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Seven alleged members of a 'youth terror cell' arrested in sweeping raids across Sydney, Australia, after bishop church stabbing

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© NSW PoliceThe raids were carried out in response to the attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel - an alleged terror incident, on April 24, 2024.
Seven young people have been arrested in counter-terrorism raids across Sydney in response to last week's Sydney church stabbing.

More than 400 members of a joint counter-terrorism team from state and federal police forces began kicking down doors at 13 homes in the city's south-west at about 11.15am on Wednesday.

The sweeping raids were carried out in response to the April 15 attack on Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel at the Assyrian church, Christ The Good Shepherd Church, in Wakeley - which was declared a religiously motivated terror incident.

New South Wales Police said there was no specific threat to public safety and the raids had no connection to Anzac Day commemorations on Thursday.

However, the national terrorism threat level remains at 'possible'.

Comment: The original report:

Bishop and 3 worshipers attacked with knife on livestream in Sydney Orthodox church, comes just 48 hours after mall attack

Never letting a crisis go to waste, Australia takes the opportunity try to tighten its censorious grip on social media:


Sanity: Judge declares mistrial in case of Arizona rancher charged with murder of Mexican national on border property

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George Alan Kelly enters court for his preliminary hearing in Nogales Justice Court in Nogales, Arizona April 23, 2024.
Jurors did not reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of Arizona rancher George Alan Kelly

A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of Arizona rancher George Alan Kelly, who was accused of second-degree murder in connection to the death of a Mexican national found fatally shot on his borderland ranch in January 2023.

The jury began deliberating April 18. After days of being unable to reach a verdict, the judge overseeing the trial declared a mistrial on Monday.

The case centered around the death of Mexican national Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, who was found shot to death on Kelly's 170-acre cattle ranch near Keno Springs outside Nogales, Arizona, on Jan. 30, 2023.

Kelly's defense has countered the prosecution's argument that Cuen-Buitimea was an unarmed migrant and has suggested cartel influence mired the death investigation.

Comment: For more background on Mr. Kelly's case:

Migrant shot dead by Arizona rancher, 73, was cartel drug smuggler, says ex Border Patrol chief, as prosecutors DOWNGRADE charges from 1st to 2nd degree murder amid growing public outrage

Mr. Kelly is not the only one plagued with trespassers:
Texas border town residents threatened by human smugglers
Time to secure the border: Arizona rancher films drug runners and migrants sneaking across his property into US
Report says DHS Secretary Mayorkas admits over 85% of migrants are being allowed into US


The world's most censored democracy

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel
© YouTube
Australia is rapidly becoming the most censored "democracy" in the world. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates all media from broadcasting, telecommunications, online search results, video games, to social media platforms. The Classification Board and Classification Review Board decides what information Australians can and cannot see. The government has even appointed an eSafety Commissioner to specifically oversee "online safety" and prohibit Australians from viewing anything the government deems unfit.

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel is an Orthodox Christian priest with a massive online following. Mari preaches at the Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, delivering powerful messages that have been resonating with believers and non-believers alike. Everyone is aware that Australia has a migrant crisis no different from other developed nations. A few weeks ago, Mari was delivering a sermon when an Islamic extremist approached him with a knife. Australia does not want the people to bear arms but that does not deter attacks.

The 16-year-old terrorist, who was clearly motivated by religion, rushed the altar with a knife and attempted to repeatedly stab Mari. The unarmed bishop held his crucifix up to the attacker and miraculously prevented the switchblade from fully opening, saving his life. The video of the attack has gone viral across the internet, met with an outpouring of sympathy from people around the world. The Australian government is angry that this video is painting migrants in a poor light and is demanding that it be scrubbed from the internet.


Ukraine to deny consular services to draft dodgers abroad

© Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Getty ImagesUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuelba
Ukrainian consular offices will not serve fighting-age men living abroad who are unwilling to risk their lives for their country's survival, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Tuesday.

Kiev's diplomatic missions in several Western nations stopped processing such service requests on Tuesday, according to multiple Ukrainian media reports. Documents that have been finalized for fighting-age Ukrainian men are being withheld, reports claim.

Kuleba confirmed in a social media post on Tuesday that he had ordered the policy change and that it is meant to encourage men to come back to Ukraine for possible call up for military service.
"How it looks like now: a man of conscription age went abroad, showed his state that he does not care about its survival, and then comes and wants to receive services from this state. It does not work this way. Our country is at war."
The order to deny consular services to all men aged 18 to 60 was first revealed by Ukrainian media on Monday. Kuleba has since described his decision as "fair" and in line with the controversial military mobilization reforms, which President Vladimir Zelensky signed into law this month. The changes include various punishments for avoiding the draft.

Yellow Vest

Quebec farmers have been protesting since December - is anyone listening?

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© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabeQuebec farmers are protesting production costs that have doubled or tripled, as well as high interest rates that make covering expenses even harder.
On Monday morning in Sherbrooke, Que., dozens of tractors slowly rolled along a stretch of road between the regional offices of Quebec's farmers' association and the Agriculture Department a few hundred meters away.

Upset about high interest rates, growing paperwork and heavy regulatory burdens, protesting farmers have become a familiar sight across Quebec since December.

"It's pretty hard to get farmers out of their farms, because they've got so many hours to put in, but to see them going out, it means that there is really something going bad in farming right now," said Benjamin Boivin, a corn and wheat farmer in Quebec's Estrie region, east of Montreal, who was out protesting on Monday.

Comment: Meanwhile Norway's farmers have now joined the list of countries sounding the alarm: Norway's farmers join protests over poverty wages and net zero tyranny

See also: Europe is wargaming a food crisis - Bloomberg

Black Cat 2

Best of the Web: Royal Household Calvary horses bolt through London after throwing riders off, just as Big Ben clock 'stops working'

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© Jordan Pettitt/PA via APA white horse on the loose bolt through the streets of London near Aldwych, on Wednesday Apr 24, 2024.
Something weird - and perhaps symbolic, though of what we're unsure - happened in London, UK, this morning. Media reports that two riderless military horses were seen galloping through central London at rush hour on Wednesday morning. They were caught after about two hours, local police said.

Photos and video posted on social media and by British news outlets showed the horses running along busy roads, dodging buses, taxis and other traffic.

Both were wearing saddles and bridles, with one - a white one - apparently covered in blood on its chest and forelegs.


Did 50 Nova festival survivors commit suicide? Shocking testimonial heard at Israel's Knesset

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© Yonatan Sindel/Flash90People visit the site of the Nova Music Festival massacre at Kibbutz Re'im, near the Israel-Gaza border.
'This number, which was true two months ago, may have increased since' says Guy Ben Shimon, a survivor from the Nova Music Festival, during a parliamentary hearing in Israel

Following the Hamas-led massacre at the Nova Music Festival on October 7, about fifty survivors have committed suicide, revealed Guy Ben Shimon.

Ben Shimon, a survivor of the massacre, spoke on Tuesday at a Parliamentary hearing for a State Audit Commission on the treatment of the survivors of October 7.

"Few people know, but there have been almost 50 suicides among the Nova survivors. This number, which was true two months ago, may have increased since," Ben Shimon said, emphasizing that many of his friends who escaped the massacre could not recover from what they had experienced.

Comment: Maybe the real trauma was realizing that the majority of injuries and fatalities were due to the actions of the IDF, the 'invincible' force that was supposed to protect them? An if you speak out about what you know, you will be shunned and silenced.


Best of the Web: Macron lawyers bring forward defamation trial against authors who theorized France's 'First Lady' is a man

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France's first 'First Lady' is obviously a woman. Right?
Brigitte Macron has brought forward her libel trial against Natacha Rey, who made bizarre claims that the French First lady was born a man.

The hearing has been moved from March 2025 to June 19, 2024, at the request of Macron's lawyer following Rey's claims that she was born under the name Jean-Michel Trogneux.

Since the interview with Rey, 48, on a YouTube channel at the end of 2021, lawyer Jean Ennochi said the rumours surrounding French President Emmanuel Macron's 70-year-old wife had continued to be fuelled.

Ennochi therefore requested the hearing to be sped up, as concerns around how the rumours have spread beyond France and into the United States have arisen.

He also said: 'In recent weeks, particularly internationally, via the Trumpist influencer Candace Owens, who relayed, I felt that the harm to my clients was increasing day by day'.

Comment: "Trumpist influencer"!?

Comment: And her father, according to the theory, is Brigitte Macron.

Here's the full theory translated into English.

As part of this new tack from the Elysee of 'meeting the crisis head-on', which was apparently spurred by Candace Owens bringing it to the anglosphere's attention in March, French TV is about to air a special series on France's First Lady.

Maybe it will publish, for the first time, some photos of Brigitte in her youth?


Notre Dame Cathedral renovation is almost complete

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© HOUPLINE / SIPA / action pressThe burning cathedral on the night of April 15, 2019: a national trauma
Five years after the fire at Notre-Dame, the iconic cathedral in Paris now has a roof and a tower again. The reconstruction is almost complete in what is no less than a national tour de force that has led to rare unity in a divided republic.

Comment: Perhaps, but only unity in the sense of the majority of people against the Parisian elites.

It is rare that gaps need to be closed in the sky. In this case, though, it was urgently needed. For almost five years, Parisians looked into a sad emptiness when they walked past Notre-Dame and looked up. The void reminded them of a national trauma: the evening of April 15, 2019, when smoke first rose from the Gothic building and flames then shot out of the roof.

With every catastrophe, there is a moment when the hope dies that the drama can still be averted. On that evening in April, it was the minute the glowing tower plunged into the depths. On both banks of the Seine to the left and right of the Île de la Cité, people stood and shouted, unable to believe what they were seeing.

Television stations sent images of the burning "flèche" around the world, just as they had shown the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. And in November 2015, the footage of desperate people fleeing from Islamic State (IS) terrorists via windows in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, hanging helplessly from the façade.

Comment: The ND renovation may be almost complete, but the culprits - and their handlers - remain at large.


Revealed - The documents the state didn't want you to see before the referendums

© PA Wire/PA ImagesIrish Justice Minister Helen McEntee
Documents provided to Gript under FOI show that senior officials in the Department of Justice believed that amending Article 41 of the Constitution to include non-marital families, as proposed by the Government in a recent referendum, would undermine, or even outright destroy, the ability of the State to operate an effective immigration system.

One email seen by Gript shows senior officials in the Department being told that
"The State has been able to maintain an immigration system so far precisely because Article 41 is applied to a small, tightly-defined group of people. The State will not be able to regulate immigration if this protection is applied any more widely."
In one of the two referendums held in March of this year the Government attempted to expand the definition of family in Article 41 to include non-marital families which were based on "durable relationships."

Comment: Given the dire, uncontrolled example provided by US southern border, Ireland would be smart to specify and lock its process.