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Featured image: Caged minks look on after police officers arrived at Thorbjorn Jepsen’s mink farm in Gjoel, Denmark. /Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via Reuters, reported on

First of all, a song for the weekend before the nitty gritty of life. Will we listen?

A song for us

I have a particular fondness for Al Jazeera, my first stop in the morning, the news agency which is based in Doha, Qatar, and banned in many countries.

Let’s give a voice to the voiceless. Surprised that the main contaminator with the virus, man, is not being culled. But then again these little minks are voiceless and bred for the benefit of man as are so many other species..

4 November 2020 – when the news first broke.

Denmark to cull 15 million minks to curb coronavirus transmission

Danish officials found a virus mutation in 12 people in the north of the country who were infected by minks.

A certain amount of outrage because these beautiful animals are bred for the fur industry, but then we can take it a step further and look at the industry which puts meat on billions of peoples’ plates each day. These poor creatures suffer from the day they’re born. They’re not as beautiful as the animals that feed the fur industry, and perhaps that is why they do not have the same worth for most people, but their pain in life and death is the same. And a lot of the pelts are used for clothing, furniture, rugs, car interiors, and the list goes on. And should they be carrying a virus the same fate awaits them.

Followed by this on 12 November 2020. Sentenced to death but still available for experimentation.

Today’s news. Where is the outrage for these poor innocent animals?

The story of a Nigerian man.

In the name of religion:

Who is Malawi’s self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri?

The fugitive preacher and businessman has returned to his native Malawi from South Africa where he is wanted on fraud charges.

Bushiri, the multimillionaire leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, commands a large following in a number of African countries – in South Africa alone, he says the church has more than one million followers.

Known for his lavish lifestyle and preference for slick suits, Bushiri is often described as one of the wealthiest religious leaders in Africa. His fortune is estimated at $150m and his possessions reportedly include private jets, luxury cars and various properties.

More ethnic tension:

Ethnic tension, conflicts key concern for Myanmar’s incoming MPs

The election was marred by some significant shortcomings – mainly the exclusion of the Rohingya Muslim majority and widespread vote cancellations in Rakhine – but was free of any serious irregularities and widely seen as reflecting the NLD’s continued overwhelming popularity.


Iran detained Moore-Gilbert because of Israeli partner: Report

Sydney Morning Herald says British-Australian academic was arrested after Iran found out her partner was Israeli.

Iranian authorities detained British-Australian university lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert after discovering she was in a relationship with an Israeli, which fuelled baseless suspicions that she was a spy, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday, citing multiple diplomatic and government sources.

The newspaper said that once Iran found out about her partner, officials moved to arrest Moore-Gilbert at Tehran airport in September 2018. The Cambridge-educated expert in Middle East politics was sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage, allegations she has always denied.

Land grabs:

Indigenous people across the US want their land back — and the movement is gaining momentum.

Around this time every year, Americans come together to share a feast commemorating a myth about its first inhabitants.An indigenous tribe did eat with the Pilgrims in 1621 and sign a treaty with the colonists that had settled on their shores — an act of survival rather one of goodwill and friendship. But the relationship would eventually break down, decimating the tribe’s population and whittling away its land.Nearly 400 years later, the descendants of the very tribe at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday are still fighting to reclaim their lands — a fight that ironically hinges on whether or not the tribe meets the federal government’s definition of “Indian.”

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