, you have taken away our religious rights. We are not scared of police’s bullets and lathis…All MLAs in our district have said they are with us. This is our biggest victory,” he added…

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Chinese Officials Reportedly Asked Russia to Delay Ukraine Invasion Until After Winter Olympics

Chinese officials reportedly told senior Russian officials in early February to hold off on invading Ukraine until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, which concluded on February 20.

A Western intelligence report shows signs that senior officials in China has at least some level of knowledge regarding Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine before it began last week, senior Biden administration officials and a European official told The New York Times.

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Aboriginals Ripped From Their Families in the Stolen Generation Will be Given $100k Each as Part of Governments New Redress Scheme

Victorian survivors of the stolen generation will be able to access $100,000 payments as part of a new redress scheme.

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New Zealand Police Move in Again on Protest Against COVID Vaccine Mandate

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand police launched a renewed push on Wednesday to end an anti-vaccine mandate protest that has disrupted the country’s capital for the past three weeks, dismantling an encampment set up outside Parliament and towing away vehicles.

A fire broke out among some tents, sending smoke billowing over the site before it was doused by police, a Reuters witness said, as officers worked to completely clear the grounds.

“Those protesters illegally occupying Parliament grounds and surrounding streets have been given ample opportunity to leave. It is time for them to go,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference after a police action earlier on Wednesday.

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French Constitutional Court Vows to Block Zemmour or Le Pen’s Immigration Laws if Either Wins

Conservative candidates Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour, if elected, will not be able to end mass immigration to their country without the Senate’s approval, the president of the Constitutional Council, France’s constitutional court, has warned. The news that French courts will block a democratic referendum related to immigration reveals just how powerless people across Europe have become to decide the demographic fate of their countries, as the severe watering down of Switzerland’s referendum vote to implement immigration quotas previously showed.

The idea that France’s top court can decide against the will of the people despite a popular referendum is a perversion of what the court originally stood for. In fact, in 1962, the French constitutional court declared itself incompetent to rule over the constitutionality of laws “adopted by the people following a referendum” since they “constitute the direct expression of national sovereignty.” However, in 2000, the French Constitutional Court partly reversed its 1962 decision by limiting its scope. It marked one of the many decisions that have transformed France from a semi-presidential democratic regime to what looks more and more like a government by judges.

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Italy: Five Youths Arrested for Violent Robbery in Turin

Attacked three young men, stole gold chain

(ANSA) — ROME, FEB 25 — Five youths, two Moroccan and three Italian, were arrested Friday in connection with a violent street robbery in the centre of Turin last June, judicial sources said.

The alleged gang, aged 18 to 20, roughed up three young men and forced them to hand over a gold chain, police said.

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Poland Expects 1 Million Refugees From Ukraine, But Many of Them Are Originally From Other Countries

Poland’s top diplomat, speaking after a meeting of the Weimar Triangle in Lódz with the foreign ministers from France and Germany, has assured that any refugee turning up at Poland’s border will be admitted.

He stressed that among the refugees are citizens from many countries from all over the world.

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Some 2,500 Migrants Storm Border With Spain’s Melilla

Around 2,500 migrants stormed the border fence separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Wednesday, with some 500 managing to cross, in one of the largest influxes in recent years.

The migrants used ‘hooks’ to scale the high fence that separates the tiny territory from Morocco and threw rocks at police, the Spanish government’s local delegation said in a statement.

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Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan Migrants Mingle With Ukrainian Refugee Flows Trying to Enter the EU

The flow of refugees from Ukraine is not decreasing, only changing its character. Thousands of Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan, or Kurdish migrants who previously entered Belarus to enter Europe last year are now mingling with the Ukrainian refugee flows headed into Poland, Hungary and Czechia.

Thousands of Iraqi refugees, Syrians, Kurds, or Africans, almost exclusively men, are described trying to enter Poland, according to French newspaper Progress. In addition, many of them are attempting to pass themselves off as international students in Ukraine in an attempt to enter Poland and other nations, reports the French paper.

Many of them have been pushed back since they have no documentation proving their connection with Ukraine, but many thousands have already made it into the EU.

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Up to 200,000 Refugees to be Allowed Settle in UK Under Revised Visa Rules

Britain is to revise its visa rules for Ukrainian citizens, allowing up to 200,000 to settle in the country so long as they already have family within the UK.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is set to double the number of visas available to Ukrainian citizens, allowing for up to 200,000 from the war-torn nation to settle in the UK so long as they have at least one member of their extended family already living in the country.

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CBS Highlights Problem of “Transgender Acceptance” In Ukraine

CBS News responded to the Russian bombardment of Ukraine by highlighting a little discussed but hugely important issue — how “transgender acceptance” isn’t “widespread” in the country.

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NY Education Department Promotes Pornographic Book to Children

The National Education Association’s Read Across America gave the New York State Department of Education an excuse to enlist librarians across the state to share their favorite books. Lauren Moore, a librarian from Albany, promoted Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer, which features explicit drawings of teens performing oral sex, among other acts.

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Video: Biden Says During SOTU That He ‘Has the Back’ of “Younger Transgender Americans”

There were plenty of truly bizarre points during Joe Biden’s first State Of The Union address, including Nancy Pelosi grinning like a demon and not being able to sit still while he spoke about dead troops. However, this also ranks up there with the most odd — Biden telling “Younger transgender Americans” that he’s ‘got their back’.

Biden vowed to “Continue to advance maternal health care,” adding “Folks, LGBTQ plus Americans, let’s finally get the bipartisan Equality Act to my desk, as the onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans.”

He then told transgenders that he will fight for them “So you can be yourself can reach your God given potential.”

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/2/2022

  1. -Apple & Google Payment Systems Block Russians, Causing Chaos in Moscow Metro System

    …as one commenter on zerohedge said: “Hello, I’m from Huawei and I have a network to sell you.”

    I don’t know, of course, maybe the Western Think Tanks know what they are doing, but it seems to me more and more that the west is shooting itself in the foot. Sanctions are nice and all, but Russia has the resources, and China has the technology, and the West has got what? A rich legacy?

    They say that Russia and China are dependent on western made microchips, but where are the microchips really made? Knock Knock, Taiwan!

    And the software giants, that decided to block Russians from using that software, just because they can, are shooting themselves in the foot as well: Software can be cracked, and copied, and these sanctions might make that transition to pirated software just that easier.

    Apple blocking the payments in Russia is a strong signal to avoid their software solutions. Companies that are not in the business of business, but busy themselves with politics, are not trustworthy.

    But as I say, I don’t know what kind of variables they took into account: I just know that if I were a director of a company, I would not betray my customers for political reasons, because that is never a good business.

  2. Let’s talk about something other than Ukraine. For example, about literature.
    When I was in a Soviet school, in Russian literature lessons we studied the work of the 19th century writer Ivan Turgenev. The novel “Fathers and Sons” in which allegedly there was a generational conflict between fathers and children. I did not notice any conflict while reading this dull novel.
    The conflict was well explored in Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby and in Olive Kitteridge’s film.

    But now I think that the confrontation and misunderstanding has reached unprecedented proportions.
    There is such a resource (not very decent) “sickipedia” I take anti-Muslim and racist jokes from there for my blog.
    I noticed that there are many anecdotes about a new aspect of this age-old conflict.
    For example: my daughter considers her body to be a temple, but judging by the number of Pakistanis who have been there, it is a mosque.

    Or an entry about a grandson: “My daughter’s child is mixed race…” and then there is a very cynical entry.

    This is scary.

  3. Cats from Russia came under Western sanctions

    The International Cat Federation (FIFE) has banned cats whose owners live in Russia from taking part in FIFE shows outside the country from March 1 to May 31.

    Western sanctions are linked to a special operation in Ukraine. In addition, no cat bred in Russia will be able to be exported or registered in any FIFE pedigree book outside of Russia.

    https://lenta.ru/news/2022/03/03/catss/

  4. If it can be done, it will be a stunning accomplishment.

    Of course, everything will change. Mandates will be lifted and chemicals not injected in the bodies. And everybody would be proud of how you can protest peacefully, change things, force politicians to return to their senses. ( do they ever lose their senses?)

    Inviting millions does not mean losing sense. Leaving borders open, avoiding mentioning incfrease in horrible crimes, inflation, expensive thimgs, homelessness, forget these things focus on hero of Ukraine. Manufacture distractions.

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    In other news, both Eric Zemmour and Marine LePen gained enough mayoral endorsements to become candidates in the upcoming French presidential election.

    Neither will come to power: Given the highly educated people of the Bastille, they are not going to let someone come and prevent France from being invaded.

    Invasion of the west is chic now and indicates real democracy.

    All Nobel Peace winners including Malala Yousefzai dared speak the truth to avoid the miserabel earth being incinerated: They said that the problem of Ukraine stemmed from NATO swallowing all East European countries and Ukraine.

    and added,” You can’t tell an allegator that his mouth and mind are rotten.”

    So this is how wars start. They are manufactured so as to apply the Great Reset, and injecting chemicals into the bodies is a means to achieve that goal.

    The goal “deprive people of the god gene” and make them godless critters, no faith, no morals, no conscience, no kindness, suitable to be harvested by nuclear mushrooms.

    How can 800 people be so stupid as not to know the root of the problem?

    If someone provokes a person to retaliate, others will stand against him. When politicians do it, no punishment.

    Provocation is a nuclear deadly sin.

  5. RT seems blocked now in Australia. Can’t have another view point. Trump wasn’t crazy,what am I being protected from.? Who started the fire in the nuclear reactor and is it being put out. Only RT will have the closest facts. They don’t lie about basic verifiable facts.

  6. What’s Going On With Vladimir Putin’s Weird Behavior?

    Yeah, Putin’s behaviour and that of Geert Wilders, Tommy Robinson, Pau Golding (Britain first), Trump . . . have a very strange one.

    The best behaviour pelosi, Biden, Macron, Mario Draghi, Merkel, Erdogan, …

    Italy: Who can be so great as to absorb 400 muslims every day.

    Merkel : Who can bring 3 million muslims shelter and feed them and pardon them when they rape in two years.

    France: There are currently about 2,300 mosques in France with a further 200 to 250 planned. Big achievement by a real democracy. In 5 years they will build piles of skulls.

    USA: Who can achieve the great feat of surrendering a city to muslims: `Hamtramck
    Americans will feel proud and feel pleasant Climactic shivers up their spine when they see the mosques and hear the Muezzin.

    Britain: Have you heard about Lee Rigby? and Manchester massacre? Britain still was not shaken and their upper lip was still stiff. Replace natives with jihadis who can achieve that?

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