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Israel bars Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country after pressure from President Donald Trump; an Italian court suspends Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s migrant ship ban, but he’s not budging.

Israel bars Omar and Tlaib from visiting the country

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

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  • Israel has barred Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from visiting the country, a move that was heavily supported by President Donald Trump. [Vox / Alex Ward]
  • The two women, who were the first female Muslim members of Congress, had planned a private trip organized by Palestinian-led nonprofit to tour Israel and the West Bank, where Tlaib’s grandmother lives. [NYT / Isabel Kershner]
  • They also had strained relationships with the country because of their support for the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. They also vocal supporters for legislation that would make it US policy to boycott Israel, although it was overwhelmingly voted against 398-17. [Politico / Sarah Ferris, John Bresnahan, and Heather Caygle]
  • Initially, Israel had decided against barring the two congresswomen for visiting, but then Trump intervened. Tlaib and Omar are prominent critics of the president, and Trump has lashed back by targeting them on social media (including the infamous “go back” tweets) and repeatedly calling them “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American.” [Al Jazeera]
  • Trump’s intervention was surprising. Even more astonishing, however, was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response: it marks a new phase in the close relationship between the two leaders — one with a partisan tinge. [CNN / Oren Liebermann, Abeer Salman, and Michael Schwartz]
  • Omar and Tlaib have called the decision “a sign of weakness” and “an insult to democratic values.” Several groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel group that rarely speaks against the country’s government, have also pushed for Israel to let the two congresswomen in. [The Washington Post / John Hudson and Ruth Eglash]
  • This move will most likely strain the already tense relationship between Israel and the Democratic Party, which is growing less and less sympathetic to Israel than in past years. [Vox / Alex Ward]

Salvini defies court to bar migrants’ entry

  • Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has made it clear that he’s willing to even disobey the courts to bar migrants from entering Italy, drawing criticism from surrounding countries. [Al Jazeera]
  • Spanish charity ship Open Arms picked up about 150 migrants on the shores of Libya in early August but was unable to find an Italian port that would let them disembark due to Salvini’s ban on migrant rescue ships. [Reuters / Gavin Jones and Ingrid Melander]
  • The migrants had been stranded at sea for about two weeks when an Italian court suspended Salvini’s ban on Wednesday. The court ruled that the ban violated international laws and that the situation was too grave to be ignored. [AP / Giada Zampano and Renata Brito]
  • Salvini, however, defied the court, and it remains unclear what the fate of future migrant ships will be (despite having the court on their side). With Salvini unwilling to budge, six countries — France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain, and Luxembourg — announced Thursday that they would take in the migrants. [Deutsche Welle]
  • Salvini has spearheaded several anti-immigrant policies, and this latest incident shows even the courts might not deter him from blocking out migrants. [CNN / Nicola Ruotolo, Sarah Dean, and Tara John]
  • More importantly, there’s a good chance that migrant ships like Open Arms will end up becoming collateral damage in Italy’s government crisis. Salvini has called for snap elections that could possibly make him prime minister, and he’s ready to campaign with the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has fueled his party’s rise. [AP / Frances D’Emilio]


  • Antonio Basco lost his wife during the El Paso shooting. Without other family members to invite to the funeral, Basco extended the invitation to the public. Now he expects more than 1,000 people to show up. [NPR / Bobby Allyn]
  • The internet can surprisingly be good sometimes: When Mevan Babakar was searching for the man that gave her a bicycle when she was a child staying at a refugee camp in the ‘90s, Twitter users helped her find him. [The Washington Post / Morgan Krakow]
  • Trump has denied that his rhetoric is divisive or incites violence. An ABC report, however, revealed that there were at least 29 criminal cases where the perpetrators used their support for Trump to justify their violence. [ABC News / Mike Levine]
  • Japan has become a leader in the wearable technology industry. The latest invention: a wearable robotic table, which is inspired by seahorses, that could help people who are prone to tripping or losing balance. [CNN / Jessie Yeung]
  • Tarantino drama continues: The director thinks that Kung Fu Panda ripped off Kill Bill. He doesn’t plan to ask for royalties, however, because he thinks the creators are doing him a favor by keeping him “pop-culturally relevant. Priceless.” [Vice / Alex Zaragoza]


“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel. The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President.” [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Israel’s decision to ban Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from visiting the country]

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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids




Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?

Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.

1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.

When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:

  • Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
  • Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
  • Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.

2. The pig the character has is an English King.

It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.

Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.

3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.

The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.

4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.

The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.

5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.

When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.

Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.

6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.

This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.

There are several interpretations:

  • Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
  • J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
  • There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.

7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.

Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:

He sent them word I had not gone

(We know it to be true):

If she should push the matter on,

What would become of you?

This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.

Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.

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What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career




Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.

Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.

1. George Clooney

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

3. Keanu Reeves

4. Brie Larson

5. Betty White

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Drew Barrymore

8. Tom Hanks

9. Scarlett Johannson

10. Halle Berry

11. Harrison Ford

12. Denzel Washington

13. Reese Witherspoon

14. Angelina Jolie

15. Johnny Depp

16. Jennifer Garner

17. Robert Downey Jr.

18. Will Smith

19. Nicole Kidman

20. Sandra Bullock

Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?

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