World news bites: ‘Unified Reich’ Trump video echoes Hitler

Rorisang Modiba delivers daily updates from around the world.

US – A member of former president Donald Trump’s campaign team posted a controversial video on social media, using language echoing Nazi Germany by suggesting a “Unified Reich” if Trump wins the 2024 election. The footage includes hypothetical news headlines predicting an economic boom, tax cuts, increased border security, and deportation of undocumented immigrants under a “Unified Reich” after a Trump victory. The Trump campaign claims it was not an official campaign video but was posted by a staff member who did not notice the phrase. The Biden-Harris 2024 campaign criticised the video, accusing Trump of mimicking “Mein Kampf” (a 1925 autobiographical manifesto by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler) and warning that he intends to rule as a dictator. 

Mumbai – During a weeklong election in India, celebrities and politicians cast their votes in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking another five-year term. In Mumbai, known as the birthplace of Bollywood, numerous celebrities, including Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, were seen voting, showing their ink-marked fingers as proof. Shah Rukh Khan, with his family, spoke on social media about the importance of voting. Other celebs like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and billionaire Mukesh Ambani also voted.

Israel – Medical workers in Israel told the BBC that Palestinian prisoners from Gaza are often handcuffed to hospital beds, blindfolded, sometimes naked, and forced to wear diapers. Medical procedures are often done without painkillers. Critically ill patients in military facilities are denied proper treatment due to the reluctance of public hospitals. One detainee had to have his leg amputated after being denied treatment. The Israeli army claimed prisoners are treated appropriately, with restraints used based on security needs.

Iran – Funeral ceremonies for the late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will begin on Tuesday following his death in a helicopter crash. The crash, which happened in foggy weather on Sunday morning, also claimed the lives of other high-ranking officials, including Iran’s foreign minister. Iran has organised multiple days of mourning, ending in a funeral for the 63-year-old Raisi, once considered a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. 

Pictured above: Donald Trump. 

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