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October 16 2019

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Madrid is making martyrs out of Catalan independence leaders & Spain may not survive the backlash – Salmond — RT World News

«When elected politicians use unelected judges to sentence other elected politicians to 100 years between the nine of them, then things have reached a point which cannot be sustained, and the Spanish state I don’t think will survive this outrage.»

August 26 2019

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May 14 2019

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GETTING JULIAN ASSANGE: THE UNTOLD STORY

“Veteran investigative journalist @JohnPilger exposes Swedens politically motivated ‘rape’ allegations against my son fellow Australian journalist Julian Assange A MUST read! The timeline of political persecution & abuse of legal process. Step by step!” ― @AssangeMrs

October 17 2017

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Catalan separatist leaders detained amid sedition investigation — RT News

“Spain just created its first high level political prisoners over Catalonia's referendum.” — @JulianAssange on Twitter

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July 01 2017

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  • In Detail: The Deaths So Far (venezuelanalysis.com, May 8 2017)

    “Since April 4, 2017, violent anti-government protests have rocked Venezuela. Characterised by deadly clashes between state security forces and opposition demonstrators, vandalism and destruction of public institutions, and the assassination of Chavista supporters, the unrest has left 93 people dead to date. Hundreds more have been injured.

    Despite the heavy press coverage, there is significant confusion over how these deaths occurred and at the hands of whom. In a bid for clarity, Venezuelanalysis provides readers with an in-depth and a complete account of the deaths so far below.”

  • Is Venezuela’s Attorney General Biased Towards the Opposition? (venezuelanalysis.com, Jun. 16 2017)

    “The heightening standoff between Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, and the other branches of government has dominated international news headlines in recent weeks.

    Mainstream media outlets have tried to paint Ortega as the lone defender of democracy standing up to a ruthless Maduro government hell-bent on turning the country into a socialist dictatorship. 

    In particular, international journalists have highlighted the top prosecutor’s criticisms of the government over its convening of a National Constituent Assembly, the use of military tribunals, as well as alleged human rights violations against protesters. 

    Meanwhile, government supporters have accused Ortega of promoting impunity in the face of over two months of violent opposition protesters that have claimed at least 82 lives since April 4, according to data compiled by Venezuelanalysis. 

    In light of the release of a new 101-page report on the unrest authored by the National Ombudsman’s office, I will evaluate these claims of bias against the attorney general to determine who’s right.”

June 05 2017

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The trial of three key TEPCO executives who were in charge during the Fukushima disaster began this week. The three are charged with criminal negligence for failing to take known safety measures that could have protected the plant against a large tsunami.
— from simplyinfoorg.tumblr.com (Jun. 1 2017)

May 25 2017

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“Taiwan's top court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, stating that current laws prohibiting such unions are unconstitutional. The landmark decision paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to allow gay unions.

A panel of grand justices of the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the definition of marriage between a man and a woman violated two articles of the constitution.

‘The need, capability, willingness and longing, in both physical and psychological senses, for creating such permanent unions of intimate and exclusive nature are equally essential to homosexuals and heterosexuals, given the importance of the freedom of marriage to the sound development of personality and safeguarding of human dignity,’ the court said in its ruling.

It also stated that the freedom of marriage for homosexuals will ‘constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society.’

The panel gave the island's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, two years to either amend current laws or enact new ones. If legislators fail to meet the deadline, same-sex couples can register to marry based on the Wednesday ruling.

‘If relevant laws are not amended or enacted within the said two years, two persons of the same sex who intend to create the said permanent union shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated,’ the court said.”

Taiwan's top court backs same-sex marriage in 1st for Asia (RT News, May 24 2017)

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June 28 2015

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Lebanon Just Did a Whole Lot More Than Legalize Being Gay

by Erin Kilbride - March 8th, 2014
  • “LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon. A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwoman – accused of having a ‘same sex relationship with a man’ – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is ‘not unnatural.’ Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts ‘contradicting the laws of nature.’

    Mirroring coverage of LGBTQ advancement in the Western world, however, a vast majority of reports, blogs, tweets, and celebratory Instagram posts conspicuously erase the critical role of trans people in securing this victory.”

  • “The absence of trans-anything from most headlines is, in part, due to the nature of the court’s words, which stated specifically “homosexuality is not illegal.” However, it is also due to the tendency to elide gender differences with simplistic ideas about sexual preference, in a way that does not speak to – or do justice to – the complexities in the Lebanese court’s statement.”

  • “Western onlookers have a very firm notion of the trajectory along which LGBTQ rights should advance. That trajectory places trans rights as a clear ‘next step,’ something that can only be achieved once the groundwork has been laid by the advancement of the ‘L,’ ‘G,’ and perhaps ‘B’ contingencies (representing lesbian, gay, and bisexual, respectively). But the Lebanese courts are not following that trajectory. The same ruling that decriminalized homosexuality also formally recognized gender variation and codified principles of self-identification. This nuanced view of the interplay between sexuality and gender identification doesn’t fit with the traditional (Western) ‘gay rights’ narrative, and has resulted in Western media coverage that almost completely silences the critical role a transwoman played in achieving this landmark ruling.

    Proclaiming Lebanon’s ruling as merely a ‘victory for gays’ is not only an insult to the trans issues underpinning the ruling, but also whitewashes the Lebanese LGBTQ movement, painting it with strokes more easily digestible by Western consumers. The Lebanese case was not and is not merely a ‘victories for gays’ – it is a nuanced and praise-worthy assessment of gender variance. While critics have commented that the ruling falls short of tangible ‘rights’ for gays, in many ways it also far surpasses mainstream Western understandings of gender identity. And this deserves some press.”

June 14 2015

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micdotcom [Jun. 9 2015]: On Monday, U.S. district judge James Brady granted 68-year-old Albert Woodfox his freedom and took the additional step of barring him from standing trial again in connection to his alleged role in the 1972 murder of a prison guard. Woodfox had been awaiting another trial around the tragic circumstances that led to his confinement.

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May 24 2015

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20 years in prison after having a miscarriage

On Monday an Indiana court sentenced Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old who says she suffered a miscarriage in 2013, to 20 years in prison, making her the first woman in Americato be convicted of feticide. The courts essentially used laws meant to protect women against her.

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May 22 2015

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All six officers involved in the case of Freddie Gray, an unarmed African-American who suffered fatal spinal injuries in police custody, have been indicted by a grand jury, Baltimore States Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday. The core charges of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault have not been changed, but false imprisonment charges were dropped and replaced with reckless endangerment. The officers are scheduled to be arraigned on July 2.
​Grand jury indicts all officers in Freddie Gray case, some charges revised (RT News, May 21 2015)

April 29 2015

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March 23 2015

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“In 2010, a non-profit group opposed to U.S. support for Israel proposed a bus ad that read: ‘ISRAELI WAR CRIMES YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK,’ along with a website address. The county originally flagged the ad as controversial, but decided it did not violate bus advertising policy and approved it.

After a local news broadcast about the impending ad, officials faced a public furor. Photos depicting dead or injured bus passengers appeared under the door of a transportation authority service center, the ruling said.

The county eventually rejected that ad, along with others proposed by pro-Israel groups. The pro-Palestinian Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign sued, and a judge in a lower court sided with the county.

‘Because the county simultaneously rejected all of the proposed ads on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — from opposing viewpoints — no reasonable jury could find that it engaged in viewpoint discrimination,’ 9th Circuit Judge Paul Watford wrote on Wednesday.

In dissent, Judge Morgan Christen said that while safety is a concern, ‘it also may be that the county inappropriately bowed to a “heckler's veto” and suppressed speech that should have been protected.’

She said the case should have been sent back to the lower court for more fact-finding.”

— Reuters: Anti-Israel ad can be barred from Seattle buses, appeals court rules (Mar. 18 2015)

February 06 2015

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@Pray4Pal: Silent demonstration of peace for Gaza in Shinjuku.

“国際人道法違反を繰り返すイスラエルを裁け!” — Bring Israel to justice for their repetition of international humanitarian law violation!

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November 18 2014

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