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Post by Witness » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:39 am

The Independent wrote:Israeli chief rabbi calls black people 'monkeys'

One of Israel’s chief rabbis called black people “monkeys” during his weekly sermon.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef’s comments were denounced as ”racially charged” and “utterly unacceptable” by the Anti-Defamation League, a New York City-based organisation devoted to battling anti-Semitism and racism.

During his weekly sermon, the rabbi used a derogatory Hebrew term for a black person, before going on to call a black person a “monkey,” according to footage published by the Ynet news site.

His office said he was citing a passage from the Talmud - the book of Jewish law.

Mr Yosef represents Israel’s Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent.

He has previously courted controversy for suggesting secular women behave like animals because they dress immodestly.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 67666.html (Video at the link – he has a nice uniform with funny hat.)

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:27 am

Well he couldn't call them "Blacks" because that's what most Israelis call black hat Orthodox types. :BigGrin3:
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Post by ed » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:15 am

Harambe is not amused.
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Post by Witness » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:13 am

Just pro forma:
The Guardian wrote:Sisi wins landslide victory in Egypt election

Sitting president takes more than 97% of vote, having silenced opponents
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... t-election

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Post by Grammatron » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:16 am

Couldn't afford 100%?

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Post by Witness » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:26 am

Grammatron wrote:Couldn't afford 100%?
He, even Stalin couldn't match that score! :P

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:48 pm

Under Stalin, they counted the ballots honestly. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Witness » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:18 am

↑ And under Mussolini trains were never late. :P

China sperm bank demands loyalty to Communist Party

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing's only sperm bank has set loyalty to the Communist Party as a prerequisite for donors, in a sign that China's increasing emphasis on ideological training is being extended to the womb.

The bizarre requirement was part of a sperm donation drive launched Wednesday by Peking University Third Hospital - a public hospital affiliated to an elite university considered to be China's Harvard.

As well as being free of genetic or infectious diseases, potential donors must have "sound ideological qualities", according to a notice posted on the hospital's official account on popular messaging app WeChat.

Men between the ages of 20 to 45 who wish to donate semen must "love the socialist motherland, support the leadership of the Communist Party, be loyal to the party's cause and be decent, law-abiding citizens, free of political problems", it said.

Those who successfully donate after undergoing two rounds of medical checks -- to assess the quality of their semen and general fitness -- will be paid 5,500 yuan ($900), the statement said.

There were no details on how the hospital would verify whether donors satisfied the political requirements.
http://www.france24.com/en/20180406-chi ... nist-party

Is that sperm for export?!? :o

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:24 am

Do they think party loyalty is genetic? :lmao:
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Do they think party loyalty is genetic? :lmao:
Remember the glorious Trofim Lysenko, you skeptic? :x

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Middle East Monitor wrote:Saudis begin investigating detainees who did not settle, newspaper reports

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has begun investigations and opening arguments in the corruption cases of princes, top officials and businessmen who were detained late last year, an official told pan-Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat on Sunday.

Authorities rounded up dozens of people in November on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s orders, with many confined and interrogated at Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Most of them, including global investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, were released after being exonerated or reaching financial settlements with the government. But 56 people who had not reached settlements remained in custody and could face trial, the government said late in January.
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The ‘anti-corruption’ campaign is part of Prince Mohammed’s push to transform an oil-dependent economy long plagued by graft but now contending with lower global crude prices. But it remains shrouded in secrecy with few specific allegations or details of financial settlements revealed.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180 ... r-reports/

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Scores dead from tainted alcohol in Indonesia

At least 82 people have died so far this month in Indonesia after drinking bootleg alcohol, authorities said on Tuesday.

The latest tragedy, speculated to be caused by a single batch, highlights the unfortunate side effects of efforts to limit the legal alcohol trade.
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Alcohol crackdown: In 2015 Indonesia banned tens of thousands of mini-marts and small stores from selling alcohol amid pressure from conservative Muslims. Indonesia is the most-populous Muslim nation, but its mostly-Sunni faithful practice a moderate form of Islam. High taxes have helped pushed a black market for alcohol for the country's poorly-paid workers.
http://www.dw.com/en/scores-dead-from-t ... a-43331086

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:08 am

Ramadan coming soon.

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Post by Witness » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:47 am

WaPo wrote:BAKU, Azerbaijan — The president of the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan raced Wednesday toward a landslide win that would add seven more years to his 15-year tenure.

The national elections commission said that with 65 percent of the ballots counted, President Ilham Aliyev had received 86 percent of the vote in an early presidential election.

Leading opposition parties boycotted the race, leaving seven token challengers.

The National Council of Democratic Forces, an opposition group, claimed late Wednesday that only about 15 percent of the electorate voted, while Azerbaijan’s elections commission reported the turnout at nearly 75 percent.

In a statement, the opposition group also alleged widespread violations including people voting multiple times.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eu ... 41dc90d0fb

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What? Only 86 %? :roll:

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Science wrote:China asserts firm grip on research data

SHANGHAI, CHINA—In a move few scientists anticipated, the Chinese government has decreed that all scientific data generated in China must be submitted to government-sanctioned data centers before appearing in publications. At the same time, the regulations, posted last week, call for open access and data sharing.

The possibly conflicting directives puzzle researchers, who note that the yet-to-be-established data centers will have latitude in interpreting the rules. Scientists in China can still share results with overseas collaborators, says Xie Xuemei, who specializes in innovation economics at Shanghai University. Xie also believes that the new requirements to register data with authorities before submitting papers to journals will not affect most research areas. Gaining approval could mean publishing delays, Xie says, but “it will not have a serious impact on scientific research.”

The new rules, issued by the powerful State Council, apply to all groups and individuals generating research data in China. The creation of a national data center will apparently fall to the science ministry, though other ministries and local governments are expected to create their own centers as well. Exempted from the call for open access and sharing are data involving state and business secrets, national security, “public interest,” and individual privacy.
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/ ... earch-data

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Post by Witness » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:25 am

Reuters wrote:Iran's rial hits new lows on Trump worries

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s currency fell at least 5.5 percent on Sunday, extending a slide to a new record low on continued concerns over a return of crippling sanctions if U.S. President Donald Trump carries out his threat to exit a nuclear deal with Tehran.
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The rial had fallen to 47,000 to a dollar in early February from about 36,000 in mid-September on concerns about Iran’s agreement with world powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of most international sanctions.

Trump said in January that “disastrous flaws” in the agreement had to be fixed or Iran would face a U.S. exit.

Since last year, the central bank has allowed the rial to depreciate gradually to compensate for Iran’s high inflation and to help to make exports more competitive.

But the drop has accelerated in the past few months, creating a problem for authorities who contained a wave of popular protests against economic hardship and corruption in December and January.
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-iran ... SKBN1HF0VX

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Post by sparks » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:41 am

Witness wrote:
Science wrote:China asserts firm grip on research data

SHANGHAI, CHINA—In a move few scientists anticipated, the Chinese government has decreed that all scientific data generated in China must be submitted to government-sanctioned data centers before appearing in publications. At the same time, the regulations, posted last week, call for open access and data sharing.

The possibly conflicting directives puzzle researchers, who note that the yet-to-be-established data centers will have latitude in interpreting the rules. Scientists in China can still share results with overseas collaborators, says Xie Xuemei, who specializes in innovation economics at Shanghai University. Xie also believes that the new requirements to register data with authorities before submitting papers to journals will not affect most research areas. Gaining approval could mean publishing delays, Xie says, but “it will not have a serious impact on scientific research.”

The new rules, issued by the powerful State Council, apply to all groups and individuals generating research data in China. The creation of a national data center will apparently fall to the science ministry, though other ministries and local governments are expected to create their own centers as well. Exempted from the call for open access and sharing are data involving state and business secrets, national security, “public interest,” and individual privacy.
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/ ... earch-data
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Post by Witness » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:01 am

Witness wrote:Is Malta in the Orient? Sure!
The Guardian wrote:Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... journalist
The Daphne Project wrote:Murdered Maltese Journalist was Investigating Island’s Golden Visas

When Maltese blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in a car bombing on Oct. 16, 2017, she’d been digging for months into the island’s hugely profitable “passports for sale” program.

It wasn’t the only story she was working on, but it was one that involved enough money to pull the entire Maltese economy from deficit to surplus in a few short years, bringing in an estimated €850 million since January 2014.

Caruana Galizia believed that such sums were irresistible to some of the top officials in the ruling Labour Party government. She believed the passport program — formally known as the Individual Investment Program (IIP), and less formally as the Golden Visa — was rife with cronyism, bribery, and kickbacks.

Now a team of investigative reporters working to finish her stories has obtained a confidential report by Malta’s Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) that zeroes in on allegations of kickbacks.
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Malta is one of several dozen countries that have launched Golden Visa programs over the past three decades. The idea is both simple and attractive to the rich: for a specified investment — invariably substantial — citizens of one country can obtain legal residency in another, and in some cases, win citizenship.

Critics say that without strict controls, such programs can be abused by tax evaders, money launderers, and organized crime figures who may find it useful to be able to cross borders on short notice. Malta’s passport is considered especially desirable because it provides visa-free access to the European Union (EU) and its institutions, such as banks, courts, cultural and financial centers.

And not just European access. With Maltese passports, people can travel visa-free to 157 countries; by comparison, a Russian passport provides access to 113.
https://www.occrp.org/en/thedaphneproje ... lden-visas

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Post by Witness » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:53 am

Syria's shock doctrine

After seven years of repression and war, more than half the Syrian population no longer live in their own homes. Most are internally displaced, but nearly six million have fled the country altogether in search of asylum. They dream of one day returning to their homes, but a new law means that many may never be able to.

On the 2nd of April, Law No. 10 was issued by the Syrian regime. The law authorizes the formation of new local administrative units (governorates, cities, and towns) tasked with registering property ownership within their area of jurisdiction. Private property owners are then given thirty days to register and provide proof of ownership. Failure to do so will result in the property’s confiscation by the state without compensation.

The regime has presented this law as a means by which to re-develop informal slum areas and areas damaged by war. Yet it’s expected to disproportionately target communities once held by rebels, from which the residents have been displaced, in order to prevent their return.
https://www.aljumhuriya.net/en/content/ ... k-doctrine

All I could find in English, but equivalent article in Le Monde.

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