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Prince Harry Slammed for Glorifying Drug Use and Victimhood

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Prince Harry Slammed for Glorifying Drug Use

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, is being chastised for praising the benefits of drug use. During a live-streamed interview, Prince Harry stated that cannabis “really helped” with mental health issues related to his mother’s death.

Harry also extolled the “positive” effects of Ayahuasca, a psychedelic drug. Harry claimed that it helped him relax and feel lighter for a while.

According to the Daily Mail, Prince Harry spoke with Canadian therapist Dr. Gabor Mate, a supporter of drug decriminalization who has allegedly used ayahuasca to treat patients suffering from mental illness.

Cocaine, according to Harry, “didn’t do anything for me.”

The comments were “concerning,” according to Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, who founded a drugs education charity in her son Daniel’s name after he died of an accidental MDMA overdose at 16.

“Our work is with under-18s, and our concern is that this could send a message to young people that drugs will help them with really difficult things,” she said.

As a TV presenter, Kirstie Allsopp also chastised Prince Harry, tweeting: “If you have a vast platform, you don’t mouth off about using illegal drugs, the trade that kills people.”

A royal biographer says Prince Harry is “only interested in promoting himself and Meghan” following another televised interview. The Duke of Sussex participated in a Q&A session with physician and trauma expert Dr. Gabor Maté, who diagnosed Prince Harry with ADD, PTSD, and other disorders on the spot.

The session in which Harry opened up about his use of drugs, including psychedelics, cocaine, and marijuana, was deemed “reckless” by Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors.

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“I thought it was pretty cringe-worthy. “It was so self-indulgent, anguish, money-making, and, of course, his promotion that drugs helped him, even the most dangerous drugs, psychedelic drugs,” the royal biographer opined.

“I think he’s dim, I think he’s self-interested, and I think he’s pretty dangerous,” he said. But, in the end, it all comes down to money.”

During the Q&A, Prince Harry stated that he received no benefit from cocaine but praised psychedelics and marijuana, which are legal for adults to consume in California. He stated that cannabis “really helped” him.

“The first one you mentioned [cocaine] didn’t do anything for me; it was more of a social thing. It gave me a sense of belonging and probably made me feel different than I was,” Harry explained. “Marijuana is different; it helped me.”

“I think what it shows is what a grubby life he is now leading in the sense that he is only interested in promoting himself and, of course, Meghan and getting money out of being a member of the Royal Family,” Tom Bower told GB News.

“[He is] not being responsible for what he is saying anymore or the damage he is causing to his family and Britain. Unfortunately, the damage is extensive. Every time he appears, Britain’s reputation suffers a little more.”

Mr. Bower added that he believed that the idea the Sussexes should come to Britain for the Coronation was “quite repellent”.

A spokesperson for Meghan and Harry confirmed that the Sussexes had been invited to the Coronation, but it is unknown whether the couple will attend.

The interview over the weekend was the most recent in a series of media appearances by the Duke of Sussex before and after the publication of his memoir Spare.

The Prince opens up about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in the book, which became an instant best-seller, and leveled a series of accusations at the Royal Family.

Royal observers are now waiting to see if he and his wife, Meghan Markle, will attend King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6 this year.

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Chris Rock Mocks Prince Harry and Meghan

In his new Netflix special, comedian Chris Rock satirizes Meghan Markle’s race claim, aiming at comments the Duchess of Sussex made during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which she accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family of racism and stated that she felt isolated within the royal household.

The comedian ruthlessly mocked Meghan’s claim, suggesting she was dealing with “some in-law s***” while noting that she won the “light-skinned lottery”.

In addition, Rock stated that “even black people want to know how brown” her child would be in a brutal takedown.

Meghan became the punchline to the US comedian’s jokes about victimhood.

“Like, who exactly is Meghan Markle? “She seems like a nice lady, just complaining,” he started. “Like, didn’t she win the lottery for fair skin?”

Last year, Rock went all in on Meghan’s now-famous interview with Oprah.

“‘They’re so racist, they’re so racist,” says one. “Some of that s*** she went through was not racism,” Rock mocked the Duchess. It was just some in-law nonsense.

“Sometimes it’s just some in-law nonsense because she’s complaining, and I’m like, ‘What the f*** is she talking about?'”

“‘Oprah, they’re so racist they wanted to know how brown the baby was going to be,” the SNL comedian continued, mocking Meghan once more. “I’m like, ‘That’s not racist; even black people want to know how brown the baby will be.'”

During an interview with journalist Tom Bradby in January, Prince Harry denied Meghan accused him of racism.

When asked about his wife’s comments to Oprah in March 2021, the duke replied, “Yeah, there were concerns about his skin color.”

Asked whether he would not describe that as “essentially racist”, Harry said: “I wouldn’t. Not having grown up in that family.

“Returning to what my understanding is, based on my own experience, the difference between racism and unconscious bias – the two things are different.”

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Asked by Oprah about whether she believed the Royal Family allegedly hadn’t wanted their son Archie to be a prince “because of his race”, Meghan replied: “But I can give you an honest answer.

“In those months when I was pregnant … we have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security. He will not be given a title, and there will be concerns and discussions about how dark his skin will be when he is born.”

The Duchess told a stunned Oprah that “there were several conversations about it,” but she would not reveal who made the remarks because “I think that would be very damaging to them.”

“That was relayed to me from Harry,” she added when pressed further. Those were conversations he had with his family… It was extremely difficult to see those as separate conversations.”

When Oprah asked if the question about Archie’s skin color was raised “because they were concerned that if he was too brown, that would be a problem,” “I wasn’t able to follow up with why, but that — if that’s the assumption you’re making, I think that feels like a pretty safe one,” Meghan explained.

Rock’s takedown comes after Harry and Meghan were spoofed in the latest season of South Park, which followed a “prince and princess of Canada” as they embarked on a “Worldwide Privacy Tour”.

 

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India, At UN, Is Mum About Dispute With Canada Over Sikh Separatist Leader’s Killing

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UNITED NATIONS — As he addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader. However, he indirectly criticized how other nations respond to “terrorism.”

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar devoted most of his speech to praising India’s rising global stature and aspirations for leadership, highlighting its recent tenure as chair of the Group of 20 industrialized nations and presiding over a substantial summit meeting last month.

However, he also stated that the international community must not “allow political expediency to determine responses to terrorism, extremism, and violence.”

India has frequently attacked Pakistan at the United Nations over what New Delhi perceives as Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism. This time, however, the remark could be interpreted as an attack on Canada, whose representative is scheduled to speak at the United Nations later on Tuesday.

As a result of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement last week that India may have been involved in the June murder of a Canadian citizen in a Vancouver suburb, relations between the two countries have reached their lowest point in years.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was murdered by masked assailants, but Canada has not yet provided any public evidence of Indian involvement in the murder. India had designated him as a terrorist because he led the remnants of a once-powerful movement to establish an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan.

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India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader.

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the allegation as “absurd” and accused Canada of harboring “terrorists and extremists.” It also asserted that the allegations were politically motivated, indicating that Trudeau sought domestic support from the Sikh diaspora.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to divert attention away from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have found refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry said in a statement released last week.

However, they have long accused Canada of allowing Sikh separatists, including Nijjar, unfettered reign.

Even though the active insurgency ended decades ago, the Modi administration has warned that Sikh separatists are attempting a comeback. New Delhi has urged nations such as Canada, where Sikhs account for more than 2% of the population, to do more to prevent a separatist revival.

After the G20 summit, Canada’s allegation obscured India’s diplomatic moment. Jaishankar sought to refocus attention on his country’s ambitions in the international arena, noting that India is the world’s most populous nation and a growing economic superpower.

“When we aspire to be a leading power, it is not for self-promotion, but to assume more responsibility and make more contributions,” he explained. “The goals we have set for ourselves will distinguish us from those who rose before us.”

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Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.

Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.

According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.

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Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.

Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.

Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.

Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”

Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.

In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.

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Toymaker Lego Will Stick To Its Quest To Find Sustainable Materials Despite Failed Recycle Attempt In 2023

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Lego stated on Monday that it remains committed to its quest to find sustainable materials to reduce carbon emissions despite the failure of an experiment to use recycled bottles. Lego is the world’s largest toy manufacturer.

After more than two years of testing, Lego “decided not to proceed” with producing its trademark colorful bricks from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles because “the material did not reduce carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

Two years ago, the private company that manufactures bricks from oil-derived plastic began researching a potential transition to recycled plastic bottles made of PET plastic, which does not degrade in quality when recycled.

The company stated that it had invested “more than $1.2 billion in sustainability initiatives” to transition to more sustainable materials and reduce carbon emissions by 37% by 2032.

The company reported that it was “currently testing and developing Lego bricks made from a range of alternative sustainable materials, including other recycled plastics and plastics made from alternative sources such as e-methanol.”

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Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

E-methanol, also known as green methanol, is composed of residual carbon dioxide and hydrogen and is produced by splitting water molecules using renewable energy.

The company said it would continue to use bio-polypropylene, the sustainable and biological variant of polyethylene — a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires — for elements in Lego sets such as leaves, trees and other accessories.

Long-term, “we believe that this will encourage increased production of more sustainable raw materials, such as recycled oils, and help support our transition to sustainable materials,” the report stated.

The company was founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932. The name comprises the Danish words leg and godt, meaning “play well.” The brand name was created without knowledge of the Latin Lego, meaning “I assemble.”

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