Palestinian Women, Children Stop IDF Soldier Detaining a Minor - Diplomacy and Defense - Haaretz

Palestinian Women, Children Stop IDF Soldier Detaining a Minor - Diplomacy and Defense - Haaretz: According to the army, the youth was throwing stones at the troops, who did not realize he was a minor.

Photographs taken by Reuters and AFP show the soldier surrounded by women and children. In one of the images, a young girl is seen biting his hand.


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Michigan court says juveniles can be raped and abused in prison

Michigan court says juveniles can be raped and abused in prison: [dailykos.com] The lawsuit alleges violations of the prisoners' rights under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, but the appeals court said a 1999 amendment the Legislature made to the state civil rights law explicitly said the law does not apply to prisons.

The plaintiffs argued that amendment was unconstitutional because it denies prisoners equal protection under the law, and cited a 2007 federal court case, Mason v. Granholm, in which the judge ruled the 1999 amendment was unconstitutional.

But the court rejected the arguments. […]

The court said that prisoners don't seek out public services covered by the civil rights law in the way members of the general public do, but "are compelled to be there, and must be content, for the most part, with the services provided."


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Study: U.S. Wars Have Left Over 1 Million Dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan | Democracy Now!

Study: U.S. Wars Have Left Over 1 Million Dead in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan | Democracy Now!: A new report has found that the Iraq War has killed about one million people. The Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and other groups examined the toll from the so-called war on terror in three countries — Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The investigators found "the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around one million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan (i.e. a total of around 1.3 million). Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware. ... And this is only a conservative estimate," they wrote. They say the true tally could be more than two million.


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Migration and the Far Right: An Interview with German Antifascists on Heidenau

Migration and the Far Right: An Interview with German Antifascists on Heidenau: [viewpointmag.com] Here in the UK the British media did not devote much time to covering the Heidenau story, mainly using it as little more a footnote to longer articles discussing the “refugee crisis” – that is, a crisis for the states receiving refugees not a humanitarian one involving thousands of unnecessary deaths at the borders of an increasingly fortified Europe. The British media’s fairly positive portrayal of Germany – a land of economic success, exciting urban living and quality soccer continues.


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Michigan Bar Strips Racist Author Kyle Bristow of Short-Story Award | Southern Poverty Law Center

Michigan Bar Strips Racist Author Kyle Bristow of Short-Story Award | Southern Poverty Law Center: A bar official suggested judges who gave Bristow the award were hoodwinked by a “potential ideological manifesto” and hate speech masquerading as art.

“We cannot apologize enough,” said State Bar President Thomas C. Rombach said, adding that the biennial short-story contest would be discontinued.

“The short story contest has been popular with many [attorney] members,” the bar association president said. “But if this result could occur even with the high caliber of the judges who conferred the award, the contest should be discontinued.”

The entries didn’t include the writer’s name, the Lansing State Journal reported today. The story was posted on the bar’s web site, but now has been removed. Printed journals, listing the contest winners, were mailed to bar members, but that publication didn’t include the honorable mention short story.


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Virginia teen gets 11 years for aiding ISIS | TheHill

Virginia teen gets 11 years for aiding ISIS | TheHill:

The case underscores the more aggressive posture that
the Justice Department has taken toward suspected Islamic extremists in
recent months, amid increased fears of “lone wolf” terror attacks.

Department
officials have maintained that they need to be more forceful with
prosecutions in light of the possibility that individuals grow
radicalized on the Internet and then are inspired to launch violence in
their home communities.

FBI Director James Comey has said that the bureau is following leads connected to ISIS in every state in the country. Dozens of people have been arrested this summer for charges of supporting the group.

Critics,
however, claim that the government is too willing to file charges
against people who merely expressed hateful views on the Internet but
would not likely have had the ability to actually carry out any
violence.


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Decoding the Zapatista Message on Elections – Why Voting Isn’t Enough

Decoding the Zapatista Message on Elections – Why Voting Isn’t Enough: [intercontinentalcry.org] This false momentum, based on unsustainable levels of manufactured collective effervescence, is further destabilized by the tacit subtext that one can fulfill their political responsibility merely by choosing the right candidate. This quasi-consciousness unavoidably aggregates and assumes itself into the political identity of each candidate as each are forced to pretend that they can deliver more than is humanly, let alone politically, possible. Campaigns are valorized by hype and sound bites, not works and wisdom, while time and resources are continually co-opted from more honorable and productive pursuits. The political cycle becomes the means and the end; a careening race to sustain itself for the mere sake of sustaining itself. It is an existence that becomes almost devoid of larger purpose.


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PressTV-'US leads world in mass shootings'

PressTV-'US leads world in mass shootings': Between 1966 and 2012, there were 90 mass shootings in the United States, 31 percent of the 292 such attacks globally for that period, according to a comprehensive analysis by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama.

The Philippines, with 18 mass shootings, was a distant second, followed by Russia with 15, Yemen with 11, and France with 10, according to the study.

"For decades, people have wondered if the dark side of American exceptionalism is a cultural propensity for violence and in recent years and perhaps no form of violence is seen as more uniquely American than public mass shootings," Lankford wrote.


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Global Outrage Follows Sentencing of Two Indian Women to Punishment by Gang Rape | VICE News

Global Outrage Follows Sentencing of Two Indian Women to Punishment by Gang Rape | VICE News: Amnesty International launched a petition decrying the treatment of the sisters. It has gathered nearly 30,000 signatures. The sentence — decided and delivered by an all-male, unofficial council known as a khap panchayat — was handed down on July 30, according to Amnesty.

According to the New Indian Express, their 22-year-old brother had been having an affair with the 21-year-old woman for three years. They ran away together twice, in January and March. When they were eventually discovered in the city of Meerut last summer, the woman issued charges against the man for abducting her. He is currently being held in prison.


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AP sues feds over fake news story | TheHill

AP sues feds over fake news story | TheHill: “Yet while the public clearly has a strong, compelling interest in knowing more about the FBI’s use of this tactic, the FBI seems determined to withhold that information,” she added. “We have been left with no choice but to look to the court for relief."

Last October, federal documents revealed that an FBI agent had pretended to be an AP reporter in order to target a teenager suspected of making bomb threats to a local high school in 2007. The agent fabricated a draft of an AP story and placed it on a website made to look like The Seattle Times in order to plant malicious software on the suspect’s computer.

The agent sent the fake story headlined “Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department” to the suspect’s Myspace account.


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EU migrant crisis: 50 refugees found 'suffocated' in the back of a single lorry in Austria, reports - Europe - World - The Independent

EU migrant crisis: 50 refugees found 'suffocated' in the back of a single lorry in Austria, reports - Europe - World - The Independent: Officials referred to the dead as migrants, and local media reports suggested they died of "suffocation" after being trapped in the lorry's trailer. A police manhunt has been launched to find the driver, who is suspected of smuggling the victims into the country.

The bodies were found in the back of a refrigerated food delivery truck, which had been parked on the hard shoulder of the A4 road, Austria's "Eastern Motorway", near the town of Parndorf.


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Germany trades citizens’ metadata for NSA’s top spy software | Ars Technica

Germany trades citizens’ metadata for NSA’s top spy software | Ars Technica: Unlike Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the domestic-oriented BfV does not employ bulk surveillance of the kind also deployed on a vast scale by the NSA and GCHQ. Instead, it is only allowed to monitor individual suspects in Germany, and even to do that must obtain the approval of a special parliamentary commission. Because of this targeted approach, BfV surveillance is mainly intended to gather the content of specific conversations, whether in the form of emails, telephone exchanges, or even faxes, if anyone still uses them. Inevitably, though, metadata is also gathered, but as Die Zeit explains, "whether the collection of this [meta]data is consistent with the restrictions outlined in Germany's surveillance laws is a question that divides legal experts."


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An Interactive Guide To Police Killings And The System That Excuses Them | ThinkProgress

An Interactive Guide To Police Killings And The System That Excuses Them | ThinkProgress: ThinkProgress compiled 22 high-profile police killings of the past year to monitor the fates of the police officers involved. Many cases are still under investigation — some more recent incidents are still fresh in the community’s memory, while others, like the deaths of Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson, have hung in limbo for nearly a year. Some cases involve clear aggression from police toward unarmed victims, others are more complicated encounters with mentally ill people acting erratically.

We’ve organized the cases by status below. Learn more by clicking on the faces of the victims:


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In Iran Deal Debate, Jewish Democratic NY Assemblyman Plays Holocaust Card - World - Haaretz

In Iran Deal Debate, Jewish Democratic NY Assemblyman Plays Holocaust Card - World - Haaretz: Other Jewish lawmakers have expressed concern about the tone of the rhetoric in the debate.

“We remain concerned that individuals on both sides of the debate have resorted to ad hominem attacks and threats against those who don’t share their opinions. This is unacceptable,” Representatives Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, and Steve Israel said in a joint statement. “No matter where you stand on the Iran deal, comparisons to the Holocaust, the darkest chapter in human history, questioning the credentials of long-standing advocates for Israel, and accusations of dual loyalty are inappropriate.”


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Video: Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre in Germany following far-Right attacks - Telegraph

Video: Angela Merkel booed at refugee centre in Germany following far-Right attacks - Telegraph: Her visit came after she condemned neo-Nazi-led protests which took place outside the same centre at the weekend. She branded the protestors “vile” amid criticisms that she has failed to forcefully counter anti-migrant sentiment in Germany.

The German leader also disapproved of families with children who protested the centre’s opening. Heated clashes over the weekend saw 30 police officers injured.


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The FBI Believes Militia Extremists Are Beginning to Target Muslim Institutions | Public Intelligence

The FBI Believes Militia Extremists Are Beginning to Target Muslim Institutions | Public Intelligence:

These misconceptions are often held by “adherents of a militia
ideology who seek validation of anti-government conspiracy theories”
including that the U.S. government allows “allows the group Muslims of
the Americas (aka Jamaat ul Fuqra, hereinafter referred to as MOA) to
operate terrorist training camps at dozens of locations across the
United States.”  Citing videos and articles from the Christian Action Network, Pamela Geller and World Net Daily,
the bulletin says that similar claims “periodically surge” following
acts of Islamic-inspired terrorism.  The bulletin also cites a
restricted 2006 report published by Public Intelligence
from the Regional Organized Crime Information Center that “identified
the location of seven MOA ‘training compounds'” within the U.S.


The FBI ultimately states that the “incorporation of anti-Islamic
attitudes” serves to “dilute core militia ideological beliefs” and that
signs of this “fragmenting ideology” could include “a noticeable
reduction in rhetoric pertaining to the traditional core concern over
Second Amendment rights” as well as the “addition of new types of
targets, and actions or decisions made based upon current events rather
than ideology.”


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Soviet dissident sues Crown Prosecution Service, alleging libel | Law | The Guardian

Soviet dissident sues Crown Prosecution Service, alleging libel | Law | The Guardian: Bukovsky has strenuously denied the allegations and on Monday took the unusual step of issuing a writ against the CPS in the high court in London. He is seeking �100,000 in damages.

The writ accuses the service of “falsely and maliciously” damaging Bukovsky’s reputation and of abusing its powers. It said that the CPS had gone well beyond its statutory duty by making what it said were defamatory claims that were not backed up by any evidence. These claims were widely reported, it added.


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Soviet dissident sues Crown Prosecution Service, alleging libel | Law | The Guardian

Soviet dissident sues Crown Prosecution Service, alleging libel | Law | The Guardian: Bukovsky has strenuously denied the allegations and on Monday took the unusual step of issuing a writ against the CPS in the high court in London. He is seeking �100,000 in damages.

The writ accuses the service of “falsely and maliciously” damaging Bukovsky’s reputation and of abusing its powers. It said that the CPS had gone well beyond its statutory duty by making what it said were defamatory claims that were not backed up by any evidence. These claims were widely reported, it added.

On Monday Bukovsky told the Guardian: “They have simply libelled me, and must at least apologise.”


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