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Belarusian police disperse anti-Lukashenko 'women's march' in Minsk, more than 100 arrests made

Nina Baginskaya
Police dispersed an all-female rally in Minsk, on Saturday where protesters were demanding the resignation of longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. More than 100 arrests were made, in the the crackdown.

Around 2,000 people, mainly women, flowed onto the streets of the country's main city for the unsanctioned event. They were eventually blocked outside a shopping mall by security forces wearing green uniforms and balaclavas. "Only cowards beat women," the protesters shouted, according to Western news agency Reuters, as the police started detaining people in large numbers.

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Stephen Cohen has died. Remember his urgent warnings against the new Cold War

stephen f cohen
Stephen F Cohen, the renowned American scholar on Russia and leading authority on US-Russian relations, has died of lung cancer at the age of 81.

As one of the precious few western voices of sanity on the subject of Russia while everyone else has been frantically flushing their brains down the toilet, this is a real loss. I myself have cited Cohen's expert analysis many times in my own work, and his perspective has played a formative role in my understanding of what's really going on with the monolithic cross-partisan manufacturing of consent for increased western aggressions against Moscow.

In a world that is increasingly confusing and awash with propaganda, Cohen's death is a blow to humanity's desperate quest for clarity and understanding.

Comment: From Stephen F. Cohen:


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At least 2 dead, 14 wounded in shooting at house party in Rochester, New York, authorities say

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© Will Cleveland/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Rochester Police Department mobile command unit at the scene of a mass shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue where 16 people were shot.
Two young adults were killed and 14 people wounded early Saturday in the largest Rochester shooting in memory, an act of violence that occurred at a backyard house party with more than 100 people present.

The violence occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue, at a residence located not far from the Rochester Public Market.

The identities of the two victims, one man and one woman, have not been made public pending notification of next of kin. Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons said both victims were in their late teens or early 20s.

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Study finds 50% of British residents show at least some degree of support for conspiracy thinking about COVID-19

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A British study published in Psychological Medicine suggests that the endorsement of conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 may be more widespread than expected. Furthermore, this lack of trust in public health information could be impeding the country's efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

When navigating a public health emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, collective action by everyday citizens is crucial. Conspiracy claims about the virus that continue to circulate may have an impact on citizens' interpretation and acceptance of public health guidelines.

Study author Daniel Freeman and his team suggest that the very conditions created by the pandemic form an ideal ground for the emergence of conspiracy theories. "Uncertainty about the future is widespread," the authors express. "Expectations about everyday life have changed rapidly and dramatically . . . Normal routines and plans have been thwarted." The ongoing pandemic not only threatens people's physical health but poses a threat to mental well-being and financial security, leaving people feeling increasingly vulnerable.

Comment: Here's the questions:

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Radical left threatens riots, war, and to 'burn it down' if RBG replaced

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday evening sparked some very solemn responses from people of all political stripes.

While generally most would prefer to use the time immediately following the death of a public figure to remember their legacy, the political implications of RBG's death left people on the Right and the Left to speculate about what will happen with the vacant seat left now on the highest court in the nation.

In fact, RBG's death sparked a huge surge in donations on ActBlue.

But some on the Left started promising violence, not just political action.


Comment: But aren't they already burning everything down? See also: Caitlin Johnstone: RBG death means two-headed uniparty will threaten Americans with removal of civil rights


NPC

Atlantic writer of '1619 Project' claims America was founded with arrival of slave trade then changes story when presented with screenshots

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Nikole Hannah-Jones of the 1619 Project called it the "founding of America" but is now arguing she didn't mean it that way
Now that US President Donald Trump has declared the 1619 Project 'toxic,' its lead author tried to accuse "the right" of making up her main point. One writer who had defended her all along refused to accept the gaslighting.

"One thing in which the right has been tremendously successful is getting media to frame stories in their language and through their lens," Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted on Friday, adding that the 1619 Project "does not argue that 1619 is our true founding."

Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic called her claim "staggering," given what he himself had written about Hannah-Jones's Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

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'BLM Karen' rages at drugstore manager who called police on shoplifters

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A Black Lives Matter activist in Washington has gone into social media hiding after her efforts to dox a CVS drugstore manager for calling the police on two suspected shoplifters didn't go over as swimmingly as she planned.

The chain of events began when the woman, Charity Sade, started recording police who were questioning two black men outside a CVS store. At one point, an officer warns one of the suspects not to interrupt him while he's talking to the other man, saying "His freedom is dependent on your actions." Sade then interjects, asking the officer for his name and badge number.

She then films another video of herself confronting the CVS manager inside the store for calling the police. The manager explains that it's company policy to contact the police when a shoplifter exits the store without paying for merchandise. He added that he chose not to press charges against the men, but asked the police to inform them that they could no longer shop at his store.

Comment: See also: Hysterical 'Karen' shamed in viral video, but things are not quite how they seem


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Hong Kong priest 'ready to head to Taiwan' to discuss surrender of murder suspect after border reopens - inspiration for failed extradition bill

Chan Tong-kai
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Chan Tong-kai is released from prison on October 23.
A Hong Kong priest says he is ready to fly to Taiwan to discuss the surrender of a fugitive murder suspect whose case helped trigger last year's extradition bill crisis and mass protests.

Chan Tong-kai is accused of murdering his girlfriend Amber Poon during their holiday on the island in 2018, when he was aged 19, before flying back to Hong Kong.

Because Taiwan and Hong Kong have no extradition treaty Chan could not be returned to the country and could only be tried in Hong Kong for money-laundering over money and valuables he took from his girlfriend. He has been free since his release on October 23 last year after serving 18 months in jail.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam cited Chan's case when pushing last year to pass a controversial extradition bill, which would also have allowed extradition to mainland China. Mass protests against the bill turned into a city-wide pro-democracy campaign and convulsed Hong Kong for months.

The priest, Reverend Peter Koon, has said he will head to Taiwan as soon as coronavirus travel restrictions are lifted to discuss details of Chan's surrender. Chan has admitted the killing.

Koon said Chan had always intended to turn himself in but the plan was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Taiwan has imposed border restrictions since March and only allows the entry of business travellers.

Comment: As noted, Chan's case was the pretext behind Lam's failed extradition bill. Hong Kong does not have an extradition agreement with either mainland China or Taiwan, and the bill proposed to allow both. (Note that China itself doesn't have an extradition treaty with Taiwan.) Hong Kongers naturally saw through the pretext and managed to get the bill cancelled after massive protests that drew nearly a quarter of the population into the streets. But the victory was pyrrhic. China flexed their executive privilege with the national security law, making the issue a moot point now that those arrested under it can be sent to the mainland - no extradition treaty necessary.


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Dept. of Education launches probe after Princeton president acknowledges systemic racism

Princeton University
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The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton University after its president acknowledged that systemic racism is "embedded" in the university's structures.

The department informed Princeton of the investigation in a letter Wednesday, citing Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber's open letter earlier this month discussing the school's efforts to address systemic racism.

Officials said the university "repeatedly represented and warranted to" the department that it was complying with nondiscrimination mandates under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but asserted that Eisgruber in his letter had admitted the university is "racist."

The Department of Education expressed concern that the university has received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds despite the potential lack of compliance.

"Based on its admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education ('Department') is concerned Princeton's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false," the letter added. "The Department is further concerned Princeton perhaps knew, or should have known, these assurances were false at the time they were made."

The Trump administration requested several documents and interviews under oath from the university as it moves forward with the probe, specifically into whether Princeton misrepresented itself to the department and the public.

Comment: Genius. Since it is woke to admit that you're racist (because everyone is racist, except those who are not, but who can also be racist), and since racism in various forms is illegal in the States, many of these self-admitted racists open themselves to prosecution. This is what is called shooting oneself in the foot. Couldn't happen to more deserving folks!






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Sweden nearing herd immunity, Covid-19 "may be finished" there says Danish professor

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FILE PHOTO: An information sign recommends people to keep social distance at a beach in Malmo, Sweden, June 25, 2020
With much of Europe struggling to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections, a Danish professor has claimed that the pandemic "may be finished" in Sweden, thanks to herd immunity.

Sweden recorded 224 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a number roughly on par with daily new infections for the last two months. No patients died. However, the situation throughout much of Europe is different. 300,000 new cases were recorded across the continent last week, with the World Health Organization calling the spike in infections a "wake-up call." Even Sweden's neighbor, Denmark, saw an average of 61 cases per million people throughout the week, compared to Sweden's relatively modest 23.

Kim Sneppen, a professor of biocomplexity at Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute, believes that the Swedes are finally developing 'herd immunity' to the deadly virus.

Comment: See also: No second-wave of coronavirus in Russia, head of Genomic Engineering Lab in Moscow explains why