It’s very sad to see UAE, an Arab country, signed a relationship normalization contract. It’s sad to see an Arabic country is trying to make relationship with an apartheid, racist, and human rights-violator state such as Israel instead of helping Palestinians taking back their rightful land.
I always support peace and I am against killing people, no matter what the situation is, but this contract only powers Israel to put more force on Palestinians. Israel has shown world that it doesn’t want nor tolerates an Palestinian country/state where Palestinians and people are in power, no matter what their religion is.
It wasn’t long ago that Israel publicly announced that it’s a Jewish state and showed how it supports fascism and apartheid and violates human rights.
It’s a really sad day for Palestinians and all humans, as we are one step close to more murder of Palestinians. UAE, Bahrain, USA, and Israel are four sides of this contract. They should be ashamed.
Google has a long history of helping and obeying governments for benefit. For example, Google planned to help China to censor the internet. Now, there’s a report from Quartz that says Google Maps Street View blurred “fight for freedom” and “democracy” graffiti in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) first reported yesterday two separate instances of graffiti that had been blurred out. One read “[Chinese leader] Xi Jinping must die for the sake of the world,” and another read “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” a protest slogan that authorities have since banned under the new national security law. Both spray-painted slogans are revealed if viewed from a distance.
A Google representative told HKFP that the blurring was due to an algorithm error in its automatic blurring technology typically used to obscure faces and vehicle license plates, but did not provide further details. As of today, the two slogans remain blurred.
The Chief Justice of Massachusetts ordered a study of patterns of sentencing, and it found clear evidence of racial bias. Since the study controlled for other pertinent variables, there is no doubt about the conclusion: sentencing in Massachusetts is subject to systemic racism.
That the study was ordered by the state’s highest judge gives me hope it will lead to considered action to reduce the injustice.
An Israeli soldier shot two Palestinians, a few minutes apart, for no reason. The second one died, and — amazingly — the soldier was actually prosecuted and sentenced to three months in jail. Plus three months of community service.
Israel’s failure to prosecute most Israelis that kill Palestinians means that the International Criminal Court has an opportunity to do so.
Mehdi Mahmoudian, a social activist, announced on his Twitter page, quoting the Afkari family, that Navid Afkari had been executed this morning.
Navid was an Iranian wrestler who had been sentenced to death by the Government of Iran for taking part in the 2018 Iranian protests. His brothers Vahid and Habib were sentenced to 54 and 27 years in prison in the same case.
He repeatedly told his family and media that all his confessions were under torture and none of them were true.
Today we commemorate the September 11 attacks, which killed President Allende of Chile and installed Pinochet’s murderous military dictatorship. More than 3,000 dissidents were killed or “disappeared” by the Pinochet regime. The USA operated a destabilization campaign in Chile, and the 1973 September 11 attacks were part of that campaign.
Henry Kissinger, subsequently Hillary Clinton’s mentor, was behind this as well as many other atrocities. Chilean army officers have been convicted of murdering singer Victor Jara a few days after the 1973 coup against President Allende. That was after torturing him first.
Authorities in Belarus have arrested one of the last leading members of an opposition council still free in the country and attempted to enter the Minsk apartment of the Nobel prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich.
Unidentified men in ski masks on Wednesday seized Maxim Znak from the office of the country’s opposition coordination council and dragged him out of the building. His associate, Gleb German, said Znak, a lawyer and a member of the body’s presidium, had time to text message “masks” before his phone was grabbed.
Alexievich is now the only member of the council’s seven-person leadership body not in prison or in exile. She said unknown men rang her bell at about 9am local time. It was unclear if they had come to take her away. Alexievich later allowed EU diplomats into her home and spoke to journalists.
She said her “like-minded” friends from the presidium were now either behind bars or had been “thrown out of the country”. Znak was the last one, she said. She suggested, however, that the brutal tactics of Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, to “kidnap the best of us” would not work and that the protest movement would continue.
Thugs in Salt Lake City answered a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said her unarmed 13-year-old son was uncontrollably upset. They treated him as if he were an armed and dangerous gangster.
Golda Barton told KUTV she called 911 to request a crisis intervention team because her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, was having an episode caused by “bad separation anxiety” as his mother went to work for the first time in more than a year.
“I said, ‘He’s unarmed, he doesn’t have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming,’” she said. “He’s a kid, he’s trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate.”
She added: “They’re supposed to come out and be able to de-escalate a situation using the most minimal force possible.”
Instead, she said, two officers went through the front door of the home and in less than five minutes were yelling “get down on the ground” before firing several shots.
“He’s a small child,” she said. “Why didn’t you just tackle him? He’s a baby. He has mental issues.”
The shots did not kill him, but after those injuries he may wish they had.
This is a precise example of the reason behind “Defund the police”. The city should have sent an unarmed team of calmers and deescalaters, not thugs.
Time reported that the first successfully cloned endangered Przewalski’s horse was born on August 6 in a veterinary facility in Texas, San Diego Zoo Global announced on Friday. The horse was cloned from DNA of a male Przewalski’s horse cryopreserved by the zoo in 1980.
Przewalski’s horses are “critically endangered” animals that are found in Mongolia, per Smithsonian’s National Zoo. They’re considered the last species of “truly wild horses” and are “distant cousins” of modern day domestic horses, having likely split from a common ancestor around 500,000 years ago, per the Smithsonian.
Przewalski’s horses were once extinct in the wild, and while intensive breeding programs helped revive the species and reintroduce them into the grasslands of China and Mongolia, nearly all can be traced back to 12 Przewalski’s horses that were born in the wild, the San Diego Zoo said in its press release.
Report from The Guardian:
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is due to appear at the Old Bailey in the latest stage of his legal battle against extradition to the US, where he faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.
The hearing, which is scheduled to last four weeks, will hear allegations from the US Department of Justice that Assange tried to recruit hackers to find classified government information.
A US grand jury previously indicted Assange on 18 charges, 17 of which fall under the US Espionage Act. They cover conspiracy to receive, obtaining and disclosing classified diplomatic and military documents.
His lawyers say they have been given insufficient time to examine a new US indictment. They argue that the prosecution is politically motivated and that Assange is being pursued because WikiLeaks published US government documents that revealed evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses.
It will be the first time Assange, 49, has been in court for many months. He missed several recent appearances because of illness.
For the past 16 months, since being arrested in the Ecuadorian embassy in April 2019, he has been held on remand at Belmarsh prison. The extradition hearing was delayed because of the Covid-19 crisis. His supporters are expected to stage a protest outside the court as he arrives from the prison. Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, a South African-born lawyer, is expected to be among those in court.