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A Letter From Young Asian-Americans To Their Families About Black Lives Matter
In the Facebook Live video streamed earlier this month by Diamond Reynolds after her fiance, Philando Castile, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minnesota suburb, Reynolds identified the man who shot Castile as "Chinese" as she narrated the scene.
It was later understood that Castile was shot by Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino. In the meantime, Reynolds' testimony gave Christina Xu, a 28-year-old Chinese-American ethnographer who lives in New York City, flashbacks to earlier this year, when many Asian-Americans around the country protested the prosecution and conviction of Peter Liang, the Chinese-American cop who shot and killed Akai Gurley in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in 2014.
The protesters said Liang was being treated as a scapegoat at a time of heightened focus on police shootings of unarmed black people, pointing out that white law enforcement officials involved in several high-profile cases in recent years have not faced similar consequences.
Syria: Deadly IS blast rocks Kurdish city of Qamishli
Forty-four people have been killed in a massive bombing in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-east Syria, Syrian state TV reports. The blast was caused by a truck bomb which struck near a Kurdish security headquarters, according to a UK-based monitoring group. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attack, in Hassakeh province, near the border with Turkey. IS has previously carried out bombings against Kurds in the area. A Kurdish-dominated militia, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition, is spearheading the battle against IS in northern Syria. The jihadist group said Wednesday's attack was in response to air strikes on the IS-held city of Manbij in north-west Aleppo province, where the SDF is on the offensive.
In a separate development, Syrian forces besieging rebel-held eastern Aleppo city called on anyone with weapons there to lay down their arms, announcing it had severed all supply routes. Government forces effectively cut off rebel areas, which have held out for four years, after closing in on the strategic Castello Road, the main link to the eastern sector, earlier this month.
Prosecutor in Freddie Gray case: I'm not anti-police
It's not getting any easier.
After three police officers were acquitted in recent months of charges related to last year's high-profile death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors announced Wednesday they were dropping all charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Gray's death.
The news was a defeat for Mosby, who had announced the charges against the six officers in May 2015 -- four months after she took the job as the city's
At the time, she drew praise from some who admired how swiftly she took on the case, and criticism from others who said there wasn't enough evidence to convict the officers.
"To the people of Baltimore and demonstrators across America, I heard your call for 'No Justice, No peace,'" she said last year. "Your peace is sincerely needed
as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man."
Arrests made as police clear Philando Castile protesters
The protesters returned to Summit Avenue in front of the governor's mansion Monday.
The arrests came hours after St. Paul, Minn., police began efforts to clear the protesters from the area Tuesday.
Protesters have been occupying the space outside Gov. Mark Dayton's residence since the death of Castile, a black man who was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer, July 6. Castile was pulled over for a broken tail light. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of his shooting on Facebook Live.
The investigation into his death is ongoing.
After the arrests, officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd and move remaining protesters. Officers armed with riot gear approached the crowd after they refused to move from the front gate of the mansion.
Bus driver admits to raping student, walks free
On Thursday, Judge Barry Steelman accepted Alexander Rodriquez's plea deal for aggravated statutory rape, which included a four-year suspended sentence, though he questioned why prosecutors didn't want to put the man behind bars.
"We did point out that [Rodriquez] had already served 100 days," his defense lawyer tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press, adding there were "credibility issues" with the victim.
Rodriquez will now be placed on supervised sex offender probation for 10 years and must wear a GPS monitor.
Black Lives Matter protesters want to send message to Clinton
Several hundred demonstrators aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice groups took to the streets of North Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon to raise concerns about police brutality and speak out about presumptive Democratic nominee
Carrying homemade placards and flags, the crowd -- which rallied at Temple University before a planned march to City Hall -- represented the most ethnically and racially diverse of the demonstrations
"Power to the people!"
the group shouted from the street outside a north Philadelphia church.
From a microphone in the back of a pick-up truck, speakers took turns urging the crowd to focus on the plight of minorities -- black, brown and indigenous people -- who have been killed in confrontations
Dozens in the crowd held signs with the names of men, women and children who were killed in police-involved shootings.
Australia: Children stripped, assaulted and tear-gassed at detention center
The allegations, which appeared on Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s
"Four Corners" investigative program, showed children as young as 10 being stripped naked, assaulted, tear-gassed and kept in solitary confinement.
"Like all Australians, I have been deeply shocked, shocked and appalled, by the images of mistreatment at the Don Dale center" in Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, Turnbull said.
"We will get to the bottom of what happened here. ...
We want to know why there were inquiries into this center which did not turn up the evidence and the information that we saw on 'Four Corners' last night.'
" Turnbull said he had met with the Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and Australian Attorney-General George Brandis.
At least 12 killed in twin suicide bombings near Mogadishu airport
(CNN)Suicide bombers from militant group Al Shabaab detonated two vehicles laden with explosives Tuesday near the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 12 people, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said in a statement.
The attack occurred Tuesday morning near the perimeter of Aden Adde International Airport in the Somalian capital, in the vicinity of UN and African Union bases.
Speaking on Radio Andalus, the terror group's propaganda outlet, Al Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab claimed responsibility for the attack and said the international peacekeeping missions were targeted.
Suicide bomb hits Ansbach, Germany in latest violent attack
87 migrant bodies wash up on Libya beach
The bodies began washing up on the city's beach west of Tripoli on Friday, the official said.
On Saturday, 41 bodies were found by a group of volunteers trained by the city council and sent to a morgue for DNA testing before being buried.
The rest were found over the weekend, the official added. Illegal migration from Libya booms in the summer months when the Mediterranean is generally calm and traffickers pack unsafe boats with migrants desperate to start a new life in Europe.
People smugglers have taken advantage of the chaos gripping Libya since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi to boost their lucrative business.
They cram migrants into boats that are small and unsafe for the perilous journey to Italy just 300 kilometres (190 miles) from Libya's shores.
Bill's role: To be determined
The swapped roles of power and gender could create a tricky dynamic for the former president, partly relating to the trials and personalities surrounding the dynastic power couple, which has spent most of the last three decades in the public spotlight.
Bill Clinton would almost certainly want a prominent role in his wife's administration, but doing so would be fraught with political risk, experts say, particularly given his fame and outsize personality.
German refugee policy under fire after a week of bloodshed
BERLIN — Four attacks in a week — three of them carried out by asylum seekers — have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism. Anxiety over Germany's ability to cope with last year's flood of more than
1 million registered asylum seekers first surged following a series of sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne during New Year celebrations.
But in the last seven days, the violence has become even more deadly. The unprecedented bloodshed began July 18, when a 17-year-old from Afghanistan wielding an ax attacked people on a train near Wuerzburg, wounding five people before he was shot to death by police.
U.S. Navy's new $13B aircraft carrier can't fight
(CNN)The $13-billion USS Gerald R. Ford is already two years behind schedule, and the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier is facing more delays after the Pentagon's top weapons tester concluded the ship is still not ready for combat despite
expectations it would be delivered to the fleet this September.
According to a June 28 memo obtained by CNN, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's director of operational test and evaluation, said the most expensive warship in history continues to struggle launching and recovering aircraft, moving onboard munitions, conducting air traffic control and with ship self-defense.
Michael Jordan breaks his silence on social issues, donates $2 million
(CNN)"I can no longer stay silent." So says Michael Jordan, widely considered the best NBA player of all time but someone who has refrained from using his celebrity to take a public stand on social issues.
Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, published a one-page letter on The Undefeated, a new ESPN platform dedicated to exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture.
In that letter, posted Monday, Jordan said that he would be donating $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Hall of Famer also sheds light on violence from a personal perspective. Jordan's father, James Jordan, was gunned down by two robbers in 1993.
From Russia without love? DNC hack roils Philly convention
Philadelphia (CNN)It was supposed to be the boring convention -- but the Democrats suddenly found that their Philadelphia party had turned into a Cold War-style espionage thriller. Democrats expected to show up in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton, paper over their disunity and turn their fire directly on Republican nominee Donald Trump and the foreboding picture he painted of America at the GOP convention. Instead, they were greeted by explosive fallout from a suspected Russian hack on the Democratic National Committee that exposed emails -- published by Wikileaks -- of top officials scheming against Bernie Sanders.
For Brazil's Women, Laws Are Not Enough To Deter Rampant Violence
Activists and supporters march on International Women's Day on March 8 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
North Miami police commander suspended
A North Miami police commander has been suspended for allegedly fabricating information about the shooting of an unarmed black therapist.
City Manager Larry Spring Jr. said Friday that commander Emile Hollant is suspended without pay. Spring declined to give specifics about how Hollant allegedly fabricated information about Monday's shooting of Charles Kinsey by Officer Jonathan Aledda.
Aledda has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
His race has not been released.
Kinsey was trying coax an autistic man back to a group home when he was shot in the middle of an intersection. He says he was on the ground with his hands in the air when he was shot. Cellphone video shows him with his hands raised moments before the shooting.
A union official has said the officer was aiming for the autistic man because he thought he was a threat, but the officer missed and hit the therapist.
How Syrians are using the popularity of Pokémon Go to draw attention to children’s plight
The images capture in stark relief the concurrent realities of 2016: As Pokémon Go sweeps the globe, war rages on in Syria, where more than 3.7 million children were born into the crosshairs of violence.
Missives from the conflict have been familiar enough. In September, a widely circulated photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi's lifeless body provoked horror and outrage. He drowned during a treacherous boat ride from Turkey to Greece, where his family hoped to escape the devastation in Syria. At the sight of the boy washed up on the sand, politicians promised to tackle the crisis with newfound urgency.
Months later, however, Alan's own family members despaired that his plight — and that of millions others displaced in Syria — had already been forgotten.
Now, Syrian activists are capitalizing on the popularity of Pokémon Go to draw attention to the children caught in the conflict.
The United Nations has documented at least 120 cases of rape since a recent flareup of violence in South Sudan and is investigating allegations that its peacekeepers did nothing to stop the violence, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Alan Grayson’s ex-wife comes forward to accuse him of decades-long domestic abuse
US military opens formal investigation into deadly July airstrike in Syria
The US military has opened a formal investigation into a 19 July airstrike in northern Syria that local and outside observers consider the deadliest coalition attack on civilians in its two-year war against the Islamic State militant group.
How Diverse will
Hillary Clinton's Cabinet will be?
Donald Trump claims GOP mantle 7/21/16
2 Party System Failed to produce
Qualified Presidential Candidates
Angry mob pelts South Korean prime minister with eggs, bottles7/17
Governmental Leaders are exposed
leading to inside and outside anger
Brexit… a simple decision by the voters of the UK
Rigged/Fixed Parties, are being proven as a fact
The suspicion of both political party's corruption, that have lead many to speak out loud.. that both parties nomination process..., isn't a process at all, but, nothing less than, those at the top, manipulating who will win and who will not...
Donald Trump's experience has provided considerable insight, as to how the republican party, demands specific standards, with the specific expectation that their standards would yield only their expected outcome, which Donald Trump was demanded to follow, in the form of... pledging loyalty to the party, but, it was Trump who provided the proof of the extensive flaws in the republican parties standards when he won the nomination, based on their rules, but some who swore loyalty,
just ask Trump did,
refused to honor the rules, buy not pledging loyalty... specifically because Trump won.
Similarly, the democrats have been exposed to have the same type of top 1% deception, now validated by a list of emails, that substantiate previous allegations by Sanders campaign, of favoritism towards Hillary Clinton.
Why are you loyal to either of the two parties,
when these facts have been laid at your feet?
Both parties are lead by individuals at the top, who fix the results, such that..., the individuals that win, play ball with those at the top..., or that individual will be subjected to an unfair process, ultimately leading to the individual's "loss" of the nomination.
You give the 2 parties power by participating in their
Change your loyalty to
How Embarrassing for a Presidential Candidate..
When Thousands of people chant "Lock Her Up",
United States of America?
When the facts suggest that, in fact, she has done something that could be construed as an illegal act, yet she doesn't have the character to recognize that...,
perhaps she should not accept the award of the greatest office on earth, specifically because, she... herself, have admitted that her act that has caused the thousands to chant "LOCK HER UP",
was an act that was a very poor decision...
at a minimum.
How Embarrassing is for America to elect a person of such poor judgment?
How Embarrassing is it, for the individual to travel the world, smile in the face of other leaders, when they know that she has done a thing that states the value of her character?
The Democrats, The Republicans &
any citizen that votes for Hillary Clinton....
"what the heck is wrong with you"?
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