Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2022

Early this morning a man shouting “We have to kill Macron” entered a church in France, stabbed a priest multiple times, and then slashed a nun as she took the knife away from him. His efforts were in vain, however: Emmanuel Macron won re-election with 58.8% of the vote, while Marine Le Pen received 41.2%.

In other news, there was a major fire and explosion of unknown origin in the area of the Druzhba oil depot in the western Russian city of Bryansk.

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Financial Crisis
» Despite Record High Inflation in Hungary, Price Increase Still in Mid-Range Within EU Countries
» S&P Brings Greece One Notch From Investment Grade
 
USA
» 85,000 Moms for Liberty Take on School Boards Across the U.S: Our Mission is to Save America by Empowering Parents
» Biden Official Says Court Plays ‘Important Role’ Days After Fauci Questions Their Involvement
» Biden Says US Spending Billions to Make Military Vehicles ‘Climate Friendly’
» Breaking: Twitter Reconsiders Elon Musk’s Takeover Bid After $46.5 Billion in Financing Secured
» Breaking: Shareholders Put Pressure on Twitter to Take Action on Elon Musk Offer
» Charges Dismissed Against Memphis BLM Founder in Voter Fraud Case
» Chicago Crime Crisis: Four Bodies Pulled From Waterways in One Week
» Colorado Man Who Tried to Set Himself on Fire at Supreme Court is Dead
» Dartmouth Bills College Republicans $3,600 for Security After Forcing Live Andy NGO Event Online
» DeSantis Signs Bill Limiting Tenure at Florida Public Universities
» LA County Sheriff Villanueva Slams ‘Wokeism,’ Says it Must Go to Make City ‘Livable Again’
» Motion Picture Association Wants Online ID Checks to Curb Piracy
» ‘Mow Them Down’: Disgraced Lincoln Project Founder Issues Violent Threat to Bannon, Greenwald
» The Satanic Temple Sues Pennsylvania School Over After School Club Denial
» Trump Reveals Trailer of Explosive ‘2000 Mules’ Ballot Harvesting Documentary at Ohio Rally
» Washington Lawmakers Claim Term ‘Marijuana’ Is Racist, Remove it From State Laws
» Watch: Taylor Lorenz Says She Doxxed Libs of Tik Tok Because She ‘Could Have Been a Foreign Actor’
 
Canada
» Canada’s Internet Censorship Bill is Getting Strong Pushback
 
Europe and the EU
» As Finland Considers NATO Membership, Citizens Mobilize for an Invasion by Russia
» Austria Announces Opposition to EU Membership for Ukraine Weeks After Putin Meeting
» EU Agrees Online Censorship Laws Forcing Big Tech ‘Hate Speech’ Clampdown
» Financial Woes Causing Brits to Give Up Their Pets
» France Rocked on Election Night as Macron Triumph Triggers Angry Clashes Across Nation
» France: Macron Beats Far-Right Rival Le Pen to Win Second Term
» France: Knifeman Shouting ‘We Have to Kill Macron’ Stabs Priest and Elderly Nun in Nice Church in Barbaric Election Day Attack He May Have Been Plotting ‘For Days’ — As Cops Arrest Man, 31, At Scene
» Germany: Councilor ‘Amazed’ That Local Mosque Broadcast Call to Prayer Over Loudspeakers on Good Friday
» Iceland Foreign Minister: ‘Thank God We’re Part of NATO’
» Is the US State Department Unhappy With the Outcome of Hungary’s Elections?
» Italian City Introduces Social Credit Style System
» Italy: Vatican Clears Polish Cardinal of Abuse Negligence
» Italy: No Action Against Head Teacher Who ‘Had Affair With Student’
» Over a Hundred Police Officers Injured During Swedish Qur’an Riots
» To Europe’s Relief, France’s Macron Wins But Far-Right Gains
» UK Left Celebrates St George’s Day With Annual False Claims Saint Was ‘Turkish Immigrant’
» Ukraine: Arms Seized From Three Italian Would-be Combatants
» Wife of Assange Urges UK to Block His Extradition
 
Balkans
» For First Time, A Majority of Serbs Are Against Joining the EU — Poll
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Palestinian Terrorism Meets Israeli Paralysis
» Gaza Islamic Scholar Abd Al-Hamid Dabbous: The Goal of Jihad is to Make People Convert to Islam…
 
Middle East
» “This is Not the Country We Were Enjoying Before”: The Persecution of Christians, March 2022
» Armenians Commemorate 107th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
 
Russia
» In Bryansk There Was a Major Fire in the Area of the Oil Depot
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Think Tank: Soros is Pulling the Strings in Ukraine
 
Far East
» China Censors Viral Video Complaining About Lockdown Conditions
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Ramadan in Nigeria: Muslim Detonates Bomb in Crowded Bar, Murdering 20 People
 
Immigration
» German Court: Deportations Valid Even if Migrants Face Hardship at Home
» Riots in Sweden a ‘Direct Result of Mass Migration’ Legal Philosopher Says
» Romania Prepares to Accept 300,000 Refugees in a Single Day, Fearing the Worst is Yet to Come in Ukraine
» Spanish Population Growth in 2021 Entirely Due to Immigration
 
Culture Wars
» Libby Emmons Talks to Benny Johnson About Disney’s War on Parental Rights
» New Bill to Not Require Education Leaders to Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns
» New Book by Trans Activist Fantasizes About JK Rowling’s Death
 

Despite Record High Inflation in Hungary, Price Increase Still in Mid-Range Within EU Countries

Although inflation in Hungary hit a 15-year-old record in March, 11 EU countries still saw a higher increase in prices, according to Eurostat data. This puts the Hungarian level of inflation in the European Union middle range.

Consumer prices in Hungary grew by an annual 8.6 percent in March, the worst inflation figures in Hungary in 15 years.

However, according to recently published data by Eurostat, prices in Europe are rising so much that the average inflation rate of the 27 member states stands at 7.8%, which is only slightly below the Hungarian figure. In total, 11 EU countries had higher annual inflation in March than Hungary.

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

S&P Brings Greece One Notch From Investment Grade

Standard & Poor’s upgraded Greece’s credit rating one notch on Friday, taking it one step away from investment grade after more than a decade, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis saying it confirms market confidence in the economy.

US agency raised the Greek rating from ‘BB’ to ‘BB+’, with a Positive outlook, it announced, noting that the rating decision “reflects our expectation of a continuous improvement in Greece’s policy effectiveness, while the fallout from the war in Ukraine appears manageable in light of considerable buffers in both the private and public sectors.”

“Our expectation that Greece’s fiscal buffers and proven policy effectiveness will allow the country to absorb the indirect impact of the war in Ukraine on its economy and public finances,” added the agency.

“The S&P upgrade, following two years of the pandemic and amid a war, confirms market confidence in the Greek economy,” Mitsotakis tweeted.

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85,000 Moms for Liberty Take on School Boards Across the U.S: Our Mission is to Save America by Empowering Parents

Tina Descovich has been fighting for parental rights since she was elected to the Brevard County, Florida school board in 2016. But her mission is now shared by 85,000 other mothers in 34 states who joined Moms for Liberty and who now show up at school board meetings to hold officials accountable.

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

Biden Official Says Court Plays ‘Important Role’ Days After Fauci Questions Their Involvement

The White House has contradicted Dr. Anthony Fauci on mask mandate decisions, saying that the judiciary plays an “important role” and simply made an “incorrect decision.”

“Obviously, the judiciary has an important role to play,” White House COVID Coordinator Ashish Jha said on Sunday’s “State of the Union.” “What you heard out of the administration, out of the Department of Justice, is the assessment that this is an incorrect decision and the DOJ is now appealing this decision.”

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

Biden Says US Spending Billions to Make Military Vehicles ‘Climate Friendly’

President Biden on Friday said his administration is working to make “every vehicle” in the United States military “climate-friendly.”

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Twitter Reconsiders Elon Musk’s Takeover Bid After $46.5 Billion in Financing Secured

Twitter is reportedly re-examining SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $43 billion offer to buy the Big Tech company after he revealed that he has now secured $46.5 billion for the potential buyout.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Twitter had been ready to reject the offer, but will take a new look at it after the business magnate revealed his filing with the SEC showing that he has lined up financing for the offer.

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

Breaking: Shareholders Put Pressure on Twitter to Take Action on Elon Musk Offer

Twitter is reportedly facing increased pressure from a number of its shareholders to negotiate with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has brought forth a $43 billion bid to buy the social media company.

People familiar with the matter told Reuters that a number of shareholders reached out following Musk’s meetings with them, in which he outlined his financing plan, and urged the company to take action on the opportunity.

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

Charges Dismissed Against Memphis BLM Founder in Voter Fraud Case

Charges have been dropped against Memphis BLM founder Pamela Moses who had been sentenced in January to over six years in prison for illegally registering to vote back in 2019.

Moses had been placed on probation for seven years in 2015 after she pled guilty to tampering with evidence and forgery, both felonies, and to misdemeanor counts of perjury, stalking, theft under $500, and escape.

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

Chicago Crime Crisis: Four Bodies Pulled From Waterways in One Week

A fourth body has been pulled from waterways in Chicago in just one week.

Officials discovered a woman’s body in the Chicago River on Friday morning at around 7:50 a.m, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

The woman was pronounced dead by officials after she was pulled out of the water.

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Colorado Man Who Tried to Set Himself on Fire at Supreme Court is Dead

The man who tried to set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday has died, Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to Fox News on Saturday.

He was identified as 50-year-old Wynn Bruce, from Boulder, Colorado.

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Dartmouth Bills College Republicans $3,600 for Security After Forcing Live Andy NGO Event Online

An Ivy League school is demanding after-the-fact security fees from its College Republicans chapter for an event the administration banned in person, threatening the club’s ability to continue hosting events, its president told Just the News.

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DeSantis Signs Bill Limiting Tenure at Florida Public Universities

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill that makes it harder for faculty at state universities to retain tenure, framing the legislation as another way that he and the Legislature are working to prevent educators from bringing their political views into the classroom.

In a wide-ranging news conference at The Villages that took swings at Twitter and alleged that textbook publishers were peddling hidden agendas, DeSantis criticized what he called “lifetime appointments” for university professors.

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LA County Sheriff Villanueva Slams ‘Wokeism,’ Says it Must Go to Make City ‘Livable Again’

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, joined by sheriffs from two other southern California counties, said Saturday he hopes there’s a referendum on “wokeism” in 2022, arguing so-called “defunders” have wreaked havoc on public safety as evidenced by the worsening homeless and crime crisis.

In the past ten years, Los Angeles County has spent a conservative estimate of some $6.5 billion in addressing the homelessness issue, only to see the number of homeless people living in the county increase from about 39,000 people to more than 83,000 in that time frame, Villanueva said.

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Motion Picture Association Wants Online ID Checks to Curb Piracy

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) wants stricter online identity checks to be part of the new trade agreement between the US and countries in the Indo-Pacific region. The film industry group also wants offline enforcement tools to apply online.

MPA is concerned that website operators use unconfirmed identities when signing up for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services. There are multiple types of IaaS services, but MPA narrows it down to CDNs, proxy services, domain registrars, and web hosting. Companies providing these services enable piracy by providing their services to piracy websites, MPA argues.

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

‘Mow Them Down’: Disgraced Lincoln Project Founder Issues Violent Threat to Bannon, Greenwald

In a Twitter thread discussing the results of the French presidential election, disgraced Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson called for people to “mow down” journalist Glenn Greenwald and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Wilson began his Sunday afternoon thread by saying incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron didn’t just “beat” National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen, but “he crushed her.”

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

The Satanic Temple Sues Pennsylvania School Over After School Club Denial

The Satanic Temple is suing a Pennsylvania elementary school after its school board voted against the introduction of an After School Satan Club last week.

The Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit on constitutional grounds against Northern Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania, according to local ABC outlet KTUL.

Mathew Kezhaya, the general counsel for The Satanic Temple, said the lawsuit intends to litigate whether the Northern York County School Board discriminated against the organization by not allowing them to start an after school club when other organizations are allowed to.

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

Trump Reveals Trailer of Explosive ‘2000 Mules’ Ballot Harvesting Documentary at Ohio Rally

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday evening played the trailer of the forthcoming explosive documentary “2000 Mules” which reveals a wide scale ballot trafficking network of ballot harvesters across several swing states. Trump played the trailer at the rally where he is campaigning with J.D. Vance, the candidate he endorsed for U.S. Senate in this year’s Ohio GOP Senate primary.

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Washington Lawmakers Claim Term ‘Marijuana’ Is Racist, Remove it From State Laws

A bill in Washington will soon take effect striking the word “marijuana” from all state laws after progressive lawmakers deemed the term “racist.” The change removes the word, swapping it out for the term “cannabis” instead.

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

Watch: Taylor Lorenz Says She Doxxed Libs of Tik Tok Because She ‘Could Have Been a Foreign Actor’

The Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz was interviewed by CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” where the two discussed the hit piece she authored that doxxed the Libs of Tik Tok creator. Defending the controversial article, Lorenz explained why she revealed the anonymous Twitter user’s identity, claiming that “a foreign actor” could have been behind the social media personality.

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

Canada’s Internet Censorship Bill is Getting Strong Pushback

In submissions to the Canadian Heritage Ministry, tech companies like Twitter and Microsoft, as well as telecoms, have opposed the proposed online harms bill. Most critics note that the bill could have a chilling effect on free speech.

The government received 422 submissions, which it refused to release. Through a freedom of information request, the National Post obtained the submissions. According to the outlet, 350 of the submissions were from individuals, the rest were from industry organizations, civil society groups, and academics. Additionally, most of the submissions criticized the proposed bill, arguing it violated privacy and free speech rights.

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

As Finland Considers NATO Membership, Citizens Mobilize for an Invasion by Russia

HELSINKI — When the Finnish Reservists’ Assn. recently announced wartime defense courses for civilian women in the southern town of Haemeenlinna, the 400 slots filled almost immediately, with a waiting list of 500 more.

Topics will include shooting, cybersecurity and how to manage the first several days of an invasion from abroad.

“I wouldn’t call it fear,” said Sgt. Sonja Airikki, a 39-year-old reservist who will lead the training next month. “It’s more about being prepared.”

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Austria Announces Opposition to EU Membership for Ukraine Weeks After Putin Meeting

Austria’s foreign minister does not believe Ukraine should obtain European Union membership.

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg spoke at the 14th European media summit this week, saying that Ukraine should not receive candidate status in June. He reiterated Austria’s dedication to neutrality as a key element of the nation’s “self-definition.”

“We don’t belong to any military alliance and we don’t want to,” he said, but he highlighted the contributions Austria has made to Ukraine’s defense, adding that E.U. membership and neutrality are “compatible.”

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EU Agrees Online Censorship Laws Forcing Big Tech ‘Hate Speech’ Clampdown

Another Big Tech clampdown on free speech online appears to be forthcoming after the European Union agreed in principle more online censorship laws on Saturday.

Members of the European Union have agreed on a new set of laws which will force Big Tech to take proactive action against “hate speech” and “disinformation online”.

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Financial Woes Causing Brits to Give Up Their Pets

According to a Sky News report, charitable shelters are inundated with calls from people who want to give up their dogs due to the Ukraine crisis and rising prices.

Birmingham Dogs Home, for example, has taken in 53 percent more animals than last year and no longer has places in two of its facilities.

The charity, which is struggling with rising costs itself, is currently housing 130 dogs, with 93 intakes just in the last month. The RSPCA already rescued a third more domestic animals than the previous year in England and Wales.

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

France Rocked on Election Night as Macron Triumph Triggers Angry Clashes Across Nation

FURIOUS French voters have taken to the streets across France shortly after the exit polls were announced, which confirmed Emmanuel Macron will remain as President of France.

The French leader has seen off the challenge of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen for the second time today in a historic vote that had all of Europe watching impatiently. Voting closed at 7pm (GMT) with exciting polling showing a comfortable win for Macron. The result has seen Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protesters take to the streets of the French capital this evening while in other cities violent demonstrations erupted.

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

France: Macron Beats Far-Right Rival Le Pen to Win Second Term

Emmanuel Macron was elected to a second term as French president on Sunday evening with 58.8% of the vote, according to an estimate from the Ipsos polling institute. His far-right challenger Marine Le Pen won 41.2% of the vote in an election that saw the country’s highest abstention rate in 50 years. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

France: Knifeman Shouting ‘We Have to Kill Macron’ Stabs Priest and Elderly Nun in Nice Church in Barbaric Election Day Attack He May Have Been Plotting ‘For Days’ — As Cops Arrest Man, 31, At Scene

A knifeman shouted ‘we have to kill Macron’ as he stabbed a priest and a nun multiple times in an unprovoked attack in France this morning.

Father Krzysztof Rudzinski, 59, was stabbed 20 times with a 7cm knife before Sister Marie-Claude, 72, was cut in the hand as she reportedly snatched the knife from the attacker.

French police arrested a 31-year-old French man from Fréjus, southeastern France, after the attack at 10am in the Saint Pierre d’Arène church, Nice.

France began voting on Sunday in a presidential run-off election in a race between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right politician Marine Le Pen.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted a picture from inside the church and said the attacker was a ‘disturbed’ Frenchman who may have planned the attack for ‘a few days’.

He said: ‘I was the first on the scene once I was alerted to the incident by my assistant and the local police.

‘Both local and national police were swiftly on the scene together to neutralize the disturbance…

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Germany: Councilor ‘Amazed’ That Local Mosque Broadcast Call to Prayer Over Loudspeakers on Good Friday

Neither Christoph Klug nor any other official in Germany has any idea what he is dealing with. “Islam must dominate, and not be dominated,” goes the old adage. Klug, and the rest, will eventually discover that this is a live imperative. Christoph Klug is in for a good deal more “amazement.”

“Gelsenkirchen: Why the muezzin call is allowed to ring out every day,” translated from “Gelsenkirchen: Warum der Muezzin-Ruf jeden Tag ertönen darf,” by Matthias Heselmann and Sinan Sat, Waz, April 20, 2022 (thanks to Medforth).

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Iceland Foreign Minister: ‘Thank God We’re Part of NATO’

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Iceland’s foreign minister this week expressed relief that her country is part of the NATO alliance.

“Thank God, we’re part of NATO,” because the North Atlantic island nation without an army can no longer “take peace for granted,” Thórdis Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir said at the Wilson Center on Thursday.

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Is the US State Department Unhappy With the Outcome of Hungary’s Elections?

According to the latest Freedom House Nations in Transit report, Hungary can no longer be defined as a full democracy. Instead, an “uninterrupted authoritarian streak cements Hungary’s place among hybrid regimes, in the ‘gray zone’ between democracies and autocracies.”

Only a couple of weeks after the parliamentary elections, in which 54 percent of Hungarians have voted to re-elect the government of Viktor Orban for the fourth time in a row, with election observers declaring the vote as free and fair, this conclusion may come as a surprise to those unaware of what Freedom House represents and who funds the think thank.

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Italian City Introduces Social Credit Style System

The Italian city of Bologna is set to launch a social credit score style system, dubbed the “smart citizen wallet.” Participating in the program is voluntary, for now.

According to Corriere di Bologna, users of the “smart citizen wallet” will receive “digital points” for “virtuous behavior,” like recycling. The points can be used for purchases and discounts.

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Italy: Vatican Clears Polish Cardinal of Abuse Negligence

Ex JPII secretary Dziwisz did nothing wrong says probe

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 22 — The Vatican on Friday cleared Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of negligence in failing to report child sex abuse when he was Archbishop of Krakow from 2005 to 2016.

The Holy See has decided to take no further action against the prelate after a probe conducted by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the former head of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), the papal nunciature in Poland announced.

Dziwisz, the longtime former secretary of Saint John Paul II, had been accused of covering up clerical sex abuse in his position as Krakow archbishop.

Last June the Vatican set up a commission led by Bagnasco to look at allegations of cover-ups by abuse victims.

Dziwisz, who turns 83 next week, himself urged the commission to be set up to examine what he called “calumny”.

The commission was set up in the wake of a Polish TV documentary that caused concern.

Dziwisz expressed gratitude to the Holy See Friday saying the charges were “without merit”.

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Italy: No Action Against Head Teacher Who ‘Had Affair With Student’

No breach of disciplinary code says Lazio school office

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 20 — The Lazio regional education office said Wednesday it would take no disciplinary action against a head teacher in Rome who has been reported to have had an alleged affair with a 19-year-old student.

The office said an investigation had established that there had been no breach of its disciplinary rules on the part of the head at the Eugenio Montale classical lycée.

The Italian meda have featured prominently the alleged affair between the young man and 50-year-old head teacher Sabrina Quaresima.

Quaresima denies having had a relationship with him.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Over a Hundred Police Officers Injured During Swedish Qur’an Riots

Swedish police have reported that 104 officers were injured in the riots that took place across the country last week in reaction to Danish anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan and his followers burning a Qur’an.

The 104 officers are said to have received varying injurie,s from fractures of hands and fingers to brain damage, as a result of attacks from rioters, some of whom attacked officers with rocks and stones.

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To Europe’s Relief, France’s Macron Wins But Far-Right Gains

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron comfortably won a second term Sunday, triggering relief among allies that the nuclear-armed power won’t abruptly shift course in the midst of the war in Ukraine from European Union and NATO efforts to punish and contain Russia’s military expansionism.

The second five-year term for the 44-year-old centrist spared France and Europe from the seismic upheaval of having firebrand populist Marine Le Pen at the helm, Macron’s presidential runoff challenger who quickly conceded defeat but still scored her best-ever electoral showing.

Acknowledging that “numerous” voters cast ballots for him simply to keep out the fiercely nationalist far-right Le Pen, Macron pledged to reunite the country that is “filled with so many doubts, so many divisions” and work to assuage the anger of French voters that fed Le Pen’s campaign.

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UK Left Celebrates St George’s Day With Annual False Claims Saint Was ‘Turkish Immigrant’

Leftists in Britain celebrated St George’s Day on Saturday with their annual issuing of false claims that the Roman soldier of Cappadocian Greek ethnicity was, variously, “Turkish”, “Arab”, and “a migrant worker” in an effort to “own” English patriots.

The fact that England’s patron saint, St George, was not an Englishman is not atypical — Ireland’s St Patrick was British and Scotland’s St Andrew, the first-called of Christ’s apostles, hailed from the Holy Land — but is seized upon every year by left-wingers as a stick with which to beat patriots in general and sceptics of mass migration and multiculturalism in particular.

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Ukraine: Arms Seized From Three Italian Would-be Combatants

Ukrainian’s weapons also confiscated near Vicenza

(ANSA) — ROME, APR 20 — Italian police on Wednesday seized weapons from three Italians living near Vicenza who want to go and fight in Ukraine, two for Russia and one for Ukraine.

Arms and munitions were also seized from a Ukrainian citizen, also resident in the province of Vicenza.

More people may be involved in the case, the Giornale di Vicenza newspaper reported Wednesday.

One of the Italians is a 40-year-old security guard, police said.

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Wife of Assange Urges UK to Block His Extradition

BRUSSELS: Stella Assange, wife of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, urged the British government on Saturday (Apr 23) not to sign his extradition order to the United States, saying that his fate will have repercussions throughout Europe.

A United Kingdom court on Wednesday issued a formal order to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to face trial in the US over the publication of secret files relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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For First Time, A Majority of Serbs Are Against Joining the EU — Poll

For the first time in two decades, the number of Serbians who are against joining the European Union is higher than those who want to become a member, according to a new survey.

The poll, which was conducted by Ipsos and first published in Blic newspaper, revealed that 44% of participants are against membership while 35% are in favour.

Ipsos’ Marko Uljarevic told Blic that it was the first time the number of those opposed to EU membership outstripped those in favour.

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Caroline Glick: Palestinian Terrorism Meets Israeli Paralysis

In the span of two weeks from late March to early April, 14 Israelis were murdered, and more than a dozen were wounded in five separate terror attacks in five locations countrywide. This is the highest number of lethal terror attacks to take place over such a short period in years.

Israel has faced invariable terror onslaughts at the hands of its Arab neighbors for over a century. And over the course of this long war, Israel has learned the hard way that there is no nice way to fight terrorism. The only way to end a terror onslaught is to go on offense; to attack the terrorists on their home turf before they can attack Israeli civilians; to dismantle the militaries and social infrastructures that fund, incite, reward and incentivize terrorists to attack.

To carry out such a counter-offensive, Israel needs a strong, stable government whose members and leaders recognize that appeasement isn’t an option because appeasing terrorists convinces them they are winning and should escalate their attacks.

Unfortunately, the chance Israel’s current government will go on the offensive is low. There are several causes for the government’s incompetence. First, last week, the Naftali Bennett-Yair Lapid government lost its one-vote majority in Israel’s 120-member Knesset. MK Idit Silman, a member of Prime Minister Bennett’s six-member parliamentary faction, resigned her position as coalition whip and joined the opposition, which is led by former prime minister and Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following Silman’s resignation, despite the Ieft-leaning Israeli media’s overwhelming support for the government, commentators and politicians from across Israel’s political spectrum agree that the government is on life support.

The government’s instability is incurable because it is baked in…

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Gaza Islamic Scholar Abd Al-Hamid Dabbous: The Goal of Jihad is to Make People Convert to Islam…

…People Who Convert by Force Later Regret Not Converting on Their Own Free Will; People Who Refuse to Convert Can Pay the Jizya Poll Tax Instead

Gazan Islamic scholar Abd Al-Hamid Dabbous said in an April 10, 2022 show on Al-Quds Al-Youm TV (Palestine — Islamic Jihad) that Jihad is the “pinnacle of Islam” and makes Islam “glamorous, strong, and lovable.” He said that Jihad is the means by which Muslims defend their lands and spread Islam to the entire world. Explaining that Muslims do not want to terrorize people but rather to convert them to Islam, Dabbous said that if non-Muslims do not accept Islam and refuse to pay the jizya poll tax “in humiliation,” then the Muslims will fight them until they attain martyrdom or victory. The show also featured footage of fighters from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades in military exercises, praying, and launching rockets, as well as footage from an Israeli military funeral and Israeli infantry training.

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“This is Not the Country We Were Enjoying Before”: The Persecution of Christians, March 2022

The following are among the abuses Muslims inflicted on Christians throughout the month of March, 2022:

The Muslim Slaughter of Christians

Iraq: Family members murdered Eman Sami Maghdid, 20, known as “Maria.” Her “crime” was having embraced Christianity and abandoning the marriage she had been forced into at the age of 12. Her 18-year-old brother and perhaps uncle responded by slaughtering her on Sunday, March 6. Her body “tied with a tape, thrown at the side of the road, with many stab wounds,” was found later, according to a local source:

“[S]he was punished by her family for leaving Islam, specifically for being emancipated and embracing the Christian religion; in short, she was ‘guilty’ of apostasy… The young woman was well known for her activism, her struggle for women’s rights, which—together with her conversion to Christianity—led her to be condemned by her family…

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Armenians Commemorate 107th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

ROME — Armenians around the world solemnly commemorated the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Sunday, marking the onset of a Turkish slaughter of some 1.5 million Armenian Christians.

Armenians recognize the date of April 24, 1915, when several hundred intellectuals were rounded up, arrested, and later executed, as the start of the Armenian Genocide, which is generally understood to have extended to 1917.

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In Bryansk There Was a Major Fire in the Area of the Oil Depot

There was a big fire in Bryansk. The incident in the area of the Druzhba oil depot was reported on April 25 by users of the social network.

Eyewitnesses note that the flames can be seen from different parts of the city. Explosions were allegedly heard before the fire.

It is worth noting that on Easter Sunday (April 24) in the city of Fokino, Bryansk region, the House of Culture burned down. The version of the fire is called a short circuit in the wiring.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: President Volodymyr Zelensky met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday, according to a Ukrainian official, in the highest-level U.S. visit yet to the war-torn country.

During the meeting, which the U.S. hasn’t confirmed, the Ukrainian leader is expected to discuss military assistance as Russian forces build up for an offensive in the east of the country.

Ukraine’s southern operational command said its forces had recaptured eight settlements in the southern region of Kherson, most of which is occupied by Moscow.

Mr. Zelensky said he would halt all negotiations with Russian officials if Moscow follows through on alleged plans to conduct a referendum next month on establishing a “Kherson People’s Republic” along the lines of the Donetsk and Luhansk statelets in the east.

Russia: Moscow will be the first stop this week for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who will then visit Kjiv. His appeal for a four-day truce during the Orthodox Holy Week was rejected by Moscow, which characterized it as a ruse to allow Ukraine’s military to rest and regroup.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed a gunpowder-and-explosives factory in Pavlohrad, a city near the eastern Donbas area, and four weapons depots in the northern Kharkiv region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an Easter message posted to the Kremlin website on Sunday, thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for its assistance to those who need care and support “in our difficult time.”

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Think Tank: Soros is Pulling the Strings in Ukraine

In a recent article, the Russian think tank “RUSSTRAT — Institute for Political and Economic Strategies” commented on the machinations of US speculator George Soros in Ukraine. It is believed that Soros is part of the US secret service, driving coups and the “Great Reset”. Ukraine is serving as a “torpedo against Moscow,” according to Soros himself, because Moscow is standing in the way of the New World Order clique.

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China Censors Viral Video Complaining About Lockdown Conditions

The Chinese government is attempting to block a viral video that showcases the impact of Shanghai’s five-week lockdown on citizens.

The six-minute video, titled The Voices of April, features audio of citizens highlighting the poor conditions the lockdown has caused, the lack of food, and no access to medical care.

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Ramadan in Nigeria: Muslim Detonates Bomb in Crowded Bar, Murdering 20 People

Sharia forbids not just the consumption of alcohol, but its sale as well. A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Verily Allah, the Exalted, has forbidden wine. So who hears this verse and he has anything of it with him, he should neither drink it nor sell it.” (Sahih Muslim 3835)

“Breaking: Bomb blast hits Taraba, 20 killed, many others injured,” Blueprint, April 19, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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German Court: Deportations Valid Even if Migrants Face Hardship at Home

A German court has ruled that deportation orders are valid even if migrants are unable to secure a sustainable livelihood in the long term after returning to their county of origin.

The ruling comes after a court case involving an Afghan migrant who failed to be given asylum in Germany but was banned from being deported by a court in Mannheim, which argued he would not be able to make a living in his home country due to the economic conditions in Afghanistan.

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Riots in Sweden a ‘Direct Result of Mass Migration’ Legal Philosopher Says

Recent riots in Sweden are a product of unfettered mass migration, a Dutch legal philosopher told Fox News on Friday.

On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson said the country was historically “tranquil,” but recent riots show the consequences of unfettered mass migration.

“Recently, a Danish politician organized an event to burn a Koran. In response to this, there were riots across the country,” Carlson said.

Eva Vlaardingerbroek said the current state of Sweden is an example of how a secure nation can turn very dangerous as “a direct result of mass migration.”

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Romania Prepares to Accept 300,000 Refugees in a Single Day, Fearing the Worst is Yet to Come in Ukraine

BUCHAREST, Romania — Russia is on the back foot, its attempted two-day regime change operation in Ukraine turned into a grinding, two-month war in the face of fierce local resistance. Instead of conquering Kyiv, Russian President Vladimir Putin is publicly determined to consolidate Moscow’s control over the Donbas region. But in neighboring Romania, where more than 740,000 Ukrainians have already fled, the authorities believe that the worst may be yet to come.

“We are still preparing for a larger wave to come,” Madalina Turza, an aide to Romania’s prime minister and coordinator of the country’s humanitarian assistance efforts, said in an interview at her office in Victoria Palace. “The information coming both from media and institutional channels is that Ukraine is still under attack and that Putin is pushing very hard to get Odesa. And Odesa is very close to Romania.”

Even just the threat that Russian forces might advance on Odesa, a Black Sea port city with a pre-war population of nearly 1 million people, sent thousands of residents fleeing for the border. The Romanian coastal resort town of Neptun, for example, is now host to hundreds of children from a Jewish orphanage that decided to evacuate last month.

To date, only Poland has accepted more Ukrainian refugees than Romania. But a concerted Russian effort to take Odesa — or a renewed push for Kyiv — would make the current flow of refugees seem like a mere trickle.

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Spanish Population Growth in 2021 Entirely Due to Immigration

Figures from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) have revealed that the Spanish population increased by over 50,000 people last year, with all of the growth driven by immigration.

The number of Spanish citizens fell by 21,920 people last year, while the number of foreigners increased by 72,410, leading to an overall population increase of 50,490 for a total of 47,435,597 inhabitants of the country.

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Libby Emmons Talks to Benny Johnson About Disney’s War on Parental Rights

Libby Emmons, the editor-in-chief at The Post Millennial, appeared on Benny Johnson’s show on Newsmax on Saturday to discuss how Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is justified in repealing Disney’s special self-governing status in Florida.

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New Bill to Not Require Education Leaders to Use Students’ Preferred Pronouns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) — A new bill is traveling through Tennessee Legislature Tuesday calling for education leaders not to be required to use a student’s preferred pronoun.

Introduced by Senator Mike Bell, SB2777 is a bill that will not legally require teachers or staff to use a student’s preferred pronoun, absolving them of any discriminatory accusations.

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New Book by Trans Activist Fantasizes About JK Rowling’s Death

A book published by transgender woman Gretchen Felker-Martin has recently made headlines after it was revealed that the book centering around three transgender individuals includes a grotesque death of famed Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The book centers around two transgender females and a transgender male navigating a post-apocalyptic wasteland where a virus has turned people into zombies.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/24/2022

  1. “A bill in Washington will soon take effect striking the word “marijuana” from all state laws after progressive lawmakers deemed the term “racist.” The change removes the word, swapping it out for the term “cannabis” instead.”

    I lost patience with this sort of garbage years ago. Didn’t you?

    • So wouldn’t that make taking a driver’s license exam in Spanish racist as well? Excuse me operator’s license. I don’t know who got pissed off for it to be that. All that history must be buried in the last little reset. My guess is somebody that was too smart by a half. Which I have been called once so it takes one to know one.

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