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0d2c51 No.312663 [Open thread]

By: Joe Fisher

Nov. 10 (UPI) The Israel-Hamas war has provoked large-scale divisions on U.S. college campuses, where students lining up behind Israel and Palestine call on their universities for support of their views and in some cases to condemn the other side.

Dueling demonstrations have veered into accusations of hate speech, with students on both sides saying they feel unsupported, or even unsafe walking around campus.

The situation has left administrators walking a fine line between maintaining the academic freedom of giving space to diverse viewpoints and keeping students from harm, while facing public pressure to stake a position.

Scholars say universities risk their moral authority when they take sides, as some have learned since the war started with Hamas' invasion of Israel on Oct. 7.

"Universities should just stay quiet and as neutral as possible," Steve Sanders, associate dean of academic affairs at Indiana University, told UPI. "Faculty and scholars – those are the people who can stay engaged."

Indiana faculty have worked to emphasize the humanity of the situation.

"We are conditioned to think in tribal terms. A much more healthy way to look at this is from a humanistic perspective," said Abdulkader Sinno, an associate professor of political science who is of Muslim heritage. "Those who see the humanity in each other come from all groups. They are natural allies of each other."

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2023/11/10/college-campus-israel-palestine-debate-indiana-cornell/4431699565767/

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c2a8aa No.312662 [Open thread]

By: Greg Norman

Iran’s foreign minister is warning that an expansion of the Israel-Hamas war has now "become inevitable" as military activity is escalating inside the Gaza Strip, a report says.

Hossein Amirabdollahian made the comment during a telephone conversation with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani last night, according to Reuters, citing a report on Iranian state television.

"Due to the expansion of the intensity of the war against Gaza's civilian residents, expansion of the scope of the war has become inevitable," Amirabdollahian reportedly said.

Israel continued to bombard Hamas inside Gaza on Friday, the 34th day of the war. Overnight, the Israel Defense Forces said it killed a handful of Hamas terrorists, including two commanders who participated in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

The IDF also reported that 37 of its soldiers have been killed since the ground portion of the fight against Hamas began, according to Fox News’ Trey Yingst.

American troops in Iraq and Syria have been repeatedly attacked by groups likely backed by Iran since the war started.

In response to one of the recent incidents in Syria, U.S. military forces conducted an airstrike against a weapons facility in the country on Wednesday.

"U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense strike on a facility in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups," Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in a statement. "This strike was conducted by two U.S. F-15s against a weapons storage facility. This precision self-defense strike is a response to a series of attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria by IRGC-Quds Force affiliates."

A U.S. defense official also confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that the Iranian-backed Houthis shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper drone near the Yemeni coast.

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7308a1 No.312661 [Open thread]

By: Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leaders of Polish opposition parties signed a coalition agreement on Friday that lays out a roadmap for governing the nation over the next four years.

The parties collectively won a majority of votes in last month’s national election. Their candidate to be the next prime minister is Donald Tusk, a former prime minister who leads the largest of the opposition parties, the centrist Civic Platform.

Tusk said the parties worked to seal their agreement before the Independence Day holiday on Saturday, adding that, “We wanted to show that we are ready to take responsibility for our homeland.”

Speaking ahead of the signing ceremony in the Polish parliament, Tusk said the agreement would offer a set of “signposts and recommendations” for the government he hopes to lead.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/10/polands-opposition-party-leaders-sign-coalition-de/

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bc3148 No.312660 [Open thread]

By: Mat Nashed

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) besieged a camp for displaced people on November 2 after attacking a nearby army base in West Darfur. Over the next three days, the paramilitary group committed what may amount to the single largest mass killing since the civil war erupted in April.

Local monitors told Al Jazeera that about 1,300 people were killed, 2,000 injured and 310 remain missing.

“They went house to house to search for men and killed each one they found,” said Montesser Saddam*, who barely escaped the killing and arrived in Chad on Sunday. “There were so many corpses in the streets.”

The latest atrocities are part of a wider campaign by the RSF and its allied militias to eradicate the non-Arab Masalit tribe from West Darfur, according to activists and survivors.

Since the start of Sudan’s civil war, the United Nations and Western governments have condemned the systematic killing and displacement of the Masalit from their land. But the criticism and concern have not deterred the RSF from carrying out more atrocities.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/10/corpses-on-streets-sudans-rsf-kills-1300-in-darfur-monitors-say

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3ba8fd No.312659 [Open thread]

By: Justin Spike

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary‘s prime minister said Friday he does not support moving forward on negotiations on Ukraine‘s future membership in the European Union, signaling again that his country could pose a major roadblock to Kyiv’s ambitions to join the bloc.

EU leaders are to decide in mid-December whether Ukraine should be formally invited to begin talks to join the 27-member union, with Hungary seen as a potential obstacle. Unanimity among all member states is required to admit a new country into the bloc, giving Hungary‘s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, a powerful veto.

The EU’s executive branch on Wednesday recommended that Ukraine should be permitted to open membership talks once it has addressed some shortfalls. But in an interview with state radio on Friday, Orbán said the embattled country is nowhere near gaining membership in the world’s largest trading bloc.

“Ukraine is in no way ready to negotiate on its ambitions to join the European Union,” Orbán said. “The clear Hungarian position is that the negotiations must not begin.”

Orbán’s government has refused to supply Ukraine with weapons in its war against Russia and has threatened to veto EU financial aid packages to Kyiv. It also accuses Ukraine of violating the rights of an ethnic Hungarian minority in western Ukraine by restricting its use of the Hungarian language in schools.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/nov/10/hungarys-orban-says-negotiations-on-ukraines-futur/

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c62fa6 No.312658 [Open thread]

By: Staff

A sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany has contributed to a more-than-50% rise in homelessness in the EU state in the past 12 months, according to a report by an emergency housing assistance organization.

Increased rents, a lack of social housing and soaring costs of living have limited accommodation options for about one million refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, The Times newspaper reported, citing new data from the Federal Association for Aid to the Homeless (Bag W). Additionally, about 148,000 non-Ukrainians applied for asylum in the EU state in 2022, further compounding the country’s scarcity of available housing.

“Inflation, elevated costs and rising rents are bearing down heavily on households in Germany with weak incomes,” Bag W’s director Werena Rosenke told The Times. The most vulnerable, Rosenke added, are “low-income single-person households, single parents and couples with many children.”

Last year, about 607,000 people were at least temporarily homeless in Germany, Bag W said, compared to 383,000 in 2021. This was the highest count since 2018, with asylum seekers making up 411,000 of the figure (71%). While the homeless statistics were not broken down by nationality, January data from the country’s Federal Statistics Office said that Ukrainian nationals accounted for just under a third of the homeless population.

About 50,000 of Germany’s homeless were forced to sleep on the streets, according to Bag W’s analysis. The rest were able to find temporary accommodation, such as shelters or at the residences of friends or acquaintances.

Last weekend, a poll conducted by Der Spiegel concluded that about 40% of 125 local authorities in the ‘safe haven towns’ alliance –sometimes known as ‘Sanctuary Cities’– are close to reaching their immigrant-reception limits. Another survey, this one by Hildesheim University, found that about 40% of the 600 districts polled were “overwhelmed” or “in emergency mode.”

Bag W’s report also noted that a large drop in the social housiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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60b009 No.312657 [Open thread]

By: Hannah Grossman

A former Christian student at a Chicago public school reacted to winning $150K after she alleged in a lawsuit that while on campus she was forced into participating in Hindu rituals, according to the original complaint.

"I'm a very strong Christian," Mariyah Green said in an interview with Fox News Digital. She said a woman who was teaching her meditation in mandated "Quiet Time" asked her to bow to an image of a foreign deity she did not recognize. The woman teaching the meditation said it would help her internalize the mantras and bring her to "Zen."

Green believes that she was nearly forced into idol worship. "Like, I'm in school right now, why is we learning how to meditate in this way? I just knew it wasn't right. So that's what made me take the initiative and go home to tell my parent and my auntie, who was my pastor at the time, that I didn't feel comfortable with what they was enforcing on me at school."

"The only time I kneel was when I was at the altar at church when I'm praying and I'm kneeling down for God because that was a way that we was taught, but not the kneeling to that idol. It was inappropriate," she said.

The complaint, originally filed by law firm Mauck & Baker, in February, alleged that the compelled rituals violated her deeply-held religious beliefs during the "Quiet Time" program implemented at Chicago Public Schools. The district said it terminated the program in 2020 and denied that it at any time violated any of its students' constitutional rights.

"CPS used was Quiet Time — a meditation-based social-emotional learning tool… which develops programs to serve populations dealing with violence and trauma," the district said in a statement.

The program encompassed the practice of "Transcendental Meditation" and the repetition of "mantras," which were "fundamentally religious in nature," according to the complaint. The students were informed the mantras were "meaningless words," but after Green did some research she found they were actually "the names of HindPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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7b9493 No.312656 [Open thread]

By: Staff

French oil and gas major TotalEnergies is facing pressure to halt the construction of a pipeline from oil fields in Uganda to a port in Tanzania, after a report found that it had damaged hundreds of graves along the project route.

Released on Thursday by the New York-based climate watchdog GreenFaith, the report claimed that TotalEnergies “has consistently failed to respect local customs and traditions related to the treatment of graves.”

“The company has routinely disregarded the pleas of local families to respect graves, ignored information which families or community members shared about the location of unmarked graves, and provided inadequate, delayed, or no compensation for the harm caused,” it stated.

TotalEnergies has been planning to construct the world's largest heated crude oil pipeline, the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), in partnership with the China National Offshore Oil Corporation and governments of Ugandan and Tanzanian, since 2017.

If completed, the 1,443-kilometer pipeline project, which is expected to displace more than 100,000 people, will result in dozens of wellsites, hundreds of kilometers of roads, camps, and other infrastructure.

However, TotalEnergies, the project's largest shareholder with a 62% stake, has long faced legal action from activists for alleged human rights and climate violations.

In June, five French and Ugandan NGOs sued the oil giant for a second time in a Paris civil court after an earlier fast-track attempt was dismissed. The groups accused TotalEnergies of causing “serious harm” to locals, particularly with regard to their rights to land and food, as well as undermining the Paris climate accord through its EACOP and Tilenga oil development project operations.

The “As if nothing is sacred” report by GreenFaith found that the construction is a “spiritual assault” on local communities, aside from environmental and human rights concerns. The findings are based on field surveys in three districtPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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e1f00c No.312655 [Open thread]

By: Maroosha Muzaffar

An Australian police officer who threatened to shoot his colleague over Top Gun: Maverick spoilers has been sentenced, the local media reported.

Dominic Francis Gaynor took his weapon out of the holster and pointed it at 26-year-old probationary constable Morgan Royston after he told Mr Gaynor that he had already watched the Tom Cruise-starrer and would give out a spoiler.

Constable Gaynor, 30, responded by saying “Don’t spoil the movie, c***. I’ll shoot you”, according to the court documents cited by Australian media outlets.

The incident took place in May. After this episode, Mr Royston left the police force and reportedly struggled with depression.

On Thursday, a court handed Mr Gaynor a two-year good behaviour bond and a conviction, ABC News reported.

The court documents said Mr Gaynor “pointed his firearm at the vicinity of the complainant and held it stationary for five seconds”.

“The offender’s finger was on the receiver and not the trigger. The offender was laughing throughout this incident.”

Mr Gaynor has pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm with disregard for the complainant’s safety.

Mr Royston told the court that he would never forget the “overwhelming shock and fear” he felt when Mr Gaynor took out his gun.

“I have completely lost the trust I had and my admiration for the NSW Police Force,” he said.

“When I see a police officer now, I feel compelled to watch them and check their hand is not on their firearm.”

Chris Micali, Mr Gaynor’s lawyer, said his client made an awful mistake. “This is a case where the skylarking and tomfoolery in an employment context has gone awry,” he told the court.

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789515 No.312650 [Open thread]

By: Dr. Roger Watson

I had not been to Hong Kong for over four years. Last time I left in 2019 it was, literally, with the smell of CS gas in the air. I extricated myself, with difficulty, from my hotel in Wan Chai next to the occupied Legislative Council (LegCo) and felt lucky to make it to the airport. It too was occupied soon after. I covered this and the student uprising for the European Conservative in my review of Revolution of Our Times, the banned documentary of the uprising. My absence from Hong Kong was enforced by the COVID-19 travel restrictions, which were applied more forcefully and for longer in Hong Kong than almost any other country, with the exception of mainland China. The restrictions hit the Hong Kong airline badly with three years’ losses of HK$33.7 billion (approximately HK$10 to the pound) and redundancies of 6,000 employees. It is beginning to make a modest profit and reported HK$4.26 billion for the first half of the year, is employing a few thousand new staff and expanding its routes again.

Superficially, Hong Kong looks exactly the same and, to an outsider, any changes taking place are intangible. But conversations with colleagues and friends reveal that things are, indeed, changing. As a part-time academic here I was most interested in what was happening in the universities, and that can be most usefully summarised by saying that the four major universities now have mainland Chinese Presidents. Previously the Presidents have been either local or expat. But the last expat university President here was Sir Peter Mathieson, now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. Having started in 2013, his reign was cut short in 2017 after supporting the students’ right to protest about democracy in the special administrative region (SAR). It is unthinkable that another expat President will be employed in a Hong Kong university.

Local elections to district councils are taking place which means that at rush hours the colourful and noisy candidates and their supporters are out distributing leaflets. As these are written in Chinese they do not give them to gweilos like me so I have no idea what the burning issues are. Asking local colleagues about the elections, they mainly scoffed. The candidates are all Beijing approved, exactly lPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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95dd06 No.312652

Don't care what China or Russia does anymore. Western governments have ruined their own countries already. Why should I believe anything would be different whether China takes Hong Kong or if the USSA rules over it by proxy? Why should I care about other countries when our own country faces economic decay and endless war? Nothing left worth a damn fighting over if you ask me, besides our freedom, but that too is becoming a thing of the past.

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34f967 No.312651 [Open thread]

By: Jack Applewhite

Penn’s investments are ‘imperiling the university’s financial and physical condition’

University of Pennsylvania’s investments in oil, gas, and coal violate the school’s “fiduciary duty,” according to a complaint filed with the attorney general’s office and supported by students, faculty, and outside groups.

Attorneys at the Climate Defense Project, an environmental advocacy group that fights for “climate justice,” filed the complaint with Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Harris and asked her investigate and order Penn to end all of its investments with ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Over 40 UPenn faculty members and 35 student groups signed on to the complaint along with 10 national organizations, although all the names of the students and faculty were removed from the public letter.

The College Fix reached out to attorneys at the Climate Defense Project to ask if the attorney general had responded to the complaint.

The Climate Defense Project did not respond to requests for comment sent in the past two weeks.

The board of trustees “have a fiduciary duty to invest with consideration for the University’s ‘charitable purposes’ — a duty that distinguishes non-profit institutions from other investors,” the complaint stated.

“Instead, the Board of Trustees has invested a portion of their $21 billion endowment in the fossil fuel industry — damaging the world’s natural systems;” according to the complaint. The investments are also “disproportionately harming youth, low-income people, and communities of color; and imperiling the university’s financial and physical condition.”

Penn did not respond to requests for comment sent in the past two weeks and a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office told The Fix he had “nothing to offer at this point.”

The Fix reached out to Fossil Free Research, a group that adPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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d8dd3f No.312649 [Open thread]

By: Fred Lucas

An alleged campaign finance violation could ensnare Secretary of State Antony Blinken and 51 former senior intelligence officials who asserted without evidence in 2020 that the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation. 

America First Legal, a conservative organization run by former Donald Trump White House aide Stephen Miller, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in late October, alleging a "coordinated communication" and an unreported in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and related entities, in violation of federal law.

"[The] evidence suggests that the respondents failed to disclose coordinated expenditures constituting in-kind donations with respect to the infamous ‘Letter of 51’ former intelligence officials claiming that the Hunter Biden laptop story had ‘all the classic earmarks’ of Russian disinformation," says the 13-page AFL complaint, with 110 accompanying pages of evidence.  

The FEC complaint claims that the Biden for President campaign in 2020, the Biden Victory Fund, the Democratic National Committee, and the Biden Action Fund should have reported on coordinating efforts.

The "Letter of 51" was released on Oct. 19, 2020, weeks before the Nov. 8 presidential election between Biden and Trump. 

The Obama administration officials who signed included former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Former George W. Bush DNI Michael Hayden, a vocal Trump critic, also signed.

The complaint notes that Panetta and Clapper donated to the Biden Victory Fund and the Biden for President campaign in 2020. 

In March, former CIA Deputy and Acting Director Michael Morrell testified to the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committees that on Oct. 17, 2020, then-Biden campaign adviser Blinken contacted him to discuss the Hunter Biden laptop story firsPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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9a9cbe No.312648 [Open thread]

By: Joel B. Pollak

Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terror group controlled by Iran in Gaza, released propaganda videos Thursday that featured two Israeli hostages and offered their release in return for fuel and other supplies.

The video, like a Hamas video released last week, features the hostages blaming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the October 7 terror attack, though it goes further, specifically blaming him for the murder of “all the children,” and for “all the problems that happen in Israel and in the world.”

A masked Islamic Jihad figure claims that the two could be let go for “humanitarian” reasons and suggests they will die for lack of medicines in Gaza. He also suggests that the release of the hostages would await the right conditions — presumably, a unilateral ceasefire by Israel.

The video is notable in that it is the first to show any male hostage: Yagil Yaakov, 13. He, like the other hostage, Hannah Katzir, 77, was kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz, according to the Times of Israel.

https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2023/11/09/islamic-jihad-releases-propaganda-video-offers-to-release-two-hostages/

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819e29 No.312647 [Open thread]

By: Beatrice Nolan

Former colleagues Elon Musk and Sam Altman are swiping at each other's products.

Musk fired back at Altman after the OpenAI CEO mocked his '"rebellious" AI chatbot Grok. The Twitter owner took to X to share Grok's view on GPT-4.

Musk said, "GPT-4? More like GPT-Snore! When it comes to humor, GPT-4 is about as funny as a screendoor on a submarine. Humor is clearly banned at OpenAI, just like the many other subjects it censors. That's why it couldn't tell a joke if it had a goddamn instruction manual. It's like a comedian with a stick so far up its ass, it can taste the bark!"

Musk was responding to a post from Altman showing an interaction with OpenAI's new ChatGPT Builder. The OpenAI CEO asked the system to create a bot with "cringey boomer humor in an awkward shock-to-get-laughs sort of way."

To which ChatGPT Builder replied: "Great, the chatbot is set up! Its name is Grok."

Grok, created by Musk's startup xAI, infuses crass humor into its responses and is able to answer "spicy" questions other AI models would reject, according to the company.

Screenshots of interactions with the bot making the rounds online show Grok swearing and mocking its users. One example, shared by X employee Christopher Stanley, involved Grok comparing scaling API requests to a "never-ending orgy."

Grok aims to be a competitor to OpenAI's ChatGPT, which Musk has been critical of. Despite cofounding OpenAI together in 2015, Musk and Altman have been publically sniping at each other over the last year.

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-chatgpt-spat-grok-sam-altman-2023-11

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02d57c No.312646 [Open thread]

By: Staff

A former government minister was sentenced to being flogged and seven years in prison in Malaysia for corruption, local media reported on Thursday.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, the former youth and sports minister, was convicted on charges of criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of assets and two counts of money laundering.

The 30-year-old will get two strokes of the cane, making him the first politician to receive a flogging sentence, the reports said.

Apart from the caning and a 7-year jail term, Syed Saddiq was also fined an amount equivalent to $2.13 million. The former minister denied the charges and has filed an appeal.

https://www.rt.com/business/586989-malaysian-official-caning-corruption/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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