Thought for the day

"The more shocking a news story is, the more likely it's bullshit!" -- Michael Rivero

At least five people were killed and over 70 others were injured on Monday by Iranian security forces firing live ammunition during a wave of protests in the Kurdish areas of western Iran, decrying the death of a Kurdish woman in detention.

Two young men were killed by Iranian security forces in the town of Divandarreh in Iran’s Kurdistan province after protests broke out in the country over the killing of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini for alleged improper hijab, Arsalan Yarahmedi, the head of Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, told Rudaw English. 

As Germany copes with a massive energy crisis, the police in the state of Berlin are preparing for large-scale looting and rioting in the wake of possible blackouts.

The Berlin Police have “secretly” drafted an “anti-chaos paper” outlining the measures needs to contain widespread public unrest and riots this winter, German newspaper Die Berliner Zeitung reported Friday.

Protests against gas prices are rising in Europe. European citizens are increasingly dissatisfied with the directions taken by their countries and organize demonstrations to express their opinions against the EU and its sanctions. In Austria, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demand political changes. However, the western media continues to ignore the protests.

Thousands in Haiti faced are facing water shortages after days of protest virtually halted distribution, witnesses said.

An approaching storm was causing more worry in the Caribbean country on Saturday.

Many residents of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince have been forced to shelter at home this week as gunfire broke out and burning tires blocked streets during protests over fuel price hikes and crime.

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” — Abraham Lincoln

It’s easy to become discouraged about the state of our nation.

We’re drowning under the weight of too much debt, too many wars, too much power in the hands of a centralized government, too many militarized police, too many laws, too many lobbyists, and generally too much bad news.

As Western Europe flexes itself for a winter of protests against NATO’s Ukrainian campaign, the science and mechanics of protests both warrant examination to gauge the abyss that lies ahead.

As Western Europe flexes itself for a winter of protests against NATO’s Ukrainian campaign, the science and mechanics of protests both warrant examination to gauge the abyss that lies ahead.

A rally against anti-Russian sanctions and Rome’s policies on Ukraine was held in Italy’s Bologna on Saturday.

An organizer of the event, Italian student and the author of the United Italy project Amedeo Avondet, told TASS that a few hundred of people gathered in the city ‘s Piazza Santo Stefano. Many of them were carrying Russian and Italian flags.

Addressing the crowd, the activist stressed the negative impact of anti-Russian sanctions on the Italian economy, mentioning a "devastating spiral of inflation."

Angry Customers Demand Explanation As German Energy Bills Soar MikeRivero Sat, 09/17/2022 - 12:08

Utilities in Germany have had to handle a surge in customer service calls in recent weeks from clients angry or desperate about their sky-rocketing energy bills, Reuters reports.

A newly-formed medical union gathered in Melbourne at the weekend in a bid to reclaim medicine from the tight-grip of political control.

AMPS (Australian Medical Professional Society) was formed as part of movement to bring back trust and autonomy to the doctor-patient relationship.

The message from medical professionals who attended was clear: Let doctors be doctors and keep the politics out of medicine.