Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2023

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Prague to protest inflation and the government’s support for Ukraine. Meanwhile, thousands of Dutch farmers protested in The Hague against the government’s policies limiting nitrogen emissions.

In other news, the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank sold more than $3 million worth of shares just two weeks before the bank collapsed.

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Financial Crisis
» Elon Musk Interested in Buying Collapsed Silicon Valley Bank
» Gas Prices Surge in New Jersey, Around Nation
» Silicon Valley Bank CEO Sold $3.5M of Stock Two Weeks Before Collapse
» Silicon Valley Bank President Pressured Congress to Loosen Restrictions on Stress Tests, Capital Requirements After 2008 Crash
» SVB International Fallout: UK and EU Lenders Lose £30 Billion Overnight as ‘Panic’ Spreads
» Windfall Tax Leads to Job Losses at UK’s Largest Oil & Gas Producer
 
USA
» 3 More Red States Ditch Voter Data-Sharing Collective as Trump Rips ‘Fools Game for Republicans’
» Boston BLM Leader and Her Husband Indicted on More Than 20 Fraud Charges
» Delaware Man Loses $125,000 Property to Squatter Neighbor After Trying to Remove Goat Pen She Built on it
» Ex-Clinton Advisor Apologizes to Conservatives Over Jan 6 After Reviewing Real Footage
» Exclusive — Sen. Mike Lee: ‘No Chance in Hell’ Congress Reauthorizes Spy Powers Without Major Fight
» Facebook Planning to Launch Twitter Rival Amid Growing Threat From Elon Musk
» Florida RINOs Refuse to Amend Pro-Gun Bill in Defiance of DeSantis
» ‘Hazmat Killer’ Arrested, Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Bodega Clerk
» Millions of Chinese-Made Toys Recalled Across the US After They Resulted in Deaths of Children
» New Details Released After Woman Stabbed to Death on CTA Platform in the Loop
» NYPD Officers Resigning in Record Numbers in 2023
» Podcast Host, Husband Killed by Stalker in Washington Home Invasion
» Poll: Most Republicans, Republican-Leaning Voters Want Donald Trump as 2024 GOP Nominee
» Roku Had $487 Million in Deposits With Fed-Seized Silicon Valley Bank
» Sheriff Says Suspect Hit Driver and Fled But No-Pursuit Law Kept Cops From Chasing, Arresting
» Shooting in North Dallas Leaves 11-Year-Old Boy Dead, Woman Wounded, Authorities Say
» Video — NYC Foodtown Worker Attacked While Trying to Stop Alleged Shoplifters: ‘Enough is Enough’
» Voters Want Biden to Take on China But Fear He is Compromised by Family Business Ties
 
Europe and the EU
» Czechia: Pics: Thousands Rally Against Govt Over Inflation, Russia Sanctions in EU Capital
» Dutch Farmers, Climate Activists Hold Protests in the Hague
» Reuters: Stringent Gun Control Failed to Prevent Alleged Attacker Shooting, Killing Six in Germany
» UK Govt Considering Wuhan Lab Leak After Previously Claiming Proximity to Outbreak ‘Entirely Coincidental’
 
Russia
» Russia’s Wagner Goes on Recruiting Blitz, Opening Centers in 42 Cities
» Russia Has Been Sending Some US-Provided Weapons Captured in Ukraine to Iran, Sources Say
» Wagner Mercenaries Have Taken Control of Half of Bakhmut: UK Intel
 
South Asia
» Communal Curriculum in History School Books of Pakistan
 
Far East
» China Requires Christians to Register on App to Attend Church Services
» Chinese Brokerage of Iran-Saudi Deal Latest in String of Power Plays on World Stage
» Chinese Police Torture Elderly Christian Man for 24 Hours
» TikTok Whistleblower Says US Data Can Easily be Accessed From China: Sen. Hawley
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘Time is Running Out’: PM Urged to Stand Up for Assange
 
Immigration
» Almost 98 Per Cent of Albanians Issued With Deportation Orders Use Legal Tricks to Try and Stay in the UK, Figures Reveal
» BBC Suspends Soccer Host Over Social Media Posts Comparing Illegal Migrant Crackdown to Nazis
» Ireland: Migrant Who Sexually Abused Toddler Claims Actions ‘Playful’ In His Culture
» Italy’s Giorgia Meloni Declares War on People Smugglers Pushing Migration
» Large Migrant Group From 14 Nations Apprehended at Arizona Border
» New York to Give ‘Free’ College to Illegal Aliens at Taxpayer Expense
» Poland Halves Aid for Ukrainian Refugees as Inflation Crisis Bites
» Texas Legislature to Consider Border Resolution Declaring State is Under Invasion
 
Culture Wars
» Boston’s ‘Woke’ Democrat Mayor Accused of Discriminating Against White Business Owners
» Dramatic Scenes as Anti-Transgender Groups, LGBTQI Protesters and Police Clash in a Park Where Controversial ‘Transphobe’ Kellie-Jay Keen Started Her Speaking Tour of Australia
» Marymount University Students Launch Protests After School Axes Majors Like Math, English, Religious Studies
» ‘Schism Plain and Simple’ — German Catholic Bishops Vote to Bless Same-Sex Unions
» ‘Teacher of the Year’ Arrested at School on Child Sex Abuse Charges
» Trans-Identified Biological Male Daycare Worker Charged With Sexual Abuse of Infant in Kentucky
» UK: Don’t Call Girls ‘Princess’ Or Tell Them They’re Pretty, Nursery Tells Parents in Woke Handbook That Cautions Them Against Praising Good Behaviour
» Virginia Judge Rules Embryos Can be Treated as ‘Chattels’ Based on Centuries Old Slave Law
» WHO Pushes for Creation of an Unelected Global Regime
 

Elon Musk Interested in Buying Collapsed Silicon Valley Bank

Twitter boss Elon Musk has revealed that he’s interested in buying the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank.

As Slay News reported, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shut down by California regulators on Friday.

All of the bank’s assets have been seized and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has been named as the receiver.

SVB was the 16th largest bank in the United States.

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

Gas Prices Surge in New Jersey, Around Nation

Trenton, N.J.—Gas prices surged in New Jersey and around the nation at large, but analysts say the increase could be short-lived amid a recent drop in demand and the cost of crude oil.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.30, up 10 cents from last week. Drivers were paying $4.37 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.47, up eight cents from last week. Drivers were paying $4.31 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

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

Silicon Valley Bank CEO Sold $3.5M of Stock Two Weeks Before Collapse

The CEO of Silicon Valley Bank sold $3.57M of company stock just two weeks before the bank collapsed on Friday.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Silicon Valley Bank President Pressured Congress to Loosen Restrictions on Stress Tests, Capital Requirements After 2008 Crash

The president of the fed-seized Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) previously lobbied Congress between 2015-2018 in order to get special treatment from regulations, arguing that his company should be made free of “enhanced prudential standards” set by the government “given the low risk profile of our activities.”

According to the Daily Mail, Becker had argued to Congress that SVB had a “deep understanding of the markets it serves, [and] our strong risk management practices.” Becker made the argument after federal financial restrictions had been tightened after the 2008 financial crisis.

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

SVB International Fallout: UK and EU Lenders Lose £30 Billion Overnight as ‘Panic’ Spreads

The fallout from the run on the Silicon Valley Bank in California went international overnight, with British and European Union lenders seeing nearly £30 billion wiped off their portfolios and the Bank of England stepping in to take over the insolvency process for the British arm of SVB to protect the deposits of British firms tied to the bank.

Since Friday, the Stoxx Europe 600 banks index, which also includes leading British lenders, saw a mass sell-off in the wake of the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, the largest American bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis. In total, the European-UK banking index saw a one-day decline of 3.8 per cent, with €33.5 billion (£29.6/$35.6 billion) being wiped off their balance sheets.

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

Windfall Tax Leads to Job Losses at UK’s Largest Oil & Gas Producer

Authored by Julianne Geiger via OilPrice.com

The UK’s largest oil and gas producer, Harbour Energy, is cutting investments and jobs after the new windfall tax on the industry sapped nearly all of its 2022 profits.

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

3 More Red States Ditch Voter Data-Sharing Collective as Trump Rips ‘Fools Game for Republicans’

Three more red states — Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia — this week followed Louisiana and Alabama in withdrawing from a multistate data-sharing partnership that facilitates voter registration and maintenance of voter rolls, citing unmet concerns over protecting voter information and partisan influence at the nonprofit.

The latest withdrawals from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) came after the nonprofit’s board of directors rejected changes proposed by a bipartisan working group of several member states.

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

Boston BLM Leader and Her Husband Indicted on More Than 20 Fraud Charges

A prominent Boston Black Lives Matter organizer has been slapped with additional fraud charges, this time in relation to alleged schemes to defraud the city out of Covid relief and rental assistance funds, federal officials said.

As WCVB reported, Monica Cannon-Grant, 42, and her husband Clark Grant, 39, were charged on Thursday with three counts of wire fraud conspiracy, 17 counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy and one count of making false statements to a mortgage lending business by a federal grand jury. Additionally, Cannon-Grant was individually hit with charges of mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and failing to file tax returns.

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

Delaware Man Loses $125,000 Property to Squatter Neighbor After Trying to Remove Goat Pen She Built on it

A Delaware man recently discovered while trying to sell part of the property his family has owned for two generations that his neighbor had taken control of the land, and he has lost possession after the neighbor claimed squatter’s rights.

In 2021, Burton Banks tried to sell part of a property his father had left him near Ocean View, Delaware, but found that his neighbor, Melissa Schrock, had erected a goat pen on part of the property and had been using roughly two-thirds of an acre of the property for decades, Delaware Online reported.

Banks took Schrock, who claimed squatter’s rights, to court and a judge ruled against him.

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

Ex-Clinton Advisor Apologizes to Conservatives Over Jan 6 After Reviewing Real Footage

Liberal feminist author and former Bill Clinton advisor Naomi Wolf has issued an apology to conservatives after reviewing the newly released footage from Jan. 6.

Wolf, who served as a political advisor to the presidential campaigns of Democrats Bill Clinton and Al Gore, offered a formal apology to conservatives who “put America first” on January 6, 2021.

In a lengthy post on Substack, Wolf responded to the explosive footage that has emerged from the Capitol that proves the Democrats’ anti-Trump “violent insurrection” narrative was a lie.

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

Exclusive — Sen. Mike Lee: ‘No Chance in Hell’ Congress Reauthorizes Spy Powers Without Major Fight

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that there is “no chance in hell” that Congress reauthorizes the “crown jewel” for American intelligence agencies without a major fight from progressive and conservative lawmakers that want to reform the program.

Lee spoke to Breitbart News as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that the federal government believes allows intelligence agencies to collect communications of targeted foreigners, will expire at the end of December unless Congress reauthorizes the controversial program. Essentially, the National Security Agency (NSA) can order email services like Google’s Gmail to turn over copies of messages or network operators such as AT&T or Verizon to intercept and furnish copies of phone calls, texts, and internet communications to or from a foreign target. This may also lead to incidental bulk collection of American citizens’ information, which civil liberties advocates often say amounts to warrantless surveillance of Americans.

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

Facebook Planning to Launch Twitter Rival Amid Growing Threat From Elon Musk

Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms Inc. is reportedly planning to launch a new social media app to rival the growing threat from Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Since Musk’s takeover of Twitter in late October, the platform has been booming with new and returning users who are drawn to the new boss’s free speech agenda.

Musk has long stated that he wants to eradicate censorship and make Twitter the world’s “digital town square” where all views are welcome.

Facebook, on the other hand, has continued to ramp up censorship efforts in recent years and has seen a mass exodus of users.

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

Florida RINOs Refuse to Amend Pro-Gun Bill in Defiance of DeSantis

Submitted by Gun Owners of America

The Republican supermajority in Florida is against legalizing open carry.

Even after repeated statements in favor of the law change by Governor Ron DeSantis this week, the Republicans in Florida’s legislative branch don’t seem too keen on adding the legalization of open carry to their constitutional carry bill.

To make matters worse, Republican leadership is openly dismissive of the idea of legalizing open carry, something that is legal in 47 other states. Only Florida, Illinois, and New York have total bans on open carry.

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

‘Hazmat Killer’ Arrested, Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Bodega Clerk

On Friday, a 39-year-old New York man, Kimond L. Cyrus, appeared in court following his Thursday arrest and was arraigned on Murder charges related to the fatal shooting of a bodega worker on March 3.

The New York Post reports, Cyrus, dubbed the “Hazmat Killer,” allegedly wore a full-body, white Tyvek suit during a string of robberies that culminated in the shooting last Friday of 67-year-old Queens native Sueng Choi at the Daona Gourmet Deli, location on Third Avenue and East 81st St.

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

Millions of Chinese-Made Toys Recalled Across the US After They Resulted in Deaths of Children

Chinese-manufactured Calico Critters toys resulted in the deaths of an infant and a toddler, resulting in 3.2 million of the objects being recalled in the United States.

These toys were formerly sold on Amazon and Walmart and were recalled earlier this week.

According to a recent notice published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, these Calico Critters are a choking hazard to children.

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

New Details Released After Woman Stabbed to Death on CTA Platform in the Loop

CHICAGO — A woman is dead after being stabbed multiple times while standing on a CTA platform in the Loop early Saturday.

At about 1:26 a.m., the 26-year-old woman is seen on surveillance video walking up the stairs to the Adams and Wabash CTA platform. Shortly after, the offender is seen on surveillance video following close behind her and approached her on the platform.

As the woman walks toward an arriving train, the offender stops the victim from boarding, police said.

The victim then walks away from the offender, at which time, the offender pushes her multiple times.

He then pulled out a metal object and stabbed her in the chest, abdomen and left arm, police said.

The victim then pushed herself free and ran to the street level, where she collapsed.

She was transported to an area hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

NYPD Officers Resigning in Record Numbers in 2023

New York City police officers are resigning at a record level in 2023, documents show.

“The NYPD staffing emergency is approaching the point of no return,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.

According to information and data obtained by the New York Post, 239 officers resigned from the force in January and February, a spike of 36% over the same period from last year. NYPD pension data shows that there has been a 117% jump in resignations since 2021.

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

Podcast Host, Husband Killed by Stalker in Washington Home Invasion

Three people are dead after a Texas man broke into the home of a Washington state podcaster he had been stalking for “many months,” including the suspect.

As reported by KING 5, police were called to a Redmond home, about 20 minutes outside of Seattle, around 2:30 am on Friday, where they discovered podcast host Zohreh Sadeghi, 33, and her husband, Mohammed Naseri, 35 with gunshot wounds.

Sadeghi was dead at the scene, along with suspected killer Ramin Khodakaramrezaei, who police say died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Naseri was reportedly found alive laying in the front lawn, but died during an attempt by first responders to save him.

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

Poll: Most Republicans, Republican-Leaning Voters Want Donald Trump as 2024 GOP Nominee

Most Republicans and Republican-leaning voters want former President Donald Trump as the 2024 GOP nominee, a recent survey from The Economist/YouGov shows.

“Who do you want to be the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2024?” the survey asked both Republicans and Republican-leaners.

The survey found that among both groups, 63 percent chose Trump, while only 20 percent said “someone else.” Another 18 percent said they are not sure.

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

Roku Had $487 Million in Deposits With Fed-Seized Silicon Valley Bank

On Friday, federal regulators seized the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) following a run on the bank, and streaming device company Roku said that 26 percent of its cash and equivalents, approximately $487 million, had been deposited with the bank with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) only guaranteeing insurance on deposits up to $250,000.

According to the New York Post, in a regulatory filing, Roku claimed its “deposits with SVB were largely uninsured, sending its shares down 10 percent in extended trading.”

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

Sheriff Says Suspect Hit Driver and Fled But No-Pursuit Law Kept Cops From Chasing, Arresting

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is publicizing another example of someone who police were not allowed to chase because of Washington’s restrictive pursuit law allegedly doing damage and putting people at risk. This time, the suspect was ultimately apprehended.

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

Shooting in North Dallas Leaves 11-Year-Old Boy Dead, Woman Wounded, Authorities Say

A 30-year-old man faces a charge of capital murder in the slaying, Dallas police said.

An 11-year-old boy was fatally shot and a woman was wounded early Saturday in North Dallas, police said, and a man was in custody in connection with the shooting.

Officers were called to the 6400 block of Royal Lane, between Preston and Hillcrest roads, about 2:15 a.m. and discovered that a boy and a woman had been shot.

The boy died at the scene, according to authorities, and the woman was taken to a hospital and was stable.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office identified the boy as 11-year-old Jeremiah Green.

Police said 30-year-old Jakeith Huntley was arrested on a charge of capital murder in the slaying. He was booked into the Dallas County jail, and his bail had not been set Saturday afternoon. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.

Authorities did not say how they linked Huntley to the shooting, but relatives of the victims said the gunman was the ex-boyfriend of the woman who was shot.

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Video — NYC Foodtown Worker Attacked While Trying to Stop Alleged Shoplifters: ‘Enough is Enough’

An employee was attacked recently when he tried to stop two alleged shoplifters at a store in a Bronx neighborhood.

The worker at the Allerton Foodtown has since returned to work. According to News 12, he confronted a man and woman, who tried to exit the store carrying food they did not purchase, the outlet reported Thursday.

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

Voters Want Biden to Take on China But Fear He is Compromised by Family Business Ties

A survey released Friday shows 57.6% of U.S. voters think for the U.S. to address tensions with China the Biden administration should be more aggressive in leading a global coalition to contain the communist-run country — though voters also appeared concerned about whether President Biden has limited power in the situation because of a conflict of interest.

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

Czechia: Pics: Thousands Rally Against Govt Over Inflation, Russia Sanctions in EU Capital

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of people in the Czech Republic rallied against the government Saturday, protesting high inflation and demanding an end to the country’s military support for Ukraine.

A new political group, PRO, organized the rally at Prague’s Wenceslas Square as an anti-poverty event. As participants called on the coalition government to resign, party leader Jindrich Rajchl said they want “a government to care first of all about the interests of the Czech citizens.”

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

Dutch Farmers, Climate Activists Hold Protests in the Hague

More than 10,000 Dutch farmers protested in The Hague on Saturday against the government’s plans to limit nitrogen emissions.

The protests took place ahead of the March 15 provincial elections, which will indirectly select members of the national parliament’s upper house and could have an effect on proposals for reducing nitrate pollution.

Farmers claim ‘there is no nitrogen problem’

Police said they stopped an unknown number of tractors that were headed for the farmers’ demonstration. The city banned all but two “symbolic” tractors from participating, citing safety concerns.

The protesters carried banners reading “No farmers, no food,” and, “There is no nitrogen ‘problem’“ during the peaceful demonstration organized by the Farmers’ Defence Force group.

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

Reuters: Stringent Gun Control Failed to Prevent Alleged Attacker Shooting, Killing Six in Germany

Reuters noted Friday that Germany’s stringent gun control failed to prevent the attack which resulted in the deaths of six innocents and the alleged shooter the previous day.

According to Reuters, Germany’s “anonymous tip-off” law was triggered in January, when authorities received a call warning the 35-year-old would-be attacker was showing “suspicious behavior.”

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

UK Govt Considering Wuhan Lab Leak After Previously Claiming Proximity to Outbreak ‘Entirely Coincidental’

The British government has said that it is now actively considering the possibility that the Chinese coronavirus crisis was a result of a Wuhan lab leak after reports showed that the Cabinet Office previously censored references to the theory.

Earlier this week it was revealed that pandemic-era health secretary Matt Hancock’s memoirs were stripped of mentions of his belief that COVID-19 may well have emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology by the Cabinet Office of the British government, which has the right to review books from top-level government officials prior to publication to prevent potentially sensitive information from being released.

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

Russia’s Wagner Goes on Recruiting Blitz, Opening Centers in 42 Cities

Despite ongoing tensions with the Russian Defense Ministry, private security firm Wagner is going on a recruiting blitz, fresh off battlefield successes in Ukraine’s east, notably in Soledar and now Bakhmut.

Head of the mercenary group and personal friend of Putin, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on Friday announced the openings of recruitment centers in dozens of cities throughout Russia. The firm’s methods have come under controversy and scrutiny for the practice of recruiting from prisons, often sending violent convicts to the front lines and in return promising them freedom.

“Recruitment centers for PMC Wagner have opened in 42 Russian cities,” Prigozhin announced. He described that sports centers and martial arts clubs in particular will serve as fresh recruiting grounds.

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

Russia Has Been Sending Some US-Provided Weapons Captured in Ukraine to Iran, Sources Say

(CNN) — Russia has been capturing some of the US and NATO-provided weapons and equipment left on the battlefield in Ukraine and sending them to Iran, where the US believes Tehran will try to reverse-engineer the systems, four sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Over the last year, US, NATO and other Western officials have seen several instances of Russian forces seizing smaller, shoulder-fired weapons equipment including Javelin anti-tank and Stinger anti-aircraft systems that Ukrainian forces have at times been forced to leave behind on the battlefield, the sources told CNN.

In many of those cases, Russia has then flown the equipment to Iran to dismantle and analyze, likely so the Iranian military can attempt to make their own version of the weapons, sources said. Russia believes that continuing to provide captured Western weapons to Iran will incentivize Tehran to maintain its support for Russia’s war in Ukraine, the sources said.

US officials don’t believe that the issue is widespread or systematic, and the Ukrainian military has made it a habit since the beginning of the war to report to the Pentagon any losses of US-provided equipment to Russian forces, officials said. Still, US officials acknowledge that the issue is difficult to track.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Wagner Mercenaries Have Taken Control of Half of Bakhmut: UK Intel

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces have made progress in their campaign to capture the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, the focus of the war’s longest ground battle, but their assault will be difficult to sustain without more significant personnel losses, British military officials said Saturday.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in its latest assessment that paramilitary units from the Kremlin-controlled Wagner Group have seized most of eastern Bakhmut, with a river flowing through the city now marking the front line of the fighting.

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

Communal Curriculum in History School Books of Pakistan

Full of Hindu hatred… Disinformation about India…

Vatsala Shrangi | News 18 Online | New Delhi | March 10, 2023:: From celebrating Direct Action Day as “Muslims League’s street power”, labelling Hindus as “extremists” and blaming them for driving Muslims away, to accusations of bias: the class 11 and 12 history books in Pakistan are full of anti-Hindu references and distorted historical facts. News18 has accessed these books published by the Federal Textbook Board of Islamabad that reveal how India and Hindus per se have been depicted in a poor light.

Chapter one of the textbook Pakistan Studies for classes 11 and 12 titled ‘Genesis of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, the ‘Two-nation Theory’ has been defined as one based on the principle that the Muslims and non-Muslims in India were separate and distinct nations.

The subhead on fundamental human rights talks about two types of Hindu leadership in Southeast Asia — extremists and moderates. The textbook elaborates: “The Congress was fully overpowered by the extremists at the juncture of history when the British had decided to transfer power to the Indian hands. In this state of affairs, the Muslims and the other minority communities in the region started feeling that if the Indian government is entrusted to the extremist Hindu hands they will deprive the non-Hindus of their most fundamental rights. This feeling served as a strong motive force behind the Muslim demand for Pakistan, and for the same reason, the non-Muslims of this region rendered full support to the Muslim demand for Pakistan.”…

           — Hat tip: Upananda Brahmachari [Return to headlines]
 

China Requires Christians to Register on App to Attend Church Services

ROME — The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun requiring Christians to register on a government app to attend worship services in the Henan province, ChinaAid reports.

To attend church services, Christians must fill out an online form on the government’s so-called “Smart Religion” app and receive official approval to worship, ChinaAid, a U.S.-based Christian charity, reports.

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

Chinese Brokerage of Iran-Saudi Deal Latest in String of Power Plays on World Stage

China shocked the world this week with the surprise announcement that it had brokered a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resume normal diplomatic relations, dealing a significant blow to U.S. interests in the region.

The arrangement marked the latest is a string of ever-bolder moves by Beijing to further its aim of global hegemony at the expense of the United States. Apart from the Iran-Saudi agreement, China has inserted itself into other theaters of vital American interest, such as the Russo-Ukrainian War, and even penetrated domestic U.S. airspace.

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

Chinese Police Torture Elderly Christian Man for 24 Hours

Officers under the authority of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tortured an elderly Christian man for 24 hours in an effort to make him “fabricate charges” against the pastors of his church, ChinaAid reported this week.

The elderly man, identified only as “Brother Wang,” is a member of Xi’an Church of Abundance in Shanxi province. The church’s Pastor Lian Changnian, his son Pastor Lian Xuliang, and Fu Juan, a church coworker, were all arrested on charges of fraud last August 17, 2022. The three were held under Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL) where they, too, suffered torture.

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

TikTok Whistleblower Says US Data Can Easily be Accessed From China: Sen. Hawley

Authored by Eva Fu via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is pressing the Treasury Department to conduct a thorough review of new whistleblower allegations regarding the Chinese-owned short video app TikTok that were recently brought to his attention.

Writing to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen on March 8, Hawley said that a TikTok whistleblower has come to him with direct knowledge of the app’s operating practices. His allegations, Hawley said, are “deeply concerning” and appear to contradict with public statements from senior executives of TikTok and its Beijing-based parent company ByteDance over the handling of U.S. users’ data.

Revelations from leaked recordings that engineers in China had repeatedly accessed the platform’s U.S. data as of last January have raised bipartisan concerns in Congress.

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

‘Time is Running Out’: PM Urged to Stand Up for Assange

Julian Assange supporters are urging Anthony Albanese to grasp a crucial opportunity to secure his release in a “litmus test” for democracy.

A public artwork of Assange and fellow whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning was unveiled in Sydney on Friday.

Speaking at the event, former journalist Dean Yates pleaded with the prime minister to lobby on behalf of the detained Australian during an upcoming meeting with Joe Biden and Britain’s Rishi Sunak.

“Time is running out,” he told AAP, arguing the upcoming US election cycle would shatter any chance of a favourable resolution.

“There is a growing sense amongst Australians that enough’s enough — Albanese said that himself.

“It’s time for him to use his personal relationship with President Biden and bring Julian home.”

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

Almost 98 Per Cent of Albanians Issued With Deportation Orders Use Legal Tricks to Try and Stay in the UK, Figures Reveal

Nearly 98 per cent of Albanian migrants issued with deportation orders deploy legal devices to resist being sent back, according to figures seen by The Mail on Sunday.

Out of more than 1,000 Albanians who are subject to these orders in the UK, only 25 are recorded as having ‘no barrier’ to deportation.

Border Force sources say that around one third of the remaining migrants have claimed to be victims of modern slavery. A further quarter have claimed asylum under human rights laws.

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

BBC Suspends Soccer Host Over Social Media Posts Comparing Illegal Migrant Crackdown to Nazis

The BBC has announced that its highest-paid pundit, Gary Lineker, will “step back” from presenting the Match of the Day football (soccer) programme until an “agreement is reached on his social media use” after he compared the British government’s plans to curb illegal migration to Nazi Germany on his Twitter account.

In a statement released on Friday, Britain’s publicly-funded national broadcaster said that it determined Lineker’s “recent social media activity to be a breach of our guidelines” and that as a representative of the supposedly politically neutral BBC he should “keep well away from taking sides on party political issues or political controversies”.

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Ireland: Migrant Who Sexually Abused Toddler Claims Actions ‘Playful’ In His Culture

A 32-year-old migrant from a Roma background has been sentenced to two and half years in prison for sexually abusing a three-year-old in Ireland and trying to claim his actions were “playful” in his culture.

The sexual assault took place on July 22nd 2019 just outside a hotel in Dublin. Thirty-two-year-old Gheorghe Rafaila had been staying there as a result of it being converted into a homeless shelter, and his victim, a three-year-old boy, was also a resident at the time with his mother.

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Italy’s Giorgia Meloni Declares War on People Smugglers Pushing Migration

ROME — Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni has declared war on people smugglers pushing illegal migration, promising prison terms of up to 30 years.

Saying she intends to “send out the message that it does not pay to enter Italy illegally,” Meloni declared that her administration is going on offense, pledging to hunt down human traffickers “around the globe.”

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Large Migrant Group From 14 Nations Apprehended at Arizona Border

Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials report the apprehension of a large migrant group who crossed the border near Lukeville, Arizona, on Monday. The group of 235 migrants consisted of citizens of 14 different nations and included children.

Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted a photo of a large migrant group apprehended by Ajo Station agents.

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New York to Give ‘Free’ College to Illegal Aliens at Taxpayer Expense

New York City’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams is moving forward with plans to fund “free” college for illegal aliens with taxpayer money.

According to a report in the New York Post, the first year alone would cost taxpayers around $1.2 million.

The newly created Office of Asylum Seeker Operations would oversee the Democrat mayor’s plan.

The first wave of the program will send at least 100 illegal immigrants to upstate New York for 12 months of all-expenses-paid college classes with room and board.

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Poland Halves Aid for Ukrainian Refugees as Inflation Crisis Bites

Poland has cut funding for Ukrainian refugees in half this month, with the country no longer able to afford to fund their accommodation in the country at the same rate despite funding from the European Union.

As of the start of March, Ukrainians will have to cover half of the costs of their shared accommodation, capped at about 8.50 euros per day (~£7.50/$9.00) if they stay in the country for more than 120 days.

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Texas Legislature to Consider Border Resolution Declaring State is Under Invasion

Texas state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst has filed three bills and one resolution to address the border crisis, including one that would declare Texas is under invasion by Mexican cartels.

Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said one of the most common questions she receives from constituents is, “What is Texas doing to combat the absence of a secure border?”

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Boston’s ‘Woke’ Democrat Mayor Accused of Discriminating Against White Business Owners

Boston’s “woke” Democrat Mayor Michelle Wu has been accused of discriminating against white business owners in her city.

A group of white restaurant owners filed a lawsuit against Wu for racial discrimination.

They say they were targeted for city fees in part due to their ethnic heritage.

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Dramatic Scenes as Anti-Transgender Groups, LGBTQI Protesters and Police Clash in a Park Where Controversial ‘Transphobe’ Kellie-Jay Keen Started Her Speaking Tour of Australia

UK-based activist Kellie-Jay Keen, who also goes by the name Posie Parker online, has travelled to Australia for a series of anti-trans rallies and spoke at a rally in Sydney on Saturday.

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Marymount University Students Launch Protests After School Axes Majors Like Math, English, Religious Studies

Students at a Catholic liberal arts university in northern Virginia say their concerns were brushed aside by officials who eliminated numerous majors at the school, ranging from religious studies to math.

The cuts by Marymount University, outside of Washington, D.C., have led to protests from outraged students who say the decision has rocked the school’s foundation as a Catholic institution that focuses on humanities.

Many fear that the fallout from the curriculum change will drive away potential students.

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‘Schism Plain and Simple’ — German Catholic Bishops Vote to Bless Same-Sex Unions

German Catholic bishops have voted to bless same-sex marriages as part of the German Church’s Synodal Assembly, with blessings set to be introduced in March of 2026. Some have called the move schismatic.

The Synodal Assembly on the Reform of the Catholic Church voted in Frankfurt, Germany, to bless same-sex couples on Friday, with 176 of the 202 assembly members voting for the proposal, including two-thirds of the bishops in attendance.

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‘Teacher of the Year’ Arrested at School on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A “Teacher of the Year” has been arrested at a San Diego County school on multiple charges of child sex abuse and child pornography, according to reports.

Jacqueline Ma, a 34-year-old sixth-grade teacher at Lincoln Acres Elementary School in National City, was arrested Thursday.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Ma faces 14 charges relating to possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child, and “preventing or dissuading a witness or victim,” according to KNSD.

On Tuesday, Ma had been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and three counts of oral copulation with a child under 14, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

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Trans-Identified Biological Male Daycare Worker Charged With Sexual Abuse of Infant in Kentucky

Kentucky transgender daycare worker Maria Childres is accused of sexually abusing a baby while changing the child’s diaper, according to official documents obtained by WPSD Local 6.

The Paducah Police Department got a complaint of the alleged abuse on February 8 from the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services after an anonymous tip came in about trans-identified male Childres, 25, who was employed at the Explore Learning Academy in November when the crime allegedly took place.

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UK: Don’t Call Girls ‘Princess’ Or Tell Them They’re Pretty, Nursery Tells Parents in Woke Handbook That Cautions Them Against Praising Good Behaviour

The woke handbook — sent to parents whose children attend Bright Horizons nurseries across the UK — takes pains to define girls as ‘children who identify as female’.

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Virginia Judge Rules Embryos Can be Treated as ‘Chattels’ Based on Centuries Old Slave Law

A judge in Fairfax County, Virginia ruled that frozen embryos can legally be considered “chattel,” or property, based on an old slave law from the 1800s.

This ruling is from a divorce case between Honeyhline Heidemann and Jason Heidemann and their two frozen embryos. Honeyhline wants to implant the embryos but Jason doesn’t.

In the preliminary opinion authored by Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Richard Gardiner, he sided with Jason, citing that since the embryos can’t be bought or sold they shouldn’t be considered goods or chattel, therefore Honeyhline couldn’t claim custody.

Adam Kronfeld, the lawyer for Honeyhline, asked the judge to reconsider the decision.

Judge Gardiner referred to rulings that used to be used in custody disputes regarding slaves. He said parallels existed between slave cases and this case with human embryos and it caused him to reconsider whether the goods and chattel law should also apply to these human embryos.

“As there is no prohibition on the sale of human embryos, they may be valued and sold, and thus may be considered ‘goods or chattels,’“ Gardiner stated, according to NBC News.

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WHO Pushes for Creation of an Unelected Global Regime

The World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing for an unelected global regime to be established, arguing that a single governing body is essential for handling future pandemics.

By creating a single global authority, the WHO would be able to order once-sovereign nations to roll out vaccination and mask mandates, vaccine passports, widespread lockdowns, and other totalitarian pandemic measures, all under international law for the sake of public health.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/11/2023

    • Warning: I hadn’t finished watching before I put this post up. It is on Youtube and it isn’t visually graphic but it is very descriptive and it is possibly something you would rather not know. Perhaps somewhat worse than any horror movie you have seen. I don’t know why he is alive.

      • People need to see this in all its glory, it shows people what we are against and get angry and bloody well act to Purge these sub humans from our midst.

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