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Khizr Khan says 'Donald Trump's temperament and lack of empathy render him unfit to lead the nation'

Khizr Khan, whose son died fighting in Iraq, said Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's temperament and lack of empathy render him unfit to lead the nation and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) have a moral obligation to speak out against their party's standard-bearer.
"Two things are absolutely necessary in any leader or any person that aspires, wishes to be a leader. That is moral compass and, second, is empathy. This candidate is void of both traits that are necessary for the stewardship of this country," Khan said ... read more.

Muslim community refuses to bury French priest killer

The Muslim community in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France, where two jihadists slit Father Jacques Hamel’s throat, is refusing to bury one of the attackers, saying that he put a stain on Islam, the French media reported.
Algerian-born 19-year-old Adel Kermiche was one of the two attackers who killed the 85-year-old priest and seriously injured an elderly parishioner. A French citizen, he was living in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and attempted to join Islamic jihadists in Syria back in 2015.  Read more.

Refugee Olympic Team arrives in Rio

The 10 members of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT), the first of its kind, have arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Olympic Games. The group will march as an independent team under the Olympic flag when the opening ceremony takes place on August 5.
The team is made up of two swimmers from Syria, two judo fighters from Democratic Republic of Congo, five runners from South Sudan and a marathon runner from Ethiopia.  Read more.

Syrian activists: US-led coalition strikes kill 28 civilians

U.S.-led coalition targeting a village in northern Syria held by the Islamic State group killed 28 civilians, including seven children, Syrian activists said Friday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said aircraft belonging to the coalition struck the village of al-Ghandour late on Thursday previous night.  Read more.

Hillary's Convention Con

The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic.  Read more.
Bernie Sanders appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night to share his thoughts on the Democratic National Convention and the "dangerous" Donald Trump.
"I think it was a good convention. I think it brought together people with different points of view within the Democratic Party. But I think what comes out of that convention is the understanding that Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate in the modern history of this country and he must be defeated."  Read more.

Norway to create world’s first floating underwater tunnel

The Norwegian coast may be beautiful but with more than a thousand fjords cutting into it, getting from one place to another often requires lengthy journeys.
Norway’s Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has an ambitious plan to solve the problem by building the world’s first floating submerged tunnel system about 30 meters (100ft) underwater.  Read more.

‘Revitalize economy, prevent WWIII:’ Japanese mass murder suspect reveals motives in warning letter

Knife attacker Satoshi Uematsu, who is suspected of killing at least 19 disabled people at a special facility near Tokyo, threatened to wipe out a total of 470 in letters he sent to a Japanese member of parliament some months prior to the mass killing.
Satoshi Uematsu promised to “obliterate 470 disabled people” in the letters he wrote in February and then attempted to pass to the speaker of Japan’s lower house of parliament.  Read more.

Remaining charges dropped against police officers in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors dropped all charges against the three remaining Baltimore Police Officers that were indicted over the death of Freddie Gray.
The decision was announced by the Baltmore City State’s Attorney’s Office on Wednesday morning during a motions hearing for Officer Garrett Miller. Officer William Porter was to set be retried in September, and Sgt. Alicia White was scheduled for trial in October.  Read more.

Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage

Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time.
Such abuse of children "may amount to torture by the government responsible for their care." —UNICEF AustraliaThe haunting footage that aired Monday on the investigative program "Four Corners" provoked comparisons to the U.S. military's illegal torture of detainees in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, scandalizing human rights observers in Australia and worldwide.  Read more.

'Mothers of the Movement' take the stage at the DNC

As the “Mothers of the Movement” came on stage to talk about the deaths of their children and endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, chants emerged from the crowd: “Black lives matter!”
Geneva Reed-Veal, standing in a half circle with eight other black mothers, attempted to quiet the audience.
“Give me two moments to tell you how good God is. Give me a moment to say thank you,” said Reed-Veal, whose 28-year-old daughter, Sandra Bland, died in jail after being pulled over for a traffic stop in 2015. “We are not standing here because he's not good. We are standing here because he's great.”  Read more.

Palestinian Authority aims to sue Britain for 1917 Balfour Declaration to remove Arabs

Britain is responsible for all Israeli war crimes since 1948 because it created the 1917 mandate which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel, a top Palestinian diplomat has said.
Originally signed by UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, the agreement officially sanctioned the Zionist movement’s aims, leading to its later colonization of what was then the Ottoman-held territory of Palestine.  Read more.

Western Canada oil spill poisons drinking water while killing and distressing surrounding wildlife

Despite a devastating pipeline leak that flooded the North Saskatchewan River with 200,000 liters of tar sands crude last Thursday, Husky Energy waited until Monday to shut down the leaking pipeline. An executive with the oil behemoth said the company was "deeply sorry" for the incident while announcing the pipeline closure.  Read more.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz booed off stage at Florida delegate meeting

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic Party’s governing organization, was booed off stage while speaking at the Florida delegation breakfast before delegates headed to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.
Ahead of the DNC, Wasserman Schultz was introduced on Monday to Florida as “an unbelievable leader to the party,” but the crowd seemed to disagree.  Read more.

Florida shooting: 2 confirmed killed, 14-17 injured at Club Blu nightclub in Ft. Myers

At least two people have been killed and as many as 17 injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers in western Florida. The incident took place during a ‘teen night’, with a local hospital stating that one of those hurt is only 12 years old.
The shooting took place at Club Blu in the early hours of Monday morning, according to Capt. Jim Mulligan of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Police later said that the two people who died were teenagers aged 14 and 18.  Read more.

DNC chair Schultz resigns following WikiLeaks revelations

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said she will step down as Democratic National Committee chairwoman at the end of party's convention following WikiLeaks’ revelations which indicated that the committee plotted against Bernie Sanders.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Wasserman Schultz said the "best way" for her to accomplish the goals of the party was for her "to step down as Party Chair," after the...read more.

More than 170 dead in China flooding; many still missing

re than 170 people died and scores remained missing after heavy rains touched off floods and landslides in China this week, officials said Saturday. State-run media put the economic losses at over $2 billion and meteorologists warned that more thunderstorms were expected in the coming days.
In northern China, where most of the deaths were concentrated, the worst-hit area was Hebei province, which encircles the capital, Beijing.   Read more.

Florida judge reassigned after hateful comments about African-Americans and women

The allegations continue to intensify against Florida Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey.
The complaints say he made comments about African Americans, such as, “ ‘They could go get back on a ship and go back to Africa,’ ” according to court documents.
He called a female staffer a “b—-” and another derogatory term after she complained about him doubling her workload.  Read more.

Austin police body-slam black teacher, tell her blacks have ‘violent tendencies’

Officials in Austin are investigating the violent arrest of a black elementary school teacher who was body-slammed by a white police officer during a traffic stop.
The investigation comes after the emergence of police video footage showing not only the June 2015 arrest but also a scene afterward, when another white officer told the teacher that cops are wary of blacks because of their “violent tendencies” and “intimidating” appearance.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time … it is the black community that is being violent,” the officer tells her. “That’s why a lot of white people are afraid. And I don’t blame them.”  Read more.

Virginia court invalidates Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring felon voting rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons violates Virginia’s constitution, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a major blow to the Democratic governor with implications for the November presidential race in the crucial swing state.
In a 4-to-3 decision, the court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers by issuing a sweeping order in April restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole.  Read more.

10 Dead in Shooting Rampage in Munich, Police Say

A shooting rampage outside a shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening left 10 people dead and at least 21 wounded and sent Germany’s third-largest city into lockdown as the police scrambled to find what they initially said were as many as three assailants.
The police described the shootings as a terrorist attack, and by early Saturday they said it was probably the...read more.

Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, Virginia senator and former governor, as her running mate

Hillary Clinton has tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience to the Democratic ticket.
Clinton’s choice of Kaine, 58, reflects her calculation that voters with doubts about both her and Republican nominee Donald Trump will respond to a doubling-down of her pitch for sober pragmatism, instead of a political wild card.  Read more.

Trump and the Enablers of American Authoritarianism

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

When Edward Snoden met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets, he famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras. So it’s fitting that three years later, he’s returned to that smartphone radio surveillance problem. Now Snowden’s attempting to build a solution that’s far more compact than a hotel mini-bar.  Read more.

Ex-KKK leader David Duke announces Senate run for La. seat

Former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke planned to emerge from a 17-year political hiatus here Friday to qualify for the U.S. Senate race in a state already roiling with racial tension.
Duke, a Republican who served one term in the Louisiana House, hasn't run for office since 1999. He is running to fill the seat that will be vacated by Republican Sen. David Vitter.  Read more.

Nixon, Hitler, and Nationalism: Donald Trump's Speech Triggers Alarm Bells

It's official. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.
Reactions abounded late Thursday after the (racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic) real estate mogul accepted the party's nomination in a rambling, hour-and-fifteen-minute long speech.
Some noted the parallels to Richard Nixon's infamous 1968 "law and order" speech; others pointed out the fascist undertones of Trump's declaration that "I alone can fix this." Few were thrilled that former KKK grand wizard David Duke praised the speech on Twitter.  Read more.

US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines

A coalition airstrike reported on Tuesday that killed at least 85 civilians—one more than died in the Nice attack in France last week—wasn’t featured at all on the front pages of two of the top US national newspapers, the New York Times and LA Times, and only merited brief blurbs on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, with the actual stories buried on pages A-16 and A-15, respectively.  Read more.

Ted Cruz Booed As He Refuses To Endorse Donald Trump at RNC

Ted Cruz hijacked Donald Trump's party Wednesday night.
In the most dramatic, off-script moment in a Republican Convention that’s been full of them, the second-place finisher in the party’s contest didn’t endorse the man who bested him — effectively launching his own 2020 presidential bid in the midst of Donald Trump’s effort this year.  Read more.

Former Atlanta cop charged with murder for killing unarmed driver

An Atlanta cop who killed an unarmed black driver when he blindly fired into a passing car has been charged with murder.

Arrest warrants for Officer James Burns — who was fired from the force after the June killing of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers — were issued Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said.  Read more.

CNN's Revolving Door of Political Hackery

Widespread outrage erupted in late June over CNN's hiring of Corey Lewandowski, just four days after he was fired as Donald Trump's chief of staff. Lewandowski is a controversial figure, and not merely because he was heading up a campaign fueled by bigotry and fear. In March he was charged with simple battery for making physical contact with a reporter (though these charges were later dropped). Moreover, his utility as a CNN contributor is clearly limited -- if not worthless --  since he is reported to have signed a non-disclosure agreement that bars him from saying anything disparaging about Trump or discussing anything he did during the campaign.  Read more.  Read more.

The Response to Melania Trump's Plagiarism Is an Example of White Privilege

Melania Trump owes Michelle Obama an apology. On Monday, Trump plagiarized several lines of Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Not only did Melania Trump claim that she wrote the speech, "with as little help as possible," but the Donald Trump campaign has doubled down in support of her, suggesting that the lines she borrowed included "common words and phrases," and therefore represent nothing particularly unique or remarkable about Obama's own words. I guess this is what Melania Trump, and generations of white women, mean by "help." It seems to mean that they rely upon black women's labor to help them look good, sound good, and gain influence, while treating that labor as wholly expendable.  Read more.

Navy testing likely caused 3.7 magnitude ‘earthquake’ off Florida

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake recorded off the coast of Florida was likely triggered by a man-made explosion, in order to test the seaworthiness of a new US Navy vessel.
Asked about the reported earthquake on Monday, a public information officer for the Navy’s Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC said the agency was working on a statement it expects to release this week.  Read more.
Donations are pouring in to a crowdfunding page launched to help families of soldiers killed in Iraq take legal action against former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The families’ aim to raise £50,000 (US$65,000) was close to being achieved on Tuesday afternoon, when the campaign already...read more.

Scientists create 'world's smallest hard disk' with 500x more storage space than best hard drive

Dutch scientists have created the world's smallest hard disk by manipulating chlorine atoms in order to store a kilobyte of data on a microscopic storage drive. The invention means every book ever written could be stored on an itty-bitty device. 
The team at Delft University's Kavli Institute of Nanoscience wrote 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall. The tiny hard disk proved to be 500 times better than the best hard drives currently on the market.  Read more.

Stephen Colbert: The RNC Is Like Christmas In July

US-led coalition strikes 'kill 56 civilians in Syria'

At least 56 civilians, including 11 children, were killed Tuesday in dawn raids by the US-led coalition outside a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.
Dozens more civilians were injured in the strikes, including some who were in serious condition, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  Read more.

Ohio congressman says white people did more for civilization than 'any other subgroup'

The Republican National Convention (RNC) kicked off Monday night with some controversial moments, many of which were punctuated by a seeming theme of white anger and pride—but none as explicit as a statement by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who said during a panel discussion on MSNBC that whites have contributed more to history than "any other subgroup."  Read more.

Dear Steve King: Here are some things not invented by white people

US Republican Steve King is proud of his “sub-group’s” contributions to civilization.
On an televised panel on MSNBC, the Iowa congressman appeared with Esquire writer Charlie Pierce. After Pierce said that attendees at the Republican national convention were “loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people,” King launched into an awkward, racist rant.  Read more.

Despite Nationwide Assault on Voting Rights, DOJ Guts Election Observers

Voting rights advocates are crying foul after a Reuters investigation revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is scaling back its deployment of election observers during this year's presidential election.
According to Reuters, which saw a DOJ fact sheet outlining the plan, the changes represent more fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, which struck down parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). Read more.

Man stabs mom & 3 daughters at French holiday center over shorts and T-shirts

A 37-year-old man identified as ‘Mohamed B’ has stabbed a mother and her three daughters at a vacation center in southeast France for being dressed too lightly, local authorities said.
The man attacked the woman and her daughters – aged 8, 12 and 14 – in the resort town of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region, outraged at the fact that they were wearing shorts and T-shirts ... read more.

People's Justice and Peace Convention, Protests Mark RNC's Opening Weekend

Cleveland-based advocacy organizations joined with activists from across the US this weekend ahead of the Republican National Convention (RNC) to hold an alternative gathering: the People's Justice and Peace Convention (PJPC). After several workshops and panels, organizers ultimately finalized their own platform affirming human, economic and environmental rights. Many also hit the streets to protest systemic police violence and to counter Donald Trump and the Republican Party's agenda.  Read more.

Trump Resistance Swells at RNC Kickoff

Protests, discord, and heightened security announced the start of the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Monday as thousands marched on downtown Cleveland calling on the GOP to reverse its racist policies and "Dump Trump."
The peaceful March on the RNC ended with a rally outside the heavily-fortified perimeter that encircled the Quicken Loans Arena during which participants denounced the "racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim" policies of the GOP and its presumptive nominee Donald Trump.  Read more.

Three Years After Global Garment Industry's Worst Disaster, 38 Indicted for Murder

More than three years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building near Dhaka killed over 1,100 people, a Bangladesh court on Monday formally charged 38 people with murder for their role in the catastrophe.
It's been described as the worst disaster in the global garment industry's history.  Read more.

Following SpaceX Rocket Launch, Musk Returns to Masterplan Part 2

Following another successful launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX early Monday, Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk continued work on his next master plan amid ongoing controversy at the electric-car maker.

As he announced on Twitter one week ago, Musk is working on his "Secret Masterplan, Part 2." His first master plan, in a 2006 blog post, laid out what Tesla is today.  Read more.

‘He’s a loser’: Over 100 women pose naked against Donald Trump

Some 130 women went naked and posed with mirrors in Cleveland in an art installation called “Everything She Says Means Everything,” which aims to show that Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency.
The women were photographed on the eve of the Republican National Convention, where Trump is set to be anointed as the party’s candidate after his victory in the primaries.  Read more.

Taxpayer Groups, Environmentalists, Students Call on Congress to End Oil Industry Subsidies

In an open letter sent to Congress last Thursday, a coalition of 40 national taxpayer, labor, environmental and other groups called on the federal government to repeal almost $4 billion in annual tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, calling them wasteful and lambasting Congress for subsidizing activities that will make climate change worse.
The groups called on Senators to support the FAIR Energy Policy Act, which would slowly phase out nine special tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry.  Read more.

Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class

Their unspoken goal is a two-class nation, with a heavily armed security force to quell resistance from the more outspoken members of the lower class. It may be somewhat of an unwitting goal, since narcissistic wealth-takers, as they build their fortunes, tend to lose their ability to empathize with others. 
Barack Obama said, "We are not as divided as we seem." But those are just feel-good words. A middle class still exists, but in weakened form, as many families from the once-dominant mainstream of society continue to move up or down, mostly down. The conspirators in the breakdown of the middle class have complementary roles that allow them to divide the country as they perpetuate the myth of prosperity for all.  Read more.

Judge Hands Down Another Acquittal for Officer in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, was on Monday acquitted on all counts.
It marks the fourth time prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction in the case, the Baltimore Sun notes, and in turn "is likely to renew calls for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to drop the remaining charges[...] including from the union that represents the city's rank-and-file officers."  Read more.

Profile of Baton Rouge Police Shooter Begins to Emerge

New details are emerging on Monday about the man who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday—just one incident in "a summer of numbing violence"—including his being a U.S. military veteran and saying in an online video that revolutions are only successful "through bloodshed."
The shooter, who was killed at the scene, has been identified as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, Missouri. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2010 holding the rank of sergeant. During his five-year stint in the service, which included a June 2008 to January 2009 deployment in Iraq, he received several medals, according to media reports citing military records. Read more.

Continues to Rise: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali's life could be summed up in a single statement: freedom is always worth fighting for. As a professional pugilist, he inspired millions. As a political radical, he carried this conviction beyond the ring, fiercely denouncing racism and imperialism. But these two aspects of his life -- the athlete and the militant -- cannot be separated. His entire boxing career was fully political, and his greatest matches, against Ernie Terrell and George Foreman, saw him waging the struggle against white supremacy, racism, and collaborationism in the boxing ring itself.  Read more.

After The Police Shooting In Baton Rouge, Alton Sterling’s Aunt Makes An Emotional Plea

Veda Washington-Abusaleh, the aunt of Alton Sterling made an emotional plea after three Baton Rouge police officers were killed Sunday (July 17).
In a statement aired by CNN late Sunday, Washington-Absusaleh called for an end to the violence. “We don’t want [anymore] blood shed, that’s how this all started,” she said.  Read more.

Suspect identified in fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge

An armed man identified by law enforcement as “a black separatist” attacked police officers in Baton Rouge Sunday morning, killing three officers and injuring three others.
The suspect in the shooting has been shot by police, and authorities at this time have no information about any additional suspects, police said.  Read more.

The Long-Hidden Saudi-9/11 Trail

First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you hear any member of our government say the newly released 29-page chapter from the congressional 9/11 report contains no smoking gun — THEY ARE LYING.
Our government’s relationship to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is no different than an addict’s relationship to heroin. Much like a heroin addict who will lie, cheat and steal to feed his vice, certain members of our government will lie, cheat and steal to continue their dysfunctional and deadly relationship with the KSA — a relationship that is rotting this nation and its leaders from the inside out.  Read more.

Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire

This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.
The fire broke out around 10:15 p.m. Monday at a fracking site owned and operated by WPX Energy, setting off several explosions and temporarily closing the nearby Highway 550. Fifty-five local residents were forced out of their homes.  Read more.

US Navy ordered to protect whales by lowering sonar levels

The US Navy’s sonar levels may harm whales and other marine mammals in the world’s oceans, so they must be scaled back, a San Francisco federal appeals court has ruled.
According to the decision by the Ninth US Circuit Court in San Francisco on Friday, US officials wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that harmed marine mammals, and the Navy would have to scale back low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea, under authority granted in 2012.  Read more.

Qandeel Baloch murder highlights how honour killings are still acceptable in Pakistan society

Pakistani model and self-proclaimed social media sensation, Qandeel Baloch met her fate on Saturday when she was strangulated to death by her brother at her Multan residence.
Baloch’s death has been all over Pakistani media as soon as it broke out. Though the main reason behind Baloch’s death getting such coverage is probably her choice of public image, her murder also reflects of a deep menace affecting the Pakistani society — honour killing.  Read more.

10 powerful quotes by Qandeel Baloch

Until the news of her tragic death at the hands of her brother, Qandeel Baloch largely remained a punch line for many. She is now being posthumously honoured and remembered for her bravery in her attempt to shatter chauvinisms and achieve sexual liberty.
Often, her statements about Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi and Maulana Qavi were deemed controversial, her offer to strip in celebration of a sporting win and her revealing attire was considered vulgar and her question “how am looking?” truly became a social media sensation.  Read more.

Turkish forces thwart coup against Erdogan after crowds rally

Turkish forces loyal to President Tayyip Erdogan largely crushed an attempted military coup on Saturday after crowds answered his call to take to the streets in support of the government and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
One hundred and sixty-one people were killed, including many civilians, after a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters ... read more.

Jamin Dimon's Self-Congratulatory Pay-Raise Accouncement is Good for Working Women

No good deed in American business these days goes unadvertised, and that goes double for the deeds of Jamie Dimon, the high-profile chief of the nation’s largest bank. If you haven’t heard that JPMorgan Chase is raising wages for its lowest-paid workers, it’s not for lack of trying by Dimon and his public-relations staff, who announced it in an Op-Ed in the Times earlier this week.  Read more.

Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office

Less than a day after becoming the U.K.'s unelected leader, Prime Minister Theresa May closed the government's climate change office, a move instantly condemned as "shocking" and "plain stupid."
May shuttered the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Thursday and moved responsibility for the environment to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.  Read more.

European countries tighten security following Nice terror attack

Countries across Europe are strengthening security following the Nice terror attack which claimed the lives of at least 84 people. It comes as France extends its state of emergency for an additional three months.
In a Thursday television address following the fatal attack, French President Francois Hollande announced that the current state of emergency, which was set to expire on July 26, would be further extended.  Read more.

In Attempt to Dodge Suit, White House Argues Funding War Makes War Legal

A lawsuit filed earlier this year charging President Barack Obama with waging an illegal war against the Islamic State (or ISIS) was met on Tuesday with a motion from the Obama administration asking the court to dismiss it.
In its motion to dismiss (pdf), the administration argues that Congressional funding for the war amounts to Congressional approval for it.  Read more.

California police killing 19 year-old Dylan Noble prompts claim of 'trigger-happy' officers

Police in California have released graphic body-camera footage of officers repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager, including multiple shots that were fired as the adolescent was gravely wounded, lying on his back and barely moving.
The release on Wednesday of video of the killing of Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old shot at a gas station in Fresno on 25 June, occurred just hours after the police department told the Guardian it would not release the footage.  Read more.

HomeAmerica 'Bernie is a sellout': Sanders supporters blast him for endorsing Hillary Clinton

Sanders supporters have launched a backlash against the former Democratic presidential candidate after he officially endorsed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, for president.
The Vermont senator appeared with Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, at a campaign event in New Hampshire and endorsed her while she stood by his side.  Read more.

San Francisco May Ban Homeless Encampments and Then Bus Them Out of the City

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the most common reason people find themselves living on the street is the inability to find affordable housing. In the United States, stagnant wages and skyrocketing rents have found people spending the majority of their income on housing, far exceeding the recommended affordability threshold of 30 percent.  Read more.

The Chilcot Report Fails to Speak Plain Truth: Bush Lied, So Did Blair

The newly released Chilcot Report on Iraq is British understatement, to a fault. In fact, it is understated so far as to miss the plain truth of the matter. Saying only that extremely questionable intelligence "was not challenged [by the Bush and Blair regimes] and it should have been" is failing to say plainly what the evidence so clearly shows: George W. Bush lied; so did Tony Blair.  Read more.

Dallas Police Shooting: Blowback from Impunity and Structural Racism

Five police officers in Dallas are dead after a shooting, which took place toward the end of a peaceful demonstration on July 7. The protest was a response to the gut-wrenching acts of police violence, which killed Philando Castile in Minneapolis and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
A suspect, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, is also dead. Twenty-five year-old Micah Johnson was cornered by police for hours until police sent in a “bomb robot” and detonated an explosive that killed Johnson.  Read more.

Michele Alexander: Something More is Required of Us

I have struggled to find words to express what I thought and felt as I watched the videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile being killed by the police. Thursday night, I wanted to say something that hasn’t been said a hundred times before. It finally dawned on me that there is nothing to say that hasn’t been said before. As I was preparing to write about the oldness of all of this, and share some wisdom passed down from struggles of earlier eras, I heard on the news that 11 officers had been shot in Dallas, several killed from sniper fire. My fingers froze on the keys. I could not bring myself to recycle old truths. Something more is required. But what?  Read more.

Demonstrations Against Police Violence Occupy Streets in US and UK

Massive demonstrations responding to the recent fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile took place in Phoenix, New York City, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, San Francisco, Nashville, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Rochester, New York, late Saturday evening.

On Sunday, protests took place across the pond in the UK in London, Brixton, and Bristol.  Read more.