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In October I noted that the UK trans charity Mermaids was having a very bad couple of weeks. First, there was a story that the taxpayer-funded charity had been sending breast-binders to kids as young as 13 even when their parents opposed it. Shortly after that the Charity Commission, which regulates charities in the UK, announced it would launch an investigation. “Concerns have been raised with us about Mermaids’ approach to safeguarding young people. We have opened a regulatory compliance case and have written to the trustees,” the Commission said.

All of that would have been bad enough but then Mermaids was hit with a real PR disaster. It turned out that one of the group’s trustees, Dr. Jacob Breslow, had previously spoken at a pro-pedophilia conference. His remarks to the group included the use of the phrase “minor-attracted-person” instead of pedophile.

Things don’t seem to be improving much at Mermaids. Last week, the group’s longtime leader stepped down:

The chief executive of the transgender children’s charity Mermaids has resigned, the organisation has said.

Susie Green’s departure after six years was announced in a statement on the charity’s website, but no explanation was given about what was behind the move.

Chair of trustees Belinda Bell said: “The trustees are very grateful to Susie for everything she has done over the last six years to support trans, non-binary and gender-diverse young people and their families, and to build Mermaids into the organisation it is today.

“We wish her all the best for the future.”

I don’t have any inside information on why Green stepped down but it might be connected to this announcement today. The Charity Commission is upgrading its investigation of the group to look into it’s “governance and management.”

The Charity Commission has escalated its investigations into Mermaids, the regulatory body announced on Friday, responding to “newly identified issues” about the governance and management of the transgender children’s charity.

A statutory inquiry has been opened after an earlier lower-level regulatory compliance case launched in September in response to safeguarding allegations.

The commission will investigate whether there is “serious systemic failing” in Mermaids’ governance and management. The trustees have cooperated fully, but the regulator said their response had “not provided the necessary reassurance or satisfied the commission at this stage”.

Investigators will assess whether the charity’s governance is appropriate in relation to the activities it carries out, which involve vulnerable children and young people. They will also look at the “management of the charity by trustees including its leadership and culture”, whether there has been any misconduct or mismanagement by the trustees, and whether they have fulfilled their responsibilities under charity law…

The commission said in its annual report that it had concluded 5,324 regulatory action cases in 2021-22. Forty-five were statutory inquiries, which it describes as its “most serious type of regulatory engagement”. It issued 12 official warnings and disqualified 14 trustees as a result.

So the ax hasn’t fallen yet but the upgrading of this means it’s possible Mermaids could lose its charity status. Indeed, half of the cases raised to this level in the past year have ended that way.

A columnist for the Guardian wrote a piece about former Mermaids leader Susie Green this week which is pretty enlightening:

It’s incredibly easy to criticise Susie Green, the influential and, as of Friday, ex-CEO of Mermaids. But I’d like to say this in her defence: she never lied about who she was.

From her early interviews in 2012, when her trans daughter, Jackie, then 19, became a Miss England finalist, Green, then an IT-manager, was utterly open about how she first knew her child was trans: “As a toddler, Jackie always headed for the dolls in toy shops.” And if a four-year-old looking at dolls weren’t evidence enough that this child should be committed to a lifetime of medicalisation, Green added, “[Jackie] loathed having her hair cut.” Green put Jack — as he was then known — on puberty-blockers and flew him to Thailand for a sex change operation when he was 16, making him the youngest person in the world to undergo that surgery…

Mermaids has been endorsed by the Be Kind brigade, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jameela Jamil and Emma Watson, accrued a slew of corporate sponsors and been awarded £500,000 by the National Lottery. Progressive newspapers advise readers to contact the service should they have any concerns about their child.

Since 2017, I regularly asked editors at the newspaper where I worked if I could write about Mermaids in general and Green specifically, because it was so obvious that something was very wrong here. The answer, always, was no, but the reasons given were fuzzy: it wouldn’t be right in that section, they couldn’t see the news peg, it felt too niche. A more likely reason was one articulated to me with some passion on social media any time I tweeted anything sceptical about Green or Mermaids: to question either was to wish trans children would die.

There’s a lot more but the point is that even her own story of how she started down this path is open to interpretation. Her son was effeminate and attracted to dolls. At age 4 he told his mother he was a girl and that god had made a mistake. Maybe he was just going to be a gay man, not a trans woman? We don’t know because Susie Green didn’t give Jack a chance to really grow up before medicalizing his transition in permanent fashion. As the article concludes, “There is a fine line between using your parenting experience to help others, and validating your parenting choices by encouraging others to do the same.”



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Florida Formally Dismisses QB Jalen Kitna Amid Child Porn Charges https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida-dismesses-jalen-kitna-child-porn_n_638a8532e4b07530543a2ffe https://www.huffpost.com/entry/florida-dismesses-jalen-kitna-child-porn_n_638a8532e4b07530543a2ffe#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 23:15:23 +0000 https://fargoareabuzz.com/national/florida-formally-dismisses-qb-jalen-kitna-amid-child-porn-charges/ GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl. The Gators scrubbed Kitna’s name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday, just hours […]

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has formally dismissed quarterback Jalen Kitna from the team following his arrest on five child pornography charges that police said included an image of a man having sex with a young girl.

The Gators scrubbed Kitna’s name from their roster and his biography from their website late Thursday, just hours after Kitna’s first court appearance. Kitna was released from jail on an $80,000 bond and ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors and no internet access.

Kitna, 19, returned with his parents, retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna and wife Jennifer, to Burleson, Texas.

Although Kitna remained enrolled in classes Friday, the University Police Department issued him a trespass warning that bars him from campus for three years, pending the outcome of his court case. Kitna also would need to have to go through a student code of conduct hearing to be eligible to return, an unlikely outcome given the severity of the allegations.

Kitna sobbed into his hands during his 75-minute court appearance, which included attorneys on both sides arguing bond details and conditions of his release. He wore a solid green smock typically given to inmates being kept under close watch because of welfare concerns.

The Gainesville Police Department released Kitna’s arrest report Thursday, providing graphic details about the complaints filed against him.

Police said Kitna shared two mages of young girls being sexually abused via a social media platform, including one of a man having sex with a young girl.

Police later searched his phone and found three more images of two nude young girls in a shower — photos that had been saved to Kitna’s phone in December 2021. The report did not estimate the ages of the girls.

Kitna’s lawyer Caleb Kenyon argued those three images could be considered child erotica instead of child porn.

Two of the five arresting charges, which still need to be formalized by the state attorney’s office, are second-degree felonies that could result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The other three are third-degree felonies.

The Gators suspended Kitna following his arrest on Wednesday and took the step of dismissing him a day later.





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This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas.

The holiday season is upon us, and for all you procrastinators who put gift-shopping off until the last minute: we see you. As we get closer to the holidays, you’ll want to keep an eye on shipping deadlines to ensure your packages from UPS, FedEx, the US Postal Service and Amazon are delivered in plenty of time. 

Hanukkah this year starts on Dec. 18, and runs through Dec. 26. Kwanzaa starts as Hanukkah ends, on Dec. 26, and it continues until Jan. 1. And Christmas — the holiday around which most shipping services set their deadlines — arrives on Dec. 25.

For the best chance of having your letters and packages arrive on time this year, the big shipping and delivery companies have already announced the dates you need to make to have your packages show up on schedule.

Here are the 2022 Christmas shipping schedules for the major American package delivery services. If you’re wondering how prices at each service compare, we did the math to show average rates for UPS, FedEx and USPS. If you’re looking for great presents for anyone, you can always check out CNET’s favorite holiday gift picks

FedEx shipping deadlines for Dec. 25, 2022

Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, you can’t get overnight delivery from FedEx on Christmas Eve. You’ll have to ship FedEx SameDay on Dec. 23 to get your package there by Christmas. FedEx Express Saver, 2Day and Overnight service deadlines are all one day earlier this year, due to the Sunday holiday date.

If you want the cheapest option, the FedEx Ground delivery deadline is Dec. 14.

Here are the dates FedEx recommends you ship by (PDF) to have your packages arrive by Dec. 25 in the US.

FedEx holiday shipping deadlines

Domestic service Ship date
Ground Dec. 14
Express Saver Dec. 20
2Day and 2Day AM* Dec. 21
First Overnight and Priority Overnight* Dec. 22
SameDay Dec. 23

* 2Day, 2Day AM, First Overnight and Priority Overnight can be sent one day later with optional Saturday Delivery add-on for $16 per package.

UPS shipping deadlines for Dec. 25, 2022

Similarly to FedEx, UPS shipping deadlines are all about a day earlier than last year. You’ll need to send your very latest packages by Dec. 22 to make sure they arrive by Dec. 25. Here are UPS’ recommended shipping dates (PDF) for Christmas 2022.

UPS holiday shipping deadlines

Domestic service Ship date
Ground Check the UPS website for deadlines
3-Day Select Dec. 20
2nd Day Air Dec. 21
Next Day Air Dec. 22

USPS shipping deadlines for Dec. 25, 2022

The US Post Office deadlines for shipping packages for Christmas are about exactly the same as last year. Here are the dates the post office recommends you circle on your calendar if you want your packages to arrive by Dec. 25.

USPS holiday shipping deadlines

Domestic service Date (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) Date for Alaska Date for Hawaii
USPS Retail Ground Dec. 17 Dec. 2 N/A
First-Class Mail Dec. 17 Dec. 17 Dec. 17
Priority Mail Dec. 19 Dec. 17 Dec. 17
Priority Mail Express Dec. 23 Dec. 21 Dec. 21

Amazon shipping deadlines for Dec. 25, 2022

You can cut some time out of the shopping and mailing process by ordering straight from Amazon and shipping the package directly to someone — as long as you have their address. Amazon hasn’t yet listed its holiday shipping deadlines for 2022, but we can extrapolate the deadline this year from last year’s shipping dates.

Note that these are estimated delivery dates. All shipping dates except for e-Gift cards and free shipping in five to five to eight days are exclusively for Prime members. Each Amazon product listing page will also provide an estimated shipping date.

Amazon holiday shipping deadlines

Shipping type Deadline to buy Date delivered
Free shipping Dec. 15 Dec. 23
2-day shipping (Prime) Dec. 22 Dec. 24
1-day shipping (Prime) Dec. 23 Dec. 24
Same day delivery (Prime) Dec. 24 Dec. 24
e-Gift card delivery Dec. 25 Dec. 25

How to ship packages to arrive in time for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa this year

Shipping companies don’t list specific deadlines for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. However, it’s not too hard to estimate the dates you’ll need to ship by to have your packages arrive on time.

For Kwanzaa, you can basically use the dates for Christmas. Kwanzaa starts on Dec. 26, which is a federal holiday this year. USPS and UPS will both not be delivering packages on Dec. 26, and FedEx will have limited services. If you want any Kwanzaa packages to arrive before the holiday begins, use the shipping deadlines for Christmas.

Hanukkah starts in 2022 on Dec. 18 and runs through Dec. 26. Since Hanukkah begins exactly a week before Christmas, you could subtract a week from the Christmas deadlines so that your packages arrive before the start of Hanukkah. For example, to have a standard USPS package arrive by Dec. 18, you’ll want to send it by Dec. 10. For USPS Priority Mail, you should send packages before Dec. 12.

Nothing is guaranteed, and storms and package supply shortage may result in shipping delays, as has happened in the last few years.

Did you know you can buy unclaimed packages? To make sure your packages stay delivered, here’s how to guard against porch pirates. And here are some cool gifts for under $100.



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Sports Lounge brings year-round fun to Dickinson https://www.kxnet.com/news/business-beat/business-beat-sports-lounge-brings-year-round-fun-to-dickinson/ https://www.kxnet.com/news/business-beat/business-beat-sports-lounge-brings-year-round-fun-to-dickinson/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 22:06:12 +0000 https://fargoareabuzz.com/business/sports-lounge-brings-year-round-fun-to-dickinson/ DICKINSON, N.D. (KXNET) — One new sports spot for the family is promising no off-season for our kids. They can have fun year-round. The Sports Lounge in Dickinson is a place where baseball and softball are available for their biggest fans 12 months a year. Kids of all ages can enjoy the place. They have […]

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DICKINSON, N.D. (KXNET) — One new sports spot for the family is promising no off-season for our kids. They can have fun year-round.

The Sports Lounge in Dickinson is a place where baseball and softball are available for their biggest fans 12 months a year.

Kids of all ages can enjoy the place.

They have bounce houses, retractable batting cages, and more.

It’s available for birthday parties and for practices.

Derek McManus, the owner of The Sports Lounge, LLC, said “Often in the morning time, until four to five in the afternoon, we have our bouncy houses up with a lot of activities in here. There’s a big baseball, a big hamster ball. There’s a bull ride inside of an inflatable and then there’s a bunch of ball pits, chalkboards, all types of stuff. Then come evening time, we open up the batting cages. That’s when we have baseball, softball, pitching along with a simulator.”

The Sports Lounge is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It’s located at 3275 West Ridge Drive in Dickinson, right by the Buffalo Wild Wings.



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Alex Jones files for bankruptcy — RT World News https://www.rt.com/news/567580-alex-jones-bankruptcy-lawsuits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS https://www.rt.com/news/567580-alex-jones-bankruptcy-lawsuits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:48:41 +0000 https://fargoareabuzz.com/global/alex-jones-files-for-bankruptcy-rt-world-news/ Lawyers for Sandy Hook families claim the InfoWars host is trying to dodge $1.5 billion payout Controversial InfoWars host Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, informing a court in Texas that he had assets insufficient to cover the liabilities exceeding $1 billion. The move comes after Jones was ordered to pay almost $1.5 […]

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Lawyers for Sandy Hook families claim the InfoWars host is trying to dodge $1.5 billion payout

Controversial InfoWars host Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, informing a court in Texas that he had assets insufficient to cover the liabilities exceeding $1 billion. The move comes after Jones was ordered to pay almost $1.5 billion to lawyers and families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims for claiming it had been staged.

The filing informed the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston that Jones had “between $1 million and $10 million” in assets and faced “between $1 billion and $10 billion” in liabilities to “50 to 99 creditors.”

As major outlets like AP, Reuters and the New York Times reported on the filing, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families accused Jones of trying to get out of paying the hundreds of millions in damages from two defamation trials in Connecticut and Texas.

“The American judicial system will hold Alex Jones accountable, and we will never stop working to enforce the jury’s verdict.” Chris Mattei, an attorney for the families in the Connecticut case, said in a statement quoted by AP and Reuters.

Jones was infamously skeptical of the narrative about the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook, when former student Adam Lanza murdered his mother, six other adults and 20 children before shooting himself in the head. Some of the parents have since sued gun manufacturers and sellers over Lanza’s firearm purchase. Ten families also sued Jones for claiming that some of them were “crisis actors” on his show.

In October, a Connecticut jury ordered Jones to pay $965 million in compensatory damages to the several Sandy Hook families, with a judge adding another $473 million in punitive damages. A separate lawsuit in Texas resulted in Jones being ordered to pay another $49 million to a Sandy Hook family. His lawyers said they would appeal both verdicts.

Attorneys for the families have filed motions to block Jones from using bankruptcy protection to avoid paying out the judgments, claiming that he had moved over $60 million from InfoWars to shell companies starting in 2018, when their lawsuits were first filed.

Jones testified that he had “legitimately thought” at the time the shooting might have been staged, but later changed his mind and apologized “hundreds of times.” He also called the lawsuits an attack on the constitutionally protected right of free speech and described the proceedings as a “struggle session” in China.

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December 4, 1991 Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA Setlist: 1. Born To Be Blue 2. Give A Little Love 3. Mama, He’s Crazy 4.

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Opinion | What It Costs Black Americans to Watch Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker Runoff https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/02/opinion/warnock-walker-runoff-georgia.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/02/opinion/warnock-walker-runoff-georgia.html#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:16:20 +0000 https://fargoareabuzz.com/national/opinion-what-it-costs-black-americans-to-watch-raphael-warnock-and-herschel-walker-runoff/ To be a victim of injustice hurts hard. To be a victim of indifference hurts deeper and longer. And that is what is most gutting about the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock. How the hell did we get here? I grieve the fact that someone like Mr. Walker […]

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To be a victim of injustice hurts hard. To be a victim of indifference hurts deeper and longer. And that is what is most gutting about the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock.

How the hell did we get here? I grieve the fact that someone like Mr. Walker actually has a chance at a runoff against the incumbent Senator Warnock. What does it cost us as Black people to see this play out publicly? What does it cost this country?

I mourn what has happened to us as Black people since 2020. With each passing year — whether it was how by 2021 America quickly reneged on its promises of racial progress after the murder of George Floyd or how white people remain protected after an insurrection — we have been reminded that to be Black in America is to live on fragile soil. What keeps and sustains us is never permanent, is often compromised, and besides, is never given freely.

When Mr. Walker announced his campaign in August of last year, I knew that he represented himself less as Black people’s potential representative than white America’s tool. Disgraced former President Donald Trump endorsed Mr. Walker: “Herschel Walker will never let you down.” As the months rolled on, the scandals piled up: the allegation that Mr. Walker, who strongly opposes abortion rights, allegedly paid for his former girlfriend to abort their baby; his son’s rants against his father, and even recent questions about his Georgia residency. Throughout it all, Mr. Walker’s campaign draws from white supremacy’s greatest fantasy and stereotype: using a Black man for white people’s entertainment and consumption.

Mr. Walker is part of a long tradition of Black people willing to distance themselves from the humanity and dreams of their community in exchange for white praise and white power. Black people betraying Black people has a legacy stretching from the plantation to today. Mr. Walker has willingly, as he did in the N.F.L., taken the handoff from the likes of Mr. Trump, Ron DeSantis and Lindsey Graham, shucked and juked and jived over Black people’s real needs, just to hit the end zone and win at the white man’s game.

Although Senator Warnock in so many ways represents the pinnacle of what white society demands that Black people be in order to be successful — educated and exceptional — 70 percent of white Georgians voted for Mr. Walker, according to exit polls. There is a long history of white Americans trying to pull from the worst of us to destroy the best of what we can become. Senator Warnock, meanwhile, has had to prove his humanity, his leadership and his faith — I’m actually quite tired of seeing ads asking Georgians to declare their trust in Senator Warnock.

No matter how perfect or upstanding we are or how well Black people lead our state, white people seem to always become indifferent when we shout: This is not good for us! Once again Black people have to prove that we are trustworthy and that Senator Warnock is the best choice not just for us, but for America.

Politics aside, positions aside, I have to wonder: what is it that so many white people see as desirable in Herschel? A recent letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times suggested that it was the power of “celebrity” — that there was something alluring about Mr. Walker dancing his way to the end zone before winning a Heisman Trophy. For others, Mr. Walker is someone who represents Republican exhaustion with what Democrats have to offer. But it is not just celebrity or exhaustion. The race and runoff is a reflection of who white people believe is best for Black people and the nation. Herschel Walker is a very visible and violent symbol of just how far many white people in America will go to preserve a dying world of whiteness they refuse to let go of.

What a sad thing it is to watch a man’s and a people’s desire to destroy even themselves in an attempt to control what America is, means and can become. It is not just white supremacy. It is not just white hatred. It is white ingratitude.

White ingratitude is bent on breaking people’s hearts. It is white ingratitude that refuses to appreciate what Senator Warnock means to Georgia and this country and forces him to prove himself once again. It is white ingratitude that desires the stereotype of the ignorant charismatic Black athlete. It is white ingratitude that disrespects and disregards the Black tradition of faith that wants to both heal the soul and save society. It is white ingratitude that refuses to acknowledge just how deeply racist a vote for Mr. Walker actually is. White ingratitude is not just about open hatred and violence, it is also the everyday ways many white people make life so much harder for those who don’t look like them.

White ingratitude is very real and it is the heart of white power and white supremacy. If you are ungrateful for another person’s humanity and freedom, then you will do all types of things to devalue and disrupt it. Many white people are ungrateful for what Black people mean to America, what we have been, what we have done, what we have given them and what we have endured.

It seems that Reinhold Niebuhr’s words from “Moral Man and Immoral Society,” published in 1932, still ring true: “However large the number of individual white men who do and who will identify themselves completely with the Negro cause, the white race in America will not admit the Negro to equal rights if it is not forced to do so.”

We have done the forcing, again and again. And now what we are left with is not just rage, but the sadness associated with exhaustion. An exhaustion that none of us deserves.

Senator Warnock just might win. The celebration will ensue. A sigh of relief will be had. People will dance and declare how this country “works.” And yet, he just might lose. That is life, American life, American fragility.

No matter what happens the ingratitude and grief will still remain.

And I want America free of both.

Danté Stewart is a writer and speaker on race, religion and politics. He is the author of “Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle.”

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Watch <I>The Hong Konger</i>, about Jimmy Lai, Whose Trial Looms https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/watch-the-hong-konger-about-jimmy-lai-whose-trial-looms/ https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/watch-the-hong-konger-about-jimmy-lai-whose-trial-looms/#respond Fri, 02 Dec 2022 18:52:21 +0000 https://fargoareabuzz.com/political/watch-ithe-hong-konger-i-about-jimmy-lai-whose-trial-looms/ Conservatives should watch the Acton Institute documentary about this inspiring freedom-fighter. Source link

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Germany calls for peace talks – but Moscow says west must accept annexations

The German chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged the Russian president Vladimir Putin to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict as soon as possible, “including a withdrawal of Russian troops”, when the two leaders spoke recently.

According to the Reuters news agency, Scholz’s spokesperson said:

The chancellor condemned in particular the Russian airstrikes against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine and stressed Germany’s determination to support Ukraine in ensuring its defence capability against Russian aggression.

The Kremlin said Putin told Scholz the German and western line on Ukraine was “destructive” and urged Berlin to rethink its approach. Its readout of the call served to highlight the gulf between Russia and western governments over Ukraine, even though Moscow and Washington have both said in the past 24 hours they are open in principle to talks, Reuters reports. The Kremlin said:

Attention was drawn to the destructive line of Western states, including Germany, which are pumping the Kyiv regime with weapons and training the Ukrainian military. All this, as well as comprehensive political and financial support for Ukraine, leads to the fact that Kyiv completely rejects the idea of any negotiations.

Kyiv has said peace talks are possible only if Russia stops attacking Ukrainian territory and withdraws its troops from Ukrainian soil.

The Kremlin has indicated it wants a diplomatic solution and claimed Putin had always been open to talks, but said this was complicated by Washington’s refusal to recognise “the new territories” as Russian was hindering a search for any potential compromise.

Separately, a German government spokesperson confirmed Berlin is not in talks with Ukraine about the transfer or deployment of Patriot air defence systems there.

Reuters reports that Germany offered Poland the Patriot system last month to help secure its airspace after a stray missile crashed and killed two people. The Polish defence minister Mariusz Błaszczak later asked Germany to send the fire units to Ukraine instead.

Key events

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European Union member states have agreed to put a $60 a barrel price cap on Russian oil after Poland, which was holding out, gave the green light to the deal.

In an effort to reduce the Kremlin’s income from fossil fuels, the EU has agreed to limit the amount that can be paid for seaborne oil to diminish Moscow’s ability to finance its war in Ukraine.

The price cap also aims to avert a surge in global oil prices after the EU’s embargo on Russian crude takes effect on 5 December.

Warsaw had held out on approving the deal in order to examine an adjustment mechanism to keep the cap below the market price – having pushed in negotiations for the cap to be as low as possible.

Poland’s ambassador to the EU, Andrzej Sadoś, said on Friday that the mechanism in the final deal would keep the price cap at least 5% below the market rate.

However, security experts from the CSIS thinktank have suggested a cap at $60 is toothless since it is above the price of existing Russian oil prices of about $52 a barrel.

It has been estimated that Russian oil is sold at a profit from $40-45 a barrel, but Russia’s true extraction costs are hard to estimate.

The cap is expected to be formally announced on Sunday, and oil embargoes in the EU and G7 will begin next week.

Read the full report here.

A theatre destroyed in Mariupol in March. The Russian word for “children” is written on the pavement.
A theatre destroyed in Mariupol in March. The Russian word for “children” is written on the pavement. Photograph: Reuters

Russian troops in Ukraine are deliberately attacking the country’s museums, libraries and other cultural institutions, according to a report issued by the US and Ukrainian chapters of the international writers’ organisation PEN.

The report stated:

Culture is not collateral damage in the war against Ukraine; it’s a target, a central pillar of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for the war.

Putin has repeatedly claimed that Ukrainian culture and language simply don’t exist. By targeting art museums, music halls, libraries, theaters and historical sites, he attempts to make it so.”

PEN cited Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture as saying that 529 “cultural heritage and cultural institutions” have been destroyed or damaged since the war started. The figure includes both sites of national importance and cultural venues in towns and villages, the report said.

The list includes the bombing in March of a theatre in Mariupol, where hundreds of people were sheltering. Around 600 people died in the attack, according to an Associated Press investigation.

The PEN report said Russian soldiers have also seized and destroyed Ukrainian literature and Ukrainian-language books from public libraries in occupied regions.

However, it acknowledged “it is not always possible to determine if the bombings of cultural sites are deliberate or the result of Russia’s indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas.”

PEN Ukraine said it has documented 31 civilian writers, artists and other cultural workers killed in Russian attacks this year, and that some other cultural figures have died while fighting with Ukrainian forces.

American author and publisher Dave Eggers, part of the PEN delegation that presented the report, said:

The irony of Putin’s attempts to erase the culture and heritage of Ukraine [is it] has only enriched their culture and made the world pay attention and be far more interested in Ukrainian writers and traditions.”

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A dog with a lit-up collar walks in a street during a blackout in Kyiv last month.
A dog with a lit-up collar walks in a street during a blackout in Kyiv last month. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/AP

The Kremlin thought it would sweep across Ukraine and take Kyiv in a matter of days.

Now, more than nine months into its disastrous war with Ukraine, the new Russian strategy of targeting the infrastructure that brings light, heat and water into millions of Ukrainian homes has revealed Russia’s own weakness and its desperation in the face of a defiant Ukrainian resistance.

Russia’s impotence – and the scale of the destruction wrought by Moscow against territory it considers its own – has leaked back into official statements, even as the Kremlin seeks to leave Ukraine in a dire state on the cusp of a bitter winter.

At moments, Russian officials have compared the destruction in Ukrainian cities and its strategy to that of the second world war, nearly portraying the strategy as one of scorched earth.

At a press conference on Thursday, the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, was given a tough question about Russia’s shelling of Kherson, a city it claimed to annex in September and then fled from in November, and now regularly shells from across the banks of the Dnipro River.

“How can you justify missile attacks on the civilian population, infrastructure, depriving people of access to water and electricity, including in the area of Kherson, which Russia considers its territory?” he was asked.

“The city of Stalingrad was our territory,” replied Lavrov, referring to the modern city of Volgograd that was stage to the deadliest battle of the second world war. “We hit the Germans such that they ran away from there.”

Moscow’s current strategy stands in stark contrast to Russia’s initial plan: a shock-and-awe strike on Kyiv and other cities that would let them take over the country and its key infrastructure within weeks.

Read the full analysis here.

Russian oil output could fall by 500,000 to 1m barrels per day early in 2023 after the European Union imposes a ban on seaborne imports from Monday, two sources at major Russian producers have told the Reuters news agency.

The estimate is at the lower end of market analysts’ forecasts of the combined impact of the ban and a proposed price cap on Russian oil, although the sources said the true level would depend on several factors yet to be settled.

They requested anonymity to discuss sensitive market dynamics connected with the conflict in Ukraine that Russia calls a “special military operation”, Reuters said.

Alexei Kokin of Otkritie brokerage broadly agreed with their assessment of the likely impact of Western measures on Russian output.

It’s roughly the same as the volume of seaborne supplies to the EU in recent weeks. I don’t think they (Russian producers) will be able to divert that elsewhere.

The west wants to squeeze Russia’s finances to reduce its ability to fund the conflict. Exports of crude, gas and oil products account for the majority of Russia’s revenues, which have stayed high as disruption to production and sales following western sanctions has been more than offset by high prices on international markets.

Russia’s budget revenues from oil and gas jumped by over a third in the first 10 months of the year. Before the Ukraine conflict began on 24 February, Russia exported around 8m bpd of oil and oil products.

Turkey expects a “clear picture” on the war by next spring, its foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, as fighting continued and Putin indicated he was open to negotiations. According to Reuters, he said:

Now Ukraine is advancing on the ground, retaking some of their occupied territories. But Russia in return is deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure. So life is getting difficult for Ukrainians particularly, and for all of us.

I think before the spring time we will have clear picture about ceasefire or truce or negotiation table. But we will not give up. As Turkey we will continue our efforts.

Russia’s war against Ukraine became more complicated with the fighting on the ground getting heavier, Cavusoglu said, adding that some Western countries should do more to get two sides to the negotiation table.

Olena Zelenska, the wife of the Ukrainian president, has urged the UK and other western nations not to allow themselves to become accustomed to her country’s plight.

Speaking to the Times, she has said:

It is quite understandable that the west is tired. However, this phrase, I hear it quite a lot — war fatigue — is quite a dangerous phrase for us because that is exactly what our adversary wants. They expect people to forget and the world to get tired of the sad news and for Ukraine to disappear from the front pages. They would then feel they had the permission to do what they want.

As winter draws in, she accused the Russians of trying to terrorise Ukrainians into believing they will not be able to survive.

It would be wrong to say these things don’t scare us, they do, but we know we must endure this. The winter is treacherous and that is what they are counting on, it’s not the first time they are using the force of nature against the civilian population.

She also detailed how she has cut off all contact with any Russian relative or acquaintance, telling the paper:

Of course, Putin is to blame but without the support of the Russian people he couldn’t have done it on such a scale … I have relatives [in Russia], but we don’t communicate. Those relationships have ended completely … There will be no point in returning to those dialogues, when your own life and children’s and your family’s is in great danger and people don’t even ask if you are still alive, I think such relationships are over.

UN-appointed investigators are looking into whether Russia’s attacks on critical infrastructure in Ukraine amount to war crimes, one of the inspection team said on Friday.

Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure since early October, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heating as temperatures plummet, Reuters reported.

Russia says the assaults do not target civilians and are meant to reduce Ukraine’s ability to fight and push it to negotiate – though Kyiv says such attacks are a war crime.

“Part of the analysis that we are engaged in at present … is whether the attacks constitute war crimes,” Pablo de Greiff told a news conference, speaking from Kyiv.

If they do, the team would work out what it “can do in order to make a contribution to the accountability for such crimes,” he added.

The three-member commission of inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council in March has already concluded that Russia committed war crimes in areas it occupied in Ukraine.

Moscow regularly dismisses such accusations as a smear campaign.

Julian Borger

Julian Borger

When Alina Trebushnikova woke up on Thursday morning, the light was on and she knew the day had already got off to a bad start.

The electricity in her neighbourhood of Novomoskovsk had returned in the middle of the night and that meant it would not be on for much longer. As a result, the little house would be colder and darker for much of the day.

It gets dark by 4pm in Ukraine now and temperatures hover just below zero after nightfall. Next week a deep frost is expected and the days will grow even shorter, as Ukrainians approach their hardest winter since the second world war.

Alina’s husband, Oleksii, was away at his construction job and would only return long after dark. Their two boys, nine-year-old Ilia and Yakov, three years younger, were at the home of Alina’s parents, who have a wood stove, independent of the vagaries of the grid.

Alina is 31 and has lived in Novomoskovsk since she was seven, when her parents moved out of a block of flats in nearby Dnipro to live closer to the earth, as they put it. She now spends most of her days alone with Polina, born three months ago, while making food for the family, juggling with limited light, heat and ingredients.

Ukrainian embassy in Madrid receives ‘bloody package’

Spanish police have cordoned off the area surrounding the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid after it received a “bloody package” similar to the ones sent to other embassies abroad, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said.

This comes after a spate of six letter bombs targeted high-profile targets in Spain related to the war in Ukraine, including the United States’ embassy, prime minister Pedro Sánchez, the defence minister, an arms manufacturer, an airbase and a European satellite centre.

On Friday, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said several of the country’s embassies abroad have received “bloody packages” containing animal eyes.

EU proposes fines and jail terms for breaking Russia sanctions

Companies who break EU sanctions against Russia face fines of at least 5% of their worldwide turnover, under proposals put forward by the European commission.

The plan, which needs approval from the European parliament and the EU’s 27 member states before it can take effect, also said individuals breaking EU sanctions would face potential jail terms of at least five years, Reuters reports.

Breaking sanctions on Russia is already a criminal offence in some EU countries, but in others it is treated as an administrative offence and penalties vary across the bloc. The Justice commissioner Didier Reynders said the proposed rules would bring clarity, adding:

Too many gaps still remain between member states when it comes to the punishment of violation of EU sanctions.

Several Ukrainian embassies abroad have received “bloody packages” containing animal eyes, Ukraine’s foreign ministry has said, after a series of letter bombs were sent to sites in Spain including Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid.

The packages, soaked in a liquid with a distinctive colour and smell, were sent to Kyiv’s embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia and Italy, to general consulates in Naples and Krakow, and the consulate in Brno, spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook.





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Rail passengers in Britain are enduring the longest and most damaging series of strikes since the 1980s.

The bitter dispute between the rail unions, Network Rail and the train operators is about to enter its seventh month – with planned disruption unmatched this century set for before Christmas and after New Year.

The dates are 13-14 and 16-17 December, and 3-4 and 6-7 January.

Between the pre-Christmas and post-New Year strikes, from 18 December to 2 January, an overtime ban will be in place.

If the stoppage goes ahead it will constitute the biggest sustained industrial action on the railways since 1989.

So far this year the RMT has called 11 days of national strikes. In October three days of walk-outs were called off at short notice, but widespread disruption was still felt over the course of a week.

In addition, white-collar staff for many train operators and Network Rail plan industrial action, while Eurostar security staff have announced a pre-Christmas walk-out.

Train drivers working for around a dozen rail firms – including intercity giants Avanti West Coast, GWR and LNER – have so far staged five days of national action.

Regionally, a range of industrial action from overtime bans to local walk-outs are causing further disruption, while Eurostar could be hit by a strike by security staff on the busiest days before Christmas.

What are the strikes about?

There are multiple disputes involving many employers:

  • Network Rail – the infrastructure provider, running the tracks, signalling and some large stations
  • Fourteen train operators, who are contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to run specified schedules.

Four unions are involved:

  • RMT, the main rail union
  • Aslef, representing train drivers
  • Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), the union for white-collar staff in the transport industry
  • Unite, representing some grades and roles in some train operators

But key elements are common to all the disputes:

  • Pay, which the unions say should take into account the current high inflation
  • Jobs, and in particular the prospect of compulsory redundancies
  • Working conditions – with the unions determined to extract a premium from any productivity improvements, but the employers saying any pay rise is contingent on modernisation

In addition, the RMT says members are “striking against proposed cuts that would make the railways permanently inaccessible for many disabled and vulnerable passengers”.

When is the next national strike?

On Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 Decemeber members of the RMT union will walk out at Network Rail and 14 train operators. The action will be repeated on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December.

For four days of stoppages, the union intends to cause disruption over an entire week – which would normally be one of the busiest of the year for rail travel.

Which train operators are involved?

Six of them are primarily intercity operators:

  • Avanti West Coast*
  • CrossCountry*
  • East Midlands Railway*
  • Great Western Railway*
  • LNER*
  • TransPennine Express*

The remaining eight are mainly regional operators:

  • C2C
  • Chiltern*
  • Greater Anglia*
  • GTR (including Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink)
  • Northern*
  • Southeastern*
  • South Western Railway
  • West Midlands Trains*

Those marked with an asterisk are also involved in disputes with the train drivers’ union, Aslef.

How bad will the disruption be?

The effects of these strikes is now well established. The walk-out by around 5,000 Network Rail signallers means half the rail network will be closed, with a much-reduced service on the remainder of lines.

Non-union members will enable a skeleton service to run between 7.30am and 6.30pm, mainly on key intercity lines linking London with Brighton, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Edinburgh, plus suburban lines around London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and southern Scotland.

Will it affect other days?

Yes. In addition to the chosen dates the stoppage will cause minor disruption on the day before but major problems on the days after.

It may well be that “strike schedules” will apply on Thursday 15 December, because RMT members will walk out for another 48 hours on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December – with the impact lasting into Sunday 18 December.

Similarly in the New Year, some trains will be cancelled on Monday 2 January the day before the strikes resume. Thursday 5 January will see serious disruption, and schedules will be messed up on Sunday 8 January, making it another full week of uncertainty for the traveller.

What is the TSSA doing?

The white-collar union has announced a series of strikes.

The TSSA has called a walk-out by staff at Avanti West Coast to coincide with the already announced stoppages by members of the RMT union. They will strike in two 48-hour blocks: 13-14 and 16-17 December.

The union says the staff involved work “in a range of operational, station, revenue, on-board and management roles”. The stoppage is likely to reduced the “strike timetable” operated on those days on the West Coast main line.

TSSA members on c2c, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway, Southeastern, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains, as well as Network Rail, will walk out on 17 December – coinciding with the final day of RMT national action before Christmas.

“Action short of a strike” begins before that, on 13 December. It involves members working for Network Rail and 11 train operators carrying out “only contractually required duties”.

The union says: “TSSA members will not cover the duties of other rail workers who may be involved in strike action.”

The operators involved are Cross Country, East Midlands Railway, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, GTR, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.

“Further industrial action over the Christmas and New Year period is being actively considered,” the TSSA warns.

What do the warring sides say?

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT union, says: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.

“We have been reasonable, but it is impossible to find a negotiated settlement when the dead hand of government is presiding over these talks.”

He has accused the transport secretary, Mark Harper, of blocking a proposed settlement. The Department for Transport (DfT) rejects this.

A DfT spokesperson said: “With our railways remaining in desperate need of reform, we once again urge unions to call off damaging strike action and work with employers to agree a way forward that is fair for taxpayers, passengers and workers alike.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) has studiously sought to distance itself from the fierce negotiations between Network Rail, the train operators and the unions.

Yet with the vast majority of trains specified by ministers and underwritten with billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash, the eventual settlement must be signed off by the Treasury.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, met Mr Harper at the DfT on Wednesday 30 November.

A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators, said: “For the first time in months we can see the outline of a credible deal.

“Further strikes, especially in the run up to Christmas, will disrupt the first normal festive season our passengers have been able to look forward to since the Covid pandemic, taking even more money out of the pockets of railway staff, and will cause huge damage to the hospitality and retail sectors dependent on this time of the year for their businesses. We owe it to them to stay round the table.

“Industrial action has already cost the industry millions in lost revenue, is stalling its post-pandemic recovery, and threatening its long-term sustainability.”

Jake Kelly, Network Rail’s director of operations, said: “The RMT is going to inflict on our country, our passengers and our industry an unprecedented and sustained period of rail disruption across the entire festive period that will have a massive impact on businesses and our economy.

“The rail industry is already well advanced in its planning and will do all it can to run as many services as it can across the Christmas and New Year period. But passengers need to be prepared for weeks of disruption as a result of the RMT’s chosen course of action.”

What other disruption is planned?

Local industrial disputes, a preference not to work overtime and what the train operators say are higher than usual levels of staff sickness are causing widespread disruption.

Aslef has withdrawn all non-contractual overtime at LNER on the East Coast main line. The union’s general secretary accuses the state-run firm of showing “a complete disregard for the agreements which shape our members’ working lives”.

But Warrick Dent, LNER’s safety and operations director, says: “We are confident that our contingency plans will keep disruption to LNER services to a minimum.”

On East Midlands Railway (EMR), members of the Unite union are taking strike action on Friday 2, Saturday 3, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December.

The train operator warns: “We will operate significantly fewer services that usual on these days, and on some EMR Regional routes no services at all.

“EMR are unable to run any train services to/from Lincoln for the Christmas Market on either Friday 2 or Saturday 3 December.”

On the main intercity routes from Sheffield via Derby and from Nottingham to Leicester and London, one train will run each hour between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

In addition, Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Express are both operating significantly reduced schedules until 10 December, blaming a drop in train crew overtime and “higher-than-normal sickness levels” respectively.

What about Eurostar?

Members of the RMT union working at London St Pancras as security staff for Eurostar will walk out on four days in a dispute over pay: Friday 16, Sunday 18, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December.

The dates have been chosen to coincide with what are expected to be the busiest days before Christmas, especially for British passengers heading abroad on trains through the Channel Tunnel.

Services are already expected to be disrupted by the separate nationwide RMT strike involving Network Rail staff: between 13 and 17 December some early and late trains are likely to be cancelled.

The RMT union says more than 100 security staff – who are contracted out to the facilities management company Mitie – will take part in the action, and that it will “severely affect Eurostar services and travel plans for people over the December period”.

A Mitie spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed that RMT has made the decision to undertake industrial action, given we have already offered a significant pay increase and pay negotiations are ongoing. We remain open to continuing these discussions.”

A Eurostar spokesperson said: “We are aware that negotiations between Mitie and the unions are ongoing.

“If there is any impact on services we will update customers as soon as possible.”

I have a ticket booked for a strike day. What are my options?

Passengers with advance, off-peak or anytime tickets affected by the strikes can generally use their ticket for travel on days either side of the strike days.

Alternatively they can seek a refund.

But be cautious about spending on events or hotels that will require you to travel by train. While you will get your money back on rail tickets when trains are cancelled, “consequential losses” will not be covered. So non-refundable spending will be lost if you can’t make the journey.

Are future strikes likely – and when will we hear about them?

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT union, says: “This union is determined to continue with this campaign until the employers understand that they need to respond to our members’ aspirations on job security, pay and working conditions.”

His union says that the average member earns £31,000 and has not had a pay rise in three years.

Unions must give 14 days notice of a strike, and usually announce them close to this deadline. When a sequence of strikes is called, as on 5-7-9 November, they are announced in one go.

Why isn’t there a continuous strike of the kind we have seen in the past?

Rail unions can impact almost a complete week by stopping work for three days – causing maximum disruption for minimum loss of wages.

Are any parts of the UK unaffected by these rail strikes?

Yes, so far railways in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wight have avoided all industrial action.

Where will this all end?

It could take months. Rail staff tell me they feel undervalued and that stopping work is the only way to achieve a fair settlement.

But ticket revenue for the railway has slumped since Covid, and the employers say they have to balance the books – with pay rises contingent on modernising and cutting costs.

Meanwhile passengers are caught in the middle of an apparently intractable dispute, facing another day of wrecked travel plans, while the taxpayer picks up the bill for the financial damage the strike will cause.

At a time when the railway desperately needs to attract new passengers, confidence in train travel is at an all-time low.



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