Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/21/2022

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that Germany will stop its imports of Russian energy by the end of this year. Meanwhile, in an audience with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Pope Francis praised Hungary for its acceptance of Ukrainian refugees.

In other news, the imam of the Grand Mosque of Paris advised the faithful to vote to re-elect President Emmanuel Macron and defeat Marine Le Pen.

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Financial Crisis
» Bidenflation: Elon Musk Tells Tesla Shareholders That Inflation is Much Worse Than What’s Being Reported
 
USA
» Biden Could Face Trump-Appointed Judges in Mask Appeal Case
» Black Americans Murdered Jumps 32 Per Cent Thanks to Black Lives Matter
» Breaking: Trump Slams CNN+ After Platform Folds in Just 21 Days
» CNN+ To Shut Down One Month After Launch
» DeSantis’ Office Releases Examples of Rejected CRT-Inspired Math Textbooks
» ‘Fake News!’ — Farage Says Donald Trump Was ‘Stitched Up’ By ‘Disgraceful’ Piers Morgan
» Florida Pol Behind ‘Victims of Communism Day’ Named State Education Chief
» Florida House Passes Bill to Dissolve Disney’s Special Tax District, Sending it to Desantis’ Desk
» Internet Mocks PETA Protesters Who Glued Themselves to Starbucks Counter
» Kamala’s Chief of Staff to Leave Office, Citing ‘Personal Reasons’
» MSNBC Anchor Compares Ron DeSantis to Russian Soldiers Who Rape Children
» Pentagon Announces $800M in Assistance for Ukraine, Including Newly-Developed ‘Phoenix Ghost’ Drones
» Seattle Elementary School Teacher Charged With Molestation of Student
» South Carolina House Advances Bill Banning ‘Critical Race Theory’ Instruction in K-12 Schools
» Spotify Won’t Renew Podcast Deal With the Obamas
» These 10 Incidents Highlight Importance of Second Amendment for Women
» Top Prosecutor Drops Out of Whitmer Kidnapping Case
» Trump Says Biden Has Done More Damage in Year Than 5 Worst Presidents Combined
» Tulsi Gabbard Takes Legal Action Against Mitt Romney and Keith Olbermann
» Twitter Jumps After Musk Files 13d Signaling Tender, ‘Funding Secured’
» Two Pittsburgh Men Plead Guilty to Charges From 2020 Protests
» U.S. Self-Defense Law — ‘Harsh’ by International Standards?
» Video: Ted Cruz Obliterates Lefty Yale Student Who Accused Him of Being Racist
» Video: Elon Musk Again Sounds Alarm Over Depopulation
» WaPo’s Doxxing of Libs of Tik Tok Leads to Targeted Harassment of Woman With the Same Name
» Watch: Biden Mixes Up Title 42 and the Lifting of Airplane Mask Mandates
» Who is David Bonola? Suspect in Orsolya Gaal Murder Case Arrested
 
Canada
» Alberta Church Faces Up to $1.3 Million in Fines for Blocking COVID Inspectors
» Canadian MP Promises to Review COVID Vaccine Deaths if Elected Conservative Party Leader
» Canadian Civil Liberties Association Intervening on Compelled Speech Sanction
» Large Canadian Meatpacker Given Green Light to Potentially Fire Unvaccinated Employees
» Quebec Was the Worst Province for Human Rights Violations During COVID: Legal Group Report
» Should Canada Drop Vaccine Mandates for Air Travel? Torontonians React
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech Companies Contracted to Repair Damaged Combat Equipment From Ukraine
» Denmark PM Says Answer to Defeat Putin is to Go MORE Green
» Election Interference? Czech Billionaire Accused of Changing Headline to Favor Macron in French Magazine
» European Union Asks Citizens to ‘Work From Home to Beat Putin’
» France: Grand Mosque of Paris Urges Muslims to Vote for Macron and Defeat Le Pen
» France: Extinction Rebellion Extremists Occupy Busy Paris Road for Days
» Germany to End Oil Imports From Russia by End of Year, Says Foreign Minister
» Italian City First to Introduce Social Credit System in Autumn
» Italy: Rapper Hurts Two Cops After Being Stopped in Milan
» Italy: Non-Muslim Mum Stops Muslim Son Observing Ramadan for Health
» Italy: 5 FN Members Risk Trial Over Anti-Green Pass Appeals
» Mariasofia Paparo: 27-Year-Old Italian Professional Swimmer and Master’s Degree Student Dies “Suddenly and Unexpectedly” Of a Heart Attack
» Presidential Debate: Macron ‘Arrogant’ But More Convincing, Le Pen ‘Closer to the French’
» Red Army Monuments Torn Down Across Poland as War in Ukraine Rages
» ‘This is Fascism’ — Populist Conservatives Targeted With Criminal Investigations in Slovakia, Including Country’s Former PM
» UK: Djokovic Calls Wimbledon Ban on Russian Players “Crazy”
» Vatican Keeps All COVID Requirements in Place Despite Relaxation of Mandates in Italy
» Will it Work? Poland Refuses to Pay for More Pfizer Vaccines
 
Middle East
» Lebanon: Beirut: Tension During Sit-in Close to Parliament
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Putin Tells Army Not to Storm Mariupol Steel Plant
» Russia’s Largest Chemical Plant Engulfed in Flames Hours After Mystery Fire at Military Research Facility
» Ukrainian Tennis Star Demands Russian Players be Subjected to Ideological Purity Test
» Zelensky Oversees Campaign of Assassination, Kidnapping and Torture of Political Opposition
 
South Asia
» India: Stab for a Stare: Strange Friends
 
Far East
» “Quite Frankly Explosive”: Wuhan Lab Allowed to Destroy ‘Secret Files’ Under Its Partnership With US National Lab
» Unsettling Footage Shows Children in Shanghai Wearing Hazmat Suits on Way to School
 
Immigration
» Classic Deep State: UK Bureaucrats Threaten Strike Over Govt’s Illegal Migration Deterrent Plan
» Deep State: Senior French Immigration Civil Servant Would Refuse to ‘Collaborate’ if Le Pen Wins Presidency
» Denmark Eyes Sending Migrants to Rwanda in UK-Like Deal
» Former Borders Chief Predicts 100,000 Migrants Will Attempt to Reach UK Shores This Year as Channel Boats Crisis Grows
» France Claims to Have Blocked 600 Migrants in English Channel Over Easter
» Italy: Migrants Must ‘Respect Rules of Civil Life or Leave’ — Court
» Pope Francis Praises Orban Over Ukrainian Refugees
» Still More Secret Migrant Flights, Why is Biden Keeping This Off the Books?
» UK: Richard Littlejohn: Get Back to Work? Solve the Migrant Crisis? No, Prime Minister…
 
Culture Wars
» High School French Teacher Leaves Position After ‘Drag Queen’ Performance Backlash
» J.K. Rowling Compares Transgender Wokism to Soviet Union, Quotes Anti-Communist Hero
» Job Recruitment Ad Bemoans Hiring “Another Caucasian Male”
» YouTuber Who Said Cancel Culture Was a Good Thing Gets Cancelled
 

Bidenflation: Elon Musk Tells Tesla Shareholders That Inflation is Much Worse Than What’s Being Reported

Elon Musk says he thinks inflation is worse than people believe, and that it will likely keep going through 2022.

During a company earnings call on Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a warning about inflation.

He told shareholders that the official numbers hide the severity of the situation, and that in reality, things are much worse.

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

Biden Could Face Trump-Appointed Judges in Mask Appeal Case

After the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate for planes, trains and transit systems was struck down by a Donald Trump-appointed judge earlier this week, the Justice Department (DOJ) said it will appeal the ruling. But the administration is likely to come up against other Trump appointees on the appeals court.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle for the Middle District of Florida overturned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) mask mandate for public transportation, ruling that the federal agency exceeded its authority by imposing the mandate in February 2021.

As the DOJ moves ahead on its appeal, the case will move to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, which has jurisdiction over federal courts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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

Black Americans Murdered Jumps 32 Per Cent Thanks to Black Lives Matter

The number of black Americans murdered has jumped by 32 per cent, with experts blaming the rise on cops not patrolling high crime areas thanks to Black Lives Matter-endorsed “defund the police” activism.

“The number of black Americans murdered in 2020 jumped by 32 percent — with an expert blaming BLM protests for the huge spike by scaring-off cops,” reports the Daily Mail.

“Killings across (every) racial demographic have swelled by 30 percent between 2019 and 2020, the largest increase since 1905, but blacks have borne the larger impact of that deadly trend, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime report.”

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

Breaking: Trump Slams CNN+ After Platform Folds in Just 21 Days

Former President Donald Trump “congratulated” CNN on their failed streaming platform, in a statement released on Thursday.

The former president has a long and well documented feud with the network and its ownership, and held back no punches in his statement.

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

CNN+ To Shut Down One Month After Launch

That didn’t take long.

Following a string of reports about underwhelming subscriber numbers, Discovery has reportedly decided to shut down CNN+, CNN’s ill-fated streaming service, one month after its launch.

Given all the carnage in the streaming space lately, it looks like Discovery and Warner Brothers have decided to cut their losses.

According to reports from Variety and the New York Times, the service will cease operation on April 30.

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

DeSantis’ Office Releases Examples of Rejected CRT-Inspired Math Textbooks

Florida’s Department of Education released examples of critical race theory in mathematics textbooks, including one book that claimed conservatives are more racially prejudiced than liberals, according to a press release.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced Monday that the state’s education department rejected 41% of the math textbooks for reportedly including “indoctrinating concepts” and Common Core standards, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Florida’s education department released examples of CRT material Thursday after they received multiple requests from the public to view the alleged controversial books, according to a press release.

“These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of input received by the Department,” the presser reads.

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

‘Fake News!’ — Farage Says Donald Trump Was ‘Stitched Up’ By ‘Disgraceful’ Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan “stitched up” Donald Trump by deploying “fake news” tactics and deceptively editing an interview with the former president, Brexit leader Nigel Farage said.

In a trailer released for an interview British transatlantic TV personality and journalist Piers Morgan conducted for Rupert Murdoch’s upstart UK television station TalkTV with Mr Trump, the video appeared to show the former president storming off in anger. However, audio recorded by Trump’s team provided to Breitbart News contradicted the narrative spun in the 30-second clip posted by Morgan.

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

Florida Pol Behind ‘Victims of Communism Day’ Named State Education Chief

A Florida state senator who pushed for a mandatory “Victims of Communism Day” in public schools has been tapped as the Sunshine State’s next education chief.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday formally recommended Manny Diaz to serve as Florida’s new Education Commissioner.

A Republican from Hialeah Gardens and a former high school teacher and assistant principal, Diaz would be the first Hispanic to serve in the role.

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

Florida House Passes Bill to Dissolve Disney’s Special Tax District, Sending it to Desantis’ Desk

Update (1430ET): Disney shares are tumbling after today’s vote, and amid generalized pressure on the streaming/media space following Netflix’s terrible earnings and the shutdown of CNN+.

The feud between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney escalated to new heights on Thursday as the Florida House passed a bill to dissolve a handful of special districts, including the Reedy Creek Improvement District where the Disney World Resort resides.

“It was unfortunate that Disney decided to wade into a political debate and attempt to overturn a common-sense law, enacted by a duly elected legislature and signed by a duly elected governor, with the support of the vast majority of Floridians,” DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw said.

“In fact, it was Disney that ‘retaliated’ by publicly vowing to ‘repeal’ or have the law ‘struck down.’“

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

Internet Mocks PETA Protesters Who Glued Themselves to Starbucks Counter

Two protesters with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are being ridiculed online for supergluing their hands to the counters of a Seattle Starbucks.

Posting in Reddit’s “Facepalm” forum on Thursday, an anonymous poster under the name u/Revealed_Jailor shared photos of the protesters, writing: “Gluing themselves to [the] table is so brave, wow.” The post has amassed more than 33,000 upvotes and over 7,000 comments, mocking the protesters.

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

Kamala’s Chief of Staff to Leave Office, Citing ‘Personal Reasons’

Vice President Kamala Harris is experiencing yet another turnover of staff, this time being her chief of staff, Tina Flourney. On Thursday it was revealed she was leaving for “personal reasons.”

She’ll be replaced by Harris’ senior advisor Lorraine Voles, who previously worked as a communications director for Al Gore when he was Vice President. She was also an adviser for Hillary Clinton back in 2008.

In a scoop from the Washington Post, much of their write-up includes mention of how Flourney leaving will revive people’s attention to the “high frequency of staff turnover” when it comes to working for Kamala Harris.

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

MSNBC Anchor Compares Ron DeSantis to Russian Soldiers Who Rape Children

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace made a comparison on the “Deadline: White House” show between Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Russian soldiers who violate children in Ukraine.

Wallace claimed that DeSantis is using “dehumanization as a tactic”, somehow referring at the same time to the recent Florida “anti-groomer” legislation DeSantis signed into law.

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

Pentagon Announces $800M in Assistance for Ukraine, Including Newly-Developed ‘Phoenix Ghost’ Drones

The Pentagon on Thursday afternoon announced the authorization of $800 million more in security assistance for Ukraine as its fight with Russia concentrates in east, bringing the total U.S. assistance to Ukraine under the Biden administration to more than $4 billion.

The package includes more than 121 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems — new drones rapidly developed by the Air Force specifically for Ukrainian forces that is similar to the AeroVironment Switchblade drones that have been already provided. The Phoenix Ghost systems are produced by AEVEX Aerospace.

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

Seattle Elementary School Teacher Charged With Molestation of Student

A Seattle Public Schools teacher was arrested on child molestation charges involving a student at Rainier View Elementary School.

Abdi Hassan, 31-years-old, was teaching English as a Second Language when he allegedly molested the student who was six to seven years old at the time of the assault, according to court documents.

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

South Carolina House Advances Bill Banning ‘Critical Race Theory’ Instruction in K-12 Schools

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — The debate over critical race theory took center stage at the South Carolina State House.

This week, the House spent hours debating H.5183. The legislation would enact the ‘South Carolina Transparency and Integrity In Education Act’.

Supporters said it would help families know what their child is being taught in school and prohibits certain concepts.

Critics said the bill is unnecessary censorship since critical race theory isn’t being taught in K-12 schools and sends a bad message to educators.

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

Spotify Won’t Renew Podcast Deal With the Obamas

After a handful of D-grade, washed out artists recently quit Spotify over their virtue signaling “protests” of Joe Rogan, Spotify has turned the table and has refused to renew the contract on the Barack and Michelle Obama podcast after it expires this year.

According to Bloomberg, the former first family’s production company, Higher Ground, won’t be signing a new deal with the audio platform, and is instead talking to other distributors about a deal “worth tens of millions of dollars, among the most-lucrative in the podcasting business.”

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

These 10 Incidents Highlight Importance of Second Amendment for Women

Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as Women’s History Month to celebrate the vital role of women in American history. Unfortunately, far too often we find that the armed women of history are overlooked or completely forgotten, and the vital role of the Second Amendment in the lives of American women is ignored.

Women long have availed themselves of the right to keep and bear arms in defense of life, liberty, and property—from Harriet Tubman, the famed “conductor” of the underground railroad who was known to carry loaded pistols, to Mary “Stagecoach Mary” Fields, the first black woman to be a mail carrier, who notoriously kept a .38 revolver in her apron to fend off bandits and wild animals alike.

Tubman and Fields haven’t been alone.

Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times annually, according to the most recent report on the subject by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For this reason, The Daily Signal each month publishes an article highlighting some of the previous month’s many news stories on defensive gun use that you may have missed—or that might not have made it to the national spotlight in the first place. (Read other accounts here from 2019, 2020, 2021, and so far in 2022.)

To honor Women’s History Month, we decided to highlight 10 incidents from last month in which the Second Amendment made all the difference for women, either because they were armed or because another armed person came to their defense.

The examples below represent only a small portion of the news stories on defensive gun use that we found in March. You may explore more by using The Heritage Foundation’s interactive Defensive Gun Use Database.

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

Top Prosecutor Drops Out of Whitmer Kidnapping Case

Authored by Jonathan Turley

We recently discussed the collapse of the Whitmer kidnapping case after a jury acquitted defendants in Michigan. Now, one of the lead prosecutors is leaving the case, according to a motion filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Roth. That adds questions about how the case will move forward after the earlier loss.

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

Trump Says Biden Has Done More Damage in Year Than 5 Worst Presidents Combined

Reviewing the nation’s challenges Thursday night in a speech to a Heritage Foundation audience, former President Donald Trump said America faces a historically rough period.

“You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together, and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden has done in one year,” Trump said in remarks to Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference, held on Amelia Island, Florida. (The Daily Signal is the think tank’s multimedia news organization.)

Among the problems the former president talked about were rising inflation, disruptions in the supply chain, a southern border overrun by “millions” of illegal immigrants, America’s lower standing in the world, and emboldened enemies.

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

Tulsi Gabbard Takes Legal Action Against Mitt Romney and Keith Olbermann

Tulsi Gabbard, the former congresswoman for Hawaii and outspoken political commentator, is taking action against Sen. Mitt Romney and liberal warmonger Keith Olbermann for accusing her of “treasonous” activities among a host of other potentially defamatory comments for her anti-war stance.

In recent weeks, Gabbard has been an outspoken advocate for peace and has called on politicians and political influencers to tone down their rhetoric calling for an all-out war against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.

In response, those who disagreed with Gabbard’s calls for peace accused her of treason for working with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Not one to take such accusations likely, Gabbard has demanded that the offending parties cease and desist or face potential litigation, the Daily Wire reported.

Gabbard, a U.S. war veteran and serving member of the armed forces as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Civil Affairs, announced on Wednesday that she and her attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon have sent cease and desist letters to Romney and Olbermann over remarks made to damage her reputation, which she says are baseless claims.

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

Twitter Jumps After Musk Files 13d Signaling Tender, ‘Funding Secured’

Having tweeted a somewhat clear indication that he would be ‘tender’-ing for the leftist sanctuary, Elon Musk filed a 13D filing laying out some more details surrounding his considerations and the fact that this time ‘funding is secured’.

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

Two Pittsburgh Men Plead Guilty to Charges From 2020 Protests

Two Pittsburgh men charged in connection with high-profile local protests pleaded guilty Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Cameron Guetta, 21, of Morningside, and Kenneth McDowell, 35, of Spring Garden, were each involved in racial justice demonstrations held following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Mr. Guetta was identified by police as one of the people who vandalized a police vehicle outside PPG Paints Arena during a May 30, 2020, protest. Police said he punched the cruiser, resulting in a scar to his right hand, according to a criminal complaint.

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

U.S. Self-Defense Law — ‘Harsh’ by International Standards?

The Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial uniquely spotlighted U.S. self-defense law, say former prosecutor T. Markus Funk, a partner at Perkins Coie, and UCLA School of Law professor Eugene Volokh. Using laws in England and Germany as examples, they explain that U.S. self-defense law is, by international comparison, far more restrictive than many in the legal and media communities recognize.

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

Video: Ted Cruz Obliterates Lefty Yale Student Who Accused Him of Being Racist

Senator Ted Cruz took his podcast into what he labelled “the belly of the leftist beast” this week by visiting Yale, where he schooled a particularly woke student who openly accused him of being racist over his questioning of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Footage shows the student, named Maia Cook, attempting to couch her accusations in faux politeness, telling Cruz “thank you so much for coming to Yale this evening,” adding “it would appear to me that you already recognize the importance of new perspectives.”

She then dropped the act and told Cruz “it baffled me that you would ask such flagrantly racist questions to this exceedingly well-qualified candidate,” referring to Brown Jackson, before she was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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

Video: Elon Musk Again Sounds Alarm Over Depopulation

The left’s most hated figure of the moment Elon Musk once again issued a warning over falling birth rates globally, noting that “Most people in the world are operating under the false impression that we’ve got too many people.”

Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, asked Musk what keeps him awake at night, to which the Space X CEO responded that negative birthrates “might be the biggest threat to the future of human civilization.”

Musk noted that so called ‘experts’ are promulgating the myth that the planet is overpopulated.

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

WaPo’s Doxxing of Libs of Tik Tok Leads to Targeted Harassment of Woman With the Same Name

A woman bearing the same name as the woman behind Libs of Tok Tok recently blasted Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz in the wake of an exposé that revealed the name of woman behind the account, saying she has received harassment for the name similarity.

Chaya Raichik is a mother of two living in the United Kingdom, and an Instagram influencer. She also bears the same name as the woman behind the Libs of Tik Tok, the Twitter account exposing left-leaning teachers and activists that post videos to TikTok.

In the wake of the Washington Post’s story, Raichik said that she has received harassment online, and that people have posted her parent’s home address on social media platforms, according to the New York Post.

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

Watch: Biden Mixes Up Title 42 and the Lifting of Airplane Mask Mandates

After being asked about the lifting of pandemic-era border measure Title 42, which allows the easier removal of illegal migrants from the US, Biden began discussing the lifting of airplane mask mandates instead.

During a press conference on Thursday, Biden was asked by a reporter about whether the White House is considering delaying the lifting of Title 42, which is controlled by the Centers for Disease Control, according to the White House.

Instead of answering her question, Biden instead began talking about his administration’s plans to appeal the recent striking down of the federal airplane mask mandates.

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

Who is David Bonola? Suspect in Orsolya Gaal Murder Case Arrested

NEW YORK — David, Bonola, 44, of Queens was arrested for the murder of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal. Police say the killing came after the pair, who had been romantically involved, had an argument in her home.

Police said he made “incriminating statements” when detectives interviewed him late Wednesday night.

The Queens mother of two was stabbed to death over the weekend and then stuffed inside a duffel bag and dumped a few blocks from her Forest Hills home…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Alberta Church Faces Up to $1.3 Million in Fines for Blocking COVID Inspectors

Although COVID restrictions are largely gone, The Church in the Vine as a legal entity and the church’s co-lead pastor, Tracy Fortin, are standing trial on charges of obstruction of a public health officer this week in an Edmonton courtroom.

Fortin and the church stand accused of preventing a provincial health inspector from barging in to inspect the church as Sunday services were ongoing. The inspector had gained access to the church on two previous Sundays, which Fortin and her husband, Pastor Rodney Fortin, say disrupted the services and caused distress to congregants.

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

Canadian MP Promises to Review COVID Vaccine Deaths if Elected Conservative Party Leader

OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Marc Dalton recently entered the race to be Party leader and promised to initiate a review of all COVID jab-related injuries if elected.

Dalton is the MP for Pitt Meadows — Maple Ridge, B.C.

In a tweet, he posted, “C Vax injuries are real! Has it happened to someone you know? There are a lot of potential side effects … “

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

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Intervening on Compelled Speech Sanction

Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s ongoing legal tribulations have garnered international attention. He has faced numerous arrests and incarcerations culminating in his recent 51-day stay behind bars all stemming from opening his church and feeding the homeless despite COVID-19 restrictions, as well as preaching at the Coutts blockade.

It is apparent to most that Pastor Artur was a political prisoner, and if you have any doubts, you need only consider the fact that the time he has already spent behind bars very likely significantly exceeded any potential imprisonment that he would face if found guilty on all charges, which is unlikely.

Then there is the compelled speech sanction issued by Justice Adam Germain in response to Artur’s original contempt of court charges based on the Rooke Order which sought to prevent peaceful protesters from gathering.

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

Large Canadian Meatpacker Given Green Light to Potentially Fire Unvaccinated Employees

(LifeSiteNews) — Maple Leaf Foods Inc., which is one of Canada’s largest meatpackers, was given the green light by a labor arbitrator to potentially fire employees who have chosen to not get the experimental COVID jabs.

As reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, the decision to allow un-jabbed Maple Leaf employees to be sacked was recently made by Peter Chauvin, an Ontario arbitrator. Chauvin’s decision came about after Maple Leaf employees without the vaccines fought a company COVID jab mandate.

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

Quebec Was the Worst Province for Human Rights Violations During COVID: Legal Group Report

(LifeSiteNews) — The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms released a report ranking Canadian provinces from worst to best based on Charter rights violations during the so-called COVID pandemic.

In a report titled “Who had the worst bunk in Canada’s locked down barracks?” the JCCF, one of Canada’s top constitutional legal groups, ranked the provinces based on how egregiously they each violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The report was released tongue-and-cheek in April to coincide with the 40th year anniversary of the document.

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

Should Canada Drop Vaccine Mandates for Air Travel? Torontonians React

We are seeing countries all across the globe starting to remove their vaccine mandates for air travel. The latest being New Zealand, who just scrapped their mandatory proof-of-vaccination requirement in order to board an airplane.

On the same land that Canadians are standing on right now, across the border in the United States not only do you not have to show proof of vaccination to board a flight, but you no longer have to wear a mask while flying.

Countries are moving on, learning to live with COVID-19. But why does Canada always seem to be lagging behind?

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

Czech Companies Contracted to Repair Damaged Combat Equipment From Ukraine

Czech armament companies will repair Ukrainian military equipment, with the first contract already signed for the restoration of T-64 tanks, the Czech Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.

In the future, repairs may be extended to BTR and BRDM wheeled armor.

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

Denmark PM Says Answer to Defeat Putin is to Go MORE Green

The Prime Minister of Denmark has said that in order to take on Vladimir Putin, her country will need to focus more on green energy, despite decades of green agendas in Europe still seeing much of the continent dependent on Russia for energy.

Laying out her left-wing Social Democrat government’s ‘Denmark can do more II’ energy proposals on Tuesday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that her country will seek to end its reliance on natural gas by the year 2030, using so-called green alternatives instead, including wind, solar, and biogas.

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

Election Interference? Czech Billionaire Accused of Changing Headline to Favor Macron in French Magazine

“Anger or chaos?” was the headline France’s Marianne magazine editors chose to publish ahead of the second round of the French presidential election.

However, Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinský, the magazine’s main shareholder, saw it differently and changed it to: “Despite anger, avoid chaos,” in a headline change which clearly sympathizes with the incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron. Employees objected to this in a statement issued on Tuesday, however, according to the editor-in-chief, it was a simple editorial change.

The revised headline for the magazine issue toi be released today, just days before the second round election vote, caused a stir. The photo remained the same — focused on the eyes of the two candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. But the message is completely different.

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European Union Asks Citizens to ‘Work From Home to Beat Putin’

According to an article from the BBC, the European Union is specifically asking people to drive less, turn down air conditioning and work from home for at least three days a week in a bid to reduce reliance on Russian energy.

This includes the following:

  • Heat their homes less in winter, and turn the air conditioning down in summer
  • Drive more slowly on highways, with the car air conditioning turned down, which uses less fuel
  • Use the train instead of flying
  • Travel by public transport, walk, or cycle

The EU is also calling on cities to promote “car-free Sundays”.

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France: Grand Mosque of Paris Urges Muslims to Vote for Macron and Defeat Le Pen

Top Islamic organizations are racing to line up the vote of France’s Muslim population behind Emmanuel Macron for Sunday’s second-round vote.

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France: Extinction Rebellion Extremists Occupy Busy Paris Road for Days

Climate change extremists belonging to the Extinction Rebellion activist group occupied a busy boulevard in central Paris for several days before leaving of their own accord on Tuesday.

Members of the extremist climate change group Extinction Rebellion were able to occupy the Grands Boulevard in Paris around the area of the Arch of Saint-Denis for several days without police removing the activists.

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Germany to End Oil Imports From Russia by End of Year, Says Foreign Minister

Germany will cease importing oil from Russia by the end of the year, the country’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has announced following a meeting on Tuesday with her Baltic counterparts.

Baerbock revealed that Germany will halve its oil imports from Russia by the summer and will stop all imports of oil from Russia by the end of the year as the country takes steps to end its long-term reliance on Russian energy imports.

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Italian City First to Introduce Social Credit System in Autumn

The social credit system is getting serious attention. Originally an innovation from China, the EU has now adopted the control system of “social credit”. The first model is coming to Europe in autumn, called the “Smart Citizen Wallet”. Initially, the app is voluntary and it works much like a textbook social credit system.

Virtuous citizens who agree to be vaccinated non-stop, separate waste, use the public transport system and do not collect administrative fines will collect “points”. Rewards can then be exchanged for points, and these are “currently being defined”, said Massimo Bugano, who is working on the project.

Bugano told Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna that the city administration of Bologna still has a little time left, as the project is supposed to start after this summer.

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Italy: Rapper Hurts Two Cops After Being Stopped in Milan

Baby Gang charged with resisting arrest after fleeing scene

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 12 — An Italian rapper, Baby Gang, hurt two police after being stopped in Milan aboard a powerful scooter Monday evening, sources said Tuesday.

The officers suffered scratches and bruises in the scuffle with the rapper, who fled the scene and has been charged with resisting arrest.

The Milanese musician reportedly told the agents after being halted in a routine traffic stop “What the f**k do you want? Do you know who I am? I’m Baby Gang”.

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Italy: Non-Muslim Mum Stops Muslim Son Observing Ramadan for Health

First court ruling of its kind in Italy

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 20 — A minors court in the Marche port city of Ancona has authorized an Italian non-Muslim mother to stop her 13-year-old Muslim son observing Ramadan fasting for health reasons, the court said in the first ruling of its kind in Italy Wednesday.

The mother told the court the fasting would compromise her son’s physical and psychological health as well as his school performance in view of the middle-school ending exam he has to sit in a few weeks.

The court made the ruling on an urgent plea from the mother, who has no said she will go ahead with her decision.

The man’s father, from whom the woman is separated, lives abroad but convinced his son to observe the Ramadan fast.

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Italy: 5 FN Members Risk Trial Over Anti-Green Pass Appeals

For instigation to commit crimes, including leader Fiore

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 20 — Five members of the far-right Forza Nuova (New Force, FN) movement risk trial for instigating people to commit crimes by ignoring anti-COVID norms and the Green Pass health certificate after the group’s assault on the Rome HQ of leftwing union CGIL last October.

The FN members for whom prosecutors have wound up their investigations include historic leader Roberto Fiore.

Normally the end to an investigation is the prelude to an indictment request in Italy.

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Mariasofia Paparo: 27-Year-Old Italian Professional Swimmer and Master’s Degree Student Dies “Suddenly and Unexpectedly” Of a Heart Attack

SAN GIORGIO A CREMANO — A 27-year-old Italian professional swimmer, swim instructor, master’s degree student, and soon-to-be wife is dead as young sudden deaths are accelerating across the globe.

Ms. Mariasofia Paparo is best known as a highly-accomplished swimmer. Her Instagram page, dating back to 2013, has numerous photos of her winning medals and trophies in swim competitions. The first significant one is from late 2014. The captions reads “the loot increases! Never felt so fit and we’re only in November.”

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Presidential Debate: Macron ‘Arrogant’ But More Convincing, Le Pen ‘Closer to the French’

On Wednesday 20 April, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen faced off during a televised debate that attracted 16,5 million viewers. After two and a half hours of exchanges on the subjects of purchasing power, ecology and immigration, BFMTV conducted a survey of a sample of 650 people.

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Red Army Monuments Torn Down Across Poland as War in Ukraine Rages

Poland has taken steps to remove the last remaining Red Army monuments situated across the country right as tensions between the former Soviet country and Russia reach new heights over the war in Ukraine.

During the dismantling of a statue in Siedlec in western Poland, Karol Nawrocki, the head of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), said that the remaining monuments must come down in order fulfill the parliament’s de-communization bill from 2016.

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‘This is Fascism’ — Populist Conservatives Targeted With Criminal Investigations in Slovakia, Including Country’s Former PM

Former Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, a well-known ally of Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is facing down a criminal investigation related to “endangering tax secrecy” and “creating a criminal group” that could land him in prison for 10 years just as his opposition party surges in the polls.

Fico is not the only one facing criminal charges. Former Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, who served in the past the vice-chairman of Fico’s Direction—Slovak Social Democracy party and now works as a lawyer, has already been arrested by an elite police unit.

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UK: Djokovic Calls Wimbledon Ban on Russian Players “Crazy”

Former world number one tennis star Novak Djokovic has described Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players as “crazy,” saying politics shouldn’t interfere in sport.

As we highlighted yesterday, Wimbledon organizers confirmed that players from both countries would be barred from competing in the tournament even if they have vocally opposed the war in Ukraine.

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Vatican Keeps All COVID Requirements in Place Despite Relaxation of Mandates in Italy

VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican will still be asking for COVID papers, at least until the end of the month.

Yesterday Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State for the Holy See, affirmed in a decree that the Vatican will maintain all its current COVID requirements despite the relaxing of mandates throughout Europe, including Italy.

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Will it Work? Poland Refuses to Pay for More Pfizer Vaccines

Poland will not take or pay for more doses of COVID-19 vaccine under the European Union’s supply contract, according to Poland’s health minister, with the refusal likely setting the stage for a legal battle with the pharmaceutical giant.

Poland’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski has in fact admitted that a legal dispute is likely to ensue as a result of Poland’s refusal to purchase more vaccines under the European Commission common purchase arrangements.

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Lebanon: Beirut: Tension During Sit-in Close to Parliament

Protests against law on capital control

BEIRUT — Episodes of tension between demonstrators and law enforcement officers were reported on Wednesday morning in Beirut, Lebanon, during a protest organized in the center of the capital against the “corruption” of politicians.

For the second time in a few days, the collective of citizens ‘A cry in favor of bank account holders’ organized a sit-in in the central Maarad street, near the entrance of parliament, to prevent lawmakers from getting in. On Wednesday, a debate is scheduled in parliament’s finance and justice commissions on the controversial bill on the control of capitals. Lebanon is afflicted by its worst financial crisis in decades and the government declared bankruptcy in the spring of two years ago.

When cars carrying lawmakers passed by, demonstrators tried to block them and surrounded them, screaming: ‘Thieves! Thieves!”.

Some demonstrators kicked the cars while soldiers intervened to push back protesters from the entrance of parliament.

The parliamentary commissions are examining bills on the control of capitals, which aim to legalize a measure taken de facto by Lebanese banks in November 2019 with the advent of the financial crisis. The banks for over two years have frozen the bank deposits of account holders, allowing them only to withdraw small amounts of cash in Lebanese liras. The UN estimates that more than 80% of the resident population lives today below the poverty threshold. The local lira lost over 90% of its value compared to the US dollar, a currency mainly used in Lebanon since the end of the civil war, along with the local lira. The approval of the law for the control of capitals is one of the conditions posed by the International Monetary Fund to grant the expected funding to help the economy recover. The funds however will be managed by the political ruling class which is expecting to gain new institutional legitimacy through elections scheduled on May 15.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Russian President Vladimir Putin called off his military’s assault on the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. He instructed the army instead to block all entry and exit points from the sprawling plant where Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are holed up.

The commander of one of the last two Ukrainian military units in Mariupol appealed to world leaders for help getting his group to safety.

Aid: President Biden said the U.S. would provide more military and economic assistance to Ukraine. The U.S. would send roughly $800 million in military aid, including heavy artillery weapons, such as 72 155-mm howitzers, 144,000 rounds of artillery and dozens of tactical drones, and another $500 million in economic assistance for Ukraine, the president said.

Spain and Denmark announced more military aid for Ukraine during a trip by their leaders to Kyiv.

Sanctions: President Biden also said the U.S. would ban Russian-affiliated ships from its ports. The U.K. said it is imposing new sanctions on Russian generals involved with front-line military operations in Ukraine

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cautioned against a broad ban on European imports of Russian energy. Ms. Yellen said that Europe should reduce its reliance on Russian energy sources, but she noted an outright ban could cause further harm to the global economy.

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Putin Tells Army Not to Storm Mariupol Steel Plant

Vladimir Putin has ordered his forces not to storm the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the besieged city of Mariupol, after his defence minister admitted that the Russian army was still fighting thousands of Ukrainian troops there.

Putin described a plan to storm the Azovstal steelworks “impractical” and called instead for Russian troops to blockade the area “so that a fly can’t get through”.

The declaration came during a meeting at the Kremlin, where the Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, presented a report to Putin about the closely watched battle for the Ukrainian port city and claimed that the city had been “liberated”, although fighting was ongoing.

He said it would take several more days for the Russians to defeat the Ukrainians fighting at the steelworks, a sprawling mass of tunnels and workshops spread over four square miles in the south-east of the city.

The meeting appeared to be orchestrated in order for the Russians to step back from the assault on the steelworks, which has been stymied by a fierce Ukrainian resistance and the difficulties of operating in the industrial area.

Leaving the plant in Ukrainian hands robs the Russians of the ability to declare complete victory in Mariupol. The city’s capture has strategic and symbolic importance…

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Russia’s Largest Chemical Plant Engulfed in Flames Hours After Mystery Fire at Military Research Facility

Update(1540ET): The death toll in the massive fire that broke out earlier in the day at a sensitive Russian Defense Ministry research facility in the city of Tver has risen to seven after emergency crews battled the Thursday blaze throughout the afternoon, state-run TASS reports.

The cause of the fire is still either unknown or not being disclosed by Russian state agencies at this point, but now more questions are being raised as another mysterious large blaze has erupted, this time at Russia’s largest chemical plant, a mere hours after the fire in Tver — the latter which had engulfed a facility belonging to the secretive Central Research and Development Institute of Aerospace Defense Troops. UK media is reporting on the latest mystery fire, which marks the 2nd in the day, as follows:

Huge plumes of smoke were seen enveloping the Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant late this afternoon. The cause of the fire remains unknown. Almost 150 plant workers were reportedly evacuated.

The facility in Kineshma, east of Moscow produces more industrial solvents than any other in Russia. It is less than 1,000km from the border with Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Tennis Star Demands Russian Players be Subjected to Ideological Purity Test

Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina has demanded that Russian and Belarusian players be subjected to ideological purity tests before they are allowed to compete in international tournaments.

The former world number three has insisted on a total ban on all Russian and Belarusian athletes if they fail to sign up to a series of statements regarding politics and the war in Ukraine.

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Zelensky Oversees Campaign of Assassination, Kidnapping and Torture of Political Opposition

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has framed his country’s war against Russia as a battle for democracy itself…

US corporate media has responded by showering Zelensky with fawning press, driving a campaign for his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and inspiring a flamboyant musical tribute…

Western media has looked the other way, however, as Zelensky and top officials in his administration have sanctioned a campaign of kidnapping, torture, and assassination of local Ukrainian lawmakers accused of collaborating with Russia. Several mayors and other Ukrainian officials have been killed since the outbreak of war, many reportedly by Ukrainian state agents after engaging in de-escalation talks with Russia…

On March 1, for example, Volodymyr Strok, the mayor of the eastern city of Kreminna in the Ukrainian-controlled side of Lugansk, was kidnapped by men in military uniform, according to his wife, and shot in the heart.

On March 3, pictures of Strok’s visibly tortured body appeared. A day before his murder, Struk had reportedly urged his Ukrainian colleagues to negotiate with pro-Russian officials.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, celebrated the mayor’s murder, declaring on his Telegram page (see below): “There is one less traitor in Ukraine. The mayor of Kreminna in Luhansk region, former deputy of Luhansk parliament was found killed.” …

On March 7, the mayor of Gostomel, Yuri Prylipko, was found murdered. Prylipko had reportedly entered into negotiations with the Russian military to organize a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of his city’s residents — a red line for Ukrainian ultra-nationalists who had long been in conflict with the mayor’s office.

Next, on March 24, Gennady Matsegora, the mayor of Kupyansk in northeastern Ukraine, released a video (below) appealing to President Volodymyr Zelensky and his administration for the release of his daughter, who had been held hostage by agents of the Ukrainian SBU intelligence agency…

As of today, eleven mayors from various towns in Ukraine are missing.

[ This long article is worth the read to anyone interested in better understanding what is happening in Ukraine. It links to and quotes the UN OHCR which found that “arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment of such conflict-related detainees were common practice of SBU”, shows video of a former SBU officer outlying their atrocities and includes a lot of documentation including video and photo evidence such as of torture of Zelensky’s main opposition leader and others. ]

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India: Stab for a Stare: Strange Friends

Stab for a stare: Strange friends

Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Updated: Apr 22, 2022, 06:00 IST

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Police said a stare was the reason for the stabbing.

The victim Suri was allegedly staring at his friend Muniraju. So, Muniraju came to settle scores with Suri.

.Then, after stabbing Suri, Muniraju carried him on his shoulder for half a kilometre and admitted him to hospital.

A Muniraju was trying to flee, he was arrested.

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“Quite Frankly Explosive”: Wuhan Lab Allowed to Destroy ‘Secret Files’ Under Its Partnership With US National Lab

Authored by Eva Fu via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has the right to make a partnering U.S. lab wipe all data arising from their collaborative work, a legal document reveals.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) of cooperation, signed between the Wuhan lab and the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, makes it obligatory for each of the two labs to delete “secret files” or materials upon the request of the other party.

“The party is entitled to ask the other to destroy and/or return the secret files, materials, and equipment without any backups,” states the MOU obtained by U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit investigative research group focused on public health, through a freedom of information request.

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Unsettling Footage Shows Children in Shanghai Wearing Hazmat Suits on Way to School

Unsettling footage appears to show young children in Shanghai dressed in hazmat suits amid China’s zero Covid policy.

The dystopian clip shows a group of youngsters covered from head to toe heading to school during the world’s strictest lockdown.

The kids, who seem to be of primary school age, are also wearing face masks, leaving only their eyes visible.

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Classic Deep State: UK Bureaucrats Threaten Strike Over Govt’s Illegal Migration Deterrent Plan

Bureaucrats in the United Kingdom’s Home Office have reportedly threatened to stage a strike over the government’s plan to send illegal boat migrants to Rwanda, with some comparing the crackdown to Nazi Germany.

Comments uncovered on an internal online messageboard at the Home Office — which is tasked to deal with migration in Britain — have revealed government employees are threatening a rebellion against Home Secretary Priti Patel’s intention to send migrants who arrive illegally across the English Channel to Rwanda for processing in an attempt to deter the record setting pace of boat migrants landing on British shores.

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Deep State: Senior French Immigration Civil Servant Would Refuse to ‘Collaborate’ if Le Pen Wins Presidency

The head of France’s Office of Immigration and Integration (Ofii) has stated that if populist Marine Le Pen wins the French presidency this weekend, he will refuse to “collaborate” with her.

Didier Leschi, the head of Ofii since 2015, stated that he would not “collaborate” with Le Pen if she wins the French presidency in the second round of the presidential elections, which are set to take place this weekend.

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Denmark Eyes Sending Migrants to Rwanda in UK-Like Deal

Denmark is discussing an agreement with Rwanda that will allow the European nation to send incoming asylum seekers to the African country instead, Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye has announced.

The two countries are still in talks regarding the deal, and a high-level meeting will be held next week to discuss the issue, he added.

“[The deal will] ensure a more dignified approach than the network of human traffickers that characterizes migration in the Mediterranean today,” Tesfaye said.

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Former Borders Chief Predicts 100,000 Migrants Will Attempt to Reach UK Shores This Year as Channel Boats Crisis Grows

More than 100,000 Channel migrants will reach Britain this year, the UK’s former Border Force chief has told the Mail.

Backing the Government’s asylum deal with Rwanda, former director general of UK Border Force Tony Smith said: ‘There comes a point where we need to get a grip of our border and stop the boats.

‘The numbers are going up, a fourfold increase already this year — 28,500 last year,’ Mr Smith told the Mail at an immigration event by think-tank Policy Exchange.

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France Claims to Have Blocked 600 Migrants in English Channel Over Easter

French officials have claimed that police were able to stop at least 600 illegal immigrants from crossing the English Channel to the UK over Easter Weekend.

French police stated on Tuesday that they were able to prevent at least 600 illegal immigrants from crossing the channel to reach the southern coast of England over the Easter weekend and claimed to have arrested eleven people smugglers as well.

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Italy: Migrants Must ‘Respect Rules of Civil Life or Leave’ — Court

Police refused to renew Albanian’s permit after drugs conviction

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 12 — The Liguria regional administrative court (TAR) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by an Albanian man against the Savona police department’s decision not to renew his residence permit after he was convicted of drugs offences, even though he is married with two children, has a regular job and has lived in Italy for 13 years.

The TAR said that by “committing crimes of significant gravity”, the man had shown that he has “not internalized the essential laws of civil life” .

The man, whose children are aged four and seven, was given a three-year jail term for 16 episodes of drug dealing.

The court said that, being as the whole family had Albanian citizenship, they could return to Albania safety together, arguing that it was necessary to give priority to ejecting a dangerous foreigner.

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Pope Francis Praises Orban Over Ukrainian Refugees

Hungarian president invites pontiff to visit

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 21 — Pope Francis highlighted Hungary’s efforts to protect refugees arriving from Ukraine during a 40-minute audience with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday, the Vatican press office said.

The Argentine pontiff gave Orban a medallion depicting St Martin during the closed-doors meeting inside the Vatican.

“God bless you, your family and Hungary,” Francis said in English at the end the meeting.

For his part, Orban invited the pope to visit Hungary, saying “we’re waiting for you”.

In the past the pope had been critical of the type of hard line policies Orban has adopted with refugees and migrants from other parts of the world, calling for asylum seekers to be received with open arms.

In September Francis paid flying visit of a few hours to Budapest for the concluding Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress while on the way to three-day trip to Slovakia.

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Still More Secret Migrant Flights, Why is Biden Keeping This Off the Books?

Another suspected migrant flight landed in White Plains late Tuesday night, the fifth such flight in the past six days.

The iAero airlines flight WQ491 from El Paso, Texas, via Jacksonville, Fla., landed at 10:33 p.m.

The same iAero plane shuttled back and forth between El Paso and New York over Easter weekend. On Saturday, it landed at 11:33 p.m. On Monday it landed at 10:17 p.m.

If it were not for The Post, the public would not be aware of any of the Biden administration’s charter flights, which are fanning out every night, all over the country, delivering illegal migrants from the southern border to oblivious communities.

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UK: Richard Littlejohn: Get Back to Work? Solve the Migrant Crisis? No, Prime Minister…

The days when the civil service unquestioningly carried out ministerial instructions are long gone

Civil servants are threatening to go on strike to stop the Government deporting cross-Channel migrants to Rwanda.

Staff at the Home Office have attacked the plan as ‘totally unethical’ and asked if they can refuse to work on it.

Outright opposition to the scheme has been expressed on an internal online noticeboard. Hysterical comparisons have been drawn with Nazi Germany, along with calls to ‘organise and resist’.

None of this should come as any surprise. Earlier this year, the union representing Border Force officials joined legal action aimed at preventing the Government turning boats back to France…

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High School French Teacher Leaves Position After ‘Drag Queen’ Performance Backlash

Earlier this month, a French teacher at Wisconsin’s Middleton High School raised eyebrows by performing a drag routine in front of students as part of their Fine Arts Week celebrations.

It has now been revealed the teacher is leaving his job after backlash, though reportedly this decision was made before he performed “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in full drag before the school.

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J.K. Rowling Compares Transgender Wokism to Soviet Union, Quotes Anti-Communist Hero

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has compared the current climate of fear surrounding the discussion of transgender issues to the Soviet Union, quoting an anti-communist hero and leader of the Velvet Revolution.

“A spectre is haunting Eastern Europe: the spectre of what in the West is called dissent.”

These words were penned by playwright and Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel in his 1978 essay The Power of the Powerless to describe the brutal drive for conformity in all things enforced by the communist Soviet Union in his homeland, and elsewhere across the Soviet bloc.

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Job Recruitment Ad Bemoans Hiring “Another Caucasian Male”

A job recruitment ad that has gone viral on Reddit bemoans hiring “another Caucasian male” as a “con.”

Yes, really.

The image was shared on the ‘Recruiting Hell’ subreddit yesterday.

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YouTuber Who Said Cancel Culture Was a Good Thing Gets Cancelled

YouTuber Ethan Klein, who previously said that cancel culture was a good thing, complained about losing all of his sponsors after being targeted by a cancel culture mob over alleged “homophobic” remarks.

You reap what you sow.

Earlier this year, Klein announced he was deleting his previous interviews with author Jordan Peterson over the Canadian academic being a “dangerous gateway to the alt-right, transphobia, and covid misinfo.”

Peterson responded by warning Klein that “those who engage in cancel culture generally live to regret it,” adding, “the chickens will definitely come home to roost.”

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6 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/21/2022

  1. Marine Le Pen , last chance for France , 98 % she will not win !! , this globalist rats do everything to shut Her up , it’s so sad how people don’t have voice anymore, for next 5 years with Macron , France will be history line for real this time ..

  2. Top Islamic organizations are racing to line up the vote of France’s Muslim population behind Emmanuel Macron for Sunday’s second-round vote.
    And we all know why that is. Le Pen knows that her country amonsgt others is being overrun with those that follow the teachings of Islam. The same development in happening in the United Kingdom and yet its dangers are not seen or are seen but it is preferable to turn a blind eye, as they say. The Gates of Vienna once shut to the Muslim hoards is now sadly wide open.

  3. George Soros’ best projects
    By Thomas Röper

    Published on: 21 April 2022

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    George Soros 3 years ago said:
    “What’s happening in Ukraine is my best project.”

    The Russian think tank Russtrat has published an interesting analysis of George Soros’ interests and influence in the Ukraine conflict.

    The article published by Russtrat on George Soros’ involvement in Ukraine is worth reading and therefore I translated it.

    It confirms what I already reported two years ago about Soros’ intrigues in Ukraine, because Soros has earned billions in Ukraine, and details about this can be found here.

    George Soros: “What is happening in Ukraine is my best project”.

    Denazification is slowly but surely coming to an end. After the liberation of Mariupol, the storming of the Nazi strongholds on the former demarcation line in the Donbass will begin.

    When the Russian forces complete the special operation, it will not only be a victory over the Kiev regime.

    But a Russian victory would be a setback for Klaus Schwab’s plan for the “great transition”.

    It would reshuffle the cards for the globalists and Soros, who for decades have turned the former Soviet republic into a springboard for a fight against their main enemy who does not fit into the “new world order”: namely Russia.

    George Soros has never made any secret of the fact that “his main enemy is in Moscow”:

    “I believe that European societies are not reacting enough against Russia. That’s why I’m trying to explain what the real danger is.”

    Of course, Russia, with its conservatism and fidelity to traditional values, poses a serious threat to the organisers of the “New World Order”.

    We are reminded of the words of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to the 39th President Jimmy Carter:

    “The New World Order under American hegemony is being created against Russia, at Russia’s expense and in Russia’s ruins.
    For us, Ukraine is an outpost of the West against the restoration of the Soviet Union.”

    George Soros (actually György Schwartz) once declared in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian that what was happening in Ukraine was his best project. The journalist who spoke to the “philanthropist” noted that Soros was openly proud of his “achievements”.

    The conversation took place three years ago, long before the Russian so-called special operation began, so it didn’t resonate much with the community. But even then, the main sponsor of the ‘Colored Revolutions’ hinted that he had made “promising political progress” in “independent” Ukraine, even if it was not yet complete.

    The results of his ‘political progress’ are also clearly visible in other countries. The money of the ‘bloody investor’ financed the Yugoslav opposition party Otpor, which organised the persecution of Slobodan Milosevic; the ‘Orange Revolution’ as well as the Euromaidan in Ukraine as well as the ‘Rose Revolution’ in Georgia.

    British politician Nigel Farage called Soros “the greatest danger to the entire Western world”, while the Turkish president accused the billionaire of wanting to destroy and divide nations.

    It is hard to imagine that the ‘genius businessman’ can carry out his machinations on his own. Sergei Sudakov, corresponding member of the ‘Russian Academy of Military Sciences’, political scientist and Americanist, has aptly observed:

    “There is not a single conflict in which the Soros Foundation, which is banned in Russia, is not involved.”

    At the same time, this political scientist stresses that George Soros himself is an integral part of the American intelligence services.
    Sudakov even proposes the term “Collective Soros”, referring to the businessman’s cooperation with the US State Department and US intelligence agencies, which provide him with information and prepare and plan his operations.

    Soros himself cynically explains his machinations in terms of business interests and refers to the financing of his funds as “investments”:

    “That’s the only way I make money. I cannot and will not look at the social consequences of my actions. As a market player, I have to compete to win,” he once revealed.

    “Wherever his people appear, riots and coups occur, often successful ones. And Soros’s capital is replenished with billions more, because all his initiatives are aimed at gaining control over the highly profitable sectors of the economies of the conquered countries,” wrote Azerbaijani political scientist Zaur Rasulzade about the billionaire.

    In Ukraine, Soros “invested” through the Renaissance Foundation. The tactics were the same as in Russia in the 1990s,
    when scholarships of a paltry $500 to Russian academics were accompanied by a commitment to rewrite school history textbooks.
    The philanthropist notes that it takes about 25 years to create a successful project such as Ukraine. That is, one generation. In addition to distorting the history of Russian-Ukrainian relations and belittling the history and present of the Russian state, the foundation has successfully promoted “European values and democracy for young people”.

    The result was the bouncing Maidan and the unleashing of the genocide in the Donbass.

    What did Soros get in return?
    He has acquired real estate, media companies and land. Experts believe that the international speculator expects to be one of the main winners of Ukraine’s sell-off.

    Soros, through his deputy, “oligarch” Tomas Fiala – CEO and founder of Dragon Capital – bought 350,000 square meters of commercial real estate in “independent” Ukraine through mutual funds between 2016 and 2018 alone.

    With investments of up to $400 million, Dragon Capital has become the largest buyer of real estate and media in the Ukrainian market.

    Soros’ acquisition of media means he has full control over the information sector.

    It is now clear why George Soros has gone from pathetic words about “defending the will of the people” and “saving democracy” to harsh statements like the following:

    “We need Ukraine as a torpedo in the war against Russia. We are not at all interested in what happens to the citizens of that country.”

    The ‘Russian special operation’ in Ukraine thwarts the plans of the old speculator, as well as those of Bernard-Henri Levy, the founder of the “Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine”, and his British co-investors, the owners of the multinational ‘genetically modified’ food company Monsanto Company, and many other “businessmen” to whom Soros and Levy promised the grand prize – in exchange for an injection of cash to “save democracy in Ukraine” – the “new Russia without Putin”.

  4. China criticises Sweden for racism against Muslims

    Published 21 April 2022 at 15.21 in Fria Tider

    China is harshly criticizing Sweden’s treatment of Muslims after Easter weekend’s Muslim riots, reports Ekot on Swedish Radio.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin laid out his criticism of the Nordic country at a press conference on Wednesday.

    – So-called freedom of speech must not become an excuse for racial discrimination or dividing society. Let’s hope Sweden learns the lesson of respecting the beliefs and legal rights of the Muslim population,” he said.

    Sweden is urged by China to “turn its talk of religious freedom into reality”.

    China itself has drawn UN criticism for its treatment of Muslim minorities.

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