Iran schoolgirls stand up to a feared parliamentary force, removing headscarves and shouting
Schoolgirls in Iran are continuing to take a stand against the country’s repressive regime, this time by heckling a member of the Basij.
The Basij is a feared paramilitary force and one of the five forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp.
The girls waved their headscarves and shouted at the man who addressed them.
It comes as anti-government protests continue to sweep across Iran, largely sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.
Amini died in custody and many believe this was a result of police brutality.
The young woman’s death shone a spotlight on the regime’s brutal treatment of dissenters. Residents also say it also highlighted the government’s general disregard for human rights.
The nationwide unrest is over two weeks old and has quickly become the biggest challenge to Iran’s clerical leaders in years.
Riot police are spread out across the cities of Urmia, Tabriz, Rasht and Tehran.
The police are particularly prevalent around universities as these institutions have been a focal point of protests.
“There are lots of security forces around Tehran University. Lots of police vans are waiting outside to arrest students,” said a student speaking to Reuters.
Other videos and footage circulating on social media show Iranians taking to the streets. Here they are chanting slogans like “death to the dictator” in defiance of the nation’s leaders.
The Basij has been helping security forces crack down on the demonstrators, often using extreme force.
But the resilience of the protesters, including these schoolgirls, shows that the regime’s days may be numbered.
Dozens injured in Turkey following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake
It’s been a week of major earthquakes, and this time Turkey has fallen victim.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 struck the west of the country on Wednesday.
35 people have been injured in the quake. But authorities have confirmed there were no immediate reports of deaths or significant damage.
It struck at a depth of 2 kilometres and authorities continue their checks into damage.
The country’s interior minister says there were some barns were wrecked, and power was cut in some parts.
It’s believed the quake was felt in major cities of Istanbul and the capital of Ankara.
BORDER CRISIS: Republicans call for Homeland Security Sec. to resign
GOP delegation led by Kevin McCarthy showed ‘gratitude’ to border patrol and called for Mayorkas to resign or potentially face impeachment
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a Republican delegation led by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is touring the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.
Officials say the visit to the southern border is a way for lawmakers to show gratitude to border patrol agents who have been inundated by unprecedented illegal crossings this year.
After their tour on Tuesday, Leader McCarthy called for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign over his handling of the migrant crisis at the southern border – or potentially face an impeachment inquiry when Republicans take control of the House next year.
According to statistics some 2.3-million illegal migrants have walked across America’s southern border in this year alone.
The sheer volume of crossings are not only a security risk but also a humanitarian crisis.
America already is a country that has one of the most welcoming policies for legal immigration.
The all-important midterm elections have given Republicans the majority in the U.S. House of Representative.
In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since being nominated to be speaker of the House for the next Congress by his Republican caucus, McCarthy in warning Biden and Democrats that they plan to use subpoena power to secure the border.
McCarthy accuses the White House of ‘actively undermining’ immigration enforcement—a contentious issue that has been plaguing the Executive branch of government under the Biden administration which has been turning a blind-eye to the criminal activity.
In a letter sent to Republicans last week, McCarthy said the southern border is the most important issue facing the new Congress.
Tuesday’s tour is the California Republican’s third trip to the southern border since President Joe Biden took office.
Poland, NATO: missile strike wasn’t a Russian attack
U.S. Secretary of Defense and others laid overall but not specific blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war
A missile strike in farmland in Europe is the latest “crisis” in the nearly 9-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Poland, a NATO member along with the head of the military alliance both said on Wednesday that the missile strike on a Polish village that killed two people appeared to be unintentional.
Those officials also said the missile was probably launched by air defenses in neighboring Ukraine.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, disputed those claims and asked for further investigation.
The assessments of Tuesday’s fatal missile landing appeared to defuse the likelihood that the strike would trigger another major escalation.
Article 5 of the NATO charter says that an attack against one is an attack against all.
While NATO has taken collective defense measures on several occasions, including in response to the situation in Syria and the Russian invasion of Ukraine—it has only invoked Article 5 once.
For the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, NATO evoked Article 5 and came to the defense of the United States.
Tuesday’s deadly missile landing in NATO territory stoked new fears of an escalation that could bring even bigger consequences.
But news from officials that it was likely not fired from Russia has calmed many.
In Washington DC, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and others laid overall but not specific blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.
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