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Female athletes urged to boycott Tokyo Olympics as New Zealand accused of 'cheating' after trans weightlifter selected for Games

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New Zealand has been accused of undermining female athletics after tapping trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, with some even describing the decision as outright cheating.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) CEO Kereyn Smith said that Hubbard met the requirements to compete in the international games, and stressed that New Zealand's team has a "strong culture of... inclusion and respect for all." Smith acknowledged that the decision was controversial, stating that "human rights" must be balanced with "fairness on the field of play" when it comes to gender identity in sports.

However, many took issue with the assertion that New Zealand had carefully weighed all the relevant factors before inviting Hubbard to compete.

Comment: It's cheating. Plain and simple.

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Oxford alumni warn woke mob wants 'sensitivity readers' to vet and edit university's oldest newspaper

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Move described as '"horrific" attempt to trample over press freedom and silence non-woke viewpoints'.

Oxford University alumni have slammed attempts by the Student Union there to employ "sensitivity readers" to vet, edit and place 'trigger warnings' on the institution's oldest newspaper in order to resolve 'problematic' articles.

As the London Telegraph reports, 'Student Consultancy of Sensitivity Readers' are to be paid by Oxford Student Union to address "high incidences of insensitive material being published" by the Cherwell newspaper.

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Seattle Pride charges white people 'reparations' fee while 'BIPOC' attend for free

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A new Pride event is happening in Seattle this month specifically for BIPOC people. Promotional material for event, called Taking B(l)ack Pride, states that while the event will be free for people of color, white people will be charged a "$10 to $50 reparations fee."

"All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT," the materials read. "White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY."

Capitol Hill Pride, which is hosting a Pride March and Rally over the same weekend, took issue with the Taking B(l)ack Pride fee structure, and made a complaint to the City of Seattle Human Rights Commission. That complaint was denied.

NPC

'Democracy is dead': Time-traveling Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom star in 'cringe' pro-Democrat political ad to conservative mockery

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A screenshot from Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's political ad
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have been mocked by conservatives for a hammed-up political ad warning America that democracy will be "dead" in the future unless they support some Democrat-pushed voting bills.

Released on Thursday, the ad stars Perry and Bloom as a pair of ragtag freedom fighters living under a presumably Republican dictatorship in the year 2055. In a message beamed back to the present day, they warn that "democracy is dead" in the future, and that "the regime watches our every move."

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Previously deported sex offenders arrested after crossing into multiple border sectors

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Border Patrol agents in multiple southern border sectors arrested several previously deported sex offenders after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents detected a group of three migrants on Tuesday evening after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona, according to information provided by Border Patrol officials in Arizona. The agents arrived at the location and arrested the three migrants.

The agents transported the migrants to a processing center where a records check identified one of the men, 37-year-old Juan Nunez-Tavarez, as a four-time previously deported sex offender.

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Massive George Floyd head sculpture in Brooklyn divides opinion as it's unveiled to mark Juneteenth

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Terrence Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd who was killed by a police officer, attends the unveiling event for his brother's statue, as part of Juneteenth celebrations, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., June 19, 2021.
A six-foot-tall sculpture of George Floyd's head has been unveiled in Brooklyn, New York City, both drawing praise and raising eyebrows. The statue was inaugurated by Floyd's brother on the occasion of Juneteenth.

The larger-than-life art piece by sculptor Chris Carnabuci was installed at Brooklyn's Flatbush Junction on Saturday. The unveiling ceremony was headlined by Terrence Floyd, who called the police killing of his brother a "sacrifice" to the cause of racial justice.

New York Council Member Farah Louis described Floyd's legacy as "truly monumental," insisting that it was not "just a figure of speech." Louis argued that Floyd's death became a springboard for America to reckon with its legacy of "systemic racism and police brutality."

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Qatar will only allow vaccinated at World Cup 2022, will 'offer' vaccines to fans

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Fans watching a football game between Oman and Qatar at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on 7 June 2021
Qatar said on Sunday that only people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would be allowed to attend the World Cup next year, adding that it is in negotiations to secure one million doses in case the global vaccination drive falls behind.

The Gulf emirate will host the four-week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global soccer body Fifa has said the matches would be held in full stadiums.

Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told newspapers that while most countries were expected to have vaccinated their citizens by then, Qatar was still taking measures to ensure a successful event.


Comment: Except there's a significant number of people refusing to participate in these mass experimental vaccine trials: Unused Covid vaccines piling up across US as those rejecting offer increase - Bloomberg


Comment: Meanwhile in Texas:




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Julian Assange's partner brands his incarceration 'intolerable and grotesque'

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The partner of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described his ongoing incarceration in one of England's highest security prisons as "intolerable and grotesque".


Intolerable

Stella Moris and the couple's two young sons, Gabriel and Max, visited Assange in prison for the first time in eight months on the morning of Saturday 19 June.

Despite winning his long-running extradition battle in January against the US, Assange remains in HMP Belmarsh in south London pending the outcome of an appeal.

Assange is still wanted in the US on an 18-count indictment. He's facing allegations of plotting to hack computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information. The prosecution followed WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents in 2010 and 2011 relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as well as diplomatic cables.

Moris said the last time she had seen Assange in the flesh was his last court appearance in early January.

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Most Germans say freedom of speech is in jeopardy, many name Islam and patriotism among topics they cannot speak freely about

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A majority of German citizens believe that freedom of expression is in danger, the latest poll shows. 'Patriotism' and Islam were named among topics one should be particularly careful about.

Only 45% of Germans still believe they can express their political opinion freely, says a survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy - one of Germany's oldest and most respectable polling agencies.

That is the lowest figure since 1953, when the institute started conducting such polls. Just a few years ago, two-thirds of Germans believed that nothing stops them from expressing their opinion freely.

Most believe that their freedom of expression is in danger, while 44% feel one had better be careful about what one says, according to the survey published in Germany's FAZ newspaper on Wednesday.

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Alberta to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on July 1 as it hits vaccination target

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reveals the Open for Summer Plan as the province crosses the 70 per cent first dose COVID-19 vaccine target on June 18, 2021.
Alberta will become the first province or territory to remove all COVID-19 restrictions when it lifts its remaining public health measures on July 1.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday that the province had reached the vaccination threshold for the third and final phase of reopening, because 70.2 per cent of Albertans 12 and over had received at least one dose of a vaccine.


That means it's safe to return to normal after the vaccines take full effect in two weeks, he said.

"The end of this terrible time is just two weeks away. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true," Kenney said.

"Thanks to vaccines and the millions of Albertans who have been protected by them, we finally have the upper hand on this virus and can safely open up our province."