Credit: The Reality Files. Antimatter is, you've guessed it, the opposite of matter. When the two meet, they annihilate each other. According to the Big Bang theory, at the ‘T zero', equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created in the early universe.
Tibet has alternated over the centuries between independence and control by China, which claims it "peacefully liberated" the region in 1951 and brought infrastructure and education to the previously underdeveloped region.
But human rights campaigners and exiles have accused China of religious repression, torture, forced sterilization and cultural erosion through forced re-education.
"Dear Brutal Dictator XI JINPING and the Chinese Government. Tibet belongs to the Tibetan people!" Boston Celtics center Kanter said in a message posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
"I stand with my Tibetan brothers and sisters, and I support their calls for Freedom," the 29-year-old added, next to a picture of sneakers adorned with Tibetan iconography and the slogan "Free Tibet".
The message accompanied a three-minute video of Kanter wearing a T-shirt of the Dalai Lama and criticizing Chinese rule in the region.
Kanter wore the political sneakers on the sidelines of the Celtics' 138-134 double-overtime defeat to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, a game he did not appear in.
Kanter wore the 'Free Tibet' sneakers on the sidelines of the Celtics' defeat to the New York Knicks Sarah Stier GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP
Global brands including the NBA have in recent years been consumed by PR crises and faced financial repercussions in China after touching politically sensitive subjects.
In 2019, Chinese broadcasters dropped the league after Daryl Morey, then general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted a message of support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
But the NBA remains wildly popular in China, where it is the most popular sports league.
By Thursday in China, the sports site of tech giant Tencent showed upcoming Celtics games had been pulled from the livestream roster.
Coverage of the games had been downgraded to text and photo only, a status currently applied to the Philadelphia 76ers, where Morey is now president.
A handful of confused fans asked on Tencent's website and Weibo page why the streams were pulled.
In more then 700 NBA appearances, Kanter has also turned out for Utah, Oklahoma City, New York and Portland Steph Chambers GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
Swiss-born and Turkey-raised, Kanter is a devout Muslim, and vocal in defense of various political causes.
Kanter has previously angered the Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who he has also dubbed a "dictator".
In a 2020 opinion piece for The Boston Globe, he wrote: "Tens of thousands of innocent people are locked up in Turkish jails, paying the price of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's disdain for human rights."
Kanter re-joined the Celtics in August, having played for them a couple of years earlier.
In more than 700 NBA appearances, he has also turned out for Utah, Oklahoma City, New York and Portland.
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Cleo Smith disappeared from her family's tent in Western Australia during the early hours of Saturday, sparking an extensive air, sea and ground search.
But after six days of fruitlessly combing in the area surrounding the Blowholes campsite -- a coastal tourist spot about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north of Perth -- police said they were "urgently seeking" public assistance.
"Someone in our community knows what happened to Cleo. Someone has the knowledge that can help," Western Australia police deputy commissioner Col Blanch said.
"Now there's a million reasons why you need to come forward."
Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said the investigation now "leads us to believe that she was taken from the tent".
"We are hopeful that we will find Cleo alive. But we hold great fears for her safety," he told a press conference.
Cleo Smith's disappearance has drawn national attention, with many Australians taking to social media to express their anguish for her family.
Her mother, Ellie, has described waking at 6 am to find the tent unzipped and her oldest daughter missing.
In an interview with local media Wednesday, she urged Australians to help "bring our little girl home".
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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., who was indicted Tuesday on charges of lying to the FBI, has deep connections to The Family, the secretive Christian group that has been tied to multiple political scandals in recent years.
Fortenberry was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he lied to federal investigators about illegal campaign payments funneled to him by a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire. In a video, Fortenberry maintained his innocence. He is blaming the prosecution on politics even though the investigation began under the Trump administration.
The indictment is not the first time a Family politician has made headlines. Rep. Mark Siljander went to jail for funneling funds tied to a terrorist organization through The Family (he was pardoned last year by President Trump). The Family also played cameo roles in the sex scandals surrounding former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and others.
Fortenberry's involvement with The Family has not been previously reported. However, his chief of staff, Andy Braner, is a fellow insider who has spoken publicly about his attendance at the National Prayer Breakfast dating back to 2014, and has ties to The Family dating back as early as 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile.
(Braner and Fortenberry's spokesperson did not immediately respond to emailed questions.)
Fortenberry has publicly defended the National Prayer Breakfast, after multiple reports identified the lobbying that transpires there. In 2018, Fortenberry wrote that relationships forged at the event have helped avert crises.
"Common political parlance would call these engagements 'back channels,'" Fortenberry wrote. "We call them friendships."
What we know about who Fortenberry brings to the breakfast, however, suggests that he, like many others in The Family, is less interested in using the event to engage with adversaries than in strengthening existing networks of like-minded people on the right.
Unlike most members of Congress, Fortenberry actually invites people to the National Prayer Breakfast, according to internal documents obtained by TYT. One 2016 guest, a pastor in Lincoln, Nebraska, is not overtly political, according to local reporting on his work. The same can't be said of Fortenberry's other known guests.
One was controversial Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the military archdiocese of the Catholic Church and recently bucked Pope Francis to oppose vaccine mandates in the military. He, too, was invited by Fortenberry in 2016.
In 2017, Nebraska Family Alliance (NFA) executive director Karen Bowling posted online that she had been invited to the NPB by Fortenberry. Bowling's organization opposes LGBTQ and reproductive rights.
As TYT has previously reported, at least two organizations have warned that far-right groups use prayer breakfasts to build their networks and political momentum against LGBTQ and reproductive rights. The National Prayer Breakfast's only financial donor is evangelical leader and pastor Franklin Graham.
Aside from the U.S. prayer breakfast, Fortenberry has been invited to multiple events overseas connected to The Family, two of which he was apparently invited to attend on The Family's dime. Congressional disclosure forms filed by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., list Fortenberry as having been invited on at least two of Aderholt's trips sponsored by The Family.
In 2016, Fortenberry was invited along with other Family insiders — including some Democrats — to attend the Christian S.E. European Gathering in Serbia. The following year, The Family paid for Aderholt to attend the Gathering again, as well as Austria's first National Prayer Breakfast. Fortenberry was again one of a handful of Family insiders invited.
Fortenberry and Aderholt also share a connection with a longtime Family insider named Stan Holmes, a source close to The Family told TYT. In the past, Holmes has been on Capitol Hill weekly, ministering to politicians and their aides.
It was Holmes who invited Braner to the 2016 prayer breakfast. Later that year, Braner got a fellowship with Fortenberry to work on international affairs, specifically the Middle East. Despite a lack of government experience, Braner moved up the ranks to become Fortenberry's chief of staff last year.
While Holmes never had the public profile of late Family leader Doug Coe, he has held leadership roles and has spoken to the media on The Family's behalf. In 2010, he told Roll Call that The Family's sponsored trips were not political.
Although The Family maintains that its trips and the National Prayer Breakfast are nonpolitical, that's not the case. As TYT has reported, the breakfast invitations are dominated by Republican inviters. Family leaders backed Trump's lies about election fraud, as did the Congressional Prayer Caucus, to which Fortenberry belongs.
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