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As the Hollywood trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard continues, the evidence so far is suggesting Depp is a victim of domestic abuse

The trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard is dominating Hollywood.

In case you’ve missed it, Depp is suing his ex-wife over an op-ed she wrote where she is describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. She has filed a counterclaim for $100 million.

Numerous witnesses have taken to the stand to reveal shocking details of the couple’s turbulent relationship.

Most recently, an employee of Depp’s security team, Travis McGivern revealed Heard punched and spat at Depp.

McGivern was a nine-year veteran of Depp’s security and says he witnessed Heard throw a Red Bull can at Depp. 

“The initial look on his face kind of mirrored mine, kind of a look of shock,”.

“My job is ensure the safety and wellbeing of my clients, and I felt like I hadn’t done that,”

“[Depp] had a nice little shiner”

Travis McGivern
Sierra Gillespie, law crime network

During the trial in the Virginia Court, numerous witnesses have testified that Depp was the victim of consistent abuse from Heard, with many witnessing it first hand.

Serveral audio pieces were played of Heard taumenting Depp and verbally abusing him. The audio also proved Heard admitting to hitting Depp.

“I’m sorry that I didn’t hit you across the face in a proper slap…I was hitting you, I was not punching you.”

amber heard audio tape

Evidence was also shown of Depp’s sliced finger, after a bottle was thrown at him by Heard.

Psychologist Shannon Curry on Depp’s team also came the conclusion after an examintation that Heard suffers from two personality disorders that make it likely for her to be abusive.

“Miss Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder, which seems to be a predictive factor for women who implement violence against their partner.” 

shannon curry, psychologist

While, Amber Heard is yet to take the stand and the trial is not over, so far the evidence suggests Depp was the victim of domestic abuse.

Double standards?

While there are still weeks to go, many witnesses to still testify, so far the evidence suggests that Depp was a victim of abuse.

Estimates show around one in four women and one in nine men are the victims of domestic or family violence.

Heard submitted a photo of her alleged bruised face to the court, but her doctor Erin Falatai isn’t confident it was abuse from Depp.

“I’m not an expert… I mean there’s color on her face in different areas, I don’t know what’s what.”

Heard’s nurse, Erin Falatai

When Heard wrote the op-ed that claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse, it severely impacted Depp’s reputation and acting career.

He lost millions after losing his contract with the Pirates Of The Caribbean 6 because of the allegations. He lost his reputation, with people quick to cancel him, based on allegations that might not even be true?

While, Depp should rightly lose acting gigs if he abused Heard in anyway, shouldn’t it be the same for Heard, given the evidence that she abused Depp?

Hollywood soap opera

The trial is being viewed as a Hollywood Soap Opera, with millions tuning in to watch. It’s being viewed on the front lines of TikTok and other social media platforms, like never before.

Over three million people have now signed a petition to have Heard dropped from Aquaman 2, following allegations of her abuse against Depp.

Some are saying it would be double standards if Heard isn’t dropped. It also begs the question are men treated differently as victims of domestic abuse?

Regardless of who’s at fault here, abuse allegations of any kind should be taken seriously.

Regardless of whether these allegations are true or false, there are people across the world who are suffering from domestic abuse, whether its male or female. So this is a very important case even though its getting alot of attention based on the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s elite.”

Sierra Gillespie, law crime network
Sierra Gillespie, law crime network

The #MeToo movement has created a myriad of positive outlets for victims of assault, but, does that mean every allegation of abuse from a woman is true?

These are all valid questions coming to light as the Depp Vs Heard trial continues.

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How close to a full scale nuclear war are we really?



Since President Vladimir Putin’s latest warning that he is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, the question of whether or not the former KGB spy is bluffing has become much more urgent.

There are several reasons why Putin’s nuclear warnings have the West worried. First, Russia has been increasingly aggressive in its actions in recent years, from annexing Crimea to intervening in Syria. This has led to a feeling that Putin is becoming more and more reckless and unpredictable.

Second, Russia has been beefing up its nuclear arsenal, with reports indicating that it now has more nuclear warheads than any other country in the world. This increase in firepower makes Putin’s threats all the more credible.

Last but not least, there is the fact that Putin is a former KGB agent. This means that he is no stranger to playing games of brinkmanship and bluffing. In the past, he has used nuclear threats as a way to get what he wants. For example, in 2008, he threatened to aim nuclear missiles at European cities unless the United States agreed to drop plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

The West is worried

Given all of this, it’s no wonder that Putin’s latest nuclear threats have the West worried. Only Putin knows if he is actually bluffing, but given his track record, it’s certainly a possibility.

If a nuclear weapon were used in Ukraine, it would cause a massive humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people would be killed or wounded, and millions more would be displaced. The economic and social damage would be enormous, and Europe would be plunged into chaos.

In addition, the use of nuclear weapons would also have devastating consequences for the rest of the world. The nuclear non-proliferation regime would be dealt a serious blow, and there would be a renewed risk of nuclear war.

The world would become a much more dangerous place.

Nuclear impact

A nuclear explosion in Ukraine would have a regional impact, but it could also have global consequences. The use of nuclear weapons would violate the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and this could lead to other countries acquiring nuclear weapons. In addition, the risk of nuclear war would increase, and this would have a negative impact on the entire world.

The UN has condemned Russia’s threats of nuclear war, and it has called on all parties to refrain from any actions that could lead to the use of nuclear weapons. The UN Secretary-General has said that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine, and he has urged all sides to return to the negotiating table.

Russia has several allies in its war against Ukraine. These include Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Russia also has the support of China and Iran.

The war in Ukraine has had a significant impact on energy prices.

Due to the conflict, there has been a disruption in the supply of natural gas and oil from Ukraine. This has led to an increase in prices for these commodities.

The West can only threaten Putin further, as they’ve done all year, since President Biden warned that Russia was about to invade Ukraine.

Every step of the way, Putin has done exactly what the West has feared.

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“These are the guys?” Putin’s Dad’s army



Vladimir Putin’s army is in a bit of a pickle. They’ve been drafting retirees, and telling conscripts to use tampons for bullet wounds.

This isn’t exactly the most impressive fighting force we’ve ever seen. In fact, they look more like dad’s army than anything else.

It’s clear that Putin is desperate to beef up his forces, but it seems like he’s just throwing bodies at the problem instead of actually preparing them for battle.

Pictures from Sevastopol in Crimea show groups of men — many well into their 50s and 60s gripping weapons and wearing uniforms.

Several appear in questionable fighting shape.

This could be a big problem for Russia if they actually get into a serious conflict. We hope for their sake that they never have to find out.

Thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country to avoid conscription. This just goes to show how unpopular Putin’s policies are, even among his own people.

The Kremlin is now trying to catch thousands of Russian men as they try and leave the country. But it’s not going to be easy.

Many of these men are willing to risk everything to avoid being drafted into Putin’s army.

It’s estimated that up to 100,000 Russian soldiers have died in Ukraine since the conflict began.

This is a huge loss of life for Russia, and it’s all thanks to Putin’s reckless policies.

Many of these soldiers were just boys, barely out of their teens. They had their whole lives ahead of them, but they’ll never get to experience it now.

It’s tragic, and it’s all thanks to Putin. He needs to be stopped.

At the same time, a video shared on social media shows a Russian officer telling new recruits what to expect.

“I say right away if you are near the fire, you are f***ed,” she says, before reeling off a list of items they will need to acquire themselves before entering the war zone.

“Take sleeping bags with you, you will sleep where you have to.”

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IRAN PROTESTS | Are countries using religion as an excuse to violate basic human rights?



Iran protests are engulfing the country as thousands take to the streets in a revolution against oppression

IRAN PROTESTS – The story of Iran is one of a country that has been through a lot in recent history.

An uprising of both men and women has engulfed Iran, following the death of Mahsa Amini. Women are cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, demanding some form of change to the strict rules that impact their ultimate freedom.

From the Iranian Revolution in 1979 to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the nation’s residents have witnessed their fair share of turmoil.

Many insist that religion, like Islam, is being used as a reason to violate basic human rights in Iran.

“It’s a totalitarian regime… Islam is being used to deny freedom of speech, freedom of education, freedom of movement.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

There is a feeling of discontent among the Iranian people. The economy is struggling, and many young Iranians feel they have no future.

They are fed up with the corruption of the government and the lack of opportunity.

Mahsa Amini’s brutal death

On top of this is the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman.

Amini was arrested by the so-called morality police for “improperly” wearing her mandatory hijab.

Reports suggest she was beaten so severely that she went into a coma.

Mahsa Amini protests in Iran

Three days later, she died, and many suspect it was a direct result of this police brutality.

Amini’s death has fuelled further anger and extreme protest, with widespread condemnation from Iranians, denouncing her death and the regime that caused it.

“There were 10-11 blows to her head… She was beaten while still in the van…When her body was delivered to the family they saw bruises to her neck and head.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

The incident has brought attention to the plight of many Iranians who feel they are living under an oppressive regime.

While it is difficult to predict what will happen next in Iran, many hope the death of Amani will not be in vain.

Many pray the protests will lead to real action and a country where women are treated as equals. They want a country where there is opportunity for all.

Women in Iran and around the world are now lifting the veil on Iran’s corruption and human rights violations.

In 2022, many are angry that men are controlling what women do with their bodies and what they wear.

However, the Founder and Director of Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute Mariam Memarsadeghi explained its women who are enforcing the strict rules too.

“It’s actually women also who are policing other women to wear hijab… It’s a very Handmaids Tale situation.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Will this drive change?

In Iran, many young Iranians are showing the world they don’t want this system any more, that they want democracy.

They’re cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, they’re putting their own safety on the line to take a stand against the regime that has silenced them for so long.

This generation is very different, but it doesn’t guarantee that this uprising will fuel any real change.

However, Memarsadeghi said “there is no way back from here.”

“It’s very dangerous, there is a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women on the streets because each and every single one of them risks being beaten, killed, tortured, maybe even executed.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

How can organisations and world leaders help?

Iran is in the midst of a political upheaval and the world is watching.

Scenes of protest and violence are being shared far and wide on social media. The world has a front-row seat to the unfolding crisis.

However, the Iranian Government has responded by imposing a sweeping internet ban, cutting off the protesters from the outside world.

This only adds to the urgency of the situation, as Iran’s people are now risking their lives to speak out against their oppression.

World leaders and democracy advocacy groups are already discussing ways to help the people of Iran and hold their violations to account.

“The solidarity and attention from celebrities, athletes and world leaders has been extremely helpful… The future of freedom is what these men and women in Iran are doing.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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