Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/13/2022

A bomb exploded today on a pedestrian street in Istanbul amid a throng of shoppers, killing at least six people and wounding more than eighty others. A suspect has been arrested, and the Turkish interior minister has blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the attack.

In other news, the number of people attempting to cross the border into Hungary illegally has almost doubled this year.

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Thanks to Dean, JW, LP, McN, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» AAX Crypto Exchange Suspends Activities Citing Third-Party Failure
» EC Downgrades Poland’s GDP Forecast for This and Next Year
» FTX Facing Criminal Probe by Bahamas Authorities, But Musk Counters There Will be “No Investigation” of “Major Democrat Donor” SBF
» How Hard Are You Being Hit by Inflation? Map Reveals Where in the US the Cost of Living is Highest — With Some Areas Topping 12 Percent
» UK Recession May Have Already Begun as Economy Contracts
» UK: Chancellor is ‘Preparing to Reduce Support for Energy Bills by Up to £40bn’ As He Warns He Will be Playing ‘Scrooge’ At the Upcoming Autumn Budget With Some ‘Very Horrible Decisions’ To be Made
» UK: House Repossessions Start to Climb Amid Cost of Living Crisis: Properties Taken Back by Banks Rise 15% in Three Months as Mortgage Rates Shoot Up
» UK: Hunt: I´m Scrooge With a Plan to Save Christmas by Beating Evil Inflation
» Woke Fail: Disney Begins Layoffs, Hiring Freeze, And Limiting Employee Travel as Stock Crashes
 
USA
» 27-Year-Old Man Robbed, Face Slashed in NYC Subway
» Amid Lawsuit, Judge Voices Criticism of Virginia Tech Policies That Limit Student Speech
» Democrats Retain Senate Control With Victory in Nevada by Cortez Masto
» Department of Education Removes Student Debt Relief Application From Website
» Ethan Liming’s Father Says Race Was Factor in Lack of Murder Indictment Against Son’s Alleged Killers
» ‘I Hesitate to Walk My Dog, ‘ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims She Lives in Constant Fear for Her Life
» Journalism Groups Say Wiretapping Charges Against Ohio News Outlet Threatens Free Speech
» Pfizer, Moderna Investigate Links Between COVID Vaccine and Myocarditis
» Republicans Plan to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Big Tech-Government Censorship Collusion
» Senator Throws Hissy Fit, Threatens to Use Congress Against Elon Musk Over Twitter Spat
» Survey: Corporate Diversity Drives Discrimination Against White Americans
» Yale Requiring Students to Receive the Coronavirus ‘Bivalent Booster’
 
Canada
» Alberta Axes Fuel Tax Again, But Here’s Why Not All Provinces Will be So Lucky
» Commission Hears Pastor Pawlowski’s Passionate Speech to Coutts Truckers: ‘You Have the Power Now’
» Coutts Mayor Describes Blockade Protesters as ‘Domestic Terrorists’
» Feds Buy Millions of Made-in-China Canadian Flag Pins
» Laurier Student Leads “Peaceful Revolution” Against Mask Mandate
» Ontario Doctor Skeptical of COVID Response Seeks Legal Remedy After Alleged Defamation
» Ontario’s Top Doctor to Ask Public to Begin Masking — But Won’t Issue Mandate, Sources Say
» Our Goal Was to Demand Accountability, Says Coutts Protester Currently Facing 10 Years in Prison
» Unusually High Number of Ambulance Calls at Orillia Nursing Home After COVID-Booster Clinic
» Whole Foods Has Gone From Banning Its Employees From Wearing Poppies to Giving Poppies to Its Staff and Customers
» ‘Your Papers, Please…’ Apparently Independent Media Reporters Need the Permission of the State-Funded Media Party to Report From the Lawns of Queen’s Park
 
Europe and the EU
» “Dark Ships” Emerge From the Shadow of the Nord Stream Pipeline Mystery
» Foot Soldiers for Transatlanticists: Sticky Climate Cultists
» Iranian Man Who Lived in Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport for 18 Years Inspiring the Movie ‘The Terminal’ Starring Tom Hanks Dies in the Airport That He Called Home
» Poland: Ruling Coalition Continues to Lead in Opinion Poll
» Rights Group Reveals Irish Government’s “Smart” Energy Meter Program is Collecting More Data Than Necessary
» Top Surgeon Says COVID Has Sparked Hair Transplant Boom After Virus Victims Suffered Hair Loss and Others Got Fed Up of Seeing Their Balding Pates on Wfh Zoom Calls
» UK Banks on High Alert as Russian Cyber Threat Rises: If Hackers Take Down One Bank’s Website, Customers Still be Able to Access Accounts Via Another
» UK: Double Murder Investigation After ‘Horrific Incident’ In Bedfordshire Town
» UK: Group for Those Affected by Pandemic Response Appeal to Elon Musk After Account Was Banned This Week
» UK: Muslim Radicals Falsely Claimed Hindus Were Harassing Girls Ahead of Sectarian Leicester Riots: Report
» UK: Rishi Sunak is Urged to Get Tough on China by Ripping Out Hundreds of Thousands of Smart Meters Which Could Allegedly be Used to Shut Down the UK’s Power Supplies
 
Middle East
» Istanbul: People Injured After Explosion in Turkey
» Turkey: Six Dead in Istanbul Blast, Erdogan Says it ‘Smells Like Terrorism’
» Turkey: Person Who Left Bomb Causing Istanbul Explosion Arrested — Anadolu Citing Minister
» Turkey: Istanbul Explosion: Six Dead, Dozens Wounded in Shopping Street Blast
» Turkish Minister Accuses Kurdish PKK Over Istanbul Bombing
» US Expanding Its Military Presence in Syria
 
Russia
» ‘Collaborators’ Held as Russia Leaves a City of Booby Traps: Angry Locals in Kherson Confront Men as They Are Tied to Lampposts After Being Accused of Helping Vladimir Putin’s Troops During Ukraine Invasion
 
South Asia
» Bangladesh: Married Muslim Youth Set Hindu Girl to Live Together, Killed Her Brutally When Exposed His Marriage
» India’s Government Can Now Surveil the Internet in Real-Time
» Not Only Facing Odds, Sindh Hindus Are Put in a Dangerous Situation in Islamic Pakistan
 
Australia — Pacific
» How an Awkward Teenager Was Radicalised by ISIS in His Bedroom After His Mother Died, Sneaked Into Iraq and Blew Himself Up in a Suicide Bombing That Shocked Australia — and His Even More Horrific ‘Plan B’
» Isabel Lucas Reveals Why She Refused to Get A COVID Jab and How She Knew She ‘Wouldn’t Get Another TV Job’ Because She Dared to Lash Out at Lockdown Lunacy That Made Australia the Laughing Stock of the World
» Soaring Gas Costs Drive Price Increases on Aussie Snacks
» Technology Blamed for Drop in Literacy Skills in Teen Boys
» Younger Brother of Notorious Skaf Pack Rapists ‘Was the Target of Drive-by Shooting at His Family Home’ After Being Charged With Carrying a Loaded Gun in Public
 
Immigration
» Armed Incidents Involving Migrants on the Rise at Hungarian Border
» Berlin to Expand Former Airport Migrant Shelter to Accomodate 3,600 More Ukrainians
» France, Pressuring Italy on NGO Ships, Has Received Just 38 of 3,500 Migrants it Promised to Take In
» Hotel in Welsh Village, Population 400, Rammed With 200 Migrants, Costing Taxpayers £6.8m
» Hungary: Number of Illegal Border Crossings Doubles Since Last Year
» People Trafficker ‘Who Was Behind Channel Migrant Drownings’ Is Living in UK and Claiming Asylum, TV Probe Reports
» Poland to Help Erect Temporary Houses for Refugees in Ukraine
» UK: Eight More Councils Consider Legal Action Against Home Office Over Plans to House Migrants in Local Hotels
 
Culture Wars
» Biological Male Wins Women’s Division of US Cycling Race
» Detransitioning Social Media Star Oli London Warns Parents About Gender Ideology’s Effect on Children
» Disturbed Young Men in Women-Hating ‘Incel’ Cult Are Hammering Their Faces in a Bid to Improve Their Looks and Achieve the Facial Shape Idealised in Their Toxic Online Forums
» Eventbrite Could Face Lawsuit After Banning Debate on Trans Ideology
» Exclusive: YMCA Bans Father for Protesting Against Biological Males in Women’s Changing Rooms
» Male Pilots Will be Allowed to Wear Makeup, Painted Nails and Carry Handbags on British Airways
 

AAX Crypto Exchange Suspends Activities Citing Third-Party Failure

The Hong Kong-based crypto exchange AAX has suspended its activities after what it says is a third-party partner failure.

In a Sunday press release, AAX said, “In light of the insolvency of one of our industry’s largest players last week, crypto users are rightfully concerned about the operational and financial stability of centralized digital asset exchanges.”

“At AAX, we have always put our users first, and here we would like to share with you the following updates regarding our current situation. We are hopeful that as a community we can brave through these troubling times, together,” the press release continued.

AAX said that a system upgrade “that will help protect our users from the multiple malicious attacks that we’ve observed during this vulnerable time,” had been scheduled, but said that “Due to the failure of our third-party partner, some users’ balance data were found abnormally recorded in our system.”

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

EC Downgrades Poland’s GDP Forecast for This and Next Year

The European Commission (EC), the EU’s executive arm, has lowered its 2022 GDP growth estimate for Poland to 4.0 percent from 5.2 percent forecast in July.

In a report published on Friday the EC also lowered its 2023 GDP growth forecast for Poland to 0.7 percent from the 1.5 percent expected earlier.

According to the European Commission, an economic rebound can be expected in 2024, when the Polish economy is predicted to grow by 2.6 percent.

Poland’s average inflation rate will reach 13.3 percent this year and 13.8 percent next year, according to the report, up from the July estimates of 12.2 and 9.0 percent, respectively.

Inflation in Poland is expected to stabilise in 2024, falling to 4.9 percent, the EC said.

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

FTX Facing Criminal Probe by Bahamas Authorities, But Musk Counters There Will be “No Investigation” of “Major Democrat Donor” SBF

Amid growing speculation of his whereabouts, Bloomberg reports that Sam Bankman-Fried was interviewed by Bahamian police and regulators on Saturday, although Bloomberg was quick to add that in the Bahamas, law-enforcement inquiries don’t necessarily mean someone will be arrested or charged with a crime.

In a separate report, Bloomberg also notes that the Bahamian police said they’re working with the Bahamas Securities Commission to investigate whether there was any criminal misconduct in the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX (narrator: there was).

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

How Hard Are You Being Hit by Inflation? Map Reveals Where in the US the Cost of Living is Highest — With Some Areas Topping 12 Percent

Some cities and states are battling the ongoing inflation crisis in the US better than others, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK Recession May Have Already Begun as Economy Contracts

Britain may have already entered a recession as the latest economic figures showed that the economy contracted in the third quarter.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Chancellor is ‘Preparing to Reduce Support for Energy Bills by Up to £40bn’ As He Warns He Will be Playing ‘Scrooge’ At the Upcoming Autumn Budget With Some ‘Very Horrible Decisions’ To be Made

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has warned that people should brace for some ‘very horrible decisions’ in the coming months as household bills under the energy price guarantee are expected to rise.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: House Repossessions Start to Climb Amid Cost of Living Crisis: Properties Taken Back by Banks Rise 15% in Three Months as Mortgage Rates Shoot Up

Increased borrowing costs coupled with higher energy bills and general inflation could lead to more forced home sales, experts say.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Hunt: I´m Scrooge With a Plan to Save Christmas by Beating Evil Inflation

The Chancellor has promised a ‘rabbit-free budget´ prioritising ‘honesty´ and ‘sound money´.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Woke Fail: Disney Begins Layoffs, Hiring Freeze, And Limiting Employee Travel as Stock Crashes

First, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) won re-election in a landslide victory on Tuesday. Then Disney corporate earnings disappointed Wall Street, sending its stock crashing to new lows. Now the entertainment giant is reportedly planning layoffs, a targeted hiring freeze, and travel limitation on its employees.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

27-Year-Old Man Robbed, Face Slashed in NYC Subway

Another NYC subway crime took place Friday when an assailant grabbed a straphanger’s bag as his subway doors opened. The victim got out and confronted the criminal only to be slashed in the face.

According to Fox News, the victim, a 27-year-old man, was riding the southbound N train around 3:47 pm when it stopped at the 14th Street station in Manhattan. As the doors opened the unidentified man grabbed the victim’s bag and started walking away.

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

Amid Lawsuit, Judge Voices Criticism of Virginia Tech Policies That Limit Student Speech

A case winding its way through the court system appears to have gained strong support from at least one judge on a three-judge panel.

When the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard oral arguments Oct. 25 in a case challenging Virginia Tech’s speech policies, Reagan-appointed U.S. Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III heavily criticized the university’s procedures and found the complaint raised several “First Amendment red flags,” Courthouse News Service reported.

The judge also reportedly questioned how the policies could not have a chilling effect when students can be reported for what they say.

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

Democrats Retain Senate Control With Victory in Nevada by Cortez Masto

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in Nevada, thus securing the crucial 50th Senate vote and assuring Democrats of control.

The Associated Press called the race for Cortez Masto early Sunday after Cortez Masto took a 5,000 vote lead with 98% of precincts reporting.

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

Department of Education Removes Student Debt Relief Application From Website

President Biden’s Department of Education has removed the student debt relief application from its website, a day after a federal judge on Thursday declared the student loan forgiveness program unlawful.

The application to apply for student loan relief is now blocked following the court order.

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

Ethan Liming’s Father Says Race Was Factor in Lack of Murder Indictment Against Son’s Alleged Killers

The father of 17-year-old Ethan Liming is speaking out after the three suspects who allegedly beat his son to death in Akron, Ohio on June 2 were indicted on lesser manslaughter charges for the teen’s demise instead of murder.

Bill Liming told local ABC News, “When I asked Brian LoPrinzi in the initial prosecutor’s meeting I had with him, I asked him if race made a difference, if my son’s skin color made a difference in the way in which they are approaching it, and he said ‘yes.’“

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

‘I Hesitate to Walk My Dog, ‘ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims She Lives in Constant Fear for Her Life

Progressive Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that she has lived in constant fear for her life ever since she was first elected to Congress several years ago.

Speaking to Chris Wallace, the New York socialist said that concern over threats to her life have impacted her ability to function with the thought of harm constantly weighing on her mind.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has been engaged in a feud with Twitter owner Elon Musk over the issue of blue checkmark verifications, had a lot to say to Wallace about her personal life.

“Do you feel your life is in danger?” Wallace asked.

“Absolutely, I felt that my life has been in danger since the moment that I won my primary election in 2018. And it became especially intensified when I was first brought into Congress in 2019,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

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

Journalism Groups Say Wiretapping Charges Against Ohio News Outlet Threatens Free Speech

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded the dropping of wiretapping charges against the editor of a news outlet based in Ohio. Under the Ohio Revised Code, wiretapping is a fourth-degree felony, carrying a fine of up to $5,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 18 months.

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

Pfizer, Moderna Investigate Links Between COVID Vaccine and Myocarditis

After two years of studies, including those done by the FDA, reporting that myocarditis can be a side effect from taking the mRNA-based Covid vaccine, Moderna and Pfizer have launched clinical trials to track how pervasive the heart problem has become in young adults and teens.

According to NBC, “Moderna has already launched two trials, the most recent in September. Pfizer confirmed that at least one of its trials, which will include up to 500 teens and young adults under age 21, is slated to begin in the next couple of months.”

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

Republicans Plan to Use Subpoena Power to Investigate Big Tech-Government Censorship Collusion

Republicans will reportedly use their new-found subpoena power to investigate Big Tech censorship by demanding documents and compelling testimony from decision-makers if they retake the US House of Representatives.

A senior aide who’s involved with the Republican’s preparations to investigate Big Tech censorship told Bloomberg that Republicans hope to bring transparency to Big Tech’s secretive censorship operations. A tech company advisor also told Bloomberg that tech companies are taking potential Republican-led investigations seriously.

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

Senator Throws Hissy Fit, Threatens to Use Congress Against Elon Musk Over Twitter Spat

Sheesh, that escalated quickly.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a man who chooses to use a portrait of himself wearing a mask as his Twitter profile picture (which tells you everything you need to know about his mental state), reacted like an angry child today after Elon Musk absolutely owned him in a tweet regarding the state of Twitter’s rocky rollout of the new Blue verification process.

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

Survey: Corporate Diversity Drives Discrimination Against White Americans

Hiring managers face corporate pressure to reject white job seekers in favor of non-white applicants, says a survey by a job-finding firm.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Yale Requiring Students to Receive the Coronavirus ‘Bivalent Booster’

Yale University is requiring students to not only be fully vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus but to also receive the “bivalent booster” prior to the spring semester, even if they received another booster shot already.

The school’s “COVID-19 Vaccination Policy,” last updated October, 27, 2022, states that all “students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees — other than those with approved medical or religious exemptions” must be fully vaccinated for the virus, as well as obtain a booster shot “within 14 days of eligibility.”

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

Alberta Axes Fuel Tax Again, But Here’s Why Not All Provinces Will be So Lucky

Canadians for Affordable Energy says not every province is in a financial position like Alberta to remove its provincial fuel tax, even though they should.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said on Thursday her government will “lock in” the fuel tax holiday for Albertans, one day after Nova Scotia Finance Minister Allan MacMaster said he can’t remove the provincial fuel tax because the federal government won’t allow it.

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

Commission Hears Pastor Pawlowski’s Passionate Speech to Coutts Truckers: ‘You Have the Power Now’

While the convoy of trucks travelling from B.C. to Ottawa was settling in, a grassroots rebellion was taking place in Coutts, Alberta, where protesters had blocked the border on and off for over 14 days. You can learn more about this at TruckerDocumentary.com.

Our focus today is on Pastor Artur Pawlowski, a preacher from Calgary who visited the blockade to provide a sermon — and was subsequently arrested under the Critical Infrastructure Act, and spent 51 days in jail after being denied bail.

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

Coutts Mayor Describes Blockade Protesters as ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Recapping Trucker Commission Day 20

While the Freedom Convoy was taking place in Ottawa, a different but like-minded protest happened in the village of Coutts, Alberta, a border crossing with the United States. The protest there came to be known as the Coutts blockade, as truckers and their supporters, much like in Ottawa, were fed up with COVID-19 restrictions after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government imposed a vaccine mandate on cross-border truckers.

Rebel News reporters Kian Simone and Syd Fizzard were on the ground covering that protest, embedded with the demonstrators to help bring our viewers information straight from the source. For an in-depth and exclusive look at what the protest was like, you can see our documentary detailing the events that transpired at TruckerDocumentary.com.

Now, following Trudeau’s decision to invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act to end the Freedom Convoy and other protests like the one in Coutts, despite it ending the same day the act was invoked, the Public Order Emergency Commission is hearing testimony from some of those involved in the Coutts blockade.

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

Feds Buy Millions of Made-in-China Canadian Flag Pins

In an effort to boost national pride, including on Remembrance Day and Flag Day, the Trudeau government has bought millions of Canadian flag pins from China.

According to the Globe and Mail, the Department of Canadian Heritage confirmed that over six million lapel pins purchased since 2020 were all made in China. The Chinese-made flags have cost the government $345,000.

The pins will be distributed to elected officials to hand out to the public. They are also handed out at public events organized by Canadian Heritage.

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

Laurier Student Leads “Peaceful Revolution” Against Mask Mandate

Whether it’s wearing a clear plastic bucket over his head instead of a mask or loosely tying a zip loc bag around his mouth, Wilfrid Laurier University student Kamil Bachouchi is coming up with humorous and creative ways to lead what he calls a “peaceful revolution” against his school’s mask mandate.

“Finding a way to mock the current regulations, without disobeying them, was what I deemed the best course of action to open peoples’ eyes, while waiting to garner the widespread support to initiate a school-wide refusal of the mask mandates,” the 21-year-old philosophy student explained to True North.

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

Ontario Doctor Skeptical of COVID Response Seeks Legal Remedy After Alleged Defamation

The acting medical officer of health for Ontario’s Haldimand—Norfolk Health Unit, Dr. Matt Strauss, is suing the head of Queen’s University’s department of medicine over toxic workplace allegations.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Strauss was a faculty member at Queen’s University and a critical care physician at Kingston General Hospital. His work was overseen by the head of the department of medicine at Queen’s University, Dr. Stephen Archer.

The statement of claim alleges that Strauss faced “malicious, condescending, aggressive and defamatory” comments within the workplace that caused him to “endure significant stress.” Strauss further alleges that his medical licence and hospital privileges were being threatened, should he continue to express concerns around the COVID-19 response. The toxicity of the work environment was so great that Strauss resigned from his university position as a result.

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

Ontario’s Top Doctor to Ask Public to Begin Masking — But Won’t Issue Mandate, Sources Say

Ontario’s top doctor will recommend the public begin masking on Monday in an effort to help overwhelmed children’s hospitals, two government sources said Saturday.

There will be no mask mandate, just a general recommendation to wear masks, especially in crowded situations, said the sources, who spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the process publicly.

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

Our Goal Was to Demand Accountability, Says Coutts Protester Currently Facing 10 Years in Prison

On Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra spoke to Marco Van Huigenbos, a Fort Macleod councillor and protester who was charged with mischief over $5,000 in connection to the Coutts border blockade. The two discussed the barricade at the border and the law enforcement response, as well as the ongoing trucker commission inquiry.

Along with the RCMP’s allegation that he was a ‘key participant’ of the blockade, Marco was charged with mischief over $5,000 in relation to said event, along with Alex Van Herk and George Janzen. All three men have their legal fees crowdfunded through Rebel News, who has hired Williamson Law to defend these three individuals vigorously in court. They could now face 10 years in prison for their alleged involvement in the peaceful protest which forced the lifting of many COVID restrictions in Alberta, and acted as a catalyst for the stepping down of former Premier Jason Kenney as the UCP leader. You can find that crowdfunding initiative at TruckerDefenceFund.ca.

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

Unusually High Number of Ambulance Calls at Orillia Nursing Home After COVID-Booster Clinic

On September 22, there were six calls for an ambulance at Champlain Manor nursing home in Orillia, Ontario.

Orillia Fire Department dispatch records show that these calls took place at 10:14, 10:54, 11:33, 11:45, 16:44, and 17:54. That’s six calls within seven hours.

The day prior, on September 21, there were two calls at 10:37 and 22:16.

The unusually high number of ambulance visits to the home in the 48 hours after the booster rollout on September 20 received a lot of attention online after a tweet alleged that a lucid resident of the home witnessed this alarming trend unfolding.

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

Whole Foods Has Gone From Banning Its Employees From Wearing Poppies to Giving Poppies to Its Staff and Customers

You may recall that in November 2020, U.S.-based Whole Foods inexplicably banned its Canadian employees from wearing poppies.

The CBC broke the story, quoting an anonymous Whole Foods employee in Ottawa.

The employee said:

I was basically told … if they allowed this one particular cause, then it would open up the door so that they would have to allow or consider allowing other causes. I was in shock. I was appalled. I couldn’t believe it… We’re talking about people who have sacrificed their lives and families, people who have lost you know, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters… People have died for our country to keep it safe and to keep it free and this is the one time of year we get to honour them and say ‘Thank you. Thank you for everything you have done.’

The Ottawa employee was not the only one outraged. Once news broke regarding the Whole Foods Remembrance Day policy, anger from coast to coast reached tsunami-like levels.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the policy as did Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other premiers. In fact, MPs voted unanimously to call on all employers to allow staff to wear poppies from Nov. 5-11.

Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon, soon bent its knee and reversed its poppy policy.

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

‘Your Papers, Please…’ Apparently Independent Media Reporters Need the Permission of the State-Funded Media Party to Report From the Lawns of Queen’s Park

On Tuesday, we visited Queen’s Park to report on how the Doug Ford PC government bent the knee to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Education workers had gone on an illegal strike last Friday, once again shutting down schools.

The Ford PCs responded by invoking the notwithstanding clause to get these workers back to work. But in the space of 72 hours, Premier Ford went from invoking the spirit of Ronald Reagan circa 1981 (re: air traffic controllers strike) to becoming a nebbish a la SCTV character Sid Dithers. He bent the knee to CUPE and withdrew the notwithstanding clause last Monday. Once again, this premier has proven himself to be less of a protector of taxpayers and more of a clawless pussycat, being led around by the nose by militant unionists and puppet masters behind the scenes. Surely the late, great Rob Ford is turning in his grave right now…

But a bizarre sidebar story occurred while we were reporting the news.

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

“Dark Ships” Emerge From the Shadow of the Nord Stream Pipeline Mystery

The first gas leaks on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea were detected in the early hours of September 26, pouring up to 400,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere. Officials immediately suspected sabotage of the international pipeline. New analysis seen by WIRED shows that two large ships, with their trackers off, appeared around the leak sites in the days immediately before they were detected.

According to the analysis by satellite data monitoring firm SpaceKnow, the two “dark ships,” each measuring around 95 to 130 meters long, passed within several miles of the Nord Stream 2 leak sites. “We have detected some dark ships, meaning vessels that were of a significant size, that were passing through that area of interest,” says Jerry Javornicky, the CEO and cofounder of SpaceKnow. “They had their beacons off, meaning there was no information about their movement, and they were trying to keep their location information and general information hidden from the world,” Javornicky adds.

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

Foot Soldiers for Transatlanticists: Sticky Climate Cultists

In European countries, so-called climate activists have been gluing themselves to city highways, historical paintings and other objects in recent weeks. The reactions of the population range from incomprehension to anger and astonishment.

Hardly a day goes by without new actions by fanatical climate activists being reported by the mainstream propaganda organs. More and more frequently, works of art in museums are becoming the target of mostly young climate fanatics because they attract the most attention.

In the meantime, the so-called “glue climateers” on the roads and highways cause anger, frustration and dangerous situations for the public.

US Big Oil fund climate fanatics

A large part of the money for these climate sectarians comes from the US. There, a foundation founded in California in 2019 called the Climate Emergency Fund transferred millions to groups that use civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change.

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

Iranian Man Who Lived in Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport for 18 Years Inspiring the Movie ‘The Terminal’ Starring Tom Hanks Dies in the Airport That He Called Home

Mehran Karimi Nasseri lived in Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport from 1988 until 2006 — first in legal limbo and later by choice. He had recently returned to the airport, and died in Terminal 2F on Saturday.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Poland: Ruling Coalition Continues to Lead in Opinion Poll

The governing United Right coalition would win a parliamentary election, a new opinion poll has shown.

The ruling camp would get 35 percent of the vote while the main opposition grouping, the centrist Civic Coalition, would come second with 29 percent, according to a Social Changes poll published by the right-wing news website wPolityce.pl on Thursday.

The conservative party Poland 2050 came third on 10 percent.

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

Rights Group Reveals Irish Government’s “Smart” Energy Meter Program is Collecting More Data Than Necessary

Privacy campaign group Digital Rights Ireland has called for an investigation into the data collection on electricity use through smart meters by ESB Networks. The group claims that the semi-State company is collecting more data than it requires for billing purposes and customers are not aware of the data collection.

Installation of the smart meters started in 2020 and have been installed in more than 800,000 homes. The aim is to replace all meters with smart meters by 2024.

Last month, ESB Networks reconfigured the smart meters to collect detailed data every half-an-hour. The data is stored in a centralized database. DRI claims customers have not consented to the data collection. The group is also questioning the legal basis for the data collection, and is calling on privacy watchdog Data Protection Commission (DPC) to investigate.

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Top Surgeon Says COVID Has Sparked Hair Transplant Boom After Virus Victims Suffered Hair Loss and Others Got Fed Up of Seeing Their Balding Pates on Wfh Zoom Calls

Dr Ismail Ughratdar — who made his name performing pioneering neurosurgery while patients are awake — is using hair-raising techniques to help boost client’s confidence and self-esteem.

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UK Banks on High Alert as Russian Cyber Threat Rises: If Hackers Take Down One Bank’s Website, Customers Still be Able to Access Accounts Via Another

A technology source at one bank told us that there was a fear Russia will retaliate against Western sanctions by cyber attacks on banks or infrastructure.

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UK: Double Murder Investigation After ‘Horrific Incident’ In Bedfordshire Town

Emergency services found three men with stab wounds — two were pronounced dead at the scene while the third was taken to hospital

Two young men have died and a third is seriously injured after being found with stab wounds.

Bedfordshire Police said officers were called to reports of a man being struck by a vehicle in Tithe Farm Road, in Houghton Regis, at 1.18am on Sunday.

Emergency services found three men with stab wounds — two were pronounced dead at the scene while the third was taken to hospital and remains in a serious but stable condition.

A double murder investigation has been launched.

The victims have yet to be formally identified, but trained officers are supporting family members.

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UK: Group for Those Affected by Pandemic Response Appeal to Elon Musk After Account Was Banned This Week

Twitter has suspended Law or Fiction, a group dedicated to those who have been impacted by the UK government’s response to Covid-19. The group advocates for citizens, lawyers, and medical professionals.

The Law or Fiction account was maintained by British Lawyer Stephen Jackson who, in an open video, addressed new Twitter CEO Elon Musk and said that Twitter gave no reason for the ban that happened this week.

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UK: Muslim Radicals Falsely Claimed Hindus Were Harassing Girls Ahead of Sectarian Leicester Riots: Report

Muslim radicals were falsely claiming that Hindus were harassing girls in the lead-up to the recent sectarian riots in Leicester, a report into the incidents has claimed.

Radicals from within the Muslim community are said to have spread rumours that Hindus in Leicester had been harassing teenage girls, with some individuals being said to be associated with an Indian nationalist extremist group, in the lead-up to sectarian riots in the city.

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UK: Rishi Sunak is Urged to Get Tough on China by Ripping Out Hundreds of Thousands of Smart Meters Which Could Allegedly be Used to Shut Down the UK’s Power Supplies

On the eve of the G20 summit in Indonesia, the Prime Minister was urged to remind fellow world leaders of the ‘enormous threat’ posed by Beijing’s desire to infiltrate other countries’ infrastructure.

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Istanbul: People Injured After Explosion in Turkey

A number of people have been injured following an explosion in a busy area in central Istanbul, the Turkish city’s governor has said.

Ali Yerlikaya said the blast happened at about at about 16:20 local time (13:20 GMT) on Twitter, adding there had been “casualties and injuries”.

It is unclear what caused the explosion, which appears to have been captured on numerous videos circulating on social media.

Emergency services are on the scene.

There has been no official confirmation of numbers hurt on Istiklal Street, although some local media reports suggest at least 11 people were injured.

BBC correspondent Orla Guerin, who is at the scene, said there was a heavy police presence around the street, which had been cordoned off. Helicopters were circling overhead as ambulances went back and forth.

The street — usually packed with shoppers — was previously targeted by a suicide bomber in 2016.

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Turkey: Six Dead in Istanbul Blast, Erdogan Says it ‘Smells Like Terrorism’

ISTANBUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) — Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul in what Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that “smells like terrorism”.

Ambulances raced to the scene on the packed Istiklal Avenue, which police had quickly cordoned off. The area, in the Beyoglu district of Turkey’s largest city, had been crowded as usual at the weekend with shoppers, tourists and families.

Video footage obtained by Reuters showed the moment the blast occurred at 4.13 p.m. (1313 GMT), sending debris into the air and leaving several people lying on the ground, while others fled.

Some four hours after the blast, Vice President Fuat Oktay and Interior Minster Suleyman Soylu visited the site of the explosion.

Oktay said the number of injured was 81 and re-iterated six people died in the explosion.

“We will resolve this matter very soon,” Oktay told reporters.

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Turkey: Person Who Left Bomb Causing Istanbul Explosion Arrested — Anadolu Citing Minister

(Reuters) — The person who left the bomb that caused Istanbul’s explosion was arrested by the police, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Monday according to state-run Anadolu agency’s English-language Twitter account.

Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in Istiklal Avenue in central Istanbul in what Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called a bomb attack that “smells like terrorism”.

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Turkey: Istanbul Explosion: Six Dead, Dozens Wounded in Shopping Street Blast

A bomb rocked a major pedestrian avenue in the heart of Istanbul on Sunday, killing six people, wounding several dozen and sending people fleeing the fiery explosion.

Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene on Istiklal Avenue, a popular thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants that leads to the iconic Taksim Square. In one video posted online, a loud bang could be heard and a flash seen as pedestrians turned and ran away.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the blast a “treacherous attack” and said its perpetrators would be punished.

He did not say who was behind the attack but said it had the “smell of terror” without offering details and also adding that was not certain yet. The president said investigations were ongoing by the police and the governor’s office, including reviewing footage of the area.

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Turkish Minister Accuses Kurdish PKK Over Istanbul Bombing

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Monday of causing the bomb attack that killed at least six people in a busy Istanbul shopping thoroughfare.

“According to our findings, the PKK terrorist organisation is responsible,” Soylu said, announcing the arrest of a suspect accused of planting the bomb. (AFP)

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US Expanding Its Military Presence in Syria

For years, the Syrian government has been denouncing the ongoing US occupation of Syrian territory (which violates international law) at various international forums. Specifically, it concerns about a third of Syrian territory east of the Euphrates. The US is illegally exploiting Syrian oil deposits there.

There are currently an impressive 28 US military bases on Syrian territory. They were erected without the consent of the government in Damascus and serve to provide military security for the oil areas.

The existing 28 bases (17 in Hasakah Province, 9 in Deir Ezzor Province and 2 in Homs Province) will be joined by another one near the Al-Raqqa Bridge over the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor. The eastern environs of Deir Ezzor are home to the most strategically important military bases, including the al-Omar oil field base — one of the largest in Syria — and the Conoco gas field.

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‘Collaborators’ Held as Russia Leaves a City of Booby Traps: Angry Locals in Kherson Confront Men as They Are Tied to Lampposts After Being Accused of Helping Vladimir Putin’s Troops During Ukraine Invasion

Many of those who collaborated with the Russians after they occupied Kherson at the start of the war in March have fled the city in the past few weeks.

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Bangladesh: Married Muslim Youth Set Hindu Girl to Live Together, Killed Her Brutally When Exposed His Marriage

Khulna (Islamic Bangladesh): Trapping her in the net of ‘love jihad’, Abu Bakkar cut his Hindu lover Kavita Rani into pieces when exposed as married. Culprit Bakkar arrested by RAB.

Upama Das | HENB | Dhaka | Nov 13, 2022:: Religion has no place in a love relationship, maybe that’s what the Hindu girl thought like many others. That’s why he dreamed of building a house in love with a Muslim youth. But he never dreamed of the cruel fate that awaits her ultimately. Kalipad Bachar’s daughter, Kavita Rani, a resident of Satkhira Ashasuni — Kuter Bill area in Khulna, Bangladesh, was brutally murdered by her lover, who had left the house holding the hands of her lover, ignoring the thousand prohibitions from her parents. The police recovered Kavita Rani’s dismembered body from a rented house in Sonadanga police station area of Khulna city. RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) -6 confirmed the identity of Kavita Rani last week Monday (November 7, 2022) afternoon. Since then, the investigation team was searching for Abu Bakkar, the girl’s lover. Finally, he was caught from Basan police station in Gazipur district.

After the arrest, the killer’s boyfriend was interrogated and sensational information came out. In a press conference, the spokesperson of RAB-6, Lt. Col. Mostak Ahmed described the gruesome incident of the murder. He said that Kavita Rani used to work as a nurse at Prince Hospital in Khulna city. Abu Bakkar and Kavita (hiding her own identity as Swapna) were living as husband and wife for 3 years in the house of a man named Raju on Gobarchaka road no 1. Despite the fact that Abu Bakkar was married, he did not disclose that information to Kavita. Kavita met Abu Bakkar just 5 days before coming to the rented house.

Lt. Col. Mostak Ahmed of RAB-6 said that on Saturday (November 5, 2022) last week, when Kavita returned to the rented house from duty, for some reason she started arguing with Abu Bakkar. Meanwhile, Abu strangulated Kavita to death. Then he brought a sharp weapon from the kitchen and dismembered Kavita’s body. Kavita’s severed head was wrapped in polythene. The rest of the body was put in a box. The next day around 11 am, the police recovered the body parts of Kavita Rani from the rented house at the Tetultala, No. 1 Gobarchaka Cross Road in Khulna city.

Police took Abu Bakkar on 3 days remand after arrest.

Hindu minorities are treated as Dhimmis (captives under Islamic rules) or second class citizen in Bangladesh which’s state religion is Islam and propagation of Sharia by the fundamental Muslim people are all time high.

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India’s Government Can Now Surveil the Internet in Real-Time

The Indian government can monitor the online activity of anyone using an internet service provider (ISP) based in India. Since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, New Delhi has been increasing its online surveillance.

According to tech outlet Entrackr, the Department of Telecommunications has unrestricted and direct access to online traffic through Indian ISPs. The outlet claimed that public records requests revealed that the government can remotely access real-time web traffic without the user and ISP knowing. So, Indian internet users can never be sure if their internet traffic is not being monitored by law enforcement agents.

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Not Only Facing Odds, Sindh Hindus Are Put in a Dangerous Situation in Islamic Pakistan

AP | Sukkur (pakistan) | November 7, 2022:: On the sandy banks of the Indus River, which flows top to toe through Pakistan and into its southern Sindh province, Hindus waited for brightly colored boats to ferry them to a peaceful island that has housed a temple for almost 200 years.

Cheers rang out across the water as the marble and sandalwood Sadhu Bela temple complex heaved into view. “Long live Sadhu Bela!” the boat’s passengers cried.

The temple attracts tens of thousands of Hindus from within Muslim-majority Pakistan every year for festivals and rituals, including the recent celebrations of Diwali, an important Hindu holiday.

The island was gifted to the Hindu community by wealthy Muslim landlords in Sindh two centuries ago. It would have been an unthinkable act in modern-day Pakistan, where Hindus are often marginalized, persecuted, and even killed.

Around 4 million Hindus live in Pakistan, or about 1.9% of the country’s population, and 1.4 million are in Sindh.

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There is no ban on Hindu worship in Pakistan, but Hindus say openly practicing the faith is not a matter of routine. Decades of political hostility between majority-Hindu India and predominantly Muslim Pakistan present a challenge for the minority community, as many in Pakistan equate Hindus with India. The reverse exists in India where Muslims complain of discrimination.

But the landscape of Pakistan, and Sindh in particular, retains their imprint. It has temples, although their numbers have plummeted. There are Hindu-run businesses as well as education and healthcare institutions, many established before the country was created in 1947. They are part of Pakistan’s heritage, even as Hindus are forced into the shadows.

As Sadhu Bela came alive with the delight of devotees exploring the courtyards and gardens, Dewan Chand Chawla, a local politician and general secretary of the Pakistan Hindu Temple Management Committee, spoke proudly of the temple’s origins and features. The shrine, which celebrates its bicentennial in 2023, was built by craftsmen from the Indian city of Jodhpur and reflects the architectural style of the Taj Mahal…

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This report of Associated Press (AP) on Pakistani Hindus in Sindh is nothing but a conjecture to depict the Pakistani Culture of Co-Existence of Hindus and Muslims side by side. Present Pakistan has been turned as a hell for the persecuted Hindu minorities under the torture, extrusion, abduction, forced conversion, rape, murder and so on as a regular fate of the ill fated Hindus still living in that Islamic country.

AP and many other International Press are engaged in order to highlight a good face of Pakistan and Middle East ignoring the Jihadi excesses and Human Rights violation of the women and minority people there at the connivance of Arab World and World Islamic Bank.

Though AP agreed to the odd situation for the Sindh Hindus in a very casual manner in the report, the reality of such odds is more than horrible. Not only facing odds, Sindh Hindus are put in a dangerous situation under Islamic persecution in Pakistan.

We have have just reported, ??”Hindus are deadliest victims of Islam in Pakistan”?? on Nov 10, 2022 which can easily reveal the truth about the Crime and Violation of Human Rights perpetrated against Hindu Minorities and others in Pakistan. In such a regular practice of Islamic persecution, once 14% Hindus in Pakistan in 1947 came down to below 2 % in the present day situation in this Islamic Country.

That must be noted and published by the Associated Press.

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How an Awkward Teenager Was Radicalised by ISIS in His Bedroom After His Mother Died, Sneaked Into Iraq and Blew Himself Up in a Suicide Bombing That Shocked Australia — and His Even More Horrific ‘Plan B’

Jake Bilardi, 18, blew himself up in a suicide bomb attack in Ramadi, in central Iraq, about 110km west of Baghdad, in March 2015 after sneaking into the warzone with the help of ISIS recruiters.

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Isabel Lucas Reveals Why She Refused to Get A COVID Jab and How She Knew She ‘Wouldn’t Get Another TV Job’ Because She Dared to Lash Out at Lockdown Lunacy That Made Australia the Laughing Stock of the World

Australian actress Isabel Lucas sparked widespread backlash in 2020 after coming out against vaccine mandates and lockdowns amid the Covid pandemic.

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Soaring Gas Costs Drive Price Increases on Aussie Snacks

A Sydney factory that produces some of Australia’s best-known snacks — including Cheezels and CC’s — has had their gas bill triple overnight.

Mangers of the Smithfield factory said they went from paying $3m a year to $9m annually for gas when they negotiated a new deal after their previous energy wholesaler Weston Energy closed.

Snackbrands, who produce 200 million packets of chips each year, now face a weekly gas bill of $173,000.

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Technology Blamed for Drop in Literacy Skills in Teen Boys

Teenage boys are spending more hours gaming than they spend at school and it is impacting their literacy skills, a new study has found.

The University of NSW study revealed that boys were spending as much as nine hours a day playing video games.

Gonski Institute for Education director Prof Kim Beswick told Sky News there was reason to believe this was why recent NAPLAN tests showed boys lagging well behind girls in reading and writing proficiency.

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Younger Brother of Notorious Skaf Pack Rapists ‘Was the Target of Drive-by Shooting at His Family Home’ After Being Charged With Carrying a Loaded Gun in Public

Hadi Skaf is the younger brother of Bilal and Mohammed Skaf who were jailed over a series of gang rapes in Sydney’s south-west in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics.

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Armed Incidents Involving Migrants on the Rise at Hungarian Border

Armed incidents due to illegal migration are becoming more frequent in the Hungarian border region, and the body of a young man found near Horgos is the latest example of this, the Prime Minister’s chief advisor on internal security told public television channel M1 on Thursday morning.

The authorities found the body of a young man at the Hungarian-Serbian border in early November, just a few kilometers from the crossing point. A gunshot wound was found on his body, but he had no documents, so they could not identify his origin.

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Berlin to Expand Former Airport Migrant Shelter to Accomodate 3,600 More Ukrainians

The city of Berlin has announced it will be expanding its migrant reception centre at the former Tegel airport to create room for an additional 3,600 Ukrainian refugees as the city saw a surge of new migrant arrivals this year.

The local government in Berlin has stated that two new large tents will be erected on the site of the former airport, which closed in 2021, with the tents being equipped with heaters for the winter.

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France, Pressuring Italy on NGO Ships, Has Received Just 38 of 3,500 Migrants it Promised to Take In

Despite promising to take in 3,500 migrants from other European Union member-states under a redistribution scheme, France has received just 38 people since June — and will not take any more after Italy rejected port access to an NGO’s migrant “taxi” ship.

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Hotel in Welsh Village, Population 400, Rammed With 200 Migrants, Costing Taxpayers £6.8m

A hotel in a quiet Welsh village with just 400 residents is being rammed full of some 200 migrants, at a cost of £6.8 million to British taxpayers.

The 106-room Hilton Garden Inn in Dolgarrog, a sleepy community in the Snowdonia National Park, has been booked all the way to Spring 2023 — a “short-term solution” to the ever-worsening boat migrants crisis in the English Channel, according to Britain’s incompetent Home Office — at great expense, at a time when Britons are being told they can expect to have tax hikes and public service cuts inflicted on them in order to control inflation.

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Hungary: Number of Illegal Border Crossings Doubles Since Last Year

Rather than easing, the situation at the Hungarian border is getting worse as more and more illegal immigrants try to cross. So far this year, more than 235,000 illegal crossing attempts have been prevented by police and border guards, compared to almost half that number last year.

In addition to illegal migrants, the number of people smugglers caught by the police is also increasing. This year alone, 2,600 people smugglers have been caught by police, the Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Interior Ministry told M1 news channel on Monday morning. Bence Rétvari said that this is the highest number since the beginning of the migration crisis in 2015, and the detention of people smugglers alone costs the Hungarian budget three billion forints (EUR 7.5 million).

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People Trafficker ‘Who Was Behind Channel Migrant Drownings’ Is Living in UK and Claiming Asylum, TV Probe Reports

A gang member allegedly behind the deadliest migrant drownings in the Channel is living in Britain and claiming asylum, a TV documentary will claim tonight.

The man, of Kurdish descent, is said to have helped migrants find a seat on an inflatable boat which capsized, killing 31 last November.

The documentary investigated those behind the disaster and spoke to survivor Issa Mohammed who told how he saw ‘bodies floating by’.

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Poland to Help Erect Temporary Houses for Refugees in Ukraine

Poland will help in the construction of 12 prefab temporary houses for refugees in Ukraine by the end of the year, Ukrainian media reported on Wednesday.

The Interfax-Ukraina agency wrote that 12 similar temporary housing modules have already been built in Ukraine with the help of the Polish Prime Minister’s Office and Poland’s Governmental Strategic Reserves Agency.

Currently such housing functions in the Kyiv and Chernihiv district and the city of Lviv, jointly providing shelter for over 3,500 refugees from war-torn parts of the country.

The Polish Embassy in Kyiv said that the last of the functioning module houses was completed on October 29 in Vasilkiv near Kyiv.

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UK: Eight More Councils Consider Legal Action Against Home Office Over Plans to House Migrants in Local Hotels

Eight more councils are considering legal action against the Home Office over plans to house migrants in local hotels.

The councils say they are not told in advance about asylum-seekers coming to their area, meaning they cannot access the local services they need — or are placed in inappropriate locations, such as places with few transport links.

Those considering legal action include Colchester Borough, Coventry City, Torbay, Uttlesford District, Conwy, Erewash, West Northamptonshire, Reigate Banstead, Swale and Epping Forest.

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Biological Male Wins Women’s Division of US Cycling Race

On Saturday, a biological male won the female’s elite division of the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross, held in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Austin Killips, who identifies as a transgender woman, won Saturday’s UCI Elite Women’s division of the cycling event.

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Detransitioning Social Media Star Oli London Warns Parents About Gender Ideology’s Effect on Children

British singer and social media star Oli London says he’s recently found God and thus a new appreciation for the man he was created to be.

London, who formerly identified as a transracial non-binary man and then shifted into identifying as a transgender woman for six months, recently announced that he has begun his de-transitioning journey. The British influencer attributes his embrace of his true self to finding Jesus after he walked into a Catholic church and was lovingly accepted by its congregation.

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Disturbed Young Men in Women-Hating ‘Incel’ Cult Are Hammering Their Faces in a Bid to Improve Their Looks and Achieve the Facial Shape Idealised in Their Toxic Online Forums

They are ‘involuntary celibates’ or ‘incels’, part of a misogynistic subculture on shady online forums where users exchange fantasies about rape and mass murder.

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Eventbrite Could Face Lawsuit After Banning Debate on Trans Ideology

A British lawyer plans to sue US-based ticket-selling firm Eventbrite for banning her from selling tickets to a debate event because it alleged the event would create a platform for “dangerous” views.

Sarah Philimore is fundraising legal fees to sue Eventbrite for pulling tickets to the launch of her book “Transpositions: a personal journey into gender criticism.” Comedy writer Graham Linehan co-authored the book.

Philimore argued that Eventbrite has to obey UK laws, adding that gender critical belief should be respected in a democratic society. She sent several letters asking for clarification on why her event violated Eventbrite’s terms. She has not received any meaningful reply, so she decided to sue.

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Exclusive: YMCA Bans Father for Protesting Against Biological Males in Women’s Changing Rooms

A fed-up father named Billy Park has been banned from the YMCA in Northampton, Massachusetts after expressing concerns about biological males, or transwomen, being allowed to change alongside his daughters in the female-only changing rooms.

Billy Park, who has been a patron of multiple YMCA’s for the past 50 years, was criminally trespassed from the property after deciding to protest against their transgender policies.

After hearing about the incident at the YMCA in Port Townsend with 80-year-old Julie Jaman, Park was curious if the Northampton YMCA shared similar transgender policies. Since there is no signage posted on the doors of both the women’s and men’s changing rooms stating gender-inclusivity, Park was shocked to find out that biological males that have transitioned or will be transitioning are allowed to use whichever changing rooms they desire.

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Male Pilots Will be Allowed to Wear Makeup, Painted Nails and Carry Handbags on British Airways

Male pilots will be allowed to wear make up, painted nails, and carry pocketbooks on British Airways as the UK’s second largest airline carrier is set to transform its uniform rules.

Following the introduction of so-called gender neutral uniforms by their competitor Virgin Atlantic, British Airways is apparently trying to out-woke the Richard Branson airliner by allowing male pilots to wear makeup and don women’s handbags.

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