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The US president is exploiting the conflict in Ukraine to expand NATO and enrich defense contractors, Tulsi Gabbard said

US President Joe Biden is using the conflict in Ukraine to engineer “regime change in Russia” and feed the military-industrial complex, former US representative and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard told Fox News viewers on Friday. Meanwhile, America’s European allies are paying the price as Biden builds his “New World Order.”

Filling in for Fox host Tucker Carlson on Friday, the former Congresswoman from Hawaii issued a scathing condemnation of the Biden administration’s anti-Russia sanctions, which she said have only hurt the US and Europe while Russia rakes in record energy profits.

“Europe is in a massive energy crisis right now,” she stated, citing record power prices in France, public lighting cutbacks and impending heating shortages in Germany, and restrictions on home and business energy usage in the UK and Spain

“Why is all this happening?” she ..

Amid Western condemnation, conservative Iranian outlets called the author “Satan” and an “apostate”

Western authors and officials have strongly condemned the attack on the Indian-born British-American novelist Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in New York state on Friday. Iranian media and officials, however, reacted by recalling the reasons that prompted the Islamic Republic’s former leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, to issue a religious edict calling for his death back in 1989.

French President Emmanuel blasted the author’s stabbing as a “cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism,” adding that the “fight against obscurantism” that Rushdie was engaged in is “universal.”

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the incident, adding that the author of ‘Satanic Verses’ was “exercising a right we should never cease to defend.” The White House national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, also called the attack on Rushdie “appalling” while thanking the fi..

Hadi Matar is accused of knifing the famed author in the neck and torso

Prosecutors in New York have charged Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey resident, with attempted second-degree murder on Saturday, after novelist Salman Rushdie was left in critical condition following a stabbing attack a day earlier.

“The individual responsible for the attack yesterday, Hadi Matar, has now been formally charged with attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said in a statement.

“He was arraigned on these charges last night and remanded without bail,” Schmidt continued, noting that state and federal authorities are considering whether to apply additional charges.

Rushdie was attacked on Friday by a knife-wielding suspect while he gave a lecture on freedom of expression at the Chautauqua Institution. The 75-year-old Indian-born British-American author was stabbed in the neck and torso between 10 and 15 times, acc..

A lack of visionary leadership is to blame, the veteran statesman says

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told the Wall Street Journal that Washington has rejected traditional diplomacy, and in the absence of a great leader, has driven the world to the precipice of war over Ukraine and Taiwan. Kissinger previously courted controversy for suggesting that Kiev abandon some of its territorial claims to end the conflict with Russia.

“We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to,” Kissinger said in the interview, published on Saturday.

Kissinger, now 99 years old, elaborated on the West’s role in the Ukraine conflict in a recent book profiling prominent post-WWII leaders. He described Russia’s decision to send troops into the country in February as motivated by its own security, as having Ukraine join NATO would move the alliance’s weapons to within 300 miles..

Doug Ford inhaled the insect while discussing privatizing Canadian healthcare

Ontario Premier Doug Ford accidentally swallowed a bee in the midst of a Friday press conference in Dundalk, as he discussed the future of Canada’s healthcare system, defusing a potentially tense moment.

After declaring “everything is on the table” regarding the controversial potential privatization of the state-run system, Ford was interrupted by the insect zooming down his gullet.

“Holy Christ, I just swallowed a bee!” he exclaimed, apologizing to the laughing crowd of reporters for the interruption and correctly predicting that video of the show-stealing insect would be “replayed over and over again.”

“Man, he went right down the hatch,” the premier joked. “I’m going to be howling tonight watching this tape… I can’t even remember what we’re talking about, I’ll be rushing to the hospital to get this bee out of here,” he said.

While Ford has insisted Canadians will remain “100 per cent” covered by the..

The UK’s largest academic union wanted “transphobes” forced out of work, feminist members told the Times

The UK’s University and College Union has been encouraging its members to report college staff who disagree with transgender ideology, the Times reported this week. The union said that “transphobes” in academia should be “tackled,” and that the Times itself was “bullying” the union by reporting on its activities.

According to the British newspaper, leaked minutes from a UCU meeting last September detailed the committee agreeing to send a survey to LGBTQ members at universities across the country. These members would be asked if they were aware of “gender critical” consultants and HR employees working at their institutions, and asked to name them, so the union could be “aware of any problems which may arise.”

“Some [of these equality, diversity and inclusion] consultants are transphobes and prominent gender critical activists,” the survey read.

‘Gender critical’ in this case ref..

Taliban militants fired in the air to scare away protesters who were demanding “bread, work and freedom”

The Taliban violently dispersed a women’s protest rally in Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday, several days ahead of the first anniversary of the Islamist group’s return to power, the news agency AFP has reported.

Around 40 women were chanting “bread, work and freedom” as they approached the education ministry in Kabul, according to the agency. One video, apparently recorded in Kabul and posted on social media, shows Taliban militants firing their weapons into the air to break up an approaching female crowd.

After the protest was dispersed, some women attempted to take shelter in nearby shops but were reportedly pursued and beaten by Taliban fighters using the butts of their guns.

According to AFP, protesters carried a banner reading “August 15 is a black day,” an apparent reference to the date of the Taliban takeover one year ago. The demonstrators also reportedly demanded the ..

Andrea Grassi was reportedly part of a gang planning to rob a bank by digging a tunnel to it

Firefighters rescued a man who became stuck underground in central Rome while digging a tunnel, the Italian capital’s Fire Brigade said in a statement on Friday. The media says he was part of a gang seeking to rob a nearby bank.

“After eight hours of work, the fire brigade extracted, still alive, the man who was trapped due to a collapse which happened during the execution of an underground excavation in Via Innocenzo XI. The causes are being investigated,” the Fire Brigade said in a statement.

Intervento in corso in via Innocenzo XI a Roma dove un uomo è intrappolato in un tunnel cinque metri sottoterra. Dopo i primi tentativi, adesso gli agenti dei nuclei speciali hanno iniziato a scavare un secondo tunnel per raggiungere l’operaio rimasto intrappolato pic.twitter.com/AfmTzdLh9m
— Fanpage.it (@fanpage) August 11, 2022

The rescue operation attracted the attention of locals and tourists,..

The accident in Spain’s Valencia region was caused by “an unexpected and violent gale,” organizers of the music event said

One person was killed and dozens injured in the early hours of Saturday when strong gusts of wind brought down the stage at a music festival in Spain’s Valencia region.

According to the local Emergency Coordination center, the tragedy at the Medusa Festival in the town of Cullera happened at 4:18am.

While the initial number of injured was reported as 17, the Health Ministry later confirmed that 40 people had suffered injuries of various degrees of severity. According to the ministry’s statement, as quoted by Spanish media, some of those hospitalized with injuries have already been discharged.

Al menos un muerto y 40 heridos en un festival de música en Valencia al caer varias estructuras por el viento. Un golpe de aire se ha llevado parte del escenario principal y de la entrada del Medusa Festival de Cullera https://t.co/pLTeZb5Wn7 pic.twitter.com/8qIkEZZAL5
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The novelist was attacked Friday during a lecture in the US

Award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak on Friday evening after being stabbed at a public event in New York state earlier that day, his agent Andrew Wylie has said.

The 75-year-old Indian-born British-American author has long been the recipient of death threats from Islamists for his work.

“The news is not good,” Wylie said in an email to the media. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

The author was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage while giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in the US state of New York. Rushdie was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after the attack.

New York State Police Major Eugene Staniszewski identified the suspect as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey, who was detained on the spot.

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