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Study finds Ku Klux Klan underground cells currently active in Germany

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
The KKK has four clandestine cells currently active in Germany, according to local media, citing a parliamentary inquiry. Despite being "marginal," the white supremacist group's influence on German far-right groups is not to be downplayed, an MP warned.

Klan members burn crosses, display swastika flags and sing "anti-constitutional songs," according to the government response to the Left Party's parliamentary inquiry seen by Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The four secretive cells have "a very small number of members" and remain marginal within Germany's right-wing extremist scene, the government said in its response. Martina Renner, a Left Party MP, however, told the newspaper that the KKK's influence on the German far-right should not be underestimated.

"A small number of members cannot downplay the threat that emanates from such organizations," she said.


Mississippi NAACP urges federal probe of alleged racial attack on black student

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A black high school student claims he was attacked by white students who put a noose around his neck in Wiggins, Mississippi. No students were expelled and law enforcement was not notified, prompting the Mississippi NAACP to demand a federal probe.

The student claims that as many as four white students attacked him near a locker room on October 13 at Stone County High School during a break from football practice, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson told reporters on Monday.

Johnson said the white students "yanked backward" on the noose after wrapping it around the black sophomore.

The NAACP president further noted that the accused students, whose names were not released, "earlier this year came to school brandishing Confederate flags in their vehicles." The student's parents, Hollis and Stacey Payton, were present at the news conference but did not speak.


Head-on train collision in South Africa kills 1, injures over 240 passengers

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A human error may have caused a horrifying head-on crash of two commuter trains northeast of Johannesburg, which resulted in one fatality and left more than 200 people injured.

Two Metrorail trains collided on Monday afternoon, on the track split between Tembisa and Kaalfontein.

"Both trains were travelling in the opposite directions on one lane," William Ntladi, a disaster and emergency management spokesman for the municipality of Ekurhuleni, told local media. Ntladi said it was unclear how this could have happened.

Heart - Black

Innocent victims: Aleppo cancer kids denied medicine, food due to EU & US sanctions against Assad

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No life-saving drugs, necessary equipment, or chance of survival - RT's Murad Gazdiev visited children in an Aleppo hospital who are suffering from cancer - some treatable - but vital medicine can't reach them due to EU and US sanctions.

Dozens of young cancer sufferers gathered at Cancer Care Syria, a small organization which helps cancer patients. Since the EU and US imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad, some of these children have almost lost all hope for recovery. The sanctions, which target the Syrian regime and its supporters, have deeply affected the economy, including the health care sector.

The center helps children with forms of cancer that can be easily treated with western medicine. Three-year-old Waffa could have had her eye cancer cured, but the sanctions made the medicine unavailable, and she had to have her eye amputated. On top of that, the only hospital in Aleppo that specialized in cancer was taken by rebels and destroyed in fighting.

Comment: The brutal sanctions are punishing all ordinary Syrians - they have made the delivery of humanitarian aid almost impossible while weapons pour in unabated. Similar barbaric sanctions against Iraq resulted in the deaths of at least half a million young Iraqi children, and their nightmare continues to this day. It's quite clear that the US and EU have no concern for the plight of children.


Uranium rock discovery in Austrian school lead to finding 38 more radioactive rocks in 11 schools across the region

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A science class meeting with an anti-nuclear activist at an Austrian school ended in an evacuation, after a radioactive uranium rock was found on display in the classroom. The incident led to a city-wide check which found at least 11 other schools had radioactive rocks.

The discovery was made as anti-nuclear campaigner Thomas Neff was giving a lecture at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart School in Salzburg, the fourth-largest city in Austria, local media reported earlier in October.

Neff brought along a wristwatch from the 1960s with dials covered with a substance containing radium-226, which makes the numerals glow in the dark. He was planning to use the timepiece as an example of the dangers of radiation, of which little was known half a century ago.

"I brought the old watch from the 60s which lights up brightly at night because of the radiation," Neff said, as cited by Austrian media. He added that the watch was carefully sealed and didn't emit any radiation.

Even before Neff had got the watch out, however, his Geiger counter began to show that there was a source of radiation in the room. It displayed 1,200 counts per minute, some 20-25 times higher than the normal value.


Working until death: Retirement only a dream for low-income workers

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In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2016, Gwen Strowbridge, 71, poses for a photograph wearing her work uniform at her home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Strowbridge works six days a week caring for a 100-year-old woman. She has worked all her life and plans to work until she can't physically work anymore.
It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.

His story is a window into a dark reality: Many low-wage workers say they can't afford to retire.

With no money saved for retirement, home care worker Gwen Strowbridge, 71, of Deerfield, Florida, plans to stay on the job until she can't physically work anymore.

"I can't see it in the future. I'll stop working if my health won't allow me to keep working," said Strowbridge. Now 71, she works six days per week caring for a 100-year-old woman in Florida.

Arrow Up

Breaking: Constitutional challenge filed in Canada's Federal Court against CETA trade agreement

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Lawyer Rocco Galati, on behalf of the Honourable Paul Hellyer, P.C., and others, launches a constitutional challenge against the CETA, in the Federal Court of Canada

The statement of claim challenging the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was filed at the Federal Court of Canada on Friday October 21. This development comes at a time when the EU country of Belgium refused to sign the free trade pact citing objections from the Belgian territory of Wallonia.

There has been a lot of pressure to see this agreement ratified, and those powerful entities pushing for its passage will likely not let Wallonia's NO interrupt their ambitions. This constitutional challenge is therefore highly important, and has implications for other such international agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Canadian government is pursuing.

Comment: See also:


Norway nuclear reactor dealing with radioactive leak

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The reactor hall of the Halden Reactor
The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) has said that one of the country's research reactors suffered a leak of radioactive iodine on Monday.

It added that the leak was small and the focus now is on fixing the problem.

"The radioactive leak was due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor hall. Emissions are low," a statement from the NRPA said on Tuesday.

The leak is not expected to pose a health risk or danger to the environment outside the facility, the NRPA says.

The incident happened at 1:45pm local time on Monday at the Halden Reactor, located in Ostfold county in southeast Norway.

Those working at the reactor at the time of the incident were promptly evacuated when the alarm went off.


Oklahoma, Pennsylvania recovering after weekend major oil spills

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An oil spill in Oklahoma forced the shutdown of a major, 850,000-barrel per day pipeline system that supplies crude oil to Texas refineries. The incident follows another pipeline rupture in Pennsylvania, where 55,000 gallons of gasoline poured into a river.

As of Monday, the Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. has resumed pumping at its 450,000-barrel-a-day (bpd) Loop (twin) pipeline, which was shut down "as a safety precaution" following the spill at a parallel pipeline.

"Vacuum trucks are being used to recover the crude oil and return it to storage tanks onsite," the company said in a statement Monday, as clean-up operations continued.

Comment: See also: EPA delayed intervention in Flint water crisis by seven months despite knowledge of disaster

Arrow Down

DNC head privately admits 'people are in despair' about the economy while publicly tweeting about economic recovery

Donna Brazile
While readers may be used to tin-foil-hat-wearing digitial dickweeds and alt-right bloggers seeing through the veil of ignorance and media hype that hides a considerably uglier economic reality than The White House (and the stock market) might suggest, many Democrats may be shocked to discover that none other than now-acting chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile agrees...

In an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta from February 2016, released Friday by WikiLeaks...