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Western 'political correctness' cannot make all people 'equal'

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In the West, there is a new wave of political correctness at work: it is all about one's sexual orientation; who has sex with whom, and how. Suddenly, the mass media in London, Paris and New York is greatly concerned about who has the right to change his or her sex, and who does not want to belong to any 'traditional' gender bracket.

Thinking about 'it', writing about it, doing it, is considered "progressive"; cutting edge. Entire novels are being commissioned and then subsidized, as far away as in the Asia Pacific. Western organizations and NGOs (so-called "non-government organizations", but financed by Western régimes), are thriving on the matter.

These days it is not just LGBT that are in the spotlight, glorified and propagandized; there are all sorts of new types of combinations that many people never even heard about, or imagined could exist.


Two police officers killed, multiple homes set on fire in Hawaiian capital shooting

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Two police officers have been shot dead in the Diamond Head area of Honolulu, Hawaii, and the suspect remains at large. A huge fire has also broken out in the neighborhood.

The officers were responding to a report of assault when they were confronted by a man wielding a firearm, according to local news outlets. The suspect then opened fire and struck both officers.

The FBI said it is also responding to the incident.

Cloud Lightning

Cusack, Bernie's prophet of doom: Only 10-12 years to stop climate change & 'predatory capitalism'

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John Cusack introducing Bernie Sanders in Exeter, New Hampshire.
It appears actor John Cusack took the climate change messages in his film '2012' really, really seriously, because he says Earth only has a handful of years left — unless Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is elected US President.

Introducing Sanders in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Saturday, the 53-year-old actor threw out a doomsday scenario where the world only has a "10 to 12 year window" to reverse the effects of climate change and combat the "predatory capitalism" that is supposedly fueling it.

"The billionaires are getting nervous and all the corporate media is — they hate us, they don't hate us, they're confused. And it seems like every conceivable power structure on Earth is trying to kill or derail our movement, but we're still here," Cusack announced to the assembled Sanders supporters.

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Snakes in Suits

US diplomatic vehicles repeated 'near misses' due to driving on wrong side of road near RAF Croughton

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RAF Croughton houses one of America's most important spy bases in Europe
The US spy base in Northamptonshire which became infamous after the death of teenager Harry Dunn has hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

According to Sky News, diplomatic cars were driven on the wrong side of the road in two separate incidents near RAF Croughton, where young Harry was killed last August.

Harry, 19, died when his motorbike was hit by a car being driven by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a UK-based American intelligence officer.

Comment: What does this say about the mindset of those working in the diplomatic offices that they don't seem to know which side of the road they're supposed to be driving on?

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No Entry

Migrant caravan enter slowly at Guatemala-Mexico border after scuffles, Mexico says it will crack down

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Central American migrants entered Mexico from Guatemala in small groups on Saturday after brief clashes earlier in the day when dozens of people tried to force their way across the border and were pushed back by Mexican security forces.

Hundreds of people who entered Guatemala from Honduras in recent days have been arriving at the Mexican border, with the bulk of them still advancing in a larger caravan, testing the resolve of Mexico to heed U.S. demands to contain migrant flows.

President Donald Trump has threatened to hurt Mexico and Central American countries economically if they allow large groups to reach the U.S. border. The latest exodus from Honduras has been accompanied by U.S. border agents.

Comment: More from The Western Journal:
Mexico Will Crack Down on Central American Caravan Bound for US

By Jack Davis
Published January 17, 2020 at 8:10am

As yet another caravan of migrants begins its trek north, Mexico is vowing that this time, it will stop the migrants before they reach their goal of the U.S. border.

The BBC and The New York Times each estimated the group contained "hundreds" of migrants as it left Honduras on Tuesday and began to cross Guatemala.

Reuters estimated the caravan had 2,200 people.

Although the group was initially met with tear gas at the Honduras-Guatemala border, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Wednesday his nation would allow Hondurans in the country if they had proper identification.

He warned, however, that Mexico would "do everything in their powers to stop" the group.

The comment came following a meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

After pressure from President Donald Trump, Mexico has said it will tighten enforcement when it comes to migrant caravans heading for the U.S.

Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero said Mexican officials would seek to assist Hondurans who want to remain in Mexico.

"Mexico is not only a transit country," she told reporters. "In no way we have transit visas or safe passage."

She said visas will not be issued to allow the migrants to move through Mexico.

"That's very clear," she said, according to Reuters.

Itsmania Platero, a freelance journalist and self-described "human right[s] defender," said the migrants will not clear Mexico.

"The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States," Platero told The Associated Press. "The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries."

Although the strategy of a massed caravan trying to cross the border is reminiscent of caravans that attempted to slam against the U.S. border in 2018 and 2019, Mark A. Morgan, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, said Tuesday a lot has changed in recent months, according to the Washington Examiner.

He said Trump's policy to work with Mexico and Central American nations is reducing the flow of illegal immigrants.

"This is not a political statement, it's because I believe it and because it is true: The success that I just outlined is absolutely a direct result of this president's strategies," he said.

"We are succeeding in addressing this crisis."

Also Tuesday, Morgan cited two statistics he said show Trump's policies are making a difference,

He said daily apprehensions, which hit 4,600 in May, are now down to about 1,300. The 21-day average for the number of apprehensions is now below 1,000, down 78 percent.

"That's a dramatic reduction," he said.


Cancel culture strikes again and kills Apu from 'The Simpsons' - where does this nonsense end?

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A poster with Apu at 7-Eleven in Burbank, California.
Cancel culture has shown its ugly face once again, claiming another victim, this time one of the cartoon variety. Actor Hank Azaria has announced that he will no longer voice convenience store owner Apu of the 'The Simpsons.'

Azaria announced the decision this week and said it was one made with the producers of the show. The seeming abandonment of the character follows accusations of racism in recent years, which hit a peak after the documentary 'The Problem with Apu,' which debuted in 2017. Critics argued Apu played into offensive stereotypes about South Asians — ignoring other stereotypes on the show. Also ignored was the fact Apu has become not 'cartoonish,' but a three dimensional, complex character playing a central part of the series since debuting in 1990.

Many fans of 'The Simpsons' have responded negatively to the news of Apu's seeming cancellation. Even the filmmaker behind the 'Problem with Apu' documentary jokingly welcomed the "death threats" to come, and said he would like to see the character continue.

Comment: From People:
Hank Azaria Confirms He'll No Longer Voice Controversial Simpsons Character Apu
By Helen Murphy January 18, 2020 12:30 PM


In an interview on Friday, Azaria told Slashfilm, which was first to report the news, that he will no longer voice Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who has become a controversial character on the Fox television franchise. Throughout the longest-running scripted series, many argued that Apu perpetuates racial stereotypes and should not be voiced by a white actor.

"All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's someway to transition it or something," Azaria, 55, told the outlet.

"What they're going to do with the character is their call," the actor said. "It's up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet. All we've agreed on is I won't do the voice anymore."

Azaria added: "We all made the decision together. We all agreed on it. We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it."

It was unclear from Azaria's comments what the decision will mean for the character of Apu on the show. Fox had no comment when reached by PEOPLE.


In April 2018, Azaria said during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he was willing to step away from the role.

"The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad. It was certainly not my intention. I wanted to spread laughter and joy with this character, and the idea that it's brought pain and suffering in any way, that it was used to marginalize people, it's upsetting. Genuinely," the actor said.

"I am perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new," Azaria added. "I really hope that's what The Simpsons does. It not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me."


China reporting 17 new cases of Sars-like mystery virus - UPDATE

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Staff carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a Sars-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan.
Experts worried about the disease's spread during lunar new year period of mass travel

Chinese authorities are to step up efforts to contain the outbreak of a new virus before the lunar new year holidays amid fears of the bug spreading to other countries.

Health officials in Wuhan, the city at the heart of the outbreak, confirmed 17 new cases of the Sars-like coronavirus on Sunday, including three patients who are said to be in a severe condition.

The new strain has caused alarm because of its connection to severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed more than 750 people globally in 2002-03.

Comment: Update: Virus is spreading. Authorities confirm 136 new cases in 2 days. RT reports:
Health officials in Wuhan, China have revealed that 136 new cases of a mysterious new strain of the coronavirus have been diagnosed over just two days, bringing the total in the city to 198.

In a statement detailing the latest escalation in figures for the major viral outbreak, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said a third person has died from the illness, while two more are in critical condition. A further 33 cases among the newly diagnosed patients are classified as "severe." All of the patients are being kept in isolation.

"The first symptoms were mostly fever, cough or chest tightness, and shortness of breath," the agency said, advising anyone coughing or sneezing to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of germs.

"Pay close attention to symptoms such as fever and cough," they added. "Seek immediate medical attention when such symptoms occur."

Health officials said they've been carrying out medical observations on hundreds of people who came into close contact with those diagnosed to date, and no human-to-human transmission has been found. So far, the outbreak appears to be centered on Wuhan, but a small number of cases have been reported outside of China - two in Thailand and one in Japan.

Infectious disease experts at Imperial College London have calculated that the number of cases in Wuhan alone is approaching 1,700.


4 convicted of infamous gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus will be hanged on Feb. 1

  • An Indian court has ordered the four men to be hanged on February 1
  • Two of the killers lost their final appeals against their death sentences this week
  • They are convicted of gang raping and murdering a student on New Delhi bus
  • Their 23-year-old victim died shortly after the attack in a case that shocked India
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An Indian court has ordered that four men convicted of the infamous 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus would now be hanged on February 1.

The court had earlier said they would be executed on January 22, a ruling that prompted the convicts to seek last possible legal remedies.

Indian media reports say Tihar prison, where the four are incarcerated, recently held a dummy execution to test the gallows.

Six people were originally charged with taking part in the brutal attack aboard a city bus that made headlines around the world and triggered massive nationwide protests across India.


Bizarro world! Doctored pics of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton used in violence against women campaign

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A woman walks past a poster showing a manipulated picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with bruises and scars, during the street art campaign Just Because I am a Woman by Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo, in downtown Milan.
An Italian artist looking to raise awareness of violence against women has unveiled a series of posters featuring doctored, roughed-up faces of top political figures such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The "Just Because I am a Woman" campaign created by AleXsandro Palombo, which is currently on display in Milan, also features altered portraits of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French first lady Brigitte Macron.

"I am a victim of domestic abuse. I am paid less. I've experienced genital mutilation," reads a message underneath each of the posters, according to the BBC. "I do not have the right to dress as I want. I can't decide who I'm going to marry. I was raped."

The posters note that such violence against women does not differ between races, classes or religions, the BBC points out.

In a statement, Palombo said he created the posters "to illustrate the drama that affects millions of women throughout the world... with the aim of denouncing, raising awareness and obtaining a real response from institutions and politics."

Yellow Vest

Paris: Fierce clashes erupt as Yellow Vests protest for 62nd consecutive weekend

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At least 59 people have been arrested in Paris after scuffles broke out between Yellow Vests and police on Saturday. The protests have gained new momentum fueled by a nationwide strike against pension reform.

Thousands of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of the French capital Paris on Saturday, chanting slogans to berate the sweeping social security system reforms initiated by the pro-business government of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The march led by Yellow Vest protesters in downtown Paris was marred by violence, and saw police using batons and tear gas on activists, who hurled objects in return.

Videos posted on social media show officers in full riot gear beating protesters as they lay on the ground. The footage prompted activists to accuse police of using disproportionate force to quell the unrest.

Comment: Videos recorded by social media:

Even Macron found himself as a target fleeing from protesters: