Continental Breakfast

POPE: RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS

Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants’ dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns.

Francis’ politically pointed message was made in view of the Catholic Church’s 2018 world refugee day, celebrated Jan. 14. It comes amid mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and beyond following waves of migrant arrivals and Islamic extremist attacks.


Survey finds ‘dramatic shift’ in Canadian perception of U.S. approach to human rights

For the first time in 13 years, Canadians think they have more in common with Britain and Germany’s approach to human rights than that of the United States, a new survey suggests.

The finding is the latest in a 13-year tracking of Canadian and American perceptions of the bi-national relationship by Nanos Research and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Survey participants on both sides of the border were asked which countries are closest to theirs on human rights. Forty-four per cent of Canadian respondents said Canada most closely aligns with Britain on human rights, followed by Germany at 25 per cent and the U.S. at 16 per cent.


ISIS releases English-spoken video about Marawi, calls on foreign fighters to join battle

ISIS released a six-minute propaganda video on Sunday, showing urban warfare in the Philippine city of Marawi which has witnessed a three-month long battle that is yet to end.

The footage, published by the Al-Hayat Media Center through its ‘Inside the Khalifah’ series, depicts combat footage with the Philippine Army and calls on foreign fighters, mainly from Australia and neighboring Muslim countries in Southeast Asia to join Islamic State ranks, represented on the battlefield by the jihadist Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups.


Professors Encourage The Obese To Post Revealing Pictures To Promote ‘Fat Acceptance’

Professors at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte are encouraging people with obesity to flaunt their fatness with revealing pictures on Instagram because it promotes “fat acceptance.”

Following a peer-reviewed study conducted at the college, a group of professors are arguing that fatness is both “fashionable and fit.”

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