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  1. https://m.dw.com/en/us-expels-russian-diplomats-and-issues-sanctions-over-solarwinds-hacking-attack/a-57215141
  2. Well, their founding moment was breaking free from an empire after all. Though I just read a paper that argues American anti-colonialism was more in words than action in the WW II and Cold War period as the US didn't want instability and to cross its allies. I think the real actionable conviction was in not allowing new colonial conquest (Japan in China from 1931, Italy in Abyssinia from 1935) as that was something belonging to previous centuries. The Monroe Doctrine basically expressed the same sentiment of "okay we're not going to actively interfer with existing possessions, but keep the fuc
  3. No surprises: https://m.dw.com/en/berlin-rent-cap-overturned-by-germanys-top-court/a-57209268
  4. That single frigate is sure getting an inordinate amount of attention. https://m.dw.com/en/japan-seeks-german-help-to-counter-chinas-clout-in-indo-pacific/a-57198176
  5. https://m.dw.com/en/us-sends-unofficial-delegation-to-taiwan-angering-china/a-57197677
  6. https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/joining-the-wolves-erdogan-s-pact-with-the-ultra-nationalists-a-52bf30cd-4431-4af7-b9af-3aa83c141b0e
  7. Sure, and I specifically noted that above. Like other rights, freedom of religion sometimes conflicts with what is (also) thought to be in the common interest. Muslims and Jews get problems in Europe once in a while over shared fundamental accessories of their respective faith like male circumcision of infants (i. e., performing a non-essential invasive medical procedure on someone who cannot legally consent) or kosher/halal butchering which contradicts laws for humane treatment of animals. There was a major and somewhat acrimonious debate over the former in Germany some years ago, which ended
  8. https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-johnson-johnson-delays-vaccine-delivery-to-europe/a-57164365 https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-confusion-over-efficacy-of-chinese-vaccines/a-57181029 https://www.dw.com/en/covid-india-faces-vaccine-shortage-amid-surge-in-new-cases/a-57187524
  9. https://www.dw.com/en/biden-says-us-to-leave-afghanistan-on-september-11/a-57189408 https://www.dw.com/en/germany-and-uk-to-follow-us-out-of-afghanistan/a-57194144
  10. https://www.dw.com/en/irans-boost-in-uranium-enrichment-a-response-to-israels-terrorism/a-57190589
  11. https://www.dw.com/en/germany-us-revive-security-cooperation/a-57173970
  12. Oh, I see this guy is from a different church in Calgary rather than Edmonton. I thought this was the starting point of the escalation that led to the more recent face-off. My opinion is again colored by a habit of offenders with an immigration background here to call intervening cops Nazis in hope of shaming them out of doing their duty by triggering a national guilt complex or something. The reaction is the same, anyway: if you think things are so bad in the country you went to and authorities have gone full Nazi by trying to have a calm conversation about the law of the land with you,
  13. The developing story popped up last week elsewhere, and this seems to have been the initial interaction.
  14. Regardless of the specific issue, "your worldly laws don't apply to our religious community" is a somewhat uneasy proposition. Even before we come to Muslims or Orthodox Jews running their parallel legal systems, parishes over here sometimes invoke the ancient tradition of "church asylum" to shield rejected asylum seekers from deportation. Which would be fine by me if they took over complete care for them, since capacity is obviously limited vis-a-vis total numbers. Unfortunately the shelter is frequently not limited to actual sacred ground rather than extended to any property owned by cl
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