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Taiwan. The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its "Summit for Democracy" next month a move likely to infuriate China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory.
Australia. Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based Shia group has been designated as a “terrorist” organisation. In May, the United States had called on governments worldwide to take action against Hezbollah. The United Kingdom and Canada have already added the organisation to their “terrorist” lists.
Africa. West and Central Africa is the region with the highest number of child soldiers in the world, as well as the most underage victims of sexual violence, according to UNICEF. Since 2016, the region has been hit by growing conflict in which more than 21,000 children have been recruited by government forces and armed groups.
Ethiopia. More countries have told their nationals to leave Ethiopia. On Tuesday, France advised its citizens to leave Ethiopia “without delay”. Germany also called on its citizens to leave the country on the first available commercial flights, following similar advisories by the United States and the United Kingdom in recent weeks, citing a deteriorating security situation.
1778 British explorer Captain James Cook is the first European to visit Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii).
1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology.
1983 World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, and diamonds stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England.
Vaccine Or Your Job
The Story The Federal Government has announced that the December 1 COVID-19 vaccination mandate stands, warning employees who love their jobs to go and get vaccinated.
So there's no choice in this? No, at least for federal civil servants. Speaking during the COVID-19 vaccination update yesterday, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, observed that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate has become a global phenomenon and Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in the fight against the pandemic.
What's the penalty for defaulting? The chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had announced that effective December 1, 2021, unvaccinated Federal Government workers won’t be allowed access into public offices, as part of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Insisting that the mandate was in the best interest of Nigerians, the minister confirmed the availability of sufficient COVID-19 vaccine doses and advised unvaccinated persons to take advantage of that and get immunised against the virus. SOURCE
New Modi’s Operandi
The Story It turns out protesting really can make a difference, even if it takes over a year to do it.
What happened, and where? Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a television address to the nation on Friday that he would repeal three laws about farming, saying, “Today, I beg the forgiveness of my countrymen and say with a pure heart and honest mind that perhaps there was some shortcoming.” The victory for farmers is hard-won, after Modi’s laws were passed in September 2020.
Is the Indian government usually this responsive? Most of the protests were focused in New Delhi, and are reflective of a general dissatisfaction with Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi took office seven years ago, and has become increasingly authoritarian, so his concession to protesters came as somewhat of a surprise -- though some think it’s all for show. Modi didn’t apologize for his mistake, but rather “admitted only to neglect and oversight in how the policies were messaged,” according to Berkeley anthropologist Angana Chatterji.
What's the concern over the new laws? The farm laws were certainly not the first time Modi’s faced opposition from constituents, but they proved to be the most controversial. The laws turned the agricultural market over to commercial buyers, which leaves farmers at the mercy of huge companies. India’s current system essentially ensures farmers a minimum wage, as the government purchases goods and sets the prices. Farmers were understandably nervous to turn their fate over to large corporations, and the ups and downs of the markets. Despite the government’s promises that they would be okay, the farmers’ fears were not assuaged.
Nearly 60% of India’s population relies on agriculture, and many aren’t qualified for or can’t find other sources of livelihood. Over 80% of farms in India are smaller family farms, which means what they make is vital to their survival. The visceral reaction farmers had to the changes proposed by Modi are simply a reaction to the overall failings of the Indian economy to provide for its farmers, either in the agricultural sector or in offering up alternative streams of livelihood. SOURCE
Elections Heating Up In Chile
The Story Chile has been embroiled in civil unrest and protests for nearly two years, beginning in 2019 with protests that saw millions of people taking to the streets in defiance of social and economic disparities. This week, voters will choose a new leader for the country, and the two front-runners could not be more different from one another.
How do you mean? On the one hand, voters can choose Gabriel Boric, a 35-year-old progressive who organized protests in 2011 to demand better and cheaper higher education for all. Now, he runs on a platform that promises to overhaul General Augusto Pinochet’s economic model. Boric says, “There are lots of things we want to change about the current model: the total privatisation of social rights, the triumph of individualism over cooperation, and a development model based on the extraction of natural resources.” He wants to make Chile more inclusive, decentralized, sustainable, and to make the citizens more participatory.
And his opponent? Arguing for change, Boric says that the idea of the “Chilean miracle” wasn’t actually for everyone -- “when you talk to people in low-wage neighbourhoods, they will look around and ask you where this progress can actually be found.” In contrast, his competition is José Antonio Kast, a far-right proponent of Pinochet’s dictatorship and of the status quo. Kast has said he considers himself to be politically incorrect, is a strict Catholic, and opposes marriage equality and abortion. His old-fashioned and unwavering views appeal to those who want a firm hand after two years of unpredictability.
How do they stand in polls? The candidates are currently almost tied (though Kast has a slight lead), but neither looks in great shape to cross the 50% threshold needed to win, which will result in a runoff election in December to decide who takes over for President Sebastián Piñera in March 2022. Five other candidates remain in the field, including two moderates who will likely split the centrist vote. Yasna Provoste, the only female candidate, and Sebastián Sichel, who has regained some faith after a couple of recent gaffes by Kast in the waning days of campaigning.
The remaining candidates make up quite a cast of characters. There’s Eduardo Artés the communist, a primary school teacher, and Marco Enríquez-Ominami, who has run for the presidency four times but never made the second round. Rounding it out is Franco Parisi, a businessman who has spent his candidacy in the United States as he owes his ex-wife a significant amount of child support that he would have to pay when he returns to Chile. SOURCE
A New York Rabbi, A British Soccer Club, & Kim Kardashian Walk Into A Bar
The Story After Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul fell to the Taliban in August, it was clear to many that escaping the country was the only safe option. Countries frantically airlifted as many people out as they could, but not everyone who wanted to leave was able to.
What's the news? The Taliban made quick work of placing limits on women’s participation in society and education, and playing sports was seen as an act of defiance. Early on Thursday, members of the Afghanistan women’s youth development soccer team flew into the United Kingdom in a plane chartered by Kim Kardashian. Over 30 players and their families landed at Stansted Airport outside London, where they will quarantine for 10 days due to Covid-19 before being at liberty to start their new lives, with sponsorship from Leeds United, one of England’s football clubs.
Is this a relocation? Yes, it is. Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s national women’s team, was spearheading efforts to get the women and their families out of the country. Popal said that the families have had their homes burned down, been captured, and in some cases even been killed because the women were playing soccer. Australia evacuated the members of Afghanistan’s national women’s soccer team, while the girls’ team was resettled in Portugal. The development team had managed to get themselves to Pakistan, but were unable to get a flight out, even after securing U.K. visas.
How did Kim Kardashian come into this? Tzedek Association, a nonprofit group in the U.S., stepped in to help the women get from Pakistan as their temporary visas were close to running out. Rabbi Moshe Margaretten, the founder of the association, had worked with Kim Kardashian on criminal justice reform initiatives in the past, and reached out to her for assistance. Kim and her brand, SKIMS, made the donation to fund the entire flight. SOURCE
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What is the name of Nigeria’s current Chief Justice?
A. Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad
B. Mohammed Meya
C. Faustina Okoro
QUESTION & ANSWER
How do you recognize people with high intelligence?
Real Cat Williamson
In my experience, the most intelligent people in any space are usually the ones who don't have much to say. Studies have shown that the more introverted a person is, the higher their IQ. A true intellect in a room full of people is typically just listening, digesting, and formulating their carefully thought and not impulsive answers to any and every question that could possibly be pondered, and depending on the crowd, may still not say a word, opting instead to keep their pearls of wisdom to themselves rather than throwing them before potential swine.
MY POINT BEING THIS …
Be careful of all the bullshit you sling in front of those QUIET "sleeper cell geniuses". They just may be sitting back silently sizing you up, calling you out, and laughing their own asses off as they watch not only you hanging yourself, but all the other "not so know it all dumbasses" who are actually buying what you're selling.
Trust me when I tell that what I'm saying is true. Not only was I married to a "sleeper cell genius", but I've given birth to two. My late husband's IQ was 147, and although they haven't yet been tested, I know my kids are in that realm as well. ALL THREE OF THEM: VERY quiet. VERY observant. ALWAYS PAYING ATTENTION! I couldn't so much as pass a cat-sized TURD past my husband, lest I'd end up eating it. Both my kids are the same damn way.
Watch out for those quiet ones that don't have much to say. When they finally do decide to partake in an intellectual conversation, they'll drop a smart bomb on ya the size of the Atlantic Ocean and you'll never see it coming! SOURCE
What is the name of Nigeria’s current Chief Justice?