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The Nonsense Bazaar is an investigative podcast covering every variety of the strange events and weird beliefs that secretly shape our silly world. Each week, Willow and Sequoyah arm themselves with critical eyes, open minds, and vicious jokes as they dive deep into spirituality, UFOs, cults, conspiracies, magick, mysticism, and the rest of the nonsense the grand multiverse has on display.
 
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Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen said she had faith the Biden administration would ride to Taipei’s defense in case of an attack from the mainland, and even confirmed US troops had a presence on the island, albeit a small one. “I do have faith” that the US would help defend Taiwan, Tsai told CNN in an exclusive interview aired Wednesday evening, poi…
 
Tehran has agreed to return to the negotiating table in Vienna after months of stalled talks with world powers on its nuclear program. The decision was announced by Iran's deputy foreign minister, but no date was set. "We agree to start negotiations before the end of November," Ali Bagheri Khani, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and the nation's chie…
 
Matching the number of nuclear weapons with Washington is a fool’s errand, when all it takes for a successful deterrent is having enough to obliterate the US once, said the editor-in-chief of China’s state-run Global Times daily. “China won’t engage in a nuclear arms race with the US. We think it’s stupid. I know that the US can destroy China 10 ti…
 
France has published a list of sanctions it could impose from November 2 unless progress is made in an ongoing post-Brexit fishing row with the UK. The measures include closing ports to British vessels, and tighter border checks. The proposed restrictions list was unveiled late Wednesday by France's Maritime and European Affairs ministries in a joi…
 
Lebanon’s ambassador to Bahrain was summoned by the kingdom’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and handed a letter of protest over remarks made by a Lebanese minister about the role of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the civil war in Yemen. Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi had said in previously televised comments that resurfaced on social media on…
 
At least four police officers have been killed and hundreds more injured in massive clashes that erupted in Pakistan's north-eastern Punjab province, as law enforcement sought to stop an Islamist protest march on Islamabad. Punjab's Chief Minister Usman Buzdar confirmed casualties on Twitter on Wednesday, saying at least four officers had been kill…
 
The European Court of Justice has said on Wednesday that it ordered Poland to pay a million euro (around $1.2 million) every day until it brings its judicial system in line with European Union standards. The harsh penalty was "necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on whic…
 
The African Union has decided to suspend the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all of the organization’s activities, after a military coup on Monday saw its prime minister arrested and civilian government dissolved. On Wednesday, the African Union stated in a communique that Sudan would be suspended from the 55-state bloc’s activities. The …
 
Germany’s teachers’ union chief has urged a return to mask requirements for elementary schools as the country is seeing a rise in Covid-19 infections among young children. “Our infection numbers for the school-age group are already significantly higher than a year ago, when, as you know, we had to close schools from mid-December,” Heinz-Peter Meidi…
 
Brazilian senators voted on Tuesday to recommend that the country's Prosecutor-General Augusto Aras charge President Jair Bolsonaro over the government's 'errors' during the Covid pandemic, which led to more than 600,000 deaths. The vote, which marked the culmination of a six-month inquiry into the Brazilian government’s handling of the Covid pande…
 
France's government has warned the UK that it will face sanctions unless London addresses a disagreement over post-Brexit fishing in which French trawlermen claim they haven’t been granted enough licences for British waters. Speaking on Wednesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said that only 50% of the fishing licences that allow French trawle…
 
The Beja tribe, which had been blockading Port Sudan since September, has ended its siege of the country’s main seaport in support of a military coup which took place on Monday, according to regional TV. Saudi-owned, Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV reported on Wednesday that the Beja tribe had stopped their protest at Port Sudan. The group had been block…
 
Lawyers acting on behalf of the US government have “provided assurance” to a UK extradition hearing that any custodial sentence imposed on WikiLeaks founder Assange by an American court would be allowed to be served in Australia. The US government has begun its appeal against an initial decision by a UK court that denied a request to extradite Assa…
 
A German museum that renamed some 143 classic artworks it considered to have “racist or otherwise discriminatory” titles has been accused of “identity theft” after making the “far-reaching intervention” without a public mandate. Since early 2020, curators at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) – a cultural museum under the German state of …
 
After the US secretary of state claimed Taipei’s accession to the UN would be pragmatic, Beijing hit back, reiterating that Taiwan should not be granted permission to join the body because the island was part of China. Speaking on Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing told reporters the UN was an international …
 
It's Halloween! We're taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to have some fun and do some weird stuff. On this episode we take a look at a collection of internet rituals for the sole purpose of making weird stuff happen, Willow legitimately hypnotizes Sequoyah, and we crack open an ancient grimoire of black magic and try to discern…
 
The US has voiced "strong" opposition toward the Israeli government's push to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as Tel Aviv placed tender for 1,300 new homes and is expected to greenlight a further 3,000. The US Department of State condemned the new push by Tel Aviv to expand its settlement program, stating the move underm…
 
Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has officially relieved Angela Merkel of her duties as the country’s chancellor, heaping praise on the outgoing leader as she formally left office after over a decade. On Tuesday, Merkel officially left the role she has held for nearly 16 years. Already the second-longest serving Chancellor in German hist…
 
All flights into and out of Sudan’s capital Khartoum have been suspended until October 30, its airport has announced. The move came as three Sudanese ambassadors announced their defection in the wake of a military coup. “The Civil Aviation Authority issues a pilots bulletin (NOTAM) suspending all incoming and outgoing flights from Khartoum Internat…
 
A cyclone caused severe flooding on the Italian island of Sicily on Tuesday, causing serious damage in the region as water inundated buildings, causing a blackout and sweeping vehicles away. A spokesman for the regional Misericordia group of volunteers, which is supporting emergency workers, confirmed that two people have died so far due to fallout…
 
Police in Germany’s north-eastern region of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania have detained 21 Iraqi nationals, after they crossed illegally into the country from neighbouring Poland, federal law enforcement said on Tuesday. Authorities, who had acted on a tip-off from local residents, said they believe the Iraqis were secretly brought into Germany in sev…
 
Israel’s decision to designate six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist outfits has prompted infighting among ministers as members of the country’s fragile coalition government criticized the move as “detrimental” to national interests. On Friday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had signed an order that categorized the civil society groups in the Wes…
 
Senators in Brazil have filed a request with the country’s Supreme Court, asking justices to issue an order suspending President Jair Bolsonaro from social media after he claimed Covid-19 jabs were linked to AIDS. On Tuesday, the Covid Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) approved a request from opposition parliamentarians to sanction the preside…
 
A 23-year-old man with ties to Islamists in Uganda blew himself up on a packed passenger bus which was travelling from the capital Kampala to one of the country’s southern provinces on Monday evening, local police said. Incredibly, all 52 passengers survived, though several were injured. A police spokesperson described the explosion as a suicide bo…
 
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Sudan's top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has confirmed he is keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at his own house, claiming it is for the politician’s “own safety.” The statement from the military leader comes after speculation about the location of Hamdok and other detained politicians, who w…
 
Japan's princess Mako has tied the knot with her commoner boyfriend Komuro Kei and left the Imperial household. The emperor's niece has become the first royal to decline a traditional wedding and a tax-funded "goodbye payment." The low-key ceremony on Tuesday followed four years of engagement marked by controversy, public protests and a diagnosis o…
 
A few years ago, Apple warned that it would remove Facebook and Instagram from its app store if something wasn’t done about the use of those platforms to trade and sell maids in the Middle East, according to leaked documents. The falling out between the US tech giants reportedly occurred in 2019, but the issue was resolved after Facebook promised t…
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded the US provide more than “vague statements” concerning an incident in the South China Sea in early October in which an American nuclear submarine collided with an “unknown” object. Speaking on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed the nations of the Asia Pacific were losing faith i…
 
A video posted by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was removed by Facebook and YouTube on Monday for violating their policies against Covid misinformation over the leader’s claim that Covid vaccines are linked to AIDS. Facebook confirmed the video had been removed on Monday, stating that “our policies don’t allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill…
 
The US State Department has frozen $700 million in aid to Sudan, after the country’s military staged a coup and arrested the civilian government. A spokesman said the US is willing to use “all measures” to resolve the crisis. “The United States is pausing assistance from the $700 million in emergency assistance appropriations of economic support fu…
 
Ankara has backtracked on its threats to declare 10 envoys “personae non gratae” after they called for the release of an opposition figure even though their embassies had officially vowed not to interfere in the country’s affairs. The apparent resolution of the diplomatic row was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a government me…
 
International parties have voiced their concern and condemnation after the Sudanese military staged a coup, arresting the prime minister as well as other senior civilian leaders and dissolving the government. In a statement on Monday, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat demanded the release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and …
 
The US Special Representative for Iran, Robert Malley, has shared America's "growing concern" about Iran's alleged nuclear advancement, as he declared that talks over reviving the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal are in a critical phase. Speaking on a call with reporters on Monday, Malley laid out Washington's approach to nuclear discussions with Iran, as We…
 
The Israeli Defense Forces launched three missile strikes on southern parts of Syria, near the border between the two countries, as part of a campaign against Hezbollah targets, the Syrian Foreign Ministry has claimed. The ministry condemned Israel on Monday for launching missile strikes on three areas around the outskirts of the al-Baath settlemen…
 
The Beja tribe, which had been blockading Port Sudan since September, has said it will withdraw in support of the military, according to regional TV, while doctors and academics have vowed to strike against the coup. On Monday afternoon, the Al-Hadath TV channel reported that Sudan’s Beja tribe had announced that it would end its blockade of Port S…
 
A Lebanese judge has charged dozens of people for this month’s deadly unrest in the capital of Beirut, which saw seven people killed and more wounded in the worst street violence to have gripped the city in years. Lebanon’s state news agency said on Monday that Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki had charged 68 people wit…
 
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki has warned the EU against acting “with a gun to our heads,” claiming Warsaw would defend itself by any means available if the EU launched a “third World War” by holding back Covid-19 recovery funding. The strongly worded statement came after the European Commission threatened to leave Poland without billions in grants a…
 
Tens of thousands have taken to streets in Sudan's capital Khartoum and the city of Omdurman, after troops arrested the prime minister in a coup. The Ministry of Information claims troops have fired on pro-government protesters. The streets of Khartoum and Omdurman were full of protesters on Monday after the Ministry of Information relayed a plea f…
 
A blaze that erupted on the Malta-flagged MV Zim Kingston ship on Saturday morning has been “stabilized,” the Canadian Coast Guard announced. Containers carrying hazardous material had caught fire, sending toxic gas into the air. The coast guard made the statement on its official Twitter account at 3pm local time, posting footage of water being spr…
 
An IDF airstrike, which demolished a building in Gaza that hosted the offices of the Associated Press news agency in May, was a mistake, according to a former Israeli general who led a probe into PR issues related to the conflict. The 12-story Al-Jalaa tower in Gaza City was brought down on May 15 during an 11-day flare-up between Israel and the Pa…
 
Sudan’s Information Ministry has said the government is facing a coup d’etat, with the prime minister having been arrested and taken to an unknown location. Radio and TV studios in the capital have also been stormed by troops. On Monday morning, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was detained by security forces and taken to an unknown location,…
 
Several ministers of Sudan’s interim government have been detained by the military, and PM Abdalla Hamdok is under house arrest, reports claim. It comes amid rallies by pro-military protesters and supporters of civilian rule. With tensions between supporters of the military and interim government flaring up in the past several days, Al-Hadath TV re…
 
A renowned Australian cartoonist has said he lost his prime spot in a Melbourne-based newspaper after he drew parallels between the Tiananmen Square protests and Covid-19 vaccine mandates in a new cartoon. Cartoonist Michael Leunig, sometimes referred to as Australia’s “living national treasure,” has revealed that he was forced out of his position …
 
Would China and the U.S. go to war over Taiwan? Fareed talks to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Oriana Skylar Mastro of The American Enterprise Institute about the complex relationship the U.S. must navigate between China and Taiwan. Haass also reflects on the complicated legacy of his former boss at the State Depa…
 
New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard had his phone hacked on numerous occasions, and cybersecurity researchers say Saudi Arabia was to blame. The hackers reportedly used the notorious Israeli-made ‘Pegasus’ spyware. Hubbard, a reporter covering the Middle East, wrote on Sunday that a hacking attempt was first made on his phone in 2018, when he recei…
 
A giant container ship with 52 kilograms (114 lb) of hazardous materials on board has been burning off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The blaze reportedly started when the HAZMAT cargo caught fire. The fire broke out on the MV Zim Kingston, a Malta-flagged container ship, on Saturday morning, prompting a partial evacuation of the vessel. He…
 
Over 800 detainees have been freed in Nigeria after heavily-armed assailants stormed a prison in the west of the country. The authorities managed to recapture 262 escapees, while a further 575 remain on the run. The prison, located in Nigeria’s Oyo State, was raided overnight by a group of unknown assailants, the country’s prison service confirmed …
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he instructed the foreign minister to declare 10 ambassadors, including Washington’s envoy, ‘persona non grata’ over a rare joint statement urging release of a jailed opposition figure. The move was announced by Turkey’s president during a public speech on Saturday. “I gave the necessary instructions to o…
 
Former Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini is facing up to 15 years in prison in a controversial trial over his 2019 order to prevent migrants picked up by NGOs while crossing the Mediterranean Sea from entering Italy. The trial, which started on Saturday in Palermo, is about one particular incident among dozens that happened during Salvini’s …
 
NATO’s new masterplan to deter Moscow, including with nuclear weapons, looks like an attempt to stay relevant amid the military advancements of Russia and China, former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told RT. NATO defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday, and the bloc revealed its new grand strategy to counter Russia in case of a conf…
 
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