In one fell swoop, Pompeo managed to dabble in some light racism – claiming the killing of journalists is the norm in Middle Eastern society – and in normalizing the murder of journalists, which is a worldwide tragedy. He also misrepresents the career of Khashoggi, who worked as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. Fortunately, Pompeo’s career and time spent around Trump have guaranteed no one will take him seriously.
The Washington Post’s attack on Pompeo is no surprise since the paper has been steadfast to undermine anything done by the Trump administration — including relationships forged with the Saudis to keep the US safe. The Post might be the ones taking an outrageous stance to make money.
While the UK likes to present its humanitarian face when talking about Ukrainian refugees, brown or black migrants are treated as third-class humans. The Rwanda deal is the most prominent example of the increasing anti-human and perfidious policy of externalized migration control. Until the UK meets its responsibilities, it must forfeit any right to portray itself as a champion of human rights.
One thing must not be forgotten when discussing the asylum pact The majority of Britons welcome the deportation of illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda. At the same time, Britain is far more tolerant and welcoming of ethnic minorities than most of Europe. The problem is the misconceived ideology of "multiculturalism," which leads to uncontrolled immigration and puts Britain's social cohesion and political stability at risk.
Britain's excess death rate is at a disastrous high, and the issue far surpasses COVID. Dismal ambulance response times, the NHS staffing crisis, alongside the wider structural issue of social inequality in the middle of a cost-of-living disaster, are all to blame as part of Tory failures. Excess deaths are the result of a broken system pushed by an ideologically crazed government. This could've been avoided.
Although many blame the government for the excess deaths and the state of the NHS, in reality, the issue stems from COVID policies that led to long-term damage to the economy and the UK's health services. While anyone who pushed against lockdowns and masks was deemed radical, we are now seeing the results of these policies that were political rather than scientific, and the mainstream media refuses to admit its role in the disaster.
It is early days in studies concerning antidepressants and antibiotic resistance, and this evidence is not yet conclusive. However, we know for sure that the overuse of antibiotics itself causes problems for public health. Intensive farming methods mean most livestock and poultry are pumped with antibiotics which then enter humans through consumption. This, coupled with the contamination of our water supply, has left our species vulnerable to some of the world's most dangerous diseases.
The idea that antidepressants are linked to resistance to antibiotics has been known by the scientific community for years — this new research is only strengthening preexisting theories. As millions of people are set to die from this phenomenon in the coming decades, it's time to prioritize the issue, and look for ways to avoid what were once easily preventable deaths.
The drastic increase in antidepressant use over the last 30 years should, itself, be questioned. New research from University College London has shown that serotonin levels in those with depression are the same as those without, if not greater, suggesting that Big Pharma pushed the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression solely to make profits. If overuse of antidepressants could be contributing to antibiotic resistance, as well as causing unnecessary human suffering, the culture around their consumption may be in need of radical reform.
There is a 50% chance that there will be at least 64.2K deaths in the US due to antibiotic-resistant infections in 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
The decision by Germany and the US to send battle tanks is momentous because these — unlike missile defense systems for instance — are not considered defensive weapons. Despite the slight disarray, this signals to Russia that Western allies are committed to fully backing Ukraine in the war and seeing that it comes out victorious.
While Russia will destroy these tanks like all other NATO equipment, this escalation unmasks the West's real intention in Ukraine which is seeking the strategic defeat of Russia. This move should leave no illusions as to who the real aggressors are in this conflict.
There is a 2% chance that Ukraine will officially recognize a former Ukrainian territory (Luhansk, Donetsk, or Crimea) as independent before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
Although the downing of the MH17 flight was perpetrated by Russian separatists and not Russia itself, Moscow still had a significant influence on the separatists’ military strategy. Russia provided the separatists with political and economic support — including providing weapons and carrying out artillery attacks requested by the rebels. Russia violated the European Convention on Human Rights and needs to be held accountable for its actions.
Russia no longer belongs to the European Convention on Human Rights, so no matter what this court says, the rulings do not matter and have little standing as they can't be enforced. The impact of any ruling will be largely symbolic. Western countries are showing bias because of their support of the Ukrainian government and are trying to punish Russia for actions it had no part in.
Global threats have risen substantially from regional wars, climate change, and COVID. As the Doomsday Clock sounds an alarm for humanity, we need urgent multilateral global action and conversation to deter rising tensions. If there was ever a time for world leaders to turn back the Clock, it’s now.
The Doomsday Clock — having now arbitrarily ticked down the seconds to nuclear apocalypse for three-quarters of a century — isn't a predictor of global nuclear conflict but merely a metaphor. There's little to no science, data, indicators, or citations in the dire warning. It's only speculation and punditry, which is too often confused for scientific portent.
There's a 50% chance that the Doomsday Clock will reach midnight by January 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
While each attack has a unique motive ranging from workplace disputes to mental health issues and hateful ideologies, it is indisputable that the widespread availability of firearms in the US is behind the country's epidemic of mass shootings. Given America's deep-rooted suspicion of authority and the inability of its political system to tackle this problem, there is little reason to believe that mass shootings will subside.
Despite homicides and gun ownership decreasing since the 1960s, mass attacks have been trending upward due to the erosion of traditional values and the social structure in the US. Liberals have turned US culture toxic by causing a harmful plunge in two-parent households, divisive gender issues, and excusing individuals from responsibility.
Pope Francis was already more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community than his predecessors, and these words are a historic step toward further acceptance by the Church. Although the Church still might not be as open as it should be, Francis’ words could save lives in places where there are severe consequences for LGBTQ+ populations. Francis’ words come just as he’s about to make a historic visit to Africa where these rights are under threat.
While the LGBTQ+ community shouldn't be discriminated against, Francis’ continued pushing of the LGBTQ+ agenda is remaking Catholic teaching into another body espousing progressive ideology under the guise of traditionalism. There is no middle ground. The Church has nearly two millennia of teachings on the issue, and Francis’ attempt to reverse this is a repudiation of Catholic doctrine.
There is a 2% chance there will be an openly LGBT Pope before 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
Musk can brag about setting another record for profits, but the positive news might not be enough to quell the anxiety of investors. Aside from what might be going on with Musk away from Tesla, the company could be facing softening demand, and the dip in its usually competitive automotive gross margin could lead to a major drop in its stock price.
Musk's success with all his businesses makes him a Wall Street favorite, and there’s no reason to shy away from believing in him now. The latest report paints an optimistic picture for 2023 and signals plenty of upside for the electric vehicle maker's stock, regardless of what else Musk is dabbling in.