Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/17/2022

Almost 2.8 million refugees have flooded into Poland since the war in Ukraine began. Meanwhile, the inflation rate in Poland is the highest it has been in 21 years.

In other news, Indian mujahideen attacked a Hindu festival procession in Delhi.

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Financial Crisis
» Poland’s Inflation at Its Highest in 21 Years Says Think-Tank
 
USA
» 10 Shot: 2 Juveniles Killed During Party at Pittsburgh Airbnb
» 14-Year-Old Girl Armed With Steak Knives Thwarts Home Invasion by Career Criminal With 140 Prior Arraignments
» 26-Year-Old Former Razorback Lineman Dies From Heart Attack
» 9 People Shot at South Carolina Club; No Fatalities, Police Say
» Andy Ngo Shares Videos of Protesters in G.R. Mich. Outside Kid Rock Concert, Attempting to Enter Hotel & Threatening Drivers
» Animal Rights Activist Carried Out of Arena After Chaining Herself to Basket to Protest Timberwolves Owner (Video)
» Antifa Set Fire at Portland Police Station in ‘Revenge’ Attack Over Michigan Police Shooting
» Austin Texas to Implement Pilot of Radical Socialist ‘Guaranteed Income’ Program
» Biden COVID Czar Ashish Jha: “The Pandemic is Not Over” (Video)
» BLM Supporter Cocks Pistol, Threatens to Shoot Driver Trying to Pass Through Patrick Lyoya Protest in Grand Rapids (Video)
» CIA Bombshell: The Sussman Data Was “User Created”
» Fairfax County Virgina Received Over $1.2 Million in Zuckerbucks in 2020 Election — Does This Explain the Three 300,000 Biden Ballot Drops on Election Night?
» Feinstein Pushes Back on Claims She is Mentally Unfit to Serve in Senate
» Majority of Rep. Liz Cheney’s Donors Do Not Live in Wyoming
» New York Times Holy Week Op-Ed: Let’s ‘Kill God’
» Numerous Student Deaths Puzzle St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis City
» Out on Bail: 14 Injured in Mall Shooting, Suspect Released on Bond
» Pollster on DeSantis: “He Will Not Run if Donald Trump Runs — End of Story” (Video)
» Stacey Abrams Increased Her Net Worth 3,000% in Less Than 4 Years — What is the Real Source of Her Income?
» Swamp Steps in? DOJ, SEC Launch “Joint Investigation” Targeting Elon Musk as He Attempts His ‘Hostile Takeover’ Of Twitter: Reports
» Watch: Joe Rogan Expresses Excitement Over Elon Musk’s Twitter Bid
 
Europe and the EU
» 27-Year-Old Italian Swimmer Dies Following Heart Attack Only a Month After Engagement
» Austria: Muslim Chases and Kicks Man Distributing Bibles Because His Shirt Said ‘Christ is God’ In Arabic
» British Ordinand Says Church of England Blocked His Progression Towards Priesthood Over His Conservative Views
» Scotland: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Reported to Police Over Allegedly Breaking Own Masking Rules
» Spain: Man Converts to Islam, Wanted to be ‘Best ISIS Sniper, ‘ Arrested for Possessing Bomb-Making Manuals
» Sweden Sees Days of Riots Over Qur’an-Burning Danish Politician
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: Seventy Arrested at Climate Change Protests
» UK: Knife-Wielding Muslim Attacks Jewish Man, Screaming in Arabic and Saying ‘I Want to Kill My First Jew’
» UK: Suicides Among Young People in Hull and East Yorkshire Hit 20-Year High
» Ukraine: PD’s Letta Criticizes Zelensky’s Steinmeier Snub
» Ukraine: Don’t Have Elements to Verify Genocide — Di Maio
» Ukraine Embassy Protests Via Crucis With Russian Family
 
Russia
» Arms to Kyiv Unleashing Apocalyptic Chain Reaction — ANPI
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Russians Bury General Killed in Battle for Mariupol
» Russia Says Ukrainians in Besieged Mariupol ‘Guaranteed to Keep Their Lives’ If They Surrender
 
South Asia
» India: Jihadi Attack on Hindu Festival Procession in Delhi
» India: ‘I Told Him to Stay Safe But He Led Mob Attack on My Family’: Hindu Victim of Khargone Violence Talks About Betrayal From His Muslim Neighbour
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Fulani Militants Kill 14 Christians in Nigeria
 
Immigration
» Britons Are Turned Away as Mini-Breaks Are Cancelled at Hotels for Migrants: Sue Reid Examines How Government Spends £5million a Day Block-Booking Rooms While Row Rages Over Africa Plan
» Illinois Now Providing Illegal Immigrants With Free Healthcare
» Ireland: Muslim Migrant Murders Two Homosexuals, Had List of More He Planned to Kill
» Italian Right Wingers Laud UK Rwanda Migrant Move
» Over 6,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Have Landed in Britain This Year, As Another 181 Arrive on Good Friday
» Poland Accepts Almost 2.8 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» Spain: Muslim Migrants Disrupt and Throw Stones at Another Catholic Procession
» UK: Woke Anglican Archbishop Uses Easter Message to Attack Border Controls
 
Culture Wars
» “Scientists” Glue Hands to Buildings, Throw Fake Blood Protesting Climate Change
» German Scrabble Introduces Non-Binary Tile
» Perv Parent Gives Elementary School Students Condom-Filled Easter Eggs
» Socialist Spain Makes ‘Annoying’ And ‘Offensive’ Abortion Protests a Crime
» Woke Britain: Police Forces, House of Lords Told to Use ‘Gender-Neutral’ Language
 

Poland’s Inflation at Its Highest in 21 Years Says Think-Tank

Poland’s inflation rate, which has a hit 21-year high, is the result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Polish Economic Institute (PIE), an advisory body to the government, said on Friday in reaction to the country’s March CPI data.

Last month, annual consumer inflation settled at 11.0 percent, the statistics office GUS said earlier on Friday.

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

10 Shot: 2 Juveniles Killed During Party at Pittsburgh Airbnb

PITTSBURGH — Two juveniles were killed and at least 10 people were shot early Sunday in a shooting during a party at an Airbnb in Pittsburgh, authorities said.

According to the Pittsburgh Police Department, officials said they received multiple ShotSpotter alerts just after 12:30 a.m. EDT in the North Side area of the city, WPXI-TV reported. When police arrived, more shots were being fired and several youths were fleeing from an Airbnb property, the television station reported.

Update 1:55 p.m. EDT April 17: Police initially said that 11 people were shot, but authorities revised the figures at a news conference Sunday afternoon, WPXI-TV reported. The number of people shot is now 10, with fatalities remaining at two. Five other people were injured while trying to flee from the gunfire, police said…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

14-Year-Old Girl Armed With Steak Knives Thwarts Home Invasion by Career Criminal With 140 Prior Arraignments

A 14-year-old girl in Massachusetts awoke to the sound of a 58-year-old man burglarizing her home when she sprang into action, armed herself, and chased the man from her home while recording his license plate number.

The intruder, identified by Middleborough Police as Joseph Ridge, has an incredibly long rap sheet with over 140 arraignments since 1980 and “a history of violence” according to CBS Boston. Considering how obvious it is that this man will never be rehabilitated by the corrections system, his latest crime only underscores how criminal justice has been irreparably broken by the radical progressive left.

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

26-Year-Old Former Razorback Lineman Dies From Heart Attack

Former Razorback lineman and St. Louis native Brian Wallace died from a heart attack this past week.

He was 26-years-old.

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

9 People Shot at South Carolina Club; No Fatalities, Police Say

FURMAN, S.C. — Authorities said nine people were shot early Sunday in a nightclub in Furman, South Carolina.

It was the second mass shooting in the state within 24 hours. On Saturday, gunfire at the Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia resulted in 14 people being hurt, with nine suffering gunshot wounds.

Update 3:30 p.m. EDT April 17: The shooting occurred at Cara’s Lounge in Furman, South Carolina, WLTX-TV reported, citing the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. The agency received a request from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office to lead the investigation.

An “Easter Bash” event that featured music by a disc jockey and exotic dancers was held at the club Saturday, according to a Facebook post promoting the event…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Andy Ngo Shares Videos of Protesters in G.R. Mich. Outside Kid Rock Concert, Attempting to Enter Hotel & Threatening Drivers

A police officer shooting a suspect who grabbed his taser in Grand Rapids, Michigan earlier this month has led to protests in the city:

The shooting happened the morning of April 4 on Nelson Avenue north of Griggs Street on the city’s Southeast side. The officer pulled Lyoya over around 8:11 a.m. after realizing that the plate on the car he was driving didn’t match the vehicle. GRPD has not said why the officer ran the plate.

A still from April 4, 2022 body cam footage. A GRPD officer shot and killed Patrick Lyoya. (Courtesy Grand Rapids Police Department)

Dashboard camera and body camera video shows that as soon as he stopped Lyoya, Lyoya got out of the car. The officer told him to get back in the car, but Lyoya didn’t. The officer asked him if he had a license. Lyoya seemed confused. The officer asked if he spoke English. Lyoya said he did. The officer asked again for his license. Lyoya asked what he had done wrong. The officer told Lyoya the plate didn’t match the car and repeated that he wanted to see his license. Lyoya opened the driver’s side door of the car and asked someone inside for his license. It’s unclear whether or not the passenger could find the license, but Lyoya closed the door without getting it.

When Lyoya stepped away, the officer tried to stop him. Lyoya then ran away and the officer gave chase, reporting that over his radio. A long struggle ensued in the front yards of houses, with the officer trying to hold Lyoya down but Lyoya repeatedly trying to get back up. After about 30 seconds, the officer called for more cars.

In the video, the officer is seen atop Lyoya, struggling to hold him down. The officer can be heard telling Lyoya to “stop” and “stop resisting.”

The officer drew his Taser. The bodycam video shows Lyoya grab for it as the sound of it deploying can be heard.

Winstrom said Lyoya was shot in the head.

There have been protests in Grand Rapids since that happened, and Saturday night they continued. Andy Ngo shared the story and some videos.

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

Animal Rights Activist Carried Out of Arena After Chaining Herself to Basket to Protest Timberwolves Owner (Video)

A far-left animal rights activist threw flyers on the court before chaining herself to the basket stanchion during a Grizzlies-Timberwolves game on Saturday.

Zoe Rosenburg, the activist representing animal rights group “Direct Action Everywhere” disrupted the game to protest Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor’s ‘inhumane treatment’ of animals following an outbreak of bird flu at one of his egg factories.

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

Antifa Set Fire at Portland Police Station in ‘Revenge’ Attack Over Michigan Police Shooting

On Saturday night, Antifa and other far-left militants in Portland gathered for a vigil held for Patrick Lyoya, a black man who was fatally shot by a Grand Rapids officer earlier this month, and caused damage across the northern part of the city to small businesses as well as a Portland Police Bureau precinct.

According to Portland Police, the group gathered in Peninsula Park, and began marching through the city at 9 pm.

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

Austin Texas to Implement Pilot of Radical Socialist ‘Guaranteed Income’ Program

Citizens in Austin, Texas who are classified as facing ‘extreme hardship’ will receive $1,000 per month for a year in the program that promises to reduce crime.

A total of 85 Austin residents will receive monthly balloon payments of $1,000 according to the city’s Equity Office. Information on how those residents will be chosen and what they will need to qualify for the program has not yet been announced.

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

Biden COVID Czar Ashish Jha: “The Pandemic is Not Over” (Video)

Joe Biden’s Covid czar Ashish Jha on Sunday said the pandemic is not over.

ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked Dr. Jha, “Is Covid still a crisis?”

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

BLM Supporter Cocks Pistol, Threatens to Shoot Driver Trying to Pass Through Patrick Lyoya Protest in Grand Rapids (Video)

Black Lives Matter thugs on Saturday night were out protesting the officer-involved shooting of Patrick Lyoya, a black man who was fatally shot after violently resisting arrest last week.

As previously reported, various videos of the scene show Lyoya, 26, and another passenger being pulled over in a residential neighborhood.

A police officer exits his patrol car and instructs Lyoya to stay in his car.

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

CIA Bombshell: The Sussman Data Was “User Created”

Authored by Techno Fog via The Reactionary

My late Friday night involved hitting refresh on PACER every so often, incurring the $0.10 charge for each search result as I waited on Special Counsel John Durham’s latest filing in the Michael Sussman case. (Exciting, I know.)

The motion exceeded expectations, discussing CIA conclusions that Sussmann was providing implausible data to federal authorities, providing CIA notes regarding their meeting with Sussman, and confirmation that they essentially spied on President-Elect Trump.

The motion can be found here. It was filed as part of the government’s efforts to convince the court that the evidence it seeks to admit in Sussman’s trial is relevant and admissible. Let’s go through the most important parts.

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

Fairfax County Virgina Received Over $1.2 Million in Zuckerbucks in 2020 Election — Does This Explain the Three 300,000 Biden Ballot Drops on Election Night?

Were Zuckerbucks linked to the three 330,000 vote drops for Joe Biden in Fairfax County Virginia on Election night 2020?

After the 2020 Election, The Gateway Pundit looked into the results in various states. One state that TGP explored was Virginia. We focused on that state because the results didn’t make sense. All-day and night during the Election on November 3rd, 2020, President Trump was ahead. He never was behind at any point in the day. Then late at night with President Trump still ahead, the state was called for Joe Biden. Up until that point in time, there was no indication that Biden was even in the race.

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

Feinstein Pushes Back on Claims She is Mentally Unfit to Serve in Senate

Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein pushed back on claims she is mentally unfit to serve in the senate.

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, Feinstein is in such bad shape that her own Democrat colleagues want her to retire before her term expires at the end of 2024.

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

Majority of Rep. Liz Cheney’s Donors Do Not Live in Wyoming

The vast majority of Rep. Liz Cheney’s donors do not live in Wyoming and will not be able to vote for her.

The Wyoming primary is on August 16.

Cheney may have raised millions, but only $202,980 came from donors in Wyoming.

Challenger Harriet Hageman, who Trump has endorsed, has raised about $745,382 — with the majority coming from in-state donors.

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

New York Times Holy Week Op-Ed: Let’s ‘Kill God’

The New York Times published an op-ed urging the public to abandon their belief in God ahead of Easter, one of the holiest weekends of the year.

God is to blame for “war and violence” and “oppression and suffering,” warns the article titled “In This Time of War, I Propose We Give Up God.”

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

Numerous Student Deaths Puzzle St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis City

Since the fall semester began there have been six student deaths and one resident physician who have died at St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.

At least four of the deaths were suicides. The rest have not been announced. One student was a swimmer, sailor and Eagle Scout from Kansas.

The universities are puzzled by the number of deaths this year.

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

Out on Bail: 14 Injured in Mall Shooting, Suspect Released on Bond

Jewayne M. Price was released on a $25,000 bond despite being one of three suspected gunmen involved in a shootout that left 14 people injured inside South Carolina’s Columbiana Centre Mall yesterday.

Price, 22, will be forced to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting charges, but in the meantime, he will be allowed to travel to and from work.

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

Pollster on DeSantis: “He Will Not Run if Donald Trump Runs — End of Story” (Video)

The media is trying to start a rivalry between President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — two extremely popular conservatives.

Pollster Richard Baris dumped cold water on an idea of a rivalry between the two.

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

Stacey Abrams Increased Her Net Worth 3,000% in Less Than 4 Years — What is the Real Source of Her Income?

Stacey Abrams has increased her net worth by over 3,000 times in a couple of years. How did this happen?

In the age of corruption and stolen elections, Stacey Abrams may have eaten the cake.

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

Swamp Steps in? DOJ, SEC Launch “Joint Investigation” Targeting Elon Musk as He Attempts His ‘Hostile Takeover’ Of Twitter: Reports

Elon Musk isn’t one to back down from a challenge, and he is proving that fact yet again in his ongoing attempt to purchase Twitter outright in a bid to restore freedom of speech to the internet. However, his bold move caused the establishment to put a target on his back. As of this week, both Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have reportedly opened new investigations into the billionaire Tesla founder, according to reports.

Curious timing.

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

Watch: Joe Rogan Expresses Excitement Over Elon Musk’s Twitter Bid

Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan expressed excitement on Saturday’s episode of his popular podcast about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter.

Rogan was dressed in a wig for the episode, which had fellow comedian Duncan Trussell, host of the “Duncan Trussell Family Hour” podcast, appearing as a guest. The room was lit by several candles surrounding Rogan as he spoke.

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

27-Year-Old Italian Swimmer Dies Following Heart Attack Only a Month After Engagement

Italian swimmer Mariasofia Paparo has died following a heart attack just shy of her 28th birthday.

Euro Weekly reported:

The swimmer died suddenly at the age of 27 after suffering a cardiac arrest in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples) on Monday, April 11, according to local reports.

Her fiancé and fellow swimmer Matteo Scarpati, who had successfully proposed on March 13, paid tribute to the woman he planned to marry.

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

Austria: Muslim Chases and Kicks Man Distributing Bibles Because His Shirt Said ‘Christ is God’ In Arabic

“They indeed have disbelieved who say, Indeed, Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary.” (Qur’an 5:17)

“Radical man attacks Bible distributors in the middle of Vienna,” translated from “Radikaler Mann attackiert mitten in Wien Bibel-Verteiler,” Heute, April 13, 2022 (thanks to Medforth).

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

British Ordinand Says Church of England Blocked His Progression Towards Priesthood Over His Conservative Views

An Anglican ordinand and presenter for GB News recently claimed that his progression towards priesthood has been blocked by the Church of England because of his conservative beliefs.

Calvin Robinson, who is currently in theological college training to become a priest, said in a recent interview with GB News that the Church of England has blocked his progression towards priesthood and cancelled his ordination because of his political leaning.

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

Scotland: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Reported to Police Over Allegedly Breaking Own Masking Rules

The First Minister of the North Britain regional administration Scottish Government has been referred to the police over an alleged breach of her own coronavirus mask rules after a social media video caught her going without.

Police confirmed they were assessing a complaint against Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of the Scottish devolved government after she was seen in a social media video clip visiting a shop in East Kilbride while not wearing a mask. Sturgeon posted footage of the visit to social media herself — she is presently fighting an election campaign and the visit was part of that — in which she was seen masked, but she was not the only person present with a camera.

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

Spain: Man Converts to Islam, Wanted to be ‘Best ISIS Sniper, ‘ Arrested for Possessing Bomb-Making Manuals

Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the crazy idea that his new religion, which everyone in the Western world knows is peaceful, teaches warfare against unbelievers. Authorities persist in showing no interest whatsoever in why this keeps happening.

“The National Police detain a radicalized Spanish convert in Madrid who possessed manuals on the manufacture of explosives,” translated from “La Policia Nacional detiene en Madrid a un español converso radicalizado que poseia manuales sobre la fabricación de explosivos,” Policia Nacional, April 8, 2022 (thanks to Medforth).

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

Sweden Sees Days of Riots Over Qur’an-Burning Danish Politician

On Thursday and Friday, Swedish cities saw cars set on fire and police injured as a result of rioting by people opposed to demonstrations by Qur’an-burning politician Rasmus Paludan.

On Thursday, riots and violence took place in the Skäggetorp area of the city of Linköping ahead of a demonstration by Danish anti-Islam politician Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Stram Kurs party.

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

UK: Extinction Rebellion: Seventy Arrested at Climate Change Protests

Seventy people were arrested during a spate of Extinction Rebellion protests across London.

Six people, including two Olympic athletes, were detained for scaling and gluing themselves to an oil tanker near Hyde Park on Saturday, police said.

Dozens more were arrested at Marble Arch as demonstrators climbed the structure to attach a green banner reading “end fossil fuels now”.

Protesters also blocked the road and surrounded a car.

Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and sailor Laura Baldwin were among those who glued themselves to the oil tanker.

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

UK: Knife-Wielding Muslim Attacks Jewish Man, Screaming in Arabic and Saying ‘I Want to Kill My First Jew’

“The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)

“CAA Offers £10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction in Connection with ‘Life-or-Death’ Antisemitic Attack in West Hampstead,” Campaign Against Antisemitism, April 14, 2022.

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

UK: Suicides Among Young People in Hull and East Yorkshire Hit 20-Year High

Concerns are rising for children as bleak figures show the number of young people in England who took their lives last year reached a 20-year high. Some 581 people aged 24 and under tragically died by suicide in 2021, data published by the Office of National Statistics this week shows.

The number of suicides overall has been rising steadily since 2002 when current records began. However, the figures come as a charity supporting young people affected by suicide saw a huge jump in calls in the past two years.

Papyrus says young people today are facing never before seen levels of social pressure which is contributing to hopelessness and despair. Volunteers for the charity saw a 25% surge in the number of calls, texts and emails through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Ukraine: PD’s Letta Criticizes Zelensky’s Steinmeier Snub

President of EU State cannot be ‘persona non grata’

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 13 — Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta on Wednesday criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to consider German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier unwelcome in Kyiv, forcing him to pull out of a planned visit with the heads of state of Poland and the three Baltic states.

Steinmeier is seen as a symbol of the soft stance Berlin had with respect to Moscow before the invasion of Ukraine.

“The president of a European Union country cannot be considered persona non grata by a country that is a candidate to enter the European Union,” Letta said via Twitter.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine: Don’t Have Elements to Verify Genocide — Di Maio

Must restart peace talks,Italy embassy back after Easter says FM

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 15 — Italy does not have “elements” to verify whether a genocide is taking place in Ukraine as stated by United States President Joe Biden, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Friday.

“Italy does not have the elements to assess whether a genocide is taking place in Ukraine but the atrocities are evident, like the children killed and the civilians killed,” he told Radio24.

“We have called on the International (Criminal) Court (to assess atrocity evidence against Russia)”.

Di Maio added that Italy expects the conflict to intensify in eastern Ukraine where Russian President Valdimir Putin has said Moscow troops are bidding to take over the Donbass region.

Di Maio stressed the importance of reviving the stalled peace process.

“We must stop the escalation, stop the war in Ukraine. We must revive the process of dialogue between Ukraine and Russia.

“(Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky has made important overtures, now it is Putin who must speak.

“Let’s hope that at least the Orthodox Easter, which falls a week after ours, (on April 24) may be an opportunity to convince the Russian to (agree to) a ceasefire.

“We are working on it because it is the only way to evacuate from eastern Ukraine, where the attacks are intensifying, the civilians, empty the orphanages, send the children away, away from the Russian bombs.” The foreign ministry said the Italian embassy would be once more operational in Kyiv after Easter.

“We will spend Easter working to bring back the Italian ambassador to Kyiv in safety and security,” Di Maio told Radio 24.

“Immediately after Easter (the embassy) will be fully operational and it will be another signal to say that we are close to the Ukrainian institutions”, the foreign minister told the Italian radio station.

Di Maio went on: “We must build humanitarian corridors. The more talks increase, the more corridors will increase too.

“I understand that Putin is not giving signals of peace when he says that they must complete operations.

“For this reason we must continue with sanctions. If food products cost more in Italy today it is because the Ukrainian ships are no longer leaving with supplies to replenish stocks,” he said.

Di Maio added that the Baltic States felt threatened and that Italy cannot submit to blackmail over paying roubles for Russian gas.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine Embassy Protests Via Crucis With Russian Family

Women from two countries slated to bear cross at Colosseum Fri

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 12 — The Ukrainian embassy to the Holy See on Tuesday protested against the Vatican’s decision to have the cross carried by Ukrainian and Russian families together on the second-last station of the cross at the Via Crucis with Pope Francis at the Colosseum this Good Friday.

Ambassador Andrii Yurash tweeted: “Ukraine Embassy to Holy See understands&shares general concern in Ukraine &many other communities about idea to bring together Ukrainian & Russian women to carry Cross during Friday’s CrossRoad at Collosseum.

Now we are working on the issue trying to explain difficulties of its realization and possible consequences”.

The two families have been entrusted with bearing the cross which represents the one Jesus carried up to Calvary on the 13th station of the cross, after which a family of migrants will take it on the 14th and final stage of its journey around the ancient Roman monument.

The Via Crucis will start at 21:15 on Friday, Good Friday, the day marking Jesus’s crucifixion, two days before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The 13th Station meditation was penned by the pair of families who from the current political point-of-view should have nothing to do with each other: one hails from Ukraine and the other from Russia, Vatican News said.

Yet, together they have written about the pain of death and destruction—how life seems to lose meaning and hate gives way to hopelessness and silence—and together they carry the Cross of Christ for the Station that marks His own death.

“We wake up in the morning and feel happy for a few moments, but then we suddenly think how difficult it will be to reconcile ourselves to all this. Lord where are you? Speak to us amid the silence of death and division, and teach us to be peacemakers, brothers and sisters, and to rebuild what bombs tried to destroy.” Francis has condemned the Ukraine war and a visit by the pope to Kyiv has been discussed, if it can help achieve peace after the Russian invasion.

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Arms to Kyiv Unleashing Apocalyptic Chain Reaction — ANPI

Catastrophe looming, wrong to compare Italy, Ukraine resistances

Sending more and more arms to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion is “unleashing an apocalyptic chain reaction,” the president of Italian WWII partisans’ group ANPI said Friday, in another plea for peace after controversial stances seen as being soft on Moscow.

“They are creating an apocalyptic chain reaction that could lead to a catastrophe,” said Gianfranco Pagliarulo.

The ANPI chief added that “it is wrong to identify the Italian Resistance with the Ukrainian resistance.,” saying that “our Resistance took place in a completely different historical context”.

He also said that NATO flags would be “inappropriate” at the upcoming April 25 Liberation Day celebrations marking Italy’s liberation from the Fascists and Nazis during WWII.

“We must speak of peace and I don’t think that NATO is a peace organization,” he said.

Pagliarulo denied being pro-Moscow saying ANP may sue anyone who makes that allegation and said that the organization had “never been equidistant in this conflict, we’ve always been on the side of the attacked over the aggressors”.

But he repeated that ANPI had always been against sending arms to Ukraine, saying there was a risk of “creating a new Afghanistan in the heart of Europe”.

Asked if he would give in to calls to resign for his allegedly pro-Putin stances, Pagliarulo said “don’t make me laugh” and said that he had been “completely misrepresented” as a supporter of the Russia president, Vladimir Putin.

Among the reactions to Pagliarulo’s statements, centre-left Democratic Party (PD) former Senate whip Andrea Marcucci said “the ANPI head’s statements continue to be very questionable.

The Ukrainian resistance helped by Europe is a way to convince Putin to dialogue. The alternative is surrender”.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: The last Ukrainian troops holding out in besieged Mariupol rejected Moscow’s ultimatum on Sunday that they surrender or face destruction by Russian forces, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned an all-out Russian assault on the troops would endanger further peace negotiations.

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: Russia warned of the potential for unintended incidents with NATO forces in the Arctic, citing what it called a destabilizing military buildup in the region by the U.S.-led bloc.

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.

World-Wide: The Biden administration is warning of financial implications for countries that don’t condemn the brutality of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday Mass, warning that the conflict could lead to nuclear war.

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Russians Bury General Killed in Battle for Mariupol

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian general whose troops have been besieging the Ukrainian port of Mariupol was buried on Saturday in St Petersburg after dying in battle, the governor said.

Major General Vladimir Frolov was deputy commander of the 8th Army, which Russian media identified as being among the forces battering Mariupol for weeks.

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Russia Says Ukrainians in Besieged Mariupol ‘Guaranteed to Keep Their Lives’ If They Surrender

MOSCOW, KYIV (AP) — The Russian military has told Ukrainian troops in the besieged port of Mariupol that if they lay down their weapons they will be “guaranteed to keep their lives.”

The Russian Defence Ministry made the announcement early Sunday. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said that the Ukrainians encircled at the giant Azovstal steel factory were given until 1 p.m. (1000 GMT) to surrender.

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India: Jihadi Attack on Hindu Festival Procession in Delhi

Jahangirpuri Violence on Hanuman Jayanti: Prime accused Ansar and Aslam taken to Police Custody, other 12 accused sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Upendra Bharati | HENB | New Delhi | April 17, 2022:: When there is Hindu Festivals like Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayati, Durga Puja Visarjan (immersion), Karwa Yatra there are some severe disruptions by the frenzy Muslim community. But there is never any disruption by Hindus on their festivals. The deep-rooted Hindu-hate in the section of a majority Muslim community is the root cause of national disturbance leading to communal riots. The so called ‘peaceful community’ get triggered by anything, anytime & anywhere against the ‘Kaffirs’.

Though the rate of communal riots has been reduced under the regime of Modi Govt in the Center and various states run under BJP control in the last couple of years, this year Ram Navami clebrations were attacked by the Jihadi group of Muslim people at Karauli and Khargone in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively during the Ram Navami processions. The Hanuman Jayati procession in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri triggered a risky communal situations seen widespread at adjacent Uttam Nagar, Jamia Nagar and Jasola areas.

An uneasy calm prevailed in Jahangirpuri’s C Block on Sunday, a day after violence broke out during a Hanuman Jayanti procession. Shops and markets near the Jahangirpuri Metro Station were functioning as usual on Sunday and there was a heavy police deployment in C Block, the epicentre of the violence that left eight police personnel and a local injured.

Manoj Kumar, a local man said he was at his shop in C Block when the violence broke out.

“I saw people screaming and rushing inside their houses…Previously I have seen verbal altercations between the communities here. People in the procession were carrying weapons but stone pelting was done by Muslims first,” Kumar claimed.

Amzad Sheikh, a resident of C Block, said he was inside the mosque in C Block when the violence broke out on Saturday evening.

“They (participants of Hanuman Jayanti procession) were chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and raising ‘provocative slogans’. They wanted to forcibly enter a nearby mosque and started tying to place saffron flags all around creating ruckus between the groups fighting each others and stone pelting started.”

The claim of Amzad was not supported with the version of Delhi Police probing the incident.

In available video, it is seen that Muslims in Islamic caps were wielding swords and screaming with ‘Allah ho Akbar’ to incite the violence.

Security has been beefed up in and around C and D blocks near the mosque. Barricades have been put up and police personnel deployed at every 200 metres. Despite this, shops around the mosque were all shut.

Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest), Usha Rangnani told, “20 accused arrested and 2 juveniles in conflict with law have also been apprehended in connection with Jahangirpuri violence case. 3 firearms and 5 swords have been recovered from the possession of the accused persons. Further investigation under way”.

The central agencies are trying to establish whether Delhi’s Jahangirpuri violence has any links with the recent violent incidents in Karauli and Khargone in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh respectively during the Ram Navami processions.

Accused in Jahangirpuri violence case were produced to Rohini court by Delhi Police.

Rohini court sent two prime accused namely Ansar and Aslam to police custody for one day in connection with the Jahangirpuri violence case. The remaining 12 accused have been sent to judicial custody.

In Rohini court, Delhi Police alleges that the main accused namely Ansar and Aslam got to know about the ‘Shobha Yatra’ on April 15 and then they built up this conspiracy.

Delhi Police also said, “We have to go details through the CCTV footage and identify others involved in this case.”

A delegation of the Vishva Hindu Parishad on Sunday met Delhi police commissioner Rakesh Asthana and submitted a memorandum demanding strict action against those involved in the violence during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Jahangirpuri. It also said that there should be an investigation against those officials who allegedly instead of restraining the culprits tried stopping the procession.

The injured over a dozen in the Jahangirpuri violence are being treated at Babu Jagjeevan Ram Memorial Hospital. The condition of the Delhi police sub-inspector who received the bullet injury is stated to be stable, officials said…

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India: ‘I Told Him to Stay Safe But He Led Mob Attack on My Family’: Hindu Victim of Khargone Violence Talks About Betrayal From His Muslim Neighbour

Days after the Khargone Ram Navami violence, Hindus who suffered in the riots have been sharing dreadful stories of betrayal, perfidy and treachery they endured from their Muslim neighbours. On Friday, one of the Hindus revealed to the media that he was attacked by his Muslim neighbor to whom he had alerted about the riots and asked to stay safe amid the violence.

In an exclusive conversation with India TV, the Hindu victim said that he had asked his Muslim neighbors to stay secure amid the escalating violence. He stated that his neighbors defrauded him and joined the rioters who were pelting stones and petrol bombs on Hindu residences.

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Fulani Militants Kill 14 Christians in Nigeria

04/12/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) — Fulani militants killed 14 Christians, including women and children, in Nigeria’s Benue State on Monday night. The attack happened around midnight in the Tarka Local Government Area, close to the state capital of Makurdi.

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Britons Are Turned Away as Mini-Breaks Are Cancelled at Hotels for Migrants: Sue Reid Examines How Government Spends £5million a Day Block-Booking Rooms While Row Rages Over Africa Plan

At Easter, the four-star hotel close to Britain’s most popular theme park, Legoland, is usually full of holidaymakers.

Visitors rave about the spa and the swimming pool plus the fact that it’s a short hop to Windsor Castle, Ascot racecourse and the moorings of river Thames pleasure boats.

But this weekend, the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead, Berkshire, was closed to tourists, outraging Britons who were hoping to stay there. It is now the home of migrants who have sailed across the Channel after paying traffickers thousands of pounds a head for the 21-mile journey.

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Illinois Now Providing Illegal Immigrants With Free Healthcare

In a privilege not granted to most Americans, illegal immigrants in Illinois between the ages of 55 and 64 can now receive taxpayer funded healthcare.

On July 1, the program will expand to cover eligible illegal immigrants between the ages of 42 to 54 as well.

The initial program was approved by state lawmakers in 2021 and has now gone into effect.

Illegal immigrants who qualify will not have to pay for doctor and hospital visits, lab tests, physical and occupational therapy, mental health, substance abuse disorder services, dental and vision services, or prescription drugs.

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Ireland: Muslim Migrant Murders Two Homosexuals, Had List of More He Planned to Kill

A hadith depicts Muhammad specifying the punishment for homosexual activity: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’“ (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)

“Sligo suspect ‘planned to kill more men in the coming days,’“ by John Mooney, The Times, April 14, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Italian Right Wingers Laud UK Rwanda Migrant Move

EU chides London for sending migrants 6,000 km away

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 14 — Right wingers in Italy on Thursday hailed Britain’s controversial move to send migrants and asylum seekers who cross the English Channel to Rwanda, an African country 6,000 miles away with a sketchy human rights record.

Nationalist League party leader tweeted “Who’s going to explain it to sleepy (Interior Minister Luciana) Lamorgese???”, saying Rome should follow London’s lead.

His hard right ally Georgia Meloni of Brothers of Italy (FdI) said “the announcement from Conservative Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson once more gives the lie to the left which says illegal immigration is impossible to stop.

“As always maintained by FdI, blocking departures and clandestine immigration is possible: you only have to want to”.

European Internal Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson tweeted Thursday: “Sending asylum seekers more than 6000 km away and outsourcing asylum processes is not a humane and dignified migration policy. I have been informed of the #UK Government’s new migration strategy, which I think raises fundamental questions about #asylum and #protection”.

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Over 6,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Have Landed in Britain This Year, As Another 181 Arrive on Good Friday

Over six thousand illegal migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats since the start of the year, as hundreds more arrived during the recent spate of warm weather.

Following the Royal Navy taking over “operational command” over the growing migrant crisis this week, a further 181 illegal aliens were Brough ashore on Good Friday, ITV News reported.

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Poland Accepts Almost 2.8 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 2.781 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.

The SG wrote on Twitter that, on Friday, Border Guard officers carried out 24,400 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, a drop of 9 percent compared to the previous day.

The Border Guard also said that the number of arrivals by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday had reached 5,400 people.

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Spain: Muslim Migrants Disrupt and Throw Stones at Another Catholic Procession

The Muslim migrants throw stones as the pilgrims in Mecca stone Satan. The stoning is a gesture of utter contempt for and horror at the “idolatry” that the Catholic procession represents in their view. It is not, as they see it, a simple act of thuggery; it is an affirmation of their adherence to monotheism and a rejection of what is evil.

What will Spain look like in five years? Ten? How long before Catholic processions are banned by authorities?

“Total outrage in Granada: refugees disrupt a procession by throwing objects,” translated from “Indignación total en Granada: un grupo de menas boicotea una procesión lanzando objetos,” by Borja Jiménez, OKDiario, April 15, 2022 (thanks to Medforth).

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UK: Woke Anglican Archbishop Uses Easter Message to Attack Border Controls

Archbishop Justin Welby, the de facto head of the Church of England, has used his Easter message to attack British government plans to transfer some male boat migrants to Rwanda while their asylum claims are processed, claiming the policy “is the opposite of the nature of God”.

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“Scientists” Glue Hands to Buildings, Throw Fake Blood Protesting Climate Change

“Scientists” all across the globe took to the streets to protest climate change. This is after the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report.

The report called for “rapid and deep” cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.

The Hill reported:

More than 1,000 scientists from over 25 countries took part in the protests to highlight the findings from a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report stating humanity only has three more years to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The report states that “rapid and deep” cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed by 2025 to keep the planet below 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming and avoid the most severe climate disasters.

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German Scrabble Introduces Non-Binary Tile

The game manufacturer Mattel will also offer a gender tile (*in) for the board game. “With the gender tile in Scrabble, we have the opportunity to provide the impetus for gender-appropriate language. It is a visible sign that the rules of the game have changed in society,” the company said.

Thanks to the “innovation”, gendering “can be easily learned in a playful way and transferred into everyday language use,” the company emphasized. The use of the gender tile in the game is rewarded with ten points.

The game instructions for Scrabble will also be changed from autumn.

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Perv Parent Gives Elementary School Students Condom-Filled Easter Eggs

During Thursday’s dismissal time at an Austin, Texas, elementary school, students leaving before the long weekend were greeted by a parent dressed as the Easter Bunny, who gave out an unusual item: unopened condoms.

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Socialist Spain Makes ‘Annoying’ And ‘Offensive’ Abortion Protests a Crime

A new Spanish law has outlawed harassment of women seeking abortions at abortion clinics, which includes annoying or offending those seeking an abortion, with offenders facing up to a year in prison.

The new pro-abortion reform came into effect this week and states that anyone who “hinders the exercise of the right to the voluntary interruption of pregnancy” by “annoying, offensive, intimidating or coercive acts that undermine her freedom,” could face between three months and a year in behind bars.

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Woke Britain: Police Forces, House of Lords Told to Use ‘Gender-Neutral’ Language

The encroachment of LGBT ideology into British institutions has seen police officers and even the House of Lords instructed to refrain from using gendered language in order to be more “inclusive”.

Police in Britain are now being told to use “gender-neutral” was of addressing others instead of using the traditional “sir” or “ma’am” so that they ensure people feel “safe”.

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