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BRAVO for telling the truth! Not many politicians have the ~~guts~~ balls to speak this frankly.

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A record number of cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS) in Japan this year has focused attention on the rare and potentially deadly bacterial infection. There have been 1,019 cases of STSS in the first six months of 2024, surpassing the total number recorded last year in the country.

Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases warned of a rise in cases in March, after 77 deaths from the illness were recorded. The majority of the cases at that time were of people above the age of 50.

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French President Emmanuel Macron publicly asked residents of New Caledonia on Tuesday to lift the barricades that had closed roads for the past month, following widespread and violent unrest.

According to French media, Macron called the situation "unacceptable" after condemning it and called for "the firm and definitive lifting of all blockades."

Local media circulated a letter by Macron calling on New Caledonians to engage in dialogue.

"It always takes longer to build than to destroy," he was cited as saying, stressing the need for constructive efforts toward resolution.

Massive protests and rallies broke out on the Pacific archipelago on May 13 after a voting reform that would allow non-native long-term residents of the island to participate in local polls.

The Indigenous Kanaks on the archipelago, driven by the fact that the move would dilute their input on decisions on their native lands, led demonstrations against the French government.

Reform plan suspended

The territory is located more than 17,000 kilometers from mainland France in the southern Pacific Ocean and is comprised of several islands, yet Paris has relentlessly asserted its right over the territories.

After deploying troops under the guise of police control in the South Pacific territories, Macron has suspended the reform plan.

Macron justified the decision by stating "ambiguity" ahead of the French elections, adding that it was to prioritize "dialogue in the field and restoring the order."

"I have pledged that this reform won’t be pushed through with force today in the current context and that we are giving ourselves a few weeks to allow for calm, the resumption of dialogue, with a view to a global agreement," he said two weeks ago.

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I saw this on Chinese social media and thought it was interesting. The Chinese commentary on social media is that the last time a country sent its historical artifacts to China for safekeeping it was from Syria before their civil war. Is this a sign Egypt is preparing for war?

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Under Bukele, street violence in El Salvador has been reported to have suffered a significant decrease, due to which getting reelected was only to be expected. However, humanitarian organizations have received more than 6,000 complaints regarding the detention facility where numerous human rights abuses are said to have been carried out, in addition to arbitrary arrests, torture, and short-term disappearances. Moreover, some 300 detainees were said to have died at the penitentiary, most of them showing visible signs of violence.

This is what fascists love so much. Instead of helping their people and reduce poverty, they will build a police state and quell any legitimate protest and public discomfort with jail and violence.

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