Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/4/2022

Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., saying that she was “angry” about the leaked draft opinion that would allegedly overturn Roe v Wade. Meanwhile, rioters attacked cops and broke windows during a Roe v Wade protest in Los Angeles.

In other news, a judge in Finland ruled that a tweet by former Interior Minister Paivi Räsänen did not constitute hate speech, and was protected as free speech. The state prosecutor will appeal the ruling to a higher court.

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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Dean, Insubria, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» UK Shop Prices Surge at ‘Fastest Rate in Over a Decade’ as Household Brace for ‘Bumpy Road Ahead’
 
USA
» Activist Organizations Sign Letter Advising Companies Advertising on Twitter to Reconsider Their Financial Support
» All US Internet Service Providers Are Ordered to Block Streaming Piracy Sites
» Americans Are Beginning to Doubt Biden’s Mental Capacity
» Biden Calls ‘MAGA Crowd’ The ‘Most Extreme Political Organization’ In Recent American History
» Bill Gates Says “Real Invention” Is Needed to Stop Online Election and Medical “Misinformation”
» CDC Restates Public Transportation Mask Recommendation Despite Court Ruling
» Elon Musk Plans to Make Twitter Profitable
» Georgia Governor Candidate Kandiss Taylor Takes on the Satanic New World Order, Vows to Demolish the Georgia Guidestones
» Grindr User Data Was on Sale for Years, Report Finds
» It’s Not Over: Bill Gates Warns of “Even More Fatal” Variant of COVID Coming
» John Durham Wins Fight to Get Some Hillary Clinton, Fusion GPS Documents
» ‘Pod’ Housing is Becoming a Reality in San Francisco
» Repair Shop Owner Sues CNN, Daily Beast, Politico Over ‘Russian Disinformation’ Claims Regarding Hunter Biden’s Laptop
» Revealed: CDC Bought Cell Phone Location Data to Track COVID-19 Public Health Order Compliance
» Rodney De Jarnett of Bergen County’s Dwight-Englewood School Resigns
» Rumble and Locals to Provide Censorship Protection for “2000 Mules” Documentary
» South Carolina University Holds ‘White Student Accountability Group’ For Social Work Students
» Taylor Lorenz Walks Back Allegations of Online Harassment Against Drudge Report Editor
» Texas Student Fatally Stabbed in School Bathroom; Classmate Jailed
» The Post Millennial Acquired by Human Events Media Group to Form ‘New Media Powerhouse’
» Watch: Louis CK Says People Pretend Musk Bought Twitter From ‘A Bunch of Monks That Knew Everything’
» YouTube CEO Announces “Misinformation Research and Initiatives” Partnership With Latino Rights Group
 
Canada
» British Columbia Introduces Law to Collect Racial Data of Citizens
» Criminal Charges Against Calgary Pastor Dropped: Interview With Pastor Tim Stephens
» Exclusive: Climate Scare Ministry Blew 150k on Chauffeured Executive Vehicles in Four Years
» Ford PCs Pull Ahead of Liberals, NDP as Ontario Election Nears: Poll
» Guest Op-Ed: BC Doctor Refutes Study Claiming Unvaccinated Pose Risk to Vaccinated
» How Do Ottawa Citizens Feel About the Rolling Thunder Convoy?
» ‘No More Comments’ Lady: The Director’s Cut!
» Pierre Poilievre Says He and His Cabinet Would Boycott World Economic Forum
» Watch: Neighbours Star Walks Away From Acting Career to Run for Senate
 
Europe and the EU
» Denmark to Destroy Nearly-Expired Coronavirus Vaccines After Announcing Halt
» Elon Musk Summoned by UK Parliament Over Twitter Free Speech Promises
» EU Wants to Create a Pan-Continental Medical Super-Database
» European Union Proposes Russian Oil Embargo, Sanctions on Media, Banks, And ‘War Criminals’
» Finland’s “Hate Speech” Prosecutor Appeals Against Ruling That Lawmaker’s Bible Quote Tweets Are Free Speech
» German Interior Minister: Citizens Should Start Hoarding Emergency Supplies
» Germany: Berlin Clan Seeks Vigilante Revenge After Member Stabbed to Death, Fears of a Clan War Grow
» Ireland: Big Brother: Government Planned ‘Dystopian Surveillance System’ To Fight COVID — Book
» Italy: Gas Five Times Dearer Than January 2021 Says Cingolani
» Italy: Worker Dies in Accident at Justice Minister’s Holiday Home
» Italy: It’s for Your Health: Woman Who Died in 2004 Fined for Not Getting Jabbed
» Leaders of Lithuania Congratulate Poland on Constitution Day
» Netanyahu’s Son Praises PM Orban as Leading Conservative Politician
» Revealed: George Soros, Clinton and Obama Staffers and European Governments Are Behind Anti-Musk Campaign to Force Big Corporations to Boycott Twitter — After Elon Demanded to Know ‘Who Funds These Organizations?’
» UK: Barclays and Standard Chartered Shareholder Meetings Disrupted by Protests
» UK: Cataclysm: Boris Johnson’s Conservatives Set to Lose Hundreds of Seats in Local Election
» Western Baby Crisis: First-Time German Mothers Now Over 30 Years Old on Average
» ‘You Dream of Bloodstained Russian Rubles’ — Polish MEP Slams EU Parliament Sanctions Push Amid Ukraine War
 
North Africa
» Algeria: Anti-Semitism Masquerades as National Interest
 
Middle East
» Iranian Plot to Assassinate US General in Berlin Foiled by Israel’s Mossad
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
» Ukraine Accuses Hungary of Being ‘Pre-Warned’ About Russian Invasion, Threatens ‘Consequences’ After the War
 
South Asia
» In Many Places in Maharashtra ‘Azaan’ Restrained Under Hindutva Pressure
» In March, Facebook Censored Around 25 Million Posts in India
» Pak Airstrikes in Khost and Kunar Demonstrate End of Islamabad-Rawalpindi Honeymoon
 
Australia — Pacific
» Embarrassing Moment Anthony Albanese Can’t Answer a Simple Question About His Own Policy and is Handed a Cheat Sheet in Another Disastrous Grilling
» Labor Candidate Parachuted Into a Western Sydney Seat From His $16million Mansion in Bellevue Hill Fails to Name Three Local Restaurants
» Outback Town Erupts in Violence as 500 People Have Their Homes Burnt to the Ground After Roaming Gangs and Rival Families Go to War as Shocking New Footage of the Carnage Emerges
 
Immigration
» France: Watch: Police Attacked by Migrants in Paris
» France: Nigerian Squatters Terrorize 60 Residents Into Leaving Their Homes in Marseille
» People Trafficking ‘Kingpin’ Suspect From Iran, 29, Who ‘Bought Death-Trap Boats in Turkey and Delivered Them to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands’ Is Arrested in London Raid
» Smugglers Led Over 3,000 to Their Deaths at Sea Last Year Trying to Reach Europe
» UK: Boris Johnson Vows He Will Get Rwanda Migrant Plan Done as He Blasts ‘Legal Eagles and Liberal Lawyers’ For Months of Delays — After 696 Cross Channel in Three Days
» Video: Illegal Immigrant Smashes French Female Police Officer’s Head Into Parked Car in Paris
 
Culture Wars
» Amazon Helps Employees Travel to Get Abortions
» Canada: Canceled Teacher Files $1.7 Million Suit Against Waterloo School Board
» Delete Your Personal Data From Google
» Florida Middle School Teacher Fired After Assignment Discussing Students’ Sexual Orientations
» Gender Quotas: EU Parliament Votes to Make Women 50 Percent of All Candidates in European Elections
» Leftist News Outlet Advocates Using Horse Medication for “Do it Yourself” Abortions
» Rioters Attack Cops, Smash Windows During Roe v Wade Protest in LA
» Sen. Warren Protests Supreme Court to Disrupt Forthcoming Ruling on Abortion
» Video: MSNBC Talking Head Labels Founding Fathers “Racist, Misogynist Jerkfaces”
» Video: Dave Chappelle Attacked on Stage; Jokes “It Was a Trans Man”
» Watch: Tucker Carlson Reminds America That Its Current President Voted Against Roe vs Wade
 
General
» End-to-End Encrypted Email From Skiff Enters Alpha
 

UK Shop Prices Surge at ‘Fastest Rate in Over a Decade’ as Household Brace for ‘Bumpy Road Ahead’

Shop prices surged at the fastest rate in more than a decade last month, forcing increasingly more households in the UK to feel the bite of the cost of living crisis, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed.

Retail prices shot up from 2.1 percent in March to 2.7 percent in April, according to a survey by the BRC-NielsenIQ Shop Price Index (SPI), published on Wednesday. This was the highest annual rate of inflation recorded by the SPI since September 2011.

The BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index is a monthly measure of UK shop price inflation.

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

Activist Organizations Sign Letter Advising Companies Advertising on Twitter to Reconsider Their Financial Support

Over two-dozen activist organizations and NGOs signed a letter advising companies who advertise on Twitter to reconsider their financial support of the company.

The 26 groups, led by activist organization Media Matters for America (MMFA), called on Twitter’s corporate advertisers to commit to a set of standards and practices currently in place by the platform to limit so-called “toxicity” by its users.

“Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety, especially among those already most vulnerable and marginalized,” the letter began.

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

All US Internet Service Providers Are Ordered to Block Streaming Piracy Sites

In case you were wondering, website blocking at ISP level is alive and well in the US, although the practice is normally associated with authoritarian regimes who impose all manner of internet bans, often blanket in nature.

What is happening now regarding the attempt to remove three “pirate” sites from the internet is a blanket ISP-level blocking: a federal court has issued an order saying all 96 ISPs in the US must suppress three sites accused of streaming copyrighted material — Israel.tv, Israeli-tv.com, and Sdarot.tv.

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

Americans Are Beginning to Doubt Biden’s Mental Capacity

It turns out that the world has been making fun of President Biden for a reason. Judging by opinion polls, many American citizens believe that it is time for their geriatric leader to resign.

A majority of American voters think President Joe Biden is unfit to be president and doubt his mental capacity, a Harris poll showed.

Data from the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll (the survey was conducted April 21-22 this year) showed that 53 percent of those polled doubt that Joe Biden is mentally fit to serve as president. And 62 percent think Biden is too old to be leading the US. Somehow, Democrats did not notice his mental decline when they voted for him not long ago.

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

Biden Calls ‘MAGA Crowd’ The ‘Most Extreme Political Organization’ In Recent American History

President Joe Biden reacted to the leaked draft opinion that would see the overturning of Roe v. Wade, slamming Republicans, saying that the situation is “about a lot more than abortion,” and then calling the “MAGA crowd” the “most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history.”

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

Bill Gates Says “Real Invention” Is Needed to Stop Online Election and Medical “Misinformation”

In an appearance on NBC’s Today show, Bill Gates was asked about online “misinformation” and what he thought about Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter in relation to that.

The discussion about misinformation started with host Savannah Guthrie saying: “When you look at how the US and the world responded to COVID-19, whether it’s masks or vaccines or shutdowns, closures, it’s become so political…It’s been so politicized.”

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

CDC Restates Public Transportation Mask Recommendation Despite Court Ruling

Despite a court ruling last month that struck down the national mask mandate on public transit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is standing by its recommendations.

According to ABC News, the CDC restated their recommendations on Tuesday, urging Americans to wear masks on planes, trains, and buses.

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

Elon Musk Plans to Make Twitter Profitable

While known for his philanthropy, Elon Musk’s $44 billion investment into Twitter wasn’t an act of charity. Far from it, the world’s richest man and Twitter’s new owner intends to make the platform profitable.

In a couple of tweets on Tuesday night, Musk hinted at some of the plans he has for the social media platform’s operations, suggesting that government agencies and businesses might soon have to pay for the privilege of using the platform.

Since its inception over a decade ago, Twitter has been free to use for any individual, business entity, or government agency to use as a free platform to market on. That may no longer be the case once Musk officially takes over the company.

[Comment: One way to make Twitter profitable is to fire the pink hair brigade working there.]

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

Georgia Governor Candidate Kandiss Taylor Takes on the Satanic New World Order, Vows to Demolish the Georgia Guidestones

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor has vowed to demolish the Georgia Guidestones by executive order if elected in the Peach State. The Georgia Guidestones, which stand in Georgia’s Elbert County, outline the globalist depopulation agenda. Kandiss Taylor is also vowing to fight anti-white racism and the leftist indoctrination of children in Georgia’s schools. In Taylor’s new ad she goes headfirst at the Satanic cabal that governs world affairs.

Kandiss Taylor is running in the Republican primary against Brian Kemp, the quisling incumbent governor who met with a suspected Chinese spy and worked against President Donald Trump during election overtime, and David Perdue, who lost the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Georgia. The Campaign Show with Patrick Howley discussed Taylor’s proposals on Monday (WATCH THE SHOW HERE).

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

Grindr User Data Was on Sale for Years, Report Finds

The location data of millions of users of gay dating app Grindr was collected and sold through an advertising network, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The data was on sale since 2017 and the historical data is still available. However, Grindr claims it stopped selling location data two years ago.

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

It’s Not Over: Bill Gates Warns of “Even More Fatal” Variant of COVID Coming

Bill Gates warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, asserting that there is likely to be an “even more fatal” variant of the virus coming.

The Microsoft co-founder made the remarks during an interview with the Financial Times.

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

John Durham Wins Fight to Get Some Hillary Clinton, Fusion GPS Documents

Special Counsel John H. Durham won a victory Wednesday when a federal judge in Washington, DC, agreed to compel the production of documents that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said were protected by attorney-client privilege.

Durham is prosecuting former Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann for lying to the FBI when he claimed to be acting as a private citizen in providing false information purporting to link then-candidate Donald Trump to the Russian government via Alfa Bank.

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

‘Pod’ Housing is Becoming a Reality in San Francisco

With dramatic rent price hikes in just about all major cities, people are looking for cheaper alternatives. Now, for about $800 per month, residents can opt to sleep in a pod. Brownstone, a recent Los Angeles-based startup is matching prospective renters to their new “pods.”

Brownstone’s concept involves buying single-family homes, usually with two or three bedrooms. They then build sleeping quarters which generally consist of a cubicle-style arrangement that can sleep over a dozen people.

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

Repair Shop Owner Sues CNN, Daily Beast, Politico Over ‘Russian Disinformation’ Claims Regarding Hunter Biden’s Laptop

The laptop repair store owner at the center of publicizing the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned hardware is now suing CNN, the Daily Beast, and POLITICO for defamatory damages that cost him his livelihood amid claims that the story was “Russian disinformation.”

Hunter Biden first dropped off his laptop in April 2019, but forgot about it. Mac Isaac shared the laptop’s data with the FBI in December of that year, before then Rudy Giuliani obtained it and the New York Post broke the story in October 2020.

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

Revealed: CDC Bought Cell Phone Location Data to Track COVID-19 Public Health Order Compliance

Documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revealed that the government agency bought access to cell phone location data to analyze a wide variety of issues, but most notably, compliance with public health orders issued during the pandemic.

In CDC documents obtained by Motherboard, it outlines 21 “potential CDC use cases for data.”

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

Rodney De Jarnett of Bergen County’s Dwight-Englewood School Resigns

The head of an elite New Jersey prep school that has faced teacher backlash over its use of critical race theory has abruptly resigned, The Post has learned.

Rodney De Jarnett, who led Dwight-Englewood School in Bergen County, stepped down “effective immediately” amid an investigation into conduct inconsistent with the private prep school’s “values and standards of behavior,” administrators told parents in an email Monday.

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

Rumble and Locals to Provide Censorship Protection for “2000 Mules” Documentary

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza is going direct to the free speech platforms Rumble and Locals for his new documentary, “2000 Mules,” which will be posted to the platforms this Saturday (May 7).

D’Souza’s documentary focuses on alleged voter fraud and ballot stuffing during the 2020 US presidential election. Rumble is a free speech video sharing platform and Locals is its community generation platform.

The topics covered in 2000 Mules have been heavily censored by Big Tech platforms with YouTube, the world’s biggest video sharing platform, banning videos that allege “widespread fraud or errors” changed the 2020 US presidential election outcome and striking and suspending channels that post these claims.

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

South Carolina University Holds ‘White Student Accountability Group’ For Social Work Students

The University of South Carolina has been revealed to have held a “White Student Accountability Group” for students at the institution’s College of Social Work.

An email obtained by Turning Point USA showed the College of Social Work informing students that more spots were still available for their April 26 group meeting, which was held virtually through zoom.

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

Taylor Lorenz Walks Back Allegations of Online Harassment Against Drudge Report Editor

Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz has walked back claims that a Drudge Report editor had repeatedly harassed her after it was revealed that the person had no connections to the outlet.

According to a Reliable Sources newsletter section penned by Oliver Darcy, Lorenz claimed that the was repeatedly harassed after Matt Drudge contacted her himself. The editor in question reportedly told Lorenz that he would use the website to destroy her career.

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

Texas Student Fatally Stabbed in School Bathroom; Classmate Jailed

Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. was stabbed in a campus bathroom at Belton High School

BELTON, Texas — An 18-year-old student has died after he was stabbed during a fight at a Texas high school and another student was taken into custody, authorities said.

Jose Luis Ramirez Jr. died after he was stabbed Tuesday morning in a campus bathroom at Belton High School, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Austin, police said.

Belton Police Chief Gary Ellis said an 18-year-old high school senior was jailed in connection with the attack and was awaiting formal charges. Authorities said that student ran out of the school after the stabbing and was taken into custody about 20 minutes later…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

The Post Millennial Acquired by Human Events Media Group to Form ‘New Media Powerhouse’

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

MEMPHIS, Tenn. May 4, 2022—Human Events Media Group announced today that it has acquired conservative news outlet The Post Millennial. The combination of these two companies, which appeal to unique audience segments, will position the new entity to disrupt the political media landscape and challenge more established conservative publishers.

The new conglomerate will be comprised of some of the most followed and influential journalists and commentators in the conservative media world including Jack Posobiec, Charlie Kirk, Libby Emmons, Andy Ngo, Katie Daviscourt, Ari Hoffman, Brent Hamachek, and Chris Barron alongside a deep bench of staff writers, editors, and podcasters.

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

Watch: Louis CK Says People Pretend Musk Bought Twitter From ‘A Bunch of Monks That Knew Everything’

Comedian Louis CK joined Shane Gillis on the second episode of their series on US presidential history, where he shared some quick thoughts on Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.

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

YouTube CEO Announces “Misinformation Research and Initiatives” Partnership With Latino Rights Group

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed that the platform will be partnering with the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, UnidosUS, on “misinformation research and initiatives.”

While Wojcicki didn’t reveal any further details of this partnership, she reiterated that YouTube is “working every day to fight misinformation.”

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

British Columbia Introduces Law to Collect Racial Data of Citizens

The B.C. government has proudly introduced “the first ever race-based data legislation in the country,” saying it intends to collect information on the races of all its citizens to fight systemic racism and better deliver government programs.

NDP premier John Horgan announced the province’s Anti-Racism Data Act earlier this week alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives Rachna Singh and other officials.

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

Criminal Charges Against Calgary Pastor Dropped: Interview With Pastor Tim Stephens

Pastor Tim Stephens was one of Alberta’s high-profile arrests which resulted from the often arbitrary and clearly selectively enforced COVID-19 measures, which along with a litany of additional charges and fines also saw Pastor Artur Pawlowski, Pastor James Coates and others arrested or fined.

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

Exclusive: Climate Scare Ministry Blew 150k on Chauffeured Executive Vehicles in Four Years

Former minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Catherine McKenna spent more than double on her chauffeur than her replacement, Jonathan Wilkinson during the same time frame. Her expenses were approximately $110,000, which included the salary of her driver.

The details of the high carbon conveyance for the heads of the government department were revealed in a recent Rebel News access to information filing.

The pandemic and government stay at home orders contributed to the lower car expenses for Wilkinson, at nearly $43,000 over the course of a year and a half.

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

Ford PCs Pull Ahead of Liberals, NDP as Ontario Election Nears: Poll

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, have “pulled away” from the second and third-place Liberals and NDPs as the province’s election is set to kick off, a poll by Ipsos has found.

The survey was conducted for the Global News, and found that if the election were to be held tomorrow, the PCs would win under Ford with 39 percent of the popular vote.

39 percent of the vote would mark a four-point increase since last month, but a two-point decrease of their vote share from 2018.

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

Guest Op-Ed: BC Doctor Refutes Study Claiming Unvaccinated Pose Risk to Vaccinated

Ralph Behrens is a medical doctor in British Columbia. He is an affiliate of the Canadian Society for Science and Ethics in Medicine in collaboration with Healthcare Workers United.

A recent article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) titled “Impact of population mixing between vaccinated and unvaccinated subpopulations on infectious disease dynamics: implications for SARS-CoV-2 transmission” has garnered much medical and societal attention.

The article uses unproven and subjective mathematical models in an attempt to simulate one’s COVID-19 infection risk across various patterns of interactions with both vaccinated and vaccine-free individuals.

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

How Do Ottawa Citizens Feel About the Rolling Thunder Convoy?

On Friday, April 29, we took the opportunity to ask the citizens of Ottawa what they thought of the “Rolling Thunder” event that was about to come to Ottawa later that day.

Some people were concerned about the possibility of another occupation of Parliament Hill, and others saw it as a waste of time.

Exploring both sides of the story is key to understanding to what extent society follows different narratives. There is the government’s narrative, which is reinforced by the mainstream media, but there are also those who have had enough of seeing the truth get modified to fit a specific narrative.

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

‘No More Comments’ Lady: The Director’s Cut!

As Rolling Thunder supporters descended upon the National War Memorial in Ottawa last weekend, thousands of counter-demonstrators descended upon the scene. Um, would you believe hundreds? A dozen? How about… one?

Yes, one lonely little counter-protester embracing the haberdashery of Witchiepoo from H.R. Puffnstuff was standing outside the office of the prime minister displaying a sign that read: “Convoy go home.” (It was somewhat heartbreaking to inform her that the trucker convoy did go home way back in February…)

In any event, given that the message on her signage was outdated by two months, we asked her what she was trying to convey.

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

Pierre Poilievre Says He and His Cabinet Would Boycott World Economic Forum

Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre and his wife Ana answered some tough questions on the campaign trail this week about pharmaceutical companies and globalist organizations.

Flanked by Ana at a campaign stop in Ontario, Pierre promised that his government would boycott the World Economic Forum (WEF) after being approached by a handful of people asking him about any possible connections to the organization.

Pierre used the opportunity to deny affiliation with the group while taking a shot at People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier.

“I’m against the World Economic Forum,” Pierre said. “Unlike Maxime Bernier, I’ve never been to the Davos conference that the World Economic Forum puts on, and he’ll have to explain why he went there and what he was doing there.”

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

Watch: Neighbours Star Walks Away From Acting Career to Run for Senate

The actor, who played dopey dad, Gary Canning, on Neighbours for six years, is running as an independent candidate on the Victorian Senate ticket.

Damien Richardson, best known for his roles in City Homicide and Jack Irish, is speaking out about his discomfort with having to follow the progressive narrative that is prevalent in the arts.

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

Denmark to Destroy Nearly-Expired Coronavirus Vaccines After Announcing Halt

Denmark is set to discard as many as 1.1 million doses of Wuhan coronavirus vaccines after announcing last week that it would be halting its vaccination programme.

Officials in Denmark have indicated that they may have to scrap the 1.1 million vaccine doses as they are set to expire soon and that while they have made attempts to donate the doses to other countries, they have not succeeded in their efforts.

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

Elon Musk Summoned by UK Parliament Over Twitter Free Speech Promises

Elon Musk’s self-professed dedication to freedom of speech online has led to British parliamentarians inviting the billionaire Tesla owner to appear before them so they can interrogate him over how he will enforce the UK government’s planned clampdown on social media.

The head of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the House of Commons, Conservative MP Julian Knight issued a letter calling for American citizen Elon Musk to appear before the committee to lay out his plans for Twitter after coming to an agreement to take the company private last month.

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

EU Wants to Create a Pan-Continental Medical Super-Database

The European Union is aiming to set up a medical super-database containing the medical information of citizens from across the multinational bloc.

EU officials look set to start their newest experiment with big data, with those within the new bloc promising to create a pan-European medical super-database containing the private health information of people from all across the union’s 27 member states.

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

European Union Proposes Russian Oil Embargo, Sanctions on Media, Banks, And ‘War Criminals’

The European Union has proposed plans to impose an embargo on Russian oil by the end of the year as a part of its sixth round of sanctions levied against Moscow since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February.

Speaking from Strasbourg on Wednesday, EU Council President Ursual von der Leyen said that the bloc is intending on imposing more sanctions against Russia, including on individuals associated with the alleged war crimes in Bucha, a top bank, three Russian broadcasters, and ultimately imposing a ban on oil from Russia.

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

Finland’s “Hate Speech” Prosecutor Appeals Against Ruling That Lawmaker’s Bible Quote Tweets Are Free Speech

On Friday, Finland’s top prosecutor said she will appeal a decision by a court that ruled against her “hate speech” allegation against a politician for posting Bible verses on Twitter.

The Prosecutor General argued that Paivi Räsänen, a member of parliament, broke Finland’s hate speech laws by using Christian theology in a public debate on radio and in tweets.

In a tweet to the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Räsänen posted a passage from Romans (1:24-27) saying:

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

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

German Interior Minister: Citizens Should Start Hoarding Emergency Supplies

Against the background of the Ukraine war, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser advised citizens to take survivalist precautions in the event of a crisis. In 2019, mainstream Christian Democratic Union members who supported survivalist networks, were however denounced as “neo-Nazis”.

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

Germany: Berlin Clan Seeks Vigilante Revenge After Member Stabbed to Death, Fears of a Clan War Grow

Relatives of Mohammed R., who was killed on May 1 in Berlin, have begun looking for the perpetrator themselves, raising fresh fears of a clan war.

The 25-year-old Mohammed R. identified as Mohammad Rabieh by German newspaper Bild, was stabbed to death in Volkspark Hasenheide during the folk festival on May 1. Since his killing, a photo showing the alleged perpetrator is circulating in relevant clan circles, and members of the clan are reportedly scouting out the suspected residential area of the perpetrator in Kreuzberg.

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

Ireland: Big Brother: Government Planned ‘Dystopian Surveillance System’ To Fight COVID — Book

A “dystopian surveillance system” consisting of CCTV, phone, and transaction monitoring was planned by Ireland’s government in the hopes of combatting COVID, an upcoming book will claim.

Ireland’s Europhile government along with a major international consulting firm planned out what a report has called a “dystopian surveillance system” consisting of CCTV, phone, and financial transaction monitoring in the hopes of combatting the Chinese Coronavirus, an upcoming book will claim.

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

Italy: Gas Five Times Dearer Than January 2021 Says Cingolani

Has risen from 20 euros per MWh to 100 euros says eco minister

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 3 — The natural gas used by Italian households and businesses is now five times dearer than January 2021, Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said Tuesday.

The price has risen from around 20 euros per MWh in January last year to around 100 euros in April, an almost five-fold rise and some daily peaks of over 200 euros.

Italy is seeking to cut is reliance on Russian gas amid the Ukraine war.

Cingolani added that electrical energy prices had risen to record levels, reaching 200-250 euros per MWh.

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Italy: Worker Dies in Accident at Justice Minister’s Holiday Home

Shocked and pained by incident says Cartabia

(ANSA) — ROME, MAY 3 — A foreign worker aged around 40 died crushed by a girder on the building site of the second home of Justice Minister Marta Cartabia at Ollomont near Aosta on Tuesday, the latest in a long string of workplace accident deaths in Italy.

“I am shocked and pained by the accident at my mountain home,” said the minister, who has been among the minister at the forefront of the battle to stem the tide of deaths.

Four other workers died on the job last week including one at the foreign ministry in Rome.

The government has taken several steps to try to stem the tide of deaths but the spate, which grabbed public attention a year ago with the death of a 22-year-old mother of a five-year-old boy, Luana D’Orazio, in a textile mill accident near Prato on May 3, 2021, has continued unabated.

The recent fatalities were the latest in a shocking wave of workplace accident deaths in Italy that saw 1,221 perish last year and which has spurred government action.

Such deaths are a national tragedy, Cartabia said on October 22.

She said the government had intervened by increasing the number of inspectors and checks, but a new law on administrative responsibility would be even more useful in stopping the rash of fatalities.

Premier Mario Draghi said on October 17 that workplace safety norms recently approved by the government sent the “unequivocal signal that you cannot save (money) at the expense of workers’ lives” after the spate continued with four more deaths in one day.

“As the government, we committed ourselves to doing everything possible to prevent these episodes happening again,” Draghi said.

“The norms are the realisation of this promise. We are increasing the numbers of workplace inspectors, we are stiffening sanctions, we are boosting computerization to improve checks.” Despite this, as the deaths continued, Italy’s big three trade-union confederations, CGIL, CISL and UIL, held a major demonstration in Rome in mid-December to demand further urgent action on health and safety to stem the tide of fatalities.

Turin held a day of mourning on December 21 for three workers who died when a large crane collapsed in the northern city the previous weekend.

Re-elected President Sergio Mattarella said in his inaugural address in February that such deaths must stop, while Pope Francis has also joined the chorus against the phenomenon.

The safety and dignity of workers boost the quality of work done, Francis tweeted ahead of the May 1 Labour Day holiday last Thursday.

“Working safely allows everyone to express the best of themselves while earning their daily bread. The more we take care of the dignity of work, the more certain we are that the quality and beauty of the work carried out will increase,” Francis tweeted at @Pontifex.

The number of workplace accident deaths in Italy rose 2.2% in the first quarter of 2022, accident insurance agency INAIL said last Thursday.

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Italy: It’s for Your Health: Woman Who Died in 2004 Fined for Not Getting Jabbed

Under Italy’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate for those over the age of 50, a woman was fined for being unvaccinated but her relatives say she died 18 years ago.

Maria Sedda, the woman who received the sanction from Italian authorities for being unvaccinated, disappeared in 2004 aged 37, but the fact she is legally dead did not stop the Sardinian municipality of Lula from sending a €100 (£84/$105) fine to her in the mail.

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Leaders of Lithuania Congratulate Poland on Constitution Day

During the celebrations of the Constitution of May 3, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda congratulated Poland and recalled both countries’ common history.

Nauseda pointed out that the Fundamental Law enacted on May 3, 1791, by the Great Sejm, the parliament of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, is considered to be the first constitution in Europe and the second in the world after the United States.

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Netanyahu’s Son Praises PM Orban as Leading Conservative Politician

Yair Netanyahu, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as one of the world’s most prominent conservative politicians.

In an article on Israeli news portal ICE, Netanyahu wrote that he hopes the reelection of Viktor Orban in Hungary, after the victories of left-wing parties in the Western world, will mean the return of right-wing parties to power.

Netanyahu stated that Orban is a true friend of Israel who has always supported Israel in the European forum, adding that the Hungarian prime minister is one of the world’s foremost conservative politicians, and the only Western leader besides Benjamin Netanyahu who “refuses to kneel and bow to global progress.”

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Revealed: George Soros, Clinton and Obama Staffers and European Governments Are Behind Anti-Musk Campaign to Force Big Corporations to Boycott Twitter — After Elon Demanded to Know ‘Who Funds These Organizations?’

Some of the most high-profile liberal figures have joined together to encourage advertisers to boycott Twitter if Elon Musk brings in his promised policy of unfettered ‘free speech.’

Twenty six NGOs and advocacy groups signed a letter expressing concern about the world’s richest man’s plan.

Musk himself responded to the letter asking who funded them: the answer being an assortment of ‘dark money groups’ like George Soros’s Open Society Foundation; NGOs founded by former Clinton and Obama administration staffers; wealthy Democrat donors and their family foundations; labor unions; and the governments of European nations.

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UK: Barclays and Standard Chartered Shareholder Meetings Disrupted by Protests

Barclays and Standard Chartered have had their annual shareholder meetings disrupted by protesters calling for the banking giants to stop investing in fossil fuels.

Barclays’ annual general meeting (AGM) in Manchester got off to a chaotic start with a series of disruptions from climate change activists in the audience.

Chairman Nigel Higgins was forced to pause the meeting while security officials removed the protesters after he was repeatedly interrupted, with the activists dominating the first hour of the event and setting off alarms.

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UK: Cataclysm: Boris Johnson’s Conservatives Set to Lose Hundreds of Seats in Local Election

Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party is set to lose over 500 seats in Britain’s upcoming local elections, if polling is to be believed.

Cataclysm appears to be on the cards for Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, with a survey finding that the scandal-prone government looks set to hand over a seat advantage to its leftist rival Labour Party the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

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Western Baby Crisis: First-Time German Mothers Now Over 30 Years Old on Average

The average age for first-time mothers has hit an all-time record in Germany, climbing to over 30-years-old in 2020 according to figures published by the nation’s statistic agency.

During the first year of coronavirus lockdowns in Germany, the average age of mothers having their first child rose to an average of 30.2 years old, Destatis reported on Tuesday. The age of first-time mothers has a considerable impact on the total fertility rate of a nation, as older mothers are less likely to have further children.

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‘You Dream of Bloodstained Russian Rubles’ — Polish MEP Slams EU Parliament Sanctions Push Amid Ukraine War

The majority in the European Parliament is appealing to the European Commission to take decisive steps to force Poland to comply with Brussels edicts on Poland’s judicial reforms. Polish ruling conservatives criticized Brussels’ liberal establishment for staging such a debate on the day of Poland’s national Constitution Day, celebrated on May 3, and in the face of the war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis.

European Commissioner Didier Reynders argued that in the eyes of the European Commission, the state of the rule of law in Poland was still a cause for concern, despite the fact that legislation on the Supreme Court is to be introduced in the Polish Parliament to address European Court of Justice and European Commission concerns.

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Algeria: Anti-Semitism Masquerades as National Interest

by Despite the undoubted success of the Abraham Accords, Anti-Semitism still flourishes across much of the Middle East and North Africa, e.g. Algeria. Indeed, the growth of Algerian Anti-Semitism is, at least in part attributable to the success of those accords because they now regional politics these accords furnish the pretext for rising Anti-Semitism that masquerades as a defense of Algerian interests against Morocco. In fact, this Anti-Semitism builds upon a long tradition in Algeria and the Arab world that predates the formation of the state of Israel but that greatly expanded due to the century-long conflict between Arabs and Jews over the destiny of the land of Israel.

The examples of the Algerian government’s hysteria on this subject abound. In 2020 the government denounced members of the European Parliament as “Zionists,” because they protested Algeria’s violations of human rights. More recently, in 2021 Algerian soccer players cas was suspended for refusing to face an Israeli opponent. However, obviously this Anti-Semitism occurs in more serious venues as well. Thus, when the African Union granted Israel observer status in 2021, Algeria, among other members, protested so loudly that this decision contradicted the Union’s previous pro-Palestinian resolutions that the union eventually had to suspend debate on the issue, thereby nullifying its previous decision. Naturally, Algeria celebrated this decisionas a great victory.

As noted above, the roots of this Anti-Semitism represent the commingling of historic Arab Anti-Semitism, itself, in no small measure a product of Western Anti-Semitism transplanted into a new colonial and imperial project in Algeria with state rivalries once that colonjalism ended. In Algeria’s case the protracted rivalry with Morocco over the Western Sahara has come to drive much of its foreign policy, including its rapprchement with Russia, and this Anti-Semitism. Whereas Morocco apparently now believes it is gaining international support for its position that the Western Sahara belongs to it; Algeria evidently again has become increasingly embittered about Morocco’s ties with the West, including Israel, and has become increasingly pro-Russian an anti-Western. As a result, it has taken up Russia’s cause in Mali against France, and has again manifested its support for Hamasagainst Israel. In similar fashion, Algerian authorities therefore claim that Israel is helping to plot separatist attacks from the minority Kabylie (MAK) population there in concert with Morocco. They likewise, claim that Israeli and Moroccan-backed groups are responsible for setting wildfires in Algeria.

Finally it also seems apparent now that Algeria will gravitate towards Iran whose relationship with Morocco has always been rocky, not least because of Iran’s support for the Polisario Front, the independence movement in the Western Sahara. The Israeli-Moroccan rapprochement that also evidently includes potential arms sales from Israel also evidently figures in this Iran-Algeria partnership because there are reports of an impending joint Israeli-Moroccan base near Melila in Morocco.

These examples of Moroccan-Israeli partnership clearly affect Algerian foreign policy. And politics, Algeria’s readiness to translate political tensions with Israel into a more pervasive Anti-Semitism underscores a rather darker and pervasive global issue. Algerian policy exemplifies the broader and more general process by which competing political interests become ethnicized and racialized to the point of demonology. Algeria’s Anti-Semitic policy ensures that the competition for influence in North Africa is now laced with animosities for Morocco and Israel that cast them as devils with whom no understanding is possible. It therefore seems as if for Algeria every issue in African politics, including its quarrels with France over Mali and its rapprochement with Russia is somehow connected with the West’s failure to recognize the rightness of Algiers’ cause in the Western Sahara. These twin processes of demonizing political rivals and of commingling all its outstanding grievances together with a heightened and ethnicized emotionalism will make it extraordinarily difficult for Algeria to make any satisfactory process on those issues that actually seriously affect its vital national interests.

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Iranian Plot to Assassinate US General in Berlin Foiled by Israel’s Mossad

Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad, captured an Iranian agent last week who was ordered to kill an Israeli diplomat, a journalist, and a US general, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The Mossad had been operating in Iran at the time when they captured and interrogated Mansour Rasouli, who admitted during an interrogation that he had been ordered to assassinate a US general in Berlin, a journalist in France, and a worker at the Israeli consulate in Istanbul.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Ukrainian forces are regaining strategic terrain in areas to the north and northeast of Kharkiv, driving Russian troops from villages that were used to attack the city. Civilians from Mariupol and other Russian-occupied towns have been trickling into Ukrainian-controlled territory.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit in London, urged global businesses to withdraw from Russia and to stop “directly supporting that war machine.”

Russia: Russians are beginning to confront the toll of the war, more than two months after President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine.

Europe: The European Union proposed a ban on imports of Russian crude within six months, among other sanctions measures. More than 3,000 Finnish troops are taking part in military exercises with American, British, Estonian and Latvian soldiers, as Finland prepares to apply to join NATO.

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Ukraine Accuses Hungary of Being ‘Pre-Warned’ About Russian Invasion, Threatens ‘Consequences’ After the War

Hungarian government officials have hit back at allegations made by the Ukrainian government that Hungary had been tipped off by Russia about its intention to invade Ukraine, slamming the suggestion as “fake news” and suggesting Ukraine is bitter about its neighbor’s decision not to ship weapons to the war-torn country.

The allegation was first made by Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov on Monday, with local media quoting him as saying Budapest “was warned by Putin in advance that there would be attacks on our country,” and accused Viktor Orban’s government of wanting to annex a part of Ukraine.

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In Many Places in Maharashtra ‘Azaan’ Restrained Under Hindutva Pressure

Maharashtra: Azaan in Dawn (Fajr) performed without loudspeakers in Kalyan, Ulhasnagar mosques and in many other places.

Sujata More | HENB | Mumbai | May 4, 2022:: Under Hindutva pressure and ongoing row over loudspeaker and ultimatum issued by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, the first prayer call (Azaan of Fajr) from Mosques on Wednesday morning was performed in without using loudspeakers in many places across Maharashtra including Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Amaravati and Aurangabad.

Large number of security personnel have been deployed outside the mosques since morning to avoid any untoward incidents. In the city too, mosques avoided using loudspeakers during the first azaan in the morning.

On Tuesday, Thackeray had given a final ultimatum demanding to remove loudspeakers from atop mosques. He had also urged his supporters to play Hanuman Chalisa near mosques if loudspeakers are not removed.

Meanwhile, as a preventive measure, Mumbai police also arrested several MNS workers in Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan and some other places late at night.

On Tuesday night, MNS Chief Raj Thackery issued a two pages press note where Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray urged people to play the Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers wherever they hear loudspeakers ‘blaring azaan (Islamic prayer call)’. Meanwhile, the Mumbai police served him a notice under a CrPC section related to prevention of cognizable offences.

On Wednesday, MNS chief Raj Thackeray posted a video of Bal Thackeray’s speech in his twitter handle+ to justify his demand.

Beside noise pollution and disturbance to patients, students and elderly people; the phrase used in the Azaan five times, “There is no god but Allah” so announced loudly is highly offensive to beliefs of plurality in Hinduism.

The Supreme Court of India and many other High Courts reiterated that ‘no use of loudspeakers is permitted between 10 pm to 6 am’; there are severe violations of loudspeakers used in religious places in many places.

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In March, Facebook Censored Around 25 Million Posts in India

On Tuesday, Meta published a compliance report that revealed it had censored 24.6 million posts from Facebook and 2.7 million posts on Instagram by Indian users in the month of March alone.

In May 2021, India enforced controversial internet regulation rules requiring online platforms to “publish a monthly compliance report with details of complaints received and actions taken.” Meta’s March compliance report was released on Tuesday.

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Pak Airstrikes in Khost and Kunar Demonstrate End of Islamabad-Rawalpindi Honeymoon

by In an unprecedented provocation, Pakistan conducted airstrikes on April 16 in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost and Kunar provinces to target alleged hideouts of the terrorist group, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The air raids resulted in the killing of 47 innocent civilians, including children and women, and more than 20 injuries. The incident has significantly increased tensions between the acting Taliban government in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a result, there is a likelihood of more violent clashes in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In its official statement on the incident, Taliban warned of “dire consequences” if Pakistan conducts similar attacks in the future. Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and Chief Spokesperson, issued a stern warning that “Pakistan should not test the Afghan people’s patience,” otherwise it will face “bad consequences.” Pakistan, on the other hand, did not acknowledge the airstrikes and blamed the recent spike in cross-border attacks allegedly emanating from Afghanistan and the Taliban government’s failure to stop TTP’s activities for tensions between the two neighboring countries.

Pakistan’s attack on the Afghan soil is a likely violation of Article 2(1) of the United Nations’ Charter, which clearly states that “use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” by civilian deaths caused by air strikes, and the mission was verifying the extent of casualties. Additionally, an Afghan representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund confirmed that, “In Khost, 12 girls and three boys were killed; in Kunar, three girls and two boys were killed.”

Despite these statements, the Taliban regime has not taken any major diplomatic steps to internationalise the issue to put pressure on Pakistan besides summoning Islamabad’s Ambassador in Kabul. The obvious reason for this lackadaisical response from Taliban is its dependence on Islamabad. Pakistan has been at the forefront in doing Taliban’s bidding for the international recognition since the fall of Kabul in August last year, with no major success so far.

Following last week’s air attacks, several anti-Pakistan protests have taken place in different parts of Afghanistan. The Taliban government is under pressure to handle growing anti-Pakistan sentiments in the country after recent airstrikes and regular cross-border aggression from the Pakistani security forces.

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Embarrassing Moment Anthony Albanese Can’t Answer a Simple Question About His Own Policy and is Handed a Cheat Sheet in Another Disastrous Grilling

In another car-crash run-in with journalists on Thursday morning following his day-one campaign gaffe, the Labor leader could not outline his six-point plan on the NDIS.

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Labor Candidate Parachuted Into a Western Sydney Seat From His $16million Mansion in Bellevue Hill Fails to Name Three Local Restaurants

Wealthy Labor candidate Andrew Charlton was quizzed by the locals in Harris Park — famous for its streets packed with Indian restaurants — but couldn’t name his three favourite eateries in the area.

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Outback Town Erupts in Violence as 500 People Have Their Homes Burnt to the Ground After Roaming Gangs and Rival Families Go to War as Shocking New Footage of the Carnage Emerges

Community unrest in Wadeye, 400km southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory, has forced up to 500 people to abandon their burnt down homes with authorities to provide essential food and shelter.

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France: Watch: Police Attacked by Migrants in Paris

French police were attacked by illegal migrants while on patrol in Paris, according to reports.

The incident unfolded at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the 18th arrondissement of the capital city.

Officers observed fires had been lit at camp under a bridge occupied by migrants and approached to ask them to extinguish the blazes due to safety concerns, Le Figaro reports.

However, the migrants became hostile and began throwing projectiles at the officers.

[Comment: Hey, the French people recently voted for this. As H.L. Menchen said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.]

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France: Nigerian Squatters Terrorize 60 Residents Into Leaving Their Homes in Marseille

About 60 tenants have been driven out of their homes by illegal Nigerian migrants who have squatted buildings in the area and exhibited violent behavior, according to local reports.

The 60 tenants of a private residence in the 15th arrondissement of Marseille said that the English-speaking Nigerians slowly took up more and more property inside run-down buildings in the area, and eventually directly occupied some apartments of tenants, according to French media outlet RTL and newspaper Le Figaro.

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People Trafficking ‘Kingpin’ Suspect From Iran, 29, Who ‘Bought Death-Trap Boats in Turkey and Delivered Them to Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands’ Is Arrested in London Raid

The suspected ‘kingpin’ of a Channel people smuggling gang was held during a police swoop in London earlier today.

Detectives say Iranian-born Hewa Rahimpur, 29, was arrested during a planned operation in east London and is due to appear in court tomorrow.

Rahimpur is suspected of being a ‘major player’ in an organised crime group supplying ‘significant numbers’ of small boats to people smugglers.

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Smugglers Led Over 3,000 to Their Deaths at Sea Last Year Trying to Reach Europe

Over 3,000 people are said to have gone missing or died at sea attempting to reach Europe over the course of last year, according to statistics from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The UNHCR figures claim that 1,924 migrants have either been declared dead or missing along the central and western Mediterranean migrant routes, while the route to the Spanish Canary Islands has led to 1,153 deaths and disappearances.

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UK: Boris Johnson Vows He Will Get Rwanda Migrant Plan Done as He Blasts ‘Legal Eagles and Liberal Lawyers’ For Months of Delays — After 696 Cross Channel in Three Days

Boris Johnson lashed out at ‘liberal lawyers’ today for delaying his plan to send thousands of migrants from the UK to Rwanda — and vowed to ‘get it done’.

No10 revealed yesterday that the first flights in the £120million scheme would leave later than planned thanks to legal challenges.

Mr Johnson had wanted the first economic migrants sent on a one-way trip before the end of May, but his spokesman yesterday told reporters the programme would start ‘within months’.

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Video: Illegal Immigrant Smashes French Female Police Officer’s Head Into Parked Car in Paris

French police took three illegal migrants into custody late Monday afternoon after they violently assaulted several police officers at Porte de Clignancourt, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.

In a video shared widely on social media, one of the illegal migrants can be seen coming up behind the female police officer as she attempts to aid her partner involved in another arrest. She sees the man attempting to grab her, at which point she briefly discharges her pepper spray canister. The man grabs her, pushes her towards a parked car, and then slams her head into the hood. She gets back up to her feet, at which point he punched her in the face.

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Amazon Helps Employees Travel to Get Abortions

Amazon announced to its staff on Monday that it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments which include abortions, according to Reuters. The retail giant already offers up to $10,000 in annual travel reimbursements for life-threatening issues.

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Canada: Canceled Teacher Files $1.7 Million Suit Against Waterloo School Board

A former Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) teacher has filed a $1.7-million defamation suit against the board and its chairman Scott Piatkowski for making widespread claims she was “transphobic” and had engaged in “hate speech” in a January presentation to the board.

Carolyn Burjoski, a teacher of 20 years with the WRDSB, alleges in her claim to the Ontario Superior Court on May 4 that Piatkowski made false and defamatory statements to the media following the meeting. These include Piatkowski saying that her presentation was “disrespectful” to trans people and that it would cause them to “be attacked.”

On Jan. 17, Burjoski was just four minutes into her deputation objecting to the appropriateness of certain highly sexualized books in elementary school libraries — for kids from kindergarten to grade six — when Piatkowski abruptly stopped her.

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Delete Your Personal Data From Google

Google now has a new tool allowing anyone to request the removal of their personal data from search results, including contact information.

“The availability of personal contact information online can be jarring,” said Google’s head of global policy in search Michelle Chang. She added that personal data could lead to “unwanted direct contact or even physical harm.”

Google already allowed the removal of personal or financial information from search results if a user could prove it was real danger or a potential threat. Now you can request the removal of your information even if there is no risk.

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Florida Middle School Teacher Fired After Assignment Discussing Students’ Sexual Orientations

A pansexual art teacher at Trafalgar Middle School in Cape Coral, Florida, was fired in March for a pride flag assignment where students drew their sexual preferences.

The story broke through a local NBC outlet that conducted an interview with Mrs. Scott over the incident.

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Gender Quotas: EU Parliament Votes to Make Women 50 Percent of All Candidates in European Elections

The European Parliament has approved a proposal to reform the European elections, which includes a radical gender quota requiring that 50 percent of candidates are women.

Although such gender quotas have found to be discriminatory in other countries, such as Germany, due to their anti-democratic nature, the proposal narrowly passed in Brussels, with 331 out of 640 MEPs voting to pass the law. Another 257 were against it and 52 abstained.

The European Council, a body representing the governments of the member states, will now consider the proposal, with approval requiring a unanimous decision.

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Leftist News Outlet Advocates Using Horse Medication for “Do it Yourself” Abortions

After left-wing news outlet VICE posted a “do it yourself” guide to abortion that included detailed instructions for making ‘abortion pills’, critics pointed out the irony that one the ingredients listed is also used to treat horses.

Over the course of the last year, proponents of Ivermectin, a drug that advocates say helps cure COVID-19, were lambasted by the media for encouraging people to take “horse dewormer,” despite the fact that the drug is also prescribed to humans.

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Rioters Attack Cops, Smash Windows During Roe v Wade Protest in LA

A group of rioters, some carrying Communist flags, threw rocks at police and smashed squad car windows last night during unruly protests against the Supreme Court’s indication that it might overturn Roe v Wade.

The LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert in response to the disorder after a group of about 250 protesters became violent.

According to LAPD Chief Michel Moore, the protesters were ordered to disperse just after 9pm, but their anger escalated.

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Sen. Warren Protests Supreme Court to Disrupt Forthcoming Ruling on Abortion

Standing outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday following the leak of a draft opinion document indicating that the high court will vote to overturn Roe v Wade, Sen. Elizabeth Warren vented to a crowd of protestors, saying she is “angry” at the sentiments expressed in the draft.

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Video: MSNBC Talking Head Labels Founding Fathers “Racist, Misogynist Jerkfaces”

During a pro-abortion rant against the impending overturning of Roe vs Wade by the Supreme Court, an MSNBC talking head declared that America’s founding fathers did not consider abortion “as a fundamental right because the Founding Fathers were racist, misogynist jerkfaces.”

The comment was made by Elie Mystal on perpetual race grifter Joy Reid’s programming.

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Video: Dave Chappelle Attacked on Stage; Jokes “It Was a Trans Man”

Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled on stage Tuesday by a man who was reportedly armed with a gun and a knife. Chappelle was not harmed during the incident and later joked that it “was a trans man” who rushed the stage.

Chappelle was performing at the Netflix Is A Joke festival in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Bowl when a clearly deranged person managed to lunge into him.

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Watch: Tucker Carlson Reminds America That Its Current President Voted Against Roe vs Wade

Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted Tuesday that Joe Biden voted against Roe vs Wade when he was a Senator, favouring making it a State issue, rather than a decision that should be made by the Supreme Court.

Carlson told viewers that “Joe Biden has always supported legal abortion, but nine years after the Roe decision was handed down, he was still willing to admit it was indefensible as a legal decision.”

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End-to-End Encrypted Email From Skiff Enters Alpha

Skiff, an end-to-end encrypted office collaboration and workspace company, has created an initial alpha build of the email arm of the business.

This is one of the email services that have lately sprung up in a bid to gain traction (as alternatives to the likes of Gmail), whose focus is on security and privacy.

Skiff Mail makes sure to stress the importance of encryption, which secures communication between participants and makes all other parties, including the service itself, unable to access this content.

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  1. The world predicts war over Swedish NATO application

    Published 5 May 2022 at 14.44 in Fria Tider

    The fact that the US and the UK do not dare to offer war guarantees has its explanation. Abroad, many expect that Sweden will end up at war with Russia if the government submits an application for NATO membership shortly after the provocation with armoured rockets, writes the Financial Times.

    – Joining Nato would be a huge provocation, a diplomat for another, unnamed, European government tells the Financial Times.

    Finns and Swedes have been told they could be subjected to “hybrid and cyber attacks”, the paper writes, but notes that few have probably thought a military confrontation likely.

    Either way, Swedes’ ambitions for foreign support have taken a major hit in the two months since Russia entered Ukraine.

    “Now there is no longer talk of security guarantees, but of following up the request with encouragement and verbal statements from the US, Britain and NATO,” the paper writes.

    Unlike in Sweden, where provocation and a desire to show that they will not give in to Russia have dominated the public stance of Swedish politicians, those in power in the US are openly worried about what will happen if their country goes to war with Russia.

    One American analyst, Atlantic Council researcher Robert Nurick, tells the Financial Times that security guarantees for Sweden and Finland have occupied much thought among US lawmakers recently.

    He says there is a distinction to be made between what Sweden and Finland would really need and what they need to calm their domestic debate, saying it is a “balancing act” that must be weighed against the threats Russia has made to the US and other states.

    – One question will be: do we want to make this worse? he says.

    One way that Finnish and Swedish leaders could use to reassure domestic opinion could be to claim that they have been given “secret” security guarantees and cite a desire to keep them secret from Russia, in effect avoiding telling Swedish and Finnish voters the extent of them.

    But the risk is that both Russia and the voters will understand that such guarantees are not real guarantees, and in Finland they do not seem ready to agree to a solution based on ambiguity.

    – On the one hand, we need to send a message to Russia that they can read and understand. On the other hand, we are not served by unnecessary provocations. In this case, clarity is probably a better solution than creating ambiguity,” Henri Vanhanen, foreign policy spokesman for the Coalition Party, told the Financial Times.

  2. Elizabeth Warren…….what joke that stupid woman is. Besides, in every video from the last three years she has the same clothing on. Fauxahontas is one of the Democrat clowns.

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