Borat arrives on Amazon Prime with new movie

“Which is more dangerous, this virus … or the Democrats?”asks the television host Borat his new friends, a pair of southerners described as rednecks, who, without hesitation, answer “The Democrats!”, beginning to comment on conspiracy theories that populate social networks in United States (and that have caused, among other things, the Facebook ban the secret group QAnon), with ideas as absurd as believing that the “deep state” is inhabited by pedophiles or that Bill and Hillary Clinton are, literally, “eat children”.

The scene is striking because the two “victims” of Borat are extremely kind and even give him asylum when, at the beginning of the pandemic, he has nowhere to take refuge. But this I only tell because it is in the previews of the return of the character of Sacha Baron Cohen, the ineffable and racist Bora Sagdiyev, host of Kazakh television, which is very difficult to review without ruining it with spoilers. But we will try, whether or not like your extreme comedy, the British and his most famous character have returned to be part of this historic moment which includes the pandemic, which was not considered when the project began, which gives the film a strangely conjunctural atmosphere from the most ruthless satire.

Borat Post-Film: Prodigious Bribery Delivery to US Regime to Once Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is the very long title of the sequel to the film that in 2004 shocked the world for its frontal black humor and, above all, for the actor and comedian’s ability to make people show their most horrible facets in front of the cameras.

And although it seemed impossible that the character could return and effectively deceive so many again, with his “state journalism”, Baron Cohen He found a way to do it even with Rudolph Guiliani, Trump’s friend and lawyer and former mayor of New York. As it did? With a lot of ingenuity and with the support of his “daughter”.

Remember that when Baron Cohen had his first major international success with the film Borat (the character already existed with great success on British television, with the Ali G Show de Cohen), the Kazakh authorities were deeply outraged. And of course, he made her look like a nation of ignorant pedophiles, misogynists and anti-Semites, and is that This man’s sense of humor is not necessarily for everyone.

Several people in the Jewish communities and at the time even from the Anti-Defamation League of these communities, launched very strong complaints about the fact that Borat consider, within his rock education, that he HThe olocaust was a national holiday. Currently, Baron Cohen works hand in hand with them in the Stop Profit for Hate campaign, seeking that stop sharing lies and hatred on social media.

The truth is that, at the time, many of us defended it with laughter, understanding that the victim of the joke was the aggressor and not the victim. But a decade and a half ago we were already discussing what could be said and what could not. Imagine now! The fact that Borat spoke and continues to speak, practically in perfect Hebrew, passing him off as Kazakh, only made the most ironic joke and yes, perhaps more offensive to those who wanted to offend. But who saw it as an extreme and uncompromising denunciation of hatred, ignorance and discrimination We celebrate this return a lot, one that can already be seen throughout the world for Amazon Prime.

How does Borat get back?

So let’s recap. Borat’s character returns to Kazakhstan after making his first film and is sent to the gulag (concentration camp) for having humiliated his glorious nation. So after fourteen years of forced labor he is called by his government for a mission: to achieve that “the supreme leader who has made America great again”, Donald Trump, also appreciate the greatness of Kazakhstan. For that he takes a gift to the vice president Mike PenceBut after a series of tremendous stumbles and incomprehensible encounters with real people on the road, it ends up becoming the offering of his daughter, Tutar, to Rudolph Guiliani, as an offering to the regime. What happened after that could well spell the end of the political career of this man, who ironically was a national hero in the times of 9-11.

Tutar, played by the Bulgarian actress, Maria Bakalova, couldn’t be happier, because she grew up listening to fairy tales about “Princess Melania”, who has the glorious fortune to live in a golden cage and that is what she wants most in the world.

That is only the starting point, and although the news and response to what happened with Giuliani and Tutar, in a meeting that undoubtedly happened in a certain way, was ahead of this premiere, there are many more things that will make one drop the cry of either laughter or shock at seeing what seemed like the impossible return of Borat. But he did it, and he did it very well.

It does not mean that people are necessarily going to like your humor or that they are not some things manipulated in editedn. But without the slightest doubt it achieves its mission: “If you are a woman and you vote for this guy, I hope you know what that means for your gender,” she told Nhe York Times the actor. And boy does it leave a lot to think about.

The film also exposes the most absurdity of the extreme left that in these times will surely go crazy, not knowing how to reconcile that the most politically incorrect humor in the world is the surest way to attack the extreme right, but mainly it is here to achieve what appears in the credits of the film: “Now vote…. or they will be executed ”.



EU examines emergency plan for agreement despite hard Brexit

Im poker to a new trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Great Britain, according to a media report, a trade agreement could still be reached in the event of a hard Brexit. An emergency variant is currently being examined at EU level: The commercial contract therefore does not necessarily have to be signed and sealed by the end of the year – if necessary, after a brief, unregulated phase, a contract would come into force with a delay at the beginning of January. This was reported by the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe” citing EU council circles on Wednesday.

“It is now being discussed that if an agreement is not reached by November 10th, there will be chaos at the beginning of the year for a few weeks Brexi accepts and just continues to negotiate, ”said a high-ranking EU diplomat familiar with the talks. This is not a desirable solution because something like a hard Brexit would be allowed for a certain period of time.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson however, considers a return to the negotiating table after a hard Brexit to be ruled out. “We have repeatedly made it clear that an agreement must be made before the end of the transition period and we will not negotiate any further next year,” said a Johnson spokesman. The government had to give security to British citizens and businesses, and “endless negotiations” would not do that.

According to previous expectations, a hard break with the EU threatens if no contract is concluded in the next two to three weeks. Then ratification by the parliaments in Brussels and London and the technical implementation will no longer succeed in time for the current Brexit transition phase to expire at the end of the year.


Čábelická was 13th at the European Championships, Ferrandová-Prévotová and Schurter won

Libor Plíhal, ČTK

Thirty-four-year-old Schurter, whose five-year dominance at the World Cup was ended last weekend by Frenchman Jordan Sarrou and finished ninth himself, experienced his first major triumph of the season, marked by the coronavirus crisis. He became the European champion among the elite for the first time in his career, so far he has had the silver from 2013.

The Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro defeated the bronze medalist from Leogang, the Frenchman Titouan Carod, who finished the race with a ten-second deficit. Compared to the world stage, he switched places on the stage with another Swiss, Mathias Flückiger, who arrived at the finish line another 39 seconds later.

Pidcock has the second gold from the Mountain Bike World Championships, Czech bikers failed

In the absence of the fifth man in the world, Ondřej Cink, who won a great position in Leogang despite a cold and subsequently ended the season, only the trio of Jan Vastl, Jan Škarnitzl and Lukáš Kobes defended the Czech colors. Vastl was four and a half minutes slower than Schurter, and the 29th Skarnitzl was in his thirties.

Čábelická finished eleventh at the World Championships, Cink finished fifth

Čábelická, who took part in the fifth place of the mixed relay on Thursday, was offended by two places compared to the performance at the World Championships. She lost more than four and a half minutes to the winning Frenchwoman, she was almost a minute short of the top ten. Karla Štěpánová finished twenty-first, Jana Czeczinkarová twenty-fifth.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ferrand-Prévotová completed her golden collection from European championships: in 2009 she won among juniors, five years later she won the women’s under-23 race. She was second among the elite in Glasgow two years ago. She defeated the second Netherlands, Anne Terpstra, by 41 seconds, with Jana Bělomojná from Ukraine remaining the bronze in the second place defender from Brno.

The morning race of men under 23 was dominated by the home Swiss. Joel Roth won six seconds ahead of Vital Albin, the bronze was won by the Italian Juri Zanotti with a loss of almost half a minute. Josef Jelínek, 30, was the best of the Czech riders.

European Mountain Bike Championship in Monteceneri (Switzerland) – cross country:
Men under 23 years:
1. Roth 1:18:03,
2. Albin (both Swiss) -6,
3. Zanotti (It.) -28,
…30. Jelinek -6:16,
35. Rock -7:30,
37. Jirouš (all CR) -7: 36.
Elite women:
1. Ferrandová-Prévotová (Fr.) 1:13:25,
2. Terpstra (NZL) -41,
3. Bělomojná (UKR) -56,
4. Richards (Brit.) -1: 05,
5. Frei (Switzerland) -1: 39,
6. Geraultová (Fr.) -2: 22,
…13. Čábelická -4:36,
21. Štěpánová -5:57,
25. Czeczinkarová (all CR) -8: 05.
14:30 men elite.


Press comment: ‘Aachener Zeitung’ on the EU’s negotiations with Great Britain | 10/17/20

AACHEN (dpa-AFX) – ‘Aachener Zeitung’ on the negotiations between the EU and Great Britain

(…) But as the saying goes: With a good compromise, everyone is dissatisfied in the end. One thing is clear: the EU must represent its own interests – even if Great Britain shows no understanding for this. A Brexit, as the election campaigners promised, with all advantages and without disadvantages, will not be achievable. Johnson’s remarks, even if they have hardly impressed the European players, show more than clearly how he wants to sell a failed contract in his own country. So if next year he is confronted with conflicts on the Irish border, goods bottlenecks and countless other economic consequences for his country, which is already ravaged by the corona pandemic, he will be able to declare for the last time: The EU is to blame. After that, at the latest, he will have to look for a new scapegoat./be/DP/zb


Angela Merkel insists on a compromise with Great Britain

The heads of government of the 27 EU countries discussed the big issues again. There are numerous construction sites. At least on the subject of Brexit, the EU is making a clear statement. An overview.

The first day of the summit was overshadowed by the Corona issue. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had to leave the summit shortly after it began when she learned that there had been a corona case in her office. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had not traveled to Brussels, but had also gone into domestic isolation because he had contact with a corona infected person in his vicinity.

The other important topic on the first day of the summit was the relationship between the European Union and Great Britain. And advice was also given on climate protection. The meeting is due to continue on Friday at 9.30 a.m. with a debate on relations with Africa.

Here is an overview of the first results:

Negotiations with Great Britain

Shortly before the British government decided to continue negotiations on a trade agreement with the EU, Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for compromises. “Everyone has their red lines,” said Merkel on Thursday evening after the end of the first day of the EU summit in Brussels. “We have asked Great Britain to continue to be willing to compromise in terms of an agreement. That includes that we too have to make compromises.” The Chancellor chose a softer tone than the French President, for example Emmanuel Macron.

On the status of the talks on the trade pact, the CDU politician said there was light and shadow. “In some places things have moved well. There is still a lot of work to be done in other places.” Overall, an agreement would make sense for both sides. “If necessary, we have to live without it, but I think it would be better if we had such an agreement,” said Merkel.

The EU summit agreed to continue negotiating a trade agreement for a few more weeks. The heads of state and government also decided to prepare more intensively for a no-deal scenario. Macron had insisted that his country should be ready for this too. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to decide on Friday whether the kingdom will continue negotiations. He originally set the EU a deadline of October 15 for an agreement.

The EU negotiator Michel barnier stated that he still saw opportunities for an agreement. The EU summit gave him the mandate to discuss the disputed fishing rights, the dispute settlement mechanism and access to the UK market and the EU internal market.

The EU heads of state and government had previously demanded in a statement from Great Britain “to take the necessary steps to make an agreement possible”. The British government reacted angrily. Your negotiator, David Frost, was “disappointed” and said he was surprised “that all future steps must come from Britain”. This is “an unusual approach to negotiate”.


In view of the dramatic increase in the number of corona infections across Europe, the heads of state and government of the EU have agreed to work more closely together to combat pandemics. In a statement after the first day of the EU summit in Brussels, they spoke out on Friday night for better coordination of quarantine regulations, cross-border contact tracing and test strategies, the development of vaccination capacities and travel restrictions. The current situation was “unprecedented” and gave “cause for serious concern”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized after the deliberations that it was a matter of preventing unchecked growth in the number of infections. That is why there will be more regular consultations via video in future. “The question of how we can get out of this pandemic will determine the health of many people. It will determine the question: How many people have to die? And it also determines our economic performance,” emphasized the CDU politician.

New climate goals

The EU countries have basically agreed to tighten the climate target for 2030. “In order to achieve the goal of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement, the EU must increase its ambition for the next ten years and adapt its climate and energy policy,” said the decision of the EU summit. In this context, the proposal is the EU commission It has been discussed to reduce greenhouse gases by 55 percent below the 1990 level by 2030. A decision should be made by the end of the year.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had set herself behind the 55 percent target at the beginning of the summit. The CDU politician said it would be important for the member states of the European Union to agree to this goal by December. “At least that’s what Germany will do.” So far, the target has been minus 40 percent.


Axel Kicillof: I am not going to allow a total return to face-to-face classes

Regarding Education and the return to the classroom, Kicillof explained that “In 24 municipalities where the level of circulation is low” they will begin to “rehearse some form of presence”, and indicated: “You cannot put the same amount of boys in a classroom as it was done before. The presence will be in a scheme rather linked to the emotional than to the educational ”.

“In places where there is a lot of traffic, classes will not return. I’m not going to do it. It seems to me that marketing this is an absolute mistake. It is not an issue for partisanship. I will not allow it “, sentenced the Buenos Aires governor, and insisted: “It must be done where it is feasible and where there are no unnecessary risks, not to fill a newspaper title.”

Interview with Buenos Aires Governor Axel Kicillof in Do Something

Kicillof also referred to the program Accompaniment to Trajectories and Relinking (ATR), and detailed: “We have recruited and summoned 45 thousand teachers, who are going to go to the homes of the boys who have lost connection or who they have had trouble maintaining continuity. We are going to go to the houses twice a week ”.

Regarding the economy, the former minister during the presidency of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said that “what happened with the coronavirus and the economy was a global calamity”, and remarked: “This is unprecedented, of a very worrying magnitude, and features that are new. The coronavirus turned economic theories upside down”.

Similarly, on the economic impact of the pandemic in the country, and mainly in the Province, the governor confirmed in C5N: “For us, the main thing is to take care of health.”

By last, Axel Kicillof did not rule out the completion of the summer season for the Atlantic Coast of Buenos Aires, and anticipated that he remains in contact with the mayors with whom he formed “a reflection group on how the season is going to be.”


“Sleepwalking into the Abyss”: Europe’s economy fears no-deal Brexit

Great Britain is still part of the EU internal market until December 31, when the Brexit transition phase will end. Europe’s economy is pushing for a follow-up agreement, but hopes are fading.

The European economy is sounding the alarm in the face of a lack of progress in negotiations on a trade agreement between the UK and the EU after the Brexit transition period. “We are sleepwalking into the abyss,” warned the general director of the employers’ association Business Europe, Markus Beyrer. The last official round of negotiations between London and Brussels is due to begin on Tuesday.

Great Britain left the EU at the end of January, but will still be part of the EU internal market and customs union until the end of the year. To prevent a hard break with tariffs and trade barriers, the EU and Great Britain are negotiating a follow-up agreement. The transition phase ends in three months. If an agreement is reached, it would have to be ratified by the European Parliament, the EU states and the British Parliament. So far there has been little progress in the negotiations.

Business Europe warns of the catastrophic consequences of a so-called no deal. In view of the complexity of the issues still to be clarified and the little time that remains, the economy is alarmed. “Moving from full market integration to a no-deal scenario would have devastating consequences for companies already struggling with the effects of Covid-19,” Beyrer said. He called on both sides to compromise.


A survivor after a Ukrainian military plane crashed

Beim Crash of a military plane in eastern Ukraine 26 people were killed. Only one occupant of the Antonov AN-26 machine survived. It is believed that the accident in Chuhujiw in the Kharkiv region near the border with Russia was due to the failure of sensors in an engine. The plane was more than 40 years old. Ukrainian President Wolodymyr Selenskyj wrote on Twitter: “Ukraine has lost 26 honorable sons.”

The Antonov took off on a training flight on Friday evening. On board were 20 young recruits from the University of the Air Force and seven crew members. It then crashed on approach. Much of the military equipment in the chronically damp Ukraine is out of date.

Two cadets managed to jump out of the machine before the impact. However, one of the two later died in hospital. President Zelenskyi visited the only survivor at the clinic on Saturday. He also remembered the victims at the crash site. The place is about 40 kilometers from the Russian border in eastern Ukraine, but not in the conflict area there.

According to previous knowledge, sensors in the left engine should have failed. Defense Minister Andrej Taran said the aircraft, built in 1977, was used for training flights. “Of course this is a terrible tragedy, we will find out the reasons.” A commission of inquiry is to be set up for this purpose. Several people were burned in the wreck of the machine, it said. Therefore, they are difficult to identify.

The crash is a severe blow to the Ukrainian military. The armed forces are fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the crisis region, around 250 kilometers from the crash site. According to United Nations estimates, more than 13,000 people have died since 2014. Ukraine and the separatists accuse each other of not doing enough to implement a peace plan.

The EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell reacted with dismay to the news from Ukraine, which he first visited a few days ago. EU Council President Charles Michel made a similar statement. “Europe mourns with you.” Selenskyj wants to meet Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on October 6 for an EU-Ukraine summit. The international efforts to pacify the conflict have made practically no progress for years.


What else does China need to become a great power?

China’s President Xi Jinping in April 2019
Image: Reuters

Human history has been shaped by the rise and fall of powerful empires and states. Is America’s Crash Inevitable? China is already showing what international order it envisions.

China has achieved an ascent that one looks for in vain in human history: the country is recording above-average economic growth. Economic output, at $ 13 trillion, is 43 times as high as in 1978. Military spending has been increasing for years, and China has also caught up with innovations in recent decades. president Xi Jinping speaks of the “Chinese dream”. According to him, the People’s Republic should become a “superpower” by its 100th birthday in a good 30 years. So is the United States of America stumbling towards decline as a world power and is China taking its place?

In science, a whole strand of research deals with the transfer of power and the rise and fall of the hegemon, the most powerful state in the international system. The political scientist Iris Wurm from the Goethe University in Frankfurt explains that two indicators provide information about whether states are going up or down. “First, it’s about how much power you have,” says Wurm. This power can be defined and assessed in different ways. The analysis of power transfers included “objectively measurable indicators” such as economic growth, innovative capacity and a state’s military spending. Second, it depends on whether states convert this objectively gained power into a will to shape. Does the growing state want to change the international order at all? “


UK Single Market Law: The EU stays tough

THEThe British government has brought its controversial Internal Market Bill over the next parliamentary hurdle without a major stir. In the shadow of the debate about the new Corona requirements, the House of Commons adopted a correction of the law late on Tuesday evening. Originally, Tory MPs wanted to push through the amendment against the government, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson came to an agreement with the rebels in good time and eventually took over their position.

The correction stipulates that Parliament must vote again before the legislative passages to the Northern Ireland Protocol come into force. These are not just in the ME and criticized by American presidential candidate Joe Biden, but also by much of the British Parliament. The government itself had admitted that the passages violated the exit agreement with the EU and thus “violated international law in a very special and limited way”.

Among other things, the law transfers the qualification of customs and control-relevant goods to British ministers when the goods are exchanged between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, although these provisions are to be regulated jointly according to the treaty. Similar powers are given to the British government on the question of which state aid relevant for Northern Ireland it has to agree with Brussels.

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street.

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street.

Image: dpa

In the coming week the law will be discussed further in the lower house before it is referred to the upper house. There is considerable resistance there, even if the government does not expect the “Lords” to stop the law. It is a custom at Westminster that the unelected members of the House of Lords do not prevent laws by which the government redeems an election promise.

As the newspaper “Daily Telegraph” reports, Downing Street plans to have the law discussed in the House of Lords for many weeks in order to maintain flexibility in negotiations with the EU. Should a breakthrough occur, the government could remove the passages in Northern Ireland that Brussels has incriminated before the law has to be passed in December. The transition phase agreed in the exit agreement expires on December 31, and with it British membership in the EU internal market and in the customs union.

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From the point of view of the EU, the inserted parliamentary reservation does not dispel its concerns. She continues to demand that the law be withdrawn or significantly changed by the middle of next week. Otherwise, legal action threatened. According to British officials, too, these would result in heavy fines. Regardless of this, there has so far been no sign of the will in Brussels or London to break off negotiations on future relations. According to reports, the recent round in London was even more successful than many before.

If both sides were able to resolve their dispute over the interpretation of the exit agreement, only a few points in the trade agreement would have to be clarified. Independent experts like Charles Grant from the London Center for European Reform remain cautiously optimistic. He sees Johnson under “enormous pressure” to make a deal possible. Grant is not just “great nervousness” among British business leaders. Many Conservatives, including ministers, are particularly concerned about the situation in Scotland. The urge for independence could grow there if negotiations with Brussels fail.

Grant considers the remaining rifts in the trade talks to be “bridgeable”. There has already been cautious progress in the conflict over fisheries, but Grant also sees a common landing zone in the dispute over fair competitive conditions, particularly over state aid. What could help, he believes, is a one-on-one conversation at the highest level. Just as the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar found a compromise for Northern Ireland during a walk with Johnson last autumn and thus made the exit agreement possible, the French President should now take the initiative. Emmanuel Macron is “closer” to Johnson than Angela Merkel. Also, the “fact that France is one of the toughest of the 27 when it comes to fish and state aid” would most likely enable Macron to lead the EU into a compromise.

Negotiating experts expressed the expectation in front of MPs on Wednesday that a deal would only be reached shortly before closing time. The ratification could then be pushed into a further “implementation phase”. The expected frictions at the border should, however, remain unaffected. The government has just warned the freight forwarders in the kingdom that from January 1st, queues of up to 7,000 trucks and two-day delays could be expected at the canal border if they do not deal with the new border formalities in time. This does not only apply in the event of a negotiation failure, said Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove.