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Woman wearing Charlie Hebdo t-shirt stabbed at Speakers' Corner in London

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Speakers' Corner, best known as the northeast corner of Hyde Park in London and emblematic of free expression in England, was the shocking site of a brutal daytime stabbing attack Sunday by an unidentified black-clad assailant.

A woman wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-shirt suffered multiple stab wounds, according to Daily Mail. Eyewitness footage of the incident uploaded to Twitter by user @JamieRightly, documented the horrific scene. The victim was later seen with blood running down her face. The masked male assailant fled the scene as responding officers and members of the general public gave chase.

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Racist antiracism at the University of California is back

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When I taught at UC Berkeley in the 1990s, it was an open secret that there was a two-tier undergraduate student body. Namely, black and Latino students tended to be considerably less prepared for the workload than white and Asian students.

No one talked about it openly, but plenty attested to it when they were sure the wall didn't have ears, and to notice it was not racist - it was simple fact. Of course there were weak white and Asian students; of course there were excellent black and Latino students. But a tendency was unmistakable. It was painfully obvious that brown students were admitted according to very different standards than white and Asian ones.

Proposition 209 barred racial preferences of that kind in the UC system as of 1998, and of course, fewer brown students were admitted to the flagship schools Berkeley and UCLA after that. There were still plenty of brown students - the "resegregation" so many furiously predicted never happened. But not as many as before. And there has remained, for almost a quarter century now, a contingent who have never gotten over thinking UC would be better by going back to the way it was.

Comment: No racial group is benefited by lowering performance standards to make life easier for them. It simply delays failure until they join a world that will not tip the scales for them and it will make them woefully poorer performers compared to other racial groups. In no way is this "helping". Not to mention, believing that minorities require lower standards than their fellow students to be able to get by is the antithesis of 'antiracist'.

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Fauci can't get his own facts straight, yet the government wants to decide what's 'misinformation' on social media

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Misinformation is much more destructive when it emanates from a monopolistic "Ministry of Truth."

This week, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Anthony Fauci squared off in the public arena yet again.

The two have frequently sparred over pandemic policy in Congressional committee hearings over the past year and a half, and their debates have often been contentious. But this interaction involved a particularly frazzled Fauci. In the brief exchange, Fauci looked around for assistance in the room, called Paul a liar, and shouted "you don't know what you're talking about!" as Paul proceeded to question him.

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'Draghi Like Hitler': Protesters slam Italian PM for introducing Covid health pass, call it discriminatory

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Protests against the Italian government's plan to introduce health passes were held in more than 80 locations on Saturday, where people denounced the measure as discriminatory.

Around 3,000 rallied in Rome and 5,000 in Turin, the capital of the northwestern Piedmont region, while smaller protests were held elsewhere across the country, Italian media said. Overall, demonstrations were reported in more than 80 cities and towns.

People took to the streets to denounce the plan of the government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi to introduce a health pass, known as the 'Green Pass'. The document serves as proof that a person has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, has tested negative for Covid-19 in the last 48 hours, or has recovered from the virus.

Starting from August 6, only Green Pass holders will be allowed into cafes, restaurants, gyms, and open-air shows.

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Russia's exclusive schools are taking on the world's most elite institutions

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'Letovo' School Wikipedia; (inset) Eton College
While schools around the world have struggled with how to give their kids a good education despite the disruption of the pandemic, one state-of-the-art private institution on the outskirts of Moscow had a bumper year for grades.

Letovo is no ordinary school. It is one of the very few in Russia that offers both a national diploma as well as a certificate from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP), opening doors to its students for overseas work and study. Elite schools such as this began to spring up following the 2013 -2015 Ukraine and Syria crises, which alienated Moscow from its former partners in the West. With a collapse in oil prices compounded by sanctions, the ruble crashed. In response, Russia's wealthiest began to search for homegrown alternatives to the likes of Eton and Harrow, which had educated many of a generation of rich Russian children.

Comment: Clearly Russia has a long way to go, because a few schools for elite students is unlikely to do much for the country, but, as it is, Russia seems to be on a more promising trajectory than much of the West: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: Public schools: Where creativity, freedom and critical thinking go to die

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Bilingual orders and no more gas: Police slapped with new restrictions after George Floyd protest settlement in North Carolina

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Protesters facing a line of riot policemen in Raleigh, North Carolina
Civil rights groups are celebrating a settlement with the city of Charlotte, North Carolina imposing new bans on police dispersing protests, stemming from a 2020 George Floyd demonstration where CS tear gas was used.

The lawsuit brought forth by the groups alleged that police orchestrated an attack on hundreds of protesters who gathered on June 2, 2020 to protest the death of George Floyd the previous month in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Footage from the protest appeared to show protesters being surrounded and chemical weapons being deployed by police, a tactic activists were quick to denounce and claim it was excessive force.

Part of the settlement reached with the city includes new restrictions on how police in the city can handle dispersing protesting crowds. The use of CS tear gas, for instance, will be prohibited. Other revisions to police directives include allotted time being given for protesters to disperse after an order is given, and for that order to be given in both English and Spanish. At least two exits for protesters to disperse also need to be clearly communicated. Other measures include prohibiting pepper balls being aimed at the heads and necks of protesters.

The revisions will be in place for four years and include "a mechanism to enforce violations," according to a press release announcing the settlement.


Afghan translator who worked for the US Army reportedly beheaded by Taliban

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Afghan Translator Sohail Pardis
The Taliban beheaded an Afghan man who had worked as a translator for the U.S. Army, according to reports.

Sohail Pardis, 32, had been driving from his home in Kabul on May 12 to pick up his sister ahead of Eid, a Muslim holiday, according to The Sun. But on the drive, Pardis — who had told friends he was receiving Taliban death threats because the terror group suspected him of being a spy — was stopped at a checkpoint manned by the militant group.

"They were telling him you are a spy for the Americans, you are the eyes of the Americans and you are infidel, and we will kill you and your family," his friend and co-worker Abdulhaq Ayoubi told CNN.

Pardis tried to drive through but wasn't seen again.

The Red Crescent relief organization reported that villagers said the Taliban shot at his car — and once it stopped, pulled him out and beheaded him.


'Filthy, disgusting & selfish': Australian leaders blast anti-lockdown protesters, unleash 'strike force' to track them down

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Anti-lockdown protesters clash with mounted police in Sydney, Australia, July 24, 2021
Australian police have already issued hundreds of fines in the wake of mass anti-lockdown rallies, and are looking for more info about the violators, as state leaders condemn protesters for endangering other people's lives.

In just 24 hours after Saturday's mass protest, police in New South Wales issued 510 penalty infringement notices, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He vowed that the authorities will continue to investigate the acts of "violent, filthy, risky" behavior.
A strike force is set up right at this moment that continues to ask for people to bring forward any video files or telephone footage that they have of that sort of behaviour.
NSW Police Minister David Elliott earlier announced that at least 22 veteran detectives will be working as part of a special unit to identify and track down people who attended the rallies.

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Australians scuffle with police at banned freedom marches as Covid-19 lockdown extended in Sydney

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Police arrest a man at an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney
Thousands of anti-lockdown activists marched through major Australian cities on Saturday, following an extension of Covid-19 restrictions. Multiple people were arrested and dozens charged with offenses after brawls broke out.

Protesters chanted "Freedom" as they descended on downtown Sydney without wearing masks. They blocked traffic and walked through Haymarket, a suburb that was labeled a coronavirus hotspot by New South Wales' (NSW) top health official, Jeremy McAnulty.

Comment: Freedom rallies have erupted in France, UK and Italy. In France, there were 168 demonstrations across the country on Saturday 24th July. France's interior ministry said that 161,000 people protested against COVID-19 restrictions and the vaccination campaign. France 24 reported that "French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris...".

Check out the latest NewsReal show for more information: NewsReal: Governments Everywhere Mandate Vaccines! But Will People Resist?

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People power! Protesters & police clash in Paris as tens of thousands rally against Covid certs, vax mandates in France

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Protest march against covid vaccine passports in France on July 17, 2021
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second weekend in a row to protest against health passes and mandatory vaccination for medics. In Paris, rallies ended up in scuffles with police.

Law enforcement officers in the French capital used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds as the situation on the streets spiraled out of control during the massive demonstrations provoked by the government's plans to extend health passes for public places and enforce mandatory vaccination for certain jobs, including health workers.

Comment: French media downplaying the protests:

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