Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/7/2022

The European Union is preparing for eight million refugees as a result of the war in Ukraine. In just two weeks, the flow of migrants from Ukraine into the EU has exceeded the total of “Merkel” refugees in 2015. Meanwhile, Polish citizens have taken 800,000 Ukrainian refugees into their homes, obviating the need for refugee camps.

In other news, seven UN peacekeepers were killed when a logistics convoy struck an IED in Mali.

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Thanks to Caroline Glick, Dean, DV, JW, LP, MM, Reader from Chicago, Seneca III, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» One Bank Sees 10% Chance of “Civilization-Ending Global Nuclear War”, Says Buy Stocks Anyway
 
USA
» $40,000-a-Year Chicago Private School Boasted of Injecting Critical Race Theory Into PHYSICS Classes as Far Back as 2016 — and Revealed That Students’ Reactions Would be ‘Tracked’
» ‘65 Project’ Targets Trump Lawyers
» Armed Intruders Breached Joint Base Andrews Sunday Night as Vice President Landed
» College Board Warns Students, Schools Could Lose AP Classes Over CRT-Inspired Legislation
» Exclusive: Conservative Activists in Portland Announce Intention to Sue City, Mayor and Left-Wing District Attorney in Tort Claim
» Florida to Formally Discourage COVID Jabs for Healthy Kids, Rejecting CDC Guidance
» Google Provides FBI With Access to Account of Sci-Hub Founder
» GOP Says It’ll Investigate Fauci if it Retakes House in 2022
» Michigan Father Dies After Saving Daughter From House Explosion
» Michigan Failed to Properly Update Voting Rolls Prior to 2020 Election, Audit Finds
» Most Americans Oppose Sending US Troops to Ukraine to Fight Russia: Polls
» Report: More Than 3000 Americans Want to Join Ukrainian Army
» Sens. Johnson, Cruz to Meet With People’s Convoy Protesters to Discuss COVID Mandates
» Thousand-Vehicle Protest Convoy Plans to Circle the D.C. Beltway Twice Per Day
» Trump Jokes That US Should ‘Bomb the S*** Out of Russia’ and Frame China
» ‘Unhinged’ Strangeloves vs. Putin’s Puppets: Invasion of Ukraine Ignites Fight on the Right
» Video: Rand Paul Slams “Reckless” Lindsey Graham for Calling for Putin’s Head
» Wheat Finds New Record High
 
Canada
» 2 Suspects Wanted in Hate Crime Investigation After Cars With Russian Flags Damaged
» Alberta Premier Challenges Trudeau Gov’t to Repeal Jab Mandates for All Travel
» Anti-Russian Sentiments on the Rise in Canada
» Calgary United for Freedom Rally Diverted by Counter Protest
» Canadian Oil is the ‘Solution’ to the Energy Crisis: Alberta Energy Minister
» Children Among 2,000 Canadians Who Suffered Heart Problems Following COVID Shots, Data Shows
» Conflicts of Interest From Those Contributing to COVID Hysteria
» Conservative MP Proposes Bill Protecting Canadians From Political Discrimination
» Dr. Roger Hodkinson and Dr. Paul E. Alexander Stand Firm With the Freedom Convoy
» Foothills Freedom Protest: Small Town, Big Freedom
» ‘Freedom’ In Ottawa: Looking Back on the Convoy
» ‘Freedom Chains’ Come to Quebec as Part of Nationwide Protest
» GoFundMe Shut Down Freedom Convoy’s Page After Ottawa Mayor Claimed They Were ‘Violent’
» Government Arts Council Cuts Off Projects With Russian Artists and Organizations
» Judge Orders Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich be Let Out of Jail on Bail
» Poilievre Urges Trudeau, “Give People Back Control of Their Lives”
» Preston Manning: Trucker Convoy Was a Legitimate Expression of Concern
» Québec Church Sues Provincial Gov’t for Requiring COVID Passports to Enter Places of Worship
» Raw: Toronto Freedom Protests Take to the Streets Against Vax Mandates and Draconian COVID Measures
» Saskatchewan Gov’t Hammers Rebel News With a $12k Bill for Photocopying!
» Struggling Mom-and-Pop Restaurant Faces Charges, Fines for Not Kicking Out Patrons
» Trudeau-Appointed Librarian Ordered Purge of Online Historical Archives
 
Europe and the EU
» Dangerous Assumption? Czech PM Claims Putin Won’t Use Nuclear Weapons
» France Narrows Presidential Field to 12 Official Candidates
» French Cop Ambushed by Dozen Attackers During Drug Bust
» Germany: Music Companies’ Attempt to Shutdown Open-Source Video Downloader YouTube-dl Gets Pushback
» Hungary Bans Grain Exports
» Irish Man Arrested After Driving Truck Through Gate of Russian Embassy
» Nigel Farage Launches New Movement to Reverse Britain’s “Ruinous” Green Agenda
» ‘Russians, Go Home!’ Pro-Ukraine Protests Sweep Europe
» UK: ‘F*** Trudeau: ‘ Trudeau Heckled in London
» UK: The Moment a Police Officer is Beaten to the Floor in Attack by Gang of Thugs Who Call Him a ‘Little B****’ And Rob Him of His Radio in Bradford — as Four Men Are Arrested
» Viktor Orban Walks His Own Path on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Two Police Officers Stabbed Near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount; Attacker Shot
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: Biden Shatters Israel’s Delusions
» Saudi Crown Prince Gives Biden the Cold Shoulder: “I Do Not Care” What He Thinks
 
Russia
» Abp. Viganò: Globalists Have Fomented War in Ukraine to Establish the Tyranny of the New World Order
» Countries Flood Ukraine With Military Support After Zelensky’s Appeal
» Former Kremlin Aide: Vladimir Putin Would Not Have Invaded Ukraine if He ‘Had Known What Would Happen’
» Hundreds of Thousands of Global Hackers Are Banding Together to Disrupt Russian Military, Banking and Communication Networks
» Latest Developments
» Russian Ministry of Defense Accuses Ukraine of Planning Nuclear False Flag
» Russia Introduces Law to Jail Sharers of “Misinformation” For 15 Years
» Visa and Mastercard’s Russia Boycott Drives the Country to Further Embrace Chinese Payment Systems
» Vitaly Gerasimov: Second Russian General Killed, Ukraine Defence Ministry Claims
» Washington Post Suggests Zelensky “Fight is Here” Quote Was Never Said
» Zelensky Softens Tone: Instead of No-Fly Zone, ‘Send to US Combat Aircraft’
 
South Asia
» “Are We Your Slaves?” Pakistani Prime Minister Rebukes Pressure to Condemn Russia
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» 2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Explosion
» Several UN Peacekeepers Killed in Blast in Central Mali
 
Latin America
» Biden Dispatches Team to Maduro’s Venezuela, Mulls Easing Trump-Era Sanctions
 
Immigration
» Amazing: Poles Take 800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Into Their Homes, Which Means No New Refugee Camps Are Needed
» Austria: Afghan Migrant Convicted of Raping 15-Year-Old, Filming it, And Then Forcing Her to Watch the Film
» EU Preparing for 8 Million Ukrainian Refugees
» Germany to Accept Refugees From Ukraine, Regardless of Nationality
» Polish Government Plans to Pay Poles Who Take in Ukrainian Refugees
» Ukraine: Just Two Weeks of Real Refugees to Poland Set to Top Merkel’s Migrant Influx of 2015
 

One Bank Sees 10% Chance of “Civilization-Ending Global Nuclear War”, Says Buy Stocks Anyway

In recent days with tensions of a global war running at the highest level in decades, an apocryphal story from Art Cashin has been making the rounds across trading desks: one in which the venerable trader explains why when Wall Street was gripped by a selling panic during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the right move was the buy everything.

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

$40,000-a-Year Chicago Private School Boasted of Injecting Critical Race Theory Into PHYSICS Classes as Far Back as 2016 — and Revealed That Students’ Reactions Would be ‘Tracked’

A $40,000-a-year— private school in Chicago had allegedly injected critical race theory into its physics classes as far back as 2016 and tracked students’ attitudes to the courses to see to see if they were successful.

Emails from The Latin School of Chicago obtained by The Federalist, a conservative news outlet, revealed that former director Elizabeth Denevi introduced a new curriculum to ninth grad students called ‘Social Justice in Physics’ six years ago.

According to one email, which was addressed to parents, the course was meant to ‘address power dynamics, systematic racism, white privilege and the shortage of people of color and women in the field of science, especially physics.’

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

‘65 Project’ Targets Trump Lawyers

A group known as the “65 Project” has announced that it plans to seek action against over 100 lawyers of the Trump legal team in the near future. The lawyers being singled out by the group have all worked in the past on lawsuits seeking to overturn the Nov. 2020 presidential elections.

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

Armed Intruders Breached Joint Base Andrews Sunday Night as Vice President Landed

Late Sunday night Andrews Air Force base went on emergency lockdown amid initial reports that an “active shooter” may be on base. Crucially the security incident came almost simultaneous to Vice President Kamala Harris and four cabinet secretaries landing at Andrews after returning from a short trip to Selma, Alabama. The high secure facility is also where the president’s Air Force One is based.

Two intruders had breached a main gate — at least one of which had a gun, according to a statement. “We can confirm that the individual who was apprehended had a weapon, but no shots have been fired,” Joint Base Andrews posted in a security update on Facebook.

One of the intruders was halted and arrested, while another fled on foot — leading to a massive security and police search. “There is not an active shooter situation at Joint Base Andrews; however, the intruder’s whereabouts are currently unknown,” it added.

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

College Board Warns Students, Schools Could Lose AP Classes Over CRT-Inspired Legislation

The College Board seemed to weigh in last week on the flux of state legislatures that have considered restricting the teaching of certain topics in response to the debate about “critical race theory” in public schools.

The board’s position is especially noteworthy in Indiana, because House Speaker Todd Huston suddenly left his high-paying job at the institution while supporting Indiana’s own CRT-inspired legislation.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program said that it will remove the AP designation from courses when required topics are banned, a move that would jeopardize the ability of high school students to earn college credit for success in those courses.

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

Exclusive: Conservative Activists in Portland Announce Intention to Sue City, Mayor and Left-Wing District Attorney in Tort Claim

The organizers behind an August 2021 patriotic-themed rally in Portland, Ore., that was descended upon by Antifa militants armed with homemade explosives, have sent a tort claim notice to the city saying they intend to sue Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler and progressive Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt for “intentionally and negligently withholding protection.”

The organizers behind an August 2021 patriotic-themed rally in Portland, Ore., that was descended upon by Antifa militants armed with homemade explosives, have sent a tort claim notice to the city saying they intend to sue Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler and progressive Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt for “intentionally and negligently withholding protection.”

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

Florida to Formally Discourage COVID Jabs for Healthy Kids, Rejecting CDC Guidance

The state of Florida will officially advise against giving experimental COVID-19 shots to healthy children, pushing back against advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which calls for universal vaccination for all children ages five and up.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who heads up the state’s health department and has frequently challenged the prevailing narrative surrounding masking, lockdowns, and COVID jabs, announced the move during a roundtable event organized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.

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Google Provides FBI With Access to Account of Sci-Hub Founder

Google and Apple continue to spy on their users on behalf of US law enforcement agencies, in line with orders they receive from them, which are approved by courts.

Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan, a security expert, is one of those affected, having now been informed by Google that the FBI had asked for access to her Google account, which the tech giant granted.

Sci-Hub’s mission is to “liberate” scientific papers, often from research funded with public money, that journals and publishers keep behind a paywall and make them available to researchers and students across the globe for free.

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

GOP Says It’ll Investigate Fauci if it Retakes House in 2022

Several Republican lawmakers indicated that if the GOP regains a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections, they plan to open investigations on White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Epoch Times reported.

“When are we going to have accountability for Anthony Fauci?” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said on Fox News over the weekend. “Look, he’s missing right now for one reason, and one reason only: The Democrats are looking at the polls.”

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

Michigan Father Dies After Saving Daughter From House Explosion

EATON COUNTY, MI — A father died over the weekend after rescuing his daughter from their home when it exploded last week, the family said.

The family of Jeremy Droscha confirmed over the weekend, via a GoFundMe campaign, that he had died due to injuries he sustained, including second- and third-degree burns over 60% of his body, in the explosion and house fire that occurred on Tuesday, March 1, near Charlotte. Droscha died early Saturday, March 5, at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share Jeremy went home to be with His Heavenly Father just after midnight last night,” Cheryl Pletz, his mother-in-law said in an update to the GoFundMe campaign for the family. “Please continue to prayer [sic] for the whole family and thank you for all the love and support you all have already shown.”

Droscha was thrown from the home in the explosion but ran back inside to rescue his 4-year-old daughter, who was the only other person home at the time, FOX 2 Detroit reports. The girl escaped uninjured…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Michigan Failed to Properly Update Voting Rolls Prior to 2020 Election, Audit Finds

Michigan voting rolls were not properly updated prior to the November 2020 election, according to an audit released Friday by the Michigan Office of the Auditor General.

The audit of the Bureau of Elections concludes Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office did not adhere to state election law by properly updating and reconciling Michigan’s qualified voter roll. This oversight, according to the audit, increased the risk of ineligible voters casting ballots. Additionally, the audit identified discrepancies and inconsistencies in Benson’s statements in defense of her department’s internal post-election audits.

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

Most Americans Oppose Sending US Troops to Ukraine to Fight Russia: Polls

Authored by Zachary Steiber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Most Americans don’t support the idea of sending U.S. troops to Ukraine to help Ukrainian forces fight against Russian personnel, according to surveys.

Just 19 percent of respondents to an Economist/YouGov poll said sending U.S. soldiers to Ukraine is a good idea, compared to 54 percent who thought it was a bad idea. The rest weren’t sure.

More respondents, 33 percent, said it was a good idea to send soldiers to Ukraine “to provide help,” but not to fight Russian soldiers.

Sixty-three percent of respondents to a Reuters/Ipsos poll (pdf) said the United States should not send troops to Ukraine to help defend Ukraine from the Russians. The rest said troops should be sent.

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Report: More Than 3000 Americans Want to Join Ukrainian Army

Over 3000 Americans have officially applied to join the Ukrainian army to fight Russian troops, according to a defense official at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C.

The official told The Military Times, that hundreds have already arrived in Ukraine, and that thousands more from across the world have applied to join what Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dubbed “The International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine.”

According to the official there have been approximately 16,000 applications accepted thus far from people worldwide.

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Sens. Johnson, Cruz to Meet With People’s Convoy Protesters to Discuss COVID Mandates

Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Tuesday plan to meet with the People’s Convoy protest of truckers against COVID-19 mandates.

The senators plan on discussing the “harmful effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandates,” according to a press release.

The People’s Convoy circled the capital beltway for the second day in a row on Monday. The protest did not create any major traffic disruptions, according to WTOP news.

The convoy, modeled after the Canadian Freedom Convoy, began in California under the motto “Let freedom roll.”

The protesters goal is to end the COVID-19 national emergency declaration.

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

Thousand-Vehicle Protest Convoy Plans to Circle the D.C. Beltway Twice Per Day

A convoy protesting COVID-19 restrictions and mandates began moving toward Washington, D.C., at around 9:30 a.m. EST Sunday and plans to circle the Capital Beltway twice per day, local radio station WTOP reports.

D.C.’s emergency alert service posted on Twitter at around 11 a.m. that the protest “will begin to disrupt travel on roadways in and around the National Capital Region” and that “the majority of this activity is expected to occur on the beltway, but could disrupt other areas.”

About 1,000 vehicles from across the country reportedly gathered in Hagerstown, Maryland, about an hour’s drive from downtown Washington, by Saturday night, according to The New York Times.

Brian Brase, an organizer of the “People’s Convoy,” told The Washington Post that the convoy will not attempt to “shut D.C. down.”

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

Trump Jokes That US Should ‘Bomb the S*** Out of Russia’ and Frame China

Former President Donald Trump spoke to GOP donors in New Orleans over the weekend, telling them that the US plan for dealing with the Russian invasion of Ukraine should be to outfit F-22 jets with Chinese flags and “bomb the sh*t out of Russia.”

“And then we say ‘China did it, we didn’t do it, China did it,’ and then they start fighting with each other and we sit back and watch,’“ according to the Washington Post.

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‘Unhinged’ Strangeloves vs. Putin’s Puppets: Invasion of Ukraine Ignites Fight on the Right

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reawakened tensions on the right between GOP establishment hawks and MAGA doves, as military interventionists deride the latter as puppets of Russian President Vladimir Putin, while isolationists accuse “globalists” or “neocons” of inciting World War III — and pragmatists of varying shades seek a middle ground between the extremes.

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Video: Rand Paul Slams “Reckless” Lindsey Graham for Calling for Putin’s Head

Senator Rand Paul has labelled Lindsey Graham’s call for Vladimir Putin to be assassinated as “reckless,” warning that such rhetoric “inflames the situation.”

Appearing on a podcast Friday, Paul was asked about Graham’s comments last week when he questioned if there is “a Brutus in Russia?”who can “do the world a great service” by killing Putin.

“I think if you’re worried about your adversary being irrational, saying things like you’re going to assassinate him would actually make things worse,” Paul urged.

“It’s actually against the U.S. law,” to make such calls, Paul continued.

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Wheat Finds New Record High

U.S. wheat futures have climbed past record highs set in 2008, with fears about the absence of Russian or Ukrainian wheat from the world export market driving them higher today.

The continuous wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade is up 7% to $12.94 per bushel Monday. The increase again hit the exchange’s limit for how much the price could move in a day. It comes after wheat posted an uptick of more than 40% in the past week—breaking a record set in 1975.

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2 Suspects Wanted in Hate Crime Investigation After Cars With Russian Flags Damaged

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying suspects related to a possible hate-motivated event.

According to police, on Saturday, March 5, 2022, police were called after reports that a vehicle was being damaged in The Queensway and Islington Avenue area.

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

Alberta Premier Challenges Trudeau Gov’t to Repeal Jab Mandates for All Travel

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on Sunday that his government is taking the federal government to task over federal segregation measures that stop unvaccinated Canadians from traveling freely in Canada or leaving Canada on an airplane.

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Anti-Russian Sentiments on the Rise in Canada

Anti-Russian attacks and sentiments are on the rise as Canadians react to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces.

On Friday night, a Russian community theatre in Vancouver was splattered with blue and yellow paint, signifying the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

According to a local business improvement association spokesperson, the attack was unfortunate but not unexpected.

“I slightly anticipated something might happen,” said Jane McFadden, who called the vandalism “a shame” on Twitter.

The attack against the property occurred even though the theatre’s operators have claimed to support Ukraine against Russian president Vladimir Putin’s actions.

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

Calgary United for Freedom Rally Diverted by Counter Protest

The Calgary ‘United for Freedom’ rally has gone on since the beginning of our government’s COVID-19 venture, but now amidst a reduction in some regulations, a small counter protest has developed and aimed itself at obstructing those who seek a further reduction of government imposition.

Before the protest marched through the city, we spoke with some in the crowd to find out — now that some COVID measures have eased — how they felt about recent changes, and their focus moving forward.

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Canadian Oil is the ‘Solution’ to the Energy Crisis: Alberta Energy Minister

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said that the province’s oil industry could help relieve the strain the global supply crisis around energy.

Savage said that Canada could move more oil to the US as oil prices reached $128 per barrel, up from $83 per barrel in January.

“We are the solution, not Venezuela and others,” she told Reuters.

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

Children Among 2,000 Canadians Who Suffered Heart Problems Following COVID Shots, Data Shows

A six-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy are among the more than 2,000 Canadian reports of fatal and potentially lethal heart disorders after COVID shots, according to Health Canada.

Among 2,048 reports of cardiac events following COVID shots up to and including February 25, 2022, there were 103 reported heart attacks, 45 reports of “cardiac failure,” 41 reports of cardiac arrest, and 1,857 reports of myocarditis and pericarditis, serious inflammatory conditions of the heart muscle or lining of the heart, respectively.

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Conflicts of Interest From Those Contributing to COVID Hysteria

Legacy media continues to amplify the opinions of self-proclaimed COVID-19 experts while disregarding their declared conflicts of interest.

This report comes to light after Dr. Peter Juni provided speculative comments to CTV News Ottawa. Juni claims that Canadians should become accustomed to enjoying themselves during spring, summer and fall and then basically begs people to get booster doses.

Dr. Juni is the scientific director for the Ontario Science Table (OST).

The OST is a group of unelected, self-proclaimed experts that appeared out of thin air early on into the COVID pandemic in summer 2020 after Premier Doug Ford claimed to be listening to “the experts” but refused to name them.

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

Conservative MP Proposes Bill Protecting Canadians From Political Discrimination

The use of the Emergencies Act (EA) by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prompted a Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Member of Parliament (MP) to propose a bill protecting Canadians from political discrimination.

Trudeau used the EA to squash the Freedom Convoy, which protested in front of Parliament for three weeks. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland then used the emergency powers to go after financial supporters of truckers, and .Canadians have had their bank accounts frozen for supporting what was for them a political movement against vaccine mandates.

As a result, CPC MP Garnett Genuis has tabled Bill C-257, An Act To Amend The Canadian Rights Act. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the Act would ban discriminatory practices — like going after the funding of backers of a political movement — from being subject to penalties as they have been.

Provinces of Canada already have similar legislation in place, but nothing exists at the federal level. Because of this, Genuis said, “This is a long-standing issue and risk, but the government’s recent use of the Emergencies Act really brings this risk into sharper focus.”

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Dr. Roger Hodkinson and Dr. Paul E. Alexander Stand Firm With the Freedom Convoy

Dr. Roger Hodkinson and Dr. Paul E. Alexander were in Ottawa for the duration of the Freedom Convoy protest.

They have been standing with the truckers the entire time, and have a special message for all Canadians regarding COVID-19 vaccinations that they believe everyone should be made aware of.

Both qualified experts in their fields, it is important for all Canadians to listen to their message. Whether you believe in getting vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, have a listen to the statement made by these two doctors.

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

Foothills Freedom Protest: Small Town, Big Freedom

There is perhaps no better symbol of Western freedom, strength and perseverance than a cowboy on a horse, and the cow folk were indeed out in full force in Okotoks, Alberta on Sunday demanding an end to COVID-19 mandates and restrictions for all Canadians forever at the Foothills Freedom Protest.

Almost every weekend we cover the large Calgary rallies where thousands gather to stand for freedom, but it isn’t just the big city that has had enough of the government overreach. Small towns across Alberta have been hosting rallies of their own, and none quite so consistently as Okotoks, where people have been meeting in the Olde Town Plaza on Sundays demanding that politicians cease their overreach and respect people’s charter-enshrined rights.

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‘Freedom’ In Ottawa: Looking Back on the Convoy

When the announcement of a trucking convoy was made, very few people seemed to be concerned. It was when donations via the GoFundMe platform reached several million dollars that people began to wonder about the event’s magnitude.

The demonstration, which successfully sat for three weeks in front of Ottawa’s Parliament, was televised worldwide. Several countries even showed their support by creating a convoy of their own.

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

‘Freedom Chains’ Come to Quebec as Part of Nationwide Protest

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Last week, a national movement emerged with the intention of synchronizing a human chain to promote unity among Canadians. Several Facebook sprung up with organizers from all across the country. Saturday, March 5th was the date set for the event. The event was dubbed the “Freedom Chain 2022”.

In Quebec, human chains were planned in Drummondville, Lévis, Beloeil, Rimouski and Rigaud.

The rallying point in Lévis was on des Moissons Street, which runs along the Trans-Canada Highway. As of 11 a.m., trucks and citizens from all over the Quebec City area gathered in a family atmosphere, as requested by one of the organizers, Guillaume Fortin.

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GoFundMe Shut Down Freedom Convoy’s Page After Ottawa Mayor Claimed They Were ‘Violent’

Testimony indicates that the truckers’ Freedom Convoy fundraising initiatives were shut down last month as a result of claims from Ottawa’s mayor to GoFundMe executives that the protesters were committing violent acts.

According to a Blacklock’s Reporter report, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson’s office told GoFundMe that neighborhood allegations claimed truckers were committing acts of violence and damage to personal property.

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Government Arts Council Cuts Off Projects With Russian Artists and Organizations

The Canada Council for the Arts has said it will no longer be providing public funding to activities involving Russian or Belarusian artists or arts organizations due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Any current or anticipated applications that support artistic activities created by or in collaboration with Russian arts organizations will not be accepted by the Canada Council, until Russia withdraws its military forces from Ukraine,” said Canada Council for the Arts director and CEO Simon Brault in a blog post on Friday.

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Judge Orders Freedom Convoy Organizer Tamara Lich be Let Out of Jail on Bail

An Ontario judge ordered this afternoon that trucker Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich be immediately released on bail but with strict conditions. The decision came after Lich was earlier denied bail by a judge with ties to the Liberal Party of Canada.

“I find that this accused ought to be released,” ruled Justice John M. Johnston today.

According to Ottawa-based lawyer David Anber, who has been live-tweeting Lich’s case, in addition to her bail being granted, she is ordered to leave Ottawa within a day of release and be out of the province of Ontario within 72 hours. She is not allowed into Ontario unless for court reasons and must stay at her Alberta home.

She has been banned from using social media, to not get involved in protests against COVID rules, and to stay away from other convoy organizers who were arrested and charged. She is allowed to communicate via email, however.

Additionally, the surety is allowed to view Lich’s phone and other devices if desired.

[Comment: Canada has a f!@#$% up legal system.]

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Poilievre Urges Trudeau, “Give People Back Control of Their Lives”

Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to drop all federal vaccine mandates and push the provinces to do the same.

In a letter to Trudeau obtained by True North, Poilievre writes that Trudeau’s pandemic “power trip” needs to end.

“Do not allow your spite towards the trucker protest to stand in the way of doing the right thing,” Poilievre writes. “This is not about saving face. Your pride and ego come after the public interest. Prime Minister, the power trip is over.”

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Preston Manning: Trucker Convoy Was a Legitimate Expression of Concern

On today’s episode of the Candice Malcolm Show, Candice is joined by Former Leader of the Opposition Preston Manning, to discuss the trucker convoy, populism and his advice for all Canadians in the post-Covid era.

Manning says the Trucker Convoy was a “legitimate, bottom-up political protest” and that the Trudeau government’s handling of it was “an extreme overreaction and a deliberate misinterpretation of what they were trying to do.”

“There is rumbling in the federal Liberals already that Trudeau has to go,” said Manning in regards to his overall handling of Covid and unwillingness to adapt to the rapidly changing political environment.

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Québec Church Sues Provincial Gov’t for Requiring COVID Passports to Enter Places of Worship

A Québec Baptist church has filed legal action against its provincial government because it mandated COVID jab passports to attend places of worship, arguing such dictates violate freedom of religion.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) will be representing the Baptist Church of Saint Augustin along with its Pastor Rev. Guillaume Roy. The JCCF announced its application for judicial review on behalf of the church and pastor against the Québec government in a press release sent out late last week.

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Raw: Toronto Freedom Protests Take to the Streets Against Vax Mandates and Draconian COVID Measures

It’s been nearly two years since governments across the world announced authoritarian-style lockdowns under the guise that it was only needed for “two weeks to flatten the curve.” Two years later, in the province’s capital of Toronto, thousands of protesters came out and marched in a stand against vaccine mandates and lingering COVID restrictions.

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Saskatchewan Gov’t Hammers Rebel News With a $12k Bill for Photocopying!

We first learned about the Saskatchewan government’s plan to bring in an electronic identification system by looking at a request for proposal on the Saskatchewan government’s tenders and contracts website wherein the government was looking for qualified contractors to build and administer the thing.

The whole thing sounded dangerously sinister, especially after a couple of years of segregation, separation, weird rules and then and several months of government-enabled vaccination snooping by total strangers as part of a vaccine passport system.

The last few years of one conspiracy after another coming true has sent many reasonable conspiracy-minded people into a tailspin. Instead of jumping to conclusions, however, we went looking for more details. We wanted to know what the digital ID system would entail, but also how it would be used.

And that’s when the Saskatchewan government slapped me with the most outrageous Access to Information fee I have ever seen.

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Struggling Mom-and-Pop Restaurant Faces Charges, Fines for Not Kicking Out Patrons

I spoke with Vivian McClintock, owner and operator of Vivian’s Country Cookin’, who joined me via Skype with her husband to discuss her ticket and summons to appear in court. Vivian is one of our Fight The Fines clients who we’re helping through the dedicated work of the registered Canadian charity The Democracy Fund. Like Vivian, thousands of Canadians have been unjustly fined or summoned to appear in court due to the government’s tyrannical lockdowns. Rebel News, in partnership with The Democracy Fund, connects these Canadians with expert lawyers and paralegals who fight their fines at no cost to them!

In my interview with Vivian we discuss multiple police visits, the freedom movement and the harsh reality restaurant owners like Vivian face. We also discuss her made-from-scratch cakes, which Vivian is known for (better grab a snack before watching).

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Trudeau-Appointed Librarian Ordered Purge of Online Historical Archives

Canada’s top librarian personally directed her staff to wipe federal websites of content she deemed offensive.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, chief archivist Leslie Weir told employees at Library and Archives Canada to purge thousands of pages, including a biography of Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald.

“We need to discuss having a disclaimer on the website about having content that may offend people. I feel very strongly about that,” Weir said in an email on June 9, 2021.

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Dangerous Assumption? Czech PM Claims Putin Won’t Use Nuclear Weapons

Despite warnings from some military experts and intelligence authorities, Czechia’s leader is now also claiming that Russia will not use nuclear weapons.

According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala, Putin only wants to divide and intimidate democratic countries. The Russian president may be deterred by their determination to use force, Fiala stated this on Sunday on his YouTube show.

“The probability that someone would use it is minimal. Vladimir Putin also knows that it would be the end for Russia,” Fiala said of the possibility of using nuclear weapons in connection with the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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France Narrows Presidential Field to 12 Official Candidates

France’s top constitutional body published the official list on Monday of the 12 presidential candidates who have met the requirements to compete in the two-round election on April 10 and April 24.

All 12 candidates managed to muster the 500 endorsements from elected French officials needed to confirm their registration by the Constitutional Council.

Polls show that President Emmanuel Macron, elected in 2017, is the overwhelming favourite to come out on top in the second round run-off on April 24, after officially declaring his candidacy last week.

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French Cop Ambushed by Dozen Attackers During Drug Bust

A police officer was brutally beaten by a mob of attackers during a botched arrest in France this weekend, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night in Saint-Herblain, a suburb of the city of Nantes.

Cops were in the process of busting a drug dealer moments after a transaction in the Bellevue district when things went sideways.

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Germany: Music Companies’ Attempt to Shutdown Open-Source Video Downloader YouTube-dl Gets Pushback

German web hosting company Uberspace is being sued by a group of major record labels in Germany for hosting stream-ripping service youTube-dl.

The court case is the latest in the long-running battle between stream-ripping services and the music industry. The music industry argues that stream-ripping services violate copyright rules. There is also another argument that these services violate rules against circumventing a technical protection put in place to prevent violating copyright rules.

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Hungary Bans Grain Exports

After Ukraine and Russia, two of the largest grain producers in the world, the Hungarian government has decided to ban grain exports from Hungary.

Because of the rise in grain prices, the Hungarian government on Friday banned the export of grain from Hungary with immediate effect. Hungarian Minister of Agriculture Istvan Nagy stated: “All grain exports are still prohibited by the government today because of the price increase caused by the Russian operation in Ukraine.” The reason for this is the concern expressed by Hungarian cattle breeders.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban also commented on the challenges facing agriculture. At a congress of the Hungarian Association of Farmers’ Groups and Cooperatives, he said “the most important thing is that Hungary stays out of this war conflict”. It is about preventing “Hungarians from having to pay the price of the war”.

To this end, he announced that the Hungarian government will significantly increase funding for farm subsidies. This increase must be used to strengthen domestic processing of agricultural products.

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Irish Man Arrested After Driving Truck Through Gate of Russian Embassy

Police in Dublin, Ireland have arrested a man who drove a truck through the gate of the Russian embassy in protest against the invasion of Ukraine.

The incident occurred earlier today and the video quickly went viral on Twitter.

After he’d reversed through the gates, the driver exited the vehicle and handed out anti-Russian leaflets before stating, “I’ve done my bit lads. It’s about time the rest of Ireland done their bit.”

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Nigel Farage Launches New Movement to Reverse Britain’s “Ruinous” Green Agenda

Nigel Farage, the Briton who has been widely credited with sheparding the UK to Brexit, is launching a new campaign to demand a referendum on PM Boris Johnson’s “Net Zero” policy.

Farge introduced the new movement, “Britain Means Business”, via an article in the Mail on Sunday in which he claimed that there’s growing disagreement about BoJo’s green policies within his cabinet.

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‘Russians, Go Home!’ Pro-Ukraine Protests Sweep Europe

Brussels (AFP) — Thousands of demonstrators on Sunday took to the streets in cities across Europe for the second weekend running to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow’s assault on its pro-Western neighbour on February 24 has sparked global condemnation and an outpouring of solidarity with Kyiv as the West inflicts harsh sanctions, some directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.

Rallies were again organised across the continent following demonstrations on Saturday to denounce Russia’s actions and demand an end to the conflict.

In Brussels, police said around 5,000 people took part in a rally marked by a sea of Ukrainian flags and chants of “Russians, go home!”, “No to war” and “Europe, be brave, act now!”.

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UK: ‘F*** Trudeau: ‘ Trudeau Heckled in London

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to the United Kingdom to meet with world leaders, holding a press conference on Monday with UK PM Boris Johnson and Dutch PM Mark Rutte.

Protestors appeared outside 10 Downing Street in London, where they could be heard chanting “f*ck Trudeau.”

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UK: The Moment a Police Officer is Beaten to the Floor in Attack by Gang of Thugs Who Call Him a ‘Little B****’ And Rob Him of His Radio in Bradford — as Four Men Are Arrested

Shocking footage has emerged of a police officer being beaten and robbed of his pocket radio during a horrific attack by a gang of thugs.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance involving a group of men on a street in Bradford, West Yorkshire, when they were suddenly set upon by the mob at around 5.54pm yesterday.

Footage shows members of the gang punch one of the officer’s in the face and lunge at him as he attempts to defend himself.

The officer is pushed onto the grass and tries to retrieve his equipment as the mob circle him menacingly.

The ring leader is heard shouting ‘little b****’ as the officer lies on the ground.

A female officer soon comes to her colleague’s aid as the mob continue to surround him…

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Viktor Orban Walks His Own Path on the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has rejected not only shipping arms to Ukraine but also weapon transfers on Hungarian soil, explained his stance on Ukraine in a wide-ranging interview for the newspaper Mandiner.

When asked about what lead Vladimir Putin to attack Ukraine, he opined that this is in fact a result of a clash among major geopolitical players. NATO has been steadily expanding eastwards, while Russia saw this as a threat. This prompted them to make two fundamental demands, one of which was for Ukraine to declare its neutrality and the other was that NATO would commit to not admitting Ukraine. The Russians did not receive these security guarantees, so they decided to obtain them by force.

The Russians, as a result, have irrevocably rearranged the security map of the continent, because their security policy vision is that Russia must be surrounded by a neutral zone. However, the Hungarian prime minister also hastened to add that war cannot be an acceptable means for any geopolitical purposes, and he resolutely condemned the Russians for choosing to attack Ukraine.

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Two Police Officers Stabbed Near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount; Attacker Shot

Both men taken to hospital in moderate condition; footage from the scene appears to show assailant shot while on the ground

Two police officers were moderately hurt in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday evening, police and medics said.

In a statement, police said an assailant attacked the two officers near an entrance to the Temple Mount, and they responded with gunfire.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said the two men in their 20s were treated at the scene and then taken to the Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Mount Scopus hospitals in the city.

The alleged Palestinian assailant died of his wounds after being shot, the Zaka emergency service said, though there was no official confirmation of his condition and police only said he was “neutralized.”…

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Caroline Glick: Biden Shatters Israel’s Delusions

For decades, senior Israeli defense officials beat a path to the Pentagon, the State Department, the CIA and the National Security Council with briefcases full of documents providing conclusive proof that Iran’s nuclear program is a military program and that its purpose is to transform the Islamic Republic of Iran into a nuclear-armed state. The officers arrived in Washington convinced that the smoking gun they were providing the Americans would compel Washington to abandon its long-held delusion that there is a “grand bargain” to be had with the fanatical Islamist theocracy whose leaders believe that Iran’s rise will herald an era of unmitigated Shiite global domination.

All of the Israeli officers made their best cases to their American counterparts. Most believed the Americans were open to the information they provided, and left Washington convinced that the Americans finally recognized the danger and would act to block Iran from achieving its nefarious goal. On at least one occasion, their efforts were rewarded.

In 2018, after Israel’s Mossad spy agency spirited Iran’s nuclear archive out of a warehouse in Tehran and brought it to Israel, Israel’s spy chiefs flew to Washington to share the findings with the Trump administration. The documents provided incontrovertible proof of Israel’s long-standing contentions that Iran’s nuclear program was initiated, maintained and expanded throughout the years for the primary purpose of developing nuclear weapons. Then-President Donald Trump responded to Israel’s revelations by withdrawing the U.S from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the nuclear deal the Obama administration had concluded with Iran…

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Saudi Crown Prince Gives Biden the Cold Shoulder: “I Do Not Care” What He Thinks

Last week, geopolitical pundits were struck after three middle-eastern power brokers — among them one of the closest US allies in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia which not too long ago rejected US appeals to pump more oil, signed onto an Arab League statement that did not condemn Russia and instead called for diplomacy, an avoidance of escalation and consideration of the humanitarian situation. We now know why.

In a recent interview in The Atlantic, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) was asked some tough questions concerning the Biden administration’s taking a harder line on the kingdom and MbS personally compared to when Trump was in office.

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Abp. Viganò: Globalists Have Fomented War in Ukraine to Establish the Tyranny of the New World Order

Nothing is lost with peace. All can be lost with war. Let men return to understanding. Let them resume negotiating. Negotiating with good will and with respect for each other’s rights, let them realize that an honorable success is never precluded when there are sincere and active negotiations. And they will feel great — with true greatness — if imposing silence on the voices of passion, whether collective or private, and leaving reason to its proper domain, they will spare their brothers bloodshed and their homeland ruin.

Thus it was that on August 24, 1939, Pius XII addressed both rulers and peoples as war was imminent. These were not words of empty pacifism, nor of complicit silence about the multiple violations of justice that were being carried out in many quarters. In that radio message, which some people still remember hearing, the appeal of the Roman Pontiff invoked “respect for each other’s rights“ as a prerequisite for fruitful peace negotiations.

The Media Narrative

If we look at what is happening in Ukraine, without being misled by the gross falsifications of the mainstream media, we realize that respect for each other’s rights has been completely ignored; indeed, we have the impression that the Biden Administration, NATO and the European Union deliberately want to maintain a situation of obvious imbalance, precisely to make impossible any attempt at a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, provoking the Russian Federation to trigger a conflict. Herein lies the seriousness of the problem. This is the trap set for both Russia and Ukraine, using both of them to enable the globalist elite to carry out its criminal plan.

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Countries Flood Ukraine With Military Support After Zelensky’s Appeal

By Autumn Spredemann of Epoch Times

After Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, President Volodymyr Zelensky shared a video two days later saying he needs “ammunition, not a ride,” referring to the United States’ offer of asylum to the besieged head of state. Since then, 15 countries have sent military hardware to Ukraine amid Russia’s further invasion.

The majority of arms and supplies from ally nations are being sent via Ukraine’s 310-mile border with Poland, which has become an important lifeline both for supplies and equipment, and refugees looking to flee the conflict.

Some border nations have chosen not to allow military equipment bound for Ukraine to pass through their territory out of fear of Russian retaliation.

On Feb 28, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said his country won’t allow “deadly weapons” to be transported through Hungary’s territory while reiterating the government doesn’t want to be involved in the Russia-Ukraine war. Szijjarto cited security concerns for Hungarian citizens as one of the primary factors in the decision.

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Former Kremlin Aide: Vladimir Putin Would Not Have Invaded Ukraine if He ‘Had Known What Would Happen’

Russian President Vladimir Putin would have never invaded Ukraine if he “had known what was going to happen,” the Russian president’s former speechwriter and political consultant told Israeli media on Sunday.

Abbas Gallyamov told Israel’s Kan broadcaster Putin “is ready to stop” the invasion, but “he needs some trophy to present to the general Russian public and to Russian elites.”

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Hundreds of Thousands of Global Hackers Are Banding Together to Disrupt Russian Military, Banking and Communication Networks

There are reportedly more than 400,000 “volunteer hackers” helping Ukraine fight its cyberwar against Russia.

Victor Zhora, deputy chief of Ukraine’s information protection service, told Bloomberg last week that Ukraine was putting up a “cyber resistance” against its invasion that would work to try and weaken Russia.

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Latest Developments

In Ukraine: Russia shelled civilian targets and prevented people from escaping some cities under attack during the war’s 12th day, while Kyiv’s military held fast along several fronts ahead of planned cease-fire talks.

Continuing campaigns to encircle Ukrainian cities Monday, Russian forces conducted missile and rocket strikes on cities and military targets in the country’s north and south, disrupting plans to evacuate civilians via humanitarian corridors, Ukrainian officials said. Ukrainian forces continued to frustrate Russia with counterattacks and sabotage operations.

Cease-Fire Talks: In a third round of talks, held in neighboring Belarus, a Ukrainian negotiator said his team and their Russian counterparts agreed on some logistical workings to help people trapped in the fighting after earlier agreements to allow civilians to flee collapsed.

Foreign ministers of both countries are set to meet on Thursday in a Turkish resort city, Turkey said.

In Russia: Police detained thousands of people protesting the war in Ukraine, as the Kremlin—which has banned Facebook and Twitter and shut down independent media—moved to silence any dissent against the military operations.

Markets: Oil prices soared. The global benchmark Brent crude topping $130 a barrel, the highest level since July 2008, before easing from its highs. U.S. stocks and global equity indexes dropped.

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Russian Ministry of Defense Accuses Ukraine of Planning Nuclear False Flag

The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that Ukrainian intelligence conspired with anti-Russian extremist militants to stage a false flag attack on a nuclear reactor in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

Russia claims that fighters with the Ukrainian nationalist Azov Battalion movement worked with Ukraine’s domestic security service, the SBU, in rigging explosives to the small reactor at the Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT) in Kharkov.

The Russian Ministry issued a statement charging that “The SBU and the militants of the Azov Battalion are planning to blow up the reactor and accuse the Russian Armed Forces of allegedly launching a missile attack on the experimental nuclear facility.”

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Russia Introduces Law to Jail Sharers of “Misinformation” For 15 Years

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has introduced a new “fake news” law that could land journalists in prison for 15 years if they go against the government’s chosen narrative on certain topics.

The law will apply to those sharing claims the government describes as “false” about the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine and those supporting the sanctions against Russia.

In an interview on state broadcaster Channel One, the lower-houses head of Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Vasily Piskarev, the law is supposed to punish those who intentionally “distort the purpose, role, and tasks of the Russian Armed Forces, as well as other units during special military and other operations.”

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Visa and Mastercard’s Russia Boycott Drives the Country to Further Embrace Chinese Payment Systems

After both Mastercard and Visa announced they have curbed their services in Russia, according to a report by Reuters, more Russian banks are considering issuing cards using the China-based UnionPay.

The report claims that Sberbank, Tinkoff, and Alfa Bank have plans to move towards using UnionPay’s technology.

Visa and Mastercard pulled out of Russia in protest over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but Russian-issued Mastercard and Visa cards will still be accepted within Russia until they expire.

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Vitaly Gerasimov: Second Russian General Killed, Ukraine Defence Ministry Claims

Ukrainian intelligence says major general in Russia’s 41st army died outside Kharkiv along with other senior officers

A Russian general has been killed in fighting around Kharkiv, Ukrainian intelligence has claimed, which would make him the second general the Russian army has lost in Ukraine in a week.

The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian defence ministry said Maj Gen Vitaly Gerasimov, chief of staff of the 41st Army, had been killed outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, along with other senior officers.

The ministry also broadcast what it claimed was a conversation between two Russian FSB officers discussing the death and complaining that their secure communications were no longer functioning inside Ukraine…

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Washington Post Suggests Zelensky “Fight is Here” Quote Was Never Said

The Washington Post investigated the veracity of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky responding to a U.S. offer to evacuate him with the words, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” and found no evidence to confirm he ever made the statement.

The newspaper could only find a single source for the quote, one anonymous “senior American intelligence official” who fed it to the Associated Press.

Noting how the quote appeared in hundreds of news sources and was repeatedly played on television broadcasts, the WaPo concludes, “The only evidence for this line is an unnamed U.S. official. It has not been confirmed by either the U.S. government or Zelensky’s office.”

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Zelensky Softens Tone: Instead of No-Fly Zone, ‘Send to US Combat Aircraft’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday urged countries uncomfortable with his proposal to establish a no-fly zone over his country — effectively requiring foreign countries to shoot down Russian planes — to consider, instead, offering Ukraine more weapons.

The suggestion is a dramatic change in tone from Zelensky’s remarks on Saturday, in which he told NATO countries that Ukrainian civilians will “die because of you” and called them “weak” for rejecting the responsibility of implementing a no-fly zone.

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“Are We Your Slaves?” Pakistani Prime Minister Rebukes Pressure to Condemn Russia

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed western envoys for pressuring him to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, asserting that he was not their ‘slave.’

Earlier this month, the heads of 22 foreign missions to Islamabad published a letter asking Pakistan to back a UN General Assembly resolution denouncing the attack.

However, both Pakistan and its neighbor India abstained from voting.

Khan lashed out at western envoys demanding Pakistan follow the international consensus that has sought to portray Vladimir Putin and Russian forces as savages.

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2 UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali Explosion

4 others injured, says official

Two UN peacekeepers died and four others were injured Monday in Mali when their logistics convoy hit an improvised explosive device, a UN official said.

The incident occurred north of the Mopti region, according to Olivier Salgado, spokesperson for the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA.

“This morning, a logistics convoy of UN MINUSMA hit an improvised explosive device north of Mopti. According to preliminary assessment, the explosion caused the death of two peacekeepers, four others were injured,” he said in a tweet.

MINUSMA maintains more than 13,000 troops in the north and center of Mali to contain growing violence.

Since 2012, Mali has been battling violence orchestrated by militants in northern and central Mali targeting both soldiers and civilians.

Last week, 27 Malian soldiers were killed and 33 wounded following an attack by insurgents on a security post in the Mopti region.

Last month, European leaders announced the withdrawal of their forces deployed in Mali as part of a counter-terrorism mission, citing obstructions by Mali transitional authorities.

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed

Meanwhile, the French army announced on Monday that it had killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in Mali.

In a statement, the French forces said Algerian Yahia Djouadi, who goes by the alias Abu Ammar al-Jazairi, was killed in an overnight operation conducted on Feb. 25 by the Barkhane force, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the city of Timbuktu.

Noting that Djouadi had been instrumental in al-Qaeda’s expansion and terrorism in West Africa, it said his death would weaken and isolate the group, which calls itself al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The statement added that the French troops had intended to capture him alive, but Djouadi did not allow for his capture, which led to his death…

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Several UN Peacekeepers Killed in Blast in Central Mali

Seven United Nations peacekeepers were killed on Wednesday when a logistical convoy struck an explosive device in central Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA said.

“The initial toll is seven dead and three seriously injured,” it said on Twitter, without detailing the nationality of the casualties.

The incident happened in the Bandiagara area in the Mopti region, as the convoy was heading to Sevare from Douentza, it said.

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Biden Dispatches Team to Maduro’s Venezuela, Mulls Easing Trump-Era Sanctions

In what appears a complete U-turn of Washington policy regarding Venezuela, senior Biden admin officials were dispatched to Caracas this weekend to meeting with the government of Nicolas Maduro.

The unexpected move is being widely reported as part of US efforts to break the large oil producer from “Russia’s influence” at a moment the White House and Europe are trying to economically and politically isolate Putin.

It likely came as a surprise to Maduro himself — given that not only has Washington long recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as ‘Interim President’ of the country, but has multiple times in recent years actually seized fuel shipments bound for Venezuela (from Iran), while also seeking to block Venezuela’s crude exports and seize some state assets.

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Amazing: Poles Take 800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Into Their Homes, Which Means No New Refugee Camps Are Needed

In an interview for CNN, the Polish ambassador to the United States, Marek Magierowski, emphasized the uniqueness of the situation concerning the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland.

“This is probably the first such migration crisis in Europe’s history in which the host country does not even need to build migration camps because all those 800,000 refugees have already found or will find safe shelter in Polish homes, in Polish boarding houses, student dormitories,” he said on Saturday night.

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Austria: Afghan Migrant Convicted of Raping 15-Year-Old, Filming it, And Then Forcing Her to Watch the Film

A 27-year-old Afghan national has been convicted for raping an unconscious 15-year-old girl at a party in Lower Austria after she was drugged with knockout drops.

The case began four and a half years ago with a Turkish national, then 18 years old, who was reportedly having a casual relationship with the 15-year-old victim. During a party in the Mostviertel neighborhood, another man, a 16-year-old Syrian, is said to have given the girl a drink with knockout drops.

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EU Preparing for 8 Million Ukrainian Refugees

The European Union is preparing for 8 million Ukrainian refugees, according to Vera Jourova, vice-president of the European Commission.

“The highest figure so far is 8 million Ukrainian refugees. I saw such a number in the preparatory materials. We have never experienced such a wave in our immediate vicinity,” said Jourova during a debate on Czech TV on Sunday.

The discussion focused on the help to Ukraine and its citizens. In this context, she described how Europe is preparing for the massive refugee wave.

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Germany to Accept Refugees From Ukraine, Regardless of Nationality

Germany would take refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine no matter what their nationality, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser told the weekly Bild am Sonntag.

“We want to save lives. That doesn’t depend on the passport,” Faeser told the German newspaper.

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Polish Government Plans to Pay Poles Who Take in Ukrainian Refugees

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has officially thanked all the Poles who have accepted Ukrainian refugees to their homes.

“We want to turn this help into systemic aid. This is why we have proposed a bill which should reach parliament shortly. According to [the new law], people who will accept war refugees from Ukraine will receive 40 Polish zlotys (€8) per day, per refugee. After all, heating and boarding costs money,” he said on Polsat News television on Friday evening.

The new bill is meant to regulate also issues such as education and hospitalization of refugees. The Polish prime minister noted that the EU will also be paying extra for all of this.

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Ukraine: Just Two Weeks of Real Refugees to Poland Set to Top Merkel’s Migrant Influx of 2015

The number of Ukrainian refugees in Poland, mostly women and children, is on course to top the number of migrants taken by Germany during the 2015 migrant crisis.

Germany, with a population more than double Poland’s, said it had taken in 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, when then-Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s borders to migrants to distant Syria — although only around 40 per cent of the influx actually claimed to be Syrians.

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27 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/7/2022

  1. A “65 Project” to target Trump lawyers with lawfare? Sounds ripe for a “.308 Project” to target woke anuses with some real world consequences.

    But that’s the goal of the left all along; to leave no peaceful means of challenging them while they destroy livelihoods and reputations and the ability to feed one’s family.

    • Keep vaccinating them until you get the desired result. It wouldn’t hurt anything. Everyone says it is safe. I suspect your project is another form of inoculation which could result in some form of heavy metal poisoning which may lead to cognitive impairment or worse on an unknown timescale.

      After seeing Biden videos, John McCain videos and Lindsey Graham videos from as far back as 97 in regard to Ukraine, it becomes scary – not that I think anything will happen to me – but in regard to the monsters I suspect walk among us. Imagine one day your indignant self will be confronting someone who replies back to you, “What did you think? We were buddies with a regime that did forced organ harvesting. What are you an idiot?”

    • So Nazis are in league with a Jewish president whose relatives were killed in the Holocaust, and whose grandfather served in the Red Army?

      What a strange conspiracy! Outlandish, even…

        • I don’t mind a good conspiracy theory. (And indeed, one could make one with the many Russian neo-nazis and ultra-nationalists, with their slogans, going on to politicians like Zhirinovsky and, ultimately, to the Kremlin).

          But it stops being funny, when it’s used as a reason to turn cities into rubble, turn millions into refugees, or to destroy a hospital for children (like today) – in a conflict which leads not only to the destruction of Ukraine, but to a great weakening of Russia, with other actors only watching and waiting – like China, or the Islamic world (and Russia’s own republics)…

          For such a conflict, you need a VERY good and solid reason, also explaining why there was no other alternative, and not the flimsiest of reasons, as has been given by Putin.

        • You wanted some nazis? Well how about these – right in Kazan… Almost the very same hand gestures, as in 1930s Germany, and the same types of slogans…

          https://mobile.twitter.com/shaunwalker7/status/1501676038090379267

          Youths the same age in Kyiv are manning the trenches – why are this lot in a shopping mall thousands of kilometres away from it all, cheering on a conflict which will see the death of of many others, who are not so fortunate?

  2. “The European Union is preparing for eight million refugees as a result of the war in Ukraine. In just two weeks, the flow of migrants from Ukraine into the EU has exceeded the total of “Merkel” refugees in 2015. Meanwhile, Polish citizens have taken 800,000 Ukrainian refugees into their homes, obviating the need for refugee camps.”

    There’s one major difference to 2015. While not without risk, the Ukrainian refugees mostly behave, 50% of them are children, and 80% of the adults are women. Most of the men are older guys. Of course, there’s the one or other bloke that should be refused, because he only used the situation (personal experience with a bloke in his early 40’s), but the majority really are people that cannot protect themselves, while those who can stayed behind and fight. In 2015 it was the exact opposite.

    I have a bone to chew with politians, as I don’t think refugees need pocket money when they’re being taken care of (housing, food, hygiene, even schools for the children, free public transport, free healthcare). And, of course, they’re technically no longer refugees if they continue on from Poland or Slovakia into Czechia, but this is another difference to 2015: nobody cares, because those people really need our help. They’re not Africans pretending to be Syrians to get asylum, they’re not economic migrants either.

    • Exactly, mostly of the Christians , integrated well , that Why Poland welcomes them in open arms , and the working, trust me they working, even Japan said they will take them , where in 2015 , they said absolutely not , because of culture difference, no problem here with this people..

      • In various TV reports from the polish-ukrainian border I saw a lot of people with extremely dark complexion. So I wondered : does history repeat?
        Is there a “fourth tribe” unknown to this day?
        After Vandals, Visigoths and Ostrogoths ( that originated from Ukraine btw) and were of germanic roots, is there an” Austrogoth” tribe coming from southern hemispheres?
        irony off.

  3. Former Commander of 6-th Wing 23 , Podhalan Riffles Brigade, Polish-Canadian Nationality , relive temporary from his duty in WOT ( Polish Territorial Defence Forces) Raport ! from a Frontline duty at Ukrainian-Russian border to Defend Christian Europe …in the War against Russia by International Legion Soldiers..among my Polish and Canadian Countryman + 17 Scots UK Army Veterans…..Deus Vult !! 122 of us, in our own Unit
    https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1501162743147159555?cxt=HHwWhoCz9fbjmdUpAAAA
    colleague from 2-nd platoon :-)) after action..14 Ruski dead.. 1 AFV ,2 disel tankers out of commission…. https://twitter.com/i/status/1501079795995754496

    • And you are proud that you’re killing other Christians; soldiers following orders that they might not necessarily agree with? Proud that every one you kill leaves behind a wife or children or others that care for them?

      Shame on you.

      It’s bad enough that Ukraine and Russia were maneuvered into a war and that many innocent people are dying in it. Worse still that you and others like you swallow the propaganda and volunteer to go kill more innocents at the behest of the globalists. And then have the gall to crow about it. And don’t try to lecture me about what war is; I too have also been to war and am sickened by the tragedy of it and the utter waste of life, even my enemies who when truth be told are just as much pawns as I was. Those that truly need to be killed never themselves shoulder rifles and are not to be found in a uniform.

  4. Nuland: US fears bio-research in Ukraine will fall under the control of the Russian Armed Forces
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    Do you remember how this Nuland handed out cookies on the Maidan in 2014?
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    Kyiv and Washington are striving to prevent biological research materials in Ukraine from reaching the Russian military. This was stated by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland during a hearing in the Senate.

    She was asked whether there are chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine. “Ukraine has facilities for biological research,” RIA Novosti quotes Nuland. At the same time, she expressed concern that Russian troops could take them under their control.

    The US is now working with the Ukrainians “on how to prevent any of these research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces,” Nuland said.

    https://rg.ru/2022/03/09/nuland-ssha-opasaiutsia-chto-bioissledovaniia-na-ukraine-popadut-pod-kontrol-vs-rf.htm

    • Research is research… Many countries do it. It was strange statement…. But why would USA help develop biological weapons in Ukraine, with 1) huge corruption and 2) Russia potentially able to invade at any moment?

      • What our perspective looks like German-Russian attempt to read out Americans and Brits out of Continental Europe..
        History repeating itself..Overturn of Potsdam Treaty 1945-46
        K.Schwab and WEF ..Place and sources of new European Ordnung coming from..
        School of New World Leaders Davos..reed about..
        Absolvents : Schroeder, Merkel, Putin, Macron, Trudeau, Annalena Baerbock ,Sholz..just to mention those..

        • sorry to disapoint you, but Potsdam was no treaty legally binding- as history proved- but just a communiqué of the topics discussed. So there was nothing that could be overturned. Be assured, I am not revisionist about the polish borders.Are you?

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