Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/29/2022

At least 149 people were killed and 150 others injured when Halloween revelers were trapped in a closed-in alley in the South Korean capital, Seoul, and panic set in. The ensuing crush so constricted people in the crowd that more than 50 incidents of cardiac arrest were reported.

In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled the deal that allowed grain exports from southern Ukraine after Ukrainian drones allegedly attacked the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

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USA
» Breaking: Barack Obama Blames Surge in Violent Crime in America on Republicans and Trump
» Elon Musk Reportedly Ordered Company-Wide Layoffs at Twitter
» General Motors Says it is Pausing Advertisements on Twitter After Musk Takeover
» House Democratic Aide Fired After Reportedly Working on Behalf of ‘Friends’ At Chinese Embassy
» Kanye West Doubles Down on Anti-Semitic Claim Jews Control the Media by Sharing Spreadsheet ‘Filled With Names of Jewish Execs at Top Entertainment Corporations’
» Lawmakers Call on Biden to Make it More Difficult for People to Download Gun Blueprints
» Michigan Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Government Drone Spying is Legal Without Warrant
» Report: Days After Prison Release, Chicago Man Allegedly Commits Same Crimes
» Shellenberger: Pelosi Attack Suspect Was Psychotic Homeless Addict Estranged From His Nudist Lover & Their Children
» Subway Crime: Man Stabs Subway Rider Who Refused to Argue With Him
» Sure About That, Joe? Biden, 79, Claims US Has Fifty-Four States During Speech in Support of Post-Stroke Senate Hopeful John Fetterman — as Gaffes Pile Up and Concerns Continue to Mount About the President’s Cognitive Abilities
» Telegram Ends Paid Posts on IOS After Apple Demands a Cut
» The Secret History Between Bill Gates and the Epstein Network
» Wisconsin Appeals Court Outlaws Practice of Spoiling Absentee Ballots to Vote Again
» YouTube: Users Will Have to Commit to WHO-Approved Practices to be Labeled as “Reliable” In Algorithm
 
Canada
» Alberta Lawyer Takes Aim at CAF Vax Mandate
» Canada’s Online Censorship Bill Lurches Forward
» Canadian Media Figures Melt Down After Musk Completes Twitter Deal
» Danielle Smith Considering Back Pay for Alberta’s Unvaccinated Workers
» Giant Fake Breasts Still Allowed in Oakville Classroom, ‘Frightening’ Halloween Costumes Aren’t
» Lawsuit Against RCMP Being Prepped After Officers Sabotaged Excavators During Coutts Blockade
» NDP MP Melts Down in Front of the Camera, Parliament Holds Hearing on Emergencies Act Inquiry
» What Went on During the Emergencies Act Inquiry
 
Europe and the EU
» UK: Angry Drivers Remove Just Stop Oil Protesters From London Roads
» UK: Dangerous New COVID Strain Created in Imperial College London Lab
» UK: Just Stop! Furious Met Police Chief Hits Out at Just Stop Oil Eco-Zealots Saying Their 29 Days of Action in London Has Cost 7,900 Shifts That Could Have Been Used to Beat Knife Crime and Solve Burglaries
» UK: Just 1 in 10 Eco Warriors Arrested by Cops Has Been Charged as Demos Paralyse the Country
» UK: Terrifying Moment Notting Hill Carnival Thugs Smash Woman, 19, In the Head With Gas Canister Then Kick and Punch Her to the Ground
 
Middle East
» Caroline Glick: America and the World Must Stand With Iran’s Freedom Revolution
 
Russia
» Now Moscow Claims That Britain’s Royal Navy Blew Up Nord Stream 1 and 2 Gas Pipelines as Ministry of Defence Says ‘Invented’ Slur ‘Says More About Arguments Going on Inside Russia’s Government’
» Russia Says UK Blew Up Nord Stream Pipeline, London Denies it
» Russia Turns Its Back on the World: Putin ENDS Deal to Export Grain After Ukraine Targets Its Black Sea Flagship in Deadly Suicide Boat Drone Attack as Explosions Rock Crimean Port of Sevastopol
» Ukraine War: Russia Halts Grain Deal After ‘Massive’ Black Sea Fleet Attack
» Ukraine Bans Last Opposition Party
 
Far East
» At Least 146 Dead After South Korea Crowd Surge During Halloween Festivities, Officials Say
» China: Locked-Down Foxconn Employees in “IPhone City” Scuffle Over Food Rations After COVID Outbreak
» Crush Kills at Least 149 at Halloween Festivities in Seoul
» Dozens in Cardiac Arrest in Halloween Crowds in South Korea
» Wuhan’s ‘Acute Safety Emergency’ In 2019 Uncovered in Massive Investigation by Pro Publica and Vanity Fair
 
Australia — Pacific
» New Zealand PM’s Plane Breaks Down in Cold — as She Studies Climate Change
 
Latin America
» Argentinian Government Officials Admit Its Hypocritical for Global Mayors to Burn Fossils Fuels to Attend C40 World Mayors Summit
 
Immigration
» Italy: Meloni Announces Radical Change in Asylum Policy
» Rwandan Who Set Fire to French Cathedral Indicted for Priest Murder
» UK Considered Setting Up Tent Cities in London Parks to House Migrants: Report
» UK: Residents ‘Up in Arms’ at Ferriby Hotel’s Plans to ‘House Asylum Seekers’
 
Culture Wars
» Intersex Activist Hired by Biden as Advisor to US Envoy for LGBTQ+ Rights
» Russian Duma Passes Draft Law to Restrict LGBT ‘Propaganda’ in Media
» Some Virginia School Boards Opposing New Transgender Policies
 

Breaking: Barack Obama Blames Surge in Violent Crime in America on Republicans and Trump

Speaking at a rally on Saturday for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer as she faces off against Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the midterms, former President Barack Obama said that the historic rise in crime the country is facing under the Biden administration is the fault of Republicans and former President Donald Trump.

“You hear the Republicans talking a lot about crime, right?” Obama said. “Violent crime has gone up over the last seven years by the way, they act like it just happened just last year like the previous president wasn’t there, and by the way, it didn’t just happen in so-called blue states, it has gone up and in conservative rule states too.”

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

Elon Musk Reportedly Ordered Company-Wide Layoffs at Twitter

Tech guru and self-proclaimed “Chief Twit,” Elon Musk is rumored to have ordered company-wide layoffs at Twitter on Saturday, according to a report from The New York Times.

Musk has reportedly ordered cuts across the company with some departments being more affected than others.

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

General Motors Says it is Pausing Advertisements on Twitter After Musk Takeover

General Motors this week said it would “pause” advertising on Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk secured a takeover of the site with the express goal of expanding free speech upon it.

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

House Democratic Aide Fired After Reportedly Working on Behalf of ‘Friends’ At Chinese Embassy

A Democratic staffer on Capitol Hill was fired this week after it was found that she had reportedly been working to arrange meetings with U.S. representatives on behalf of purported “friends” of hers at the Chinese Embassy.

Barbara Hamlett, a three-decade-plus veteran of Capitol Hill, was dismissed from the office of Democratic Rep. Don Beyer after “her outreach to other congressional aides allegedly on behalf of the Chinese embassy” was discovered via internal investigations, National Review reported this week.

Hamlett allegedly “sent emails to, placed phone calls to, and even showed up at the offices of other congressional staffers in order to invite them to meetings with Chinese embassy staff,” National Review reported. The magazine had earlier been tipped off to the allegations by “congressional sources.”

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

Kanye West Doubles Down on Anti-Semitic Claim Jews Control the Media by Sharing Spreadsheet ‘Filled With Names of Jewish Execs at Top Entertainment Corporations’

Kanye West doubled down on his claim that Jews control the media last night when he pulled up a spreadsheet of Jewish executives who help run top media brands.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Lawmakers Call on Biden to Make it More Difficult for People to Download Gun Blueprints

Lawmakers in California, led by Congressman Mike Thompson, penned a letter asking the Joe Biden administration to hold manufacturers responsible for homemade ghost guns.

Currently, it is relatively easy to buy gun parts, or make them at home with a 3D printer, and create an untraceable firearm. Ghost guns allow people to circumvent the background check requirement to own a gun.

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

Michigan Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Government Drone Spying is Legal Without Warrant

Can government use warrantless drone surveillance to enforce zoning rules?

An appeal filed with the Michigan Supreme Court says the government must get a warrant before it can surveil private property for evidence.

The Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm, says the government violated the Fourth Amendment when it used warrantless drone surveillance to snap pictures of Todd Maxon’s 5-acre property in Long Lake Township where he repairs cars, as proof of zoning violations.

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

Report: Days After Prison Release, Chicago Man Allegedly Commits Same Crimes

Less than a week after being released from prison for punching a woman and kicking a Chicago officer, a man reportedly stands accused of doing the same things again.

The suspect’s name is James Killingsworth and according to CWB Chicago officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections are not revoking the man’s parole, the outlet reported Wednesday. It also detailed past incidents.

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

Shellenberger: Pelosi Attack Suspect Was Psychotic Homeless Addict Estranged From His Nudist Lover & Their Children

Authored by Michael Shellenberger via substack

Leading politicians yesterday blamed the political Right for the brutal attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul. “This is despicable,” said President Biden. He noted that the alleged attacker, David DePape, 42, shouted the same line, “Where’s Nancy?” as the supporters of Donald Trump, who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. “And what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections?” said Biden. “COVID being a hoax? It’s all a bunch of lies.”

California political leaders agreed. “This heinous assault is yet another example of the dangerous consequences of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that is putting lives at risk and undermining our very democracy and Democratic institutions,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “This attack,” said San Francisco’s state Senator, Scott Weiner, “is terrifying and the direct result of toxic right-wing rhetoric.”

Journalists, en masse, agreed with their assessment. DePape “appears to have made racist and often rambling posts online,” noted AP, in a report this morning that encapsulated the media narrative, “including some that questioned the results of the 2020 election, defended former President Donald Trump and echoed QAnon conspiracy theories.”

But DePape’s politics have little rhyme or reason.

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

Subway Crime: Man Stabs Subway Rider Who Refused to Argue With Him

NEW YORK — The NYPD is investigating after a man stabbed a subway rider in the back early Friday morning.

According to authorities, at around 4:20 a.m. on October 28, the victim, a 58-year-old man was walking on a southbound A line platform at the 125th Street-St. Nicholas Avenue station in Harlem.

Police say the man was approached by the suspect, who attempted to engage him in a verbal dispute.

When the victim ignored him and did not respond, authorities say the suspect followed the victim, pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim once in the upper back.

After the attack, the suspect fled out of the station to parts unknown.

The victim was rushed to Mount Sinai-Morningside Hospital in stable condition where he received multiple stitches for his wound.

The suspect is described as a man with a dark complexion, between 28 and 35 years old, standing roughly 5’8” tall, with a thin build.

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

Sure About That, Joe? Biden, 79, Claims US Has Fifty-Four States During Speech in Support of Post-Stroke Senate Hopeful John Fetterman — as Gaffes Pile Up and Concerns Continue to Mount About the President’s Cognitive Abilities

President Joe Biden made yet another blunder when he spoke in Philadelphia on Friday, claiming he had been to ‘54 states’ at a rally to drive support for embattled Democrat John Fetterman.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Telegram Ends Paid Posts on IOS After Apple Demands a Cut

To help creators monetize their content, some content creators started using third-party payment bots to sell access to individual posts in their Telegram channels.

However, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said that the feature is no longer available on iOS devices because of a complaint from Apple.

Apple wants a cut of the revenue.

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

The Secret History Between Bill Gates and the Epstein Network

It’s been three years since notorious child sex trafficker, Jefferey Epstein, died in prison.

While the relationship between Epstein and high-profile business juggernauts like Bill Gates have been lightly touched on by the media, their relationships have largely been kept under the radar.

According to the mainstream media, which has been running cover for the insidious and frightening relationship, the two met only a few times for dinner. And according to Gates, he only met with Epstein because he was under the impression that Epstein could help him with global health projects.

“I thought he would give to global health…which is an interest I have,” Gates told Judy Woodruff on PBS last year.

More problematic facts have on rare occasions bubbled up to the surface of mainstream reports.

For example, the New York Times leaked Bill Gates’ emails after a meeting with Epstein.

In it, it was revealed that the meeting had little to do with global health but instead “very attractive women.”

In an email to his colleague, while still married to his wife, Gates wrote that he was at Epstein’s mansion”quite late” because “a very attractive Swedish woman and her daughter dropped by.”

Whitney Webb is an independent investigative journalist. She just published “One Nation Under Blackmail” — a two volume, 900-page research book on Jefferey Epstein that goes back several decades into history.

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

Wisconsin Appeals Court Outlaws Practice of Spoiling Absentee Ballots to Vote Again

A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling forbidding the practice of “ballot spoiling,” requiring the state’s election commission to rescind guidance it had earlier issued on the matter.

The state’s 2nd District Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a county circuit court’s directive that ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to rescind its earlier instructions issued to voters who wished to void their submitted ballot and cast a new one.

That practice, known as “spoiling,” is relatively rare in U.S. voting, though upwards of 33,000 voters in Wisconsin spoiled their ballots during the 2020 presidential election, according to the Associated Press.

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

YouTube: Users Will Have to Commit to WHO-Approved Practices to be Labeled as “Reliable” In Algorithm

In an attempt to limit “health misinformation,” YouTube announced it will certify medical professionals as “reliable” and “authoritative” sources of information.

In a blog post on the platform’s website, its global head of YouTube Health Dr. Garth Graham said: “YouTube Health has been working on additional ways to help doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and healthcare information providers to bring high quality health information into the spaces that people visit throughout their day — like their favorite video-sharing app.”

To apply to be labeled as reliable, users have to submit their license and adhere to the “best practices” for sharing health information set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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

Alberta Lawyer Takes Aim at CAF Vax Mandate

In 2021, the Canadian Armed Forces implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all of its members. Those unwilling to comply could be deemed “unsuitable for further service”, and subsequently released. Valour Law founder Catherine Christensen joined True North’s Andrew Lawton to discuss the problem with this policy, how it’s affected the lives of Canadian veterans, and what she’s doing to fight back.

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

Canada’s Online Censorship Bill Lurches Forward

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government’s controversial internet censorship bill, Bill C-11, might soon become law. It passed the second reading in the Senate and now awaits the third and final reading.

The bill, called “An Act to Amend the Broadcasting Act and to Make Related and Consequential Amendments to other Acts,” passed in a 49-19 vote.

The bill has been heavily criticized because it would give the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the authority to regulate user-generated content on social media.

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

Canadian Media Figures Melt Down After Musk Completes Twitter Deal

Some Canadian media members are having a meltdown over business magnate Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter on Thursday.

Musk’s purchase engendered cartoonish comparisons to fictional villains, pledges to leave Twitter and anger towards the prospect of the return of former US president Donald Trump to the platform.

True North has compiled some of the most Canadian hysterical responses to Musk taking over Twitter.

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

Danielle Smith Considering Back Pay for Alberta’s Unvaccinated Workers

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is leaving the door open to giving back pay to unvaccinated provincial employees who were laid off during the pandemic due to vaccine mandates.

The New York Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a massive victory to unvaccinated city workers by ordering the city to rehire those who were fired and give them back pay.

In an interview on The Andrew Lawton Show set to be released Sunday, Lawton asked Smith whether retroactive pay will be part of the Alberta government’s response.

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

Giant Fake Breasts Still Allowed in Oakville Classroom, ‘Frightening’ Halloween Costumes Aren’t

On last night’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, guest host David Menzies shared the latest on the Oakville Trafalgar High School shop teacher who showed up to class wearing giant prosthetic breasts.

Although the Halton District School Board (HDSB) has refused to address the outlandish and over-sexualized attire donned by shop teacher Mr. Kerry Luc Lemieux, they have set new rules for student dress codes. Trustee Doctor Margaret Shuttleworth sent a release detailing Halloween costumes’ dos and don’ts.

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

Lawsuit Against RCMP Being Prepped After Officers Sabotaged Excavators During Coutts Blockade

On February 13, we found out that RCMP sabotaged three excavators near the town of Coutts, Alberta. This happened as the ‘Coutts Blockade’ — a peaceful protest against vaccine mandates and COVID restrictions which took place around January 29—February 15 this year — was ongoing near the local international border crossing.

Williamson Law has been assisting these individuals all made possible through your generous crowdfunding efforts via TruckerLawyer.ca and he informs us today about their expected filing of a statement of claim.

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

NDP MP Melts Down in Front of the Camera, Parliament Holds Hearing on Emergencies Act Inquiry

While the Public Order Emergency Commission is currently holding an Inquiry on Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act to euthanize weeks of peaceful protest while the Freedom Convoy was in Ottawa, parliamentary hearings are taking place in Parliament regarding the same topic.

On October 27, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, alongside colleagues from the Ottawa municipal government, appeared in front of politicians from all parties to discuss the necessity of using the Emergencies Act.

Watson spoke about the fact that Pierre Poilievre took pictures and spoke with the protesters. He took aim, saying it was inappropriate.

Following the hearing, Rebel News questioned Liberal MP Yasir Naqvi and NDP MP Matthew Green and Blake Desjarlais, to know their thoughts on new information that came out during the Emergencies Act Inquiry.

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

What Went on During the Emergencies Act Inquiry

Day 10 Recap

Bernier made a crucial comment that most witnesses prior to him have also said, and is probably the most important part of the testimony — this is essentially the main takeaway of this whole inquiry: “Helpful, but not necessary.”

This is what Bernier affirmed in regards to the necessity of invoking the Emergencies Act.

Possibly the most stunning line of questioning of the afternoon was when convoy lawyer Bath-Shéba van den Berg showed video evidence of an officer appearing to beat up a protester with his rifle, not using the butt of the stock, but the barrel on the demonstrator

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

UK: Angry Drivers Remove Just Stop Oil Protesters From London Roads

Angry motorists removed Just Stop Oil protesters from blocked roads in central London on Saturday.

Campaigners sat in Charing Cross Road, Kensington High Street, Harleyford Street and Blackfriars Road, demanding the government halts new oil licences.

Drivers left their cars in Harleyford Street to remove demonstrators, who persistently returned to retake their places in the road.

Met Police said 33 protesters were arrested and the roads later reopened.

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

UK: Dangerous New COVID Strain Created in Imperial College London Lab

Researchers at the Imperial College London have created a new strain of the Covid virus very similar to a variant manufactured at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories earlier this year, both institutions echoing experiments which many believe led to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Daily Mail, like Boston University, Imperial College London created a mutant version of the virus by hybridizing the original Wuhan strain of the disease with either the Omicron or Delta variants, and then injecting the newly man-made virus into hamsters in a process that molecular biology expert Dr. Richard Ebright said had zero “foreseeable practical applications.”

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

UK: Just Stop! Furious Met Police Chief Hits Out at Just Stop Oil Eco-Zealots Saying Their 29 Days of Action in London Has Cost 7,900 Shifts That Could Have Been Used to Beat Knife Crime and Solve Burglaries

The Metropolitan Police has blasted Just Stop Oil who are engaged in a month-long protest across the capital, accusing them of tying up officers who should be out beating knife crime and solving burglaries.

Commenting after the eco-zealots blocked four roads across London at lunchtime today, Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said since October 1, the Met has arrested 651 people in connection with the ongoing protests.

He said the size of the policing operation necessary to control the protests means the Met has fewer resources to tackle priority issues such as knife crime.

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

UK: Just 1 in 10 Eco Warriors Arrested by Cops Has Been Charged as Demos Paralyse the Country

JUST one in ten members of an eco-anarchist group arrested by cops has been charged — despite protests paralysing large parts of the country.

Environment movement Extinction Rebellion even gives a guide on its website about how to deal with arrest and boasts “most arrests are not taken any further”, with just “ten per cent of people” held due to its protests facing the courts.

The group has seen 700 arrests in the past six months, and since 2019 the clean-up bill for its campaigns has cost the Metropolitan Police £60million.

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

UK: Terrifying Moment Notting Hill Carnival Thugs Smash Woman, 19, In the Head With Gas Canister Then Kick and Punch Her to the Ground

The video, released by the Met Police, shows the young woman being kicked and punched to the ground during the shocking incident in west London.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Caroline Glick: America and the World Must Stand With Iran’s Freedom Revolution

What is happening in Iran is a revolution, not a protest movement. If the Iranian people overthrow the theocratic regime that has ruled their country since 1979, their achievement will be the single most significant event in the Middle East in generations.

Consider the stakes. The ayatollahs’ regime is the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism. The regime funds, arms, trains, and directs terrorist organizations and cells in nearly every country in the world. Iran apparently passed the nuclear threshold this year, which means the ayatollahs are now capable of developing nuclear weapons at will. Iran has an advanced ballistic missile industry and fields missiles capable of hitting targets in most of Europe. As Russia’s deployment of Iranian-supplied attack drones in Ukraine demonstrates, Iran also functions as a lead arsenal for anti-Western autocracies.

Iran is one of the main reasons the U.S. lost its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran supported and assisted the Taliban and al-Qaeda from the outset of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Iran also organized, armed, and directed both the Sunni and Shiite insurgencies in Iraq.

Through terror proxies in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Palestinian territories, and beyond, Iran is behind almost every war and ongoing military conflict in the Middle East. Iran also targets the U.S. via allied governments and terror cells all throughout Latin America.

The Iranian regime has mortgaged its future to China, empowering China to push its weight around in a manner that threatens the United States’ core interests in the Middle East. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Iran has facilitated Russia’s evasion of Western economic sanctions.

If the Iranian regime survives the current revolution, with or without the Biden administration’s nefarious nuclear deal, Tehran will either become a nuclear-armed state in the next year or so, or there will be a major Middle Eastern war—or both. The economic and strategic costs of such a war would be devastating for both the region and the West.

On the other hand, if the revolution is successful, Iran will become a different place. The sort of Iran that will arise over time is unknowable. But a few things are clear. The revolutionaries act under the banners of women’s rights, ethnic minority rights, and above all, freedom and democracy. The revolutionaries reject what Masih Alinejad, a leader of Iran’s revolutionary movement, has referred to as the three ideological pillars of the regime: institutional misogyny, hatred of the U.S., and hatred of Israel…

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Now Moscow Claims That Britain’s Royal Navy Blew Up Nord Stream 1 and 2 Gas Pipelines as Ministry of Defence Says ‘Invented’ Slur ‘Says More About Arguments Going on Inside Russia’s Government’

Russia’s defence ministry said representatives of a ‘unit of the British Navy took part in the planning and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26’.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Russia Says UK Blew Up Nord Stream Pipeline, London Denies it

Russia’s ministry of defense on Saturday said that the Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks were the doing of the British Navy, a claim that the UK has denied.

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said “According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year — blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,” reported Reuters.

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

Russia Turns Its Back on the World: Putin ENDS Deal to Export Grain After Ukraine Targets Its Black Sea Flagship in Deadly Suicide Boat Drone Attack as Explosions Rock Crimean Port of Sevastopol

Vladimir Putin has ended an internationally-brokered deal to export grain after Kyiv forces targeted its Black Sea flagship in a deadly suicide boat drone attack as massive explosions rocked a key Crimean port.

The attacks saw Russia end the ‘grain corridor’ in retaliation after claiming that the ships that were targeted by Ukraine forces were involved in the deal to allow grain exports.

Furious Moscow forces then alleged British ‘specialists’, whom they said were based in the southern Ukrainian city of Ochakiv, had helped prepare and train Kyiv to carry out the strike.

In a further singling out of the UK — which Moscow sees as one of the most unfriendly Western countries — Moscow said the same British unit was involved in explosions on the Nord Stream gas pipelines last month.

Extraordinary footage has emerged showing Russian troops on board firing wildly at the drone as it races towards what is believed to be the Admiral Makarov frigate, which replaced the Moskva as the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Ukraine War: Russia Halts Grain Deal After ‘Massive’ Black Sea Fleet Attack

Russia has announced it is suspending its involvement in the internationally-brokered deal that allows Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports.

It comes after Russia accused Ukraine of a “massive” drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea.

Ukraine has not admitted the attack and President Volodymyr Zelensky called the Russian move “rather predictable”.

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

Ukraine Bans Last Opposition Party

The Ukrainian High Court has finally banned all 12 political opposition parties. Curiously, the banned parties were all accused of having acted in accordance with the Minsk Agreements (2015), recognized by the United Nations Security Council (Resolution 2202).

The remaining political party to be banned was the Socialist Party of Ukraine. Despite this, Ukraine is described as a “great democracy”, according to NATO.

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

At Least 146 Dead After South Korea Crowd Surge During Halloween Festivities, Officials Say

At least 146 people were killed and 150 hurt in a chaotic stampede in South Korea after thousands gathered in the night-life area of the capital, Seoul, to celebrate Halloween.

Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death toll could grow as emergency workers were continuing to transport the injured to hospitals across Seoul following the stampede on Saturday night.

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

China: Locked-Down Foxconn Employees in “IPhone City” Scuffle Over Food Rations After COVID Outbreak

To say the working conditions at Apple’s largest iPhone plant probably aren’t incredible to begin with would likely be an understatement. But then when you lock down most of your 200,000 workers because of a Covid outbreak, those conditions likely get much worse.

This is what seemed to be the case this week, with Bloomberg reporting today that Covid cases at Foxconn Technology Group’s main factory in the central city of Zhengzhou have resulted in the facility going into a “closed loop” lockdown.

The lockdown means that employees can’t leave the campus and are tested regularly for Covid, the report says. But after the lockdown, “food has become a source of unrest”, according to the report. “Scuffles” have even broke out amongst employees over food.

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

Crush Kills at Least 149 at Halloween Festivities in Seoul

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — A mass of mostly young people celebrating Halloween festivities in Seoul became trapped and crushed as the crowd surged into a narrow alley, killing at least 149 people and injuring 150 others in South Korea’s worst disaster in years.

Emergency workers and pedestrians desperately performed CPR on people lying in the streets after the crush in the capital’s leisure district of Itaewon Saturday night.

Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death toll could rise further and that an unspecified number among the injured were in critical condition.

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

Dozens in Cardiac Arrest in Halloween Crowds in South Korea

Dozens of people are reported to be in cardiac arrest after a reported crush among crowds in a popular nightlife area of South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

Videos show a number of unconscious people being treated on the street by emergency services, surrounded by large crowds in the Itaewon area of the city.

President Yoon Suk-Yeol ordered disaster responders to the area, where thousands gathered ahead of Halloween.

Officials said there had been 81 reports of “shortness of breath”.

There were reportedly 100,000 revellers in the area celebrating the first outdoor no-mask Halloween event since the pandemic.

Social media messages posted earlier in the evening show some people remarking that the Itaewon area was so crowded that it felt unsafe.

           — Hat tip: MissPiggy [Return to headlines]
 

Wuhan’s ‘Acute Safety Emergency’ In 2019 Uncovered in Massive Investigation by Pro Publica and Vanity Fair

A new investigation by two media outlets — Pro Publica and Vanity Fair — has uncovered “an acute safety emergency” that occurred at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the fall of 2019.

The 10,000-word report quotes extensively from the Wuhan lab archives and illuminates the real reason the Chinese were playing around with bat coronaviruses.

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New Zealand PM’s Plane Breaks Down in Cold — as She Studies Climate Change

The weather outside is frightful, but the irony is so delightful. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who became famous during the COVID-19 pandemic for saying that unvaccinated people would be second-class citizens in her country, went to study “climate change” in Antarctica — where the freezing weather caused her plane to break down.

Ardern was visiting her country’s Scott Base in Antarctica to “highlight” supposed “climate change” and mark the Base’s 65th anniversary, according to Reuters. “Cooperation in Antarctica and in the Antarctic Treaty System is more important than ever as we tackle the crises of climate change and biodiversity loss,” Ardern stated.

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Argentinian Government Officials Admit Its Hypocritical for Global Mayors to Burn Fossils Fuels to Attend C40 World Mayors Summit

The first day of the summit was designated to the nation of Argentina and featured local government officials that belong to the C40 Cities, which is a network of global mayors that are on a mission to implement identical climate policies in order to achieve net-zero economies by 2040.

Since international mayors were set to arrive the next day, Rebel News journalist Katie Daviscourt interviewed local Argentinian officials about the hypocrisy of the summit as mayors from across five continents were flying into Argentina to advocate for the elimination of fossil fuels.

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Italy: Meloni Announces Radical Change in Asylum Policy

In her first speech as head of government in front of parliament, the new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced a radical change in her country’s asylum policy.

Meloni also made a commitment to Europe: “Italy is fully part of Europe and the western world,” said the leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (FDI) party.

Regarding the refugee situation in the Mediterranean, Meloni said that she wanted her government to prevent the arrival of boat migrants. “This government wants to go down a path that has hardly been explored until now: stopping illegal departures and finally breaking up the illegal human trafficking in the Mediterranean,” she said.

Her statement was not correct however. During his tenure as Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini already tried not to let the migrant boats land but failed, among other things, due to various court decisions.

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Rwandan Who Set Fire to French Cathedral Indicted for Priest Murder

Over a year after his arrest for the murder of a French priest, Rwandan migrant Emmanuel Abayisenga has been indicted by a French prosecutor.

The prosecutor of the Republic of La Roche sur Yon announced the indictment of Emmanuel Abayisenga on Friday for murdering French priest Father Olivier Maire, who was beaten to death in August of last year.

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UK Considered Setting Up Tent Cities in London Parks to House Migrants: Report

The British government considered proposals to begin building tent cities in London parks to accommodate the ever-growing numbers of illegals crossing the English Channel, The Times of London has reported.

Civil servants at the British Home Office, which is tasked with controlling immigration, reportedly raised the idea of constructing tent cities in London to deal with the thousands of illegal migrants arriving in small boats from France every month.

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UK: Residents ‘Up in Arms’ at Ferriby Hotel’s Plans to ‘House Asylum Seekers’

Last-minute booking cancellations at an East Riding hotel reportedly about to house asylum seekers are a symptom of a broken immigration system plagued by processing delays, a councillor has said.

South Hunsley’s Cllr Margaret Corless said the Home Office did not inform locals about plans to use North Ferriby’s Humber View Hotel for accommodation, leaving them up in arms. Hull North’s Diana Johnson, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, said the Government would need to clear a backlog of 100,000 asylum claims to stop using hotels.

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Intersex Activist Hired by Biden as Advisor to US Envoy for LGBTQ+ Rights

On October 16, the State Department hired prominent intersex activist Kimberly Zieselman as senior advisor to Jessica Stern, Special Envoy for LGBTQI+ Human Rights.

The move is just the latest attempt by President Biden to increase diversity and representation in his administration, and comes just months after the envoy position was created with the goal of “ensuring that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.”

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Russian Duma Passes Draft Law to Restrict LGBT ‘Propaganda’ in Media

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed a draft law that will ban LGBT “propaganda” from various forms of media, including television, advertising, books, the Internet, and films.

The Duma passed the draft law on Thursday, which will ban all non-traditional sexual relations from various forms of media and increases the scope of a prior law from 2013 that simply banned non-traditional sexual relations from being viewed by children.

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Some Virginia School Boards Opposing New Transgender Policies

Some school boards in Virginia are formally expressing their opposition to new transgender guidelines from the Virginia Department of Education, which would put more authority in the hands of parents and alter rules for bathrooms and locker rooms.

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7 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/29/2022

  1. Iran. I was never keen on the Islamic regime,the overthrow of the Shah (corrupt but trying to modernise) and them going backwards culturally. However, it did seem to be what the majority of the population wanted at the time.
    Sponsoring terrorism. Are we sure Iran spends more than the US which sponsored terrorism/ revolutions in Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Chechnya, South America, Belarus, Ukraine etc? Iran does seem to confine itself to its neighbours.

    Sanctions seem to motivate countries to behave badly as they no longer have “anything to lose”. Speaking to Iranian here I think if they could get well paid jobs in Iran fewer would come here. Keeping them unemployed with sanctions motivates them to migrate out.

  2. Do you think the flooding of Europe with young Muslim men since 2015, ISIS, and Maidan in Ukraine in 2014 have a common architecture?

    • USA always plans to prevent Russia and Germany cooperating these last 100 years. So weaken Germany from inside by filling it with non-loyal foreign males with no education and incapable of math and tech cooperation with Russia ; weaken Russia and its allies (Assad) by funding and training ISIS to capture governments and instal central banks for Rothschilds etc.; create Maidan false flag by training mercenaries in Poland to shoot upon Ukrainian police and cause Yanukovych to flee.
      So yes. common architecture.

  3. Re. ‘t was the Brits… I had such an inkling immediately upon the first news. Not wanting to say I believe it already based on this and the above, but subconscious foresight sometimes works. And it’s going to get a lot worse…

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