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Eurovision organisers threaten Icelandic band with 'consequences' for displaying support for Palestine at Israeli event

Eurovision hatari palestine flag
© Screenshot dalla diretta EBU/emma Beswick
Icelandic group Hatari makes a statement at Eurovision
Iceland protested against Israeli occupation of Palestine

The European Broadcasting Union has hinted at punishment for the Icelandic delegation following Hatari's protest at the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Tensions have been high this year at Eurovision due to the host country Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories, with calls for artists and viewers to boycott the contest.

And during the voting, Iceland's act Hatari showed their support for Palestine by holding up flags and banners reading 'Palestine' when the camera cut to them in the green room.

The EBU, which runs Eurovision, said of the protest:
'In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, Hatari, the Icelandic act, briefly displayed small Palestinian banners whilst sat in the Green Room. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and this directly contradicts the contest's rules.

Comment: Pretty cynical rules, as Israel has played up hosting Eurovision in every way possible for the last year, in an attempt to portray "that sh*tty little country" as cultured and civilized. Try as they might, Israel cannot keep the reality of their oppression of Palestine from creeping into even the most tightly controlled events. The more they clamp down, the more the truth will spread..


Briefcase

China Eastern Airlines demanding compensation from Boeing for grounding and delay of 737 Max

China Eastern Airlines, Boeing grounding
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China Eastern Airlines is demanding compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its troubled 737 Max airplanes, the country's state-run news agency said Tuesday.
A Chinese airline Tuesday demanded compensation from Boeing for the grounding and delivery delay of the 737 Max aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines claimed that it has sustained losses because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes, state-run Chinese media Xinhua reported. The airline did not disclose details in its letter of claim to Boeing.

China Eastern, based in Shanghai, has not flown its 14 Max airplanes since March after China became one of the first countries to stop its commercial operations after crashes of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March and an Indonesia Lion Air crash in October, killing hundreds.

Boeing has been working on a software fix to the current safety system that forced the plane into a steep dive that the pilots could not override to prevent a stall. The system was believed to be involved in both crashes.

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Dollar

Germany spent record €23 BILLION on refugees and migrants in 2018 - report

Afghan refugee
© Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay
Germany spent a record 23 billion euros ($25.65 billion) last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers will discuss the government's annual report on refugee and integration costs during their regular cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes.

Comment: Wow, over 20 billion euros each year.

That is obviously not done out of the goodness of their heart.

It's an investment.

It's population transfer.


Handcuffs

Suspect in Christchurch mosque shootings charged with terrorism

Brenton Tarrant
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Brenton Tarrant
Police in New Zealand filed a terrorism charge against a man accused of opening fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people in an attack that led to changes to the country's gun laws.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement Tuesday that Brenton Tarrant has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act in the March 15 attack on the two mosques.

An additional murder charge and two additional attempted murder charges have also been filed against Tarrant, bringing the total murder counts to 51 and the attempted murder counts to 40, Bush said.

Boat

The floating homeless: California housing crisis forces hundreds to live on makeshift boats

houseboat california

Beth Pollard, executive director of the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency, said many of these floating homeless communities started showing up in the waters between the Marin County cities of Sausalito and Belvedere in the last several years.

California's housing affordability crisis is getting worse.
Affordability in San Francisco is now at 10-year lows, and only one in five households can afford to purchase a median-priced single-family home in the Bay Area. The crisis has driven many people onto the water, living on makeshift boats, outside marinas, and wealthy communities.

The floating homeless population in wealthy Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco, has doubled in the last five years to over 100. The community of 200 barges, sailboats, and other vessels comprise of people who are employed but can't afford to live on land, jobless folks, the homeless, and some people who are mentally ill. Boat life for them isn't easy:

"It's not a free ride. It's a lot of effort to be out here,"
said Kristina Weber, who moved onto a 54-foot vessel she purchased for $15,000 because she couldn't afford to rent in Sausalito.

Comment: While those who cannot leave make do as best they can - others are leaving the state as fast as possible. High housing costs are merely one factor driving the exodus:


Eye 2

Christian churches under attack in West Bank, prompt response demanded of Palestinian Authority

The West Bank
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Reports say some Christians have been expressing concern that the Palestinian Authority security forces are not doing enough to protect Christian holy sites in the West Bank, adding that they feel deliberately targeted for their religion.

Christian leaders in the West Bank have demanded that the Palestinian Authority launch an investigation into two attacks on churches near Ramallah and Bethlehem that took place recently, reports The Jerusalem Post.

On 16 May assailants broke into the Church of God in the village of Aboud, west of Ramallah.

The Holy Land Church organisation said in its statement that perpetrators looted the church, stealing some of its contents, without providing further details.

"We pray in solidarity with this church and for the repentance of the aggressors," the organisation said in its statement.

"We also call on the responsible authorities to lay their hands on the perpetrators and bring them to justice as soon as possible."

Comment: Every time one turns around it looks as though another Christian church has been looted, burned or desecrated in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. If these events aren't just random acts, but fit a larger pattern (as they would seem to do), one might ask who or what stands to benefit from such a widespread social phenomenon.


MIB

Journalists from major news publications found to have working relationships with Antifa

Antifa thugs
After mapping the social interactions of 58,254 Antifa accounts on the social network Twitter, Dr. Eoin Lenihan found that many journalists from major publications such as The Guardian, Vox, and more had a direct working relationship with the Antifa members.

Lenihan posted his findings to Twitter where he put up a chart showing Antifa area accounts with their related members.


He then shortened that dataset to only 1.65 percent of the total, leaving them with the accounts that are the most connected to the various official Antifa accounts with a minimum of eight connections or more. According to Lenihan, some had far more than just eight.

As the data came out, Lenihan found more than a few journalists with a multitude of connections to Antifa.

Bell

'Dangerous, disturbing': Whistleblower raided by US police for refusing to reveal source talks to RT

Police raid journalist
© San Francisco Police Department
After trying to break in with a sledgehammer, cops eventually raided the home of freelance reporter Bryan Carmody, seizing property and handcuffing him. RT spoke with Carmody about the raid, and its implications for press freedom.

"I have not been arrested, I have not been accused, and I have not been charged with any crime," the journalist explained. Nonetheless, he sat in handcuffs for 6 hours while 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department, weapons drawn, ransacked his home after presenting him with a search warrant.

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Handcuffs

'Russians don't surrender': Butina asks for help to fight injustice in video address from US prison

Maria Butina
© VK.com / Мария Бутина
Russian gun activist, Maria Butina, who was imprisoned in the US on accusations of acting as a foreign agent, has recorded a video address, asking for donations to assist with her appeal.

"It feels that I'm again back to [the] modern age. We have internet here," Butina said in the footage she recorded at the federal transfer center in Oklahoma and uploaded to Russian VK social network.

She thanked everybody, who supported her throughout her ordeal, and asked for "financial support."
As you know, my attorneys have filed an appeal and we intend to fight against injustice that's happening with me right now and with all the Russian citizens [in the US]. I am just a manifestation of the current reality.

Comment: In the current rabidly anti-Russian environment of the US, being a Russian citizen is a punishable crime, apparently.

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Question

'France does not belong to the French!' 100s of 'Black Vest' migrants occupy Paris airport

Black Vest protest Paris
© Facebook / Collectif La Chapelle Debout
Migrant protest at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Hundreds of 'Black Vest' migrant protesters occupied Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Sunday demanding to speak to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe in a demonstration against deportations and in favor of legal papers for all.

The group, estimated to be about 500 people, gathered in Terminal 2 of the airport as riot police officers stood at the foot of the escalators and monitored their activity.

Comment: France does not belong to the French? Seems like a rather entitled and presumptuous position to take. It's a good thing France doesn't turn to newly arrived immigrants for policy decisions.