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Famous falcon family returns to FM building spire in Moscow

Falcon
© Global Look Press / Frans Lanting
A peregrine falcon family, which used to nest at the spire of the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry, has finally returned home after a year of maintenance works on the roof.

The bird family was discovered by engineers, who were inspecting the roof for repairs work a few years ago. The ministry delayed the start of the repair work in order to wait for the peregrine chicks to grow up. When the works eventually started, the birds resettled to the spire of one of Moscow historic skyscrapers.

Peregrine falcons are very rare in big cities and mostly reside on the tops of high-rise buildings. In Moscow, peregrines nest at the spires of historic skyscrapers known as the Seven Sisters, which were built in the 1950s in so-called Stalinist style (a mix of Russian Baroque and Gothic). They include the main building of the FM and Moscow State University, and are considered an icon of Soviet architecture.

Attention

New Zealand bookstore chain bans Jordan Peterson's books 'because terrorism'

Jordan Peterson
© Mikko Stig/Rex/Shutterstock
Bookstore chain Whitcoulls appears to have stopped selling controversial right-wing author and speaker Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life amid concerns about "disturbing material" circulating around the Christchurch attacks.

A staff member at Whitcoulls in Albany said it was not available in any stores around the country. She did not know whether that was a permanent move. A search for the book on the chain's website does not return any hits.

Jordan Peterson was pictured with a fan wearing an "I'm a proud Islamophobe" t-shirt during his recent trip to New Zealand. The photo circulated on Twitter in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Comment: New Zealand authorities' reaction to the massacre has been completely fascist, of which this is just one example.

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Star of David

'Day of mourning': General strike declared after Israeli forces kill 4 young Palestinians in 24 hours

Palestinian victims Israel IDF Omar Abu Laila Raed Hashem Muhammad Hamdan Zaid Imad Muhammad Nuri
© Facebook
One of the popular photos circulating on social media reads "In 24 hours, four martyrs," with photos of the deceased below
Israeli forces shot and killed four young Palestinian men over the course of 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday in the occupied West Bank.

On Tuesday evening, around 7:00 pm, Israeli forces raided the Ramallah-area Abwein village in the central West Bank, in search of 19-year-old Omar Abu Laila, who was believed to be responsible for an attack over the weekend that left one Israeli soldier and a settler dead.

After besieging the village and surrounding the house where Abu Laila had been hiding, Israeli forces engaged in a lengthy shootout, eventually shooting and killing the teenager.

NPC

Pakistan student kills professor for organizing co-ed event because 'it went against Islam'

Associate professor Khalid Hameed
© Twitter
The Punjab provincial government said on Twitter that the student had been arrested and the chief minister had sought a report from the police.
A Pakistani student was arrested on Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organising a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.

Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP news agency.

"The professor had organised a gender mix reception for the new students and the event was supposed to take place tomorrow, on Thursday," he said.

Star of David

Anti-Semitic graffiti defaces Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts

Jewish cemetery antisemitic graffiti
© Anti-Defamation League / via Twitter
Reward offered for info leading to arrest of people responsible for #AntiSemitic stmts of hate on dozens of graves in #FallRiverMA. Incredible work by @FallRiverPD today but they need the public's help. Silence is not an option...time to step up."
Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after dozens of graves were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Police found more than 20 gravestones defaced at the Hebrew Cemetery with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on Sunday.

Authorities made the discovery after responding to call from a resident who lives close to the cemetery, according to a statement on the department's Facebook page. Some of the gravestones had also been pushed over.

Question

Nuclear fuel convoy attacked by heavily armed gangsters in Brazil

angros dos reis
Brazillian gangsters armed with assault rifles attacked a convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel in Southern Brazil earlier this week, according to police reports.

The convoy left the headquarters of Indústrias Nucleares de Brasil in Resend around 6:20 am Tuesday and headed towards the Angra Nuclear Power Plant located at the Central Nuclear Almirante Álvaro Alberto on the Itaorna Beach in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Within the convoy, there were two specialized trucks hauling uranium pellets were escorted by the Federal Highway Police and vehicles of the State Environmental Institute.

According to Brazil's O Globo newspaper, the convoy was peppered by heavy fire two miles north of the power plant. The Brazilian Federal Highway Police said in a statement that its vehicles were escorting the nuclear fuel convoy when the attack occurred. Law enforcement returned fire, which developed into a fierce shootout.

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People

When children protest, adults should tell them the truth

Greta Thunberg
Last Friday, children in over 120 countries skipped school to follow the example of a Swedish 16-year-old who has become an international icon of climate change activism. Greta Thunberg's extensive media coverage has made her a familiar figure-large almond-shaped eyes, brown plaited hair, serious expression, and diminutive stature. This month she was named Swedish Woman of the Year and also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three socialist Norwegian MPs. She has spoken to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference and she has delivered a talk to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Her achievements are extraordinarily impressive for a young girl suffering, by her own account, from several mental health issues.


Thunberg is inspiring thousands of schoolchildren to join her skolstrejk för klimatet, or "school strike for the climate." She has dedicated every Friday to this cause since August 2018, following her first full-time strike. Inspired by the teen activists in Florida who organised the March For Our Lives in response to the shooting at Parkland school, Thunberg's protests outside the Swedish Parliament and clever speeches-a TedxStockholm talk in November 2018 and rallies in Hamburg and London-have brought a fresh face to the environmental movement. Her activism has received uncritical adulation from public figures and world leaders, including Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and US Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, who tweeted:

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Cross

France: 12 churches attacked, vandalized in a week

paris church fire sulpice
© Twitter / Stephane Larue
A screenshot from footage shot inside the church
A dozen Catholic churches have been desecrated across France over the period of one week in an egregious case of anti-Christian vandalism.

The recent spate of church profanations has puzzled both police and ecclesiastical leaders, who have mostly remained silent as the violations have spread up and down France.

Last Sunday, marauders set fire to the church of Saint-Sulpice - one of Paris' largest and most important churches - shortly after the twelve-o'clock Mass.

Police have concluded that the fire was the result of arson and are now looking for possible suspects. The restoration of the church from the damage caused by the fire will reportedly cost several hundred million euros.

Comment: In addition, yesterday, in the UK, four mosques were vandalized. It's possible that some of these vandals are a ideologically motivated by recent events, some are copycats, while others are a deliberate effort to incite further trouble: See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #30: Christchurch Massacre - Don't Fall For The Manipulation


Video

Red Bull wingsuit stunt team's 'meteor' sets Los Angeles skies ablaze

parachute meteor stunt los angeles red bull
© Michael Clark/Red Bull Content Pool
Mike Swanson in wingsuit flies through downtown Los Angeles on March 20, 2019.
A streak of light in the skies over downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night that sparked the attention of onlookers wasn't the opening to the next Hollywood disaster flick, but instead a stunt to celebrate the final supermoon of the year.

The spectacle was reported around 7:30 p.m., with many taking to Twitter to share videos and photos of the sight.

"What is this flying item on fire above downtown Los Angeles?" Dennis Hegstad wrote.

Sherlock

FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max certification

engine  Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash
© Reuters / Tiksa Negeri
Aircraft engine parts scattered at the scene of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. March 11, 2019.
The FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to a worldwide grounding of the vaunted planes amid scrutiny of U.S. certification standards.

A person familiar with the inquiry told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the FBI is assisting federal transportation authorities in their investigation into the jet's certification process, which has come under criticism for possible cozy relationships between Boeing and FAA inspectors.

The two crashes killed more than 300 people since October. Transportation Department officials are leading the investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration approval of the passenger jet, while the FBI is providing needed resources, said the person, who is not authorized to comment publicly.

Comment: New details have also surfaced that the captain of the doomed Ethiopian airliner had ZERO hours of 737 MAX 8 simulator training:
The Ethiopian carrier set up a MAX 8 flight simulator in January, two months before the crash, but the captain of the doomed aircraft never used it, the New York Times wrote on Wednesday, citing people close to the airline.

According to the report, the pilot's last simulator training took place in September and October, when the company still didn't have the necessary equipment to teach its staff to fly Boeing's newest aircraft. The next training course wasn't scheduled until after March 10 when the disaster happened.