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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 1st, 2024 at 10:07:09 PM EST
Eurovision is here, too.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 11:31:05 PM EST
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Thousands protest Israel's Eurovision participation
Israeli contestant Eden was forced to change the title and lyrics of her song "Hurricane" before being allowed to compete, however. It had originally been titled, "October Rain," in what seemed to be a reference to the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel that sparked the current war.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 01:23:13 PM EST
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bbc | Who qualified from the second semi-final?
The 10 acts who succeeded in Thursday's public vote were: Latvia, Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Israel, Greece, Estonia, Switzerland, Georgia, Armenia.

Which means the six countries eliminated were Malta, Albania, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, and San Marino.
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According to bookmakers, Golan's song is fifth favourite to win the contest on Saturday night. Topping the odds is Croatian act Baby Lasagna, whose riotous dance anthem "Rim Tim Tagi Dim" qualified from the first semi-final on Tuesday. Switzerland's Nemo, whose operatic pop song "The Code" is the second favourite, was one of the 10 acts who were voted through after Thursday's show. The singer put on one of the night's most impressively athletic performances, dancing on a rotating turntable while they sang about coming to terms with their non-binary identity.

Slava Little Israel!
PBS | Eurovision Song Contest sees boos, cheers and tighter security for Israel's contestant (10.05.24) Another protest march is planned for Saturday, hours before Golan competes in the live Eurovision final. Israel is allowed to compete in Eurovision, although it's not in Europe, because its national broadcaster belongs to the EBU, whose membership extends beyond the continent.
#WeAreNATO
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 07:45:44 PM EST
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welt.de | Nemo gewinnt für die Schweiz den ESC - Deutschland wird Zwölfter
"Sas ,,O - Oh - o" aus dem Song ,,The Code" wird Bestand haben, ein eingängiges, dreifaches Kieksen, das für diese Selbstbestimmungshymne zentral ist. Da hat ein junger Mensch seinen Weg gefunden und sich befreit von Konventionen. Und eine starke Show geliefert."
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 02:18:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 04:14:44 PM EST
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😂 🤣 desperate huh ...

Security Through Peace, Not War

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 04:23:50 PM EST
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Eurovision's popular vote was actually the result of manipulation by the Israeli Foreign Ministry - TOI, JPost, Ynet, YouTube, X
While the mere 52 points that judges awarded Golan would have left her in 12th place, viewers managed to propel the Israeli singer into 5th place by awarding her an astonishing 323 points via televoting. In the end, Golan received the maximum possible 12 points from audiences in Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and received the second-highest possible 10 points from Albania, Austria, Cyprus, Czechia, Moldova, Slovenia, and Ireland.
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 10:38:58 PM EST
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My dad was enrolled in the Army to defend the Moerdijkbruggen ... taken prisoner after a sniper killed his best comrade standing next to him outside the bunker.

Nazi propaganda film -- Jump into enemy territory to defend the homeland, unsere Heimat, unser industrielles Herz Ruhrgebiet

5 Years of death, hunger and struggle for survival followed. The ugly German Nazi war machine rolled through Europe on a Blitzkrieg. WWII and Nazi crimes during occupation ruined millions of lives. No more war.

I was witness to the mine fields and bunkers of the Atlantik Wall ... in the end, Germany was destroyed and Eastern Europe and Berlin conquered by the Soviet Red Army. The Soviet Union lost between 27 and 43 million of its citizens. Georgian POWs staged a final assault on German occupiers on the island of Texel. In the late stage of the war conscripts from Belarus were stationed on the Western coastline of Holland ... my dad always praised these men as reasonable ... not like the German fanatic counterparts.

5 Days of Battle for the Netherlands

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 10th, 2024 at 07:12:31 PM EST
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Assange wins UK court permission to appeal UK extradition to US
"James Lewis, representing the US government, told the court Assange's conduct was 'simply unprotected' by the First Amendment."

one-way ticket to Rwanda story developing ....

by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 02:42:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 04:06:58 AM EST
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