Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/19/2022

A tourist video shot at Hoover Dam today recorded an explosion and fire. The Boulder fire department responded to the incident, but by the time firemen arrived, the fire had been extinguished. The blaze was reportedly caused by a transformer explosion.

In other news, in Germany the FDP, part of the governing coalition, wants to impose a new mask mandate next fall to help control the flu.

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Financial Crisis
» Flashback: Biden Said Inflation Was ‘Temporary’ 1 Year Ago
» Majority of Canadians Think Trudeau is Unequipped to Deal With Inflation
» UK: Real Wages Fall at Fastest Rate on Record Amid Inflation Crisis in Britain
 
USA
» 3 Chicago Police Suicides in Past Month as Understaffed Department Repeatedly Cancels Days Off
» Breaking: Delaware Judge Allows Twitter to Fast-Track Suit Against Elon Musk
» Breaking: No Injuries Reported After Explosion at Hoover Dam
» Breaking: TPM’s Exclusive Podcast With Viva Frei on the Trial of Steve Bannon Debuts at #4 in Apple Politics
» Child, 12, Reports Masked Men Shot Him in Leg; Later Admits to Accidentally Shooting Self
» Facebook, Instagram, And Google Censor Upcoming Alex Jones Documentary, Alex’s War
» Family of Teen Killed in CHOP Zone Alleges Seattle’s Failings Enabled ‘State-Created Danger’
» Fire Breaks Out, Extinguished After Transformer Explodes at Hoover Dam
» George Soros Quietly Backed Two Far-Left Prosecutor Candidates in Iowa and Maine, Filings Reveal
» George Soros Contributes $1 Million to Beto O’Rourke’s Texas Gubernatorial Campaign
» Hoover Dam Explosion Reported in Tourist Video
» In Rebuke to Biden, Homeland Security Advisory Panel Finds No Need for Disinformation Board
» Juvenile Arrested in Connection With Attacks on Bethesda Churches
» ‘Law & Order’ Shooting: Crew Member Shot to Death While Reserving Parking Places for Show in NYC
» Missouri Sheriff Says Even Under ‘Threat of Arrest’ He Will Not Release Gun Owners’ Info to FBI
» NBC Journalist Laments: “People Don’t Trust Us, They Don’t Believe Us”
» New York DA Drops Murder Charge Against Bodega Worker Defending Himself
» Not Guilty: Judge Drops All Felony Riot Charges Against Portland Conservative Activists
» NYC Judge Drops Murder Charge Against Bodega Worker After Manhattan DA Backtracks
» Only 14% of Stacey Abrams’ War Chest Comes From Georgia: Report
» Pennsylvania Bans ‘Zuck Bucks’ Ahead of Midterms
» Place Where Biden Face Planted Off Bike is Named ‘Brandon Falls’ On Google Maps
» Portland Far-Left Activists to Host Summer Camp for Kids
» Pulitzer Board Rejects Trump’s Call to Rescind NYT, WaPo Prizes Over Russiagate Reporting
» Republicans Have Advantage Over Democrats Regarding Confidence in Handling Education, Survey Shows
» Southern California School District Reinstates Mask Mandate
» Taxpayers on Hook as Gascon Brings in Nation’s Highest-Paid Attorney in Legal Battle With His Own Prosecutors
» The Extent of the US Government’s Cell Phone Tracking Operation is Revealed in New Documents
» Twitter Tars and Feathers Prince Harry for Condescending UN Speech Against America: ‘Go Home, Little Boy’
» US Army Mired in Recruitment Crisis
» Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson During 2020 George Floyd Protests in Racine
 
Canada
» ArriveCAN ‘Glitch’ Informs Quadruple Vaccinated Man He Must Quarantine Despite Having No Symptoms or Positive Test Results
» Bestselling Book About Freedom Convoy Kept Off Shelves at Indigo
» Bug Dogs? Crickets and Worms Make the Menu at Calgary’s Stampede
» Canadian Scouts Stranded in Switzerland After ArriveCAN Glitch
» COVID Lockdowns Responsible for Sharp Drop in Church Attendance
» Far-Left Indoctrination Toolkit Infiltrates Canadian Schools
» Kamloops: The Buried Truth Official Trailer
 
Europe and the EU
» Breitbart News Daily Podcast EP. 179: Eva Vlaardingerbroek on the Plight of Dutch Farmers and the Global Fight for Freedom
» Christine Anderson on the Dutch Farmers’ Rebellion and Europe’s Impact on the World
» Dutch Farmer Revolt Against Harsh Climate Law Just the Beginning, Experts Say: ‘There Will be Unrest All Over’
» EU Farming Ministers Tackle Ukrainian Agriculture, Hungarian Drought
» EU to Soften Russia Sanctions — Report
» European Commission Decision to Punish Poland Further is Madness, Says Polish MEP
» Exclusive — Eva Vlaardingerbroek on Dutch Farmers’ Protests: Best ‘Way to Control People’ Is ‘Controlling Their Food Supply’
» France: 71-Year-Old Man Found With Six Stab Wounds, Two Young Men From Guyana Arrested
» French Police Attacked by Mob of Armed ‘Youths’
» Germany: Lockdown Forever! Government Party Wants Forced Masking to Fight Flu
» Gigantic Waste of German Tax Money for Discarded Jabs
» Green Party Erases White People From ‘Future of Germany’ Promos
» Italian Govt Faces Confidence Vote Wednesday That Could Bring Snap Elections
» One-Third of Gas Storage Tanks in Germany Remain Empty as Energy Crisis Looms
» Poles Still Boycotting Russian Goods and Companies Refusing to Leave Russian Market
» Polish Government Intervenes Over Coal Shortage
» Relations With Russia Will be Strained for at Least 10 Years, Warns Czech Foreign Minister
» UK: Extinction Rebellion Spark Chaos as Protesters Block Entrance to Farnborough Air Show
» UK: Extinction Rebellion: Eco Activists Smash Windows at Sun Headquarters Over Heatwave Coverage
» UK: Hottest Day Ever! Really?
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Palestinian Authority Arabs Blinding Jewish Drivers in Hopes of Causing Collisions
 
Middle East
» Putin Arrives in Iran for Syria Summit Overshadowed by Ukraine War
» Video: Saudis Pay Half the Amount Americans Do for Gas
 
Russia
» Mark Almond: Vladimir Putin is Forging a New Alliance of Pariah States That’ll be a Graver Threat to the West Than the Old Soviet Bloc
» Russia Fines Google for Not Censoring Enough
» Ukraine War: Zelensky Widens Purge of Security Services
 
South Asia
» India: Muslim ‘Community’ Offers Huge Reward for Kidnapping Hindu Girls to Marry in Rajasthan
» India and Bangladesh Govt Should Provide Better Protection of Hindus Under Islamic Threats: Geert Wilders in Parliament
» Thailand’s Government is Accused of Using Spyware to Surveil Protesters
 
Far East
» Adolph Xitler: Chinese Social Media Company Bans Over 500 ‘Nicknames’ For CCP’s Xi Jinping
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Ridiculous Response to COVID, Unmasked: How Absurd Rules Are Stopping Us From Getting on With Life, Leaving Some in 14-Day Isolation Nearly Every Month — and Destroying the Economy… With No End in Sight
» Australian Homes Are Now So Cold They Are Falling Below WHO Safety Guidelines — as Experts Warn Houses Down Under Weren’t Designed for a Real Winter
» Extraordinary Moment Elite Raptor Cops Armed With a Battering Ram Storm House of Gang Member’s Mum to Arrest Her for Using a Fake COVID Vaccine Certificate to Work at School
» How Daniel Andrews’ Top Doctor is Pushing for ALL Workers to Stay at Home in Proposed Return to the Worst Days of the COVID Pandemic
» Melbourne Traffic Chaos as Convoy of Truckies Furious at the Soaring Cost of Petrol Crawl Over the West Gate Bridge
» Police Drop More Incitement Charges But Protester Fights Back
 
Immigration
» Belarusian Guards Aiding Migrants With Ladders and Wire Cutters
» Denmark to Start Demolishing Parts of Migrant Ghettos
» UK: At Least 100 Migrants Including a Tiny Baby Land in Dover Today as Total to Have Crossed Channel This Year Passes 15,000 — Double the Amount Recorded by the Same Time Last Year
 
Culture Wars
» As Hate Crimes Pile Up Against Churches and Pregnancy Centers, Hawley Cracks Down
» Ocasio-Cortez, Omar Pretending to be Handcuffed After Arrest at Protest Blows Up Twitter: ‘This is Too Much’
» Reps. Omar, Adams Among 16 Members of Congress Arrested During Abortion Protest Near Supreme Court
» Transgender Health Secretary Says Biden White House Will “Empower” Children to Get Puberty Blockers, Sex Change Surgery
» UK: Woke University Clamps Down on ‘Gendered’ Words Like Brother, Dad, Husband
» Watch: NCAA Swimmer Riley Gaines Talks to Tucker Carlson About Lia Thomas’ Woman of the Year Nomination
 

Flashback: Biden Said Inflation Was ‘Temporary’ 1 Year Ago

Tuesday marks one year since President Biden told the American public that inflation and price increases seen in the beginning months of his administration would only be “temporary.”

Biden made the remarks in a July 19, 2021 speech regarding the economy, leading off with predictions that were made leading up to his presidency, which have proven to be in many ways true.

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

Majority of Canadians Think Trudeau is Unequipped to Deal With Inflation

A majority of Canadians aren’t confident in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ability to deal with inflation.

According to a Maru Public Opinion poll commissioned by Yahoo News, 55% of Canadians said they don’t believe Trudeau has a “solid plan” to weather the country through economic troubles.

Only 20% of those polled said that Trudeau has a “good plan” while 25% believed the prime minister was following a bad plan.

Views didn’t vary much when Canadians were asked the same questions about Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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

UK: Real Wages Fall at Fastest Rate on Record Amid Inflation Crisis in Britain

Real wages saw their sharpest decline on record in Britain when considering inflation, the Office for National Statistics revealed on Tuesday.

Regular pay, which excludes additional forms of salary, such as bonuses, fell by an average of 3.7 per cent in real terms in the three months up to May, representing the largest decline since such records began in 2001, the ONS said. While real wages fell slightly slower in May than in April, 3.9 to 4.5 per cent respectively, it was still worse than any other time recorded.

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

3 Chicago Police Suicides in Past Month as Understaffed Department Repeatedly Cancels Days Off

This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Chicago Police Department has lost two officers and a sergeant to suicide in the past months, authorities revealed Monday — amid what critics say is a harsh environment for police officers and as brass continues to cancel days off.

“Each of their losses is a tragedy that impacts a family, a department and the city of Chicago,” Superintendent David Brown said at a news briefing.

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

Breaking: Delaware Judge Allows Twitter to Fast-Track Suit Against Elon Musk

A Delaware judge has ruled to allow Twitter to fast-track the company’s lawsuit to enforce Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter.

It will proceed in September, according to business journalist Liz Claman.

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

Breaking: No Injuries Reported After Explosion at Hoover Dam

On Tuesday, the Boulder City Fire Department was called to an emergency at the Hoover Dam after reports of an explosion.

While the ensuing fire has since been extinguished, nothing has been released about a possible cause.

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

Breaking: TPM’s Exclusive Podcast With Viva Frei on the Trial of Steve Bannon Debuts at #4 in Apple Politics

The Post Millennial’s exclusive podcast hosted by YouTube and attorney David Freiheit, also known as Viva Frei, has premiered at number four in Apple’s Politics category after premiering on Monday.

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

Child, 12, Reports Masked Men Shot Him in Leg; Later Admits to Accidentally Shooting Self

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — A child is recovering after shooting himself in the leg on Tuesday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to an apartment complex in Port Royal at around 2:30 p.m. for reports of a 12-year-old child with a gunshot wound. One hour earlier, the child was transported to the hospital.

Port Royal officers shared that the juvenile reported that masked subjects had shot at him at Shell Point Park. However, witnesses at the park contradicted the boy’s story.

Ultimately, the boy admitted to deputies that he had taken a firearm from his aunt without her knowledge and had accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Deputies located the handgun hidden along a trail, according to BCSO…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook, Instagram, And Google Censor Upcoming Alex Jones Documentary, Alex’s War

An upcoming documentary focusing on Infowars founder Alex Jones, called “Alex’s War,” has already been censored by several Big Tech platforms.

The documentary’s producer Alex Lee Moyer talked to UnHerd News’ Florence Reed about the censorship. She said that Google refused to allow her team to run ads to promote the film. The company ignored calls and permanently banned the producer from buying ad spaces.

A screenshot shared with UnHeard News revealed that TikTok removed the film’s trailer because it violated policies on “hateful behavior.”

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

Family of Teen Killed in CHOP Zone Alleges Seattle’s Failings Enabled ‘State-Created Danger’

Fatal shootings bookended a nine-day span in June 2020, each marred by the death of a Black teenager amid Seattle’s racial justice protests.

It was in those days, a new tort claim filed with the city of Seattle on Monday alleges, that city leadership should have recognized its failures to provide legally obligated medical, police, and emergency services to protesters demonstrating in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone. If they had, the claim states, the subsequent death of 16-year-old Antonio Mays Jr. might have been prevented.

It was not until after this incident that the city intervened at the protest zone, closing Cal Anderson Park and arresting at least 44 people as it cleared the zone following weeks of protest, tear gas assaults and the three-week desertion of Seattle’s East Police Precinct.

The tort claim — official notice of an impending lawsuit — was filed with the city clerk’s office Monday by Mays’ family, alleging the government failed him by allowing a “state-created danger.” It does not specify a financial claim.

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

Fire Breaks Out, Extinguished After Transformer Explodes at Hoover Dam

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A transformer exploded at Hoover Dam Tuesday morning and ignited a fire near the Arizona turbine house, a source confirmed.

The Boulder City Fire Department responded to an emergency call at Hoover Dam after a reported fire around 10:30 a.m. PDT.

Video circulating on social media showed billowing black smoke seen rising from the dam amid reports of the explosion. According to the Boulder City Fire Department, the fire was put out when crews arrived.

“The fire was extinguished before Boulder City Fire Department arrived on scene. Bureau of Reclamation/Hoover Dam will be handling any additional questions,” a tweet from Boulder City Read.

Tours of the dam were paused for about 30 minutes at the time of the fire and have since resumed.

The dam spans across the Arizona-Nevada border and is located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

George Soros Quietly Backed Two Far-Left Prosecutor Candidates in Iowa and Maine, Filings Reveal

Liberal billionaire George Soros’ money has quietly propped up two more far-left prosecutor candidates in Iowa and Maine, filings reveal.

The Justice & Public Safety PAC, which has received $2 million from Soros and another committee he funds since 2019, provided slightly more than $300,000 in in-kind advertisements, direct mail and polling services to Kimberly Graham’s campaign in Iowa, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by Fox News Digital.

The cash helped Graham easily win a three-way Democratic primary for Polk County Attorney in June. The progressive candidate will face off against Republican defense attorney Allan Richards in the November 8 general election.

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

George Soros Contributes $1 Million to Beto O’Rourke’s Texas Gubernatorial Campaign

Progressive mega-donor George Soros contributed $1 million to Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke’s staggering fundraising haul last month.

O’Rourke, who’s challenging two-term Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November’s election, last week announced that he hauled in $27.6 million in fundraising from late February through June, topping Abbott by $2.7 million and shattering the existing record for fundraising in Texas.

O’Rourke’s campaign finance report was posted online on Tuesday and indicates that Soros contributed $1 million — issued on June 23 — to the Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s campaign.

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

Hoover Dam Explosion Reported in Tourist Video

Hoover Dam is popular tourist spot and holds man-made Lake Mead

A tourist at the Hoover Dam shared video Tuesday showing a small explosion and black smoke.

“My goodness, something’s just blown up,” a woman is heard saying in the video first shared by Kristy Hairston, who said she was touring the dam Tuesday and heard an explosion.

A male’s voice, perhaps the security guard or tour guide, is also heard noting the explosion and fire at the dam below.

An account for Boulder City, Nevada, later tweeted that the fire was extinguished before the Boulder City Fire Department arrived at the scene…

           — Hat tip: MM [Return to headlines]
 

In Rebuke to Biden, Homeland Security Advisory Panel Finds No Need for Disinformation Board

An expert advisory panel for the Homeland Security Department on Monday evening issued a sobering rebuke of the Biden administration, declaring that there was no need to have created a Disinformation Governance Board.

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

Juvenile Arrested in Connection With Attacks on Bethesda Churches

A juvenile has been arrested in connection with the recent vandalism attacks on two of the three Bethesda churches, Montgomery County officials said Tuesday.

The youth is being charged for the July 10 arson attack on St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church and an attempted arson the same weekend at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, fire department public information officer Pete Piringer told The Washington Times in an email.

Both churches are located on Old Georgetown Road near Wildwood Baptist Church, where a vandal toppled 10 tombstones and shattered a large wooden cross that weekend.

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

‘Law & Order’ Shooting: Crew Member Shot to Death While Reserving Parking Places for Show in NYC

A 31-year-old man was shot and killed while reserving parking spots in New York City for the filming of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

The shooting took place around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday morning on 229 North Henry Street in Brooklyn, Deputy Commissioner, Public Information for the NYPD Julian Phillips confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Authorities discovered a man unconscious and unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

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

Missouri Sheriff Says Even Under ‘Threat of Arrest’ He Will Not Release Gun Owners’ Info to FBI

Missouri officials are slamming a planned FBI audit of various sheriff’s offices in the state, saying the audit is an attempt “to illegally obtain” information on concealed carry permit holders. One sheriff, in particular, said that even under a threat of federal arrest, he will not comply and release the concealed carry information.

“As the sheriff of Scotland County, I want all my citizens to know that I will not allow, cooperate or release any CCW information to the FBI, ‘even at the threat of a federal arrest,’“ Republican Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney wrote to residents of his community on Monday.

“Point Blank, ‘I will go down with the ship if need be,’“ the letter, which was reviewed by Fox News Digital on Tuesday, said.

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

NBC Journalist Laments: “People Don’t Trust Us, They Don’t Believe Us”

An NBC journalist embraced a rare moment of self-awareness when she admitted, “people don’t trust us, they don’t believe us.”

The comments were made by Katy Tur during an interview with The Hill to promote her new book.

“The trust in media, in newspapers and television, is hitting an all time low,” said Tur as she looked forlorn.

“People don’t trust us. They don’t believe us, and it makes me wonder if this job —as I’m currently doing it— is effective, but if it’s doing more harm than good,” she added.

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

New York DA Drops Murder Charge Against Bodega Worker Defending Himself

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg ‘s office on Tuesday dropped a murder charge against a bodega worker who was captured on camera stabbing a man who went behind the counter and attacked him.

“Following an investigation, the People have determined that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in his use of deadly physical force,” said a motion filed Tuesday by Bragg’s office. “As such, the People will not be presenting the case to a Grand Jury and for the reasons provided in the attached memorandum, hereby move to dismiss the complaint.”

Jose Alba, 61, killed Austin Simon, 35, after Simon went behind the counter, shoved Alba, and stood over him as Alba sat against the wall. The footage showed Alba trying to get past Simon before he grabbed a knife and stabbed Simon several times.

Bragg’s office received criticism for charging Alba with second-degree murder, for initially requesting $500,000 bail, and for detaining Alba at New York City ‘s notorious Rikers Island jail. Bodega groups, tabloid newspapers, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams came to the clerk’s defense, saying he acted in self-defense and was being attacked by a bigger, younger man…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Not Guilty: Judge Drops All Felony Riot Charges Against Portland Conservative Activists

A Multnomah County Circuit judge has dropped all felony riot charges against conservative activists Joey Gibson and Russell Schultz, who were accused of inciting a riot outside an Antifascist pub called “Cider Riot” in May 2019.

Judge Benjamin Souede dismissed the charges in court Tuesday morning, explaining that prosecutors failed to demonstrate that the defendants engaged in “tumultuous and violent conduct,” a requirement for conviction on riot charges, according to The Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo.

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

NYC Judge Drops Murder Charge Against Bodega Worker After Manhattan DA Backtracks

Charges were dropped Tuesday against a New York City bodega worker arrested for the murder of man seen on surveillance video first coming behind the cashier’s desk and attacking the employee.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office faced harsh criticism for bringing the charge against Jose Alba earlier this month despite footage suggesting the deadly stabbing was justified as self-defense.

Jennifer Sigall, assistant district attorney under Bragg, issued a motion Tuesday morning to dismiss the second-degree murder charge against Alba and provided a copy to his attorney, Michelle Villasenor-Grant.

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

Only 14% of Stacey Abrams’ War Chest Comes From Georgia: Report

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has raised a colossal sum of money for her election bid, but only a small fraction of her total haul has come from her would-be constituents in the state.

A report from Axios revealed that, of the $49.6 million the Abrams campaign has raised to put her in the governor’s mansion, just $7.0 million came from donors within Georgia, roughly 14% of her total take.

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

Pennsylvania Bans ‘Zuck Bucks’ Ahead of Midterms

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation from the Republican-controlled legislature to ban the use of private dollars in election processes.

Republican state Sen. Lisa Baker sponsored the bill that creates an “election integrity grant program” and prohibits officials from seeking funds from non-governmental entities for “the registration of voters or the preparation, administration or conducting of an election.”

Pennsylvania GOP senators celebrated Wolf signing the bill into law last week.

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

Place Where Biden Face Planted Off Bike is Named ‘Brandon Falls’ On Google Maps

The place where Joe Biden face planted into the concrete falling off his bike last month has been named as ‘Brandon Falls’ on Google Maps.

Someone has managed to place a landmark in the Delaware location, naming it after the infamous ‘Lets go Brandon’ chant, which was initiated after the White House claimed Nascar fans were not chanting ‘F*ck Joe Biden’ when they totally were.

At time of writing, ‘Brandon Falls’ is still listed as a ‘historical landmark’ on Google Maps.

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

Portland Far-Left Activists to Host Summer Camp for Kids

A Portland Antifa group called “Budding Roses” will be hosting an “Antifascist” social justice summer camp beginning July 25, where kids ages 10 to 14 will be participating in activities that include learning about police abolition, how to donate to bail funds, and what to do if they come in contact with tear gas during protests.

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

Pulitzer Board Rejects Trump’s Call to Rescind NYT, WaPo Prizes Over Russiagate Reporting

Trump’s call for it to rescind the 2018 prizes given to the New York Times and the Washington Post for their coverage of the Russian collusion story, it announced Monday following independent reviews.

“The separate reviews converged in their conclusions: that no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes,” the Board wrote.

Trump formally called on the board to take back the prizes in October, saying the coverage amounted to “false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign.”

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

Republicans Have Advantage Over Democrats Regarding Confidence in Handling Education, Survey Shows

A survey commissioned by one of the nation’s largest teachers union found that Republicans have an advantage over Democrats in regard to voters’ confidence in handling education.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) commissioned a poll from Hart Research Associates, asked, “In general, do you have more confidence in the Democrats or in the Republicans to deal with education issues?”

The survey was conducted in seven battleground states where the results showed Republicans with a 39% to 38% advantage on which party voters trust more on education.

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

Southern California School District Reinstates Mask Mandate

Months after California lifted its mask mandate for schools, San Diego Unified School District reinstated an indoor mask requirement this week as the region sees a rise in COVID-19 transmission.

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

Taxpayers on Hook as Gascon Brings in Nation’s Highest-Paid Attorney in Legal Battle With His Own Prosecutors

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, whose own deputies sued him for permission to charge repeat offenders to the fullest extent of the law, has pulled out all the stops in his California Supreme Court appeal against them, retaining one of the nation’s top lawyers.

Neal K. Katyal, a former Acting U.S. Solicitor General who represented Al Gore in the 2000 election dispute and has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court dozens of times, is also reportedly one of the country’s highest-paid attorneys.

Reuters reported in May that the Georgetown law professor and partner at Hogan Lovells was charging as much as $2,465 an hour to represent a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in a bankruptcy case. At the time, that was more than the $2,295 an hour former Attorney General Eric Holder was billing.

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

The Extent of the US Government’s Cell Phone Tracking Operation is Revealed in New Documents

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed that the US government’s collection of location data from smartphones is on a much larger scale than previously reported.

In 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bought location data from data brokers to track tax evaders and undocumented immigrants. An ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), filed by the ACLU has revealed that, since then, government agencies are still tracking Americans by buying location data from data brokers, on a much larger scale than previously reported.

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

Twitter Tars and Feathers Prince Harry for Condescending UN Speech Against America: ‘Go Home, Little Boy’

Conservative Twitter users tore Prince Harry apart after the British royal gave a condescending speech trashing the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade during a U.N. summit on International Nelson Mandela Day.

During the Monday speech, Harry seemed to take aim at conservative policies. He claimed that “the rolling back of Constitutional rights in the United States,” in addition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, represent a “global assault on democracy and freedom.”

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

US Army Mired in Recruitment Crisis

“Woke” culture and sex change operations in the US military have done it no favours. In fact, in the spirit of Bertolt Brecht: “Imagine it’s war and nobody goes there!”

At the end of the Vietnam War, in 1973, conscription was abolished to avoid the negative publicity that the high death toll for an American lost cause had generated, reported The Spectator. “It almost seems as if the last twenty years of failed wars and thousands of wounded warriors have made would-be recruits reconsider their life choices,” it noted.

NBC reported in June that all branches of the military were missing their recruitment targets for this year. According to the Heritage Foundation ‘s Lieutenant General Thomas Spoehr, because of this, “the sustainability of the volunteer army is being called into question”.

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

Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson During 2020 George Floyd Protests in Racine

RACINE — One of four defendants charged in connection to the June 1, 2020, arson of the Villa Street COP House was in Racine County Circuit Court on Monday for a change of plea hearing.

Kylie Gelmi, 23, of Sturtevant, pleaded guilty to the single charge of arson as party to a crime. Gelmi had previously pleaded not guilty.

The additional charges of burglary as party to a crime and felony bail jumping will be dismissed but read into the record.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office intends to recommend an 8-year prison sentence, to be served consecutive to any other charge, and $10,000 in restitution.

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

ArriveCAN ‘Glitch’ Informs Quadruple Vaccinated Man He Must Quarantine Despite Having No Symptoms or Positive Test Results

Upon returning home to Canada from a trip south of the border, an Ontario man received a notification from his ArriveCAN app instructing him to quarantine, despite not having tested positive, being quadruple vaccinated, and showing no symptoms.

As a result, the frequent border crosser is stuck, his attempts to remedy the problem snubbed by the government.

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

Bestselling Book About Freedom Convoy Kept Off Shelves at Indigo

In June, journalist and broadcaster Andrew Lawton published his latest book, “The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World.” It instantly sailed up the charts, and currently sits at number one in Amazon’s International Politics section.

Brick and mortar bookstore chain Indigo, however, has not stocked Lawton’s bestseller at any of its locations. While customers can still purchase the book via their website, Indigo’s decision has people asking questions.

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

Bug Dogs? Crickets and Worms Make the Menu at Calgary’s Stampede

It shouldn’t be a shock that insects are invading North American diets, after all, the World Economic Forum has been promoting the consumption of insects for years now. The Forum advocates that consuming bugs ought to be our future, and that this new way of eating is the better option over animal produce.

Attempting to normalize the consumption of these alternative proteins, the WEF continues to plant the seeds of consent for their less than favourable dietary recommendations. Ultimately, their big and final push when it comes to insects will revolve around climate change and environmentalism.

In London, England, the WEF has taken to fawning over a new insect farm, and praised Europe’s decision to back insect-based food. Scientists in the U.K. are also planning to feed school children insects to make the U.K. ‘greener’, even though eating bugs may give parasites.

Previously on the streets of Calgary, we asked people about these globalist plans, and how comfortable they would be consuming little critters instead of meat. After that report, the world’s largest cricket factory finished construction in Ontario, and this past week at Calgary’s stampede we saw a new contender in the insect-food arena — cricket and worm hot dogs.

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Canadian Scouts Stranded in Switzerland After ArriveCAN Glitch

A group of Canadian Scouts aged between 12 to 14 were stranded in Zurich, Switzerland due to troubles with the government’s ArriveCan app.

According to CTV News, six of the group including four youth were unable to board a scheduled flight back to Canada after an application glitch failed to register the passengers.

Before the problem could be fixed, the group’s flight had already left.

“It was a great experience until it was time to come home,” said Karina Vega, mother of a stranded 14-year-old Scout.

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COVID Lockdowns Responsible for Sharp Drop in Church Attendance

Statistics Canada has reported a sharp decline in attendance for churches and other religious services since the outbreak of the pandemic when the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommended canceling masses and prayer meetings.

“Among the population as a whole the proportion of people who participated in group religious activity at least once a month decreased from 23 to 19 percent, “ said StatsCan report The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Religiosity of Canadians.

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Far-Left Indoctrination Toolkit Infiltrates Canadian Schools

Recently, the Canadian government funded the Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s (CAHN) toolkit titled Confronting and Preventing Hate In Canadian Schools.

This new resource guide will be disseminated throughout Canadian schools. As reported by Blackock’s, Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen approved a $268,400 grant to fund the guide. The government somehow rationalized this as a necessary investment, despite record, runaway inflation and a looming recession.

The toolkit was “adapted from Confronting White Nationalism in Schools“, developed by the Western States Center in the United States.

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Kamloops: The Buried Truth Official Trailer

On May 27, 2021, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation band in Kamloops, British Columbia put out a grim press release that rattled the world.

The claim: Through the use of ground penetrating radar, a “stark truth” had been discovered; “the confirmation of the remains of 215 children who were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.”

But what if we were to show you a year later, that the “stark truth” reported as fact by politicians and media outlets alike, wasn’t true at all? And that over a year later, not a single body has been found, nor may it ever be?

That shocking press release about the unmarked gravesite preceded a national identity of shame, the burning and vandalizing of over 60 Christian places of worship, and politicians battling for power during an election racing to prove who was most sympathetic to the heart-wrenching discovery.

Kamloops: The Buried Truth is a Rebel News exclusive documentary, where B.C. bureau chief reporter Drea Humphrey, who was one of the first journalists to point out the missinformation surrounding the press release and question its faulty narrative, travels with Rebel News B.C. producer Matt Brevner to Kamloops Indian Residential School a year after the press release.

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Breitbart News Daily Podcast EP. 179: Eva Vlaardingerbroek on the Plight of Dutch Farmers and the Global Fight for Freedom

We have no monologue on today’s Breitbart News Daily podcast, but host Alex Marlow has a great new guest — Dutch lawyer and independent political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek. She discusses the Dutch farmers who are protesting a new government proposal to slash livestock “emissions” of nitrogen oxide and ammonia. These proposals could put many farmers out of business and lead to food shortages, all in service of the globalist and environmentalist agenda. As Alex notes, what’s happening to the Dutch farmers could soon end up happening here in the United States.

The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of the Day.”

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Christine Anderson on the Dutch Farmers’ Rebellion and Europe’s Impact on the World

Recently, in the Netherlands, several farmers rebelled to challenge new regulations on nitrogen and carbon emissions imposed by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

A contributor to the World Economic Forum’s 2030 agenda, Mark Rutte does not seem to care about the immense collateral damage this will have on farmers’ lives and production. Farmers from Germany and Italy also stood up to show their support.

Christine Anderson, member of the European Parliament for Germany, speaks in this report to give her vision of things and also to discuss the issues in Europe that could come to cause major impacts in many countries around the world.

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Dutch Farmer Revolt Against Harsh Climate Law Just the Beginning, Experts Say: ‘There Will be Unrest All Over’

A series of farmer-led demonstrations against a government climate rule in the Netherlands could be the beginning of a global movement, according to experts interviewed by Fox News Digital.

The Dutch government issued a plan in June laying out nitrogen emission reductions, largely targeting the nation’s agriculture industry which produces an outsized shared of such emissions, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FSA). The government, though, directly acknowledged that “there is not a future for all” farmers to continue their business under the proposal.

In response, farmers throughout the country have reportedly taken to the streets in recent weeks, blocking roads to airports and deliveries to food distribution depots. A State Department spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News Digital that the U.S. is monitoring the situation and encouraging both sides to reach an agreement soon.

“I really understand their anger,” Marcel Crok, a Dutch science writer and co-founder of the Climate Intelligence Foundation, told Fox News Digital in an interview. “The farmers are also angry because they say, ‘we are the only sector who get all the blame.’ What about industry? What about the traffic? Maybe we should just ban all the cars in the Netherlands because they also emit [nitrogen].”

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EU Farming Ministers Tackle Ukrainian Agriculture, Hungarian Drought

Ukraine needs an armistice and brokered peace agreement to enable farmers to resume their work in the fields, Hungary’s Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagy said at a meeting of his European Union counterparts in Brussels.

Regarding the situation of the agricultural markets, the minister highlighted the need for a Brussels policy that reduces the unpredictability of the situation; he also stressed the importance of stabilizing the agricultural activity of the Ukrainian region to ensure crop production needed by the global market. This requires an immediate ceasefire so that Ukrainian farmers can carry out agricultural work, as well as finding workable solutions to lift the blockade of Black Sea ports, Nagy said.

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EU to Soften Russia Sanctions — Report

The European Union is planning to amend its sanctions on Moscow to facilitate trade in food and fertilizers, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The changes will allow EU nations to unfreeze the funds of top Russian banks, which may be required to ease bottlenecks in the global trade of food and fertilizers, Reuters explained, citing a draft document it has seen.

The document said the funds could be released “after having determined that such funds or economic resources are necessary for the purchase, import or transport of agricultural and food products, including wheat and fertilizers,” the agency said.

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European Commission Decision to Punish Poland Further is Madness, Says Polish MEP

The European Commission last Friday decided to instigate the second stage of proceedings for rule of law violations against Poland as a result of Polish constitutional court rulings last year on the primacy of Polish constitutional law over EU law.

The Polish court ruled that the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) rulings with regard to Poland’s judiciary were contrary to the Polish constitution. Poland now has two months to answer the charges before the Commission decides whether to put the case before the ECJ.

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Exclusive — Eva Vlaardingerbroek on Dutch Farmers’ Protests: Best ‘Way to Control People’ Is ‘Controlling Their Food Supply’

State control over food production and distribution facilitates deep control over people, Dutch commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek said while discussing the Dutch farmers’ protests in an interview aired on Tuesday’s Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow.

Dutch farmers are protesting the government’s attempts to restrict their operations as part of its “climate change” agenda.

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France: 71-Year-Old Man Found With Six Stab Wounds, Two Young Men From Guyana Arrested

Two Guyanese nationals have been arrested by French police accused of stabbing a 71-year-old male multiple times and stealing his vehicle, according to local media.

The incident reportedly took place late on Friday evening at a roundabout in Betton, near Rennes in northwest France.

The elderly victim, from Saint-Grégoire, was found unconscious by rescuers and suffering from at least six stab wounds. The victim was immediately transported by emergency services to a nearby hospital and remains in a critical condition.

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French Police Attacked by Mob of Armed ‘Youths’

Police officers were seriously injured when they were attacked by a very large group of armed ‘youths’ at a train station in France this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded on Monday afternoon in Saint-Malo, a walled city in the Brittany region.

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Germany: Lockdown Forever! Government Party Wants Forced Masking to Fight Flu

One of Germany’s ruling coalition parties has said that forced masking should be brought back this winter to help fight the flu.

Germany’s ostensibly liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), a globalist, pro-business member of Germany’s ruling coalition government, has said that it wants to see forced masking brought back this winter to help fight the flu.

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Gigantic Waste of German Tax Money for Discarded Jabs

The most unscrupulous political accomplice of the vaccine lobby, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, is sticking to the recommendation of a fourth jab (although all experts advise against it and it no longer has any effect at all, except a harmful one).

Vaccine pushers are increasingly at a loss — especially since their attempts to force Germans to recurrently take their products by means of compulsory vaccination have failed resoundingly in the Bundestag.

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Green Party Erases White People From ‘Future of Germany’ Promos

The Green Party in Germany has launched a PR campaign celebrating its vision for the future of the country, although one thing seems strangely absent — white people.

Three posters have been released as part of the campaign depicting what kind of future Germans can expect if the party gains enough power to realize its political agenda.

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Italian Govt Faces Confidence Vote Wednesday That Could Bring Snap Elections

Italy could face a snap national election as Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government faces a vote of confidence on Wednesday after days of instability that have included his attempt to resign.

Prime Minister Draghi is expected to face a confidence vote in the Italian parliament on Wednesday after returning from a trip to Algeria on Monday and Tuesday to discuss issues regarding natural gas supplies.

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One-Third of Gas Storage Tanks in Germany Remain Empty as Energy Crisis Looms

The bleak reality of Germany’s energy crisis has been exposed after a damning report by the Gas Infrastructure Europe association revealed that one-third of Germany’s gas storage facilities are not currently filled with gas, and many others are less than a third full.

The information made publicly available by the association, and reported by German tabloid BILD, will be difficult reading for the German federal government as nations across Europe scramble to fill gas storage tanks in anticipation of a difficult winter ahead.

The German federal government, aware of the country’s heavy reliance on Russian energy, has ordered for the country’s gas storage tanks to be 90 percent full by November 1.

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Poles Still Boycotting Russian Goods and Companies Refusing to Leave Russian Market

Polish consumers are continuing to boycott Russian goods several months after the country’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the results of an EY survey for Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

According to the data, 54 percent of Poles claim to know which Western or Polish firms are still active in the Russian market, and 48 percent say they know who is helping Ukraine, with many choosing to refrain from purchasing goods and services from companies unwilling to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.

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Polish Government Intervenes Over Coal Shortage

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has ordered state companies to purchase 4.5 million tons of coal by November after admitting on a visit to the coal mining region of Silesia that the coal market was experiencing problems with accessing the fossil fuel.

According to reports, Morawiecki has asked his deputy prime minister, Jacek Sasin, and energy companies to urgently intervene and ensure adequate supplies.

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Relations With Russia Will be Strained for at Least 10 Years, Warns Czech Foreign Minister

It is time for Czechia to reconsider its foreign policy towards Russia with relations expected to be strained for at least 10 years, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

He is not alone in his position, but the idea that EU member states would abolish the right of veto in a unified foreign policy seems unrealistic to him.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion Spark Chaos as Protesters Block Entrance to Farnborough Air Show

EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters have blocked access to Farnborough Air Show as the UK heads for its hottest spell on record.

The International Air Show kicked off on Monday morning, and will last until Friday, July 22. Footage posted by an account affiliated with the local branch of the climate change protest group shows protesters dressed all in black.

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UK: Extinction Rebellion: Eco Activists Smash Windows at Sun Headquarters Over Heatwave Coverage

Extinction Rebellion protesters smashed two windows at the News UK headquarters in London on Tuesday morning in what it said was a protest over the newspaper’s coverage of the heatwave.

Police said they arrested five people on suspicion of criminal damage after the protest which occurred at 6.40am.

News UK is the publisher of The Sun newspaper, which activists accused of downplaying the heatwave by covering their front pages with “images of women in bikinis”.

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UK: Hottest Day Ever! Really?

Hottest temperature ever recorded in UK?

Of course if you start measuring temperatures at heat cauldron airports, you’re going to record hotter temperatures compared to older data which didn’t.

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Palestinian Authority Arabs Blinding Jewish Drivers in Hopes of Causing Collisions

Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs have recently taken to blinding Jewish drivers traveling on the Alon Road in the Binyamin Region of Judea and Samaria, Israel Hayom reported.

The Arabs, residents of the PA Arab village of Kafr al-Mughayir, aim lasers at the road every night, in an attempt to blind drivers and cause collisions.

Footage filmed by Jewish drivers in the area shows beams of light aimed towards the road from the direction of the nearby village.

“Every evening in recent months, Arabs from the village of al-Mughayir blind Jews traveling on the Alon Road,” residents told Israel Hayom. “This is a life-threatening danger.”

“The defense system hands out flyers in the village instead of making arrests and dealing with the terrorists. What are they waiting for? For drivers to lose control and be dead, G-d forbid?”[…]

[Toe poor ‘oppressed’ pallies — and the next chapter of Islamic barbarism]

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Putin Arrives in Iran for Syria Summit Overshadowed by Ukraine War

The summit is the first hosted by Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi since he took office last year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran for talks Tuesday on the Syrian war at a three-way summit overshadowed by fallout from his country’s war on Ukraine.

Putin travelled abroad for only the second time since ordering the invasion of Ukraine. He was attending the gathering that also involves Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The summit comes days after US President Joe Biden visited the Middle East for the first time in his presidency, with stops in Iran’s regional foes Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This is the first summit hosted by Iran’s ultra-conservative president Ebrahim Raisi since he took office last year and is ostensibly aimed at ending more than 11 years of conflict in Syria.

All three are involved in the conflict, with Iran and Russia supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey backing rebel forces…

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Video: Saudis Pay Half the Amount Americans Do for Gas

An NBC News reporter has highlighted that if a country drills its own oil, its citizens are rewarded with affordable energy prices.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell posted a video from Saudi Arabia, captioning it “Checking on gas prices in Saudi Arabia. 2.33 Riyal per litre. About 62 cents US.”

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Mark Almond: Vladimir Putin is Forging a New Alliance of Pariah States That’ll be a Graver Threat to the West Than the Old Soviet Bloc

MARK ALMOND: Iran is a pariah state for America, Britain and their allies. Its nuclear ambitions and the ayatollahs’ support for terrorism has made the Islamic Republic a bogeyman.

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Russia Fines Google for Not Censoring Enough

A court in Russia has fined Google $385 million for failure to remove content that is banned in the country.

Russia’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has fined Google for failing to remove banned content on Google Search and YouTube.

Last month, the watchdog fined the tech giant $1.2 million. It said that due to repeated violations, the fine that would follow would be revenue-based, 10% of the company’s annual turnover, hence the $358 million fine announced this week.

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Ukraine War: Zelensky Widens Purge of Security Services

President Volodymyr Zelensky has continued his purge of Ukraine’s security service (SBU) by dismissing the organisation’s deputy director.

Volodymyr Horbenko is the latest official to lose his job after Mr Zelensky said bosses failed to root out pro-Russian elements in the agency.

Regional chiefs in several other cities were also dismissed, Mr Zelensky said.

It comes as MPs voted to dismiss SBU chief Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.

On Monday, an adviser to Mr Zelensky suggested that the pair had merely been suspended pending an investigation, after the president initially appeared to sack them in a late-night address.

But on Tuesday the Ukrainian leader laid down a motion of no-confidence in the pair before parliament, which was approved by an overwhelming majority of MPs.

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India: Muslim ‘Community’ Offers Huge Reward for Kidnapping Hindu Girls to Marry in Rajasthan

Shocking case of ‘love jihad’ in Jaipur is exposed to get reward of 25 lakh rupees on marriage with Hindu girl.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | Jaipur | July 18, 2022:: A case of love jihad has come to the fore in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The accused threatened the complainant and said that their society gives 25 lakh rupees for marrying a Hindu girl. There has been a case of threatening to cut the neck in Udaipur for not getting the marriage done.

After that a case has been registered in this regard at Jaisinghpura Khor police station.

Rajasthan Police said that investigation has been started in the matter. In the report filed with the police, the complainant said that his minor daughter used to go to school in the Chaksu area, then Salman’s sons Aslan and Kalu Khan used to harass her. The accused kidnapped the daughter a year ago. An FIR was filed then in Chaksu police station. Then the police searched out the daughter and handed over to her parents.

Later, the accused Muslim stalkers kidnapped the daughter again from Mansarovar police station area. The police searched for the daughter and since then the daughter was living with her parents.

On 7th July, Salman, Kalu Khan and Asalan threatened that on 15th July, your daughter would become an adult and we would take her away. If protested, like the Udaipur incident, the complainant and her husband will be cut off their necks as like as Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal was hacked to death by some Jihadi goons…

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India and Bangladesh Govt Should Provide Better Protection of Hindus Under Islamic Threats: Geert Wilders in Parliament

Through Parliament questions, Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders seeks international attention and support for Hindu safety and security in Islamic Bangladesh including protection of Nupur Sharma, vehemently threatened by Islamists.

Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | July 19, 2022:: The eminent Anti-Jihad Dutch Statesman, Chairman of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid -PVV) and Member of Netherland Parliament ( States General-the Staten Generaal), Geert Wilders conveyed his great concern on the brutal persecution of minority Hindus in Islamic Bangladesh through his written questions in parliament there.

Geert also highlighted his concern about the ex BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma suspended from her party for her remarks on Prophet Muhammad in recent.

Taking his twitter handle the Dutch Parliamentarian wrote: “Parliamentary Questions from today (19.07.2022) about the Muslim violence against #Hindus in #Bangladesh and #India, the lack of support for #NupurSharma and more international attention and support for Hindu safety and security.”

To express his concern on the Jihadi persecution upon Hindus, Geert clipped a link of a news of ‘The Hindu’ related to the current Islamic Mayhem of Narail in Bangladesh just happened Friday last.

Through his series of tweets Geert has been supporting the stand of Nupur Sharma on her comment about Prophet Muhammad with a condemnation of the killing of Hindu tailor Kanhiya Lal in that row and urged the Hindus, not to bow down to radical Islam.

Now, without compromising to the tenets of Humanity, Geert urged the international attention and support for safety and security of Hindus under the threat of Jihadi Islam…

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Thailand’s Government is Accused of Using Spyware to Surveil Protesters

Researchers at University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab published a report that accused the government of Thailand of targeting activists and dissidents with smartphone spyware Pegasus, developed by Israeli firm NSO.

According to the report, the Thai government is suspected of using Pegasus to infect activists’ smartphones between 2020 and 2021. The use of the spyware appeared to have stopped in November 2021 when Apple started sending notifications to users that their phone might have been infected.

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Adolph Xitler: Chinese Social Media Company Bans Over 500 ‘Nicknames’ For CCP’s Xi Jinping

A Chinese version of Instagram bans users from posting nicknames like Adolf Xitler, Winnie The Poo, and CoronaXi in reference to Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to leaked censorship guidelines.

Content moderators of Xiaohongshu identified 564 nicknames and sensitive terms related to Xi within a two-month period in 2020 and preemptively censored them from the platform, according to VICE.

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Australia’s Ridiculous Response to COVID, Unmasked: How Absurd Rules Are Stopping Us From Getting on With Life, Leaving Some in 14-Day Isolation Nearly Every Month — and Destroying the Economy… With No End in Sight

Two and a half years after the pandemic arrived, sickness and enforced isolation is costing NSW alone $1 billion a year and stressing families and businesses.

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Australian Homes Are Now So Cold They Are Falling Below WHO Safety Guidelines — as Experts Warn Houses Down Under Weren’t Designed for a Real Winter

As an unusually cold winter sends temperatures plummeting new research shows Aussie houses rarely warm up to 18C, the minimum recommended by the WHO for ‘safe an indoor living.

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Extraordinary Moment Elite Raptor Cops Armed With a Battering Ram Storm House of Gang Member’s Mum to Arrest Her for Using a Fake COVID Vaccine Certificate to Work at School

Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, was taken away from her home in handcuffs in Merrylands, in Sydney’s west at about 8.30am on Tuesday.

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How Daniel Andrews’ Top Doctor is Pushing for ALL Workers to Stay at Home in Proposed Return to the Worst Days of the COVID Pandemic

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie is pushing for workers to stay at home until the end of August, documents from a meeting earlier this month reveal, amid fears over new Covid strains.

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Melbourne Traffic Chaos as Convoy of Truckies Furious at the Soaring Cost of Petrol Crawl Over the West Gate Bridge

Frustrated truck drivers have blocked Melbourne’s west gate Bridge to protest rising fuel prices, forcing a 25km-long traffic delay. A spokesperson said truckies were ‘lucky to make $60 profit a day’.

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Police Drop More Incitement Charges But Protester Fights Back

Victoria Police have dropped all incitement charges against anti-lockdown protest organiser Solihin Millin just hours before his hearing was due in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

But in a stunning twist, Millin is fighting to keep the charges in place and has vowed to make police pay for their actions.

First of all, the incitement charges can’t be proved,“ he said.

You have to have the evidence of incitement before you arrest someone and they didn’t have it. So that applies to all the people who have been arrested for incitement.

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Belarusian Guards Aiding Migrants With Ladders and Wire Cutters

Belarusian border guards are continuing to attempt to facilitate migrants from the Middle East across the border with Poland by providing them with wire cutters and ladders, according to Polish authorities.

Anna Michalska, the spokesperson for the Polish border authority, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that there is footage showing how migrants are getting through the fencing and into Polish territory. She confirmed that this was mainly young men.

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Denmark to Start Demolishing Parts of Migrant Ghettos

Denmark is to start demolishing parts of migrant ghettos and moving people elsewhere in a bid to put an end to ‘parallel societies’ that have led to high crime and social dislocation.

The areas targeted by the policy are specifically where there are demographic concentrations of people with non-western backgrounds who are more prone to criminality and joblessness.

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UK: At Least 100 Migrants Including a Tiny Baby Land in Dover Today as Total to Have Crossed Channel This Year Passes 15,000 — Double the Amount Recorded by the Same Time Last Year

At least 100 migrants including a tiny baby have crossed the English Channel by small boat today as government figures show more than 15,000 people have made the journey so far this year.

With the UK and Europe in the grip of a record-breaking heatwave, dozens of migrants crossed the water today, helped to shore by Border Force patrol boats.

The new provisional figures show nearly double the amount of people have made the perilous journey in 2022 than compared to this time last year.

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As Hate Crimes Pile Up Against Churches and Pregnancy Centers, Hawley Cracks Down

It began in Boulder, Colorado. On the night of May 3, one day after Politico leaked a draft of the Dobbs Supreme Court decision that would eventually overturn Roe v. Wade seven weeks later, criminals attacked Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, smashing windows and spray-painting multiple anti-Catholic and pro-abortion slogans on the doors and walls of the building.

Thus began a country-wide wave of hate crimes and terrorist attacks against churches, pregnancy resource centers, and pro-life organizations unlike anything seen before in the U.S., with at least 85 attacks occurring in the 74 days since the May 2 leak. The Washington Stand has tallied an additional 21 incidents of assaults on pro-life individuals and police officers, disruptions of religious services, and other violent incidents committed by pro-abortion extremists over that same time frame.

In response, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced the Pregnancy Resource Center Defense Act on Thursday with the goal of toughening criminal penalties for those who attack pregnancy centers and places of worship.

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Ocasio-Cortez, Omar Pretending to be Handcuffed After Arrest at Protest Blows Up Twitter: ‘This is Too Much’

The images of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., seemingly pretending to be handcuffed on Tuesday as they were escorted away from the Supreme Court by police drew amusement and ridicule on the right.

Along with left-wing “Squad” members like Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and several other House Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar joined an abortion rights protest by the Supreme Court that blocked traffic, leading to Capitol Police taking her away.

Video caught Ocasio-Cortez walking away with a policeman holding her and another protester’s arms, smirking, with her hands behind her back in the typical handcuffs pose, yet she wasn’t cuffed. At one point, she raised a fist to the crowd in solidarity, confirming she wasn’t being constrained. Omar also could be seen in a video walking away from the protest with her hands behind her back in handcuffs pose, despite not wearing them.

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Reps. Omar, Adams Among 16 Members of Congress Arrested During Abortion Protest Near Supreme Court

Multiple members of Congress including Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alma Adams, D-N.C., were arrested by Capitol Police Tuesday afternoon outside the Supreme Court building during an abortion rights protest.

Adams’ staff confirmed her arrest in a tweet from her official account. Omar’s office confirmed her arrest to WCCO.

In a tweet, Omar remained defiant.

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Transgender Health Secretary Says Biden White House Will “Empower” Children to Get Puberty Blockers, Sex Change Surgery

Transgender Assistant Health Secretary Admiral Rachel Levine has announced that the Biden administration is working to “empower” children to get puberty blockers and sex change surgery.

Levine made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC.

“We really want to base our treatment and to affirm and to support and empower these youth — not to limit their participation in activities in sports and even limit their ability to get gender affirmation treatment in their state,” said Levine.

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UK: Woke University Clamps Down on ‘Gendered’ Words Like Brother, Dad, Husband

Manchester University in England has become the latest in a long line of British educational institutions to try and impose woke language codes on students and staff.

“At Manchester, we embrace and celebrate difference and respect. We support each other to create an environment where everyone is able to reach their full potential,” the woke university’s so-called “inclusive language guide”, first revealed by The Sun, pompously declares.

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Watch: NCAA Swimmer Riley Gaines Talks to Tucker Carlson About Lia Thomas’ Woman of the Year Nomination

NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines joined Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday and reacted to trans athlete Lia Thomas being nominated for “Woman of the Year.”

“It’s a mockery. That’s what this whole thing has turned into,” Gaines told Carlson.

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