Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/10/2022

According to the World Bank, Ukraine’s economy will shrink by almost 50% this year. Meanwhile, Pope Francis called for an Easter Truce in the Russo-Ukrainian war.

In other news, as expected, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were the front-runners today in the first round of the French presidential election. The two candidates will face off in the second round on April 24.

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Financial Crisis
» Ukraine’s Economy is Set to Shrink by Almost Half This Year as a Result of the War, The World Bank Has Said.
 
USA
» Breaking: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Tests Positive for COVID-19
» California Teacher Charged With 29 Counts of Lewd Acts With Children, Including Students
» Carjacker’s Anti-Semitic Jersey Shore Rampage Sparks Sadness, Outrage
» Cedar Rapids Police Believe 2 Shooters Targeted Victims at Downtown Nightclub
» Donald Trump Endorses Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Race
» Facebook is Accused of Censoring Criticism of Black Lives Matter Spending
» Florida Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Battery of Child
» High School Choir Teacher Charged With 9 Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of Student
» Judge: No, You Can’t Cancel Trump’s NYC Golf Course Contract
» Jury Convicts U. of Kansas Professor for Hiding Ties to Chinese Government
» LinkedIn Censors Air Force Veteran Who Argued Against Canceling Student Debt
» Murder or Self-Defense? Family Wants Answers After Model Stabs Boyfriend
» Officer-Involved Shooting in Buchanan County, Va.
» Police: Lakewood Carjacking Suspect Struck Person With Car Before Stabbing Another
» Study Suggests Email Provider Bias in Sending Candidates’ Email to Spam
» Thousands Rally in LA to Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
» Watch: Jack Posobiec Examines Multiple Cases of Child Sexual Abuse by Teachers in Light of Florida’s Anti-Grooming Law
 
Canada
» $14 Million Diverted From Vaccines to Propaganda — Where Did the Money Go?
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Foreign Minister at the NATO Summit: Each Country Handles the Weapons for Ukraine on Its Own
» Failed Candidate for Establishment Right French Republicans Urges Voters to Back Macron Over Le Pen
» French Election: Mail-in Votes Banned, Photo ID, And Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
» Macron to Face Le Pen in Battle to be French President
» Right-Wing Rivalry in France: Zemmour Offers to Meet Le Pen — and Snubs Her
» Scotland: No Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen Cancelled in University ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’ Drive
» UK: Khan’s London: Machete Man ‘Suffering a Mental Health Crisis’ Hospitalises Policeman
» Video: 3 French Police Officers Beaten by 15 ‘Youths’ During Arrest
 
Russia
» 2,200 ‘Men of Fighting Age’ Deatained for Trying to Leave Ukraine, Some Found Dead in Mountains
» Danish Volunteer Soldier Alleges Ukrainians Have Executed Russian Prisoners
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Pics: Rescuers Sift Rubble of Shattered Town Abandoned by Retreating Russians
» Pope Francis Calls for ‘Easter Truce’ in War on Ukraine
» Russia-Ukraine War Latest: Putin Appoints New War Commander
» Russians Claim to Have Destroyed Base Hosting ‘Foreign Mercenaries’ With Sea-Launched Cruise Missiles
» Video of Ukrainians Executing Russian POWs Confirmed Authentic by the New York Times
 
South Asia
» To Combat Population Jihad, Hindu Leader Urges to Produce More Hindu Kids in India
 
Immigration
» Expert Warns Russia May Flood Finland With Illegal Migrants if Country Joins NATO
» France: ‘Radicalised’ Muslim Migrant Arrested Over Rape and Abuse of 28 Children
» UK: Record 60,000 Migrants Could Cross the Channel in Small Boats This Year, Warns Border Force Union Boss
 
Culture Wars
» Jack Posobiec is Locked Out of Twitter Over T-Shirt Making Disney “Groomers” Reference
» Man Sought Child Porn Because of ‘Intergenerational Trauma’: BC Judge
» Maryland Teaches Kindergartners Sexuality and Gender Ideology
» Scotland: Trans Inmate in Prison for Killing Cellmate Now Identifies as Infant, Demands Diapers and Baby Food
» UK: New ‘Doctor Who’ Podcast Will be ‘Very Gay, Very Trans’: BBC
» UK: Theater Group Stages Naked ‘Family Sex Show’ To Teach Children as Young as Five About Sex
» Watch: Polyamorous, Genderfluid ‘Witch’ Brags About How She Teaches Her Preschool Students About Sexuality
» Watch: Trans, Non-Binary Elementary School Teacher Says 3-Year-Olds Are Old Enough to Learn About Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation
 

Ukraine’s Economy is Set to Shrink by Almost Half This Year as a Result of the War, The World Bank Has Said.

The institution forecasts Russia’s invasion will cause more economic damage across eastern Europe and parts of Asia than the coronavirus pandemic.

The conflict in Ukraine has shut half of the country’s businesses and slashed exports, the World Bank said.

Anna Bjerde, the bank’s vice-president, said Ukraine needed “massive financial support immediately”.

The bank has sent almost $1bn of assistance to Ukraine so far and has promised a further $2bn in the coming months.

It said the closure of Black Sea shipping from Ukraine had cut off some 90% of the country’s grain exports and half of its total exports.

Ukraine is the world’s biggest exporter of sunflower oil and the shutdown of exports has affected global food prices…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Tests Positive for COVID-19

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement from the mayor’s press secretary Fabien Levy, he said that Adams woke up on Sunday morning with a “raspy voice,” and took a PCR test out of an “abundance of caution.”

[Comment: I bet he got two shots and booster.]

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

California Teacher Charged With 29 Counts of Lewd Acts With Children, Including Students

A California charter school teacher was charged with 29 counts of lewd acts with children, including statutory rape. According to KTVU, 35-year-old Anessa Paige Gower was taken into custody by the Richmond Police Department upon returning to California from Hawaii on April 6.

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

Carjacker’s Anti-Semitic Jersey Shore Rampage Sparks Sadness, Outrage

Jewish communities around the world were left reeling following a series of anti-Semitic attacks against Orthodox Jews carried out by a carjacker on the Jersey Shore last week.

All three victims of 27-year-old Dion Marsh’s violent crime spree in Jackson and Lakewood were believed to have been Orthodox Jews.

Marsh struck two pedestrians and stabbed a victim before his arrest on Friday, April 8, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was “saddened and outraged” by the attacks.

“I am personally horrified at the cruelty with which the suspect allegedly conducted himself,” said Scott Richman, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director.

“More needs to be done proactively to prevent violence against the Jewish community and in particular visibly identifiable Jews in Ocean County and across our region…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Cedar Rapids Police Believe 2 Shooters Targeted Victims at Downtown Nightclub

Associated Press | Des Moines RegisterA shooting inside a crowded Cedar Rapids nightclub left a man and a woman dead and 10 people wounded early Sunday.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said investigators believe two men fired more than a dozen shots inside the Taboo Nightclub and Lounge just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He said officers who were just outside the club because of an earlier incident rushed inside and found the victims just as 100 to 150 people streamed out.

Officers helped treat the people who were wounded and rushed several of the victims to hospitals in squad cars.

The names of the man and woman who died were not released Sunday. Jerman said one survivor was in critical condition Sunday afternoon while the other injuries, which were all related to the gunfire, ranged from serious to minor.

The gunmen likely escaped as the crowd rushed out of the nightclub. Police were searching for suspects Sunday afternoon and no arrests had been reported…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

Donald Trump Endorses Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Race

Former President Donald Trump endorsed celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race on Saturday after his initial pick, Sean Parnell, dropped out amid a contentious custody battle with his estranged wife last fall.

Trump said his endorsement of Oz is “all about winning elections in order to stop the Radical Left maniacs from destroying our Country.”

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

Facebook is Accused of Censoring Criticism of Black Lives Matter Spending

Facebook is being accused of censoring any information that paints the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in a negative light — and doing that regardless of the merit and accuracy of those reports.

BLM rose to prominence in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in 2020, when many Americans chose to donate money to this organization as a way of supporting initiatives geared towards strengthening racial justice.

The movement was raising money with that promise. But reports have in the meantime suggested that not all of the $66.5 million in donations received by October 2020 was actually used for that purpose.

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

Florida Middle School Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Battery of Child

34-year-old Jeffery Tomasulo, a former educator who used to teach at Stuart Middle School in Stuart, Florida, has been found guilty Thursday on charges of sexual battery of a 13-year-old child who was a student of his.

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

High School Choir Teacher Charged With 9 Counts of Criminal Sexual Assault of Student

A former high school choir teacher in Aurora, Illinois, was charged with having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. According to the Chicago Tribune, Nathan Bramstedt appeared before a judge Saturday and had bail set to $500,000.

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

Judge: No, You Can’t Cancel Trump’s NYC Golf Course Contract

This is a story that’s been knocking around for a couple of years now but continues to rise like a Zombie every month or two. Shortly after the January 6 riot, then-Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio declared in no uncertain terms that he was going to war with Donald Trump. He planned to team up with Attorney General Letitia James (who ran for office on a platform of launching fishing expeditions against the former President) and “run Trump out of the city.” That’s a direct quote, by the way. So de Blasio quickly declared that all of the Trump empire’s contracts with the Big Apple were null and void. The four primary targets he located were two skating rinks in Central Park, the Central Park Carousel, and the Trump Ferry Point Golf Course in The Bronx, all of which were managed under the Trump brand.

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

Jury Convicts U. of Kansas Professor for Hiding Ties to Chinese Government

A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former University of Kansas on three counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements after he deliberately concealed ties to the Chinese government while conducting government-funded research in the U.S.

Feng “Franklin” Tao, 50, of Lawrence, Kansas, worked as a full-time professor at KU while also working with a Chinese university tied to the People’s Republic of China. In 2018, Tao accepted a position with Fuzhou University in China that designated him as a Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor, a position that made him a full-time employee of the school.

Tao failed to seek approval from KU before taking the job with Fuzhou, then lied to conceal his employment with the Chinese school. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Tao failed to file to file annual reports required by KU to notify the school of any outside employment “that did or could impact duties as a conflict of interest.”

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

LinkedIn Censors Air Force Veteran Who Argued Against Canceling Student Debt

LinkedIn suspended the account of an Air Force veteran for saying student debt should not be forgiven. President Joe Biden recently extended the student loan pause to August 31.

Gretchen Smith, an Air Force veteran, recently took to social media to share a story about how grew up in poverty and managed to go to college without getting student loans.

“I am not responsible for your student debt,” she wrote. “I grew up in poverty in NC. Ate from a garden, name was on community Angel tree for Christmas, bought clothes from yard sales & if I was lucky, on rare occasion Sky City.”

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

Murder or Self-Defense? Family Wants Answers After Model Stabs Boyfriend

A fatal stabbing remains under investigation and a family is waiting for answers after a self-defense claim.

MIAMI — Christian “Toby” Obumseli’s family was at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office on Friday in search of answers.

Officers reported responding to several disturbances at the One Paraiso apartment that Obumseli and his girlfriend Courtney Clenney shared in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.

On April 3rd, officers were there again, at 3131 NE 7th, and found Obumseli bleeding. Miami Fire Rescue personnel took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where a doctor later pronounced him dead. He was 27.

“My brother … he was so caring,” Jeffrey Obumseli, of Texas, told reporters outside of the State Attorney’s Office.

A neighbor said he had seen Christian Obumseli swinging at Clenney, 25, better known as Courtney Tailor, a model on Instagram and OnlyFans. A witness video published on TMZ shows Clenney near the balcony. Her clothes appeared to be full of blood…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Officer-Involved Shooting in Buchanan County, Va.

GRUNDY, Va. (WYMT) — A person was sent to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Grundy, Virginia.

Officials with the Grundy Police Department said the shooting happened around 7:40p.m. on Saturday at the Appalachian Inn on Hoot Owl Road.

Police said the officer was ‘assisting the individual with relocating’.

An altercation between the officer and suspect occurred, which led to the shooting.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Police said the officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Police: Lakewood Carjacking Suspect Struck Person With Car Before Stabbing Another

Police say a violent crime spree ended with a man in jail facing attempted murder and bias intimidation charges.

According to authorities, Dion Marsh carjacked a driver in Lakewood, hit another person in town with that car, then later stabbed a man.

They say the victims are in critical, but stable condition.

Surveillance video shows a car speeding around a turn with the alleged suspect hanging off the side of the car he tried to steal, as the driver speeds away.

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said it was, “Saddened and outraged by a series of attacks that occurred in Lakewood and Jackson, which culminated in the stabbing of an Orthodox Jewish man.”

On Twitter, Gov. Phil Murphy said, “The safety of our communities, and notably our communities of faith, is not only a paramount concern but among my highest priorities. We will continue to partner with all who share this commitment so no resident ever needs to live in fear…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Study Suggests Email Provider Bias in Sending Candidates’ Email to Spam

The most popular email provider Gmail favors liberal candidates by marking fewer of their emails as spam, while more emails from conservative candidates are marked as spam, according to a new study.

The Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University conducted a study to find out if spam filtering algorithms (SFAs) have a political bias.

The study, titled “A Peek into the Political Biases in Email Spam Filtering Algorithms During US Election 2020,” was conducted between July 1 2020, and November 30, 2020. The researchers created 102 email accounts on Yahoo, Gmail, and Outlook and subscribed to the campaign emails of 156 House, 78 Senate, and two presidential candidates.

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

Thousands Rally in LA to Oppose COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of people including truckers and firefighters from across the country gathered Sunday outside Los Angeles City Hall to protest vaccination mandates designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The crowd gathered at Grand Park to hear speakers and performers, while big-rig trucks from the “People’s Convoy” were parked on nearby streets. Members of the convoy jammed traffic during a Washington, D.C., protest earlier this year.

The peaceful crowd gathered to hear speakers and singers and was similar to a rally held at the same spot last year and to others staged around the country.

California battled a deadly winter coronavirus surge linked to the omicron variant but began easing masking and vaccination requirements this year as caseloads and hospitalization rates fell, which public health officials largely attributed to widespread vaccination and other safety measures.

However, the rates began to rise again a couple of weeks ago, leading to concerns that the new, more infectious BA.2 variant was spreading…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Watch: Jack Posobiec Examines Multiple Cases of Child Sexual Abuse by Teachers in Light of Florida’s Anti-Grooming Law

Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec on Friday’s episode of his popular podcast examined the many cases of child sexual abuse in school settings as progressives continue to deny that anti-grooming legislation is necessary.

“Four more US school teachers charged with the sexual abuse of minors,” mentioned Posobiec, referencing cases also reported on by The Post Millennial.

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

$14 Million Diverted From Vaccines to Propaganda — Where Did the Money Go?

On Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra looked at an access to information document that revealed the Public Health Agency of Canada diverted funds from vaccine procurement to combatting “mis/disinformation.”

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

Czech Foreign Minister at the NATO Summit: Each Country Handles the Weapons for Ukraine on Its Own

Thursday’s summit of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels was an example of unity against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, according to the Czech foreign minister Jan Lipavský.

Ukrainian leaders have primarily requested arms assistance from its Western partners. However, Lipavský did not expect the meeting to come to a conclusion on this topic as arms supplies are an initiative of individual countries.

“Today’s meeting of the North Atlantic Alliance is a very strong example of unity,” Lipavský said when arriving at NATO headquarters. “And the fact that there are nine other countries from around the world present clearly shows NATO’s strength and position in terms of international order and protection of the most fundamental values on which the international community is built.”

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

Failed Candidate for Establishment Right French Republicans Urges Voters to Back Macron Over Le Pen

The candidate for the establishment-right Républicains (Republicans) has urged voters to back the left-liberal Emmanuel Macron, not the national conservative Marine Le Pen, as exit polls indicate her own performance in the first round of France’s presidential elections was a dismal failure.

Valerie Pecresse, whose party is roughly equivalent to America’s Republicans or Britain’s Conservatives in terms of its former dominance of the French right electorally, may have collapsed to less than 5 per cent of the vote in the first round of the country’s presidential elections — a historically poor result described as “catastrophic” by French media.

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

French Election: Mail-in Votes Banned, Photo ID, And Hand-Counted Paper Ballots

PARIS (AP) — French voters in Sunday’s presidential election will use the same system that’s been used for generations: paper ballots that are cast in person and counted by hand. Despite periodic calls for more flexibility or modernization, France doesn’t do mail-in voting, early voting or use voting machines en masse like the United States.

[Comment: The US can learn from other countries.]

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

Macron to Face Le Pen in Battle to be French President

French President Emmanuel Macron was on course to beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of France’s elections Sunday by a larger than expected margin, with the rivals now set to battle for the presidency in a run-off later this month.

Projections showed Macron scoring 28.6-29.7 percent in the first round and Le Pen on 23.5-24.7, with the top two candidates going through to the second round run-off on April 24.

That means the second-round run off vote in two weeks time which will decide the country’s next president will be a repeat of 2017, according to initial results.

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

Right-Wing Rivalry in France: Zemmour Offers to Meet Le Pen — and Snubs Her

To dispel suspicions that his role may be to divide and weaken the right-wing vote, Zemmour recently proposed joint meetings and even joint events to his rival Marine Le Pen should he advance to the second round of the presidential elections. But he also made sure that they did not happen.

The rivalry between the two right-wing candidates is an open secret. Since officially declaring his candidacy on November 30 last year, Zemmour has not spared Marine Le Pen. Political observers are therefore puzzled over the background to his offer.

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

Scotland: No Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen Cancelled in University ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’ Drive

In response to the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, celebrated English novelist Jane Austen has been replaced in a literature course by African American writer Toni Morrison in order to further the “decolonisation of the curriculum”.

An English module at Scotland’s Stirling University has decided to ditch Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen in favour of left-wing poet and novelist Toni Morrison, whose works are focussed around racism against black people in the United States and who blamed Donald Trump’s presidential victory on white supremacy.

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

UK: Khan’s London: Machete Man ‘Suffering a Mental Health Crisis’ Hospitalises Policeman

A police officer in Britain’s multicultural capital has been hospitalised by a machete-wielding man the London force describes as “suffering a mental health crisis”.

The man, who is so far unnamed and without a description, allegedly carried out the attack on Skelton Road in the hyper-diverse London Borough of Newham, noted for such dubious law and order plaudits as its status as the acid attack capital of the city.

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

Video: 3 French Police Officers Beaten by 15 ‘Youths’ During Arrest

A police unit from the Rouen police in northern France was violently attacked by around 15 individuals during an arrest on Tuesday evening, according to video footage and media reports.

Several amateur videos showing the attack were posted on social media and viewed tens of thousands of times. A suspect, just arrested by the police, managed to flee in handcuffs after youths attacked the officers, Actu17 reports.

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

2,200 ‘Men of Fighting Age’ Deatained for Trying to Leave Ukraine, Some Found Dead in Mountains

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s border guard agency says that about 2,200 Ukrainian men of fighting age have been detained so far while trying to leave the country in violation of martial law.

The agency said Sunday that some of them have used forged documents and others tried to bribe border guards to get out of the country.

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

Danish Volunteer Soldier Alleges Ukrainians Have Executed Russian Prisoners

A Danish soldier who volunteered to fight alongside the Ukrainian armed forces has made unverified claims that Ukrainian soldiers have been executing Russian prisoners of war.

The Dane, who uses the pseudonym Jonas, has alleged that Ukrainian soldiers have killed Russian prisoners of war during the war, saying: “I have heard of one successful prisoner exchange, and that’s it,” and adding: “People are being killed.”

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

Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Refugees continued to flee eastern Ukraine ahead of a looming Russian assault, as both sides prepared for what is likely to become the war’s biggest battles. Russia’s main objective now is to seize the parts of the eastern Donbas region not yet controlled by Moscow. Fresh Russian units arrived to staging grounds for an expected offensive north of the Ukrainian city of Izyum.

U.K. Aid: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday became the latest European leader to travel to Kyiv to show support for Mr. Zelensky’s government. Mr. Johnson laid out a new package of military and other assistance, which includes 120 armored vehicles and new antiship missile systems, his office said.

War-Crimes Accusations: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called a train-station strike in Kramatorsk the “latest war crime of Russia.” Residents in Bucha continued to clean up from weeks of Russian occupation, which they described as a spree of killing, raping and looting.

In Russia: Hundreds of thousands of professional workers, many of them young, have left Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, accelerating an exodus of business talent and further threatening an economy targeted by Western sanctions. Russia’s central bank cut its key interest rate to 17% from 20%, saying the ruble’s rebound had reduced the risk that inflation would spike.

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

Pics: Rescuers Sift Rubble of Shattered Town Abandoned by Retreating Russians

BORODIANKA, Ukraine (AP) — Firefighters continued searching Saturday for survivors or the dead in the debris of destroyed buildings in a northern Ukrainian town that was occupied for weeks by Russian forces.

Residents of Borodianka expect to find dozens of victims under the rubble of the several buildings destroyed during fighting between Russian forces and Ukrainian troops. The town is about 75 kilometres (47 miles) northwest of the capital of Kyiv and had more than 12,000 residents.

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

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Easter Truce’ in War on Ukraine

ROME — Pope Francis called for an “Easter Truce” in Russia’s war on Ukraine Sunday, urging compromise for the sake of peace.

“Nothing is impossible for God,” the pontiff told pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus message. “He can even bring an end to a war whose end is not in sight, a war that daily places before our eyes heinous massacres and atrocious cruelty committed against defenseless civilians.”

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

Russia-Ukraine War Latest: Putin Appoints New War Commander

Vladimir Putin has appointed a new general to direct the war in Ukraine as his military shifts plans after a failure to take Kyiv, according to a US official and a European official.

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Army Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, commander of Russia’s southern military district, has been named theatre commander of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, according to senior sources.

The White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said: “No appointment of any general can erase the fact that Russia has already faced a strategic failure in Ukraine.” Sullivan described the general as having a record of brutality against civilians in Syria and said “we can expect more of the same”…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Russians Claim to Have Destroyed Base Hosting ‘Foreign Mercenaries’ With Sea-Launched Cruise Missiles

The Russian military claims it has destroyed a Ukrainian base hosting “foreign mercenaries” with warship-launched cruise missiles.

“During the night, high-precision sea-based missiles destroyed the headquarters and base of Dnepr nationalist battalion in Zvonetskoe, Dnepropetrovsk Region, where foreign mercenaries had recently arrived,” claimed Major-General Igor Konashenkov, the Russian defence ministry’s chief spokesman, in one of his regular social media briefings.

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

Video of Ukrainians Executing Russian POWs Confirmed Authentic by the New York Times

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, a number of disturbing videos have circulated involving Russian prisoners of war being tortured or executed by Ukrainian soldiers, with the most recent one confirmed as real by the New York Times.

In the video posted on Telegram on Monday, Ukrainian soldiers are seen shooting Russian troops on a village road outside Kyiv. The Times verified the video is authentic, but refused to publish it due to its graphic nature. In the footage, a Ukrainian soldier is seen shooting a Russian soldier three times while he lies on the ground in agony, while another in Ukrainian unit says, “He’s still alive. Film these marauders. Look, he’s still alive. He’s gasping.”

The video shows at least three other soldiers near the initial victim — two of them dead and the other close to death, who appears to be gasping for air. The video does not show whether the Ukrainians shot the one Russian soldier that remains alive. One of the dead Russian soldiers has a head wound and his arms tied behind his back, raising the possibility that they were captured first and then executed. All the Russians have white armbands designed to mark their designation as belonging to the Russian side.

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

To Combat Population Jihad, Hindu Leader Urges to Produce More Hindu Kids in India

“Mathematical calculations state that a non-Hindu will become the prime minister in 2029,” the head priest of Ghaziabad’s Dasna temple told reporters in Govardhan on Thursday without elaborating on how he reached this conclusion.

PTI | Mathura | April 9, 2022:: Controversial seer Yati Narsinghanand, who is out on bail in the Haridwar hate speech case, has urged Hindus to produce more children to prevent the country from becoming “Hindu-less” in the coming decades.

“If once, a non-Hindu becomes the prime minister, then in 20 years, this country will become a ‘Hindu-viheen’ (Hindu-less) nation,” he added.

He said “in order to awaken Hindutva”, a Dharma Sansad will be held in Mathura-Govardhan region from August 12 to August 14.

Narsinghanand was arrested and later released on bail after he allegedly organised a Dharma Sansad in Haridwar from December 17-19 last year, where provocative speeches were made against Muslims.

He also took part in a ‘Hindu Mahapanchayat’ at Burari ground in Delhi last Sunday and remarked that “50 per cent of Hindus will convert” in 20 years if a Muslim became the prime minister of India and had also exhorted Hindus to take up arms to fight for their existence.

The Delhi government had then stated that it had denied permission for the event but the organisers went ahead with it.

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Expert Warns Russia May Flood Finland With Illegal Migrants if Country Joins NATO

A senior researcher at a Finnish think-tank has claimed that Russia may try to flood Finland with migrants in retaliation for joining NATO, as some reports suggest the country may announce an application to the alliance soon.

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, has warned that Russia may retaliate against Finland joining the NATO alliance in several different ways.

[Comment; Finland should build a border wall then.]

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

France: ‘Radicalised’ Muslim Migrant Arrested Over Rape and Abuse of 28 Children

French police arrested a 42-year-old African migrant in Nogaro this week following allegations he has raped and sexually and physically abused 28 children, including two infants, in his home since 2017.

The 42-year-old, who is said to be a migrant originally from the Ivory Coast, allegedly began the sexual abuse in 2017 after inviting a woman to live with him, who was later followed by three other women aged 32 to 42, all of whom have French citizenship.

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UK: Record 60,000 Migrants Could Cross the Channel in Small Boats This Year, Warns Border Force Union Boss

A record 60,000 migrants could cross the English Channel in small boats this year, a Border Force union boss has warned.

A surge in numbers crossing the 26-mile stretch of water so far in 2022 has outstripped previous estimates that last year’s record-setting total of 28,526 would double.

That figure was in itself three times higher than the number in 2020.

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Jack Posobiec is Locked Out of Twitter Over T-Shirt Making Disney “Groomers” Reference

Political commentator and Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec has been temporarily locked out of Twitter for sharing links to t-shirts critical of the Disney corporation.

“Get it before it’s banned,” Posobiec posted on Twitter on April 6, alongside a screenshot of a “Boycott Groomers” t-shirt.

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Man Sought Child Porn Because of ‘Intergenerational Trauma’: BC Judge

A British Columbia man charged with possession of child pornography has been handed an eight-month conditional sentence after a judge said that the defendant was led to the criminal acts because of “intergenerational trauma.”

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Maryland Teaches Kindergartners Sexuality and Gender Ideology

The Maryland Department of Education ensures kindergartners will be taught “gender identities and expressions” as part of its “Family Life and Human Sexuality” curriculum, according to a report released Wednesday.

The state’s Comprehensive Health Education Framework, as given by the Department of Education website here, appears to begin a narrative toward sexual identity education in preschool, teaching three— and four-year-olds that “people express themselves in many different ways,” which quickly turns into recognizing “a range of ways people identify and express their gender” by the time they reach kindergarten. The guidebook is dated July 2020 and June 2021.

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Scotland: Trans Inmate in Prison for Killing Cellmate Now Identifies as Infant, Demands Diapers and Baby Food

A biological male inmate in prison for life for strangling a cellmate to death in 2004 and previously identified as a transgender woman is now demanding to be treated like a baby by prison staff and wants to be given diapers and baby food.

According to the Daily Record, 36-year-old convicted killer Sophie Eastwood, formerly known as Daniel, was sentenced to prison for life back in 2004 after strangling cellmate Paul Algie with shoelaces.

Eastwood had been jailed at Dumfries Young Offenders Institution at 18 for dangerous driving, and was just one month away from the end of the sentence when the strangling occurred. According to the Daily Record, “Eastwood was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years at the High Court in Glasgow, and has now served more than 17 years.”

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UK: New ‘Doctor Who’ Podcast Will be ‘Very Gay, Very Trans’: BBC

The BBC is set to launch a 10-part audio version of the classic science fiction show “Doctor Who” on April 17, and the show’s producer wants everybody to know that the spin-off podcast will be “very gay, very trans.” The series will be known as “Doctor Who: Redacted” and will premiere on BBC Sounds.

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UK: Theater Group Stages Naked ‘Family Sex Show’ To Teach Children as Young as Five About Sex

A theater group in the United Kingdom thinks the best approach to teaching kids about sex is getting naked on a stage in front of children and their parents.

In a glowing preview by The Guardian, the production company says the show only discusses the positives of sex and relationships on purpose. The outlet hypes up the progressive approach to the topic of sex education. Despite the name, The Family Sex Show isn’t about incest, and you won’t find that term listed on their website glossary page that has a multitude of other terms and phrases.

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Watch: Polyamorous, Genderfluid ‘Witch’ Brags About How She Teaches Her Preschool Students About Sexuality

In a TikTok video recently posted to Twitter, a teacher who identifies as a polyamorous and genderfluid “witch” bragged about teaching preschool-aged students about sexuality and gender identity.

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Watch: Trans, Non-Binary Elementary School Teacher Says 3-Year-Olds Are Old Enough to Learn About Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation

A transgender non-binary elementary school teacher said in a viral video that three-year-olds are old enough to learn about gender identity, sexual orientation, and pronouns. According to the teacher’s website, Los Angeles-based “social justice educator” Skye Tooley, who uses “they/them” pronouns, has worked to recreate elementary curriculum with “a social justice focus” and create lessons around the progressive topics of “identity, diversity, equity, action, and justice.”

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/10/2022

    • If I am on your grand jury, you are walking.

      The desire is to get the plants or animals to make it themselves.

  1. Pope forgets Orthodox easter is 24th April, not this week He forgets the world doesn’t revolve around him. May be later than he would like. The Kiev elites will let 60,000 troops be killed this week in Donbass. They may have had 8 years to dig in, but heavy bombing will entomb them.

  2. “In response to the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement, celebrated English novelist Jane Austen has been replaced in a literature course by African American writer Toni Morrison in order to further the “decolonisation of the curriculum”.”

    What a load of leftist bilge.

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XxTy1ItcGE

    Breakthrough of the Ukrainian archetype.
    Have you read such works by Gogol as Terrible Revenge or Viy? There is something in their water and air.
    I don’t know. Is there a similar article in English, I found it in Swedish.
    https://www.friatider.se/ukrainsk-film-uppror

    FOREIGN. A video showing a woman in a Ukrainian national costume cutting the neck of a Russian man is now being spread by representatives of the Ukrainian government. However, the clip is criticized on social media and compared to Islamic State propaganda films.

    In the video – which arouses mixed feelings – a Ukrainian actress calls for bloody revenge on Russian “pigs”.

    The woman, dressed in folk costume, talks about how Ukrainians have been treated badly by Russians historically and that it is now time for the Ukrainian people to “harvest their bloody harvest”.

    She then holds up a cut, which she uses to cut the neck of a man representing a Russian.

    – Now death awaits you all. You will all be killed in memory of the victims in Butja, Irpin, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, Mariupol. Your corpses will rot in the fields like the worst kind of carcasses, along the roads and forest belts. They will be eaten by dogs and wild animals, the woman proclaims while dramatic music is played in the background.

    The film is distributed, among others, by Anton Geratchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior, on Telegram.

    “Welcome to Hell!” writes Geratchenko.

    According to Arrahmah, the film has also been shown on Ukrainian television.

    Among international users of social media, however, the reaction to the video is much more negative, and several people compare the content with Islamic State propaganda films.

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