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Protests over citizenship law: Indian Liberal Elites like democracy if they agree with the results

Anti-CAA liberal protestor
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Protests in India over a controversial citizenship amendment law have curiously exposed the duplicity of liberals when it comes to their commitment to democracy.

Left-backed student unions and Muslim groups have been up in arms over a law that they perceive to be "anti-Muslim." Backing up this protest movement, liberal Indians have revealed their cards.

For the youth to resist the charms of "revolution" — to be angry without a cause and bask in the romance and idealism of protests is fine. Such a phenomenon is common across the world — and examples abound in India's own past. Pragmatism is usually a post-facto realization for the young.

As British conservative thinker, polymath and philosopher Roger Scruton said of the 1968 student agitation in Paris, an event that shaped his political thinking: "What I saw was an unruly mob of self-indulgent middle-class hooligans" uttering "ludicrous Marxist gobbledegook."

Black Cat

Vetting fail: 'Fake officer' lied his way into Swedish military intel & NATO, hid forged credentials for decade

Military patrol Sweden
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Military patrol in Sweden
A Swedish man with no official training faked his way into the top ranks of Swedish military intelligence, helming sensitive projects before he was posted to NATO and later the Coast Guard. How did this happen?

The Swedish Armed Forces - and now NATO, which only learned of the deception this week - are furious, demanding to know how the man was able to slip through the cracks even after he was discovered and booted from his high-ranking Coast Guard post in January 2019 - only to reemerge at the helm of Sweden's UN mission to Mali.

The faker first bluffed his way into a supervisory role in the military in Kosovo and Afghanistan, forging a diploma from the Signal Troops Officers' College in Enköping with a fake colonel's signature, Dagens Nyheter revealed on Monday.


Epstein trafficked girls as recently as 2018 - some as young as 11, according to lawsuit by Virgin Islands AG

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Jeffrey Epstein trafficked and sexually abused girls as young as eleven years old, as recently as 2018, according to a new lawsuit filed against the late pedophile's estate by Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise N. George.

The lawsuit claims that girls as young as 11 and 12 were brought to his private estate in the Virgin Islands, known as Little Saint James (or simply 'pedo island') - where former President Bill Clinton and other high-profile guests reportedly vacationed, according to several Epstein accusers. Epstein kept a computerized database to track the availability and movements of his victims, according to the New York Times.

"Epstein clearly used the Virgin Islands and his residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Little Saint James as a way to be able to conceal and to be able to expand his activity here," said George.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Denise N. George, the attorney general of the Virgin Islands, broadened the dimensions of the wrongdoing in which Mr. Epstein was said to have engaged. He had been charged by Manhattan prosecutors in July with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida, but they did not point to any actions beyond 2005.

In August, Mr. Epstein hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was being held awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. Prison guards had not checked on him for hours on the night he died, and the circumstances surrounding his death are now the subject of at least three federal investigations. -New York Times
The new accusations draw from both independent investigations by George's office as well as court documents from cases across the country, and allege that Epstein ran a decades-long sex trafficking scheme which had a "primary nexus in the Virgin Islands," according to the report.

Mr. Potato

Twitter melts down over Vince Vaughn speaking with President Trump, providing fertile ground for mockery

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© Image via Twitter @bubbaprog screenshot
Actor Vince Vaughn caught flak from liberals on social media Monday after he was seen talking with President Donald Trump at the 2020 college football national championship game in New Orleans.

"I'm very sorry to have to share this video with you. All of it, every part of it," Timothy Burke wrote on Twitter, posting a video of the interaction between Vaughn and Trump that has since went viral.

Snakes in Suits

James Bond will stay male, but woke critics won't stay quiet

James Bond
© Reuters / Carlo Allegri
James Bond actor Daniel Craig appears at a promotional event in New York
As Daniel Craig's time at the helm of the venerable James Bond franchise nears an end, producer Barbara Broccoli has said that his replacement will remain a man. Fans were relieved, but critics are still out for blood.

Daniel Craig dusts off his tuxedo for one last outing as the womanizing MI6 agent when 'No Time to Die' hits theaters in April. Ahead of the movie's release, senior producer Barbara Broccoli put some rumors about the future of the franchise to rest.

Bond, she told Variety magazine, "can be of any colour, but he is male."

"I believe we should be creating new characters for women - strong female characters; I'm not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it," she continued. "I think women are far more interesting than that."


'No Arabs please': Job rejection sparks racial controversy in Germany

Germany's Federal Labour Office
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Germany's Federal Labour Office in Holzkirchen
Modern Germany is a byword for racial tolerance, yet one architecture firm's blunt response to an Egyptian job applicant has ignited a storm of controversy on social media.

Egyptian-born architect Yassen Gabr recently applied for a vacancy at GKK+ Architekten, a prestigious Berlin-based firm whose website boasts of its ethnically diverse workforce. He posted a screenshot of the rejection letter he received on Wednesday, which simply read "no Arabs please."

Gabr's post quickly gained traction on social media. "He should sue them," one commenter wrote. "And, why not publish the name of the office so that we can all see who this racist is?"


Mainstream media launches investigation into another phony 'White Power' controversy

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CBS news has blown the lid off the hate crime of the century: a crew of firefighters making the upside-down "okay" hand gesture in a group photo. Yet again, a reputable media outlet fell for a well-worn 4chan prank.

According to CBS affiliate WUSA-TV, a group of recruits with the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services posed for a team photo back in March 2019. The network sounded the alarm on Wednesday when it noticed several of them were making the thumb-and-index finger "okay" hand gesture - a gesture CBS pointed out is "a possible 'white power'" symbol.

Accroding to WUSA, the "gesture in the photo might be seen as 'WP,' for 'white power,' since extending three fingers is a possible 'W' and the 'circle' coming off an arm is a possible 'P' — 'WP.'" Seemingly, the news site was unaware that the "WP" meaning was conjured up by 4chan trolls several years ago to see just how ridiculous a hoax they could make mainstream media outlets fall for.

And it's worked like a charm again, just like it did at last month's Army-Navy football game. And the time before that. And the time before that.

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Houston: School shooting suspect found hiding behind dumpster after killing classmate

Bellaire High School
A 19-year-old student was killed Tuesday in a shooting at Bellaire High School. The senior's teenage classmate was later arrested in connection with the incident.

The first 911 call came in about 4 p.m. The caller said one student was shot and the shooter ran from the scene.

According to sources, the victim was shot in the chest. He was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the young man's loved ones and to all students, teachers and staff at Bellaire High school," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement.

The 16-year-old shooting suspect and another suspect were taken into custody around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday. According to officials, one of the suspects was found hiding behind a dumpster at a grocery store on Chimney Rock Road.


Jerusalem Rabbi accused of keeping 50 women and children in slave-like cult masquerading as a 'women's seminar'

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In 2015, the rabbi was arrested over allegations similar to those he was detained for now, but was released when members of the suspected cult sided with him.

A 60-year old rabbi named Aharon Ramati was arrested in Jerusalem due to allegedly being the head of a cult involved in exploiting women and young children, The Times of Israel reports.

According to the media outlet, the arrest took place as cops raided a residential complex in the city, which operated "under the guise of a women's seminar" and where the authorities found some 50 women living "in a state of overcrowding, deprivation and poor sanitation", along with about ten children aged one to five "who were held in seclusion within the compound on a regular basis".

Ramati, who has been ordered to remain in prison for a week, is believed to have "controlled the women's lives with absolute authority", with women being kept isolated from their families and working jobs approved by the rabbi, with a portion of their wages going directly to him.

Arrow Up

Knife and other weapons crimes on the rise in England and Wales -- government vows action

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A sign at an anti-knives march in London in December organised by the Tashan Daniel Campaign. Daniel, 20, was fatally stabbed at a tube station in September.
The number of knife or offensive weapon offences receiving cautions or convictions in England and Wales has hit a 10-year-high.

In the year ending September 2019, the criminal justice system dealt with 22,286 knife and offensive weapon offences, a 3% increase on the previous year and the highest number since 2009 when 26,364 were recorded.

The increase was driven by a rise in the number of cautions or convictions for offences involving possession of an article with a blade or point.

Offenders are now more likely to receive an immediate custodial sentence for a knife and offensive weapon offence, and sentences are getting longer, according to the Ministry of Justice data.