Syrian children call bullshit on Pokemon Go [Huffington Post - 21/7/16]


US Defense Secretary gives Australian Defence Minister marching orders for endless war on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan [US Department of Defense - 20/7/16]:


... The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Australia Force Posture Initiatives in Australia's Northern Territory to the alliance, the press secretary said, and Carter congratulated Payne on her recent election victory.

Both defense leaders said they are looking forward to the Australia-U.S. ministerial consultations to be hosted by Australia later this year.


Florida man says his hands were up when police shot him [USA Today - 21/7/16]


United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/7/16]


The bodies of 21 women and one man were found on a rubber dinghy adrift near the Libyan coast on Wednesday, just hours after they had set sail for Italy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. ... [Reuters - 20/7/16]


‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [21/7/16]:  ... 700 ppl rescued & transferred safely this morning.Doctor assisted woman in labor.Many children and women


‏@ItalianNavy [21/7/16]:  #SAR nave Grecale #MarinaMilitare termina secondo soccorso ad un gommone recuperando 128 #migranti


@ItalianNavy [21/7/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Grecale #MarinaMilitare soccorre 131 #migranti


@ItalianNavy [21/7/16]: #SAR Nave Borsini #MarinaMilitare terminato lo sbarco di 1146 migranti a Palermo. Tra loro 108 minori.



An interagency review board has determined that Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi poses no threat to the United States and has recommended that he be released, setting the bestselling author on the path to be reunited with his family.

Slahi was arrested in his native Mauritania in 2001, and was held and tortured in secret prisons in Afghanistan and Jordan before being secreted to Guantánamo, an odyssey he recounted in a memoir, Guantánamo Diary, which became a bestseller last year.

He has been imprisoned for over 14 years without being charged with a crime. ... [The Intercept - 21/7/16]



Day 124 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@InsurrectNews [21/7/16]




New Zealand Greens MP calls for investigation into the treatment of detainees at Villawood concentration camp [TVNZ – 21/7/16]:


Green Party's Marama Davidson is calling for an investigation into the treatment of detainees at Australia's notorious Villawood detention centre.

Ms Davidson has been challenging the Sydney centre since the death of New Zealander Rob Peihopa.

The 42-year-old had been in Villawood for approximately 10 months when the centre said he died of a heart attack.

That claim has since been confronted after several detainees told ONE News he had obvious facial injuries, including cuts and a black eye – a challenge the Australian Immigration Department has rejected and refused to release information on.

But Ms Davidson says the centre needs to be opposed for the health and safety of detainees.

"When you haven't got even just basic, healthy, safe, living conditions, what sort of environment are you creating in a place that already has tension?"

Australia's ABC current affairs show '730' requested a copy of the official report into Peihopa's death but much of the document that has been provided has been blacked out for "personal and safety reasons".

Last night a former employee of the centre told ONE News conditions were "disgusting" and "unsafe".




A young Chinese man is on the run after breaking out of the Villawood concentration camp last night [ABC - 21/7/16]




More than two thirds of the MPs in Nauru's dictatorship given ministerial posts [RNZI - 21/7/16]




A Papua New Guinea Treasury source has revealed that the government has ordered a payment of US$900,000 to each government MP at the so-called 'Alotau retreat'.

The national broadcaster NBC reported the source, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the Finance Department was instructed to make payments ahead of tomorrow's vote of no-confidence in prime minister Peter O'Neill.

MPs who converged for the talks in Alotau and committed to support Mr O'Neill were in line for the payments, which were to be provided under the District Services Improvement Programme. ... [RNZI - 21/7/16]





Myanmar releases genocidal census data on religion [UNFPA - 21/7/16]:


... However, an estimated 1.09 million people who wished to self-identify as Rohingya were not enumerated in the census.

Most face severe restrictions to freedom of movement, depriving them of access to health services, education and employment.

Many remain displaced from their homes.

UNFPA recognizes their non-enumeration as a serious shortcoming of the census and a grave human rights concern, and regards it as critical that this and all rights are restored as soon as possible. ...




Police harass Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw [BNI - 20/7/16]




West's appeasement of Myanmar allows military to now freely admit executions of insurgents [Reuters - 20/7/16]:


... Local human rights activists helped exhume all seven bodies in Mong Yaw and record their injuries.

Campaigners expressed surprise that the military was taking the allegations seriously, saying they had spent decades documenting similar incidents.

Despite the latest admission, fear and mistrust of the military that has festered for years in places such as Mong Yaw is unlikely to disappear quickly.

On July 11, Major General Kyaw Kyaw Soe had invited the bereaved families to an army facility near the northern city of Lashio.

Reuters reporters trying to attend were ordered by soldiers to leave.

"He said he would find justice for us," said Aye Lu, an 18-year-old woman whose husband was among the five killed, after the meeting.

"I don't believe him."



Former Tamil local council member released after detention at Colombo airport [Tamil Guardian - 20/7/16]




Sinhala Buddhist monks and Sri Lankan police harass Tamil fishermen [Tamil Guardian - 20/7/16]:


... Meanwhile, Sri Lankan police on Wednesday morning issued a summons to 19 Tamil fishermen and 2 Christian priests, ordering them to report to a police station.

The traditionally Tamil region has seen extensive state sponsored settling of Sinhala fishermen report Tamil politicians, who state that the Sinhalese receive active support from Sri Lanka’s security forces.

Tamil fishermen still state they face restrictions on where they can fish, which led to them using Kokkilai harbor, despite it not having been renovated since the end of the armed conflict.

Military imposed restrictions along Kokkilai River leave them little choice of other areas to carry out their business. ...





Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Thursday evening after four years of hospital detention.

Her lawyer Lawrence Arroyo said the former President’s convoy left VMMC at around 6:25 p.m.

The lawyer said Arroyo will go straight to her home in La Vista subdivision before proceeding for a checkup to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, where she will spend the night.

This was after the Sandiganbayan ordered her release in deference to the Supreme Court’s decision acquitting her of plunder charges over alleged misuse of state lottery funds. ... [Inquirer - 21/7/16]




A key figure in Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Revolution' was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a "chilling warning" by rights campaigners.

Joshua Wong - who led the demonstrations that paralysed the city for months - could be jailed for up to two years following the verdict, which comes as tensions remain high in the semi-autonomous city with fears growing that Beijing is tightening its grip. ... [Asia One - 21/7/16]




Thailand:  National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission orders 30-day blackout for Peace TV [Bangkok Post - 21/7/16]




A Sydney man is to face terror charges in Australia after police raided homes in North Sydney and Dee Why on Wednesday.

The man, named by the ABC as Renas Lelikan, was taken into custody and charged with being a member of a terrorist organisation.

It will be alleged in court that the man charged by Australian Federal Police was a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). ... [ABC - 20/7/16]




ABC [24/10/15]:


An Australian man who spent the past nine months trapped in an Iraqi refugee camp under threat from Islamic State (IS) militants has arrived back in Australia and was released by police after being held for almost 12 hours.

Renas Lelikan arrived in Melbourne shortly after 7:00am AEDT on a flight from Dubai, and was held by the Australian Federal Police for questioning at the airport before being released later Saturday evening.

Mr Lelikan told the ABC it felt good to be home after being under the threat of IS. ...




The release from prison of Ahmed Elomar, the brother of Islamic State terrorist Mohamed Elomar, has been delayed following an appeal by the New South Wales Government. ... [ABC - 21/7/16]




Man drives car filled with gas cylinders into car park of Merrylands Police Station - not known if he has a beard [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/7/16]




An on-flight brawl between a group of Australian men that forced a Phuket-bound Jetstar flight to be grounded in Bali last night has been described as "disgraceful" and "intimidating".

Video shows the men being forced off the plane by Indonesian authorities, with one of them – Michael Matthews – sporting a black eye.

Flight JQ27 had taken off from Sydney and was about five hours into its journey to Thailand when the brawl broke out.

Police have walked the men allegedly involved in the wild brawl off the Jetstar plane.

Other passengers told 9NEWS two of the men punched each other, with one suffering a broken nose and leaving "blood everywhere". ... [Nine MSN - 21/7/16]




A disqualified tow truck driver has had his own truck impounded after being found drug-driving and with rounds of live ammunition on board.

The 25-year-old Somerville man was caught driving an unregistered vehicle in Victoria's south-east. ... [The Age - 21/7/16]




A police senior constable has been charged with assaulting a member of the public at a police station north of Brisbane.

The 44-year-old officer is facing two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm at the Caboolture watchhouse following a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.

The date of the incident was not listed and the male officer is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 11.

The officer has been stood down from official duty until the case has been heard. [Yahoo - 20/7/16]




State-wide roll out of Body Worn Cameras starts for Queensland Police [Media Release - 21/7/16]:


... Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the roll out of BWCs across the state represented a new chapter in Queensland policing.

“An evaluation of the trial of Body Worn Camera use by Road Policing Command demonstrated a time saving of a minimum of 10 minutes per officer per shift," Commissioner Stewart said.

“Through use of the evidence management system officers were able to add metadata to their recordings in the field, reducing the amount of time officers had to spend manually managing their data at the end of a shift.

“This has been a long-running project for the QPS and a great deal of work has gone into ensuring we can take advantage of this technology. ...




Don’t fall for the police body camera deception [Activist Post - 5/2/16]




Looks like everyone but the youth of Victoria got to have their say [Nine MSN - 21/7/16]:


Children in foster care should be cared for until they're 21 to give them a better chance at staying out of trouble, Anglicare Victoria has told police.

Speaking at the Chief Commissioner's Youth Summit in Melbourne on Thursday, Anglicare Victoria's chief executive Paul McDonald called for the foster care age limit to be extended. ...




Fun police charge Perth teenagers for organising parties on the internet [WA Today - 21/7/16]




Apple helped FBI identify alleged owner of world's largest Torrent site [MacRumors - 21/7/16]



France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data [Reuters – 20/7/16]




Lindt cafe siege: Negotiators went in circles, UK experts say [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/7/16]




A 25-year-old man faces court after two separate shooting incidents in Brisbane's north overnight.

A single shot was fired at a Brendale house, striking an upstairs window while a man was inside, and another shot was fired at a Kallangur home occupied by a family of three.

No one was injured in either incident.

The 25-year-old man will appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Thursday after being charged with drug-related offences. [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




Member for Bundamba continues exposing ALP phonies and Queensland's need for an Upper House and a functioning Fourth Estate that does more than red baiting all day long [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




Logan gets more "special treatment" as ALP pretends to care [Queensland Government Media Release - 20/7/16]:


... Mr de Brenni said the Queensland Government would now focus on the revitalisation of Logan, beginning with $17 million funding for the construction of 70 new public homes over the next three years. ...




Almost two-thirds of child abuse investigations and assessments in Queensland aren't taking place in recommended time frames, according to the latest state government data.

Although investigations start within 24 hours in 90 per cent of high-priority cases, Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman has admitted the data still revealed concerning trends relating to response times. ... [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




A north Queensland woman has been found guilty and jailed for nine years for abusing four of her daughters, including one who was raped with a pair of pliers. ... [ABC - 21/7/16]




... The 32-year-old woman, whose baby was found alive after about five days at the bottom of the 2.4-metre drain in 2014, was on Thursday sentenced to a maximum three years and six months in jail.

The Parramatta District Court heard the woman, who came from a deeply religious Samoan family, had become pregnant after only a few sexual encounters with her first partner, who later left her. ... [Nine MSN - 21/7/16]




Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft allegedly failed to report paedophile Peter Rushton to police [ABC - 21/7/16]




But they have plenty of time to talk to ABC News Radio about energy drinks and be "gobsmacked" by the Medicare freeze. --> ... The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) were contacted by the ABC for general advice, but were unable to respond before deadline. Pregnant mother-of-two denied having tubes tied 'because she is too young' [ABC - 21/7/16]




Dishwasher sparks fire at Burleigh Waters home [MYGC - 21/7/16]




A man has been rushed to hospital after being bitten by a shark on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The 31-year-old was fishing about 20 kilometers offshore from Main Beach when he was bitten. ... [MYGC - 20/7/16]




A record number of seals have washed up on Gold Coast shores this season, with the Sea World Rescue team attending to 13 strandings on the Gold Coast and surrounds since early June.

Recent bad weather is to blame for the influx of seals, many of which need to be taken in for treatment at Sea World’s vet centre as they are malnourished and suffering abrasions.

Currently seven juvenile New Zealand Fur Seals are receiving around the clock care at the centre. ... [MYGC - 20/7/16]




A woman has died after a two-car collision in Queensland's Lockyer Valley which has also left five others hospitalised.

Police say the woman, in her 40s, was a passenger in a car on Wednesday afternoon when it hit another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction on Old Laidley Forest Hill Road. ... [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




Car takes out traffic light in Southport crash [MYGC - 21/7/16]




Four car crash cleared from the M1 before Smith Street [MYGC - 21/7/16]




Do you remember asking for this? ---> In an Australian-first, the intersection at Bundall Road and Salerno Street will allow right-turning traffic and through-traffic to move through the intersection at the same time.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade was called a continuous flow intersection.


The project is part of the state’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads package and is expected to start in October and finish mid-next year.  [MYGC - 21/7/16]




Gold Coast Light Rail celebrates two years of successfully ripping off commuters [Queensland Government Media Release - 21/7/16]




Malaysia and Singapore to build high-speed rail link by 2026 [Reuters - 19/7/16]




Police have closed the Cunningham Highway, southwest of Brisbane, after a truck carrying dangerous chemicals crashed overnight.

It is understood the male driver lost control of the B-Double truck, which was carrying liquid anhydrous ammonia, at Cunninghams Gap around 9pm on Wednesday but was not injured.

Police have set up a 500-metre exclusion zone around the site because of the dangerous nature of the chemical and the road is expected to remain closed until around 4pm. [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




A father says he has no sympathy for the man charged with the manslaughter of his son who was electrocuted at a central Queensland building site four years ago.

Jason Garrels, 20, had only been on the job for nine days when he died at a Clermont building site in February 2012.

An inquest into his death was held last year.

The electrical contractor charged with his manslaughter, Nathan Day, briefly faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday. ... [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




Crane safety warning after three incidents on Canberra worksites [Canberra Times - 21/7/16]




Man arrested after crashing car during resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Labrador [MYGC - 21/7/16]




Dangerous vigilantism encouraged by Gold Coast political and media establishment [Yahoo - 21/7/16]




Unnecessary overpolicing of Gold Coast roads over past two days creating traffic chaos and fear [MYGC - 21/7/16]:


Traffic has been thrown into disarray on the M1 at Coomera following a dramatic roadside arrest.

Police were patrolling a stretch of the motorway near Dreamworld just after 3.30pm when they spotted a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lanes.

The officers intercepted the vehicle however the driver allegedly took off on foot and bolted through several lanes of traffic.

He was eventually detained by police and is currently in custody. ...




Bernard Tomic has won through to the third round of the Citi Open in Washington, beating Donald Young of the United States in straight sets. ... [ESPN - 21/7/16]




An animal activist found guilty of hindering last year's kangaroo cull has had his conviction overturned on appeal after an ACT Supreme Court judge found the shooting operation was unlawful. ... [Canberra Times - 21/7/16]




Halliburton signals better demand for fracking equipment [Reuters – 20/7/16]



Calls to only free one person from Australia's refugee concentration camps are - at this point - cruel and counterproductive.


Who will speak for the rights of ALL men, women and children who are still being punished on Nauru and Manus Island if the Greens, Refugee Council, Human Rights Commission, "advocates" and other NGOs won't - and/or have suddenly curiously retreated to Tampa-era politics?



@OzRefugeeCounc [21/7/16]:  The terrible true story of Mr Eaten Fish - trapped on Manus and a friend of @firstdogonmoon




New book documents 10 years of Operation Streamline [American Immigration Council - 20/7/16]:


... The book, Indefensible:  A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted For Crossing the Border, includes interviews with more than 30 individuals working in the federal criminal justice system or who have been impacted by it.

The research found, among other things, that “most of the judges and lawyers that participate in the process day in and day out” do not consider it effective. As one attorney interviewed said, “the entire process is so systematized and predetermined that it is extremely difficult to humanize those being prosecuted, take into account individual circumstances, or safeguard rights of migrants in or out of the courtroom.”

Indefensible also found no convincing evidence that Operation Streamline has achieved its stated goal of deterring migration.

The authors cite research on sentencing policy in the U.S. and studies from the University of Arizona, which found that a migrant’s family ties were a far stronger influence on their behavior than the criminal court and/or deportation process they experienced in the U.S. and that incarceration is not a proven deterrent of migration.  ...




They will almost certainly be forcibly returned ---> US coast guard "rescue" 6 Cuban refugees off Boca Raton [Local 10 - 20/7/16]




"Wall Off Trump": Activists erect mock wall outside RNC to protest GOP border and immigration policy [Democracy Now - 20/7/16]




A nuclear disarmament campaigner says the New Zealand public has won the anti-nuclear debate with America.


The US Navy has been invited to take part in an international fleet review as part of the New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary celebrations in November.

It would be the first visit by an American navy ship since the anti-nuclear rift 33 years ago.

Author and Nuclear Disarmament New Zealand campaigner Nicky Hager said that if a ship did come it would be a win for the New Zealand public.

"A whole generation of New Zealanders were highly involved, marched in the streets and cared deeply about nuclear-free policy.

"And the United States were extremely bloody-minded about that, they've gone to send a ship that was either nuclear powered or nuclear armed from the very beginning and in the end it's been the US government that's changed and not us.

"So yes, all the people involved in it have won." ...  [RNZI - 21/7/16]


20 years jail for soldier over deaths in West Papua [RNZI - 21/7/16]:


An Indonesian military tribunal in Jayapura, Papua, has sentenced a soldier to 20 years jail for killing three people, including two toddlers, in Bintuni, West Papua.

The soldier, Semuel Djitmau, was also found guilty of theft.

He had also been dismissed from the military.

The dead woman, the mother of the children who were aged 6 and 4, was also four months pregnant. ...



Australia's Oil Search Ltd on Thursday cleared the way for ExxonMobil Corp (XOM.N) to take over InterOil Corp (IOC.N) for $2.2 billion, opting not to raise its rival offer for its partner in a rich Papua New Guinea gas field. ... [Reuters - 20/7/16]


US sues to seize $1 billion in assets tied to Malaysian state fund [Reuters – 20/7/16]:


... One transaction targeted by prosecutors was a $3-billion bond offering in early 2013 that was "arranged by Goldman Sachs International," said U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker at the briefing.

She is the chief prosecutor in central California.

More than a third of that money was misappropriated by corrupt officials, she said.

"Approximately $137 million of the pilfered money was spent to purchase works of art, including a $35 million work by Claude Monet," Decker said.

She said funds diverted from one bond offering were also traced to the purchase of an interest in the Park Lane Hotel in New York. Prosecutors want forfeiture of about $250,000 invested in the hotel.

Goldman Sachs has not been accused of any wrongdoing. ...



Panama launches Truth Commission to investigate atrocities of 1989 US invasion [teleSUR - 20/7/16]



The Israeli Defense Ministry will review an official request submitted by two Chileans demanding the release Israel’s security and foreign relations with Chile during dictatorship period of Augusto Pinochet, lawyer Itai Mack told Spanish media outlet EFE on Wednesday. ... [teleSUR - 20/7/16]



Maoist rebels in India killed 10 police after luring them into a hilly, forested area sewn with booby traps and setting off the bombs, officials said on Tuesday, in what was one of the deadliest attacks this year.

Members of an elite police unit were acting on a tip-off that a group of rebels had gathered at the top of a hill in the remote south of Bihar state when they found themselves trapped at lower ground late on Monday, the state's director general of police, P.K. Thakur, said. ... [Reuters - 19/7/16]



Protesters clash with police to support hostage-takers in Armenia [Deutsche Welle - 20/7/16]



U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Jim Costa on Monday, July 18 arrived in Armenia for a four-day visit, meeting with Armenian lawmakers to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide.


The same day, the Speaker of Armenia’s NA Galust Sahakyan received Congressman Costa.

Welcoming the guest, Sahakyan underlined that the United States is one of Armenia’s most important counterparts and plays a key role in the political and economic life of Armenia. ... [Asbarez - 20/7/16]



Russian armed forces delegation to visit Armenia [Armenpress - 19/7/16]



The Turkish armed forces have carried out their first air strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since last week's coup attempt, killing 20 fighters, state media reported Wednesday. ... [Naharnet - 20/7/16]


Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after ruling party email dump [Reuters – 20/7/16]



‏@wikileaks [20/7/16]:  Yeni Safak reports General Polat had 12 meeting with Americans in Incirlic base and that US & FETÖ planned the coup. 



Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as he widened a crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after a failed military coup.

Erdogan said the state of emergency, which would last three months, would allow his government to take swift and effective measures against supporters of the coup and was allowed under the constitution. ... [Reuters - 20/7/16]


Turkey has now fired or suspended about 50,000 people after a failed coup over the weekend as it intensifies its vast purge -- battering the country's security forces and many of its democratic institutions.

Rights group Amnesty International said that authorities had canceled 34 journalists' press cards and called on Turkish authorities to not "arbitrarily restrict freedom of expression."

"We are witnessing a crackdown of exceptional proportions in Turkey at the moment," said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International's Turkey researcher.

"Turkey's people are still reeling from the shocking events of the weekend and it is vital that press freedom and the unhindered circulation of information are protected, rather than stifled."

The Turkish President's supporters celebrate after soldiers surrendered on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge.

State broadcaster TRT also lost 370 staff members, who have been suspended, according to CNN Turk.

Hundreds more have been suspended from the Prime Minister's office and government bodies dealing with religious affairs, family and social policy and development have been suspended.

The total fired or suspended is around 50,000 people.

More than 9,000 people are currently in detention and are under investigation over the coup, according to Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus. ... [CNN - 20/7/16]



Turkey suspends academic assignments abroad [Anadolu – 20/7/16]:


Turkey’s higher education authority on Wednesday demanded all universities in the country suspend academic assignments abroad until further notice.

In a notice sent to universities across Turkey, the Council of Higher Education (YOK) also demanded the recall of those academics already on assignment outside the country unless it is deemed absolutely necessary they continue their work.

YOK has also demanded an investigation into all academic and administrative staff linked to the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organization, the so-called ‘parallel state’. Results of these probes must be submitted by Aug. 5.

On Tuesday YOK had demanded the resignation of every university dean in the country in the wake of Friday’s attempted coup, including 1,176 state and 401 private university deans. ...




Black Activists occupy police union offices in New York and Washington, DC [Truthout - 20/7/16]




@_WeAreBlack [20/7/16]:   ... @BYP_100 & @DMVBlackLives have occupied the DC legislative office of the Fraternal Order of Police for 10hrs




A Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a close decision among a special 15-judge panel, also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the law had a discriminatory purpose. ... [Reuters - 20/7/16]



Yale dishwasher Corey Menafee, who broke racist window, wins job back [Democracy Now - 20/7/16]



A captive Lebanese Hizbullah fighter has appeared in a video released by al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida's Syria branch, a monitor said on Wednesday. ... [Naharnet - 20/7/16]




21 July 2016