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Twitter roasts both Koran-burning and hardline Islamist rally in Denmark

Hizb-ut Tahrir Scandinavia supporters attend the Friday prayers at Christiansborg
© Ritzau Scanpix / Liselotte Sabroe via REUTERS
Hizb-ut Tahrir Scandinavia supporters attend the Friday prayers at Christiansborg Palace Square in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 22, 2019
A Danish anti-Islam political party has sparked heated reaction online after it burned copies of the Koran on the sidelines of a prayer rally hosted by a controversial Islamist group that has been banned in several countries.

Members from Stram Kurs (Strict Course) staged their counter-demonstration at Christiansborg Palace Square in Copenhagen on Friday, as members from Hizb-ut Tahrir Scandinavia gathered to pray for the Muslim victims of the recent Christchurch mosque massacres.

Footage of the counter-protest shows Stram Kurs leader Rasmus Paludan and other supporters of the fringe party gathered on the edge of the square, while the Islamist rally can be heard in the background.

A man then proceeds to light the book in a small grill, while some warm their hands as it goes up in flames. The party has previously called such actions "Bacon a la Koran."

Arrow Down

'Protecting money at expense of children': Jailed whistleblower's wife details his confinement to RT

Martin Gottesfeld and wife Dana
Hacktivist Martin Gottesfeld was sentenced to 10 years in prison for exposing Boston Children's Hospital for a medical kidnapping. His wife joined RT to talk about how the US is protecting abusers while punishing whistleblowers.

After doctors at Harvard affiliated Boston Children's Hospital misdiagno sed 15-year-old Justina Pelletier's rare blood disorder as a mental condition, she was confined against her family's will, and forcibly separated from her parents. Denied medication and treatment, she lost the use of her legs and suffered incredible pain before Martin Gottesfeld exposed the situation by launching a cyber-attack against the hospital's network.

While Pelletier was reunited with her family as a result, Gottesfeld was arrested and prosecuted for the hack which saved her from horrific conditions. His wife Dana spoke with RT about the case.

Boat

Viking Sky cruise ship safely arrives at Norwegian port after engine disaster

Viking Sky cruise ship
© AFP / NTB SCANPIX / Svein Ove Ekornesvaag
Viking Sky cruise ship arrives at the port of Molde, Norway.
A luxury cruise ship that was left floating due to engine failure and nearly crashed into the rocks in rough waters has safely arrived in the port of Molde on the west coast of Norway, with over 900 people on board.

The Viking Sky was towed to safety by two tugboats, with one sailing in front of the vessel and the other behind it.

The luxury cruise ship, which set sail with almost 1,400 passengers and crew aboard, sent out an SOS signal on Saturday. It was drifting in rough waters near a rocky coast after all its engines stopped working.

At one point, it approached land at a distance of just 100 meters, with passengers posting dramatic photos. But the crew was eventually able to start one of the engines and avoided crashing.

Beer

Russian bar patrons narrowly escape a 'chainsaw massacre' as man goes berserk

chainsaw fight
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An ordinary night out in Russia ended up like a scene from a horror movie - as a man attempted to cut people at a bar into pieces with a chainsaw.

The hair-raising incident occurred in the port city of Nakhodka on Russia's Pacific coast. The bar's clientele, however, managed to escape the rampage as people were quick to react, disarming the perpetrator, local media report.

A video that surfaced online shows people bravely surrounding the man as he brandishes a chainsaw. Screams of fright are heard in the background as people attempt to get the would-be horror movie villain to the ground.

Bullseye

Yale rescinds student's admission as defendants charged in $25 million college entrance scam set to appear in Boston federal court

Yale University
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Yale University
Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in a nationwide college entrance scam that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and chief executive officers, some of whom are set to appear Monday in a Boston federal courtroom.

The ousted student, who was not identified, is the second person from the Ivy League college caught up in the coast-to-coast scandal in which federal prosecutors allege dozens of wealthy parents lied and paid massive bribes to get their children into elite schools.

Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, the former head women's soccer coach at Yale, was arrested in the federal probe dubbed "Varsity Blues" and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. Prosecutors said Meredith, 51, was paid a $400,000 bribe by William "Rick" Singer, identified by authorities as the ringleader of the scam, to accept a student even though the applicant did not play soccer.

The Yale student's parents had allegedly paid Singer $1.2 million to get their daughter into the prestigious Connecticut school, prosecutors said.

Cow

Fake News for sale: Guardian and Open Philanthropy Project ink deal to pen stories

Guardian fake news
It's a frightening prospect to think any person or entity with significant funds could buy editorial time or space to promote a specific ideology, but that's what's going on between the Guardian and the Open Philanthropy Project (OPP).

In 2017, the daily U.K.-based newspaper sought and received a grant from OPP to regularly print editorial content in support of OPP's well-established animal rights agenda. OPP is paying the Guardian $886,600 (USD) to publish a series titled "Animals farmed." It consists of a steady stream of articles that paint animal agriculture as inhumane, unhealthy and dangerous to the environment.

Before going any further, let me be clear about something. In this day and age, newspapers are under increasing pressure to find sources of revenue to replace subscriptions and lost advertising dollars, for example. The Guardian has been transparent in its solicitation and receipt of funds from OPP and even includes a statement of funding and the OPP logo on all stories that are written under the terms of the grant. I don't admire the Guardian's selling of its editorial space, but at least it's not keeping it a secret. Although honesty is the best policy, the Guardian's actions still fall short of my view of what journalism should be about. I'm sure others would agree.

Comment: "Editorial independence" our butts! The Guardian has become little more than a propaganda rag that's increasingly been pushing the global veganism agenda. This article clearly illustrates why that is - it's all about the money, folks! This is reminiscent of the recent Keto Crotch hubbub - this isn't news, it's paid copy designed to sway readers in a direction deemed beneficial for those footing the bill. From one perspective, it's advertising. From another, it's paid propaganda. But however you look at it, it ain't news.

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Bullseye

'The left has gone too far': Jordan Peterson gives warning against 'totalitarian tilt' coming from the left

Professor Jordan Peterson
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Professor Jordan Peterson

Comment: Watch Peterson respond, head-on, with specifics and sincerity to some challenging questions; a great reminder of why this intellectual and humanitarian powerhouse poses a threat to those who would rather you don't think too much on the policies being peddled by the left in today's Western society.


Controversial academic Jordan Peterson told RT's Afshin Rattansi that the left's obsession with equality of outcome is doomed to failure, advocating instead for individuals to assume greater personal responsibility.

"It seems to be very difficult for people on the left to draw a line between what's acceptable and what's unacceptable," Peterson told the host of RT's Going Underground when asked to comment on the rise in popularity of socialism-friendly politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn.

While acknowledging that the moderate left has ushered in labor laws and other reforms which have benefited society, the Canadian professor argued that the emphasis on "diversity, inclusivity and equity is a sign that the left has gone far too far."


X

DoS attack forces New Zealand Police to shut down gun confiscation website

New Zealand police firearms
And some folks say gun owners don't have a rebellious streak in them. With less than 24 hours, the NZ Police was forced to shut down their gun confiscation website due to massive amounts of online trolling.

firearm hand-ins

Comment: No doubt the recent massacre in New Zealand is being used for all manner of political agendas - including, as with this story, disarming citizens.


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French soldiers allowed to 'open fire' if lives are threatened by Yellow Vest protesters this weekend as the military is drafted to help police

Yellow Vests 1

French police will be allowed to open fire if lives are threatened by Yellow Vest rioters this weekend, the military governor of Paris said today. Pictured: protesters setting up a barricade on the Champs-Elysees last Saturday
French soldiers will be permitted to 'open fire' if lives are threatened by Yellow Vest rioters this weekend, the military governor of Paris said today.

General Bruno Leray's ominous words highlight the growing law and order crisis faced by President Emmanuel Macron as he faces up to the increasingly violent social movement.

It has now been confirmed that the French Army will support some 5,000 police trying to keep order during the 19th Yellow Vest Saturday demonstration in a row in Paris at the weekend.

General Leray told Franceinfo Radio on Friday: 'If their life or that of the people they defend is threatened, they can go up to opening fire.'

There was widespread rioting across the French capital last Saturday, with banks, high-end shops, and restaurants looted and burnt out.

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Quenelle - Golden

Tens of thousands rally against EU copyright bill

People protest against the planned EU copyright reform in Berlin
© REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
People protest against the planned EU copyright reform in Berlin
Tens of thousands of protesters marched all across Europe to vent their anger at the controversial EU copyright bill critics say will curb freedom to upload content on social media platforms like YouTube or Tumblr.

Europe saw massive rallies on Saturday with countless protesters united by a motto 'Save our Internet'. In Germany alone, as many as forty demonstrations took place. Munich and Berlin were the venues for the largest protests, with 40,000 and 30,000 people taking part.

Many were seen holding hand-made banners that read "We are not bots," "Make art not articles" or "Yes to copyright, not to censorship."

Comment: Article 13 is completely ludicrous and appears to be proposed by people who know approximately nothing about how technology actually works. Is the EU trying to get itself banned from the internet?