Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/8/2022

Pro-abortion activists targeted Catholic churches in multiple cities for Mothers’ Day protests. Militants threw Molotov cocktails at a pro-life organization’s headquarters in Wisconsin, doing significant damage to the building. Meanwhile, pro-choice protesters gathered on the street outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in suburban Maryland.

In other news, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that Finland will decide sometime this month on whether to apply for NATO membership.

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Financial Crisis
» France: Low Growth and Inflation Increase Risk of Stagflation
» Greece: Inflation Strikes Major Blow
» The Czech Republic’s Credit Rating is in Danger of Dropping
 
USA
» Black Nationalist Suspect in NYC Subway Attack Indicted on Terrorism Charges
» California Piano Teacher Given 100-Year Sentence for Molesting 8 Students Over Decades
» How to Elect a DA: Look for the Soros Label and Run the Other Way
» Industry Experts Warn of Power Shortages Due to ‘Renewable’ Energy
» Portland Schools Withdraw Support for Nearby Homeless ‘Village’
» Portland Journalist Who Reported on the ‘Alt-Right’ For Liberal Papers Arrested Over Attacks on Synagogues, Mosque
» Rep. Elise Stefanik Accuses NY Officials of Spending COVID Funds on Critical Race Theory
» Republicans Trash Chamber of Commerce Over Big Tech Lobbying
» Watch: Minnesota Democrat Jeffrey Ettinger Says CRT is ‘Made Up, ‘ ‘Not Taught in Schools’
 
Canada
» Liberals Quietly Impose New Firearms Laws, Including Backdoor Gun Registry: Takes Effect in 10 Days
 
Europe and the EU
» Bulgaria Says Will Veto EU Oil Sanctions on Russia if it Does Not Get Derogation
» Finland to Decide on Possible NATO Membership Application in May: PM
» Food Crisis: German Farmers Warn of Drought-Related Crop Failure on Top of Grain, Fuel, Fertiliser Woes
» Former NATO Chief Says Sweden, Finland Should Apply for Membership ‘Now’
» France’s Far-Right Leader Le Pen Still Hopes to Unsettle Macron in Legislative Elections
» Germany’s Conservatives on Track to Win Election in Northern State
» PM Orban to Give Keynote Adress at First CPAC in Europe in Mid-May
» Police: Multicultural Sweden Has Become Scandinavia’s Drug Hub
» Pope Francis Decries Pushback to His Ban on Traditional Latin Mass
» President of Ireland Says Musk Relaxing Twitter Censorship Would be ‘Dangerous Narcissism’
» Scotland ‘Cranking Up’ Towards Second Referendum — SNP
» Switzerland: Cocaine Nespresso Factory: $50m Worth of Drugs Found Amid Coffee
» UK: Exclusive Video: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Tells Muslim Crowd They Are Trump’s ‘Worst Nightmare’
 
Russia
» Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War
 
South Asia
» VPN Providers Question Their Future in India After Anti-Privacy Law Introduction
 
Far East
» Food Crisis in Xi Jinping’s China Brings Back Memory of Mao Era Famine
 
Australia — Pacific
» Watch: Freedom Fighter Parties Unite to Take Back Australia
 
Immigration
» UK: ‘It’s the Wrong Plan, In the Wrong Place’: Furious Residents Say They Fear for Their Safety Amid Outrage Over Priti Patel’s ‘Guantanamo-on-Ouse’ Plan to House 1,500 Asylum Seekers in Sleepy Yorkshire Village
» UK: Don’t Worry About Rwanda… Nobody Will Send You There: Smugglers Boast on Social Media of ‘100 Per Cent Safe’ Channel Crossings as They Offer Migrants a Seat on Dinghy for £5,000
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: Pro-Abortion Activists Descend Upon Homes of SCOTUS Justices
» Fire at Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Group’s Office Looks Like Arson: Cops
» Has Disney Learnt Its Lesson? Entertainment Giant Stays Silent on SCOTUS Leak Indicating End of Roe V Wade After CEO’s Meddling in Florida’s So-Called Don’t Say Gay Bill Saw Share Price Plummet Nearly 20%
» ‘I’m Killing the Babies!’ Swimsuit-Wearing Pro-Choice Protester Called Crackhead Barney Screams and Dangles Doll as She and Others Target NYC Catholic Churches After Leaked Document Suggested Supreme Court Will End Roe V Wade
» Left-Wing Militants Torch Pro-Life Organization Office With Molotov Cocktails
» New York Teachers Receive Eligibility Credits for Learning How to Indoctrinate Students
» NYC Church Swarmed by Pro-Abortion Protesters: ‘I’m Killing the Babies’
» Pro-Abortion Activists Threaten to Burn the Eucharist to Display ‘Disgust’ Towards Catholic Church
» UK Officials Hire ‘Maoist’ Anti-Whiteness Firm for Nursery Diversity Training
» Watch — Teachers Brag About LGBT Indoctrination: ‘My Classroom is One of the Gayest Places Probably on the Planet’
» White House Condemns ‘Attempts to Intimidate’ During Pro-Abortion Protests at Catholic Churches
 

France: Low Growth and Inflation Increase Risk of Stagflation

Income growth has stagnated as prices for essential goods and energy are on the rise. New figures from France’s National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) indicate that France could be entering a period of stagflation.

Rising prices and weak economic growth could create the ideal circumstances in France for stagflation, some analysts warn. The combination of inflation and stagnation is an economic contradiction that risks undermining quality of life for many in France. While slow growth normally means an increase in unemployment that decreases spending power, rising prices mean the money consumers do have begins to lose value.

A comparable economic situation has not been seen since in France since the 1980s: inflation rose once again in April to reach 4.8%, according to initial estimates published April 29 by Insee. Inflation reached 7.5% in the same month across the eurozone, the highest-ever rate since the common European currency was introduced.

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

Greece: Inflation Strikes Major Blow

The impact of inflation on the Greek economy and society is growing heavier: Households are seeing their real incomes decline and fear unemployment in a new cycle of recession, while corporations are observing a drop in their profit margins due to the increase of production and operation costs and smaller sales volumes.

Worse, the phenomenon is not temporary, with the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) noting in its latest survey on the economy published on Tuesday: “As the war goes on, with the sanctions on Russia and by Russia expanding, the negative effects on prices are not expected to decline in the coming months,” the Athens-based think tank concluded.

Therefore the economic sentiment index slumped in April to a 12-month low of 105 points, from 112.1 points in March.

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The Czech Republic’s Credit Rating is in Danger of Dropping

For the first time since 1998, the Czech Republic’s credit rating is in danger of falling. Fitch Ratings, one of the Big Three credit rating agencies along with Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, affirmed the country’s current AA— rating but revised its long-term outlook from stable to negative in a report released this weekend.

The country has maintained or improved its credit rating from each of the Big Three agencies for the past 25 years, but ongoing economic threats could change that going forward. A drop in the Czech Republic’s credit rating could have severe impacts on an already-suffering economy.

An important guide for investors, credit ratings assigned by the Big Three agencies assess the stability of a country or institution to repay its debt. The ratings have an impact on both the willingness of investors to provide loans, as well as the terms of those loans, such as interest rates.

A dip in the Czech Republic’s credit rating would result in its debt becoming more expensive and lead to other economic factors, including increased inflation.

Ironically, soaring inflation is one of the key factors in Fitch Ratings’ negative outlook, according to the new report. Inflation in the Czech Republic’s surged to a 24-year-high of 12.7 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022, while the Czech National Bank’s tolerance band for inflation is two percent (plus or minus an additional one percent).

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Black Nationalist Suspect in NYC Subway Attack Indicted on Terrorism Charges

A US grand jury on Saturday indicted a man for terrorism and other charges following an attack inside a New York City subway car last month.

On April 12, a man injured 23 people on the New York City subway using gunfire and a smoke bomb.

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California Piano Teacher Given 100-Year Sentence for Molesting 8 Students Over Decades

John Mordecai Scott has been sentenced to 100 years to life in prison after being convicted of multiple crimes, including sexually abusing and molesting eight female piano students.

The students were aged seven to 15 years at the time of the assaults. The incidents occurred at two music schools and at his private residence, and date back as far as 1996.

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How to Elect a DA: Look for the Soros Label and Run the Other Way

Little Rock, Arkansas, seems an unlikely place for a soft-on-crime prosecutor to win an election. But don’t underestimate the effect of low turnout, combined with low public awareness of candidates for local office. George Soros is betting on these factors to put one over on Arkansans, and they must not let it happen.

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Industry Experts Warn of Power Shortages Due to ‘Renewable’ Energy

Company executives who own electrical grids are making dire pronouncements about potential mass shortages over plans to replace fossil-fuel and nuclear plants with “renewable” sources.

John Bear, the CEO of MISO told the press on Sunday, “As we move forward, we need to know that when you put a solar panel or a wind turbine up, it’s not the same as a thermal resource.”

According to Fox News, “the issue is on the rise throughout the country as many traditional and nuclear power plants are being retired to make way for renewable sources of energy, but the plants are going offline faster than renewable energy and battery storage can keep up.”

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

Portland Schools Withdraw Support for Nearby Homeless ‘Village’

Two schools in Portland, Oregon have withdrawn support for a nearby homeless village after it was revealed the city didn’t meet any of their proposed minimum safety requirements, including criminal background checks.

The Safe Rest Village, located on SW Naito Parkway — just 75 feet from two schools — will serve homeless LGBTQ+ Portlanders.

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

Portland Journalist Who Reported on the ‘Alt-Right’ For Liberal Papers Arrested Over Attacks on Synagogues, Mosque

Portland reporter Mike Bivins was arrested on Saturday over alleged attacks of vandalism and arson at houses of worship, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Michael E. Bivins, 34, of Portland, Oregon was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center early Saturday. Bivins was charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, and arson in the first degree.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik Accuses NY Officials of Spending COVID Funds on Critical Race Theory

A top House Republican is accusing New York education officials of using federal pandemic-relief funds to promote “critical race theory” in public schools across the state.

Upstate Congresswoman Elise Stefanik recently fired off a letter to state Education Commissioner Betty Rosa demanding a “complete accounting” of how her department is spending the billions of dollars it received in COVID-19 emergency funding — including for any CRT-related instruction.

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Republicans Trash Chamber of Commerce Over Big Tech Lobbying

The US Chamber of Commerce has jumped into the political fight over Big Tech — and the group’s staunch opposition to antitrust reform is alienating many Republicans in Congress, The Post has learned.

While America’s biggest and best-funded business lobby once enlisted Republicans to defend oil and tobacco companies against their Democratic foes, critics now say Big Tech funders including Meta, Google and Amazon are increasingly setting the group’s agenda.

Despite the 110 year-old Chamber’s considerable funding — including a $65 million lobbying budget in 2021 — more than a half dozen current and former Congressional Republican sources told The Post that the group’s influence has nosedived as the group has largely been frozen out

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Watch: Minnesota Democrat Jeffrey Ettinger Says CRT is ‘Made Up, ‘ ‘Not Taught in Schools’

Former CEO of Hormel Jeffrey Ettinger, running as a Democrat in a special election in Minnesota’s First Congressional District to replace Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn after his death, said that critical race theory (CRT) is “made up” and “not taught in schools.”

“In terms of the Republican attacks on curriculum, in my opinion, this whole thing with critical race theory is a made-up issue that is not taught anywhere in K through 12 school that I’m aware of,” Ettinger claimed during a Democrat Candidate Forum at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, last week.

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Liberals Quietly Impose New Firearms Laws, Including Backdoor Gun Registry: Takes Effect in 10 Days

Justin Trudeau’s government has quietly imposed new firearms laws, including a backdoor gun registry, which will take effect in 10 days.

The new laws, coming into force on May 18, 2022, were introduced outside of Parliament through two separate orders in council.

The changes, stemming from the Liberals’ Bill C-71, will force lawfully licensed owners of non-registered firearms to ask permission from the RCMP’s Chief Registrar of Firearms before transferring ownership of firearms.

A new requirement for the collection of personal information of buyers is being forced on firearms retailers and sporting goods stores.

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Bulgaria Says Will Veto EU Oil Sanctions on Russia if it Does Not Get Derogation

SOFIA (Reuters) — Bulgaria will not support European Union’s new set of sanctions against Russia if the Balkan country does not get a derogation from the proposed ban on buying Russian oil, Deputy Prime Minister Assen Vassilev said late on Sunday.

European Union governments moved closer on Sunday to agreeing to tough sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, but scheduled more talks for Monday to work out how to ensure countries most dependent on Russian energy can cope.

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Finland to Decide on Possible NATO Membership Application in May: PM

HELSINKI — Finland will decide on whether to apply for NATO membership this month, its leader said, hinting at a historic change in the Nordic country’s long-held position of neutrality.

“We are now discussing whether we should become a member of NATO or not,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in an exclusive interview with Nikkei Asia earlier this week, adding the country will make a decision probably “this month.” Local media reported the decision could come as soon as Thursday, citing anonymous government sources.

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Food Crisis: German Farmers Warn of Drought-Related Crop Failure on Top of Grain, Fuel, Fertiliser Woes

Farmers in the east of Germany are warning of widespread crop failures due to a lack of rainfall in the region.

Things may soon go from bad to worse for shoppers in Germany and beyond as farmers in the east of the country warn that a lack of rainfall could result in crop failures.

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Former NATO Chief Says Sweden, Finland Should Apply for Membership ‘Now’

With both Sweden and Finland seeking to become members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a former secretary-general of the military alliance has said that the time for both the countries to join the intergovernmental partnership is ‘now’ as Russia is ‘preoccupied’ with its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“As far as Finland and Sweden are concerned, I think there’s a window of opportunity for them to join, exactly now, as Russian President Vladimir Putin is preoccupied in Ukraine. He can’t do anything about it,” former NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen told CNBC on Saturday.

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France’s Far-Right Leader Le Pen Still Hopes to Unsettle Macron in Legislative Elections

French far-right politician Marine Le Pen returned to the electoral fray on Sunday, announcing herself as a candidate in the parliamentary elections in June after weeks of silence since she lost the presidential vote to Emmanuel Macron last month.

“I hope that we will have a strong presence in parliament to lead, once again, the fight against the social policies that Emmanuel Macron wants to put in place,” she said, adding she would run for re-election in her northern constituency of Pas-de-Calais.

Le Pen was speaking on a visit to the town of Henin-Beaumont marking Victory Day — the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in 1945 over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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Germany’s Conservatives on Track to Win Election in Northern State

BERLIN, May 8 (Reuters) — Germany’s conservative CDU won an election in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, a boost to the party of former Chancellor Angela Merkel, which was ousted from national government in federal elections last year.

An exit poll by infratest dimap put the Christian Democrats (CDU) at 43.5% of votes, up 11.5 percentage points from when Schleswig-Holstein last held a state election in 2017.

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PM Orban to Give Keynote Adress at First CPAC in Europe in Mid-May

Budapest will host the first US Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) ever to be held in Europe on May 19-20, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights (AK) said on Thursday.

Miklós Szanthó told a press conference that AK is organising the event jointly with the American Conservative Union, adding that Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been asked to give a keynote address.

Guests will include former Republican senator Rick Santorum, who ran for the Republican nomination in the 2012 US presidential election, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Herbert Kickl, head of the Freedom Party of Austria, and Tom Van Grieken, head of the Belgian Vlaams Belang party.

MPs and MEPs from Austria, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, and US congressmen will also attend the event. US media personalities Ben Ferguson and Candace Owens have also accepted invitations.

The conference will be joined online by British politician Nigel Farage, Santiago Abascal, head of Spain’s VOX party, and Tucker Carlson, a US media personality.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in late March but has been postponed due to the war in Ukraine.

[Comment: Populist Right leaders will be there. Very interesting!]

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Police: Multicultural Sweden Has Become Scandinavia’s Drug Hub

Swedish police have claimed that their country has become a major international transit hub for illegal drugs, with large amounts of drugs smuggled in and distributed across Scandinavia and beyond.

Ted Esplund of the National Operations Department’s Intelligence Unit of the Swedish police has claimed that the country has become a major hub for drug trafficking in the Scandinavian region but also noted drugs were being shipped from Sweden to other countries, such as the United States and even Australia.

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Pope Francis Decries Pushback to His Ban on Traditional Latin Mass

ROME — Pope Francis accused those resisting his sweeping restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass as sowers of diabolical division in the Church.

Liturgical life “must lead to greater ecclesial unity, not to division,” the pontiff told faculty and students of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute Saturday. “When liturgical life is something of a banner of division, there is the odor of the devil, the deceiver.”

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President of Ireland Says Musk Relaxing Twitter Censorship Would be ‘Dangerous Narcissism’

Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins has suggested that Elon Musk loosening speech restrictions on Twitter would be “incredible and dangerous narcissism”.

“Is it a great success that a multi-billionaire would be now deciding what is appropriate for people to exchange by way of discourse? I think it can hardly be described as anything other than a manifestation of an incredible and dangerous narcissism,” the 5’3” octogenarian opined at what was supposed to be a climate change conference at Dublin City University, clearly referring to Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter but declining to identify the South African entrepreneur by name.

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Scotland ‘Cranking Up’ Towards Second Referendum — SNP

The SNP is “cranking up” for a second independence referendum, according to its deputy Westminster leader.

Kirsten Oswald has told BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show that last week’s local election results showed there was a real appetite for a fresh vote.

Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has promised a vote before by the end of 2023, but the UK government has so far refused to back the idea.

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Switzerland: Cocaine Nespresso Factory: $50m Worth of Drugs Found Amid Coffee

GENEVA — Swiss police say an investigation is underway after workers at a Nespresso warehouse in western Switzerland found 500 kilograms (over 1,100 pounds) of cocaine, with a street value of $50 million, as they unloaded coffee beans that had arrived by train.

Regional police in Fribourg said late Thursday they were alerted Monday by the company to the discovery at the facility in the town of Romont and immediately set up a “broad security perimeter” around it with a large deployment of officers. Customs and border control agents were called in.

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UK: Exclusive Video: London Mayor Sadiq Khan Tells Muslim Crowd They Are Trump’s ‘Worst Nightmare’

Thousands of Muslims gathered in London on Saturday to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid, in an event sponsored by a controversial Islamic charity and arranged by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who described the event as Donald Trump’s “worst nightmare”.

Marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, thousands of Muslims flocked to Trafalgar Square to celebrate ‘Eid in the Square’, featuring performances of traditional music, dance, comedy, and poetry.

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Latest News in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine: Some 60 people are presumed dead after a Russian airstrike hit a school where they were sheltering in Bilohorivka, a village in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, authorities there said.

Embattled Ukrainian forces making a last stand in Mariupol vowed to fight till the end if they aren’t rescued. Two commanders of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment trapped in Mariupol’s steel plant said thousands of civilians have perished in the battle. People who managed to escape the steel plant described their long ordeal. An adviser to Ukraine’s president said Moscow seeks to seize the last part of Mariupol by Monday, Russia’s annual Victory Day.

At great risk to themselves, Ukrainian villagers shared tips and Google map locations on Russian positions to help Ukraine’s military win the battle for Kyiv. Elsewhere in Ukraine, residents are trickling back to villages near Kharkiv, finding destruction, litter and explosives left behind by retreating Russian troops.

Western support: First lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit Sunday to Ukraine, meeting with the nation’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, near the country’s border with Slovakia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took an unannounced trip to Ukraine on Sunday, while a small team of U.S. diplomats made a brief return to the American embassy in Kyiv.

The U.S. is sharing classified intelligence with Ukraine while trying to avoid getting dragged into direct conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 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.

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VPN Providers Question Their Future in India After Anti-Privacy Law Introduction

In India, new rules are about to be enacted bringing changes to the way VPN companies are allowed to operate there — and these changes have to do with data collection, retention, and sharing.

Because of the very nature of VPNs and the service they are supposed to provide, the new regulation, announced in late April with a deadline of two months to start compliance, has VPN companies considering their response, including leaving the Indian market altogether.

The difference between a trustworthy VPN and one that is less so is precisely in whether or not they log user information. But now the Indian government wants all providers of the service to collect customer data and store it for at least five years.

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Food Crisis in Xi Jinping’s China Brings Back Memory of Mao Era Famine

SChina observers are unanimous on one point; under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China is going back to the days of Mao Zedong of extreme communism. And with this is coming back the days of food shortage; the memory of the famine in Mao’s era, between 1958 and 1961, that had taken a toll of nearly 50 million human lives. As Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen has analysed in his study of the great famine of China, in Mao’s era, in the absence of a free flow of information, leaders of the Communist Party of China did not have the information that the vast number of agricultural communes and co-operatives had failed to produce enough grain. The era of Xi Jinping has been marked by over-centralization; concentration of power in one hand. In an era when the role of social media is extremely important in maintaining the flow of information, the authorities have cracked down on social media posts highlighting the food crisis facing China in the wake of the pandemic; removing videos and comments that are appearing in various social media platforms; making them simply not available. While the food shortage in Shanghai, a metropolitan of 28 million people, in the early part of 2022 in the wake of a strict lockdown because of Covid — 19 cases has drawn a lot of attention, reports say that there are similar situations in other cities like Xi’an and in many rural areas as well.

The situation in Shanghai

Videos have emerged of people in Shanghai, unable to get out to procure food, screaming from the balconies of their apartments. As social media has started exposing the horrors of a draconian lockdown and the high-handed behaviour of the authorities, there is a clampdown on social media posts. Compared to previous lockdowns, maintaining supply chains and food deliveries, either as commercial operation or through packages provided by the government, have been a disaster. There are videos of people jostling to grab a packet of food being distributed by government agencies. Photos have emerged of empty supermarket shelves. To order online, one has to get up at ungodly hours, otherwise booking of orders would be suspended. Some people are even scavenging for food, leading to food poisoning. The outrage over the situation is pouring in the social media, but many of these posts appearing in Sina Weibo, one of the biggest social media platforms in China, have been removed or censored. Weibo users are using other hashtags like the Shanghai epidemic. Hashtags like buying groceries in Shanghai have been blocked.

Zero-Covid policy

Xi’an, a city of 12 million people, is facing a food shortage since the beginning of 2022 because of a lockdown. Draconian measures were taken to curb Covid — 19 to ensure that the Winter Olympics in Beijing did not go awry. Photos have emerged of desperate people exchanging dishwashing liquids and sanitary pads for little packets of food. A video of pandemic prevention workers beating a man for leaving his apartment to buy food, and steamed buns falling from his bag, has created an uproar in the social media. The food crisis in the cities may be the result of poor management, with truck operators carrying food items being prevented from entering cities to keep them isolated; but a report in Financial Times reveals that the extension of similar draconian measures in rural areas in some of the provinces considered the granary of China will perpetuate the food crisis in the coming months. In the north-eastern provinces of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang, many farmers have been left with inadequate agricultural inputs at the beginning of the sowing season as the authorities have sealed the villages to fight the pandemic. With these provinces accounting for 20 per cent of the corn production in China, a drop in the production of rice and corn that are planted in spring will defeat the aim of China to attain self-sufficiency in staple food and import of food would have to be increased. While the lockdown in Shanghai and the consequent food crisis have attracted more international attention, one-third of the farmers in Jilin do not have enough fertilizer stock at the beginning of the sowing season because of ban on traffic movement and shut down of business; the result of China’s uncompromising zero-Covid policy. The FT report quotes an advisor to the government of China that the country is facing the risk of shortage of food particularly because the fertilizer supply is behind schedule. The situation is alarming because China is already a country of food shortage, with increased dependence on import of food; with a mounting food trade deficit for Beijing, says the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

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Watch: Freedom Fighter Parties Unite to Take Back Australia

Last week, various freedom minor parties candidates converged on a Ferntree Gully park in Melbourne.

With an air of camaraderie and conviviality, it was clear that everyone at the event had the same primary aim—to do everything possible to let the voters know that there are other choices at the polling stations.

While another function with this many different party representatives might crackle with animosity, organiser Onique Francis from the Knox Freedom Family is happy to note that everyone is united in this fight.

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UK: ‘It’s the Wrong Plan, In the Wrong Place’: Furious Residents Say They Fear for Their Safety Amid Outrage Over Priti Patel’s ‘Guantanamo-on-Ouse’ Plan to House 1,500 Asylum Seekers in Sleepy Yorkshire Village

Villagers who face being outnumbered two to one by asylum seekers say they are still in the dark about Priti Patel’s plans for a new processing centre they fear will destroy their community.

Residents in Linton-on-Ouse, which contains just 700 registered voters, have been stunned by plans to house more than 1,500 refugees at the former RAF airbase in the middle of the village.

They also speak of their concern over the lack of facilities where one shop sells mainly newspapers, there is no police presence and a ‘failing’ sewage system.

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UK: Don’t Worry About Rwanda… Nobody Will Send You There: Smugglers Boast on Social Media of ‘100 Per Cent Safe’ Channel Crossings as They Offer Migrants a Seat on Dinghy for £5,000

Shameless people smugglers are mocking the threat of migrants being sent to Rwanda as they continue to peddle perilous cross-Channel dinghy trips on TikTok.

Four gangs this week offered undercover reporters illegal boat passages to the UK for £5,000 as they assured them Priti Patel’s plan to fly asylum seekers to Africa was ‘all talk’ and the British authorities will ‘never’ send them overseas.

It came as hundreds of migrants arrived by boat over the weekend, taking the total for May to more than 1,000.

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Breaking: Pro-Abortion Activists Descend Upon Homes of SCOTUS Justices

Pro-abortion activists in Virginia and Maryland on Saturday gathered around the homes of Supreme Court justices who were signed onto the draft opinion leaked earlier this week that would overturn 1973 court case Roe v Wade.

Activists had vowed to protest outside the homes of those justices who were part of the majority opinion drafted by Justice Samuel Alito.

The activists gathered in evening light outside Brett Kavanaugh’s home chanted “we will not go back” and picketed with signs. Kavanaugh was the subject of often violent protests during his confirmation hearing in 2018 after he was Trump’s first nominee to the court.

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Fire at Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Group’s Office Looks Like Arson: Cops

Fire broke out at the office of an anti-abortion group in Wisconsin on Sunday, and cops say they suspect arson.

The blaze at Madison’s Wisconsin Family Action — a political-action committee that according to its Web site works to “advance Judeo-Christian principles” — started around 6 a.m. when flames were noticed in its office, police told Madison.com.

A wall on the building of the organization also had been spray-painted with the message, “if abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either,” authorities said.

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Has Disney Learnt Its Lesson? Entertainment Giant Stays Silent on SCOTUS Leak Indicating End of Roe V Wade After CEO’s Meddling in Florida’s So-Called Don’t Say Gay Bill Saw Share Price Plummet Nearly 20%

Disney’s silence on a leak suggesting the US could end nationwide legal abortion has triggered speculation it has learned to keep quiet after meddling in a controversial new Florida law.

Protests have sprung up throughout the country in big cities as well as small towns since Politico released a draft decision last week showing that the conservative Supreme Court majority would put an end to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling giving women a constitutional right to terminate their pregnancies.

But Disney — which has previously spoken out against laws that would prohibit abortions — has yet to issue a statement after it saw its stocks plummet 20 per cent following its public opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill — also known as the Don’t Say Gay Bill.

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‘I’m Killing the Babies!’ Swimsuit-Wearing Pro-Choice Protester Called Crackhead Barney Screams and Dangles Doll as She and Others Target NYC Catholic Churches After Leaked Document Suggested Supreme Court Will End Roe V Wade

An outraged pro-choice protester sporting a one-piece bathing suit screamed ‘I’m killing the babies’ as she led a march of demonstrators targeting Catholic churches in New York City.

‘God killed his son, why can’t I?’ the protester, NYC-based performance artist Crackhead Barney, repeatedly screamed as she dangled a baby doll during a Saturday morning demonstration outside the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

A smaller group of pro-life activists assembled on the steps of the iconic Manhattan church, facing the abortion advocates, and prayed the rosary. They also sang the hymn Ave Maria.

The demonstrations came amid a call for protest at Catholic churches across the U.S. in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

All six conservative justices on the United States’ highest court are Catholic…

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Left-Wing Militants Torch Pro-Life Organization Office With Molotov Cocktails

The Madison, Wisconsin headquarters of a pro-life organization has been vandalized with Molotov cocktails.

Vandals set fire to the Wisconsin Family Action office early Sunday morning, Madison.com reported.

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New York Teachers Receive Eligibility Credits for Learning How to Indoctrinate Students

Teachers in New York State can receive credits needed to maintain their employment status by attending events hosted by far-left activists that teach educators how to indoctrinate their students.

Teachers in the state of New York must undergo 100 hours of training to fulfill the Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirement, with some credits available for attending politically motivated sessions hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library.

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NYC Church Swarmed by Pro-Abortion Protesters: ‘I’m Killing the Babies’

Abortion groups have called for nationwide protests in response to the potential striking down of Roe v. Wade

Pro-abortion activists descended upon an iconic New York City church on Saturday as an anti-abortion group showed up once again in their monthly routine of demonstrating outside a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic.

The activists showed up at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan on Saturday morning, just feet from a group of anti-abortion protesters who typically walk from the church to a nearby Planned Parenthood site on the first Saturday of every month, according to WNYW-TV.

“I’m killing the babies!” one protester screamed while waving around dolls wearing a one-piece bathing suit.

One pro-abortion protester was photographed holding a sign that said “abortion is a gift.” Another sign said, “RIP Jesus, killed by ‘woke’ deadbeat dad…

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Pro-Abortion Activists Threaten to Burn the Eucharist to Display ‘Disgust’ Towards Catholic Church

Pro-abortion activists are threatening to burn the Eucharist after a Twitter user offered to pray for them for the activists’ “change-of-heart” regarding abortion.

Pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us — referencing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — told the user to “stuff your rosaries and your weaponized prayer.”

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UK Officials Hire ‘Maoist’ Anti-Whiteness Firm for Nursery Diversity Training

Officials in leftist-led local authorities hired a “Maoist” consulting firm which focuses on anti-”whiteness” to run nursery diversity training, a report has found.

A report by British newspaper The Telegraph has found that a number of British local authorities hired a firm which focuses on the issues of “whiteness” and “decolonising” the mindset of very young children to run diversity training for nursery staff.

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Watch — Teachers Brag About LGBT Indoctrination: ‘My Classroom is One of the Gayest Places Probably on the Planet’

Disturbing videos on TikTok show teachers bragging about how they initiate classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

While it is not known what grade cohorts these people who claim to be teachers preside over, some proudly talk about the need to introduce sexualized content to children as young as three years old.

“Kids as young as three and four are actually aware of their gender identity,” one explained. “They are very aware of who they like and who they don’t like. They are very much ready for these topics and are way more accepting than adults when it comes to discussing these topics.”

“Research says that there is no age too young to talk about pretty much anything,” said a man who appeared to be an education official giving a lecture to colleagues. “If they know about it, they are ready to learn about it.”

Another expressed his delight in revealing his sexual orientation to his students, explaining that he halted his teaching to answer questions “about being gay.” Another exclaimed, “I would come out to my students every October on National Coming out day.”

“My classroom is one of the gayest places probably on the planet,” one individual declared. “Everything is explicitly queer.”

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White House Condemns ‘Attempts to Intimidate’ During Pro-Abortion Protests at Catholic Churches

Biden declines to call off church protests

The White House on Sunday defended people’s “fundamental right to protest” but warned against efforts to “intimidate” others during pro-abortion protests planned at Catholic churches across the country.

Multiple activist groups are planning protests defending abortion rights outside Catholic churches on Mother’s Day and the following Sunday after a draft opinion from the Supreme Court threatened to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A group known as “Ruth Sent Us,” which has a TikTok account with more than 20,000 followers, posted a video of a group of women wearing costumes inspired by Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaids Tale” walking into what appeared to be the front of a Catholic Church during Mass…

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2 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/8/2022

  1. Words have meaning: Calling Marine Le Pen “Far Right” is simply complying with the far Left’s marching orders. She wants fewer immigrants and a traditional France, not a NWO opertion that the former emplyee of the Bank of Rothschild, Macrone, is pushing. That’s…well…er…MODERATE?

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