Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Ontario Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned a decision the federal government won last year to prevent the creation of detailed statistical reports that would reveal which residential schools had the highest rates of abuse. The appeal court found that the lower Ontario court judge did not have enough evidence to determine the proposed reports — known as static reports — would violate the privacy of residential school survivors, according to a written ruling released Thursday. The ruling ordered the matter be reheard with appropriate evidence before Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell, who initially sided with the federal government in his now-overturned January 2020 decision. “There was no evidence before the … judge in support of his belief … that ‘it might be possible to deduce confidential personal information from some of the proposed status reports,” the appeal court said in its decision. “Nor has Canada submitted any concrete privacy or confidentiality concerns about specific identifiable information.”
Destroying history to avoid ‘unnecessary offense.’ The news has been quietly making the rounds in European news outlets, following an initial report by the newspaper De Standaard that was picked up subsequently by several French publications: a new translation of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, written between 1304 and 1307, is causing controversy following the translator’s alterations. Valeurs Actuelles reported that Lies Lavrijsen, who was tasked with the translation of the famous book by the Florentine poet, decided to remove any mention of Muhammad altogether, in a push to make the text more “more pleasant and accessible.” Speaking on the Belgian radio station Radio 1, she defended her exclusion, stating “a widest possible accessibility,” especially for “a younger audience,” as her justification. She added: “We knew that if we left this passage as it was written, we would have unnecessarily hurt a large part of the readers.” Lies Lavrijsen even reveals that the decision was made “in the tense period that saw the death of the teacher Samuel Paty in France.”
As the evening light falls over the gentle slope of the ravine, Natalia Yefimushkina, her head tightly bound in a red scarf, stares into the heart of one of Russia’s largest mass graves. In the summer on 1942, the Nazi death squads first came to Rostov-on-Don, a city about 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow. Over the next year and half, they would kill 27,000 people here, most of them Jews like Yefimushkina’s grandparents. They were ordered to strip and line up along the ravine before soldiers opened fire and executed them in what has been called a “Holocaust of bullets.” Yefimushkina is so traumatized by the stories of what happened here that she is haunted by visions of her family members…. Given the sheer horror of what happened, many people in Rostov-on-Don were shocked to learn that a man who translated for the Nazis responsible for this ended up building a life in Canada. And that more than half a century later, the Canadian government still hasn’t been able to remove him.
Obama Falsehood #1: “The conflict between Arabs and Jews had been an open sore on the region for almost a century, dating back to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, in which the British, who were then occupying Palestine, committed to create ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ in a region overwhelmingly populated by Arabs.” The Facts: This opening to Obama’s discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict falsely suggests to his readers that Jews were relative newcomers to what was then called Palestine, and that they infringed on the rights of the many Arabs who were living in the land. In fact, the Jewish people have lived in what was once called Palestine for more than 3700 years, and have always maintained a connection to and presence in their religious and ancestral homeland. Even after the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD and the Jews were exiled, Jewish life continued there.
Officially, East Germany and Poland were “socialist brother countries.” But new evidence reveals that their intelligence services shared a mutual distrust and dislike. Many Polish journalists describe the relationship between the People’s Republic of Poland and the German Democratic Republic until the fall of the Berlin Wall as a “forced friendship.” Even if the rulers of both countries celebrated their harmonious alliance in public, behind the scenes there was a profound distrust between Warsaw and East Berlin. Many Poles considered their neighbors on the Western side of the Oder River as potentially dangerous “red Prussians,” while East Germans considered their Polish comrades as unreliable allies whose liberal reforms put the whole Communist bloc at risk. For a long time, it was believed that the relationship between the countries’ secret services was an exception to this rule: The fact that both agencies shared a common enemy in the West meant they were supposed to cooperate closely. According to new archive evidence, this was not the case: While the rivalry between the two countries was palpable on a political and social level.