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Jun 10 2021

EU Parliament votes to sue European Commission as MEPs overwhelming call for Brussels to take action on rule of law

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of suing the European Commission due to its non-implementation of a regulation linking EU funding with the adherence to rule of law in member states. On Thursday, European lawmakers voted 506 to 150, with 28 abstentions, in favor of a resolution to take the European Commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen, to the European Court of Justice.  The motion relates to the EC’s inactivity on a new regulation which compels member states to adhere to the rule of law and democratic norms. Member states which fail to meet …

Jun 10 2021

Leering, jeering and ‘dick pics’: UK report finds sexual harassment ‘normalised’ in schools

A government report has found that nine out of 10 schoolgirls in the UK know someone who’s been subjected to sexist abuse. The report blames a “normalised” culture of sexual harassment, but technology also plays a role. The report, released by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) on Thursday, found that sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become “normalised” for children and teenagers in the UK’s schools. Ofsted inspectors visited 32 schools and spoke to 900 students in April, and found that nine out of 10 girls said sexist name-calling and being sent unwanted …

Jun 10 2021

Siberian bodybuilder pulls 40-ton Boeing 737-500 plane 15 meters, smashes record set by Russia’s multiple-time ‘Strongest Man’

A Russian man from Surgut, a city in Siberia, has broken the country’s strength record by pulling a 40-ton Boeing 737-500, beating the old record of a 36-ton plane set last year. He managed to drag it 15 meters in just 39 seconds. Maxim Gametsky, a native of the city 2000km east of Moscow, displayed his brute strength at Surgut’s International Airport on Wednesday. Cheered on by a crowd of onlookers, the bodybuilder took three attempts, with his record being verified by Vasily Grishchenko, the head of the Russian Strongman Federation. Gametsky, nicknamed ‘The Siberian Bear,’ is a longtime participant …

Jun 10 2021

In Continuation Of The “Turkish Policy”: Turkish Housing Associations In Aleppo Countryside

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Khaled Iskef. The Turkish forces started the process of building housing associations in the district of Jenderes in the Afrin countryside, north of Aleppo, in order to settle the militants there after offering them for investment and sale, which falls within the context of the “Turkish policy” followed by Turkey in the areas under its control. Sources revealed that the Turkish authorities had started a project to build two housing associations around the villages of Kafr Safra and Hajj Hasna, so that the houses of these two associations will be “residential villages”, which will …

Jun 10 2021

Russia mulls 70-year social media & press interview ban for murderers, rapists & pedophiles in bid to stop glamorization of evil

A Russian lawmaker has put forward a draft bill that would block those convicted of shocking and violent crimes from speaking to journalists, writing memoirs or sharing their thoughts on social media for lengthy stretches of time. Dmitry Sablin, an MP from the governing United Russia party unveiled the proposals on Thursday. The additional measures could be tacked on to sentences handed down by judges for the most serious offenses, including murder, rape and pedophilia. If passed, the rule change would give judges the power to extend bans for up to 70 years, which would cover “appearances in any media, …

Jun 10 2021

‘Sex matters’: UK woman who lost job after transgender tweet wins tribunal appeal

A British woman who lost her job after saying people can’t change their biological sex has won her appeal against an employment tribunal. Maya Forstater, 47, posted several gender-critical tweets in 2018 while working as a tax expert for the Center for Global Development (CGD) in London. In 2019, Forstater’s contract with the think tank was not renewed, and later that year she lost an employment tribunal where she argued that she was being discriminated against by her employer based on her beliefs. On Thursday, however, Forstater won her appeal against the previous ruling, as a High Court judge found …

Jun 10 2021

‘You can’t exploit, body shame or gaslight young girls’: Olympic queen quits Games trials as ‘lesson to all misogynistic perverts’

Months after saying she had been stared at by a man who was later promoted and written that a coach had made a “creepy comment” to her, 2016 silver medalist Madeline Groves has quit the Olympics, blasting “misogynistic perverts”. Double silver winner Groves had been due to take part in trials in Melbourne to be part of the Australia team at this summer’s scheduled Olympic Games in Tokyo before pulling out, announcing her decision with an angry message on social media. The move came after the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships gold medalist wrote in late 2020 that a “well-known …

Jun 10 2021

Central Syrian Insurgency: ISIS IEDs Killed 4 Soldiers, Injured 13 Others

Support SouthFront Illustrative image ISIS cells continue to launch attacks against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Syria’s central region, where a vast desert is located.  On June 10, two Syrian service members were killed near the town of Resafa in southern Raqqa when an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted by the terrorist group, blew up. The service members were taking part in a combing operation in the region. A day earlier, ISIS terrorists targeted a bus carrying SAA soldiers on a road near the town of al-Salamiyah in eastern Hama with an IED. …

Jun 10 2021

‘It’s a provocation’: Hungary PM Orban backs fans who booed kneeling as Ireland manager slams ‘incomprehensible’ reaction (VIDEO)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has said Ireland players “provoked” fans in Budapest with a kneeling gesture that “started in slave-owning countries” – but visiting boss Stephen Kenny branded the booing “incomprehensible”. There was yet more controversy over the taking of the knee by players on Tuesday night at the Ferenc Szusza Stadium, where the Hungary team remained on their feet while their opponents made the gesture to support the Black Lives Matter campaign, receiving boos and jeers from some of the crowd. Days after a political row broke out after a similar response to England taking the knee, leader Orban, …

Jun 10 2021

Military Situation In Donetsk People’s Republic On June 10, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image 1. UAF in Dzerzhinsk shelled the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka city with 82-mm artillery2. UAF in Avdiivka shelled DPR positions in Yakovlevka with RPG3. DPR forces in Sakhanka shelled UAF positions in Vodyane with ATGM4. DPR in Gorlovka shelled UAF positions in Novgorodske with grenade launchers One civilian was injured in UAF shelling on the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka In Mariupol, a drunk Ukrainian serviceman got in a fight with his fellow soldiers, killing one of them and injuring another with a machine gun. Sergeant Kolupaev, left the brigade’s positions without permission, taking …

Jun 10 2021

‘Absolutely embarrassing’: Fans slam UEFA’s meek non-punishment for European Super League rebels Juventus, Real Madrid & Barcelona

Football administrative body UEFA has been blasted online by fans who feel it has chickened out and failed to punish continental giants Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona for their failed plans to form a European Super League. The three heavyweights of European football and key backers of the hugely controversial plans were believed to be facing hefty punishments for their part in the plot, ranging from large fines to potential exclusion from Europe’s premier club tournament, the Champions League. While the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were among the members of the 12 founding teams to drop out amid …

Jun 10 2021

Russian operatives who reportedly tracked Navalny before last summer’s alleged poisoning also tailed famous author – Bellingcat

An online collective who claimed that Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny was poisoned by the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB), last year, have now suggested that the same team was behind an attack on a famous writer. In an article published on Wednesday, Russian-language outlet The Insider and US/UK government-funded outfit Bellingcat claimed that employees of the FSB poisoned Dmitry Bykov, a well-known public intellectual. According to the report, Bykov began being tailed by operatives in May 2018 and was followed around the country. Eleven months later, in April 2019, the writer flew to the city of Ufa, in the …

Jun 10 2021

Taiwan says deal to manufacture AstraZeneca Covid jab fell through as production demands were too high

Taiwan’s health minister has said the country came close to reaching a deal with AstraZeneca to produce its Covid-19 jab on the island, but a potential agreement fell through, with the company’s demands being too high. Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung had proposed producing 100 million doses on behalf of AstraZeneca, but the company was only willing to accept a minimum of 300 million doses.  “We considered that it would be difficult and would fully occupy production lines. It’s not possible for Taiwan to consume so much,” he told lawmakers. On Tuesday, Chen said that production …

Jun 10 2021

How to Make Millions in GTA Online

Support SouthFront Sponsored Illustrative image Buckle up and let’s ride into the world of GTA V and earn ourselves some bucks. GTA V is a game that’s now been up and running for 8 years and has still managed to survive and thrive. There is so much to learn, manage and deal with in GTA V Online world that it’s no less than your actual life and what do we really need in our lives most of all? CASH!!! It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned veteran or a curious beginner, you could always use a boatload of cash …

Jun 10 2021

Military Situation In Afghanistan On June 10, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 9, US warplanes carried 2 airstrikes against Taliban positions in Narkh district and Tirin Kut city On June 9, ISIS claimed responsibility for attacking de-mining workers in Baghlan Province, killing 10 and wounding at least 16 others On June 9, an Afghan Army helicopter was shot down in Maidan Wardak province. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack On June 10, at least six security members were killed and more than 10 others were wounded in a car bomb attack in Pul-e-Khumri On June 10, 15 Taliban memebrs were killed and 6 …

Jun 10 2021

Military Situation In Syria On June 10, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 10, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 35 times: 16 – in Idlib province, 11 – in Latakia province, 3 – in Hama province, 5 – in Aleppo province On June 10, Russian warplanes attacked positions of Turkish-backed forces in Muzawara village On June 9, one Russian Military Police was killed and three others were wounded in a mine explosion south of Ras al-Ain On June 10, Abu Khaled al-Shami, the official spokesman for HTS, Mutaz al-Nassir, commander of the security force and Abu Musab, …

Jun 10 2021

Pundits Twitter-whip BoJo after PM takes private jet from London to Cornwall to attend climate-focused G7 summit

Boris Johnson has been mercilessly heckled after flying to a G7 summit in Cornwall – where he says environmental issues are top of the agenda. The UK prime minister insists there is nothing odd with his choice of transport. The British leader tweeted out an eco-friendly message to the world after his plane touched down in Newquay on Wednesday evening. “I’ve arrived in Cornwall for this year’s @G7 where I’ll be asking my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of beating the pandemic and building back better, fairer and greener,” he wrote, including a photograph of himself giving a …

Jun 10 2021

Military Situation In Yemen On June 10, 2021 (Map Update)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image The Liaison and Coordination Officers’ Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 82 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours On June 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 10 airstrikes on the Sarwah area On June 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Kitaf area On June 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Zaher area On June 10, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued to the west of Marib city MORE ON THE TOPIC: Support SouthFront FORUM

Jun 10 2021

Taiwanese activists demand government ends ‘discriminatory’ Covid restrictions on migrant workers

The Taiwan Association for Human Rights has criticized the island’s restrictions on migrant workers, prohibiting them from going outside over fears it could spread Covid after it hit the local tech sector. The stay indoors measure for migrant workers was announced by the local government in Taiwan’s central Miaoli county, only allowing them to travel directly to and from work until the virus is brought under control. Condemning the situation, the secretary-general of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Shih Yi-Hsiang, blasted the specific targeting of migrant workers as “an absurd, selective and discriminatory measure.”  The vocal criticism was shared …

Jun 10 2021

‘Empire 2.0 fantasy’: Boris Johnson pens G7 article on post-Covid world, draws flak for ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘undermining democracy’

Ahead of the G7 summit, British PM Boris Johnson has drawn ridicule for an article in which he seemingly invokes wartime bonhomie to state his vision for a post-Covid world built on “openness, freedom, democracy and free trade.” Among the priorities Johnson lists in the article, published on Thursday, is a pledge to “vaccinate the world” by the end of 2022, reduce carbon emissions, fight loss of biodiversity and fund the education of 40 million girls by 2025. In addition, Johnson and US President Joe Biden will draw up a successor to the ‘Atlantic Charter’ – a 1941 agreement between …

Jun 10 2021

Bitcoin mining could be part of a clean energy future, market expert tells RT’s Keiser Report

Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen’s energy program talks about the private equity problem as capitalists buy up public utilities and the Biden administration plans to dole out billions of dollars to get them to convert to renewables. “Bitcoin mining has the potential and there are opportunities to be part of a clean energy future,” Slocum tells Keiser Report, adding: “I think there are some operations that are relying on fossil fuels and there are others that are capturing waste byproducts in the combustion and emissions process.” Slocum explains that “In terms of bitcoin mining being able to be flexible in …

Jun 10 2021

Biden intervention ‘significant’ in overcoming Northern Ireland deadlock, Irish PM says

Ireland’s prime minister has said he believes the intervention of US President Joe Biden and his administration is “significant” in overcoming challenges relating to Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangement. Speaking to Newstalk radio on Thursday, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said he thought the US could bring some “common sense” to ongoing negotiations amid a stalemate between the EU and UK over trade arrangements in Northern Ireland.  “The intervention from Joe Biden’s administration is significant but also from my perspective, represents a lot of common sense,” Martin stated. “I think the US are saying ‘sort out this issue, we’re very clear …

Jun 10 2021

Female boxing braggart Shields compares herself to Muhammad Ali again as she pledges to become MMA champ in fiery press conference

Multiweight boxing champion Claressa Shields has again compared herself to Muhammad Ali ahead of her Professional Fighters League MMA bow, comparing the two sports in between savaging opponent Brittney Elkin after their weigh-in. Never low on confidence, Shields was somber at the weigh-in as she made her way to the scales but then let off a thunderous growl while beating herself down to then face Elkin in a martial arts pose. Having spent seven months training with the likes of former UFC champions Jon Jones and Holly Holms, Shields was on characteristically brash form in the ensuing press conference. “She …

Jun 10 2021

Majority of Ukrainians ‘smart’ to reject NATO, they know it’s Russian ‘red line’ & US only wants them as ‘cannon fodder’ – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lavished praise on Ukrainians who are opposed to Kiev signing up for the US-led NATO military bloc, suggesting the move would be a red line for Russia if it were threatened by Western rockets. “At least 50% of Ukrainians do not want the country to join NATO,” Putin said in an interview with the Russia 1 news channel on Wednesday, “and these are smart people.” “I am speaking without irony, and not because the others are stupid,” the president added, “but because those people [who support joining the bloc] do not understand that they are …

Jun 10 2021

American efforts to undermine Russia-China partnership are doomed to fail because Washington doesn’t understand Moscow’s concerns

By Glenn Diesen, Professor at the University of South-Eastern Norway and an editor at the Russia in Global Affairs journal. Follow him on Twitter @glenndiesen The US is increasingly worried that Russia and China are forging a strong new strategic partnership. With Moscow and Beijing aligning their foreign policy stances, the relationship now seems to be an alliance in all but name. America’s strategy now appears to be sowing divisions between the two countries by painting Russia as the “junior partner” in the relationship. This echoes back to the 1970s when Henry Kissinger was exploiting China’s apprehensions about being the lesser part …

Jun 10 2021

‘She didn’t mean disrespect’: Serbia volleyball ace banned for racist eye gesture towards Thai opponents that caused fury (VIDEO)

A Serbia volleyball star has been banned for two matches and fined for making a racist gesture during a game against Thailand last week – and the country’s federation has called on the public not to “blow this out of proportion”. A petition was launched by outraged viewers after Sanja Djurdjevic was seen narrowing her eyes with her fingers before laughing at her gesture in a game against Italy last week, with some even claiming the footage was a reflection of a reported rise in hate incidents directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Djurdjevic, …

Jun 10 2021

Wealthiest Americans aren’t paying tax because they run the system – Professor Wolff to Boom Bust

More than 15 years of data from the IRS shows that billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth – sometimes, even nothing. RT’s Boom Bust talks to the host of Economic Update, Professor Richard Wolff, about how the wealthiest Americans are able to work the system and avoid paying their proper share of taxes. “They don’t just work the system. They run the system,” says Wolff. “They’re the ones who pay in the end through their subsidiaries for the very politicians who write the tax laws this way. …

Jun 10 2021

The US Army Looks For Cruise Missile Defense Solutions

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image The United States is working hard on its own variation of the Israeli Iron Dome. In June 2021, Dynetics, a company owned by Leidos, which in turn is part of Lockheed Martin, unveiled its “Enduring Shield.” It was not known that Dynetics even took part in the competition for the US Army’s enduring indirect fires protection capability, designed to defend against a variety of airborne threats. One competing team consists of Rafael and Raytheon, offering up the Iron Dome launcher and Tamir interceptor. Currently, the US Army is using Iron Dome, anyway, as …

Jun 10 2021

Waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines is ‘no silver bullet,’ EU Council head says

Waiving coronavirus vaccine patents “might sound good,” but in reality the move is redundant and won’t help poorer countries, the EU Council’s president has said, ahead of the G7 summit where the topic is expected to be raised. Speaking at a news conference ahead of the summit, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, European Council President Charles Michel reiterated his skepticism about the much-touted idea of an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. “The question of intellectual property rights will likely be raised,” Michel stated. The patent waiver might sound good, but it’s no silver bullet. The measure would …

Jun 10 2021

Ukraine to be forced to remove WW2 Nazi collaborator slogan from Euro 2020 shirt after UEFA deems it ‘political’ & ‘militaristic’

A controversial far-right nationalist slogan, used by WW II-era militias that fought alongside Nazi Germany, must be removed from the jerseys of the Ukrainian national team during Euro 2020, the tournament’s organizers have ruled. On Monday, the Ukrainian Football Association upset Jewish groups and sparked outrage in Russia when it released the latest design of the country’s kit, designed by Spanish sports clothing manufacturer Joma. The yellow and blue shirt raised hackles due to its use of a fascist rallying cry. It was branded with the words, “Slava Ukraini, Heroiam slava,” which translates to English as ‘Glory to Ukraine, Glory …

Jun 10 2021

Beijing passes anti-foreign sanction law to safeguard China’s core interests against Western interference

The top Chinese legislature has passed a bill aimed at protecting China’s core interests, its businesses and officials, from foreign sanctions amid an onslaught of economic attacks from the US and its Western allies. On Thursday, the Chinese National People’s Congress voted on and passed the ‘Anti-Foreign Sanctions Act’ in an effort to protect national interests against foreign interference.  The anti-foreign sanctions draft law was proposed on Monday to the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC).  The specific content of China’s anti-sanctions law has not been revealed to the outside world, but commentators have speculated that the …

Jun 10 2021

ET, You Bore Me: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and the Pentagon

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. Those of you drawing sustenance and stimulation from the traditional acronym UFO best brace yourselves.  The less exciting and dull term accepted by the defence clerks – unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) – is renewing its march into the extra-terrestrial hinterland. On June 25, the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force will release a declassified report to Congress that will do little to shift ground or alter debate on the nature of such phenomena.  For those exercised about green creatures, ancient aliens and that roguish charlatan Erich von Däniken, nothing would have changed. For …

Jun 10 2021

More than 1,000 people arrested in China over allegations of money laundering using cryptocurrencies

Chinese authorities have arrested 1,100 individuals in a coordinated attempt to crack down on a network of criminals who illegally launder money by purchasing cryptocurrencies, as the nation clamps down on the digital industry. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security announced the detention of the 1,100 criminals in a statement released on Wednesday, revealing the latest move by authorities as China continues to target the cryptocurrency industry. Police allege that the network of criminals used cryptocurrencies to launder illegally obtained money on behalf of clients, receiving a commission from the proceeds for their work. Authorities have not stated how much …

Jun 10 2021

Researchers discover ‘cool’ Neptune-like planet that might have clouds made of water

A new planet resembling Neptune could help us better understand far-away planetary systems, as well as our own, according to NASA. But, sadly, it’s unlikely humans will ever reach the distant, gaseous world. TOI-1231 b is more than 3.5 times as big as Earth and is uncomfortably warm by Earthing standards, registering temperatures at 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 Celsius). Although hard to imagine, when compared to the rest of the known universe it’s actually one of the “coolest” small planets to be identified.  Technically, TOI-1231 b is classified as an exoplanet, since it is a planet orbiting another star – …

Jun 10 2021

Three Palestinians, Including Two Security Officers Killed By Israeli Troops In West Bank

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin. It reportedly happened in an overnight raid by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on June 9 into June 10th. Lt. Adham Elewi and Cpt. Taysir Isa worked for the military intelligence service, and Gamil Mahmud al-Amuri was a Palestinian who had previously served time in Israeli prison, the agency reported. Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and other groups that they view as …

Jun 10 2021

World’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll recorded in India after eastern state revises numbers upwards

India has recorded the world’s highest single-day death toll from Covid-19, registering more than 6,000 deaths on Thursday after Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its total fatalities since the start of the pandemic. Thursday’s deaths were the biggest number recorded anywhere in the world since the pandemic began, with the government reporting 6,148 fatalities from the virus. However, the data is heavily distorted by the revised figures from Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. The state’s health department amended its total death toll during the pandemic to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.  The previous highest daily death …

Jun 10 2021

Lukashenko turning Belarus into ‘Europe’s North Korea,’ Tikhanovskaya tells US Senate, asking Biden for sanctions against industry

Belarusian opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on Washington to impose tough new sanctions on some of the country’s biggest employers, urging President Joe Biden to raise the issue with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Tikhanovskaya, who stood against veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko in last summer’s disputed presidential elections before fleeing to neighboring Lithuania, made the call in an address to the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. She argued that a concerted campaign from the West was essential to ousting Lukashenko, otherwise he would “turn our country into the North Korea of Europe – opaque, unpredictable, and dangerous.” She urged …

Jun 10 2021

India’s economy shows signs of recovery with huge jump in exports & imports

Exports by one of the world’s largest economies, India, rose by 52% to $7.71 billion in the first week of June, led by sectors including engineering, gems, and jewelry, as well as petroleum products. According to the Press Trust of India, which quoted preliminary data from the Commerce Ministry, imports surged by 83% to $9.1 billion during the period. Statistics show that petroleum and crude oil imports skyrocketed 135% to $1.09 billion. Imports of electronic goods and pearls, precious and semi-precious stones also rose by more than 45% to $324.77 million and 111% to $294 million, respectively. Also on rt.com …

Jun 10 2021

Three HTS Officials Killed In SAA And Russian Strikes On Idlib (Videos)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image June 10th marked a day of loss for the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is carrying out a shelling operation on Jabal al-Zawiya in the southern Idlib countryside. Russian support is carrying out airstrikes. Abu Khaled al-Shami, the official spokesman for HTS was killed in the town of Ablin. As a result of today’s pinpoint strike, in addition to Abu Khaled al-Shami, another high-ranking member of the HTS terrorist group, Abu Musab al-Khomis, was liquidated. He was in charge of coordinating the HTS cooperation with the media. The …

Jun 10 2021

Ukrainian plan for new ‘race law,’ which refuses to recognize Russians as ‘indigenous people,’ has echoes of Hitler, Putin warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blasted a controversial new bill under consideration by lawmakers in Kiev, which critics say would stoke ethnic tensions and deprive millions of residents of important rights if it is passed. The draft law, which aims to define the “indigenous peoples of Ukraine,” was introduced by the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, in April. As well as elevating the status of ethnic Ukrainians, it recognizes the status of some minority communities, including Crimean Tatars, Karaite Jews, and Krymchaks. However, it excludes those whose ethnic group is deemed to have its own state elsewhere, depriving those descended from …

Jun 10 2021

Rockets Strike Balad Air Base Hosting U.S. Contractors In Iraq

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 9th, five rockets targeted Iraq’s Balad airbase, with two of the projectiles falling near an area used by US contractors without causing casualties “There were no victims or damage,” an unnamed official told AFP. Important, if true. And follows a pattern of multiple locations in #Iraq being targeted by both rockets and drones in one night. On Sunday, rockets were fired on Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center while drones were downed over Ain al-Assad base. https://t.co/t3cwLbws3c — Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) June 9, 2021 While the Balad air base has US contractors, the …

Jun 10 2021

White House announces it will donate HALF A BILLION doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to low-income countries

US President Joe Biden plans to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine and donate them to poorer countries, the White House has said, urging the “world’s democracies” to follow the suit. The news was announced by the White House on Thursday, with Biden expected to further elaborate on the move during the G7 meeting in Cornwall, UK, later in the day. “The goal of today’s donation is to save lives and end the pandemic and will provide the foundation for additional actions to be announced in the coming days,” the White House said. Donation will serve as the …

Jun 10 2021

Rescue operation underway as Mumbai building collapses after 1st monsoon downpour, killing 11 and injuring many more (VIDEO)

Rescue workers have pulled 18 people from the rubble of a residential block in Malad, Mumbai, after a building collapsed following the first monsoon rains of the season, killing 11. Local media say as many as 17 are injured. “Extremely pained! My thoughts are with the families of victims who lost their loved ones… We express our full support for the ongoing rescue efforts at the site of the tragedy,” Maharashtra state minister Aslam Shaikh said in a tweet on Thursday morning, sharing a video of the rescue operation.  काल रात्री मालवणी गेट क्र. ८, मालाड (पश्चिम) येथे इमारत कोसळल्याची …

Jun 10 2021

Saudi Arabia says it is no longer an oil producing country

When Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman announced that Saudi Arabia was no longer an oil-producing country, he likely didn’t mean literally.  “Saudi Arabia is no longer an oil country, it’s an energy-producing country,” the Energy Minister told S&P Global Platts this week. Saudi Arabia has high green ambitions that include gas production, renewables, and hydrogen.  “I urge the world to accept this as a reality. We are going to be winners of all these activities.” Saudi Arabia will surely benefit from the green transition. While the Exxons, Chevrons, and Shells of the world are busy doing climate …

Jun 10 2021

As US military exits from Afghanistan, Pentagon considering airstrikes if Taliban threaten to take Kabul – media

As the US military pushes forward with its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Pentagon is reportedly considering scenarios that would justify renewed airstrikes in the war-torn country. In the event of a Taliban offensive that threatens the capital, Kabul, the US military is weighing the possibility of responding with warplanes or drones, the New York Times reported, citing senior officials.  President Joe Biden has pledged to end US military engagement in the country, including airstrikes, by September, but reserved the right to target terrorist groups that could harm American interests.  But the Pentagon is apparently now reconsidering conditions under which it …

Jun 10 2021

Bitcoin rallies after El Salvador adopts the crypto as legal tender

The world’s most prominent cryptocurrency, bitcoin, surged 13% on Thursday to above $37,300 after El Salvador officially recognized it as a legal tender, becoming the first country in the world to do so. The cryptocurrency is still significantly off from its record high of $64,829.14 that was reached in April.  The bill that has been passed in El Salvador will mandate all businesses to accept bitcoin for goods or services, but the government will act as a backstop for entities that aren’t willing to take on the risk of a volatile cryptocurrency. Also on rt.com Cryptocurrency world first as bitcoin …

Jun 10 2021

USA: Tribeca Film Festival becomes first held in person since start of pandemic

Tribeca Film Festival became the first major event of its kind in the US to start in-person since the beginning of the COVID pandemic last year. Footage shows fans who gathered outside United Palace Theater in New York City on Wednesday for a screening of ‘In the Heights’ – an adaptation of the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. “Joy, excitement, hope for the future and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see, to see the Washington Heights gets up whenever they feel powerless, how to feel powerful again. That’s why I am …

Jun 10 2021

Ronal-DOH! Cristiano roasted for ATROCIOUS free-kick… but goes on to score as Portugal rout Israel in final Euro warm-up (VIDEO)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s woeful free-kick provided a moment of viral humour but the Portugal star recovered to get himself on the scoresheet as Portugal warmed up for Euro 2020 with a win against Israel. Playing their final game before they begin the defence of their European title, Portugal recorded a routine win in Lisbon thanks to a double from Bruno Fernandes and goals from Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo. But before Fernandes opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, Portugal skipper Ronaldo was presented with a chance of his own as he lined up a free-kick around 25 yards out. Adopting his …

Jun 10 2021

‘Brazilians came from the jungle’?! Argentine president forced to apologize after ‘racist’ quote causes uproar

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez made a swift about-face after stating that Brazilians descend “from the jungle” while claiming his own country was founded by European colonists, triggering instant backlash. The Latin American leader made the controversial remark while meeting with his Spanish counterpart on Wednesday, seeking to distinguish Argentina from its neighbors by citing its historical ties to Europe. “I am a Europeanist. I am someone who believes in Europe,” Alberto Fernandez said during the meeting in Buenos Aires, going on to cite what he claimed were words from Mexican poet Octavio Paz. Mexicans came from the Indians, Brazilians from …

Jun 10 2021

Student who led Oxford vote to ‘cancel’ the Queen as symbol of ‘colonial history’ turns out to be AMERICAN

The son of a wealthy Washington, DC lawyer and schoolmate of President Barack Obama’s daughters led the vote by a group of Oxford University students to remove the portrait of Elizabeth II to make their common room a ‘safe space.’ Matthew Katzman, 25, graduated from Stanford University and is now a doctoral student in “complexity theory,” British newspapers reported on Wednesday. As president of the Magdalen College’s Middle Common Room, Katzman had tabled the motion to remove the portrait of the queen from the area, arguing that it is “meant to be a space for all to feel welcome” while …