Brazil's President has indicated he could send the military in to fight the massive blaze engulfing the Amazon rainforest as the international outcry over the disaster continues. Jair Bolsonaro did not say when the armed forces would get involved, but said 'that's the plan' and suggested that action could be imminent. Mr Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development, sparring with critics who note that the Amazon produces vast amounts of oxygen and is considered crucial in efforts to contain global warming. Small numbers of demonstrators gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in Paris, London and Geneva to urge Brazil to do more to fight the fires. Jair Bolsonaro did not say when the armed forces would get involved, but said 'that's the plan' and suggested that action could be imminent (pictured: Aerial picture showing smoke from a 2-kilometre stretch of fire billowing from the Amazon … [Read more...] about Jair Bolsonaro is forced into action over Amazon wildfire by global outrage as he sends in the Army while a huge American 747 firefighting plane arrives in Bolivia
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An American Airlines passenger wearing a 'HAIL SATAN' t-shirt was told by crew members on her flight to cover up the top's 'offensive' logo or face being kicked off the plane. Swati Runi Goyal, 49, who is a member of the Satanic Temple, says she was warned by staff during her flight from Florida to Nevada on October 30 and forced to wear one of her husband's extra layers of clothing to cover up. She told BuzzFeed News an attendant told her 'our crew has found your shirt to be offensive'. The black t-shirt has HAIL SATAN in all-caps on its front, plus the text: 'Est. 666' and an upside-down cross. Goyal, from Key West, Florida, said the experience left her feeling 'humiliated', adding: 'We initially just thought it was a joke. 'But he repeated the directive, and there was another female crew member who was behind him with her arms crossed looking very angry. 'The man said "Your shirt is offensive. Do you know what that means?" I said, "I’m a … [Read more...] about Florida woman, 49, wearing a ‘HAIL SATAN’ t-shirt on American Airlines flight is told by crew to cover up the ‘offensive’ logo or get kicked off the plane
Donald Trump touted to a crowd gathered for the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday that he is Israel's biggest 'friend.' '[Israel has] never had a greater friend in the White House than your president Donald Trump,' he told the hundreds gathered to hear his remarks. 'I have stood firmly and proudly with the state of Israel,' he added, claiming he has done more for the world's only Jewish State than any of his predecessors. 'They never had any intention of doing it, in my opinion,' Trump said. 'But unlike other presidents, I kept my promises.' He touted his biggest accomplishment related to Israel when he recognized Jerusalem as its capital and relocated the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Donald Trump told a crowd at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday that no one is a 'great friend' to Israel than him Jewish Republican mega donors Sheldon Adelson (left) and his wife Miriam (right) introduced … [Read more...] about Donald Trump touts Israel ‘has never had a greater friend’ than him while speaking at the Israel American Council National Summit
Inside the Tijuana migrant shelter that has become a home for thousands of Central American migrants, 55-year-old Carlos Gómez approached some strangers asking if they knew where he could find a job. Gómez was one of thousands who fled Honduras with the migrant caravan that arrived in Tijuana one month ago. He would still like to seek asylum in the US, but with thousands of people ahead of him in the line to submit an application, he would be content to stay in Mexico, he says. “I need the work, I don’t want to go back to Honduras,” said Gómez in El Barretal’s enormous open courtyard, where the few spaces not occupied by tents are filled with lines of people waiting to receive donated sandwiches and piles of warm winter clothes. Despite the open hostility of Donald Trump, most members of the recent migrant caravans headed north in the belief – fed by rumors and often bolstered by their deep Christian faith – that they would quickly be … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t want to go back’: what’s next for the Central American migrant caravan?
American Gothic – the long-faced couple standing sentry before their wooden house in apron and overalls, pitchfork in hand – is the most famous painting in American art. It is instantly recognisable to millions of people from Oregon to Osaka who hardly know its name, still less that of the painter. In its comparatively short life (it was made in 1930), Grant Wood’s masterpiece has become one of those rare paintings that are constantly quoted in spoofs, advertisements, movies and cartoons, so familiar they can be readily invoked in a quick sketch or even just by one detail, such as the arched window. Even if we do not know its title, American Gothic is by now as proverbial as the Mona Lisa, The Starry Night and The Scream, a point not lost on parodists who have Photoshopped Van Gogh’s stars into the Iowan skies above that pointed roof, introduced Leonardo’s Lisa into the family romance and even married Grant Wood with Edvard Munch. A Gothic Scream flipbook … [Read more...] about American Gothic: a state visit to Britain for the first couple