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Indian Actress Apologizes for “Refugee” T-Shirt Magazine Cover Shoot


From MSN: Priyanka Chopra has apologized for posing for a magazine cover in a T-shirt that caused a Twitter backlash, with people accusing her of being insensitive toward refugees.

The Quantico star was featured on the cover of the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, or Conde Nast Traveller in the British spelling used in India.

The cover showed Chopra wearing a white T-shirt, which had the words “refugee,” “immigrant” and “outsider” crossed out, leaving only the word “traveller.” The 34-year-old actress soon found herself at the center of a social media storm.


“Extremely insensitive in midst of biggest #refugeecrises. All other options listed [on theT-shirt] are forced on people, not chosen,” tweeted Savita Pawnday. “Oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that being a refugee is a matter of choice… What were you thinking?!” posted Anum R Chagani. And another Twitter user, HannanMust, echoed the sentiment, saying: “I’m quite upset. Really stupid thing to do to just grab attention u don’t need. Wise up.”

In an interview that aired Monday on Indian news network NDTV, Chopra said the magazine’s publisher “specially got this [T-shirt] made and implored me to wear it. They said they were addressing xenophobia, which is a big issue that is happening.”

She added that it was the magazine’s idea, “and I bought into it, I guess.” Continued Chopra: “And I am really, really apologetic about the fact that sentiments were hurt.… The point the magazine wanted to make was actually something good.” Chopra also said that she was “really affected [by the backlash], I felt really horrible.”

Conde Nast posted a statement on its website, explaining the intended message behind the cover.

It’s about how our labeling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia.… It’s about how we are allowing some powerful leaders to build barriers that make it more difficult for bright, motivated and hardworking people to see more of the world, learn from it and make it better for us all.”

The statement concluded that the cover was not about Chopra “being a refugee or immigrant or outsider; it’s about her, like us, recognizing the power of travel, and joining us in asking everyone to do better for each other.”

Chopra can currently be seen in the second season of Quantico. She will make her Hollywood feature debut in next summer’s Baywatch.


Islamic State flag free to fly on Facebook in Sweden, prosecutor rules


From Fox News: A Swedish prosecutor may have set a dangerous precedent last week in regards to the Islamic State flag.

Prosecutor Gisela Sjovall announced last week that a 23-year-old man wouldn’t be charged after posting the flag to his Facebook page in June, according to The Local. Authorities in Laholm had investigated the man, who came to Sweden from Syria, on suspicion of committing “hate speech.”

In comparison to the Nazi symbol which has come to be a symbol for prejudice against Jewish people, the same couldn’t be said for the Islamic State flag, Sjovall added. “Up until now, we haven’t come to that point,” she told the Hallandsposten, a local newspaper. “That could change in ten years.”

The Local noted that under Sweden’s hate speech laws, for an image to be considered “hate speech,” it needs to threaten or disparage a group of people in connections to their race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

No disparagement here...

No disparagement here…

“If there had been anything in the text (posted alongside the flag) with more specific formulations about certain groups, for example homosexuals, the ruling could have been different,” Sjovall said.  “For me, there are no doubts about the decision not to prosecute.”

Sjovall said the man told authorities in June that he does not support ISIS. The man’s lawyer said that what he posted wasn’t an ISIS flag, but a symbol of what had been used within Islam for hundreds of years before ISIS misconstrued its meaning.

The flag had already been banned in the Netherlands and Germany. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron had also said that anyone displaying the ISIS flag should be arrested, but there wasn’t a law barring people from displaying it.


Hillary Clinton used variations of ‘I don’t recall’ 21 out of 25 times when answering questions about private email server

I guess some of us still care about this story. Proggies, not so much. Truth doesn’t matter to them unless they can screw republicans out of it.


From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton used variations of ‘I don’t recall’ 21 times when asked 25 questions under oath about how she deleted 33,000 State Department emails.

Sworn written testimony obtained by Judicial Watch show the Democratic presidential candidate dodged virtually all of the questions about the correspondences she removed from her private server while she was Secretary of State.

A federal judge ordered Clinton’s legal team to turn over written responses to questions concerning the so-called ‘homebrew’ server. Clinton signed the document containing the answers, written by her lawyers on her behalf, on Monday under ‘penalty of perjury’.

The former First Lady sidestepped most of the questions, and insisted that she did not ‘recall’ if anyone told her she could be breaking the law by deleting the emails. She also said she could not remember ever being warned about hacking threats to her private account or server. But her campaign has insisted the answers are consistent with what she has said before.

The questions addressed a number of issues. She was asked why she used the private server,

‘Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws,’ her lawyers wrote for one answer.

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Most of the responses to questions begin with the phrase: ‘Secretary Clinton objects to the Interrogatories.’

Clinton’s answers provided no new information beyond what she told FBI agents during the recently closed investigation into whether she and her staff mishandled classified information. But it does suggest she has contradicted sworn statements she has made in the past.

According to the court documents filed this week, Clinton was asked when she decided to use her private email account to conduct government business and whom she consulted in making that decision. Clinton said she recalled making the decision in early 2009, but she ‘does not recall any specific consultations regarding the decision.’

Read the rest of the story here.


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H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69


US further eases Iran sanctions after nuclear deal

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From Yahoo: The Obama administration is further easing sanctions on Iran, making it easier for foreign firms to do business with the country following last year’s nuclear deal.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday at the start of the Columbus Day holiday weekend in the United States, the Treasury Department published new guidance for businesses that said some previously prohibited dollar transactions with Iran by offshore banking institutions are allowed as long as they do not enter the U.S. financial system.

The clarifications from Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also remove a blanket ban on foreign transactions with Iranian firms that may be controlled by a person who remains subject to U.S. sanctions.

Despite the nuclear agreement, which gave sanctions relief to Iran in return for it curtailing its nuclear program, the U.S. maintains sanctions on Iran and certain Iranian companies and people. They are known as “specially designated nationals” or SDNs, for a variety of reasons, including its ballistic missile program, human rights record and support for groups the U.S. deems to be terrorist organizations.

The new Treasury language says foreign transactions with non-sanctioned entities that are nonetheless “minority owned” or “controlled in whole or in part by an Iranian or Iran-related person on the SDN list” are “not necessarily sanctionable” under U.S. regulations.

Friday’s steps by the Treasury come amid growing complaints from Iran that it is not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under the nuclear deal because remaining U.S. sanctions have scared foreign companies from doing business in or with the country. The U.S. insists it has met its obligations and blamed Iranian behavior for the reluctance of foreign companies do to business in Iran. At the same time, it has sought to reassure foreign companies that certain transactions with Iran will no longer be subject to U.S. sanctions.

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“We put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”

Hillary Clinton


Germany’s finance minister presses for a ‘German Islam’

A national death by political correctness and stupidity.


From Reuters: A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a “German Islam” based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society.

Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live.

Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

Almost 1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, came to Germany last year, stoking social tensions and boosting support for the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which has said Islam is not compatible with the constitution.

The arrival of large numbers of refugees has strained communities and led to a rise in far-right violence and attacks on migrant shelters, particularly in eastern Germany.

Schaeuble, a stalwart of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), said: “Without a doubt, the growing number of Muslims in our country today is a challenge for the open-mindedness of mainstream society.”

In a guest article for conservative paper Welt am Sonntag, he added: “The origin of the majority of refugees means that we will be increasingly dealing with people from quite different cultural circles than previously.”

Schaeuble, 74, is seen as possible CDU candidate for Chancellor should Merkel not seek re-election next year.


He acknowledged that sexual attacks by migrants in Cologne and two attacks by migrants claimed by the Islamic State militant group over the summer had soured the mood.

“We should not, in this more tense situation, allow an atmosphere to emerge in which well-integrated people in Germany feel alien,” he said.

Despite the rising number of xenophobic attacks in Germany, Schaeuble said he believed the majority of Germans would say: “Yes, we want you to belong to us.”

Read the rest of the story here.


Report: FBI agreed to ‘destroy’ Hillary associates’ laptops after inspection

From @ShannonBream: “BREAKING from Catherine Herridge: FBI made side deals with 2 HRC associates to “destroy” their laptops after inspecting them

Read the portion of @RepGoodlatte letter to AGLynch re: FBI agreement to destroy laptops here.

h/t Twitchy