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Eye-rolling after CNN’s teen panelist Greta Thunberg implores world to ‘listen to the experts’ on Covid-19

Posted by RT on May 15, 2020  |   Comments Off on Eye-rolling after CNN’s teen panelist Greta Thunberg implores world to ‘listen to the experts’ on Covid-19

Greta Thunberg sparked controversy after telling CNN viewers to follow the guidance of experts as the world combats coronavirus – even as the teen panelist admitted she’s not an authority on the health crisis.

CNN came under fire after announcing that the Swedish teen would participate in a Covid-19 town-hall event hosted by Anderson Cooper and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta. Critics of the decision to include Thunberg argued that the climate activist was not qualified to speak about the pandemic.

Judging by Thunberg’s remarks during the discussion, it appears she at least partly agrees with her detractors.

“People are starting to realize that we are actually depending on science and that we need to listen to scientists and experts,” the 17-year-old said during the panel discussion.

Her message sparked considerable displeasure on social media.

Conservative commentator Mark Dice jokingly suggested that CNN should interview a 12-year-old who has a lemonade stand about financial relief legislation.

Others chided CNN for becoming an “Onion-type” news organization by allowing Thunberg on the panel.

The Swede also used the occasion to underline how the pandemic was affecting children – claiming that Covid-19 has created a “children’s rights crisis” because the worldwide response has focused too heavily on safeguarding the elderly. In April, she donated a $100,000 prize she won to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), arguing that children may ultimately suffer the most from the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.

Thunberg tweeted before the town hall that she has never claimed to be an expert, stating for the record that she is an “activist” and would use the panel to discuss her campaign supporting UNICEF.

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‘Role play’? Swedish schoolkids made to kneel in gender-segregated MUSLIM prayer & told to listen to Koran in Arabic

Posted by RT on December 24, 2019  |   Comments Off on ‘Role play’? Swedish schoolkids made to kneel in gender-segregated MUSLIM prayer & told to listen to Koran in Arabic

A Swedish school decided to familiarize its fifth-graders with Islamic worshipping by having a teacher recite Koran to them and having them pray facing Mecca, in a bizarre set-up the educators called a “role play.”

An offbeat “religion lesson” was taught at the Bjurbäck school situated in the south of Sweden, according to Samhallsnytt outlet. An outraged parent said pupils were told to face the Kaaba and knee on prayer mats, whereas the whole class was divided by gender, with girls forced to the back of the room.

His daughters “did not even want to be there because they could not understand a word of what the teacher read from the Koran in Arabic,” the man called Markus revealed. After the “prayer,” the pupils “would dance to Arabic music and eat Arabic cake” in something used to replicate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivities marking the end of compulsory fasting.

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Local authorities confirmed the report, with an education official in Emmaboda – a serene southern county where the school is located – telling the outlet that the class did take place.

When confronted by angry parents, the school management defended the stunt, referring to it as a “role play.” But the awkward explanation didn’t sit well with Markus who wants the school to apologize and its principal to be suspended.

“Calling this a role play is not OK as it hits me as a parent,” he told the paper. “It’s me, not the school, that raises my children ... they go there to learn things that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

The story sparked uproar on social media.

“Of course, the continuation of it will be Muslim students learning the Lord’s Prayer and attending a Catholic mass,” one person suggested.

“Forcing minors into submission is disastrous. One should choose a religion on their own,” another one wrote.

However, the Emmaboda municipality tried to cool down tempers, saying that, while “his lesson was about Islam and Muslim rituals and traditions,” there are other classes teaching about other world religions.

The class in question involved “so-called role-play pedagogy where the students have different roles in order to gain a better understanding” of the subject, it explained. During the lesson, no student expressed concern or felt insecure, the authorities said, adding that taking part in the “role play” wasn’t compulsory.

A similar scandal broke out in neighboring Denmark this summer, when a boy of African descent was filmed teaching his third-grade classmates a daily prayer ritual, with the exercise ending with the class kneeling and chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (Allah the great). The school, however, defended the teaching methods used to integrate children of different cultures.

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‘Some fan indeed’: Indian official chants Priyanka Chopra’s name, confusing her with politician Priyanka Gandhi at rally (VIDEO)

Posted by RT on December 2, 2019  |   Comments Off on ‘Some fan indeed’: Indian official chants Priyanka Chopra’s name, confusing her with politician Priyanka Gandhi at rally (VIDEO)

An opposition official in India made an embarrassing blunder when he invited the crowd to chant their praise for a famous Bollywood actress instead of a seasoned political figure at a public event.

The clumsy gaffe took place right in the middle of a rally hosted by the Indian National Congress, the nation’s current chief opposition party, in New Delhi on Sunday. A local politician, Surender Kumar, took the microphone and began chanting slogans, praising veteran Congress officials – returning party chief, Sonia Gandhi and former Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi.

All went well until it was Kumar’s turn to pay tribute to Priyanka Gandhi, another member of the famous Gandhi political dynasty. That was when Kumar got carried away and, instead of yelling ‘Priyanka Gandhi zindabad (forever),’ he yelled ‘Priyanka Chopra zindabad!’

The party’s chief in New Delhi, Subhash Chopra, who was standing alongside him, immediately turned his head in confusion and laughed as soon as he heard the Bollywood star’s name being brought up.

A couple of seconds later, Kumar corrected his mistake, but the damage was done and the video went viral, inviting mockery on social media.

The commenters joked about “the prospects” of the actress actually joining the party, and some rushed to “congratulate” her on becoming a Congress member. Twitter users also suggested that Kumar misspoke because he was the actress’ “fan for sure.”

Some have opined that an appropriate follow-up would be to chant ‘Nick Jonas zindabad’ in honor of Chopra’s American-born husband, pop singer and actor Nick Jonas. “Nick Jonas celebrated anniversary with Priyanka Gandhi after this,” one person quipped.

A former beauty pageant queen, Chopra starred in several movie hits in India and moved to Hollywood, where she appeared in Baywatch and the TV series Quantico.

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