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5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. More Than 100 Opposition Supporters Detained In Belarus After Lukashenka Says He Stopped 'Revolution'

MINSK -- Police in Belarus have detained more than 100 people at opposition rallies in the capital, Minsk, and elsewhere after President Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced his government had thwarted a "revolution" amid a widening crackdown on opposition leaders and activists, including the arrest of a potential presidential challenger.

People were urged to turn out on June 19, the last day to sign ballot petitions for those seeking to run in the Belarusian presidential election on August 9, when Lukashenka, 65, will be seeking a sixth term in office.

Lukashenka, in power since 1994, is facing what experts say is his biggest challenge yet as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus after the president ignored calls to institute any social distancing measures or restrictions.


Elsewhere, police threatened protesters in the city of Mahilau with force, while in Homel demonstrators were told their gathering was illegal, according to local media.


2. Coronavirus: Applications for Hungarian army soar as youngsters seek stable job amid economic crisis

Young Hungarians are turning to the army to make a living amid the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Applications have "doubled" since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Major Tamas Durgo, in charge for the national recruitment, and the Defence Ministry said some 2,500 requests were submitted last week only.


As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it could now contract by 8% this year - or even 10%, in case of a second wave, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


So far, Hungary, a country of nearly 10 million people, has recorded over 4,000 cases and more than 570 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.


3. Rogue Russian Priest Seizes Convent With Cossack Brigade, Sparking Public Showdown With Church

MOSCOW -- The Russian Orthodox Church is struggling to wrest back control of a convent in the Urals after a cleric it suspended for disobeying its coronavirus-prevention policies occupied the compound with help from Cossack guards.

Father Sergiy Romanov, the abbot of a nearby men’s monastery who has praised Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and called the coronavirus a Western plot, commenced the standoff with church authorities on June 16 after he took over the Sredneuralsk Women’s Monastery and called on his followers to join him.

Local media reported that a group of Cossacks, members of a paramilitary group with deep historical roots in Russia, surrounded the convent until its abbess and nuns decided to vacate it.


Romanov is a prominent figure among the faithful in and around Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, where some consider him a spiritual leader of the Tsarebozhniki, a breakaway sect of the Orthodox Church whose adherents worship Nicholas II, the last tsar, as a saint who suffered a martyr's death for them, and advocate a return to monarchy. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized the last tsar and his family in 2000, but not as martyrs killed for their faith.


4. No breakthrough as EU divisions remain over €750bn COVID-19 recovery plan

European leaders are no closer to agreeing on a COVID-19 recovery package.

On the table is an ambitious plan of shared debt totalling €750bn, mostly through loans to help out those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

But Europe is divided on the issue.

On one side, the EU's four biggest economies — Germany, France, Italy and Spain — who back the European Commission's plan and four nations who don’t, the so-called "frugal four": Austria, The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.


5. European Lawmakers Call For Eastern Partners' Greater Integration

European lawmakers are calling for the creation of a "common economic space" between the EU and the six former Soviet republics of its Eastern Partnership program as part of a process of "gradual integration" into the bloc.

The European Parliament made the call in a report supported on June 19 by 507 MEPs, with 119 voting against and 37 abstaining.

The document is supposed to serve as the chamber’s wish list about the future of the Eastern Partnership program, which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The program, launched in 2009, is meant to bring the six former Soviet republics closer to the EU without clearly offering future membership.


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In Photos: What Was Life Really Like In The U.S.S.R.? (8 pics)


Valeriy Reshetnyak led a double life during the Soviet era. Officially, he was an engineer in Kyiv. But in his spare time, he photographed ordinary people in the Soviet Union.

"None of my coworkers knew what I was doing. It was a kind of dissent,” says Reshetnyak.

He knew that his photos would not be printed or exhibited anywhere while the Soviet system was firmly in place.

“I naively thought that one day people would look at my photos and reflect on their lives, but I was wrong," Reshetnyak says.

A village teacher returning home from school in the Sumy Oblast.

On the left is the 'elite' passenger transport. Only the head of the collective farm or local Communist Party 'princes' could ride in such sledges. Ordinary people were only allowed to use the sleds at critical moments like carrying a patient to the hospital.

Children were constantly prepared for war -- this was the basis of Soviet ideological education.

All of the people in this photo apparently survived the famine of 1932-33. During the Soviet era, the Holodomor was spoken about only among one’s closest companions. My father and a colleague told me how they were almost killed and eaten by a local cannibal.

A father with his two sons and wife. The lives of village women were harsher than that of men. Both the responsibilities of the household, and for the work in the fields, lay on the women’s shoulders.

The last inhabitants of a ‘liquidated’ village in Belarus.

Most of the workers came from villages and didn’t have their own housing. Soviet organizations built cheap housing for them

Locals waiting outside a government office in Lviv for a ‘reception’ with local officials.

Meet the 1-45-2 Battle Creek Rumble Bees, the worst team in professional hockey

More than 120 teams played professional hockey in North America during the 2019-20 season. List them in order of total games won and scroll down, all the way to the bottom, and you'll find a team called the Battle Creek Rumble Bees.

Their 1-45-2 record looks like a mistake in the standings for the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL), which represents the lowest rung of professional hockey in the U.S. But it's real. And the club based in Battle Creek, Michigan, didn't just forfeit a bunch of games. The first-year team really played 48 times, and it really did lose 47 of them (45 in regulation, two in overtime).


You have to dig pretty deep into the record books to find a hockey team with fewer wins. That distinction belongs to the 1948-49 Windsor (Ontario) Ryancretes, who went 0-25-6 in the now-defunct International Hockey League. But the Ryancretes at least collected six points in the standings, one for each tie. The Rumble Bees finished this season with just five points, thanks to a three-point regulation win and one point in each of their two overtime losses, despite playing 17 more games than the Ryancretes did during their winless season. That pretty much solidifies Battle Creek as the worst team in the history of modern professional hockey.


Those who did show up, however, were passionate. That included, and was perhaps epitomized by, Jeff and Tracey Harinck. All too excited to have a professional team they both could support, the Harincks were among the Rumble Bees' most dedicated fans. So much so that they occasionally cooked dinners for players, one night going through six pot roasts with nary a scrap left. Jeff called the Battle Creek players "very outgoing" and said they "would talk to anyone and were happy with what they were doing."


I do feel badly for people like the Harinicks who got behind the team 100%.
But some games only about 400 people showed up for the game
So, the team has folded

Ted Cruz: Let you and him fight

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Monday, with Cruz predicting the "Sons of Anarchy" and "Hellboy" star couldn't last five minutes with the former collegiate athlete and coach.

The challenge came after Perlman and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) got into a Twitter spat over U.S. Soccer removing a requirement to stand during the national anthem before matches, which included Perlman calling Jordan "the ugliest politician walking.”

"Listen Hellboy. You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen," Cruz tweeted. "But I’ll bet $10k—to the nonpolitical charity of your choice—that you couldn’t last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?"


Tweet back at cruz from Perlman
I tell you what teddy boy, since mentioning jim jordan and wrestling is... problematic, why don’t we say fuck him and just make it you & me. I’ll give 50k to Black Lives Matter and you can keep all the tax payer money you were thinking of spending.


Manly there Ted. I challenge you and another guy to fight each other

Faces Of The Balkans, 100 Years Ago (9 photos)


American photographer Lewis Hine (left) with other members of a U.S. Red Cross expedition in November 1918 before they set off on a years long assignment to make “a survey of actual needs existing in the various countries where the American Red Cross is engaged.”

Serbian Boy Scout

Albanians In Their Own Land

A Little Blonde-Haired Montenegrin Waif Picked Up On The Road: The little girl lost her parents during the war and had been begging by day and living with 31 other waifs in a cave near Podgorica.

Balkan Travel

Princess Ileana Of Romania

A Typical Gypsy Girl In The Balkans

War Veteran At The Age Of 12: This boy was [five years old] when he lost his arm in the Balkan War of 1912. That year he appeared in the town of Tirana with one arm a stump; a refugee from a fighting area in the hills some miles away. The Balkan villagers took pity on him when they found him fighting with the street dogs for scraps of food. When the Junior Red Cross came to Tirana they found a home for the youngster, who is now 12 years of age and a veteran of two wars.

Panthers cut ties with CPI Security after CEO's comments on police brutality

The Carolina Panthers have terminated their partnership with Charlotte-based CPI Security, the team announced Saturday night, in the wake of comments by the company's founder and CEO downplaying police brutality against people of color.

Ken Gill's comments came in response to an open letter sent by Jorge Millares, the executive director of local community group Queen City Unity, to city leaders calling for police reform.

"Please spend your time in a more productive way. I challenge your statistics," Gill wrote in his emailed reply to Millares, a screenshot of which was posted to the organization's website. "A better use of time, would be to focus on the black on black crime and senseless killing of our young men by other young men."


Gill later apologized for his comments in a statement, noting that they "did not directly address the public's outcry for racial justice and equality in the wake of George Floyd's senseless killing."


Lest you think Gill maybe serious in his contriteness
It came after all of these teams and schools cut ties:
The Carolina Panthers
The Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Knights (Minor League Baseball)
The Durham Bulls (Minor League Baseball)
The Columbia Fireflies (Minor League Baseball)
North Carolina State University
South Carolina State

I am guessing, it came when he watched his bottom line take a shelling.

I cannot find whether they are partnered with either the Hurricanes, Duke University or the Univ of North Carolina

Largest Locust Invasion In Decades Plagues Farmers Across South And Central Asia

Farmers across Central and South Asia are struggling to save their crops from the largest invasion of locusts in more than 20 years. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that there could be a second wave of locusts if storms on the Indian Ocean cause heavy rains this summer.

Video at Link (worth the watch)

Tajikistan's southern Kalton Region. In addition to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Pakistan and India
Per the video: The larger than normal rainfall since 2018 allowed the locusts to expand in remote areas of Saudi Arabia where they moved to east Africa and central Asia

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Kosovo Lifts All Trade Barriers Against Serbia

The new government of Kosovo announced on June 6 that it is lifting all trade barriers imposed on Serbia in a bid to reopen EU-brokered talks on normalizing ties with Belgrade.

Trade sanctions have been in place in some form since November 2018, when then-Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj imposed them in retaliation for Serbia's "de-recognition" campaign against Kosovo.

Speaking at a press conference in Pristina, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti stressed that the decision was temporary and could be reversed if Serbia refuses to end the campaign to reduce the number of countries that recognize Kosovo as a state.

"We expect Serbia to end the de-recognition campaign against Kosovo," he told a news conference, adding that Kosovo also expected its partners, the European Union and the United States, to put pressure on Belgrade.


2. Normandy landings anniversary marked on Omaha beach despite coronavirus pandemic

A small ceremony was held on Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-Sur-Mer on Saturday morning (June 6) to honour the sacrifice of those who died in the D-Day landings in 1944.

Compared to 12 months ago, when many tens of thousands came to the northern French beaches of Normandy to cheer the dwindling number of veterans on the 75th anniversary, the coronavirus lockdown turned this year's remembrance into one of the eeriest ever.

When the sun rose the other side over the English Channel there was no customary rumble of columns of vintage military vehicles and cheers to be heard.


3. Report: German Neo-Nazis Training At Russian Terrorist Camp

German neo-Nazis are conducting paramilitary training with a Russian ultranationalist group at a camp near St. Petersburg, German magazine Focus reported on June 5.

Citing German security sources, Focus said members of the far-right National Democratic Party’s (NDP) youth wing and neo-Nazi The Third Path completed training at the camp run by the Russian Imperial Movement.

In April, the United States designated the Russian Imperial Movement along with three of its leaders as terrorists, marking the first time the classification has been applied to a white supremacist group.

Focus reported that German neo-Nazis have received training in using arms, explosives, and hand-to-hand combat at a camp named Partizan near St. Petersburg.


4. Drama schools accused of hypocrisy over anti-racism statements

The UK’s most prestigious drama schools have apologised for not doing enough to combat racism on their campuses after being accused of hypocrisy over social media posts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (Alra), the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) and the Oxford School of Drama all apologised for incidents at their institutions after students spoke out on social media to detail their experiences.

The Oxford School of Drama said that it “needs to do better as an institution and take steps to safeguard our community of students”, after former BAME students said they had been targeted by teachers who dismissed concerns and singled them out because of their race.


5. Russia Orders Review Of Infrastructure Built On Permafrost In Wake Of Arctic Fuel Disaster

Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office on June 5 ordered a review of all hazardous objects built on permafrost in response to a fuel tank leak that has created an ecological disaster in the Arctic linked to climate change.

President Vladimir Putin ordered a state of emergency earlier this week after a holding tank at a thermal power plant in the industrial city of Norilsk spilled at least 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the soil, two rivers, and a downstream lake.

The power plant is owned by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer, which said the leak on May 29 was caused when pillars supporting a storage tank sank due to the thawing of permafrost soil.


10 Things Narcissists do to Appear Smarter than They Really Are

I had a slight problem with number 9
I had my IQ test in school in 1st grade (1970)
I couldn't tell you much about it
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