Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come." Matthew 3:7

GOD cursed the Satanists out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus arrived and focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth... still is today.

The Nomadic Turks (ashkeNAZIS) have been behind all the Evil in the world since Cain's children... using their News Networks to create the News, and set the stage, to blame their opponents, for everything evil they do, across the globe.



Jewish Communist Dictum:- "Accuse the enemy of those crimes you are guilty of"

1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution... for more control and power.

Islam and Christianity have become servants of the Jews. Acting as physical and spiritual cattle for the Jews to harvest in building their Global Satanic Kingdom.

If I converted to Buddhism, does that make me Chinese? If I converted to Hinduism, does that make me Indian? When Khazarians (Turks) converted to Judaism in 740 BC and stole the true Semite Israelite Aegean identity, did that make the counterfeit Jews Hebrew? Well, the Jew World Order seems to think so. They crucified Jesus Christ for exposing them.

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist by our Jewish Governments... to keep us in fear, and to justify raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent families in every country for power and control...for their 2 horned God Lucifer... which the Jews named him "Morning Star."

Every Religion Church and Mosque has been infiltrated by the Jews. How do you know? ... if your Church has not discussed the below phrases by Christ... then it has been compromised.

Famous People talking about the Jews

Famous People talking about the Jews

More smoke bombs by HAMAS (Mossad)

More smoke bombs by HAMAS (Mossad) that always target israel’s roads and the israeli authorities already stopped the traffic beforehand, so they don’t hurt their own people.

Just look at the video below, from a different camera. Look how all the other  roads have been blocked by Israeli Police, waiting for the rocket to hit the road, so Media can cry out and blame the Palestinians.

The Jews know the exact time and location it is going to hit…. wonder why

HAMAS = Israel

HAMAS (Israel) always target roads in israel, but target civilians in Palestine with real missiles.

Israel is a person not land

Israel is a person not land

Jacob was renamed Israel. The descendants of Jacob are known as Israelites. Israel is a person not a land.
The term Israelite is the English name for the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob in ancient times, which is derived from the Greek Ἰσραηλῖται,[34] which was used to translate the Biblical Hebrew term b’nei yisrael, יִשְׂרָאֵל as either “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel”.[35]
The name Israel first appears in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 32:29. It refers to the renaming of Jacob, who, according to the Bible, wrestled with an angel, who gave him a blessing and renamed him Israel because he had “striven with God and with men, and have prevailed”.

GOD cursed the Satanic Edomites out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth… still is today.

Marlon Brando a great and righteous actor made the statement. ” the only movie never made in Hollywood is the true story of the Jews” .

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” – Romans 2:28-29

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/report-finds-ashkinazi-jews-descended-from-turks/

Archeologists Unearth Largest Roman Basilica Ever Found in Israel—Dated 2,000 Years Old

A massive renovation at the Tel Ashkelon National Park has unveiled the largest Roman basilica in Israel, dating to about 2,000 years ago, which is set to be accessible to the general public once the project is completed.

The extensive development work at the park, funded by Nature and Parks Authority alongside Leon Levy Foundation, is being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

Alongside erecting sculptures and marble columns discovered during the excavation at the site, the authority will also renew existing roads and construct a new network of existing paths.

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(Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority)

The new paths, about 2 kilometers long, are meant to showcase and provide good access to the park’s unique nature and heritage to improve visitor experience.

It was during the excavations of the extensive project that the antiquities authority revealed the magnificent Roman basilica complex—the largest ever found in Israel.

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(Courtesy of Tomer Ofri/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority)

“The huge building is covered with a roof and divided into three parts—a central hall and two side halls,” explained IAA excavation director Dr. Rachel Bar-Natan in a statement.

“The hall was surrounded with rows of marble columns and capitals, which one rose to an estimated height of 13 meters and supported the building’s roof. The floor and walls are made of marble.”

According to the IAA, the marble composing the basilica was discovered some years back during archaeological excavations.

The marble had been imported from Asia Minor in merchant ships which reached the shores of Ashkelon, a busy trade city in the era.

“Roughly 200 marble items weighing hundreds of tons have been found in all, testifying to the building’s great splendor,” the IAA stated.

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(Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority)

The great basilica was damaged during an earthquake in 363 B.C., and it was later abandoned after its destruction.

“During the Roman period, the public life of the city revolved around its basilica, where its citizens transacted business, met for social and legal matters and held performances and religious ceremonies,” the IAA stated.

Years later, during the Abbasid era, the basilica site was transformed into an industrial area and other structures were built into it.

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(Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority)

Within the excavation, the authority also discovered an ancient theater which will be preserved, restored, and then go on public display for the first time, once the project is completed.

Also, the basilica’s floor is set to be restored and filled in, with columns being placed around the perimeter.

In the pilot phase, the authority has already begun installing the impressive marble items and has hoisted one of the pillars into the basilica.

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(Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority)

In the coming months, park visitors will be allowed to sit in the theater, once it is completed, and observe the ongoing work in the basilica.

The massive renovation is meant to enhance the experience of visitors in the park.

“The Ashkelon National Park is one of the most important ancient sites, both in Israel and in the world, and time and time again it emerges as one of the most visited sites in the country,” said Ashkelon mayor Tomer Glam.

“The city takes great pride in it, investing resources and funding. I am convinced that the restoration and conservation work in the park will contribute significantly to the park’s natural beauty.”

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Singapore Becomes Latest Country to Cast Doubt on China’s COVID-19 Vaccines

Singaporean health officials have publicly expressed concerns about significant risk reported with vaccines from China following hundreds of Indonesian health workers testing positive for COVID-19 last week despite being fully vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine. Singapore is the latest country to cast doubt on the vaccine.

Dozens of the more than 350 doctors and health workers in Indonesia infected with COVID-19 despite having received the Sinovac vaccine have been hospitalized, it was reported last week, causing further doubt over the vaccine’s efficacy, especially against more infectious variants of the virus. Indonesia has bought and administered China’s vaccine to a large number of its citizens.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak said at a virtual press conference on June 15 in response to the news from Indonesia that it was evidence of significant risk of “vaccine breakthrough” regarding the Sinovac vaccine “CoronaVac.”

Currently, Singapore has only approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for its national vaccination program, while allowing private clinics to offer Sinovac.

Mak said that Singapore has “great confidence” in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. So far, more than 4.7 million doses of them have been administered to its citizens. However, he pointed out that “the efficacy of different vaccines will vary quite significantly.” He mentioned that some countries who had been relying on China’s vaccines to protect their population are already offering booster shots.

In early June, Bahrain and The United Arab Emirates started to offer Pfizer shots as booster to those inoculated with China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. The countries have seen a huge surge of COVID-19 infections recently, despite having administered millions of doses of China’s vaccines to its citizen since the end of last year.

Meanwhile, in Serbia, a clinical study has reported that 30 percent of its elderly aged 65 or above have no antibodies after receiving the Sinopharm vaccine. Serbia is the first European country to use China’s vaccines.

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A young woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center in the capital Manama. Bahrain has approved both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and another developed by Chinese firm Sinopharm. Dec. 24, 2020. (Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images)

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved emergency use of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. Phase 3 clinic trials of China’s vaccines around the world have reported the efficacy rates between 50 and 84 percent. However, Chinese companies still haven’t publicly published the data for their Phase 3 trial. The lack of transparency on the vaccine trials has also been a cause of concern.

According to Hong Kong public broadcasting service RTHK , the Hong kong government recently issued a safety evaluation report on COVID-19 vaccines. Besides dozens of death, the report stated that by the end of May, there were 87 face paralysis cases linked to vaccinations in Hong Kong. Half of the patients received Sinovac, while the other half received the Chinese BioNTech vaccine. German company BioNTech, which is the co-developer of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, signed an agreement with Chinese state-owned Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Co. to authorize it to exclusively produce and sell COVID-19 vaccines using BioNTech’s mRNA technology for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

In the report, the Hong Kong expert committee warned of a potential connection between China’s vaccines and the facial paralysis. It has required The University of Hong Kong to further analyze the cases.

The European Union has excluded China’s vaccines for its digital vaccination pass program that will start on July 1. Due to the reports of quality issues, low efficacy, and the lack of transparency in trial data and side effects, the European Medicines Agency says it has yet to approve the use of China’s vaccines in the EU. A few European countries have individually approved them.

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Brazilian Court Clears ex-President Lula of Corruption Charges in another Legal Win

Brazil’s former leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, scored a fresh legal victory on Monday after a federal court acquitted him of passive corruption charges relating to alleged political favors, citing lack of evidence.

In 2017, Lula was accused of having granted political favors to automobile companies in exchange for donations of 6 million reals (around $1.2 million) to the campaign of his Workers’ Party (PT). The charges against the ex-president and other officials were filed after ‘Operation Zelotes’, which was launched by police to investigate alleged fraud and bribery in the sector.

But on Monday, federal judge Frederico Viana ruled that the case against the former president “lacks elements” that can substantiate any conviction against him and the other defendants.

“It is prudent and reasonable to pronounce an acquittal” of the ex-president, his former chief of staff, Gilberto Carvalho, and five other officials and businessmen, the judge said.

During his testimony last year, Lula denied the accusations, insisting that he never did any favors for the automobile firms.

In March, the court annulled all sentences handed to the 75-year-old political veteran under ‘Operation Lava Jato’ (‘Car Wash’) – a major anti-graft investigation in which three ex-presidents and numerous officials were indicted.

That ruling gave Lula the right to run for president again in 2022. He has not yet announced plans to join the race, but recent polls put him ahead of Brazil’s current leader, Jair Bolsonaro, by 41% to 23% in the first round.

Lula remains highly popular in the country, which underwent a period of rapid economic growth during his years in office from 2003 to 2010, and saw millions escape poverty through his welfare programs.

An earlier report said:

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who started out a shoeshine boy and became the most popular president in Brazilian history, has racked up a lifetime of improbable victories.

Now, as he eyes a run against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro next year, the leftist leader is seeking another: win back the political center that abandoned him in disgust when he was jailed for corruption in 2018.

It is still early to predict the October 2022 election, but polls show it shaping up as a Bolsonaro-Lula showdown, likely headed for a runoff.

That means the next leader of Latin America’s largest economy may well be decided by a battle for the grudging votes of the more than one-third of Brazilians who intensely dislike both.

Pulling off a presidential comeback would be nothing short of astounding for Lula, whose towering legacy collapsed when he was convicted of taking bribes – part of a massive investigation into a multi-billion-dollar corruption scheme involving state-run oil company Petrobras.

But it would not be the first surprise from the former steelworker and union leader, who rose from poverty to become a two-term president from 2003 to 2010, leading Brazil through a transformative boom.

To pull it off, the charismatic but tarnished veteran would have to win back at least some of the middle-class voters and business elites who punished his Workers’ Party (PT) at the polls in 2018.

In a deeply polarized Brazil, Lula is striving to sell himself as a moderate to the alienated middle.

“Lula is a versatile animal who has gone back and forth over the past four decades, from far-left in the 1980s to a centrist partnering up with conservatives” in the 2000s, said political scientist Oliver Stuenkel of the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

“Now he’s back in governing mode,” he told AFP.

“He’s clearly positioning himself more as a centrist.”

‘Peace and love’ Lula

Lula, who spent 18 months behind bars, regained his eligibility to run for office in March, when the Supreme Court annulled his convictions on procedural grounds.

He wasted no time holding a campaign-style press conference, where he attacked Bolsonaro and laughed off the 66-year-old incumbent’s warnings that he is a radical.

“Do not be scared of me. They say I am a radical because I want to get to the root of this country’s problems,” he said.

Lula has not officially declared himself a candidate.

But he flew to Brasilia earlier this month for meetings with a host of political bigwigs, including from the powerful center-right.

He then had lunch in Sao Paulo with longtime political enemy Fernando Henrique Cardoso, his centrist predecessor.

Lula tweeted a picture of them exchanging a fist-bump.

“He’s doing what you do in politics: starting to sew potential alliances, talking with parties, seeing what each one wants,” PT Senator Jaques Wagner, a longtime friend, told newspaper Valor Economico.

So far, it appears to be going fairly well for Lula.

“We have already seen immediate results from those meetings as far as political elites go. Leaders of various parties have been praising Lula, or at least being cordial,” said political scientist Mayra Goulart of Rio de Janeiro Federal University.

As he eyes a sixth run for president, Lula, who made three unsuccessful bids from 1989 to 1998, looks to be returning to his playbook from his first winning campaign, in 2002.

Seeking to convince Brazilians he was not a radical rabble-rouser, he promised them then: “Little old Lula wants peace and love.”

Indeed, he went on to govern as a moderate, mixing market-friendly policies with anti-poverty programs.

When he handed power to hand-picked successor Dilma Rousseff, he was basking in 80 percent popularity.

‘Third way’ anyone? Anyone?

Many of those Lula is courting are desperate for a centrist alternative.

But the electoral math looks stacked against them.

As in 2018, around 30 percent of voters are expected to abstain or cast blank or spoiled ballots.

Of the remainder, polls show Bolsonaro and Lula have about 25 percent each.

“Any centrist candidate will have a very hard time making it to a run-off,” said consultancy Eurasia Group.

And the field is crowded with would-be candidates, including governors, entrepreneurs, a TV personality and the judge who jailed Lula, Sergio Moro.

“The sector currently creating the most jobs in Brazil is ‘third way’ candidates,” journalist Thomas Traumann quipped in news magazine Veja.

But in a sprawling country of 212 million people, all have struggled to achieve national name recognition.

Lula has meanwhile launched his comeback name-checking his old acquaintance Joe Biden and giving interviews to The Guardian and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Brazil Supreme Court rules judge who convicted Lula was ‘biased’

Another earlier report said:

The Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that a judge was “biased” in convicting Lula of corruption in 2017.

Justice Carmen Lucia in March reversed an earlier decision, swinging the majority 3-2 in Lula’s favor.

The Supreme Court determined that Judge Sergio Moro, who spearheaded a wide-reaching corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash, was not impartial.

The ruling comes after a Supreme Court judge on March 8 annulled the corruption convictions against Lula, citing a jurisdictional issue with the court that heard the case, and saying he must be retried in a court in Brasilia, the capital.

That decision opens the door for Lula to run in presidential elections next year.

Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling is an enormous blow for Moro, who spearheaded the corruption investigation, and it throws out evidence that could have been used against Lula in a new trial.

Lula and his supporters had accused the judge of conspiring to keep him out of the running for Brazil’s 2018 presidential elections.

Lula was the frontrunner heading into that contest, which was ultimately won by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Moro went on to accept the post of justice minister in Bolsonaro’s government – a fact some of the justices cited in ruling Moro biased.

During an event on March 10, Lula said he would tour the country and speak with supporters before making a final decision.

“My head has no time to think about the 2022 candidacy,” Lula said at that time. “When the moment to discuss the 2022 candidacy comes we will have immense pleasure to announce to Brazil that we are thinking about 2022.”

Brazil is currently in the throes of a coronavirus crisis, as new infections and deaths are mounting rapidly and the country’s healthcare network is stretched to its limits.

Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who has downplayed the threat of the virus, has faced mounting pressure to account for his government’s handling of the situation.

Lula da Silva calls 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 in Brazil “genocide”

A report by The Rio Times said on June 20, 2021:

Lula lamented the tragic mark of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the country, reached this Saturday, June 19, which he described as “genocide”.

“500,000 deaths from a disease that already has a vaccine, in a country that was already a world reference in vaccination. That has a name, and it is genocide,” said Lula, who has hinted at his possible candidacy in next year’s elections after recovering his political rights.


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Scientist Who Denounced Lab Leak Theory Recused From Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission

Peter Daszak, head of New York-based EcoHealth Alliance which has sent hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds to a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has been recused from The Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission.

News of the scientist’s dismissal was quietly announced on the official website of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, which describes itself as focusing on “analyzing data on all of the theories put forward on the origins of COVID.”

Daszak, who had been appointed as a chairman of the task force, is now “recused from Commission work on the origins of the pandemic,” the website states. The commission is organized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The Epoch Times has reached out to The Lancet for clarification on the circumstances of Daszak’s recusal.

It comes as the medical journal on Monday declared that Daszak, one of the leading virologists who signed a letter published last year essentially debunking the COVID-19 “lab leak” hypothesis, failed to disclose “competing interests,” as required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

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Peter Daszak leaves his hotel in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei Province on Feb. 10, 2021. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

Daszak was one of 27 scientists to sign the letter titled “Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19.”

It stated, “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” and became one of the most influential documents early in the virus outbreak that shaped the discussion on the origin of the virus.

The Lancet on Monday said that after it invited all 27 scientists to reevaluate their competing interests, Daszak submitted an updated disclosure statement noting that his remuneration is paid solely in the form of a salary from EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit research foundation.

Daszak’s group, EcoHealth Alliance, has worked directly with China’s Wuhan laboratories to research coronaviruses. The group has sent federal funds to support gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), a top-level laboratory where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in late 2019.

EcoHealth Alliance in the past had received $3.7 million in funding from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Of this figure, at least $600,000 was sent to the Wuhan Institute.

Gain-of-function research includes techniques used to alter the DNA of a virus to give it additional characteristics, including greater resistance to vaccines, more rapid spread among victims, and specific symptoms they would suffer.

Calls for a probe into the origins of the CCP virus have intensified in recent weeks, and the hypothesis that the virus could have been manipulated at WIV is gaining traction.

The Wall Street Journal reported on May 23 that three researchers at the WIV were hospitalized in November 2019 with symptoms consistent with seasonal flu and COVID-19. The newspaper cited unnamed U.S. government sources familiar with a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.

President Joe Biden on May 26 ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct an assessment with a 90-day deadline, asking them to “redouble” their investigative efforts.

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Australian Senate Has Voted to Keep Critical Race Theory out of Australian Classrooms

The Australian Upper House has voted to reject Critical Race Theory (CRT) from the national curriculum after the new proposed curriculum gave priority to teaching the culture, perspectives, and history of indigenous Australians across all subjects, including maths.

The motion, put forward by One Nation’s Pauline Hanson, passed narrowly with a 30-28 vote. The Liberal, National, and One Nation parties voted in favour, while Labor, the Greens, and independent senator Rex Patrick opposed the motion.

CRT, which has gained international prominence from its rising presence in America, is an ideology rooted in the Marxist theory of class struggle, but with a particular focus on race. It teaches that societies like Australia are built on systems that are inherently racist.

The draft curriculum came under harsh criticism after it was revealed that all references to Australia’s democratic and Judeo-Christian heritage were erased.

Senator Hanson said CRT’s divisive teachings had no place in Australian classrooms and children deserve education, not indoctrination.

“Thanks to One Nation, the Government has been sent a strong message and is now on the record rejecting critical race theory,” Hanson wrote on Facebook.

“Now the fight is on to make sure the Government keeps its word and keeps our children’s schools free of this type of divisive, radical left-wing indoctrination.”

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Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi speaks at a Snap Protest at News Corp’s Major Advertisers Conference in Sydney, Australia on March 20, 2019. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

The Greens party’s anti-racism spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi, who voted against the motion herself, labelled it a “far-right hate.”

“Critical race theory is basically a study of systemic racism. But it has become a bogeyman for the far-right—first in the US, now here—in their fear-mongering about anti-racism and racial justice,” Faruqi said in a statement.

“The government cannot viably claim to be taking far-right hatred seriously when they fall in line behind crap like this.”

A national debate in the United States around the teaching of CRT has recently arisen, with even Former President Donald Trump chiming in to urge lawmakers and parents against the “anti-American” indoctrination.

“The key fact about this twisted doctrine is that it is completely antithetical to everything that normal Americans of any color would wish to teach their children,” Trump wrote in an op-ed.

An earlier poll by the Institute of Public Affairs found that a majority of Australians reject CRT and identity politics in the classroom.

Australia’s draft curriculum is open for public feedback until July 8.

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‘The coronavirus pandemic has been created by “shadow global powers” in an attempt to reduce world population, according to Vladimir Kvachkov, a Russian ex-military intelligence officer in a YouTube interview.

‘Mr Kvachkov says there is scientific proof the coronavirus was made artificially, but this has been widely dismissed by scientists who say genome sequencing shows that it came from animals.’

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‘How many Americans are as brave as Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley, who announced he would give up playing football before he submits to the NFL’s vaccine protocols?’

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Of the 700 physicians responding to an internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), nearly 60 percent said they were not “fully vaccinated” against COVID.

This contrasts with the claim by the American Medical Association that 96 percent of practicing physicians are fully vaccinated. This was based on 300 respondents.
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Iowa man jailed for 10 years after spitting on “mask Nazi”

Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas was scheduled to leave Port Everglades on July 3rd. The cruise was halted after eight crew members tested positive for COVID. Strange enough, all eight COVID-positive crew members were “vaccinated” for COVID.

‘While bureaucrats gave Walmart, Costco, Lowe’s, and other big-box stores “essential” status, allowing them to stay open during the COVID pandemic –

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‘Best Managed Reef’ in the World: Australia Disputes UN ‘In Danger’ Recommendation

Australian officials will dispute a recommendation by a China-chaired UN committee that the Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites, arguing that the shock decision was politically motivated.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation committee (UNESCO) has said in a draft recommendation the world’s biggest coral reef system should be added to the list due to the impact of climate change.

The Great Barrier Reef supports thousands of Australian jobs and is a major tourist attraction that Australia has fought for years to keep off the “in danger” list. In 2015, UNESCO noted the outlook for the reef was poor but kept the site’s status unchanged.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley believes that Australia has been singled out by the UN committee, whose member countries control World Heritage listings, in a way that “completely distorts the normal process,” while noting that UNESCO has about 82 other “properties” that it also deems to be “at risk of climate change.”

“They’ve singled out Australia for this unprecedented approach without foreshadowing the decision against the advice that they were giving us only a week ago, and in a way that makes no sense,” she told ABC on June 22.

Ley said the appropriate place to argue about climate change policy was the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, not UNESCO.

“I’ll stand up anywhere and say [the Great Barrier Reef is] the best-managed reef anywhere in the world,” she said while noting that Australia had invested $3 billion under the Reef 2050 Plan.

The Age reported that Ley also noted that the decision was made “without examining the reef first hand, and without the latest information.”

She said that she and Foreign Minister Marise Payne spoke overnight with the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“We were clear that we will challenge this decision when it comes about later in July,” she said.

Elsewhere, Ley said the UNESCO decision was flawed and politically motivated.

While Ley did not elaborate on why she said it was politically motivated, the World Heritage Committee is chaired by China’s Vice-Minister for Education Tian Xuejun. Australia has faced a year of increasingly aggressive economic coercion by Beijing in retaliation after it called for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

Beijing has since moved to limit imports of eight Australian exports, including barley, beef, cotton and seafood.

Chinese officials also hold sway on three UN committees that feed into the World Heritage Committee. Feng Jing is chief of the Asia and the Pacific Unit at the World Heritage Centre, Xing Qu is deputy director-general of UNESCO, and Xhang Xinsheng is president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Australian MP George Christensen pointed out Beijing’s influence on the World Heritage Committee, saying, “A UN committee led by Communist China has decided to target Australia claiming the Great Barrier Reef is in danger when in fact the health of the reef is improving.”

“I wonder what environmental assessments Communist China undertook when it built its illegal military islands in the maritime territory of other nations?” he wrote on Facebook.

Further, while the rest of the world sets global emissions reduction targets which have been tied to struggling marine ecosystems, China last year built three times as much coal power capacity as other countries in the entire world combined—the equivalent of more than one large coal plant per week (pdf).

Figures from the Global Coal Plant Tracker update by Global Energy Monitor and the Center for Research on Energy and Clear Air show that China has initiated over 73 gigawatts of new coal power projects, which is fives times as much as in all other countries. At the same time, construction permits for new coal projects also accelerated.

Meanwhile, environmental groups have rejected Ley’s assertion that the recommendation was political.

“The recommendation from UNESCO is clear and unequivocal that the Australian Government is not doing enough to protect our greatest natural asset, especially on climate change,” Richard Leck, head of oceans for the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia, said.

The UN recommendation will be considered at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in China next month.

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Israel: New Trends or Old Conflict?

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It’s finally happening. Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel on June 13. The new government was approved by 60 votes in favor, 59 against, and one abstention.  The vote followed four hours of speeches by party leaders and the election of Mickey Levy as Speaker of the Knesset. Israel will now be governed by an eight-party coalition, the largest in the country’s history, with Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett as prime minister and Yair Lapid, the chairman of the Yesh Atid, as foreign minister. In two years, if the government continues to work, the two will switch places.

After the swearing-in of the new Israeli government, US President Joe Biden congratulated Naftali Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new cabinet. In his congratulation he especially emphasized: “Israel has no better friend than the United States. The bonds that unite our nation are a testament to our shared values and decades of close cooperation. As we continue to strengthen our partnership, the United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security.” In other words, it is unlikely that anything will change in Washington’s policy. And the influential Jewish diaspora won’t let that happen.  It is not for nothing that there is a saying about American-Israeli relations that, in this case, the Israeli tail wags the American dog. As the saying goes, you can’t take words out of a song and a proverb.

But there are still deep divisions in the country, the Israeli media say in unison, which came out loud and clear when Bennett spoke before parliament before the vote. His speech focused mainly on domestic issues, but he expressed opposition to US efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal with world powers. “Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” the new prime minister menacingly declared, promising, at least in words, to maintain Netanyahu’s aggressive policy. Israel will not be a party to the agreement and will continue to retain complete freedom of action,” Bennett concluded.

It should be pointed out that the new Israeli government, which ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as prime minister, signed its final coalition agreements, emphasizing term limits. A coalition of parties from the extreme right to the left is expected to focus mainly on economic and social issues rather than risk exposing internal divisions while trying to resolve significant diplomatic matters such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  According to the power-sharing agreement, Naftali Bennett of Yamina, a political alliance of right-wing parties, will be prime minister for two years.   He stated that the coalition was “ending two and a half years of political crisis,” although it was unclear how long the disparate elements would hold together. Among the agreements outlined by the parties comprising the “unity government,” the following take priority:

  • Limiting the term of office of the prime minister to two terms or eight years.
  • Adopting a two-year budget to stabilize the country’s finances – The protracted political stalemate has resulted in Israel still using a pro-rated version of the 2019 base budget, which was ratified in mid-2018.
  • Containing the status quo in matters of religion and state, with the veto power of Bennett’s Yamina Party. Possible reforms include breaking the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on controlling which foods are kosher and decentralizing power over Jewish conversion.
  • The overall goal is to “secure Israel’s interests” in areas of the West Bank under full Israeli control.

Whether this government will be able to implement the outlined guidelines will be shown, in particular, by the relationship with the old prime minister, who still has a lot of leverage in the political life of the country. Given his quarter-century at the top of Israeli politics, no one expects that 71-year-old Netanyahu, nicknamed “The King of Israel” by his supporters, will quietly retire to his private home in the seaside town of Caesarea.  As the leader of the opposition and head of the largest party in parliament, Netanyahu is expected to continue doing everything in his power to overthrow the new government.  His best hope of avoiding a conviction on serious corruption charges is to fight them from the prime minister’s office with a governing coalition that could grant him immunity. But his overbearing presence would continue to help bind his opponents together.

A very active Netanyahu vows to overthrow the “dangerous” new Israeli government while attacking US President John Biden. In his final speech in the Knesset as prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu insisted that he would not quit politics. Still, as leader of the opposition, he would work to overthrow the new government and fight against the return of the US to the nuclear deal with Iran.  He denounced the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as soft and unable to confront President Joe Biden on Iran.  “Bennett,” Netanyahu said, “has no international status, no integrity, no capability, no knowledge, and he has no government that would oppose a nuclear agreement. This is the biggest problem. The Prime Minister of Israel should be able to say ‘no’ to the US President.”  Netanyahu also said that he would oppose any plan to return the US consulate to East Jerusalem. When President Donald Trump moved the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, consular services in East Jerusalem were turned into an Embassy for Palestinians. He also promoted the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement with several Arab countries as a few essential diplomatic achievements.

There were many reactions to Netanyahu’s speech on Twitter. Israeli writer David Hazony called the speech “extremely militant,” saying that Netanyahu is likely to be a very high-profile opposition leader, a role he has enjoyed in the past.”  Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, said the new government is likely to be more stable than it appears. Even though it has a very “narrow majority,” it will be difficult to topple and change because the opposition is not united, Plesner believes. Each party in the coalition will want to prove they can do it, and they need “time and achievement” to do so.  Nevertheless, Netanyahu “will continue to cast a shadow,” Plesner said. He expects the new opposition leader to take advantage of events and propose laws that members of the right-wing coalition would like to support but cannot – all to embarrass and undermine them.

It is interesting to know what the Palestinians think about recent events and their vision for the future of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. As prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu’s dismissal closes the chapter of one of the “worst periods” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said.  He also said that he had no illusions about the new government or its likelihood of advancing a peace agreement with the Palestinians. We do not consider this new government any less harmful than the previous one. Thus, for example, we condemn the new Prime Minister Bennett’s statements regarding Israeli settlements, the Palestinian Prime Minister said, referring to Israeli activities to build new settlements in the occupied West Bank.  “There is no future for the new government if it does not take into account the future of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights,” Mohammed Shtayyeh added.

Meanwhile, the new government promises a return to normalcy after a tumultuous two years of four election phases, an 11-day war in Gaza, and a coronavirus outbreak that devastated the economy before it was largely brought under control by a successful vaccination campaign.  The driving force of the coalition is undoubtedly Yair Lapid, the political centrist who will become prime minister in two years time if the current government lasts that long.

Israel may soon lose its recent diplomatic achievements, Haaretz notes with sorrow because Yair Lapid and most of his partners in the new coalition want to erase from history the accomplishments of former Prime Minister Netanyahu. In the last decade, Israel has taken a robust diplomatic stance in the region and worldwide for the first time in its history. Tel Aviv has developed strategic ties with Arab states and Eastern Mediterranean states and has established close relations with the Visegrád Group, the alliance of four countries of Central Europe Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic, as well as Austria, and Italy. Diplomatic and trade relations with nations in Africa, Central and South America, India, Japan, and South Korea have improved. But all these hard-won gains will likely be lost once the new ruling coalition headed by Yair Lapid comes to power and begins to pursue its own foreign policy, in stark contrast to the previous policy of the old prime minister.

Above all, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the author of Israel’s diplomatic triumphs. They are based on his foreign policy vision that diplomatic ties are built on common interests even more than ideology and that Israelis have much to offer the world’s peoples.   Many things divide the members of the new governing coalition, but they agree on one thing: they all dislike the former prime minister, to put it mildly. So, the main reason why Israel may soon abandon its diplomatic achievements is that Lapid and most of his coalition partners want to “erase” Netanyahu’s accomplishments, which will probably happen in the near future.

Viktor Mikhin, corresponding member of RANS, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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The Lancet Updates Letter That Dubbed COVID-19 Lab Leak a ‘Conspiracy Theory’

Virologist and US researcher Peter Daszak failed to disclose competing interests, the leading medical journal says

Medical journal The Lancet on June 21 updated a statement that it published in 2020 dubbing the hypothesis that COVID-19 may have originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, as a “conspiracy theory” as the possibility gains wider recognition.

During the onset of the pandemic, the “lab leak” theory was disputed in a statement published by a group of 27 scientists in the prestigious medical journal. Published on March 7 last year, that letter became one of the most influential documents in the early days of the pandemic that shaped the discussion on the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Titled “Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19,” the letter stated: “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.

“Conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumors, and prejudice that jeopardize our global collaboration in the fight against this virus,” the 27 scientists asserted.

In the science publication’s update on Monday, it declared that one of the leading virologists who had signed the original letter, U.S. researcher Peter Daszak, had failed to disclose “competing interests” as required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

“In this letter, the authors declared no competing interests. Some readers have questioned the validity of this disclosure, particularly as it relates to one of the authors, Peter Daszak,” the update states.

The Lancet on Monday said that after it invited all 27 scientists to re-evaluate their competing interests, Daszak submitted an updated disclosure statement noting that his remuneration is paid solely in the form of a salary from EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit research foundation.

Daszak’s group, EcoHealth Alliance, has worked directly with China’s Wuhan laboratories to research coronaviruses. The group has sent federal funds to support gain-of-function research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) where the have since been reports of potentially the first COVID-19 cases detected in late 2019.

Daszak’s organization in the past had received $3.7 million in funding from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), at least $600,000 of which was sent to the WIV.

Gain-of-function research includes techniques used to alter the genetic content of a virus to study it under different conditions, including viruses with greater resistance to vaccines, more rapid spread among victims, as well as understanding the specific symptoms that victims would develop.

Daszak has since been removed from The Lancet’s COVID-19 commission following the revelations.

Separately, the EcoHealth Alliance president this month backtracked on earlier denials that live bats had never been housed at the WIV, after Australian investigative reporter Sharri Markson reported on footage from inside the facility dated in May 2017.

Titled “The construction and research team of Wuhan P4 laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,” the 10-minute footage is an official Chinese Academy of Sciences video that was released to mark the launch of the WIV, and shows bats being held in a cage at the laboratory, as well as a clip of a scientist feeding a bat with a worm.

Daszak as recently as December 2020 said that the claim that bats were kept at the facility was a “widely circulated conspiracy” and that he hopes it’s an “error” in reporting that will be “corrected.

“No BATS were sent to Wuhan lab for genetic analysis of viruses collected in the field. That’s now how this science works. We collect bat samples, send them to the lab. We RELEASE bats where we catch them!” Daszak said on Twitter in December last year.

Daszak has now admitted that the WIV may have housed bats and that he had not asked them to confirm his previous comments, Markson on Sky News reported.

It comes as calls for a probe into the origins of the CCP virus have intensified in recent weeks as the hypothesis that the virus could have been the product of experiments at WIV receives wider recognition.

Dr. Peter Palese, a microbiologist at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, and one of 27 virologists who signed the March 7 letter, has now backtracked and says an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 is needed.

“I believe a thorough investigation about the origin of the COVID-19 virus is needed,” Palese told the Daily Mail. “A lot of disturbing information has surfaced since the Lancet letter I signed, so I want to see answers covering all questions.”

Meanwhile, signatory Bernard Roizman, a University of Chicago professor, told the Wall Street Journal that he believes “the virus was brought to a lab, they started to work with it … and some sloppy individual brought it out,” claiming that its personnel “can’t admit they did something so stupid.”

David Asher, a former State Department contractor who helped lead an investigation into the origins of the CCP virus said last month that the virus likely came from the WIV.

“It came out of nowhere, and it was optimized for transmission between humans in a way that no bat-borne coronavirus ever had been,” Asher said.

President Joe Biden on May 26 ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct an assessment with a 90-day deadline.

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Australian State Gives Half Billion Dollar Boost to Drive Electric Vehicle ‘Revolution’

The New South Wales (NSW) government has positioned itself in the driver’s seat of Australia’s electric vehicle (EV) uptake, steering almost half a billion dollars towards subsidies, tax cuts, and infrastructure as part of its new Electric Vehicle Strategy.

The government will spend $490 million (US$370 million) out of its 2021-22 state budget to address the biggest barriers of entry for consumers, including EV costs and charging station availability and aims to have more than 50 percent of new car sales be electric by 2030.

Starting Sept. 1, the state will provide $75 million in rebates, granting $3,000 for the first 25,000 EV purchases under $68,750. It will also scrap the stamp duty tax on all EVs under $78,000, meaning a $50,000 Nissan Leaf would save a further $1,600.

The funding will also allocate an additional $171 million towards charging infrastructure. The state’s current figure of 450 public chargers often proves too far apart for electric vehicle ranges or simply charging too slowly.

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A charging device for the new Nissan Leaf vehicle is seen on July 11, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

NSW will become the second state to offer electric vehicle subsidies following Victoria’s similar $3,000 subsidy. Victoria’s subsidy, which was announced earlier in May, garnered criticism from the EV industry and environmental groups after the state simultaneously levied a 2.5-cents-per-km Road User Charge (RUC) for the vehicles.

NSW has pledged to apply an equivalent RUC, but in a bid to encourage uptake, will delay the tax until July 1, 2027, or earlier if EVs reach at least 30 percent of new car sales.

The RUC will fund road construction and maintenance to make up for a petrol excise of 42.7 cents per litre that EVs do not pay.

“Our comprehensive strategy is about making sure we have the right mix in place to incentivise the take-up of electric vehicles while ensuring everyone who drives on our roads contributes to funding and maintaining them,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a media release.

“From young adults saving for their first car in Western Sydney to retirees planning a road trip to Broken Hill, these incentives will make electric vehicles accessible and affordable for all NSW residents,” Perrottet said.

The strategy was hailed by electric vehicle advocates, with Electric Vehicle Council and NRMA Insurance joining several ministers at the press release event.

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(From left to right) NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance, NRMA CEO Rohan Lund, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, and Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari at the NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy press release at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia, on Jun. 20, 2021. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

“NSW electric vehicle policy is of a global standard and what other states will be judged by,” Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari said in a post on Twitter.

“The biggest impediments to the take up of electric vehicles that we hear from our membership is the price and range anxiety, and the NSW Government’s policy goes straight to those concerns,” NRMA Insurance CEO Rohan Lund said in a media release.

“This commitment by the NSW Government to ensure all households with limited off-street parking will be no more than 5 km from a fast charger is important because our research shows anxiety about charging continues to be a concern for many drivers,” Lun said.

However, Federal Independent MP Craig Kelly, a resident of NSW, told The Epoch Times that the half a billion dollar expenditure was a “complete misallocation of resources” and that the subsidy would not open up the market to lower-income households.

“A $70,000 car is for the very wealthy,” Kelly said. “Why would they need an extra subsidy?”

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Independent MP Craig Kelly speaking at the Worldwide Rally for Freedom, Peace, and Human Rights in Sydney, Australia, on May 17, 2021. (The Epoch Times)

In NSW currently, the average EV sells for $28,000 more than the average petrol or diesel car. Of the 14 EVs available in NSW, the average price is around $100,000—and only 7 of these cost less than $70,000, with the cheapest being $40,000.

Kelly also said that the NSW Government could support the average household by addressing ongoing and dangerous road maintenance issues.

“All around New South Wales, there are many roads and bridges that desperately need upgrading,” Kelly said. “Those upgrades will improve road safety and save lives.”

“I can point to several roads in my electorate, such as Heathcote Road, which is desperate for an upgrade,” Kelly said. “It’s a two-lane road that’s little different than what it was back in the 1950s.”

Kelly also said that the government should reduce or remove a plethora of road tolls that have “absolutely smashed” road users, with toll amounts constantly on the rise.

“That’s where the money should be spent, not handing out free cash bonuses to inner-city, wealthy green liberals at the expense of those in outer suburbs and regional areas,” he said.

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World in ‘severe cascade of human rights setbacks’, UN human rights chief warns

The United Nations’ Human Rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to fight a severe deterioration of rights globally.

“To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision — and concerted action to follow up,” Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to the UN Human Rights Council.

She underlined that “extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice are rising” and that “democratic and civic space is being eroded.”

“Navigating a clear way out of the complex COVID-19 crisis, and towards an inclusive, green, sustainable and resilient future, will be the work of this generation of world leaders — or their downfall,” she went on.

She declared herself “alarmed” by the sharp rise in violence and civilian harm in Afghanistan, as “deeply concerned” by recent non-democratic and unconstitutional changes in government in Chad and Mali; and as “deeply disturbed” by events unfolding in Ethiopia.

The UN warned earlier this month that 30,000 children risk death from famine in the country’s Tigray region as the conflict between federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front drags on.

Bachelet flagged reports of “serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross human rights violations and abuses against civilians by all parties to the conflict” including extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, sexual violence against children as well as adults, and forced displacements.

In Asia, she said her office has been closely monitoring the application of the National Security Law in Hong Kong and the “chilling impact it has had on the civic and democratic space, as well as independent media.”

A total of 107 people have been arrested since the law came into force on July 1, 2020, and 57 have been formally charged. The first case is coming to trial later this week.

Bachelet also stressed that she is in talks with China to conduct a visit, which she hopes would include “meaningful access” to the Xinjiang region from where “serious human rights violations continue to emerge”.

More than one million people, primarily from the Uyghur Muslim minority group, have been confined to work camps, according to foreign researchers and governments. Washington has said Beijing’s treatment of the minority amounts to genocide citing forced labour, forced sterilisation torture and restrictions on freedom of religion and beliefs, freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

China refutes all the accusations arguing it is trying to promote economic development and stamp out radicalism.

In Europe, Bachelet warned that the situation in Belarus “continues to deteriorate” withrestrictions on civic space, including the rights to freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, raids against civil society and independent media, and the judicial persecution of human rights activists and journalists.

“We continue to receive numerous allegations of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and ill-treatment,” she said.

She described herself as “dismayed” by recent measures in Russia which she said “further undermine people’s right to express critical views, and their ability to take part in parliamentary elections scheduled in September.”

She called on Moscow to “end the arbitrary practice of labelling ordinary individuals, journalists and non-governmental organisations as “extremists”, “foreign agents”, or “undesirable organisations”.”

One of the organisations declared “extremist” by Russian authorities is the Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by Alexei Navalny. The Kremlin critic is currently serving a two and a half years jail term for violating the terms of his parole for a previous conviction while he was recovering from a nerve agent attack at a Berlin hospital.

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Colorado Shooting Kills 3, Including Police Officer and Suspect

A shooting in Denver, Colorado, on Monday has resulted in three people dying, including a veteran police officer and the suspect, police said.

The incident occurred at a downtown shopping district in the Denver suburb of Arvada, also referred to as Olde Town Arvada.

Deputy Chief Ed Brady told a press conference on Monday afternoon that the officer responded to a call at 1:15 p.m. that reported a “suspicious” incident near the library. About 15 minutes later, a 911 call reported that shots were fired, and the officer was hit and killed.

Police fatally shot the suspect after he allegedly shot a civilian who was described as a “Samaritan,” according to Brady.

According to Detective David Snelling, the person who was believed to have been shot by the suspect was taken to hospital by ambulance but later died.

“There is no threat to the public at this point,” Brady said, reported the Denver Post. “We’re not searching for anybody else.”

Both the officer and the suspect were confirmed as male. Police have yet to identify any of those who died publicly.

The circumstances of the shooting were not elaborated on further, but the police did say that no one else is believed to have been involved. It comes after the police had earlier said there were two suspects.

The Denver Police Department said in a statement on Twitter, “Our deepest condolences to @ArvadaPolice and the family and friends of the officer who lost their life in the line of duty today. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.”

The department earlier in the day described the incident as “a very large-scale scene.”

The Arvada Police Department asked the public to not create any fundraising pages for the deceased officer, and pointed to the Colorado Hero Foundation’s website as “the only official donation site for the fallen officer” for those who wish to make donations.

The incident also caused a temporary closure of a light rail station in the downtown district.

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said he was in his car in the area shortly before 2 p.m., when he saw almost a dozen police cars with flashing lights and sirens race past him. “I knew something serious had happened. I didn’t know how serious,” he said, adding that he heard gunshots near the library about a block away about five minutes later.

“This is a very sad, dark day,” he told local station KUSA in initial comments after the shooting.

The Olde Town Arvada’s Water Tower, a landmark in the city, will be lit blue in the coming week to honor the fallen officer, reported KMGH. Flags will also be lowered at half-staff.

The incident comes after a mass shooting in March in Boulder—about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Arvada. A shooter opened fire, hitting 10 people, including a police officer. The shooting suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, from Arvada, made his second court appearance in late May. A September hearing has been scheduled to review evidence in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sydney Mask Mandate Extended as Delta Variant Cluster Increases

The New South Wales (NSW) state government has extended its mandate to wear masks while on public transport and in most indoor settings for another week after 10 new locally-acquired cases of the Delta strain of the CCP virus were reported.

The new public health mandate will be in effect until midnight on June 30.

The news cases are linked to the Bondi cluster, which has now reached 21.

“It is only when you are eating or drinking indoors at a venue that you can’t or shouldn’t wear a mask,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. “In every other circumstance, if you live or are in Sydney, you must wear a mask for another week beyond Wednesday midnight.”

The ABC reported that Berejiklian was also concerned that the virus had been transmitted through only fleeting contact.

“Unfortunately given how contagious the virus is, we need to assume that if you are with a number of people, a small number of people, or if you are having a meal with someone; if any at one in that group has the virus, everyone in our group will have the virus,” she said.

“That is how contagious it is.”

This comes after five new cases were detected on Monday, with an additional seven cases being confirmed after the 8 p.m. cutoff for the data records.

Among the new case are a woman in her 60s from the Illawarra region and a woman in her 40s from Sydney’s northern suburbs. Both were close contacts of previously reported cases.

A woman in her 20s from Sydney’s eastern suburbs who works at Bondi Junction also tested positive. Bondi Junction was visited by an airport limousine drive last week who authorities believe contracted the virus from flight crew.

All of the new cases except for two were already in isolation when tested, and all of the cases except for one, a student at St Charles Catholic Primary School in Waverley, have been linked back to known cases.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the child had tested positive “a few hours ago” and called for parents to remain calm. She thanked the school for working with health officials to develop a plan for the 365 children in the eastern suburbs school to be sent home to get tested.

At present, there will be no lockdowns in the outbreak regions, but the premier explained the health advice could change at any moment.

“At this stage because all but one case is linked to an existing case and that case was only discovered a few hours ago … that gives us a degree of confidence that what we have asked people to do matches the risk that is there at the moment,” she said.

“If we suddenly have a number of unlinked cases and if we suddenly have them outside the geographic region they are concentrated in, that will obviously adjust the health advice, and we will respond to that.”

The ABC reported that NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that the Delta variant of the CCP virus was a “gold medallist” in transmitting from one person to another.

He also urged people to use QR codes.

“What I want to emphasise is people need to use those QR codes,” Hazzard said. “I have detected in my wandering to the city a degree of apathy. Some of the restaurants and cafes aren’t asking people to use the QR codes; individuals are not using them. We really need to take this particular virus and the variant extremely seriously.”

AAP contributed to this article.

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Australia against move to list Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’

Australia’s environment minister said Tuesday that the country will fight a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage site in danger.

Sussan Ley’s comments come after the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) called for more government action on climate change.

A meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee said in a report Monday that “there is no possible doubt” the network of colourful corals off Australia’s northeast coast was “facing ascertained danger.”

It concluded that “stronger and clearer commitments, in particular towards urgently countering the effects of climate change” are needed to meet the key targets of the Reef Plan 2050 to protect the unique marine ecosystem.

Ley said she and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had called the UNESCO director-general to express the Australian government’s “strong disappointment” and “even bewilderment.”

“This decision was flawed and clearly there was politics behind it, and that has subverted the proper process. For the World Heritage Committee not to foreshadow this listing is appalling,” she added.

The report comes as Australia faces mounting international pressure to commit to a target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals over the past three decades because of rising sea temperatures.

It also suffered three mass bleaching events over the past five years — in 2016, 2017 and 2020 — which occurs when water is too warm, causing corals to expel algae living in their tissue, which turns them white.

Bleaching doesn’t mean the coral is dead as it can recover but severe bleaching gives it a higher chance of dying.

Coral reefs are essential spawning, nursery, breeding and feeding grounds for numerous organisms. They also reduce coastal erosion and thus protect habitat by absorbing elements coming from the sea.

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Consumer Confidence Increased on the Back of Low Unemployment

Australian consumer confidence has surged despite the negative economic impact of Victoria’s fourth lockdown and the emergence of a new COVID-19 cluster in Sydney.

According to ANZ-Roy Morgan’s consumer confidence index, it has risen 1.3 percent this week to 112.4 points, which is above the weekly average score and 14.9 points higher than the same week one year ago.

The increase was primarily driven by more Australians saying their current financial situation was better than this time one year ago. Families who say they are worse off financially compared to one year ago has also slightly fallen.

The news of the growth comes after last week’s employment figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which revealed the unemployment rate plummeted from 5.5 to 5.1 percent after 155,200 people found employment in May.

“This strength in the employment data overshadowed news about the emergence of a COVID cluster in Sydney,” ANZ Head of Economics David Plank said. “We know from recent experience; however, that sentiment will likely be impacted negatively if the outbreak worsens and greater restrictions are imposed.”

ABS head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said it was the seventh consecutive month of the falling unemployment rate.

“The unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent, which was below March 2020 (5.3 per cent) and back to the level in February 2020 (5.1 per cent),” Jarvis said. “The declining unemployment rate continues to align with the strong increases in job vacancies.”

However, the ABS noted that the reference period for the May figures came prior to Victorian lockdowns.

The ABS data for wages released today revealed that payroll jobs fell by 0.9 percent nationally after a slight rise the fortnight before. The fall was led by Victoria, where payroll jobs fell by 2.1 percent during the lockdown weeks.

“Almost every industry in Victoria saw a fall in payroll jobs during this period, with the largest falls seen in the Accommodation and Food Services, and Arts and Recreation Services industries (down 10.2 per cent and 8.0 per cent),” Jarvis said.

However, the Reserve Bank of Australia was still positive about the national economies trajectory, noting in its June board meeting minutes that the number of people outside the labour force but open to working in the near future was quite high.

“[Board] members noted that while the participation rate had increased to historically high levels, further increases were possible,” RBA said.

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Delegation Visits Cabo Verde To #FreeAlexSaab As US Flaunts International Laws

Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab, who is a businessman born in Colombia, has been held for over a year now in the small African island nation of Cabo Verde at the request of the United States, which is seeking his extradition. Saab has not committed any crimes other than trying to thwart the United States’ illegal economic blockade of Venezuela by buying food and medicines for the people. Clearing the FOG speaks with Roger Harris, one of the members of a recent delegation that traveled to Cabo Verde to free Alex Saab. Harris speaks about the brutal conditions in which Saab is being held, the results of the delegation and what Saab will face if extradited to the US as well as how this case fits into the bigger picture of US defiance of international law and what people can do about it.

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Roger Harris from Corte Madera, California, has a special interest in Venezuela and Cuba. He is on the central committee of the Peace and Freedom Party and is involved with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library. He is also a Certified Wildlife Biologist and conservationist, leading whale watching trips for the Oceanic Society and birding for the Marin Audubon Society. He is on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission. He is retired from an employee-owned environmental consulting firm, where he specialized in endangered species, wetlands, and native habitat restoration.

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Carl Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

Nassib, who is entering his sixth NFL season and second with the Raiders, announced the news on Instagram, saying he wasn’t doing it for the attention but because he felt representation and visibility were important.

“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay,” Nassib said in his video message from his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.

“I really have the best life. I got the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for. I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know that I’m really not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important.”

Nassib added in a written message that followed the video that he “agonised over this moment for the last 15 years” and only recently decided to go public with his sexuality after receiving the support of family and friends.

“I am also incredibly thankful for the NFL, my coaches, and fellow players for their support,” Nassib wrote. “I would not have been able to do this without them. From the jump I was greeted with the utmost respect and acceptance.”

Nassib, whose announcement came during Pride Month, added that he was donating $100,000 (€84,000) to the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that seeks to prevent suicides among LGBTQ youth.

“The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.”

Nassib’s announcement also was greeted by Brian Burke, president of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Burke has been a major proponent of LGBTQ rights for more than a decade since his late son Brendan came out as gay.

“Proud to support Carl and his decision to come out as the first active gay player in the NFL,” Burke said. “I hope other sports executives will join me in publicly expressing their support as well.”

The Raiders showed their support, writing, “Proud of you, Carl,” on their repost of Nassib’s message on Twitter and adding a black heart emoji.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted: “Our union supports Carl and his work with the Trevor Project is proof that he — like our membership — is about making his community and this world a better place not for themselves, but for others.”

Nassib led the nation with 15½ sacks in 2015, Franklin’s second season in State College, and he was a cornerstone of the programme’s path back to contention.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, a leading LGBTQ advocacy organisation, called Nassib’s “powerful coming out is a historic reflection of the growing state of LGBTQ visibility and inclusion in the world of professional sports, which has been driven by a long list of brave LGBTQ athletes who came before him.”

Ellis said Nassib’s story “will not only have a profound impact on the future of LGBTQ visibility and acceptance in sports, but sends a strong message to so many LGBTQ people, especially youth, that they too can one day grow up to be and succeed as a professional athlete like him.”

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over.

Former University of Missouri defensive star Michael Sam was the first openly gay football player ever selected in the NFL draft, going in the seventh round to the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014. But he never made the final roster and retired in 2015 having never played in an NFL regular-season game.

Nassib is a sixth-year pro who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016 in the third round (65th overall) out of Penn State. He played two seasons for the Browns and two for Tampa Bay before joining the Raiders in 2020. He has 20 1/2 sacks in 73 career games.

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Covid-19: It’s time to look at school dropouts

Education is the backbone of any developing nation. 100% literacy is one of the first landmarks used for judging the level of development of any nation. India is a developing nation vying to become a superpower but it’s far from achieving 100% literacy. According to official statistics, India’s literacy rate hovers around 75% which leaves a quarter of the citizens contributing very little to the economy hindering the country’s progress. There are several contributors to the status quo, one of the most significant contributors is the dropout of school students.

The primary momentum which pushes young ones towards education is a passion for learning and a curiosity towards the world. The student loses interest in studies when the passion gets destroyed. Children in impressionable age require proper support from their family and schools to help the passion flourish.  All the kids who have adequate support system complete their primary education and higher studies and are able to pursue the career of their choice. There are also students with very few options, students whose passion gets killed in a process of survival. In developed countries majority of the dropouts occur due to a lack of interest. In India students drop out due to their financial conditions. Most of the students dropping out come from economically weaker strata of the society.

Schools also contribute towards the drop out of students. The government run public schools lack adequate infrastructure, causing a significant portion of the population to turn towards private schools. The education quality available to a child gets decided by the family’s ability to spend, creating a vast difference between the education received by the rich and poor. Most of the economically weaker children have to use the poor government provided facilities. Education in government schools is significantly worse than an average private school. The situation gets exacerbated by the lack of check on the education quality, aided by the automatic promotion of all students in the early classes. Testing by organisations like Education Initiatives have highlighted the abysmal condition of the government schools, with most of the students far below their actual grade levels in core subjects. Due to the poor education of government schools many students drop out as they don’t find them as valuable.

Schools should ideally prepare students for their future lives. The basic need for a human being is livelihood, for which human being needs money for their survival. In reality school education gives more stress on grades instead of what a child assimilates in the process of being educated. The letters A, B, C, which a child learns in kindergarten sticks with them throughout the journey and creates an illusion that these grades are necessary for good jobs. Students with faltering grades feel that they are unsuitable for further studies and drop out.

The government has taken certain actions to safeguard everyone right to be educated. Article 30 gives all minorities a right to establish and administer institutions of their own choice. Amendment in Article 21 (made  was made to change free and compulsory education as a fundamental right to all children aged between 6-14 years. Article 15, 17, and 46 are to safeguard the educational interests of weaker sections of the society These comprise socially, economically, and educationally backward families. But only policies are not enough to properly tackle the issue of dropouts. Additional laws

The two pillars of a future-proof education: #1 Teach kids how to lead. #2 help them learn how to solve interesting problems. – Seth Godin.

Nowadays students are stuck in a never-ending loop, a paradox in their mind, controlled by fear, which doesn’t allow them to innovate But do we really remember anything after completing our schooling? The sad and simple answer is no. Our current education system has forgotten the key concept of education i.e. ‘educating’ an individual. Instead of providing proper education, people are simply made literate. And there is a huge difference between being an educated person and a literate person.

After putting so many direct and indirect laws still, we are far away from attaining complete literacy And Covid has added fuel to the fire. More than 1.6 billion learners across the world are affected by disruption in the education system.

Most of the school, colleges and universities in India were closed by the end of March 2020, due to the pandemic everywhere. “In India, the closure of 1.5 million schools due to the pandemic and lockdowns in 2020 has impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools. In addition, there are over six million girls and boys who were already out of school even before the COVID-19 crisis began,” as stated by UN. It has been more than a year since the pandemic disrupted the normal routine of children throughout India and it’s known that the longer children stay out of school, the more vulnerable they become, with fewer chances of returning to school.

Various businesses and daily wage jobs came to a standstill during the lockdown. But post-unlock phases, children from higher primary and high schools, and from families working in informal sectors are chipping in to help their parents earn some extra income.

Now it’s time for the government to come into action, make a strategy and frame out immediate as well as a long-term plan so that children can be brought into the main streamline. Instead of focussing on the implementation of NEP in pandemic time  Government should create an environment to check dropouts and allow the children to join the learning process. The government may create community teaching centres or small teaching huts to keep the flame of literacy lighted. Only a few per cent of students are able to avail themselves of line education so it’s the moral duty of the government to generate a learning emergency to fill the non-learning gap. It’s time to fill the dropout trench in order to avoid the illiteracy wave otherwise Covid along with the number of record deaths will create a record number of illiterates too. Additionally government should put in plans to quickly revive the economy so that the children don’t face the pressure of earning livelihood and continue their education.

Bharatee Pandey is a Post Graduate Teacher of Maths with 20+ years of experience of teaching school students


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Mussoorie Bypass Tunnel is Expensive, but Its Ecological Costs Will Be Even Higher

Many people cherish memories of visiting Mussoorie ( located near Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand ), even called the Queen of Hill Stations in India. The famous hill resort houses the L.B.S. IAS Academy where the country’s future top civil servants are trained.

The Mussorie hills divide the Ganga and Yamuna river systems which have their origin in Western Himalayan region and hence water aquifers here a wider ecological importance which extends much beyond the local region.  The limestone rocks of the region are known to be extremely porous in terms of retaining water and maintaining numerous water springs and water sources which are very important for meeting the water needs of the fast increasing population of  this hill resort and nearby villages.

At the same time their geological formation is fragile and these are highly susceptible to any disturbance. Their indiscriminate mining had set in motion a series of very destructive landslides about four to five decades back.  This writer along with two colleagues   Kunwar Prasun (of  Chipko movement) and Navin Nautiyal had then visited several of these villages and prepared booklets and  articles which were used in a case filed by a leading NGO the RLEK in  the Supreme Court in its petition to check destructive mining . This indiscriminate mining was then stopped on the orders of the Supreme Court and a project for planting trees was also launched.

All these memories came rushing back to my mind when I read recently that all these gains may well be lost and a new spate of landslides may be triggered by an approximately 3 km. tunnel bypass project in Mussoorie which is already billed at Rs. 700 crore ( one crore=10 million ) at an initial stage but may end up costing  more in financial terms.

However its ecological cost will be certainly much more as the heavy construction and boring work as well as the felling of around 3000 oak ( considered invaluable for water and soil conservation), maple and deodar trees is likely to unleash landslides, disturb water aquifers in a zone of critical importance as well as disrupt the natural limestone-based water conservation system, endangering water springs and  sources.

All this is  being done in the name of reducing traffic jams and congestion. This is a problem, no doubt, but there can be other ways of reducing this instead of unleashing such ecological havoc which is still avoidable. Certainly much more can be achieved at one third of the proposed economic cost of this project spent on a number of  improvements to reduce traffic jams, if the work is done by careful planning which involves local people closely.

But careful planning is exactly what appears to be missing here. Although nearby Dehradun is a leading centre of geologists and foresters, several of them, including those in official positions, have spoken of being in the dark about these important developments and being surprised by the sudden announcement of the project at higher levels. If various alternatives had been considered from the outset involving local consultations, certainly solutions for reducing traffic problems without unleashing  ecologic havoc would have emerged.

Still, at this early stage, it is certainly not too late  to consider alternatives and thereby save a lot of public funds with better alternatives, while at the same time also saving even more valuable trees and water sources.

It is very short-sighted to think of solving traffic problems on hill roads with a project which is sure to result in higher incidence of landslides. As has been seen in several projects, bigger problems can emerge later with frequent hillsides once fragile, unstable hills have been excessively disturbed.

In fact a strong plea should be made for taking a more careful look at all the rapid speeding up of construction and widening of highways in the Himalayan region and the havoc these often cause on nearby tree growth as well as on life of nearby villages as well. Some time back on the recently widened Parwanoo- Solan highway in Himachal Pradesh, I made it a point to stop at inquire and various points from where such disruptions had been reported from time to time. It was very disturbing hearing from people about how even the existence of their houses and in at least one case even their entire hamlet is  threatened. Many small local shopkeepers had been displaced. These are the silent, hidden stories of the costs of highway and bypass development that you will not read in their publicity literature. People told me that the number of trees felled and damaged is much higher than what is officially admitted. An experienced person in the Char Dham highway area told me that when a big tree is felled several smaller trees and numerous plants are gone just like that as collateral loss. So my urgent plea to all the rapid bypass-highway developers is to give the due consideration to ecological and social impacts, starting with the Mussoorie tunnel project.

Bharat Dogra is Honorary Convener, Save the Earth Now Campaign. His recent books include Planet in Peril and Vimla and Sunderlal Bahuguna- Chipko Movement and  Struggle Against Tehri Project.


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Juneteenth for white folk

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After decades of educating us about the horrific history of Texas slaveowners refusing to let their illegally kept African-descended humans know that they were actually free, then-89-year-old African American activist Opal Lee began her historic 1,400-mile walk from her Texas home to Washington DC in 2016.

All she wanted was then-President Obama to declare Juneteenth a national holiday to mark the end of arguably the worst institution the U.S. has ever permitted, enslavement of other humans.

Opal Lee survived an attempt to kill her and her family on Juneteenth, 1939, in Texas. She is unstoppable. She has won. 

I want to see all the instances of schools or roads or bridges or anything named for Robert E. Lee changed to honoring Opal Lee (or Barbara Lee, the African American Congressmember from California who alone voted against the blank check granted by Congress to George W. Bush and all subsequent presidents to make war as they saw fit). 

Indeed, let’s find true justice warriors like Opal or like Barbara to honor with school names so that none of the estimated 240 schools named for Confederate generals retain those ignominious, traitorous names any longer. 

Is Juneteenth the national holiday going to fix the disparate outcomes for black people in education, health, income, wealth, home ownership, death by police, imprisonment, unemployment, and other inequities? Obviously not. 

But when we, as a nation, can join in honoring those who have suffered through no fault of their own because America has a ghastly history of land theft from Native Americans and enslavement of Africans and their descendants, we are a baby step closer to taking the next step.

As we try to leave covid’s horrors behind, let us vow not to go back to normal. Let’s “build better,” in every structural sense. A radical reduction in racism will lead naturally to a radical reduction in racial tension. 

That would be good for me. I’m a white man.

That would be good for you, if you are a white man, white woman, white child, black man, black woman, black child, or anyone. When societal conflict over race is reduced there is no American for whom that is not good.

This is called enlightened self-interest. Ending racism at the structural level is indeed in the enlightened self-interest of every single one of us. Juneteenth is a welcome annual opportunity to learn history, justice, love for each other, and a spirit of unity where there has been excruciating division.

Juneteenth will be another opportunity to “teach our children well.”

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U.S. Trans Athlete Allegedly Talked About Exploding the ‘Head of a President’ with ‘Dynamite’

A transgender BMX freestyle rider and U.S. Olympic team alternate once allegedly made remarks about exploding the head of a president with dynamite, according to a report.

In Facebook comments reported by conservative journalist Ian Miles Cheong, Chelsea Wolfe, who will be a part of Team USA in the Summer Olympics this year as an alternate, allegedly wrote: “I would never say that someone should explode the head of the president. That would be illegal.”

In a follow-up response, he added, “But I will say ‘with dynamite.’ Because that’s just a sentence fragment and doesn’t actually mean anything. It’s not necessarily related to the sentence that came before it.”

Breitbart News had previously reported on comments made by Wolfe in which he said his goal was to go to the Olympics and win so he could burn the American flag on the podium.

“My goal is to win the Olympics so I can burn a US flag on the podium,” Wolfe wrote on Facebook in March of 2020, along with a PinkNews story detailing Trump’s position on trans women competing against biological females. “This is what they focus on during a pandemic. Hurting trans children.”

However, Wolfe told Fox News that the since-deleted post should not be construed as hatred towards America.

“Anyone who thinks that I don’t care about the United States is sorely mistaken,” Wolfe told Fox News. “One of the reasons why I work so hard to represent the United States in international competition is to show the world that this country has morals and values, that it’s not all of the bad things that we’re known for. I take a stand against fascism because I care about this country, and I’m not going to let it fall into the hands of fascists after so many people have fought and sacrificed to prevent fascism from taking hold abroad. As a citizen who wants to be proud of my home country, I’m sure as hell not going to let it take hold here.”

Team USA has not yet commented on Wolfe’s remarks.

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NBC’s Figliuzzi: Trump ‘Remains a Threat’ — He’s Using Conspiracy Theories ‘as a Deliberate Strategy’

NBC News national security contributor and  former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi said Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that former President Donald Trump is a threat to national security because he is using “conspiracy as a deliberate strategy.”

Anchor Nicolle Wallace asked if Trump is still a “clear and present danger.”

Figliuzzi said, “You’re absolutely right. Let’s be clear here. We’re not talking about conspiracies that just spontaneously sprung up from the population as they do urban legends that need to get swatted down or that take on a life of their own. We’re looking at conspiracy as a deliberate strategy, deception as a strategy. You could argue that the former president now out of office has absolutely no guardrails and zero accountability and can engage in this even more often.”

He added, “We are now living in an era where it is true if you say it enough, it becomes reality. Repeated rhetoric becomes someone’s reality. It can be used as a strategy against us and the American people. So we’ve got to get far more educated on this in terms of savviness, digital literacy. We see that language in the new strategy to combat domestic terrorism. But this can’t happen fast enough. Until we fill that out, yes, the former president remains a threat because the conspiracy theories will still be used to move forward his agenda, and people will believe it.”

Figliuzzi added, “We’re dealing with one right now, which is the FBI did it. The FBI orchestrated the entire insurrection on January 6, right? And it has taken on a life of its own in multiple facets from the Revolver online magazine to Tucker Carlson to members of the GOP in Congress.”

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Mitch McConnell: Democrats Want to ‘Rig the Rules of American Elections Permanently’ in Their Favor

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday torched the Democrats’ election takeover bill on the Senate floor as a purely “partisan power grab” by the left “to rig the rules of American elections permanently” in their favor.

As the Senate looks to vote on the Democrats’ election bill this week, McConnell took to the Senate floor to explain what the Democrats are trying to accomplish with their radical agenda. “Senate Democrats entered June with an agenda that was designed to fail. The Democratic leader planned votes on a host of the left’s most radical priorities,” McConnell said.

“None of it was ever intended to clear the Senate’s appropriately high bar for advancing legislation. Instead, the failure of their partisan agenda was meant to show somehow — somehow — that the Senate itself was failing,” the minority leader added. “For months, our colleagues built anticipation for the failure.”

He explained that this “particular radical proposal” was the “same bad bill since the House introduced its version back in 2019,” which has the “same nakedly partisan motives.” He added that “ever since democrats got the election outcome they wanted last fall, we watched our colleagues actually update the rationale for their latest partisan power grab.”

McConnell further explained that the Democrats have claimed the use of a filibuster is a racist tactic and legislatures that have passed elections are racist as well. McConnell noted those have all since been debunked. He said, “Remember, the last presidential election saw the highest voter turnout in decades — even amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic.”

In the last election, “African American turnout was twice as high in Mississippi as it was in Massachusetts,” he said, adding states like Georgia have since passed laws to update their election process after “lessons learned” from the pandemic, but Democrats label them a “redux of Jim Crow.”

“Even left-leaning fact checks debunked the claims,” he clarified. After the “train of disinformation” started, the left made it so “any state that dared to deviate from unique pandemic-era procedures faced summary judgment in the court of liberal outrage.”

McConnell explained what the Republican state legislatures have done to ensure safe and secure elections:

It doesn’t seem to matter that the facts tell a different story. The bill that led Texas Democrats to exercise the rights of a legislative minority last month requires more counties to adhere to new minimum hours for early voting. The Oklahoma bill that expanded early voting for elections was passed by a Republican legislature and signed by a Republican governor.

In my state of Kentucky, the expansion of both online registration and early voting this spring passed on a bipartisan basis, and a Democratic governor signed it. Democrats will continue to insist that S.1 is a response to these state laws, but we know it actually predates them, and we’re starting to see that our colleagues’ latest rationale for S.1 can be flexible when needed.

McConnell said Democrats had been outspoken against voter ID, though an overwhelming majority support the effort:

Prominent Democrats have railed against voter ID requirements for years, but now that voter ID is among the sticking points keeping the Democratic caucus from uniting behind S.1, some Democrats have started indicating, well, they’ve had a change of heart. Now, I would commend them for coming around to commonsense positions on that issue that 80 percent of Americans already support, but one supposed compromise among some Democrats bears more than a passing resemblance to the partisan power grab their party has touted for years.

The senator explained that the Democrats in the Senate made it clear their “real driving force” to pass their partisan election takeover bill is their own “desire to rig the rules of American elections permanently, permanently in Democrats’ favor.”

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GOP Rep. Gonzales: Every State Is a ‘Border State’ Because of Drugs and Migrant Movement

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) argued that “every city and every state is a border city and border state,” because of drug trafficking and the movement of migrants all across the country.

Gonzales said, “I’d argue that every city and every state is a border city and border state, whether that’s the fentanyl and the drugs that are coming over, whether that’s the over 800,000 illegal immigrants that are having to be displaced and sent all over the country, or whether that’s the 80,000 unaccompanied children. They’re not just — they’re not staying in Texas. They are literally going to all 50 states. It’s encouraging to see Gov. DeSantis and others kind of lend a hand in this fight. It really feels as if Texas is alone on this issue, and it shouldn’t be that way. You know, the federal government, Joe Biden in particular, caused this problem, and it’s really only when the federal government kind of reverses some of their issues is when they’re going to solve it.”

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Arizona Audit Winding Down: Paper Examination Phase Expected to End Saturday

The Arizona state Senate audit of the 2020 Maricopa County election results that began on April 23 is winding down.

“At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26,” the official Twitter account of the Arizona audit tweeted last week.

“The final report for the 2020 election audit taking place in Arizona’s largest county is not expected to be out until August, an official involved with the work says,” the Epoch Times reported on Friday.

Legislators from several other key 2020 battleground states who have visited the audit — Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan — have expressed an interest in conducting similar audits of the 2020 election results of their states. It is unclear if any of those expressions of interest will result in additional audits in those states.

Establishment media outlets as well as Democratic politicians around the country have continued their non-stop attacks on the audit, which began when the notion of such an audit was first floated in December.

Here is a sampling of stories about the Arizona state Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results published in establishment media outlets over the past 48 hours:

In a speech delivered this month, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland, “said the [D]epartment [of Justice] would scrutinize ‘post-election audits to ensure they abide by federal statutory requirements to protect election records and avoid the intimidation of voters,’ a clear reference to a Republican-backed audit in Arizona,” NBC News reported.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich punched back last week, AZCentral.com reported:

Brnovich, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate, announced Tuesday via his campaign that he had sent a letter to Garland on Monday. That letter accused Garland, the nation’s top law-enforcement officer, of showing “an alarming disdain for state sovereignty.”

Brnovich’s letter escalates a clash with the Democratic Biden administration. It also comes after former President Donald Trump has publicly taken Brnovich to task for not being more supportive of the review of 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots by a private company at the request of the Arizona Senate. . .

Brnovich previously has noted the Senate’s independent authority to conduct the review, but otherwise left the matter to the state Senate and those tasked with inspecting the ballots.

As Breitbart News reported last month, the Arizona state Senate audit has been subject to a number of charges and counter-charges. One set of attacks has come from the Republican majority Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, while another has come from Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who recently announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor.

About two-thirds of the three million votes cast in the 2020 November election in Arizona were cast in Maricopa County. Joe Biden was certified the winner of the state’s 11 Electoral College votes by a margin of less than 11,000. Biden’s margin in Maricopa County was about 45,000.

Audit officials have kept a tight lid on the process, and no one really knows what the findings of the final audit report will be when it is made public as is currently anticipated sometime in August.

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NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus Silent About Democrat Senator’s Membership at All-White Club

Both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus were radio silent on Monday after news broke that Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) defended his membership to an elite, all-white beach club.

Breitbart News reached out to both the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus for comment regarding Whitehouse’s extra-curricular activities. Neither organization responded.

Whitehouse, who decried systemic racism following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, has frequented Bailey Beach Club for decades, GoLocal Providence first reported. While the 124-year-old club can’t legally mandate that its members be “all white,” its lack of diversity was first documented back in 2003 in the New York Times:

Diversity, of course, has made scant inroads on the Newport of Bailey’s Beach, whose membership profile might be defined less by who people are than what they are not. “Jewish, yes,” Audrey Oswald, a lifelong member replied, when asked about the club’s demographic composition. “Blacks, not really,” Ms. Oswald added[.]

Whitehouse defended his Bailey Beach Club membership, officially known as the Spouting Rock Beach Association, to a reporter on the eve of Juneteenth National Independence Day.

“It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them and I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you,” Whitehouse said when the reporter asked him if a wealthy, all-white club like Bailey’s should still exist in 2021.

GoLocal Providence first began reporting on Whitehouse’s membership in 2017, but he and his staff “repeatedly refused to respond to questions” about his membership at an event in Newport.

“I think it would be nice if they (Bailey’s Beach Club) changed a little bit, but it’s not my position,” Whitehouse told GoLocal Providence news editor Kate Nagle.

When asked if he would pressure the club to push for diversity at the all-white club], Whitehouse said, “I will take that up privately.” He then told Nagle he had no further comment and walked away.

Whitehouse reportedly promised to give up his membership in 2006, though “give up” is a technical term. Instead, he “resigned” in 2010 by transferring his membership to his wife, who is now one of this all-white club’s biggest shareholders, Breitbart News reported.

According to Vice Media, a Whitehouse spokesman insisted that Bailey’s Beach Club wasn’t all-white.

“But [he] repeatedly refused to offer any evidence of that claim or explain the apparent discrepancy between Whitehouse’s own remarks and his claim,” according to the report.

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Reason’s Matt Welch Confronts Alex Marlow with Debunked Charlottesville Hoax on C-SPAN

Matt Welch, editor at large for Reason, said he did not understand the “Charlottesville hoax” in an interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on C-SPAN’s After Words about the latter’s book, Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption.

Democrats, their news media allies, and the broader left regularly repeat the false claim that former President Donald Trump described “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” as “very fine people” following 2017’s demonstrations and riots in Charlottesville, VA. Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak dubbed this oft-repeated falsehood the “Very Fine People Hoax.”

Welch contested the description of the above-mentioned false claim as a “hoax.” He said:

You have a subhead up near the top of the book called The Charlottesville Hoax, which is a phrase I’ve seen a lot in conservative media and in critiques of mainstream media. In that section you lament how, quote, “The fake news narrative that Trump said that there were ‘very fine people’ on both sides” — of that tragedy that happened in Charlottesville — “followed him around to the end of his presidency,” unquote,

The broader Trump quote that you do include in there [is him saying], “You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.” So how is the very fine people [narrative] fake news when he kind of said that there’s very fine people on both sides?

I’ve seen this a lot, and I literally don’t understand why that is a hoax.

Marlow recalled how Trump specifically condemned “neo-Nazis” and “white nationalists” during a press conference following riots in Charlottesville. Trump said, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay?”

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Welch repeated his confusion over use of the term “hoax” to describe the aforementioned events despite his acknowledgement that Trump explicitly denounced white racial nationalists involved in Charlottesville’s protests. He said:

I saw [Trump’s] condemnation of the neo-Nazis myself, and internalized that. Yes, he condemned those people, and then he also said, ‘Very fine people on both sides.’ I just don’t see how that in itself is a hoax. So it’s your contention that people deliberately chopped off that other context and pretended that it didn’t exist?

Marlow recalled how the false narrative is continually used to frame Trump — and Trump’s supporters — as ideologically sympathetic to neo-Nazis.

He said, “Over time, it morphed into [Trump] called the neo-Nazis ‘very fine people,’ which he did not. He said specifically those are not the fine people.”

Opposing the removal of Confederate memorials, monuments, and statues from public grounds does not make one a neo-Nazi, Marlow added.

“They’re not [all] neo-Nazis,” Marlow said of demonstrators in Charlottesville opposing the removal of Confederate statues.

“Some of them were, and they were condemned. Some of them were not neo-Nazis and they don’t have to be condemned. To act like every single person there was a neo-Nazi is pretty laughable,” Marlow added.

He continued, “It was treated like it was the greatest hate crime in the history of the world, and we’ve had so much worse in this country. We’ve had so many horrible racial hate crimes..”

Marlow concluded, “We obsessed over this as a nation. We didn’t need to. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the media made it seem, and they tried to make it like Trump was at the center of it, which was just not true in the slightest.”

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Obama Pushes Federal Election Takeover Bill Despite Self-Made ‘Policy’ Not to Weigh In on ‘Day to Day Scrum’

Despite a self-made “policy” not to weigh in on “day-to-day scrum” in Washington, D.C., former President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress should work to pass federal election takeover legislation, claiming “democracy long-term” could be at risk.

“We can’t wait until the next election because if we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought about Jan. 6, if we have that for a couple more election cycles, we’re going to have real problems in terms of our democracy long-term,” Obama said on a phone call with grassroots supporters and former Attorney General Eric Holder, according to The Hill.

Obama also stated that he felt he needed to speak out about the legislation, known as the For the People Act, despite having created for himself a “policy” not to weigh in on political matters in the nation’s capital.

“Since I left office I’ve tried to make a policy not to weigh in on the day-to-day scrum in Washington,” Obama claimed. “But what’s happening this week is more than just a partisan bill coming up or not coming up to a vote.”

The legislation passed in a vote through the U.S. House of Representatives in March and is set to be discussed this week in the U.S. Senate. No Republican senator has currently stated they will support the legislation and it does not have enough support to survive a filibuster, which would mean ten GOP senators would have to offer support.

Changes have been made to the bill at the request of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a man Obama considers “the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, or maybe in Congress — Joe Manchin of West Virginia.” According to Obama, Manchin had “come up with common sense reforms that a majority of Americans agree with, that Democrats and Republicans can agree with.”

Holder, now chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, also offered hope for the legislation during the phone call, saying he believes “there is a path forward for this bill to get passed.”

Regarding the filibuster, Obama said it “allows a determined minority of senators to block legislation supported by the vast majority of Americans.”

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Mementos for the Dead: Surprising Burial Customs in Iron Age Britain

A University of York researcher has developed a new framework for interpreting collections of everyday objects found during archaeological excavations, specifically at sites linked to Iron Age Britain.

Despite the absence of skeletal remains, Dr. Lindsey Büster believes that such caches in Iron Age Britain were created and buried as a way to remember and honor family members, close friends, or community leaders who had passed away. This idea is somewhat groundbreaking, since the collections of objects she is referring to were not found beside human remains. Her paper is part of the  latest edition of the  Antiquity journal.

Iron Age Britain: Collections of Buried Everyday Objects

Buried collections of personal and everyday objects have been frequently found at  Iron Age  (800 BC to 100 AD) and mid-to-late  Bronze Age  (1,800 BC to 800 BC) sites discovered on British soil. Some of the items found, like coins or jewelry, might have some value. But in most cases the artifacts recovered would have only been meaningful to those who’d owned and used them.

Like the artifacts traditionally found inside graves, these objects were considered valuable in Iron Age Britain because of their connection to loved ones who had died, Dr. Büster wrote in a research paper appearing in  the latest edition of the journal  Antiquity. They may have been buried immediately after a person’s death as of acknowledge the objects’ importance to the deceased, or the objects may have been kept by the grieving individual for several years, before finally being buried by that individual or by someone else.

The recent paper on burial customs in Iron Age Britain was the work of Dr. Lindsey Büster, a research associate at the University of York. (Commios Project)

The recent paper on burial customs in Iron Age Britain was the work of Dr.  Lindsey Büster, a research associate at the University of York. ( Commios Project )

Such items, which she refers to as “problematic stuff” because their presence is seemingly so mysterious, are not normally  associated with death  by archaeologists, Dr. Büster notes. This is because they are not found in graves located in cemeteries, or alongside human remains. Sometimes they aren’t buried at all but are found inside the walls or beneath the floors of ancient structures.

In her  Antiquity article, Dr. Büster declares her intention to demonstrate “that emotional value is a legitimate consideration in our understanding of cached objects in the archaeological record.” Only with this change in orientation, she asserts, will it be possible to properly understand why people living in  Iron Age Britain  2,000 to 3,000 years ago would have been collecting and burying everyday objects they had no obvious reason to bury. 

“A more integrated approach to the interpretation of  cached objects —one which does not prioritize the human body over other types of material—is necessary,” she writes.

An aerial view of Maiden Castle in Dorset from the west taken by Major George Allen in October 1937, which is part of the Ashmolean Museum's photographic collection. Like the Scottish hillfort Broxmouth settlement, Maiden Castle site has produced a range of everyday objects buried with or without the dead in sites dating from the Iron Age in Britain. (Major George Allen (1891–1940) / Public domain)

An aerial view of Maiden Castle in Dorset from the west taken by Major George Allen in October 1937, which is part of the Ashmolean Museum’s photographic collection. Like the Scottish hillfort Broxmouth settlement, Maiden Castle site has produced a range of everyday objects buried with or without the dead in sites dating from the Iron Age in Britain. (Major George Allen (1891–1940) /  Public domain )

Why Changing Burial Customs Matters in Archaeology

Starting around 1,800 BC,  British burial customs  began to change. Burial in graves became far less common. This practice was replaced in part by  cremation, but mainly by a custom known as  excarnation. In this process, the flesh and organs would be removed from the body and all of its various parts would be scattered in nature.

People began burying collections of everyday objects more frequently at sites dating from the Iron Age in Britain. Dr. Büster believes this was not a coincidence, but a reaction to the alteration in burial practices that often made it impossible to bury a person’s prized objects directly beside them.

As supporting evidence for her theory, Dr. Büster shows that the objects found in these isolated caches are similar to the types of objects found inside graves. In excavations of late Bronze Age and Iron Age graves found in Britain (there were some), archaeologists found collections of weapons, jewelry, personal toiletry and grooming items, and various odds and ends that seemed in no way related.

This matches perfectly with the types of object collections that have been recovered from Iron Age sites where no human burials were found.

Objects including bone spoons, quernstones and gaming pieces were incorporated into the walls of this roundhouse at Broxmouth in NE Scotland in Iron Age Britain. (Broxmouth Project archive / Antiquities Publications Ltd)

Objects including bone spoons, quernstones and gaming pieces were incorporated into the walls of this roundhouse at Broxmouth in NE Scotland in Iron Age Britain.  (Broxmouth Project archive /  Antiquities Publications Ltd )

For example, at the Scottish hillfort settlement called Broxmouth, which was occupied continuously from 640 BC to 210 AD, objects of many different types were found hidden in the walls and beneath the floors of houses. This settlement went through at least six separate stages of remodeling, renovation, and new construction. Following each of these stages, new personal objects were added to the growing Broxmouth collection. It seems the occupants of this settlement were marking the passage of time by paying tribute to the generations that came before them, by using the objects that they’d owned and cherished.

If it is assumed that Broxmouth residents were connected across time by family relationships, the reason for preserving such possessions seems obvious. It was related to grieving and the desire to remember.

Tellingly, in some instances these Iron Age British collections have included human bones.

At a location in Dorset known as  Maiden Castle , a weaving comb and a copper object were found buried together with a human femur. In one house at Broxmouth, a single game piece of some type was found inside a burial pit. At the base of a wall archaeologists found two more game pieces from the same set, but these pieces were buried alongside a piece of a human cranium and part of a human mandible. The second burial had taken place a couple of generations later than the first, meaning the memory of the person who’d owned the game pieces had been preserved for quite a long time.

Dr. Büster’s “continuing bonds theory” argues that people will keep objects associated with deceased loved ones for a long time, to help keep the bonds of love fresh and alive. And frequently some of these objects are also buried with the deceased as may be the case in this touching funeral image. (Dallas / Adobe Stock)

Dr. Büster’s “continuing bonds theory” argues that people will keep objects associated with deceased loved ones for a long time, to help keep the bonds of love fresh and alive. And frequently some of these objects are also buried with the deceased as may be the case in this touching funeral image. ( Dallas / Adobe Stock)

Büster’s “Continuing Bonds Theory” Goes Deeper

To add psychological support to her ideas, Dr. Büster has adopted a concept from modern grief studies known as the “continuing bonds theory.” According to this theory, people will keep objects associated with deceased loved ones for a long time, to help keep the bonds of love fresh and alive.

Assuming people who lived 3,000 years ago had the same emotions as we have, they also would have wanted to preserve their bonds with the dearly departed, Dr. Büster argues. With no gravestones or funerary monuments to visit, they might have chosen instead to keep and preserve everyday objects that would have been meaningful to their loved ones.

They might have kept the objects for a few years or months, before finally burying them. Or they might have kept them indefinitely, leaving it up to their loved ones to dispose of the objects when they had passed away.

Dr. Büster is not suggesting that all everyday objects recovered by archaeologists be classified as burial objects. But she thinks the idea has strong merit in many cases, especially in settings (like those of Iron Age Britain) where traditional burials are rare.

What she is calling for, in her words, is an “interpretation and reassessment of whole categories of material culture that have been overlooked for their ‘mundane’ nature and non-funerary contexts of deposition.”

When large monuments, headstones, or other funerary structures were not an option, ancient peoples would have sought other means to create and preserve their continuing bonds with their deceased family members and friends. Saving the personal objects of their loved ones would have been a logical way to do it, first as mementos and then later for burial.

The full report will be available from June 22 from Antiquity,  https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2021.81.

Top image: Close up of an ancient crying angel statue with tears as a symbol of the end of human life. According to the latest research burial customs in Iron Age Britain frequently involved the keeping and burial of everyday objects associated with the deceased. Source:  zwiebackesser / Adobe Stock

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