‘Hate will prevail’: Icelandic BDSM band put Eurovision and Israel in a bind

Leather-clad group Hatari say this years contest, in which they will represent Iceland, is built on a lie Nothing titillates the Icelandic bondage and dominance-themed band Hatari more than a glaring contradiction. On stage, the group, whose name means Hater, present a fascist-inspired dystopia of blood-splattered whippings. In person, they are softly spoken and occasionally cheerfully optimistic. They have slammed Eurovision in Israel which is the subject of rise of populism in Europe. Hate Will Prevail takes it forward, imagining a dark future. The militaristic, authoritarian style of BDSM bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism seemed apt and they have been welcomed, they say, with open arms by the Icelandic fetish community. They told us about the importance of consent and …

Chinese cargo plane arrives in Venezuela

(CNN)A Chinese cargo plane arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday, the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication has told CNN. Maduro retains the backing of Beijing, which has repeatedly opposed any action that causes tensions or unrest in Venezuela. China is owed vast sums by the Maduro government; over the last decade, Beijing has lent more than $50 billion to the oil-rich nation through oil-for-loan agreements, according to Reuters. While Maduro has also permitted aid deliveries from NGOs such as the Red Cross, he has refused to open Venezuela’s borders to aid from a number of countries that recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate interim president. Those countries include Canada, the UK, Germany and the US. Original …

A sex strike is not enough: women need to down tools completely | Suzanne Moore

The idea proposed last week by Alyssa Milano wont cut it. To assert their worth, women should refuse to fulfil the unpaid labour expected by society Sex is the very least of our concerns, the last thing that has to be crossed off the to-do list. Or so I have heard from harassed women in the school playground. Yet sex is the very meaning of life, the cement that glues together every relationship, half our culture also tells us, while the remainder portrays women as a series of orifices to be penetrated. Perhaps sex is all and none of these things. the actor Alyssa Milano, is right to be appalled by womens unpaid work, which is mostly caring for others. …

Pete Buttigieg Warns ‘White Identity Politics’ Launching Nation Into ‘Crisis’

Pete Buttigieg condemned the Trump administration’s embrace of “peak white identity politics” in a speech Saturday, warning of a brewing “crisis of belonging” across the nation. Buttigieg pointed to the potential for “the beginning of a new form of American solidarity” in which the country realizes “that the one thing we do have in common may be the challenge of belonging in a society that sees us for what makes us all different.” Emphasizing the differences between minorities and white populations in access to health care, employment and citizenship, Buttigieg added, “When you do not belong, it doesn’t just put you in a bad mood, it puts you in a different country.” His invocation of immigrants and communities of color …

Larry Kudlow Admits U.S. Will Pay Tariffs On Chinese Goods, Contradicting Trump

Larry Kudlow undercut President In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Kudlow, who serves as the head of the National Economic Council, was pressed on the validity of the president’s assertion. “Fair enough,” Kudlow conceded. “In fact, both sides will pay.” “No, but the Chinese will suffer GDP losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market,” Kudlow acknowledged. He added that “to some extent,” American businesses and consumers would end up paying. Though journalists have repeatedly corrected the president’s erroneous claims, explaining that tariffs In March, a study compiled by economists from the The Trump administration RELATED COVERAGE U.S. Trade Deficit With China Hits All-Time High Despite Tariffs Download Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate …

Yet Another ‘Game Of Thrones’ Mainstay Has Died

Shame. She was wrong. Authorities said Cersei fell victim to her enemy’s own cruelty, finding herself in the Red Keep as it crumbled around her and took out much of her guard. When her loyal Hand-slash-co-conspirator Qyburn met a poetic fate at the hand of the reanimated Mountain, a monster of his own making, all seemed lost until she stumbled into her twin brother, Jaime. Reports indicate the Queen’s last words betrayed an inner cowardice: “Please don’t let me die. I don’t want to die.” Her brother reportedly held his sister, repeating a familiar sentiment, that the two of them were the only ones who mattered.  HBO Cersei Lannister is now no longer.  She was rumored to have given birth …

This class teaches people to act as first responders in a mass shooting

(CNN)Yvonne Bubienko stands over a flesh-colored dummy leg that appears to have suffered a deep and severe laceration. She takes an unrolled length of gauze and packs it deeper and deeper into the wound, filling the empty space beneath the surface of the skin. “I’m going to ask a provocative question,” Garrett says. “How many of you are comfortable touching someone else’s blood that you don’t know without gloves?” Almost no one reacts. “Notice that my hand’s not going up,” Garrett says, adding that — if possible — they should wear gloves to prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases. The first step, Garrett says, is to apply direct pressure to the wound, he tells the class, which can take care …

The Harvard law professor representing Harvey Weinstein is being removed as a faculty dean

(CNN)A Harvard University law professor who faced criticism on campus for representing Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault trial is being relieved of his position as faculty dean of an undergraduate house. “Over the last few weeks, students and staff have continued to communicate concerns about the climate in Winthrop House to the college. The concerns expressed have been serious and numerous,” Khurana wrote. “This decision in no way lessens my gratitude to them for their contributions to the college.” Sullivan made waves on campus in January when he decided to represent Weinstein, the former movie mogul whose downfall helped launch the #MeToo movement. Sullivan and Robinson reacted to the decision in a statement to CNN: “We are surprised and …

Pilot arrested at Kentucky airport for alleged 2015 triple homicide

(CNN)A pilot for a subsidiary of American Airlines was arrested Saturday at Louisville International Airport after he was charged in the 2015 deaths of a Kentucky couple and their neighbor, authorities said. Family members of the murder victims said hundreds of people had been deeply affected after their relatives lives were “brutally extinguished” in 2015. “Every day, we are haunted by what was done to them and haunted further that someone was still free to do as they wish, beyond the civility of mankind or laws of our nation,” they said in the statement released by Beshear’s office. “We look forward to justice in court, and we look forward to a verdict to bring an end to this terror, and …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …

‘Prostitution is seen as a leisure activity here’: tackling Spain’s sex traffickers | Annie Kelly

Its staggeringly big business in Spain, where demand is being met by traffickers. Can a groundbreaking team turn the tide? On a sunny morning in Madrid, two young women duck down a side street, into a residential block and up to an apartment front door. Then they start knocking. Marcella and Maria spend a lot of time banging on doors and yelling through letterboxes all over the city. Most of the time, these doors never open. When they do, the two women could find themselves in trouble. Their job on the frontline of Spains fight against sex trafficking is a dangerous one; both have been assaulted and threatened. Yet they keep on knocking, because they have been on the other …

9 Dallas airport employees admit to drug-smuggling plot

Pictured top row (from left) are Ruben Benitez-Matienzo, Jose Luis Gaston-Rolon, Domingo Villafane Martinez, Juan Camacho Melendez, Nelson Pabon, Luis Javier Collazo Rosado, Jean Loui Vargas-Malave, and Joshua Israel Pagan Zapata.  (Dallas County Sheriff’s Dept.) The nine employees believed they were smuggling methamphetamine into commercial airlines for Italian organized crime located in other states from 2016 to 2018. In actuality, the nine employees were part of an FBI undercover operation. The methamphetamine was fake. During the detention hearing, Ray Harrison, lead FBI agent in the case, said, “On each transaction the undercovers, who were Italian and portrayed themselves as Italian organized crime figures, pulled out the kilos, showed it to them, counted it, told them it was crystal methamphetamine, and …

Abrams still mulling 2020 bid: ‘I’ll probably jump in myself’ if voter suppression isn’t a top priority for others

(CNN)Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is still weighing a 2020 run for president, she said in an interview Thursday, once again teasing a run for a major office in the coming election. “For me, the most important and urgent conversation of the day is the fight for free and fair elections, because I believe that that is an existential crisis facing our democracy,” she said, later adding, “we can not win elections in America for the people if we do not have candidates who are fighting against voter suppression.” Abrams said the ability to maximize turnout and reframe Democrats’ motivation in the 2020 election are key factors for a winning candidate. “We also have to have candidates who are …

South Africa elections: Incoming results suggest ruling ANC set to win diminished majority

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN)Despite years of corruption allegations, a sluggish economy and sustained electricity blackouts, South Africa’s ruling ANC looks set to win a substantial majority in a critical national election. In the previous election, in 2014, the ANC won with 62% of voter support. The election year before that — 2009 — the party won 66% of the vote. In 2004, it got close to 70% of the vote. The partial results show the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), trailing with just under 22% of the vote — at this stage, their support looks to remain flat — a disappointment result for the official opposition. The election has not been without its hitches. The commission on Thursday …

Trump just raised tariffs on Chinese goods. China says it will hit back

Hong Kong (CNN Business)A trade war between the world’s two largest economies is escalating again, after the United States hit China with higher tariffs and Beijing vowed to retaliate. Reactions in Asia markets were mixed. Having started the day in positive territory, Japan’s Nikkei Index fell nearly 1% in afternoon trading. The Shanghai Composite Index rose more than 2% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was up around 1%. A Chinese delegation led by Beijing’s top trade negotiator Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington on Thursday for the latest round of trade talks. Under the current circumstances, Liu said he “hopes to engage in rational and candid exchanges with the US side,” Chinese state media outlet Xinhua reported. Liu …

The Republicans taking on Trump in 2020 despite the very, very slim odds

The Republican class of 2020 is serious about defeating the incumbent president even pumping their life savings in their campaigns or quitting their careers Donald Trump won the Republican nomination with ease in 2016, defeating more than a dozen rivals before going on to win the presidential election. Ahead of 2020, all eyes are now on the spectacularly crowded 2020 Democratic primary race. But it is easy to forget, or not notice, that Trump will need to beat off 52 Republican challengers, from across the country, if he is to have any chance of a second term. The presidents declared rivals are less vaunted this time round. So far only national name recognition. But the rest of the class of …