Lorde concert boycott: New Zealanders fined by Israel raise thousands for Gaza


Crowdfunding campaign easily covers $18,000 fine, but money will instead be sent to mental health charity

Two New Zealand women who were ordered to pay damages by an Israeli court for their role in Lorde cancelling a Tel Aviv concert have raised the sum through donations – but plan to give the money to the Gaza Mental Health Foundation instead.

Last week an Israeli court ruled Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 ($11,700) for writing a letter urging Lorde to cancel her gig, which she did.

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Republicans join far-right figures at Montana anti-government event | US news | The Guardian – GOP embraces anti-Indian racists!

The Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN) characterized the conference as a platform for “anti-government extremism and anti-Indian bigotry”. It helped organize a protest a mile from the conference venue, in a park in downtown Whitefish. Around 300 people attended. A spokeswoman for MHRN, Cherliyn DeVries, said Bundy’s invitation to the New Code of the West event was “very disappointing” and did not reflect the views of the local community, which she said was “supported by public lands”. “He’s proven himself to be a violent extremist,” she said. “Violent extremists divide communities … This is not who we are. The middle is broad and deep.”

Source: Republicans join far-right figures at Montana anti-government event | US news | The Guardian

A hard Brexit means a hard border – whatever Owen Paterson says | Katy Hayward


The former Northern Ireland secretary is being simplistic on cross-border trade and reckless with the peace agreement

Owen Paterson, a former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, argued this week in the Guardian that the UK could leave the customs union, break free from EU rules, and still avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The problem with this claim is that the logic of a hard Brexit means hard borders. The EU is the world’s most advanced legal, technical and institutional environment for seamless border management. As Brexiteers well know, this has entailed common rules and coordinated systems. Paterson’s claims rest on the assumption that the UK can rip up the terms and conditions but stay in the club.

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NSW Young Nationals investigate alt-right ‘infiltration’, suspend new memberships – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Background Briefing investigation revealed that Mr Jennings, Mr Brasher and Mr Tuckfield were attending a secret men’s-only fight club run by Lads Society. Mr Jennings was also a member of the far-right movement The New Guard, a group of self-described fascists. The new Nazis: How the meme-rich world of the internet is a threat The 21st century’s “Nazi 2.0” is moving from dark corners online into public debate. Here’s how the threat is different to its predecessor, writes Kaz Ross. “I wasn’t aware of this infiltration or these individuals attempting to come into our party to exert some level of influence,” Mr Grant said. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Young Nationals declared “radical ideologies have no place” within the party, and announced they would carry out an “urgent investigation” headed by the party’s constitution and ethics committee.

Source: NSW Young Nationals investigate alt-right ‘infiltration’, suspend new memberships – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump wants people to come to US on merit

On this basis, his grandmother and grandfather would have been barred from entering US – what a scummy and dumb elitist! “What I want is merit. I want a lot of people to come in. We have great car companies entering our country again. We have companies like Foxconn going to Wisconsin with a massive plant,” Trump said. He further insisted that the administration and the Congress have to do the right thing whether there’s an election or not.

Simone Biles Criticizes Anti-Nike Tweet by New U.S.A. Gymnastics Leader – The New York Times Kinda obvious that Ms. Bono is at the very least a supporter of a racist, sexist, anti-free  speech Trump or is also racist, sexist and against free speech – resign!

“*mouth drop*,” wrote Ms. Biles, who is sponsored by Nike. “don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.” By Saturday night, Ms. Bono had apologized and deleted the tweet. “I deeply regret posting the tweet because I respect everyone’s views and their fundamental right to express them,” she said in a statement released by U.S.A. Gymnastics. “This in no way reflects how I will approach my position at U.S.A. Gymnastics. I will do everything I can to help change the culture and to work with the entire community to build an open, safe and positive environment.” A spokeswoman for U.S.A. Gymnastics did not answer questions on Saturday night about how the organization had vetted Ms. Bono or whether it agreed with her anti-Nike sentiments.

Archbishop’s defiance threatens Putin’s vision of Russian greatness


The archbishop of Constantinople has granted Ukraine’s wish for a church independent of Moscow

Donald Trump seems strangely in awe of Vladimir Putin. Theresa May’s attempts to face down the Kremlin after Salisbury have had limited impact. But has Putin finally met his match in Bartholomew I, the 270th archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome, ecumenical patriarch, and “first among equals” of the Eastern Orthodox church?

In the 2,000-year struggle between church and state, Barth-olomew chalked up a notable victory last week. Defying protests from the Kremlin and Russia’s clergy, the archbishop granted Ukraine’s wish to establish an independent church that will no longer answer, as it has since 1686, to the Moscow patriarchate. The decision was taken at a synod at Orthodox “headquarters” in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople.

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How profit-driven inbreeding could bring the world dairy herd to its knees

bovine pandemic here we come.


The drive for genetic selection means cattle are increasingly vulnerable to deadly new epidemics that could emerge as the climate warms

Known for their distinctive long horns, the Ankole cattle of western Uganda have evolved over millennia to withstand their harsh environment, with its lengthy dry spells and abundance of local maladies such as trypanosomiasis, a disease spread by the tsetse fly. But after flourishing for almost 10,000 years, the Ankole have begun to rapidly disappear.

Farmland is dwindling in Uganda due to the expanding human population, and Ankole require vast areas to graze. Local herders have responded to the pressure by replacing them, cross-breeding Ankole cattle with industrial species such as the European Holstein. But while these hybrids gain favourable genetic traits from the Holstein, producing more milk and meat, and requiring less land to keep, there is a hidden cost.

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