Patient shoots and kills doctor before turning gun on himself at Berlin hospital [Independent - 26/7/16]



Two men armed with knives killed a priest after taking several people hostage at a French church, before they were shot dead by police. ... [The Local - 26/7/16]



A Navy seaman in training at Keesler Air Force Base is accused of robbing and stabbing to death a 25-year-old transgender woman who was in town for the Gulf Coast Black Rodeo, officials said.

Dwanya Hickerson, 20, of New Orleans, was arrested Monday morning on a charge of capital murder in the killing of Dee Whigham of Shubuta.

Capital murder is a murder committed during the commission of a felony crime, in this case a robbery. The maximum penalty is death. ... [SunHerald - 25/7/16]



The rotting stench of a Corpse Flower will soon grace D.C. [dcist - 25/7/16]



An explosives-laden car blew up on Monday in a heavily policed district in the center of the Syrian capital Damascus, causing injuries and extensive damage, state media said.

The explosion in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood close to the main Umayyad Square that connects the city center with several highways hit an area where some of Syria's main security installations are based. ... [Reuters - 26/7/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 26/7/16]



11 Afghan soldiers, scores of militants killed in past 24 hours: Ministry of Defense [Khaama - 26/7/16]



Hundreds of families displaced as heavy fighting rages in Farah [Pajhwok - 26/7/16]



Three killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar [Daily Times - 25/7/16]



... General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that one of the main reasons behind the rise in civilian casualties is the increase in air raids conducted by Afghan troops. ... [TOLO News - 26/7/16]



Suicide bombers hit peacekeeping base in Somali capital, 13 dead: police [Reuters - 26/7/16]



The Libyan National Army has been carrying out air strikes on areas of Benghazi under the control of the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, including the city's Ganfouda district.

The strikes have endangered the lives of scores of detainees who are being held captive in Benghazi, according to Amnesty International. ... [Al Jazeera - 26/7/16]



Libyan rescue workers recover bodies of 87 migrants on coast [Albawaba - 26/7/16]



EU failing to keep its promises on Turkey refugee outsourcing deal, says President Erdoğan [Daily Sabah - 26/7/16]




About 150 migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Monday started a hunger strike in a field in Serbia on the border with Hungary to demand passage to the European Union.

The group, which initially numbered about 300 people, had traveled to the border over the weekend from Belgrade and settled in a field about 100 m (yards) from Hungary's wire-fenced frontier with Serbia. ... [Reuters - 25/7/16]



‏@VincentTriest [24/7/16]: ... 19 Afgans arrested in Albania, near border with Montenegro. Bypassing Macedonia due closed border.



We wake up #Lesbos with recurring image. From Eritrea, Afghanistan, Congo, Somalia, Syria and Pakistan ...  ‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [26/7/16]



A former ballet dancer and member of the Russian military who has been imprisoned as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo for nearly 14 years was given notice Monday that a review board has approved his release from the U.S. base in Cuba. ... [Times Union - 25/7/16]



Dear Malcolm and Bill ...



I do understand your job is difficult but this is not a “policy”, it has crossed the line and become a crime. Please get together and fix it.



Asylum seekers to Australia — and acting morally, Dally Messenger [26/7/16]:


... I am particularly sickened, Malcolm and Bill, to cause you to face the fact that these crimes are all the more hideous because they are enacted by people, like you, who claim to be doing the right thing.

Like all criminals committing criminal acts,  there is always the attempt to justify.

But all the spin doctors in the world cannot make this one wash.

I am particularly galled to note that the worst perpetrators of this crime are practising catholics and practising christians.

How am I supposed to get my brain around that? “Do unto others”, the most basic of all Christian tenets, has become a sick joke. ...




11 mins in -----> PNG Supreme Court adjourns decision on whether Australia's forced refugee exile process = resettlement to August 2 [VIDEO - EMTV - 25/7/16]




Could the ABC News Director explain why they treat some families as human beings and 1,000s of others as unpeople? [26/7/16]:


... Mr Tippett said while he and his wife had had their applications for permanent residency approved, his daughter's had been refused.

"From the medical [tests], she got deferred on medical grounds, saying that she doesn't meet the criteria," he said.

"We were just devastated. It's one thing [having] to learn to come to terms with when you find out your daughter has got a disability, I mean it's a gut-wrenching feeling.

"But then you find out she's not welcome in the country she calls home, because of her disability.

"Sienna is learning Auslan sign language. That is only a sign language for Australia.

"So if she went back to England she would have to learn a complete new language to even be able to communicate with people."

Mr Tippett said the family had 23 days left to ask [Immigration Minister] Peter Dutton to overturn the decision. ...



Nine killed in police raid, Bangladesh [Reuters – 26/7/16]




Firing was so heavy it seemed we wouldn't survive, recalls resident of Dhaka building raided by police [ - 26/7/16]




South Koreans have held a rally for the 10th consecutive night to protest the deployment of an advanced US missile system which has become a lightning rod for new tensions in the region.   

Residents in the rural town of Seongju rallied in front of the government building overnight to condemn the choice of their county for the so-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Residents of Seongju have been rallying every night since the government chose the county, about 217 kilometers southeast of the capital Seoul, for the site of deployment on July 13. ... [Press TV - 25/7/16]



Parkville tree that predates cars felled to make way for CityLink road [The Age - 26/7/16]



Police have smashed a car window during the dramatic [an] arrest [spectacle] of a female driver in Melbourne’s CBD. ... [Nine MSN - 26/7/16]



Four years after 18-year-old Thomas Kelly was senselessly killed in a one-punch attack in Sydney's Kings Cross, the Kelly family have experienced another devastating loss.

Thomas' younger teenage brother and best friend Stuart Kelly, 18, was found dead on Sydney's northern beaches on Monday. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/7/16]



Man dies after motorcycle crash south-west of Toowoomba [Brisbane Times - 26/7/16]



A man has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition following a crash in the Gold Coast Hinterland this afternoon.

Emergency services raced to Nathan Homestead Road in Mount Nathan about 1.00pm following reports a vehicle had rolled.

Paramedics treated a man at the scene before transporting him to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

 A female passenger has also been transported to hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 26/7/16]



A man has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital after the scooter he was riding hit a car in Ashmore.

The victim was complaining of back pain after the crash on the corner of Cotlew and Parasol Streets just after 6:15pm on Monday night. [MYGC - 26/7/16]



A 13-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after being struck by a vehicle at Holt.

One man who witnessed the scene said the crash may have involved a truck. ... [Canberra Times - 26/7/16]



A stash of more than a dozen guns, rounds of ammunition and drugs have been uncovered in a police raid on a home near Toowoomba.

Police say about 15 firearms were found during the search of the Ravensbourne property on Tuesday morning.

A 54-year-old man has been charged with various offences, including four counts of unlawful possession of weapons, and is due to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on August 29. [Yahoo - 26/7/16]



Police are investigation after a woman was brutally assaulted in an attempted robbery in Rockhampton on Monday night.

The 48-year-old victim was allegedly attacked with axe when she sitting in her vehicle on Campbell Street. ... [Yahoo - 26/7/16]



Police are treating the death of Perth DJ Jaime Fernandez as a homicide and are seeking information from the public to help with the investigation. ... [WA Today - 25/7/16]



Fun. fun. fun. ---> ... ‘Our officers were even approached by music fans who thanked them for being there to keep everyone safe – it was tremendous to see such great support from the event community.

‘Unfortunately, there were some who ignored our advice and attempted to bring prohibited drugs into the festival; however, they were quickly intercepted by our drug-detection dogs,’ Det Supt Starling said. [Tweed Shire Echo - 25/7/16]



Worker killed at Norseman gold mine [WA Today - 26/7/16]



Aurizon job cuts to affect Cloncurry and Hughenden [North West Star - 26/7/16]:


... State Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter blamed the job cuts on the privatisation of Aurizon. 

He said the company had no empathy for the impact the job losses will have on regional communities such as Cloncurry. It would impact the local mining and cattle industries. 

“The Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line already has an unwanted reputation because of a number of recent derailments which have severely affected producers.” 



Woolworths will slash 500 jobs and close dozens of underperforming stores in an almost $1 billion restructure.

The company has also separated its Big W department store chain from online retailer Ezibuy, ramping up speculation it is preparing for a quick sale of both entities. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 25/7/16]



Culture of cruelty: The age of neoliberal authoritarianism [Counterpunch - 23/10/15]



The vulnerable elderly who are at the mercy of care home sadists [Daily Mail - 9 August, 2008]:


... I bumped into Maud recently. She was bouncing along a cobble-stone Cotswold street on her motorised scooter.

She stopped to tell me that Annette had recently been fired from the home, then she gave me a crimson smile and waved goodbye.

All Annette's attempts to crush Maud's dignity had failed.

Sadly, not everyone is as fortunate as Maud. Nor is Annette's behaviour an isolated aberration.

According to Paul Cann, director of policy at Help The Aged, it is 'alarmingly common.' During the past few years, more than 400 carers have been prevented from working in elderly social care because of negligence or abuse.

A report into care home practice for the elderly claimed that eight out of ten workers have seen colleagues being abusive towards residents.

Is this an exaggeration? Spin by charities for the elderly who always need funds?

Nothing of the sort. Having witnessed such behaviour, I believe this to be a valid, even conservative, estimate.

While there is no justification for anything less than exemplary care for the most vulnerable members of our society, we must also re-address our view of the caring profession.

If our treatment of the elderly is to improve, we must first look to the people who care for them.

As a social care worker  -  my official title  -  I soon realised that mine was seen as a menial job, not much better than sweeping the road or emptying bins.

Carers were unskilled, poorly paid and ill-equipped to cope with the physical and mental demands of the elderly.

The pay was appalling  - £5.20 an hour  -  and it didn't require any qualifications.

Working as a carer is a highly skilled job  -  it requires knowledge and commitment  -  and should be respected as such.

Until we attract the right people to this vital role, we will continue to fail our elderly population.

Public perception must also change. It is as if our elderly are inconsequential to the rest of society and have had their time. ...



...  Ronalds [lawyer] said Palm Islanders had been victims of systemic racism that was “so entrenched that it is apparently invisible to those who did it and those who manage and supervise it”. ...


SERT pointed guns at children in Palm Island raids, court told [Guardian - 21/9/15]



I know who I believe - and it's not you Yvette D'ath or ABC Queensland with your indignant, combative interviewing style! [IndigenousX - 25/6/16]:


... The prosecutor called his witnesses, the corrections officer who made the complaint, his colleagues and a number of other inmates.

The other inmates were all young Indigenous girls between the ages of 13 to 16.

I cross-examined all of the witnesses and piece-by- piece the corrections officers’ stories began to unravel.

Two things amazed me about that trial. First, it was the young Indigenous inmates, who were consistent in their evidence and telling the truth.

Secondly, the intellect of my client, when she was finally called to give evidence and then cross-examined by the prosecutor, she was intellectually far superior to him.

In fact, she was probably the most intelligent person in the courtroom.

Watching her in the witness box, made me wonder how such an impressive young child wound up in detention.

I learned her story a little later down the track.

For anyone who has ever defended children in the justice system, her story is like most of the other Indigenous children caught up in a system which aims to punish, deprive and torture them rather than protect, care and rehabilitate them. ...




Prisoners on roof of Alice Springs Correctional Facility, police say [ABC - 26/7/16]




A former Palm Island couple awarded $235,000 in total compensation for assault, battery and false imprisonment after the community's notorious riots has been awarded almost $100,000 in additional costs.

The Court of Appeal last year awarded David Bulsey $165,000 and his former partner, Yvette Lenoy, $70,000 in damages for trauma suffered during and after a November 2004 dawn raid by police.

In a decision handed down on Tuesday, the court ordered the pair be paid a further $99,896, in pre-judgment interest. Mr Bulsey was awarded $69,493, while Ms Lenoy received $30,403.

The court also ordered the Queensland government cover 80 per cent of their trial costs, with Justice Duncan McMeekin observing there was "no good reason" why costs shouldn't be awarded on the indemnity basis.

In overturning a February 2015 Supreme Court ruling against the pair's claim, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said the treatment breached the couple's "most fundamental human right, the right to personal liberty".

"(They) were not treated as one might expect in a civilised society governed by the rule of law," Justice Atkinson wrote.

Justice McMeekin said a deliberate decision had been made to treat the couple as dangerous criminals with "no regard whatever" for their dignity and rights.

According to Justice Hugh Fraser, Mr Bulsey had been seriously wronged, while Ms Lenoy had been made "a frightened and shocked prisoner in her own home".

Mr Bulsey had been on a list of men to be arrested following violent rioting on the north Queensland island a week after the death in custody of resident Mulrunji Doomadgee.

All charges were later dropped, and Mr Bulsey and Ms Lenoy initiated their legal claim. [Yahoo - 14/6/16]




Israeli aircraft attacked a target in Syria on Monday after errant fire from fighting among factions in Syria struck inside Israel, Israel's military said.

The Syrian fire had hit an open area near the border causing no injuries, and in retaliation the air force "successfully targeted the source of the fire in Syria", said an army spokeswoman.

The Syrian army said two missiles from Israeli reconnaissance planes hit a residential building in Baath City in the Syrian Golan Heights, near the border with Israel. ... [Reuters - 25/7/16]



Israel advances plans for 770 settlement homes [Ahram - 25/7/16]:


... Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the decision "further reflects the failure of the international community to stop Israel's settlement expansion".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967. It later annexed east Jerusalem, which Palestinians view as their future capital. ...



Palestinian prisoner injured, taken to solitary confinement after prison raid [Maan - 25/7/16]



Cross-examination began for Israeli soldier Elor Azarya on Monday, during which he reportedly admitted that a knife he previously said was next to the immobilized Palestinian man that he shot dead at point-blank range was actually much further away, undermining arguments that Azarya acted out of self defense. ... [Maan - 25/7/16]



US labor board affirms union’s right to boycott Israel [Electronic Intifada - 25/7/16]



Nearly 15,000 asylum requests still pending - Israel yet to approve single one in 2016 [Haaretz - 21/7/16]:


... Several asylum-seekers whose applications were rejected say they had not known that they had to submit forms to make an asylum request, and only discovered this after they were sent to the Holot detention facility and learned of this from other detainees.

That’s what happened to one Eritrean asylum seeker who entered Israel seven years ago.

He had fled Eritrea after daring to ask his army superiors why there was no democracy in his country.

He was beaten by his commander and lost sight in one eye. When he filed a complaint against the commander, he was tortured and imprisoned.

He filed an asylum request from Holot a few months ago.

Two months later, he was summoned to an interview at the RSD unit that lasted 10 minutes.

He said the clerks listened to his story, “But the answer was automatic. They asked me to wait outside for a few minutes and then gave me a rejection letter.”

He remains in Holot for now. ...



UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]:


... In our briefs to the WGAD, we argued that someone is effectively detained when they are forced to choose between confinement and running the risk of persecution.

That is the precise dilemma faced by Mr. Assange, who would lose the protection of his asylum if he stepped out of the embassy.

The risk of extradition is the 'fourth wall' for the now repudiated claim that he is free to leave the embassy.

As a result, it has been years since Mr. Assange has had access to proper medical care, sunlight, or the ability to see his family.

The WGAD's decision in Mr. Assange's case sets an important precedent for refugees.

In our submissions we analogized the situation faced by Mr. Assange to that of asylum-seekers in detention facilities.

States may claim that asylum-seekers held in subhuman conditions are not 'detained' because they are technically free to leave for their home country, but this is a non-choice, since the home country would persecute the asylum seeker.

The WGAD decision could mean that so-called 'open' facilities like the Israeli Holot, deep in an Israeli desert, and the Australian-run center in Nauru are legally equivalent to closed prisons. ...



ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]



Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy.:  "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]


@Mums4Refugees [25/7/16]:  Today is Day 128 of protest on Nauru - 1,101 days in detention. ...




The brutalisaton of human beings is bipartisan - supported by the media - and will not be solved by another Royal Commission.  Australia has a fascism problem. [Buzzfeed - 20/8/15]:


... “I’ve seen them with water coming out of their mouth, they were coughing up water,” Nichols said.

He also gave evidence about hearing from other guards about the practise of “zipping”, where detainees were ziptied to a metal bed with cable ties. ...





Nauru Senate Inquiry Public Hearing [20/8/15]:


... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?

Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air.

This occurred after the [2013] riots.

Personally, I believe it to be retribution. ...




... “He was strapped to a wooden board that could spin around 360 degrees,” the suit claims.

“His interrogators spun him around on this board with a hood over his head covering his nose and mouth.  While strapped to the board with his head lower than his feet, his interrogators poured buckets of cold water him. While they did not pour water directly over his mouth and nose, they threatened to do so if he didn’t cooperate.”    ...  CIA torture survivors sue psychologists who designed infamous program [Guardian – 13/10/15]




So lawyers and advocates are unable (or unwilling) to update supporters in Australia? Why the fog of misinformation and secrecy? [PNG Loop - 25/7/16]:


... This test case is part of an inquiry into the status of the orders issued by the Supreme Court in Namah’s case on April 26.

After three years in detention, 1,010 transferees, now called residents, have been in Manus as of April 26.

This was when the five-man Supreme Court bench found the Regional Processing Centre unconstitutional and illegal, ordering a cease of operation there. ...




Putting pressure on the LNP only - while the policy is bipartisan - is guaranteed to the maintain status quo.


No opposition, a dishonest media, and supportive (partisan) human rights sector, allows the Australian government to ramp up its anti-refugee terror campaign with impunity [Guardian - 26/7/16]:


A Sudanese asylum seeker has been forcibly removed from Melbourne immigration detention after a standoff between protestors and police in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man, given the pseudonym Waleed, was taken by border force guards, and Victorian and federal police.

The van taking Waleed to Melbourne airport was followed by friends and refugee rights activists who physically blocked the entrance to gate 24 at the back of Melbourne airport, and then surrounded the van when it stopped, preventing police from reaching Waleed inside.

After a standoff over several hours, officers removed Waleed and put him on a cargo plane.

It is understood he will, initially at least, be flown to Christmas Island, but advocates and his legal team are concerned he will soon be moved offshore again, likely to be back to Manus.

Waleed had been formerly detained on Manus Island but was brought to Australia for medical treatment. His future was at stake in the M68 high court case, which upheld the government’s legal right to finance and run offshore detention centres in foreign countries and ruled that it did have the power to remove 267 asylum seekers from Australia.

Waleed’s case was also highlighted by the #Letthemstay protest movement.

In the wake of the M68 case the government gave an undertaking to give 72 hours’ notice if any of those asylum seekers or refugees were going to be removed from Australia.

Guardian Australia understands neither Waleed, nor his legal team, has been given this notice yet.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection told Guardian Australia: “Reports that an asylum seeker has been returned to Manus Island this morning after receiving medical treatment in Australia are incorrect.

“The department routinely transfers detainees throughout the detention centre network for a range of reasons.”

Police say the group of protesters, between 10 and 15, were moved on by officers, but no arrests made. Operations at Melbourne airport were unaffected.

Waleed arrived in Australia by boat seeking asylum. Many of his large extended family have also been forcibly displaced from Sudan by the protracted and bloody civil war in that country.

He has siblings in France and Libya, and cousins in Israel and Germany.

Daniel Webb from the Human Rights Law Centre told the Guardian it was assumed Waleed was being taken to Christmas Island.

And he said that in the wake of Waleed’s removal from Melbourne, there would be widespread concern amongst other asylum seekers in Australia.

“This is one of the first acts of the new Turnbull government. Secretive deportations in the middle of the night is not letting them stay, whisking them off to a tiny island in the middle of the ocean where they are locked up indefinitely is not letting them stay.

“Right now, there will be families around Australia, in our communities, terrified that they will be next.” <--- IT'S BEEN HAPPENING FOR DECADES:  ... They came for her at St Vincent's on July 12.

Her discharge note reads: "C4-5 incomplete quadriplegia 11 to central disc herniation and she walks with a 4-wheel walker for safety (gait problems and hand weakness)."

A social worker added: "Vivian is independent with self-care, with encouragement."  . ... [The lies that kept Vivian Alvarez hidden for years - Sydney Morning Herald - 20 August, 2005]



ABC [4/2/16]:


The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.

The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.

In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...




#Not1More campaign marches in Philly for immigration reform [CBS - 25/7/16]:


Volunteers from a number of immigrant rights groups marched in Center City today to push for the creation of just immigration policies, and an end to deportations.

Chanting “Not one more,” the marchers carried signs calling for a moratorium on deportations and the dismantling of detention centers.

Adelina Nicholls, who lives in Georgia, says the increased expulsion of migrants under the Obama administration is breaking up families.

“The separation of families is huge, and have affected deeply our community. There are many parents — just in Georgia, we have more than 48,000 US citizen children without a parent, or both, because of the amount of deportations.”

Nicholls says since the Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling blocking the president’s executive order protecting some five million undocumented immigrants, the #Not1More campaign is calling for action from the current, or possible future, president.

 “I think that neither the Democrats or Republicans have had a great concern about immigrant issues, and it’s time for someone to solve it,” said Nicholls.



‏@amylauracahn [25/7/16]:  Powerful contingent gathering to march down 9th St for immigrant justice. ...



@215studentunion - Philly Student Union [25/7/16]:  PSU marching with @Vamos_Juntos_ to say #Not1More & #dismantleICE.



‏@GLAHR_ [25/7/16]:  #Not1More #DismantleICE #Ni1Mas #ShutDownBerks #MoratoriumNow #MoratoriaAhora



‏@nekaro [25/7/16]:  Beautiful and heartbreaking art at this march ...



‏@DustinSlaughter [25/7/16]:  This little guy is a media magnet today. ...



In Philadelphia, protesters come out in droves [Washington Post - 25/7/16]:


... During a joint rally at City Hall that stretched for more than two hours, Sanders supporters circulated an “open letter” from his delegates in which they urged super-delegates to abandon Clinton and vote for Sanders.

 “You’d have to be crazy not to be worried about the possibility of Trump or Hillary becoming president,” said Amanda Sullivan, 35, a computer programmer from Weston, Fla.

Sullivan, who said she’ll support Green Party nominee Jill Stein, argued that it was unlikely that support for a third-party candidate would result in Clinton losing to Trump.

But, she added, Trump is “actually less of a threat to democracy than Hillary.” ...



We can’t possibly hope to reform that which we do not understand.



Assange: Why I created WikiLeaks' searchable database of 30,000 emails from Clinton's private server [Democracy Now - 25/7/16]



Julian Assange: Choosing between Trump or Clinton is like picking between Cholera or Gonorrhea [Democracy Now - 25/7/16]:



... JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, you’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea? Personally, I would prefer neither.

Look, I think—you know, we know how politics works in the United States.

Whoever—whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast.

It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And so, as a result, corporate lobbyists will move in to help control those levers.

So it doesn’t make much difference in the end. What does make a difference is political accountability, a general deterrence set to stop political organizations behaving in a corrupt manner.

That can make a difference, because that changes the perception of what you can do or not do.

And so, always—well, almost always, you should choose the principled position, which is to set a disciplinary signal about acting in a corrupt way, and take a philosophical position, which is our institutions can only be as good as our understanding of our institutions.

AMY GOODMAN: We want to—

JULIAN ASSANGE: Now, are you asking—the other—

AMY GOODMAN: Yes, go ahead, Julian.

JULIAN ASSANGE: The other top emails, well, as I said, I think this instruction by Luis Miranda, the head of communications, to go out and covertly spread anti-Bernie Sanders propaganda is a clear instruction combined with a chain of command. It’s not simply expressing a sentiment. It is expressing an instruction within the DNC to subvert the Bernie Sanders campaign. ...





‏@PhilipinDC [25/7/16]:  Chants of "WikiLeaks" and "Lock her up" outside the DNC convention.




‏@wikileaks [25/7/16]:  #DNCLeak: "access" in exchange for "donations" (another email explicitly uses "pay to play") ...




In a televised interview, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said recent reports that some coup soldiers have committed suicide means they should be put under suicide watch.

"We should approach these suicides cautiously. Because they might be potential confessors," Albayrak said, adding that the environment in prisons should be assessed carefully. ... [Daily Sabah - 25/7/16]



Prosecutors are investigating people who have alleged on social media that the July 15 coup attempt was a hoax carried out by the Turkish government, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on July 24, amid criticism of increasing restrictions on expression in the wake of the failed rebellion by some forces within the military.

Speaking in an interview with the Kanal 7 television station, Bozdağ suggested that anyone who suggests the coup attempt was staged “likely had a role” in the insurrection, which was defeated by loyalist forces and pro-government protesters. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 25/7/16]



Hundreds fired by Turkish companies after attempted coup [Hurriyet Daily News - 25/7/16]



Turkey thanks Putin for unconditional support over coup attempt [Hurriyet Daily News - 25/7/16]



Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern over actions in Turkey [RCI - 25/7/16]



Nineteen people were feared dead and as many as 24 others wounded after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in Japan early on Tuesday, Japanese media reported.

Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, about 40 km southwest of Tokyo have arrested a man in his 20s, Japanese media reported.

They said staff called police at 2.30 a.m. local time with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds of the Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility.

The man had turned himself into a police station.

Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect was quoted by police as saying "I want to get rid of the disabled from this world."

Fifteen people were confirmed dead while four were in a state of cardiac arrest, the reports said. [The Asahi Shimbun - 25/7/16]




26 July 2016