Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria

 

 

US Department of Defense [10/4/16]:


U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack aircraft conducted one strike in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed two ISIL oil pump jacks.

Strikes in Iraq

Fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 24 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle and three ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar system and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Kirkuk, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL supply cache.

-- Near Mosul, eight strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and five ISIL communication facilities and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL boat.

-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes destroyed two ISIL boats and an ISIL vehicle and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

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@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [10/4/16]:  

 

 

 

Salah-il-deen: News agencies: The government air force has shelled two villages in Shurqat district ,reasons unknown..............

 

 

 

 

Anbar: The international coalition planes have shelled a home in Al-Bab Al-Gharbi neighborhood in Heet resulted in wounding of a whole family................................................................

 

 

 

 

Russian Aerospace Forces, Syrian military preparing Aleppo liberation operation [TASS - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A civilian was killed and three others were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city on Sunday. ... [SANA - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Relatives and tribal elders in southeastern Afghanistan are demanding an investigation into the killing of 17 people by US drones this week, claiming that the air strikes hit civilians, not members of armed groups. ... [Al Jazeera - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

Macedonian police used tear gas to push back hundreds of migrants from a border fence at a sprawling refugee camp on the Greek side of the frontier on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. ... [Reuters - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

‏@MSF_Sea [10/4/16]:  We're treating patients for injuries sustained during beatings and for exposure to tear gas. This woman is pregnant.

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [10/4/16]:  Even our staff are affected. Tear gas is being fired directly into the camp which is home to1000s.

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea  [10/4/16]:  We are treating this 16 year old child after he was allegedly beaten by authorities...

 

 

 

 

Some 325 migrants have been deported to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos under an EU deal.

They wait to learn of their fate inside a fenced reception and removal centre in the town of Pehlivankoy.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says it has yet to gain access to the facility.

Migrants from Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq call for freedom from behind the facility’s barred windows. ... [VIDEO - EURO News - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Great drawing.  <---- We can learn from these men, women and children.  CLOSE THE CAMPS.  BRING THEM HERE.  LET THEM STAY.

 

 

 

Free the Children NAURU [5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

I'm surprised we haven't had a mass suicide: Former Nauru worker tells forum [VIDEO - Channel 10 - 9/4/16]

 

 



Accused Manus Island killer of Reza Barati recaptured, PNG police say [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/4/16]:

 

The accused murderer of Iranian asylum-seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island has been recaptured after nearly a fortnight on the run following his escape from jail, Papua New Guinean police say.

Police issued a brief statement on Sunday morning saying that the former Salvation Army worker Joshua Kaluvia was back in custody.

Mr Kaluvia is one of two men accused of the slaying of 23-year-old Mr Barati in early 2014 during a riot [when refugees were attacked] at the Manus Island detention centre.

In a major embarrassment for PNG authorities, Mr Kaluvia escaped on March 28 from East Lorengau jail on Manus Island. Adding to concerns, the Manus Island police commander has since expressed anger and frustration that he was not told of the escape for more than a week.

Mr Kaluvia is accused alongside former G4S guard and fellow PNG national Louie Efi of Mr Barati's murder. Mr Barati died from head injuries allegedly caused by wooden clubs and a large rock.

Police have in the past week described Mr Kaluvia as having been found guilty of the murder, though there is no public record of any court convicting him or any resolution of his trial, which appears to be continuing. In fact he was due back in court last week, but his escape meant the judge pushed back his reappearance date to April 18.

The key witness against Mr Kaluvia, Iranian Kurdish asylum-seeker Benham Satah, is still in the Manus Island detention centre and has told Fairfax Media he was in fear of his safety with the suspect on the run.

"In what system can one [alleged] murderer escape and they only notice after several days?" he asked.

​Mr Satah said he received death threats from guards at the centre, where friends and family of Mr Kaluvia still work, after giving evidence at the trial.

 

 

 

 

G7 foreign ministers gather in Hiroshima to discuss nuclear, maritime issues [Reuters - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Aquino unaware of hungry Kidapawan farmers’ protest [Manila Bulletin - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

US defense chief lays out new military aid to Philippines [Phil Star - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Some 22 Philippine soldiers were wounded Saturday in a firefight with Islamic militants, the military said, a day after the release of a retired Italian priest taken hostage in the Muslim-populated south of the country. ... [ABS-CBN - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

It should not be compulsory for the history of the land wars to be taught in schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata says, because "it is not the New Zealand way". ... [RNZI - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Over 100 people have been killed and over 350 injured in a massive fire that broke out during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple in Kerala's Kollam district early this morning. ... [NDTV - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

In Australia, jail assaults are only news when useful for dogwhistling racism, bigotry, and further removal of rights [ABC - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

1. Who started the fight?

 

2. What is the ex-soldier in jail for?

 

3. What is the teenager in jail for?

 

4. How many jail assaults are there on average every week, and how many of them make headline news?

 

 

 

... “The media in Australia is bullcrap,” he added.

“To hire mercenaries to come and kidnap your kids? How horrible are you guys? You’re endangering everyone’s lives including my mother and the kids, for what? For a story?”  ... Lebanese father will not press charges after Beirut 'kidnapping' [Guardian - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Rory Fanning, Talking to the young in a world that will never truly be "postwar" [TomDispatch.com - 7/4/16]:

 

... Just the other day I spoke at a college in Peoria, three hours south of Chicago.

 “My brother hasn’t left the house since returning home from Iraq,” one of the students told me with tears in her eyes.

“What you said helped me understand his situation better. I might have more to say to him now.” ...

 

 

 

Why is this beautiful tree fenced off?

 

 

Memorial Park, Burleigh [10/4/16]

 

 

 

Burleigh Heads Memorial [Queensland War Memorial Register]

 

 

 

Erasing the meaning and the memory

 

... 'So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
And they shipped us back home to Australia.
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane,
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.

And as our ship sailed into Circular Quay,
I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me,
To grieve, to mourn and to pity. ...

 

 

'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda', Eric Bogle (The Bushwackers) [1976]

 

 

 

These pretty, and historical garden beds surrounding the memorial statue of the soldier at the original Anzac Park, Gold Coast Highway, Southport were ripped out in March 2009

 

 

The Gold Coast City Council and the RSL tossed the original Southport War Memorial down the memory hole [GCCC Media Release - 11/11/10]:

 

The newly completed Anzac Park in Broadwater Parklands will be dedicated at 10.15 am today - ready for this year's Remembrance Day Service to be held at 11am

The new Anzac Park - located on the foreshore of the Broadwater opposite Short Street in Southport - is the result of a close working partnership between the Council and the Southport RSL. Key features of the new development include:

o relocation of the refurbished memorial soldier to the water's edge

o installation of replica memorial gates

 o provision of a large grassed area to accommodate returned servicemen and spectators, and

 o construction of an area known as The Hill, which provides an elevated viewing area of the new Anzac Park.

At today's dedication service, Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke will lay a wreath at the statue of the memorial soldier, and he will be joined by Divisional Councillor Dawn Crichlow in unveiling a plaque.

Cr Crichlow said it had been identified early in the redevelopment of the parklands that the existing Anzac Park was no longer adequately servicing the RSL and the local community.

"With the growth in interest in attending Anzac Day Dawn Services and other RSL-related events, it had become clear that a new and improved space was desperately needed.

She said Council and the RSL worked together to identify the issues and design the new space.

"We are extremely thrilled with the way the new Anzac Park has turned out," said Selwyn Hannant, of the Southport RSL.

 

 

 

Shaded beneath the fig trees, the original Anzac Park formed part of the historical memory of the Southport township. There is no additional room at the new location which sits in the glaring sun and is stark and ugly.

 

 

 

Bridge to nowhere: The plan to give away Moore Park [ABC, Background Briefing - 20/3/16]:

 

... Mark Davis: I meet with Greig Pickhaver, better known as sporting commentator HG Nelson, by Kippax Lake just where the curving arc of the Tibby Cotter walkway finally touches ground.

Greig Pickhaver: We are looking at the water, a few ducks trying to cool off in the shade of this Moreton Bay fig. But this is a very interesting part of the city in the current climate. It's become very…I think the term is contested, because even where we are sitting now, this land could be buried under yet another football stadium. It may not be if the state government had any sense.

Mark Davis: It's really ground zero here for all of the pressures that are going on, light rail, tree clearances, car parks and now a stadium. We are right in the middle of it, aren't we.

Greig Pickhaver: We are. I mean, the city would be mad to lose this.

Mark Davis: Pickhaver has become involved in a campaign to save Anzac Parade. Like many Sydneysiders he is distraught at the prospect of the enormous fig trees coming down, but there is something else of national significance that he thinks most people have forgotten; Anzac Parade is not just a name, it is a memorial, and the centre of that memorial lies just in front of Kippax Lake.

Greig Pickhaver: If this isn't valuable, which part of the Anzac legacy or legend is? When you drive from Sydney to Canberra, the toilet stops are given over to the legacy of VCs, and I think that's an unbelievably Australian thing to do. You know, piss on a digger. Remember the greats. They're not the duds, they're the greats. Here, people who died in Gallipoli could have actually touched these trees. Here it seems to me to take something so vitally connected with the Anzac legend.

Mark Davis: Because it was where they would return themselves, the actual Gallipoli guys would come here.

Greig Pickhaver: That's right, having come back to Australia they looked for a place to celebrate and it was Anzac Parade, this area which they would march past on the way to the boats that they came to celebrate in, open space, near the city, they could walk here quite easily. April 25, in they'd come.

[Music: Eric Bogle]

Mark Davis: Eric Bogle's haunting Gallipoli song narrates the journey of the first infantry brigade as they marched down Anzac Parade past the cheering crowds on the way to the boats bound for Gallipoli.

In 1914, thousands of men from around NSW camped on army barracks beside the Randwick Racecourse and trained in the surrounding parklands. On the final call-up they marched down the parade to Circular Quay. For many it would have been their last steps on Australian soil.

Mark Davis: In 1917 the road was renamed Anzac Parade in their honour and redesigned as a grand boulevard with more trees.

Mark Davis: When the survivors returned, a decade before any large shrines were built, they would gather each year just to the north of Kippax Lake, around a large sandstone pillar, the Anzac obelisk at the entrance to Anzac Parade.

Greig Pickhaver: The returned service people gathered in this area near what is known as Kippax Lake now to celebrate Anzac Day, and this began almost immediately after the war stopped in 1918. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald of the day, and it's under the banner headline, 'Anzac Parade, Impressive Ceremony'. 'As with all outdoor ceremonies, the observances of the day of significance at the memorial obelisk Anzac Parade was somewhat marred by rain. There was however a representative gathering of relatives and soldiers, many of the latter maimed.' So these men who were obviously men who marched down Anzac Parade, went to Gallipoli…

Mark Davis: Five years before, come back legless or…

Greig Pickhaver: Exactly, come back, and are now retracing their steps or hobbling or on crutches…

Mark Davis: At the Anzac Memorial here.

Greig Pickhaver: At the Anzac Memorial. Now, 'the obelisk forming the main feature of the monument was decorated with wreaths and flowers and presented a beautiful and inspiring spectacle. On account of its central position, the obelisk was the goal of many a pilgrimage from the city and neighbouring suburbs throughout the day, and late in the afternoon it was a mass of foliage in which the white predominated. The monument resembled a white cross.'

Mark Davis: Pretty evocative stuff.

Greig Pickhaver: It is, it is.

Mark Davis: Rod White, state president of the RSL:

I can't think of a more significant Anzac site on Australian soil than this one because they marched there and they returned there. Do you have that same sentiment?

Rod White: Well, I do. Up until the last of the Anzacs there used to still be gatherings out at the Anzac obelisk, and much of it was in the middle of the road. They would have little gatherings on the side of the road. So we see it as a memorial grove of trees with the Anzac Parade as a pavement and a memorial called the Anzac obelisk.

Mark Davis: In 2014 while Australia was starting to spend hundreds of millions commemorating the Gallipoli centenary, the soldiers' own memorial, the obelisk in Anzac Parade, was being pulled down, and almost no one noticed. It was in the pathway of the Tibby Cotter Bridge. It's now in storage with the Roads Department awaiting a decision on its next destination.

The obelisk is down and now the other part of the soldiers memorial, the living part, the trees, are being felled too. Dozens of huge Moreton Bay figs have been cut down in recent weeks on Anzac Parade and Alison Road. ...

 

 

Despite each having lost a leg in Israeli offensives on Gaza, two friends live as one body when facing their everyday challenges ... [Middle East Eye - 22/2/16]

 

 

 

BBC Panorama Documentary:  The Train that Divides Jerusalem [July, 2015]

 

 

 

 

NSW Police officers caught trolling Greens MP Jenny Leong on Facebook with racist and sexist posts [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/4/16]:

 

... On March 17, Ms Leong introduced a bill to the NSW lower house aimed at ending the use of drug detection dogs in public spaces without a warrant.

A day later, her Newtown office published a photo on her official Facebook page condemning the actions of two police officers seen patrolling a Sydney train with Tasers and sniffer dogs.

The post said: "This kind of harassment and intimidation is exactly what the Greens' bill is aiming to stop." ...

 

 

 

 

... As author Dan Baum writes in Harper’s, the ‘war on drugs’ was from its inception a political weapon conceived by the Nixon administration to imprison, surveil, disrupt and otherwise impede Black communities and the anti-war Left.

The ‘Iran-Contra’ hearings of the late 1980s provided testimony (once again) that importing hard drugs for distribution in American cities was unofficial government policy. ... [Counterpunch - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

NSW Premier, accompanied by a large delegation of  representatives from business, legal and academic sectors, go greenwashing in Israel  [Jerusalem Post - 7/4/16]:

 

... If the mountain doesn’t come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain. President Reuven Rivlin, who was scheduled to travel to Australia last month, postponed his official visit in order to go to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin.

But this week New South Wales Premier Mike Baird, who is leading a delegation to Israel, and who had been scheduled to host a luncheon for Rivlin in Sydney, met with Rivlin on Sunday in the President’s Office. Rivlin was profoundly apologetic over not having followed through with plans to visit the southern continent, but in the final analysis the meeting turned out to be productive.

Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma, who accompanied Baird, took time out from escorting him from one appointment to another in order to participate in the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Race in Jerusalem, and after running 10 km., joined Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff, vice director- general of the ministry, to hand out awards to the winners. Sharma is a seasoned athlete who frequently runs or bikes from his residence in Herzliya Pituah to his office in the Australian Embassy in south Tel Aviv.

On Wednesday evening of this week, Sharma and his wife, Rachel Lord, hosted Baird and his large delegation at a dinner reception at the Australian Residence.

Baird, who had wanted to come to Israel for a long time, had waited until after last year’s elections, which determined that he would serve a second term. Coming with his wife, Kerryn, and a busload of enthusiastic participants representing the administrative, legal, business and academic sectors of New South Wales, Baird and the people with him impressed Sharma with their energy, ambition and enthusiasm. Baird was also impressed with Sharma and with Paul Israel, the executive director of the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce, whose laid back but totally efficient organizational abilities are legend.

Although state premiers in Australia have very little to do with foreign affairs and policy, especially on a federal basis, Baird said that Sharma should be promoted and asked him what he wants and where he wants to go to, so that Baird could use whatever influence he has to make that possible. Sharma’s spontaneous reply: “I want to be ambassador for life in Israel.” Baird was not surprised.

He had been inspired by the visit, he said, and had found Israel to be a country of “incredible beauty with an amazing history.” He was also full of admiration for the energy of the people whom he met. Like most visiting delegations, the one from New South Wales also went to Yad Vashem. Though aware to some extent of Holocaust history, Baird said that nothing had prepared him for what he had seen and experienced at Yad Vashem, which made it all the more remarkable that Israel had been able to rise from such depths to what it has become.

“I don’t think any of us will forget these days,” he said.

Jillian Segal, the NSW chairman of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, who has been to Israel with top-level delegations on previous occasions, termed this visit as “exciting and overwhelming” and spoke of the vibrancy and amazing ideas that emanated from meetings that the Australians had with Israeli counterparts.

Members of the trade mission and Israelis alike had been impressed with Baird’s openness of mind and willingness to listen and learn and bring some of Israel’s innovation back to Australia, she said, noting that this was the first trade mission to Israel to be led by a sitting state premier.

Amon the people traveling with Baird was banker and former government minister Warwick L. Smith, who acts as the export and investment adviser to the premiers of New South Wales. Smith has been to Israel many times, not only on bilateral matters but also for personal reasons. His daughter, a nutritionist, has been living in Israel for the past two years and has an Israeli partner. Smith does not know whether the two will eventually marry but suspects that if that happens, his daughter, who loves Israel, will convert to Judaism – and that’s fine with him.

Australian expats who attended the ambassador’s reception included Saul Kaye, a community pharmacist who is a leading advocate for medical cannabis, and who is convinced that despite strong opposition from the Knesset, the day will not be long in coming when medical cannabis will be legalized in Israel. An extraordinary large number of Israelis are paying through the nose for illicit cannabis, he says.

MKs simply refuse to recognize the benefits of cannabis, which has been legalized in some other countries.

If legalized in Israel, it could help a lot of suffering people to cope better with their various illnesses, it would cost less and it would reduce the crime rate, because growing and using cannabis is currently a legal offense, Kaye argues. Medical marijuana was legalized in Australia in February of this year. ...

 

 

 

 

The death of up to 1000 pigs has been blamed on pollution associated with controversial gas mining, in a submission to a Senate inquiry into regulation of the coal seam gas industry.

The claims, backed by graphic photographs, were made as part of a 90-page submission by the family of George Bender, who committed suicide in October after years of battling gas mining on and adjacent to his [Chinchilla] property. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/4/16]

 

 



In Wyoming, scientists say chemical contamination from fracking has poisoned the water supply of the small town of Pavillion.

The scientists recorded benzine levels 50 times above permitted limit.

This comes three years after the Environmental Protection Agency decided to halt its investigation about water contamination in Pavillion. [Democracy Now – 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Victorian farmers use 2,000 hungry sheep to spell out their message against gas mining [ABC - 2/3/16]

 

 

 

 

In Whose Interest?  The corporate influence behind post-WW2 US foreign policy [DOCUMENTARY - Journeyman Pictures]

 

 

 

 

The prison-deportation pipeline for Southeast Asian refugees in the United States [South China Morning Post 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

India 'Powerful Player' In Asia Pacific: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter [NDTV - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

... "We are working today, both individually and with our allies and partners, to ensure the Asia-Pacific remains a region where everyone -- everyone -- can rise and prosper," he said.

 ...

Carter called for the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, calling it "one of the most important strategic parts" of the rebalance to the region.

The TPP will unlock economic opportunities for the U.S. and many of its partners, he said. ...  Carter highlights importance of Asia-Pacific on eve of trip to region [US Department of Defense - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

350 children under 15 die of abuse annually in Japan: pediatric society [Japan Today - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Police believe they have found the body of a missing toddler who vanished from Heidelberg West park [The Age - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

Toddler dies after being run over in Merriwa [West Australian – 8/4/16]

 

 

 

Cambodian soldiers in Stung Treng province have been placed on standby following threats of violence by Laotian authorities due to a dispute over Laos’ attempt to construct a military base near a stretch of undemarcated border, a spokes­man for the provincial government said on Friday. ... [Cambodia Daily - 9/4/16]

 





Concerns over food security in Fiji [RNZI – 9/4/16]

 

 



Man arrested over death of Indonesian in Sydney [Jakarta Post – 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Fresh anti-government protests hit Reykjavik [Yahoo - 10/4/16]

 

 

 

 

@Snowden [9/4/16]:   #Iceland's protest photos look like history. #PanamaPapers ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of protesters march through London calling for David Cameron to resign [Telegraph - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Cameron paid almost £76,000 in tax on an income of more than £200,000 in 2014-15, figures released by the prime minister have shown.

He earned £46,899 from his 50% share of rent on the London family home in Notting Hill, the first such papers released by a prime minister reveal.

The disclosure comes after Mr Cameron admitted he could have better handled the row over his financial affairs.

He also announced a new task force to investigate tax-dodging allegations. ... [BBC - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands gathered on Saturday for a march starting at Paris's Place de la République as student groups and hardline labour unions vowed to step up their campaign against the government’s controversial labour reform bill.

Unions and youth organisations have issued a joint statement saying that they remained "determined" to confront the "government’s stubborness to maintain its [labour reform] project".

They also called for another day of strikes and protests on April 28.

The reforms, which would put almost all aspects of the country's strictly codified labour relations up for negotiation between employers and unions, have infuriated the unions, who say they unduly threaten job security. ... [France 24 - 9/4/16]

 

 

 



Wells Fargo admits deception in $1.2 billion US mortgage accord [Reuters – 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

The incipient investigation into President Mauricio Macri’s offshore dealings took its first steps yesterday when Federal Judge Sebastián Casanello ordered a first series of measures and the lead prosecutor in the Public Administration Investigation (PIA) Sergio Rodríguez requested that the AFIP tax bureau, the Justice Ministry’s Corporate Records Office (IGJ) and the Anti-Corruption Office (OA) present relevant documentation.

According to judicial sources, Casanello summoned La Nación journalist Hugo Alconada Mon to testify as a witness on Monday. Alconada Mon was one of the journalists that revealed that that Macri was named in the “Panama Papers‘“leak and had access to the documents. Lawyer Silvina Martínez, a renowned expert on offshore companies, has also been called by Casanello for Monday. The DyN news agency reported that Martínez is an advisor to GEN lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer.  ... [Buenos Aires Herald - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

And new data shows more than 40 percent of people with federal student loans in the United States are either behind on their payments or are refusing to pay entirely—a noncompliance rate that is raising serious questions about the federal government’s ability to ever collect on these debts.

One in six people have defaulted entirely.

The average student loan debt for last year’s college graduates was more than $35,000, making the class of 2015 the most indebted class in U.S. history. [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

After months of public uproar over the poor condition of Detroit schools, Detroit Public Schools filed a federal lawsuit against the state Thursday, Detroit Free Press reported.

The lawsuit claims that the state has violated the civil rights of students through its emergency manager law, since the district has been run by emergency managers since 2009.

The law weakens the authority of the board of education and allows the unelected emergency manager to make major decisions about cuts and selling off assets.

The lawsuit includes Gov. Rick Snyder (R), a few former emergency managers, a couple Republican lawmakers, and administrators and a vendor who were recently indicted on a bribery scheme involving school supplies. ... [Think Progress - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Giulio Regeni murder: Italy recalls ambassador to Egypt [BBC - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

The U.S. State Department on Friday handed over more than 1,100 pages of records to the committee investigating the deaths of U.S. citizens in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, the chairman of the House of Representatives panel said. ... [Reuters - 8/4/16]

 

 

 

 

US deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar [Reuters - 9/4/16]

 

 

 

 

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