In which John Green continues to explore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. In this installment, John looks into the titular Gatsby’s purported Greatness. Gatsby’s single-minded pursuit of Daisy, his checkered past, and his checkered present all play a role in determining whether he was, in fact, great. Here’s a hint: you don’t haveContinue reading “Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5”
Finns Party is on course for huge gains in local elections. The far-right Finns Party is on course to more than double its share of the vote at local elections in Finland on Sunday in a show of strength that could spell trouble for Brussels. Over recent weeks, Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho has revvedContinue reading “Finnish far right hopes to use local elections as national springboard”
Israeli forces have shot dead at least three Palestinians, including two Palestinian Authority (PA) military intelligence officers, in a pre-dawn raid in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said on Thursday. Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker is near Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
Only four of 10 officers questioned, and none arrested after March 2019 incident at Ketziot Prison, Haaretz reports. Israel has closed a case that involved at least 10 Israeli officers who were filmed beating Palestinian inmates, according to an Israeli media report, in what has been described as one of the most violent incidents againstContinue reading “Israel closes case of prison officers filmed beating Palestinians”
Statistics service reports 144,691 coronavirus deaths in 2020 People who recovered from Covid were also more likely to die Russia’s statistics agency raised the number of deaths directly attributed to Covid-19 last year by 38%, showing the pandemic’s toll has been worse than acknowledged. There were 144,691 deaths last year attributed to the coronavirus, upContinue reading “Russia Raises 2020 Covid-19 Death Toll By 38% in Grim Admission”
Thousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime. The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were outContinue reading “Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada”
The upper house of the Japanese Parliament on Friday passed a resolution supporting the self-governed island’s participation in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual assembly. The House of Councillor on Friday unanimously passed the nonpartisan motion calling on all countries to allow Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly(WHA) from next year. It has alsoContinue reading “Japan’s upper house of Parliament passes motion to support Taiwan’s bid to join WHO assembly”
A large fire at an electrical substation for Puerto Rico’s new electricity provider, Luma Energy, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of the island’s residents Thursday. At the height of the blackout, nearly 800,000 customers were without power, according to Luma. By midnight, roughly 60,000 customers were still in the dark. “The fire causedContinue reading “A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico”
U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.