Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/7/2022

The death toll in the explosion at the Saratoga Hotel in Havana has risen to at least 25, with dozens more injured. The hotel had been closed for refurbishing during the pandemic, and was about to reopen.

In other news, Poland has accepted 3.2 million refugees since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

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Thanks to Dean, DV, JAS, Reader from Chicago, Roger, Steen, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Poland: Central Bank Governor Sees GDP Growth Slowing in 2023
» Poland: Central Bank to Continue Raising Rates Till Inflation Drops Permanently
 
USA
» 33 Months of 1 Million-Plus Gun Sales
» 80 ‘Suspicious Actors’ And ‘Material Witnesses’ Under Scrutiny by Jan. 6 Defense Attorneys
» Arizona Parents Sue School District Over Alleged ‘Dossier’ Targeting ‘Wackos’
» Bias Response Team Violated Students’ 1A Rights, Federal Court Unanimously Rules
» DeSantis Signs Largest Tax Cut in Florida History, Saving Taxpayers More Than $1.2 Billion
» Do the Unhinged Protesters Know it’s a Crime to Demonstrate at a Supreme Court Justice’s Home?
» FTC to “Review” Musk’s Purchase of Twitter
» Man Accused of Raping Pregnant Woman Days After Being Released for Allegedly Raping Another Woman
» Nantucket Gives the OK for Going Topless on Its Beaches
» Police: 5 Shooters Fire Over 40 Rounds, Killing Man Who Was Standing at Food Truck
» Rady Johnson VP of Pfizer Arrested Over Multiple Frauds
» Rumble Says it’s Under ‘Unprecedented Attack’ Ahead of ‘2000 Mules’ Launch
» Saudi Spy Tied to 9/11
» Seattle Prolific Offender Accused of Exposing Himself to 7— and 9-Year-Old Girls
» Teachers Union Pushes for Independent Review of Meta’s “Societal Impacts and Risks”
» Virginia AG Threatens to ‘Bring Suit’ Against Protesters at Catholic Parishes
» VP of Pfizer Arrested After #pfizerdocuments Get Released
» Washington Post Profiles Woman Protesting Outside the Homes of Supreme Court Justices
» White Males Now Allowed Into Two MBA Programs After Federal Investigation
 
Canada
» Counter-Protesters Throw ‘Unwelcome Party’ For Rolling Thunder Rally in Ottawa
» COVID Clampdown Tragedy: Mom Mourns Loss of Her Sons at Rolling Thunder Event
» Even Pro-Censorship YouTube Warns Canada’s Proposed Online Regulation Will Harm Creators
» The Ontario Liberals Think Kids Should be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 to Attend School
 
Europe and the EU
» Here’s How Hungary’s Industry is Performing
» Nearly Half of Germans Believe ‘Political Correctness’ Threatens Free Speech
» Sinn Fein Hails ‘New Era’ As it Wins Northern Ireland Vote
» Social Media Break Improves Mental Health, According to a New Study
» UK: Football Association Reverses Ban on World Cup Anthem One Day After Backlash
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
South Asia
» India: Hindu Woman Hacked to Death by Muslim Lover in Mathura
» Supreme Court of India Rules Against Vaccine Mandates
» Taliban Orders All Afghan Women to Cover Faces in Public, Taking Country Back to Pre-2001
 
Far East
» All Hell Breaks Out at Apple China Factory as Workers Clash With Guards Over Lockdowns
» Watch: Autonomous Chinese Drone Swarm Flies Through Forest While Hunting for Humans
 
Latin America
» Saratoga Hotel: 25 Dead After Huge Explosion in Havana
 
Immigration
» Danish Plan to Send Migrants to Rwanda May be Thwarted by European Court
» Macron’s France: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Illegal Alien Attacks Police, Five Officers Injured
» Poland Accepts Over 3.2 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» UK: ‘Immigration Isn’t Something the Police Really Deal With’ Say Cops Refusing to Reveal Nationality of Paedophile ‘Luton Man’
» UK: Eco-Protestors Who Disrupted Priti Patel Speech at Tory Dinner Over Her Rwanda Migration Policy Include Vegan ‘Ethical Influencer’, a Member of a ‘Decolonial Anti-Gas Arts Collective’ And Union Activist
 
Culture Wars
» CNN Poll Shows Those Who Support Overturning Roe Are Twice as Likely to Vote in Midterms
» Courts Can’t be “Bullied” Into Delivering Outcomes People Demand: Clarence Thomas
» Mike Pence Says Biden Must Speak ‘Forcefully’ Against Protests Planned for Supreme Court Justices’ Homes, Catholic Mass
» Portland Police Seek Identities of Antifa Members Who Carried Out Attacks During Pro-Abortion March
» Watch: Pro-Abortion Protestors Put on Grotesque Display at Catholic Church
 

Poland: Central Bank Governor Sees GDP Growth Slowing in 2023

Poland’s economic growth rate will fall in 2023 to around 3 percent, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) governor said on Friday.

Adam Glapinski told a press conference the currently high rate of growth would fall due to the actions of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Council, including interest-rate hikes, hampering the economy.

“I think that next year it will stand at up to 3 percent,” the NBP governor said.

He added that slowing economic growth was bad in principle. “Our wealth will grow more slowly then,” he said. “But a drop in the growth rate is the intended result of the NBP, because it cuts inflation.”

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

Poland: Central Bank to Continue Raising Rates Till Inflation Drops Permanently

The Monetary Policy Council (RPP) of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) will continue to raise interest rates until it is sure that inflation has permanently reduced, the NBP’s governor said on Friday.

Poland’s inflation rate hit a 24-year high last month of 12.3 percent.

Adam Glapinski told a press conference: “The Monetary Policy Council has raised interest rates for several months. We will continue to do it until we achieve certainty that inflation will permanently decrease.”

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

33 Months of 1 Million-Plus Gun Sales

Sales of firearms have fallen from their recent highs but are continuing in a nearly three-year-long string of 1.25 million sales a month.

A new analysis of FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System data indicates that gun sale background checks have crossed the 1.25 million threshold for 33 straight months, sustaining the highest-ever era of gun purchases.

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

80 ‘Suspicious Actors’ And ‘Material Witnesses’ Under Scrutiny by Jan. 6 Defense Attorneys

Authored by Joseph M. Hanneman via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Defense attorneys seek to identify and investigate 80 suspicious actors and material witnesses, some of whom allegedly ran an entrapment operation against the Oath Keepers on January 6, 2021, and committed crimes including the removal of security fencing, breaching police lines, attacking officers, and inciting crowds to storm into the Capitol.

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

Arizona Parents Sue School District Over Alleged ‘Dossier’ Targeting ‘Wackos’

Three Arizona parents are suing their children’s district for allegedly compiling personal information in a “secret dossier” aimed at intimidating them.

The dossier was intended “to silence and punish dissenting voices and frighten away other potential speakers who might dare express an opposing point of view” and included information on at least 47 parents who spoke out against policies at school board meetings, according to the lawsuit, which seeks general, special, consequential, and punitive damages in amounts to be proven at trial.

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

Bias Response Team Violated Students’ 1A Rights, Federal Court Unanimously Rules

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Apr. 21 that the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) bias response team violated students’ First Amendment rights.

The organization Speech First represented the three anonymous students in the lawsuit against UCF.

The Circuit court unanimously ruled 3-0 in favor of the plaintiffs.

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

DeSantis Signs Largest Tax Cut in Florida History, Saving Taxpayers More Than $1.2 Billion

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed the largest tax relief bill in Florida history, delivering $1.2 billion in savings to Floridians.

DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law, which includes permanent tax relief through a range of sales tax exemptions, corporate income tax credit expansions, and ad valorem tax and exemption provisions. They are expected to generate an additional $190 million in tax savings over two years and $140 million annually thereafter.

The new law also creates and expands 10 sales tax holidays, some of which go through 2023 and 2024.

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

Do the Unhinged Protesters Know it’s a Crime to Demonstrate at a Supreme Court Justice’s Home?

If you’ve never been to Goochland, Virginia, you’re missing out.

In Goochland, there is a large residential facility with free medical care, free college courses, and wellness programs for visitors, including “thinking for a change.”

You might just win a free trip if you follow through on the threat to “protest at Supreme Court Justice’s homes.” The Virginia Correctional Facility for Woman in Goochland awaits anyone who acts out their rage and shows up out of control at a Supreme Court Justice’s residence in response to the unethical and unprecedented leak of a draft opinion in the Dobbs abortion case.

The people of Virginia have decided that it is a crime to protest at a Virginian’s home.

Virginia Code Section 18.2-418 states:

It is hereby declared that the protection and preservation of the home is the keystone of democratic government; that the public health and welfare and the good order of the community require that members of the community enjoy in their homes a feeling of well-being, tranquility, and privacy, and when absent from their homes carry with them the sense of security inherent in the assurance that they may return to the enjoyment of their homes…

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

FTC to “Review” Musk’s Purchase of Twitter

The liberal panic over Elon Musk attempting to buy Twitter has escalated to the highest levels of the government and every liberal mainstream media outlet. While President Biden hasn’t directly criticized Musk’s ambitions by invoking his name, he has told reporters that he has “long had concerns” over the power of social media and the influence of large corporations. So is he planning to do something about it? Nobody seems to want to comment on this directly, but it may not be coincidental that the Federal Trade Commission has launched a “review” of Musk’s bid to purchase the social media platform. And what reason would they offer to conduct such a review? They want to make sure the purchase wouldn’t run afoul of any antitrust issues. Seriously? (Fox Business)

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

Man Accused of Raping Pregnant Woman Days After Being Released for Allegedly Raping Another Woman

Myron Lee Jacobs, a homeless resident of Seattle’s tent encampment, faces two simultaneous rape investigations in the span of a week.

Shortly after authorities released Jacobs from the investigation of a prior rape case, police apprehended him again this week. This time, for the rape of a pregnant woman in the same homeless camp near the intersection of Sith Avenue South and Airport Way South.

Jacobs, 57, faces charges of second-degree rape, third-degree rape, and unlawful imprisonment.

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

Nantucket Gives the OK for Going Topless on Its Beaches

There once was a man from Nantucket…

But seriously, there could wind up being many more “men from Nantucket” now that the island has opened its beaches up for topless sunbathing.

Residents voted for the measure at the annual town meeting this week and it passed 327-242. But it was the way the measure passed that some may find interesting: it passed as a “Gender Equality on Beaches bylaw amendment”, the New York Post wrote this week.

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

Police: 5 Shooters Fire Over 40 Rounds, Killing Man Who Was Standing at Food Truck

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man standing at a food truck in a parking lot off Edgewood Avenue West was shot multiple times Saturday when five men armed with pistols and rifles approached him and opened fire, Jacksonville police said.

Sgt. Steve Rudlaff with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said officers were called to Edgewood Avenue near Moncrief Road about 2:40 p.m. Saturday after reports that a person had been shot.

They found the man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where he died.

Investigators are still trying to identify the man, Rudlaff said.

He said the motive for the shooting is not clear, but it did appear from how the men approached the victim that the shooting was targeted.

Rudlaff said despite well over 40 rounds being fired and multiple people being outside around the food truck during the shooting, no other injuries were reported. Some vehicles in the area were struck by the gunfire…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Rady Johnson VP of Pfizer Arrested Over Multiple Frauds

Pfizer’s Vice President On Twitter, being arrested on numerous counts of fraud has been a hot topic. He was arrested and released on bond, according to Vancouvertimes.

Rady Johnson was arrested at his residence by federal officials and charged with multiple counts of fraud. Johnson was taken into custody and is awaiting a bail hearing.

This comes after Pfizer made public thousands of confidential documents detailing the experimental vaccine’s true hazards.

Due to Rady’s arrest, the hashtag #pfizerdocuments is trending on Twitter. Other Pfizer employees are now being sought by several celebrities…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Rumble Says it’s Under ‘Unprecedented Attack’ Ahead of ‘2000 Mules’ Launch

Rumble says it’s been defending itself against an “unprecedented” level of cyberattacks as it prepares to launch Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary on election fraud.

A tweet from Rumble’s official account reads, “MAJOR UPDATE: Within the last 24 hours Rumble has been under an unprecedented attack. Our engineers are working around the clock to mitigate these attacks and prepare for a smooth rollout of our 1st movie launch ‘2000 Mules’ tomorrow.”

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

Saudi Spy Tied to 9/11

An FBI memo declassified in March, in response to an executive order by President Joe Biden, reported that Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national who met two of the 9/11 hijackers in Los Angeles shortly after they arrived in the US., was receiving a monthly salary from Saudi intelligence. In other words, he was a spy…

A second raft of documents — released by the British government last week in response to a civil lawsuit against the Saudi government by the families of 9/11 victims — points to the possibility that Bayoumi knew about the attacks before they took place. Among Bayoumi’s papers was a diagram depicting a plane descending toward a target on the horizon. Beside the diagram is a formula used to calculate the distance to the target… The diagram was seized by British police in late 2001…

The evidence declassified by the British government also … shows Khalid al-Mihdhar, one of the 9/11 hijackers, in the kitchen of an apartment rented for him by Bayoumi.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Seattle Prolific Offender Accused of Exposing Himself to 7— and 9-Year-Old Girls

A Seattle prolific offender is accused of exposing himself to children, masturbating in public, and repeated stalking.

One mother told The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI: that Verindra Knorr is “an early twenties transient that has a history of exposing himself to women in public.”

“My 7-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old friend were playing outside our home in Olympic Hills a couple evenings ago when he approached them and exposed himself. Thankfully a woman walking by called the police while the girls came inside to let us know,” she said.

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

Teachers Union Pushes for Independent Review of Meta’s “Societal Impacts and Risks”

The US’s second-largest teachers’ union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is backing a shareholder proposal that calls for Meta to commission an independent review of Facebook and Instagram’s “societal impacts and risks.”

Meta has already censored over 100 million posts for containing “misinformation,” removes millions of posts each quarter for violating its rules, and plans to censor the metaverse. But according to the AFT, an independent review of Meta is necessary because the company is “unwilling to make substantive changes” to address the so-called “harms” caused by its platform.

The alleged harms that AFT is concerned with include “political disinformation,” “false conspiracy theories,” and “health disinformation.”

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

Virginia AG Threatens to ‘Bring Suit’ Against Protesters at Catholic Parishes

The attorney general of Virginia warned that protesters who disrupt Catholic Mass this Sunday in the name of abortion rights could face legal action.

State Attorney General Jason Miyares released a statement Saturday responding to the newfound threats of protest outside of Catholic parishes in Virginia and nationwide.

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

VP of Pfizer Arrested After #pfizerdocuments Get Released

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Rady Johnson, the executive Vice President of Pfizer, has been arrested at his home and charged with multiple counts of fraud by federal agents. He was taken into custody and is awaiting a bail hearing. This comes as 1,000s of classified documents from Pfizer were released, showing the true risks of the experimental vaccine.

As a result of Rady’s arrest, the hashtag #pfizerdocuments has started trending on Twitter. Multiple celebrities are now calling for other employees at Pfizer to be arrested. Twitter has begun the process of censoring the hashtag, and this publication. Other social media platforms have followed suit.

Since joining Pfizer in 1994, Rady held multiple high level positions in the company. Rady previously lead the Regulatory Law practice group as well as the Corporate Regulatory and Healthcare Law Audit functions. Despite Rady’s high-level position at Pfizer, his ethics have fallen into question.

Keean Bexte, an independent journalist formerly employed by Rebel News, pointed out how 1,223 people died within the first 28 days after taking the Pfizer jab. There are reports that the vaccine killed all the animals during the trial. Many people are angry the vaccine was allowed onto the market despite all the risks.

A judge has granted a media blackout on request of Rady’s lawyers, and Google is suppressing search results. Fact-checkers and Big Tech censors are working overtime to censor this article. Rady faces life in prison if convicted…

           — Hat tip: Steen [Return to headlines]
 

Washington Post Profiles Woman Protesting Outside the Homes of Supreme Court Justices

Thursday we learned that a group called Ruth Sent Us was encouraging protests outside the homes of six Supreme Court Justices. The group posted a map giving the street and city of each home. As my friend Jeryl Bier noticed, they claimed on Twitter that these weren’t the exact locations and therefore they hadn’t technically given out the addresses.

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

White Males Now Allowed Into Two MBA Programs After Federal Investigation

Yum! Brands also backtracked on its no-whites-allowed program.

The University of Louisville and Howard University have agreed to open an MBA program to people of all races and both sexes following a federal investigation.

The Office for Civil Rights at the federal Department of Education announced in a letter on Thursday that the two universities would agree to clarify that the “Yum! Franchise Accelerator Fellowship is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination on the basis of race at institutions that receive federal funding, while Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 forbids discrimination on the basis of sex.

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

Counter-Protesters Throw ‘Unwelcome Party’ For Rolling Thunder Rally in Ottawa

On Friday April 29, the Rolling Thunder event came to Ottawa. The event consisted of a motorcycle rally around Parliament Hill.

This did not go over well with the citizens of Ottawa, of whom many feared a return of the occupation they had experienced a few months prior with the Freedom Convoy. To that end, an ‘unwelcome party’ for the Rolling Thunder was held in Ottawa’s Strathcona Park.

We wanted to cover the event without getting too close to the people, due to the lack of security that day. We took the opportunity to ask people in the area their opinion on the Rolling Thunder convoy and this unacknowledged counter-protest!

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

COVID Clampdown Tragedy: Mom Mourns Loss of Her Sons at Rolling Thunder Event

Jake and Kayne Noel died last year. Their deaths won’t go into the books as COVID fatalities, but perhaps they should.

No, they did not contract the coronavirus. Rather, according to their grieving mother, Bev Noel, when the brothers lost their jobs due to the lockdown the stress sent them both down a spiral of substance abuse.

Ultimately, both brothers overdosed. And Bev feels this outcome could’ve been prevented if the economy hadn’t been shutdown by the government.

We ran into Bev at the Rolling Thunder event in Ottawa last weekend. Check out what she had to say in an interview that is equal parts heartbreaking and infuriating.

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

Even Pro-Censorship YouTube Warns Canada’s Proposed Online Regulation Will Harm Creators

YouTube has warned that Canada’s proposed internet regulation bill (Bill C-11) will allow the government to regulate user-generated content because the wording is so broad that it places user-generated content under the purview of regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

“(Bill C-11) provides the CRTC the discretion to regulate user-generated content like a fan doing a cover song or someone making cooking videos in their kitchen or doing how-to-fix-a-bike videos,” said Jeanette Patell, the head of government affairs for YouTube Canada.

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

The Ontario Liberals Think Kids Should be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 to Attend School

The Ontario Liberal party manifested on Saturday that it plans, if elected, to include the COVID-19 vaccine within the regimen of vaccines required for all school children in the province.

“Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says the party would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for students — if the party wins the election,” said Global News’ Colin D’Mello.

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

Here’s How Hungary’s Industry is Performing

Industrial output in Hungary grew by an annual 3.6 percent in March, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Friday.

Adjusted for the number of workdays, output climbed 4.2 percent, KSH said. For the period January-March, industrial output rose by 5.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. Month on month, output edged down a seasonally and workday-adjusted 0.1 percent.

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

Nearly Half of Germans Believe ‘Political Correctness’ Threatens Free Speech

A survey done by Germany’s pro-censorship federal government has found that around half of people in the country feel that accusations of racism and “political correctness” can stifle free speech.

Known internationally for its propensity to censor those on the right, Germany has launched the results of a state-sponsored survey which informs officials on the state of racism in Germany.

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

Sinn Fein Hails ‘New Era’ As it Wins Northern Ireland Vote

The Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin won an historic vote in Northern Ireland that will make it the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time.

With almost all the votes from Thursday’s election counted on Saturday, Sinn Fein took 27 of the Assembly’s 90 seats. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has dominated Northern Ireland’s legislature for two decades, fell into second place with 24 seats.

The milestone victory for Sinn Féin, which has long been associated with the Irish Republican Army, means its vice president, Michelle O’Neill, will be entitled to become first minister, an unprecedented event for the party, which supports unification with Ireland.

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

Social Media Break Improves Mental Health, According to a New Study

Asking people to stop using social media for just one week could lead to significant improvements in their well-being, depression and anxiety, and could in the future be recommended as a way to help people manage their mental health, say the authors of a new study.

The study, carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Bath (UK), studied the mental health effects of a week-long social media break. For some participants in the study, this meant freeing up around nine hours of their week that they would otherwise have been spent scrolling Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.

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

UK: Football Association Reverses Ban on World Cup Anthem One Day After Backlash

The Football Association has thankfully come to their senses.

Yesterday, The Sun reported that “Football’s Coming Home“, the famous song that has been dubbed England’s World Cup anthem, could be banned “because it risks offending other nations.”

A day later, the message has changed.

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

Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Moscow’s defense ministry said Saturday that Russia struck military equipment Ukraine received from the U.S. and European countries.

Evacuations continued from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as Ukraine’s military counterattacked against Russian forces in the east. An adviser to the Ukrainian president said Moscow seeks to seize the last part of Mariupol by Monday, Russia’s annual Victory Day. Civilians who managed to escape the plant described their long ordeal.

Ukraine’s capture of some villages in the east around Kharkiv and the south around Kherson, which is occupied by Russia, could lead to a broader counteroffensive, the Ukrainian presidential adviser said. Residents are trickling back to villages near Kharkiv, finding destruction, litter and explosives left behind by retreating Russian troops.

Western Aid: The U.S. provided intelligence that enabled Ukraine to identify and sink the missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, U.S. officials said. An international donor conference in Warsaw drew pledges for Ukraine relief equivalent to more than $6.3 billion.

Talks are under way to export Ukraine’s summer grain harvest through Polish and Lithuanian ports to get around a Russian naval blockade and help alleviate food shortages rippling out from Ukraine.

Resistance from Hungary is complicating the European Union’s effort to settle on the terms of a Russian oil embargo.

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

India: Hindu Woman Hacked to Death by Muslim Lover in Mathura

Another murder of Hindu woman in an odd inter-religious relationship. Doli Kumari was murdered with an axe by her Muslim live-in-partner Md. Pappu Khan in Mathura of Uttar Pradesh.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Mathura | May 7, 2022:: A 32-year-old Hindu woman was hacked to death with an axe allegedly by her Muslim live-in partner in Mathura’s Shivnagar on Friday morning. The accused, Mohammad Pappu Khan, and his three Muslim associates are on the run. Police are yet to ascertain cause for the murder.

Police said the victim Doli Kumari had separated from her husband and had moved in with Pappu Khan, a driver. They were staying together for the past one-and-a-half years in a rented accommodation. Doli’s sister was also staying with her.

Doli and Pappu had been in a relationship even before she married an Agra resident 11 years ago. The couple had two children— a nine-year-old daughter and a son, who is four.

MP Singh, SP, said an FIR has been registered against four people, including Pappu Khan, under IPC section 302 (murder), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) at Govind Nagar station on complaint filed by the victim’s mother.

Police are probing the case by forming some teams for investigation to arrest the culprits in the shortest span of time.

The mother and relatives of Doli Kumari demanded capital punishment for the Muslim murderers of the Hindu woman.

This is the tragic end of another Love Jihad story.

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

Supreme Court of India Rules Against Vaccine Mandates

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, National Post columnist Rupa Subramanya (follow @RupaSubramanya on Twitter) joined guest host David Menzies to talk about her latest piece, titled India’s courts get it right on vaccine mandates — and Canada doesn’t.

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

Taliban Orders All Afghan Women to Cover Faces in Public, Taking Country Back to Pre-2001

Over two decades after 9/11 and George W. Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban — which had at the time involved officials making arguments for the need (among other rationales offered) to secure women’s rights in central Asia — we’ve now come full circle…

“Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership orders all Afghan women to wear the all-covering burqa in public,” The Associated Press reports based on the new Saturday published ruling.

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

All Hell Breaks Out at Apple China Factory as Workers Clash With Guards Over Lockdowns

Chaos broke out at Apple’s MacBook factory in China after hundreds of employees clashed with authorities and jumped isolation barriers following weeks of intense lockdowns, reported Bloomberg, citing local media sources.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) China posted a video early Friday morning showing an uprising of hundreds of workers who were angered with the continuous “closed-loop production” (which means they were kept on-site and quarantined to keep production humming) at the MacBook factory in Shanghai, owned by Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc. The incident reportedly occurred Thursday evening.

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

Watch: Autonomous Chinese Drone Swarm Flies Through Forest While Hunting for Humans

A swarm of micro-drones autonomously navigated a dense bamboo forest in China without GPS, able to avoid trees, branches, and brush. The incredible footage suggests these drones could one day be used for search and rescue efforts or even put to sinister use: hunting humans.

Chinese scientists from Zhejiang University published a report and footage of ten lightweight drones maneuvering at speed through a forest. The technology behind the drones autonomously navigates the best flight path through high-tech sensors.

Lead author Xin Zhou wrote in a paper published Wednesday, in the journal Science Robotics, that “multi-robot aerial systems are a symbol of future technology” and cited science fiction films, Prometheus (2012), Ender’s Game (2013), Star Wars: Episode III (2005), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), where drones or drone swarms were used, which ultimately “inspired” the research team.

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

Saratoga Hotel: 25 Dead After Huge Explosion in Havana

At least 25 people have died and more than 60 have been hospitalised after a massive explosion rocked one of Cuba’s most exclusive five-star hotels.

It is believed a gas tanker which was parked outside the Saratoga Hotel in Old Havana ignited, causing an explosion which destroyed several floors of the building.

The historic hotel was set for a post-pandemic reopening in four days.

It now lies in ruins, with much of its outer wall torn off.

Search and rescue operations are currently under way to locate people trapped under the debris.

The Cuban presidency said the dead included a pregnant woman and a child.

The injured are being treated at nearby hospitals.

Yazira de la Caridad, who lives a block from the hotel, told CBS News she “thought [the explosion] was an earthquake”.

Witnesses said they saw plumes of black smoke and clouds of dust billowing into the sky following the explosion…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Danish Plan to Send Migrants to Rwanda May be Thwarted by European Court

A German migration expert has cast doubts on Denmark’s plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, warning that the policy will likely be scrapped by European judges.

Migration expert Franck Düvell has claimed that Denmark may not be able to carry out its policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda to await their asylum process decision as it may be a violation of the European Convention on Human rights.

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Macron’s France: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Illegal Alien Attacks Police, Five Officers Injured

Five police officers were injured in the city of Tarn this week after an illegal alien who the police confronted outside a local mosque launched a violent attack while yelling “Allahu akbar!”

The incident took place outside of the Al-Mouhsinine Mosque in the suburb of Lameilhé earlier this week on Thursday after police were alerted to a man who was described as engaging in extremely threatening behaviour in the area and smashing parked cars.

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Poland Accepts Over 3.2 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 3,212,000 people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Saturday morning.

According to the SG, on Friday, Border Guard officers carried out around 24,500 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, and by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday the number of arrivals had reached 7,100 people.

The Border Guard also said that in the last 24 hours 19,000 people had left Poland for Ukraine.

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UK: ‘Immigration Isn’t Something the Police Really Deal With’ Say Cops Refusing to Reveal Nationality of Paedophile ‘Luton Man’

Bedfordshire Police have refused to disclose the nationality of convicted paedophile Zakei Ciurar, described as a “Luton man” by the press, telling Breitbart London: “Immigration isn’t something the police really deal with.”

Ciurar, 29, who groomed his 13-year-old victim via social media and attempted to hush up her parents by offering them money, was convicted at Luton Crown Court of “three counts of sexual activity with a child, two of which involved penetration”, according to a Bedfordshire Police news bulletin.

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UK: Eco-Protestors Who Disrupted Priti Patel Speech at Tory Dinner Over Her Rwanda Migration Policy Include Vegan ‘Ethical Influencer’, a Member of a ‘Decolonial Anti-Gas Arts Collective’ And Union Activist

The eco-warriors who ambushed Priti Patel on Friday night include a grammar school girl turned vegan ‘ethical influencer’, a decolonial activist and a union activist, MailOnline can reveal.

The group of six, including one cameraman, who posed as young Tories at the £40-a-head event, filmed themselves as they interrupted the Home Secretary’s speech and demanded she end her controversial Rwanda immigration policy.

They even posed for selfies with the cabinet minister before carrying out their highly-planned plot at the Bassetlaw Conservatives Spring Dinner.

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CNN Poll Shows Those Who Support Overturning Roe Are Twice as Likely to Vote in Midterms

Recent findings from a CNN poll demonstrate the Supreme Court’s potential overturning of Roe v. Wade may galvanize Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections — a reaction Democrats hoped would occur among their voters.

According to the results, Republicans may be more willing to vote now than they were at the beginning of the year. In contrast, Democrats have displayed a decreased interest in voting since November.

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Courts Can’t be “Bullied” Into Delivering Outcomes People Demand: Clarence Thomas

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday defended judicial independence, arguing that government institutions mustn’t allow themselves to be strong-armed into delivering outcomes that people demand, according to news outlets.

Thomas made the remarks at a May 6 judicial conference in Atlanta, where he was asked by a moderator to discuss the biggest threats to judicial independence, according to Law360.

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Mike Pence Says Biden Must Speak ‘Forcefully’ Against Protests Planned for Supreme Court Justices’ Homes, Catholic Mass

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said the White House must do more to help calm things amid civil unrest caused by the recent Supreme Court document leak.

The document, which was recently made public, indicates the country’s chief judicial body is ready to strike down the long-standing Roe vs. Wade verdict, which legalized abortion countrywide in 1973.

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Portland Police Seek Identities of Antifa Members Who Carried Out Attacks During Pro-Abortion March

Portland Police have released photos of Antifa criminals who vandalized downtown businesses earlier this week during a pro-abortion march.

The pictures were released as the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) continues to investigate criminal damage done to businesses downtown, the bureau said in a news release. They are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

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Watch: Pro-Abortion Protestors Put on Grotesque Display at Catholic Church

Pro-abortion advocates in New York put on a disgraceful display in front of a Catholic Church this past weekend, disrupting prayers and exhibiting crude behavior at the place of worship. The protest, which took place at the corner of Prince and Motto streets in Soho, featured dozens of protesters who cheered and jeered at a line of people praying in front of the church.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/7/2022

  1. The VP of Pfizer should be arrested, given what is being discovered in the data they hid that they are now forced to release by court order. But the story of his arrest was satire. While there is plenty of articles as well as statements by medical experts on the harmful findings from their Covid vaccine trials that are now being made public, here is a site that makes the data available without comment:

    https://phmpt.org/pfizers-documents/

    Pfizer has been ordered to release a certain amount of their COVID vaccine data each month.

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