Month: June 2016

Iconic pork sausages banned from Swiss school menus, MPs outraged

Iconic pork sausages banned from Swiss school menus, MPs outraged

The decision to serve only pork-free lunches in several schools in Basel Canton, Switzerland, has been blasted by the country’s conservatives, who accuse local authorities of giving in to religious minorities.

Four schools in the Binningen district of Basel Canton won’t have pork on their menu in the next academic year, the local council ruled last week.

But the decision was strongly condemned by the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which argued that pork sausages were an integral part of Switzerland’s cuisine and culture.

“We are outraged. When we first heard [about it] we thought we weren’t reading it right,” Susanna Keller, Swiss People’s Party representative, is cited by Basellandschaftliche Zeitung paper.

During a Binningen Council meeting, Keller wondered: “could it be that we are adapting to certain cultures, rather than the other way around?”

The SVP believes that pressure from religious minorities saw the Swiss“deprived of their beloved Klöpfer sausages.” It’s forbidden to eat pork in Muslim and Judaic religious traditions.

The largest party in the national parliament sent a formal information request to the council, asking if the ruling would lead to “more demands in future.”

Binningen Council spokesman Bernard Keller explained that the decision to drop pork from the school menu was made after a survey, which revealed that 5 percent of the parents didn’t want their kids to eat this type of meat.

According to the spokesman, the motives behind the parents’ desire to remove pork from the schools weren’t looked into.

“That wouldn’t be standard practice. When someone tells you their child is vegetarian, you don’t ask why,” he said.

Keller stressed that the council has no plans of completely “banning” pork in Binningen’s schools.

“If the caterer wants to serve up cervalat salad then he can. But he also has to offer an alternative,” he explained.

But the People’s Party now demands an investigation into the reasons which made the parents demand the removal of pork from the school menu.

It also urged a cost analysis to be performed, suggesting that replacing pork may be more expensive than keeping it.

However, SVP would have to wait for an answer to their info request at least until September as Binningen Council has just gone on summer holidays.

In March, Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) also had to stand up for pork sausages, which were dropped by many public canteens, daycare centers and schools due to the influx of Muslim refugees.

“The protection of minorities – including for religious reasons – must not mean that the majority is overruled in their free decision by ill-conceived consideration,” CDU parliamentary group leader Daniel Günther said, adding that tolerance also means “the appreciation and sufferance of other food cultures and lifestyles.”

A similar row in France in autumn 2015 led to Union of Democrats and Independents Party MP, Enter Yves Jego, launching an online petition to make vegetarian meals obligatory in all schools to avoid any tensions.

“Can we force a Catholic child to eat meat on Good Friday because nothing else is available, or a Jewish or Muslim kid to eat pork?” Jego said.

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End to Israel occupation to eradicate global terrorism: Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016. ©AFPPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has censured Israel for turning the occupied territories into an “open-air prison,” saying terrorism could be eliminated from the entire world if the regime’s occupation comes to an end.

In a lengthy speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday, Abbas slammed Tel Aviv’s “never-ending provocations” and “fascist policies” and said even senior Israeli politicians sharply criticize the regime’s current leadership.

Abbas highlighted three Israeli wars on the blockaded Gaza Strip, which left thousands of people dead, saying since 1967, the regime has imprisoned over a million Palestinians.

Israel “has turned our country into an open-air prison,” said Abbas, calling on EU states to help bring an end to Israeli occupation as a step towards the elimination of global terrorism and extremism.

“Once the occupation ends, terrorism will disappear, there will be no more terrorism in the Middle East, or anywhere else in the world,” he said.

The Palestinian leader further decried the global community for remaining silent on Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

“Their [Palestinians’] history, heritage, identity and geopolitical entity were historically massacred in the twentieth century, and that the massacre is still ongoing through the twenty first century under the eyes and ears of the international community,” he said.

He also said the regime keeps accusing Palestinian officials for encouraging violence against Israelis, while an Israeli rabbi has called for the poisoning of Palestinian water.

“Only a week ago, a number of rabbis in Israel announced, and made a clear announcement, demanding that their government poison the water to kill the Palestinians,” Abbas said.

“Isn’t that clear incitement to commit mass killings against the Palestinian people?” he asked.

He was referring to a report in Turkish media earlier this month saying an Israeli rabbi had made such a call.

Since last October, tensions have been running high between the Israeli military and Palestinian protesters, in what analysts describe as a new intifada against Tel Aviv. At least 217 Palestinians have so far been killed by Israeli troops so far.

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CIA Ties to Hollywood on Verge of Being Exposed

(ANTIMEDIA) An amendment added to Congress’ annual intelligence spending bill may help the public gain a better idea of the U.S. government’s relationship with Hollywood.

According to VICE News, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), included an amendment to S. 3017 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit reports detailing the relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agencies and Hollywood. It would also require 15 other agencies to disclose the nature of their relationships with the film industry. These reports would have to be presented annually to congressional oversight committees.

Between 2006 and 2011, VICE reported, the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) had a role in at least 22 of the U.S. entertainment industry’s projects. Some of the productions listed by VICE included the films Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, television shows like Top Chef and Covert Affairs, and documentaries such as the History channel’s Air America and the BBC’s The Secret War on Terror. The book, The Devil’s Light, also had the help of the CIA.

Some of the most controversial findings regarding the relationship between OPA officials and Hollywood insiders were tied to the blockbuster, Zero Dark Thirty.

According to the redacted and previously classified December 2012 CIA report released by Judicial Watch, the CIA granted “‘secret level’ access to the makers of the movie Zero Dark Thirty.” According to VICE, “filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal showered CIA officers involved in the operation with gifts and received unprecedented access, which included the disclosure of classified information to Bigelow and Boal by CIA director Leon Panetta.”

While these revealing facts shocked the world at the time of their release, the relationship between the CIA and the entertainment industry actually dates back to the 1950s.

According to an interview with Public Radio International, Tricia Jenkins, author of The CIA in Hollywood, says that the CIA “developed a think tank to fight communist ideology, which negotiated the rights to George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ – getting a talking pig on the screen 20 years before ‘Charlotte’s Web.’” The agency pressed for “line changes in 1950s scripts to make black characters more dignified, and white characters more tolerant” in order to promote “an attractive image of America to a world picking sides in the Cold War.”

In 1996, PRI reports, the CIA employed a Hollywood liaison. Chase Brandon was the cousin of actor Tommy Lee Jones, a relationship that lent the agency a great number of valuable Hollywood connections. After Brandon was brought on, Jenkins explains, the portrayal of the CIA changed:

Before the 1990s, in films like ‘Three Days of the Condor’, the CIA was portrayed as evil, amoral assassins, or sometimes buffoons, like Max on the TV show ‘Get Smart’.

Adult toys, oral & anal sex part of German school education program targeting homophobia

© Vincent Kessler

Anal sex practices, sadomasochism and adult sex toys should become known to German pupils through “theatrical performance,” lectures or workshops, according to teaching materials promoted by a state-supported anti-homophobia project.

Fourteen-year-olds in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the most-populous state in Germany, may come across school classes making them aware of anal sex, sadomasochism and the use of sex toys, including dildos, as early as in the next school year, according to Die Welt newspaper.

It all comes as part of an offbeat project called ‘School of Diversity’, jointly run by the regional education ministry and a number of LGBT advocacy groups to “reflect on tabooed, but very relevant themes [for teenagers],” as well as to promote diversity and tolerance in German society.

Proposed for school children in Year 7, the project seeks to introduce classes dealing with things like “premature ejaculation”, “orgasms”, sadomasochism and even “dark rooms” – places usually found in nightclubs, gay bathhouses or sex clubs where group intercourse between different or same sexes can take place.

The ‘School of Diversity’ lectures and workshops would also give pupils a chance to explore “different identity possibilities” as well as taste “new experience” – particularly by mimicking oral sex and using dildos or vagina simulators in “theatrical performances.”

Teaching materials describing the controversial activities are offered under fairly decent titles, such as ‘Playful examination of love and sexuality’ or ‘Terms related to love, sexuality and partnership’, according to Die Welt.

“Young people need support to stand for their sexual orientation,” reads the project’s official page at NRW education ministry’s website. “Acceptance of lesbians and gays has to turn into self-confidence … And diversity of the society has positive impact on democratic process.”

At the same time, the project is criticized by some politicians, including those, who campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.

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Danish youth party performs song calling Obama ‘talentless negro’ in front of US envoy

U.S. President Barack Obama © Carlos Barria

The bold lyrics were written and performed by the Dansk Folkepartis Ungdom (DFU) – the youth branch of the Danish People’s Party – at the annual People’s Meeting (Folkemødet), held on the island of Bornholm.

The party described the tune as a “festive and humorous” song about the upcoming US presidential election, which declared the party’s support for Donald Trump and made comments about Obama’s race, The Local reports. The lyrics read, in part:

“There is Obama, and he’s negro
And without talent, and he is no bro
Make America great again with Trump”

The song was posted in its entirety on Facebook by journalist and political commentator David Trads, who called on the youth party to apologize – especially since the song was sung in front of US Ambassador Rufus Gifford, who previously worked as finance director for Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.

“I hope the Danish People’s Party leaders will publicly apologize for its youth party’s misplaced and idiotic behavior in front of Obama’s friend and official representative but it is probably too much to ask. Unfortunately,” Trads wrote.

However, as Trads’ Facebook post circulated online, the party did issue an apology.

“It wasn’t the intention to hurt or insult the American ambassador, Obama’s friend for many years, and I bitterly regret that we used that terminology in what was meant as a funny reference but was misunderstood and did more harm than good,” DFU National Chairman Lucas Hultgren said, adding he has “the utmost respect” for both Gifford and Obama.

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Israeli Air Force Personnel Ordered to Form Google Logo at Airbase

The next Israel Independence Day, expect to see the letters of the Google logo featured on the company’s homepage shaped by Israeli air force personnel and framed by two F-16 jets. No, this is not a hoax and not from The Onion.  It was reported by Israel state radio (IBA) veteran military reporter, Carmella Menashe.

When Google CEO, Eric Schmidt came calling at the Hatzerim Airbase, the airmen there were ordered by their commanding officers to join in a formation which, from the air, spelled out the Google icon. The logo was framed by two Lavi fighter jets.  How absolutely picturesque.

This macabre commercial venture appears to have been organized by those innovative folks in the IAF public affairs unit.  Though what they could’ve been thinking when they devised this stunt, Lord only knows.

The airmen themselves were unhappy with being recruited to promote Google. They believed that they had enlisted in the Air Force to serve their country and not to promote corporate interests.

In separate remarks made during his Israel visit, Schmidt praised Israel for its compulsory army service which, so he naively believes, “allows both men and women to emerge from such service with superior analytical and leadership skills, permitting the State of Israel to become a global leader.”

This whole gambit by the IAF reminded one reader of the character Scheisskopf (“shithead” in German) in the novel, Catch-22. He is a low-level officer who is continually promoted from a minor rank to Lt.

In another social media story, Facebook Israel hired former PMO staffer and current foreign ministry PR flack, Jordana Cutler. She will be a liaison for Facebook with the government. Her hiring appears to be a sop thrown to Internal Security Minister Gil Erdan, who threatened to submit a Knesset bill which to hold a Facebook responsible for anti-Israel content.

Cutler will presumably be the right wing government’s eyes and ears inside Facebook and an internal lobbyist for ultra-nationalism inside the company.

Israel has stepped up its monitoring of social media as have other authoritarian nations like China, Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar. It arrested Palestinians who have posted material supporting resistance to Occupation. If Cutler’s hiring means Israel expects Facebook to preemptively monitor and censure such content, then the company may face the wrath of users both in Israel and worldwide.

Dying 78 Year Old CIA Agent Admits To Killing Marilyn Monroe

he carried out 37 assassinations for the us government between 1959 and 1972 including marilyn monroe

When people are on their deathbed, they have nothing to lose and nothing to gain. One of the most awe inspiring stories from the entertainment industry is that of Marilyn Monroe and the 78 year old retired CIA officer, Norman Hodges, who made some of the most ground breaking confessions ever noted from an ex CIA officer.

In amongst his many confessions, he admits to being a group member of five CIA agents, whose sole task was to carry out assassinations. He also admits one of his assassinations

being none other than Glamour icon, Marilyn Monroe, who was killed not just because of her ties with John F Kennedy, but also because she slept with Fidel Castro, ultimately making her a massive national security risk.

Hodges says he has no regrets.

He claims he carried out 37 assassinations for the US Government between 1959 and 1972 including Marilyn Monroe.

Hodges had worked for the CIA.

Hodges was a CIA officer for 41 years working as an operative amongst top level security clearances, he claims he was employed as a hit-man by the organisation, his duty was to assassinate individuals who posed a threat to the security of the United States of America.

He was trained as a sniper and a martial arts expert, but also trained in other methods ranging from taking people out with poisons to using explosives.

Despite his old age, Hodges has managed to recall each of the assassinations he committed for the CIA. He goes on to admit that the murders were carried out on American soil and by the orders of his then commanding officer, Major James “Jimmy” Hayworth.

He also claims the timeline for the assassinations were between August 1959 and March 1972, when the “the CIA had its own agenda”. Furthermore, he admits that he was part of an operation team of five members, who were taking orders to carry out the assassinations. Their victims were from all walks of life ranging from journalists, union leaders, political activists, artists and scientists – all of which were killed because their radical ideas posed a threat to the interests of the United States.

Hodges admits that Marilyn Monroe was the only woman he had ever assassinated, a unique target at the time. He claims she had become a significant “threat for the security of the country” and had to be eliminated.

“We had evidence that Marilyn Monroe had not only slept with Kennedy, but also with Fidel Castro” says M. Hodges. “My commanding officer, Jimmy Hayworth, told me that she had to die, and that it had to look like a suicide or an overdose. I had never killed a woman before, but I obeyed orders… I did it for America! She could have transmitted strategic information to the communists, and we couldn’t allow that! She had to die! I just did what I had to do!”

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German nudists told to cover up as asylum seekers home opens near skinny-dipping lake nudists told to cover up as asylum seekers home opens near skinny-dipping lakeThe birthday-suited members of the Family Sport and Naturist Association Moritzburg in eastern Germany asked for funds to build a fence shielding them from the prying eyes of residents in the new facility.

Instead they got a letter back from authorities saying they would no longer be allowed to skinny dip in the lake that will separate their naked paradise from the new £1.2 million all-male refugee centre.

The nudists claim their starkers way of life – the club near the ancient porcelain manufacturing center of Meissen has been going since 1905 – is being threatened by officials not wanting to offend newcomers.

“I don’t know whether it is wise to set up the asylum home here,” said Petra Hoffman, 70-year-old club treasurer.

“Many members are worried about camping out on our land in summer with the home across the water.

“Now they say we can no longer swim nude and have sent the instructions to us in many languages on a laminated board.”

Public baths have become a flashpoint in the German refugee crisis as strictly Muslim men have become aroused at the sight of scantily clad females and seen their attire as an invitation for sex.

Many pools across country have been forced to put up signs warning refugees that bikinis are not an invitation to a come-on from over-stimulated men.

The home will house 112 asylum seekers on the pond at Radeburg.

“We need the home,” said a local authority spokesman. “There is no other alternative.”

The official said the bathing rules were actually in place before the home was planned but are now being enforced in a bid to head off any potential incidents.

But the nudists will still be allowed to wander around their club area naked – something that many said they will be loathe to do with the new residents across the way eyeing them.

And the 400 members are united in their determination to carry on swimming in the buff.

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CNN’s Liberal Meltdown: Brexit Means ‘Xenophobia,’ ‘White Identity’ Win

CNN's Liberal Meltdown: Brexit Means ‘Xenophobia,’ ‘White Identity’ WinLiberal CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour suffered an epic meltdown on Thursday night as it became clear that Britain was asserting its national sovereignty and voting to leave the European Union. The sneering Amanpour repeatedly derided it as an example of “xenophobia” and “white identity” politics.

Early in the evening, with the result still in doubt, Amanpour told Anderson Cooper: “A lot of the Leave movements are led by the hard-right, very, very xenophobic, anti-immigrant, very populist, nationalist, white identity politics.” Later, as reality set in, the journalist referenced the current issue of The Economist and raged, “This marks a victory for the kind of economic nationalism, to quote this article here, for the kind of xenophobia, that will imperil the liberal world order that has guaranteed western prosperity and stability since World War II.”

Continuing to get worked up, Amanpour again bashed the result as racism. She warned that “anti-establishment, populist, nationalist, and in many cases xenophobic parties will also get a huge wind from this, and try to spin off as well. That is a worst case scenario that people are incredibly afraid of at this point.”

In case one missed the point, she underlined, “And it has also said this victory, for which Nigel Farage, the anti-immigrant, xenophobic leader of the UK Independence Party.”

When Amanpour wasn’t calling the majority of British voters racist, she was mocking them as stupid:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: So, this is a moment of destiny that many, many people, the overwhelming, the overwhelming preponderance of experts and independent analysts and allies of the UK and the scientists, and the academics and the economists and the business and even the he sports people, the overwhelming majority said, “Stay in the EU.” The people wanted to do something different.

Of course, this was the same woman who compared then-French Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy’s insulting of rioters to attacking Obama:

“The black people in France are very proud and very hopeful for their future. They also live, many of them, in poor situations. And you know, you’ve had your own riots here and protests and disturbances in the Banlieue – in the city. At one point, when we were covering those riots, when you were Interior Minister, you called the rioters ‘scum.’ And I’m wondering whether you feel, today, when you stand next to someone you clearly admire so much, and who has broken so many barriers, that you regret that term or that you wish you hadn’t said it?”

– CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour to French President Nicolas Sarkozy during a July 25, 2008 press conference with Barack Obama shown live on CNN.

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