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Taxi driver freed from Guantanamo Bay after 17 years of brutal torture with no charges

Ahmed Rabbani
© Reuters/Lucas Jackson/US Department of Defense
1 Ahmed Rabbani • Guantanamo Bay
A Pakistani taxi driver will leave US detention at Guantanamo Bay after 17 years behind bars. Mistaken for a wanted terrorist, the man suffered horrific torture in American custody, despite never being charged with any crime.

Ahmed Rabbani's release was announced on Friday by Reprieve, a human rights NGO. Rabbani had been unanimously cleared for release by the prison's Periodic Review Board, made up of senior officials from six US agencies, including the State Department and Department of Homeland Security.

Rabbani's journey through the underbelly of the US' post-9/11 security infrastructure began in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002. Mistaken for wanted terrorist Hassan Ghul, the taxi driver was arrested by Pakistani authorities outside Ghul's apartment complex and sold to American personnel in the country.

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Bad Guys

Western imperialism redux: Social justice warriors are just as arrogant and patronising as the colonisers of the 18th Century

transgender flag protest
© Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Liberals exporting critical race theory and transgender activism across the world are no different to the missionaries and soldiers who colonised the world in the name of the crown. They just have different sacred texts.

Can you imagine being from a unique, distinct culture but then forced to adopt the ideologies and values of others? This was exactly what I asked myself when I began witnessing my own Muslim friends impose 'woke' social justice ideologies upon themselves, which went against the cultural values they were brought up in.

Over the years representation of minority groups, for example, in my case Muslims, has been conducted increasingly under the ideology of identity politics. This style of representation, especially for minorities, is one infused with new-era 'woke' social justice.

Cardboard Box

China's real estate crisis explained

china construction demoliton
The financial struggles of China's real estate developers have been making the headlines for the last few months. There are two lines of thoughts on this crisis. First, China's real estate bubble is bursting like what the U.S. experienced in 2008. Second, this is no big deal or even this is a good thing for China's economy, since it will make housing more affordable. Both these narratives are wrong. Let's see why.

Outsized Role of Real Estate

China's real estate is a critical pillar of China's economy, unlike any other country. Consider these four stats on how much China's real estate accounts for:
  • 30% of China's GDP
  • 40% of bank loans
  • 50% of fiscal revenues of local governments
  • 75% of household wealth

Why Real Estate Cannot be Easily Deflated

Comment: See also: More from Chris Kantham:


Bullseye

DeSantis woos police fired over vaccine mandates, dangles $5k bonuses to move to Florida

DeSantis
© AP/Wilfredo Lee
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Sunday that his state is "actively working to recruit out of state law enforcement" as some lose their jobs due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

DeSantis told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that he's hoping to sign legislation in the next legislative session that will give a $5,000 bonus to out-of-state law enforcement officials who relocate to Florida.

"In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we're actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and our sheriffs' departments," DeSantis said.

Comment: DeSantis has shown true leadership in the face of so much Federal-level idiocracy: Reflecting Florida's mood:




Eye 1

US school TIES mask around 7-year-old Down Syndrome girl every day for 6 weeks, district offers 'opt out' following abuse exposé

mask Florida protest
© REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Residents demonstrate against Covid-19 mask mandates in Tavares, Florida
A Florida school district has altered its mask mandate to include a "parental opt-out," a change it says is due to falling Covid-19 cases. However, it also follows allegations of child abuse.

Brevard County Schools announced this week the mask mandate change was always part of its plan and comes as the county sees a reduction in Covid-19 cases this month.

"This is exactly how the mask mandate was supposed to be used," the county school board chair, Misty Belford, said in the announcement.

Comment: The hysteria and division being manufactured by governments and the propaganda media is causing a significant number of people, including doctors, to lose what was left of their humanity. And history shows us what comes next: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: World on the Brink - Mass Acceptance of Tyranny Augurs Doom




Megaphone

Thousands flood Swiss capital to decry Covid passports and 'political agendas'

Switzerland Covid protest
© AFP/Fabrice Coffrini/ Video: Ruptly AFP
Screenshot: Thousands of protesters gather in front of the Swiss parliament during a rally to oppose the current Covid-19 measures, Bern, Switzerland, October 23, 2021.
Thousands of protesters held a rally in Bern, rejecting the introduction of Covid certificates aimed to curb the spread of the virus. The rally remained peaceful, unlike earlier October protests.


Comment: Covid IDs that 'aim to curb the spread of the virus' - except that its clear by now that the relatively harmless coronavirus can't be stopped, nor is there any need to stop its spread. More importantly, preventing its spread by lockdowns and experimental vaccines is many, many times more harmful than simply allowing herd immunity and treating those suffering symptoms with provably effective and safe medications like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.


Massive crowds of people flooded Bern, the capital of Switzerland, this Saturday, expressing anger over the Covid-19 measures adopted by the government. Since September 13, Covid certificates showing that a person is vaccinated, has recovered from Covid, or has a negative PCR test, are required to enter public places across the country.

Social media users shared images of a march of Trychlers - people in traditional costumes who describe themselves as a peaceful community defending traditional Swiss values against political agendas.


Comment: Indeed. Because none of this has to do with science nor health.


Comment: Protests continue to grow throughout Europe and the US against the increasingly blatant dystopian agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: World on the Brink - Mass Acceptance of Tyranny Augurs Doom




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YouTube bans 'Let's Go Brandon' song, claims rap is 'medical misinformation'


Comment: That's some serious bullsh**!!!


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A music video criticizing President Joe Biden's handling of the pandemic was removed from YouTube due to "medical misinformation."

On Tuesday, Bryson Gray, a rapper who released a "Let's Go Brandon" song on YouTube, found that his music video had been stricken from YouTube due to what the Big Tech social media giant called "medical misinformation."

This is not the same as another "Let's Go Brandon" song The Post Millennial has previously reported on, which actually went as far as #1 on iTunes hip-hop chart.
"YouTube has banned 'Let's Go Brandon' song from YouTube due to 'medical information,'" Gray tweeted. "What medical misinformation is in the song? Whoa."

Comment: They are just tightening the control over the population by strengthening the censorship. They will decide what we hear, what we see, what is good or bad for us, what we eat, what we drink, and very soon what we think. Humanity is occupied and repressed by psychopaths that rule this reality.

Are we living in the Orwell 1984 society?

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Books

Librarians rising up: Toronto Public Library staff fight back against tyrannical vaccine mandates

canada nationwide lockout
A group of librarians from the Toronto Public Library is saying no to being forced to take the jab as a condition of employment. Other librarians across Canada are doing the same. And together with other workers they're participating in a country-wide walkout on Monday.

A group of librarians from the Toronto Public Library is saying no to being forced to take the jab as a condition of employment. Librarians elsewhere are doing the same.

And they - along with thousands of others from coast to coast to coast -- are also participating in a nation-wide strike this coming Monday.

Star of David

Israel set to approve 3K West Bank settler homes this week

Heavy equipment
© AP
Israel is expected to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a settlement watchdog group said Sunday.

The plan for some 3,000 new settler units in the West Bank has already drawn calls for restraint from the U.S., which on Friday voiced "concern" over the expected approvals.

Hagit Ofran from the anti-settlement group Peace Now said a committee is set to meet Wednesday to approve 2,800 units deep in the West Bank, complicating any efforts to create a Palestinian state. More than half of those are receiving final approval, meaning construction could begin in the coming year.

On Friday, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was "concerned" about the housing plans. He called on Israel and the Palestinians to "refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tension and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution" to the conflict.

Shopping Bag

Taliban offers jobs for wheat to tackle hunger and unemployment

Taliban delegates
© Reuters
Taliban delegates Shahabuddin Delawar and Khairullah Khairkhwa
Doha, Qatar • October 12, 2021
Afghanistan's Taliban government launched a program to tackle hunger on Sunday, offering thousands of people wheat in exchange for labor.

The scheme will be rolled out around Afghanistan's major towns and cities and employ 40,000 men in the capital alone, the Taliban's chief spokesman said at a press conference in southern Kabul.

"This is an important step for fighting unemployment," Zabihullah Mujahid said, adding the laborers must "work hard".

Afghanistan -- which is already suffering from poverty, drought, electricity blackouts and a failing economic system -- is now facing the onset of what may be a harsh winter.

The Taliban's food-for-work scheme will not pay laborers, targeting those who are currently unemployed and most at risk of starvation during the winter.

The two-month program will see 11,600 tons of wheat distributed in the capital, with about 55,000 tons for elsewhere in the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Pol-i-Khomri. Work for the laborers in Kabul will include digging water channels and catchment terraces for snow in the hills to combat drought.