Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/10/2022

In two separate incidents in South Africa, gunmen opened fire in taverns, killing 19 people and wounding numerous others. The shooters are thought to have targeted their victims randomly.

In other news, President Biden said he is considering declaring a public health emergency so that he can guarantee aborting persons the right to get their abortions.

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Financial Crisis
» European Gas and Electricity Prices More Than Five Times Higher Than in Hungary
 
USA
» 15-Year-Old Boy Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 14-Year-Old Boy in Harlem Subway
» 4Chan Users Are Leaking Info Allegedly From Hunter Biden’s iPhone and… Yikes…
» Agriculture Expert: Upcoming Food Crisis to Follow ‘Hostile Takeover’ of Global Food System Already in Process
» AP Fact Checks Meme Joking About Shinzo Abe Having Information That Could Lead to the Arrest of Hillary Clinton
» Army General Mocks Jill Biden, Aaaaand He’s Outta Here
» Arson Fire Set at Catholic Church in DC Suburb of Bethesda, Maryland; Same Church and Nearby Methodist Church Attacked Night Before
» Biden Hits New Low, Crashes to 29 Percent Approval in CIVIQS Poll
» Breaking: Trump Waives Executive Privilege — Steve Bannon Willing to Testify Before Sham Jan. 6 Committee of “Thugs and Hacks” — it’s About to Get Real!
» Can’t Make This Up: Pfizer Asks Court to Dismiss Whistleblower Lawsuit Because the US Government Was Aware of Vaccine Fraud
» Court Deals Setback to First Amendment Suit Against Elizabeth Warren
» Democrats Being Democrats: Authorities Investigating After Feces Sent in the Mail to All 25 Ohio GOP State Senators
» Explosion Rocks Oklahoma Natural Gas Plant
» Florida Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Posting Video Teaching ISIS Members How to Make Bombs
» Former NHL Defenceman Bryan Marchment Dies at 53
» Guess Who’s Reading Robert F. Kennedy’s “The Real Anthony Fauci”? Yep, Joe Rogan.
» Insane Video: California Woman Throws Gasoline on Man and Sets Him on Fire During Argument in Park
» One Day After White House Signs $3.2 Billion Pfizer Deal, FDA Says Fall COVID Boosters Must Target Omicron Subvariants
» Pfizer Asks Court to Dismiss Whistleblower Lawsuit Because Government Was Aware of Fraud
» Revealed: Dirtbag Liz Cheney Funded by Obama and Hillary Donors in Wyoming Primary
» Tyranny on Autopilot: LA County Set to Resume Mask Mandate
» Vaccine Expert Dr. Offit: It ‘Felt Like the Fix Was In’ Before FDA Panel Voted
» Video: Teacher Arrested Second Time in a Month for Alleged Child Sex Crimes
 
Canada
» Half of Canadians Believe Country is on “Wrong Track” To Unity: Survey
» Justin Trudeau’s Opponent Would Ban Ministers From Attending WEF
 
Europe and the EU
» Dutch Farmers Form ‘Freedom Convoys’ To Protest Government’s Strict Environmental Rules
» Dutch Farmers Speak Out at Press Conference in Eerbeek: ‘We Want to Turn Our Government Back to Reality’
» Freedom of Speech Victory: German Court Rules Facebook Deleted ‘Hate Speech’ Content ‘Without Legal Basis’
» French, German Leaders Warn Populations “Prepare for Total Cut-Off of Russian Gas” As Social Unrest Looms
» German Court Confirms Mandatory Coronavirus Jabs for Military
» Greece: Possible Terror Motive as Athens Tax Office Bombed, Far Left Takes Credit
» Greece: Far-Left Anarchists Take Credit for ‘Revenge’ Attack on Athens Police
» Live Updates as Extinction Rebellion Protesters Occupy Welsh Mine
» ‘Peppered With Ibram Kendi and Robin Diangelo’ — Study Finds One in Four UK Councils Pushing Critical Race Theory in Schools
» Poland: Ruling Coalition Holds Top Spot in Newest Poll
» Police Gunfire, Burning Hay Bales on Roads as Dutch Farmers Resist Climate Agenda
» Turn Down Heating and Change Cooking Times or Face Blackouts, British Public Told
» UK Lawmaker John Penrose Proposes Dystopian Idea to Give Citizens a Truth Score on Social Media
» UK: Just Stop Oil Protesters Damaged Constable’s the Hay Wain in Gluing Stunt, Gallery Says, As Eco Zealot Faces Accusations of Hypocrisy for Racking Up 50,000 Air Miles Jetting to Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands
» UK: No Round Two? Boris Johnson Will Not Try and Run for Tory Leader Again: Spokesman
 
Middle East
» Saudi Dissident Stabbed to Death by Brothers in Lebanon
 
Russia
» Russia Tells Banks to Share Biometric Data With Government
» Ukraine War: Russian Rocket Attack Kills 15, Dozens More Trapped Under Rubble
 
South Asia
» YouTube Censors Protest Song Following Demands From India’s Government
 
Far East
» China Uses Face AI Technology to Determine CCP Loyalty
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia Proposed the Idea of Using Digital ID System to De-Anonymize Social Media Users
» Breaking: Victoria Police Apologise to Avi Yemini Over ‘Unlawful Arrests’
» The Job No Aussie Wants as One State Resorts to Hiring Teenagers to Fill Vacancies and Another is Forced to Call Off Two Recruitment Drives
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Gunmen Kill 19 People at Taverns in South Africa
 
Immigration
» Germany’s Leftist Govt Will Give Residency to 130,000 Failed Asylum Seekers
» Gov. Abbott Defies Biden and Starts Arresting Migrants in Texas and Returning Them to the Border: Slams President’s Policies That Are ‘Crushing Local Communities Up and Down the Border’
» Over 1,800 Migrants Flood Into Italian Island Centre Meant for 350
» Poland Accepts 4.67 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started
» So How’s That Open Border Working Out for You? Drug Cartel Member Believed Behind Planned July 4 Attack in Va.
» UK: But How Many Will Actually Go? Around 50 Migrants Set to be on Next Rwanda Flight
 
Culture Wars
» Biden Weighs Authority to Declare Abortion-Related Public Health Emergency After Roe Overturned
» Drag Queen Story Hour Activist Admits to Subverting Traditional Understandings of Sex
» Education Journal Publishes Call to ‘Eradicate Whiteness, ‘ Send it ‘to Its Grave’
» Globalists Issue Public Threats
» Oregon Mom Challenges State Law Requiring Tampons in Boy’s Bathrooms
» Pro-Abortion Mob Blocks Traffic on Interstate 64 Near Busch Stadium in St. Louis
» U.S. District Court Orders Law School to Rescind No-Contact Orders Issued Against Christian Legal Society Faculty Advisor and Students Who Shared Their Religious Views With Another Student
» Woke University Bans ‘Offensive’ Terms Including ‘Manpower’, ‘Able-Bodied’, ‘Baby Boomer’
 

European Gas and Electricity Prices More Than Five Times Higher Than in Hungary

Due to the Hungarian government’s utility cost reduction program despite the war, Budapest is still the cheapest place on the continent to buy natural gas. But from Vienna to Rome, electricity costs have doubled from 2021 to 2022.

According to a report published Thursday afternoon on vg.hu, electricity prices in Europe have risen 515 percent in just over a year, while gas prices have increased 650 percent in the same period through early July.

According to the article, the one-year forward price of electricity rose to 371.9 euros on July 6, up from 60.4 euros per megawatt-hour in May last year, an increase of 515.4 percent.

Meanwhile, the one-year forward price of gas on the Dutch exchange currently stands at 162.3 euros per megawatt-hour, up 650.3 percent from 21.6 euros per megawatt-hour in May 2021.

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

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 14-Year-Old Boy in Harlem Subway

NEW YORK >> A 15-year-old boy was arrested Sunday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old boy in a subway station in Harlem, police said.

The killing, which added to a wave of high-profile attacks that has rattled New York City subway riders in recent months, occurred at the 137th Street-City College station about 3 pm Saturday.

When officers arrived at the station, they found the teenager on the northbound platform of the No. 1 line with a stab wound to his abdomen. He was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

They said that they believed the boy who died, whom they later identified as Ethan Reyes of Yonkers, New York, and his attacker knew each other. A dispute between the two teenagers began outside the subway and then spilled inside, the police said.

Police did not release the name of the 15-year-old who was arrested Sunday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

4Chan Users Are Leaking Info Allegedly From Hunter Biden’s iPhone and… Yikes…

Hunter Biden’s laptop may soon be old news, as 4chan users claim to have cracked the password for a backup of his iPhone and iPad. They claim to have 450 gigabytes of data that is being leaked onto the site.

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

Agriculture Expert: Upcoming Food Crisis to Follow ‘Hostile Takeover’ of Global Food System Already in Process

It’s “common knowledge” that we’re headed for a food crisis, said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. during an interview with agricultural researcher, permaculturalist and author Christian Westbrook on “RFK Jr. The Defender Podcast.”

Westbrook — also known as the Ice Age Farmer — said recent challenges around the availability and production of food are the result of a generations-long plan that began with the “Rockefeller takeover of agriculture.”

Since then we have seen a “gradual destruction of the way humans have grown food since the dawn of time,” Westbrook said, “replacing it with what we now call modern, but highly toxic, petrochemical agriculture.”

Today’s combination of governments overstating their food stocks, supply chain challenges brought on by COVID-19 policies, weather events, diesel shortages, parts shortages and inflation is creating “a perfect storm,” setting us up for “a day of reckoning,” said Westbrook.

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have long been pushing the idea of a Green Revolution, founded on the idea that animals and plants are “dirty and dangerous,” said Westbrook.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

AP Fact Checks Meme Joking About Shinzo Abe Having Information That Could Lead to the Arrest of Hillary Clinton

The Associated Press ran a “fact check” on a meme joking about Shinzo Abe having information that could lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.

The meme has been around for ages due to the amount of mysterious and arguably convenient deaths surrounding the Clintons.

Following the tragic assassination of Shinzo Abe, comedian and podcast host Michael Malice tweeted a fake screenshot of the former Japanese prime minister saying “I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”

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

Army General Mocks Jill Biden, Aaaaand He’s Outta Here

In the ongoing devolution of our once-proud nation into a banana republic where unctuous and unscrupulous “public servants” use the full weight of the state apparatus to persecute their political opponents and call this persecution a campaign against corruption, the U.S. Army has suspended a three-star general from his job advising senior military officers. His crime? Poking gentle fun at that most sacred of sacred cows, Jill Biden, uh, check that, I meant “DOCTOR” Jill Biden; please don’t kick in my front door at four in the morning.

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

Arson Fire Set at Catholic Church in DC Suburb of Bethesda, Maryland; Same Church and Nearby Methodist Church Attacked Night Before

The pro-abortion left’s attacks on churches, pro-life centers and Supreme Court Justices continued this weekend with attacks on churches in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. An arson fire was set at Saint Jane De Chantel Catholic Church early Sunday. There were no injuries in the overnight fire that damaged pews and caused a reported $50,000 in damages. St. Jane’s had been vandalized the previous night.

Another church in that area was also attacked this weekend. Twenty-four hours before early Saturday the North Bethesda United Methodist Church was also vandalized, though details of that attack are conflicting with reports that there was an arson fire and others saying the church was vandalized.

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

Biden Hits New Low, Crashes to 29 Percent Approval in CIVIQS Poll

Joe Biden’s presidency is foundering. Poll after poll shows astonishing numbers of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. AP: 85 percent wrong track; Gallup: 87 percent wrong track; Monmouth: 88 percent wrong track.

Now comes news Biden has crashed though the 30 percent approval barrier in the daily CIVIQS tracking poll, hitting a new low of just 29 percent approval by registered voters. Biden’s disapproval remains at his record high of 58 percent where it has been for nearly the past two weeks. A gender gap of nine points is keeping Biden afloat, barely. 25 percent of men approve of Biden while 34 percent of women approve Biden.

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

Breaking: Trump Waives Executive Privilege — Steve Bannon Willing to Testify Before Sham Jan. 6 Committee of “Thugs and Hacks” — it’s About to Get Real!

Things are about to GET REAL!

President Donald Trump reportedly waived Executive Privilege and will allow Steve Bannon to speak to Liz Cheney and the sham January 6 Committee.

War Room engineer Grace Chong broke the news this morning on GETTR.

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

Can’t Make This Up: Pfizer Asks Court to Dismiss Whistleblower Lawsuit Because the US Government Was Aware of Vaccine Fraud

In its latest attempt to bury the evidence of criminal malpractice related to the development of its experimental mRNA Covid vaccine, Pfizer has reportedly filed a motion to dismiss a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the vaccine maker and two of its contractors manipulated data and committed other acts of fraud during clinical trials.

The case has been placed on hold pending judicial review.

Instead of claiming innocence or that the charges were fabricated, lawyers for the pharmaceutical giant argued that the lawsuit, which was filed under the False Claims Act, should be dropped entirely because the US Government was fully aware of the fraud being committed during the development of the Pfizer’s mRNA jab, according to whistleblower Brook Jackson’s lawyer, who spoke with Children’s Health Defense about the case.

“Pfizer claims they can get away with fraud as long as the government would write them a check despite knowing about the fraud,” attorney Robert Barnes said, before adding that “Pfizer, one of the most criminally fined drug companies in the world, wants to weaken the laws that hold them accountable.”

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

Court Deals Setback to First Amendment Suit Against Elizabeth Warren

It took a federal court just 12 pages to deny a preliminary injunction against Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in a First Amendment suit filed last year by authors Joseph Mercola, Ronnie Cummins, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and their publisher Chelsea Green.

In their suit, lawyers for Chelsea Green and the authors argue that a letter Warren sent to Amazon voicing concerns about controversial Covid-19 claims in their book runs afoul of a 60-year-old Supreme Court precedent in Bantam Books v. Sullivan, which holds that state officials “violated the First Amendment by sending letters to booksellers warning that the sale of certain named books was potentially unlawful.” The suit seeks an order declaring Warren’s conduct to be unlawful, as well as damages, and a public retraction.

But in her ruling this week, Federal judge Barbara Rothstein eviscerated the plaintiffs’ claims that the letter Warren sent to Amazon expressing concern over the e-tailer’s role in spreading Covid-19 misinformation constituted a government attack on the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights, and held that the plaintiffs are unlikely to succeed in establishing Warren’s letter constitutes a prior restraint on speech.

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

Democrats Being Democrats: Authorities Investigating After Feces Sent in the Mail to All 25 Ohio GOP State Senators

It’s another case of Democrats being Democrats.

All 25 Ohio Republican State Senators were sent feces in the mail this week.

Authorities assume the feces is human.

The envelopes were intercepted before they reached the 25 GOP lawmakers.

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

Explosion Rocks Oklahoma Natural Gas Plant

A natural gas gathering and processing facility near Medford, Oklahoma, exploded Saturday afternoon and could disrupt the flow of hydrocarbons to energy export hubs on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Oneok, Inc., a leading midstream service provider and the operator of a major natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, experienced an explosion at its NGL fractionation facility in Medford, about 85 miles south of Wichita, Kansas.

“There is an active incident at the plant south of town, and we are asking all residents south of Main Street to evacuate your homes and go to the Medford public school building,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office noted on Facebook yesterday.

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

Florida Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Posting Video Teaching ISIS Members How to Make Bombs

A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Romeo Xavier Langhorne, 32, had worked with an undercover FBI agent to create a video teaching members of ISIS how to make bombs.

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

Former NHL Defenceman Bryan Marchment Dies at 53

Bryan Marchment, a scout with the San Jose Sharks and a veteran of 926 NHL games, has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 53.

The tragic news was first reported by ESPN’s Kevin Weekes, who revealed that Marchment had died in Montreal, where he was to attend the draft that is taking place later this week.

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

Guess Who’s Reading Robert F. Kennedy’s “The Real Anthony Fauci”? Yep, Joe Rogan.

As he mentions on his recent podcast [33:39] with actress and former mixed martial artist Gina Carano, Rogan is in the middle of reading Kennedy’s book.

He calls it “a crazy, f**king book,” saying “there’s some stuff in [the book] that is 100% verifiable truth.”

Rogan, who made headlines earlier this year for raising questions about COVID-19 vaccines and pandemic policies, plugs the book several times during the interview.

“The Real Anthony Fauci” has sold more than 1.1 million books and was the #1 book on Amazon for more than eight weeks.

Many other notables have read the book, including [former long-time anchor and reporter at Fox and NBC] Megyn Kelly, who in a recent interview with Gavin de Becker, author of “The Gift of Fear,” said: “We took a deep dive into his claims in that book and found he’s right.”

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Insane Video: California Woman Throws Gasoline on Man and Sets Him on Fire During Argument in Park

A woman was caught on video dousing a man with gasoline and lighting him on fire in a California park.

Police arrested Patricia Castillo, 48, and Leonard Hawkins, 43, following the incident on Thursday night in Sanger.

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

One Day After White House Signs $3.2 Billion Pfizer Deal, FDA Says Fall COVID Boosters Must Target Omicron Subvariants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers will need to update fall boosters to target BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, a day after the White House announced a $3.2 billion vaccine deal with Pfizer to include new boosters for subvariants.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Pfizer Asks Court to Dismiss Whistleblower Lawsuit Because Government Was Aware of Fraud

A lawsuit filed by whistleblower Brook Jackson alleging Pfizer and two of its contractors manipulated data and committed other acts of fraud during Pfizer’s COVID-19 clinical trials is paused following a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case.

In an interview with The Defender, Jackson’s lawyer said Pfizer argued the lawsuit, which was filed under the False Claims Act, should be dismissed because the U.S. government knew of the wrongdoings in the clinical trials but continued to do business with the vaccine maker.

Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers can be rewarded for confidentially disclosing fraud that results in a financial loss to the federal government.

However, a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision that expanded the scope of a legal principle known as “materiality” resulted in a series of federal court decisions in which fraud cases brought under the False Claims Act were dismissed.

As interpreted by the Supreme Court, if the government continued paying a contractor despite the contractor’s fraudulent activity, the fraud was not considered “material” to the contract.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Revealed: Dirtbag Liz Cheney Funded by Obama and Hillary Donors in Wyoming Primary

In April The Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks reported that a majority of Liz Cheney’s donations came from out of state.

The Wyoming primary is on August 16.

Cheney may have raised millions, but only $202,980 came from donors in Wyoming.

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

Tyranny on Autopilot: LA County Set to Resume Mask Mandate

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity

People in the city and county of Los Angeles, California have suffered under some the more extreme coronavirus crackdown measures in America.

And, one of those authoritarian measures — the county’s mask mandate — may be about to make a comeback under county policy to automatically reimpose the mandate if the coronavirus “community transmission” in the county is determined to have risen to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers “high” and stay at that level for two weeks.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer is advising that the mask mandate will return before the end of this month if the current trend of increasing “cases” continues.

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

Vaccine Expert Dr. Offit: It ‘Felt Like the Fix Was In’ Before FDA Panel Voted

One of the members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine advisory panel explained why he voted against adding an Omicron component to fall COVID-19 booster shots raising serious questions over a lack of critical data and the Biden administration’s role in politicizing the process.

           — Hat tip: JAS [Return to headlines]
 

Video: Teacher Arrested Second Time in a Month for Alleged Child Sex Crimes

A Fresno, California, elementary school teacher has been accused of having sexual contact with children, and it was not his first runin with the law.

Authorities recently arrested Robert William Duprey regarding charges of sexual assault and battery on children, ABC 30 reported.

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

Half of Canadians Believe Country is on “Wrong Track” To Unity: Survey

When it comes to uniting the country, half of Canadians believe Canada is on the wrong track, according to a new survey from Nanos Research commissioned by CTV News.

The survey asked Canadians whether the country is on the right track to building a united country.

Half of respondents believe Canada is on the wrong path, while 22% believe it is on the right one. 28% were unsure.

Those surveyed in the Prairies were the most pessimistic about the country’s direction, with 60% believing Canada is on the wrong path. 53.1% of Ontarians responded negatively, followed by Quebec (48%), BC (42%) and Atlantic Canada (40.2%).

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

Justin Trudeau’s Opponent Would Ban Ministers From Attending WEF

Pierre Poilievre, who will be running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada later this year, said at a meeting in Calgary that he would ban ministers from attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland sits on the WEF’s Supervisory Board. Shadow Minister of Natural Resources Michelle Rempel Garner can also be found on the organisation’s website. She denied in an article that Canada was run by the WEF.

Earlier, WEF chief Klaus Schwab had boasted however that more than half of the Canadian cabinet was made up of Young Global Leaders of the WEF.

Poilievre thus indicated that he wanted to take Canada in a completely different direction. He is planning to take on Trudeau in the next election and defeat him.

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

Dutch Farmers Form ‘Freedom Convoys’ To Protest Government’s Strict Environmental Rules

Famed musician Mick Jagger gave the protesters a shout out during a concert

Farmers in the Netherlands have formed their own version of Canada’s “Freedom Convoy,” blocking highways with tractors, setting bales of hay on fire and taking other actions to protest the government’s recent goal to cut emissions that could force some farms to shutter.

“Where is our prime minister? This country is on fire and the farmers are standing up to the government,” a spokesman for the protests said while standing on top of a hay bale in the town of Eerbeek last week, the Guardian reported.

Roughly 40,000 protesters gathered in central Netherlands to protest plans to curb the emissions of nitrogen and ammonia last month. Weeks later, the protests have continued across the country with no sign of abating.

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

Dutch Farmers Speak Out at Press Conference in Eerbeek: ‘We Want to Turn Our Government Back to Reality’

“If our demands aren’t met by the government? I cannot predict,” a woman told Rebel News reporter Lewis Brackpool at a press conference in Eerbeek hosted by Dutch farmers protesting Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s punishing nitrogen restrictions.

Rebel News reporters are in Holland covering the mass, nationwide protests against new restrictions of nitrogen use in fertilizers and nitrogen emissions from animal agriculture that could see farmers be forced to relinquish land and cull livestock to meet targets set by Rutte.

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

Freedom of Speech Victory: German Court Rules Facebook Deleted ‘Hate Speech’ Content ‘Without Legal Basis’

In a new judgment seen as a major blow to Facebook, Germany’s Hamburg Higher Regional Court ruled that Facebook deleted a post it did not approve of and blocked a user even though “there is no legal basis” for such actions.

The post in question was from the Catholic publicist Johann Joseph Görres (1776-1848), who wrote:

“There is no more good-natured, but also no more credulous people than the Germans. I never had to sow discord among them. I had only to stretch out my nets and they ran in like shy game. They choked each other and thought they were doing their duty. No other people on earth more foolish. No lie can be made up grossly enough: the Germans believe it. For a slogan given to them, they persecuted their compatriots with more bitterness than their real enemies”

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

French, German Leaders Warn Populations “Prepare for Total Cut-Off of Russian Gas” As Social Unrest Looms

emerging inflation. On Sunday French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that Russia is poised to totally halt gas supplies to Europe and that people must now “prepare”.

“Let’s prepare for a total cut-off of Russian gas; Today that is the most likely option,” Le Maire told an audience at an economic conference in Aix-en-Provence.

He later additionally explained to reporters, “You also have to prepare load-shedding plans, we are doing it. It means looking in a very specific way at each company, each employment area; Which are the companies that should reduce their energy consumption and which are the ones that cannot.”

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

German Court Confirms Mandatory Coronavirus Jabs for Military

A German court has rejected attempts by members of the country’s armed forces to challenge the government’s mandatory Wuhan virus vaccination policy for all troops.

The 1st Military Service Senate of the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig determined that the government’s policy, which requires all troops to be fully vaccinated against the Wuhan virus, was legitimate, despite complaints by two Luftwaffe officers, who claimed the mandate violated their right to physical integrity.

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

Greece: Possible Terror Motive as Athens Tax Office Bombed, Far Left Takes Credit

Investigators are refusing to rule out the possibility that the bombing of a tax office in Athens this week that caused substantial damage could be linked to domestic terrorism, with far-left extremists taking credit for the blast.

The suspected bombing took place before dawn on Wednesday at a tax office in the suburb of Maroussi in northern Athens, and is said to have been a powerful blast that not only broke several windows on the facade of the tax office building but also damaged a nearby wall.

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

Greece: Far-Left Anarchists Take Credit for ‘Revenge’ Attack on Athens Police

A group of far-left anarchists have taken credit for attacking riot police in a district of Athens, while an incendiary device was also planted and set off outside the home of a conservative MP.

The attack on the riot police took place on Wednesday in the Athens district of Exarchia. A group of anarchists who took credit for the attack on the far-left, Antifa-linked web platform IndyMedia later that day, as seen by Breitbart London.

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

Live Updates as Extinction Rebellion Protesters Occupy Welsh Mine

Extinction Rebellion protesters are occupying a Welsh mine. Activists have set off powder flares and climbed onto the roof of the site’s office.

More than 60 XR ecological demonstrators entered the Aberpergwm mine site near Glynneath at 3pm on July 10 to “highlight the Welsh government’s silence on the decision to allow a licence to extract an additional 42 million tonnes of anthracite coal”. They are wearing white hazmat suits and waving black flags. They have given no indication of how long they plan to occupy the site.

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

‘Peppered With Ibram Kendi and Robin Diangelo’ — Study Finds One in Four UK Councils Pushing Critical Race Theory in Schools

The head researcher of a watershed report into the imposition of so-called anti-racism training and Critical Race Theory (CRT) in British schools told Breitbart London that the movement is being heavily influenced by the far-left in America, saying that children are being taught material “peppered” with the work of CRT luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo.

This week, the campaign group Don’t Divide Us (DDU) released research claiming that one in four (23 per cent) councils in England and Wales — the majority of which were controlled by the left-wing Labour Party — are promoting a “model of anti-racism, based on division, in their education policies and guidance.”

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

Poland: Ruling Coalition Holds Top Spot in Newest Poll

If parliamentary elections were to be held in Poland this Sunday, the ruling United Right coalition would gain 37 percent of the vote, while the main opposition grouping, Civic Coalition, would receive 26 percent support, a new survey reveals.

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Police Gunfire, Burning Hay Bales on Roads as Dutch Farmers Resist Climate Agenda

MAASLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Bales of hay lie burning along Dutch highways. Supermarket shelves stand empty because distribution centres are blocked by farmers. Then, at dusk, a police officer pulls his pistol and shoots at a tractor.

Dutch farmers are embroiled in a summer of discontent that shows no sign of abating. Their target? Government plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia that they say threatens to wreck their agricultural way of life and put them out of business

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Turn Down Heating and Change Cooking Times or Face Blackouts, British Public Told

The British public should turn down their heating and switch the time when they eat dinner this winter in order to avoid rolling blackouts, government advisors have warned.

Contingency planning from the British government’s UK National Infrastructure Commission has warned that as many as six million households could face power cuts if there are additional supply issues Russian energy imports.

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

UK Lawmaker John Penrose Proposes Dystopian Idea to Give Citizens a Truth Score on Social Media

British Conservative Party lawmaker John Penrose, has proposed an addition to the UK’s controversial internet censorship bill, dubbed “The Online Safety Bill,” which continues to get even more Orwellian with each new proposed amendment.

Like something out of dystopian fiction, Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare, has proposed that the government forces online platforms to maintain a score of how truthful a person is, determined by their past statements.

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UK: Just Stop Oil Protesters Damaged Constable’s the Hay Wain in Gluing Stunt, Gallery Says, As Eco Zealot Faces Accusations of Hypocrisy for Racking Up 50,000 Air Miles Jetting to Bali, Australia and the Canary Islands

Just Stop Oil damaged Constable’s masterpiece The Hay Wain in their latest stunt as MailOnline can reveal that one of the eco-vandals arrested at the National Gallery is a hypocrite yachtswoman who has racked up tens of thousands of carbon-belching air miles travelling the globe while lecturing on climate change.

Brighton students Hannah Hunt, 23, and Eben Lazarus, 22, were held after sticking large sheets of paper over the 200-year-old painting’s Suffolk landscape, replacing it with a scene of scorched trees, polluted skies, and discarded household waste — and then gluing their hands to the frame.

Hunt and Lazarus lectured the public on fossil fuels being a ‘death project’ and warning of the ‘total collapse of society’ yesterday, but Miss Hunt previously admitted she flew to the Canaries to escape chilly British weather’, MailOnline can reveal.

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UK: No Round Two? Boris Johnson Will Not Try and Run for Tory Leader Again: Spokesman

Boris Johnson will not try to run again for the position of leader of the Conservative Party, a spokesman for the Prime Minister has claimed.

While he has been known for pulling rabbits out of political hats for some time now, it appears that the current Prime Minister will not be pulling a Lazarus, with a spokesman insisting that the embattled leader will not run to retain his position at the head of the Conservative (Tory) Party.

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Saudi Dissident Stabbed to Death by Brothers in Lebanon

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces says Manea Al-Yami’s two brothers stabbed him to death in Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh, are in custody and admitted they murdered the founding member of the National Assembly Party due to family reasons.

BEIRUT — A Saudi opposition party said Sunday that one of its founding members was killed in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The National Assembly Party, whose members live in exile, said that founding member Manea Al-Yami was slain in “complicated circumstances.”

“Upon the news of the assassination, the party has been trying to verify its details and motives,” the statement said. “The party also holds the Saudi authorities responsible for exposing the people of this country to danger, forcing them to live in exile, and reside in unsafe environments because of their political beliefs or their demands for human rights.”

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces issued a statement saying that Al-Yami’s two brothers stabbed him to death in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh on Saturday evening. The two brothers are in custody and admitted they murdered Al-Yami due to “family reasons,” the statement said…

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Russia Tells Banks to Share Biometric Data With Government

Lawmakers in Russia’s lower house approved a bill that would obligate banks to share clients’ biometric data with the government.

The government has tried to justify the bill as a measure to help people in remote areas and those with disabilities access digital services.

When it eventually becomes law, the biometrics data banks hold will have to be included in the country’s know-your-customer Unified Biometric System (UBS). Consent from customers will not be required.

Since the launch of UBS in 2019, there have been use, privacy, and storage concerns.

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Ukraine War: Russian Rocket Attack Kills 15, Dozens More Trapped Under Rubble

A rocket attack in Ukraine killed at least 15 people, with almost two dozen more possibly trapped under the rubble as authorities work to clear the site.

The Russian attack occurred overnight Saturday in the eastern town of Chasiv Yar, hitting an apartment complex. Regional emergency services worked to rescue victims from the rubble throughout Sunday, saying in the afternoon that 24 or more people may still be trapped under debris.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the region, said that Russian forces fired the rockets from trucks. He identified them as Uragan rockets, a Soviet-era design and model.

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YouTube Censors Protest Song Following Demands From India’s Government

At the request of the Indian government, YouTube removed a song by popular Punjabi musician Kanwar Grewal that called for the release of Sikh prisoners.

The song, titled Rihaee, was released a week ago and had over 700,000 views before it was removed. In the song, Grewal asked the government why it is against Sikhs, adding that Punjabis only want the release of Sikh prisoners.

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China Uses Face AI Technology to Determine CCP Loyalty

A video posted by the Hefei Comprehensive Science Center hinted that Chinese researchers have developed AI technology that uses face biometrics and other technologies to determine if someone is attentive to “thought and political education.”

The video explained a tool that could use facial expressions and brain waves to “further solidify [party members’] confidence and determination to be grateful to the party, listen to the party and follow the party.” The video, posted on July 1, was quickly removed from the institution’s website and on social media.

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Australia Proposed the Idea of Using Digital ID System to De-Anonymize Social Media Users

Employees at the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) have opposed the use of the Australian government’s proposed digital identity scheme to de-anonymize social media accounts. Former minister for employment, workforce, skills, small and family business Robert Stewart proposed the use as a way to stop online trolling, Crikey reported.

The Australian government has been exploring ways to verify the age and identity of citizens online. The DTA has drafted the Trusted Digital Identity Bill and the eSafety Commissioner has been looking into an age verification program to help determine the age of anyone using a device to access the internet. Such proposals have been made by governments around the world and have raised several privacy and free speech concerns.

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Breaking: Victoria Police Apologise to Avi Yemini Over ‘Unlawful Arrests’

Victoria Police have finally been forced to come clean and apologise to Rebel News Australia Bureau Chief Avi Yemini after unlawfully arresting him while reporting on several occasions.

Yemini filed his case in the state’s Supreme Court after repeated incidents involving police which prevented Yemini from doing his job reporting from the front lines in Melbourne in 2020 and 2021.

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The Job No Aussie Wants as One State Resorts to Hiring Teenagers to Fill Vacancies and Another is Forced to Call Off Two Recruitment Drives

A law enforcement crisis is unfolding in Australia with police forces struggling to find new recruits amid claims that officers are being treated ‘worse than suspects’.

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Gunmen Kill 19 People at Taverns in South Africa

Police say attackers were ‘shooting randomly’ at 2nd location in Soweto

Gunmen killed 19 people in two apparently random shootings within hours of each other at taverns in South Africa, police said on Sunday, reinforcing the country’s bleak status as a global centre for murder.

Attackers armed with rifles and pistols opened fire in the Orlando East bar in the township of Soweto in the early hours of Sunday, killing 15 people and wounding nine, police said.

“You can see by the way the bullet cartridges are cast around that they were just shooting randomly,” said Elias Mawela, police commissioner for Gauteng province…

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Germany’s Leftist Govt Will Give Residency to 130,000 Failed Asylum Seekers

Germany’s leftist coalition government, led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, has announced it is looking to give residency to some 130,000 failed asylum seekers as part of an overhaul of the country’s immigration system.

The government is set to give a one-year residency to migrants who failed in their attempts to claim asylum in Germany but were given so-called tolerance status as the government determined that they were not able to return to their countries of origin.

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Gov. Abbott Defies Biden and Starts Arresting Migrants in Texas and Returning Them to the Border: Slams President’s Policies That Are ‘Crushing Local Communities Up and Down the Border’

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has defied President Joe Biden and ordered the Texas National Guard to start arresting migrants in Texas, and returning them to the Mexico border.

On Saturday, Abbott slammed the president, saying: ‘Biden’s border policies are crushing local communities up and down the border.’

He added that the Texas Department of Public Safety has already started making arrests after his executive order came into effect on July 7.

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Over 1,800 Migrants Flood Into Italian Island Centre Meant for 350

The migrant reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa is far beyond full capacity, with as many as 1,800 migrants residing in the facility built to hold just 350.

The situation at the reception facility is in crisis due to an influx of migrant arrivals on the island, and the newly elected Mayor of Lampedusa has called for an urgent meeting with Italy’s Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese in order to deal with the issue.

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Poland Accepts 4.67 Mln Refugees Since War in Ukraine Started

Since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 4.67 million people have crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border into Poland, the Border Guard (SG) tweeted on Sunday morning.

According to the SG, on Saturday, Border Guard officers carried out around 25,300 border checks on people entering Poland from Ukraine, and by 7:00 a.m. on Saturday the number of arrivals had reached around 6,100 people.

The Border Guard also said that 2.73 million people had left Poland for Ukraine since the beginning of the war. On Saturday, 27,600 people crossed the border from Poland to Ukraine.

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So How’s That Open Border Working Out for You? Drug Cartel Member Believed Behind Planned July 4 Attack in Va.

Two men arrested for planning an attack on a July 4 celebration in Virginia were not just in the country illegally, but one of them is also a suspected Mexican drug cartel member and the other is his roommate. So it seems that this whole open borders thing is working out “great” for law-abiding Americans.

A tipster told police that the two men planned a mass casualty event at the Richmond, Va., Dogwood Dell Amphitheater during the annual fireworks show.

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UK: But How Many Will Actually Go? Around 50 Migrants Set to be on Next Rwanda Flight

Around 50 illegal migrants are supposed to be removed from Britain on the next scheduled removal flight to Rwanda.

The British government is reportedly planning the next migrant removal flight to Rwanda, with around 50 individuals set to be transported to the sub-Saharan country.

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Biden Weighs Authority to Declare Abortion-Related Public Health Emergency After Roe Overturned

(Reuters) — U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday said he has asked his administration to consider whether he has authority to declare an abortion-related public health emergency in wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The comments come after Biden on Friday signed an executive order to ease access to services to terminate pregnancies.

Biden, a Democrat, has been under pressure from his own party to take action after the landmark decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade, which upended roughly 50 years of protections for women’s reproductive rights.

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Drag Queen Story Hour Activist Admits to Subverting Traditional Understandings of Sex

A self-proclaimed “Drag Queen” who goes by the stage name “Lil Miss Hot Mess,” admitted that drag is a political tool used to destabilize kids’ early understanding about sex.

In a July 7 Huffington Post article titled “I’m A Drag Queen Who Reads To Kids. Haters Call It ‘Indoctrination’ — Here’s What They’re Really Learning,” Lil Miss Hot Mess wrote, “Drag is not about upholding beauty standards, but defying them.”

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Education Journal Publishes Call to ‘Eradicate Whiteness, ‘ Send it ‘to Its Grave’

An academic article, styled as a “love letter” that seeks to provide the “consciousness needed to eradicate whiteness,” was published by the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

“We must actively and collectively help to do the work of disrupting, dismantling, and eradicating whiteness,” California State University East Bay professor G.T. Reyes says in his call to teachers.

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Globalists Issue Public Threats

The globalists are no longer afraid of public threats. George Soros once again penned a guest commentary in an Austrian newspaper with Bilderberg affiliation and in it he laments the end of abortions in the US. For Soros, the decision of the US Supreme Court is the “end of democracy”.

The US Supreme Court has overturned the extremely liberal abortion law, which previously provided for abortions up to the viability of the foetus. The fact that the landmark Roe v. Wade was overturned, has irked Soros. For the US billionaire, this decision means the “end of democracy” in the US. For the mainstream, “democracy” is dying because viable foetuses can no longer be killed in the womb. Yet this reading of the facts is only partially correct, since US states themselves are easily able to create their own legal framework for abortions.

Great Reset — true ‘democracy’ for globalists

The ruling means that “democracy” in the US will be transformed into a repressive regime, grumbled globalist Soros in an opinion peice in Der Standard. For democracy advocates, this is a confusing portrayal of the situation, but globalist connoisseurs know: When Soros and his WEF friends like Klaus Schwab or Bill Gates speak of “democracy”, they really mean a global dictatorship subjugated to them.

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Oregon Mom Challenges State Law Requiring Tampons in Boy’s Bathrooms

An Oregon mom is challenging a state law requiring schools to provide free tampons in all bathrooms, including men’s.

The Oregon legislature passed the Menstrual Dignity Act in August 2021, which required schools to ramp up the supply of tampons for students in stages. Schools were first required to provide free tampons in any two bathrooms of their choosing by the end of the 2021-2022 school year, but they will be required to provide the products in all bathrooms regardless of gender by 2023, according to Oregon Live.

Mother and Eagle Point School District board member Cherylene Stritenberg petitioned the Oregon Department of Education to roll back the law, arguing it wastes school funding.

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Pro-Abortion Mob Blocks Traffic on Interstate 64 Near Busch Stadium in St. Louis

The pro-abortion mob walked onto Interstate 64 on Sunday and blocked traffic near Busch Stadium.

The mob blocked traffic for the Cardinals-Philly game on Sunday.

The leftist mob met at Kiener Plaza near Busch Stadium before blocking traffic on Interstate 64.

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U.S. District Court Orders Law School to Rescind No-Contact Orders Issued Against Christian Legal Society Faculty Advisor and Students Who Shared Their Religious Views With Another Student

A federal judge has ordered the University of Idaho to rescind no-contact orders issued against three evangelical Christian law students who shared their religious views with another student [Perlot v. Green, No. 3:22-cv-00183 (D. Idaho June 30, 2022)].

Peter Perlot, Mark Miller and Ryan Alexander — members of the law school’s Christian Legal Society chapter — are “free to speak in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs” as a lawsuit against university President C. Scott Green and three other school officials progresses, an announcement from the Alliance Defending Freedom stated.

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Woke University Bans ‘Offensive’ Terms Including ‘Manpower’, ‘Able-Bodied’, ‘Baby Boomer’

Britain’s woke University of Bristol has banned a raft of supposedly offensive terms, including “gendered” words like “manpower” and “mankind” and age-related nicknames like “millennial” and “baby boomer”.

The offending “gendered” words, to be replaced with bland, politically correct alternatives like “workforce” and “humankind” — the Justin Trudeau-approved “peoplekind” appears to have been a bridge too far — are being cautioned against because the university believes they can cause offence and contribute to stigmas, according to GB News.

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  1. Almost 700,000 Swedes have moved abroad

    Published 10 July 2022 Fria Tider

    A new survey shows that nearly 700,000 Swedes are expected to live abroad. The majority of them live in Europe, but the United States is the single country where most Swedes have settled.

    According to the Swedes in the World survey, more than 685,000 Swedes are estimated to be living outside Sweden.

    This is an increase from the 2015 survey, when the number of Swedes living abroad was around 660,000.

    – We cannot say with certainty how the pandemic has affected the number of Swedes living abroad, but increased uncertainty related to health, closed borders and vaccination, as well as the desire to stay close to family and friends, has probably had an impact, says Svenskar i Världens Secretary General Cecilia Borglin in a press release.

    Swedes are estimated to live in at least 177 of the world’s 200 or so countries. The lion’s share of Swedes abroad, 62 percent, live in Europe. The United States retains the top spot as the country where most Swedes choose to live, about 179,000, followed by Spain (104,000) and the United Kingdom (100,000). The estimate of the number of Swedes abroad was made in cooperation with Swedish expatriate authorities during May-July 2022.

    Of the groups surveyed – professionals, accompanying persons, students and pensioners – the latter are the least interested in moving back to Sweden.
    8 out of 10 of those surveyed would recommend others to move abroad.

    https://www.friatider.se/nastan-700000-svenskar-har-flyttat-utomlands

  2. https://t.me/khramov_alexander/66

    I think we are now approaching the third tipping point in this war.

    The first came already on the second or third day after February 24, when it became clear that the rapid defeat of Ukraine in the “special operation” regime had failed.

    I then – on February 26 – wrote: it would no longer be possible to wage war in a “sparing” mode (if this word is appropriate here at all). Fights are gradually drawn into urban development. Do you remember what Grozny or Aleppo looked like? And there the war was not with the regular army, but with militant groups. Can you imagine if at least one tenth of what happened there is repeated in Kharkov or Mariupol?

    Alas, my prediction was justified, although some in those days still dreamed of an early capture of Kyiv.

    The second tipping point came after the collapse of negotiations in Istanbul at the end of March. Then the Kremlin was ready to jump off, returning the Kherson region and Zaporozhye (the only territories where the “special operation” went according to plan, that is, quickly and relatively bloodlessly) in exchange for the recognition of the LDNR and Crimea. Or rather, not even for recognition, but simply for the consent of Ukraine to temporarily abandon attempts to return them, as well as reduce the size of the army and stop rushing into NATO. In general, rather symbolic concessions.

    Since the Russian leadership was seriously counting on this bargaining, it took so long to create military-civilian administrations in the south of Ukraine, suspending the situation in every possible way – it even went as far as a ban on removing Ukrainian flags. Initially, the Kremlin, apparently, had no plans at all to bite off anything from Ukraine other than the Donbass – Putin wanted, taking a fright, to simply change the government in Kyiv to a “friendly” one and sign some papers with it. But when the “Nazis and drug addicts” could not be removed, they decided to sign papers with them. But they suddenly they didn’t want to.

    “Oh, how are you,” they said in the Kremlin and decided to bite into Ukraine already thoroughly, concentrating their modest forces on the Donbass direction. Probably, somewhere by September, Putin, slowly and without overexerting himself, wanted to reach the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, proclaim this a victory and at the same time take away everything else that he managed to saw off from Ukraine. Further along the front line, the iron curtain descends, Ukraine and the West, tired of the war, stop active hostilities, and de facto, without reaching any formal agreements, the situation freezes for many years, as was the case with South Korea and North Korea.

    And somewhere else in May, this scenario seemed likely enough. But now it is already clear that the pace of the offensive in the Donbass turned out to be lower than expected, and meanwhile, Ukraine, having received new weapons and relying on Western intelligence data, began to methodically destroy the Russian military infrastructure deep in the rear of the Donbass and even in the border regions of Russia. That is, they “demilitarize” us, and not we them. And it became clear that if, at the cost of incredible efforts, it was possible to move the front a few more tens of kilometers, then this would not change anything – high-precision missiles from the other side would still fly where they needed to. Plus, Ukraine is already talking in plain text about the preparation of a large-scale counteroffensive in the South – in order to repel it, it will be necessary to withdraw the already limited forces from the Donbass.

    And here comes the third turning point – in order to change the situation in your favor, you need to move from the “special operation” conducted by the peacetime army (“we have not started anything seriously yet”), to a full-scale war. This means mobilization and a wartime economy regime. Otherwise, you understand, many Russians still do not notice what is happening and, as Putin said, they roam around the exhibitions while others are sitting in the trenches. I think that even if martial law is not declared on July 15, it will happen sooner or later. Such is the logic of things. We are all gradually sucked deeper and deeper into this huge meat grinder – first the edge of the clothes hit, and then “bang!” – echelons of mobilized people will go to the front from all over the country.

    • This is truly an awful situation, Elena. Your country lost so many people in the fight against the Nazis in WW2 (The “Great Patriotic War” to the Soviets), a much greater loss, in human terms, than the US or we Brits and our Empire.

      But what is it for? To satisfy Putin’s vanity? Or because of Ukraine’s mineral wealth, especially Lithium? Either way, it truly breaks my heart, for the Russian and Ukrainian losses.

      • There is no such force and no such arguments that can dissuade me from one opinion: Putin is acting against the interests of the Russian people. His task is to kill more Russians and Ukrainians and expose the country to dismemberment.
        I don’t know whose spy he is, but obviously this situation is played out by someone for something.

      • If it wasn’t for you bloody Brits, we wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place, I am now convinced that the Germans had they won WWI, we would not have these globullists and their 3rd world pets in our midst being prepared for a Balkans on steroids. Patriotic war you say? It was a bloody meatgrinder that the duplicity of Churchill, who threw eastern Europe under the bus to the bloody soviets, especially Poland and Finland so he could keep the British Empire afloat.

        • I wouldn’t disagree with you, G. However “Great Patriotic War”, as I said, is what the Soviets called it, hardly surprising as they were attacked and suffered the heaviest losses.

          • The Soviets were planning to hit Europe to subjugate them in 1943, the Germans just beat them to the punch. So either way, there was going to be war with the Soviets and that bloody Churchill made a pact with the devil he knew was going to turn on them once they were no longer any use, Churchill thought and acted wrong. He could have had a peace treaty with Germany but he hated the Germans to the point no rational outcome would come to pass.

    • “We are all gradually sucked deeper and deeper into this huge meat grinder”

      Sad but true. None of the powers that be want peace.

      The lead negotiator for Ukraine was shot to death as soon as he returned to Kiev after he aggressively pursued a reasonable peace settlement. If I remember right, Zelensky called him a traitor. Of course his killer was never announced, it was orchestrated by the Ukrainian government. Zelensky has since insisted there will be no peace until Ukraine takes back even Crimea. Zelensky would be begging for peace if not propped up by the U.S. and all the countries controlled by the globalist cabal, and none of them are talking of wanting a peace agreement.

      If Putin was smart, which he apparently is not, then IMHO he should have declared an end to his special operation at his high water mark of taking all of the Donestk area and said he will only continue if Ukraine attacks their currently held territory and positions and only until they stop, and made aggressive overtures for peace settlements. I think that would have deflated a lot of the propaganda in the west that is being used to keep public support for fueling the war, and made it harder for the west to keep going further in arms deliveries.

      But he didn’t and now we are approaching that 3rd tipping point. Biden soon after announced he would start delivering HIMARS. From what I understand those are very precise, long range, rocket powered artillery. Russia had the artillery advantage over Ukraine before those were delivered. Now the tide has turned. I saw Zelensky, happy as can be, on TV saying that was just what they needed and it was making a difference.

      • If Putin was a smart as everyone thinks he is, he would not have attacked Ukraine in the bloody first place, but since we have the worst and weakest US Prez in US history Biden, Putin thought he could get away with it. If Trump was still Prez, this whole sordid, bloody mess would never in a million years have happened, now you Russians will be bled white, and your young draft age men are fleeing the country at the insistence of their mothers by the thousands.

        • G,

          I agree with what you said, although I’m not sure how bad the Russians will be bled, but they are being bled.

          But I’m not Russian. I’m American.

          I can understand you thinking that since I’m critical of Biden and the current corruption in my government, and was against the war from the start. I’m sorry about the bad things that happened in and to the Baltic states during the Soviet occupation, but I personally blame that on the Communist government, not on the people, whom I have a lot of sympathy for in this calamity under Putin.

          • I do apologize JAS, I was talking to our Russian friend Elena. The Europeans are sending their newest and oldest toys to play with and the Ukies are making good use of them, and instead of fighting them face to face on the battlefield, the Ukies are hitting the Ruskies in their rear areas, thus bleeding them white, shameful waste of men if you ask me.

    • When you use that word, you’re assuming someone’s gender, which is punishable by 5 years’ jail time and/or a $100K fine in California, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts. Even though I’m not in any of those states, it’s best to be careful.

      Besides, denying men the right to get an abortion is unconstitutional.

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