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The Kansas newspaper cartoon likens the mandate of the mask to the Holocaust



The Kansas newspaper cartoon likens the mandate of the mask to the Holocaust

A Kansas weekly newspaper was in hot water after its publisher, a regional Republican chairman, posted a cartoon on a Facebook page that appeared to equate the order of the Democratic governor’s mask with the Holocaust.

The cartoon, posted Friday on the Anderson County Review Facebook page, depicts Governor Laura Kelly wearing a mask with a Jewish Star of David on it, next to a picture of people loaded into a train car. The writing is, “Lockdown Laura said: Wear your mask … and step into the cattle car.”

Facebook posts coincide with the day Kelly’s order mask, which aims to stop the spread of the corona virus, came into force. Since then the post has garnered more than 3,000 comments and nearly 1,000 shares.

The Anderson County Review could not be contacted for comment on Sunday. In an email to The Associated Press, Dane Hicks, the newspaper’s owner and publisher, said he planned to publish the cartoon in the next newspaper edition on Tuesday.

Kelly, who is Catholic, issued a statement saying, “Mr. Hicks’ decision to publish anti-Semitic images is very offensive and he must immediately remove it.”

But Hicks said that political cartoons are “excessive caricatures designed to provoke debate” and “food for the idea market.”

“The topic here is government outreach which has been the hallmark of Governor Kelly’s administration,” he said.

Regarding cartoon references about the Holocaust, Hicks noted that critics of President Trump have repeatedly compared them to Adolf Hitler, and, “I certainly have more evidence of such totalitarianism in Kelly’s actions, in some sort of editorial cartoon, than Trump’s critics did, but they survive in it every day. “

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The Hicks newspaper is based in Anderson County’s seat in Garnett, about 65 miles southwest of Kansas City and has a circulation of about 2,100, according to the Kansas Press Association.

Hicks is also chairman of the GOP in Anderson County. Kansas Republican Chairman Michael Kuckelman said in a text that posting the cartoon was “inappropriate.”

But Kuckelman, also a lawyer, added, “it is on the Facebook page of newspapers and the media has a large place with (the First Amendment) (in the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of speech and the press).”

Critics of the cartoons demand that Republicans and GOP legislative leaders reject cartoons and Hicks. Hicks has ridiculed some of these critics on social media as “liberal Marxist parasites,” adding, “As traditional Americans, they are my enemies.”

Kelly issued the order because of a revival in reported coronavirus cases that increased the number of states to nearly 16,000 on Friday, when Kansas completed its worst two-week surge since the pandemic began. The country has reported 277 COVID-19 related deaths. The estimated number of infections is much higher because many people have not been tested, and research shows people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

The state health department has reported only four cases of the corona virus for Anderson County, all since May 8. There were no reports of deaths there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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