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A Stolen Puppy In Paris, The Ugly Face Of Animal Rights Ideologues
Massimo Gramellini

There's a video circulating on the Internet that stunned me stone cold. You see a group of animal rights activists literally tearing a homeless man's puppy from his arms. You can see the poor guy trying in vain to free himself from the leader of the activist group, while the frightened little pup squeals and scurries before being scooped up and whisked away by the commando of righteous bandits. A chilling sequence, an abduction in the center of Paris, captured on the smartphone of an onlooker.

On their Facebook page, the kidnappers (I don't know what else I could call them) boast a vision with Nazi echoes: "We took the dog away from a Roma beggar. The police didn't act, we did." It would be useless to seek in their triumphal dispatch any sign of embarrassment for having interfered in the destiny of two living creatures just minding their own business. The kidnappers even renamed their prey "Vegan," which — in the face of the reality that canines are carnivores — says much about the readiness to impose one's vision on others.

Needless to say, I hope the French authorities pursue the case. Love without humanity is only a projection of a frigid mind — an ideology, which like all ideologies, produces crimes disguised as acts of goodwill.

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Important Things: A Rare Unfiltered Look Inside Russian Schools

In Russian schools, lessons on "important things" are a compulsory hour pushing state propaganda. But not everyone is buying it. Independent Russian media outlet Vazhnyye Istorii spoke to teachers, parents and students about how they see patriotism and Putin's mobilization.

Important Things: A Rare Unfiltered Look Inside Russian Schools

High school students attending a seminar in Tambov, Russia

Vazhnyye Istorii

MOSCOW — On March 1, schools found themselves on the ideological front line of the Russian-Ukrainian war. At the end of May, teachers were told they would have to lead classes with students called "Lessons about important things." The topic was "patriotism and civic education."

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At the beginning of November, we learned about the revival of an elementary military training course for senior classes. In the teaching materials sent to the teachers, it was stated that a "special peacekeeping operation was going on, the purpose of which was to restrain the nationalists who oppress the Russian-speaking population."

Independent Russian media outlet Vazhnyye Istorii asked several teachers, students and parents about their experiences with the school's attempt to instill patriotism and Russia's partial mobilization of citizens.

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