Headlines: 27th November 2015
‘University students in Massachusetts who were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop were offered counseling services at Framingham State University.
The offer came after the university’s “chief diversity and inclusion officer,” Sean Huddleston, described the display of the small Confederate flag sticker as a “bias incident.”
According to Metrowest Daily News, students filed two “bias reports” within the past month as a result of a student displaying the flag in some way. The most recent bias incident – reported on November 19 – was a report of a student having seen a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop.’
‘I applaud Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for voting yesterday at the UN General Assembly to join the U.S. in opposing 6 resolutions singling out Israel, and for being on track to continue without change Canada’s prior policy of firmly opposing repetitive, disproportionate and one-sided resolutions — all drafted by the Palestinians except for two by Syria — that are designed to delegitimize Israel, the Middle East’s only democracy.
So far, with final plenary or initial committee votes on 19 of the 20 annual anti-Israel resolutions, Canada’s voting record is entirely unchanged from last year. This upholds the UN Charter’s principle of equal treatment of all nations, and prejudice to none.’
Tim Yeo, a Conservative MP for 30 years before the last election, claimed he had been libelled by articles in the Sunday Times that ‘damaged’ his reputation. But the case was dismissed by a judge who ruled the stories to be true and fair comment on matters of public interest. Mr Justice Warby said Yeo’s evidence was ‘unreliable’ and ‘untruthful’ and described him as like a fish on a hook: ‘‘When a fish wriggles on a hook, it goes deeper into the mouth and guarantees that the fish will not escape.’
He’s not the only one, either.
‘A Turkish convoy, which according to some reports was transporting weapons to terrorist organizations, has been hit by apparent airstrikes in northwestern Syria.
Footage released online by the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames.
The mission, however, wasn’t sponsored or organized by the IHH, the group said. No organization has as yet confirmed that the convoy belonged to them.’
‘Meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only ruled out a new settlement freeze as a condition of resuming peace talks, but demanded the international community formally endorse all future expansions of the settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry that if the international community ever wanted to see the Palestinians permitted to build another building in the West Bank they’d have to unconditionally recognize the “right” of Israel to build as it sees fit in the settlements.’
‘Refugees, once grateful for the very fact they had arrived in Germany, have recently become picky, wanting to choose where exactly in the country they’d like to live, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says.
De Maiziere suggests there should be strict quotas, with only the most vulnerable refugees allowed in Germany after they’re filled – a position that contradicts Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent vow to continue pursuing an open-door policy toward
Distribution of refugees “in the past was not really a problem because the refugees were initially grateful to be in Germany, and were happy to distribute,” De Maiziere told Austria’s Der Standard newspaper. He added that now a significant number of refugees “want to assign themselves” in Germany.’
‘Doctors Without Borders is challenging the Pentagon over the findings of internal probes into the bombing of a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3, saying the military’s conclusions offer “more questions than answers” and that claims of “human error” simply don’t correspond to the available facts.
The pair of investigations, which trickled out by way of the mainstream media, reduced the attack on the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital to series of human errors and technical glitches. The findings claim to show that despite the medical charity’s documented efforts to alert commanders to the onslaught, those signals did not reportedly reach the trigger team until it was “too late,” resulting in the deaths of at least 31 civilians and injuring 28 more.’
‘Psychic researcher Pete A. Sanders Jr. knew early on that psych ability was real, leading him to spend his education at MIT studying brain science and biomedical chemistry, hoping to understand the complex relationship between the brain, the mind and the nervous system.
MIT professor Dr. Jerome Letvin inspired Sanders when he opened a course about nerve study stating: “I am not going to teach what we know about nerves. Everything we know would take about two class sessions to tell you, and is relatively boring. Instead I am going to talk about what we don’t know about nerves.”‘
‘GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump was blasted by journalists after apparently mocking a reporter’s disability during a campaign speech. Trump did so as he was defending a controversial 9/11 claim.
As the real estate mogul was addressing supporters in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump reiterated his claim that after the World Trade Center towers went down in 2001, thousands of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey. The claim has been debunked by officials and media reports, but still endures as a rumor.
To support the claim, Trump cited a story reported in 2001 by investigative journalist Serge Kovaleski, who was working for Washington Post at the time. The piece alleged that “authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the [Hudson] river.”’