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Stop the War Coalition invites Boris Johnson to debate UK's 'shambolic' foreign policy

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Britain's Stop the War Coalition has invited Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to join a public debate on UK foreign policy after he controversially urged the group to stage protests outside the Russian embassy in London last week.

Stop the War described the UK's foreign policy towards the Middle East and Russia under Johnson's leadership as "alarmingly shambolic."

In a statement, the group invited Johnson to debate British foreign policy, especially his claim that negotiations with Russia over the Syrian crisis have "run out of road" and his thinly veiled suggestion that force may be necessary against Moscow.

"After Boris Johnson's extraordinary outbursts last week Stop the War has requested a public debate with him on foreign policy," the group said.

Comment: Johnson definitely needs to be called out on his hypocrisy but he will most likely decline to join the debate. Too bad because it might be fun to watch this clown debate.


Surgeons find 53 sacks of cocaine in belly of 'drug mule' who collapsed at airport

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Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, who is accused of trafficking in cocaine after half-a-kilo of the drug was found inside his belly.
When a Polish man collapsed at Miami International Airport, he was rushed to the hospital — where doctors removed half a kilo of cocaine from his belly. That's more than a pound of the illegal drug.

In all, surgeons found 53 small rubber sacks inside the stomach of Waldemar Wojtczak, 45, who nearly died from ingesting the narcotics. The pellet-sized sacks were immediately handed over to Miami-Dade narcotics detectives, who had donned scrubs and witnessed the procedure inside the operating room at Hialeah Hospital.

Wojtczak has recovered and was formally charged Monday with cocaine trafficking and the rare state charge of using commercial transport while committing a felony. Through a Polish interpreter, he pleaded not guilty on Monday at his arraignment.

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Hysteria: Target officials remove clown masks from stores after 'creepy clown' scares

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Target officials said Sunday they have removed some clown masks from stores and online due to the recent rise of "crazy clown" scares.

A recent craze that has gone to social media shows people wearing creepy or scary looking clown masks and going up to people to scare them. There have been arrests associated with the creepy clown craze, and a high school soccer coach was fired after a photo of himself wearing a mask at his team's final practice appeared on social media.

Many of the instances were intended to be pranks, but some feel the incidents went too far and were threatening.

Comment: Clowns scare kids: They're 'universally disliked by children,' British researchers discover

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Destroying minds: British child soldiers recruitment condemned by doctors and veterans

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In a scathing report released on Tuesday, veterans and doctors slammed the UK for recruiting child soldiers under the age of 18, arguing they are misinformed and far more likely to be killed in action, suffer long-term health issues, or commit suicide.

The report entitled 'Recruitment of Child Soldier by the British Armed Forces,' which was fronted by the public health charity Medact, draws on damning testimony from those who joined the military as children to make a scientific and ethical case for raising the recruitment age to 18.

Aside from making a moral case against the practice and exposing what they consider opaque and dishonest recruiting tactics, the authors argue that young adolescents are incapable of making informed decisions, given the way military careers are "glamorized," while their youth and stage of brain development also mean that they are more likely to be damaged by service.

"Minimum age laws exist to protect children from smoking, drinking, driving and watching violent films," Dr. David McCoy, Medact's director, told the Guardian. "It's time for the UK to fall in step with the vast majority of countries and raise the minimum recruitment age to 18," he said.


The 3 Million: EU citizens demand rights in UK after Brexit

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Europeans resident in the UK assembled in Parliament on Tuesday to demand MPs safeguard their rights after Brexit.

Citizens from several European Union member states helped launch the new pressure group 'The 3 Million' in the Houses of Parliament, aiming to pressure MPs to defend EU nationals' rights over the coming years.

"There's a widespread feeling among EU citizens that we have been unfairly treated since the referendum," said the group's French chair, Nicolas Hatton.

"The rise in hate crimes toward us and the insistence of the government to consider us as bargaining chips in the future Brexit negotiations has created unprecedented anguish and anxiety in our communities and we will welcome the support of the representatives of the British people today and in months to come."

Comment: The people of the UK gave a strong signal to leave the EU with their vote for Brexit. If EU nationals wish to stay in the UK, they cannot expect to retain the same conditions. They are after all living in a host country as guests and need to adapt to the changes of the country in which they live.


Florida sees spike in drugs washing up on beaches; 400 pounds of marijuana found floating off coast this month

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The Coast Guard and agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than $300,000 worth of marijuana floating in the water or washed up on Florida beaches during 15 separate events between September and October 2016.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana is floating off Florida's coast and are being washed up onto its beaches, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"There has been a significant spike in drugs washing up on shore," said Todd Bryant, the division chief for CBP in Miami. He said the increase might reflect a "shift in smuggling methods" by those who traffic in illegal drugs.

CBP said between Sept. 15-Oct. 12, almost 400 pounds of marijuana worth more than $300,000 were found in several places on Florida's coast.


On-duty officer exposes how to tell good cops from bad

Officer Robert Howard is not one of those cops who rolls up to a party looking to smash some heads. No, according to this Berkeley cop, those officers have no business on the force and epitomize all that is wrong with police in America today.

Instead of treating everyone he comes across as a slave who needs to obey his every whim, Howard takes a novel approach — he treats them with respect.

In a video uploaded to Facebook over the weekend, Howard is recorded doing something that seems to have vacated modern policing which is interacting with the community and talking with people, instead of fishing for criminal activity through various means of legalized lying and threats.

According to the uploader, Spade Newcash, he and some friends and family were hanging out in front of his driveway when a cop pulled up. Spade had no idea whether or not this cop was about to throw them on the hood of his car or arrest them for doing nothing wrong. But what they got instead was a person who knows what it is like to be human.

Comment: Blowing the whistle comes with drawbacks and it takes an act of courage to stand up for what is right.


Republican firebombing and the 'political terrorist' card

We have all been watching as the US election campaign chaos has escalated to historic insults, accusations and war of words between the two major parties (Clinton-mainstream media vs Trump).The Jerry Springer Show has metastasized into the 2016 US presidential elections. By design of course.

Hidden in all the daily drama, chaos and propaganda being put out by the now entirely discredited and irrelevant "mainstream media" are the revelations of outright corruption and criminality exposed in the Clintons and DNC email hacks of the past few months.

Anyone falling for any of the many points of division being engineered by the ruling elite such as the race wars (KKK, Black Lives Matter, etc.), religious differences (Muslims vs Christians), gender (feminists vs men) and sexual orientation is not only ignorant of how you are being used and deliberately distracted by the elite but you lack the ability to step back and see the greater picture.


Oliver Stone defends RT over bank account closure: "It's a media war and the truth is being sacrificed"

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U.S. film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone
US film director Oliver Stone has stepped up to defend RT after NatWest bank gave notice that it would close its London bureau's bank accounts in December, without explanation.

"RT has always been responsible, they are very clear about their facts, and they show filmic evidence. Maybe you are a threat - they consider you propagandistic," Stone told RT's Afshin Rattansi, as a guest on his Going Underground program, when asked about what has become an international incident. "But when I look at the London papers, I think who is being propagandistic? It's a media war, and it's a shame that the truth is being sacrificed."

According to a letter from NatWest, a subsidiary of the majority government-owned RBS, which has been made public by RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, the bank has made a "final"decision to close all of the channel's accounts, and "not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it."

The UK government, which has recently called for additional sanctions against Russia over Syria, has denied that it is behind NatWest's move.

Comment: Meanwhile, former MP George Galloway has commented on NatWest's decision to close RT's bank accounts by saying that the cancellation amounts to "crude British state propaganda." He further states:
"It comes at a time when it's been obvious in parliament and in the 'deep state' that there is a state of anxiety over the influence and popularity of RT in the country," Galloway told RT International. "This coincides with a simultaneous fall in the credibility of the British state broadcaster the BBC."

"It's just crude British state propaganda. They've been nervous about RT for some time," he added.
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Hitler's birthplace to be demolished to prevent neo-Nazi pilgrimages

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The house in which Adolf Hitler was born is seen in the northern Austrian city of Braunau.
The house where Adolf Hitler was born will likely be demolished, the Austrian government has announced. The move is partly aimed at eliminating the home's significance for neo-Nazis who visit the site to pay homage to the German Nazi dictator.

The country's Interior Ministry said the demolition of the house in the western Austrian town of Braunau has been recommended by a government-appointed commission.

"A thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building," Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said on Monday, as quoted by AP.

Comment: See also: The not-so-underground Reich: W. Germany's senior justice ministry was over 50% Nazi in 1950-70s