Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/11/2022

Hungary’s annual inflation rate has risen to over 20%. Meanwhile, the IMF warned that Germany and Italy will slip into recession in 2023.

In other news, the New Zealand government led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern proposes to tax the flatulence of farm animals in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Financial Crisis
» EU Officials Set to Receive Big Wage Hikes — Despite the Move Going Against the Commission’s Own Advice
» Hungary’s Inflation Tops 20%, Czech Prices Rise Faster Than Expected
» IMF Says Germany, Italy to Slip Into Recession in 2023
» India to Test a Central Bank Digital Currency
» US Congressman Introduces Gold Standard Bill as Inflation Spirals Out of Control
 
USA
» “Medical Censorship”: Dr. Peter McCullough Responds to Twitter Ban
» Biden’s New ‘Environmental Justice’ Office is Already in Shambles
» Biden’s Railway Deal to Avert Strike Spiked by Union
» Conservative PACs Are Throwing Millions Behind Republican School Board Candidates
» Durham Probe: FBI Offered Christopher Steele $1 Million to Corroborate Trump Allegations in Dossier
» Durham Probe: Trial of Dossier Sub-Source Igor Danchenko Begins
» F**k PayPal
» FBI Officials Who Flagged Hunter Biden Story Were Dem Donors
» Feds: Man Gets 9 Years in Prison for Stabbing Ex 50 Times
» Fetterman Still Has ‘A Hard Time Understanding’ Conversations, NBC News Correspondent Reports
» Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo Says Twitter Has a “Disregard” For Human Rights After Censorship
» Musk Denies Talking to Putin Ahead of Twitter Poll
» Muslim Community Revolts Against ‘Sexually Explicit’ Books in Schools, Shuts Down Board Meeting
» NASA Confirms it Shifted Nearby Asteroid’s Orbit in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test
» New York Sheriffs Will Not Aggressively Enforce Kathy Hochul’s Anti-Gun Laws
» NY Times Updates Article That Claimed “Conspiracy Theory” Against Election Software Company After Charges Announced
» NYC Mayor Bans Concealed Guns in Times Square Despite Legal Challenges
» PA. Dem Candidate Still Winner of Election Even as SCOTUS Invalidates Hundreds of Mail-in Ballots
» Rumble CEO Says That Music May Start Being Promoted and Released on Alternate Platforms
» Tulsi Gabbard Leaves Democratic Party, Denounces it as ‘Elitist Cabal’
» Uvalde School Superintendent Set to Retire Following Backlash Over Response to Robb Elementary Shooting
» ‘We Make Mistakes’: Ex-Dem Mayor Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge
 
Canada
» CSIS Memo Rejects Trudeau’s Freedom Convoy Swastika Narrative
» Emergencies Act Commission Releases List of 65 Anticipated Witnesses
» On First Day in Office, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith Calls Unvaxxed People the ‘Most Discriminated Against Group’ She’s Ever Seen
 
Europe and the EU
» “Back to the Old Days”: Europeans Panic Buy Firewood and Stoves
» Breaking: UK’s New PM Liz Truss Declares China an Official ‘Threat’
» Germany: Arson Attack on Turkish Restaurant Blamed on ‘Far Right’ Was Actually Done by Owner for Insurance Money
» Hungarian PM: Trump the ‘Best Hope for Peace’ in Ukraine
» Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Joins Twitter, Asks ‘Where is My Good Friend Donald Trump?’
» ‘People Think of Me as an Angry Teenager’: Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Syndrome Helps Her See Through ‘Bulls**t’ Amid Climate Crisis in Candid New Interview
» Pfizer Admits COVID Vaccine Was Never Tested for Transmission
» PM Orban and Chancellor Scholz Meet in Berlin, Discuss Ukraine Crisis and Economic Relations
» Poland is Conducting Early-Stage Talks With US to Host Nuclear Weapons Despite Denials, Says Polish Official
» Poland: Protesters Outside Russian Embassy in Warsaw Call Russians ‘Murderers’ And ‘Terrorists’
» Polish PM Criticizes Left-Wing Opposition’s Past Support for Russia, Including Signing an Energy Deal With Gazprom
» Scotland Independence: UK Supreme Court Hears Case for a Second Referendum on Secession From London
» Sweden Refuses to Share Results of Nord Stream Pipeline Explosion Investigation With Russia
» Switzerland Will Not Hand Over Frozen Russian Assets to Kiev
» Thunberg: Coal Worse Than Keeping German Nuclear Plants on
» UK: Just Stop Oil Protests: Arrests After Emergency Service Vehicles Blocked
» US Moving Another Strike Group to Europe
» We’ve Never Been Closer to a Conflict Between Russia and NATO, Warns Top Czech General
 
Middle East
» Top Dems Pivot Against Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia After Oil Production Cut
 
Russia
» Belarus Troop Border Build Up: Lukashenko Moves Towards Formally Joining Putin’s War in Ukraine
» General Armageddon: The Notoriously Brutal Commander Who Oversaw the Destruction of Aleppo and Has Now Been Appointed by Putin to Revive Russia’s Faltering Invasion of Ukraine
» Patrol Ship Launched After ‘International Terrorism’ Against Nord Stream
» Putin’s Soldiers ‘Are Entering Belarus in Huge Quantities’ on ‘Waves of Trains’ A Day After Lukashenko Announced ‘Joint Military Force With Russia’ — As Ukraine Strengthens Northern Border
» Russia Adds Facebook Parent Meta to ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ List
» Russia Begins Bombing Ukraine’s Lviv, 40 Miles From Poland
» Russian Judge Linked to Top Putin Ally Allegedly Killed in Bridge Bomb
» Whole of Ukraine is Put on Alert for Fresh Russian Attacks Following New Missile Strikes on Schools and Hospitals — After Putin’s Hardliners Urged Him to ‘Bomb the Country Back to the 19th Century’
 
Far East
» Growing Chinese Technological Authoritarianism a ‘Threat to US All’ — UK Intelligence Head
 
Australia — Pacific
» War on Farming: New Zealand Proposes Taxing Cow, Sheep Burps and Peeing to Curb Emissions
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Explosion at Major Substation Leaves Durban in Darkness
 
Immigration
» Asylum Applications in Netherlands Expected to Exceed 2019 Levels
» Chicago’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Open to Illegal Immigrants
» Farage Asks ‘When is Enough, Enough?’: Another 1,600 Illegal Migrants Land in Britain in Two Days
» Foreigners Account for 46% of All Sexual Assault Convictions in Spain
» Germany Struggles to Find Housing for More Than 1m Refugees
» Germany Registered 952,000 Arrivals From Ukraine Until August 2022
» ‘I Wanted a Beautiful White Woman’ — Congolese Migrant Attempts to Gag French Woman With Popcorn, Rape Her in Broad Daylight
» Migration Situation Priority of Austrian Authorities, Following Increase in Number of Migrants
» More Than 35,000 Migrants Have Reached the UK by Boat So Far This Year…
» Over 300 Czech Soldiers Deployed to the Country’s Border With Slovakia to Halt Illegal Migration
» Slovakia Detained More Than 800 Illegal Migrants Over the Last 10 Days
» Spain Dismantles Criminal Organisation Facilitating Irregular Migration to UK
» Spanish Populists Called ‘Incredible’ by Trump Propose Referendum on Illegal Migration
 
Culture Wars
» Breaking: White House Press Secretary Uses Briefing to Tell Her ‘Coming Out Story’
» Country Music Star John Rich Says That Woke Culture Has Infected the Country Music Industry
» ‘Extensive Closures’ of Abortion Clinics Undermine One of Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Talking Points
» Montgomery County Schools Saw 582% Increase in Reported Gender Nonconforming Students Over Two Years, Data Shows
» Only 53 Per Cent of Gen Z Britons Are ‘Exclusively Straight’ — Stonewall Research
 

EU Officials Set to Receive Big Wage Hikes — Despite the Move Going Against the Commission’s Own Advice

European Union officials, including the European Commission president, commissioners, and MEPs, can now look forward to significantly higher salaries. However, the twist in the story is that the pay wages actually go against the European Commission’s own advice on the matter of pay raises.

In what critics say is another example of, “Do what I say, not as I do,” the EU commission has historically advised governments and the heads of labor and managerial organizations to avoid raising wages in the face of inflation. The commission’s advice on wage-seting is that nations and companies should avoid indexing wages to inflation, as that practice creates the conditions for a wage-price spiral and creates the conditions for further inflation.

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Hungary’s Inflation Tops 20%, Czech Prices Rise Faster Than Expected

Oct 11 (Reuters) — Hungary’s headline inflation climbed more than 4 percentage points to surpass 20% in September, data showed on Tuesday.

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IMF Says Germany, Italy to Slip Into Recession in 2023

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday predicted that Germany and Italy would both tip into recession next year, as it also lowered its global growth forecast.

If the assessment is correct, it would make the two G7 nations the first advanced economies to contract in the wake of Russia launching its invasion of Ukraine.

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India to Test a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it will launch a phased pilot of its proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC) called the e-rupee.

In the “concept note” explaining the e-rupee, the RBI said it was trialing a digital currency to keep pace with other countries that have launched such programs, like China.

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US Congressman Introduces Gold Standard Bill as Inflation Spirals Out of Control

Submitted by Jp Cortez, Policy Director, Sound Money Defense League

America’s currency would regain stable footing for the first time in half a century if a bill just introduced by U.S. Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) becomes law.

Referred to as the “Gold Standard Restoration Act” by sound money activists, H.R. 9157 calls for the repegging of the Federal Reserve note to gold in order to address the ongoing problems of inflation, runaway federal debt, and monetary system instability.

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“Medical Censorship”: Dr. Peter McCullough Responds to Twitter Ban

Authored by Zachary Stieber and Steve Lance via The Epoch Times

Dr. Peter McCullough says Twitter banned him despite there being no change in how he’s been posting on the Big Tech platform.

“Twitter claimed that I violated the community rules after thousands of consistent posts on scientific abstracts, and manuscripts. This was very carefully done. I was bringing the world the truth on pandemic response through the media and this was purely of the highest scientific integrity and analysis, and my tweeting pattern didn’t change,” McCullough told NTD’s “Capitol Report.”

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Biden’s New ‘Environmental Justice’ Office is Already in Shambles

President Joe Biden’s new Office of Environmental Justice in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is off to a rocky start.

The office, launched in May, was designed to tackle the broad issue of “environmental justice,” which could range from issues like undrinkable water in Jackson, Mississippi, to air pollution from factories in Los Angeles sickening residents. After only a few months, though, the office is soon to be down to just one employee and has no formal funding, according to STAT News.

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Biden’s Railway Deal to Avert Strike Spiked by Union

Nearly a month after President Biden announced that a deal had been reached between railroad companies and their unions, the deal has fallen apart, raising concerns for a possible strike.

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the Teamsters, one of the nation’s largest railroad unions, rejected the deal on Monday, expressing discontent with the number of paid sick days, according to the Washington Post.

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Conservative PACs Are Throwing Millions Behind Republican School Board Candidates

Conservative political PACs are spending millions of dollars to help elect Republican candidates to school boards across the country this election cycle.

While school board elections have traditionally been of low interest, both to voters and donors, focus on the boards has exploded in recent years thanks to the parental rights movement. The primary PAC pushing to reform boards nationwide is the 1776 Project PAC, which is spending millions to campaign for dozens of candidates.

“Places we’re not supposed to typically win, we’ve won in,” the group’s founder, Ryan Girdusky, told the Associated Press. “I think we can do it again.”

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Durham Probe: FBI Offered Christopher Steele $1 Million to Corroborate Trump Allegations in Dossier

The FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier against Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.

FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steele’s anti-Trump dossier and has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.

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Durham Probe: Trial of Dossier Sub-Source Igor Danchenko Begins

The second trial out of Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe begins this week with Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for the anti-Trump dossier, in court fighting five counts of making false statements to the FBI.

Danchenko pleaded not guilty last year to lying about the source of information that he provided to ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele for the dossier, which contained salacious and now-debunked allegations against former President Donald Trump.

Durham charged Danchenko last year. The charges stem from certain statements Danchenko made to the FBI relating to the sources he used in providing information to an investigative firm in the United Kingdom related to the dossier.

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F**k PayPal

PayPal wants to be the bayonet at the business end of cancel culture.

How about everyone just cancel their PayPal accounts instead?

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

FBI Officials Who Flagged Hunter Biden Story Were Dem Donors

Two members of FBI leadership involved in briefing Facebook prior to its decision to censor Hunter Biden laptop coverage were Democrat donors in 2020, the Washington Free Beacon first reported Monday.

Campaign finance records show that Foreign Influence Task Force unit chief Laura Dehmlow and the FBI’s San Francisco cyber division head Elvis Chan, donated $60 and $50 respectively to Democratic Georgia Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Both Dehmlow and Chan were “involved” in conversations between the FBI and Facebook in the lead up to social media platform’s decision to censor reports surrounding First Son Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop and its content, according to a court filing released Monday by the Missouri Attorney General’s office.

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Feds: Man Gets 9 Years in Prison for Stabbing Ex 50 Times

A Washington, D.C. man was sentenced to nine years in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend over 50 times while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, federal officials say.

A Washington, D.C., man was sentenced to nine years in prison after federal officials accused him of assaulting his former girlfriend while under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug.

On May 6, Brian Wesley, 47, gained access to his ex-girlfriend’s southeast D.C. apartment and stabbed her over 50 times, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Wesley had been kicked out of his ex-girlfriend’s home sometime around late April, officials said, and had later sent threatening text messages to her.

After the stabbing, the ex-girlfriend lay motionless and quiet, and Wesley leaped from a third-floor window, resulting in a broken hip among other injuries, according to the release.

An attorney for Wesley could not immediately be reached for comment by McClatchy News.

Upon receiving a 911 call from neighbors, first responders arrived and found the ex-girlfriend “limp and bleeding on the stairwell” while Wesley was “unconscious on the sidewalk outside with the bloody knife nearby,” according to the release.

Wesley was arrested, and has been detained since then. His ex-girlfriend was brought to a hospital where she underwent multiple surgeries.

PCP, the illegal street drug that officials said Wesley was under the influence of at the time of the assault, is a mind-altering substance, according to Mount Sinai Medical Center. Large doses of the drug, which usually comes in a white powder, can cause the user to act strangely or become violent.

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Fetterman Still Has ‘A Hard Time Understanding’ Conversations, NBC News Correspondent Reports

NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns reported Tuesday that John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, still has “a hard time understanding what he’s hearing” ahead of the midterm elections.

Burns appeared on MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports” to preview her exclusive interview with the lieutenant governor, which will air in its entirety on Wednesday. Both Burns and Tur noted that this would mark the first time that Fetterman has sat down for a one-on-one interview with a reporter since his stroke in May.

Regarding the stroke, Burns commented that the interview itself showed Fetterman struggling to have verbal conversations.

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Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo Says Twitter Has a “Disregard” For Human Rights After Censorship

On Sunday, Twitter removed, then restored, a tweet by Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo warning against the COVID-19 vaccines. The tweet warned men aged between 18 and 39 not to take the vaccines because of an alleged increased risk of cardiac-related death.

“Today, we released an analysis on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines the public needs to be aware of. This analysis showed an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39,” Dr. Ladapo wrote. “FL will not be silent on the truth.”

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Musk Denies Talking to Putin Ahead of Twitter Poll

Tesla founder Elon Musk has denied claims that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to making a contentious Twitter poll suggesting a hypothetical peace deal between Ukraine and Russia.

Political analyst Ian Bremmer wrote Monday that Musk had a “direct conversation” with the Russian leader and that the electric vehicle mogul was convinced that Putin’s nuclear threats were serious, according to The Hill.

Musk flatly denied the claim in a Tweet, writing “I have spoken to Putin only once and that was about 18 months ago. The subject matter was space.”

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Muslim Community Revolts Against ‘Sexually Explicit’ Books in Schools, Shuts Down Board Meeting

A Michigan school board suspended its Monday night meeting after members of the Muslim community called for the removal of sexually explicit books from the school district.

Dearborn School Board in Dearborn, Michigan, will resume its meeting Thursday after members of the local Muslim community attended the meeting to protest sexually explicit books in the school libraries that are currently under review. Meeting attendees also pushed back against the board’s book review policy implemented on Oct. 5 which requires parents to state why they are concerned about a book in the library before it is reviewed by media specialists.

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NASA Confirms it Shifted Nearby Asteroid’s Orbit in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test

NASA confirmed this week that a recent planetary defense test run was a success, marking what it said was the first time in human history that a spacecraft had altered the trajectory of a body in space.

The space agency said in a press release on Tuesday that its recent Double Asteroid Redirection Test—in which it slammed a spacecraft into a nearby asteroid in an attempt to shift its trajectory—”successfully altered the asteroid’s orbit.”

“This marks humanity’s first time purposely changing the motion of a celestial object and the first full-scale demonstration of asteroid deflection technology,” the agency said.

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New York Sheriffs Will Not Aggressively Enforce Kathy Hochul’s Anti-Gun Laws

A group of New York sheriffs has vowed not to aggressively enforce the state’s new strict gun laws, arguing that the new law “unfairly targets law-abiding citizens.”

Speaking with Fox and Friends on Tuesday, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino expressed concerns over the new law, which seeks to ban guns in “sensitive areas” like Times Square, religious centers, and subways.

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NY Times Updates Article That Claimed “Conspiracy Theory” Against Election Software Company After Charges Announced

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

The New York Times has added an editor’s note to an article it published on Oct. 3 claiming that allegations against a Michigan-based election software company were a “conspiracy theory.”

One day later, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon announced charges against the CEO of Konnech, the company, for allegedly stealing and storing election worker data on servers in China.

“After this article was published, the chief executive of Konnech, Eugene Yu, was arrested in connection with an investigation into the possible theft of personal information about poll workers,” the New York Times’ note says.

“In communications with The Times for this article, neither Mr. Yu nor a spokesman for Konnech said that the company was the subject of an investigation. They also asserted that all the company’s data was stored on servers in the United States; prosecutors in Los Angeles, who brought the charges against Mr. Yu, said that they had found some company data stored on servers in China. The Times is continuing to report on this story,” it added.

A New York Times spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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NYC Mayor Bans Concealed Guns in Times Square Despite Legal Challenges

New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed two bills into law, with one transforming Times Square into a ‘gun-free zone’ following the US Supreme Court decision New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

The first bill (Intro 518-A Requires MOCJ and NYPD to Produce Annual Report on Illegal Gun Trafficking Into New York City) allows law enforcement to track data from illegal gun trafficking within the metro area. The second bill (Intro 602-A Designates Boundaries of Times Square as Sensitive Location, in Accordance with New State Regulations Governing Concealed Carry), designates new boundaries where law-abiding citizens cannot carry concealed firearms. One of those places happens to be Times Square.

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PA. Dem Candidate Still Winner of Election Even as SCOTUS Invalidates Hundreds of Mail-in Ballots

A Democratic victor in a local Pennsylvania election will hold onto his seat even as the Supreme Court sides with his Republican challenger in invalidating the hundreds of undated mail-in ballots that may have helped decide the razor-thin margin by which the Democrat won the contest.

The Supreme Court justices in a 7-2 split on Tuesday decided in favor of David Ritter, who had campaigned for the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas last November but lost by five votes. His Democratic challenger, Zachary Cohen, won the seat after Ritter conceded in June.

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Rumble CEO Says That Music May Start Being Promoted and Released on Alternate Platforms

Chris Pavlovski, the CEO of Rumble, says the future of streaming and promoting music and movies is starting to go to alternate platforms such as Rumble and TRUTH Social.

Country music singer John Rich had released his hit song, “Progress,” on those two platforms and it became the number one song in the country for 12 days.

“We’re seeing a new market emerge where everyone wants to kind of control their own destiny and have independence and not have the middlemen control their content and control them,” Chris Pavlovski said on the Tuesday edition of the “Just the News, Not Noise” TV show.

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Tulsi Gabbard Leaves Democratic Party, Denounces it as ‘Elitist Cabal’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard announced she left the Democratic Party on Tuesday, denouncing the organization as an “elitist cabal.”

Gabbard, who retired from the House of Representatives in 2021, attacked the institution in a nearly 30-minute video posted to her YouTube account. She did not announce plans to join the Republican Party or adopt any other political affiliation, however.

“I can no longer remain in today’s Democratic Party that is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness, who divide us by racializing every issue & stoke anti-white racism,” Gabbard said in an excerpt posted to Twitter.

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Uvalde School Superintendent Set to Retire Following Backlash Over Response to Robb Elementary Shooting

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell announced his retirement Monday following backlash over the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people.

Harrell’s wife, Donna Goates Harrell, announced his retirement in a Facebook post that included a statement from him calling the decision “difficult,” according to CNN. The school district held an open forum school board meeting Monday and voted unanimously to search for a new superintendent.

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‘We Make Mistakes’: Ex-Dem Mayor Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge

Dennis “Denny” Doyle, former Democratic mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography Tuesday, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The 73-year-old man possessed digital media containing child pornography, including images of children under age 12 who were known victims of sexual exploitation, according to the DOJ. His sentencing is scheduled for January 2023, and he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release, according to the DOJ.

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CSIS Memo Rejects Trudeau’s Freedom Convoy Swastika Narrative

A memo produced by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) during the Freedom Convoy admitted that Nazis were not representative of protesters who gathered in Ottawa last winter, and those waving offensive flags represented a “very small” portion of the crowd.

“The Canadian flag was the most prevalent flag on display in the crowd, likely reflecting participants’ belief they are patriotic Canadians standing up for their democratic rights,” said the secret memo, first reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.

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Emergencies Act Commission Releases List of 65 Anticipated Witnesses

The Public Order Emergency Commission has published a full list of the anticipated witnesses to be called to testify over the Liberal government’s use of the Emergencies Act to quash Freedom Convoy protests in February.

With only a few days left before the Commission begins its seven-week stretch of hearings on Thursday, the list gives a glimpse into the scope of Commissioner Paul Rouleau’s investigation into the matter.

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On First Day in Office, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith Calls Unvaxxed People the ‘Most Discriminated Against Group’ She’s Ever Seen

EDMONTON—In the eyes of Alberta’s newly minted premier, Danielle Smith, unvaccinated people have faced an “extreme level” of inequity that is unparalleled and, she says, she plans to protect them under the province’s Human Rights Act.

“They have been the most discriminated against group that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime,” Smith said Tuesday during her first media availability as premier of Alberta.

“I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a situation in my lifetime where a person was fired from their job, or not allowed to watch their kids play hockey, or are not allowed to go visit a loved one in long-term care or hospital, or not allowed to go get on a plane to either go across the country to see family or even travel across the border.”

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“Back to the Old Days”: Europeans Panic Buy Firewood and Stoves

As natural gas and electricity prices soar, many European households turn to firewood, a move to offset higher energy costs as the heating season begins. Rising demand for firewood is sending much of Europe back to the ‘medieval’ days of using stoves and fireplaces to heat homes.

The sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline system underneath the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany sparked even more energy uncertainty among Germans as many brace for what could be the coldest and possibly even the darkest winter in a generation due to rising risks of power blackouts.

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Breaking: UK’s New PM Liz Truss Declares China an Official ‘Threat’

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss will categorize President Xi Jinping’s China as a “threat” ahead of the country’s 20th National Congress. China will now join North Korea, Iran, and Russia as countries that the UK defines as a threat to their interests.

According to the Sun, the UK previously listed China as a “systemic competitor” under Boris Johnson. The Truss government will be upgrading that to “threat” after announcing review of the policy last month.

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Germany: Arson Attack on Turkish Restaurant Blamed on ‘Far Right’ Was Actually Done by Owner for Insurance Money

BERLIN (AP) — A German court convicted the owner of a Turkish restaurant Tuesday of ordering an arson attack that he blamed on far-right extremists in the eastern city of Chemnitz four years ago.

The arson attack in October 2018 happened a few weeks after Chemnitz was shaken by anti-migrant protests following the killing of a German man for which a Syrian migrant was later convicted.

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Hungarian PM: Trump the ‘Best Hope for Peace’ in Ukraine

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for an immediate ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine and for former U.S. President Donald Trump to lead negotiations on behalf of the United States to end the conflict.

The European leader stressed that a lasting end to the conflict would require agreement between Moscow and Washington, which has strongly backed Kyiv’s bid to maintain its territorial integrity.

“It would be better if the public didn’t hear what I’m saying now… The cease-fire does not have to be between Russia and Ukraine but between Russia and the USA,” he stated, per The Hill, which relayed German language reporting from Cicero Magazine.

“I belong to the peace camp, so I am for an immediate cease-fire, no matter what the Ukrainians think of it,” Orban continued. “That distinguishes me from those who want to derive decisions from Ukrainian interests.”

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Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Joins Twitter, Asks ‘Where is My Good Friend Donald Trump?’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched an official account on Twitter on Monday, and said that following his first day on the platform, the question on his mind was “where is my good friend [Donald Trump]?”

The populist conservative leader has previously focussed his social media output on Facebook, where he has amassed over 1.2 million followers. On Monday, Orban’s office announced that he had opened up an account on Twitter, with his first post on the social media platform declaring “let’s make some noise”.

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‘People Think of Me as an Angry Teenager’: Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Syndrome Helps Her See Through ‘Bulls**t’ Amid Climate Crisis in Candid New Interview

Greta Thunberg has spoken out against the public’s perception of herself as an ‘angry teenager’, saying that she gets daily ‘laughing attacks’ where she ‘can’t breathe’,

The 19-year-old eco-activist, who rose to fame after helping organise climate strikes while at school, opened up about having a fun side and ‘just being crazy’ with her peers in a candid new interview.

Talking to ELLE UK, the campaigner — whose book The Climate Book is coming out next month — also got candid about how her Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis helps her wade through ‘the bulls**t’ of political conversation around the climate crisis.

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Pfizer Admits COVID Vaccine Was Never Tested for Transmission

During a COVID hearing at the European Parliament, Pfizer’s representative said it never tested the ability of its COVID vaccine to prevent transmission.

The revelation came after Dutch MP Rob Roos questioned Janine Small, Pfizer’s president of international developed markets.

“To you, Ms. Small, I have the following question, to which I would like to receive a clear response,” Roos said in Dutch before switching to English.

“Was the Pfizer vaccine tested on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market?”

Small responded with a chuckle, “No.”

“These, umm, you know, we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market.”

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PM Orban and Chancellor Scholz Meet in Berlin, Discuss Ukraine Crisis and Economic Relations

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin where the two mostly focused on the crisis in Ukraine, with Orban describing the talks as “fruitful.”

The prime minister said that he and Scholz discussed the difficult and complicated issues facing the two countries during their two-hour meeting. He also said that “everyone can be satisfied” with the outcome, but neither side mentioned any details regarding what they spoke about. The main topics of conversation were the war in Ukraine and Europe’s economic crisis, according to a report from Hungarian news outlet Magyar Nemzet.

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Poland is Conducting Early-Stage Talks With US to Host Nuclear Weapons Despite Denials, Says Polish Official

After the U.S. State Department denied any talks with Poland about a nuclear sharing program that would place U.S. nuclear weapons on Polish soil, a top Polish official said that discussions were being conducted, but have not involved the State Department.

The matter “is not on a stage where the State Department is involved,” said Jakub Kumoch, the head of the International Policy Bureau in the Chancellery of the President of Poland.

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Poland: Protesters Outside Russian Embassy in Warsaw Call Russians ‘Murderers’ And ‘Terrorists’

A crowd waving Polish, Ukrainian, and EU flags has gathered outside of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw with banners accusing Russia of being a terrorist state. People chanted “Slava Ukraina” and called Russians murderers and terrorists.

The organizers of the demonstration have accused the Russians of unleashing “total war.” They also called on the international community to give Ukraine total and unreserved support. The demonstration was organized by Euromaidan Warsaw and the left-wing National Women’s Strike.

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Polish PM Criticizes Left-Wing Opposition’s Past Support for Russia, Including Signing an Energy Deal With Gazprom

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hit back against Donald Tusk’s criticism of the prime minister speaking at a rally of the Vox party in Spain by reminding him about the liberal opposition leader’s record on Russia

Morawiecki was attacked by Tusk on Twitter for attending the rally of the Spanish conservative Vox party, accusing Morawiecki of talking nonsense about the EU as a “transnational beast” and said that Morawiecki had reached a new low.

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Scotland Independence: UK Supreme Court Hears Case for a Second Referendum on Secession From London

Britain’s top court is due to begin hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether Scotland’s semi-autonomous administration can organise an independence vote without the London government’s consent.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon plans to hold a new independence referendum in October next year, but the UK government is adamant it won’t happen, saying the 2014 referendum — which was won by the ‘no’ campaign with 55% of the vote to 44% in favour of independence — was a ‘once in a generation event.’

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Sweden Refuses to Share Results of Nord Stream Pipeline Explosion Investigation With Russia

Sweden is refusing to share the preliminary results of its official investigation into the Nord Stream pipeline explosions with Russia, asserting that the information is “confidential.”

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that the outcome of the inquiry into what severely damaged the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in late September would not be revealed to Moscow.

“In Sweden, our preliminary investigations are confidential, and that, of course, also applies in this case,” Andersson told reporters.

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Switzerland Will Not Hand Over Frozen Russian Assets to Kiev

Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the West has said goodbye to a central pillar of its value system: legal certainty.

All over the EU and the US, bank balances and other property belonging to Russian owners have been confiscated for months because they appear on Western sanctions lists. This is a gross breach of the law.

Switzerland has shown that there is another way and that neutrality is not just an empty word. For the second time, the Confederates have opposed a request by the Ukrainian President Zelensky to transfer frozen bank balances of Russian owners to Ukraine without further ado.

Zelensky recently asked Switzerland again to transfer funds from wealthy Russians and reserves of the Russian central bank blocked in Switzerland to Ukraine. There was again a clear no from the Confederates.

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Thunberg: Coal Worse Than Keeping German Nuclear Plants on

BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg says it would be “a mistake” for Germany to switch off its nuclear power plants if that means the country must burn more planet-heating coal.

The German government is still debating the future of its nuclear plants, long set to be shut down this year, given the specter of a looming energy crisis due to the war in Ukraine.

Thunberg, who inspired a youth climate movement with her solo protests outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, told German public broadcaster ARD that it was “a very bad idea to focus on coal when this (nuclear power) is already in place.”

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UK: Just Stop Oil Protests: Arrests After Emergency Service Vehicles Blocked

A total of 28 anti-oil protesters have been arrested following a demonstration in west London.

Campaign group Just Stop Oil blocked three roads in Knightsbridge and Brompton Road, bringing all traffic to a halt.

Videos shared online show emergency crews were unable to get through.

Home Secretary Suella Braverma described the actions of those demonstrating as “self-defeating” and “completely indefensible”.

She said she expected police to use the “full powers” given to them by the government.

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US Moving Another Strike Group to Europe

This is not a sign of de-escalation: the US is sending one of its most modern aircraft carriers, the USS Gerald R Ford, to Europe. It is the US Navy’s newest class of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN 78), departing on its first major deployment.

The 13 billion euro carrier was only put into service in 2017, is 337 meters long and has a crew of 4 500, 90 fighter jets and, presumably, nuclear weapons on board. The Strike Group includes 17 ships and one submarine.

The USS Gerald R Ford, accompanied by several guided missile cruisers, submarines and supply ships, should be operating in the North Sea in just a few days, joining the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsage. This would give the US Navy a massive concentration of troops in northern Europe — and the air support of the most modern stealth fighter jets.

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We’ve Never Been Closer to a Conflict Between Russia and NATO, Warns Top Czech General

Russia and NATO have never been so close to actual direct conflict, conventional or nuclear, than they are now, said the head of the General Staff of the Czech Army, Karel Rehka, at Monday’s conference on Russian power and influence against Central Europe.

The general said that a conflict between Russia and NATO would have a significant impact on Czechia. He described the situation as “serious,” saying that despite decades of animosity, the threat of an outright conflict between the two powers is now dire.

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Top Dems Pivot Against Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia After Oil Production Cut

Authored by Kyle Anzalone & Connor Freeman via The Libertarian Institute,

Top-ranking Democratic Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have called for a fundamental change to the relationship between Washington and Riyadh after the kingdom announced it would cut its oil production. For years, some senators, such as Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have demanded an end to US weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over Riyadh’s war in Yemen, internal human rights abuses and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Belarus Troop Border Build Up: Lukashenko Moves Towards Formally Joining Putin’s War in Ukraine

In a potential move towards formally joining the war in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that he has order troops to join Russian forces in a deployment near the border of Ukraine.

In a press conference from Minsk on Monday, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko announced that he would be sending troops to the northern border of Ukraine in a joint deployment with the Russian military following a meeting with Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg over the weekend.

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General Armageddon: The Notoriously Brutal Commander Who Oversaw the Destruction of Aleppo and Has Now Been Appointed by Putin to Revive Russia’s Faltering Invasion of Ukraine

Surovikin, 55, was appointed on Saturday, after Moscow’s forces were pushed back by Kyiv in recent weeks in a series of embarrassing setbacks, and hours after the Kerch Bridge blast.

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Patrol Ship Launched After ‘International Terrorism’ Against Nord Stream

A “new era” has begun following the launch of a Russian patrol ship, weeks after an attack on the Nord Stream pipelines caused global speculation.

Naval News reported on the launch of an ice-class patrol ship named “Purga” that is part of the Russian Federation’s Federal Security Service.

Georgy Poltavchenko, chairman of the board of directors of United Shipbuilding Corporation, said “a lot has happened” between the introduction of the Purga about two years ago and its launch on October 7.

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Putin’s Soldiers ‘Are Entering Belarus in Huge Quantities’ on ‘Waves of Trains’ A Day After Lukashenko Announced ‘Joint Military Force With Russia’ — As Ukraine Strengthens Northern Border

Belarus Dictator Alexander Lukashenko said the task force with Russia was in response to a clear threat from Kyiv, baselessly claiming Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine were training Belarusian ‘radicals’.

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Russia Adds Facebook Parent Meta to ‘Terrorists and Extremists’ List

Russia’s financial monitoring agency, Rosfinmonitoring, has added Meta Platforms to its list of “terrorists and extremists,” according to Interfax news agency.

In March, the Facebook parent was found guilty of “extremist activity” — while in June a Moscow court rejected an appeal.

Meta’s lawyer argued that the company was not carrying out extremist activity and was against Russophobia, Reuters reports.

Russia restricted access Facebook and Instagram, as well as Twitter, following the Kremlin’s decision to send tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb 24.

Facebook was initially banned for restricting access to Russian media, while Instagram was placed on the list after saying it would allow social media users in Ukraine to post messages which urged violence against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his troops.

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Russia Begins Bombing Ukraine’s Lviv, 40 Miles From Poland

The mayor of western Lviv, Ukraine, confirmed in a social media post on Tuesday that Russia had begun a missile assault, resulting in blackouts throughout the city of over half a million people.

The attacks on Lviv represent a dramatic expansion west for the Russian campaign against Ukraine, which had largely stalled in the eastern Donbass region for much of the summer. On Monday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced a “massive strike” against the Ukrainian government, first expanding in Kyiv, in response to a truck bombing on the Kerch Strait Bridge. The bridge connects occupied Crimea, Ukraine, to mainland Russia. Debuting in 2018, the 12-mile bridge prevents Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov from being able to pass into the Black Sea, severely damaging commerce in port cities Mariupol and Berdyansk.

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Russian Judge Linked to Top Putin Ally Allegedly Killed in Bridge Bomb

One of the last cases he worked on reportedly involved none other than Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s daughter.

Three days after a huge explosion tore through a key bridge linking Russia to occupied Crimea in what the Kremlin deemed a Ukrainian “terrorist” attack against civilians, sources cited in Russian media say one of the victims was no ordinary civilian at all.

Sergei Maslov, a judge of the Moscow Arbitration Court, is said to have died in the blast along with three other people who were in the same vehicle with him: fitness instructor Gleb Orgetkin and Eduard Chuchakin and Zoya Sofronova, a married couple.

Work is reportedly still underway on identifying the victims, but a source in the emergency services cited by Russia’s TASS news agency was quoted saying that “available information” indicates Maslov was among those killed.

Maslov, appointed to the court by Putin back in May 2014, had reportedly overseen several high-profile cases involving the Moscow government and oil and gas companies.

Several independent Russian news outlets, including Taiga.info and VChK-OGPU, report that one of Maslov’s last cases involved none other than the eldest daughter of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The Russian division of Condé Nast had reportedly filed suit against a fashion house headed by Chechen Culture Minister Aishat Kadyrova in August, though the publishing house unexpectedly dropped their complaint about two weeks later.

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Whole of Ukraine is Put on Alert for Fresh Russian Attacks Following New Missile Strikes on Schools and Hospitals — After Putin’s Hardliners Urged Him to ‘Bomb the Country Back to the 19th Century’

Every Ukrainian region bar occupied Crimea was put on alert for incoming Russian missiles Tuesday amid reports that rockets had been shot down over Kyiv and suicide drones were loitering near Odesa.

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Growing Chinese Technological Authoritarianism a ‘Threat to US All’ — UK Intelligence Head

Communist China’s growing use of authoritarian measures within technology, international markets, and diplomacy poses a threat to the entire world, the head of the UK signals intelligence branch has said.

Sir Jeremy Fleming of the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has claimed that an ever more powerful and fearful Communist China is utilising its power to either coerce or crush perceived opposition both nationally and internationally in what he describes as a “threat to us all”.

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War on Farming: New Zealand Proposes Taxing Cow, Sheep Burps and Peeing to Curb Emissions

New Zealand’s left-wing government on Tuesday proposed taxing the gasses farm animals create from burping and peeing as part of a plan to reset agricultural production and “tackle climate change.”

The Labour administration led by Jacinda Ardern, a former president of the International Union of Socialist Youth , claimed what it called a farm levy would be a world first and farmers should be able to recoup the cost by simply charging consumers more for their products.

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Explosion at Major Substation Leaves Durban in Darkness

An explosion at the 275kv Klaarwater major substation caused a widespread power outage to about 50% of the city.

SEVERAL areas across Durban are without electricity after an explosion at the Klaarwater Major Substation.

The outage has affected areas in the south, central and Upper Highway with outages reported in Malvern, Hillcrest, Glenwood and the Durban CBD.

Several videos circulating on social media show the moment the explosion happened.

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Asylum Applications in Netherlands Expected to Exceed 2019 Levels

5,374 applications were filed by asylum seekers in September alone, the Migration and Naturalisation Ministry has revealed.

According to a press release by the authority, these rates were up by 9.4 per cent compared to the previous month, when 4,897 applications were filed. In total, 34,613 applications have been filed in the country since the year began, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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Chicago’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Open to Illegal Immigrants

A Chicago-area guaranteed income pilot program will be open to illegal immigrants, who can apply for the chance to become one of 3,250 residents who will receive $500 per month in cash assistance for two years.

The only requirement for the program is that applicants must be adults residents of Cook County, and make less than 250% of the federal poverty level — or less than $69,375 for a house of four, Fox News reports.

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Farage Asks ‘When is Enough, Enough?’: Another 1,600 Illegal Migrants Land in Britain in Two Days

Over 1,600 migrants aboard 38 small boats were intercepted from Sunday to Monday in the English Channel by British authorities, with Brexit leader Nigel Farage asking of the migrant crisis: “when is enough, enough?”.

A total of 1,065 migrants on 25 small boats were intercepted by British authorities on Sunday, with a further 360 migrants intercepted by French authorities and brought back to France from the Strait of Pas-de-Calais. On Monday, a further 539 migrants were found in the English Channel, according to UK Ministry of Defence figures on 13 small boats, making for 1,604 in all over two days.

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Foreigners Account for 46% of All Sexual Assault Convictions in Spain

New data from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) paints a bleak picture about diversity and multiculturalism in the Mediterranean country, showing that 45.62 percent of all of those convicted of sexual assault do not have Spanish nationality despite foreigners making up only a small fraction of the overall population.

Almost 500 people were convicted in 2021 in Spain for crimes related to sexual assault. Of these, 267 have Spanish nationality (54.38 percent), and 224 are foreigners (45.62 percent). Within this second group, 93 Africans were convicted of such crimes while Africans only represent 2.4 percent of the Spanish population, reports The Objective Spanish news outlet.

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Germany Struggles to Find Housing for More Than 1m Refugees

BERLIN (AP) — The German government pledged Tuesday to provide more support to cities and towns struggling to house the more than 1.1 million refugees.

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Germany Registered 952,000 Arrivals From Ukraine Until August 2022

The German authorities have announced that the country has registered around 952,000 arrivals from Ukraine from February 2022 until August 2022.

According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, Destatis, the highest number of arrivals from Ukraine was registered in March and April, which are the first two months after Russia’s attack on Ukraine started.

In March, Germany registered around 431,000 arrivals from Ukraine, whereas in April, the country registered around 198,000 arrivals from Ukraine, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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‘I Wanted a Beautiful White Woman’ — Congolese Migrant Attempts to Gag French Woman With Popcorn, Rape Her in Broad Daylight

A 40-year-old Congolese illegal immigrant has been arrested for the attempted rape of a 24-year-old French woman on Rue Quinault in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, with police saying that the man confessed to wanting a “beautiful White woman” and trying to gag his victim with popcorn.

The alleged perpetrator, who is in an irregular situation and has no permanent address, was arrested a day after the attack on Oct. 3, but information about his migrant status is only now coming to light.

On Sunday last week, in the early morning, the young woman was on her way to work when she noticed that a man was following her. He approached the victim while holding a bag of popcorn and asked her for information, but she said that she immediately noticed she was in danger. She made a phone call to her relative, but the person never answered their phone.

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Migration Situation Priority of Austrian Authorities, Following Increase in Number of Migrants

Due to the increased number of migrants, politicians in Austria have brought into focus the asylum issue after, according to an ABC news report, asylum functions have elevated dynamically and dramatically.

The issue of migrants is among the most discussed topics, with Austria registering a total of 68,800 migrants as well as 440 smugglers because it introduced its anti-people smuggling operation in May, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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More Than 35,000 Migrants Have Reached the UK by Boat So Far This Year…

— with 2,232 Channel crossings recorded in October alone

More than 35,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel by small boat so far this year — almost 7,000 more than in the whole of 2021.

According to stats from the Ministry of Defence (MoD), 35,233 people have made the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits in 873 boats — an average of 40 people per vessel — so far in 2022.

Last year saw 28,526 asylum seekers reach British soil in inflatable dinghies and other small craft, while in 2020 just 8,410 made the crossing.

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Over 300 Czech Soldiers Deployed to the Country’s Border With Slovakia to Halt Illegal Migration

An additional 300 Czech soldiers have been deployed to the country’s border with Slovakia in order to halt the migrant flood.

According to the report of Eturbo News, the 300 soldiers from Czechia will assist in the South Moravian, Zlin, and Moravian-Silesian areas, in conducting border controls, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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Slovakia Detained More Than 800 Illegal Migrants Over the Last 10 Days

The authorities of Slovakia have announced that the border police have detained over 800 illegal migrants since the end of September after the country started carrying out increased patrolling near the border with Hungary.

According to the Ministry of Interior of Slovakia, after the introduction of border controls by the Czech Republic and Austria, the patrol activity near the border with these two countries intensified, which led to the detection of illegal migrants and people smugglers.

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Spain Dismantles Criminal Organisation Facilitating Irregular Migration to UK

The Spanish authorities have announced that the country’s police have dismantled a criminal organisation of Albanian origin that promoted irregular migration to the United Kingdom.

Announcing the news, the Ministry of Interior of Spain said that the migrants, some of whom were minors, were transported by the organisation’s members on ships.

In addition, the authorities revealed that each person was required to pay an amount of €3,000 to €15,000 to be transported to the UK, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

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Spanish Populists Called ‘Incredible’ by Trump Propose Referendum on Illegal Migration

The Spanish populist party VOX — newly boosted by a Trump endorsement — has called for Spain to hold referendums on several issues including illegal immigration, arguing that Spanish citizens should have a more direct say on policies.

VOX leader Santiago Abascal announced the proposals for the referendums during the Viva 22 event held in Madrid over the weekend, calling for a new Spanish national election to remove current leftist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez from power.

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Breaking: White House Press Secretary Uses Briefing to Tell Her ‘Coming Out Story’

At the top of Tuesday’s White House press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters her own “coming out” story in honor of National Coming Out Day.

This was the sum total of Jean-Pierre’s announcement about National Coming Out Day. She revealed her personal story about how she came out as a lesbian to family and friends.

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Country Music Star John Rich Says That Woke Culture Has Infected the Country Music Industry

Country music singer John Rich says that he has fallen out of favor with the leaders of the country music industry since the release of his hit song, “Progress.”

“I don’t have the backing of of the country music industry really much anymore,” John Rich said on the Tuesday edition of the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “And that’s okay. I would rather have my freedom of speech than their approval any day of the week.”

In July of 2022, Rich released his hit song, “Progress,” which was number one in the music industry for 12 days. According to Rich, he wrote the song based on all of his frustrations of what has been happening in the country for the past two years.

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‘Extensive Closures’ of Abortion Clinics Undermine One of Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Talking Points

Abortion clinics quickly shut their doors as states passed abortion restrictions, casting doubt on the abortion industry’s long-running claims that abortions make up only a fraction of the services offered to women at clinics.

Planned Parenthood has long claimed that abortion makes up only 3-4% of the services offered at its clinics, an argument echoed by others in the industry who euphemistically refer to abortions as “reproductive services” and clinics as “women’s health clinics.” But many clinics are closing their doors in states that don’t allow elective abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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Montgomery County Schools Saw 582% Increase in Reported Gender Nonconforming Students Over Two Years, Data Shows

Maryland’s largest public school district saw a 582% increase the number of students identifying as gender nonconforming in just two years, according to internal data posted to an educator’s Twitter page.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) gathered this data from forms school counselors fill out when students approach them to talk about gender identity issues. Because the numbers rely on self-reporting, the near-sevenfold increase from 2019 to 2022 could indicate a massive increase in the number of gender-diverse students, an environment that encourages those students to be more open with counselors or both.

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Only 53 Per Cent of Gen Z Britons Are ‘Exclusively Straight’ — Stonewall Research

The number of Britons who identify as “exclusively straight” has fallen to just 53 per among Generation Z, according to Stonewall.

In its ‘Rainbow Britain Report’ for 2022, the LGBTQ+ activist organisation hailed the fact that “our lives and experiences are now more visible than they have ever been — in every community, and in all aspects of life, in Great Britain.”

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/11/2022

  1. So in Newzealand they want to curb the flatulence of animals?
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