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Members of French far-right party spike vice-president's drink with laxative

Members of French far-right party spike vice-president's drink with laxative
Two members of Front National party expelled for prank which involved Marine Le Pen’s boyfriend Louis Aliot

Two young members of France’s far right National Front have been expelled from the party for spiking the drink of its second-in-command with a laxative.

The incident took place while FN vice-president Louis Aliot, who is also the boyfriend of party leader Marine Le Pen, was visiting the party’s Bordeaux offices several months ago.

Confirming a report in Sud-Ouest daily FN deputy secretary general Nicolas Bay told AFP that three party members sought to disrupt the meeting by slipping a laxative into Aliot’s wine glass.

According to Sud-Ouest they also unscrewed the light bulbs in a room where Aliot planned to hold a press conference.


The only reason for its existence is to serve as a money pit.

F-35 stealth jet 'will not be able to fire its guns until 2019'
Reported software glitch is the latest problem to dog state of the art fighter which is costing American taxpayers nearly $400 billion (£257 billion)

Amercia's much-vaunted new F-35 stealth jet has reportedly suffered the latest in a series of problems with the discovery of a software glitch which prevents the use of its on-board cannon.

The jump jets – 14 of which have been ordered by Britain – are costing US taxpayers nearly $400 billion (£257 billion) and are due to enter service next year.

But the Pentagon has been forced to deny reports in America that it will take a further four years before they will be able to shoot their guns.


Billed as the world’s most advanced — and expensive — fighter jet, the cost per plane has doubled to $161.1 million and it will be six years late in entering full production.


2014 exposed the US myth of equality under the law

2014 exposed the US myth of equality under the law
This year Americans confronted the racial, ethnic and religious biases of the US justice system
December 31, 2014 2:00AM ET
by Christian Christensen

The description of the United States as the world’s policeman has always been laced with a heavy dose of irony and sarcasm. In democratic societies, the police are meant to uphold the law, but the U.S. has shown time and again that international legal conventions are not things to which the U.S. considers itself bound. From rejecting membership in the International Criminal Court to the invasion and occupation of Iraq to drone assassinations, the U.S. treats international legal frameworks like so many flies to be swatted away. This glaring double standard underlies much of the global animosity toward the U.S. in the post-9/11 era; while U.S. citizens accused of or subjected to criminal activity at home are entitled to their day in court, the rest of the world’s citizens are subject to U.S. power with little to no recourse to justice. In other words, the U.S. is a nation that respects the rule of law — but only within its own borders.

But 2014 has been a year in which the mythology of domestic U.S. legal egalitarianism — reinforced by the mantra of blind justice and a near religious reverence of the U.S. Constitution — was exposed as a pretense. As abroad, so at home: Some people are more equal than others.


One thread ties together all these cases: The willingness of the U.S. to bend the law and condone the barbaric treatment of human beings is grounded in differences of race, ethnicity or religion. Police violence, the death penalty and torture are predominantly applied to nonwhites or non-Christians. How supportive would white Americans and lawmakers be of procedures such as “rectal rehydration” — a gruesome procedure that, according to the torture report, was applied to hunger-striking inmates — if they were performed on white Christians? How long would they would be to willing to tolerate routine police killings of unarmed white citizens?

2014 will be remembered for how the differences between international and domestic victims of U.S. power and between U.S. injustice abroad and at home became blurred. The U.S. has made much over the years of its “moral authority” on the international stage, but this year highlighted that, even at home, this authority is built on quicksand.

Christian Christensen is a professor of journalism at Stockholm University in Sweden.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera America's editorial policy.

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I Love Science! Scientist Accepts Nobel Prize Wearing Dress Depicting Her Discovery

Scientist Accepts Nobel Prize Wearing Dress Depicting Her Discovery


When May-Britt Moser accepted the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on December 10, she did so wearing a custom-designed gown that depicted grid cells: brain cells that she had discovered. Moser, who works at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, was being honored for the discovery alongside her husband, Edvard Moser, and their colleague, John O'Keefe. Grid cells were discovered by the trio in 2005. The grid cells are neurons which are responsible for helping humans to understand their physical space in the organism's environment.

Moser's gown for the award ceremony was designed by British designer Matthew Hubble, who is a self-admitted science enthusiast. The blue gown featured silver sequins and beads, arranged just like the grid cells.



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