[Hot Air] Since we seem to be heading for a government shutdown over money to build a wall on the southern border, it’s worth pointing out that sections of the current border fence can’t even stop a woman who is 8-months pregnant from crossing. Today, Al Jazeera published a video report about migrants who are choosing to jump the fence and enter the country illegally rather than wait for a chance to claim asylum at the port of entry.
The clip below shows several different family groups hopping the fence in a matter of moments. The story notes that one portion of the fence, which had been relatively easy to cross, has now been reinforced and is nearly twice as tall. A leap from the top would be a risky proposition even for a healthy adult. However, "a few kilometers away" there are still sections of the fence which it seems anyone can cross.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony.
Catriona Gray, 24, finished first ahead of the South African and Venezuelan finalists in the glittering televised event hosted by American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham.
In the final round, Gray earned applause describing her work in the slums of the Philippine capital Manila and said if she won she would try to find areas "where I could give something, where I could provide something."
She added she would work for a world "where negativity could not grow and foster and children would have a smile on their face".
Gray -- a student of music theory -- beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 67th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in the Thai capital's Impact Arena.
During the competition, which was broadcast live, candidates were asked questions on press freedom, refugees and the #MeToo movement.
This year's event drew positive feedback for themes of inclusivity and an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.
Miss Spain's Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender candidate in a competition.
But issues of tolerance and respect came center stage during the competition when Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers appeared to poke fun at Miss Vietnam and Miss Cambodia on social media for not being able to speak English.
The comments went viral but Summers later posted an apology on Instagram, saying she did not "intend to hurt" her fellow competitors.
[PULSE.NG] At least one person was killed and over 80 injured in weekend clashes between supporters of rival candidates just days ahead of DR Congo's crucial presidential election, sources said Monday.
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[PULSE.NG] Two Congolese soldiers were killed in clashes with Rwandan pro-Hutu rebels after two of their leaders were arrested in an eastern frontier region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said Monday.
[Townhall] Over the next five years, the Mexican government plans to spend $30 billion on Central American development. Their goal is simple: to keep illegal aliens from heading north towards the United States border, USA Today reported.
According to Mexican Foreign Ministry Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico "will change its migration policies to respond to the needs required in the south of our country and Central America," although it's unclear exactly how those funds will be spent.
"We’re going to guarantee that the rights of migrants in our territory are respected," Newly-elected Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrado told reporters on Dec. 5. "About how to resolve the problem, we’re putting together a proposal to invest in productive projects and job creation. And, not only that, in work visas as well for Mexican and for the United States."
[PULSE.NG] Despite opposition criticism of his attempts to circumvent the constitution, Bolivian President Evo Morales retains widespread public support.
Morales has been in power since 2006, winning three elections already despite Bolivia's 2009 constitution, which he himself promulgated, limiting presidents to two consecutive terms in office.
However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... the country's constitutional court, filled with government loyalists and having already ruled in Morales's favor by allowing him to stand for re-election in 2014, has rejected 11 appeals against his seeking a fourth term.
Strikes and protest marches led by opposition groups have failed to deter Morales, the country's first ever indigenous president.
He tried to change the constitution in 2016 to allow him to seek unlimited terms in office but narrowly lost a referendum on the subject.
However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... his government rejected the results and the constitutional court backed him, saying that it was his human right to seek reelection.
He is due to stand in his own Movement for Socialism (MAS) party's primary in January after the constitutional court rejected the appeals attempting to block him from doing so.
Already the longest-serving president in Bolivia's history, Morales would remain in power for 19 years should he win next year's election and serve a fourth term from 2020-2025.
Protests have extended to hunger strikes in some of Bolivia's major cities, though.
"We're in the fifth day of a hunger strike and many people have joined," said Juan Flores, a civil leader in the Cochabamba region.
HOTAN, China (AP) ‐ Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.
Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams.
This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where by some estimates 1 million Muslims are detained, forced to give up their language and their religion and subject to political indoctrination. Now, the Chinese government is also forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries. Some of them are within the internment camps; others are privately-owned, state-subsidized factories where detainees are sent once they are released.
The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labor from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S. Badger CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would source sportswear elsewhere while it investigates.
Chinese authorities say the camps, which they call training centers, offer free vocational training for Uighurs, Kazakhs and others, mostly Muslims, as part of a plan to bring minorities into "a modern civilized" world and eliminate poverty in Xinjiang. They say that people in the centers have signed agreements to receive vocational training.
[Aljazeera] Paris estimates it will make $570m in 2019 by introducing a new levy on large internet and tech firms from January 1.
France has said it will impose its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1.
French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said at a news conference in Paris on Monday that the measure would be introduced "whatever happens".
"It will be for the whole of 2019 for an amount that we estimate at 500 million euros [$570 million]," he said.
Monday's move could help Paris close a multibillion-euro hole in the 2019 budget left by President Emmanuel Macron's new measures for low-income families, which were introduced last week to appease the "yellow vest" protesters.
The big tech lash: Tech giants under scrutiny
France has long been pushing hard for a so-called "GAFA tax" - named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon - to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in the European Union.
The low tax rates paid by the US tech giants in the EU has repeatedly caused anger among voters in many European countries, but the 28-member bloc is divided on how to tackle the issue.
[PULSE.NG] "La Belle France is the sick man of Europe, it is a drag on Europe ...also known as Moslem Lebensraum... while Poland is a bright spot," Jacek Czaputowicz told Polish television channel Polsat News.
"The terrorist attack proves that something is not right in La Belle France, the protests over the past weeks, President Macron's withdrawal of state reforms -- it's sad," he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron was forced last week to make concessions to the "yellow vests" movement after weeks of sometimes violent protests around the country.
A French jihadist attacked the Christmas market in Strasbourg, eastern La Belle France last Tuesday, killing five people -- including a Polish national who died of his wounds on Sunday.
"If at the same time, you're lecturing Poland, there is something not right. First you have to bring some order to your own country" said Czaputowicz.
Czaputowicz's comments reflect longstanding tensions between the two countries since the rightwing populist Law and Justice (PiS) government took power in Poland in 2015.
Most recently, Macron has been critical of Poland's controversial reforms, which the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... says pose a threat to the independence of the judiciary.
But even before Macron came to power in 2017, relations between the two countries soured after Poland called off a multi-billion euro deal with La Belle France's Airbus to buy 50 of its Caracal helicopters.
[DailyWire] On December 1, an 11-year-old boy dressed in drag danced on stage in a sexual manner at a gay bar in Brooklyn, NY, called 3 Dollar Bill. The child, Desmond Napoles, was dressed as a Gwen Stefani-lookalike ‐ full drag make up, a blonde wig, and crop top included ‐ as he bounced around onstage to No Doubt's "Like a Girl" and collected dollar bills from male adults viewing the number.
The Daily Wire has reviewed and confirmed the "performance" through video and photo posts on social media but has chosen not to link to the exploitative footage.
The performance, first flagged by YouTuber Yosef Ozia, was promoted on Eventbrite by 3 Dollar Bill. The Perp(ette?) - another photo @ link:
"Only in New York... a nightclub that makes you go WHOA!!!," reads the promotion. "FEATURING: Upcoming Legend from Television and the Runway: DESMOND IS AMAZING!!! PERFORMING LIVE! ... This stage, this dance floor, this house... is ours as long as we protect it."
The promotional ad notes that 3 Dollar Bill bar is "queer owned & operated and we foster a safe space from love. We respect all human persons as long as those human persons are also respectful to the ones around them."
"I left after seeing a child dance on stage for money at nighttime. This was on Saturday night and I have been feeling disturbed ever since," wrote a one-star reviewer of 3 Dollar Bill on December 3 via Yelp." Continues.
May they soon find themselves burning in Hell for what they are doing to these children.
[DAWN] A cameraman belonging to Samaa TV was violently assaulted by security guards from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts... 's protocol on Monday.
The incident took place as Sharif was departing after chairing a meeting of senior PML-N leaders at Parliament House.
TV footage shows the cameraman, Syed Wajid Ali of Samaa TV, lying on the ground outside the parliament building after a security guard allegedly shoved him for coming in the way of the PML-N supreme leader while recording him.
In a shocking turn of events, another guard is then seen rushing towards the cameraman and kicking him squarely in the face. The guard then escapes the scene in one of the vehicles of the protocol.
The cameraman, who lost consciousness due to the kick, was shifted to the Pakistain Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims). According to doctors, Ali sustained injuries on his lip, where he was administered three stitches, and on his head.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.