NATO will have a meeting in Lithuania next week and Ukraine is expected to get some kind of invitation although maybe not a full-blown invitation.
U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith said this about it: “Most of us feel confident that we are going to be able to come to an agreement that will reflect where we are and that the Ukrainians will believe and feel is something above and beyond restating Bucharest.”
In 2008 in Bucharest, Ukraine and Georgia were both given a “someday” invitation to NATO. This time, NATO members are looking for something that will make them “believe and feel” better than that.
On Friday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $1.5 billion loan to Ukraine for economic recovery from the war. This is the same IMF that asked Ukraine to stop wasting $8 million per day waging war in the Donbas and attacking its own citizens since 2014. The IMF worried that Ukraine was insolvent a decade ago but they apparently don't have that worry now. Why do you think that is?
This is not the romantic revolution from Les Miserables. This is a crisis of civilization as riots rage across France and Switzerland this weekend.
Last week a 17 year-old Muslim boy with an extensive criminal background was pulled over and fatally shot by police. The video went viral and prompted protests and riots, looting and burning.
The rioters are protesting about the race of the victim saying that Muslims are mistreated in France. But those same protestors are making it unsafe for everyone, highlighting the fact that France has a gang problem.
Some are presenting this as a problem of an influx of Muslim immigrants. It seems to have less to do with religion and more to do with the economics of mass migration.
Others are saying that this is cultural assimilation. The French love to riot. It is the basis of Les Miserables! These images are not like Les Miserables. Once civilians are held hostage to gun violence in their own town, something entirely different is happening.
The French government is now censoring social media in an attempt to quell the riots.
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The Dutch government has declared a state of emergency in order to prevent farmers from driving their equipment into city centers to protest climate policies. We have covered these climate policies that are targeting farmers extensively. Watch here.
Protests are led by a group called the Farmers Defense Force (FDF). They say that this emergency was declared to put down their protests. Does this sound familiar? Oh yeah, the Canadian trucker convoy.
Police have been diverting tractors to keep them from reaching city centers and detaining protestors who come on foot. Many of these farmers have nothing to lose. The government is forcibly taking their farms and forcing them to sign documents saying that they will not start a new farm anywhere else in the European Union.
Maya Forstater has won over £100,000 in her case against the Center for Global Development (CGD). This is the case that J.K. Rowling spoke out about in her first foray into the gender critical space with this Tweet in support her Forstater.
Maya Forstater worked at a think-tank called CGD when she Tweeted about a debate based on Professor Kathleen Stock’s assertions that sex is immutable. She was fired for this and when she sued, she originally lost her case. At trial, she was asked questions such as: How did you come upon your “novel” belief that sex in humans is immutable? On what basis did she think that male people could not be female? Could she name philosophers who agreed with her?
She appealed and won and on Friday was awarded this judgement ordering the CGD to pay Forstater £91,500 in compensation for loss of earnings and emotional damage, plus £14,900 in interest, adding up to a total of £106,400.
This is an important case as it sets a precedent that the belief in immutable sex is in fact a protected belief and maybe not as “novel” as it seems.
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14. That is how many professional fights Natasha Jonas has won to become the two-weight world champion after a knock-out against her opponent Kandi Wyatt this weekend.
47 years. That is what Google says is the normal time it takes to make certain calculations that the company’s quantum computers can make in just seconds. They say that their latest computers are “beyond the capabilities of existing classical supercomputers.”