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Breivik survivors keep fighting for their vision of Norway

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — On the 10th anniversary of Norway’s worst peacetime slaughter, survivors of Anders Behring Breivik’s assault worry that the racism which nurtured the anti-Islamic mass murderer is re-emerging in a nation known for its progressive politics.

Most of Breivik’s 77 victims on July 22, 2011, were teen members of the Labor Party — idealists enjoying their annual camping trip on the tranquil, wooded island of Utoya, in a lake northwest of Oslo, the capital. Today many survivors are battling to keep their vision for their country alive.

“I thought that Norway would positively change forever after the attacks. Ten years later, that hasn’t happened. And in many ways, the hate we see online and the threats against people in the Labor movement have increased,” said Aasmund Aukrust, then-deputy leader of the Labor Youth Wing who helped organize the camp.

Today he’s a national lawmaker campaigning for a nationwide inquiry into the right-wing ideology that inspired the killer.

Aukrust ran from the bullets flying through the forest then lay hidden for three terrifying hours while he saw friends murdered nearby. A vocal proponent of properly reckoning with the racism and xenophobia in Norway, Aukrust has been the target of online abuse, including receiving the message that “we wish Breivik had done his job.”

The victims of the Utoya massacre came from towns and villages throughout Norway, turning a personal tragedy into a collective trauma for many of the country’s 5.3 million inhabitants. Survivors were joined by a shaken population who were determined to show that Norway would become more — not less — tolerant and reject the worldview that motivated the killer.

A decade later, some survivors believe that collective determination is waning.

“What was very positive after the terror attacks was that people saw this as an attack on the whole of Norway. It was a way of showing solidarity,” said Aukrust. “But that has disappeared. It was an attack on a multicultural society. And though it was the act of one person, we know that his views are shared by more people today than they were 10 years ago.”

Breivik struck at Labor Party institutions he believed were aiding what he called the “Islamization” of Norway. Dressed as a policeman, he landed on Utoya, shooting dead 69 members of the youth wing and injuring scores more. He had earlier murdered eight people in a bomb attack at government buildings in Oslo.

“It wasn’t random that it was our summer camp that was attacked. The hatred was against us because of our values of openness and inclusiveness,” said Sindre Lysoe, a survivor from Utoya who is now the general secretary of the Labor Party’s Youth Wing.

“After Utoya, it was too hard for many people to go back to politics. For me and for society, it was very important to raise up again and fight back through more of the good work we knew we could do,” he said. “Before 22 July, politics was important, afterwards it became about life and death.”

After hearing about the Oslo bombing on the “darkest day of all of our lives,” he remembers his friends telling each other they were in the safest place on earth. Within minutes, the gunfire and screaming began on the island. Today Lysoe spends a lot of his time warning young people about the dangers of right-wing extremism.

In the years following the attack, Norway’s security police, the PST, continued to rank Islamists as more likely to carry out domestic terrorism than right-wing extremists.

But after the New Zealand mosque attacks in 2019 killed 51 people, and a copycat attempt by Norwegian shooter Philip Manshaus just outside Oslo later that year in which the killer’s sister died, Norway’s security police changed its annual assessments. It now ranks the two forms of extremism at the same danger level.

“As we progressed into 2013 and 2014, European migration and IS became the prisms that we saw terror through. Norway went back to a narrative of extremism being largely foreign,” said Bjoern Ihler, who escaped the bullets by swimming in frigid waters around the island to safety.

“There is a failure in self-reflection. We are missing the fact that Anders Breivik and Manshaus were Norwegian, but also so were a lot of the extremists throughout the last decade that should have been caught by our social system,” he said.

Since the July 22 attacks, Ihler has become an expert in countering radicalization, founding the Khalifa-Ihler Institute for Peace Building and Counter Extremism, advising European Union and chairing a panel at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

Planning the attack from his mother’s home in Oslo, Breivik tapped into an online ecosystem that demonized Islam and cast in doubt Europe’s Christian future. Ihler, who has spoken with scores of reformed extremists, says these internet echo chambers need to be exposed to different voices.

“Regardless of ideology, the reasons they went into radical environments are all somewhat similar. It’s about finding identity and a space where you find belonging. Whether it is Islamists or far-right extremists, the fundamental problem they have is living in environments with diversity,” he said. “The tricky part is helping them build comfort with that diversity.”

Ihler still believes in the power of traditional Norwegian values such as democracy and rehabilitation in solving societal problems.

Breivik struck at all of these, testing not only the country’s commitment to tolerance and inclusiveness but also to nonviolence and merciful justice. Yet he still benefits from a justice system that favors rehabilitation over vengeance.

While his sentence can be extended if he is still considered dangerous, Breivik is serving his 21 years in a three-room cell with access to a gym and computer games, luxuries that would be unthinkable even for minor criminals in other countries.

“It is right that he is treated humanely,” said Ihler. “We don’t want to go down the same route of violence. We need to keep on showing people that there are better ways of dealing with the issues we have.”

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Lewis Hamilton ‘was in tears’ as F1 star opens up on fighting racism

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he was in tears at the Styrian Grand Prix last year as the emotions of his battle against racism in Formula One bubbled over. Hamilton has used his platform to lead the fight against discrimination and social injustice in the sport over the past year, but his noble stance has not been straightforward.

The 36-year-old has been vocal on the issue since the murder of George Floyd sparked the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Hamilton has worn T-shirts supporting the movement, taken a knee before races and publicly called out some of his fellow drivers for not following his lead.

When other drivers refused to take a knee, the Briton said their “silence is complicit” with the racism the stance opposes.

The seven-time champion then also raised a fist for Black Power after winning last year’s Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.

Despite his campaigning, Hamilton won the 2020 Drivers’ Championship title, but he says his dual role took its toll.

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Hamilton remains F1’s only black driver – a fact that goes some way to explaining why he feels so passionately about the subject.

Growing up in the sport, Hamilton was subjected to racist abuse and, while things are gradually progressing, F1 is still some way off achieving diversity.

Hamilton recently signed a new contract with Mercedes, keeping him in the sport until the end of the 2023 season at least and he says is not going to stop speaking out against racism.

“I don’t see it as a burden,” he said.

“It was definitely liberating to be able to be open and speak about things. For people to know that there’s much more to me than perhaps they realised from watching me on TV.

“I feel like I was built for this. There’s a reason it was suppressed over all that time. And if it happened any sooner I wouldn’t be ready, wouldn’t be strong enough to handle it.

“I wouldn’t be able to do my job as well and do both things at the same time.

“But now I’m equipped with the tools to do so. I look at my niece and nephew. I look at my little cousins. And I think, ‘How can I make things better for you guys and your friends?’”

Son shot while fighting with dad in Whole Foods parking lot, Fort Bend Co. deputies say

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A man has been hospitalized and his father has been detained after authorities said a fight between them ended in a shooting in the parking lot of a Whole Foods Market.

A tweet from the Fort Bend County’s Precinct 3 Office states the shooting happened at 6600 S. Fry Road and the scene is secure.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said a man and his son got into some kind of fight in the parking lot outside the store before the son was shot in the neck. The father was detained at the scene and the son is in stable condition at Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Residents who live nearby are asked to try to avoid the area during the investigation.

We’ll bring more information as it becomes available.

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Author: Briana Conner
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Emma Raducanu comes out fighting in first Wimbledon interview after John McEnroe criticism

Emma Raducanu has elaborated on her decision to withdraw from Wimbledon on Tuesday. The 18-year-old was 4-6, 0-3 down against Ajla Tomljanovic before deciding to quit – having been seen hyperventilating beforehand. And after being criticised by John McEnroe, she’s now come out fighting.

Raducanu was accused of letting the occasion overawe her by McEnroe, who was commentating for the BBC.

But, in an interview with the broadcaster, she’s now made it clear she withdrew because of medical advice – and not because she let the occasion get the better of her.

“I’m doing well thank you for asking,” she said. “I’m just glad I was able to recover so quickly.”

When Sue Barker told Raducanu she and other fans were worried, the teenager then responded by saying: “I think that, in the moment on court one the atmosphere was one again incredible to play in front of.

“I was obviously really really disappointed I couldn’t finish the match, I obviously wanted to be able to compete and try my best.

“But the medical advice was to pull out and I followed it up because I think their advice was the best in the end.”

She then continued: “I found it difficult to regulate my breathing.

“I think that it was emphasised by some very long rallies we had towards the end of the first set, which made it tough for me to keep my composure and breathing in check.

“And then, at the beginning of the second set was when I struggled with it the most and I had the trainer on and made the decision at the end of the changeover.”

When asked what the cause was, she said: “No, I don’t know what caused it.

“A combination of everything that’s gone on behind the scenes in the past week and an accumulation of the buzz.

“I think it’s a great learning experience from me going forward and hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared.”

McEnroe was stinging in his criticism at the time of the incident, saying: “I feel bad for Emma, obviously.

“It appears it just got a little bit too much, as is understandable, particularly with what we’ve been talking about this over the last six weeks with Osaka not even here.

“How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long – how well they can handle it.

“Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience.”

And Tracey Austin also expressed a belief that it all became too much for the teenager, though backed her to respond.

“I think the moment just became too large,” she said.

“When you go back a week she was really in obscurity. Nobody sides intel Brits knew who Emma Raducanu was.

“I didn’t know who she was or how to say her name last week! All of a sudden she wins three matches as a wildcard and she’s played so well against Cirstea.

“First time ever on Court One and she even said she played above her level and said she’d never hit some of those shots before and surprised herself.

“All of a sudden she has a day off and she’s all over the papers, all the expectations, and what’s in front of her is the fairytale is still going on and she has a winnable match in the fourth round.

“It’s almost too good to be true for both of them. You have Tomljanovic who’s 75th in the world and Raducanu who is 338th in the world. This may never happen again where you have such a large opportunity to get to the quarter-finals.

“Both were tight at the beginning and you just squeeze too tight and become overwhelmed because the opportunity is so big. It became real, reality kind of checked in at that point.

“It was a long day, they didn’t start until about 8pm, that’s a long time to think about the match.

“She really has not played enough matches. It was almost just too much. For an 18-year-old with not a lot of foundation and experience, just done her A Levels in April, it was I think a bit too much to ask.

“It was really tough to see her kind of hyperventilating out there and then not to be able to come back and take that wave of appreciation. The crowd had really done such a good job, they’d done their part to help her get there.”

Wimbledon have also released a statement defending their schedule.

“We were very sad to see Emma forced to withdraw from her match last night and wish her all the best with her recovery,” they said.

“She should be commended for the poise and maturity she has shown throughout the Wimbledon fortnight and we very much look forward to welcoming her back to Wimbledon next year and in the years to come.

“In respect of scheduling, as always, the scheduling of the order of play each day at The Championships is a complex operation, and although we take great care when scheduling matches and allocating courts on a daily basis, it is not an exact science.

“All decisions are made with fairness and the best interests of the tournament, players, spectators and our worldwide broadcast audience at heart, but the unpredictable nature of the length of matches and the British weather can and will cause disruption to any schedule.”

Author: Jack Otway
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London shooting horror as police rush to daylight Morden attack – victim fighting for life

Officers were called to reports of a shooting on Central Road at the junction with Abbotsbury Road in Morden at 2.03pm on Tuesday.

They found a man at the scene with gunshot injuries.

He has been taken to hospital and is in a “serious condition”.

Police have informed the man’s next of kin.

The Met said two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

A crime scene also remains in place.

This is the latest violent incident in London following a spate of shootings and stabbings over recent days. 

Last week, a father-of-two died after being stabbed during a high street brawl in North London on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old victim, named locally as Raza Gulzar, was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but unfortunately died late on Saturday night.

Ten men aged 27 to 55 have been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

All were later released either on bail or under investigation.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Newell, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We have made a substantial number of arrests but there is still much more work to do. The public can help us.

“I believe there was at least one person who filmed this incident on their mobile phone.

“I need those people to contact us.”

Sadiq Khan has said Londoners will see a greater police presence on the streets in an attempt to fight violent crime.

The Met has warned knife and gun violence could lead to the highest number of murders among young people since 2008, when 28 young people were killed.

Mayor of London Mr Khan told LBC Radio on Friday: “Across this summer, Londoners will see a greater police presence across our city – particularly in areas where there’s been a history of violent crime.

“You’ll be seeing surge activity in those areas and at the same time, the good news is we’re going to be giving young people even more constructive things to do to keep them busy during the summer.

“Sports education, culture during the daytime, events during the weekend, funding youth workers to work with young people, because there’s no point us complaining when idle hands get up to no good.

“We’re going to have to give idle hands constructive things to do.”

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Review Fighting EX Layer: A Solid Street Fighter EX Spin-Off For Connoisseurs

Two decades later, Arika — most recently known for partnering with Nintendo on Tetris 99, Super Mario Bros. 35 and Pac-Man 99 — returned to the fighting game arena with Fighting EX Layer, which now arrives on Switch as Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash. Curiously, it doesn’t have any characters from the original Fighting Layer, but it does feature the original characters that they had created for the Street Fighter EX series.

And they’re an interesting bunch, to say the least. While characters like Arabian dancer Pullum may have fit alongside Capcom’s classic characters, others like psychopathic mercenary Doctrine Dark and wacky sentai hero parody Skullomania didn’t quite fit, so it’s cool to see them given their own game where they can stand out. Some of the other more interesting fighters include rough-and-tumble bodyguard Cracker Jack, aristocratic brawler Blair, skull-faced armored warrior Garuda, American Shotokan fighter Allen Snyder, genius scientist girl Area, and gun wielder Sharon. Terry Bogard also makes a cameo appearance from Fatal Fury, probably to pay back Skullomania’s cameo in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. There are 18 characters, which obviously can’t compare to The King of Fighters or Street Fighter V, but it’s a decent enough selection to mess around.

Since Fighting EX Layer is basically a spin-off (a couple times removed) of Street Fighter II, it plays pretty similarly, using six buttons and taking place entirely on a 2D plane. It does feature a fairly lax combo system, allowing you to easily chain together combos using regular, special, and super attacks. The fighting engine is easily the strongest aspect of the game, since it’s approachable and familiar to anyone even remotely familiar with 2D fighters, but offering enough flexibility that veterans can have a lot of fun with it.

Arika has been keen to note that this Switch version, subtitled Another Dash, isn’t merely a port but rather a totally new version of the game. In its original release, Fighting EX Layer used the “Gougi” system, which were a set of powers activated based on accomplishing certain goals in the fight. Well, that system has been entirely removed from Another Dash, for some reason. It wasn’t always popular with hardcore fighting games, who compared to Street Fighter vs Tekken’s widely maligned gem system, but it was also the key system that differentiated Fighting EX Layer from Street Fighter V, and it’s weird that it’s missing.

To take its place are a few new EX abilities — activating dashing (EX Dash), homing jump (EX Arrow), and counterattack (EX Illusion) moves at the expense of some meter — all of which can be used to launch into combo chains. The overhead attack has also been changed to a guard break move, a hallmark of the Street Fighter EX games. Unfortunately, these come with the removal of the normal dashing and backstepping moves, probably to emphasize the EX Dash, resulting in a game that feels a little slower than before. Why these were mandatory changes and not just an alternate arranged mode is unclear.

Since the original Street Fighter EX games were created for the late PS1/early PS2 era, the characters received a substantial visual overhaul. Arika obviously doesn’t have the budget of Capcom, SNK, or Arc System Works, so the graphics aren’t comparable to these bigger names, with shiny, plastic-looking character models that don’t really do a good job of capturing their 2D portraits. The Switch version is even further compromised, removing shadow and lighting effects, as well as textures, and running at a lower resolution. It can be especially ugly when the characters are wearing their shiny alternate costumes, which look so poor that they probably should’ve been removed completely.

The practical upside to this is that the game runs very smoothly, hitting a constant 60 FPS pretty much all of the time. Considering that many of the big-name fighting games skipped the Switch entirely, and the ones that did see release suffer from assorted technical issues, it’s nice to see a game that was properly optimized for the platform, even if the end result doesn’t look pretty.

The original version of Fighting EX Layer used rollback netcode, making for an extremely smoothly playing online experience. Another Dash doesn’t presently, instead using “backstep interrupt” netcode, with the promise of a revised method using rollback at some point in the future. At the time of this review, the Japanese version has been available for two months and the North American/European version has been available for two weeks, yet during our sessions, we were only able to find one Casual match, and the population (and skill level) of Ranked matches fluctuated wildly. However, connections were always solid, even in portable mode over Wi-Fi, with only a few minor hiccups in the action.

Enjoyment of Fighting EX Layer is 100% dependent on online play, and of course Arika can’t control the game’s player population. But it is on their shoulders to offer some kind of alternative, and the single player experience is absolutely anemic. There’s just a standard Arcade mode with three difficulty levels, and endings consisting of a paragraph of text. There’s no tutorial either, just a bog standard training mode. When the game was brand new back in 2018 and Arika was slowly adding modes, this may have been acceptable, but having such barebones content three years after release is a poor showing.

The release strategy for this Switch port is a little less confusing than previous configurations, though. Another Dash has a free version which is basically a single player demo that includes four characters – Kaira, Shirase, Darun, and D. Dark. For $ 24.99 USD/ £16.49 UK / €19,99 EU, all of the rest of the content, including all modes, characters, and costumes, are unlocked. It’s reasonably priced considering it’s a late port of a three-year-old game, and makes it competitive against other more expensive titles.

Conclusion

Ultimately, Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash is a fighting game fan’s fighting game — its primary audiences are ‘refugees from Street Fighter V’ and ‘people who have nostalgia for Street Fighter EX’. Players in these two groups will find themselves very much at home with this game, especially since the fighting engine is so solid, and some of the characters are just offbeat enough to make it interesting. But considering it’s so dependent on online play, with barely existent single player content, it’s difficult to recommend to more casual players. It is, however, free to download, so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a try.

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GPs are fighting NHS plans to share your medical records with private companies next month

As it stands, all 36 GP surgeries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have agreed to withhold the data when collection begins July 1, 2021. An email calling on colleagues to mirror the protest has now been circulated to some 270 practices in England, The Guardian has reported.

Doctors believe the automatic siphoning of NHS medical records, including details on mental and sexual health data, criminal records, and more, will undermine trust between patients and their GP, Dr Ameen Kamlana, who is based in Tower Hamlets and taking part in the protest, has claimed.

“There’s an immense amount of good that can come from responsible and secure use of public data, public health records,” Dr Kamlana told The Guardian. “However, our issue here with this particular proposal is that it’s been rushed through. There has been no public information campaign to inform the public about the plans, and in order to allow them to decide for themselves whether they are happy about it.

“Essentially what’s being asked for here is people’s entire health record, so everything that we’ve coded in people’s records from the time of their birth to the time of their death, including their physical, mental and sexual health, including their health-related concerns with family and work and including their drug and alcohol history. Essentially all your most intimate private details of your life is being asked to be handed over and we were concerned that the public aren’t aware of what’s being done.”

Not included in NHS Digital’s upcoming database will be patient’s full addresses, any images or videos taken during private consultations, or legally restricted data, such as IVF treatment or gender reassignment.

NHS Digital says that anything in your records that could be used to directly identify you will be scrambled before it’s uploaded from your local GP practice. However, the organisation admits this process is completely reversible – NHS Digital will hold onto the code that unscrambles the data to its original state.

It claims that it will only ever reverse the anonymised data to reveal the identity of the patient “if there was a lawful reason to do so and it would need to be compliant with data protection law”. However, privacy campaigners have criticised the plans as “legally problematic”.

The records of 55 million patients in England compiled next month will then be made available to academics and commercial third parties, privacy campaigners have claimed. These records will be used for research and planning, with NHS Digital claiming that records “decide what new health and care services are required in a local area, informs clinical guidance and policy, and supports researching and developing cures for serious illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.”

If you’d like to be omitted from the database, there is still time to remove your NHS records. To be exempt from the data-grab, you’ll need to fill out a form and submit it to your GP.

If you don’t do this before the deadline, which is June 23, 2021, your medical records will become a permanent feature of the NHS Digital database. Opting out after June 23 will still work, but will only apply to future data – any historic data will still be available to researchers, academic and commercial partners of the NHS. You can find the form required to opt out here.

Advocacy group MedConfidential, a privacy-focused group that has been pivotal in raising the alarm, told the Financial Times: “They’re trying to sneak it out, they are giving you six weeks nominally and if you do not act based on web pages on the NHS digital site and some YouTube videos and a few tweets, your entire GP history could have been scraped, never to be deleted.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson for NHS Digital spokesperson said: “Patient data is already used every day to plan and improve healthcare services, for research that results in better treatments, and to save lives. During the pandemic, data from GPs has been used to benefit millions of us: helping to identify and protect those most vulnerable, roll out our world-leading vaccine programme, and identify hospital treatments, which have prevented people dying from covid.

“We have engaged with doctors, patients, data, privacy and ethics experts to design and build a better system for collecting this data. The data will only be used for health and care planning and research purposes, by organisations that can show they have an appropriate legal basis and a legitimate need to use it. We take our responsibility to safeguard patient data extremely seriously.”

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The Art of Fighting in Biomutant

Creating Biomutant’s fighting style came part and parcel with the development of its ever-evolving central character. Often mistaken for a raccoon, a cat, and even a red panda, our hero can be all of that and so much more! The same can be said for our hero’s multi-faceted fighting style! Our goal was to create fast-paced and action-packed combat with a mix between melee, gunplay, and mutation. All of this plus ease of control. We drew a lot of inspiration from traditional kung-fu, including my own personal experience. We also drew inspiration from John Woo movies and films like “Kung-Fu Panda.” Through all of this, we were able to find our own unique kind of combat.

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What we call mutant ability is a key ingredient to a successful attack. Changes to our hero’s physical appearance translate to different physical strengths and abilities in combat. The result is a fluid and acrobatic style. Layer on melee and projectile weapons and doing battle in Biomutant easily differentiates itself from any game out there.

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The player will quickly learn that every element of this combat system is not just fun but necessary as the various attacks from the creatures in Biomutant will consistently come as a surprise. Some will roll themselves into a ball and zoom right into the player. Some dig into the ground, some spit acid and some attacks are even more unexpected. The gigantic boss battles pack a unique attack from every boss. The player will benefit greatly from watching and learning before striking in many instances.

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This brings me to the benefit of pre-ordering before our game launch on May 25! Players who pre-order will benefit from the unique combination of Mercenary perks at the start of their Biomutant gameplay experience. Dual-wield as a starting ability plus additional weapons including the classic Katana and the shorter Wakizashi blades make for some great attacks on just about any opponent you will face!

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Author: Stefan Ljungqvist, Art and Creative Director, Biomutant
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RT’s Keiser Report explores why gold & bitcoin fans are always fighting against each other

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This post originally appeared on RT Business News

Max Keiser continues his interview with Craig ‘Don Quixote’ Hemke of TFMetalsReport.com about the conflict between bitcoin investors and gold investors.

“I find it extraordinarily frustrating,” says Hemke. “We are on the same team – bitcoin fans and gold fans. Why are we fighting against each other? And why is the bitcoin marketing campaign always ‘Dump gold and buy bitcoin’? Well, dump dollars for God’s Sake, dump stocks, dump Tesla. Why does it always have to be anti-gold, I don’t get that.”

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Brave teachers rushed to give stabbed teen, 13, CPR after gang attack that left him fighting for life

Author: Dan Keane
This post originally appeared on Breaking UK news and exclusives | The Sun

HERO teachers rushed to give CPR to a 13-year-old boy stabbed on his way to school during a gang attack that left him fighting for his life.

The youngster, who was in school uniform, was knifed by teens as he walked to class on the Isle of Dogs in East London.

A boy is fighting for life after being stabbed multiple times near a school on the Isle of Dogs in East London

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A boy is fighting for life after being stabbed multiple times near a school on the Isle of Dogs in East LondonCredit: @London999
Cops raced to the scene near George Green School on Parsonage Street just after 8.50am this morning following reports of a stabbing

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Cops raced to the scene near George Green School on Parsonage Street just after 8.50am this morning following reports of a stabbingCredit: @London999

Witnesses said teachers from nearby George Green’s School on Parsonage Street dashed outside to help the lad after the knifing at 8.50am.

And witnesses said it looked like his attackers “were having fun” as the horror unfolded.

The boy was taken to a hospital in East London after sustaining multiple stab wounds. He remains in a critical condition.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

He’s been taken to a police station in East London.

Cops are liaising with staff at George Green School, according to the Met Police.

According to residents, brave teachers rushed to the scene and gave the boy CPR after he was repeatedly stabbed near the school gates.

Parsonage Street remains cordoned off by police with a forensic team still conducting a fingertip search. 

Retired mechanical engineer Ron Goddard, 60, said: “I looked out the window and saw two boys running away.

“I thought they were having a bit of fun. They looked like they were having fun. 

“I didn’t think anything of it until a helicopter landed in the park and the Old Bill came round. 

“The boys just ran round the corner. They were about 13-years-old.

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“I don’t think they were in school uniform. It was coats and light coloured trousers or jogging bottoms.”

He added: “There’s always been trouble around here. It’s not abnormal.

“The age groups are getting a bit younger, it’s obviously a lack of discipline at school. 

“I’m not overly shocked because of the news all the time. It was bound to happen here eventually.”

Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said: “I saw two boys running down the road, but nothing more than that. 

“They didn’t look like they were wearing school uniform or anything like that, just casual stuff. They looked young – early to mid teens.

“I didn’t think anything of it until the helicopter touched down in the park – that was a bit of a surprise.

“It’s heartbreaking, but it’s not surprising. You’ve just got to hope the little boy is okay.”

A nearby neighbour to the scene said she had heard from a friend who lives on Parsonage Street that teachers rushed from George Green’s School to aid the boy.

The woman, who declined to be named, said: “I heard from someone on the street that they saw teachers trying to help the kid. One was giving him CPR. 

“I think they got some response, but obviously there wasn’t much they could do until paramedics arrived.”

A spokesperson for the school this afternoon confirmed to MyLondon that the victim was a student.

Meanwhile, a schoolbag was also seen by witnesses on the pavement – with forensic officers closely examining the item this morning.

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An air ambulance landed at nearby Millwall Park supporting ambulance services sent by road.

It comes after a spate of stabbings in London this year.

Junior Jah, 18, was found knifed to death near his home in Canning Town, East London, on Monday afternoon. There is no suggestion that it is linked to today’s incident.

Junior was the 12th teenager stabbed to death in London in 2021 – just five less than there were in the whole of 2020.

So far this year there has been 32 murder investigations launched in London, and of those, 25 have been stabbings.

Junior was attacked just minutes away from where Fares Maatou, 14, was stabbed in the head outside a pizza restaurant while defending his friend last week.

Referencing today’s incident, a Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 8.50am on Thursday, April 29 to reports of a stabbing on Parsonage Street, E14.

“Officers and London’s Air Ambulance attended. A 13-year-old boy was found suffering from stab injuries.

“He has been taken to an East London hospital; we await an update on his condition.

“At this early stage, there have been no arrests. A crime scene remains in place.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting reference Cad 1321/29Apr.”

Man, 18, stabbed to death in broad daylight on east London street as cops launch murder probe