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Iraqi PM acknowledges 'righteous' demands of protesters as death toll surpasses 40 in nationwide demonstrations

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Demonstrators gather at a protest during a curfew, two days after the nationwide anti-government protests turned violent, in Baghdad, Iraq October 3, 2019.
Iraq's prime minister has vowed to address government corruption but urged protesters across the country to go home. At least 40 people have died and hundreds more have been wounded in a violent crackdown on demonstrations.

In a televised address on Friday, Adel Abdul Mahdi said that protesters' demands for social and political reforms were "righteous," conceding that the government must do more to fight corruption. However, he called for an end to the three-day-old demonstrations, stating that "everyone should respect the rule of law by which everyone can live in security and stability."

Security forces have used live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators, with the death toll reaching 40 on Friday, according to reports. Of those killed, at least three were members of the security forces. More than 1,500 people have been injured in the ongoing unrest.

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Pronoun madness: Teacher fired for refusing to use male pronouns for a transgender student - files lawsuit

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Peter Vlaming
A Virginia teacher has filed a lawsuit saying he was wrongfully fired for refusing to use male pronouns for a transgender student.

In 2018, a student at West Point High School began identifying as male. He and his mother asked for him to be referred to with his preferred name and pronouns: he, him, his.

French teacher Peter Vlaming said he couldn't "in good conscience" comply, citing his religious beliefs, according to the complaint. He consistently used the student's preferred male name and attempted to avoid the use of any pronouns at all, his lawsuit says.

The school, according to the lawsuit, gave the teacher an ultimatum: Use the student's preferred pronouns or lose your job.

Comment: Good for Vlaming. The pushback on the nonsense has begun. The gender warriors have no idea how strong it will be.

Snakes in Suits

Character assassination 101: Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell biopic rips 'fake news media' for 1996 Atlanta Olympic bombing smear

Richard Jewel Official Trailer
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Richard Jewel Official Trailer
Hollywood director Clint Eastwood takes a critical look at the FBI and an overzealous news media in a new fact-based biopic telling the saga of Richard Jewell, a security guard fingered for a bomb plot he tried to stop.

While working as a guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Jewell discovered a backpack containing three pipe bombs. Immediately alerting police and helping to evacuate the area before the devices could detonate, Jewell saved scores of people from death or injury and was cheered for his heroism - but that would soon change.

Three days after the tragedy, Jewell found himself a suspect in the bombing, becoming a "person of interest" in the FBI's investigation, which profiled Jewell as a potential 'lone wolf' attacker. A trial by media then ensued, in which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper led the charge in positing his role in the lethal bomb plot (one woman was killed by shrapnel and dozens injured).

Comment: Some of the most prominent purveyors of fake news stories are the very corporate media entities that decry "fake news." See the following for more stark examples:

'Fake news' eclipses 'conspiracy theory': But the real fakes are the MSM


State of Emergency declared: Ecuadorian cities paralyzed by mass protests

Ecuador protester
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Earlier, demonstrators took to the streets of Ecuador's major cities, blocking major roads in Quito and Guayaquil to protest the scrapping of fuel subsidies, part of the government's austerity measures aimed at reducing the fiscal budget.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno declared a state of emergency in the country on Thursday amid nationwide protests which have paralysed much of the Latin American country's transport infrastructure, saying that his decisions to introduce austerity measures and slash subsidies "were firm," and that the state of emergency was aimed at reigning in "those who intend to cause chaos."

"We will not agree to blackmail and act according to the law," Moreno wrote on his official Twitter account.

Moreno announced the state of emergency after Interior Minister Maria Romo said that 19 protesters had been arrested for blocking roads and for other disruptive behaviour as demonstrators took to the streets, chanting slogans and burning tires, marking their anger over the elimination of long-standing fuel subsidies worth over $1.3 billion a year. Ecuador's government announced plans to cut the subsidies as part of a broader austerity plan which also includes mass layoffs of employees from state-owned companies, and plans to privatise CNT, a state-owned telecommunications provider, and other firms, while making changes to the tax code.


JPMorgan banker who said 'We are all Chinese' beaten by veiled protester; face masks ban imposed

Banker beaten
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A disturbing video shows a masked protester beating a JPMorgan employee for calling for unity between Hong Kong and mainland China. The footage was taken on the same day as Hong Kong announced a ban on face masks.

A video published by Ruptly on Friday shows a JPMorgan private banker shouting to a group of journalists "We are all Chinese." But before he is able to enter his office building, a masked protester pounces on him, punching him repeatedly on the shoulder, neck and head. Hunched over against a wall, the banker is later seen being escorted to safety by a group of colleagues.

JPMorgan circulated a memo to its employees about the incident, reassuring them that "additional security" had been put in place but advising "non-essential employees" to work from home over the weekend.

The unsettling footage was taken on the same day that the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced that she would invoke a British colonial-era emergency law to impose a temporary ban on face masks. The move follows chaotic clashes between demonstrators and police that occurred on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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Star of David

10 year-old boy shot in the head by IDF in July remains immobile, family waits for answers from Israel

Abdul Rahman Shteiwi IDF shot in head
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Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, 10, was shot in the head by Israeli forces in Kafr Qaddum on Friday, July 12, 2019.
It's been almost three months since 10-year-old Abdul Rahman Shteiwi was shot in the head by Israeli forces in his village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern occupied West Bank.

What was a typical day of Friday protests on July 12 turned bloody when Israeli snipers shot the boy as he was standing at the entrance of his friend's house in the village.

Since that day, Shteiwi has remained in the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, unable to speak or move his body.

"The doctors still aren't sure exactly how much of his brain function has been permanently damaged," Murad Shteiwi, a relative of the family and local activist in Kafr Qaddum told Mondoweiss.



Media wars: The View calls out Maddow for 'crying wolf' over Trump impeachment: 'Aren't you part of the problem?'

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MSNBC "journalist" Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow is partly to blame for Americans' impeachment fatigue, one brave host of mainstream TV talk show The View challenged the MSNBC host and Russiagate peddler - leaving her, however briefly, dumbstruck.

After Maddow predicted President Donald Trump will be impeached over the 'Ukrainegate' scandal, The View host Abby Huntsman pointed out on Thursday's edition of the show that the American public has been deluged with "smoking guns" for two years now from Democrats and media figures "crying wolf."

"They're not taking it as seriously as they should, and I ask you: do you think you're part of that problem?" Huntsman asked a temporarily-dumbfounded Maddow, who quickly recovered, blaming - who else? - Trump.

Comment: Pelosi defends Schiff's 'parody reading' of the Trump-Zelensky phone call:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed intelligence committee head Adam Schiff "was using the president's own words" when he made up what he later claimed was a "parody" script of Trump's call with the Ukrainian president.

Pelosi defended Schiff in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos after she was asked if it was "right" for the congressman to give "an interpretation" of President Donald Trump's words instead of reading the actual transcript, which included none of the mafioso posturing of Schiff's performance in front of Congress last week.

"He did not make it up," she insisted, after Stephanopoulos challenged her claim that it was both "fair" and "necessary" for Schiff to give his dramatic reading on the floor of Congress - then quickly changed the subject before he could push back again.

Schiff's "parody" had Trump not only demanding Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "make up dirt on my political opponent, lots of it," but doing so seven times. On the actual call, Trump only mentions that political opponent, Joe Biden, once, after Zelensky had already brought up administration lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The latter had planned to visit Ukraine to pursue a lapsed corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company which Biden's son was a director of.

Over a dozen congressmen have already signed on to a resolution brought forward by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) to censure Schiff for his false remarks, and Trump himself called Schiff's act treasonous, calling for him to resign and be investigated.


Tribunal rules Christian values clash with UK values of "human dignity" and "fundamental rights of others" - fired doctor speaks out

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A British doctor has warned that a dangerous precedent has been set after a tribunal ruled that he was rightfully terminated for refusing to use transgender pronouns, and that his Christian values clash with those of UK society.

Dr. David Mackereth was fired from his job at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after telling his manager that in a hypothetical scenario, he would never "call any 6-foot tall bearded man madam."

The case was brought before a Birmingham employment tribunal, which said in its ruling that the government department had every right to sack Mackereth, and that the doctor's biblical beliefs have no place in British society.
Belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others.
Speaking to RT, Mackereth said that the ruling has profound and troubling implications for freedom of speech and conscience in the UK.
The question here is whether I can be forced to do something and to say something that goes deeply against my conscience.
He said that the judgment means that "you're not allowed not to believe the transgender movement's maxims," while "core" Christian beliefs have been labeled as unfit for modern life.

Mackereth plans to appeal the ruling.

Comment: Ingsoc reigns supreme, and the thought police are very real. Let's spell it out for these idiots. Every person is inherently free to believe whatever they want. The laws of the society in question may proscribe certain actions - the specifics of which are open to debate - but no free society can dictate what people believe. Even then, a government - whether in so-called free nations or more overtly authoritarian or totalitarian ones - can try to do so through various methods of coercion and persuasion, but when it comes down to it, even that cannot work. You can - at least in principle, and often in practice - break or abide by the law while still holding beliefs contrary to those dictated by the state. But this ruling goes even further, targeting belief in Genesis 1:27 itself. That is simply crazy.


Snowflake madness: Tate Britain felt 200-year-old William Blake paintings needed trigger warning for 'violence & suffering'

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A visitor to "William Blake's 1809 Exhibition" at the Tate Britain gallery views "Christ in the Sepulchre, Guarded by Angels", a pen and ink and watercolour painting created in 1805
One of the world's most renowned art museums, Tate Britain, has reportedly found it necessary to warn visitors about its newly opened William Blake exhibition - because now even 19th-century engravings require trigger warnings.

Images that surfaced on social media appear to show a cautionary message that greets those who are brave enough to survey 300 original prints and paintings by William Blake, described as the largest collection of the British artist's work in nearly 20 years.

"The art of William Blake contains strong and sometimes challenging imagery, including some depictions of violence and suffering," the warning says. The placard advises distressed art lovers to seek out museum staff if they require further coddling.

Comment: Complementing the insanity of trigger warnings is the rise of the "safe space":

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Oops! Inept UK Extinction Rebellion vandals 'lose control of fake blood hose'

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Eco-terrorists at the UK Treasury building
The eco-fascist campaign group Extinction Rebellion just tried to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood at a government building in London. It backfired horribly.

The hose on the fire engine they had commandeered for the occasion ruptured and snake-sprayed the ground instead of the building.

Members of the group who took time out of their busy lives to vandalise the Treasury building included a retired university lecturer who specialised in teaching "social work", a "musician", and an "ex-Buddhist teacher".