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UK Parliament attack: Car rams into pedestrians and cyclists, suspect in custody - UPDATES

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© Henry Nicholls / Reuters
Questions remain over the Houses of Parliament attack in London, which left three people injured and a suspect in custody. As Britain remains on high alert for terrorism, here's what is known about Tuesday's incident so far.

The attack

At around 7:40am on Tuesday, a silver Ford Fiesta rammed into a number of pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into steel barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

According to witnesses, the car was soon surrounded by armed police. Footage posted on social media showed the suspect being taken from the vehicle before being handcuffed.

Comment: The Met's Counter-Terrorism Command launched a probe into the attacks and stated that none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, though they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
Car ramming incident near the UK parliament is currently being treated as terrorist attack and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the probe. The driver was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences, police say.

No arms have been found in the car and no one, except for the arrested driver, was inside. Police are still searching the vehicle and officers remain at the scene and cordons are in place to assist the investigation.

The Westminster tube station and some roads in the area are currently closed.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the incident. "My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response," the PM tweeted.

Early witness accounts suggested that the crash was a deliberate act. Ewalina Ochab, who was walking on the other side of the pavement from where the incident occurred, said on Twitter that the vehicle drove into the barriers at speed.
Video footage of the attack has been released:

Update (August 16)

The suspect has been identified as Salih Khater, a 29-year-old UK citizen of Sudanese origin, who is reportedly not cooperating with police. Three properties, 2 in Birmingham and 1 in Nottingham, are being searched in connection with the crime.


'Trains don't work, but immigration continues': Sweden facing historic election upset next month as population gets fed up with establishment

"Trains and hospitals don't work, but immigration continues," Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, told Bloomberg on the same day as the violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities.

We noted earlier that Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party 'Sweden Democrats' seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

"I'm not a racist, but I'm a nationalist," Mathson said. "I don't like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other."

Is Sweden set to have its own political earthquake in September, where general elections could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Sweden, a historically largely homogeneous population of 10 million, took in an astounding 600,000 refugees over the past five years, and after Swedes across various cities looked out their windows Tuesday to see cars exploding, smoke filling the skies, and possibly armed masked men hurling explosives around busy parking lots, it appears they've had enough.

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Bad Guys

Feign outrage, act surprised, accuse Russia: Sweden's chattering class reacts predictably after every mass car firebombing

car burning Sweden
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Arson in Sweden
More than 1,800 cars have been set on fire in Sweden since January and a record was reached this week as more than 100 were torched over several hours. After every incident, the same pantomime plays out, as if for the first time.

In this spectacle every actor, from righteous government politicians to confused police officers to concerned academics has their own part, played always with a straight face. While the latest incident provides a good case study, these steps can be transposed from Sweden to almost any Western European country, from a car burning to a mass riot to a gang rape.

Here is how the drill goes.

Comment: The Swedes seem to be a people of enormous patience. That may be coming to an end soon, not only in Sweden but in all the Nordic countries.

Георгиевская ленточка

Remembering how Russia saved Ukrainian soldiers during the 2014 Ilovaysk cauldron

Ukraine roadsign
We are approaching the fourth anniversary of the so-called "Ilovaisk cauldron', which saw the crushing of the Ukrainian army and militants of Ukrainian Nazi paramilitary groups several months into Kiev's war on Donbass.

The battles for and around Ilovaysk began in the summer of 2014 on the eve of Ukrainian independence day, as Kiev's military and political leadership aimed to capture the city to mark the national holiday and present post-Maidan society with a major military victory.

In the end, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Nazi battalions suffered a crushing defeat, one of the first and largest in the war in Donbass.


French doctor who claims homosexuality is treatable by homeopathy faces medical investigation

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© Christian Hartmann
Two members of the Swiss gay community at the EuroPride 2009 parade in Zurich.
A French doctor who claimed that homosexuality can be treated by alternative medicine is facing a Swiss government probe. The Geneva-based homeopath Jean-Yves Henry said homosexuality is "not a pathology but a special symptom."

Henry published a paper saying that homosexuality is a symptom of illness, and can be treated with homeopathy and alternative medicine depending on the patient's gender. Geneva regional health minister Mauro Poggia has urged the government body that oversees health professionals and patient rights in the Swiss canton to investigate the doctor's practice.

"For him, it would seem that homosexuality is an illness to cure. This element is enough to justify opening an investigation," Poggia told Le Courrier daily. The case was brought to Poggia's attention following significant backlash on social media, with Twitter users dubbing the French doctor a "clown," an "insult to science," and a "charlatan."

Comment: It's always tricky when research touches on something that is politically incorrect in its implications. Perhaps Dr. Henry was a bit naive to leave his article on his website given the current political climate, whether or not his claims have any merit.

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Red Flag

Facebook bans Infowars for 'hatespeech' but allows rapper who posted child porn to Instagram to keep his account

Daniel Hernandez Alex Jones
As the Free Thought Project pointed out last week, a concerted effort by multiple social media companies and tech giants was formed to remove Alex Jones from their platforms. These platforms, including Facebook, claimed Jones' rhetoric violated their terms of service, so they effectively eradicated his audience on social media.

As TFTP reported, Jones pushes anti-Muslim rhetoric, plays right along with the two-party paradigm, and serves as little more than a cheerleader for the current president, all while stoking division all the way along. His words are often hateful and he sometimes spreads outrageous conspiracy theories.

While Jones may distribute a ton of questionable content, he's never posted anything illegal and, he has never posted videos of child porn to any of his platforms. What does child porn have to do with Alex Jones, you ask? Well, nothing really unless we compare Jones getting banned for his entirely legal political speech while others have posted literal child porn to social media and maintain their accounts. Seriously.

For those who may be unfamiliar, rapper Daniel Hernandez, aka Tekashi 6ix9ine, is facing three years in prison for uploading videos to Instagram of he and a friend having sexual contact with a naked 13-year-old girl.

Birthday Cake

Silicon Valley giants aren't the same as Christian bakeries

Mark Zuckerberg
© BNN EDIT: LBJ Library/Flickr, Getty Images: Ludovic Marin/AFP, Drew Angerer, Justin Sullivan
In the intense debate that followed the rapid-fire censorship of Alex Jones and Infowars across virtually every major digital distribution platform last week, no argument has been lazier than the comparison with Christian-owned bakeries.

According to this line of thinking, calls for tech giants to be regulated is equivalent to the leftist cry of "bake the cake, bigot!", usually yelled at Christian bakers who refuse to cater to gay weddings on the grounds of religious principle. As a short essay in the liberal imperialist neoconservative magazine Weekly Standard put it:
You might recall a couple months ago when conservatives celebrated the Masterpiece Cake Shop decision. (Rightly, in my view.) The nub of their argument was that privately held businesses ought to be allowed to refuse certain kinds of services to certain customers, provided that (1) the refusal was based on reasonable, non-discriminatory grounds and that (2) the person being refused had reasonable recourse to an alternative remedy. That's precisely what has happened here.


Rock band Pearl Jam slammed for poster depicting Trump as rotting corpse

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.
Rock band Pearl Jam has stirred the political cauldron with an official event poster which depicts the White House engulfed in flames and the carcass of US President Donald Trump being picked over by a bald eagle.

The image by bassist Jeff Ament and illustrator Bobby Brown was used as promotional material for Pearl Jam's gig at Grizzly-Washington Stadium, Montana on Monday.

The event was a benefit to urge fans to get out and vote in the Montana Senate election in November, with Ament known to be a firm supporter of current Democratic Senator Jon Tester. The band is currently fundraising for Tester's reelection.

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No Entry

Tech conference rescinds Marine Le Pen invite after massive online pressure

Marine Le Pen
© Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Marine Le Pen, National Rally (Rassemblement National) political party leader
France's Marine Le Pen had her invitation to the Web Summit tech conference recalled after the organizers of the event, which is held in Portugal, got pounded with outraged messages from critics of the right-wing politician.

Le Pen, leader of Euroskeptic National Front party, vanished from the list of speakers at the annual tech conference on Wednesday afternoon, which is taking place in Lisbon on November 5-8. Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave, who earlier defended Le Pen's participation, citing freedom of speech, changed his mind after a huge social media storm and calls to boycott the event. He announced the decision in a lengthy thread on Twitter.

"It's clear to me now that the correct decision for @WebSummit is to rescind Marine Le Pen's invitation," Cosgrave tweeted on Wednesday, adding that the decision was based on "the large reaction online," and that Le Pen's presence would be "disrespectful" both to Portugal and some of attendees of the meeting.


"Crisis point": New Zealand primary school teachers strike for first time in 24 years

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Primary school teachers across New Zealand have gone on strike for the first time in in 24 years.
'Crisis point': New Zealand hit by primary school teacher strike

Zoos, community halls and churches hold all-day events to help keep 400,000 children occupied

Primary school teachers have gone on strike in New Zealand for the first time in 24 years, weeks after 30,000 nurses walked off the job.

An estimated 29,000 teachers stopped work for a full day on Wednesday, demanding a pay rise from the government of 16% over two years. The industrial action affected 400,000 children.

The teachers are striking over large class sizes, low pay, a teacher shortage and excessive administration requirements.

Louise Green, the lead negotiator for teachers' union the NZEI, said the profession was at a "crisis point" and the government needed to invest in the future of the country's children, as well as making the profession desirable again to new recruits.

Comment: Failing to support those who provide the most vital services in society reflects the terminal decline we are seeing throughout the West: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Poverty and Homelessness in America