The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in four cases challenging the constitutionality of a decades-old federal law aimed at protecting Native American children.
The Court granted certiorari Monday in Brackeen v. Haaland, consolidating it with three other cases: Haaland v. Brackeen, Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen, and Texas v. Haaland.
“The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted,” the Court said in its order Monday, adding that the cases will be consolidated going forward. The Court limited oral argument to a total of one hour and set a briefing schedule for the parties.
All four cases stem from efforts by Chad Brackeen and Jennifer Brackeen, a Texas couple, to adopt a Navajo child. The Brackeens, who are white evangelical Christians and not Native American, had sought to adopt the boy, who was placed in their care in 2016 when he was 10 months old. When they tried to adopt him the following year, a court ruled that under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), the child must be sent to a Navajo family to whom he was not related.
The Brackeens filed a lawsuit challenging ICWA. They argue that the law, originally passed to protect Native American children after studies showed that a number of them were being placed in non-Native American homes despite relatives being willing to take them in, violates their constitutional right to Equal Protection.
The Mufti of the Chechen Republic has endorsed Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, backed by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, saying that the invaders are “on the path of Allah”.
Kadyrov, an Islamist who fought in a jihadist insurrection against the Russian Federation in the mid-’90s but helped to crush a wider insurrection in 1999, ultimately following his father to become Chechnya’s undisputed master under President Putin’s patronage, recently boasted he could muster up to 70,000 fighters to aid the Ukrainian offensive.
A High Court challenge questioning the legality of Covid-19 vaccination mandates for Police and Defence Force employees has been upheld, with the court determining that the government mandate is an unjustified incursion on the Bill of Rights.
In a decision released today, Justice Francis Cooke determined that ordering frontline police officers and Defence staff to be vaccinated or face losing their job was not a “reasonably justified” breach of the Bill of Rights.
California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the many lawmakers who slammed Republicans such as former President Donald Trump for cozying up to Russia, was bankrolled with donations from a high-level lobbyist for a major Russian pipeline.
The fact is that the government from hell is working to transform a democratic nation into a police state and normalize totalitarian rule without having to mobilize the military and scramble its jet fighters. It moves subtly, insidiously, through legislation, decree, deception, legal subterfuge, financial penalties, and targeted defamation. It divides a country into sectarian belligerents, employs tested techniques of misinformation and disinformation, prevents the free expression of opinion (Bill C-11), and impoverishes and segregates its perceived adversaries. It manipulates a strategy of covert control which, in the long run, may be more effective than overt physical repression. It doesn’t need tanks; a few RCMP horses will do. Slander and sanctimony are excellent weapons.
“The Washington DC region is now in the ‘green level’ or low level in this new CDC schema allowing for reduction in coronavirus prevention measures such as coronavirus testing frequency and indoor mask wear,”
A team of 15 volunteer medical personnel departed on Saturday night on a humanitarian mission to treat Ukrainian refugees, United Hatzalah and Sheba Medical Center said.
The team landed in Romania and drove seven hours to Moldova to meet the refugees, at the request of the chief rabbi and in collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
In the coming days, 30 more doctors and paramedics are expected to join, United Hatzalah said.
After years of delinquency to meet its NATO obligations, Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe has finally committed to spending at least 2 per cent of its GDP on defence spending.
Voters in pro-Russia Belarus agreed Monday to let Vladimir Putin park nuclear weapons and host Russian troops in their country, which sits just north of Ukraine.
The vote was part of a package of constitutional reforms that also included extending the presidency of Alexander Lukashenko, who has held the office since the country was declared independent in 1994. Lukashenko has been Moscow’s most stalwart ally during Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, even as the world has united against the Kremlin aggression. U.S. intelligence expects Lukashenko to send his 48,000-man army into the war as early as Monday
The casual speculation about Vladimir Putin’s mental state has become more serious.
Senator Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, indicated last night, without explicitly saying so, that he’s getting briefings or viewing materials that speak to health issues of some kind.
“I wish I could share more, but for now I can say it’s pretty obvious to many that something is off with #Putin,” he tweeted, warning that things have changed and it would be a “mistake to assume this Putin would react the same way he would have 5 years ago.”
Reading between those lines is not difficult.
Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, observed also that the Russian leader has “changed”.
The subject of Putin’s mind has been of interest to Pentagon analysts and psychologists for a long time.
Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers appeared perturbed when he dropped his bombshell about readying nuclear weapons yesterday.
The expressions of army general Valery Gerasimov and defence minister Sergey Shoygu were caught on camera as the Russian president put his atomic arsenal on stand-by.
A senior US defence official said last night Putin’s step is ‘potentially putting in play forces that if there’s a miscalculation could make things much, much more dangerous’.
As Russian troops pile into Ukraine, and Russian bombs fall on Ukrainian cities, what are the security services in the UK focusing on? White privilege. This is not a joke.
As the Daily Mail reports, “Britain’s spies are being urged to consider their ‘white privilege’ and declare their pronouns as Europe descends into war.”
This comes from a leaked report on “improving diversity” in the security services, written by Sir Stephen Lovegrove, the UK’s national security adviser. It also advises against using gendered terms like “manpower” and even words like “strong” and “grip,” which can ‘reinforce dominant cultural patterns.”
And there you have it: as Putin plays the strongman, our security bosses are saying ze and zir and advising against inappropriate usage of upsetting words like… “strength.”
You couldn’t ask for a clearer snapshot of the divide between the West and Russia today. In the West, institutions are riddled with political correctness, incapacitated by wokeness, and increasingly incapable of being serious about almost any issue, including geopolitics. And in Russia there is a leader who is a keen observer of this Western “decay,” as he sees it. The West is beset by “sociocultural disturbances,” Putin recently said.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have now been deployed over Ukraine with more on the way, according to the company’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk, after a call for help from the country’s vice prime minister on Saturday.
Mykhailo Fedorov, who is also Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, tweeted Musk requesting that SpaceX switch on its Starlink broadband satellites to supplement the country’s Internet services which have been disrupted during Russia’s ongoing invasion.
When Iran’s regime is ecstatic about a deal, it should send a warning signal to the US and its allies. That the ruling mullahs are asking the Biden administration for guarantees that the US will never be able to leave the new nuclear deal, even after President Joe Biden leaves office, should signal that the mullahs want this deal badly and set off all sorts of alarms.
The Russian forces have breached suburbs of Kyiv, European media reports say. “Fighting intensified in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv overnight,” Germany’s DW News reported. “Thousands of Kyiv residents spent the night in bomb shelters and metro stations.”