Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/4/2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that NATO has just given a green light to further Russian bombing by refusing to impose a no-fly zone over his country. Meanwhile, Russia has blocked Facebook, and Airbnb has suspended its service in Russia and Belarus.

In other news, the People’s Convoy made a final stop tonight in Hagerstown, Maryland, before moving on to the Washington Beltway tomorrow.

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Financial Crisis
» February Jobs Report: Payrolls Rise by 678,000 as Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8%
» Former Obama Adviser: Wages Aren’t Rising Fast Enough to Keep Up With Inflation
» Gas Prices Go Parabolic, National Average Jumps to $3.84 as U.S. Oil Jumps Above $115 a Barrel
 
USA
» Dr. Peter McCullough Dismantles COVID Lies, Demands Review of Jab Safety in Rousing CPAC Speech
» Eight State AGs Launch Investigation Into China’s TikTok
» Homeowner Fatally Shot Intruder in Southwest Houston, Police Say
» Keep on Truckin’! People’s Convoy Enters Its Final Push of 11-Day, 2,600 Mile Journey as Eight-Mile-Long Caravan of Trucks Reaches Maryland Before Entering Washington DC Tomorrow
» Members of Congress Threaten to Hold Big Tech “Accountable” If They Don’t Censor “Misinformation”
» Nancy Pelosi Says GOP Reps. Need to “Shut Up” About Dead U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
» Poll: Just 35 Percent of Voters Approve of Joe Biden After SOTU Address
» Resolution Introduced in Ohio Legislature Urges Canada to be Placed on Religious Liberty Watch List
» ‘Rolling for Freedom’ Truckers Convoy Passes Through Minnesota
» Senators Ask the Treasury Department to Ensure Russians Can’t Use Cryptocurrency to Evade Sanctions
» Supreme Court Reinstates Death Penalty for Boston Bomber: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘Committed Heinous Crimes’
» Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to ‘Restore American Energy Independence’
» Ted Cruz Lambasts Graham for Calling for Putin’s Assassination
» US Surgeon General Asks Big Tech Platforms to Hand Over COVID “Misinformation” Data
» Virginia Teacher Suspended After Reportedly Making Pro-Russia Comments Amid War With Ukraine
» YouTube Suspends the Hill’s Popular Show Rising for 7 Days for Playing Trump Clip
 
Canada
» Announcing: Civil Liberties Focussed Student Journalism Fellowship
» Canadian Hockey League, Equipment Maker Hit Russian Players With Sanctions
» Canadian Gov’t Detains Russian Nationals to ‘Hold Russia Accountable for Its Invasion of Ukraine’
» Carbon Tax Going Up on April 1 Despite Record Gas Prices
» Conservative MP Backs Petition Demanding Canadian Gov’t Rehire Workers Fired for Refusing Jab
» Former Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Endorses Pierre Poilievre
» GoFundMe and GiveSendGo Execs Confirm Convoy Not Foreign-Funded
» Leftists Mad as Penalties for Freedom Convoy Truckers Expire
» NDP Voters Say Jagmeet Singh is Trudeau’s Puppet After Emergencies Act Vote
» ‘No Need for it, Just a Power Grab’: Toronto Protesters Slam Trudeau for Invoking Emergencies Act
» Reflecting on the Fallout From the Freedom Convoy
» Trudeau Using War in Ukraine to Push More Censorship in Canada
» University Hosts Media Panel on Convoy Called “Journalism Under Siege”
» Watch: Adam Soos Joins Tony Perkins to Discuss Latest Imprisonment of Pastor Artur Pawlowski
 
Europe and the EU
» 6,000 Air-Raid Shelters and Prague Subway Could be Used in Case of Nuclear Attack, But Czech PM Wants to Dial Down the Hysteria
» Board Member of Major German Health Insurer Fired After Revelations About Jab Side Effects
» Britons to Pay Fifth More for Bread as Wheat Producing Giant Ukraine Plunged Into War
» Court Rules Against Germany’s “Hate Speech” Law, Says it’s Illegal to Share Innocent Users’ Data With Law Enforcement
» Czech Fighters Helping to Defend Ukraine Will be Guaranteed Impunity, Czech PM Confirms
» Finnish President Says NATO Membership ‘Under Discussion’ In Helsinki
» France: Macron Announces Re-Election Bid Less Than 24 Hours Before Deadline
» Fuel in Czechia to Reach Record High Due to Ongoing Conflict in Ukraine
» Hungary to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions, Maintains State of Emergency
» Hungary Praised for Its Assistance With Evacuations of Foreign Nationals From Ukraine
» Italy: Dostoevsky Course Reinstated After Cancellation Sparks Row
» Italy: COVID-19: 178,000 Excess Deaths Since Start of Pandemic Say ISTAT-ISS
» Poland to Spend at Least 3% of GDP on Defense From 2023
» Slovaks Who Support Russia’s Invasion Face 25 Years in Prison Under ‘War Propaganda’ Laws
» Turn Down Thermostats to Fight the Ruskies, Europeans Told
» Vice President Kamala Harris to Visit Poland, Romania Next Week
 
Russia
» Boris Johnson Calls Russia ‘Reckless’ After Ukraine Accusations of ‘Nuclear Terror’
» Caroline Glick: Russia, the Virtue-Signaling West and Israel
» Greta Thunberg’s Group Launches Protest Against Russian Invasion of Ukraine
» Latest Developments
» Moral Exhibitionism: Airbnb Terminates Service in Russia
» NATO Secretary General Warns of Heavier Fighting in Ukraine
» Poland Answers the Ukrainian Call to Begin Compiling Evidence of Russian War Crimes
» Reddit Bans Links to Russia State Media
» Russian Businessman Puts Up $1 Million Bounty for Arrest of Vladimir Putin
» Russian Cats Get Cancelled
» Russia Blocks Facebook
» Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (March 4)
» Staff of Russian Independent News Outlet to Leave Russia After Government Censorship
» Zelenskiy Says NATO Has Given “Green Light for Further Bombing of Ukraine” by Ruling Out No-Fly Zone
 
Australia — Pacific
» SA Police Scrap Mandates Just a Week Before Supreme Court Ruling
» Video: Man Ordered to Leave Televised Q&A for Expressing Wrongthink on Russia
» WA Premier Confronted After Tragic Death of Young Rugby Player
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» South Africa Enforces Sweeping Internet Censorship Law to Tackle “Hate Speech”
 
Immigration
» African Migrants Suspected of Starting Major Fire at French Detention Center
» More Than 50 Migrants Make it to UK by Small Boat on Fourth Day Running of Crossings — Bringing 2022 Total to 2,115 New Arrivals Already
 
Culture Wars
» Google Bans Open-Source Street Map Editor App
» Google Creates Technology That Monitors Your “Social Cues, Subtle Gestures” And More
» Surfshark VPN Adds “Fake News Warning” Feature
» The WHO is Working on a Global Vaccine Passport System
» Twitch to Ban Users for Sharing “Misinformation, “ Even Off the Platform
» YouTube Ripper Yout.Com is Fighting Back Against Blocking
 

February Jobs Report: Payrolls Rise by 678,000 as Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8%

The U.S. economy added back the most jobs since July 2021 in February, with job growth accelerating even in the already-tight labor market as new Omicron cases from earlier this year came down.

The Labor Department released its February jobs report Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET. Here were the main metrics from the print, compared to consensus estimates compiled by Bloomberg:

Non-farm payrolls: +678,000 vs. +423,000 expected and an upwardly revised +481,000 in January

Unemployment rate: 3.8% vs. 3.9% expected, 4.0% in January

Average hourly earnings, month-over-month: 0.0% vs. 0.5% expected and a downwardly revised 0.6% in January

Average hourly earnings, year-over-year: 5.1% vs. 5.8% expected and a downwardly revised 5.5% in January

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

Former Obama Adviser: Wages Aren’t Rising Fast Enough to Keep Up With Inflation

Former economic advisor to the Obama administration Jason Furman is arguing that wages aren’t rising fast enough to keep up with inflation, putting a damper on Friday’s promising jobs report.

During an appearance on MSNBC following the release of the report showing the economy added 678,000 jobs, Furman conceded that, despite the positive employment gain, wages grew at a rate of “basically zero.”

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

Gas Prices Go Parabolic, National Average Jumps to $3.84 as U.S. Oil Jumps Above $115 a Barrel

Gasoline prices accelerated at a stunning pace on Friday, jumping more than 11 cents from the day before.

On Friday, the national average gas price jumped to $3.837. That is as much as they rose in the entire week through Thursday, when they rose to $3.72 from $3.62 a week before. A week ago, gas prices were $3.572, so Friday’s gas price is 7.4 percent higher over the week

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

Dr. Peter McCullough Dismantles COVID Lies, Demands Review of Jab Safety in Rousing CPAC Speech

ORLANDO, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Renowned internist and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough delivered a scorching seven-minute speech at CPAC 2022 in Orlando, Florida, dismantling the ongoing worldwide response to COVID-19 and calling for a review of the injury-inducing COVID jabs.

As far as the virus poses a threat to mankind, the “crisis is over,” the physician said.

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

Eight State AGs Launch Investigation Into China’s TikTok

On Tuesday, a group of state attorneys general said that they were investigating TikTok’s impact on kids and teens. The announcement came after President Biden called on Congress to pass legislation focused on “keeping kids safe online.”

Attorneys general from New Jersey, Vermont, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska, Florida, and others will investigate TikTok to determine the mental health risk it poses to kids. The investigation will also determine if TikTok’s practices violate consumer protection laws.

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

Homeowner Fatally Shot Intruder in Southwest Houston, Police Say

HOUSTON — A Houston homeowner fatally shot an intruder who managed to get into his bedroom early Thursday morning, police say.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting around 1 a.m. in the 2200 block of Naomi Street.

Police say a homeowner was asleep on the second floor of his home when he heard the glass of the backdoor break.

According to police, an intruder came into the house, went upstairs and opened the door to the homeowner’s bedroom.

At that point, police say, the homeowner discharged his weapon, striking the intruder in the neck.

HPD says the intruder then ran out of the house and knocked on neighbors’ doors saying he had been shot. He collapsed a few houses down.

Police found the man dead when they arrived. It is unknown at this time if the intruder had a weapon.

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

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

Keep on Truckin’! People’s Convoy Enters Its Final Push of 11-Day, 2,600 Mile Journey as Eight-Mile-Long Caravan of Trucks Reaches Maryland Before Entering Washington DC Tomorrow

The People’s Convoy is nearing the end of its journey as it edges ever-closer to Washington D.C. and is due to arrive on Saturday morning.

On Friday, the convoy arrived at Hagerstown, Maryland — the final stop before one last stretch to the nation’s capital on Saturday morning which is now around 75 miles away or about 90 minutes drive.

Onlookers cheered from overpasses as a string of vehicles edged ever close to the nation’s capital as part of a ‘Freedom Convoy,’ in protest of COVID-19 restrictions.

Some of the the trucks have travelled from across the country from as far away as California and Oregon with dozens of people gathering on overpasses to cheer them on.

The convoy is a spinoff from a protest in Canada started by truckers upset at vaccine requirements to cross the Canadian border.

Many attendees said they supported ‘medical freedom’ and wanted mask mandates to end…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Members of Congress Threaten to Hold Big Tech “Accountable” If They Don’t Censor “Misinformation”

During a Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing titled “Holding Big Tech Accountable: Legislation to Protect Online Users,” several members of Congress pushed Big Tech companies to do more to purge content that they deem to be “disinformation.”

The purpose of the hearing was to consider five bills: the “Banning Surveillance Advertising Act of 2022,” the “Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022,” the “Cooperation Among Police, Tech, and Users to Resist Exploitation Act,” the “Increasing Consumers’ Education on Law Enforcement Resources Act,” and the “Digital Services Oversight and Safety Act of 2022.”

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

Nancy Pelosi Says GOP Reps. Need to “Shut Up” About Dead U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Nancy Pelosi has said that Republican representatives who have a problem with Biden’s failure in Afghanistan need to “shut up.”

Pelosi was referring specifically to reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert who both heckled Joe Biden during his gaffe filled squinty eyed State of The Union address.

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]
 

Poll: Just 35 Percent of Voters Approve of Joe Biden After SOTU Address

Just 35 percent of voters approve of President Biden following his State of the Union address, a Thursday Civiqs poll found.

Biden’s slumping approval rating is weighed down by independent voters. Overall, only 24 percent of independents approved of Biden, while 64 percent disapproved.

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

Resolution Introduced in Ohio Legislature Urges Canada to be Placed on Religious Liberty Watch List

State legislators introduced a resolution in the Ohio House of Representatives on Tuesday urging the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to add Canada to its special watch list as a Canadian pastor remains jailed.

The resolution, which was introduced by Republican state Reps. Reggie Stoltzfus and Timothy Ginter, was cosponsored by 11 of their colleagues and appealed to the historic legacy of religious liberty in Canada, the United States and Ohio as the basis for their condemnation of how Canadian clergy have recently been treated by authorities.

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

‘Rolling for Freedom’ Truckers Convoy Passes Through Minnesota

(FOX 9) — “Rolling for Freedom” truckers are passing through Minnesota on Interstate 94 Friday morning.

The “Rolling Freedom Rally — Truckin’ Through Minnesota” began Thursday evening in Fargo, North Dakota. The truckers made their way to Truckers Inn in Sauk Center, Minnesota where the stayed overnight.

The convoy passed through Monticello around 9:50 a.m. and will continue along I-94 until they reach Hudson, Wis. FOX 9 estimates at least 30 semi trucks, pickup trucks and other vehicles in the convoy. Some decorated with large American flags…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Senators Ask the Treasury Department to Ensure Russians Can’t Use Cryptocurrency to Evade Sanctions

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Mark Warner, Jack Reed, and Sherrod Brown have called on the Treasury Department to make sure cryptocurrency is not used to evade sanctions imposed on Russia.

In the letter sent Wednesday, the senators asked Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen if the Office of Foreign Assets Control had a way of making sure the crypto industry was complying with sanctions.

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

Supreme Court Reinstates Death Penalty for Boston Bomber: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘Committed Heinous Crimes’

The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated the death penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber now-28-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man found guilty of setting off pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 people.

The justices sided with the U.S. government 6-3 to reverse a 2020 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to reinstate the district court’s earlier ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion, and Justice Stephen Breyer, who was joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, penned the dissent.

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

Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to ‘Restore American Energy Independence’

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a bill to “restore American energy independence” amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is hitting the energy sector hard.

Cruz announced on Friday his new bill, the Energy Freedom Act, in a press release in which he blasted President Biden for having led America to lose our “status as a net petroleum exporter” with his energy sector executive orders.

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

Ted Cruz Lambasts Graham for Calling for Putin’s Assassination

Following Senator Lindsey Graham’s outright call for someone in Russia to ‘do the world a great service’ and KILL Vladimir Putin, Senator Ted Cruz responded calling it “an exceptionally bad idea.”

“We should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state,” Cruz noted, adding that “massive economic sanctions” and a move away from dependence on Russian oil and gas would be a more sane approach.

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

US Surgeon General Asks Big Tech Platforms to Hand Over COVID “Misinformation” Data

President Joe Biden’s Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy formally requested Big Tech companies submit data on the prevalence of COVID-19 “misinformation” on social media, instant messengers, search engines, e-commerce platforms, and crowdsourcing platforms.

The request for information is part of the Covid National Preparedness Plan that Biden announced during the State of The Union address on Tuesday. The surgeon general’s office wants platforms to submit data on the prevalence of alleged Covid misinformation, beginning with the common examples of such misinformation outlined by the CDC.

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

Virginia Teacher Suspended After Reportedly Making Pro-Russia Comments Amid War With Ukraine

A substitute teacher at an Arlington, Virginia, middle school has been suspended for reportedly making pro-Russia comments amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

Arlington Public Schools spokesperson Frank Bellavia confirmed to Fox News Digital that John Stanton, 65, of Swanson Middle School “has been suspended for the remainder of the year.”

“Because it’s a personnel matter, I can’t provide any other details,” Bellavia said in an email.

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

YouTube Suspends the Hill’s Popular Show Rising for 7 Days for Playing Trump Clip

YouTube temporarily suspended The Hill’s channel for violating its “election integrity policy.”

The seven-day suspension was announced by Robby Soave, who co-hosts The Hill’s show called “Rising,” together with Ryan Grim and Kim Iversen.

In an article published by Reason, Soave wrote: “Last night, we learned that YouTube had suspended The Hill’s entire account for the next seven days, preventing us from publishing new videos. The reason was election misinformation, stemming from two previous videos.”

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

Announcing: Civil Liberties Focussed Student Journalism Fellowship

The Canadian civil liberties charity The Democracy Fund (TDF) has announced it is launching a student journalism fellowship for young Canadians who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

In partnership with the Independent Press Gallery of Canada, True North and Rebel News, The Democracy Fund will be kicking off the program by hosting its very first “Student Journalism Conference” in May.

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

Canadian Hockey League, Equipment Maker Hit Russian Players With Sanctions

(LifeSiteNews) — In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Canada’s Junior Hockey League decided to bar all Russian players from the upcoming draft. Meanwhile, a major hockey company has dropped top Russian players from their sponsorships.

Drawing a mixed reaction from the public, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CHL) announced that they will ban all Russian and Belarusian teenagers from being drafted into the league over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and hockey equipment giant CCM announced they are cutting ties with one of the top National Hockey League (NHL) players, Russia’s Alexander Ovechkin, as well as other Russian star players.

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

Canadian Gov’t Detains Russian Nationals to ‘Hold Russia Accountable for Its Invasion of Ukraine’

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories (LifeSiteNews) — The Canadian government detained at least two Russian Federation nationals at a northern Canadian airport based on their nationality.

Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra made the announcement Thursday via Twitter.

“A charter aircraft that carried Russian foreign nationals has been held at the Yellowknife airport. We will continue to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine,” Alghabra wrote.

According to reports, the plane was on its way to Resolute, Nunavut, to drop those on board off for a planned overland arctic expedition.

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

Carbon Tax Going Up on April 1 Despite Record Gas Prices

Canadians can expect even higher prices at the pumps once the Trudeau government moves ahead with its planned carbon tax hike on April 1.

The hike comes even as gas prices hit record highs across Canada, with parts of downtown Vancouver now paying over $2.00 per litre.

The 25% increase to the tax will raise the cost of greenhouse gas emissions from $40 per tonne to $50 per tonne. The Liberals have stated that they will continue to increase that cost by $15 per year until 2030, when it’s expected to reach $170 per tonne. The increase will also impact the price of any goods transported using fossil fuels.

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

Conservative MP Backs Petition Demanding Canadian Gov’t Rehire Workers Fired for Refusing Jab

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian Conservative Party (CPC) MP sponsored an official House of Commons petition demanding the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rehire all federal public servants who were fired because they did not take the COVID jabs.

“The federal government implemented a policy wherein federal public servants of the core public administration were forced to choose between their bodily autonomy and their careers, with Crown corporations instituting similar policies shortly thereafter,” reads a portion of the petition sponsored by Saskatchewan CPC MP Jeremy Patzer.

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

Former Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Endorses Pierre Poilievre

Former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is throwing his support behind Pierre Poilievre’s leadership bid, True North has learned.

Scheer appeared with Poilievre at a campaign press conference Friday morning, and is set to formally endorse the Conservative MP’s leadership candidacy at an evening rally, a source connected to Poilievre’s campaign told True North.

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

GoFundMe and GiveSendGo Execs Confirm Convoy Not Foreign-Funded

Members of Parliament heard on Thursday that the Trudeau cabinet’s claims that the Freedom Convoy was funded by foreign powers were false, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Our records show 88% of donated funds originated in Canada and 86% of donors were from Canada,” said GoFundMe president Juan Benitez to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in the House of Commons on Thursday.

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

Leftists Mad as Penalties for Freedom Convoy Truckers Expire

Leftist Canadian politicians expressed anger and outrage after provincial penalties for Freedom Convoy truckers, which included freezing the authority of truck operators to work in Ontario, expired this week.

Following the end of the Freedom Convoy protests — which were cleared out by police last month in Ottawa — the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) issued 39 suspension and seizure orders to truck operators. After a week, however, the government lifted the penalties.

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

NDP Voters Say Jagmeet Singh is Trudeau’s Puppet After Emergencies Act Vote

While many spent time with loved ones on Family Day, a small group of NDP voters carved out some time during the holiday to protest in front of the party leader Jagmeet Singh’s office in Burnaby, B.C.

“Trudeau’s Puppet” and “Betrayal on Family Day”, were a couple of the slogans written on protest signs stuck to the windows of the politicians office. The uproar was in response to the NDP’s decision to vote in favor of the Emergencies Act that had been recently been invoked by the Trudeau government.

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

‘No Need for it, Just a Power Grab’: Toronto Protesters Slam Trudeau for Invoking Emergencies Act

Across Canada, anti-lockdown freedom protesters have been taking to the streets for nearly two years now, after concerned citizens started to pick up that it wasn’t going back to normal after two weeks to flatten the curve.

This past weekend, despite restrictions being lifted by Premier Doug Ford, thousands showed up in Toronto continuing to stand up against COVID restrictions and overbearing government mandates.

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

Reflecting on the Fallout From the Freedom Convoy

With Rupa Subramanya

Now that the Freedom Convoy has been cleared away from the streets of Ottawa, it’s worth reflecting on why so many Canadians were motivated to travel (and stay) in the nation’s capital as a protest.

While most mainstream journalists were willing to cast stones at the truckers and their supporters without going to the demonstration itself, some did conduct old-fashioned shoe leather journalism.

National Post columnist Rupa Subramanya was one such journalist, and she joined yesterday’s edition of The Ezra Levant Show for a thorough discussion on what she saw and experienced while covering the convoy.

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

Trudeau Using War in Ukraine to Push More Censorship in Canada

The war between Russia and Ukraine has been full of propaganda from both sides, with Russian media being barred from using the words “war” or “invasion” and fabrications like the supposed “Ghost of Kyiv” from the Ukrainian side.

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra looked at how this propaganda war is being addressed here in Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government.

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

University Hosts Media Panel on Convoy Called “Journalism Under Siege”

Carleton University’s School of Journalism will host a panel discussion with members of Canada’s legacy media on Tuesday to discuss their role in covering what the school calls “the siege of Ottawa.”

The Ottawa university describes its event — titled “Journalism Under Siege” — as “one of the first public events to reflect on the role of the media during the unprecedented occupation of downtown Ottawa.”

The panel’s members are expected to discuss the challenges journalists faced while covering the Freedom Convoy. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

The panel will feature legacy-media figures including CTV News’s Glen McGregor and left-wing investigative journalist Justin Ling.

Other panellists include CBC’s Judy Trinh and Jorge Barrera, the Toronto Star’s Raisa Patel and photographer Justin Tang.

Journalism associate professor and CBC News anchor Adrian Harewood will be moderating the panel.

The Carleton University event has received criticism for its apparent exclusion of right-of-centre and independent journalists, who played a crucial role in covering the Freedom Convoy.

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

Watch: Adam Soos Joins Tony Perkins to Discuss Latest Imprisonment of Pastor Artur Pawlowski

Rebel News reporter Adam Soos joined Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch to give an update on the latest arrest and imprisonment of Pastor Artur Pawlowski.

Pastor Artur is still in prison after recently being denied bail. If you would like to donate to Pastor Artur’s legal defence fund, please do so at SaveArtur.com.

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

6,000 Air-Raid Shelters and Prague Subway Could be Used in Case of Nuclear Attack, But Czech PM Wants to Dial Down the Hysteria

There are approximately 6,000 air-raid shelters across the Czech Republic which could accommodate a quarter of a million people in the case of a nuclear attack or incident, the country’s Prime Minister Petr Fiala revealed on Thursday.

Fiala was responding to a question from Deputy Vladimir Zlinský on the resource available to the country in the case of such a disaster, and explained that the many underground spaces in buildings across Prague and the city’s subway could also serve as shelters to help accommodate the country’s 10.7 million population.

“There is no reason to worry. Let us not frighten citizens that there is a risk and that we will have to hide in a shelter or something similar,” the Czech leader said in response to the question, adding that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks about putting nuclear forces on high alert are part of a psychological war.

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

Board Member of Major German Health Insurer Fired After Revelations About Jab Side Effects

FWM reported this week that a major German health insurer revealed that the number of side effects from the Covid-19 vaccines has been vastly underreported. BKK ProVita board member Andreas Schöfbeck spoke of an “alarming signal” and called for more research. But his honesty came with a hefty price tag.

Andreas Schöfbeck has estimated that in Germany up to 3 million people have been treated for side effects that occurred after the jab. This concerns 31 000 people who have died and 412 000 who experienced serious side effects, for which they had to go to hospital.

Through a data analysis, he revealed a substantial underreporting (91,8 percent), as data analyst Daniël van der Tuin pointed out on Twitter.

It remains to be seen whether any investigation will be forthcoming because Schöfbeck has been fired. He has been on the board of BKK ProVita for 21 years. He told the German newspaper Die Welt that he felt obliged to his policyholders. Schöfbeck has been stunned by the turn of events.

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

Britons to Pay Fifth More for Bread as Wheat Producing Giant Ukraine Plunged Into War

The price of a loaf of bread is set to increase by 20 per cent in Britain as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine causing a global wheat shortage.

Britons are set to see an increase of 25 pence per loaf of bread, with the average loaf currently costing £1.3o.

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

Court Rules Against Germany’s “Hate Speech” Law, Says it’s Illegal to Share Innocent Users’ Data With Law Enforcement

In 2018, Germany passed a controversial law requiring social media companies to remove criminal content and report it to law enforcement. The law also required these companies to publish regular compliance reports.

Last May, the German parliament amended the law, passing even stricter and wider regulations for social media companies. The expanded version of the law took effect in February.

Google, which owns YouTube, Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, and Twitter filed legal complaints against the law.

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

Czech Fighters Helping to Defend Ukraine Will be Guaranteed Impunity, Czech PM Confirms

The hundreds of Czech citizens who wish to help defend Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia will be guaranteed impunity, Czechia’s Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced following talks with President Milos Zeman.

“As Prime Minister, I cannot encourage or support anyone to go to war in foreign territory,” noted Fiala after speaking with the Czech president, explaining that Czech citizens have many other options to show support and solidarity with Ukraine.

“We agreed that it is not possible to give any collective option, nor to provide individual approval given the number [of those wanting to fight] and the certain risks that accompany this, but we have agreed that we can guarantee impunity,” Fiala told reporters.

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

Finnish President Says NATO Membership ‘Under Discussion’ In Helsinki

Finland’s legislature is considering entreating membership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told Fox News in a “Special Report” interview on Friday.

Niinisto, an Independent, was asked whether Finland wants to join the Brussels-headquartered alliance, given both the invasion and the fact his country shares a nearly 900-mile eastern border with Putin-controlled Russia.

He responded that for the first time, Finland and neighbor Sweden are seriously considering such a move, citing domestic polling.

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France: Macron Announces Re-Election Bid Less Than 24 Hours Before Deadline

French President Emmanuel Macron officially announced on Thursday his intention to run again for the presidency in next month’s election.

Because of the war in Ukraine, the incumbent French president waited until the last minute to announce he was seeking authorization from the French people for a second five-year term — the deadline for nominations is 6 p.m. on Friday.

He formally announced his candidacy in an open letter to the French people, published by national news agency AFP, in which he offered a broad insight into his plans for a possible second term.

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Fuel in Czechia to Reach Record High Due to Ongoing Conflict in Ukraine

The price of diesel oil and gasoline across the Czech Republic has continued to rise sharply, breaking historical records, with analysts apportioning the price hikes to the increase in global oil prices and the weakening of the Czech currency following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.

“Fuel prices should rise by another koruna in the coming week,” revealed Boris Tomciak, the co-owner of investment company Finlord.

“For gasoline, the price will be 40 korunas (€1.55) per liter and 39 korunas (€1.51) per liter for diesel oil,” he explained. The new prices break the previous records from September 2012.

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Hungary to Lift Most COVID-19 Restrictions, Maintains State of Emergency

Hungary will soon lift most of its existing social restrictions with the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic coming to an end, cabinet minister Gergely Gulyas announced on Thursday.

The obligation to wear a mask will be abolished from Monday, as will the rule allowing employers to require compulsory vaccination with the exception of health and social care institutions.

The requirement for use of vaccination certificates will also be removed.

The state of health emergency, however, will be retained primarily due to the danger of a possible sixth wave and partly because it allows the government to act more efficiently and effectively when necessary to do so, Gulyas explained.

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Hungary Praised for Its Assistance With Evacuations of Foreign Nationals From Ukraine

Hungary is helping Somalia, Nigeria, Israel and India to evacuate their citizens from Ukraine, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjartó announced on his social media platforms on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Szijjartó revealed that foreign ministry colleagues from “all over the world” are seeking the help of Hungary with their own evacuation plans.

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Italy: Dostoevsky Course Reinstated After Cancellation Sparks Row

Writer and lecturer Paolo Nori had complained of ‘censorship’

(ANSA) — ROME, MAR 2 — A course on Russian literary giant Fyodor Dostoevsky which had been cancelled at a Milan university due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will now go ahead as scheduled, the university said Wednesday.

Writer and lecturer Paolo Nori had said the matter at the Milano-Bicocca University was a case of unwarranted censorship and that literature should not be punished due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

“Not only is it a fault to be a living Russian in Italy today, but also to be a dead Russian,” said Nori, adding that Dostoevsky, author of Crime and Punishment, the Brothers Karamazov and other classics, had been condemned to death himself in 1849 “because he had read something that was prohibited”.

Announcing the reinstatement of the course, Milano-Bicocca said “we are a university open to dialogue and listening even in this very difficult period which spurs dismay due to the escalation of the conflict.

“We can confirm that the course will take place on the scheduled days and we will discuss the content with the writer.

“Furthermoe, the university’s dean will meet Paolo Nori next week for a moment of reflection”.

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Italy: COVID-19: 178,000 Excess Deaths Since Start of Pandemic Say ISTAT-ISS

42% of cases in Jan 2022 due to Omicron

(ANSA) — ROME, MAR 2 — There have been 178,000 excess deaths in Italy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Higher Health Institute (ISS) and stats agency ISTAT said Wednesday.

Much of the excess death rate was in 2021 when vaccine coverage was still low, they said.

Some 72% of the excess deaths last year regarded the over 80s, they said.

In 90% of cases COVID was cited as a direct cause of death.

Some 42% of COVID cases diagnosed in Italy were in January of this year, the report said, when the Omicron variant was running riot.

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Poland to Spend at Least 3% of GDP on Defense From 2023

Poland has announced plans to ramp up its defense spending following Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, the government revealed on Thursday.

The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) told Polish lawmakers it would be making an amendment to its current defense bill to set up a gradual rise in its commitment to defense.

“There will be an amendment [to the defense plan]: 3 percent of GDP on defense next year, and then we will increase it,” Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski told the lower house of parliament on Thursday.

The spending commitment will be significantly greater than NATO’s minimum requirement of its members to apportion 2 percent of GDP to defense capabilities.

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Slovaks Who Support Russia’s Invasion Face 25 Years in Prison Under ‘War Propaganda’ Laws

The Slovakian National Crime Agency (NAKA) has warned residents could face 25 years in prison if caught promoting “war propaganda” on social media regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The National Crime Agency (NAKA) reminded Slovakians that the country was in an emergency situation due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent surge of refugees fleeing the conflict.

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Turn Down Thermostats to Fight the Ruskies, Europeans Told

Europeans should make their houses colder to help break the EU’s dependence on Russian gas, an OECD group has said.

The International Energy Agency — an intergovernmental organisation under the avowedly globalist Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — has recommended that Europeans turn down their thermostats to help reduce reliance on Russian energy.

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Vice President Kamala Harris to Visit Poland, Romania Next Week

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel next week to Poland and Romania, North Atlantic Treaty Organization members that border Ukraine, Ms. Harris’s spokeswoman, Sabrina Singh, said Friday.

Ms. Harris will visit the capital cities of the two countries March 9-11 to meet with their leaders and discuss continuing security, economic and humanitarian support for Ukraine and how the U.S. can help support Ukrainian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

“Her visit will demonstrate the strength and unity of the NATO Alliance and U.S. support for NATO’s eastern flank allies in the face of Russian aggression,” Ms. Singh said.

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Boris Johnson Calls Russia ‘Reckless’ After Ukraine Accusations of ‘Nuclear Terror’

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky have held a conference call after Russia allegedly shelled the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station — Europe’s largest such plant.

While claims around what exactly transpired at the plant and why differ between Ukrainian and Russian sources, both sides at least agree that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is now in Russian hands.

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Caroline Glick: Russia, the Virtue-Signaling West and Israel

On Wednesday evening, Israeli journalist Ron Ben-Yishai reported from Kyiv that the memorial site at Babi Yar is unharmed. For a full news cycle Tuesday, Ukraine’s leadership from President Volodymyr Zelenskyyy down a report of an alleged Russian bombing of the site where Ukrainian and Nazi forces massacred 33,000 Jews in two days in September 1941 as a means to demonize Russia. They also used the alleged Russian bombing to whitewash Ukraine’s record of massive collaboration with the Nazis in the genocide of Ukrainian Jewry during the Holocaust.

Ukraine’s obscene and cynical exploitation of Babi Yar and the Russian bombing that didn’t happen, must serve as a lesson to Israel that there’s much more gray than black or white in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Since the Western and Israeli media have given saturation coverage the blackness of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it makes sense to consider the dubiousness of Ukraine’s claim to the mantel of liberal democracy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aides have made over the top statements accusing Ukraine of being a Nazi state. But just because the accusations are wild exaggerations doesn’t mean they are unfounded. There are a lot of Nazis in Ukraine.

To be sure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish. But as Germany’s Die Welt reported in 2020, Zelenskyy owes his election to the support he received from Ukraine’s then-Minister of the Interior Arsten Avakov. Avakov, who served under Zelenskyy until last July, has been the most powerful patron of Ukrainian Nazis since the Maidan Revolution in 2014.

The Maidan Revolution, which brought down Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, is widely viewed as having been a liberal revolution. But the truth is more complicated. The Maidan Revolution would not have succeeded without the support of the Azov Battalion neo-Nazi militia…

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Greta Thunberg’s Group Launches Protest Against Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s group Fridays for Future on Thursday launched a series of rallies to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The group said it plans to hold events in over 40 cities around the world.

Fridays for Future specializes in “youth strikes” that involve students marching out of their classrooms to demand action on their climate change agenda. The same technique will evidently be used for the protests against Russia.

“We are running a demonstration at 12 p.m., in the middle of the day, because the lives of the Ukrainian people have been stopped, not by their choice. We also want to stop our lives in solidarity with them,” a Fridays for Future activist student in Warsaw told Yahoo News.

[Comment: The comments on the article are hilarious.]

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Latest Developments

In Ukraine: A fire broke out at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant after Russian shelling as part of an advance across southern Ukraine. After the blaze was extinguished, Russian troops took control of the facility.

None of the plant’s six reactors, one of which is currently operational, were affected and there was no radiation leak. Both sides said Russian troops at the complex weren’t interfering with the plant’s staff.

The skirmish sparked international outrage and fanned fears of a repeat of the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia’s actions show that Europe needs to wake up. Ukrainian officials said Russian forces were nearing another nuclear plant in the Mykolaiv region.

Russia has intensified its military offensive in southern Ukraine, penetrating the city of Kherson as Russian and Ukrainian negotiators agreed to establish humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave besieged cities.

Markets: U.S. stocks and global equity indexes fell as investor concerns mounted. Shell PLC bought a cargo of Russian crude at a bargain price, ending a self-imposed embargo on Russian oil by the international energy industry.

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Moral Exhibitionism: Airbnb Terminates Service in Russia

American peer-to-peer lodging service Airbnb has ceased operations in Russia, preventing ordinary Russians from renting apartments in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement was made by the company’s CEO Brian Chesky via Twitter.

“Airbnb is suspending all operations in Russia and Belarus,” he tweeted.

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NATO Secretary General Warns of Heavier Fighting in Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday warned that fighting in Ukraine would only intensify as Russia sends in additional troops to reinforce its invasion.

“This is the worst military aggression in Europe in decades, with cities under siege, schools, hospitals and residential buildings shelled, reckless actions around a nuclear power plant last night,” Mr. Stoltenberg said after an emergency meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers.

“The days to come are likely to be worse,” he added. “With more death, more suffering and more destruction as Russian armed forces bring in heavier weaponry and continue their attacks across the country.”

North Atlantic Treaty Organization members would provide additional weapons to support Ukraine, he said, without providing details.

But Mr. Stoltenberg also pushed back against some calls for NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine to slow the fighting. “Allies agreed we should not have NATO planes operating over Ukrainian airspace or NATO troops on Ukrainian territory,” he told reporters.

“NATO is not seeking a war with Russia,” he said, adding, “We will not be part of the conflict.”

Mr. Stoltenberg reiterated Western demands that Russian President Vladimir Putin order his troops to cease the fighting, withdraw his country’s military from Ukraine, and engage in “genuine diplomacy.”

The effects of the invasion will be enduring, he warned, adding, “NATO’s relationship with Russia has changed for the long term.”

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Poland Answers the Ukrainian Call to Begin Compiling Evidence of Russian War Crimes

The chief prosecutor in Ukraine has sought assistance from Poland in the gathering of evidence to prove that war crimes have been committed by Russian forces during the country’s invasion of Ukraine, Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has revealed.

In an interview with the wPolityce.pl news outlet, Ziobro informed that Irina Venedyktova, the lead prosecutor in Ukraine, had reached out for help in the compiling of evidence which may be used in future legal action in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands , to bring the Putin regime to justice.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro explained that the gathering of evidence of war crimes is a serious step necessary to exert more pressure on Russia and its military.

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Reddit Bans Links to Russia State Media

In an attempt to show support for Ukraine, Reddit has banned links to Russia’s state-controlled news outlets. The move comes after the platform quarantined the r/Russia community earlier this week.

Some subreddits had already banned links from Russia’s outlets such as Sputnik and RT. However, a platform-wide ban makes it more difficult to share content from these outlets.

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Russian Businessman Puts Up $1 Million Bounty for Arrest of Vladimir Putin

A Russian-born businessman is willing to pay $1 million to officers who arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin amid his invasion into Ukraine.

Announced in a social media post from Alex Konanykhin, a citizen of Russia and an entrepreneur, the bounty will be paid to officers who comply with their “constitutional duty” and “arrest Putin as a war criminal under Russian and international laws.”

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Russian Cats Get Cancelled

The pandemic may be coming to an end, but the invasion of Ukraine has caused the outbreak of a virus which is if anything even more virulent.

The virus of performative moral exhibitionism.

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Russia Blocks Facebook

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said Friday that it is blocking access to Facebook in response to restrictions it said the social-media giant placed on Russian media outlets.

It comes after the regulator said it recorded 26 cases since October 2020 where Facebook restricted access to Russian media accounts.

Roskomnadzor said the social network, part of Meta Platforms Inc., recently restricted access to prominent Russian media outlets, including state news agency RIA Novosti, Sputnik, Russia Today, television channel Zvezda, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru.

The move follows a week of escalating back and forth over content access between Moscow and Facebook.

“Soon millions of ordinary Russians will find themselves cut off from reliable information,” Meta President for Global Affairs Nick Clegg said in a statement. “We will continue to do everything we can to restore our services so they remain available to people to safely and securely express themselves and organize for action.”

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Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (March 4)

As Friday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Fighting remains intense in central Ukraine as Russian forces continue to bombard Kyiv in an attempt to take the capital. But their miles-long convoy north of the city still does not appear to be moving, U.S. officials say. In the southern port city of Kherson, Russian troops control much of the city, including key facilities such as broadcast towers.

Russian forces captured a Ukrainian nuclear power plant — the largest in Europe. After a massive fire was extinguished, Ukrainian workers continue to operate the facility. No release of radioactive material has been reported.

A third round of talks between Ukrainian and Russian delegations is in the works, potentially as soon as this weekend.

A new law in Russia threatens up to 15 years in prison for anyone deemed to spread “false information” about the country’s military and its activity. Other penalties target calls for sanctions against Russia and calls for not deploying Russia’s armed forces.

Russian authorities blocked access to Facebook, and Twitter is down for many users. Officials also continue to shutter critical media outlets, now including the BBC’s Russian service, independent Meduza and U.S.-funded Radio Liberty.

More companies quit Russia. Google stopped selling online advertising in Russia across all services, including search and YouTube. Airbnb suspended operations in Russia and Belarus. Microsoft, Panasonic and Herme’s joined the growing list of companies suspending sales in Russia.

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Staff of Russian Independent News Outlet to Leave Russia After Government Censorship

On Tuesday, Russian authorities banned one of the last remaining independent news outlets Dozhd, aka TV Rain, and Ekho Moskvy, aka Echo of Moscow.

On Wednesday, TV Rain’s editor-in-chief Tikhon Dzyadko announced that he was leaving the country, together with his family and the network’s staff.

“After the blocking of Dozhd’s website, Dozhd’s social media accounts, and the threat against some employees, it is obvious that the personal safety of some of us is at risk,” Dzyadko wrote on Telegram.

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Zelenskiy Says NATO Has Given “Green Light for Further Bombing of Ukraine” by Ruling Out No-Fly Zone

Volodymyr Zelenskiy has critisized Nato for refusing to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine, saying the decision has given “the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian towns and villages”.

“All the people who die from this day forward will also die because of you, because of your weakness, because of your lack of unity,” the Ukrainian president said in an emotional nighttime address.

Nato warned on Friday that imposing a no-fly zone could provoke full-fledged war in Europe with nuclear-armed Russia. “The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send Nato fighter planes into Ukraine’s airspace, and then impose that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes,” Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato chief, said. “If we did that, we’ll end up with something that could end in a full-fledged war in Europe, involving many more countries and causing much more human suffering.”

Zelenskiy said Nato countries have created a narrative that a no-fly zone would provoke Russia’s aggression against Nato. “This is the self-hypnosis of those who are weak, insecure inside, despite the fact they possess weapons many times stronger than we have,” he said.

He also praised Ukrainians for their resistance against Russia’s invasion: “We are warriors of light,” he said. “The history of Europe will remember this forever.”…

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SA Police Scrap Mandates Just a Week Before Supreme Court Ruling

The South Australian police force will abandon its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its officers from Monday.

Notably, the mandate for police officers will be ended just a week before a Supreme Court challenge of the mandates is due to be heard.

It has been reported that there are estimates of 60 officers 18 public servants who have declined the COVID-19 vaccine who are on enforced leave due to the mandate.

Victorian Liberal Democrats senate candidate and former police officer Krystle Mitchell also took particular note of the timing of the announcement, tweeting ‘SA police back peddle on egregious mandates a week before a Supreme Court ruling that could have provided precedent to other court cases across the country. Don’t pretend to be the ‘good guys’ in this. You’re not.’

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Video: Man Ordered to Leave Televised Q&A for Expressing Wrongthink on Russia

A Russian-Australian man was told to leave a television studio after he asked a ‘rogue’ question and pointed out that there is an alternative narrative to be considered surrounding the conflict in Ukraine.

The audience member Sasha Gillies-Lekakis was speaking on a live Australian debate show when he expressed support for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, angering other audience members and surprising the host of the show, Stan Grant.

“As someone who comes from the Russian community here in Australia, I’ve been pretty outraged by the narrative depicted by our media, with Ukraine as the good guy and Russia as the bad guy,” Gillies-Lekakis said.

“Believe it or not, there are a lot of Russians here and around the world that support what Putin’s doing in Ukraine, myself included,” he added before claiming that Ukraine has previously “besieged” the Russian populations in Donetsk and Luhansk, killing thousands of people.

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WA Premier Confronted After Tragic Death of Young Rugby Player

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has caused fury with his response to Jordan Grace’s tragic suicide.

The rugby player took his own life after Western Australia’s complete border shutdown left him separated from his family in Victoria.

Grace was only a few days short of his 21st birthday when he ended his life in 2021.

Moving to Western Australia was meant to be the next step in his sporting career, but Covid regulations left him living in what has been described by many as a ‘prison state’. Western Australia is the undisputed lockdown capital of the world, with McGowan keeping the borders completely shut for nearly 700 days. Even now that they are ‘open’ the restrictions on travel are severe.

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South Africa Enforces Sweeping Internet Censorship Law to Tackle “Hate Speech”

The South African government has enforced a controversial internet censorship law that was passed in 2019. Legal experts have raised concerns about the law being abused.

On March 3, South Africa’s Film and Publications Board (FPB) announced that the law had come into effect on March 1. Internet users violate the law if they post prohibited content, which is defined as content that could be deemed incitement of violence, war propaganda, child pornography, and hate speech.

The law has raised concerns among legal experts as it could be used to restrict free speech and became law surprisingly quickly.

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African Migrants Suspected of Starting Major Fire at French Detention Center

Three migrants from Africa are in custody following a fire at a detention center in France this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening at an administrative holding facility near Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport.

Approximately 85 firefighters and rescue crews were dispatched to battle a blaze that broke out at the center.

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More Than 50 Migrants Make it to UK by Small Boat on Fourth Day Running of Crossings — Bringing 2022 Total to 2,115 New Arrivals Already

Dozens of migrants have arrived in the UK by small boat for the fourth day running — bringing the total this year to 2,115 already.

More than 50 people are thought to have made the perilous journey across the English Channel this morning as temperatures remained steady at around 8C.

People smugglers took advantage of the calm conditions with at least three dinghies making the treacherous crossing through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

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Google Bans Open-Source Street Map Editor App

Google recently continued its anti-competitive and censorship rampage, this time targeting StreetComplete, a collaborative free and open-source tool published on its app store.

StreetComplete got blocked on Play Store because those behind the program — whose goal is to let members of the community contribute to the Open Street Map project — asked users to support the app by donating towards its further development.

The Open Street Map project itself is often described as a community-driven, free, and open-source Google Maps alternative.

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Google Creates Technology That Monitors Your “Social Cues, Subtle Gestures” And More

Google’s Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) division unveiled new creepy technology that can read movements and body language to help devices “understand the social content around them,” so they can make decisions without proactive human input.

The technology insists that it has some semblance of privacy as it uses radar technology, not cameras.

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Surfshark VPN Adds “Fake News Warning” Feature

Virtual private network (VPN) provider Surfshark has introduced a new feature that inserts “fake news warning” (FNW) labels next to a wide range of links in the browser including search result links and links on the websites that you visit.

Surfshark VPN users that have these FNWs enabled will see a warning dialogue box in their browser whenever the feature identifies “links to websites that are likely to contain misinformation” on the page. Prominent red “YYY” labels will also be displayed next to the links that have been flagged.

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The WHO is Working on a Global Vaccine Passport System

The World Health Organization will meet with member states and reps from vaccine certification credentials groups to discuss a global vaccine certification system.

Over the last two years, vaccine passports have become compulsory for international travel in some countries.

However, different regions and countries have different standards when it comes to proof of vaccination, meaning a passport that is verifiable in one country might not be verifiable in the other.

The World Health Organization wants to get involved in pulling it all together under a global system.

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Twitch to Ban Users for Sharing “Misinformation, “ Even Off the Platform

On Thursday, Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch announced that it had updated its policies to address “misinformation” superspreaders.

In a blog post announcing the new rules, Twitch said that misinformation on its platform could cause real-world harm.

Now, the platform will not allow “harmful misinformation superspreaders who persistently share misinformation on or off of Twitch.”

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YouTube Ripper Yout.Com is Fighting Back Against Blocking

The website Yout.com, something of an outlier in the stream-ripping ecosystem by virtue of fighting back, is challenging various countries’ attempts to block it.

The blocking orders coming amid accusations of the site’s alleged use as a piracy tool come in a bid to prop up large music labels’ interests and have so far had varied success around the world.

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14 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/4/2022

  1. Oh yeah. Here we are in Kanada. And we have muslim pig refugees calling us rascist because we are going to accept Ukranian refugees.
    muslims are PIGS.
    Moreover, moslems are the traditional enemies of Western Cicilization.
    But, of course, we are rascist if we take in Ukranians., Rather than taking more islamicn pigs.
    Here is an idea for mud-slimes. Go get refugee status in Saudi arabia. Leave our Westen Lands. NOW!

    • @ Loki

      Re: “Here is an idea for mud-slimes. Go get refugee status in Saudi arabia. Leave our Westen Lands. NOW!”

      Not going to happen, at least not as long as the petrodollar regime still exists. Via their massive infusions of petro-dollar revenues into the U.S. central banking system and government, the Arabs – led by the Saudis – have a hand on the tiller steering the policies of western democracies – including the U.S. and by extension, American allies such as Canada.

      The Saudis are perfectly aware that they could offer political asylum for Islamic “refugees,” but why would they when those people are creating what amounts to a beach-head on Canadian soil, an advance party so-to-speak for later arrivals of the believers?

      The Koran, Hadiths and the Sira speak of the obligation Islam imposes on its followers to go forth into infidel (non-Muslim) lands and claim them in the name of the prophet. Since this is what they are doing, the Arabs have little or no incentive to alter the status quo, unless forced to do so by external circumstances.

      The globalists, for their part – including Premier Justin Trudeau – like diversity and multiculturalism just fine, especially since they won’t be the ones living with it on their streets and in their towns and cities. That’s only for ordinary Canadians, you see!

      • Which I can understand in people raised in that degenerate world. What I can’t understand are those who are willing to convert into that world. They have to be sociopaths.

    • Muslims can’t have made it clearer. Read their so called bloody Koran. Integrate? LOL. You ain’t got no knickers you can’t pull ‘em up?

  2. Why do I get the feeling that this war is not about Ukraine or Russia, but about destruction of the old, free internet, and the destruction of the old, fossil fueled world, and the destruction of all ties between Europe and Russia, and the destruction of our food suply…?

    • @ Barn Swallow

      Re: “Why do I get the feeling that this war is not about Ukraine or Russia, but about destruction of the old, free internet, and the destruction of the old, fossil fueled world….”

      Because you have sound instincts, that’s why….

    • Western democracies seem to me as if they are the greatest enemy of their own people now just go to tik Tok and you will discover what I say

      Just look around what they have created nominally vaccine that will save our lives and our children’s lives but in fact this is not vaccine beeut experimental chemicals to sterilize us to kill us to kill our children to poison our blood to cause blood clots to attack our heart it is clear from all the documents that came from CDC and FDA. Recently dishonorable unconscionable politicians. Devils.

  3. All my online friends are watching with great excitement and pleasure how they skin Putin’s oligarchs and close associates.

  4. And in our country, a law on military censorship has been adopted. Everyone urgently removes anti-war posts.
    I go to my LiveJournal account and there is a warning (general for everyone, not personal for me):

    We inform you that on March 4, 2022, amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Federal Law No. 32-FZ of 04.03.2022) came into force, establishing criminal liability for the public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, for public actions, aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in order to protect the interests of the Russian Federation and its citizens, maintaining international peace and security, as well as for calling for the introduction of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation, citizens of the Russian Federation or Russian legal entities.

    • The problem is not motto against war. All common people don’t like wars because they will be the victims. Those high ranking people who manufacture wars are never the victim and they get rich.

      The problem is who started the war? All east European countries came under the boots of Germany and NATO that’s ok. But when they were friendly with the Soviet Union that’s terrible.

      Why does nato want to swallow Ukraine? Why didn’t all Eastern European countries prefer to stay neautral? Can they decide that? Or they have no choice but to comply with USA commands or else.

      When Sweden, Britain, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Ossie , NZ …. import jihadis who murder and rape the indigenous people and they encourage them to do that, why do we assume that they are honest and love Ukrainians when they hate their own people?

      CDC and FDA documents show clearly that poison has been approved to kill their own people in the form of “saviour Vaccine.” Fraud.

      Just go to tiktok.com Schwab, Bill Gates and other reptiles.

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