By Shajeel Zaidi Published: October 3, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier looks through binoculars during a patrol at the India-Pakistan border in R.S Pora, southwest of Jammu, on October 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP Sparta, a warrior city in ancient Greece, was known for the ferocity of its soldiers. But while its soldiers might have been the best in the ancient world, its citizens were not far behind when it came to verbal jibes, particularly one-liners. For instance, Philip II of Macedon, father to Alexander the Great, had conquered almost every other Greek city-state. Sparta was the only one left, and that too, a relatively weak state without walls. Obviously, Philip II dispatched a messenger who delivered the Macedonian King’s message, “If I invade Lakonia you will be destroyed, never to rise again.” The Spartans sent back a one-worded response:“If.” In a similar vein, under the Narendra Modi government, … [Read more...] about How Modi convinced India to celebrate a ‘surgical strike’ that never actually happened
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It was billed as a once-in-a-generation decision, but now the conference season is being dominated by talk of a second referendum or "People's Vote" on Brexit. As of Sunday night, the Labour leadership have caved in to pro-European members and officially put the option on the table, if Theresa May's deal is voted down by Parliament and their preferred option, a general election, isn't granted. Aside from whether or not this is a desirable outcome - of course many voters feel they have already had their say and want politicians to get on with making the best of it - could it actually happen and how?:: Is there time?We are leaving the EU on 29 March, 2019, barely six months from now.Mrs May is expected to secure an agreement - or, less likely, to deliver on her threat to walk away without one - at a special EU council meeting in November. Parliament must vote on it by early next year. Time, therefore, is short.A referendum requires legislation through Parliament.The EU Referendum Act … [Read more...] about How does a second Brexit referendum actually happen?
Much of Donald Trump’s power comes from setting up bogeymen for his base, and then railing against them. This week Trump’s bogeyman is the tech industry—a perfect bogeyman, in a way, thanks to the perception of Silicon Valley as a land of coastal, liberal, wealthy, elites. Trump tweeted Wednesday that Google was messing with its search results to surface mainly negative stories about him in response to search queries, courtesy of the biased liberal media, of course. After the tweet, the top White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said the White House would be “taking a look” at whether Google should be regulated by the government. A new conspiracy Trump’s claim of bias fuels a fire that was already burning. Many on the right believe that right-wing outlets like Alex Jones’s Infowars are being unfairly silenced by tech platforms. This week a survey of self-described conservatives by the conservative watchdog group Media Research … [Read more...] about Regulating Google search is a dumb idea that could actually happen
The Fourth of July is a big deal in the US. It marks the 13 colonies’ declaration of independence from Britain. There are a number of popular historical tales out there about the US’s Independence Day. Here are a few that are untrue or impossible to actually verify. The Fourth of July is all about fireworks, food, and freedom for many Americans. In the US, Independence Day commemorates the 13 colonies’ decision to rebel against King George III and declare their independence. But be careful before you start regaling your friends with Fourth of July lore. There are plenty of popular myths about Independence Day disguised as common knowledge. Here are a few “facts” about the Fourth of July that are actually historically bogus: The founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 caption John Trumbull’s famous painting actually depicts the … [Read more...] about 5 famous ‘facts’ about the Fourth of July that aren’t true — and what actually happened instead
Two women, Eliane a commercial executive with four adult children who was on her way back from an English lesson, and Aurélie, helped the young mother as she gave birth on the double-decker train at Auber station. Eliane, who comes from Val-de-Marne to the south east of Paris, was sitting on the lower level of the train described in an interview with Le Parisien how she first heard some "weak moans" coming from the level above. "I was on the floor below when I first heard some weak moans. I thought it was children messing around. The groans started again and then again so I went upstairs to see what was happening," she said. READ ALSO: "I was there with another lady, Aurélie and we found ourselves alone. All of the people who had been in that part of the train had got off at Auber," she said. "We saw the mother wobble. We laid her down and I just had time to take hold of the baby that was coming into my arms," she … [Read more...] about Baby born on the RER train in Paris: What actually happened?