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Someone Spray-Painted “White Power” and a Swastika on a Brand-New Sikh Center in Northern California

A new Sikh spiritual center in Northern California, barely open a month, had just had its grand opening when vandals hit it with racist graffiti. A sign in front of the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Center in Orangevale, a suburb of Sacramento, had the words “white power” and a swastika spray-painted on it…

Someone Spray-Painted “White Power” and a Swastika on a Brand-New Sikh Center in Northern California

A new Sikh spiritual center in Northern California, barely open a month, had just had its grand opening when vandals hit it with racist graffiti.

A sign in front of the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Center in Orangevale, a suburb of Sacramento, had the words “white power” and a swastika spray-painted on it sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

“We just started our services mid-December and yesterday was our official grand opening,” Dimple Bhullar, a volunteer at the center, told the Sacramento Bee. “We had a quite a big program the last three days. We finished everything off yesterday evening around 5 o’clock, and so it must have happened after that.”

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Local station KCRA reported that a neighbor walking their dog spotted the graffiti, alerted officials at the center, then covered the sign with a tarp to hide the racist display.

“Everybody is coming together,” Bhullar told KXTV. “We’re getting an overwhelming response on social media from other faiths and other religions. Their leaders saying that they’re standing with us.”

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that was founded in the Punjab region of India, and there are more than 25 million Sikhs globally. The Sikh Coalition has said it would help police and the center affected by the crime.

“California is home to the largest number of Sikh Americans nationwide, yet Sikhs across the state have been facing years of high-profile hate incidents,” Sikh Coalition media and communications director Graham West told the Bee. “In addition, the FBI’s [2018] annual report on hate crimes detailed a 200 percent spike in anti-Sikh violence in the broader U.S. compared to 2017. These trends underscore the urgent need to address anti-Sikh violence and bigotry in our communities.”

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The Sikh community in Orangevale, meanwhile, has reached out to whoever vandalized their sign with the racist graffiti.

“Come and sit with us. Break the bread with us,” Dr. Harbans Singh Sraon told KXTV. “We love you. We’d like to talk to you. We’ll let you know who we are. We will entertain them.”

Cover: Sikh Coalition’s Twitter post showing the sign outside the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Center in Orangevale, Calif.

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Beijing to suspend buses entering or leaving capital to contain virus: state media

Beijing (AFP) – China’s capital will suspend buses that enter and exit the city boundary, state media reported on Saturday, as Chinese authorities scramble to contain a new SARS-like virus that has killed dozens in the country. According to state-run People’s Daily, “all passenger transport by road” that crosses in and out of Beijing will…

Beijing to suspend buses entering or leaving capital to contain virus: state media

Beijing (AFP) – China’s capital will suspend buses that enter and exit the city boundary, state media reported on Saturday, as Chinese authorities scramble to contain a new SARS-like virus that has killed dozens in the country.

According to state-run People’s Daily, “all passenger transport by road” that crosses in and out of Beijing will be suspended starting Sunday, citing “requirements of epidemic prevention and control”.

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George Soros Accuses Facebook of Working to Reelect President Trump

Facebook is helping to reelect President Trump in 2020 in exchange for protection, billionaire George Soros claimed Thursday in Davos, Switzerland. “Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook. It makes me very concerned about the outcome of 2020,” he said during a private dinner hosted by his Open Society Foundations at…

George Soros Accuses Facebook of Working to Reelect President Trump

Facebook is helping to reelect President Trump in 2020 in exchange for protection, billionaire George Soros claimed Thursday in Davos, Switzerland.

“Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook. It makes me very concerned about the outcome of 2020,” he said during a private dinner hosted by his Open Society Foundations at the World Economic Forum.

The left-wing financier reportedly described Trump as “the ultimate narcissist” and a “con man” who wanted the world to “revolve around him.”

“When his fantasy of becoming president became a reality,” his ego grew significantly, Soros alleged, then added, “This has turned his narcissism into a malignant disease.”

However, a Facebook spokesperson called the accusations “just plain wrong.”

January 9, the social media company announced that it would continue to allow politicians to run advertisements and “would not police the truthfulness of the messages posted,” according to Fox News.

“Ultimately, we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private companies,” said Facebook’s Director of Product Management Rob Leathern.

He continued:

In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies. We have based ours on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.

Soros’s Open Society Foundation’s website states that it believes “the solutions to the national, regional, and global challenges we face demand the free exchange of ideas and thought, and that everyone should have a voice in shaping the policies that affect them.”

Despite his foundation’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas, Soros called the Trump administration “a danger to the world” at Davos in 2018, and also accused social media companies of encouraging addiction to their platforms.

The billionaire stated:

The distinguishing feature of internet platforms is that they are networks and they enjoy rising marginal returns. They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide. This can be very harmful, particularly to adolescents. As Facebook and Google have grown into ever more powerful monopolies, they have become obstacles to innovation, and they have caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware.

 “Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered,” he concluded.

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Schiff: ‘Uncontested’ that Trump Invited Ukraine ‘to Help Him Cheat’

During a press conference on Saturday, House Impeachment Manager and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) stated that President Trump’s impeachment defense team did “not contest that the president solicited a foreign nation to interfere in our election, to help him cheat.” And that “they acknowledge, by not even contesting this, that the facts…

Schiff: ‘Uncontested’ that Trump Invited Ukraine ‘to Help Him Cheat’

During a press conference on Saturday, House Impeachment Manager and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) stated that President Trump’s impeachment defense team did “not contest that the president solicited a foreign nation to interfere in our election, to help him cheat.” And that “they acknowledge, by not even contesting this, that the facts are overwhelming.”

Schiff said, “First of all, what was most striking to me about the president’s presentation today is, they don’t contest the basic architecture of the scheme. They do not contest that the president solicited a foreign nation to interfere in our election, to help him cheat. I think they acknowledge, by not even contesting this, that the facts are overwhelming. The president invited Ukraine to get involved in our election to help him cheat against Joe Biden. That is uncontested, uncontested in our presentation and uncontested in theirs.”

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