Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/16/2022

According to Lithuania’s defense minister, Russia already has nuclear weapons in the Baltic region. He says that the weapons were stationed in the Kaliningrad enclave before the current Ukraine crisis began.

In other news, four men were arrested in India for allegedly gang-raping a Bengal monitor lizard.

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USA
» 12 Injured, 3 Detained After Shooting at South Carolina Mall
» Coweta County Gun Range Triple Murder: 21-Year-Old Man Arrested
» First-Grade Florida Teacher Accused of Hiding Ecstasy in School Bathroom
» J.D. Vance Secures Trump Endorsement in Hotly Contested Ohio Senate Race
» Maine Teen Depicted by FBI as Center of ISIS-Inspired Terror Plot Indicted by Grand Jury
» Man Found Guilty in Deaths of 2 Utah Teens Found in Mine Shaft
» Mask Mandates Are Back on Campus. But They Go Against CDC Guidance.
» Michigan Kindergartener Shares Margaritas With Students Made ‘Woozy’ During Snack Time
» No Studying of Critical Race Theory Across Sierra Vista Unified School District
» Ten People Shot and Wounded in Gunfire at South Carolina Mall
» Tim Pool Cancels Nashville Show Due to Death Threat
» Watch: Bill Maher Blasts Biden’s Build Back Better Spending Plan on Joe Rogan’s Podcast
» Watch: Seattle Man With Self-Inflicted Knife Wound Exposes Himself After Setting Car on Fire
 
Canada
» Ukrainians Arrive Unvaccinated While Canadians Banned From Travel
 
Europe and the EU
» Exclusive: Could the Midlands Leave the UK? The Radical Political Group Battling for an ‘Independent Mercia’ Devolved From England With Its Own Government, Laws and Taxes
» Finland “Highly Likely” to Join NATO, Its Europe Minister Says
» France: Two Indicted After Jewish Man Was Killed by a Tram During Mob Attack
» Italy: Man on Disability Welfare Accused of Faking Blindness After Being Caught Looking at Woman’s Bottom
» PP Party Enters Coalition With Far-Right Vox in a Spanish Region for the First Time
» Two Men Get Lengthy Jail Terms in Foiled Attack Plot in France
» UK: ‘Catholic’ Boris Skips Giving Easter Greetings in Favour of Jewish, Sikh, And Tamil Holidays
» UK: Essex Police Charge Further 23 People Over Oil Depot Protests
» UK: Six Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested After Climbing Onto Oil Tanker in London
» Ukraine War Leads to Poland Doubling Size of Army
» Unrest Sparked by Far-Right Demos Continues in Sweden
» Western Citizens Should Pay More to Help Germany Get Off Russian Gas, Says Former UK Army Chief
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Moscow Bars Entry to Russia for UK’s Johnson, Truss, Wallace
» Russia Already Has Nuclear Weapons in the Baltic Region, Says Lithuania
 
South Asia
» Indian Police Arrest 4 Men Accused of ‘Gang Raping’ Bengal Monitor Lizard
 
Immigration
» Fourth Migrant Bus Arrives in DC From Texas
» Italy Repatriated Nearly 850 Migrants Since the Beginning of 2022
» Nearly a Million Ukrainian Refugees Have Already Returned to Their Country
» UK: BoJo Braces for Clash With ‘Army of Politically Motivated Lawyers’ Over Migrant Relocations
» Ukraine Crisis: Towns in Ireland See Populations Double as Migrant Surge Continues
 
Culture Wars
» Brand New in the Gender Repertoire: ‘Lesbian Men’
» Christian Professor Wins $400,000 Settlement in Compelled Personal Pronouns Case
» Disney Faces ‘Overwhelming’ Backlash After ‘Their Support for Sexualizing Kids in Kindergarten’: Report
» Ludlow Public Schools Secretly Promoted Our Kids’ Gender Transition, Parents Allege
» UK: BBC to Use Doctor Who to ‘Tell Trans Stories’
 

12 Injured, 3 Detained After Shooting at South Carolina Mall

12 people were injured after a shooting Saturday at the Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia, South Carolina. 10 of those wounded were hit by gunfire, while two were trampled in the crowd as people tried to escape. The police have reported no fatalities at this time. The youngest victim is 15-years-old and the oldest is 73.

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Coweta County Gun Range Triple Murder: 21-Year-Old Man Arrested

GRANTVILLE, Ga. — One person has been taken into custody for the murder of three people at a Coweta County gun range. The arrest comes exactly a week after the crime shook the Grantville community.

Jacob Christian Muse, 21, of College Park, was charged with three counts of malice murder, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Details of what led investigators to the arrest of Muse were not immediately available.

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First-Grade Florida Teacher Accused of Hiding Ecstasy in School Bathroom

Marion County law enforcement in Florida took first-grade teacher Hiromi Adams into custody on Tuesday afternoon after authorities found the elementary school educator in possession of MDMA—more commonly referred to as ecstasy or Molly.

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J.D. Vance Secures Trump Endorsement in Hotly Contested Ohio Senate Race

Author J.D. Vance’s bid for the hotly contested Republican US Senate seat in Ohio got a boost Friday when he was endorsed by his former adversary Donald Trump.

The endorsement in the GOP primary race came after Vance, 37, walked back previous criticisms of Trump in a charm offensive meant to secure his backing in the race — which is expected to largely be decided by supporters of the ex-president.

Trump gave the coveted nod to Vance over rivals Josh Mandel, Mike Gibbons and Jane Timken, calling him “the candidate most qualified and ready to win in November,” in a statement.

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Maine Teen Depicted by FBI as Center of ISIS-Inspired Terror Plot Indicted by Grand Jury

WATERVILLE, Maine — A federal grand jury as indicted a Maine teenager depicted in court papers at being at the center of an ISIS-inspired terror plan.

Xavier Pelkey, 18, of Waterville is facing a grand jury charge of possessing unregistered destructive devices.

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Man Found Guilty in Deaths of 2 Utah Teens Found in Mine Shaft

SALT LAKE CITY — The case of a teenage couple killed and tossed down an abandoned mine shaft culminated in murder convictions Friday for a Utah man who prosecutors said killed the pair because he found them hanging out with his girlfriend.

Jarrod Baum, 45, faces up to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and other counts in the 2017 slayings after a monthlong trial.

Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson, 17, and Riley Powell, 18, disappeared days after Christmas. Their bound and stabbed bodies were found months later in Utah’s west desert, 100 feet down an abandoned mine shaft.

Prosecutors said they died after meeting up with a friend, Morgan Lewis, on Dec. 30 at her home in Eureka, a former silver mining town. While they were there, her boyfriend, Baum, returned home. He grew angry because he had forbidden Lewis from having male friends over, and she previously dated Powell.

Lewis told police her boyfriend tied up Otteson and Powell, duct-taped their mouths and threw them in the back of Powell’s Jeep. Then he drove them to the site of an abandoned mine outside town.

There, he beat and stabbed Powell before cutting Ottenson’s throat, then tossed them down.

“He retaliated against Riley and Morgan and made her watch so she would know this is what happens when you break my rules,” said prosecutor Ryan McBride, Fox13 reported…

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Mask Mandates Are Back on Campus. But They Go Against CDC Guidance.

As Philadelphia becomes the “first major U.S. city” to reinstate its mask mandate, according to KYW Radio Philadelphia, several university campuses are reintroducing mask mandates.

Below is an overview of the new mandates and how these rules stack up against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for masking based on geographical location.

Masking Returns

Columbia University, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins University have all announced indoor mask mandates starting this April.

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Michigan Kindergartener Shares Margaritas With Students Made ‘Woozy’ During Snack Time

At the Grand River Academy in Livonia, Michigan, one of the attending children inadvertently turned kindergarten snack time into an impromptu happy hour when the child shared a bottle of ready-to-drink Jose Cuervo margaritas with fellow elementary school-aged students, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

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No Studying of Critical Race Theory Across Sierra Vista Unified School District

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Sierra Vista Unified School District will not teach Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Superintendent Eric B. Holmes, Ed. D. confirmed Thursday a proposed English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum would not incorporate CRT values, despite rumors.

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Ten People Shot and Wounded in Gunfire at South Carolina Mall

Police detained three people but stopped short of calling them suspects, saying the shooting arose from a personal dispute

Ten people were shot and wounded at a shopping mall just outside Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, police said on Saturday afternoon.

The wounded ranged in age from 15 to 73, and first responders brought eight to the hospital, said the Columbia police chief, William Holbrook. Two of those brought to the hospital were in critical condition, with six being reported as less critically wounded, Holbrook added.

Another two people who were shot brought themselves to the hospital, while two others suffered wounds that weren’t related to the gunfire, but resulted from a stampede caused by the shooting, bringing the total number of injured to 12.

Holbrook said police detained three people following the shooting but stopped short of calling them suspects. At least one of the three fired a gun, and all three had weapons, Holbrook said.

Holbrook said the shooting appeared to erupt from a dispute involving people who knew each other.

“We do not believe this was random,” Holbrook said. “We believe that the individuals that were armed knew each other. There was some type of conflict that had occurred that resulted in gunfire. This was not a situation where we had some random person show up at a mall to just try and fire to injure people.”

Officers were searching the mall to let people who hid inside during the shooting know that it was safe to emerge. Those who were separated from loved ones amid the chaos were also being brought to a reunification center at a hotel down the street from the mall…

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Tim Pool Cancels Nashville Show Due to Death Threat

After the discovery of a credible threat against his life, journalist Tim Pool was forced to shut down an upcoming musical appearance in Nashville, Tennessee, over concerns that the death threat could materialize and harm attendees.

Pool stated on Twitter that he had considered proceeding with the show, but that in the interest of public safety, he had decided to err on the side of caution.

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Watch: Bill Maher Blasts Biden’s Build Back Better Spending Plan on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

Talk show host Bill Maher was a guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast Tuesday, when he bashed the Biden admin’s expensive Build Back Better spending plan.

During the guest appearance Maher segued into President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan: “When I hear about Build Back Better—Okay, look, certainly the country needs to get rebuilt, I mean, the infrastructure is a mess,” he said.

“But, I’m thinking always like, when you give me a number, it just seems like you pulled it out of your ass,” Maher continued on Rogan’s program.

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Watch: Seattle Man With Self-Inflicted Knife Wound Exposes Himself After Setting Car on Fire

A man suffering from an alleged mental health crisis caused a shocking scene in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday which has since gone viral across social media.

In the video posted to Twitter by @jessablvck, the man can be seen posted up against a building with a self-inflicted knife wound to the neck while exposing his genitalia as he peed on the sidewalk. A car is doused in flames on the other side of the street.

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Ukrainians Arrive Unvaccinated While Canadians Banned From Travel

The first two Ukrainian refugee families have arrived in Port Hope, Ontario and it highlights the hypocrisy of the Canadian Government.

Now, I want to be clear that this is not a sinister hit on actual refugees fleeing actual war zones, but rather a report to point out the absolute hypocrisy of the Canadian Government and their virtuous health and safety policies that aren’t really about the health and safety of Canadians.

Our minority Liberal Government Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on the segregation of COVID vaccinated and unvaccinated Canadians in the fall of last year. Referring to those opposed to receiving an experimental injection as racist misogynists he asks, “do we tolerate these people?”

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Exclusive: Could the Midlands Leave the UK? The Radical Political Group Battling for an ‘Independent Mercia’ Devolved From England With Its Own Government, Laws and Taxes

An impassioned 2,500-strong group of ‘citizens’ have formed a movement for the independence of Mercia, a region that roughly relates to the modern Midlands.

The Acting Witan of Mercia, more commonly known as Independent Mercia, is a radical political group based in the Midlands who believe the United Kingdom is in illegal control of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

Independent Mercia claims to be the regions acting government, entirely devolved from England, and its de jure.

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Finland “Highly Likely” to Join NATO, Its Europe Minister Says

Finland, which shares an 830-mile border with Russia, is “highly likely” to join NATO despite the Russian government’s threats to deploy nuclear weapons, Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen said in an interview with Sky News Friday.

Why it matters: Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has galvanized Sweden and Finland, two historically neutral countries, into joining the defensive alliance. Russia is threatening to bolster its defenses in the Baltic, including deploying nuclear weapons to the region, as retaliation.

What she’s saying: “The people of Finland, they seem to have already made up their mind,” Tuppurainen told Sky News, noting that polls show overwhelming support for joining NATO.

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France: Two Indicted After Jewish Man Was Killed by a Tram During Mob Attack

Two men have been indicted by a French prosecutor following the death of a Jewish man who was beaten and chased by a mob before being hit and killed by a tram in the suburbs of Paris.

The prosecutor of Bobigny in Seine-Saint-Denis announced on Friday that two men had been indicted in connection with the death of Jérémie Cohen, a Jewish man who had been chased and beaten by a mob and was hit by a tram while fleeing them in February.

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Italy: Man on Disability Welfare Accused of Faking Blindness After Being Caught Looking at Woman’s Bottom

A 60-year-old who claimed to be blind and received around €30,000 from 2014 to 2018 from the Italian state is accused of faking his disability after being caught looking at a woman’s bottom.

The 60-year-old, who lives in the northern city of Turin, was out of his home when the Italian Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s financial police, caught him looking back at a passing woman in March of 2018 to catch a glimpse of her bottom, despite the man claiming to be completely blind.

Local prosecutor Gianfranco Colace has indicted the man for pretending to be blind and pocketing €29,740 (£24,619/$32,186) of taxpayer cash over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, the newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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PP Party Enters Coalition With Far-Right Vox in a Spanish Region for the First Time

The regional coalition government between the conservative Partido Popular (PP) and far-right Vox has been sworn in in the northern region of Castilla y León.

It is the first time that Vox has entered a regional government anywhere in Spain. Alfonso Fernandez Mañueco of the PP has been sworn in as president and Vox’s Juan Garcia-Gallardo will be vice president.

Although Vox’s high profile national leader, Santiago Abascal, was at the swearing-in ceremony in the regional parliament in Valladolid on Monday amid a celebratory air, the national PP leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, did not attend.

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Two Men Get Lengthy Jail Terms in Foiled Attack Plot in France

A Frenchman and a Moroccan received heavy prison terms on appeal Friday for an attack plot that was foiled after an intelligence agent posing as a jihadi infiltrated their cyber network.

Yassine Bousseria, 42, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for participation in a terrorist conspiracy to prepare terrorist acts, the same term he had been handed by a lower court in February.

The other man, Hicham El-Hanafi, 31, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, also in line with the lower court ruling.

A third person convicted in the case, Frenchman Hicham Makran, was sentenced to 22 years in jail in February and did not appeal.

The three were tried on charges of joining a terror group with a view to carrying out attacks.

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UK: ‘Catholic’ Boris Skips Giving Easter Greetings in Favour of Jewish, Sikh, And Tamil Holidays

British prime minister Boris Johnson declined to offer Holy Week greetings for Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, and Palm Sunday on social media — but made time to recognise the Tamil and Sinhalese new year and publish video messages to mark the Jewish Passover and Sikh Vaisakhi.

Johnson, who made history by becoming the first supposedly Catholic prime minister in British history — with Catholics being largely excluded from such high office for many years following the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries — has said that he is “a kind of very, very bad Christian”.

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UK: Essex Police Charge Further 23 People Over Oil Depot Protests

Twenty-three people have been charged in connection with protests at oil terminals, a police force said.

Essex Police said an additional 37 people had been arrested within the past 24 hours over demonstrations in the Thurrrock district.

It said it took the total number of arrests since 1 April to 461.

The force, which previously said it had spent more than £1m dealing with the demonstrations, said the charges related to trespass offences.

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UK: Six Extinction Rebellion Activists Arrested After Climbing Onto Oil Tanker in London

LONDON (AP) — Six people have been arrested after climate change activists climbed onto an oil tanker in central London to protest investments in fossil fuel, British police said Saturday.

The Extinction Rebellion climate activism group said two Olympic athletes — gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and Laura Baldwin — were among those protesting Friday. The oil tanker protest was part of mass climate demonstrations Friday that saw hundreds of activists blocking four key bridges across the British capital, causing delays and disruption across central London.

Extinction Rebellion said thousands of people are expected at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday for more protests.

More than 600 people have been arrested over the past two weeks after environmental activists climbed atop oil tankers, padlocked themselves to structures and blocked roads at oil depots across the U.K. The group Just Stop Oil, which is affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, is demanding that Britain’s Conservative government stop any new oil and gas projects.

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Ukraine War Leads to Poland Doubling Size of Army

Poland is expected to double the size of its army as part of a defence overhaul, while it has discreetly sent 100 tanks to Ukraine, it has been confirmed to The National.

The country will also substantially modernise its arms, getting the latest US Patriot missile defence system, modern US Abrams tanks and potentially advanced F-35 stealth fighters, Polish defence experts said.

In addition to the T-72 tanks, Poland is sending scores of its latest Piorun Thunderbolt anti-aircraft missiles into Ukraine. The hand-held missiles can travel at 660 metres a second, attacking jets, helicopters or drones to an altitude of 4,000 metres.

In addition, the deal to export about 30 Polish MiG-29 multi-role fighters to Ukraine is likely to go ahead soon, defence sources confirmed.

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Unrest Sparked by Far-Right Demos Continues in Sweden

HELSINKI — Unrest broke out in southern Sweden late Saturday despite police moving a rally by an anti-Islam far-right group, which was planning to burn a Quran among other things, to a new location as a preventive measure.

Scuffles and unrest were reported in the southern town of Landskrona after a demonstration scheduled there by the Danish right-wing party Stram Kurs party was moved to the nearby city of Malmo, some 45 kilometers (27 miles) south.

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Western Citizens Should Pay More to Help Germany Get Off Russian Gas, Says Former UK Army Chief

The citizens of Western nations should accept a lower standard of living in order to help Germany break its addiction to Russian gas, the former head of the British army has said.

Despite years of Germany failing to heed warnings from figures such as former President Donald Trump on its reliance on Russia for its energy needs while at the same time demanding protection from Putin by American military might, General Sir Nick Parker has called on the people of Western nations to help Germany by accepting a lower cost of living.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russia’s Defense Ministry said the urban areas of the besieged city of Mariupol had been cleared of Ukrainian troops, with local military resistance isolated at a metallurgical plant.

Ukraine’s armed forces said Russian military units were continuing to blockade and shell the city of Kharkiv, as they regroup in the Donbas region.

The United Nations’ human-rights agency said it has recorded 1,982 civilian deaths from the war, the majority from shelling, rockets, missiles and airstrikes. It warned that the actual figures could be considerably higher.

Russia: The U.S. confirmed that the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank Thursday after being hit by a Ukrainian cruise-missile attack. Its sinking recalled great naval battles of the past that are remembered as turning points.

Russia warned it could station nuclear forces in Northern Europe if Finland and Sweden join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Western governments are using sanctions to target an expanding list of Russian billionaires and Kremlin elites.

U.S.: The latest $800 million U.S. military aid package for Ukraine will give Kyiv weapons and equipment the U.S. once considered too risky to provide, including 155-mm howitzers and artillery. Western leaders seeking to build a global coalition to isolate Russia are facing pushback from the world’s largest developing nations.

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Moscow Bars Entry to Russia for UK’s Johnson, Truss, Wallace

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that it had barred entry to the country for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and 10 other British government members and politicians.

The move was taken “in view of the unprecedented hostile action by the British Government, in particular the imposition of sanctions against senior Russian officials,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it would expand the list soon.

It came at the end of a week during which Moscow warned in a formal diplomatic note to Washington warning that continued US and NATO weapons shipments to Ukraine could bring “unpredictable consequences.”

The letter came as President Biden approved $800 million in new military aide for Ukraine.

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Russia Already Has Nuclear Weapons in the Baltic Region, Says Lithuania

VILNIUS (Reuters) — Russia already has nuclear weapons in the Baltic region, Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on Thursday.

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies warned NATO on Thursday that if Sweden and Finland joined the U.S.-led military alliance then Russia would have to bolster its defences in the region, including by deploying nuclear weapons.

Anusauskas told Lithuania’s BNS wire that nuclear weapons have been deployed in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea since before the current crisis.

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Indian Police Arrest 4 Men Accused of ‘Gang Raping’ Bengal Monitor Lizard

Police in western India’s Maharashtra state recently arrested four men for allegedly “gang-raping” a Bengal monitor lizard, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Thursday, noting an official for the Maharashtra Forest Department confirmed the group’s arrest on Wednesday.

The incident allegedly took place inside Maharashtra’s Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and “came to light days after the four accused were booked for illegally entering Chandoli National Park, which is part of the reserve, with one of them carrying a gun for hunting,” a spokesman for the Maharashtra Forest Department told reporters on April 13.

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Fourth Migrant Bus Arrives in DC From Texas

A fourth bus of illegal migrants arrived in Washington, DC, carrying Venezuelans fleeing from the country’s capital city Caracas.

Less than 10 migrants disembarked at the city’s Union Station Saturday.

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Italy Repatriated Nearly 850 Migrants Since the Beginning of 2022

A total of 850 migrants had been repatriated since the beginning of this year, according to Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese.

The Minister’s comments came during question time in the Chamber of Deputies, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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Nearly a Million Ukrainian Refugees Have Already Returned to Their Country

While millions of Ukrainians have fled their country since the start of the Russian invasion, nearly a million refugees have also returned to Ukraine as tensions ease in some areas of the country.

In the last week alone, around 330,000 Ukrainian refugees have returned to their country, with a total of 870,000 having returned in total so far. A spokesman for Ukrainian Border Security has claimed that between 25,000 and 30,000 Ukrainians are returning to the country each day.

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UK: BoJo Braces for Clash With ‘Army of Politically Motivated Lawyers’ Over Migrant Relocations

Boris Johnson is bracing for a battle with an ‘army of politically motivated lawyers’ over the government’s new migrant relocation plans.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the public that his plan to toughen up Britain’s asylum claims process is under threat from legal challenges, which he claims he is aiming to fight.

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Ukraine Crisis: Towns in Ireland See Populations Double as Migrant Surge Continues

Ireland is beginning to see itself buried under a migrant crisis of biblical proportions, with towns in the country’s west seeing their populations double due to the surge in refugees.

Officials from towns and villages across the West of Ireland have called for government assistance after seeing their populations spike thanks to an influx of migrants and refugees, many of which are from Ukraine.

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Brand New in the Gender Repertoire: ‘Lesbian Men’

One of the latest outgrowths of ideologically deliberate gender confusion was recently demonstrated by the example of a fifty-year-old master painter from Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany: He has come to the conclusion that he is a “lesbian man”.

This insight came to him after observing a lesbian couple and their interaction with their son. A friend of the couple then “said hello” to him — and that was apparently the spark. After he had investigated the question “Are there men who like lesbian women?” on the internet, he found out: “I am a lesbian man. That’s the minority of the minority.” And now “suddenly everything is clear”.

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Christian Professor Wins $400,000 Settlement in Compelled Personal Pronouns Case

After a four-year court battle, Shawnee State professor Nicholas Meriwether will receive a clean disciplinary record plus $400,000 in settlement of the lawsuit he brought against the university for disciplining him for refusing to use the “preferred pronouns” of his students that did not match their biological sex.

Prof. Meriwether teaches philosophy at Shawnee State, and by 2018 had been a fixture at the Ohio school for years. He is also a devout Christian. And when gender ideology reared its head at the school, which is a public university, Meriwether got caught in its tentacles.

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Disney Faces ‘Overwhelming’ Backlash After ‘Their Support for Sexualizing Kids in Kindergarten’: Report

A company insider says Walt Disney Company, one of the world’s largest and most lucrative children’s entertainment entities, has received a wave of backlash after its leadership has opposed Florida’s anti-grooming legislation.

Dan Bongino, a political commentator and podcast host, said Thursday that a Disney insider had approached him with a peek into the negative feedback coming over the phones. Concerned callers wanted to let the company know that they weren’t happy with the increasingly woke direction Disney has taken.

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Ludlow Public Schools Secretly Promoted Our Kids’ Gender Transition, Parents Allege

A Massachusetts school district secretly promoted the gender transitions of a pair of siblings against their parent’s wishes, the outraged adults claim in a lawsuit.

Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri Ludlow said Ludlow Public Schools in middle-class Ludlow, Mass., “impermissibly inserted themselves into the private realm” of their family, superseding their “rights to make decisions regarding their children’s upbringing, mental health, and well being,” in a suit filed April 12 in Massachusetts federal court.

They had asked Paul L. Baird Middle School staff not to have private conversations with their kids about gender issues — but claim in court papers that the superintendent, principal, guidance counselor and teachers ignored the request, even referring to their biological daughter and son by other pronouns without the parents’ knowledge.

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UK: BBC to Use Doctor Who to ‘Tell Trans Stories’

The state-owned, publicly-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will use its flagship Doctor Who franchise to “tell trans stories”, according to its own reporting.

The notionally apolitical broadcaster announced on the front page of the BBC News website that it would be using the venerable science-fiction show — first aired in 1963 — to “let trans people tell trans stories”, linking to a story about an upcoming podcast spin-off.

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/16/2022

  1. If some of the rumors are true:
    After the fall of the USSR the russians offered the germans the Kaliningrad enclave for a few billions of euros.
    Kohl wanted to accept, but Genscher and a lot of the european leaders said NO. Too much of German Empire, 3rd Reich etc. Not to forget that Poland wanted to have the area too.

    Just imagine Kohl would have gone through. Then Kaliningrad, sorry then-now Königsberg, would be german – I assume demilitarized, but no nukes – and we wouldnt have some of the worries of today.

    To use a phrase of evil people: They didnt look beyond the curve (looking into the future).

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