Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/9/2022

Almost 4.2 million Ukrainians have become refugees since Russia invaded in February. Of those, 2.6 million have fled to Poland.

In other news, a 16-year-old boy was killed in Florida when a group of friends took turns wearing an armored vest while the other boys shot a gun at them.

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Financial Crisis
» Hungary March Annual Inflation 8.5 %
» Hungary: Kopint-Tarki Lowers 2022 GDP Forecast to 4%
» Summers: Recession Risks ‘Are Going Way Up’ — Greater Than 2/3s Chance it Happens in Next Two Years
 
USA
» 16-Year-Old Killed When Teens Wearing Body Armor Take Turns Shooting Each Other in Florida, Police Say
» 3 Killed in Georgia Gun Range Shooting; Suspects Not in Custody
» Average U.S. Life Expectancy Drops in 2021 for Second Year in a Row
» ‘Crickets’: Kyle Rittenhouse Unhappy That Joe Biden Didn’t Return His Calls
» Daily Beast Contributor Accosts Asian Man at Bar, Mistakenly Thinking He’s Andy Ngo
» Explosive Pennsylvania Testimony Explains How Leftist Money Infiltrated Election Offices in 2020
» Jussie Smollett Releases New Song, Still Claims He’s Innocent
» Kyle Rittenhouse Blasts Biden for Turning ‘Blind Eye’ to Hunter Dealings
» Massachusetts: Muslim Migrant Claims He Accidentally Bought 800 Castor Beans, Researched Poisons
» Must Watch: Leaked Video of ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Event Held at Kansas University
» NPR Reporter Breaks Ranks With Outlet to Condemn Their Handling of Hunter Biden Story
» Rittenhouse Posts Anti-Biden Meme of Himself Crying Over Gas Prices, Upsets Critics
» Senator Klobuchar Refuses to Answer Whether “Misinformation” Bill Will Ban Saying “There Are Only Two Sexes”
» ‘The Right to Work’: City Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates Outside NYC Basketball Game
» Watch: Lauren Boebert Slams Biden’s HHS Secretary for Supporting the Genital Mutilation of Minors
» ‘We Take Nothing Off the Table, ‘ Cop Killer Urges SUNY Brockport Audience to Take ‘Any Means Necessary’ Approach
» With Soros Money Flowing to Anti-Police Candidates, Will Defund the Police Become an Issue Again?
» Woman Suffering From a Chronic, Incessant Cough After Third COVID Vax Dose
 
Canada
» Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Cross-Examined Under Oath
» Breaking: Poilievre Vows to Remove Taxes on Charitable Crypto Donations if Elected
» Calgary Freedom Protest Injunction Reaches One Month Mark
» Criticism of Canada’s Digital ID is Dismissed as Based on “Misinformation”
» Exclusive Post-Arrest Interview With Pastor Derek Reimer
» Nova Scotia Releases Hospital Data on Adverse Events Associated With Receipt of COVID-19 Vaccine
» Organizer Calls Alberta Boot Project a Partial Win, Takes Aim at Jason Kenney
» Ottawa Mayor Wants to Force Residents and Kids to Keep Wearing Masks
 
Europe and the EU
» British PM Johnson Unveils New Economic, Military Aid in Ukraine Visit
» European Commission President Meets With Zelensky in Ukraine
» Germany: A Rough Week Ends Well for the AfD
» Hungary: Govt Spox to CNN: Govt Not to Send Troops, Weapons to Ukraine Under New Mandate
» Over 50 Pct of Poles Want Cooling of Ties With Hungary
» Poland: President Attends Stand Up for Ukraine Conference
» Poland Summons French Ambassador After Macron Brands Polish PM a ‘Far-Right Antisemite’
» Slovakia Says U.S. Sending Patriot Missiles After Soviet S-300s Donated to Ukraine
» The EU is Allowing the Linking of Face Recognition Databases to Create a Mega Surveillance System
» UK: Return of Rona? Boris Johnson Refuses to Rule Out Another Lockdown
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Russian Parliament Channel Banned From YouTube
» UK Defence Intel: Russian Warships Bombarding Ukraine to Support Eastern Offensives
 
South Asia
» India: The Gory Ethnic Cleansing of the Hindu Pandits in Kashmir Valley by Jihadi Forces
 
Far East
» China Harvested Organs From Living People, Doctors Helped With Execution, Israeli Researcher Claims
 
Australia — Pacific
» Full Video: Craig Kelly Egged in Melbourne
» New South Wales Plots Digital ID to Access Services
 
Immigration
» Fears of Human Trafficking as Thousands of Child Migrants Go Missing in Austria
» Nearly 4.2 Million Ukrainian Refugees Have Fled the War So Far, UNHCR Reveals
» Poland Accepts 2.6 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» Texas Dispatches Buses to Border to Send Illegal Migrants to Joe Biden in Washington, DC
» Violent Incidents at Belgian Asylum Centres Have Doubled Since 2017
 
Culture Wars
» Conservative UHouston Students, Afraid to Share Views Under New ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Policy, File Lawsuit
» Why Libs of Tik Tok Has Hope for the Future of Education in America
 

Hungary March Annual Inflation 8.5 %

Consumer prices in Hungary grew by an annual 8.5 percent in March, the worst inflation figures in Hungary in 15 years, quickening from 8.3 percent in the previous month, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday.

Month on month, inflation was 1 percent.

Food prices increased by 13 percent as the price of bread jumped 27.9 percent and poultry prices rose by 21.4 percent.

[Comment: Not good.]

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

Hungary: Kopint-Tarki Lowers 2022 GDP Forecast to 4%

Economic research institute Kopint-Tarki has lowered its forecast for this year’s economic growth to 4 percent from 5 percent.

In its latest forecast published on Thursday, Kopint-Tarki said domestic consumption would grow by 4.3 percent and gross capital accumulation by 4 percent.

[Comment: That’s still a pretty good growth rate.]

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

Summers: Recession Risks ‘Are Going Way Up’ — Greater Than 2/3s Chance it Happens in Next Two Years

During an interview aired on Friday’s edition of Bloomberg’s “Wall Street Week,” economist, Harvard Professor, Director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, and Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton Larry Summers said that recession risks “are going way up” and he would put the odds of a recession in the next two years at above two-thirds because there hasn’t been a time in American history where inflation was over 4% with an unemployment rate below 4% where there wasn’t a recession within two years.

Summers said, “I think the risks are going way up. 27.5% this year, because next year is riskier than this year, translates to something getting towards two-thirds for a two-year period. And I’d be a bit above that, in my judgment. Here’s the key fact: We have never had a moment in the United States when inflation was above 4 and unemployment was below 4 when we didn’t have a recession two years — within the next two years. So, we may pull it off. And certainly, it’s hugely important that we succeed in pulling it off. But the combination of overheating, followed by policy delay, followed by supply shocks means I think it’s a very difficult set of challenges, and recession in the next couple of years is clearly more likely than not. Some of the banks are starting to move in that direction. Your survey moved in that direction. And I suspect that’s how the consensus will evolve.”

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

16-Year-Old Killed When Teens Wearing Body Armor Take Turns Shooting Each Other in Florida, Police Say

Belleview police arrest 2 teens in fatal shooting

BELLEVIEW, Fla. — A 16-year-old boy was killed when he and another teen took turns shooting at each other while wearing a form of body armor, according to the Belleview Police Department.

The department said Joshua Vining and Colton Whitler, both 17, were arrested Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of Christopher Leroy Broad Jr.

Police said officers responded to the shooting around 7 p.m. Sunday in the 10400 block of SE 52nd Court, where they found the victim shot inside a residence. The department said the boy was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Officers said an investigation revealed Vining fatally shot Broad as the two were taking turns shooting at each other while wearing a vest containing “a form of body armor.”

According to the two teens’ arrest affidavits, an 18-year-old who was with the group — identified as Evan Vowell — recorded the shooting on his cell phone and turned over the footage to be used as evidence, police said. According to Vowell, Vining preceded the fatal shooting by showing him, Broad, Whitler and at least one other juvenile a 9mm gun and a vest, asking if they “had ever seen anyone get shot with a bullet proof vest on,” police said…

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3 Killed in Georgia Gun Range Shooting; Suspects Not in Custody

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. (WGCL/Gray News) — Three members of the same family were killed during a robbery at their family shooting range in Grantville, Georgia.

The robbery took place at the Lock Stock & Barrel shooting range sometime after 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to Grantville Police Department.

WGCL reported when police arrived, they found the range’s owner, his wife, and their grandson had been killed.

Police have identified the owner as Richard Hawk.

“Let’s keep Richard Hawk and Family in our prayers,” Grantville Police said in a Facebook post Saturday morning.

Grantville Police said approximately 40 guns and the security camera DVR were taken from the scene…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Average U.S. Life Expectancy Drops in 2021 for Second Year in a Row

Researchers report that life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2021, continuing a troubling trend that began in the first year of the pandemic.

Specifically, average U.S. life expectancy tumbled from 78.86 years in 2019 to 76.99 in 2020. It then fell by a smaller amount in 2021, to 76.60 years, the new report found.

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

‘Crickets’: Kyle Rittenhouse Unhappy That Joe Biden Didn’t Return His Calls

Kyle Rittenhouse is complaining that President Joe Biden ignored his request to meet after the teenager says he was unfairly linked to white supremacists during the 2020 presidential election.

Rittenhouse, who was cleared of murder charges after killing two protesters at a Wisconsin Black Lives Matter protest, lambasted Biden on a podcast episode of The Jenna Ellis Show published Tuesday. The criticism from Rittenhouse, 19, is part of his ongoing effort to settle grievances he experienced as his trial became a political flashpoint.

A jury last November determined that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the wave of racial justice demonstrations that swept the country in the summer 2020.

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

Daily Beast Contributor Accosts Asian Man at Bar, Mistakenly Thinking He’s Andy Ngo

Thor Benson, a writer for a variety of left-wing media outlets, including The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, NBC News, and Business Insider, mistakenly believed he had encountered The Post Millennial‘s editor-at-large Andy Ngo in a bar in New Orleans and harassed the Asian man until he left.

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

Explosive Pennsylvania Testimony Explains How Leftist Money Infiltrated Election Offices in 2020

The Democrat governor’s office in Pennsylvania colluded with left-wing activists to secure millions of dollars in private money to run get-out-the-vote efforts in blue counties in the swing state in 2020, new, explosive testimony revealed. The Pennsylvania legislature heard this testimony, backed up by email evidence, on Tuesday during the first public hearing on two new bills seeking to block private grants.

Tuesday’s public hearing began with statements by the respective primary sponsors of the bills that seek to ban dark money from elections, with Sen. Lisa Baker speaking in support of Senate Bill 982 and Rep. Eric Nelson encouraging passage of House Bill 2044. Pennsylvania investigative journalist Todd Shepherd then testified at length on the results of his extensive probe into the insertion of private funds into the 2020 election.

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

Jussie Smollett Releases New Song, Still Claims He’s Innocent

Convicted hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett, recently released from jail, made a new song called “Thank You God,” in which he still steadfastly claims he’s innocent.

Smollett posted a lyrical music video of the single to Instagram on Friday. The one-minute and 40-second video is prefaced with a message signed by Smollett stating he’s “channeling these thoughts the best way I know how. Love you.”

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

Kyle Rittenhouse Blasts Biden for Turning ‘Blind Eye’ to Hunter Dealings

Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen who beat homicide charges after killing two people during unrest in Kenosha, Wis., in the summer of 2020, has slammed President Biden for turning a “blind eye” to his son Hunter’s business dealings.

“Let me get this straight, Joe Biden can turn a blind eye to the misconduct of his own son, but defames me for defending myself?!” the 19-year-old tweeted Tuesday.

“The more I read, the more I shake my head.”

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

Massachusetts: Muslim Migrant Claims He Accidentally Bought 800 Castor Beans, Researched Poisons

Jihad poisoning plots are not new. Zee News reported in July 2019 that “the Maharashtra anti-terror squad has foiled a plot by terrorists to poison the ‘mahaprasad’ of the famous Mumbreshwar Mahadev temple in Thane district.”

“Mahaprasad” or “prasad” consists of a large number of food items that are offered to the gods in Hindu temples and then consumed by worshippers. This particular poisoning plot was the work of the Islamic State, which, although largely driven out of its former caliphate in Iraq and Syria, is busy trying to murder large numbers of infidels elsewhere. Zee News continued: “The day when the suspects planned to poison the prasad, it was consumed by at least 40,000 devotees.”

Al-Qaeda has long considered the contamination of food as a jihad mass murder tactic. And in 2017, the Islamic State called on Muslims to poison food in Western supermarkets.

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

Must Watch: Leaked Video of ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Event Held at Kansas University

An event called the Tunnel of Oppression was held at Kansas’ Fort Hays State University, in which students walked through a dimly lit room full of stations highlighting “issues of oppression.” Footage of the “tunnel” was leaked by student members of Turning Point USA.

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

NPR Reporter Breaks Ranks With Outlet to Condemn Their Handling of Hunter Biden Story

An NPR reporter with over 18 years of experience at the outlet decided to call out her own bosses on Thursday afternoon over how their editorial management decided to largely ignore covering the leaked contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.

“Add @NPR to the list. Newsroom editors called it ‘not a real story.’ The ‘Hunter Biden laptop’ investigation may end up being a tax case, a hill of beans, or something else. But what it’s always been is a story.”

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

Rittenhouse Posts Anti-Biden Meme of Himself Crying Over Gas Prices, Upsets Critics

WASHINGTON (TND) — Kyle Rittenhouse, who was famously acquitted of all charges after going on trial for killing two men during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is once again trending on social media, this time for posting a meme of himself.

In the video posted by Rittenhouse on his Twitter account, the 19-year-old is seen weeping while holding a gas nozzle.

The meme, which was made by Twitter “mememaster” drefanzor (@drefanzor), uses footage of the teenager crying during his trial edited into the gas station scenario.

He is apparently blaming President Joe Biden for current gas prices, going by the caption of his video.

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

Senator Klobuchar Refuses to Answer Whether “Misinformation” Bill Will Ban Saying “There Are Only Two Sexes”

During her appearance at the “Disinformation and Erosion of Democracy” conference, Senator Amy Klobuchar refused to answer a question about whether her Health Misinformation Act would result in the statement “there are only two sexes, male and female” being banned from Big Tech platforms.

Klobuchar’s bill was introduced in July 2021 and would reduce the scope of the civil liability immunity online platforms receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if passed.

Currently, Section 230 gives online platforms and other “interactive computer services” immunity from civil liability if they act in “good faith” to restrict access to content that they or their users deem to be “obscene” or “objectionable.” Klobuchar’s bill would remove this immunity for platforms that use algorithms to promote “health misinformation” that’s “related to an existing public health emergency, as declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.”

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

‘The Right to Work’: City Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates Outside NYC Basketball Game

NEW YORK CITY — On April 6, 2022, city workers who lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates gathered in front of the Madison Square Garden stadium before the Knicks vs. Nets game, holding “let us work” signs and asking Mayor Eric Adams to allow them to return to work — just as the athletes like Kyrie Irving are getting to do.

The workers shared impassioned stories of how each of them were civil servants who worked tirelessly during the height of the pandemic, while other New Yorkers stayed home to protect themselves. Their plights fell on attendees of the basketball games’ ears, vaccinated and unvaccinated, as there are no vaccine requirements to enter arenas in New York City anymore — so why should there be vaccine requirements to work?

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

Watch: Lauren Boebert Slams Biden’s HHS Secretary for Supporting the Genital Mutilation of Minors

Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services is committed to upholding the Biden administration’s commitment to so-called “gender affirming care” for children and teens who experience gender dysphoria, a condition wherein they believe that they should be the opposite sex to their own.

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

‘We Take Nothing Off the Table, ‘ Cop Killer Urges SUNY Brockport Audience to Take ‘Any Means Necessary’ Approach

A convicted cop killer invited to speak at SUNY Brockport claimed that black people are facing genocide in America, and stated that while he “abhors violence” he “loves self-preservation” urging his audience to take action to “ensure our survival” “by any means necessary,” adding “We take nothing off the table.”

The announcement of the event featuring Jalil Muntaqim, who was found guilty of murdering two police officers in 1971, to speak on campus sparked protests, outcry, and a resignation from former adjunct professor and retired Brockport police chief Daniel Varrenti.

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

With Soros Money Flowing to Anti-Police Candidates, Will Defund the Police Become an Issue Again?

Even as “moderate” Democrats appear to be backing off of the politically toxic “Defund the Police” movement, a Fox News Digital review of campaign-finance records has found that more than a few anti-police Democrats are the recipients of quiet bankrolling by the Soros family.

Fox News reports that billionaire George Soros — long known for being so liberal that any distinction between him and a socialist/communist fades into the background — and his daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel, are “bankrolling two entities that are supporting far-left politicians who back defunding the police.”

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

Woman Suffering From a Chronic, Incessant Cough After Third COVID Vax Dose

For the last year, I have been following the inability of individuals to have their vaccine reactions documented.

Yet the mainstream media ignores this elephant in the room, as evidenced by the fact that the sufferer of today’s vaccine reaction story thought that she was all alone.

Until she saw my other reports.

Catriona Atkins suffers from incessant coughing after both her second and third Pfizer injections. She was an otherwise healthy 51-year-old who now fears that her life will never be the same again.

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

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Cross-Examined Under Oath

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have seen fundamental Canadian values like bodily autonomy, right to assembly and even the right to free speech quelled by zealous politicians and unelected health bureaucrats alike under the banner of health restrictions and mandates.

The safeguards which are in place to prevent such trampling of freedoms, like the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Criminal Code of Canada, were disregarded in light of the spread of COVID-19 and legal challenges against these violations were delayed due to inundated and unprepared courts which took years to even open proceedings on the legality of these restrictions, meanwhile our neighbours to the south managed to sort out many of these matters in court within the first weeks and months of the so-called pandemic.

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

Breaking: Poilievre Vows to Remove Taxes on Charitable Crypto Donations if Elected

Candidate for prime minister Pierre Poilievre announced Saturday that he would

remove the capital gains tax from cryptocurrency donations to registered Canadian charities, according to a press release obtained by The Post Millennial.

“It’s time to give people back control of their money,” Poilievre said in Saturday’s press statement. “It should be just as easy for Canadians to donate cryptocurrency to help out their local animal shelter or food bank as it is to donate stock.”

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

Calgary Freedom Protest Injunction Reaches One Month Mark

A court ordered injunction aimed to limit the freedom protests ability to march and make noise will remain in place for the fourth week, in response to the expected demonstration this weekend.

For three consecutive weekends, the Calgary freedom movement protested against continued COVID-related public health rules and mandates in spite of a court injunction that placed restrictions on demonstrations in the city. The injunction was ostensibly aimed at the weekly freedom rallies that have been ongoing through the pandemic, and was requested by city council and the Calgary Police Service.

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

Criticism of Canada’s Digital ID is Dismissed as Based on “Misinformation”

There is pushback in Canada against the introduction of digital ID programs — but proponents of these schemes are referring to criticism based on civil liberties and privacy concerns as, “digital ID misinformation.”

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

Exclusive Post-Arrest Interview With Pastor Derek Reimer

On Saturday Pastor Derek Reimer was arrested on the grounds that he was in violation the City of Calgary’s injunction which seeks to severely limited the ongoing COVID-19 related anti-mandate protests that have been ongoing for over two years in Calgary. The allegation made by police at the time of the arrest was that his use of amplification was considered a breach of the injunction.

Every Saturday Pastor Derek Reimer and his Mission7 ministry serve food to members of Calgary’s unhoused population downtown along Stephen Avenue. He, like Pastor Artur Pawlowski, endured his fair share of harassment at the hand of authorities and health officials for continuing to serve these disenfranchised communities despite COVID-19 restrictions, and as a result he was one of our very first FightTheFines.com clients and we helped him fight those tickets.

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

Nova Scotia Releases Hospital Data on Adverse Events Associated With Receipt of COVID-19 Vaccine

Nova Scotians suffered heart problems, strokes, neurological issues and allergenic reactions in the two weeks following vaccination against COVID-19, according to newly released government documents.

The numbers were released in response to a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act request to the Department of Health and Wellness for information relating to emergency room admissions in the 14 days following receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination.

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

Organizer Calls Alberta Boot Project a Partial Win, Takes Aim at Jason Kenney

A campaign launched by Alberta healthcare workers last year to show the human toll of the province’s vaccine mandates set up its final display in Red Deer on Saturday, with organizers vowing political action for years.

The Alberta Boot Project began in December after thousands of healthcare workers were forced onto unpaid leave by the province’s vaccine mandate. The project’s organizers collected close to one thousand pairs of boots and shoes — from affected nurses, doctors, paramedics, firefighters and other frontline professionals — and displayed them with signs detailing how long their owners had served.

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

Ottawa Mayor Wants to Force Residents and Kids to Keep Wearing Masks

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson is the latest voice to demand the Ontario government force residents and kids to mask up again, saying that schools and stores are two places where he’s becoming “more and more worried.”

Watson called on Ontario premier Doug Ford to “really rethink” the government’s decision to drop the mask mandate — this despite the fact that public health officials in several major provinces no longer recommend mandatory masking.

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

British PM Johnson Unveils New Economic, Military Aid in Ukraine Visit

April 9 (UPI) — Continuing the European outreach to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv Saturday to present a new package of financial and military assistance to the besieged country.

“Today I met my friend [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky] in Kyiv as a show of our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “We’re setting out a new package of financial & military aid which is a testament of our commitment to his country’s struggle against Russia’s barbaric campaign.”

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European Commission President Meets With Zelensky in Ukraine

April 8 (UPI) — Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv after visiting the town of Bucha on Friday.

Von der Leyen said that the European Union would increase its support to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion and presented him with an envelope that contained steps on moving Ukraine toward EU membership.

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

Germany: A Rough Week Ends Well for the AfD

The AfD MPs prevented compulsory vaccination in Germany for the time being. Even if the Union and the FDP also contributed their bit, the AfD was the only parliamentary group to cheer and applaud loudly after the results of the vote in the Bundestag were announced.

Another message sweetened the end of the week for MPs and AfD members. In Saxony, according to a survey, the party is again well ahead of the Union (25 percent) with 28 percent. But the start of the week was quite tumultuous.

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Hungary: Govt Spox to CNN: Govt Not to Send Troops, Weapons to Ukraine Under New Mandate

Hungary will not send weapons or troops to Ukraine “under a mandate the Hungarian people has given to the government”, Zoltan Kovacs, state secretary for international relations, told US news channel CNN on Friday.

Dismissing a question suggesting that Hungary had a different position from the European Union, Kovacs said the country was “one hundred percent” in support of the decisions of NATO and the EU, but added that Hungary would not “let itself be dragged into this war”.

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Over 50 Pct of Poles Want Cooling of Ties With Hungary

Over half of respondents to a recent survey supported a cooling of Poland’s relations with Hungary over its attitude to the Russia-Ukraine war while more than 7 in 10 were for a reset in Polish-Hungarian ties.

According to a poll conducted by the SW Research pollster for the rp.pl website, 57.4 percent were in favour of Poland distancing itself from Hungary and only 13.9 percent were against, whereas 28.7 percent could not say.

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Poland: President Attends Stand Up for Ukraine Conference

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Saturday attended a Stand Up For Ukraine conference in Warsaw called by European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Earlier, Duda and von der Leyen held face-to-face talks, during which they discussed further international aid for Ukraine in its defence against Russia.

The Warsaw conference was part of the European Commission’s and Canadian government’s ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’ campaign aimed to raise funding to support refugees fleeing Ukraine and internally displaced people in the country.

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Poland Summons French Ambassador After Macron Brands Polish PM a ‘Far-Right Antisemite’

The French ambassador to Poland was summoned on Friday by the Polish foreign minister after President Emmanuel Macron branded Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki a “far-right antisemite”.

The Polish foreign ministry summoned the ambassador on Friday, with spokesman Lukasz Jasina writing on Twitter that the French ambassador had been summoned over comments made by President Macron in the Le Parisien newspaper.

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Slovakia Says U.S. Sending Patriot Missiles After Soviet S-300s Donated to Ukraine

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Defence Minister Jaroslav Nad says the United States will deploy a Patriot air defence system in his country next week.

Friday’s announcement came shortly after Slovakia donated its Soviet-era S-300 air defence system to Ukraine at its request. Nad previously said his country was willing to provide its S-300 long-range air defence missile system to Ukraine on condition it has a proper replacement.

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The EU is Allowing the Linking of Face Recognition Databases to Create a Mega Surveillance System

Digital rights advocates are accusing the EU of working to create the world’s biggest biometric surveillance infrastructure, thanks to a proposal known as “Prüm II.”

The original Prüm Convention was signed in 2005 by Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain, outside of the EU’s framework — but “open” to the bloc’s other member countries, 14 out of 27 of which have since joined.

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UK: Return of Rona? Boris Johnson Refuses to Rule Out Another Lockdown

Months after the world has seemingly moved on from the Chinese coronavirus, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared that he will not rule out another lockdown being imposed on the British public.

Despite the damage done to the economy and the impact on the mental and physical health of the public, the British government will keep the option of locking down the country once again, the Prime Minister said.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Heavier shelling in Donbas prompted Ukrainian officials to urge remaining civilians to evacuate Saturday as Russia stepped up attacks there ahead of an expected offensive. Ukraine’s head of military intelligence told CNN that Moscow’s forces were regrouping around the Russian city of Belgorod, where they are picking up additional troops to compensate for their losses.

Train Station Attack: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called a train-station strike in Kramatorsk the “latest war crime of Russia, for which everyone involved will be held accountable.” President Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and others condemned the attack, which, Ukrainian authorities said, killed at least 52 people and injured more than 100.

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

War-Crimes Accusations: Residents of Bucha described the killings of civilians by Russian soldiers during their monthlong occupation of the town outside Kyiv.

In Russia: The central bank cut its key interest rate to 17% from 20%, saying the ruble’s rebound had reduced the risk that inflation would move sharply higher. The annual rate of inflation jumped to 16.7% in March from 9.2% in February, Russia’s statistics agency said on Friday.

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Russian Parliament Channel Banned From YouTube

MOSCOW (AP) — YouTube has banned the channel of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, prompting government officials to renew longtime threats against the platform.

The Duma TV channel reported the ban on the messaging app Telegram, noting that it had 145,000 subscribers and over 100,000 million total views. In comments to the Russian news agency Interfax, Google didn’t give an exact reason for the move, but said the company follows “all applicable sanction and trade compliance laws.”

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UK Defence Intel: Russian Warships Bombarding Ukraine to Support Eastern Offensives

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Ministry of Defence says Russian naval forces are launching cruise missiles into Ukraine to support military operations in the eastern Donbas region and around the cities of Mariupol and Mykolaiv.

In its Saturday morning briefing, the ministry said Russia’s air forces are expected to increase activity in the south and east of Ukraine to further support these operations.

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India: The Gory Ethnic Cleansing of the Hindu Pandits in Kashmir Valley by Jihadi Forces

by Janet Levy

In Vivek Agnihotri’s recent film, The Kashmir Files, frenzied crowds of Muslims chant Raliv, galiv, chaliv! (Convert, leave, or die!) as Hindu Pandit families cower in their homes. Bands of Islamic militants gun down security personnel and walk into Pandit homes to loot, rape, and murder. Wearing Indian army uniforms, they walk into Pandit villages and refugee camps, trick the residents by saying they must move to a safer location, then line them up and shoot them.

The film is set in Kashmir in the early 1990s. By then, the Pandits had long been reduced to a minority—about 140,000, or three percent of the population—in the beautiful Kashmir valley, their homeland since at least the fourth century BCE. Since the late 1980s, Islamic militancy, in the guise of a freedom (Azadi), movement gained momentum. As Pakistan-backed militants unleashed a campaign of mass murder, rape, and gory atrocities such as sawing a woman alive, nearly 100,000 Pandits were forced to flee. Agnihotri composes some of the shocking events of that exodus into a unified story that has left audiences in India gasping—and angry that a compromised media never gave this ethnic cleansing due coverage.

In fact, the Raliv, galiv, chaliv! formula harks to the 14th century when Islam first arrived in Kashmir. Like the media, leftist historians in India have whitewashed the systematic decimation of Pandits over 600 years. By exposing the 1990 cover-up, the film has made viewers eager to know the Pandits’ story.

The Kashmir valley is part of the northernmost region of the Indian subcontinent. It comprises the Indian-administered territories of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Besides, there are two Pakistan-administered regions (which Indians refer to as Pakistan-occupied)—Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan—and two regions (Aksai Chin and Shaksgam Tract) that China holds.

Historically, the whole region has been strongly Hindu-Buddhist. Kashmir valley had Hindu rulers since the fourth century BCE. In later centuries, it was the cradle and nursery of Kashmir Shaivism, which Kashmiri Pandits (pandit means priestly Brahmin) have kept alive. During the many centuries of Hindu rule, the Hindu majority lived in harmony with those who professed other faiths (chiefly Buddhism) under an ethos of equality and coexistence.

This changed when Muslims arrived. Taking advantage of the inhabitants’ hospitality, they built pockets of influence and started seizing power. The overshadowing of Hinduism and the spreading of Islam began with the arrival of a Turkic-Tartar marauder, Zul Qadir Khan, probably in 1313. Over eight months, he plundered and massacred the populace, razed the crops, and returning, took with him 50,000 Kashmiri Pandits as slaves. All of them perished en route…

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China Harvested Organs From Living People, Doctors Helped With Execution, Israeli Researcher Claims

The organ transplant industry in China has a dark, hidden and often illegal side, some foreign experts have claimed in recent years. According to these experts, Chinese authorities murder some prisoners in “reeducation camps” to harvest their organs and sell them for transplant for high prices to local and foreign customers.

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Full Video: Craig Kelly Egged in Melbourne

Three ‘anti-fascist’ activists are on the run after allegedly assaulting Craig Kelly MP in Melbourne on Friday.

Police are searching for three people involved in the assault of Craig Kelly at a United Australia Party BBQ in Melbourne on Friday.

A video uploaded by one of the alleged assailants shows a lady sneaking behind the member of parliament to smash an egg over his head.

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New South Wales Plots Digital ID to Access Services

The government of Australia’s New South Wales plans to test a whole-of-government digital ID program, which will allow residents to access services across all departments. The pilot project is part of the Service NSW app and will require face verifications as well as biometric liveness testing.

The government is currently looking for photo verification vendors and it is unclear when the pilot project will launch.

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Fears of Human Trafficking as Thousands of Child Migrants Go Missing in Austria

Nearly 4,500 underage migrants who applied for asylum in Austria last year have reportedly gone missing, prompting concerns some may have fallen victim to human traffickers.

Figures from the Austrian Interior Ministry reveal that 78 per cent of the 5,770 supposedly underage migrants who tried to claim asylum in Austria last year, 4,489 individuals cannot be accounted for.

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Nearly 4.2 Million Ukrainian Refugees Have Fled the War So Far, UNHCR Reveals

The latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reveal that since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, some 4.2 million Ukrainians had fled the country, with almost 40,000 refugees registered in the neighbouring countries.

Such figures show that women and children make up 90 percent of those who have left Ukraine since men between the ages of 18 and 60 qualifying for military service are unable to leave, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

[Comment: Article dated April 4, 2022.]

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Poland Accepts 2.6 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 2.6 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.

The SG wrote on Twitter that on Friday, Border Guard officers carried out 27,500 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, a rise of 17 percent compared to the previous day.

The Border Guard also said that the number of arrivals by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday had reached 6,500 people.

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Texas Dispatches Buses to Border to Send Illegal Migrants to Joe Biden in Washington, DC

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has made good on his promise to send buses to pick up illegal immigrants that officials say were released by the federal government in small Texas communities and send them to the Capitol in Washington, DC.

As of Friday, the unspecified number of buses have been sent to communities close to the southern border in Texas where authorities say are overwhelmed by a surge of recent arrivals placed there by the Biden administration.

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Violent Incidents at Belgian Asylum Centres Have Doubled Since 2017

The number of violent incidents in Belgian asylum reception centres has doubled since 2017, with half of the total incidents involving physical or verbal assaults on asylum centre workers or other asylum seekers.

A total of 1,281 violent incidents were reported to have occurred in Belgian asylum reception centres last year, double the number from 2017 and a third larger than in 2020, with the increase being attributed to several factors.

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Conservative UHouston Students, Afraid to Share Views Under New ‘Anti-Discrimination’ Policy, File Lawsuit

Three University of Houston students who hold a wide range of conservative views have filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging its sweeping new anti-discrimination policy prevents them from engaging in robust debates with peers and professors for fear of violating the policy.

The three students hold various beliefs that include support for pro-life causes, strong border protections, the Second Amendment, and Israel’s right to self defense, according to the lawsuit.

The students, who are unnamed in the suit, also believe in issues such as that biological males should not be allowed to compete against biological females in sports and that students should not be forced to use a peer’s preferred gender pronouns.

But under the public university’s new anti-discrimination policy, enacted last December, discrimination or harassment on campus is now defined as including “negative stereotyping,” “threatening, intimidating or hostile acts,” and “denigrating jokes.”

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Why Libs of Tik Tok Has Hope for the Future of Education in America

The Post Millennial caught up with the anonymous creator of Libs of Tik Tok, who has become an internet sensation. Libs of Tik Tok, on Twitter, Instagram, and via email newsletter, is an account that culls the internet for evidence of the most insane aspects of the culture war that is raging in the United States.

From video evidence of critical race theory being applied to school curriculum, gender identity indoctrination, or the sheer narcissism evidenced by those who have replaced the concept of the soul with one ensconced in gender, Libs of Tik Tok brings it all to the surface, like a deep sea fisherman of American culture.

The Post Millennial wanted to know what Libs had gleaned about American culture while doing this deep dive, and asked her to take a birds-eye view of what she had uncovered over the past few years.

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15 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 4/9/2022

  1. Life expectancy study:

    When black and Hispanic LE declines, it’s due to “systemic racism”, not STDs, poor nutrition in their native countries, broken fmilies, crime or street drug use.

    When White LE declines, it’s a “shock” and due to them not wearing masks or not getting the 3-4 Pfizer shots…though the black cohort dodged the shots more than any other race group?

    We do know the scientific method is dead and buried. Grantsmanship, with $$ pouring in if the correct result is had, has replaced integrity.

    • p.s. Men, across racial lines, die several years before the fairer sex. this cannot be addressed as we’re submerged in phony wage-rate differences, transgendr preferences etc. as males are methodically sent to the grave earlier and earlier. It’s the only instnace where we hear the feminazis shouting: “Gentlemen First!”

      • life expectancy is equal for both sexes in countries where all ,men and women, have to struggle hard for subsistence. Now go figure why this is not the case in the most advanced parts of the world.

  2. Russia can avenge NATO – with diversity

    Published 10 April 2022 at 08.00 bby Fria Tider

    EXCERPT. If Finland applies for NATO membership, Russia may retaliate by letting Third World migrants to the Finnish border to seek asylum, experts spoken to by YLE believe.

    – It could be diplomatic counter-attacks, cyber attacks or, for example, the exploitation of large numbers of asylum seekers as a kind of hybrid threat, says Salonius-Pasternak of the Finnish Institute of Foreign Policy.

    In such cases, it is a matter of exploiting EU rules that each country is obliged to accept asylum applications also from those coming from third countries, and not to turn them away without examination at the EU’s external borders.

    The rules can be abolished with the stroke of a pen, but so far the European Commission has only done so through temporary exceptions, namely when Turkey and Belarus tried to flood the EU with men from the Third World.

    However, a Russian attack on Finland of the kind that happened in Ukraine is unlikely, says Salonius-Pasternak, although some kind of military response cannot be ruled out.

    – Russia’s capabilities are now largely in use in Ukraine. But it is true that you can cause problems for your opponent even with smaller military operations.

    • Great points. Finland is no match for Russia and may well regret having to field a large military, at the cost of its economy.

      • Reindeer games, The Finns proved more than once they are quite capable of defending their nation against Russian invasions and it cost the Russians over a million men. The Finn is a tough breed and when push comes to shove, they will fight.

    • Unlikely you say? Really? Then please explain why there are 2 new divisions of russian troops now in the Karilian peninsula where there were none before? Whenever you say the Russians are unlikely to do something, they will.

  3. “The organ transplant industry in China has a dark, hidden and often illegal side, some foreign experts have claimed in recent years.”

    This scandal has been well documented for many years and has been recorded by the late Harry Wu in his book “Troublemaker.” Before his death Mr Wu set up the Laogai Foundation, an organisation dedicated to investigation of the Chinese Laogai system, similar to the Soviet Gulags. China claims these have now been shut down but who can believe them?

  4. Ukrainian women are afraid to go to Sweden

    … Another problem is that the Swedish authorities do not show much interest in the evacuation of Ukrainian refugees from Poland. The women and children fleeing Ukraine simply do not attract the same interest from Swedish decision-makers as, for example, the men who leave Afghanistan, despite the fact that there is now peace in Afghanistan. Perhaps the fact is that the majority of decision makers in Swedish government are women.

    https://swedinfo.ru/novosti-stokgolma/4468-ukrainki-boyatsya-ekhat-v-shvetsiyu
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    • Swedish women perhaps realize that Ukrainian women are superior competitors for high value Swedish men. The average Ukrainian woman likely knows how to cook and is more interested in traditional gender roles than her Swedish counterpart. And mostly hasn’t been infected with radical feminism.

      Let the woke Swedish females embrace their African toy boys and their cats while they are replaced by their Slavic competitors.

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