On Friday, [Pope Francis] met with several school survivors In Iqaluit before an outdoor performance that included traditional throat singing and drum dancing.His speech before hundreds began with another apology for the “evil perpetuated” on Indigenous people by church members. Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis’s speech was translated into English and Inuktitut.He told them he was sorry in Inuktitut, a meaningful gesture to many in the audience. “I thank you for having had the courage to tell your stories and to share your great suffering that I could not imagine,” he said in Spanish.“This only renewed in me the indignation and shame that I have felt for months.”The pontiff’s tour has fostered healing for some school survivors and anger in others....Early on Friday, before his flight to Iqaluit, Pope Francis held a private meeting with an Indigenous delegation at the residence of Quebec Archbishop, Cardinal Gérald Lacroix. After the meeting, Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Quebec/Labrador, said it will be up to each person to decide if the Pope’s trip met their expectations. “It’s really up to them to take the measure of all this, whether it’s going to provide that kind of way for their healing,”Mr. Picard said after the meeting. “It’s going to take time.”
The Pope still has not committed to saying the words that critics of his apology are demanding to hear — that it was the Catholic Church as an institution that was responsible for the residential school abuses and that those included physical, psychological and sexual abuses.— Jaro Giesbrecht 🇨🇦🇸🇰 (@JaroGiesbrecht) July 29, 2022
I have wondered what is happening behind the Russian lines - here's some insight:
Ukraine mounts counteroffensive for what could be 'a major blow to the Russian war effort': Ukraine has been laying the groundwork for weeks, amassing forces and weaponry, and now it says it is making gains in the country's south. via NBCNews https://t.co/Fwi64FZj6P— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) July 29, 2022
Some horrifying video from behind the lines is emerging of Russian war crimes against Ukrainians - vicious, depraved.
Ukraine's shadow army resisting Russian occupation https://t.co/RB6x1VvVec— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 28, 2022
Again, if you are a Ukrainian soldier, why surrender even if you’re surrounded? https://t.co/610j7gJCsu— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) July 29, 2022
It appears #Russian military believes atrocities like this and slinging missiles at civilian apartment buildings will terrorize and demoralize #Ukrainians.— Steven Pifer (@steven_pifer) July 29, 2022
Much more likely to increase Ukrainians' resolve to prevail.#StandwithUkraine https://t.co/MRaqa1PHx9
Russian soldiers post heinous videos cutting Ukrainian POW genitalia off. Then videos surface of charred prisoners (40+ killed) after Russia bombs a POW camp in #Olenivka to cover up their tortures. What more do we need to see? @POTUS send #Ukraine️ ALL weapons they need #Bucha— John Spencer (@SpencerGuard) July 29, 2022
Biden said in February that Putin was the world's true enemy and should be removed from power; the importance of doing that is more evident by the day:
Ugh, Pentagon official says that Russia has 18 camps in operating where they have executed Ukrainians. https://t.co/psfov8YMFR— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) July 29, 2022
Emboldened by the likes of Tucker Carlson, the Kremlin’s mouthpieces are assuring everyday Russians that millions of Americans would rather side with Russian President Vladimir Putin than U.S. President Joe Biden. https://t.co/gpBeFIduK7— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 30, 2022
Russia props up murderous regimes around the globe in exchange for siphoning resources while having their mercenaries murder all who are in the way and assist in silencing protesters w cruel and sometimes deadly means— Olga Lautman 🇺🇦 (@OlgaNYC1211) July 30, 2022
Everywhere Russia operates they steal. They were attempting to use the same playbook in Ukraine by seizing the presidency. Instead they are stealing and committing genocide— Olga Lautman 🇺🇦 (@OlgaNYC1211) July 30, 2022
reliance on western technology and international supply chains – and is thus more vulnerable to external shocks and disruptions. /2— Veigo Kell (@veigokell) July 30, 2022
Imagine being able to help veterans with cancer, but you’d rather betray them to retaliate against your political opponents.— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) July 28, 2022
As the Republican senators where high-fiving and fist bumping in the well of the Senate, the American people were appalled -- these politicos can mutter all they like about how some dollar figures in the bill weren't crystal clear or something, but everybody knows that is just BS because its almost exactly the same bill as passed comfortably in mid-June except for some technical corrections.
The disgusting fist bump is between Sen. Daines, R-MT, and Sen. Cruz, R-AH (ASSHOLE). Daines is every bit as bad, just not anywhere near as smart. Only these guys would fist bump when screwing over vets. https://t.co/BiS1vVD5sr— Al Franken (@alfranken) July 29, 2022
Markos may well be right about this:
Republicans would rather see veterans die of cancer from burn pits than let Joe Biden have a win.— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) July 30, 2022
Biden is becoming almost irrelevant in voting calculations for November. That’s literally a best-case scenario for Dems. Let this election be about Trump, January 6, abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, and broadly speaking, the Supreme Court and reactionary conservatism. https://t.co/pm6TEBSWZU— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) July 29, 2022
I guess SCOTUS Justice Alito wasn't familiar with the phrase: better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Screw politics. Screw poll numbers. Joe Biden has a record of accomplishments in the first two years of his Presidency that has gone unmatched for almost 60 years.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 29, 2022
In other news:
With this court, with this GOP, just how far do you think white Christian nationalism can go? How many rights and freedoms can be pared away? How many extremist religious views can be imposed on the rest of us? How bad can it get? Worse, I fear, than most of us think. Much worse. https://t.co/HLQWj9EZlF— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 29, 2022
Here's a good one:
It's not immediately obvious if you live in Alberta (or Saskatchewan or Manitoba) just how quickly electric vehicles are taking over elsewhere.— Robson Fletcher (@CBCFletch) July 28, 2022
I follow the data probably closer than most. It was still striking when I was in Vancouver in March to see so many EVs on the roads. https://t.co/ZCjzaXaQB1
And wasn't the Ivana Trump funeral a little strange?
"Green Party Recycles" https://t.co/kYqD8ThVCx— Dr. Mike P. Moffatt 🇨🇦🏅🏅 (@MikePMoffatt) July 28, 2022
My life may not turn out how I want it to but at least I won’t be buried on my second husband’s golf course.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 29, 2022