The DOJ’s Move to Take Over Trump’s Law Suit May Be Legal. But Is It Appropriate?

This week, the Justice Department moved to take over President Donald Trump’s defense against a woman who claims he defamed her when he denied her accusation that he sexually assaulted her decades ago in a New York City department store. While the Justice Department claims this is a routine application of the law, the reality is more complicated, legal experts say. To take over the case for the President, the Justice Department is using the Westfall Act, which allows the …

Tucker Carlson Throws Lindsey Graham Under The Bus For Trump’s Recorded Lies

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson went after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday night for encouraging President Donald Trump to be interviewed by Bob Woodward for the journalist’s upcoming book, “Rage.” One of the most explosive revelations to emerge from Woodward’s new reporting is that Trump actually understood the deadly nature of the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic but knowingly downplayed its risks for months. Carlson didn’t dwell on the claims made in the book, which are backed up by audio …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

EU: Britain must respect Brexit deal down to the letter

The European Union has warned Britain that even the most minor breach of the Brexit withdrawal treaty would undermine what little trust is left between the two sides in already fragile trade talks By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press September 9, 2020, 1:26 PM • 3 min read BRUSSELS — The European Union warned Britain on Wednesday that even the most minor breach of the Brexit withdrawal treaty would undermine what little trust is left between the two …

Assange’s legal fight to avoid U.S. espionage trial resumes in London

A protester wears a mask of Julian Assange’s face outside Belmarsh prison prior to the extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on February 24, 2020 in London, England.   Julian Assange resumes his battle in a London court on Monday to avoid extradition to the United States to face criminal charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website, after months of delay due to the coronavirus lockdown. The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage …

Facebook Blocks Ailing Man’s Planned End-of-Life Broadcasts

LE PECQ, France — Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he expects will be a painful end to his life after he announced that he was stopping all food and drink. Prostrate on his bed, Alain Cocq posted video of himself Friday after taking what he said would be his last liquid meal. “I know the days …

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

The Malian president ousted by a military coup in August has been evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after hospitalization in Mali By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 5, 2020, 10:14 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, a diplomat said. The 75-year-old’s health has been in question since he was …

Israelis protest against PM as coronavirus infections spike

Thousands of Israelis have protested outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pressing ahead with a monthslong campaign demanding the embattled Israeli leader resign By ARIEL SCHALIT Associated Press September 5, 2020, 9:42 PM • 2 min read JERUSALEM — Thousands of Israelis protested outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, pressing ahead with a monthslong campaign demanding the embattled Israeli leader resign. The protest came as Israel is coping with record levels …

Top Cop Ousted After Pursuing Felony Charges Against Civil Rights Leaders

The city manager of Portsmouth, Virginia, ousted the city’s police chief on Friday, weeks after the chief announced highly unusual felony charges against a sitting state senator, local civil rights leaders and city public defenders in connection with the destruction of a Confederate monument. Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene allowed Sergeant Kevin McGee to bring the felony charges against Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas (D), NAACP officials, and others under a 70-year-old state law that allows for felony charges involving “injury to” …

Calls for apology grow over Joy Reid’s ‘Islamophobic’ remarks

Civil organisations in the United States are calling on MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid to apologise for comments they claim are “Islamophobic”. In a segment on the Tuesday airing of her primetime show the ReidOut, Reid discussed US President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to reprimand Kyle Rittenhouse, who authorities claim murdered three people with an assault rifle during Black Lives Matter protests. Reid began her controversial comments: “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and …

US sanctions top International Criminal Court officials

The United States has imposed sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”. The Hague-based court is continuing an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. The sanctions include a freeze on assets held in the US or subject to US law and target Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko. …

Turkey extends gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean

Turkey and Greece have held military exercises in the east Mediterranean, highlighting the potential for dispute over extent of their continental shelves to escalate [Greek Defence Ministry/AP] Turkey says its Oruc Reis exploration vessel will carry out seismic surveys in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until September 12, provoking an angry response from neighbouring Greece. The two NATO allies vehemently disagree over claims to hydrocarbon resources in the area based on conflicting views on the extent of their …

Layleen Polanco’s Family Settles $5.9 Million Lawsuit After Her Death in Solitary Confinement at NYC’s Rikers Island

(NEW YORK) — The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city for $5.9 million, the family’s lawyer said. The settlement was reached Friday in the federal lawsuit over the June 7, 2019, death of Layleen Polanco. The terms of the settlement were not made public. But David Shanies, the lawyer for Polanco’s family, confirmed published reports about the settlement …

How A Massachusetts Primary Could Affect The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

Puerto Rican voters stand to play a critical role in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, where progressive Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is hoping to unseat Rep. Richard Neal, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. Nearly one in five residents of the vast House district, which encompasses parts of central and Western Massachusetts, is Latino, the overwhelming majority of whom are Puerto Rican. But who wins the race could also have an effect on the lives of …

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The president of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law on boycotting Israel and allowing trade and financial agreements between …

China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims

This is Part 1 of a BuzzFeed News investigation. For Part 2, click here. This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. China has secretly built scores of massive new prison and internment camps in the past three years, dramatically escalating its campaign against Muslim minorities even as it publicly claimed the detainees had all been set free. The construction of these purpose-built, high-security camps — some …

Wisconsin Attorney General Identifies Officer In Jacob Blake Shooting

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul identified the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Sunday as Rusten Sheskey.  Sheskey, who appears to be white, shot Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times on Sunday as he opened the door of his car. The officers present were responding to a call from a woman about a domestic issue and attempted to arrest Blake. They were “unsuccessful” in using a Taser on him, Kaul said. As Blake returned …

A Facebook Executive Who Shared An Anti-Muslim Post Has Apologized To Employees

A top Facebook executive in India has apologized to Muslims in the company for sharing a post on her Facebook page that called India’s Muslims a “degenerate community” for whom “nothing except purity of religion and implementation of Shariah matter.” “Dear friends – The intent of my personal Facebook post was not to denigrate Islam,” Ankhi Das, Facebook’s policy director for India and South and Central Asia, wrote in an internal message to employees obtained by BuzzFeed News. “It was …

Wisconsin Cops Shoot Black Man In The Back 7 Times In Broad Daylight

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Neighbors confronted law enforcement at the scene of a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday that drew a harsh rebuke from the governor and prompted crowds to march in the streets after a video posted on social media appeared to show officers shoot at a man’s back seven times as he leaned into a vehicle. Kenosha Police said a person was hospitalized in serious condition following a shooting by officers about 5 p.m. as police …

Thai police arrest rapper, activists in crackdown on protest

Thai police have arrested a rapper and four pro-democracy activists in a crackdown on growing protests that have emerged as the most serious threat to the government led by a former army general they accuse of incompetence and corruption By  TASSANEE VEJPONGSA Associated Press August 20, 2020, 4:19 AM 4 min read BANGKOK — Thai police arrested a rapper and four pro-democracy activists in a crackdown on growing protests that have emerged as the most serious threat to the government …