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Obama Boots Syrian Peace Chance 7.10.2015
Exclusive: President Obama thinks he can appease the neocons and liberal hawks by talking tough about Syria and Russia but – in doing so – he is throwing away a promising opportunity to resolve the Syrian conflict, plus he still gets bashed by Official Washington’s pundits, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry President Barack Obama is turning…
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Britain urged to stop providing weapons to Saudi Arabia 7.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Amnesty calls for suspension of arms transfers as group says it has evidence of war crimes in Yemen conflict

Britain is being urged to halt the supply of weapons to its ally Saudi Arabia in the light of evidence that civilians are being killed in Saudi-led attacks on rebel forces in Yemen.

Amnesty International has warned that “damning evidence of war crimes” highlights the urgent need for an independent investigation of violations and for the suspension of transfer of arms used in the attacks.

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The TPP has a provision many will love to hate: ISDS. What is it, and why does it matter? 6.10.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The TPP has a provision many will love to hate: ISDS. What is it, and why does it matter?
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Doctors Without Borders says its Afghan hospital 'was deliberately bombed' 6.10.2015 LA Times: Commentary

Doctors Without Borders accused U.S. forces Tuesday of “deliberately” bombing its hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz and renewed its calls for an independent investigation into the incident that left 22 people dead.

The international medical charity has launched a blistering attack...
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Michael Gove should take this opportunity to give prisoners a vote | Joshua Rozenberg 6.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Although an EU court has ruled that a voting ban on prisoners convicted of serious crimes is lawful, the UK’s blanket ban is still in breach of human rights law Ten years ago, to the day, judges at the human rights court in Strasbourg ruled that the UK’s blanket ban on voting by convicted prisoners was a breach of their rights. It was something of a Pyrrhic victory for a killer called John Hirst . Asked to explain last month why successive governments had failed to abide by the Hirst judgment, as the UK is required to do by its treaty obligations under the human rights convention, the government offered two excuses to the body that supervises implementation of the court’s rulings. One was the “widespread hostility in parliament to giving prisoners the vote”. As far as the government was concerned, this was “ultimately a matter for elected parliaments to decide”. The UK’s second excuse was that it was waiting to hear what a totally separate European court, the EU’s court of justice in Luxembourg, had to ...
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May promises new UK asylum policy and threatens 'retaliatory measures' against other countries - Conservative conference live 6.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Rolling coverage of all the day’s developments at the Conservative party conference as they happen, including David Cameron’s morning interviews and speeches from Theresa May and Boris Johnson 12.03pm BST Here is May’s peroration. We will also need to have more control of immigration overall. It’s often said – usually by advocates of open-door immigration – that Britain is by definition a country of immigrants. In fact, compared to the countries of the New World and compared to the countries of Europe with their shifting land borders, we have until recently always been a country of remarkable population stability. The people who have moved here down the generations have played a massive part in making this country what it is – but we need our immigration system to continue that British tradition of gradual, moderate, sensible change. That is how, as a country, we have always been able to show great responsibility to the people who need our help in their darkest moments: the country that accepted the ...
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BCB hopes ICC resolves security issues 6.10.2015 New Kerala: World News
Dhaka, Oct 6 : Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan is looking forward to the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting for a permanent solution to series delays over security concerns.
Bangladesh postpones South Africa women's tour 6.10.2015 New Kerala: World News
Dhaka, Oct 6 : The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed a proposed tour by the South Africa women's cricket team later this month in order to make new security arrangements.
Was Kunduz Attack A War Crime? Legal Analysts Say It's Difficult To Prove 6.10.2015 NPR News
A medical aid group says U.S. airstrikes on its hospital in Kunduz amount to a war crime. Analysts say an investigation is needed, but diplomatic fallout is more likely than a war crime prosecution.
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Afghanistan: UN envoy urges unbiased inquiry into fatal Kunduz hospital air strike 6.10.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Oct 6 : Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan, reiterated on Monday the need for an impartial investigation into the deadly air strike on the Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians this past Saturday.
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War crimes prosecutions are rare in cases of hospital bombings 6.10.2015 L.A. Times - World News

Red crosses painted on the roofs of hospitals are supposed to protect the facilities and their patients from the ravages of war under the Geneva Conventions that have sought for decades to impose humanitarian order amid armed conflict.

But across the global spectrum, especially in the lawless and...

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If The U.S. Deliberately Bombed A Hospital In Afghanistan, It Was A War Crime 6.10.2015 Think Progres

"[F]or the Kunduz attack to be a war crime, it would either have to be shown to be a deliberate attack on the hospital, or that U.S. military did not take sufficient care to protect the hospital from excessive harm incidental to a legitimate military objective," said Ken Gude, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is finalized, the real fight starts 6.10.2015 Boing Boing


For most of a decade, government negotiators from around the Pacific Rim have met in utmost secrecy to negotiate a "trade deal" that was kept secret from legislatures, though executives from the world's biggest corporations were allowed in the room and even got to draft parts of the treaty. (more…)

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US resumes destroying chemical weapons at Colorado site 6.10.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Army has resumed the destruction of chemical weapons at a Colorado facility after crews repaired a small dent in the door of a chamber used to blow up the ...
The choice: Let the gosling fend for itself or take it into the human world 6.10.2015 Washington Post
The choice: Let the gosling fend for itself or take it into the human world
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Who’s behind the killings of foreigners in Bangladesh? 6.10.2015 Hindu: News
Scepticism runs high on the mysterious killings of two foreigners and the quick claim of responsibility by the Islamic State (IS) as both government agencies and security experts strongly feel tha...
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Tourists may be urged to boycott Maldives over ex-president's jail term 6.10.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

UN says Mohamed Nasheed did not receive a fair trial, and Amal Clooney – representing his wife – refused to exclude a boycott

Tourists could be urged to boycott Indian Ocean resorts on the Maldives following a scathing United Nations ruling condemning the illegal imprisonment of its former president, Mohamed Nasheed.

A decision by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), released on Monday, concluded that Nasheed, who in March was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being found guilty of terrorism, “did not receive a fair trial”.

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Why Boehner quit: In the war between the nihilists and realists, the nihilists are winning 5.10.2015 Daily Kos
(click to enlarge) House Speaker John Boehner's resignation announcement was a historic event. Very few speakers have resigned mid-term, and indeed, we could only find five others in history: Jim Wright, who resigned in the face of scandal; John Nance Garner and Schuyler Colfax, who resigned just hours away from the end or beginning of their terms to assume the post of vice president; Andrew Stevenson, who was nominated as ambassador to the United Kingdom; and the singular Henry Clay. Clay actually served as speaker three times and resigned the post twice, once to negotiate the Treaty of Ghent that concluded the War of 1812 and a second time for a much more prosaic reason: He was broke . Assuming no scandals come to light, this makes Boehner's resignation unique: He simply couldn't handle his unruly Republican caucus. But Boehner was hardly the first to deal with a fractured or rambunctious party, so why did things go so awry for him? Because the GOP is not just split, it's split between two implacable ...
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Activists’ Drone Drops Anti-Surveillance Leaflets Over NSA 5.10.2015 Wired Top Stories
Activists’ Drone Drops Anti-Surveillance Leaflets Over NSA
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Rights lawyer: Jailing ex-leader sign of Maldives extremism 5.10.2015 Washington Post: World
A human rights lawyer says the imprisonment of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed symbolizes a turn toward autocracy and extremism by a Muslim nation with the world’s highest per-capita level of recruitment to the Islamic State ...
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