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MUNICH - The trial began Monday of National Socialist Underground (NSU) activist Beate Zschäpe, 38, and four other accused extreme right-wing terrorists, with all eyes fixated on the one female defendent.

Along with four men, Zschäpe is accused of participation in two bombings and 10 murders, the first of which was committed 13 years ago.

Persons present in the court room Monday morning said variously that Zschäpe appeared “arrogant,” as “lacking respect,” came across as very “self-confident” and “seemed to be enjoying the situation.”

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Newspaper clippings after the arrests -Wikipedia

It is expected that the trial could go on for as long as two and half years, with three all-day sessions per week and testimony by over 600 witnesses.

Over the weekend, the defense had asked for the removal of presiding judge Manfred Götzl on grounds of alleged bias. The session was interrupted briefly Monday to address this issue; if successful, the demand would result in a delay of the beginning of what some have been calling “the trial of the century.”

Outside the Munich courthouse Turkish protesters held up photos of Turkish victims of the NSU and the Turkish flag, and demanded that the court not only clear up exactly how the “racist murders” came about, but the role some righ-twing officers in German police forces are suspected of having played in relation to the NSU.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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