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  What is the interest rate I will be expecting when taking out loans to a direct lender when I have bad credit? 

The lenders offer a range of rates of interest. They calculate their rates based on a range of variables, such as the type of loan you’re seeking and the length of your loan. A lot of lenders will accept the loan application but will charge higher rates of interest for those with poor credit. Personal loans may be charged an interest rate that can range from 6 percent or 36 percent, installments directly from lender.

Singers from SouthTexas

Free concert on the 23rd of October at the 1st BaptistChurch of Pleasanton 400N. Reed St. at 6p.m.

Food and Learn online parent trainings

The event is held by the Atascosa McMullenSpecial Educational Cooperative. The event will be held the 25th of October, on Monday 2012 at 12:15pm. The subject is “Special assessment for schools The things parents should be aware of. For more information, get in touch with BrendaNelson at [email protected].

Jourdanton, 1st BaptistChurch FoodPantry

Distribution on Friday the 29th of October, beginning around 8:15 a.m. till the time where the items are given away. 515 Zanderson Avenue., Jourdanton.

Peacefor thePieces social group

This group hosts events or gatherings and also meetings geared toward families of disabled individuals from the local area. They help to boost confidence and socialization among those disabled at the highest stage, from infants up to those over 25yrs old. Contact Laura at 830-570-278 for more information.

FamilyCollaboration Council by Connections in the Jourdanton

They would like to hear ideas regarding ways to improve services within the community. A virtual meeting has been scheduled for close of November. You can contact [email protected]

CowboysStock Exchange FallFestival

The 31st of October on a Sunday, from 6:30 p.m. There will be activities, including makeup contests, costume contests , and prizes Live entertainment, as well as prizes offered through Marlon Sharp. Check out the official announcement of this event.

The primary forms are available! They are designed for use by users

Merry The Main at Pleasanton between December 3 to 4. The forms for vendors, the Bicycle ParadeIlluminated Christmas NightParade, River Park Wonderland and Little MissMerry on MainPageant are available on www.merryonmain.org.

Merry the MainTalent Show will accept audition videos

Submit your 1minute video to [email protected] for the details for future contest. Be sure to include your first name as well as date of birth along with the type for your video (voice comedy voice, voice, etc. ).Age categories are 5-10, 11-17 , or those aged 18 and over. Deadline for submission of video is on the 7th of November.

WildBill Christmas CowboyGallop

SouthCentral Texas Community CouncilFundraiser

The cost for tickets to the raffle is $10 which is equal to three tickets. The prizes will include gift card baskets as well as other prizes. Tickets are available at 1220 Ave. Simmons in the Jourdanton. You can also contact 830-767-2019.

A fun family time within GeorgeFarms

595 Allee des Mobil-Homes , located in Poteet. It is accessible to the public on every Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 30th from 10a.m. until at least 6p.m. The cost of 12 dollars includes for unlimited rides in the hay and wine tastings and many other activities or $5 admission (does exclude the pumpkin but it includes hay rides, unlimited wine tasting, and much more).

CoastalBend College OpenHouse

1411Bensdale Road in the Pleasanton. The 21st of October, Thursday between 5p.m. between five p.m. to seven p.m. Go through the facilities, see the classrooms and get meet the staff and teachers. Participate in a mixer that includes a chamber. Bring a book that you have just purchased to donate for at the AtascosaCo Juvenile DetentionCenter.

SAP JAM October23

The event will begin at 12 noon in the Pleasanton SkatePark. It’s organized by SanAntonio / PleasantonPartners for Progress. Show off your skating skills. You could win a cash prizes in the form of skates are provided. Drinks and food are also offered. You can join the party to register by phone BobByrd at 210-896-5525 and provide your expertise.

PercyMedina Scholarship Fund PokerTournament

The 23rd of October take place in St.Andrew’s ChurchHall in the Pleasanton between 6 to 11p.m. The evening will include a dinner and dancing, and auction silent. This is an auction that is silent. Texas Hold’em Poker event ticket is $100 per person (including food and drinks). 1. The cash award for First Prize cash prize: 1,000USD gift card. 2nd prize cash prize cash prize 500USD gift card, and third prize: an award-winning gift card worth 250USD. Tickets for dinner cost $25. To reserve a table, call Priscilla at 210-639-2553, or phone Gabe at 512-995-994.

SaferPath domestic violence shelter provides a watchful eye

The 28th day the month of October on Thursday, beginning at the time between 6:30pm and 715 p.m. at the AtascosaCounty Courthouse. Find out more about local police officials and the inspirational story of an individual who survived in DomesticViolence AwarenessMonth.

Dia delos Muertos exhibition “Recuerdame”

Cafeteria is located in Cafeteria located in the Memorial Annex situated in Leming. The event is free and open in the public. Vernissage Wednesday on hte 27th of October from 6:30p.m. between 8p.m. until eight p.m. The event will continue through October 28-30 beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 3p.m. Everyone is invited. Go to this section on the website for further details.

Cleaning-up at SanYsidro cemetery on 30th of October

The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. Families and relatives at the cemetery are invited to participate. Lawn mowers and other tools are required. 

HalloweenTrick-or Treat at GeorgFarms

595 Allee des maisons mobiles in the Poteet on the Saturday of October. 30th of October, from 10a.m. to 6p.m. The cost for admission is $5. Children aged 2 and older are admitted for free. Bring your blanket or toy to enter at no cost. Costume contest and Halloween patch inside the Backyard Food and hay rides in the kitchen. There will be cash prizes, and much more.

PoteetFirst BaptistChurch , FallFestival

Saturday, 30th of October, 2013, 1305Amphion Rd. 5pm-8pm. Costume contest, games cart rides, as well as complimentary food and drinks until the all supplies are gone.

Halloween Trail in Pleasanton RiverPark

Sunday 31 October at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. It is run by PleasantonParks & Recreation. It’s an event that is free and includes food and Hay rides and games.

Cleansing of Dia delos MuertosCemetery

CharlotteCommunity Cemetery. Monday, r 1st of November, 4:00p.m. until 6:30p.m. Remember the lives of people who have passed on by donating food altars for time funeral services, and many other events. Bring a picture of someone you’ve been a part of. Everyone is asked to dress in disguise.

Noche delas Calaveras on 6th of November

MainStreet in downtown Pleasanton between 5 and 9p.m. Cultural festival that includes food and vendors of arts. Folklore performance and an altar competition, along with Catrina costume contest. Are you in search for sellers. If you’d like to know more about the process, contact 830-570-2782 , or 830-569-2163.

Meetings online for foster and adoption

It is run in conjunction with Belong. Meetings on November 6 in the evening, beginning with 6:30p.m. and on 13th of November at 10:00 a.m. Go to sjrcbelong.org to sign up.

the T1D annual 2nd WildBill PumpkinRace

Sunday, 7th of November GeorgeFarms 595Mobile HomeAlley in the Poteet. A fundraiser for diabetes Alert Dogs and StevieJayde Beddo. A fun 3K run, BBQ sales. Raffle of baked goods, sale of canning equipment Face painting, and lots more.

The 6th year for the The AtascosaCo.VeteransDay celebration.

Wednesday, 10th of November. Parade will begin at an estimated at 11:00a.m. at 1101Main St. in the Jourdanton. The line-up is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. Food and refreshments for Veterans and is available from the VeteransServices Bureau.

Atascosa Co. ThanksgivingDay

The event will take place on Thursday , 25th of November Jourdanton Community Centre. Jourdanton Community Centre 1101Campbell Ave.Free and hosted by Wayne Vaughn and Julie Hilberg. Anyone living in AtascosaCounty. The operating hours are the following times that are 12:00p.m. 1. p.m 2, 3, or 4. p.m. Take-out the pickup is available from 11:30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m. To book a table, make reservations, call 830-534-7083. Include the names of your guests and their preferred time. Maximum of 8 guests per table, or take-away reservations.

The Atascosa County Seniors’ Christmas Goal for Project 2021

This was known before as ACCEPT and has since shifted its attention to elderly individuals who need help. For those with any questions you can call (210-771-769).

FEATURED an event in Out&About, email Lifestyles editor LisaLuna at [email protected] or call our office at 830-569-6130.

Strange bedfellows call on CFPB to enact broader participation rule for personal loans


The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) have filed a joint petition with the CFPB that urges the Bureau to engage in developing rules to define the biggest players in the personal loan market. In February 2022, the CFPB established a new procedure for members of the public to submit petitions for rulemaking (including changes to or repeals of existing rules). The petition has been registered by the CFPB. Under the new CFPB procedure, registered requests will receive a final response from the CFPB. (The ABC previously sent a letter in October 2021 to incoming director Chopra in which it urged the CFPB to adopt a broader participation rule for fintech consumer lenders.)

In their petition, CRL and CBA describe the consumer credit market as consisting of five segments: mortgages (including home equity loans and HELOCs), credit cards, auto loans, students and “other personal loans“. They describe the category of “other personal loans” as encompassing three types of loans which may be secured (other than by real estate interest) or unsecured: short-term installment loans (generally lasting from three months to year), longer-term loans and revolving lines of credit. Secured loans in this category include loans intended to finance the purchase of durable goods (such as a household appliance or mobile home) and loans backed by security over an existing asset of the borrower (such as a vehicle).

CRL and CBA note that in 2015, the Bureau announced in its regulatory agenda that it planned to develop a proposed rule to define large non-bank participants in the personal loan market, including installment loans. consumer and vehicle title loans, and reported in its Spring 2017 Regulatory Agenda report that it was working on such a rule. However, as they also note, the Bureau under former acting director Mulvaney reclassified rulemaking as inactive in its spring 2018 regulatory agenda and has not spoken on the matter since.

Reasons set out in the petition why the Bureau should resume rulemaking for larger participants include:

  • A rapidly growing personal installment loan market, particularly as a result of changes in state law that effectively ban payday loans;
  • A significant portion of consumers who use other personal loans, especially consumers who obtain such loans from non-bank institutions, tend to be economically vulnerable consumers who cannot obtain credit through credit cards or HELOCs. , have exhausted their available credit or have incurred such debt that they need to refinance a credit card or HELOC;
  • Substantial growth in fintech targeting the subprime market and offering loans that consumers are struggling to repay;
  • The current regulatory regime creates an uneven playing field with CFPB-supervised banks and a significant risk that consumer protection issues affecting vulnerable consumers will go undetected; and
  • Risk-based supervision, because of the need for firm-specific findings, is not an adequate substitute for a higher participation rule in a market with a substantial number of significant participants.

In their petition, CRL and CBA recommend that the personal loan market be defined as follows:

Creation or management of closed or open lines of credit payable in installments and provided to consumers for personal, family, or household purposes other than loans secured by real estate, loans for post-secondary education as defined in 12 CFR 1090.106 (a), or automobile purchase or refinance loans as defined in 12 CFR 1090.108(a).

Regarding their recommendation that the Bureau cover both closed installment loans and open lines of credit, CRL and CBA state that “there is an ongoing debate as to whether [buy-now-pay-later (BNPL)] the loans are fixed principal loans or variable principal lines of credit” and state that “[g]Consolidating closed and open loans in the definition of a single market for personal loans will avoid potential inconsistencies with regard to the supervision of the Office and avoid potential uncertainties with regard to the coverage of BNPL loans.

Regarding their recommendation that the market be defined to cover both the origination and servicing of personal loans, CRL and CBA point to bank/fintech partnerships. Calling “questionable” the assertion that the bank in such partnerships is the true lender, they argue that it is clear that the non-bank partner is a covered person providing a consumer financial product or service in its role as loan manager. According to CRL and CBA, defining the market to cover services and origination “will ensure that these noncustodial fintechs, if large enough to meet the higher participation threshold, are subject to Bureau oversight at least relates to its service activities, including its billing activities, collection and provision of data to consumer reporting agencies. »

In August 2022, eight national trade groups filed a petition with the CFPB that urged the Bureau to engage in developing rules to define the largest participants in the data aggregation services market.

Ukrainian Armed Forces hit five enemy command posts with missiles


Ukrainian missile and artillery units hit five enemy command posts, up to 15 enemy manpower and equipment reinforcement areas, two air defense positions and three ammunition depots.

This is stated in the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at 6:00 p.m., September 27, posted on Facebook.

As noted, Russian troops continue to focus their efforts on holding territories, trying to completely capture the Donetsk region, as well as disrupt the actions of the Defense Forces in some directions. The aggressor fires at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine along the line of contact, conducts aerial reconnaissance and tries to reestablish lost positions in certain areas.

The enemy continues to destroy civilian infrastructure and residential buildings. There is still a threat of airstrikes and missile strikes throughout Ukraine.

During the day, the enemy launched two missile strikes and six air strikes, more than 20 MLRS attacks against military and civilian targets, violating the norms of international humanitarian law, the laws and customs of war.

More than 15 settlements, including Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Ochakiv, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Poltavka and Marinka, were damaged by enemy fire.

In the Volyn and Polissia directions, the situation has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy opened fire from tanks, mortars and tube artillery.

In the direction of Siversky: in the areas of the settlements of Huta-Studenetska, Mykhaylove, Sosnivka and Starosillia of the Chernihiv region, Prokhody and Nova Huta of the Sumy region.

In the direction of Slobozhansky: in the areas of the settlements of Veterynarne, Udy, Vovchansk, Hoptivka and Strilecha.

In the direction of Kramatorsk: Holubi Ozera, Siversk, Verkhniokamyanske, Dvorichne, Dronivka, Zakitne and Minkivka.

In the direction of Bakhmut: Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Yakovlivka, New York and Rozdolivka.

In the direction of Avdiivka: Avdiivka, Berdychi, Opytne, Vodiane, Krasnohorivka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka.

In the direction of Novopavlivka: Yehorivka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Bohoyavlenka and Pavlivka.

More than 20 settlements, including Novosilka, Stepnohirsk, Shevchenko, Novopil, Vremivka, Poltavka and Uspenivka, came under fire in the direction of Zaporizhzhia.

In the southern direction of Buh, more than 35 settlements along the line of contact were hit by tanks, mortars and artillery guns.

To carry out reconnaissance, adjust fire and attack civilian infrastructure, the enemy carried out more than 50 drone sorties, in particular the Iranian-made Shahed-136.

To replenish the units, the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation is trying to organize the forced mobilization of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories.

During the day, Ukrainian troops repelled enemy attacks near Soledar, Mayorsk, Kurdiumivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vyimka, Spirne, Pervomaiske and Kamyanka.

To support the actions of the ground groups, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Defense Forces launched 10 strikes. Seven enemy military manpower and equipment staging areas and three anti-aircraft missile system positions were confirmed to have been damaged. In addition, air defense units destroyed one Su-25 aircraft and five drones of various types.

Missile and artillery units hit five enemy command posts, up to 15 enemy manpower and equipment reinforcement areas, two air defense positions and three ammunition depots.


Student group, Bumpers College, creates Arkansas Junior MANRRS, will mentor K-12 students


Karli Yarber

Bumpers College and the U of A hosted the Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy last summer, and many of the seventh and eighth graders who participated are now members of the first chapter of Arkansas Junior MANRRS and will interact with and will be supervised by students in U of the MANRRS RSO of A.

The U of A Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Allied Sciences and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences have successfully partnered with Arkansas Lighthouse Charter Schools to create an Arkansas Junior MANRRS Chapter.

Students from the U of A chapter, an official student organization registered at the university, will partner with the junior club and serve as mentors for the younger group, which includes K-12 students.

The junior chapter is one of 19 across the country. The MANRRS Junior Program is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics, or STEAM. The goal is to encourage students in grades 7 to 12 to attend university and pursue studies in agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences.

The goal of the U of A MANRRS, Bumpers College, and Arkansas Junior MANRRS partnership is to provide an opportunity to augment historically underrepresented K-12 students with direct exposure to a land-grant university and a mentoring through the U of A’s MANRRS, improving diversity in underrepresented fields of agriculture and related sciences by dispelling agriculture “myths” and exposing underrepresented K-12 students Grade 12 to important “soft skills,” applied research, and opportunities to present at regional and national conferences.

“The overall goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing studies in agricultural fields and to expand the community of diverse Arkansas agricultural leaders to foster broader representation and mentors for future students,” said Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development. and Family Sciences, and U of A Club Advisor. “Our partnership between Junior MANRRS and U of A MANRRS is playing a key role in expanding Arkansas State’s research capabilities agriculture and in support of its land-grant mission.”

Wendell Scales, Deputy Director of Innovation at ALCS, is the Junior Club’s lead advisor.

“The creation of the state’s first junior MANRRS is a monumental step forward as we develop an innovative pathway for our scholars,” Scales said. “I thank Dr. Deacue Fields, Dr. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, Katie Dilley, Terrius Bruce and Ian A. Smith. They have supported our vision and understand that mentorship plays an equally important role in shaping our future leaders. “

Many members of the Arkansas Junior Chapter attended an Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy hosted by Bumpers College this summer. A group of seventh and eighth graders from ALCS Jacksonville and Pine Bluff spent three days on campus receiving hands-on learning experiences, exposure to technical and scientific operations and procedures related to agriculture, and to environmental humanities, social networking, an introduction to the college’s majors and career opportunities and possibilities, an introduction to campus life and traditions, and a white coat closing ceremony.

The U of A’s MANRRS chapter, which is one of 60 nationally, is housed at Bumpers College but is open to all college students. The aim of the group is to provide academic support, networking opportunities and career development. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development and family sciences, is the club’s advisor.

“Establishing a MANRRS program for juniors in Arkansas has been a top priority for Bumpers College,” said Katie Dilley, undergraduate recruitment coordinator for the college. “This is an incredible opportunity for historically underrepresented K-12 students to have first-hand learning experiences with agriculture and related sciences, and to network with the vast community of MANRRS, where students will be mentored by people like them who are working to make a stronger, more diverse future in their career fields.Bumpers College programs have a global impact in the industries most critical to life, and these students now have a front-row seat to learning about these programs long before they head off to college or their careers.

Scales, Mosley and Dilley led the effort to establish the junior group, which is the first in Arkansas.

About Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in businesses associated with food, family, environment, agriculture, sustainability and quality of life. human life; and who will be first-choice candidates for employers looking for leaders, innovators, decision makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named after Dale Bumpers, a former governor of Arkansas and longtime U.S. senator who propelled the state into national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

Turkey vows to defend its interests against Greece amid tensions – Action News Jax


ANKARA, Turkey — (AP) — Turkey summoned Greece’s ambassador on Monday to protest the alleged deployment of dozens of American-made armored vehicles to Greek islands that Ankara says should remain demilitarized in accordance with international treaties.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, warned that Turkey would not hesitate to defend its rights and interests against Greece.

Turkish media published aerial footage on Sunday which it said showed Greece’s deployment of armored vehicles on the Aegean islands of Samos and Lesbos, heightening tensions between the two NATO countries which have a history of rivalry. Turkish officials say the deployment violates the islands’ non-military status under international law.

Turkish officials summoned Greek Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. He said Turkey had also lodged a protest with Washington, but did not provide details.

Erdogan accused Greece of engaging in provocative acts against Turkey.

“We will not fail to defend the rights and interests of our country against Greece using all means at our disposal, if necessary,” Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

Turkey and Greece have decades-old disputes over a range of issues, including territorial claims in the Aegean Sea and disputes over airspace there. Disputes have brought them to the brink of war three times in the past half-century.

Tensions erupted in 2020 over exploratory drilling rights in areas of the Mediterranean Sea – where Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic zones – leading to a naval standoff.

More recently, Turkey accused Greece of violating international agreements by militarizing the Aegean islands. He also accused Greek surface-to-air missiles of locking onto Turkish F-16 fighter jets carrying out a reconnaissance mission in international airspace – a charge Greece has denied.

Athens says it must defend the islands – many of which lie near the Turkish coast – against a potential Turkish attack.

A Greek government official told The Associated Press that Greece “fully respects” its international obligations, adding that the Greek ambassador told his interlocutors that “Greece is not the country that threatens its neighbor with war or which gathers a large landing force on its coast as Turkey has done.

The official added that Turkey “continues to violate Greece’s sovereignty with its continued violations of its airspace and overflights of Greek territory.” The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly to the media, made the remarks on condition of anonymity.

According to Turkish media, security officials said 23 of the armored vehicles were sent to Lesbos and 18 others to Samos.

Meanwhile, Greek authorities have said a six-year-old migration agreement between Turkey and the European Union remains in place despite a growing dispute between the two neighbors over the treatment of refugees.

Notis Mitarachi, the minister for migration affairs, said Greece would continue to abide by the 2016 deal that allows it to return most migrants traveling illegally from neighboring Turkey.

“It is clear that for those coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Turkey is a safe country,” Mitarachi said. “Unfortunately, smugglers continue to ‘sell tickets’ to people from these countries.”

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan last week accused Greece of committing “crimes against humanity” by carrying out potentially deadly deportations of migrants traveling from the Turkish mainland to neighboring Greek islands.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the claims “absurd”, accusing Turkey of “weaponizing” migration to exert political pressure on Greece and other European countries.


Derek Gatopoulos reported from Athens, Greece.

CM and Dy CM pledge to act against pro-Pakistani slogans raised at PFI protest in Pune


Leaders of all political lines have spoken out strongly against a video which allegedly showed objectionable slogans during a protest march organized by supporters of the Indian Popular Front (PFI) in Pune on Friday.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said such slogans would not be tolerated in the state, while Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also Home Minister, said those who engage in such slogans “will not be spared”.

A video surfaced on social media on Saturday where protesters shouted slogans supporting neighboring Pakistan. The video also showed the protesters holding up the slogan as they were herded into a police vehicle. Hindustan Times was unable to independently verify the video.

In a tweet on Saturday, Shinde condemned the pro-Pakistan slogan and said they were raised by “anti-social elements”. “The police machinery will take the appropriate measures against them. Such slogans will not be tolerated in the country of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he said.

“If anyone brandishes a ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan in Maharashtra or India, then that person will not be spared and action will be taken against them. We will find them wherever they are and take action against them,” Fadnavis said.

Maharashtra Congress leader Nana Patole has called for the organization to be banned. “We are in favor of peace in the state and in the country and such activities will not be tolerated. The Center should ban these organizations under the UAPA, but at the same time, it should check whether there are any attempts to drive a wedge between Hindus and Muslims for politics.

The PFI staged a protest outside the Pune District Collector’s Office to denounce the recent nationwide raids by central, federal and state agencies on Thursday and the arrest of more than 100 members and people associated with the social group.

“We have received videos, we will investigate and verify them completely and take action accordingly,” said Sagar Patil, DCP Zone II, Pune.

Bundgarden police arrested 41 people and recorded a charge against 65 for staging Friday’s unrest without permission. The charges of unlawful assembly and blocking of roads were also added, an official said.

Pratap Mankar, senior police inspector at Bundgarden police station, said: “We didn’t give permission to demonstrate; therefore, we have booked nearly 65-70 protesters under unlawful assembly sections and the Bund Garden Police are investigating the matter further. ”

Bundgarden Police have registered an FIR under Sections 341 (punishment for unreasonable coercion), 141 (unlawful assembly), 142 (being a member of an unlawful assembly), 143 (punishment for anyone who participates in an unlawful assembly), 145 (joining or continuing unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 149 (the offense may be committed by any member of an unlawful assembly), 188 (Disobeying an order duly issued by an official) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act.

The PFI, created in 2006, is not a banned organization. Its members maintain that the organization works for the empowerment of marginalized sections of India.

Operational information as of 24.09.2022 | odessa-journal.com


The two hundred and thirteenth (213) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a full-scale Russian military invasion continues.

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region and retain captured territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in some areas. Firing at the positions of our troops along the line of contact conduct aerial reconnaissance and attempt to restore lost positions in certain directions.

The enemy continues to cynically attack civilian infrastructure and civilian homes. There remains the threat that the enemy will launch air strikes and missiles on the whole of Ukrainian territory.

The occupiers launched 5 missiles and 12 airstrikes, launched more than 9 MLRS attacks against military and civilian objects on the territory of our country, violating the norms of international humanitarian law, laws and customs of war.

More than 20 settlements were damaged by enemy fire. In particular, Bakhmut, Mykolayivka, Kalynivka, Mykolayiv, Sukhy Stavok, Pivdenne, Mali Shcherbaky.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy inflicted fire damage from tanks, mortars and cannon artillery, namely:

  • in the direction of Siversk – in the areas of the settlements of Huta-Studenetska and Mykhailove of the Chernihiv region and Pavlivka, Stukalivka, Seredyna-Buda, Myropilske, Krasnopillya, Mezenivka and Slavhorod of the Sumy region;
  • in the direction of Slobozhansk – in the areas of the settlements of Hoptivka, Strilecha, Ivashky, Oleksandrivka, Podoly, Kupyansk and Horokhuvatka;
  • in the direction of Kramatorsk – Pryshyb, Yarova, Ozerne, Dibrova, Raihorodok and Siversk;
  • in the direction Bakhmut – Soledar, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Zaitseve, Yakovlivka, New York, Verkhnyokamianske, Bilohorivka and Rozdolivka;
  • in the direction of Avdiyivka – Avdiyivka, Berdychi, Pervomaiske, Karlivka, Vodyane, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka.

More than 25 settlements were shelled in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhya directions. Among them are Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Novosilka, Novopil, Bilohirya, Orihiv, Temyrivka and Vremivka.

More than 40 settlements along the line of contact were affected by fire in the southern direction of Buh. To conduct reconnaissance, adjust fire and launch strikes on objects of civilian infrastructure, the enemy made more than 60 drone flights.

Partial mobilization measures are underway on the territory of the Russian Federation. Due to the low motivation and willingness of Russian citizens to participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, representatives of military commissariats began to go door to door with the immediate delivery of summonses to men of legal age conscription in the populated areas of the Krasnodar Territory from the first hours of the announced mobilization. Police checkpoints are set up on the main roads to control the movement of the male population. The mobilized personnel, after a short training in training centers, should be sent to replenish the military units that suffered numerous losses during the war on the territory of Ukraine.

During the current day, units of the Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Petropavlivka, Vyimka, Bakhmutske, Zaitseve, Opytne, Odradivka, Nevelske and Novomykhailivka.

To support the actions of the ground groups, the Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 19 strikes. It was confirmed that 14 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and military equipment and 5 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.

In addition, our air defense units destroyed 4 aircraft (Su-25, two Su-30 and one Su-34), 5 drones and one cruise missile from the invaders.

Missile troops and artillery, in particular, hit 4 command and control points, more than 10 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and equipment, 3 air defense positions and 4 ammunition depots . Enemy losses are refined.

Glory to Ukraine!

Iran steps up crackdown on protests despite internet blackout


Freed activists pictures on September 23, of what appeared to be direct police fire on Iranian protesters, who expressed their anger over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of vice police.

In a video, police forces were heard behind a loudspeaker warning protesters that they would only fire seconds before doing so. Iranian authorities have not commented on the reports, but have previously denied any involvement in the killings, blaming “infiltrators, saboteurs and terrorists”.

While an official death toll has yet to be announced, the Human rights in Iran the organization had at least 50 dead as of September 23, including many juveniles.

“We will hold our ground in the streets until the total liberation of our country,” said Salim Haghighi in an interview with Voice of America less than a day after her 16-year-old son, Milan, was killed in the northwest town of Oshnavieh.

On the eighth day During the protests, demonstrators chanted slogans against Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, clashing with riot police and plainclothes Basij forces in the conservative cities of Mashhad and Qom, as well as in Karaj, Tabriz, Ardebil, Rasht, Varamin and Sanandaj.

The capital Tehran was particularly tense, with gunfire heard in the affluent district of Saadatabad, as security forces rushed to disperse crowds. Several other neighborhoodsincluding Tehransar, Narmak, Sadeghiyeh and Sattarkhan witnessed similar scenes of shootings and huge fires in blocked streets, while video showed long lines of riot police on bicycles completely filling the central square of Vali- Asr to attack the demonstrators.

The rallies took place despite severe government-mandated internet disruptions intended to block communication and the transfer of video files. Iranians therefore found it difficult to connect, especially with such popular services as Instagram and WhatsApp. a lot too accused META, the company that owns the two platforms, to bow to pressure from the Iranian government. The company denied the allegations.

Tougher repression expected

As President Ebrahim Raisi Returning from his visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Iranian authorities appeared to be under less pressure in their dealings with protesters.

“If anyone has a fair word to say, it will be heard, but rioting and jeopardizing public safety will not be tolerated,” he said during a live televised speech to his arrived in Tehran.

Separately, the Islamic Republic Armythe Ministry of Intelligence as well as Friday prayer leaders issued strong statements about serious action against protesters.

The Iranians also shared online the screenshot generic messages from their phones, sent by the Ministry of Intelligence, warning against attending rallies.

In addition to hundreds of arrests at protest sites confirmed by authorities, overnight raids on homes have also been reported, with many political activists gathered in several provinces.

And in another plan to curb protests, authorities at least six universities in Tehran announced that classes will be held online only for the next ten days.

Growing solidarity

Global campaigns to highlight Mahsa’s case and support the protesters continued to gather pace, with a Twitter hashtag under its Persian name reaching almost 48 million references.

Other international personalities have joined the campaign, from the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the eminent British author JK Rowling. And gestures of support have spread across borders. Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtascurrently imprisoned by the Turkish government, shaved his head in support of the protesters.

State-Organized Gatherings

The state-funded broadcaster and hard-core media widely reported on what they described as “spontaneous” counter-rallies by government loyalists. In a live broadcast, however, a live shot crowds suddenly zoomed out, to accidentally show nearly empty space around the attendees. Another video released also appeared to show banners from a rally held three years ago.

Activists have long argued that the government is organizing such rallies with big budgets and media campaigns, while refusing to issue permits for protests planned by opponents. Under the Iranian Constitutionpeaceful demonstrations, even without a permit, are allowed if the participants do not carry weapons and do not act against Islamic rules.

State media coverage of recent protests has also been criticized for bias. Several video reports have emerged in recent days alleging protesters attacked ambulances and buses. Protesters, on the other hand, had previously warned against such a narrative, and published videos showing security forces using non-military vehicles as a cover.

How much does Ukraine get from transatlantic military aid?) – Defense Security Monitor


Consider a country in the far east of Europe that once shared a wider border with the former Soviet Union.

This country emerged from the dissolution of the USSR as an independent state, but still linked to Russia by its history and its centralized Moscow-oriented infrastructure.

The newly independent nation has a developing economy, a high degree of corruption and political instability, and ethnic tensions within its borders. It is associated with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development and is a member of the Council of Europe.

He fought against Russian interference and influence campaigns designed to sow public discord and distrust of democratic elections, resulting in a nonviolent protest movement – a “color revolution” that resulted in a change of power.

Its reformist leaders have sought closer ties with the United States and Europe, alternately hoping for membership in the NATO Alliance or the European Union, while its political opponents have generally favored more balanced ties. with Moscow.

Finally, he saw the Russian forces enter his de jure sovereign territory – ostensibly to support a beleaguered minority.

The country in question is Georgia.

But if you read this and guessed Ukraine, you’d be right too.

The difference, however, is the intensity, duration and objectives of Russia’s military interference operations in each country.

The Georgia War occurred in August 2008 and lasted twelve days. Long-simmering ethnic tensions in the tiny former Soviet oblast of South Ossetia erupted, prompting a brief Russian military intervention by air, land and sea that spilled over into undisputed Georgian territory. It ended with the official recognition by Moscow of the independence of South Ossetia and an ethnic cleansing of Georgians from South Ossetian territory.

Despite Georgia’s deepening ties with the United States and its support for US-led combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington – bound by two foreign military operations and an impending presidential election – has not not done much to help the Georgian government. He even refused requests for delivery of anti-tank and air defense weapons.

Europeans have been even more lackluster in their support for Georgia, choosing instead to largely blame Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili for provoking Russia into war. Backlash against Russia for its intervention in Georgia was nil and then French President Nicolas Sarkozy brokered a ceasefire largely favorable to Russian interests (which was also violated by Russia without consequence) .

It was at this time that the dice for subsequent Russian behavior in the region were cast.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, when Russia launched its “special operation” military invasion of Ukraine and the reaction from NATO and European Union members is the opposite.

Having already undertaken a stealth military operation in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which resulted in its occupation and official absorption by Moscow, as well as its support for destabilizing activities of Russian ethnic minority populations in Donetsk and Luhansk (collectively called the Donbass), Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine at large were hardly secret.

Nor is Moscow’s capacity for aggression in its former Soviet satellite, which suffered greatly from a campaign of terror and starvation (the Holodomor) orchestrated in the early 1930s by Josef Stalin and other Soviet leaders in Moscow.

The run-up to the invasion and the totality of Russia’s goals – as articulated by its President Vladimir Putin – have compelled Western leaders to collectively denounce Moscow’s actions and begin to take stock of their own past willingness to ignore Russian aggression along its former Soviet periphery in Eastern Europe.

Once the invasion began, Germany undertook an introspective look at how it had indirectly aided Russia and embraced a post-Cold War mindset that left its military unable to contribute substantially to directed operations. by the EU or NATO. Finland and Sweden – both members of the European Union but nominally non-aligned militarily – have begun to explore the possibility of joining the NATO Alliance.

The United States has led the way in its support for Ukraine and the initially beleaguered government of its President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, by sending steady streams of munitions, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, drones and other equipment matched with financial commitments exceeding the annual defense budgets of most European NATO members.

Washington has also pushed its Central and Eastern European NATO partners to send their old Soviet-era equipment to Ukraine to support Ukrainian resistance efforts and facilitate the absorption of such equipment into the military ranks.

Bringing in surplus defense items along with key new capabilities such as Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin anti-armour systems, Switchblade stray munitions, M777 lightweight howitzer and artillery rocket systems M142 high-mobility (HIMARS) aircraft helped Ukrainian forces halt Russian advances. and further enabled them to launch successful counter-offensives.

But the most telling aspect of all the transatlantic support for Ukraine is the level of military/security financial aid to Kyiv.

Since the early days of the Russian invasion, more and more funding has flowed east, ensuring that the Ukrainian government is capitalized and its military operations are secured.

The United States alone has provided at least $15.1 billion in military and security aid to Kyiv since February 24, with the United Kingdom providing another $2.6 billion.

When combined, the total contribution of these two countries represents the fifth highest defense figure in Europe for 2022.

In other words, the $17.7 billion in military and security aid received by Ukraine this year would put its defense budget behind those of Britain, Germany, France and Italy.

This is a remarkable figure considering that the defense budget allocated to the Ukrainian military by its government was just under $4.4 billion last year.

And that’s not the whole total.

Others across Europe and NATO – including EU institutions (to the tune of $2.5 billion) – are also helping the Ukrainian cause.

Poland gave $1.8 billion, Germany $1.2 billion, Canada just under $1 billion, Denmark about $300 million, France about $250 million, Latvia about $220 million and Norway at least $210 million. Countless others also provided financial aid and military equipment.

Not including all other contributions from across Europe, the total on the back of the envelope comes to over $25 billion in military and security funding for Ukraine, which when pegged into the budget landscape of the defense of Europe, would henceforth bring it to the fourth largest topline figure for this year.

Seen from afar – and without any general background information or historical context – the change in transatlantic attitude towards aid to a non-EU, non-NATO country caught in the crosshairs of 2008 Russia to 2022 is undeniable, even remarkable.

No longer fearful of diplomatic fallout with Moscow, forced to remove self-imposed blinders by a desire for peace and reliable energy supplies, the countries of Europe have woken up to a new strategic reality on their continent – one closer to their borders than that short, more distant conflict across the Black Sea in Georgia that today seems so distant.

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Hawkish Fed interest rate hike raises recession risks


As expected, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a third consecutive three-quarters percent interest rate hike on Wednesday. Rising interest rates will increase borrowing costs for businesses and home buyers. This could potentially slow economic growth and employment. And that could push the United States into a recession.

Last year, Powell called inflation “transitional,” but the Federal Reserve has struggled to bring it down to manageable levels. Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent global energy and food grain prices skyrocketing. Gas prices have since fallen and global supply chain issues have eased. But rising labor costs due to a highly competitive labor market remain a major driver of high inflation.

The two main tasks of the Fed are to control inflation and to enable full employment. In a statement today, the Fed’s monetary policy governing body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), called job growth “robust” and stressed that it was “strongly determined to bring inflation back to its target of 2%”.

Recession risks rise as soft landing looks elusive

The price to pay to bring inflation back to that 2% target could be a recession.

In a study published last week, the World Bank said that a global recession could be in store for 2023 as central banks raise interest rates “with a degree of synchronicity not seen in the past five decades.”

The Federal Reserve and other central banks use interest rates as leverage to cool or stimulate economic activity. Rising inflation is a sign of an overheated economy. Raising interest rates can slow economic growth to more manageable levels that allow price stability. Central banks can also raise interest rates – one of their expansionary tools – to help a struggling economy regain momentum.

Governor Jerome H. Powell testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. In May 2022, the Fed announced the largest interest rate hike in 20 years. (Image credit: Federal Reserve)

According to the World Bank, central banks may need to raise interest rates by another 2% to bring inflation back to target. Powell signaled that further increases may be on the way.

Although a recession is far from certain, certain sectors, including housing, will continue to be affected. In August, sales of existing homes fell for the seventh consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors. In August, sales fell nearly 20% from a year earlier. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now above 6%.

Can Powell retire a Captain Sully?

Powell’s challenge is to use the tools at his disposal to drive down interest rates without triggering a recession, ensuring a “soft landing” for the economy.

But there is a lag in the time it takes for interest rate changes to have an impact on the overall economy. So it’s a bit like shooting in the dark. By raising interest rates, it could overcorrect and drag the country unnecessarily into a recession. But if he is not vigilant enough, inflation could become a longer-term challenge and the United States could find itself locked in a period of stagflation like in the 1970s.

Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group announces the


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As Meta48 Holdings Ltd., the Chinese company is focusing on Web 3.0 and XR Internet while developing an open metaverse for users; the goal is the development of idols. The virtual hub provides a platform and growth system for real and virtual idols and idol groups. The new social metaverse will facilitate interaction between entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and consumer categories.

The media group intends to combine its original business values ​​with the goals of the digital metaverse as part of its reorganization and rebranding. From fan entertainment to visual entertainment and new brand consumption, the Shanghai Siba’s integration of longstanding values ​​will remain unchanged as it crosses this new digital frontier.

Meta48 believes in becoming a globally innovative business group that combines an appreciation for technology with content creation based on entertainment and social interaction. Its intended meta-universe represents real value for users and provides a connective and interactive environment for all who participate in its creation process.

SNH48, the popular girl group represented by Siba, considers itself the first O2O group to work on the concept of “the process is the product”. With increasingly immersive trends permeating the Chinese entertainment industry, the adoption of Web 3.0 and Internet XR has enabled an era of incredible engagement and change. With the creation of Meta48, fan participation will usher in a transition to greater consumer co-creation, as real-world visuals interact with a virtual and real-world XR-based experience. For example, Seine River, a user-built unit of this company, will move from creating content with users to creating assets and value with them on Meta48.

As Meta48 presents an immersive and interactive social platform, it will present co-creation opportunities for idol cultivation among fans of this community. Major assets will include virtual landscapes, virtual theaters and real estate.

The current system’s offline theater development model is based on engagement and physical proximity. When reflected in the metaverse model of Meta48, the system will provide a new immersive experience for users through daily virtual theater performances and large-scale concerts. The platform would also enable handshake meetings, sporting events, fashion events and other virtual interaction programs for fans of the Meta48 Virtual Theater. These experiences will be powered by idols and avatars via XR and VR technology.

Connectivity has become simple and systematic through the integration of the existing theatrical model with the growing systems of the metaverse and their associated technologies. This digital revamp also presents an exceptional opportunity for digital citizens and virtual idols to be part of a culture platform that promises exciting industry growth and transformation.

The Meta48 platform will be built around various digital and virtual assets as well as a trading mechanism designed to make assets more accessible to users. The integrated market will provide a direct trading system for these assets. This space, enabled by a Web 3.0 framework, will also encourage users to integrate personal digital collections, which can be created and exploited in the virtual market.

To achieve the goals of rebranding as Meta48, a complete virtual universe will include virtual cities and various social features and attractions for users. In this way, Meta48 has taken over the reins of redefining China’s entertainment industry for a new digital age, which includes ever-increasing interactivity through technology.

About Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group

The Shanghai Siba Culture Media Group is a major player in the Chinese entertainment industry that is currently transitioning to an open and immersive social metaverse. By renaming its holding company to Meta48, it caters to developing idols while offering virtual missions, assets, and items through Web 3.0 and XR Internet.

Meta48 Website | SNH48 Group website


ICU Weekly Insight, September 20, 2022: Cash hryvnia weakens again – Kyiv Post


Bonds: Weak activity on the bond market

Despite the increase in borrowings at the primary auction, activity on the secondary bond market remains weak, particularly in the military bond segment.

At the auction last Tuesday (September 13), the Ministry of Finance sold a new 1.5-year bond issue for Hr 166 million ($4.5 million). This amount is quite large compared to previous auctions, but very low to cover budgetary needs or even roll over ongoing debt repayments. Since the beginning of the year, the volume of local currency debt that the government has been unable to refinance has exceeded 88 billion HR ($2.4 billion). That excludes National Bank lending, which rose by 15 billion hrs ($0.4 billion) to 315 billion hrs ($8.6 billion) last week.

Currency-denominated bonds helped attract more funds last week, especially euro-denominated bonds with a put option. In total, the state budget received 1.43 billion Hr (39 million dollars), of which the equivalent of 1.25 billion Hr in euros (33.9 million EUR). See details in the auction review.

Larger borrowings did not improve secondary market activity. Total trading volume with Hr bonds fell to Hr2bn ($55m) due to reduced activity with ordinary (non-military) bonds to Hr1.9bn ($52m) , while activity with the good military remained at the usual level of Hr 120 million ($3.3 million).

ICU view: The Ministry of Finance continues to rely more on assistance from international partners and loans from the NBU, attracting small amounts in local currency and a little more in hard currency in the domestic bond market. Low interest rates on military bills do not contribute to secondary market activity where individuals and foreign investors are the main players. Individuals continue to buy mainly military bills in small quantities, while foreigners are interested in ordinary (non-military) instruments that have not been offered for more than six months. The choice of instruments for foreigners is shrinking, as old issues are gradually redeemed and new issues from the Ministry of Finance include only military bonds. At the same time, foreigners may find it beneficial to purchase new securities maturing soon after April 1, 2023, when they can repatriate the funds received (under current NBU regulations).

Bonds: investors hail the military successes of the Ukrainian army

Investors positively assessed the Ukrainian army’s successful counter-offensive actions and Eurobond prices rose.

Over the past week, Eurobond prices have risen substantially by 2‒4 cents to 23‒28 cents on the dollar and VRIs by almost three cents to 33 cents on the dollar of notional value. At the same time, Ukrainian Eurobond spreads tightened significantly against the benchmark by 200 to 500 basis points. This happened due to both a decline in Ukrainian bond yields and an increase in US Treasury yields.

ICU view: Price moves show investors are pricing battleground news positively, but prices haven’t even reached the levels of mid-August when Ukraine completed its Eurobond restructuring and sentiment bearishness in global markets had not yet intensified. The low interest rate for emerging market debt is not contributing to further price growth. The successes of the Ukrainian army in liberating the territories occupied by Russia have increased the optimism of investors, but at the moment they are convinced that the war can go on for a long time and should not be expected payments on Eurobonds in the near future.

FX: Hryvnia exchange rate weakens again

Last week, the hryvnia weakened again despite the NBU’s efforts to reduce the cash deficit.

After several auctions for the sale of cash in hard currency, the exchange rate of the hryvnia against the US dollar in major retail banks weakened from 39.3-40.3 Hr/US$ to 39.4-40.4 Hr/US$. Therefore, the NBU had to announce an auction for the sale of 100 million dollars and 100 million euros for today.

The interbank market has not experienced any major changes. Demand for hard currency from bank customers far exceeds supply, and the NBU sold about $0.5 billion through interventions last week.

ICU view: The shortage of hard currency liquidity remains a key factor in the weakening of the hryvnia. Contrary to our expectations, the NBU supply of hard currency cash to banks in previous weeks did not help to stabilize the hryvnia exchange rate. The NBU will therefore offer more FX liquidity this week, as it believes that the current exchange rate is too high. But strong demand for hard currency will continue to put pressure on the hryvnia’s exchange rate, and is unlikely to allow it to strengthen even a little in the near future.

Economy: The government submits the draft 2023 budget to Parliament

Last week, the Ukrainian government submitted to parliament a draft budget for 2023, a budget deficit estimated at 20% of GDP.

The document forecasts a state budget deficit equal to its projected revenues at Hr280 billion ($30.3 billion at the government’s projected Hr/USD year-average exchange rate). This represents about 20% of 2023F GDP according to government estimates. The deficit is expected to be covered by net external borrowing of $35.5 billion, while net local debt repayment will be $5.3 billion. The officials further noted that the government does not plan to rely on direct funding from the NBU next year.

ICU view: The submitted document should be treated as reflecting the government’s best-case scenario, whereby Ukraine’s international partners are ready to provide as much funding as the government has foreseen in the document. This scenario seems optimistic, in our opinion, and we believe that foreign financial assistance from IFIs and foreign governments is going to be significantly lower. We therefore expect the actual composition of fiscal funding sources to be different, with the NBU still playing an important role in closing the fiscal gap, even though the volumes of government debt purchases by the NBU will more than halve compared to compared to 2022 (expected 500 billion hours).

RESEARCH TEAM: Vitaliy Vavryshchuk, Alexander Martynenko, Taras Kotovych.

See the full report here.

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Witnesses: Airstrike in Myanmar kills 13, including 7 children


BANGKOK — Government helicopters attacked a school and a village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said on Monday.

Civilian casualties often occur in military government attacks on pro-democracy insurgents and their allies. However, the number of children killed in last Friday’s airstrike in Tabayin township, Sagaing region, appears to be the highest since the military took over in February last year. , overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military takeover sparked mass nonviolent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force, leading to the spread of armed resistance in towns and countryside. The fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army has launched several offensives, in some cases burning down villages, which have displaced more than half a million people, according to a report published by UNICEF this month. .

Friday’s attack occurred in the village of Let Yet Kone in Tabayin, also known as Depayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.

School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to get students to safe hiding places in ground floor classrooms when two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovered north from the village began to attack, firing machine guns and heavier weapons at the school, which is in the compound of the village’s Buddhist monastery.

Mar Mar works at the school with 20 volunteers who teach 240 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. She has been hiding in the village with her three children since fleeing for protection to avoid government repression after taking part in a civil disobedience movement against the military takeover last year. She uses the pseudonym Mar Mar to protect herself and her relatives from the military.

She said she did not expect any problems since the plane had already flown over the village without any incident.

“Since the students had done nothing wrong, I never thought they would be brutally shot down by machine guns,” Mar Mar told The Associated Press by phone Monday.

By the time she, students and teachers were able to take refuge in the classrooms, a teacher and a 7-year-old student had already been shot in the neck and head and Mar Mar had to use clothes to try to stand. the bleeding.

“They kept firing into the compound from the air for an hour,” Mar Mar said. “They didn’t stop for even a minute. All we could do at that time was chant Buddhist mantras.

When the air attack stopped, about 80 soldiers entered the monastery compound, firing their guns at the buildings.

The soldiers then ordered everyone in the compound out of the buildings. Mar Mar said he saw about 30 students with wounds on their backs, thighs, faces and other body parts. Some students had lost limbs.

“The kids told me their friends were dying,” she said. “I also heard a student shout, ‘It hurts so much. I can not stand it anymore. Please kill me.’ That voice still rings in my ears,” Mar Mar said.

She said at least six students were killed in the school and a 13-year-old boy working in a fishery in a nearby village was also shot and killed. At least six adults were also killed in the airstrike in other parts of the village, she said. The bodies of the dead children were carried away by the soldiers.

More than 20 people, including nine injured children and three teachers, were also taken away by the soldiers, she said. Two of those captured were accused of belonging to the anti-government People’s Defense Forces, the armed wing of the resistance to the army.

Security forces also set fire to a house in the village, causing residents to flee.

A Tabayin volunteer helping displaced people who asked not to be identified for fear of government reprisals said the bodies of the dead children were cremated by soldiers in nearby Ye U township.

“I am now talking about this to the international community because I want redress for our children,” Mar Mar said. “Instead of humanitarian aid, what we really need is real democracy and human rights.”

Myanmar Now, an online news service, and other independent Myanmar media also reported on the attack and the death of the students.

A day after the attack, the official Myanma Alinn newspaper reported that security forces went to check on the village after receiving reports that members of the People’s Defense Forces were hiding there.

The report states that members of the People’s Defense Forces and their allies from the Kachin Independence Army, a rebellious ethnic group, hid inside houses and the monastery and began shooting at the forces of security, causing deaths and injuries among the inhabitants of the village. He said the injured had been taken to hospitals, but did not mention the situation of the students.

According to the Thailand-based Political Prisoners Assistance Association, which monitors human rights in Myanmar, at least 2,298 civilians have been killed by security forces since the military took over last year. last.

The UN has documented 260 attacks on schools and education personnel since the coup, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in June.

Airstrike in Myanmar kills 13, including 7 children


BANGKOK – Government helicopters attacked a school and a village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said on Monday.

Civilian casualties often occur in military government attacks on pro-democracy insurgents and their allies. However, the number of children killed in last Friday’s airstrike in Tabayin township, Sagaing region, appears to be the highest since the military took over in February last year. , overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military takeover sparked mass nonviolent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force, leading to the spread of armed resistance in towns and countryside. The fighting has been particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army has launched several offensives, in some cases burning down villages, which have displaced more than half a million people, according to a report published by UNICEF this month. .

Friday’s attack occurred in the village of Let Yet Kone in Tabayin, also known as Depayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city.

School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to get students to safe hiding places in ground floor classrooms when two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovered north from the village began to attack, firing machine guns and heavier weapons at the school, which is located in the compound of the village’s Buddhist monastery.

Mar Mar works at the school with 20 volunteers who teach 240 students from kindergarten to grade 8. She has been hiding in the village with her three children since fleeing for safety to avoid government repression after taking part in a civil disobedience movement against the military takeover last year. She uses the pseudonym Mar Mar to protect herself and her relatives from the military.

She said she did not expect any problems since the plane had already flown over the village without any incident.

“Since the students had done nothing wrong, I never thought they would be brutally shot down by machine guns,” Mar Mar told The Associated Press by phone Monday.

By the time she, students and teachers were able to take refuge in the classrooms, a teacher and a 7-year-old student had already been shot in the neck and head and Mar Mar had to use clothes to try to stand. the bleeding.

“They kept shooting into the compound from the air for an hour,” Mar Mar said. “They didn’t stop for even a minute. All we could do at that time was sing Buddhist mantras.”

When the air attack stopped, about 80 soldiers entered the monastery compound, firing their guns at the buildings.

The soldiers then ordered everyone in the compound out of the buildings. Mar Mar said he saw about 30 students with wounds on their backs, thighs, faces and other body parts. Some students had lost limbs.

“The kids told me their friends were dying,” she said. “I also heard a student shouting, ‘It hurts so much. I can’t take it anymore. Kill me, please.’ That voice still rings in my ears,” Mar Mar said.

She said at least six students were killed in the school and a 13-year-old boy working in a fishery in a nearby village was also shot and killed. At least six adults were also killed in the airstrike in other parts of the village, she said. The bodies of the dead children were carried away by the soldiers.

More than 20 people, including nine injured children and three teachers, were also taken away by the soldiers, she said. Two of those captured were accused of belonging to the anti-government People’s Defense Forces, the armed wing of the resistance to the army.

Security forces also set fire to a house in the village, causing residents to flee.

A Tabayin volunteer helping displaced people who asked not to be identified for fear of government reprisals said the bodies of the dead children were cremated by soldiers in nearby Ye U township.

“I am now speaking to the international community about this because I want our children to get redress,” Mar Mar said. “Instead of humanitarian aid, what we really need is real democracy. and human rights.”

Myanmar Now, an online news service, and other independent Myanmar media also reported on the attack and the death of the students.

A day after the attack, the official Myanma Alinn newspaper reported that security forces went to check on the village after receiving reports that members of the People’s Defense Forces were hiding there.

The report states that members of the People’s Defense Forces and their allies from the Kachin Independence Army, a rebellious ethnic group, hid inside houses and the monastery and began shooting at the forces of security, causing deaths and injuries among the inhabitants of the village. He said the injured had been taken to hospitals, but did not mention the situation of the students.

According to the Thailand-based Political Prisoners Assistance Association, which monitors human rights in Myanmar, at least 2,298 civilians have been killed by security forces since the military took over last year. last.

The UN has documented 260 attacks on schools and education personnel since the coup, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said in June.

National conservative groups pour money into local school board races


The American Principles Project endorsed four local candidates, making them champions of parental rights in what turned out to be a “test case” for Schilling’s group, which is usually active in congressional races.

The American Principles Project wasn’t the only out-of-state group to pour money this summer into ads focused on school board races. What were traditionally grassroots contests are now the latest targets for a handful of national conservative groups with backing from a GOP megadonor seeking to shape how potentially difficult discussions about race and gender identity happen – or don’t happen – in classrooms across the country.

The money, attack ads and mobilization efforts in school board races – from some groups with no geographic ties to local candidates – underscore how education has become one of the top issues the Conservatives are increasingly directing their resources into the 2022 election cycle and beyond. While many parents have been motivated to become more involved in their child’s education during the pandemic, the way students are educated about race and sexuality is now prompting conservatives to become more involved in school boards. , which can have a significant influence on curriculum development in some states.

In one of the starkest examples, the New York-based PAC 1776 Project has endorsed more than 100 school board nominees in states like Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania this year — and invested a lot of money. money to help them get elected. With financial backing from a group linked to megadonor and GOP billionaire Richard Uihlein, Project 1776 PAC is putting money behind candidates who oppose critical race theory.

“I was trying to target Republicans who would normally vote midterm, but not necessarily in the primary, and encourage them to vote for conservative school board members,” said Ryan Girdusky, founder of Project 1776 PAC, in a statement. interview about PAC efforts in Florida. “It was a shit job.”

Critical Race Theory is an analytical framework originally developed by jurists examining how race and racism have become entrenched in American law and institutions since slavery and Jim Crow. But the term has quickly become a catch-all phrase among conservatives critical of how racial and social issues are taught in the K-12 education system. Most public school officials across the country say they don’t teach the theory, even in districts where lawmakers seek to ban it.

In Florida, GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and state conservatives — and Democrats to some extent — have contributed thousands of dollars in campaign donations and offered midterm political endorsements to help score points. seats on school boards. But these clashes have also been shaped by ads produced by political committees with a variety of different backers, from environmental companies at Big Sugar to billionaire megadonors like Uihlein.

The 1776 PAC, which asks anyone who visits its website to report local cases of critical race theory in schools, endorsed 49 applicants in Florida across 21 counties — more than even DeSantis. Of those endorsements, 19 of the nominees were endorsed by both the Republican governor and the PAC. 1776 spent about $400,000 combined on mailings, text messages and other election messages throughout Florida, Girdusky said.

While Florida schools don’t teach critical race theory, state curators led by DeSantis are combing through education for any trace of “woke” content, which they see as an instruction on concepts such as “white privilege”.

1776 mailed for its endorsed candidates, including Bridget Ziegler in Sarasota County, who is married to Florida’s Republican Party vice chairman and was endorsed by DeSantis.

One of the band’s advertisements for Ziegler said Election Day was a chance to “keep Florida schools free”. There’s a photo of DeSantis giving a thumbs-up, declaring that Ziegler will encourage parent involvement, stop critical race theory, remove pornographic materials from libraries and eliminate discussions of transgender people in classrooms .

Some conservatives have pushed for restrictions on transgender students, including athletes, and say the children are too young to discuss gender identity. Democrats and some school officials, however, have fought against such measures, including the Florida law that bars teachers from directing classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, known to opponents. under the name “Don’t Say Gay”.

Ziegler was one of 35 1776-endorsed candidates who won their elections last month.

Since the group’s “resounding victories” in Florida, the group has attracted the attention of popular conservatives. including Ben Shapiro and more than 300 candidates for the new school boards have would have asked for mentions.

“I’m very aware of PAC’s image and reputation,” Girdusky said. “I don’t want it to sound like we support any Republican.”

1776 is supported by a variety of donors, including dozens of individual contributions from across the country. He also received a $900,000 donation from Restoration PAC, largely funded by megadonor Uihlein, in late March, according to FEC filings. This donation represented approximately 35% of the 1776 donations from 2021-2022. Restoration has donated nearly $8.3 million to various political committees over the past two years, including anti-abortion group Women Speak Out and Election Integrity PAC, both linked to Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America .

Similarly, Uihlein’s Restoration PAC has donated $3.2 million to the Arlington-based super PAC American Principals Project since 2020, including $500,000 in late June and $750,000 in May, according to FEC filings.

And in yet another link, 1776 and APP used the Logan Circle Group, a Washington-based public relations firm, to help produce their ads. Logan Circle Group in 2021 threatened to sue journalists on behalf of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Who reported that former President Donald Trump was distancing himself from the Republican lawmaker following the federal investigation into whether Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old and the had paid for it.

In some cases in Florida, mailings or TV shows have targeted candidates through political committees located far away in the state.

A Tallahassee-based political committee — Education for All — paid for an ad that took aim at Sarah Fortney, a Polk County incumbent who was endorsed by local Democrats this election cycle, as reported by the Lakeland Ledger.

This PAC, according to campaign finance records, secured significant donations from Big Sugar among other sources in 2022, including $225,000 from United States Sugar Corp. and $50,000 from Florida Crystals Corporation. The two Florida-based sugar companies are politically active but not known to fund education-related issues or candidates.

Elsewhere in the Sunshine State, a Jensen Beach, Florida PAC, Leadership for Florida’s Future, ran ads against a Democratic-backed school board candidate in Alachua County, which is hundreds of miles away. .

The ad accused the nominee, Diyonne McGraw, of being “untrustworthy” and claimed she “lied under oath” while opposing an outgoing board member named and approved by DeSantis. The sender cited news reports about an employee of a McGraw-owned group home accused of abusing a disabled person.

“We just can’t trust Diyonne McGraw with our kids,” the ad read.

Leadership for Florida’s Future received a major donation in 2022: $110,000 from Mosaic, a phosphate mining company that has long donated to politicians on both sides of the spectrum, from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Hillary Clinton. The PAC also received $3,500 from a committee of State Rep. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay).

Despite the negative announcement, McGraw won his race in Alachua as one of three Democratic-endorsed candidates to win out of four.

“It was no small victory,” said Carlee Simon, the former superintendent of Alachua schools who now leads a Democrat-linked education PAC. “It was a controversial decision on the part of the community that this is where we are going.”

Raising awareness of kickboxing through cinema | Local features


Professional kickboxer Devon Darryl Ramkallawan has produced a film to raise awareness of the sport. Ramkallawan, who has been involved in kickboxing for over a decade, merged his passion for filmmaking and kickboxing to produce a film titled Luke, The Thai Boxer to challenge and explore attitudes towards the sport.

Luke, The Thai Boxer is a 25 minute film starring Luke Soogrim. It tells the story of the importance of martial arts and debunks the narrative that martial arts is a violent sport. The film premiered on September 10 and was also streamed on YouTube and https://www.challengegym.org/film.

At the age of 16, fresh out of school, Ramkallawan began his career as a fitness instructor. At 18, he began to study Muay Thai and kickboxing. At 21, Ramkallawan opened the Challenge Gym, with the slogan “Are you up for the challenge?” The kickboxer recently spoke to Kitcharee about his passion for filmmaking and kickboxing and the driving force behind his latest film. “By fusing my passions for writing, fighting and acting, I believe this is the best tool for me to raise awareness.”

All of Ramkallawan’s 20s have dedicated themselves to competing in the sports of kickboxing and Muay Thai, representing Trinidad and Tobago for ten years.

In 2015, at age 30, he left the ring and focused on teaching and promoting the sport. He also promoted five shows featuring kickboxing and Muay Thai fights. In 2020 he decided to return to the ring, but the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible. In 2022, Ramkallawan decides to focus on his film.

The 37-year-old, who is also an author, added: “This is a story that will raise awareness of a key importance in martial arts. It will destroy a myth that many still believe. It will explain and demonstrate how the Muay Thai skills can not only protect you, but also promote non-violence,” Ramkallawan said.

Ramkallawan said the film is driven by real events. “Many think martial arts are violent, but this film shows why it’s not. The character arc will inspire many to embrace such discipline. And best of all, even if the story is a fiction, the lessons and development are real. This is a story that many can relate to. I know this because I took real life experiences and placed them in the film. Therefore, this film is motivated by real events.

He added: “It will also demonstrate the power of love and clean thinking. It will encourage people to give love instead of hate. It will show how martial arts should be taught, how a true trainer should be, and how a student should develop. I’m sure viewers will shake their heads as they discover the truth displayed on screen,” he said.

Target young people

Ramkallawan said the film was aimed at young people. “It’s not my first film, but it’s my longest to date, screened for 25 minutes. It targets the young people of our country and all those who seek to better themselves. Anyone who has felt a loss and is looking for a positive place to live. It will benefit those who struggle with anger and easily succumb to hatred. It will show them the power to give love and be non-violent.

He added: “This film is dear to me because of the message. There are two messages to be taken from this – that is, violence and non-violence, and the second is the value of having of love and positivity rather than hate and negativity in the mind and heart. These messages will teach the positive effect of love on the body, mind and people around you” , said Ramkallawan.

The film, Ramkallawan said, can shape viewers’ minds. “I know it’s a fact because it shapes my life. I’ve seen a lot of positive benefits from the morals I live by. I want to share them and I think there’s no better medium,” he said.

Ramkallawan expressed satisfaction with the support given to the film. He has plans for future film projects but will largely focus on promoting the sport. “I’m also working on a script for my book, Wingless Angel, The Forbidden Deed, which I plan to pitch to a Hollywood producer when kickboxing and Muay Thai competition resumes. As for my return to the ring, it seems unlikely, but you never know because I am up for the challenge,” he said.

Luke, the Thai boxer – a summary

When Luke’s gang initiation goes awry, he steals $20 and a torn card with the words “Thai Boxing” written on it. He is considered a failure, he is beaten and left for dead. After surviving, his aunt searches for the words and finds the Challenge Gym where Luke is enrolled. His training takes him from weak to strong, until his former gang discovers his survival and progress. During an exhibition with another gymnasium, the gang leader attacks him. His trainer comes to his aid, and they run away.

Luke has grown so strong that he forgives the gang. He wants the best for them but worries about what he should do if they attack him again. His trainer advised him to remain non-violent and only use defensive techniques designed to reflect the attacker’s aggression and hatred back onto himself. When the inevitable happens, Luke digs deep within himself to find the courage to obey his trainer.

About Devon Darryl Ramkallawan

Devon Darryl Ramkallawan is a Certified Personal Trainer in Kickboxing (Second Degree Black Belt), Muay Thai (Tenth Khan) and Personal Fitness Instructor. He is an author and is also involved in acting, screenwriting and video editing. As an author, he writes under the pen name Devon DR.

Hispanic leaders Jaime Garcia and Jane Barbosa honored by city for contributions to Elgin – Chicago Tribune


Two Hispanic leaders, Jaime Garcia and the late Jane Barbosa, received prestigious honors from Elgin City Council for their decades of leadership and contributions to the Latino community.

Proclamations honoring Garcia, one of the founders of the Centro de Informacion, and Barbosa, a Latino community activist who died in June 2021, were read at this week’s council meeting. The honors come during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mayor David Kaptain also presented Garcia with a key to the city.

“They are very rarely distributed,” said the mayor. “It’s one of the few things a mayor can do. I can think of no one more deserving who has changed the face of the city for the better. Congratulations.”

Garcia helped co-found Centro in 1972. He has served as a board member, volunteer, and most recently as chief executive. He retired in June.

Centro was launched to help Spanish-speaking residents with translation, immigration and other issues, Kaptain said. It started as a part-time nonprofit that grew into an agency with three locations, 16 paid staff and a $1 million budget, the mayor said.

“Centro is still Kane County’s premier Hispanic social service agency,” Kaptain said.

Garcia served 15 years as executive director, helping shape and grow the organization and helping thousands of people, he said.

“He opened doors in this field for many, many people and gave them the basics they needed to become citizens of the United States,” Kaptain said.

Garcia said he was just one of many who made Centro what it is.

“I just want to say that I was just a catalyst. There are so, many other people who have contributed to the Centro de Informacion over its 50 years,” he said. “I was just one of many workers.”

Garcia was 9 when his family moved to the United States, so he understands what “it means to come to a different country, to learn to speak a different language, to learn a different culture,” he said. he declares. “Therefore, I felt that a calling as an adult was to be a spark, a catalyst, and to be able to make this country, this city a better place to live.”

Kaptain has also declared September 16 as Juanita “Jane” Barbosa Day. He asked Elginites to remember Barbosa for “his lifelong kindness, prolific volunteerism, and passionate commitment to politics, history, education, and social causes in the Latin American community.”

Barbosa was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. Her family moved to Elgin in 1957, where she attended the former St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Edward Central Catholic High School.

She had a long career at Elgin Community College as a recruiter and Minority Affairs Coordinator. She also founded the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), then became a real estate agent.

Barbosa created ECC’s Hispanic Heritage Month breakfast, dedicated to him this year.

She created a space where Latinos felt empowered, the mayor said.

“Jane will be remembered for her countless volunteer hours in the community of Elgin,” said Kaptain.

Melissa Barbosa Guzman, Barbosa’s daughter, thanked the city for the honor.

“It’s a great recognition. It’s a very special day for us,” Guzman said. “My mother, as you know, was very fond of Elgin. As proud as she was of her roots and her home country of Mexico, she was very proud of Elgin. It was his house.

Councilwoman Rose Martinez said she remembers visiting Puerto Rico and meeting a group of people attending a family reunion. When they found out she was from Elgin, “The first thing they asked was ‘Do you know Jane Barbosa?'” she said.

Gloria Casas is a freelance journalist for The Courier-News.

US Calls on Eritrea to Stop Fueling Conflict in Ethiopia | The journalist


He says there is no military solution to this conflict

The US State Department called on “Eritrea and others to stop fueling” the conflict in Ethiopia and urged Eritrea to withdraw its forces from Ethiopia’s borders. The department accused Eritrea of ​​increasing tensions across the Horn of Africa region.

The United States also called on “the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to immediately cease their military offensives and seek a negotiated settlement through peace talks under the auspices of the African Union.”

During a press briefing on September 15, 2022, Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department, said Ethiopia should seek a non-military solution to the conflict.

“We are increasingly concerned about the increasing military activity in northern Ethiopia. We strongly condemn the resumption of hostilities. There is no military solution to this conflict. These actions are inconsistent with the declared willingness of the Ethiopian government and Tigray regional authorities to enter into talks,” Price said.

US special envoy to the Horn of Africa Mike Hammer, who is in Ethiopia this week and canceled his scheduled press briefing on Friday, is also taking a similar stance to ensure a peaceful resolution to the third wave of war that has picked up in Ethiopia. on August 24, 2022.

The special envoy is said to be making efforts to bring the warring parties to the table, while Olusegun Obasanjo, the AU’s designated official to broker peace in Ethiopia, has remained silent since the outbreak of the third wave of war.

The envoy completes two weeks in the Horn region.

“He remained actively engaged with the Ethiopian government, with regional authorities in Tigray, with the African Union and with international partners to seek to advance a major effort to bring peace. He met on 12 September with the High Representative from AU, Obasanjo,” Price said.

On September 16, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa also said Hammer held productive meetings with Ethiopian government officials, civil society representatives, the African Union, and international partners.

Moussa Faki, the AUC chairman, who extended Obasanjo’s term on September 10, 2022 to continue engaging with warring parties in Ethiopia, also met with Hammer the next day. On the other hand, the UN Security Council, which was to discuss the situation in Ethiopia, has been postponed.

The five-month ceasefire and humanitarian assistance in Tigray was shattered when the third wave of war broke out on August 24, 2022. The ongoing AU-led peace initiative is in a deadlock, which the special envoy is trying to reactivate.

The Tigray regional government, which refuted the peace negotiations led by the AU before the last war, also issued a statement on September 11, 2022, agreeing to negotiate under the aegis of the AU.

Still, reaching a ceasefire deal and resuming peace talks remains far-fetched, deepening the humanitarian crisis as Eritrean forces would be drawn into the war and regionalizing the conflict.

“These actions aggravate the humanitarian situation at a time of severe drought and food insecurity,” Price said.

He called on the Ethiopian government, the Tigrayan authorities and all parties to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid.

“Humanitarian aid should not be used for military purposes, it should be used to save lives. And we urge the parties to stop fighting and begin talks under the auspices of the AU as soon as possible. Peace must have a chance. Too many people have died and too many others are suffering,” he added.

Why recalling progressive prosecutors is a bad idea – Whittier Daily News


Guess which California counties had some of the highest homicide rates last year? Kern, Tulare and Kings counties – all located in the Central Valley – were among the main culprits. So, naturally, we’d expect a movement to recall its district attorneys for being soft on crime, right?

Bad. While Chesa Boudin was recently recalled to San Francisco and George Gascon just escaped a recall in Los Angeles, none of the county prosecutors won by Donald Trump in 2020 have been recalled – even as their homicides topped the state.

How can this be?

I study the so-called progressive lawsuits, a phenomenon that has occurred in many states in recent years. From big cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston to more rural areas like Alamosa, Colorado, a burgeoning movement has swept the country.

What unites these prosecutors is a sense that the criminal justice system has been overly punitive, often with racially disproportionate effects, and that “getting smarter about crime” can save taxpayers money. while simultaneously tackling crime.

Some of the initiatives most associated with progressive prosecutors are cashless bail for non-violent offenses, the decriminalization of certain victimless crimes, such as driving without a license, and felony finding for youth, first-time offenders and drug addicts. All of these steps are part of evidence-based practice in criminal justice policy.

In some ways, the progressive prosecution could just as well be called libertarian, since one of its goals is to limit the power of the state by employing incarceration only where it is needed. However, prosecutors associated with the movement are often viewed as liberal, whether because they are former defense attorneys, run as Democrats, or accept campaign funds from liberal sources.

Even those who have been career prosecutors or former police officers are labeled “left-wing” or “activists”. As a result, it is easy for some to accuse them of being “soft on crime” or blame them for lawlessness when the crime rate rises.

However, the recent increase in crime is largely due to an increase in homicide – a type of crime that is hardly affected by more progressive approaches to prosecution. On the contrary, the data shows a relationship between increased access to guns and increased murders – a change that owes in many ways to conservative resistance to gun control. In fact, property crimes hit an all-time low in 2020 shortly after many progressive prosecutors took office. As tempted as prosecutors may be to take credit for the drop, many know the change likely reflects the effects of the pandemic quarantine when people were stuck at home.

The reality is that many factors affect the crime rate outside of prosecution policy. The FBI lists more than 13 factors, including economic conditions, population density, and cultural and religious characteristics. Prosecutors come in 10th position, behind police presence and strategy, and equal to judicial, correctional and probationary policies.

So what’s behind the decision to hold prosecutors accountable for rising crime rates and champion recall campaigns in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles? The predominant answer is political. In their early victories, progressive prosecutors have often opposed and defeated existing power structures, and those opponents do not go away easily. In some cases, the opposition includes police unions, who don’t like having a new prosecutor scrutinize their actions and who clearly have an interest in drawing attention to another entity if crime increases.

But, there is a bigger factor behind it all. For years, public punitiveness has been expected to be tied to fear of crime; the more voters believe they can be victimized, according to the hypothesis, the more likely they are to vote for harsher criminal penalties, such as mandatory minimum sentences and “three strikes and you’re out” measures. Yet research tells us that support for greater punitiveness actually stems from the public’s assessment of social conditions, particularly their concerns about declining social ties and consensus, and their fears of a greater social diversity. Simply put, if you look around you and see a society that no longer reflects your values ​​and yourself, if you think society is ‘falling apart’, you are more likely to support repression. “others” to enforce an order that reflects your morals.

Looking at the situations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, it’s easy to see why the public would go wild for greater punitiveness. The pandemic alone has shattered social bonds and consensus, if only on the value of science, and the growing spread of homelessness in cities would cause many to worry about social conditions.

“Things are out of control,” concluded some of the audience. No wonder they want to “repress” accordingly. The fact that any subsequent crackdown would likely come against the marginalized — especially people of color — only accentuates the historic willingness of some to ignore the discriminatory tradition of the criminal justice system.

So when you hear politicians or activists calling for a prosecutor’s recall, ask yourself what’s really going on. Is the problem a crime or a broader social discontent? Is the problem something prosecutors can control, or are there other factors, people or functions that have a more powerful influence? What are the activists’ motives, and who stands to benefit if the prosecutor is removed from office? Finally, will greater punitiveness really solve the problem or are we simply returning to an era of increased criminalization that ignores the trail of racial disparities in its wake?

It’s a complicated business. You must be the jury.

Jon Gould is Dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Transforming Criminal Justice: An Evidence-based Reform program.

Ukrainian leader woos allies as Russia hits hometown


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy worked Thursday to add political momentum to Ukraine’s recent military gains against Russia, as missile strikes that caused flooding near his hometown demonstrated the Moscow’s determination to regain battlefield advantage.

A week after a Ukrainian counteroffensive prompted Russian troops to withdraw from a northeastern region, Zelenskyy met with European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on her third wartime visit. in Kyiv. Von der Leyen publicly expressed the wholehearted support of the 27-nation bloc and wore an outfit in Ukraine’s national colors.

“It is absolutely vital and necessary to support Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to defend itself. And they have proven that they are capable of doing this, if they are well equipped,” he said. she declared.

Underlining the scale of the nearly 7 months of fighting, air raid sirens sounded repeatedly in the Ukrainian capital during von der Leyen’s meeting with Zelenskyy, showing the fear and damage that Russian troops could still inflict .

Ukrainian officials said Russian missile strikes on a checkpoint near Kryvyi Rih, Zelenskyy’s birthplace and central Ukraine’s largest city, raged through some streets. More than 100 houses flooded.

Russian military bloggers accused the attack of aiming to flood downstream areas where Ukrainian forces have been making inroads as part of their counteroffensive. Ukraine’s local government chief later reported a second attack on the dam and said emergency crews were working to prevent more water from escaping.

The first attack so close to its roots angered Zelenskyy, who said the strikes had no military value.

“In fact, hitting hundreds of thousands of ordinary civilians is another reason Russia will lose,” he said.

But the president, who said Ukrainian forces had retaken nearly 400 Russian-occupied settlements in less than a week, remained in good spirits and shrugged off a traffic accident he was in after a visit to the battlefield early Thursday.

On a day when the political optics stood out, the UN General Assembly said it would vote on whether to make a procedural exception that would allow Zelenskyy to deliver a pre-recorded speech at a leaders’ meeting. world next week.

The document proposed for today’s vote would prompt the 193 members to express concern that leaders of ‘peace-loving sovereign states’ cannot participate in person ‘for reasons beyond their control due to foreign invasion, aggression, military hostilities which do not permit safe departure from and return to their country, or the need to discharge their duties and functions of national defense and security.”

In Washington, a volunteer Ukrainian doctor who was captured in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol in Ukraine told US lawmakers on Thursday he comforted other detainees during his three months of captivity in Russia, rocking them as men, women and child prisoners succumbed to torture and untreated wounds.

Ukrainian Yuliia Paievska, who was arrested by pro-Russian forces in March and held in changing locations in Russia’s allied territory in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, spoke to Commission lawmakers on the Security and Cooperation in Europe, better known as the Helsinki Commission.

Paievska, giving her most detailed public account of her time in captivity, described “prisoners in cells screaming for weeks, then dying from torture without any medical aid”. She continued, “So in this torment of hell, the only things they feel before death are abuse and more beatings.”

As Zelenskyy courted his allies with optimism over the events of the past week, Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a regional security summit in Uzbekistan.

Xi’s government, which said it had a “boundless” friendship with Moscow before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, declined to criticize Russia’s military actions. At the start of their talks on Thursday, Putin thanked Xi and said he was ready to discuss China’s unspecified “concerns” over Ukraine.

“We highly appreciate the balanced position of our Chinese friends on the Ukrainian crisis,” Putin said, facing Xi around a long table.

Putin’s official meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security alliance created to counteract US influence, contrasted with Zelensky’s warm meeting with the chairman of the executive board. of the European Union.

On Thursday, the European Parliament completed the long process of approving a €5 billion preferential loan to Ukraine, a key part of a €9 billion aid package to offset the cost of the war.

Zelenskyy said more help cannot come quickly enough. He insisted that the West must impose more sanctions on the Kremlin and provide more weapons to its frontline soldiers.

Zelenskyy said the only way to keep Ukrainians safe is to “lock in the skies” over the country with air defense systems supplied by Western allies.

Germany, the economic powerhouse of the EU, announced on Thursday that it would send two additional MARS II multiple rocket launcher systems to Ukraine, along with 50 DINGO armored vehicles.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was pressuring Chancellor Olaf Scholz to decide to supply advanced tanks to Ukraine soon, as her counter-offensive gained ground.

“In the decisive phase that Ukraine is currently going through, I also do not believe that this is a decision that can be delayed for long,” Baerbock said.

Having little to repay his Western partners, Zelenskyy said von der Leyen’s name would be engraved on a plaque in a square near the Ukrainian parliament called “Walk of the Brave”.

“Here are the names of those leaders from Europe and the world who supported our state and stood with us against aggression,” he said.

In this photo provided by Ukraine’s emergency services, workers repair the structure after strikes damaged the dam and a nearby pumping station in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Ukrainian officials speak of A Russian missile attack on September 14 hit a reservoir dam near Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, causing flooding in parts of the city. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP Photo)


Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


A Ukrainian serviceman sits in a tank, in the recently recaptured area of ​​Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Sergey Guneev , Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via PA)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen greet each other in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addressing Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. (Alexandr Demyanchuk, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


Ukrainian paratroopers drive the vehicle displaying the Ukrainian flag on the pantone bridge crossing the Siverskiy-Donets river in the recently recaptured region of Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


Destroyed and damaged houses after a Russian attack on a civilian neighborhood in the recently recaptured area of ​​Izium, Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Did movies and TV get Gen Z wrong?


Bodies Bodies Bodies attempts a precarious balance between empathy and mockery, leaning more often towards the latter in widely generalized observations of a hip generation where buzzwords like “gaslighting”, “triggering” and “unhinged” are reeled off with laughter . The film alludes to Gen Z interactions but fails to unpack the full extent of a hyperconnected climate. At the start, there’s a burst of festive champagne, followed by Alice’s (Rachel Sennott) exclamation, “That was so crazy! I can’t believe I didn’t film that.” Alice may be closest to a stereotypical Gen Z archetype that has emerged on screen so far – an oblivious, titled, self-absorbed podcaster – but there’s not much to it. deepen this state of mind.

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In another new film capturing Gen Z’s relationship with social media, Quinn Shephard’s 2022 black comedy Not Okay takes the subject of performative activism to new heights as young woman Danni (Zoey Deutch) hungry for the influencer lifestyle, finds herself wrapped in a lie about being a survivor of a terrorist attack. As Bousfiha says: “[Gen Z] movies tend to be highly stylized, with eye-catching and memorable lines tailor-made to go viral. “Afterwards, they age like milk, and Not Okay is a great example of that. In the scenes of Danni coming to terms with the fact that there are people behind trending hashtags, the film is neither realistic enough to be a portrait of Generation Z nor sharp enough to be a satire. Culture writer Iana Murray shares Bousfiha’s sentiment that Not Okay manages to be “nearly outdated in a time when clichés and authenticity are what’s most important.” important” in, and “relatable” stars like Emma Chamberlain are the It Girls of the moment. But if [Not Okay] had been released, say, a year or two ago, maybe it would have felt more true to life.”

A common theme running through these movies is the decentralization of Hollywood’s white male hero, another cinematic recalibration of Gen Z; women of color take on important lead roles and take on more of the stories. Hollywood’s investment in Gen Z is creating space for today’s diverse youth in a world that doesn’t seem ready to welcome them. “A glimpse of their racially and ethnically diverse distributions tells us as much… [they] work as the perfect match with their dark and satirical take on contemporary thinking about sexuality, celebrity and violence,” says Dr Christopher Holliday, Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Visual Cultures Education at King’s College London. However, he adds: “The desire of some marginalized identities to ‘make visible’ is an imperative that can mistakenly equate visibility with progress, which in turn raises questions about an individual’s burden of representing the collective. and, therefore, who can – and should – hold the power to speak on behalf of a particular identity or social group.”

As Dr. Holliday mentions, the voices that craft these stories are also a point of contention; the age gap between the creators and their Gen Z characters means there is an immediate lived disparity. Not being part of this generation himself, Sam Levinson created the closest thing to a Gen Z-defining project: Euphoria. The teen drama’s melodramatic treatment of high school kids follows 17-year-old Rue (Zendaya) navigating love and addiction, and embodies the Gen Z aesthetic, which Tham says is “the prevalent visual cues of the neon, bright colors, dance floors and dark nights”. The show’s highly stylized, Instagram-worthy look – steeped in dark depths below the surface – plays on the instability and chaotic narrative nature of Gen Z media.

Xi-Putin meeting highlights power disparity between China and Russia


In February, just weeks before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing and said there were ‘no limits’ to their bilateral relationship. .

But the meeting between the two men at a regional security forum this week in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, clearly shows two things. First, there are, in fact, limits to their partnership. And, second, bilateral relations are becoming increasingly unequal as Putin’s reliance on Beijing grows.

China and Russia: from the absence of limits to “questions and concerns”

Beijing is indeed one of Moscow’s closest partners. Both countries have a common interest in challenging US power and dividing the US-led bloc of Western nations.

China and Russia oppose the West’s democracy promotion campaigns and its ability, due to US dominance of the global financial system, to punish nations with economic sanctions. Beijing and Moscow consider these geostrategic tools as challenges, even threats to the survival of their regimes.

Along with New Delhi, Beijing has provided essential economic and diplomatic support to Moscow since the invasion of Ukraine. China and India did not support United Nations resolutions against Russia this spring. They also increased oil imports from Russia, helping Moscow bear the brunt of international sanctions.

Yet Putin’s meeting with Xi at this week’s meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization shows that all is not well between the two powers. On Thursday, Putin said he understood Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine.

How the Russian War in Ukraine is Harming China

Neither Putin nor Xi has explicitly stated what those issues or concerns are. But the Moscow war changed the geopolitical landscape to the detriment of Beijing.

To begin with, it consolidated Europe as a geopolitical player and strengthened the transatlantic partnership with America. Western countries are accelerating their efforts to reduce their dependence on China and Russia for energy and rare earths.

Going forward, the growing possibility that Russia will indeed be defeated in the war against Ukraine may allow Western countries to focus more on China. And in the view of some observers, Western weaponry and intelligence support for Ukraine can provide a model that can help Taiwan deter or defend against a Chinese invasion.

Both China and Russia are authoritarian actors seeking to reshape the global balance of power. But they behave differently as geopolitical actors. Moscow acts like a bull in a china shop. And while Beijing’s diplomatic language is increasingly blustery, with its so-called Wolf Warrior diplomacy, it operates with much more patience and, for now, prefers to use non-military tools of influence.

To some extent, these behavioral dissimilarities are a function of differences between Chinese and Russian strategic cultures. But a more tangible driver is the economy: China is the world’s biggest trading nation, a manufacturing superpower and an emerging leader in cutting-edge technologies. The Russian economy has few strengths outside of the energy sector and specialized manufacturing industries.

Russia will rely more on China

Beijing has also benefited from Moscow’s losses since the start of the Ukrainian war. China is now Russia’s largest trading partner, eclipsing Europe. Russia is also keen to conduct this trade in Chinese yuan, which would boost Beijing’s efforts to internationalize its currency. Russian commodity exports also boost yuan-denominated bonds.

Moscow is also keen, if not desperately, to push forward a new pipeline deal that would bring gas from Western Siberia to China via Mongolia. The Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline, as it is called, would greatly help Russia offset its lost gas sales to Europe.

Presidents Xi and Putin attend the signing of a 30-year, $400 billion gas deal on May 21, 2014. (Image credit: Russian Presidency)

There are also signs that a beleaguered Russia could lose influence in its backyard to China. In meetings this week at the SCO with Central Asian leaders, China stressed a common interest in protecting its sovereignty. This language is not new. But it has taken on renewed importance given Russia’s unilateral invasion of a neighbor. To be clear, China is not a benign actor: the diplomatic and economic pressure it exerts on weaker countries has also been a form of interference.

Like Russia, China sees Central Asia as its backyard. For Beijing, the region is also a gateway to Europe. It used Xinjiang’s rail connectivity through Kazakhstan and Russia to send goods to Europe. And he is now exploring ways to circumvent Russia, with the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway.

While Putin may survive his costly war in Ukraine, Russian influence in its periphery has been hit hard. And its “ally” China could end up being a net beneficiary in the long run.

Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman on criminal justice. Penalty reform or crime severity?


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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (left) and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Many of the recent attacks in the turbulent U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania have involved criminal justice.

Throughout his campaign, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has underscored his belief that the US justice system is “ruthless and vindictive” and in need of reform, and proudly defended his record of aggressively pushing for clemency while leading the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Famous television doctor Mehmet Oz claimed in advertisements and press statements that Fetterman wanted to free criminals from prison and would make Pennsylvania less safe.

The differences between the candidates also extend to other areas of criminal justice and public safety, including how bail should be handled and the accessibility of firearms.

Here’s how Oz and Fetterman compare on a few key areas of criminal justice policy.

Are Penalties in Pennsylvania Too Harsh?

One of Fetterman’s longstanding complaints about Pennsylvania law is that first- and second-degree non-capital murder convictions automatically carry a life sentence. Any life sentence is also automatically life without parole – a law that made the Commonwealth an exception.

This legal arrangement is particularly controversial in the case of second degree murder, which does not necessarily involve killing another person. It simply requires a person to be involved in a crime in which someone dies.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman speaks at a press conference on moving the clemency application process online to improve access to criminal justice and reduce the wait for years, at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on Monday, April 4. 2022.

Fetterman has repeatedly called for more nuance in sentencing laws and held up his work on the Clemency Board as an example of the policies he would pursue federally from the Senate. The council can grant pardons – in which a person already released has their record forgiven – and commutations, which reduce the length of a prison sentence. Since Fetterman took over in 2019, both have grown significantly.

Along with sentencing reviews, Fetterman has advocated for changes to make the criminal justice system fairer — Pennsylvania, for example, is the only state that doesn’t fund public defense of the poor — and says he supports ” effective diversion programs for non-violent offenders.”

He says he also wants to “ensure that serious crimes receive tough penalties.”

A campaign spokesperson said that as a senator, Fetterman would specifically support criminal justice legislation like the blocked George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to “build more trust between police and the communities they serve, and to extend accountability and transparency in policing”. He added, Fetterman doesn’t think nonviolent marijuana charges should come with a jail sentence.

Oz used Fetterman’s support for sentencing reform, and his use of the Pardon Board to commute sentences, as a central part of his advertisements attacking Fetterman. His campaign has been particularly focused on highlighting Lee and Dennis Horton, brothers who were convicted of second degree murder in the early 1990s, had their sentences commuted unanimously in 2021 and now work for the Fetterman’s campaign.

The Horton brothers were arrested after being pulled over with a longtime friend, armed with a gun, in their car. All three were convicted of an armed robbery in which a man was shot and killed. The Hortons refused plea bargains and attempted to argue in court that they were innocent. After their sentencing, the Hortons maintained their innocence throughout their nearly three decades in prison, saying they simply got the friend back.

Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, meets an attendee during a visit to a car show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania May 14, 2022.

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Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, meets an attendee during a visit to a car show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania May 14, 2022.

In recent months, the Oz campaign has called for Fetterman’s campaign to fire the Hortons, saying in a written statement that Fetterman “consistently puts murderers and other criminals ahead of communities in Pennsylvania.”

Fetterman’s campaign spokesperson wrote in an email that on the matter, “all Dr. Oz and his team are doing is a crass scare campaign. It’s time for Dr. Oz to respond s ‘he thinks the wrongly convicted should die in prison.

The Oz campaign did not return a request for comment for this story.

Much of Oz’s other rhetoric about criminal justice has been similar. He also frequently says that Fetterman wants to free “a third of Pennsylvania’s prison population” and that those who will be freed would be “dangerous criminals”. Oz refers to a video in which Fetterman, during an online event, mentioned a comment by former Secretary of State for Corrections John Wetzel.

“He said something remarkable that I agree with,” Fetterman said during the panel. “He said we could cut our prison population by a third and not make anyone in Pennsylvania any less safe.”

Fetterman — and Wetzel — said reducing prison populations can save money, and Fetterman specifically pushed to reduce those populations by releasing elderly or sick inmates and reviewing questionable convictions.

Fetterman wants ‘common sense’ gun laws, Oz says they’re authoritarian

On firearms, the two candidates are closer to each other. Both emphasize their familiarity with guns – Fetterman notes on his website that “I own guns and have been around guns all my life.” Oz also says that “his father taught him to hunt when he was 12-13 and he taught his son to shoot before he was in school”.

But Fetterman has a few caveats that he says would be common sense. They include universal background checks, red flag laws — which are primarily aimed at keeping guns away from people in crisis who could harm themselves or others — and “more proactive efforts to get illegal guns off our streets.” .

Oz has expressed general opposition to all laws that make it harder to own guns, noting in particular on his website that he opposes red flag laws and “liberal gun grabs.” .

Oz, the site says “believes that every law-abiding American citizen should be allowed to buy the weapon of their desire”, and adds that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about “protecting ourselves”.

On policing, Fetterman and Oz are somewhat similar

Fetterman often points to his record as chief law enforcement officer in Braddock, the small town where he was mayor, and specifically notes a period of more than five years in which Braddock, who was known for his crime, did not had no firearm deaths.

“John’s entire political career began because of gun violence. When two of his students were shot and killed, he ran for mayor to end the violence,” a campaign staffer wrote in response to questions from WHYY. “Dr. Oz lives in a mansion on a hill, what does he know about crime fighting?”

Oz criticized Fetterman for apparent spikes in violence during Fetterman’s tenure as mayor. The campaign cited FBI data exclusively from the Braddock Police Department – ​​which last year had fewer than 10 part-time officers and no full-time officers – although police in surrounding municipalities are also responding to incidents in the area. borough. There are also long-standing concerns about the accuracy of Allegheny County municipalities reporting crime statistics to the state police.

But on the fundamental issue of defunding the police, both candidates are saying essentially the same thing. Oz says he doesn’t want to cut funding for the police, presenting the stance as a repudiation of “radicals and the far left.”

Fetterman also says he wants to make sure “law enforcement has the resources to do their job. He says he will also “prioritize oversight, accountability and violence prevention.”

DVIDS – News – 200th conducts training on displaced civilians


JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY- The 200th Military Police Command hosted a two-day workshop called the Civilian Displaced Operations Training Event (DCOTE) at the end of August. The workshop was a logical and necessary follow-up to the highly successful Detainee Operations Training (DOTE) event that took place in the summer of 2021.
This workshop, like DOTE before it, focused on the increased role military police personnel should play in future conflicts, but this time helping to manage the anticipated large numbers of civilians who would be displaced by the conflict. in large-scale combat.
Joining in the planning and execution of this training event were leaders from the 353rd Civil Affairs Command. The workshop brought together many seasoned minds on the topic of dislocated civilians. Also present were staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Thus, for two days, the soldiers and their commanders were able to learn from different points of view on the displaced civilians.
Maj. Gen. John F. Hussey, hosting his last major event as commanding general of the 200th Military Police Command, welcomed everyone to the event and used a concept he had learned from a “Naval General to explain why this formation was necessary. “3 Block War. On block 1, you are in the middle of a war. On block 2, you have your peacekeeping operations. On Block 3 you have humanitarian care,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Rodney Faulk, commanding general of the 99th Readiness Division and one of the distinguished guests at the workshop, followed Hussey’s welcome charge to attendees, saying logistics were critical to the smooth running of a basecamp. “Know what you need. Know what you will need,” he said.
The next briefing after the welcomes was given by a military police captain and a senior civil affairs professional, setting out doctrinal guidelines for dislocated civilian operations. Capt. Carlos Valencia, training developer at the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, in his memoir, laid out the 9 different types of displaced civilians, while elaborating on doctrinal guidance from the perspective of the military police. The best-known categories are evacuees, refugees, migrants and war victims. Lesser-known categories are displaced persons, internally displaced persons, returnees, stateless persons and resettled persons.
After Captain Valencia’s briefing, Major General Hussey praised the importance of doctrine, but added another important factor necessary for success. “Doctrinal knowledge is good, but you need strategic foresight in running these camps,” Hussey said.
Next, Mr. Al de Veyra, Deputy Supervisor of the US Army Civil Affairs Doctrine Division, spoke about doctrine from a civil affairs perspective. He stressed the importance of considering all the facets necessary to carry out a dislocated civilian operation. “You have to be like a wedding planner when you do that,” he said to laughter from the audience. Asked about the wedding planner’s remark after his memoir, de Veyra pointed out to think about everything that goes on in operations.
A training event like this would not be complete without mentioning legal considerations. Lt. Col. Robert DiStefano, chief of international law at the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, provided definitions of the most well-known terms associated with displaced civilians. He then explained the legal protections available to displaced persons under the Geneva Convention and international law in general. This briefing undoubtedly shed light on the importance of doing things the right way legally.
The next speaker of the day was retired Lt. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell, whose last military assignment in the Army Reserve was commanding the 76th Operational Response Command in Salt Lake City, Utah. He discussed the strategic impact of displaced civilians and talked about planning for the massive numbers of people displaced during the conflict. He said more than six million people had been displaced during the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Many of these people, he said, fled to neighboring NATO countries in the region. He also spoke of soldiers doing the right thing while serving. “Not knowing what to do, people do what they know.”
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Paul Baker and Maggie Dudgeon, then took to the podium to speak to the soldiers present about their role, acting as neutral observers who insist and promote knowledge and respect for international humanitarian law. Hussey likened the ICRC to a “staff-assisted visit,” where they go to an area of ​​military operations, observe operations, and advise unit leaders. The segment also included a brief from a representative of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Lt. Col. Tyler Waterhouse.
The withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021 and the subsequent evacuation and resettlement of Afghan citizens to the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome was the subject of the closing event of the day one as a panel discussed the mission from inception to execution. The panelists described how they became involved in the different phases of the mission, either in Europe or in the American places where the Afghan refugees were temporarily housed before being sent to various permanent places in the United States. Maj. James Balutowski, chief of operations for the 200th Military Police Command Headquarters, was on his way to another mission in Wisconsin when he received a call to go to Fort McCoy. “Shift. General Hussey knew that I had been stationed at Fort McCoy before and asked if I could help provide him with information, as a request for the 200th Force would be coming soon. At Maj. Gen. Hussey’s request, I ended up staying at Fort McCoy as a command liaison and assisting in the protection cell with security planning for our guests,” he said. -he declares.
On the second and final day of the conference, another panel, which included panelists from the day before, conducted a case study on Operation Allies Welcome. Col. Caroline Pogge, 353rd Civil Affairs Command Chief of Staff and DCOTE partner planner, led this case study. At the end of the event, she explained why her command had been heavily involved in the planning of the practice event. “It is important to share our experience and help units identify their partners at start-up. »
The final speaker for the event was National Defense University Professor Dr. Sean McFate, renowned author and expert on international security. Professor McFate spoke to attendees about future warfare and how countries continue to wage war in less conventional ways. “Conventional warfare, we like to think of state versus state, military versus military, that type of warfare has almost fallen to zero.” He cited numerous examples using the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the Israeli Hezbollah conflict to explain why the war is getting more underhanded, alluding to the title of his presentation (The Underhanded War).
The DCOTE ended with Maj. Gen. Hussey thanking all the speakers and soldiers who planned the event. He again emphasized why this training was planned and why it will always be vital in the future. “As I walk into the former Generals Retirement Home, you take what you’ve learned from here, for it will be your turn to oversee a camp one day.”

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Ukrainian military claims to have shot down Iranian drone used by Russia


NAIROBI: The capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region was hit by an airstrike on Tuesday, hospital officials and Tigrayan rebels said.

The reported strike on Mekele came just days after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said it was ready for a ceasefire and talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government after nearly two years of war.

“AbiyAhmed’s drones targeted the Adi Haki campus of Mekelle University,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda said on Twitter.

Another TPLF spokesperson, Kindeya Gebrehiwot, also said on Twitter that Mekele University had been “bombed”, causing injuries and property damage, which was still being assessed.

“This is happening after the Tigray government set up a negotiating team and declared itself ready for peace talks,” he said.

Kibrom Gebreselassie, a senior official at Ayder Hospital in Tigray, also said on Twitter that there was “an early morning drone attack” on Mekele.

“An injured patient has arrived in Ayder. The total number of victims is not yet known,” he said.

AFP was unable to independently verify the claims. Access to northern Ethiopia is severely restricted and Tigray has suffered a communications blackout for more than a year.

There was no immediate comment from government officials.

Tigray has been hit by several airstrikes since fighting resumed in late August between government forces and their allies and TPLF rebels in northern Ethiopia.

The return to combat shattered a March truce that had halted the worst of the bloodshed and dashed hopes of a peaceful resolution to a war that began nearly two years ago.

The new offensives have also drawn in Eritrean troops and halted aid deliveries to Tigray, where the UN says a lack of food, fuel and medicine is causing a humanitarian disaster.

Both sides accused the other of firing first, and fighting spread from southern Tigray to other fronts further north and west.

On Sunday, the TPLF said it was ready for a ceasefire and would accept an African Union-led peace process, removing an obstacle to negotiations with Abiy’s government.

The TPLF said a negotiating team including Getachew and General Tsadkan Gebretensae, a former Ethiopian army chief now in Tigray’s central military command, was “ready to deploy without delay”.

The international community – including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken – has urged the warring parties to seize the moment of peace .

Addis Ababa has yet to officially comment on the opening.

The Ethiopian government has previously said it is ready for unconditional talks “anytime, anywhere”, brokered by the AU, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

Countless civilians have been killed since war broke out in Africa’s second most populous country, and grave violations of civilian rights by all sides have been documented.

In March, the UN said at least 304 civilians had been killed in the previous three months in airstrikes “apparently carried out by the Ethiopian Air Force”.

The UN human rights office has documented aerial bombardments and drone strikes on refugee camps, a hotel and a market, and warned that disproportionate attacks on non-military targets could amount to crimes of war.

The government has accused the TPLF of staging civilian deaths in airstrikes to manufacture outrage, and insists it only targets military sites.

Abiy, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, sent troops to Tigray in November 2020 to overthrow the TPLF in response to what he said were attacks by the region’s former ruling party on refugee camps. the federal army.

But the TPLF retook most of Tigray in a surprise return in June 2021.

It then spread to neighboring Afar and Amhara regions before the fighting reached a stalemate.

Ukraine. More than 14,000 victims so far, but “actual numbers are likely higher”


Nearly 5,800 people have been killed in the conflict in Ukraine and the situation of prisoners of war in Russian-controlled areas is “worrying”, the head of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission of the United States said on Friday. UN in the country.

Matilda Bogner was presenting some of the findings of her latest report to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The conflict is now in its seventh month and his team has confirmed 14,059 civilian casualties so far, with 5,767 people killed and 8,292 injured.

“As we have said many times, we know the real numbers are probably much higher,” she added.

Listening to victims

Ms Bogner was talking about the city of Odessa, in southern Ukraine. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission has been present in the country since 2014, following the outbreak of fighting in the east between government forces and separatists.

Its latest report will be published on September 27.

Other discoveries reveal at least 416 proven victims of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances in the territories occupied by Russia or in areas under its control. Sixteen were found dead, while 166 were released.

Meanwhile, 51 arbitrary arrests and 30 other cases that may amount to enforced disappearance have been perpetrated by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.

Status of prisoners of war

The Mission also documented a series of violations against prisoners of war. While personnel were granted unimpeded access to places of internment and detention located on Ukrainian-controlled territory, Russia did not allow access to prisoners of war held on its territory or in a territory under occupation.

“This is all the more worrying as we have documented that prisoners of war in the power of the Russian Federation and detained by the armed forces of the Russian Federation or by affiliated armed groups have suffered torture and ill-treatment, and in some places of detention, the lack of adequate food, water, health care and sanitation,” Ms. Bogner said.

They were also informed about the disastrous sanitary situation of the penal colony of Olenivka, located to the east.

Many Ukrainian prisoners of war are believed to be suffering from hepatitis A, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases there. Moreover, many have not been allowed to contact their relatives, depriving their families of the right to know what happened to them.

Call to Russia

“We have also followed the cases of several pregnant POWs interned in places controlled by the Russian armed forces and affiliated armed groups. We urge the Russian Federation, as the detaining power, to consider the immediate release of these women for humanitarian reasons,” Ms. Bogner said.

The Mission has also documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war in government-controlled territories, usually during their capture, during initial interrogations or during transport to internment camps.

“Our mission was able to visit a Ukrainian POW camp. We note, however, that most prisoners of war continue to be held in penitentiary establishments, in violation of the rule that prisoners of war will not be interned in solitary confinement.”

Crimea concerns

Ms Bogner also mentioned the “significant deterioration” of the situation in Crimea, occupied by Russia since 2014.

She cited restrictions on the exercise of fundamental freedoms, torture and ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests, violations of the right to a fair trial, as well as the lack of accountability for these human rights violations. .

The Mission is concerned that patterns of human rights violations documented there can be repeated in territory newly occupied by Russia.

“In Crimea, the Russian Federation continues to suppress freedom of expression by enforcing vague and ill-defined legislation, penalizing real or perceived criticism of the Russian Federation and its armed forces,” she said.

“Since March, we have documented the prosecution of 89 people in Crimea for – and I quote – ‘public actions aimed at discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation’”.

Reprisals, arrests, intimidation

Meanwhile, teachers who refused to endorse what Russia called its “special military operation” in Ukraine are facing reprisals and sanctions. Human rights activists have been arrested and prosecuted for their work, and defense lawyers intimidated.

“We have documented arbitrary arrests and torture of individuals apprehended in the Russian-occupied Kherson region and transferred to Crimea,” Ms. Bogner said.

“In addition, men crossing the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and Crimea were subjected to so-called “screening” by the Russian Federal Security Service at checkpoints. According to credible information received by our Mission, this exposes them to the risk of enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment.

Declaration commitment

She added that Crimean Tatars continue to face intimidation and harassment, police raids and house searches, and prosecutions for terrorism and extremism-related offenses in proceedings that “are often below human rights standards”.

In addition, detainees belonging to this ethnic group continue to be deported to remote areas of the Russian Federation to serve their sentences.

Ms. Bogner said the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission will continue to document and report the facts on the ground, including the voices of victims.

“We consider this to be an essential element in trying to prevent further violations and to hold people accountable for violations already committed.

How much does a Black Hawk helicopter cost?


Blackhawk military helicopters are the best known models to the public. In this article, we will see “How much does a Black Hawk helicopter cost?” and other relevant information.

So, if you are interested in this topic, stick around till the end for a full understanding! In short, though, a Black Hawk costs between $5.9 million and $10.2 million, depending on the specific variant.

By comparison, an Apache helicopter costs between $60 million and $130 million.

First, a little about the Black Hawk UH models

The Black Hawk UH series is manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft for the US military. The first was the UH-60A, which was introduced in 1979 to replace the Army’s Black Hawk helicopter – Bell UH-1 Iroquois.

Black Hawks served in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Grenada, Iraq, Panama and Somalia.

Here is the complete list of all variant models of this Black Hawk UH series:

  • The Black Hawk YUH-60A
  • The UH-60A Black Hawk
  • The UH-60C Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk UH-60V
  • The UH-60M Black Hawk
  • The UH-60M Black Hawk upgrade
  • The EH-60a Black Hawk
  • The YEH-60B Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk -60C
  • The Black Hawk EUH-60L
  • The EH-60L Black Hawk
  • The UH-60Q Black Hawk
  • The HH-60L Black Hawk
  • The HH-60M Black Hawk
  • The HH-60U Black Hawk
  • The HH-60W Jolly Green II Black Hawk
  • The MH-60a Black Hawk
  • The MH-60k Black Hawk
  • The MH-60L Black Hawk
  • The DAP Black Hawk MH-60L
  • The MH-60M Black Hawk
  • The MH-60 Black Hawk stealth helicopter
  • The UH-60A Rascal Black Hawk
  • The optional piloted Black Hawk
  • The VH-60D Night Hawk
  • The White Falcon VH-60n
  • The VH-60m Black Hawk
  • The UH-60J Black Hawk
  • The Black Hawk UH-60JA
  • The Arpia AH-60L
  • The BattleHawk AH-60L
  • The UH-60P Black Hawk
  • The S-70A Black Hawk
  • The S-70i Black Hawk
  • The s-70M Black Hawk

We’ll take a closer look at the UH-60L Black Hawk, HH-60G Pave Hawk, HH-60M Black Hawk, UH-60J Black Hawk, and S-70i Black Hawk in the next section.

The Price of a Blackhawk Helicopter


As mentioned above, the cost of a Blackhawk helicopter ranges from $5.9 million to $10.2 million. There is a range of Blackhawk variants, which determines the specific cost. This is because each variation has distinct requirements for parts and specifications.

The range mentioned is defined by the Army UH-60L Black Hawk and the Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk, the former carrying a price tag of $5.9 million and the latter carrying a price tag of $10.2 million. .

But there are other variants with a military helicopter price ranging from $5.9 to $10.2 million. The HH-60M Black Hawk would cost at least $25 million, while the UH-60J Black Hawk would cost between $13 and $14 million. Slightly higher, the S-7oi Black Hawk is estimated at around $15.08 million.

The UH-60L Black Hawk

This model debuted in 1989. It retained the same rotor system as the original UH-60A, but other components were improved. For instance:

  • Its turboshaft engines have been upgraded to a set of t700-GE-701C/D
  • Its flight controls have been beefed up
  • Its hover IR suppression system has been improved to help cool engine exhaust during forward flight and hover
  • Her external cargo has been increased by 8,000 lbs. at 9,000 lbs.
  • Its wide chord rotor blades, stabilizer, tail boom and vibration dampers have been improved

Here is a photo of the UH-60L Black Hawk:


The HH-60G Pavé Hawk

It is a twin-turbo engine helicopter that serves the Air Force. It is part of the Skijorshy S-70 family. Here’s what it looks like:


The HH-60G Pave Hawk is primarily used for search and rescue in hostile day and night environments.

In peacetime, it can be used for emergency aeromedical evacuations, disaster relief, drug enforcement and international aid.

It entered service in 1987 to replace the HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopters. On the design side, it is a modified version of the UH-60 Black Hawk.

It is 19.75 m long and 5.08 high. Its curb weight is 16,000 pounds.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk has a top speed of 222 mph (193 knots) and a cruise speed of 183 mph (159 knots).

Its range is 373 mi and the service ceiling is 4,300 m.

The HH-60M Black Hawk

It is a medical evacuation helicopter designed for the US military. For this purpose, it is equipped with a kit of medical evacuation mission equipment packages. However, it can be reconfigured to perform other missions and operations, such as search and rescue, cargo transport, resupply and aerial reconnaissance.

The HH-60M Black Hawk can fly at a distance of 275.2 nm and at a speed of 140.7 k.

Here’s what it looks like:

blackhawk cost

The UH-60J Black Hawk

It is another twin-turbo engine unit and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. It is mainly used for search and rescue. Here is one in the sky:


The S-70i Black Hawk

It is a reliable helicopter with a maximum gross weight of 9.979 kilograms and two T700-GE701D engines. Each engine is equipped with C controls and can reach a maximum power of 1,447 kW. It can fly a distance of 459 kilometers without reserve and has a maximum cruising speed of 277 km/h. The service ceiling for this helicopter is 13,200 feet. The S-7oi Black Hawk has a spacious cabin with an area of ​​8.1 m^2 and a glass cockpit, accommodating 2 crew members and 13 soldiers.

This helicopter can be equipped with a range of systems and equipment, as well as armaments. Here’s what it looks like:


Besides the variant model, the price of the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter can also be affected by the number of units purchased at one time.

If the helicopters are purchased in bulk, the cost would be lower and vice versa.

Black Hawks that have been specially modified also tend to be more expensive. One example is the Black Hawk stealth helicopters, which reportedly saw “action” in the May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. These are equipped with more advanced stealth technology and are therefore probably much more expensive.

Other Ways to Consider the Cost of a Black Hawk Helicopter


Besides the unit purchase cost, the cost of a Black Hawk helicopter can also be considered in terms of

(1) Operating cost per hour

This is the total cost of all other expenses, such as fuel and repair and maintenance costs. According to executiveflyer.com, the average operating cost per hour for a Black Hawk helicopter is between $2,000 and $4,000.

Factors that may affect actual cost include (but are not limited to) market conditions and region of operation.

(2) Fuel cost

The cost of fuel for a Black Hawk helicopter can be influenced by factors such as

  • Altitude above sea level
  • The outside temperature
  • The onboard weight
  • flight speed
  • Fossil fuel market conditions

Disregarding external tanks and assuming all refueling equipment is available, it could cost $800 to $2,000 to power a single unit.

(3) Cost of repairs and maintenance

As with other helicopters, Black Hawk helicopters require regular repair and maintenance. As such, the cost of it can be very high. It is estimated that over a billion dollars are spent each year.

Civilian non-military Black Hawk helicopters

Civilians are allowed to purchase a Black Hawk helicopter if it has been decommissioned and is free of all military hardware.

The price for one can be anywhere from $3 million to $5 million, depending on the model and the condition it is in. A newer model in better condition would cost more and vice versa.

For example, a UH-60L Black Hawk listed on controller.com in 2021 was priced at $5,995. Its main details were as follows:

  • Year: 2007
  • Manufacturer: Sikorsky
  • Powertrain: 1,561 SHP per engine
  • Hours: 2.200

Here is a picture of it for reference:

per hour

If you are buying a Black Hawk helicopter, you will also need to consider other expenses. Consider:

  • How much would it cost to bring the helicopter home
  • How much would it cost to find a place to keep it
  • How much would it cost to repair and maintain it
  • How much would it cost to train and get a license to fly it

You can expect to pay between $10,000 and $15,000 for the training alone

Other expenses may include waiting fees, landing fees, sales and use taxes, insurance fees, etc.


So the answer to “How much does a Black Hawk helicopter cost?” is $5.9 million to $10.2 million. The specific value depends on the variation model and other factors, such as the number of units purchased at one time and whether a unit has been specially modified.

It is further possible to look at the cost of a Black Hawk helicopter through the “hourly operating cost”, which takes into account other expenses, such as fuel costs and repair and maintenance costs. .

A non-military Black Hawk helicopter for civilian use costs a lot less, but there are a lot of additional expenses you need to factor in.

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US-Israeli alliance saves lives


In short, US-Israeli relations, through initiatives such as the Jerusalem Declaration and the Abraham Accords, have helped establish Israel as a key regional player and partner for peace with neighboring countries that share its objective of regional security and stability.

Earlier this month, as Islamic Jihad, a proxy for the Ayatollah regime in Iran, launched some 1,100 rockets from Gaza into Israeli communities from Sderot to Tel Aviv, the Israel Defense Forces once again challenged to protect their own citizens while avoiding civilian casualties in Gaza. .

Yinam Cohen
Yinam Cohen

These goals were achieved in large part through the deployment of the Iron Dome, a mobile air defense system developed in Israel and funded since 2011 by appropriations from the US Congress. In the latter conflict, Iron Dome successfully intercepted 97% of rockets targeting Israeli population centers.

The Iron Dome system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and shells fired into populated areas.

It is frightening to think of Israel today if the Iron Dome had not been available to defend its citizens and their homes – Arabs as well as Jews – just days ago. How inconceivable would have been the losses, the suffering of this small nation that has already withstood decades of hatred and violence perpetrated by terrorist groups across the Middle East. But thanks to a vital partnership with the United States, the Iron Dome defense system managed to stop 380 rockets, while more than 500 rockets landed in the ocean or in open spaces and another 200 rockets fell in Gaza. , killing 15 of their own citizens.

Notably, support for the Iron Dome defense system — and the security of Israelis — has come from both sides of the congressional aisle, as well as from Presidents Obama, Trump and Biden.

President Biden, in particular, maintains a warm and long-standing friendship with the State of Israel throughout his many years of public service. Thus, it was both significant and fitting that the highlight of his 10th visit to Israel — his first as US president — last month was the signing of the Joint US-Israeli Jerusalem Strategic Partnership Statement. It is a historic document that recognizes the common values ​​of both nations and paves the way for the future deepening of our alliance.

In it, President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid reaffirm their commitment never to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and agree that their countries “will continue to work together to combat all efforts to boycott or to delegitimize Israel, to deny its right to self-defense or to isolate it unjustly in any forum.

It’s not widely understood, but the generous US funding of Israeli technology, including missile defense, has become a wise investment in the security of its own citizens. Just recently, a joint live-fire test of an Iron Dome was coordinated – in New Mexico – by the US military and the Israel Missile Defense Organization.

The United States has already purchased two Iron Dome batteries from Israeli system maker Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to defend against its own military installations. Testing has proven successful, and the US military plans to deploy one in the near future.

In short, US-Israeli relations, through initiatives such as the Jerusalem Declaration and the Abraham Accords, have helped establish Israel as a key regional player and partner for peace with neighboring countries that share its focus on regional security and stability – Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan so far – while planning to soon welcome Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries into the circle cooperation from Israel.

Israel, in turn, shares its advanced technologies and partners with American manufacturers to promote the security and economic well-being of the American people.

Yinam Cohen is the Consul General of Israel in the Midwest. This essay was first published in the Detroit News.

University receives tens of thousands of dollars in grants to fund alcohol safety programs – The Lafayette


This summer, Lafayette received a $40,000 prize to agree from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to fund several programs that will promote responsible drinking in the university community, including a party registration process that is scheduled to begin October 1.

Underage and Hazardous Drinking Reduction Fund to agree are donated to schools and other institutions to fund programs that promote responsible drinking, according to PA Liquor Control Board spokesperson Shawn Kelly.

Dean of Students Brian Samble said the college applied for grant funding in an effort to provide programs that teach upperclassmen how to be responsible social hosts. One of the programs the grant will help fund is the party registration process.

From October, students intending to host a party – or a gathering of more than twenty guests where alcohol will be present – ​​must complete a form on OurCampus 14 days prior to the party to notify the office. of the Dean of Students. On the form, students will provide information, including the host’s name and contact information, which will be shared with public safety.

Students do not need to wait for official approval from their parties when submitting the form, though Samble noted his office could respond with comments and information on best practices. The host will receive confirmation upon submission of the form which includes details of local ordinances.

In return for notifying the Dean of Students’ office of the party, some students will receive party packs, or food packets, for their events. The logic behind the program is to improve community policing and foster more vibrant community life.

“The status quo is what students are going through right now — these cat-and-mouse games, officers trying to figure out what’s going on, not knowing who to contact, and confusion about what’s going on,” Samble said. “So I think it’s an effort for the office of the dean of students to reach out to students and say, ‘Let’s work on this together. “”

Samble plans to develop a closer relationship with Easton Police and possibly share reports with them as well. While parties where the laws are broken will be punished regardless of their registration status, Samble suggested that those involved in registered parties could be treated a little more leniently if something goes wrong.

“Not registering the party is saying there is a conscious choice not to work with the college on a reasonable request…If a party is approached and yes, there is something going on in there that shouldn’t not be, and it is documented, it may not feel so aggressive load then [or a sanction] as a party that has not registered… if found responsible,” he said.

Greek Life’s policies will remain unchanged, as fraternities and sororities are already required to register all events they host. Student groups and organizations will use the same form on OurCampus to register a party, although the Office of Student Involvement will be notified instead of the Dean of Students.

Many other colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg College, have similar enrollment programs in place, Samble said.

Beyond the party registration process, the grant money will fund other programs in Lafayette.

Much of the money will be used to pay for eTIPS, an online training course for alcohol servers. Once only required for students living in off-campus accommodation, completion of eTIPS is now also mandatory for the entire junior class. According to Samble, Lafayette is the only college in the country to require an entire class of students to take this course.

In addition, grant money will be used to fund increased patrols, public service announcements and evaluations.

Beyond Lafayette, other Lehigh Valley colleges that received funding of the grant include Lehigh University and Muhlenberg. The grant, which is awarded in two-year cycles, will run from 2022 to spring 2024

Samble said he will evaluate the effectiveness of the programs throughout the grant period.

“I feel like Lafayette is really going to set a standard not just among our peer group, but across colleges across the country with an upper-class approach to responsible drinking and social housing; [an approach] it does not shame alcohol, but rather seeks to promote it responsibly,” he said.

Where is the deal with Iran today? | IJN


OASHINGTON — Last month, the odds of the United States joining the Iran nuclear deal looked higher than they had in years.

CNN and Reuters reported that Iran dropped several demands in negotiations over a new deal that would update the original reached in 2015.

The Joint Comprehensive Action Plan Joint Commission meets in Vienna, Austria on Dec. 17, 2021. (EU Delegation to Vienna/Handout via Xinhua)

Senior US officials were confident the new deal would be completed within days.

Then, on August 29, the Iranian government said it wanted more time – until September – to consider the US response to a recent proposal.

It is no longer clear whether Iran has made the concessions that US officials were so sure of, and the light that international diplomats thought they saw at the end of the tunnel is starting to dim – again.

What was in the original deal with Iran?

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it is officially called, emerged under the Obama administration and traded sanctions relief for rollbacks of Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel has vilified the deal from the start, arguing that Iran – which regularly calls for the destruction of Israel – is not to be trusted.

Several Jewish lawmakers have debated whether or not to back their president and the deal, which has become a landmark foreign policy achievement, or heed the condemnation of Israel and many Jews in their local communities.

By signing the JCPOA, Iran agreed to reduce its stockpile to a small amount of 3.67% enriched uranium – a level needed for medical research, unusable for weaponization – and to end plutonium production. .

It has also agreed to allow regular inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The other parties to the deal – including Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France, joined by major trading partners such as India and South Korea – have agreed to end the sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program (which Iran continues to insist is for non-military purposes) and its banking and oil sectors.

Critics of the deal denounced what they called fatal flaws:

Limitations on Iran’s enrichment program had expiration dates and several concerns were left out of the deal, including Iran’s missile program, its disruptive actions in the Middle East and its support for terrorists in the whole world.

Why is the United States not currently a signatory to the pact?

Republicans also hated the deal, but during the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump heeded the advice of top advisers who said pulling out of the deal would be worse than staying in Iran’s police force. Then, from May 2018, he opted for a program of maximum pressure on Iran, leaving the agreement, reinstating the suspended sanctions and adding many new ones.

In 2020, he ordered the killing of one of Iran’s top military officials, Qassem Soleimani.

In retaliation, Iran began increasing its fissile material enrichment to unprecedented levels. It is now believed that there are only a few weeks left before we have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon, as opposed to a year, which was the case when all parties were respecting the agreement.

While campaigning for the presidency, Joe Biden pledged to seek to get back into the deal. He said he wanted to improve the deal and negotiate limits on Iran’s other disruptive actions, but said his priority was to get back into the deal first.

One of Antony Blinken’s first acts as Biden’s new Secretary of State in February 2021 was to join the three European JCPOA partners in telling Iran that the United States was ready to return to the negotiating table.

What’s in the latest version of the agreement?

Iran will allow inspectors to verify it is returning to original 2015 restrictions – a complex process that could take months as inspectors watch the dismantling of enrichment systems that have been upgraded to higher levels than before 2015.

The US will likely lift sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear sector, oil exports and banks.

The deal will be less effective because Iran has advanced its enrichment capability to the point that even with a deal in place, it will likely never be more than six months away from a bomb, which is half the time. under the old agreement.

Additionally, the “sunsets” – the expirations of enrichment limitations due in 2026 and 2031 – are now approaching.

Returning to the deal will open Iran’s oil exports to legitimate markets; the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank critical of Iran in Washington, estimates revenues will reach $1 trillion by 2030.

If Biden wants to come back – what’s holding him back?

Representatives of all the countries party to the agreement, plus the United States (and the EU, which participated as a bloc in the negotiations but is not signed as a bloc), are negotiating a US reentry and new conditions since April 2021.

Iran elected a radical president, Ebrahim Raisi, shortly after Biden took office. Raisi was implicated in crimes against humanity in the late 1980s and chose for his cabinet two men involved in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

While Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry has been pictured joking with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, Iranian officials now refuse even to be in the same room as Americans, leading to intermediaries to shuttle between the conference rooms of the Palais Coburg hotel. and slowed the process considerably.

Iran asked for three concessions which Biden refused to accept. The first is for Biden to remove what Iran sees as the most harmful of Trump’s new sanctions: placing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the United States’ list of designated terrorists. Biden, who is close to families who lost soldiers in IRGC-backed attacks in Iraq, flatly refused.

Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a national security adviser and Mossad chief, have been in Washington in recent days, arguing against some of the rumored concessions, particularly the IRGC’s delisting.

Iran also wants the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, to end an investigation into undeclared nuclear material its inspectors discovered in 2019.

Iran also wants assurances that future administrations will not renege on the deal, as Trump did.
Western negotiators have claimed that Iran appears to have backed down from the first two demands in recent weeks.

US negotiators said they could not assure Iran that a future president would not walk away from the deal.

What are US lawmakers saying this time around?

Back-to-back supporters say some of the damage caused by Trump’s withdrawal is irreparable, while opponents of the deal say the flaws were baked into the original deal.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat who has been outspoken in favor of reentry, acknowledged in a Time magazine op-ed in February that any renewed deal would fall short of restrictions imposed under Obama.

“This new deal may not look like Obama’s because of all the ground we lost during Trump’s presidency,” Murphy wrote. “But an agreement from Iran to dramatically extend its escape time and allow all inspections to resume would make the world a safer place.”

A staffer who is regularly briefed on the administration’s Iranian planning recalled the appearance of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012 at the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Netanyahu was mocked for bringing a poster with the image of a bomb drawn on it, purporting to represent Iran’s nuclear program.

“Bibi’s little bombshell cartoon is actually real,” the staffer said. “You are literally presented with an almost binary choice, which is to accept a flawed deal that will set them back now, or to do nothing and go to war.”

“They have more stuff installed,” the staffer said. “They have less oversight. They have a larger inventory of 60% enriched uranium than they had during the JCPOA or even before the JCPOA.

What other jokers are bothering you?

Congress has the right to review the agreement. Opponents of the JCPOA, including in the pro-Israel community, are also planning a full court press against it this time around as well, and if Republicans take over at least one house of Congress in November, they could slow implementation. of the agreement.

There are also international trends that might make Americans shy away.

Iran is said to be helping Russia in its war against Ukraine by supplying it with armed drones and teaching it how to evade US sanctions.

Biden’s foreign policy priority cripples Russia. and bringing Iran back into the international community could hinder that goal.

Another setback could come in the form of open conflict between Iran and its American allies. Anti-Iranian tensions have flared into violence in Iraq, and Israel clashed last month with an Iranian ally, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in the Gaza Strip.

Iran has also not ceased its malign activities, including apparently in the United States, where a dissident faced assassination attempts and an assailant stabbed author Salman Rushdie, who remains in limbo. of a death sentence handed down by Iran in 1989.

Dortmund beat Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League group stage


Berlin, September 7 (SocialNews.XYZ) Borussia Dortmund started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a win, going 3-0 past Copenhagen thanks to goals from Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro and Jude Bellingham in Group D.

The visitors from Denmark started brightly and almost shocked Dortmund as Zeca’s long-range effort flew seconds from the game.

Dortmund took control quickly but lacked precision in front of goal, as Anthony Modeste headed ten yards out before Salih Ozcan’s hammer fell short on the half hour mark, Xinhua reports.

BVB finally got their reward and opened the scoring when Julian Brandt’s pass entered the path of Reus, who ignored a defender before slotting the ball past Copenhagen keeper Mathew Ryan in the 35th minute.

Dortmund increased the pressure and made it 2-0 just seven minutes later when Giovanni Reyna’s pass allowed Guerreiro to score from eight yards out.

Copenhagen got off to a better start again in the second half and should have halved the deficit after the restart, but Lukas Lerager couldn’t beat Dortmund’s backup goalkeeper Alexander Meyer in a one-on-one from very close range.

Edin Terzic’s side took over as the game wore on, but Ozcan and Brandt squandered promising chances on the hour mark in quick succession.

Dortmund repelled another golden chance in the 80th minute when substitute Youssouf Moukoko failed to score with only Ryan to beat.

The Blacks and Yellows sealed the deal moments later as Bellingham completed Reyna’s assist to make it 3-0.

The visitors thought they had reduced the arrears in the dying minutes of the game, but Rasmus Falk’s consolation goal was ruled out for offside.

“I think we put in a great performance today. It was an important game for us and we took business seriously. We didn’t start both halves well, but we scored twice in a row. It’s good to come out with a win to start,” said Dortmund head coach Terzic.

Source: IANS

Dortmund beat Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League group stage

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Shireen Abu Akleh: IDF admits journalist was likely killed by Israeli gunfire


“[I]It seems impossible to unequivocally determine the source of the shots that hit and killed Ms. Abu Akleh. However, there is a good chance that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by IDF fire at suspects identified as Palestinian gunmen during an exchange of fire,” the IDF said in a statement.

But the IDF has no intention of bringing criminal charges or prosecutions against any of the soldiers involved, the IDF’s Military Advocate General’s Office said in a separate statement Monday.

“After a thorough review of the incident, and based on all findings presented, the Military Advocate General has determined that in the circumstances of the incident, despite the disastrous outcome – the death of Ms. Abu Akleh and the injury of Mr. Samudi – there was no suspicion of a criminal offense warranting the initiation of an investigation by the MPCID,” the statement read. Abu Akleh’s producer Ali al-Samoudi was injured in the incident.

“The decision was based on the findings of the review, which determined that IDF soldiers only fired at those identified as armed terrorists during the incident. As such, it does not there was no suspicion that a bullet was deliberately fired at anyone identified as a civilian and in particular at anyone identified as a journalist,” the statement said.

A senior IDF official who briefed journalists on the findings of the military investigation before their release said IDF soldiers did not know they were shooting at the press and said Abu Akleh’s back was “probably towards the soldiers was a contributing factor. In footage from the shooting scene, Abu Akleh is wearing a protective vest that reads “PRESS” on the front and back.

“When they fired in that direction, the soldiers didn’t know they were shooting at journalists. They thought they were shooting at militants who were shooting at them,” the IDF official said.

A CNN investigation in May uncovered evidence – including two videos of the shooting scene – that there was no active fighting, or Palestinian militants, near Abu Akleh in the times that took place. preceded his death. Footage obtained by CNN, corroborated by testimony from eight eyewitnesses, an audio forensic analyst and an explosive weapons expert, suggests Israeli forces intentionally targeted Abu Akleh.

Al Jazeera, Abu Akleh’s employer, has consistently claimed that the Israeli army was responsible for his death. The network condemned the IDF’s investigation, saying the delay of more than 100 days since the shooting “is intended to evade the criminal responsibility it bears for the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh”.

“Al Jazeera denounces the lack of frank acknowledgment of its crime by the Israeli occupation army. The network demands that an independent international party investigate the crime of the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh, in order to bring justice to Shireen, to his family and fellow journalists around the world,” the network said in a statement.

Asked about investigations, including CNN’s, which found no militants near Abu Akleh when she was shot, the IDF official said: “We believe there were militants near Mrs. Abu Abkleh. Maybe not a meter away from her but they were in that area,” but the official did not provide any evidence to support this claim.

“When the soldier made that decision, it was just a blink of an eye,” the official said. “The soldier did not intend to harm an Al Jazeera reporter or [journalist] from any other network.”

“The soldier is sorry, and I’m sorry. This wasn’t supposed to happen and it shouldn’t happen. He didn’t do this on purpose,” the official said. He did not name the soldier.

During Monday’s briefing with reporters, the senior IDF official said the bullet that killed Abu Akleh was too damaged to identify the weapon that fired it, the same conclusion reached by a forensic investigation by the United States has arrived.

However, the IDF concluded that the soldier who likely fired the fatal shot was south of Abu Akleh in an armored military vehicle with limited line of sight, did not identify Abu Akleh as a journalist, and believed he was shooting at activists.

The official said soldiers in the area had been under fire “for an hour and fifteen minutes” before Abu Akleh was killed.

When asked why the gunfire seemed to continue even after Abu Akleh fell, the official said they counted no more than seven bullets fired after she was shot. Israeli drones filmed during the operation, the official said, but not with high enough resolution to see the fatal shot.

In the aftermath of Abu Akleh’s death, Israeli officials initially postulated that it was likely indiscriminate fire from Palestinian militants that had killed her, before acknowledging that it was possible that Israeli fire was responsible for the his death.

In their Monday report, the IDF left open the possibility that Abu Akleh “was hit by bullets fired by Palestinian gunmen towards the area she was in.”

According to the Palestinian autopsy, Abu Akleh was killed with a single bullet to the back of the neck.

US says Israeli army fire is

Shireen Abu Akleh’s family criticized the IDF investigation, saying Israel had “refused to take responsibility for Shireen’s murder”, and called for an independent US investigation.

The report “attempted to obscure the truth and avoid responsibility for the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, our aunt, sister, best friend, journalist and Palestinian American,” the family said in a statement sent to CNN.

“We have known for over 4 months now that an Israeli soldier shot and killed Shireen as countless investigations by CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Al-Haq, B’tselem, the United Nations and others have all concluded,” the statement read.

“And yet, as expected, Israel has refused to take responsibility for Shireen’s murder. Our family is not surprised by this result because it is obvious to anyone that Israeli war criminals cannot investigate their own crimes. However, we remain deeply hurt, frustrated and disappointed.”

“Since Shireen was killed, our family has called for a thorough, independent, and credible American investigation that leads to accountability, which is the bare minimum the United States government should do for any of its own citizens. We will continue to demand that the US government follow through on its stated commitments to accountability Accountability requires action.

In a statement Monday, State Department spokesman Ned Price welcomed the IDF review and noted “the importance of accountability in this matter, such as policies and procedures to prevent that similar incidents do not happen again in the future”.

“Our hearts go out to the Abu Akleh family as they mourn this tremendous loss – and to the many others around the world who have brought Shireen and her reporting home for over two decades,” Price said. “Not only was Shireen an American citizen, but she was a fearless journalist whose journalism and pursuit of truth earned her the respect of audiences around the world.”

In July, the United States discovered that Israeli army fire was “probably responsible” for the killing of Abu Akleh, although a US-supervised examination of the bullet “could not reach to a definite conclusion” on its origin due to the condition of the ball.

The US security coordinator – who leads an inter-agency team that coordinates with the Israeli government and the PA – “found no reason to believe it was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances during a IDF-led military operation against Palestinian Islamic Jihad factions on May 11, 2022 in Jenin, which followed a series of terrorist attacks in Israel,” according to a statement from the State Department at the time.

The IDF has carried out regular raids in the West Bank, particularly in the Jenin area, targeting what it says are militants and arms caches. The Jenin raid in which Abu Akleh was killed came shortly after a spate of Palestinian attacks that lasted for months and left 19 Israelis and foreigners dead. Some of the alleged assailants in these attacks were from Jenin, according to the Israeli army.

Reporting provided by CNN’s Jennifer Hansler in Washington.

An earthquake in China kills 30 and leaves behind traces of destruction


More than 30 people were killed and several others injured on Monday when a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Luding county in southwest China’s Sichuan province, whose population is already reeling from a growing number of Covid-19 cases and an unprecedented drought.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 12:25 p.m. local time, was monitored at 29.59 degrees north latitude and 102.08 degrees east longitude at a depth of 16 km, the China Earthquake Networks Center said as quoted by the state-run Xinhua news agency. Press Agency.

The epicenter is 39 km from the county seat of Luding and there are several villages within a 5 km radius of the epicenter.

According to state media, local officials said more than 30 people had been killed and more than 30 others injured. Casualties were expected to increase as relief teams spread to the affected areas.

Most residents of Chengdu, which has a population of over 21 million, spent most of the day outside their homes as aftershocks continued to rock the region.

Infrastructure, including water, electricity, transport and telecommunications services, was also damaged.

“Sincere condolences to the lives lost in the devastating Sichuan earthquake on September 5 and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” the Indian Embassy tweeted.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered all rescue efforts to minimize casualties, stressing that saving lives should be seen as the primary task.

Xi stressed strengthening earthquake monitoring, safeguarding against secondary disasters and properly accommodating affected people.

While calling for greater efforts to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property, Xi asked the Ministry of Emergency Management and other departments to send teams to Sichuan to guide the relief operations and ordered the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police to actively assist local disaster relief efforts.

Premier Li Keqiang also urged a quick assessment of the situation, as well as all-out rescue and medical treatment efforts.

The Chinese Red Cross has launched a Level III emergency response following the earthquake, with the first batch of relief materials consisting of 320 tents, 2,200 relief packages, 1,200 quilts and 300 folding beds sent in the affected area.

The company also sent a task force there to help with relief and rescue work.

Sichuan Province has activated the second highest level of emergency response for the earthquake and more relief forces are rushing to the epicenter area.

The quake was felt in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, located 226 km from the epicenter. Photos and videos posted on Chinese social media show buildings shaking in Chengdu. Details of the damage are awaited.

Sichuan province is located next to Tibet. The Tibetan Plateau is known to be prone to strong earthquakes as it sits right where the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates meet, often colliding with tremendous force.

More than 69,000 people were killed when an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the province in 2008 and a magnitude 7 earthquake killed 200 in 2013.

Monday’s earthquake struck as the province grapples with the growing number of Covid-19 cases.

Chengdu was under instant lockdown due to an increasing number of cases. Residents have been asked to stay at home, with one person per household allowed to go out each day to buy basic necessities. Daily nucleic acid testing was also mandatory until Wednesday, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

More than 1,000 cases have been reported since mid-August in Chengdu alone, a southwestern transport hub of 21 million people. Sichuan reported 105 new symptomatic cases and another 80 asymptomatic infections on Monday.

The province is also reeling from unprecedented drought and heatwaves that have persisted across large swaths of China, with farmland left dry after a month without rainfall and little or no irrigation equipment to available to farmers.

(With PTI inputs)

Rings Of Power’s Southlands Are Much Bigger Than You Think


This article contains spoilers for power rings episodes 1 & 2, and the future of Middle-earth.power rings episodes 1 and 2 introduced viewers to the Southlands, a place more important than one might think – as they are meant to include Mordor. Set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, Amazon’s power rings opens with Gil-galad, High King of the Elves, declaring that the war against evil is over. In truth, he knows much better; he simply fears that pursuing Sauron and his agents could make matters worse and seems to be working towards a non-military strategy.


Unfortunately, evil does not seem to have fallen asleep. power rings Episodes 1 and 2 open with the Elves leaving their watchtowers, celebrating their victory, and looking forward to a time of peace. No sooner have the Elves left, however, than it becomes ominous that dark forces are gathering in a region of Middle-earth known as the Southlands. There, crops are mysteriously dying and Orcs are attacking innocent villages (including Halbrand). Disturbingly, the inhabitants of these villages are completely disappearing; it is unknown whether they were killed or taken as slaves by Sauron’s forces.

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The Southlands may seem like a somewhat new place to Tolkien, but checking the map reveals that it is destined to become the Dark Land known as Mordor. Amazon confirmed this in a featurette ahead of the show’s release, which placed the Southlands name exactly where Mordor is written on the traditional the Lord of the Rings map. Just below the words was the distinctive shape of Lake Núrnen, named in The king’s return. “Neither [Sam] nor Frodo knew anything of the great fields worked by slaves to the south in that vast realm, beyond the fumes of the Mountain by the dark and sad waters of Lake Núrnen,” wrote Tolkien.

Do Rings of Power turn Southland into Mordor?

The Southern Lands don’t seem to fit perfectly with Sauron’s future land of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings; they encompass a much larger area. Yet there are disturbing clues that the region has explored in power rings is truly in the center of Mordor. According to the Elves, it was once a barren land – presumably meaning historic volcanic eruptions that turned it into waste. When the eruptions ceased, the volcanic ash would fly away, releasing elements such as magnesium and potassium into the ground and turning the Southlands into some of the best farmland in Middle-earth. But power rings seems to hint that volcanic activity is beginning again, with crops mysteriously dying even as the Orcs begin looting villages. The king’s return may further suggest the true purpose of the Orcs in power rings. It refers to fields worked by slaves near the shores of Lake Núrnen, and it is entirely possible that the villagers were taken from their homes to become the first generation of these slaves.

As wise as Gil-galad is, it’s clear he’s underestimated the evil that lurks in the shadows of Middle-earth. Sauron is on the move, his power growing again in the Southlands, and he’s sure to act even more openly now that the Elves have abandoned their watchtowers. power rings truly traces the darkest days of the Southlands.

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Mexico debates its no-bail policy for non-violent suspects



MEXICO CITY — In Mexico, a long list of non-violent crimes — such as home burglaries and cargo and fuel thefts — automatically result in pretrial detention, without bail or house arrest.

Mexico’s Supreme Court is expected to rule on this ‘no-lease’ policy soon, with some justices saying it violates international treaties that state pretrial detention should only be used in ‘exceptional’ cases to keep suspects to flee justice.

Suspects charged with murder and other violent crimes are rarely released on bail anywhere in the world. But in Mexico, the list of charges allowing a suspect to be detained pending trial has increased to 16, including abuse of authority, corruption and electoral crime.

Yet only two in ten people charged with a crime in Mexico are convicted. This means that of the approximately 92,000 suspects currently being held in cells awaiting trial, often with hardened criminals, around 75,000 will spend years locked up in Mexico’s overcrowded and dangerous prisons, without risk of conviction.

Trials in Mexico can last surprisingly long. Two men were recently released with ankle monitors after spending 17 years in prison while on trial for murder. Strangely, now that they have been sentenced, they are both absent while appealing.

One of them, Daniel García Rodríguez, said: “We are also concerned that nearly 100,000 Mexicans are being held in prison awaiting trial. They and their families are extremely poor, and the pretrial detention has made them even more vulnerable.

All of this results in many innocent people spending years in prison. Activists say a growing number of Mexicans are being forced to opt for some form of plea bargain simply because they are likely to spend more time in a cell trying to clear their name than they would s they were doomed.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has increased the number of crimes considered ineligible for bail and he has publicly called on the Supreme Court to no longer release people pending trial.

His administration argues that this would create additional pressure or threats on judges to accept bribes in exchange for the release of suspects, and would create a “revolving door” justice system in which suspects could get out of prison as soon as they are detained.

“This is to prevent them from fleeing justice, or attacking victims or threatening witnesses, or continuing to commit crimes or direct criminal activity,” a Home Office statement said. by urging the Supreme Court not to change the rules.

Deputy Interior Secretary Ricardo Mejía said on Friday that because Mexican judges are so corrupt, “we wouldn’t just go back to the ‘revolving door,’ we would rather talk about open doors…when there are felt that the judges had freed some criminals faster than they could be caught.

Activists say there is also the question of whether Mexico should lock people up for years only on police orders. The country’s police force are not known for their sophisticated investigative techniques and often keep suspects locked up on the faintest of suspicions while they try to build cases against them.

“What they’re doing is, ‘I’m going to arrest you first, then I’ll investigate you,'” said independent senator Emilio Álvarez Icaza, a former human rights official.

Luís Alejandro Chávez spent two years in prison awaiting trial for a murder he says he did not commit. The evidence against him? He had the same nickname – “El Potro” or “The Colt” – as a man from a neighboring state.

“Just to have a nickname, they can ruin someone’s life,” Chávez said in a documentary produced by the militant organization Renace (Reborn), which eventually came to his defense and got him released.

Chávez, like most suspects detained pending trial, had no money to pay for a private attorney, so he had to rely on one of Mexico’s underpaid and overworked public defenders, who often has to manage 300 cases at a time. Chávez said that after his first hearing he almost never saw the lawyer again.

Mexico does not have cash or real estate bond like the United States. Instead, for those he releases before trial, there are more than a dozen mechanisms to ensure they show up for court, ranging from electronic monitoring devices to confiscating passports to through periodic checks.

Chrístel Rosales, of the government watchdog group Mexico Evalua – Mexico Evaluates – said these measures have proven to be about 90% effective in ensuring people appear for trial, without the pain, cost and disruption of detention. of a person in prison.

Pretrial detention weighs heavily on women, Rosales said. About seven out of ten women in Mexican prisons are held awaiting trial, a figure that rises to nine out of ten in some states.

Drug cartel hitmen — the biggest culprits of violence in Mexico — are also not the main focus of pretrial detention, Rosales said. About 30% of those incarcerated awaiting trial are charged with house robberies, about 20% with domestic violence and 10% with low-level drug sales or possession.

Senator Álvarez Icaza calls mandatory pretrial detention “punitive populism,” designed to distract from the government’s failure to end violent crime.

López Obrador has been unable to reduce Mexico’s staggering homicide rate, but counters that holding more people in prison is a sign of success.

Álvarez Icaza calls it “an act of desperation, intended to address legitimate public concern about public safety. They think they’re solving the problem, but they’re making it worse…because when these people get out of jail, their situation will get worse.

The president says he will respect the Supreme Court’s decision, whatever it is, but he has publicly lobbied the court in a way no previous administration has done before.

Mexico’s prison population has increased by about 30% since López Obrador increased the number of “no bail” offenses in 2019. Being incarcerated in Mexico’s prisons, which are overcrowded, underfunded and gang-controlled, can be hell for remand prisoners, who often enter without knowledge of the prison or ties to gangs.

“Everything costs money” to prisoners because of bribes and extortion, Álvarez Icaza said. “Visits cost money, food costs money… Sometimes you even have to pay money for protection so you don’t get killed. For each visit, you have to pay the guard.

This has led to a growing number of suspects opting for a form of plea bargain, known in Mexico as an “abbreviated trial”, in which they plead guilty. Rosales said research shows that up to 85% of cases that result in convictions are now the result of such plea bargains.

“In the real world,” Rosales said, “when detention means you’re immediately imprisoned, people will look for a solution, a way out,” even if that means pleading guilty to a crime they didn’t. committed.

DVIDS – News – Patrol Squadron Nine take part in Farnborough Air Show


Introducing the P-8A Poseidon to thousands of aviation enthusiasts around the world, the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) recently had the opportunity to participate in the Farnborough International Airshow 2022 (FIA 2022) on July 18 to July 22 Renowned globally for unveiling cutting-edge aerospace technologies in the civil and defense sectors, Farnborough attracted a lot of attention at its first in-person show since 2018. With the delegation of Combat Air Crew 8 (CAC- 8) sent by VP-9, more than 80,000 visitors from 96 different countries attended this year’s exhibition. Farnborough, located about 30 miles southwest of London in the UK, also hosted more than 1,500 total exhibitors and 79 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies at the 2018 show. Alongside the P-8A brought by VP-9, the Ministry of Defense was well represented by several aircraft, including the F-15, two F-16s, F-35, C-130, CH-47 and AH-64.

Acting as ambassadors for the P-8A and the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), VP-9 has hosted delegations from various nations and companies while offering them a tour and an insider’s perspective on the P-8A. Among the various dignitaries welcomed aboard the P-8A by VP-9 were Ambassador Mrs. Jane Hartley (United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom), Lieutenant-Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior (Commander of the Army of Brazilian Air Force), Major General Nancy Tremblay (Chief of Materiel Programs for the Royal Canadian Air Force), Mr. Euisun Chung (President of Hyundai Motors), Ms. Kelli Seybolt (Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army of Air for International Affairs), Mr. James Hursch (Defense Security Cooperation Director), and Rear Admiral Anthony Rossi (Navy International Programs Director), former VP-9 pilot.

Of particular interest to VP-9 and the entire MPRF, Brazil and Canada, longtime U.S. partners and allies, are considering purchasing the Boeing P-8A, making this interaction with VP- 9 all the more crucial. The P-8A would replace Canada’s venerable but aging CP-140 Aurora and give Canada the world’s first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. Boeing said, “The P-8A offers a mature, proven and cost-effective solution to quickly deliver the capability to secure Canada’s maritime and northern approaches and provide tactical and logistical interoperability for NATO, Allies and Coalition. For Brazil, that would mean supplementing its fleet of P-3 Orion aircraft with the versatility and mission effectiveness of the P-8A. Air shows, such as Farnborough, allow VP-9 and the US MPRF to act as representatives of the Navy and the United States as a whole, while showing their partners the agility and reliability of the P -8A.

CAC-8 Lt. (jg) David Jurbala said of the event, “Having the opportunity to show our aircraft to industry professionals, our military partners and the public reminded us of the importance of what we do every day. ”

Commanded by Cmdr. James J. Donchez, and based out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, the 279 Sailors assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) are currently deployed to AOR Sixth Fleet and operate P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

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Ottawa improves vetting process to steer heritage grants away from groups promoting hate: Hussen


Housing, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussen says the Department of Canadian Heritage will improve its vetting process to ensure it does not give money to organizations that espouse hate – and those that do could be barred from future funding.

In an interview with CBC The House aired Saturday, Hussen said the federal government giving $133,000 to the Community Media Advocacy Center to develop and manage an anti-racism strategy for broadcasters indicated a failure in the vetting process.

In social media posts, CMAC senior consultant Laith Marouf spoke about “Jewish white supremacists,” referred to some Indigenous and Black people using the term “domestic slave,” and spoke about Quebec francophones in using the slur “frogs”.

“The fact that this slipped through the cracks is a slap in the face for the Jewish community and the Francophone community, and for many other communities, and for that I sincerely apologize,” Hussen told host Catherine Cullen.

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Liberal government cuts funding to anti-racism group’s project over anti-Semitic tweets

The Liberal government cut funding to an outside group it had hired to provide anti-racism training after it discovered one of the group’s leaders had made anti-Semitic remarks in social media posts.

“This incident reflects a failure in the verification system that not only missed Marouf’s despicable language online, but did not reveal this information later to correct the error.”

Hussen said the department’s vetting processes will be strengthened and any organization that spreads hateful views could be barred from receiving future funding.

Organizations “would not only have their [existing] funding cut, but they will not be eligible to receive future federal funds – they will not be eligible to apply for Department of Canadian Heritage programs,” Hussen said.

He said no new federal money will come from Canadian Heritage until the new processes are in place.

CBC News: The House6:27Minister responds to controversy over anti-racism funding for group espousing racist views

Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussen explains how the federal government ended up providing funding to the Community Media Advocacy Center and what it is doing to ensure similar mistakes can be avoided at the coming.

Liberal MP criticizes initial response

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather reported the comments to Hussen’s office in July and said he was “disappointed” with the department’s response ahead of the funding cut announcement. Hussen said on Saturday that he quickly instructed his office to investigate and find solutions, but now wishes the process had gone more quickly.

Prominent Jewish figures in the Liberal Party have openly expressed the need for action on funding. Former Liberal MP Michael Levitt, now president and CEO of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said on Twitter that he was “completely discouraged” by the Marouf affair.

“Taking a stand against anti-Semitism should be a no-brainer and yet so few of my former Liberal colleagues have done so. It really hurts. Jewish MPs should not be left alone to speak out against it,” he wrote. .

Shimon Koffler Fogel, president and CEO of the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said earlier this month that the tweets showed the need to review surveillance policies at Canadian Heritage.

The Canadian Press reported last month that a lawyer acting for Marouf requested that his client’s tweets be quoted “verbatim” and distinguished between Marouf’s “clear reference to ‘Jewish white supremacists'” and Jews or people. Jew in general.

Marouf harbors “no animosity toward the Jewish faith as a collective group,” attorney Stephen Ellis said in an email.

COVID, climate change, colonialism and criticism of human rights



Four key topics have emerged in recent news around China. Here’s what matters about its response to COVID-19, the global impact of its climate crises, ongoing tensions with Taiwan, and a recent report on its treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslim minorities.

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Between the press of American politics, the stresses of the Russian war, and various global energy and climate change crises, following China might not have been on the agenda. But this country of 1.4 billion people had a week of news worth watching. Let’s review the first four:

COVID lockdown (again) for 21 million

With only six hours warning, the southwestern city of Chengdu, with a population of 21 million, was placed under quarantine after 157 new COVID-19 infections were reported. This step was taken as part of China’s zero tolerance policy for the ongoing pandemic, which in the United States killed 14,297 people in August: half of China’s global total for the whole pandemic. The latest lockdown measure, which only allows one person per household outside for groceries if they haven’t tested positive in the past 24 hours, is following on the heels similar across China this summer.

But the world has expressed concern on the impact of China’s zero COVID policy, especially in manufacturing centers linked to foreign joint ventures. It remains to be seen whether the blow to semiconductor supply chains will be a clear victory for the United States, which has engaged in an economic war with China over related industries.

Extreme drought and its energy consequences

While drought and wildfires are familiar sights this summer, even as Pakistan experiences devastating floods, China’s extreme weather is notable in part for its tight control of human impact data, which are just beginning to emerge.

When an intense heat wave dried up the Yangtze River, it also depleted hydroelectric capacity. In Sichuan, one of the provinces most affected during these months of extreme weather, hydroelectric operations are at 20% of average capacity, which affects not only households but also manufacturing sectors, including for raw materials such as lithium and polysilicon. Ironically, these are key ingredients for many green technologies that could aid global adaptation to climate change, as the country went back to coal to meet last month’s energy demands.

Water shortages also join worrying forecasts around self-sufficiency in Chinese agriculture: a tricky situation as the world is already experiencing grain shortages due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Taiwan and the Chinese drone

On Thursday, the Taiwanese army reported to have shot down a civilian drone, after warning that it would escalate into live ammunition against increased drone activity. China has increased its military presence, especially around the Kinmen and Matsu islands, and even civilian gear is seen as part of the “grey zone” military tactics. world watchers to anticipate that these chains of bordering islands will be the first sites of direct confrontations. At this time, it is difficult to determine the impact of Chinese encroachment (civilian or otherwise) and increased Taiwanese response.

Chinese planes are not allowed over Kinmen, which Taiwan has controlled since 1949, but Taiwanese officials insist on a policy of countermeasures, not direct aggression. Nevertheless, after a controversial visit Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, China has stepped up military activity and downplayed talk of a non-military solution to its efforts to “unify” with Taiwan, a self-governing democracy. Taiwanese social media responded with calls for a stronger local response.

UN human rights report

On August 31, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) released a long-awaited report on human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The report acknowledges the use of torture against Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslim minorities, as well as a process of admission to “retraining” camps that amounts to arbitrary detention. The enumeration of these and other human rights violations, which include forced labor, missing persons and targeted sexual violence, concludes with a list of recommendations for the Chinese government, various action groups of the United Nations and in particular the international business community.

The publication of this document was not easy. When United Nations High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet returned from the first such visit to China in two decades, her first comments were diplomaticafter a trip during which it was limited in access. Subsequently, Chinese officials lobbied to prevent the publication of a more comprehensive investigative analysis.

As with concerns about Chinese policy on global health, agriculture, climate change and foreign security, the struggle to address human rights concerns in the region rests largely on the possession and the pursuit of better information.

Functional discoveries for the start of the school year to make student life easier | life and art


Functionality and space saving are two essential elements of a good “university discovery”. Here are eight products that meet those requirements without breaking the bank.

Command hooks

Small spaces are very difficult to manage when setting up your new bedroom or bathroom. Command hooks always useful in freshman dorms or a new apartment. With a hook and tape, the extra wall space can be converted into a place to hang a towel, keys, or anything in between.

USB Wall Charger Surge Protector

This surge protected wall charger accommodates four USB cables without bulky charging pads getting in the way. It also includes five AC outlet ports for any other chargers you might need to plug in. Because it’s portable, you can bring it to class or when doing homework in a study room at the library.

Simply Modern Insulated Tumbler

Making sure you are well hydrated is one of the most important things you should do for your health. A bottle of quality water can really make a difference in your daily habits. The Simply Modern tumbler contains 28 oz. of water and keeps it at the desired temperature for hours.

Hanes cotton zip-up hoodie

Laboratories and classrooms can be frozen regardless of the time of year. Hanes zipped sweatshirts are perfect to toss in your bag or tie around your waist during the transitional months. A basic sweatshirt like this is classic and comes in all colors. Not to mention that they are also very affordable.

Hanging closet organizer

Hanging organizers are incredibly useful for utilizing small storage space. This one from Amazon has pockets on the side to store even more odds and ends. It is also foldable, so you can store it whenever needed.

Travel size garment steamer

A hand steamer is a great alternative to an iron because it does not require any additional accessories, such as an ironing board. This find from Amazon is also travel size, making it perfect for travel or storing in your closet.

She’s Birdie: The Original Personal Security Alarm

Walking at night can be scary, especially if you’re alone. The founders of She’s Birdie saw this problem firsthand, and now they aim to create a world where everyone can feel safe. The birdie is a non-violent self-defense tool that produces an audible alarm and strobe light when the trigger pin is released. The slim nature of the device makes it easy to fit on your key ring and provides peace of mind when walking alone.

peel and stick wallpaper

Do you also want to customize your space so that it is suitable for renters and dorms? Yes please! Peel and stick wallpapers make it easy to add a splash of color and personality to your walls. There’s something for everyone with a variety of textures, patterns and finishes.

Funding the Indo-Pacific Pivot – War on the Rocks


In recent years, lawmakers from the Armed Services Committees of Congress have attempted to work with Republican and Democratic administrations to strengthen the position of the US military in the Indo-Pacific and address the challenge posed by China. Yet US efforts to truly align resources accordingly have been in vain since President Barack Obama’s administration first acknowledged that change was needed.

Most analyzes of thissay-do awayin US defense policy rightly points to inadequate investments in military equipment or inappropriate allocations of regional forces. However, focusing on other categories of the defense budget can help better target investments to the Indo-Pacific theater. Specific funding accounts in the defense budget reflect an overview of how the Department of Defense distributes resources among geographic combatant commands to strengthen relationships with regional partners. In these accounts, funding transfers to the US Indo-Pacific Command surprisingly occurred in the late 2010s and early 2020s, if they materialized. Unfortunately, such delays have consequences – the United States cannot engender trust and relies heavily on friendships with Indo-Pacific nations to defend its interests in the region.

To address this issue, I recently requested that annual Department of Defense budget documents submitted to Congress provide separate, region-specific funding exposures for security cooperation programs across the United States. US army. The United States is balancing the increased demand for resources in Europe with efforts to reassure Indo-Pacific partners that U.S. regional commitments remain strong. At this critical juncture, decision makers need to understand how different types of defense dollars are allocated across theaters. This will facilitate informed spending decisions and allow America to strengthen its alliances in the Indo-Pacific.

Count where it counts

The first area that legislators should pay more attention to is international security cooperation programs.. This account funds “activities aimed at enhancing the ability of partners to address common national security challenges and to operate in tandem with or in place of U.S. forces.” Specifically, it includes funding for institutional capacity building, training and equipment programs and the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative.

Established by the National Defense Authorization Act FY2016 (PL 114-92, Sec. 1263), the Maritime Security Initiative was originally created as a five-year program to address regional security issues in the in the Indo-Pacific and more specifically in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

In its fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Department of Defense also began reporting the contents of a new account through Section 333 of Title 10 of the United States Code. This covers a range of activities such as military intelligence operations and maritime and border security operations. Although the consolidation of these previously separate authorities under Section 333 had certain drawbacks – such as increased competition between geographic combat commands for funding of relevant activities – it also provided a new avenue of analysis. how US funding for security cooperation is distributed.

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International Security Cooperation Accounts Program funds distributed by Global Combat Command. Source: Congressional Research Service.

Over the past three years, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has received approximately 21-26% of annual funding for international security cooperation programs, measured against all other geographic combatant commands and the costs of sustaining related global programs. A substantial and notable increase occurred between FY2019 and FY20 when US Indo-Pacific Command’s share increased from 16% to 26%, before reaching 21% in FY2021. This is a significant improvement. The overall account for international security cooperation programs grew by only $29 million in nominal terms in fiscal year 2020, for example, but the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s share jumped by more than $100 million. While encouraging, Washington should be concerned that policymakers have been discussing a pivot to the Indo-Pacific since at least 2011, but only saw real resource shifts from fiscal year 2016. with the establishment of the Maritime Security Initiative and again four years later in fiscal year 2020. Hesitant action is better than nothing, but it reflects emergency reactive attempts, not attention sustained over time that US partners should expect.

The second area lawmakers should focus on is the Regional Defense Scholarship Program, covered by Section 345. This authorizes funding for training and education opportunities for defense and security officials. higher and middle level in partner countries. It is crucial for building relationships and strengthening the ability of partner armies to respond to threats within their own borders.

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Regional Defense Scholarship Program funds broken down by Global Combatant Command. Source: Congressional Research Service.

US Indo-Pacific Command’s share of this Section 345 funding hovers between 11 and 15 percent of all recipients, again including other geographic combatant commands (Figure 2). Typically, special consideration for Section 345 funding is given to Mongolia, Taiwan, and Thailand in the Indo-Pacific theater. Unlike funding for international security cooperation programs, there are no notable funding transfers to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command between jurisdictions or exercises.

Pentagon funding for overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic assistance also does not reflect significant funding realignments to the US Indo-Pacific Command over the past four years (Figure 3). This funding supports the U.S. military’s participation in collaborative engagements with partner nations to enhance their ability to respond to humanitarian disasters and public health issues, thereby reducing their reliance on foreign assistance. Such funding advances military-civilian programs that complement military-military security cooperation efforts. During U.S. overseas disaster relief efforts, this funding supports military capabilities that are provided as part of the overall U.S. response, including logistics and transportation as well as search and rescue. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s share of this funding has hovered between 17 and 19 percent of the overall account since fiscal year 2019.

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Overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic assistance funding broken down by Global Combatant Command. Source: Congressional Research Service.

The risk of unrealized potential

The most important questions for the future of the Indo-Pacific concern rhythm and timing. The types of interoperability and partner capacity building efforts that these accounts support help secure the United States’ position as the trusted partner of choice for Indo-Pacific nations and their militaries. China is well prepared to fill the gaps left by the United States, as Beijing’s recent dispatch of fighter jets to participate in a joint exercise with Thailand demonstrated. The underfunding of these accounts encourages American adversaries to establish a stronger and wider presence in the world.

If the budget for each of these accounts remains stable with inflation – or worse, shrinks – then the US Indo-Pacific Command has a case for receiving a larger share of each account. But that will still leave other geographic combat commands scrambling for the cash they need to compete with China’s growing influence. Because of Beijing’s global ambitions and reach, each of the Geographic Combatant Commands has a legitimate claim in each of these funding categories. Even if the budget for each account is increased in real terms — thereby increasing funding across theaters — Congress should still determine where each additional dollar will have the greatest impact.

As Congress turns to the conference — the annual effort to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act — two House provisions will be key in determining how to deal with these accounts and should be retained in the final bill. Section 1201 requires enhanced reporting on where and how dollars in many of these accounts are allocated. This also details the activities they support – such as the estimated delivery costs to complete all Department of Defense Section 345 training activities. I also supported section 1305, which directs the US Indo-Pacific Command to submit an annual report on opportunities to improve defense cooperation with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific, including mutual visits, exercises, training and equipment opportunities. Both reports will provide critical information to Congress as policymakers seek to determine the adequacy of funding for these accounts and where improvements can be made.

The results of these reports should inform two decisions by lawmakers. First, we must commit to providing real and consistent funding increases to accounts that directly improve the United States’ ability to leverage and deepen relationships with partners and allies around the world. Second, we must ensure that these funding increases are distributed appropriately across theaters and prioritize the Indo-Pacific. America’s international partners remain one of its greatest strengths. We in Congress must ensure that we use all the tools at our disposal to deepen our work with other nations to ensure a more peaceful, prosperous and stable future.

Representative Rob Wittman represents Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. He is a deputy member of the House Armed Services Committee, a member of the House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and a member of the Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee.

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Khalil Awawdeh ends his hunger strike after 182 days under promise of release in October – Mondoweiss


Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh ended his hunger strike after 182 days on Wednesday to protest his indefinite detention in an Israeli prison.

Awawdeh announced he was ending his strike from his hospital bed at the Shamir Medical Center in central Israel, sending his greetings to the Palestinian people before sipping a cup of tea – his first drink without water in 182 days.

In a video widely shared on social media, an emaciated and breathless Awawdeh told the camera: “Thank you for your support, thank you all. You are a great people. And it’s a just cause.

In another video announcing the end of his strike, Awawdeh said, “This is a resounding victory, and it is a continuation of the great victories won by great and honorable people in this nation.”

“I am deeply grateful to the people who supported, supported, strengthened and prayed for me, thank you,” he said, adding that he would remain in hospital for treatment until his release on October 2.

Egyptian authorities played central role in arranging Awawdeh’s release, reportedly a condition of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended the deadly three-day offensive, Haaretz says of Israel to Gaza in early August.

Haaretz also quoted an Israeli security official, who said Awawdeh had signed that he would not return to “terrorist activities” as a condition of his release, and that Israel “will release him as long as there is no will have no reason to believe otherwise”.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement welcomed the news of the Awawdeh release agreement, saying “the historic campaign he waged will be recorded in the annals of the Palestinian struggle.”

A video of Awawdeh’s mother celebrating the news of her son’s release has spread widely on social media. In the video, she can be seen talking to Awawdeh on Facetime and jumping excitedly.

“We are so happy, we cannot describe it,” said Awawdeh’s father, Mohammed Awawdeh. Mondoweiss. “For months we have waited impatiently to receive terrible news. We thought Khalil was going to die.

“But now we can feel some relief knowing that he will soon be with us again, alive.”

Administrative detention

Awawdeh was arrested at his home in the middle of the night by armed Israeli soldiers on December 27, 2021. Following his arrest, he received a six-month administrative detention order.

After three months of detention, on March 3, he announced that he was going on a hunger strike to protest his detention. When the first administrative detention order expired in June, more than three months after his hunger strike began, the court renewed it for another four months.

Administrative detention is a policy used by the Israeli government, almost exclusively against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, to imprison Palestinians deemed “threats” by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, without charge. no trial.

The policy allows the Shin Bet and the Israeli military prosecutor to present secret evidence against Palestinian “suspects” to an Israeli military judge, who can then impose indefinitely renewable administrative detention orders.

Under this policy, Palestinian administrative detainees are never formally charged with a crime and are unaware of the alleged secret evidence used against them. Some prisoners spend years in Israeli jails under the policy, which has been widely condemned by rights groups and human rights experts.

“It is a cruel, inhumane and unjust policy,” said Mohammed Awawdeh. Mondoweiss.

“Whenever the Shabak (Shin Bet) agent decides he wants to imprison my son, he can do it without any evidence or reason. He just does it because he can,” Mohammed said.

Awawdeh, who is 41 and a father of four young girls, has spent more than 13 years in Israeli prisons on several occasions. According to his father, three of these stays, representing more than five years in prison, were spent in administrative detention.

“It’s an oppressive policy, and it must stop,” he said. “The world must fight against this oppression and the apartheid system that is being used against us Palestinians.”

According to the prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 670 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention.


Photos of a frail Awawdeh shocked the world earlier this week as images of his bones protruding from his skinny body spread across social media.

During his strike, Awawdeh lost more than half his body weight, his family said, as he refused all forms of food and medically administered vitamins and nutrients, surviving on water alone.

When he started hitting, he weighed nearly 190 pounds. Today, he weighs approximately 75 pounds and suffers from severe pain, weakness, and cognitive and visual loss.

“I cannot describe how I feel seeing the state my son is in. He is skin and bones,” said Mohammed Awawdeh. Mondoweiss. “He suffered a lot and it will take a long time for him to recover.”

Mohammed said that although it pained him to see his son suffer, he was proud of him for his “strong will” and his “fight for justice”.

Hunger strikes were used as a form of peaceful protest by Palestinian political prisoners as early as the 1960s, to challenge the inhumane conditions and policies imposed on them in Israeli prisons.

The practice became more common in its use to protest administrative detention in the 1990s, according to Addameer, and in 2012 a massive hunger strike by more than 200 prisoners succeeded in limiting Israel’s use of the policy. , even if it was only temporary. Another massive hunger strike to protest administrative detention was launched in 2014 with similar results.

On Thursday, September 1, just an hour after Awawdeh ended his strike, Palestinian prisoners launched an open collective hunger strike to protest the Israeli Prison Service’s (IPS) reinstatement of a series of measures collective, punitive and retaliatory acts against Palestinian prisoners.

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Testing China’s Limited and Tactical Mind Games – OpEd – Eurasia Review


Europe has waged a losing war in reasserting its presence in the Indo-Pacific, further compounded by the limited economic and military capacity to secure its interests in the region. The aftermath of the two great wars saw a forced program of withdrawal and reconstruction, with limited capacities to redirect its strategies on its former colonies. China’s entrenched hold and intent to dictate the region’s security threatens the historical foundations of the West, in which reliance on the United States alone to contain China is growing. exaggerated. Britain and France have tried to fill the void, but have been hampered by consistency and scope, despite being seen as much-needed European representation to send a clear message to China.

Its longstanding defence-oriented military harbor allowed for realignment and openings for non-military advancement, which contributed to Germany’s integral leadership in areas such as knowledge creation and scientific advancement. Moscow’s forceful change to the rules-based order and Beijing’s similar intent pose a direct threat to this architecture that Berlin has helped maintain, shaking the Germans out of complacency.

Germany’s latest efforts to join the fray with its first marathon 24-hour flight to Asia by its Eurofighter aircraft by joining exercise Pitch Black, in addition to the seven-month deployment of its frigate Bayern more early this year in the Indo-Pacific which marked a breakthrough after two decades, aims to present a four-pronged goal.

First, it intends to signal to Beijing that it is ready for reduced strategic dependency and a strengthened position to protect its larger economic and geostrategic calculations in the region. Second, to warn Moscow and future adversaries that Berlin intends to move out of its lockdown from its focus on economic and value-based peripheries to a security-focused periphery with a gradual shift to a more defensive posture affirmed. This rapid deployment of long-range flight is intended to demonstrate Germany’s agility and rapid ability to extend its air power to a remote potential locality of conflict, serving as the critical moment needed for ready surgery to protect its interests at abroad or to deter aggressive intentions. despite the absence of aircraft carriers.

Third, to aspire to greater leadership in the West’s resistance and containment force, playing a deeper role in return for more consolidated trust and mutual support for its defensive needs outside the sphere of NATO and anticipating more serious threats from the Indo-Pacific. Fourth, the change of intent to communicate to the local population in lobbying for increased public support and acceptance of a new stature in security resources, hence the desire to replace current internal challenges and solicit greater national unity and political victories.

The strategic returns derived from this decision reassured fearful regional players who longed for a united and coherent Western response and support. Conversely, it gives new barriers to Beijing, Pyongyang and Moscow to halt the expansion of the West’s containment team. It also serves as a pretext both to justify their hardened scare tactics and to display larger maps and tools in their tactical countermeasures. Conventional narratives of the West’s unfair and targeted profiling with systemic provocations will be capitalized on by Beijing and Pyongyang to pinpoint blame, underscoring increased measures to encircle China through strategic military exercises.

The potential flight maneuver near Taiwan during the return trip of the German jets will be seized upon by Beijing specifically to blame Berlin and the West in general for the unnecessary provocation amid already escalating tensions. The maneuver, coupled with the unwavering consistency of support for Taiwan through the high-level U.S. delegation that followed Pelosi’s trip, could yield renewed repeated assurances of support and commitment to freedom of passage and of a rules-based regional order. This reinforces a reminder to Beijing that a committed and combined deterrent is always strong and undeterred, but the risks of pushing Beijing further into an already tight turn that will lead to riskier errors and miscalculations in its retaliation have been well taken care of by the containment team. .

Any potential lines crossed by Beijing’s counter actions will be used to the team’s advantage, and Beijing is smart enough not to be played into the tactical mind game by the West. However, most of the pent-up anger will be funneled to immediate regional recipients, with Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo bearing the impact of a greater scaremongering gray area and coercive snubs under Beijing and Pyongyang’s new game consisting of to test the limits and the response. strategies and capacities of these stakeholders.

The same tactic of “strategic systemic provocation” used against them will now be used on their adversaries, hoping in particular that Tokyo and Taipei will engage in early missteps that will be quickly justified by the need for potentially disproportionate responses. An already escalating security dilemma and slashing will provide both costs and opportunities, and some parties will, wisely or not, leverage all available options to ensure the success of their tactical maneuvers. A game of cat and mouse might not yield a clear victory for both, but both sides are bound to be seen to be acting to secure their interests and needs, and that a victory in tactical and psychological games , at the very least, will do justice to their national pride and collective purpose.

For China, only a complete and pure victory over the West both in its geopolitical aspirations in the region and in the world and in its soft power and cultural dominance will justify its 100-year marathon by 2049 and redeem its pride tarnished by the century of humiliation. . The greater alignment and combined forces of the Western-led containment team will seek to ensure that the historically predominant, stable and proven rules-based international order and norms will persevere against Beijing’s onslaught.

A long and potentially ugly new mental and physical game of a tactical, deceptive and strategic nature has begun, where conventional and solitary firepower alone would not guarantee long-term success and acceptance. Systemic trust, the predominance of values ​​and moral purpose, and the prevailing guarantees of equality and transparency based on law and rules, based on freedom and respect for rights, are what is necessary for structural and systemic triumph. On historical terms, the West may well have both the combined will and ability to ensure that it remains triumphant in this conflict yet again, this time for a new course of better self-correction in the aftermath. .

Launch of Hamilton-Ryker’s TalentGro military division

Franklin, TN, Aug. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TalentGro Military has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) to support their Job Navigator and Pilot Partnership Program ( ENPP). ENPP provides one-on-one professional assistance to transitioning service members and their spouses at select military installations around the world.

“Each year, approximately 200,000 members of the United States Armed Forces, stationed at more than 140 military installations in the United States and abroad, leave active duty and re-enter the civilian workforce,” said Shari Franey, Chief Operating Officer. “We are grateful to have been tasked with providing valuable employment services to the approximately 41,000 transitioning service members and their spouses at the initial pilot installations!”

TalentGro Military has partnered with 32 other partners to provide learning opportunities, job referrals and placements, workforce training and complementary services. All transitioning service members and their spouses, regardless of pilot plant service branch, are eligible to participate. Those who are two years from retirement or 365 days from separation are eligible for ENPP assistance.

Participation in ENPP augments TalentGro Military’s existing portfolio of solutions that are already in place to help employ military members, veterans and their spouses. Through partnerships with entities such as the Department of Defense (DoD), DoL, and U.S. Army Reserves, TalentGro is among the first organizations to connect transitioning military, reservists, veterans, and their families with benefits that are only accessible through apprenticeships and certain jobs. Opportunities.

“Research in 2019 showed that 58% of veterans felt the military provided them with job skills applicable to civilian employment and helped them find their first job after transitioning.said Veteran Employment Outreach Coordinator Karl Lawrence (USMC-retired). “Our goal is to help increase the success rate of people in transition by providing them with our services.

There are two additional key programs that allow TalentGro to provide our military with exclusive access to benefits: DOD SkillBridge and the US Army Reserve (P3) Public-Private Partnership. These programs, coupled with Registered Apprenticeships and the VALOR Act, provide a win-win scenario for military members and employers who are constantly looking for talent.

TalentGro® Military strives to connect employer partners with transitioning military, reservists, veterans and their spouses, through the use of recorded apprenticeships funded by grants and other government programs. They have taken a collaborative approach to help establish and manage apprenticeship programs for employers so they can benefit from the hiring and placement of transitioning military members, reservists, veterans and their spouses. when working with federal and state Departments of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and Learning Offices, Transition Assistance Program offices, and other military and veteran support organizations.

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‘Black threats’ spread to campuses across the country


A group of five black students from Brigham Young University, who call themselves the Black Menaces, opened a TikTok account earlier this year where they post videos of themselves asking their classmates questions for the mostly white on race and identity. Questions range from what Juneteenth commemorates to whether students have gay friends on campus and whether institutional racism exists. The answers range from thoughtful to painfully awkward.

What started as a project by a small group of friends in February has since garnered over 724,000 subscribers and 28 million likes, and the Black Menaces are poised to grow further. They announced plans to expand operations to campuses across the country in a video this month. The goal is to have a chapter at each predominantly white university, where black students use video interviews to similarly document their experiences and ask questions of their peers.

Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, a Brigham Young junior and one of the founders of the Black Threats, said the hope was to give students of color a platform to tell their own stories.

“For so long, non-BIPOC people have spoken on behalf of BIPOC people,” he said. “And now we’re able to take on the leadership aspect and role and have our own voices amplified on the things that affect us directly.”

He also hopes to create a national community of black students.

“Together we can be a coalition of people pushing for the betterment and empowerment of marginalized communities, where we are in every state in the country, and if we need to, overnight, we can protest, we coming together or petitioning for something that’s bigger than any of us individually. To me, that’s the most exciting thing.”

The group has already launched 10 chapters since the announcement, and students from at least 70 campuses have expressed interest in starting their own chapters.

Kylee Shepherd, a Brigham Young senior and one of the founding members of the Black Menaces, said Stewart-Johnson jokingly calling her little brother a threat helped the group find its name.

“Anyone who was ever anything, in the civil rights movement and all that, was a threat to society,” she said.

Brigham Young University, founded and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is home to few students who resemble the Black Menaces. Black students made up less than 1% of the student body in fall 2021, according to university data. These demographics echo those of the LDS Church, whose population was estimated at 6% black in 2018, the Associated Press reported.

The university made national news last week when a fan at a volleyball game repeatedly yelled racial slurs at black players from opposing Duke University. Brigham Young Athletics issued an apology to Duke players the next day and banned the fan from playing in the future.

Shepherd said she felt “so isolated” as a freshman with so few black students on campus. She found that her peers often looked up to her, and some even avoided sitting next to her in class. She hopes the Black Threats videos will send a message to future black students at her institution that they belong there.

“I want the little girl who was like me, or the little boy, or the person who wants to go to BYU for whatever reason to feel comfortable and feel like they have a space there and that this space they occupy is not a burden on anyone,” she said.

But the Black Threats thrive because she knows black students on other campuses share the same struggles.

“We really wanted to emphasize that it was more than BYU,” she said. “Yes, the fact that we are an ecclesial institution plays a role in it. But many of these problems are solved, regardless of the type of [predominantly white institution] you are going to.”

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Tanner Edwards, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he came across the Black Threats videos on TikTok and started regularly reading the discussions happening in the comments. He was eager to create his own chapter. As a black student recently diagnosed with autism, her hope is to make students of color and neurodivergent students feel represented in her chapter videos.

“I think ignorance is really rampant on campus on a wide range of social issues,” he said. “I really want to work to dismantle this and in turn create a safe space for these marginalized communities. Our goal is to speak to as many students as possible.

So far, students have given him relatively confident answers to his questions, despite a history of racial tensions on campus, but he hopes his peers will start to open up.

“When people watch the videos, I want them to see the growth,” he said. “I want them to be able to see real change over time in the atmosphere that we’re creating here on campus and to see that there will be spaces where they can feel welcome and feel like they can exist authentically. .”

Adokor Swaniker, a senior at San Francisco State University, said she started a chapter on her campus to “start positive, lighthearted discussions” about race and identity. She said she wanted to create opportunities for her classmates to see gaps in their knowledge and learn, without feeling judged.

When she asks classmates questions in front of the camera, “even if someone doesn’t know the answer, we can just laugh about it, and most of the time they will ask us questions and we can educate them on the subject”. she says.

She added that some of her peers think the country’s racial inequality got “magically better” after the civil rights movement, “but we still face the most horrific microaggressions and discrimination…and I think that t’s important to remind people that we’ve come a long way. way, but we have so much more to do to make all races and black students feel comfortable in the spaces they are in.

Simone Brown, a senior from San Francisco State and also a member of the new chapter, said the public perception of her campus is that all students are liberal and in tune with social justice issues, but the videos show that this is not necessarily the case. .

“It definitely helped me get out of my comfort zone, have deeper conversations with people, and dismantle the stigma,” she said.

Old traditions, new tools

Charles HF Davis, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Michigan, said he viewed the work of the Black Threats as part of a larger history of black activism, in which activists used the platforms media of their time to share their experiences and raise concerns. ; While abolitionists turned to newspapers to advance their cause, today’s student organizers are turning to platforms like TikTok.

“Each generation of activists and organizers is doing things in their own way that build on existing traditions and somehow chart new paths that resonate or connect most with their peers,” said Davis, who studies student activist movements.

However, he sees social media as having particular benefits for student activism, including “two-way communication,” the ability for students to interact and dialogue almost instantly on campus.

“The magnitude of this one is so much greater,” he said. “More people have access to it. More people are part of the conversation.

He thinks the expansion of the Black Threats could have a “substantial” impact on campuses, not just because of the broad reach of social media, but because of their appeal to white students to reflect on and challenge “illiterates.” racial”.

“One thing we know for sure is that racial equity work must and has included white people,” he said. “Those who benefit from these systems of power and oppression must be deeply involved in dismantling this.”

Allissa V. Richardson, associate professor of journalism at the University of Southern California, said she also considers Black Threat videos a form of journalism. Her research focuses on how African American communities have used social media to document their experiences and produce news.

She noted that over the past decade, black people have used smartphones to draw attention to cases of police brutality and other forms of racism and discrimination, acting as citizen journalists and helping to inform professional media coverage.

“I think a lot of people, especially black people, have become familiar with using their smartphones to bypass traditional gatekeepers of the press,” she said. Likewise, these students “learned to use algorithms to own the message…and make sure people can have a discussion they can elaborate on without asking permission.”

“These Black Threats are doing a real public service by tapping into the conversations students are having right now,” she added.

Husband of US diplomat killed in Bethesda crash raises money, calls for bike safety improvements


Editor’s note: This story was updated at 8:35 p.m. on August 29, 2022, to include the amount of donations received.

Before cycling to her sons’ new elementary school last Thursday, Sarah Langenkamp used her cell phone to plan her route, which included the Capital Crescent Trail and designated bike paths in neighborhoods near her Bethesda home.

But those precautions came to naught when Sarah, 42, was struck and killed by a flatbed truck driver around 4 p.m. on her way home from school, according to county police. The mother-of-two was riding a bike path in the 5200 block of River Road at the time.

Angered by the senseless death of his wife, Daniel Langenkamp launched a go finance me page Sunday with the goal of raising $50,000 to help organizations that work on bike safety and increase advocacy for safer bike routes. On Monday evening, the fund raised more than $71,000 in donations.

“If cities are serious about making themselves walkable and bikeable to attract workers and talent, they need to do more than paint lines and bike symbols on the roads,” he wrote on the page.

“Such bike lanes – devoid of proper barriers, truck/car driver education, laws and enforcement – ​​are nothing but death traps, luring innocent victims like Sarah to them. They result in tragic deaths that leave children without parents and the world without its most talented and committed individuals.

Daniel said in his post that he and Sarah have made cycling part of their lifestyle as a way to “live a healthy, humble, green life” in every place they have lived during their careers at the Department of Health. ‘State. The Langenkamps regularly cycled abroad, notably in Ukraine and Ivory Coast.

“Sarah didn’t need to show the world that she was a successful professional, diplomat, leader and role model,” he wrote. “His grace, intelligence, kindness, and deep commitment to advancing American interests around the world were evident in his work and actions. To carry out this important mission, Sarah rode her bike — almost every day.

Sarah, a diplomat with the State Department for 17 years, had recently moved to Bethesda with her family after being evacuated from Ukraine during its ongoing war with Russia, Daniel said.

“There, she had been in charge of programs to help the country’s anti-corruption institutions and direct millions of dollars in U.S. aid to police, border guards and other non-military security institutions.” , he wrote.

Daniel Langenkamp said he was using the anger he felt over his wife’s death to bolster his efforts to raise awareness about bike safety. He wrote that he hoped the advocacy efforts would lead to improvements such as increased legal assistance and better driver training. Other solutions could include mobile apps that rate the safety of bike paths or provide information about where accidents have happened.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 1,000 cyclists are killed and more than 130,000 are injured on roads across the country each year. There have been three fatal bicycle crashes so far this year in Montgomery County, according to data from Vision Zero – the county’s initiative to end fatal and serious crashes on county roads by 2030 .

“Cities shouldn’t brag about having ‘bike lanes’ when bikers are needlessly and repeatedly killed there, as has been the case this year,” he wrote.

Daniel Langenkamp could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

The State Department released a statement to Bethesda Beat on Monday saying it “extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Ms. Langenkamp.” A spokesperson did not provide additional information, due to “sensitivity considerations in the application of privacy laws”.

Dan Schere can be contacted at [email protected]

Reviews | Pentagon leaders hail new focus on civilian casualties


When Gen. Richard D. Clarke retires this month as head of U.S. Special Operations Command, he will leave with a chest of hard-earned combat medals — but also with recognition, now widely shared by his colleagues, that too many civilians have died needlessly. in the two decades of American warfare in the Middle East.

This consideration of the cost of war is long overdue. For too long, the Pentagon has dismissed reports of civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria as false claims or enemy propaganda. But it’s an admirable quality of the US military that leaders like Clarke have now recognized that something went wrong in casualty assessments and are trying to fix it.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last week announced a new ‘civilian damage mitigation’ plan, to avert disasters such as the August 2021 strike in Kabul that was expected to kill an Islamic State terrorist , but instead hit a van carrying an innocent non-governmental organization worker and seven children. It was just a notorious incident. Senior Pentagon officials know there were dozens, if not hundreds more.

For officers like Clarke, who commanded the warriors at the sharpest tip of the American military spear, this overhaul of civilian casualties goes to the heart of their profession as soldiers. He told me in an interview on Friday that he had come to recognize that avoiding harm to civilians is both an operational and a moral imperative. The United States cannot fight like Russia does in Ukraine, oblivious to the civilian cost, and succeed.

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Clarke started our conversation by explaining combat logic to avoid civilian deaths. “If we are working within and among the population in places like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, our people on the ground, usually with partner forces, have to be trusted to do the right thing” , did he declare. “We cannot create another generation of terrorists because we have been lax in our procedures and unnecessarily injured civilian bystanders.”

Clarke then spoke of the moral cost, not just to the victims, but to the Americans who pulled the trigger. “You hurt the individuals who call these airstrikes,” he explained. “They have to live with themselves the rest of their lives. Living with this can sometimes have long term effects leading to behavioral and psychological issues that I don’t want our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to have to go through.

Clarke recalled the commander’s dilemma from his days as a two-star army general when he oversaw US and Iraqi troops pushing back Islamic State fighters from the Euphrates Valley. He wanted to be sure that the Iraqi partners were precise when requesting fire support against the enemy. “Time is running out, and you look at targets through a soda straw to determine if they are valid targets,” he recalls. These assessments were not always fair.

The special operations forces that Clarke led, known as “SOF” in Pentagonian, carried the heaviest load in America’s wars in the Middle East. They did the hardest work of fighting and killing in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sometimes, as in the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, the combat cycle had a corrosive effect. Gallagher was convicted in a military court for posing in a trophy photo with the corpse of a dead Islamic State prisoner in Iraq. But he wasn’t the only SOF warrior to cross the lines in those 20 years.

“I believe over 99% of the time our special ops forces did the right thing,” Clarke told me. “They made tough calls and they dealt with the results afterwards. But mistakes in our community sometimes happen. Humans are fallible. The constraints were compounded, he said, “because SOF capabilities were highly valued. We were quite scattered, constantly deployed in combat zones.

After the Gallagher case made headlines in 2019, Clarke ordered a full review of SOCOM – SEALS, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders and other special forces. I described in a column last December how that review — and an intensive internal effort by SEALS Commander Rear Admiral H. Wyman Howard III — helped restore standards within this elite Navy force. .

America’s wars in the Middle East have taken their toll. It’s a good thing that one of the results is a new code that says, in the words of Austin’s directive last week: “The protection of civilians is a strategic priority as well as a moral imperative. War changes countries, usually for the worse. But here is a change that is for the better.

Pax Christi Statement on Raids by Palestinian Human Rights Organizations


Source: Pax Christi International

Pax Christi International stands in absolute solidarity with the seven leading Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations whose offices were violently raided, contents confiscated and office doors sealed in the early morning hours of August 18, 2022 .

We unequivocally condemn this physical aggression by Israel and join the international community in demanding that it be held accountable for its actions. Such repression and intimidation of respected civil society organizations must not be allowed.

Furthermore, the brazen destruction of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ramallah by the Israeli occupying forces should be widely denounced, especially by religious leaders around the world. As a Catholic organization, Pax Christi International urges our Bishops in particular to support the Diocese of Jerusalem, which has called these attacks “a violation of international law and a terrorist act against the entire community.”

Six of the organizations, Addameer, Al-Haq, Defense of Children International-Palestine (DCIP), the Bisan Center for Research and Development, the Union of Agricultural Work Committee (UAWC) and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) have were targeted last year by Israel when they were designated as terrorist organizations.

In the intervening months, states and donors reviewed the record provided by Israel and determined that these designations were completely warrantless. In July, nine European countries officially rejected Israeli designations having found “no substantial evidence”. They pledged to continue their “cooperation and strong support for civil society in the occupied Palestinian territories”. The lack of substantiated evidence should have led the international community to demand that Israel immediately rescind its designation of these organizations as “terrorists” and reintegrate them into the vital network of civil society organizations.

In the absence of a substantial response, Israel has grown bolder and seems increasingly determined to criminalize and silence these organizations and cease their critical work of monitoring and documenting human rights abuses. By undermining their ability to report such violations to international bodies such as the International Criminal Court and by hindering their partnership with other civil society and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B ‘Tselem, Israel poses an existential threat to Palestinian civil society. society.

As Khaled Quzmar, Director General of DCIP poignantly put it, “Our human rights documentation and evidence-based advocacy exposing grave violations by Israeli forces against Palestinian children have made us a target of the Israeli government for years.” Isn’t it time for the international community to ask itself: when will Israel consider the moral and ethical dimensions of its policies and actions towards the Palestinian people, rather than shielding itself behind a self-established legal framework?

Pax Christi International supports all non-violent measures to end the occupation and find a just solution that guarantees the rights and dignity of all parties. We believe that this unprovoked and aggressive retaliation by Israel in demonizing such legitimate and respected human rights and civil society organizations undermines any effort to achieve a just peace.

UNGA 77: The group devotes September 12 to the global storm on social networks, the 19 to the day of action


As the date of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) scheduled to take place in New York from September 13, 2022 to next year draws near, the African National Boycott and Divestment Strategy (BDS) Council stated that the failure of the international community to implement relevant United Nations resolutions based on international law is a crucial factor in the entrenchment of Israel’s age-old regime of apartheid, colonialism and military occupation decades, and all the death, suffering, violence, fragmentation and ethnic cleansing it inflicts on the indigenous Palestinian people.

BDS said the failure of the international community to implement relevant UN resolutions based on international law is a crucial factor in entrenching Israel’s decades-old apartheid regime, adding that the Palestinians have demanded the implementation of UN resolutions that guarantee their inalienable rights and pave the way for true justice and peace.

According to BDS, for decades the Palestinian people have been calling for the recognition and dismantling of Israeli apartheid through UN mechanisms, such as legal and targeted sanctions, as was done in the case of Israel. apartheid in South Africa.

“To date, 12 states from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe have addressed or otherwise condemned Israel’s apartheid and called for effective measures to dismantle it at the Human Rights Council. United Nations man. This is reflected in a consensus, backed by hard facts and legal analysis, among Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations, UN experts as well as former presidents, MPs and leading cultural and political personalities in the countries of the South. It is high time that the apartheid regime of Israel is now taken up by the UN General Assembly at its 77th session,” he said.


For public visibility of this demand and to increase pressure on governments and their delegations at UNGA 77, the group is calling for a global social media storm on September 12 and a Global Day of Action (GDA) on September 19, a day before the States deliver their opening speeches in the General Assembly.

According to the group’s Africa coordinator, Saleh, “it is of the utmost importance to prepare a media strategy for each action organized in order to increase the chances of media coverage and create global momentum. We believe it will be powerful to have grassroots actions around the world for governments and UN officials to feel the heat and speak out at UNGA 77 for #UNinvestigateApartheid.

“We want this GDA to be held not only online but also on the streets around the world.

For the GDA on September 19, as well as during UNGA77 in October and November, we encourage BDS partners to organize one or more of the following activities: project the video produced in capitals around the world on the walls of business buildings foreign countries, UN buildings or any other appropriate place that might attract public and media attention, a press conference to share our demands with the media, write and publish opeds in local mainstream newspapers /national and creative actions in public spaces (flashmobs, projection of slogans on public buildings, other direct actions in line with the guidelines of the BDS movement, among others,” he added.

How Ukraine is using the US-developed War of Resistance to retaliate against Russia


Russia’s almost bloodless takeover and annexation of occupied territory stunned Ukraine and the West, intensifying a study of how to build a total defense plan that included not just the military, but also the civilian population.

But Putin’s broader war on Ukraine launched in February has been his testing ground.

The doctrine, also known as ROC, offers an innovative and unconventional approach to warfare and total defense that has guided not only the Ukrainian military, but has also involved the country’s civilian population as part of concerted resistance against the Russian army.

“Everyone is on deck in terms of overall defense for the Ukrainian government,” said retired Lt. Gen. Mark Schwartz, who was commander of Special Operations Command Europe during the development of the doctrine. “They are using all resources and they are also using very unconventional means to disrupt the military of the Russian Federation.”

Plan a national resistance

Outnumbered, outgunned and outnumbered, Ukraine nonetheless retaliated against a Russian army that thought it could sweep over the vast majority of the country in weeks, if not days.

“It’s a way to turn the tide on a world-leading power,” Schwartz said. “It’s just amazing to see that despite the incredible loss of life and sacrifice, what the will to resist and the resolve to resist can do.”

In a series of recent attacks and explosions on Russian positions in Crimea, Kevin D. Stringer, a retired colonel who led the resistance concept development team, sees signs of its use.

“Since you can’t do it conventionally, you would use special operations forces, and those [forces] would require resistance support – intelligence, resources, logistics – to gain access to these areas.”

A Ukrainian government report shared with CNN acknowledged that Ukraine was behind the attacks on Russian bases and an ammunition dump. The attacks, far behind enemy lines, were beyond the reach of the weapons the United States and others have publicly sent to Ukraine, and videos of the explosions appeared to show no incoming missiles or drones. Russia blamed sabotage or ammunition detonation for the explosions.

“A high probability would say that it is very plausible that [the ROC] principles are being played out in real warfare right now,” Stringer said.

In early April, General Richard Clarke, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that the United States had helped form resistance companies in Ukraine integrated with special forces over the past 18 months. When asked if he sees any part of this formation’s success in the current dispute, Clarke was blunt in his response.

“Yes, Senator, we are.”

Resistance in Ukraine

At the start of the conflict, the Ukrainian government created a website that explains different ways to resist. The site describes ways to use nonviolent action, including boycotting public events, labor strikes, and even how to use humor and satire. The goal is to disrupt the ability of pro-Russian authorities to govern while reminding the public of Ukraine’s legitimate sovereignty. Resistance doctrine also suggests violent actions, including the use of Molotov cocktails, the deliberate setting of fires, and the introduction of chemicals into gas tanks to sabotage enemy vehicles.

Civilians take part in a military training course organized by a Christian Home Defense Unit on February 19, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The doctrine also calls for an extensive messaging campaign to control the narrative of the conflict, prevent an occupier’s message from taking hold, and maintain the unity of the population. Videos of Ukrainian strikes against Russian tanks, often set to a pop music or heavy metal soundtrack, have gone viral, as have clips of Ukrainian soldiers rescuing stray animals. Whether it’s intentional or not, it’s part of the resistance, allowing Ukraine to grab Western media headlines in its favor and often humanizing the Ukrainian military in ways that the Russian military has failed miserably to do. .

At the forefront of the resistance is Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, who has not let the conflict fade with late-night speeches and frequent international appearances. His visits near the front lines make news around the world, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is rarely seen outside the Kremlin or the resort town of Sochi.

The ongoing messaging barrage has spurred an outpouring of support abroad and has been successful in influencing Western governments to supply more arms and ammunition to Ukraine.

Resilience and resistance

Overall, the concept of resilience provides a framework for increasing a country’s resilience, i.e. its ability to resist external pressures, and planning for resistance, defined as a whole-of-country effort. countries to restore sovereignty in the occupied territories.

“Resilience is the strength of society in peacetime that becomes resistance in wartime against the aggressor,” explained Dalia Bankauskaite, a member of the Center for European Policy Analysis who has studied resistance planning in Lithuania. .

Instead of providing each nation with the same set of plans, the doctrine is designed to be tailored to each nation’s population, capabilities, and terrain. It is not intended to create or support an insurgency; its objective is to establish a government-sanctioned force that will carry out activities against a foreign occupier with the aim of restoring sovereignty.

At first, only Estonia, Lithuania and Poland expressed real enthusiasm for the new doctrine. But after Russia’s nearly bloodless takeover and annexation of Crimea stunned Ukraine and the West in 2014, interest in the method of resistance grew rapidly.

Latvian Zemessardze, or National Guard, soldiers prepare to attack during a small unit tactical exercise in June 2020 while implementing the concept of resistance operations with NATO allies and partners near Iecava, Latvia.

Since its inception, at least 15 countries have participated in some form of training on this resistance doctrine, according to Nicole Kirschmann, spokeswoman for Special Operations Command Europe, where it was developed.

In mid-November, as the Biden administration issued the first public warnings of the potential for a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Hungary hosted a conference on the concept of how the resistance works. The commander of Ukraine’s special operations forces was present at the conference, Kirschmann told CNN, along with nearly a dozen other countries.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine only increased interest in the concept.

“The Baltic States, in particular, are actively discussing in their parliaments the implementation of the ROC at the national level,” according to a US official.

Resistance in the Baltic countries

In May, nearly three months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Lithuanian parliament adopted a new civil resistance strategy that goes far beyond strict resistance against occupation.

Martynas Bendikas, spokesman for the country’s Ministry of National Defence, said preparation for resistance includes developing the will to defend the country, improving citizens’ military and non-military knowledge and skills, and even more in the context of national defence.

The existence of the Resistance Doctrine and parts of the planning around the Resistance is intentionally public, Stringer explained, intended to act as a deterrent against a potential attack, another aimed at the preferred hybrid warfare of the Russia instead of traditional military and nuclear deterrence. But the details of plans and organization within a country are closely held.

For Estonia, a country of about 1.3 million people bordering northwest Russia, civil resistance has always been part of the defense plan.

“There is no other choice for every Estonian,” said Rene Toomse, spokesman for the Estonian Volunteer Defense League. “Either you fight for independence if someone attacks you – if Russia attacks you – or you die.”

Estonia regularly updates and expands its defense plans, integrating its standing army with its general population and volunteer forces, which Toomse says have seen increased demands since the start of the Russian invasion.

Estonian officials have studied the war in Ukraine to learn lessons about what worked well against Russia and where Ukraine’s resistance could improve. Toomse says that Estonians remember the Soviet regime well, and those who are too young to remember go to school.

Ukraine has excelled in the information campaign, Toomse points out, using media posts on multiple platforms, a president who has become a vocal international figure, and a constant flow of information on how Ukrainian forces are fight, “even if they are not focusing on their own losses.”

But Toomse insists that Estonia, if faced with an invasion, would be more active in any occupied territory, using small, well-armed and well-trained units. “I imagine we can do a lot more damage behind enemy lines than Ukraine did,” Toomse said. “All logistics, all convoys are going to be under constant attack.”

The American culture of political violence


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Ballots, not bullets. A government of laws, not of men.

When politicians talk about the common values ​​of the nation, that is part of what they mean: a nonviolent, legal and democratic system of government.

What we really get is something quite different. Four presidents assassinated and 15 threatened. Historic assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Threats against a Supreme Court judge and his family. And even former Maine Governor Paul LePage, who recently threatened to “bridge” a Democrat.

This newspaper editorializes: “Threats of violence are unacceptable. We can’t believe we have to keep saying this.

You have to keep saying it, because America has a culture of violence, especially political, and it’s getting worse.

It started with the US border. In the 1800s, the country had more territory than it could govern, leaving justice to individuals alone, often using firearms to defend themselves. Violence or its threat could replace the government.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was the target of a historic political assassination. Under his leadership, the Union had won the Civil War, and slavery was soon to be outlawed altogether. John Wilkes Booth, an actor, shot Lincoln as a dramatic punishment for crushing the Confederacy.

By the end of the 19th century, the border was complete and the government, police and courts were operating throughout the country. But the violence continued and the pace of attempts against presidents accelerated.

The violence or threats followed Lincoln’s pattern of punishing people for their past actions. It can’t stop them, but it feels good to fight back and it can intimidate others from taking similar action.

Lately, cases seem to be piling up.

Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger voted to impeach President Donald Trump and are the only Republicans on the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. For their independence from loyalty to blind parties, they have become the target of threats.

Cheney spent some of his re-election campaign funds on security. The two receive additional protection from the Capitol Police. She lost her primary. Kinzinger knew he would lose and chose not to run. The violence was both unjustified and unnecessary.

Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart approved the FBI’s warrant to search Trump’s Florida home for government documents from the White House. Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio falsely inferred that Reinhart was a partisan Democrat. The judge and his family were threatened. His synagogue had to cancel services due to anti-Semitic threats.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top federal epidemiologist, corrected Trump’s erroneous claims about curing COVID-19, and he and his family became the target of a death threat. This month, his would-be killer was sentenced to three years in prison.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh voted to overturn the Roe v. Wade. He and his family were threatened. Due to the murder of a federal judge’s son and threats from Kavanaugh, Congress quickly approved additional protections for Supreme Court justices and their families.

Most of the threats and half-baked attacks seem to come from Trump supporters, people who believe in him, and the myth that his re-election was stolen. But, as in the Kavanaugh case, the threat could also come from the other side.

Although there is probably no single or simple explanation for the increase in serious threats, they seem to reflect the country’s state of division and instability. Since the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s, many people have come to believe that the government is not doing it for them. They are increasingly frustrated and want change.

The elections of Barack Obama and Trump revealed a strong feeling for change, almost simply for himself. When these elections dashed such hopes, some became more disgruntled. The right has grown and increasingly favors a more authoritarian approach that refuses to compromise.

Trump and LePage tapped into that sentiment to further their own political ambitions. The result has been to legitimize the breaking of traditional constraints, sneeringly labeled politically correct. Trump supporters felt fewer limits to taking matters into their own hands.

If the country seemed to be moving away from racism, anti-Semitism, violence and other extreme actions, it stopped with Trump. His sense of unlimited power was passed on to his followers. A few thousand insurgents took over the Capitol, claiming they represented the American people as they threatened to hang the vice president.

Although perhaps debatable, some polls show that part of the population thinks political violence is acceptable. Not so long ago, even conducting such a survey would have been unimaginable.

The political debate cannot go much lower than a resort to violence. The border, long gone, can no longer last. The lawless heritage of the once ungoverned American West hampers true choice.

How do the people want the country to be governed?

Trump brought ‘national defense information’ to Mar-a-Lago, affidavit says

Former President Donald Trump brought

Former President Donald Trump brought highly sensitive “national defense information” to his resort town of Mar-a-Lago, according to the affidavit. File photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump brought highly sensitive “national defense information” to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a redacted affidavit released Friday by the DOJ.

The filing says officials had reason to believe Trump had not turned over all of the government documents he took with him from the White House in early 2021, and that the files were stored in locations that weren’t known. were not officially approved for the possession of classified documents.

“Based on this investigation, I believe that the STORAGE ROOM, [the former president’s] residential suite, Pine Hall, the “45 Office” and other spaces within [Mar-a-Lago] are not currently authorized locations for the storage of classified information or [National Defense Information]“, states the sworn affidavit of an unidentified FBI special agent.

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A screenshot of the affidavit indicating that national defense information was stored at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The heavily redacted document lays out the justification for the FBI’s controversial research into Trump’s ownership earlier this month. No criminal charges have yet been filed against Trump, but the FBI said it is investigating possible crimes that carry serious penalties, including the Espionage Act.

The FBI investigation began with a referral to the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, in February 2021 over concerns that Trump took “highly classified documents intermingled with other documents” from the White House to Mar. -a-Lago. A heavily redacted portion of the affidavit cites a CBS Miami article titled “Moving Trucks Spotted At Mar-a-Lago,” published a month prior, under a headline about how movers could be seen handling boxes records at Trump’s club after leaving office. .

From May to December 2021, according to the FBI, NARA repeatedly asked Trump to turn over records he was not supposed to have. Eventually, in December, Trump’s representatives reported that “twelve boxes were found and ready for collection.” The FBI proceeded to sort the material, which amounted to 15 boxes in total.

In May 2022, the FBI conducted a preliminary examination of the contents of the 15 boxes and found more than a hundred documents marked as classified, according to the affidavit.

The boxes contained “184 unique documents bearing classification marks, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET”.

Some included markings indicating sensitive information from human intelligence sources. Other files bore the acronym “FISA,” which refers to surveillance information collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

On June 8, according to the affidavit, the Justice Department sent Trump a letter reiterating that classified information could not be stored at Mar-a-Lago.

“It appears that since the classified documents were removed from White House secure facilities and transferred to Mar-a-Lago on or about January 20, 2021, they have not been handled appropriately or stored in a appropriate place. “, says the letter.

“As a result, we ask that the room in Mar-a-Lago where the documents had been stored be secured and that all boxes that have been moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago (along with all other items in this room) be kept in this room in their current state,” the letter reads.

The DOJ also points to claims by former Trump administration official Kash Patel, who said the ex-president “declassified the documents at issue.” The rebuttal to that claim is redacted, but experts have questioned whether a blanket declassification order is even legal, while other former White House officials have stated adamantly that it does not exist.

The highly anticipated release of the affidavit follows weeks of high profile legal drama in Trumpworld. In addition to the Espionage Act, the FBI said it is investigating potential obstruction of an investigation and the removal or destruction of documents.

Trump and his allies blasted the FBI and Justice Department for conducting the Mar-a-Lago search and issued warnings of potential paybacks when Republicans return to power.

The DOJ initially resisted releasing part of the affidavit, arguing that to protect the integrity of the investigation, the document should be so redacted as to render its contents incomprehensible.

But Judge Bruce Reinhart, the South Florida magistrate judge who approved the subpoena for the FBI search and continued to oversee legal wrangling over further disclosure of information, said a redacted version should be published. The Justice Department proposed changes it said would protect cooperating witnesses and the future of the investigation, and the judge approved the document for release Thursday.

In a memo filed with the affidavit, federal prosecutors told the court that certain documents “must remain sealed to protect the security and privacy of a significant number of civilian witnesses, in addition to law enforcement.”

Prosecutors also noted an “increase in specific threats of violence against identified FBI agents, overall violent threats against FBI personnel, and the armed attack on the FBI office in Cincinnati,” which led to the death of a gunman after an hour-long standoff with police. The Cincinnati forward was active on Trump’s social media network and posted a “call to arms” threatening to attack the FBI following the Mar-a-Lago raid.

The full, unredacted affidavit would reveal sensitive details about the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to search Trump’s compound.

Trump allies demanded to see the full affidavit justifying the search, arguing the document could show the federal government had no good reason to search his property.

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LGBTQ groups say BYU trashed their resource brochures


Brigham Young University agreed to give out LGBTQ resource pamphlets to incoming freshmen next week — but then removed them from welcome bags and threw them away, according to the groups that created the pamphlets.

The groups, all of which support the queer community, say they had a $200 contract with the school through the student newspaper to include the resource guides in the bags given to new students on the first day of class, the fall term to start on Monday. .

The newspaper, called The Daily Universe, is overseen by BYU administrators. It organizes freshman welcome gifts every year, with sticker bags and school spirit equipment being checked by the communications faculty before being assembled. The bags are then distributed to student residences, where most of the approximately 5,000 new freshmen are living their first year.

This week, members of LGBTQ groups say they learned that the school – which is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – had made what they call a “unilateral decision” to no longer include their six-page brochures.

Many printed booklets were thrown away as they were removed from the bags, said Maddison Tenney, founder of the Raynbow Collective, an off-campus nonprofit that supports BYU’s LBGTQ students and collected the guides. of resources. The few that weren’t ransacked were returned to him.

She said the collective was not informed of the decision by the school, but by an anonymous tip. When she contacted BYU, an administrator confirmed the takedown, she said.

“What’s heartbreaking is that’s the experience of being at BYU” as an LGBTQ student, said Tenney, who is also a senior who expects to graduate in December. “You have this beautiful community, and you love the school so much and they just don’t love you back.”

The school confirmed in a statement Friday to the Salt Lake Tribune that the brochures had been removed.

BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins said residence life and new student orientation administrators were unaware of what was in the bags until some have been distributed. When they learned about the brochures, an administrator decided to take them down.

Jenkins said the decision was made because the documents came from an outside group and the university instead wanted to “provide support through the Membership Office and our counseling services and not allow outside entities to imply university affiliation or endorsement….BYU’s goal is to create unity and belonging within our campus community.

But the brochures included college resources, including information about BYU’s counseling and psychology services.

The Office of School Belonging was created last year, as part of an effort to recognize and improve marginalized groups at BYU. Jenkins said the vice president has met with LGBTQ groups about the removal of the booklets.

The decision came days before the one-year anniversary of a senior church official coming to campus and criticized faculty members and students who challenge the faith’s teachings on same-sex marriage. In a speech that garnered national attention, LDS Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland said they should instead take up their intellectual “muskets” to uphold “the doctrine of the family and…marriage as union of a man and a woman”.

This speech has caused discord in the LGBTQ community on campus, with many saying they did not feel safe. A group protested.

Removing the brochures so close to the anniversary caused additional pain, some students said on social media. And school politics already make them feel ostracized, a few noted.

(Trevor Christensen | Special for The Tribune) On Friday, August 27, 2021, approximately 30-40 protesters gathered at the edge of the Brigham Young University campus to demonstrate against recent remarks by Apostle Jeffery R of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Holland.

Although the faith does not prohibit gay members from attending services, they are instructed not to act on their attractions. Likewise, the private school prohibits, through its strict honor code, any same-sex romantic partnerships or displays of affection between LGBTQ students. Those who break the rules are subject to discipline.

The guides — called the Allyship & Activism Resource Guide: LGBTQ+ Edition — included information on how to access on-campus advice, where to apply for scholarships, a place to find gender-affirming clothing, and contact information for a resource advisor.

They also had a slate of events, including the back-to-school pride party hosted by the RaYnbow collective. It happens on September 3 at Kiwanis Park. Tenney said they would print more pamphlets to distribute afterwards. A flyer for that event, Tenney said, was also removed from the bag.

Other events listed in the brochure were club meetings for students of color on campus, such as the Black Menaces, and for Understanding Sexuality, Gender, and Allyship, or USGA, a group for LGBTQ BYU students. The USGA is not approved by the school and is not permitted to meet on campus. But the brochure contained information about their weekly meetings at the library in Provo.

The USGA also helped put together the brochures, along with the Cougar Pride Center (a student-run, off-campus LGBTQ resource center), The OUT Foundation (a group of queer BYU alumni), and Equality Utah.

The groups issued a joint statement on Thursday, expressing their disappointment at the decision to throw away their pamphlets.

“We are currently in discussions with BYU to find an apology and how to move forward,” they wrote. “…There will always be LGBTQ+ students at BYU, and our goal is to support all students on campus, especially those who experience discrimination.”

The groups said they spent 350 hours with the help of 50 volunteers putting together the booklets. Tenney added that it cost about $2,000 to print them, which they funded through donations. The Daily Universe, she said, did not make the decision to remove them from freshmen’s bags, but the paper provided the groups with full refunds, including printing costs.

Tenney said materials were approved by faculty before and after the contract was paid.

“Although we received a refund,” the groups wrote in their letter, “we would have preferred to have had these resources. … No student should feel alone and no student should feel rejected by their university because of their identity. We hope BYU will improve its contract compliance, educate its employees on standard diversity and inclusion training, and provide these resource guides to all BYU students in the future.

Jenkins said the student newspaper would review its approval process in the future and confirmed the refund.

Carolyn Gassert, president of the USGA, said the decision was infuriating.

“It’s exhausting to have something like this,” Gassert said. “…It’s a constant reminder that they don’t want us there and don’t care about our lives.”

Jenkins, however, said BYU “recognizes and welcomes LGBTQ people as part of our larger, covenant-respecting college community.”

Several others also commented on social media, calling it “completely outrageous” and “an unnecessary short-sighted choice.”

Emma Gee, a former BYU student who came out as gay while on the school’s track team, called the decision “a blatant move to withhold critical information from vulnerable people.” on Instagram.

Jillian Orr, who is bisexual and graduated from BYU this spring in a rainbow dress that went viral, said on TikTok that she was angry.

“I don’t understand how BYU can continue to isolate and separate and separate those who are in this community,” she said. “It is unacceptable.”

Several people said the resources save lives, saying they would have appreciated seeing them as freshmen on the conservative campus. The OUT Foundation called it “censorship”.

The RaYnbow Collective wrote in an article, “What does a banned book look like at BYU? Sometimes it is 6 pages long and lists scholarships, resources, and therapy for marginalized students.

Tenney said the groups tried to be respectful and careful when putting together the pamphlets. She felt they didn’t include anything that went against school policies. But when she spoke to an administrator, Tenney said she was told the information was removed because it was deemed ‘derogatory’ to the church – not because it came from a group outside.

Tenney added that she has no plans to stop trying to provide resources for LGBTQ students on campus.

The groups that created the booklets plan to hold events this week to recognize gay students at the start of class, including drawing messages of support in chalk near the school. She also invited those interested to help fund more books and additional resources at Venmo @raynbowcollective.

Tenney said, “I just wanted the students to be safe and taken care of.”

Here is a copy of the brochure:

NATO chief visits Canada | CTV News



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in this remote northern community on Thursday to witness Canada’s largest Arctic training exercise, in what many see as a clear signal that the defense of Canada’s North is now a top priority for his government.

Landing under sunny skies in the early afternoon and accompanied by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trudeau headed to a military radar station before departing for Operation Nanook.

The visit marks the first time Trudeau has witnessed Operation Nanook, which has taken place annually since 2007 and involves military aircraft and warships as well as hundreds of Armed Forces members training in the austere environment. arctic of Canada.

The exercise was a staple of Stephen Harper’s traditional visits to the Arctic when he was Prime Minister, during which the Conservative government launched numerous initiatives aimed at strengthening Canada’s military capabilities in the region.

Trudeau broke that tradition in August 2016 after taking office as prime minister the previous fall, opting instead to visit China as his government began shifting Ottawa’s priorities in the Arctic from military concerns to concerns non-military.

“We’ve seen a lot of investment in societal and environmental security, you might say,” said Trent University professor Whitney Lackenbauer, one of Canada’s leading experts on Arctic security.

The Liberals’ focus on climate change and Indigenous relations in the Arctic coincided with the belief of many countries that any disputes between various Arctic countries could be settled through diplomacy and cooperation.

Some Canadian and U.S. military officials had warned against complacency as tensions between China, Russia and the West grew and rapidly rising temperatures made the Arctic more accessible to shipping and mining. resources.

But Russia’s attack on Ukraine ultimately upended those assumptions and forced the Liberal government to recognize the importance of defending the Arctic, said University of Victoria assistant professor Will Greaves.

“This really constructive and positive vision of a non-confrontational and cooperative Arctic is a casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” said Greaves, who is also coordinator of the North American and Arctic Defense and security.

“We will now move forward for an indefinite period in a new Arctic context which is almost structurally, much more conflictual, and will have a greater possibility or potentiality of armed conflict.”

Trudeau’s decision to participate in Operation Nanook with Stoltenberg is seen not just as the latest sign that Arctic security is back on Canada’s agenda, but as an important one.

“I think this sends a clear signal not only to Canadians, but also to our allies, that we take Arctic defense and security seriously,” Lackenbauer said. “And that we are prepared to shoulder our share of the burden of collective defense in the Arctic and elsewhere.”

Other indications that the government’s focus is changing include a long-awaited pledge to invest billions with the United States to modernize North America’s early warning system.

Some experts also pointed out that the Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces, General Wayne Eyre, recently hosted counterparts from five other Arctic countries in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the first such meeting since a previous group that included Russia was unofficially suspended in 2014.

The issue of burden sharing is tricky for Canada, which has historically been among the laggards among NATO alliance members when it comes to Γüá defense spending – an issue that Stoltenberg will no doubt raise during his visit with Trudeau.

Details regarding the government’s promise to upgrade the North American Aerospace Defense Command with the United States are also scarce, with uncertainty over when work on the shared defensive system will begin in earnest and what will be the results.

This is despite concerns about the state of the current system, including a series of radar installations dating back to the 1980s in Canada’s far north that are too old to properly detect an impending Russian attack.

There are other needs, said Elinor Sloan, a North American defense and security expert at Carleton University, including modern submarines to monitor and protect Canada’s Arctic sea lanes, new maritime surveillance aircraft and icebreakers.

The Liberals have begun to fill many of these gaps, while quietly continuing most of the initiatives started by the Harper Tories, but Sloan said it will be years before many become reality due to the procurement system. from Canada.

She and others nonetheless expressed confidence that Arctic security will remain a top priority for the government – ​​if only for the reason that it is now a top priority for its closest allies.

“Its allies and friends in NATO are increasingly interested in the policies they are developing and, in some cases, operating in the Arctic,” Sloan said. “What is Canada doing if it’s not up there? So it’s not just pressure from opponents, it’s also pressure from allies.”

While Nanook has often focused on specific scenarios, such as responding to a plane crash or an emergency at sea, military spokesman Captain Jason Rheubottom said this year’s focus was different.

“The mission of this iteration has a broader scope: to project and sustain forces along Canada’s Northwest Passage to demonstrate CAF presence and commitment to the region, and to improve awareness of all CAF domains in the Arctic. »

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2022.

— With files from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa

In the state of Alabama, how many payday loans can you have at one time?

Moving to a new state can be scary, especially when it comes to employment, and even more so when you’re worried about your debt. In this article, find out how many statistics payday loans in alabama you can have at the same time.

What is a personal loan?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get cash, a payday loan may be your best bet. A payday loan is a small loan you can take from a bank or payday lender. You can use them to cover short-term expenses like groceries, utilities, and rent, or to cover unexpected expenses like a car repair or medical bill.

The downside of payday loans is that they are high interest loans and usually come with hidden fees that can add up quickly. Additionally, you must repay the loan immediately – even if you don’t have the money to pay it back right away. This means that payday loans are a kind of risky financial transaction.

If you’re considering borrowing money from a payday lender, be sure to read the fine print carefully before making your decision. And remember: just because you can easily get a payday loan doesn’t mean

In the state of Alabama, there are laws that limit the number of payday loans a person can take out at one time. These laws are in place to protect consumers from abuse by lenders and to help ensure that every payday loan is awarded fairly.

Generally, an individual can have up to three payday loans taken out at the same time. However, if a person has had problems with previous payday loans or has a history of bad credit, they may only be able to take out two payday loans at a time. Also, if an individual needs more money than they can afford to repay within the time limit, they may only be able to borrow up to $500 per loan.

How many Alabama payday loans can I get?

Back then, payday loans were only available through installment loans. This is because most payday lenders only give out small loans that are easy to repay and they don’t want to take too much risk. However, times have changed and Alabama residents can now get payday loans from any lender they choose. This means you can have as many payday loans as you need to meet your needs.


Many Americans are facing tough times right now; they are going through difficult financial situations. Many people struggle to pay their bills. They need payments for medical bills, rent, money for basic needs or need money for emergency car repairs or any emergency. These cases can happen to anyone. And many people take out short-term loans like bad credit loans or payday loans to deal with financial emergencies. But many Americans suffer from bad credit scores.

In this in-depth review, we’ve listed our picks for the best bad credit loan companies in America that offer emergency loans like bad credit loans or payday loans for people with bad credit. There is a lot of loan for bad credit companies to choose from. But be careful because not all of these emergency loan lenders are good, some are fraudulent.

Here is our list of our top picks for the best bad credit loan companies in America.

#1. MUTUAL MONEY – Best personal loans for bad credit

#2. FUNDSJOY – Quick emergency cash immediately

#3. REAL AMERICAN LOAN – Best online loans without credit check

#4. PERSONAL LOANS – Bad credit installment loans

#1. MoneyMutual – Best Bad Credit Personal Loans in USA

MoneyMutual – MoneyMutual has long been at the top of the lending industry. They have earned an excellent reputation as one of the best providers of bad credit loans or short term loans in America. Many Americans have obtained bad credit loans from this company. They also have one of the biggest mouthpieces out there.

You may know his name, it’s Montell Williams.

Montell Williams is known to be one of the most famous daytime talk show hosts of the 1990s. Due to his successful career as a daytime talk show host, he was chosen by MoneyMutual as their spokesperson.

But Montell Williams was attacked by his haters who called him out for promoting a ‘bad credit loans’ company. They said Montel Williams exploited them by taking advantage of the needy.

He proves them wrong by showing that he was a model citizen both in his line of work as a daytime talk show host and as a spokesperson. His MoneyMutual endorsement has always been successful.


#2.CreditReady – Best payday loans for bad credit with guaranteed approval

CREDITLOAN – MoneyMutual’s main competitor is CreditLoan. CreditLoan is a promising bad credit loan provider that offers customers good customer service with fast bad credit loan approval within 24 hours.

You should keep an eye on CreditLoan as a candidate for a promising bad credit loan provider. With their steady increase in new customers, they have been able to build a good reputation as a provider of bad credit loans. As they continue to thrive as a payday loan provider, they are also able to provide and maintain exceptional customer service to their clients.


#3. FondsJoy – Best personal loans for bad credit with short term loan and emergency loan options

FUNDSJOY is another well-known short-term loan company. FundsJoy is an excellent online lender. They stand out for their user-friendly website. They tend to appeal to all age groups, but mostly cater to the 25-45 age bracket.

They have also seen rapid growth in the short term loan business like CreditLoan. It has been said that they handle customer service very well. More and more borrowers are applying for a bad credit loan on FundsJoy because of their outstanding service.

We will keep an eye on this company constantly. We definitely favor them and think they are a promising bad credit loan company. For anyone in need of a bad credit loan, we recommend visiting FundsJoy.


#4. REAL AMERICAN LOAN – Best Loans No Credit Check With Immediate Approval

Genuine American Loans is a bad credit loan that provides good service to real blood Americans. They are known to provide many loan options for bad credit. They offer different types of emergency loans like payday loans, bad credit loans, short term loans, loans without credit check, direct loans or even a loan as low as $100 up to $500 $.

They may not be as outstanding as MoneyMutual, but that doesn’t mean they don’t provide good service. True American Loan has a specific target market; it’s real blood americans looking for the best bad credit loan provider in america.


#5. XMASFUNDS.COM – Bad credit personal loans with installment loan and cash advance options

CHRISTMAS FUNDS The company name of this bad credit loan provider may seem unusual to you. You might be wondering if they work well even if it’s not the holiday season? We then looked at the capability of this bad credit loan provider and were amazed at how well they performed, even though it is not the Christmas season.

This shows, regardless of their business name, that they perform well at any time of the year. XmasFunds is an online bad credit lending company specifically identified for the holiday season. But they continuously provide services and acquire customers even though it is not Christmas season. XmasFunds accepts bad credit loan applications at any time of the year.

Please take the time to visit their site if you wish to apply for a bad credit loan. They can offer loans of up to $5,000. XmasFunds is just as good as any other bad credit loan provider in the industry.


#6. FundGift – Loans for bad credit from direct lenders without firm credit check

FundGift is another online emergency loan provider. This loan provider is rather new in the industry. And still can’t compete with big names like MoneyMutual. But we believe they will eventually become one of the leading providers of bad credit loans in America. They offer different types of emergency loans like short term loans, 24 hour loans, instant loans, loans without credit check, loans for veterans or loans as low as $300.

The most notable aspect of FundsGift is their rapid increase in borrowers. Due to the fact that their bad credit loan application process is extremely short and easy. They get applications for bad credit loans at a rapid pace with guaranteed approval to their customers.

We will continue to observe FundsGift’s success in the money lending industry in the future. Will they be as big as MoneyMutual in the future? Well, opinions differ and not everyone is convinced. While others believe that FundsGift will beat other bad credit lenders within months.


Summary of loans for bad credit

In this section, we will provide our final assessment. We hope you find this bad credit report helpful.

You now have a choice on which loan for bad credit supplier to choose who will meet your needs. After reading our reviews, borrowers usually come to the conclusion of which lender to go to.

These companies can provide you with good bad credit loan deals.

For those still in doubt, we strongly suggest applying for a loan from America’s largest bad credit loan provider, which is, as you might have guessed, MoneyMutual.

Visit their official website and apply for a bad credit loan today.


11-year-old Ukrainian among 25 killed in Russian attack

The body of an 11-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble of his family’s home after Russian missiles hit a residential area and a train station in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 25 people, as the country cautiously celebrated its Independence Day.

A resident named Sergiy said the attack on the town of Chaplyne on Wednesday killed his 11-year-old son.

“We looked for him over there in the ruins, and he was lying here. No one knew he was here. Nobody knew,” the distraught father said as he crouched shirtless next to the body of his child wrapped in blankets lying amid the ruins of their home.

The 11-year-old’s body is seen wrapped in blankets amid the ruins of his family’s home in Chaplyne, Ukraine on Wednesday.

A 6-year-old child was also killed when a Russian missile hit the local train station and set fire to a nearby car.

On Thursday morning, the death toll rose from an initially reported 22 after three more bodies were recovered from the town of Chaplyne when rescue operations ended, Ukrainian presidential aide Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

Tymoshenko confirmed on his Telegram channel that the victims included two children. 31 other people were injured, including a 13-year-old boy.

In a video address to the United Nations Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said rockets hit a train in Chaplyne, about 90 miles west of Russian-occupied Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

“This is how Russia prepared for this meeting of the UN Security Council,” Zelensky said.

In its daily briefing on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that an Iskander missile hit a military train in Chaplyne which was to deliver weapons to the frontline in the eastern Donbass region.

Speaking in Uzbekistan, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reiterated that Moscow had deliberately slowed down what he called a “special military operation” in Ukraine to avoid civilian casualties.

Sergiy, the father, said that initially no one knew his son was lying dead among the rubble.
Sergiy, the father, said that initially no one knew his son was lying dead among the rubble.
The Russian attack also killed a 6-year-old child and injured at least 31 other people.
The Russian attack also killed a 6-year-old child and injured at least 31 other people.
Ukrainian officials said a 13-year-old child was pulled alive from the rubble.
Ukrainian officials said a 13-year-old child was pulled alive from the rubble.
U.S. Foreign Minister

Russia denies targeting civilians. He also said that the railway infrastructure is a legitimate target since it is used to supply Ukraine with Western weapons.

Commenting on the attack, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Twitter: “Russia’s missile strike on a train station full of civilians in Ukraine fits a pattern of atrocities. We will continue, with partners around the world, to support Ukraine and hold Russian officials to account. »

The attacks took place as Ukrainians celebrated their country’s 31st Independence Day. The day also marked six months since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, and tensions were high after Zelensky warned of the risk of “repugnant Russian provocations”.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its Iskander missile hit a military train.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its Iskander missile hit a military train.
U.S. Foreign Minister
Russia denies targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
Russia denies targeting civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The attack on Chaplyne railway station coincided with Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations.
The attack on Chaplyne railway station coincided with Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations.
U.S. Foreign Minister

Air raid sirens sounded at least seven times in Kyiv during the day, although there were no attacks. Ukrainian authorities said air alerts were issued 189 times across the country on Wednesday, more than at any other time in the war.

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State roundup: Lawmakers seek solutions to skyrocketing water costs; Democratic candidates to rally behind Biden; Elrich wins the primary

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LEGISLATIVES SEEKING TO ADDRESS WATER COSTS: Armed with a new report on soaring water costs in Maryland and across the United States, and the threat that those prices will skyrocket for state residents with access to clean, affordable water , lawmakers on Wednesday called for legislative remedies and help from Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the federal government to protect what they call a basic human right. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

  • The report’s key recommendations include a call for public water providers to incorporate income-based tariff structures. The report also calls for an end to the use of tax liens and closures and for the state to make water aid tax-free. Bryan Sears / The Daily Record.

DEMS HOPES TO RALLY WITH BIDEN; GO TO COUNTER-RALLY: Gubernatorial hopeful Wes Moore and other Democratic candidates in Maryland on the ballot this fall will get a high-profile boost Thursday as President Joe Biden headlines a rally in Rockville to kick off the season of the general election campaign of the party. Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.

  • Republicans and conservatives also plan to be there, virtually and in person, for the counterprogramming. Of the. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), the GOP gubernatorial nominee, plans to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon outside Montgomery County Circuit Court, a few blocks from the site of the rally. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

COX SCRUBS ONLINE CONTROVERSY: Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox has deleted his account on Gab, a social media platform known as an online hub for hate speech and white nationalists, and his campaign website no longer rates his fight against the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election. Ovetta Wiggins and Erin Cox/The Washington Post.

ELRICH WINS MO CO EXEC PRIMARY: Incumbent Marc Elrich retained his lead in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive, beating Potomac business leader David Blair after a recount in the race to lead Maryland’s most populous county. Just 32 votes separated the two candidates, a change of three from earlier this month when the Montgomery Board of Elections certified Elrich the winner by a margin of 35 votes. Karina Elwood/The Washington Post.

  • Blair, in a brief statement after the vote, said he called to concede to Elrich earlier in the day and “wish him the best for the next four years.” “While we did not win, we have undoubtedly moved the conversation forward in key areas such as early childhood education, career readiness, environmental progress, affordable housing, economic development , public safety and so much more,” Blair said. Danielle Gaines/Maryland Matters.
  • Elrich will face Reardon Sullivan, former chairman of the county’s Republican Central Committee, in November. Devin Battley had previously considered running in the Democratic primary, but later filed his intention to run as the Green Party’s candidate for the seat. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

GOP TURNOUT IN MO CO PRIMARY RISE: Democratic turnout in Montgomery County this year was similar to 2018, coming in at nearly 35.8 percent from about 35.3 percent four years ago. But a much larger share of Republicans in the county — just over 24.5% — turned out this time around, up from about 15.3% in 2018. Louis Peck/Bethesda Beat.

FRANCHOT SUPPORTS LIERMAN FOR CONTROLLER: Comptroller Peter Franchot approved Baltimore Del. Brooke E. Lierman in her bid to replace him as state tax collector after the November general election. A civil rights attorney and second-term Maryland House delegate, Lierman says she wants to turn the office into a more policy-focused position. Hannah Gaskill/The Baltimore Sun.

NOTICE: GLASS FOR CONTROLLER: This year, voters in Maryland will make a historic choice; they will elect either the first female Comptroller or the first Republican Comptroller since Phillips Lee Goldsborough left office in 1900. The choice is obvious. Barry Glassman has over 30 years of experience at the state and county levels, having served two terms on Harford County Council, nine years as a delegate, six years as a state senator and completing his second term as Harford County Executive. Brian Griffiths/The Duck Pin.

OPINION: POLICY GOVERNANCE: Each of the many challenges we face must be addressed by a government that is open, transparent, capable, responsive to the public, willing to work with the private sector, able to look beyond partisan labels, focused on resolving problems rather than blame, and able to work within budget and means to implement innovative and proven solutions. Competence and integrity matter a lot. Bob Cassilly, Harford County Executive Candidate/Maryland Reporter.

SIGN THEFT CHARGE AGAINST BA CO EXEC ABANDONED HOPE: Baltimore County prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor theft charge filed against Pat McDonough, the Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive, following allegations by a leading opponent that McDonough stole a campaign sign. State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said the case was dropped “at the victim’s request.” Taylor DeVille/The Baltimore Banner.

US ATTY STRENGTHENS THE FIGHT AGAINST B’MORE CRIME WITH A NEW UNIT: Nearly a dozen city, state and federal elected officials and law enforcement officials were in East Baltimore on Wednesday to announce the latest in their efforts to address gun violence in Baltimore. With $3.5 million in new public funds, U.S. District Attorney for Maryland Erek Barron is creating a new division within his office dedicated to violent and organized crime, with 30 new prosecutors, investigators and analysts. He expects the office to be fully staffed by October 7. Rachel Baye/WYPR-FM News.

  • Barron announced three strategies he said his office had never undertaken before in its pursuit of repeat violent offenders: Combining the narcotics and organized crime sections into a single violent crimes division that will include additional prosecutors and investigators ; using an “Al Capone model” to get violent offenders off the streets by identifying other non-violent crimes in which they might be involved; evaluate firearms cases for violations of federal school zone law. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.

NEW CARROLLTON TRAIN HALL TO ACHIEVE A $47M UPGRADE: The construction of a train station, sidewalks and bike lanes slated for next year in New Carrollton will mark an important milestone in the long-planned transformation of Prince George’s County’s busiest transit hub. The $47 million project this month received a federal grant of $20.5 million. Luz Lazo/The Washington Post.

HIGH COURT: HOWARD ED STUDENT BOARD MEMBER HAS VOTING RIGHTS: Maryland’s highest court has ruled against an attempt to limit the voting power of the student member of the Howard County Board of Education. The court ruled on Wednesday that the county school board did not violate the Maryland Constitution by granting voting rights to its student board member. Lillian Reed and Cassidy Jensen/The Baltimore Sun.

ARUNDEL SCHOOLS ARE IN REQUIREMENT IN MANY AREAS: With the start of the new school year approaching, public schools in Anne Arundel County are short of 300 teachers, 67 bus drivers, 222 food service workers, 81 janitors and 57 school crossing guards. Rachael Pacella/The Capital Gazette.

CARROLL SCHOOL BOARD CALLS FOR LIMITS ON PUBLIC COMMENT: In an effort to dispel the “circus atmosphere” that has occurred at recent Carroll County School Board meetings, officials have proposed policy changes that would both limit the number of people in the general public who can talk and also what these speakers can talk about. on. (The Harford School Board does the same.) Molly Fellin Spence/The Carroll County Times.

TRUMP CHOOSES ATTY FROM ‘DISPUTING’ BALTIMORE: Despite once calling Baltimore a ‘disgusting mess, infested with rats and rodents’, former President Donald Trump has turned to Charm City attorney Evan Corcoran to help defend himself as the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal investigation continues. Corcoran, a partner in Inner Harbor Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, is one of the key figures in the former president’s battle against hundreds of classified and top-secret documents that FBI agents have seized in his country. Florida club earlier this month. Lee O. Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun.

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3 things the Pentagon worries about using nuclear weapons


According to nuclear deterrence theory, the goal of military strategists is to make the use of nuclear weapons on the battlefield untenable on either side and to avoid escalation into full-scale nuclear war.

Considering this goal particularly timely and poignant as Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to rage after six months, China is stoking tensions with Taiwan and North Korea is taking aggressive action.

Conventional nuclear integration is an ill-defined term used by military strategists as the basis for internal theater planning, when considering the employment and use of nuclear weapons to support troops in the field.

Strategists use this concept to plan the use of nuclear weapons in conjunction with or in support of the operations of traditional forces; conventional nuclear integration aims to reduce any nuclear engagement – ​​whether it is the use of a nuclear weapon by an adversary or a US first strike – to a state of deterrence.

A caveat: many use the term “tactical nukesto describe the types of weapons that can be used on the battlefield in situations involving opposing ground or surface forces. However, this is simply not a useful way of thinking about the use or planning of the use of nuclear weapons, as the word “tactical” implies limited to traditional military forces arrayed against each other as the lowest echelon of the war. Moreover, any use of nuclear weapons has strategic implications, the highest echelon of warfare.

Much more important distinctions include how nuclear weapons are employed, for what purpose, and the explosive warhead yield.

If the United States, the other side, or both sides have used a nuclear weapon, the United States’ goal is to return to a nuclear deterrent state as quickly as possible. To do this, the United States has three basic response options:

— An intentional escalation (as a show of force or as a punitive strike).

— A response in kind (returning a nuclear weapon of similar yield on a similar target).

—A proportional response (which may or may not involve a nuclear weapon).

Unboxing response options

Each of these three response options carries different risks that must be considered to achieve the US goal of returning to a state of nuclear deterrence.

It is worth exploring these options to illustrate the complexities of using one or more nuclear weapons on the battlefield and to increase understanding of American options in such a scenario, where the objective is to avoid a full-scale nuclear war. In reverse order, then:

1. How can an American response be proportional if it does not include the use of a nuclear weapon? Again, how did the adversary use the weapon, for what purpose and what was the yield of the warhead?

If an adversary’s tactical unit employed a low yield nuclear weapon against a purely military target, perhaps responding with another nuclear weapon against a similar target would not be an effective response.

If the goal is to return to deterrence, using conventional weapons in response – to achieve a similar effect on our adversary’s military – may be more effective than responding with a nuclear weapon.

The United States could also claim a “swift” response and garner domestic and international support for the perceived restraint in not responding with a nuclear weapon.

2. With an in-kind response, the United States would execute a nuclear strike on the nation that attacked us first, using the same weapon yield against the same type of target.

At first glance, the option of an in-kind response seems attractive. But it is often the least desirable option, especially when the US goal is to return to a state of nuclear deterrence.

This option also assumes that the US response can find a similar target and have a similar impact, and that the US can communicate this intent to the adversary.

A nuclear strike as an in-kind response could escalate or normalize the use of nuclear weapons on the battlefield. An escalation to full-scale nuclear war would mean an adversary using nuclear weapons against non-military targets, including US cities and infrastructure.

This does not mean, however, that an in-kind response is always a bad option. Against an adversary like North Korea, this might be a better option for a US president than against China or Russia. North Korea not only has a limited nuclear arsenal, but its delivery systems are unreliable.

If North Korea were to use a nuclear weapon against South Korea with limited success, it might be reasonable for the United States to respond with a low-yield weapon to demonstrate the United States’ willingness to use its own nuclear capability. , but not gradually. In this scenario, it seems reasonable that such a response could have a deterrent effect.

3. Responding to Adversary Use of a Nuclear Weapon with Intentional Escalation may seem like the most provocative option, but it might be the most appropriate response in some scenarios.

Russia has a stated policy of “escalate to defuse.” In a US response to a Russian nuclear strike, a show of force and punitive strike element could be effective in returning to deterrence.

This would be especially true if the US response was more than a nuclear strike and included elements of cyberspace and space targets to demonstrate that America holds the upper hand in any possible nuclear engagement and could cripple Russian options.

Such a US response could make it clear to Russia that maintaining the capability it possesses is a better option than a continued escalation that could remove Russia’s parity in the nuclear arena.

It’s not just about nuclear weapons

Although conventional nuclear integration is only one element of nuclear strategy, it is important to understand the concept.

A conventional nuclear integration assessment (i.e. examining the use of a nuclear weapon as part of a holistic assessment of the larger situation) is much more efficient than trying to classify a nuclear weapon as “tactical”, since “tactical” is an artificial distinction with no real bearing on strategy.

Any attempt to classify a nuclear weapon as “tactical” or “strategic” is an exercise in futility that does not lead to a better understanding of the scenario in which the nuclear weapon was used. It also limits the ability of the US military to formulate the appropriate response to return to the desired state of deterrence.

It’s also important to understand that America’s options include more than responding with our nuclear arsenal. Conventional nuclear integration involves blending nuclear options with other elements of battlefield-level military power and attempting to avoid the use of nuclear weapons on non-military targets.

Thus, any US response to an adversary’s use of a nuclear weapon must consider how best to return to a state of nuclear deterrence.

Communicating the US response is as important as the effectiveness of the response. This is also true in the three broad categories of options described above.

If the United States were to conduct a non-nuclear response proportionately, it would be important to ensure that the adversary does not see this as a reluctance by the United States to use our nuclear arsenal if necessary. If we were able to respond with purely conventional weapons and achieve a military objective similar to what the adversary has used nuclear weapons to achieve, that could send a powerful message.

But this approach requires that the United States clearly communicate to the adversary, the American public, and other nations the intent behind our response.

What America must go through

To prevent an in-kind response approach from escalating, the United States must accompany it with two messages.

One message would convey the desire of the United States to return to a state of nuclear deterrence and the other would indicate that the United States is willing and able to make a more devastating response if pressed to do so.

If the United States responds to an adversary’s use of a nuclear weapon with an intentional escalation, we must first successfully demonstrate that the response could cripple the adversary.

But the United States must also communicate its desire to return to a state of nuclear deterrence, or the risk that the adversary will calculate that it must empty its nuclear arsenal before losing the ability to retaliate.

Make no mistake: the use of nuclear weapons on the battlefield is a terrifying proposition. But it is important to understand that the scenario of limited nuclear exchange does not necessarily have to lead to full-scale nuclear war.

Understanding US options and clearly communicating possible responses to a nuclear adversary is essential to returning to a state of deterrence.

To do this, however, America must retain flexible nuclear options and a military edge in cyberspace and space systems.

The ultimate goal of the US military is to deter adversaries from taking action contrary to the interests of the United States or its major allies.

Once we realize that deterrence at all levels is linked, America’s nuclear posture becomes significantly more important as part of our overall military power.

The concept of conventional nuclear integration is only one element. But if the United States fails at this point, it greatly increases the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used on the battlefield – and the risk of all-out nuclear war.

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NSTAC Chairman’s Advisory Committee Offers Real-Time Monitoring of Operational Technology Across Federal Agencies

Written by John Hewitt Jones

The Presidential National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) has introduced proposals that would require all agencies in the executive civilian branch to monitor operational technology systems in real time.

In a draft report released Tuesday, the NSTAC said the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should issue a binding operational directive that would require federal departments to continuously monitor how operational technology (OT) devices in use connect to other systems.

Operational technology is the hardware and software that detects or can cause change through direct monitoring or control of industrial equipment and assets, such as electrical substations, water treatment plants, and utility facilities. manufacturing.

The latest study focuses on the convergence of these systems with conventional IT systems and comes amid heightened concerns about potential cyber threats to industrial manufacturing and utilities, including power plants and filtration plants. of water.

In February of last year, an unidentified hacker broke into the computer system of a water treatment plant in a city outside of Tampa, Florida, and temporarily changed the setting the factory sodium hydroxide to a potentially dangerous level. Concerns about such an attack were raised again this week after news broke that hackers may have gained access to industrial control systems at a water filtration plant in South Staffordshire in the UK.

“CISA should issue a binding operational directive, similar to what Section 1505 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 requires for DOD, which requires departments and agencies in the executive civilian branch to maintain a continuous real-time inventory of all OT devices, software, systems and assets within their area of ​​responsibility, including an understanding of any interconnectivity with other systems,” the report states.

The NSTAC is made up of 30 chief executives representing major communications, network services, and computing companies, and acts as a liaison between federal agencies and the private sector. It was created by an executive order signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

The latest draft report also includes a key recommendation that CISA should develop procurement language guidelines for operational technology products and services and that the agency should work with the General Services Administration to require the inclusion of risk-informed cybersecurity capabilities in federal government procurement vehicles.

In addition, the study indicates that the National Security Council, CISA and the Office of the National Director of Cybersecurity should prioritize the development and implementation of interoperable, technologically neutral and independent information sharing. providers to advance the real-time sharing of sensitive collective information. defensive information between authorized parties.

The report is the third of three commissioned by the White House following several significant cybersecurity incidents, including the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in May last year.

Previous NSTAC reports have examined software assurance in the IT supply chain and the management of trusted and zero-trust identities. The committee will now work on a fourth and final comprehensive study.

At a committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, NSTAC members voted to approve the draft report, which will now go to the president.

Prestwich families have helped b Red Lion Pub


A pub in Prestwich helps families with the cost of sending children to school.

The scheme, organized by Joseph Holt, calls on patrons and members of the local community to donate school clothes to collection points at any of Joseph Holt’s 127 North West pubs.

Members of the ‘Cowardly Women’ social group, who meet regularly at the pub, sort through the donated uniforms.

Pub manager Kailey Ashurt said: ‘People have been so generous that the donations are really going to help so many families.

The Schoolwear Association found that the average cost of compulsory school uniforms and sportswear is £101.19 per pupil.

For those with more than one child, it can cost a family hundreds of pounds.

Paul Longmire, Head of Marketing at Joseph Holt, said: ‘It made us all think that with so much needed right now, we could help collect donated items and make sure they go to those who need them. need.

“This again shows how pubs are so central to the community and work to reach those in need.

“We are sure there will be a generous response from our kind-hearted customers and the community beyond so that we can do something to help families struggling with the cost of providing uniforms.

“We have claimed all aspects of the school uniform and kit, as long as they are in good condition. And the response from customers and members of the public has been magnificent.

“Additionally, recycling the uniform will save landfill space and reduce greenhouse gases – so there is also an environmental benefit.”

Dropped items will be organized by size and school and listed on the pub’s Facebook page.

Those in need can message pubs directly from their Facebook page, and leftover uniforms will be donated directly to schools.

ICSC Consent Order for Buy Now Pay Later Loans | PC Weiner Brodsky Kider

The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (CFPI) recently entered into a consent order with a Florida-based company specializing in the supply and sale of “Buy Now Pay Later Loans” (BNPL). BNPL products are considered by CFPI to be a type of short-term financing that allows consumers to make purchases and pay for them at a later date, often without interest. Sometimes referred to as point-of-sale installment loans, BNPL products have become an increasingly popular payment option that has come under the regulatory umbrella of the CFPI. Following an investigation into the matter, the CFPI determined that the company was carrying on the business of a financial lender in California, without obtaining the required license. Pursuant to California Financial Code Section 22100(a), companies offering BNPL products must be licensed and, as an approved lender, must consider consumers’ ability to repay, are subject to rate caps and costs and must respond to consumer complaints.

As part of the Consent Order, the Company agreed to, among other things, the following:

  • The Company will not engage in the business of a financial lender in California unless it obtains a license to conduct such business;
  • The company will pay an administrative penalty of $2,500 to the CFPI; and
  • The company will reimburse all fees paid to it by California consumers in connection with BNPL products.

Even small red states have election integrity issues



Election integrity remains a key issue for voters heading into 2022. A Rasmussen report a July national survey found that 52% of likely US voters think it is at least somewhat likely that cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, while 50% think it is at least somewhat unlikely that there will be widespread cheating that will affect the outcome of the midterm elections.

These sentiments were reinforced by ongoing reports of electoral integrity issues in Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsincolorado and Pennsylvaniaas well as the documentary2000 slipperswhich was produced by True The Vote, a national organization whose mission is “to train citizens to protect the integrity of elections at the ballot box and to help protect the rights of all voters”.

Much of the recent reporting on election integrity is the result of volunteer citizen groups in the various states conducting their own surveys, as well as soliciting voters in their counties and states to check voter registration lists. and that the votes were counted during the primary, general elections. , and special elections were made by authorized voters. One such organization in South Dakota recently completed and compiled election integrity statistics from the November 2020 general election.

A volunteer citizen organization, the South Dakota Canvassing Group, presented its analysis of the 2020 election to the South Dakota Secretary of State (SoS) and county auditors in an effort to spur action to update the lists elections ahead of November’s midterm elections by suppressing voters. who died, moved or were inactive during two general elections.

Here are some of the results of his analysis.

While the election was certified on November 10, 2020, the official SoS website showed that the total number of votes cast moved up and down at periodic points until December 29, 2021. , the official table released on April 2, 2021, showed a particular discrepancy: 427,529 ballots were cast statewide while 422,609 ballots were reportedly cast per county.

US Congressman for South Dakota Dusty Johnson and Governor Kristi Noem place street signs in a neighborhood in Sioux Falls on June 4, 2022. (Jann Falkenstern/The Epoch Times)

A total of 4,379 ballots cast in 2020 could not be linked to a registered voter.

While voter registration closed on October 19, 2020, which is 15 days before the election per South Dakota law, the registration analysis identified the following discrepancies:

  • 163 voters registered to vote after November 3.
  • 552 voters registered on November 3, of whom 49 voted in the election.
  • 260 voters registered between October 20 and November 3.
  • 11 voters voted twice.
  • 256 voters were over 120 years old.

An analysis of the official voters lists for the election, which were revised and updated on December 28, 2021, identified the following discrepancies:

  • 146 new voters who voted on November 3 but were not previously registered.
  • 601 voter registers deleted.
  • 36 new voters registered between September 22 and December 21, 2021, who voted in the November 3, 2020 election.
  • 18 blank registers of voters who voted on November 3.

South Dakota law allows people who live in RVs year-round to register and vote in South Dakota through mail forwarding companies operating in the state. Their registered mailing address in South Dakota would be that of the state’s mail forwarding company, which would forward their mail to their designated out-of-state addresses.

The following statistics have been collected and indicate potential issues. Of the 10,388 votes cast by five different mail forwarding companies:

  • 1,113 voters had non-military overseas addresses in Poland, South Korea, Thailand, France, Ireland, etc.
  • 1,893 votes were cast from campground, hotel and motel addresses.
  • 328 votes were cast from invalid addresses with no street address listed.
  • 150 votes were cast from addresses of police stations, non-profit organizations, government buildings and Walmart.

Were all these people at these different out-of-state addresses really eligible voters?

The South Dakota canvass also conducted door-to-door canvassing in the three largest counties by population in the state — Minnehaha, Lincoln and Pennington — on Feb. 5 and March 15. The following deviations were noted:

  • A total of 361 homes were reached across the three counties.
  • 96% of people contacted on February 5 presented discrepancies on the electoral lists.
  • 92% of voters contacted on March 15 presented discrepancies on the electoral lists.
  • 4 units were vacant.

Finally, the following information was provided regarding South Dakota’s use of mail-in ballot boxes in the 2020 general election:

  • 38 of South Dakota’s 66 counties used ballot boxes to collect ballots during the election.
  • 29 counties monitored drop boxes with video footage.
  • While the drop box video is election material and, like all other election material, must be retained for 22 months by federal law, no county in South Dakota has retained the video footage.

South Dakota is a relatively small state with just over 901,000 people. Its relatively small size makes managing elections much easier than in large states like California, New York, and Florida. Even so, it’s clear that South Dakota has work to do on election integrity.

What might a citizen canvassing group find in your state?

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Epoch Times.

Stu Cvrk


Stu Cvrk retired as a Captain after serving 30 years in the United States Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and Western Pacific. With his training and experience as an oceanographer and systems analyst, Cvrk graduated from the US Naval Academy, where he received a classic liberal upbringing that serves as the essential foundation for his political commentary.

Vermonters at risk from F-35 training flights

Amnesty International released a widely publicized report on August 5 condemning Ukraine for violating the rules of the law of war by positioning its military forces and conducting military operations in populated residential areas. The same rules that Vermont violates by positioning its F-35 jets in a city.

Ukrainian President Zelensky reacted angrily, accusing Amnesty of blaming Russia on Ukraine. The head of the Ukrainian organization Amnesty has resigned.

But Amnesty persisted, issuing another statement on August 7: “Amnesty International’s priority in this conflict and in any conflict is to ensure that civilians are protected. Indeed, that was our sole focus when publishing this latest research. While we fully support our findings, we regret the pain caused. »

The Amnesty report said:

  • “Ukrainian forces put civilians at risk by establishing bases and operating weapon systems in populated residential areas.
  • “Researchers found evidence that Ukrainian forces were launching strikes from populated residential areas and based in civilian buildings in 19 towns and villages.
  • “Such [Ukrainian] These tactics violate international humanitarian law (IHL) and endanger civilians, as they turn civilian objects into military targets. Subsequent Russian strikes in populated areas killed civilians and destroyed civilian infrastructure.
  • “Most residential areas where [Ukrainian] the soldiers themselves were miles from the front lines and viable alternatives were available that would not endanger civilians.
  • “International humanitarian law requires all parties to a conflict to avoid, whenever possible, placing military objectives in or near densely populated areas.

Amnesty’s report responded in advance to the Ukrainian outrage that followed, stating: “Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian army from respecting international humanitarian law”.

It’s not just Ukraine

Vermont conducts military training operations with 20 F-35 jet aircraft from Burlington International Airport (BTV) in the densely populated city of South Burlington and near the cities of Burlington and Winooski.

“Air Police” Russia

The Vermont F-35 jets have just completed three months of “air policing” while “forward deployed” in Eastern Europe. The display of F-35 aircraft armed with Vermont missiles in several countries bordering Russia has highlighted the conventional and nuclear threat that Vermont-based F-35 aircraft pose to nuclear-armed US adversaries. , including Russia and China.

The ‘dual-capable’ F-35 can drop conventional and nuclear bombs

The US Department of Defense 2018 Nuclear Posture Review describes “the return of great power competition” with Russia and China, including anticipating the current proxy war with Russia over Ukraine and a future war with China over the South China Sea . He then spells out the danger that Russia and China face from the F-35: “The United States is incorporating a nuclear capability on the forward-deployable, nuclear-capable F-35.

If the current US proxy war or current tensions with China over Taiwan escalate, the 20 F-35 aircraft stationed at BTV could be hit by Russian or Chinese missiles to prevent them from “deploying to forward” to deliver conventional or nuclear payloads their “air”. -the police” threatened.

Continuing to conduct F-35 military training from an embedded airstrip in a densely populated Vermont city lacks even the flawed justification offered by Ukraine.

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F-35 forming worker houses, schools and adjacent workplaces

Put aside the idea of ​​a nuclear strike on the airport for a moment. A single 2,000-pound (1-ton) conventional military bomb striking the runway has a lethal radius of 360 meters (400 yards) and its shock waves “can cause serious injury and damage up to 800 meters away.” (875 yards). ) from the point of impact.

More than 1,000 workers’ houses and the Chamberlin Pre-K-5 School are within 875 yards of the trail. More than 3,000 civilians who use the airport for travel each day are believed to be within 400 meters. Hundreds of other civilians work on or near the airport grounds. All turned into military targets because the F-35 is right there, training illegally from a runway in a city.

Russian and Chinese nuclear bombs are thousands of times more powerful and have a radius of injury and serious damage several times greater than that of a conventional 2000 pound (1 ton) bomb. The F-35 integration at BTV uses thousands of Vermont civilians, including an elementary school, to protect the F-35 from humans.

A track in a city is not a military necessity

In addition to the BTV, the 2013 US Air Force F-35 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) outlined 5 other suitable choices for basing the F-35, all away from densely populated areas. For example, the EIS reports that McEntire Air National Guard Base in South Carolina, one of 5 alternate locations, has only 4% of people living in its same size F-35 extreme noise zone as the 6,663 Vermonters whose homes immediately surround BTV. And that while 7 schools are in the F-35 extreme noise zone at BTV, no schools are in McEntire.

The protection of civilians is the law

Amnesty International and IHL are not alone in protecting civilians. Federal law and US military regulations are totally in favor of protecting civilians from military operations. No law of any kind authorizes such indiscriminate abuses against civilians as the positioning of F-35 jets in a city, especially during a shooting war as tensions rise with nuclear-armed adversaries.

The U.S. Constitution gives states control over the training of their own National Guardsmen within “the discipline prescribed by Congress.” Congress passed a federal law that requires states to conduct Guard training under the same discipline as the United States Armed Forces.

US military regulations go further than IHL

Like IHL, U.S. Armed Forces discipline, including Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 2311.01 and Air Force Policy Directive 51-4, requires a “distinction” or separation of forces military personnel in populated areas during an armed conflict. But DoD and Air Force regulations both go further, requiring adherence to basic principles of the laws of war, including distinction, during “all other military operations” as well.

Citing DoD Directive 2311.01, the DoD law of war manual explains that compliance with the norms of the law of war is required “even in situations which do not constitute ‘war’ or ‘armed conflict'” – including “during military operations outside the context of a conflict armed”. He says, “the ‘elementary considerations of humanity’ have been understood to be ‘even more demanding in times of peace than in times of war.’ Thus, these legal standards, at a minimum, must be respected in all circumstances.

The 2018 US Sanctioning the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act states, “It will be the policy of the United States to officially and publicly condemn the use of innocent civilians as human shields.”

Federal law 10 USC 950t renders anyone who uses civilians or civilian property “with intent to protect a military objective [like the F-35] “attack” punishable by trial and punishment by military commission.

A UN report pursuant to a UN Security Council resolution explains:

No principle is more central to the humanitarian law of war than the obligation to respect the distinction between combatants and non-combatants. This principle is violated and criminal liability incurred when organizations deliberately target civilians or when they use civilians as shields or show wanton indifference to the protection of non-combatants.

Not too late to obey the law

Continuing the hundreds of F-35 training operations each month in a city, even after the Vermont F-35’s “air policing” mission to Russia’s borders, illegally unnecessarily endangers thousands of Vermonter. Focused on a reluctant audience, its 115 decibel noise has been inflicting pain and suffering on a massive scale for nearly 3 years. Now, continued training with the F-35 makes the city a legitimate military target. Failure to follow U.S. military law and regulations puts thousands of civilians at risk.

Governor Phil Scott, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, former Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont House and Senate leaders, and current and former Adjutant General and Commander are the political and military leaders responsible for Vermont.

If these abuses against civilians in Vermont cities persist as the US proxy war escalates, US law and US military regulations become inoperative. The perseverance and courage shown by Amnesty International with its report on Ukraine is now urgently needed to enforce US military law and regulations and to end state-sponsored abuses of the people of Vermont. .

Extremism in Advocating for America’s Children Is No Vice – AMAC


AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

They just don’t understand, do they? Public schools in the United States have hemorrhaged millions of children in recent years. This was not caused simply by the widespread abandonment of in-person education during Covid or even the absurd demands that they be masked or vaccinated by Covid. It involved exposing how few modern teachers have focused on the three Rs (“reading”, “ritin” and “rithmetic”, in the traditional formulation) and how much they have focused on CRT and LGBTQ and on all other letters. were added this week. American parents have responded either by withdrawing their children or by fighting back against out-of-control school boards, administrators and teachers.

Yet the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) has decided that what will win parents back is an advertisement calling parents who criticize them “extremists” who “attack our schools” because they simply want to “score political issues”.

This is, to put it politely, insane.

Yet this is what we expect from the mass of education, of which the teachers’ unions are today one of the most notable outgrowths. After all, it was with the connivance of a national school board group that Merrick Garland decided to prioritize the treatment of American parents as potential terrorists last year. It was the largest teachers’ union, the National Education Association (NEA), which allocated $140,000 this year for opposition research against a list of enemies of groups opposing the radical theory of the gender in schools. And Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said in April this year that parental rights bills like those in Florida and Texas are how “wars start.”

To be fair, however, these groups are not purely negative. NEA has worked hard on children and reading. The problem is that all the evidence points to the parents being right about what’s going on. The NEA’s 2022-23 Reading Across America Calendar encourages children to read books by Ibrahim X. Kendi. The end result is that a fifth-grade student in Atlanta learned that Frederick Douglass was a racist.

It’s at least better than the AFT. As an Illinois teacher who managed to suffer from Weingarten’s insufferable 2022 AFT convention speech noted, education itself seems to be much further down Weingarten’s priority than political issues. :

It was 23 minutes into his speech before Weingarten mentioned students and a foundation that addresses reading, math and science skills. The first part of the speech touched on political issues such as the pandemic; the attempt to cancel the 2020 elections; gun laws; the war in Ukraine; and the conservative Supreme Court majority that overturned Roe v. Wade, changed the way Miranda’s rights worked, and made other controversial decisions.

Who exactly are the extremists? Who exactly are those trying to score political points?

I think we all know. The problems in American elementary and secondary education are not caused by parental involvement. Instead, they were caused by those responsible for American education itself. Still, the discussion above can be somewhat misleading. Although there are many dissident teachers and administrators in this country, the problems are not limited to the large unions to which I have alluded.

Chris Rufo and Chaya Raichik (Libs of Tik Tok) have served our country well by exposing what is happening in countless school districts across the country regarding the teaching of topics related to race, sexuality and gender. In too many schools, it is the local administrators, counselors and teachers who bring wrong and destructive ideas to our children. More than simply introducing ideas, many of them act explicitly to help children go against their parents to “transition” into another “gender”. Libs of Tik Tok social media posts are usually just the repost of teachers bragging about such teaching and action. Very often they explicitly say that they post about how they circumvent parents and political authorities in more conservative areas so that others can do the same.

This topic is very close to this writer’s heart right now. We moved to Texas this summer and for various reasons are able to have our five school-aged children in public schools this year in the greater Houston area. I’m not very happy with it. Last year they were in a very strong Catholic school in Minnesota where traditional Christian (and human!) understandings of the human person were supported. This year we need to be on alert in a different way.

We’ve visited the schools so far and seen no explicit signs of a CRT and LGBTQ focus; it’s been the three r’s kind of thing. One of my children says of course it is. He tells me not to worry. “He is TexasDad!” Well, maybe. I warned him that education everywhere is largely the same. The same schools of education pump out all the teachers and administrators. whose kids went to public schools here said to me, “You gotta look at these things; they can turn on a penny. So they can.”

I’m going to give one thing to the teachers’ unions. They are right that American parents will do everything possible to protect their children. They will even “start wars” – not violent, of course, but political and legal – to ensure the education of their children. I know I will.

Don’t fool me. I’m not looking for a fight for the sake of fighting. Nor am I looking for one to score mere “political points” in a tribal sense. But I seek to ensure that my children receive an education that is not distorted by race or gender or the United States or anything else. And while I will not physically attack anyone, I will indeed go to nonviolent war in all sorts of other ways if my children and the children in my community are malformed by teachers, counselors, and administrators.

While that may sound extreme, I think it’s fair to say that extremism in advocating for my children is not a vice at all. Instead, it’s a virtue I hope to encourage in others.

David P. Deavel is associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and senior contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. Follow him on Gettr @davidpdeavel.

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Mullingar’s 1857 Men’s Victoria Cross could soon fetch £500.00 at auction


Nearly 165 years ago, an Irish clerk working for the Bengal Civil Service in India risked his life on a daring spy mission to rescue thousands of people trapped by rebel soldiers.

he bravery of Thomas Henry Kavanagh in crossing the lines during the siege of Lucknow won him the first ever Victoria Cross awarded to a civilian – one of only five ever awarded to non-military personnel – and turned him into a 19th century celebrity.

The rarity of the medal – it is only awarded to those whose heroism takes place ‘in the presence of the enemy’ – is the reason why it is expected to fetch almost €500,000 when auctioned next month.

Kavanagh received the medal from Queen Victoria – who leaned from her horse to pin the medal on the recipients – on her return from northern India.

The clerk, who grew up in Mullingar in Westmeath, found himself and his young family trapped in a British residence seat in the town of Lucknow.

The siege of 1857 was a key battle in the Indian uprising against the British East India Company, which ruled India as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown.


The Mullingar man rose to fame in the Victorian era

The Mullingar man rose to fame in the Victorian era

After a few months of siege, the blond-haired Irishman volunteered to disguise himself as an Indian soldier and crossed enemy lines into the town with a local man, aiming to reach a relief force heading to Lucknow.

The pair drove through enemy sentries, forded rivers and narrowly avoided capture after surprising a farmer raising the alarm, before reaching the relief column and guiding them to the besieged town.

Oliver Pepys, auctioneer at London auction house Noonans Mayfair, says Kavanagh’s exploits made him a legend in the Victorian era.

“Kavanagh was awarded the highest honor for undertaking an epic quest to escape the surrounded residence at night, break through enemy lines, make contact with the Commander-in-Chief’s camp, and then use his local knowledge to guide the relief force through the city to the besieged garrison by the safest route.

One of the VC’s youngest recipients was fellow Westmeath man Thomas Flynn, who was a 15-year-old drummer in his father’s regiment – part of the relief force. The wounded youth, from Athlone, received his medal for engaging two rebel gunners in hand-to-hand combat in the same battle where Kavanagh displayed his heroism.

The auctioneer said Kavanagh received his medal from Queen Victoria in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle, before embarking on a speaking tour of Ireland and Britain.

“He became a bit of a celebrity when he came back and wrote a book about his actions,” says Pepys.

Kavanagh proudly wore his medal during his lifetime and dined during his heroic exploits in the British colony. The medal was sold after his death and is only one of two of five civilian medals not currently in a museum.


Thomas Henry Kavanagh wrote a book about his exploits

Thomas Henry Kavanagh wrote a book about his exploits

Thomas Henry Kavanagh wrote a book about his exploits

“The Victoria Cross is the highest honor in the British honor system,” Pepys said.

“From a medal collector’s point of view, this is the pinnacle. Therefore, the medal normally commands the highest price.

“It has been awarded since the 1850s and is still awarded to this day. Most were awarded during World War I and World War II. Just over 1,350 have been awarded in the past 170 years, so it’s a relatively rare medal and each has a unique story behind it.

The auctioneer explained the history of the medal and the rarity of civilian medals adds to its value.

“It’s really about dressing up and going undercover behind enemy lines. It’s a very moving story – and it’s easier to understand than some of the more technical aspects of warfare.

“There will be many submissions. It is not impossible for a museum to pay for this. But it is more likely to be an individual.

“Medal collectors often buy the story of the man behind the medal. And the story in this case is absolutely first class.

“Estimates are between €350,000 and €470,000. But it is possible that it exceeds the estimate. I wouldn’t be shocked if it sold for over half a million.

The inscription on each VC indicates that the award is given “for bravery”.

The first 111 crosses awarded were said to have been cast from bronze taken from Russian cannons captured by the British during the Crimean War.

While only five VCs have been given to civilians, they include two Irishmen, Kavanagh in 1857, followed by Cork clergyman James Williams Adams, in 1879.

Mexico arrests ex-attorney general in missing student case

By MARIA VERZA, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday they have arrested the attorney general of Mexico’s previous administration for alleged abuse in the investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 college students. radical teachers.

Prosecutors also announced they had issued arrest warrants in the case for 20 army officers, five local officials, 33 local and 11 state police officers, as well as 14 gang members.

The roundup included the first arrest of a former attorney general in recent history and one of the largest mass arrests ever by civilian prosecutors of Mexican Army soldiers.

Jesús Murillo Karam served as Attorney General from 2012 to 2015, under President Enrique Peña Nieto. The office of current attorney general Alejandro Gertz Manero said Murillo Karam was charged with torture, official misconduct and enforced disappearance.

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In 2020, Gertz Manero said Murillo Karam was involved in “orchestrating a massive media ploy” and conducting a “widespread cover-up” in the case.

The arrest came a day after a commission set up to determine what happened said the military bore at least partial responsibility in the case. He said a soldier infiltrated the group of students involved and that the army did not stop the kidnappings even though they knew what was going on.

Corrupt local police, other security forces and members of a trafficking gang abducted the students in the town of Iguala in Guerrero state, although the motive remains unclear eight years later. Their bodies were never found, although burnt bone fragments were matched to three of the students.

Murillo Karam, under pressure to quickly solve the case, announced in 2014 that the students had been killed and their bodies burned in a landfill by members of a drug gang. He called this assumption “historical truth.”

But the investigation included cases of torture, wrongful arrests and mishandling of evidence that have since freed most of the gang members directly involved.

The incident happened near a large military base and independent investigations revealed that the military was aware of what was happening. The students’ families have long called for soldiers to be included in the investigation.

On Thursday, the investigating truth commission said one of the abducted students was a soldier who had infiltrated the college of radical teachers, but the military did not search for him despite having real-time information about the abduction. He said the inaction violated Army protocols for missing soldier cases.

The Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment.

Soldiers and officers wanted under Friday’s warrants – and other officials, police and gang members – are charged with murder, torture, official misconduct, criminal association and enforced disappearance

It was not immediately clear if all of the suspects faced all charges or if the suspects were among dozens already arrested and charged in previous investigations.

Before reforms to Mexican law, the military had long been allowed to refer soldiers accused of wrongdoing to separate military tribunals. But soldiers must now be tried in civilian courts, if their crimes involve civilians.

The charged soldiers were serving at the base near the location of the abduction in 2014.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party, to which both Murillo Karam and Peña Nieto belonged, wrote on its Twitter account that Murillo Karam’s arrest “is more a matter of politics than justice. This action does not help the families of the victims to obtain answers.

Mexican federal prosecutors had previously issued arrest warrants for members of the military and federal police as well as for Tomás Zeron, who at the time of the kidnapping headed the federal investigative agency, the Detective Agency mexican.

Zeron is wanted for torture and covering up enforced disappearances. He fled to Israel and Mexico requested the assistance of the Israeli government for his arrest.

Gertz Manero said that in addition to Zeron’s alleged crimes related to the case, he allegedly stole more than $44 million from the budget of the attorney general’s office.

The motive for the students’ abduction remains a matter of debate.

On September 26, 2014, local Iguala police, organized crime members, and authorities abducted 43 students from buses. Students periodically commandeered buses for transportation.

Murillo Karam said the students were handed over to a drug gang who killed them, cremated their bodies at a dump near Cocula and threw the burnt bone fragments into a river.

Subsequent investigations by independent experts and the attorney general’s office, and corroborated by the truth commission, dismissed the idea that the bodies had been cremated at the Cocula landfill.

There is no evidence that any of the students may still be alive.

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Organization on the front lines of the class war” – Workers World


If you’re looking for a fun read based on real events and filled with historical lessons about labor organizing, “Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War,” published by PM Press, is worth a look. The author, Jon Melrod, takes the reader on a journey through time.

Melrod begins with his childhood in Washington, DC, where he learned the harsh reality of racism and national oppression when he saw black prisoners in chains working on a country road in rural Virginia. He joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as an ally in 1965 and was involved in actions against former apartheid South Africa around the same time.

Curious to learn more about socialism in China after reading Edgar Snow’s classic “Red Star Over China”in high school, Melrod wrote a personal letter to Mao Zedong. In return, he received a four-volume set of “Selected Works of Mao” in a package bearing the Beijing postmark.

In 1968, Melrod joined the Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was involved in opposing the American invasion of Vietnam, fighting for independence and a socialist future. A few years later, he moved to Oakland, California, and became involved in a group of radical activists who, pushed by the People’s Republic of China, formed the Bay Area Revolutionary Union, which became a national organization, the Revolutionary Union. .

As an organizer with RU, Melrod found himself in Milwaukee and later Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he worked for American Motors (AMC, acquired by Chrysler in 1986) and was a member of the United Auto Workers. During his tenure in Milwaukee, he worked alongside members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

Important lessons for today

As many young people are currently working hard to organize places like Amazon, Starbucks and Apple, several lessons can be learned from reading “Fighting Times”. Melrod succeeded in bringing workers together under unique and difficult circumstances.

While at the AMC plant in Milwaukee, he helped organize the UAW Local 75 Fight Back class activist caucus. With limited resources, Melrod, along with his closest associates and comrades, got creative. In addition to producing agitation flyers, Fight Back Caucus members screen-printed T-shirts that read “Fight Speed ​​Up” in defiance of management’s threats of retaliation.

In one chapter, Melrod talks about his time organizing a multinational contingent of people to defend the Menominee Nation on their reservation in Gresham, Wisconsin’s campaign against racist violence. The Menominee seized an abandoned Catholic abbey on the reservation, aiming to turn it into a much-needed health clinic. This brave act was attacked by armed and racist militiamen, who were given the green light by the state to harass and intimidate the Menominee people in their own land.

Melrod was moved to another AMC factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a town infamous to WW readers as the location where cops crippled Jacob Blake and where a right-wing extremist murdered two anti-racism protesters in 2020. Kenosha plant, Melrod belonged to UAW Local 72 and was involved with the United Workers Organization, which printed and distributed a newspaper with the same title as the book, “Fighting Times.” The UWO becomes the United Workers Caucus of Local 72.

In Local 72, Melrod helped organize more innovative collective action. Through the diligent efforts of UWC, Local 72 was the first UAW Local to earn Dr. Martin Luther King Day as paid time off in its contract. (See Workers World, “Anti-Racist Solidarity: Kenosha’s Labor Story.”)

While in Local 72, Melrod helped his co-workers stand up to a violently sexist supervisor, participated in a campaign against a racist chief shop steward, and even dodged a life-threatening confrontation with an armed Nazi in a bar. The book ends in the early 1980s, when Melrod and his cronies used their diary to challenge both the AMC leadership and the conservative, labor-intensive leadership of the UAW.

Relevance for today

Throughout the 1970s there were many idealistic revolutionaries like Melrod who were fascinated by the huge gains of socialist China and tried to organize themselves into heavy industry. Few, however, have been able to write down their experiences as Melrod did. The stories of shop floor battles and multinational solidarity are reminiscent of “Blast Furnace Brothers,” written by Workers World Party co-founder Vince Copeland and published in 1973.

Workers World explained to Melrod why he decided to write a book about the events that took place five or six decades ago. He said, “Today hundreds of young organizers are taking up the class struggle against the propertied class in the struggle for decent treatment. Many of the essential organizational lessons that will help empower these young activists have been learned by previous generations. What I have written speaks to these lessons and creates a blueprint for building a class conscious movement against racism and sexism and for workplace dignity.

“Fighting Times” can be a guide for those looking for creative ways to organize today.

How citizen groups are fighting internet misinformation and racial discord


What is now labeled as misinformation dates back to at least the fourth century, when various religious groups engaged in ecumenical debates as they vied for unity and power in the early centuries of the Catholic Church. In the 16th century, religious sages led parishioners to believe that monarchs were chosen by God to rule in politics and religion. And the 20th century was marked by the propaganda disseminated by the leaders of communist, fascist and even sometimes democratic countries.

Today, lies are commonplace in politics and government and often spread and amplified on the internet by private actors. The security risks posed by widespread belief in conspiracy theories and other false or misleading information compel society to find ways to combat misinformation and disinformation.

But to date, most of the government’s attempts to tackle misinformation have not worked. Global cyber surveillance on social media platforms is nearly impossible to successfully implement, given the number of platforms and a multi-billion user base. Media literacy and counter-propaganda campaigns led by civil society groups appear to offer the most promising alternatives in the fight against disinformation. Emerging success stories include groups fighting against racial discrimination in the United States and a community of Lithuanian professionals from various industries who are using AI-based analytics tools to debunk lies on the internet.

The racial divide. The US State Department views countering disinformation as a shared responsibility of government leaders and citizens. President Joe Biden spoke about this battle in his inaugural address: “There is the truth and there are the lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who are committed to honoring our Constitution and protecting our nation – to uphold the truth and to defeat the lies. One of the top five Russian disinformation narratives noted in a State Department fact sheet is “the impending collapse of Western civilization,” a narrative often deepened when disinformation is targeted to stoke racial tensions that foster domestic discord.

Win Black is an organization that has been very active in 2020 and 2021 to fight misinformation and disinformation in black communities. Win Black says social media platforms aren’t doing enough to remove misinformation posts that are meant to foster race-related conflict. In 2020 and 2021, the organization’s team combed through media content every day to strategically seek out misinformation where it regularly begins. The group’s methodology included corrective messages shared with black communities on the Internet. At its core, Win Black’s fight against misinformation was about creating engaging yet truthful internet content that could “rival all the bad news out there.”

Bots, i.e. automated social media accounts, regularly lure people into arguments that draw attention to misinformation content. Among many social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook are notorious for accounts operated by trolls or bots that argue for long periods of time, causing confusion and spreading misinformation. Such activity was an important part of Russia’s efforts to reduce black voting in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The National Black Cultural Information Trust, NAACP, and other groups are fighting this misinformation by identifying influencers. premises whose messages can be trusted. When bots and trolls start arguments, local influencers step in with a message of truth and other types of challenges that expose the reality that people are arguing with a bot.

To keep the fight against racial misinformation alive, the Media Democracy Fund helped launch the Disinfo Defense League, a group of more than 200 grassroots organizations that fight misinformation in black communities. Meanwhile, some black people are organizing to fight misinformation individually. Two black people with no technology or security background have created a clever hashtag that plays on black culture by acknowledging the language of non-black social media users who claim to be black and push misinformation. The approach comes from the fact that it is difficult to simulate African American Vernacular English (AAVE), also known as Ebonics. The duo are looking for Twitter accounts owned by “black people” who are actually white supremacists spreading misinformation. When the accounts are discovered, both use the hashtag #yourwatch to indicate that something intended to be hidden is fullscreen. Twitter picked up on this tactic and was able to shut down some of the fake accounts pushing misinformation.

Media literacy is an important part of knowing when “you’re being played,” and some black celebrities use their status to promote media literacy in the black community. In 2020, Kevin Hart, Patrick Mahomes and LeBron James teamed up to create More than a votea campaign on Twitter to combat disinformation and misinformation about voting and to combat efforts to discourage voters from attempting to vote.

Black scholars are getting involved in countering misinformation through webinars, workshops and city forums. In 2021, a critical thinking project at the University of Southern California, the Critical Media Project, tested the effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve media literacy as a form of social justice. The project’s methods for tackling misinformation successfully equipped young people with the tools to challenge misinformation systems. A similar project has been undertaken by a collective university team promoting the importance of ‘digital citizenship’.

A counter-disinformation collective. Meanwhile, in Europe, Debunk EU has made strides against the distortion of truth, using what the group describes as a combination of “‘geeks’ + ‘elves’ + journalists” to counter misinformation and undermine messages. that divide social media. This non-profit organization originates from Lithuania and is funded by Delfi, the largest online news publisher in the Baltics, and the Digital News Initiative, a European organization created by Google to support quality journalism through the technological innovation.

Lithuanian elves – in fact, a community of professionals from foreign affairs, security, IT and related fields – use analytical tools powered by artificial intelligence to debunk lies on the net, calm fears rational and irrational, reinforce discredited truths. , and emphasizing data security that reduces bribes associated with public embarrassment. While their efforts primarily focus on national-level issues, they also combat race-related misinformation that breeds civil unrest in the United States.

In July 2022, Debunk EU exposed Kremlin-promoted disinformation stories that aimed to sway public opinion about Ukrainian refugees and Kyiv’s efforts to join the European Union. The accounts were found in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania from June 26 to July 4 in state-aligned media and social media. Debunk EU tracked engagement with posts, including shares and likes. Misinformation articles and posts of this nature received from 154 to 7,122 interactions. The “geeks” of 10 think tanks monitored the propaganda and made efforts to debunk it.

Debunk EU also offers a “crash course” that aims to teach the public to recognize misinformation and disinformation. The eight-hour digital course explains how misinformation can be recognized in three steps. The course includes quizzes for students, diplomats, journalists and average citizens to help them increase their ability to recognize false information presented as true.

Digital citizen communities, grassroots advocacy groups, geek-pixies and journalists, and other like-minded organizations are leading the way in effectively countering misinformation. Government policies aimed at countering false narratives on the internet are also needed, but ongoing private sector efforts are a breath of fresh air and a guide to more comprehensive counter-disinformation programs.

Indians jump through loops to get into service planes in China amid sky-high prices


Indians scramble to enter China; they rent planes at exorbitant prices. A white paper on the “Taiwan question” has been published by Beijing. Bangladesh’s foreign minister has warned against Chinese support for the Belt and Road Initiative.

A business delegation from India visited Zhejiang. The Galway fights will soon be the subject of a new report. China Scope can provide you with news from and about China that you may have missed this week.

The Taiwan issue and China’s reunification in the new era is the title of a brand new white paper released Wednesday by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing. What’s so special about publishing a white paper, too? In the most recent, Reuters noticed an interesting absence.

The 1993 and 2000 Taiwan white papers included the complaint that Beijing “would not kill dogs or executives to be grounded in Taiwan”, but it appears to have been deleted from the last white paper published before this week. Even if the rejection is notable, it does not necessarily mean that Beijing will make a significant excursion to Taiwan anytime soon.

Indeed, in the latest white paper, the use of the military option remains a “last resort”. In the most recent white paper emphasizing peaceful steps towards reunification with Taiwan, it is stated that “non-peaceful tactics will be adopted as the last option, the final will.” In that of Beijing calculations, Taiwan’s difficulty in announcing its independence, which is its long-standing practice, will be the casus belli of military warfare.

Although Beijing’s language in Taiwan is substantial, recent joint military exercises have cast doubt on Shanghai’s pledge to refrain from military action. Last week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) staged possible scenarios of an irruption in Taiwan; the most important thing to remember is that, in the most extreme cases, Taiwan and the United States can successfully defend the islet. This differs from many people’s understanding, according to Mark Cancian, a senior CSIS adviser.India Inc concerned about Covid-19 travel restrictions in China

The United States stepped into the war game to cover Taiwan, leading to Taipei successfully repelling an eruption. The results of the CSIS war game exercise show that Beijing was only able to conquer a third of Taiwan despite using all of its peak service capabilities.

The conclusion of the collaborative military operations in the Taiwan region was declared Wednesday by Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command. Still, continuing military training will likely continue.

Shi said the theater colors will “keep a close eye on changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait, continue to conduct military and medical training, regularly hold combat readiness details in the Taiwan Strait, and intensively defend public sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

Although the Eastern Theater Command has declared an end to military drills, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported seeing 13 non-military People’s Liberation Army ships and 39 PLA aircraft circle Taiwan on Thursday. China’s new military capabilities, according to Oriana Skylar Mastro, a researcher at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, are superior to those of the United States in several respects. The quality and size of Chinese fortified forces are now comparable to those of the United States.

It has the largest range in the world and the maturity of its platforms is contemporary (using the latest technology for the relevant field). According to Mastro in The Economist, Chinese military capabilities once exceeded those of the United States in several disciplines.high definition cockpit wallpaper - free download!  - pilot stories

These disciplines include shipbuilding, land-based conventional ballistic and travel dumdums, and integrated air defense systems. In the meantime, despite the troubles posed by China, life in Taiwan seems impeccably innocent. Taiwanese diplomats struggle to present their views. “Well, you know, China has been a problem for us for a long time.”

And we must not let the pitfalls of their patients limit our ambition to create global comfort. You don’t claim not to attend an academy if your child is exhausted in an academy. Bi-Khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s minister to the United States, advised trying to find a strategy to deal with the bully. For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has allowed some foreign citizens with national ties to the Chinese mainland to leave the country.

Yet a group of Indian businessmen had jumped through all the loops to visit China. To circumvent the problem of having too many precious flight days, the group chartered China Southern Airlines flight CZ5256 from Delhi to Hangzhou, according to the China Daily. Travelers to China have faced difficulties due to outrageous airfare costs, flight inactivity and cancellations that can last for weeks. The city of Yiwu in the stronghold of Zhejiang nicknamed the “world capital of small goods”, will welcome the arrival of 107 Indian businessmen.we will pressure china to return stranded indians: senior diplomat

The news has indeed been trending on the Chinese social networking site Weibo. Weibo drug stores followed trending content. “The country’s first trade push from India to China is taking off.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Administration, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Commerce and Yiwu Municipal Bureau of Commerce have all supported the businessmen’s travel plans. The story demonstrates the close ties that exist between the trading communities of China and India at the sub-national level.

For 2021-2022, the trade imbalance between China and India has increased from $44 billion to $74 billion. Meanwhile, travel restrictions have prevented more than 4,000 Indian scholars enrolled in medical programs in China from returning. The number of COVID-19 cases has increased in the capital, Lhasa, and the largest alternative megacity, Shigatse, as tourism in Tibet has resumed. After 18 positive cases were linked, the city of Lhasa launched a megacity-wide testing program.

COVID-19 has forced the closure of several entertainment venues, religious institutions and tourist destinations, including the Potala Palace. However, it seems that trips to and from Shigatse and Lhasa are going smoothly. Due to Sri Lanka’s catastrophic financial collapse, all eyes have turned to neighboring South Asian countries, especially Bangladesh.

On Monday, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Dhaka. Wang Yi said during his visit that China is willing to improve the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with Bangladesh’s Vision 2041, share development strategies and advanced technologies, and consolidate cooperation in structure, digital frugality, green development and clean energy.

Yet not all aspects of China-Bangladesh relations are excellent. China is criticized by everyone. China will not protest. According to Bangladesh’s finance minister, Mustafa Kamal, “everyone would be allowed to subscribe to this design anyway from the script that is set overseas.” Meanwhile, The Guardian reported on Thursday without citing any source rumors about Xi Jinping’s likely trip to Saudi Arabia.flying from yvr to china could cost over $22,000 - even with a visa - vancouver is awesome

Yet in response to the story of Xi’s trip to Saudi Arabia, China’s foreign ministry told Reuters it had “no information to offer at this time”. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has not denied that a visit is being considered, so a visit may be in the works. However, it will be his first overseas excursion since 2020 if Xi travels to Saudi Arabia. Xi last traveled outside China in January 2020, when he paid a state visit to Myanmar.

Edited by Prakriti Arora

Six cannabis groups supporting equality in booming industry honored on ‘National Nonprofit Day’


August 17 was National Nonprofit Daywhich you may not have heard of, but you will surely recognize these six groups that are and have been at the forefront of cannabis advances working for an equitable future for each generation affected by the war on drugswhich, among other issues, has generated billions of wasted dollars in racist arrests.

According to ACLU, the war on cannabis is still costing US taxpayers an estimated $3.6 billion. As cannabis legalization sweeps the United States, one cannot miss the prosperity the industry is enjoying and forget that less than a generation ago judges handed down harsh sentences, especially among communities. marginalized.

Decades of over-policing communities of color have created a sense of mistrust when encountering local police.

For example, a Noted ACLU research report that “there were more than six million arrests between 2010 and 2018, and black people are still more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people in every state, including those that have legalized marijuana “.

Take a look at what these NGOs are doing:

Cannabis Workers Coalition is a non-profit, de facto union for cannabis workers, especially cannabis workers of color, which provides support for employees who are not members of a collective bargaining organization or who have been legally excluded from coverage by US labor laws, helping them from incident reporting to employer investigations. The Coalition’s objective is to improve working conditions by setting up training and direct awareness programs. If you would like to join the movement and support CWC’s innovative programming led by women of color, donate here.

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Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), an organization working solely on marijuana policy reform in the United States, is on a mission to change federal law to allow states to determine their own cannabis policies. Founded in 1995, MPP was instrumental in establishing medical and recreational legalization that changed the landscape of contemporary cannabis culture. The organization has been the driving force behind ballot measures in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana and Nevada. He continues to focus on regulating cannabis like alcohol in several other states, while pushing for medical cannabis bills in Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Supernova Women is an Oakland 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to drive women’s involvement and influence in the cannabis industry, particularly among women in the BIPOC community. The organization prioritizes education, advocacy, and networking through the development of the Groundbreaking Workforce Development for Social Equity Cohort, a highly specialized program that helps members of the community affected by the war on drugs. Through its annual social equity impact report, Supernova demonstrates the group’s effectiveness.

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Cannaclusive was created to facilitate the fair representation of minority cannabis users. He was inspired by the growing opportunities and focused on the diversity issues that arise in mainstream cannabis culture. It has an excellent guide to minority-run cannabis businesses in each state to help shoppers make smart buying decisions. Intended to provide a solution for users who want to contribute to a fairer cannabis industry but don’t have the extra funds to channel to a preferred non-profit organization. Cannaclusive also ensures that minority consumers are a valuable ally in the fight for legalization and de-stigmatization.

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women grow up is another encouraging program that supports women in cannabis. Created in 2014 as a way to invest in the next generation of female leaders, the group hosts seminars to help female founders continue their cannabis education and hosts events to build strong community networks. Women Grow envisions a future in which cannabis prohibition ends globally and wants women to be ready to lead in all facets of the industry once that happens.

women grow up and Benzinga came up with the “INVEST IN IT” slogan, created to amplify women-owned businesses at the upcoming Benzinga Cannabis Capital conference. Through this partnership, four women-owned cannabis companies will have their sponsorship fees waived and several more will showcase their products and brands at no cost in the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference exhibit hall.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is a large, well-established nonprofit with a long list of historic policy changes under its belt. Not only do they advocate for the rights of medical cannabis patients at the federal and state level, but they also built the world’s first international cannabis and cannabinoid institute. They also support healthcare professionals and patients by offering accredited training programs.

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LIKE A was born to support safe and legal access to cannabis for research and therapy. Founded in 2002 by a marijuana patient Steph Sherer as an advocacy vehicle for other patients, the ASA has since grown to include more than 150,000 active supporters in all 50 states, including medical professionals, scientists and ordinary smokers.

Become a Conscious Cannabis Advocate

There are many organizations whose mission is to work on social equity issues ranging from policy reform to racial justice. Including NuProject, located in Portland, which works to stimulate cannabis entrepreneurs BIPOC; the Oregon Managers Fund, which provides low-income applicants with money for marijuana worker permits; and the Last Prisoner Projecta national group that provides legal assistance to non-violent cannabis-related offenders, among others.

Recentlythe Last Prisoner Project with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have come together to create the Cannabis Justice Initiative, an initiative that aims to facilitate clemency and compassionate release for those who continue to languish behind bars because of cannabis. prohibition. Launched in the spring of 2021, the initiative recruits, trains and matches pro bono attorneys with clemency applicants and successfully helps secure releases.

In addition, Our Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit digital native mentorship program that helps freelancers BIPOC Cannabis Entrepreneurs and is “open to knowledge sharing and support from qualified social equity candidates, partners, and other communities disproportionately impacted and targeted by the war on drugs.”

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Atrocity Alert #313: Mali and Burkina Faso, Cameroon and World Humanitarian Day – Burkina Faso

Atrocity Alert is a weekly publication from the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect that highlights situations where people are at risk of or suffer mass atrocities.


Since the beginning of 2022, attacks by armed Islamist groups in Mali and Burkina Faso as well as human rights violations and abuses by national defense and security forces have increased significantly. People in Mali and Burkina Faso have faced months of escalating violence, with nearly 2,000 civilians killed so far this year. The actual figure is likely higher given the lack of reliable media coverage, the remote and rural locations of the attacks, and people’s fear of speaking out. Despite this, 2022 is on track to be the deadliest year since the start of the crisis in the central Sahel. The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Mali documented 1,304 human rights violations and abuses between January 1 and June 30, representing a 47% increase over the previous six-month period.

Faced with the growing and persistent threat from Islamist armed groups, the Burkinabé and Malian defense and security forces have intensified their counter-terrorism operations. However, these forces have regularly perpetrated serious human rights abuses and violations against civilians – mainly ethnic Fulani or Fulani – whom they suspect of supporting armed Islamist groups. Following a visit to the country in August, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, said: “I was particularly shocked to see with my own eyes victims with visible signs on their bodies of atrocious, cruel and barbaric acts. torture they suffered at the hands of the Malian security forces. Their testimonies were unbearable.

In neighboring Burkina Faso, two human rights organizations recently reported that more than 40 people – almost all Fulani – were killed by suspected Defense and Security Forces (FDS) soldiers. According to eyewitness accounts, the victims were abducted from the northern village of Taffogo and then summarily executed on the road to Bouroum. The Observatory of Human Dignity said that the SDF had “taken up the fight against terrorism by simply exterminating the villages occupied by a certain community”. Government spokesman Lionel Bilgo dismissed the claims, saying the military had launched an investigation.

Burkinabe and Malian defense and security forces must conduct all military operations in strict compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, ensuring that counter-terrorism objectives do not negate the protections universal human rights. The Burkinabé and Malian transitional authorities must guarantee victims fair and effective remedies. Ending the culture of impunity for abuses committed by state forces can play a crucial role in countering the spread of violent extremism.


Populations in the English-speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon remain at risk of atrocities amid ongoing clashes between government forces and armed separatist groups. On August 11, Human Rights Watch reported that between April 24 and June 12, 2022, at least 10 people were summarily killed by Cameroonian security forces during military operations against armed separatist groups. During the operations, soldiers burned houses and destroyed and looted health facilities and shops. Armed separatists carried out serious human rights abuses during the same period, including killing and abducting civilians. The separatists have also continued their attack on education, targeting students, teachers and schools. Human Rights Watch has documented that at least 33 students and five teachers have been abducted by armed separatists since January.

People in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have faced widespread violence since tensions over cultural rights and the marginalization of Anglophone populations escalated in October 2016. In the resulting clashes, government forces and armed separatist groups have committed serious violations and abuses that may amount to atrocities, including extrajudicial executions. , kidnappings and torture. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than 6,000 civilians have been killed and at least 666,000 displaced. Few perpetrators have been held responsible.

Since 2021, the government has intensified its attacks on armed separatist strongholds in an attempt to end the conflict. During military operations, government forces have regularly targeted civilian populations for their alleged cooperation with separatist groups. Armed separatists retaliated using more lethal weapons, including improvised explosive devices and anti-tank rocket launchers, putting civilians at increased risk. Separatist groups have also expanded their sources of income through kidnapping and extortion in the northwest and southwest. Civilians are also at risk of targeted attacks by armed separatists because of their alleged collaboration with the government.

Juliette Paauwe, Cameroon expert at the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, said that “despite the escalation of violence, the international community has failed to respond adequately to years of deadly conflict in Cameroon. Although long overdue, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) must help establish a comprehensive ceasefire to address the growing risks of atrocities facing faced by civilian populations in the English-speaking regions. The AU and UNSC should also facilitate an inclusive dialogue between the government, separatist groups and Anglophone communities, mediated by a neutral actor in neutral territory. Security forces must end all extrajudicial executions of unarmed civilians and ensure that the human rights of all Cameroonians are equally protected, regardless of their cultural identity. Armed separatist groups must also end attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.


This Friday, August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day, which pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to help the world’s most vulnerable populations. The theme for this year’s World Humanitarian Day is #ItTakesAVillage, focusing on how aid workers come together in a collective effort to alleviate dire needs. Ahead of the commemoration, Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said: “Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high and aid workers are working in increasingly dangerous environments.

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) documented 268 attacks on aid workers last year that left 203 aid workers seriously injured, 117 abducted and 141 killed – the highest number of deaths recorded since 2013. Small arms and shootings caused the most deaths, with airstrikes and bombings being the second leading cause of death. AWSD reported that such casualties are expected to increase significantly in 2022 as rocket attacks and indiscriminate bombings in Ukraine continue to threaten civilians and aid workers.

South Sudan remained at the top of the ten “most violent contexts” for aid workers, followed by Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar (Burma), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Nigeria. Christine Caldera, research analyst at the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, said: “It is no coincidence that the most violent contexts for aid workers are also situations where we see widespread disregard for international law. and the commission of mass atrocities.*” *The denial of humanitarian access to civilians and deliberate attacks on humanitarian workers may constitute a war crime or a crime against humanity under international humanitarian law (IHL ) and are often linked to attempts to perpetrate other mass atrocities against vulnerable populations.

For the first time in 24 years, Ethiopia has been listed in AWSD’s top five “highest incident settings”, where fighting and widespread violations of IHL, including the systematic destruction of food, water and health systems, as well as the blockades, attacks and looting of humanitarian convoys, have caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the regions of Afar, Amhara and Tigray. A months-long “de facto aid blockade” imposed by the federal government in Tigray has prevented the delivery of essential supplies to starving and vulnerable civilians. In 2021, UN officials claimed that access to food was being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia.

Life-saving humanitarian assistance can mean the difference between survival and death for millions of people around the world. With at least 100 million people forcibly displaced by conflict, persecution and atrocities, the work of humanitarian organizations has never been more important. Civilians caught up in conflict and those caring for them must be protected.

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Weight loss, art groups meet at senior center

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center Weigh Down Club meets from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fridays, except holidays and inclement weather. Members count calories and help each other achieve their individual weight loss goals. Weigh-in time is 8:30-9am, followed immediately by a 30-45 minute meeting. Participants pay $1.25 per week, but no annual fee. For more information, call 302-227-2055.

The center’s artistic group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 on Mondays. Anyone who loves art is welcome, whether experienced or intermediate level. Bringing their material, everyone works on their own project, whether in acrylic, watercolor or oil. Beginners who wish to learn to paint will be accompanied by a member of the group. There is no cost to participate in this group.

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. Membership is $30 per year and is open to anyone age 50 and older. To learn more, call 302-227-2055 or visit capehenlopenseniorcenter.org.

In-theatre recliner donation requests are due August 19

After 50 years in business, Sun & Surf Cinema in Ocean City, Maryland will be closing its doors on Monday, September 5. The theater will donate more than 200 used electric heated recliners to local community organizations and causes, such as first responders, mental health, education, housing and animal welfare. Representatives of interested organizations can learn more and sign up to donate at foxshowtimes.com/recliner-donations. The deadline to register is Friday, August 19. Seats are only available for use at organization facilities and are not for resale. Recipients will be notified by email of a pick-up date and time. Fox Theaters will continue to operate the Fox Gold Coast Theater behind the Gold Coast Mall at 11301 Coastal Highway, Ocean City.

Fundraiser for candidates on August 20 in Milton

A fundraising barbecue in support of Representative District 20 seat candidate Stell Parker Selby will be held from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, August 20, at 114 Milton Ellendale Highway, Milton.

$20 admission includes barbecue chicken dinner, drink and dessert with old school sounds. Participants must bring their own lawn chairs. The rain date is Saturday August 27th.

For more information, contact Jackie Brisco, 302-344-6500 or [email protected]

Back-to-school party at Solid Ground Church on August 21

Solid Ground Church will be hosting a back-to-school party from 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. Students can come receive a free backpack with school supplies and enjoy Rita’s water ice and face paint. Solid Ground Church is located at 33739 Marsh Road, Unit 2, Lewes.

Unitarian Universalists will meet on August 21

Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will host an online and in-person service at 10 a.m., Sunday, August 21, for Express Yourself: T-Shirt Sunday, led by lay leaders Don Peterson and Rick Welk. Most people, especially Unitarian Universalists, enjoy expressing their feelings, passions, commitments, and especially their opinions. Participants are encouraged to wear a T-shirt that is meaningful to them. To register or access the live stream, go to uussd.org.

‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Virtual Musical Auditions To Be Held August 23rd

Milton Theater has announced a casting call for middle and high school students for “Night Of The Living Dead: The Musical Jr.” The musical is based on the cult classic film “Night of the Living Dead”. Show dates are Thursday through Sunday, October 27-29.

Auditions are virtual only, due Tuesday, August 23 at [email protected]

Submitted auditions must include 16 bars that show range, style and character consistent with the nature of the show. Singing with musical accompaniment is preferable to a capella voice. Talented young artists from across the region are invited to audition.

Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 9. For the cast of characters and a full rehearsal schedule, contact the Milton Theater at 302-684-3038 and visit miltontheatre.com.

Prime Timers happy hour will be on August 23

A local chapter of Prime Timers, a social group for single and dating gay men, ages 21 and older, will meet for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, at Shrimpy’s Bar and Grill from the Midway Mall on Coastal Road north to Rehoboth Beach.

For those who would like to dine, it’s Shrimpy’s Pasta Night, with a choice of chicken, beef or seafood pasta dishes for $18. Just like happy hour in July, the social on August 23 will be conducive to meetings and exchanges. There will be no band or any kind of music. The organizers worked with management to improve the experience. More servers and a fully equipped kitchen will be at your disposal for faster and better service. Attendees will be able to order discounted drinks and pay for them at the bar.

Later this year, Coastal Delaware Prime Timers will offer a wider variety of events, based on member feedback.

To find out about upcoming events and send suggestions, send a name and email address to Frank at [email protected]

Jazz Funeral Auction to benefit the Red Cross on September 2

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has selected the American Red Cross of Delmarva as the beneficiary of its silent auction to be held from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 2, at the Bethany Blues Restaurant, 6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Beach of Bethany.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in emergencies by harnessing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

To bid farewell to the traditional summer season, Bethany Beach Jazz’s funeral is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., Labor Day Monday, September 5, on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

For more information, visit jazz-funeral.com.

The Women’s Club of Milton will meet on September 9

The Women’s Club of Milton will hold a general meeting of members from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9 at the Milton Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more details, visit womensclubofmilton.org.

Legion Auxiliary to Host 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on September 11

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will hold a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, September 11, at American Legion Post Pavilion 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. The public is invited to join in this special day of commemoration. For more information, contact Beth at 302-381-3897.

Go The Distance 5K benefiting Ronald McDonald House on September 17

The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware will host the 11th annual Go The Distance Family Fun 5K event, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, at the Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers are welcome. The event will include a 5k run or walk, a Kiddie K for children aged 8 and under, face painting, a balloon artist, children’s activities and a post-race party hosted by Irish Eyes. Main sponsors are The Meoli Companies, Capano Residential, Races2Run and Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant.

The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware serves families with critically ill children by providing access to medical care and providing a place that offers comfort, hope and friendliness. Nearly 700 families from central and southern Delaware stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware each year. To register, go to rmhde.org/events.

Legion Auxiliary Seeks Donations for Children’s Kits

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 is soliciting donations for its annual Make a Difference Day project on Saturday, October 22, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. We Care Kits for Kids is this year’s project. Items requested are towels and bath clothes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, deodorant and mouthwash. Monetary donations will also be accepted for the unit to make purchases. Items can be dropped off at the sub-office in advance or on the day of the event. Members of the public are welcome to help pack the kits for delivery to the Indian River School District Homelessness Liaison. For more information, contact Sue at 717-808-5136 or [email protected] or call Beth at 302-381-3897.

Payday loans versus installment loans: which is better?

If you need money quickly, you can turn to loans. You can get a variety of loans: personal, payday, installment or same day loans. These loans can be used for large purchases and unforeseen circumstances, such as funerals, medical emergencies, or home repairs.

What are the differences between these loans? In particular, we will be looking at payday loans versus installment loans in this article. Let’s start.

Payday loans versus installment loans

Installment loans are a broad category that includes mortgages, auto loans, and other personal loans. They are usually longer and subject to credit checks. Payday loans are usually paid in a lump sum within two weeks or the next payday and have higher interest rates. To avoid the stigma associated with payday loans, the industry has adopted the term “short-term installment loan”.

What is a payday loan?

Payday loans are much smaller, usually under $1,000, and need to be paid off on your next payday (hence the name). When applying for the loan, you may need to write a post-dated check or provide your bank details.

The downside of payday loans is that they can be difficult to repay. However, lenders allow you to roll over the loan and pay the additional interest on the next payday. Typically, they will also include late fees.

You can read some of the benefits of payday loans below.

Benefits of Payday Loans

They are easily accessible.

For many borrowers, the ease with which payday loans can be obtained is the most important advantage. Unlike traditional loan products, you can apply online in minutes and have the funds transferred to your bank account usually the same day.

They are less stringent than other types of loans.

Payday loans appeal to many borrowers because the acceptance criteria are often less stringent than other types of loans. As a result, lenders frequently approve borrowers with poor credit histories and low incomes, even if they do not meet the essential eligibility criteria of banks and other top-tier institutions.

You can be approved even if you have bad credit.

As stated earlier, you don’t need a perfect credit history to be approved for a payday loan. Even borrowers with bad credit can still apply and may even be approved.

It is an unsecured loan.

Following this, you do not necessarily need collateral for a personal loan. They have high interest rates for this reason – to offset the costs if borrowers default.

Now let’s look at installment loans.

What is an installment loan?

An installment loan can include mortgages, car loans, boat loans, etc. Installment loans similar to payday loans are generally referred to as “personal loans”.

As with any installment loan, you benefit from a lump sum of money in the front. You will then make a fixed monthly payment for the duration of the loan. For example, a car loan can last for three years, while a mortgage loan can last for thirty years. Personal installment loans generally last 12 months.

Here are some advantages of installment loans:

The benefits of installment loans

They have high loan limits.

Installment loans allow you to borrow up to $50,000 or more if you meet all of the lender’s requirements.

They can help you build your credit.

If you have a below average credit score, you can get an installment loan to help you rebuild it, as long as you make timely payments. You can even get better rates if you have good credit.

The reimbursement is fixed.

Installment loans have a fixed amount and repayment schedule for their entire term. Lenders can’t change your monthly payment unless you want a loan restructuring.

Early repayment is an option.

If you can afford to pay off your loan early, you can do so with installment loans without incurring additional costs. However, consult your lender before making any prepayments.

Conclusion—Which is better?

If you qualify for an installment loan, it may be preferable to a payday loan. Payday loans have higher interest rates, and since you can defer them to the next payday, you could potentially continue to defer payment and find yourself in a cycle of debt.

However, payday loans might be more beneficial if you have bad credit, need money urgently, or can repay the loan on time. In the end, it depends on your situation and your financial capacity.

An alternative option to consider: cash advance applications

These look like payday loans and are sometimes called “payday advance apps,” but there are a few key differences. There is no physical storefront and no interest is charged. Instead, they ask for a “tip”. They make small loans that are paid off with your next paycheck.

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Amid Taiwan tensions, China begins 3-day military drills in the Yellow Sea



Amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait due to back-to-back trips by US lawmakers to Taiwan, China began three-day military drills in the Yellow Sea on Wednesday.

The China Maritime Security Administration (CMSA) said entry of non-military vessels has been banned from the areas where the drills will be conducted.

The military drills began at around 8:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) on Wednesday and will last until 5 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Friday, Chinese daily Global Times reported.

China’s military has held massive exercises since earlier this month, shortly after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid an unannounced visit to Taiwan, which Beijing considers its “province”. separatist”.

Beijing condemned the trip, sanctioned Pelosi and his family and downgraded military dialogue with the United States in addition to taking five other “countermeasures”.

However, this Sunday, 12 days after Pelosi’s trip, another delegation of US lawmakers landed in Taipei where they held the Security and Supply Chain Dialogue with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

The People’s Liberation Army ground, naval and air brigades staged unprecedented drills, staging live-fire drills with ballistic missiles flying over the self-governing island and falling into the waters, claimed by Japan as its economic zones exclusive. Beijing denies that the two countries have demarcated their maritime borders.

The PLA said on Wednesday that its Southern Theater Command naval base had dispatched a fleet to the South China Sea and conducted four-day military air and missile drills, including intercepting missiles and destroying offshore targets.

Beijing has warned that the United States will “exploit” the situation in the Taiwan Strait and increase its military deployment in the region, following Pelosi’s trip.

Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States, also urged Washington “to stop words and actions that would escalate tension.”

“Pelosi traveled to the Chinese region of Taiwan with the connivance and arrangement of the United States government, which seriously violated the commitments made by the United States. Facts have proven that this is a real political provocation and a farce,” Qin told US reporters in a joint interview on Tuesday.

Qin blamed the US side for “taking the first step to provoke China on the Taiwan issue and openly infringing on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“China had made the greatest efforts to prevent this crisis from being imposed on it. We had expressed strong opposition at different levels and through different channels. We had warned that if Pelosi made the visit, there would be very serious consequences. China would react with firmness and force. Much to our regret, the United States has chosen not to listen,” he said.

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Free Mutulu Shakur: Calls Grow for Compassionate Release of Dying Black Liberation Activist


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FRIEND GOOD MAN: This is Democracy now!Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I am Amy Goodman.

Dozens of civil rights groups have joined in urgent action for the compassionate release of longtime political prisoner Mutulu Shakur from prison. The 72-year-old black liberation activist has been jailed for more than 35 years, now suffering from bone cancer, which is believed to be near death.

Mutulu Shakur is the father-in-law of rapper Tupac Shakur. He was part of the black nationalist group Republic of New Afrika which worked with the Black Panther Party and others. He was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy and several armed robberies, one of which resulted in the death of a guard and two police officers, as well as aiding in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, who fled to Cuba, where she now lives. All of Mutulu Shakur’s co-accused have either been released or died. He reportedly expressed remorse for the lives lost and took responsibility for his crimes. He has stage 3 bone marrow cancer and has been eligible for mandatory parole since 2016.

To learn more, we are joined by two guests. Nkechi Taifa is a lawyer and CEO of the Taifa group, a long-time friend and supporter of Mutulu Shakur. Brad Thomson is a civil rights and criminal defense attorney with the People’s Law Office in Chicago. He has just filed two new requests for the compassionate release of Mutulu Shakur to the original judge in the case, who is now over 90, semi-retired. He also filed with the US Word Commission.

We welcome you both Democracy now! Brad Thomson, let’s start with you. Where is Mutulu Shakur right now? What is his physical condition? And what are you calling?

BRAD THOMSON: Hello, Amy. Thank you for hosting me.

Currently, Dr. Shakur is at Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s a federal prison. And he’s in dire medical straits. He’s been battling multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, since 2019. And it’s an incurable cancer that he received treatment for, but the treatment stopped working. And in May this year, he was given a prognosis of six months or less to live. So that means that at this point, he has less than three months left to live. He fights to survive. And he wants everyone to know he’s fighting to survive, and he appreciates all the support he gets around the world. But the situation is extremely serious.

So, as you mentioned, we filed two separate lawsuits to try to secure his release. One is a petition for compassionate release in the Southern District of New York, which is submitted to the sentencing judge, who, as you mentioned, is still sitting on the bench as — in senior status, semi-retired. The second exhibit we filed is that last week we filed a motion for writ of habeas corpus in the Eastern District of Kentucky – this is a federal court in Kentucky – challenging the parole board’s most recent denial, mandatory parole, to Dr. Shakur. We just filed this last week, alleging that this denial is so egregious that it is a violation of Dr. Shakur’s constitutional rights.

FRIEND GOOD MAN: Now explain. Has he been eligible for parole since 2016?

BRAD THOMSON: Yes that is correct. Thus, Dr. Shakur is one of a limited class of federal prisoners eligible for parole. And the law under which he was sentenced establishes that at age 30 there is what is called mandatory parole, which is a strong presumption of release. Now, in 2016, the parole board, the United States Parole Board, has denied him mandatory parole on problematic justifications that have been challenged by lawyers in court. And a federal judge found his due process rights were violated by that denial and ordered a new hearing.

Earlier this year, a new mandatory parole hearing was held for Dr. Shakur, and the parole board again denied mandatory parole, erroneously concluding that he was likely to commit another crime. . Now, that’s a dubious claim under any circumstances, based on Dr. Shakur’s phenomenal prison record and his lifelong advocacy for reconciliation and nonviolence. But it’s even more absurd and outrageous given his current medical situation. He even has trouble sitting up in bed, and the parole board saying he is likely to commit another crime in his current condition is patently false and absolutely outrageous.

FRIEND GOOD MAN: And what did Judge Haight say? Again, the sentencing judge, who is now 91, who you’ve met before, and he said he wasn’t close enough to death, but you can come back when he is ?

BRAD THOMSON: To correct. So we filed for compassionate release in 2020. This was early in Dr. Shakur’s diagnosis of multiple myeloma, and it was also in the early stages of recovery. covid pandemic. At that time, Dr. Shakur was 69, then 70 and receiving cancer treatment, so he was at high risk of covid. The sentencing judge then denied our request, finding that his death was not imminent and that it was not inevitable that he would catch covid. Since that refusal, he has tested positive for covid three separate times, and he now faces death absolutely imminent. And so, we go back to this judge and ask that his sentence be reduced and that he be immediately released, as provided by law.

FRIEND GOOD MAN: This is an excerpt of Mutulu Shakur from the movie Drugs are deathabout his activism using acupuncture to treat drug addiction in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s.

MULUTU SHAKUR: My name is Mutulu Shakur. Well, I think it’s important to realize that the trailblazers are always the ones who are targeted like the jerks and hucksters and all the rest.

WALTER BOSCH Mutulu was our leader. He was one of the community’s most vocal activists at the time. Without Mutulu, we might never have had the acupuncture program.

MARY WEXU: He helped heal people. He liked to take care of people. He was good at it. there is no doubt. But I think he also used it as a political tool.

FRIEND GOOD MAN: This is Mutulu Shakur in Drugs are death. Nkechi Taifa is a long time friend and supporter of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, was one of his first lawyers. You’ve known him for so long. Can you say more about him and what you are asking for, Nkechi?

NKECHI TAIFA: Well, I would just say that I have been honored to work with social justice movements that Mutulu Shakur was involved in in the 70s. I have always known him as a savvy human rights activist, both domestically than abroad. In 1987, fresh out of law school, I worked with his attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, to help him craft new legal briefs calling for the indictment to be dismissed.

Since that time, there has only been an outpouring, a wave of support for his release. He’s not just a phenomenal healer – in terms of healing modality, in terms of treating addiction with acupuncture. He is also, as I said, a human rights activist. There are organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, Color of Change, the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Center for Constitutional Rights and others who have requested, appeal to the Department of Justice, the U.S. Parole Board, the judge in the case, the – Biden to release him in accordance with his powers of mercy, to let him go. He has served enough time. It is time for him to be able to live out these last days in the comfort of his family and friends.

All of his white defendants, co-defendants or people accused of similar conspiracies, some of whom I have represented – every last one of them has been released from prison. Only Mutulu remains behind bars. There is racism everywhere inside and out, and even in the movement, because the government is targeting people. Mutulu is still targeted.

FRIEND GOOD MAN: Well, Nkechi Taifa, I want to thank you for being with us, a longtime friend, former lawyer and supporter of Mutulu Shakur, and Brad Thomson, the current lawyer of Mutulu Shakur, who is about to die in jail in Kentucky. Brad Thomson works at the People’s Law Office in Chicago.

This does it for our show. Democracy now! produced with Renée Feltz, Mike Burke, Deena Guzder, Messiah Rhodes, Nermeen Shaikh, María Taracena, Tami Woronoff, Charina Nadura, Sam Alcoff, Tey-Marie Astudillo. I am Amy Goodman. Thanks for join us.

Deadly War Robot Showcased By Russia Is Actually A Pet Dog Robot

According to a new investigation, a new Russian RPG launcher robot is actually a modified Chinese household robot.

The M81 robot dog, which is armed with an RPG-26 rocket launcher, was on display this week at the Army 2022 International Military-Technical Forum, a major arms fair, in Moscow.

The video of the robot dog walking, sitting and standing has gone viral on social media after being published by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Reposted on Twitter by Rob Lee, a Russian military expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, an American think tank, it received more than 500,000 views and 1,900 retweets.

However, according to The Insider, an online journal that specializes in exposing fake news in Russian media, the robot dog is a “modified Go1 bot made by Chinese company Unitree Robotics” that is “essentially a toy.”

“Despite the fact that during the presentation the robot was wrapped in a black suit, thanks to its appearance, the “M-81 complex” was easily recognized as the Go1 bot made by the Chinese company Unitree Robotics by the octagonal shape of his head and by his front cameras which could be seen through the cover,” he said.

The Go1 bot has been available for sale for over a year in two variants, costing between $2,700 and $3,500.

The M-81 robot dog was produced by Intellect Machines JSC, a St. Petersburg-based company headed by Alexei Aristov.

Participants look at a Tigr military vehicle during the ‘Army 2022’ International Military Technical Forum on August 15, 2022 in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia. The robot dog armed with an M-81 rocket launcher was presented at the show.

In a Telegram post, its designers commented: “This is a sample of the M-81 robotic system, capable of performing targeted fire and carrying weapons, and for civilian purposes it can be used in the emergency area for reconnaissance, passage through the rubble and delivery of medicine.

“When used in combat, the robotic dog can also be engaged in target designation, patrols and security.”

According to its makers, the Go1 bot can support a maximum weight of three kilograms (6.6 pounds).

The Insider reports that this means it can carry an RPG-26 launcher as seen in the video, but not a rocket-laden launcher as that pushes the weight up to 4.7 kilograms (10.4 books).

It is also unable to operate in rough or wet terrain and is vulnerable to hacking.

Speaking at the arms fair on Monday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia has weapons that are “decades ahead of their foreign counterparts”.

He said: “We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, combat systems based on new physical principles.

“Many of them are years or even decades ahead of their foreign counterparts, and significantly superior in terms of tactical and technical characteristics.”

Putin said last month that the Russian navy would receive Zircon hypersonic missiles within months, apparently beating the United States in an arms race for the new type of weapon.

Recently, Colin Kahl, the US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, estimated that Russia has suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties since invading Ukraine in February.

He commented: “It is safe to suggest that the Russians probably had 70 or 80,000 casualties in less than six months.

“It’s a combination of killed in action and wounded in action and that number could be a little lower, a little higher, but I think it’s a little in the ballpark.”

Alexei Aristov, founder of Intellect Machines JSC, has been contacted for comment.

Afghan resistance group claims arrest of Taliban forces


Kabul, August 16 (SocialNews.XYZ) An Afghan armed resistance group claimed to have arrested dozens of Taliban forces, as the Islamists celebrated their first year in power and others called it a “dark day”.

Five “Taliban occupiers” were killed and 40 captured in the Arezoo Valley of Panjshir province, National Resistance Front (NRF) spokesman Sibghatullah Ahmadi said as he posted photos of suspected captives.

The NRF is led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of notorious anti-Soviet guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, and claims to fight for democratic values ​​such as fair political representation of ethnic groups, protection of the rights of women and fair elections.

The Taliban government has yet to comment on this claim.

However, Defense Minister Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid said on Monday that their forces would crack down on rebel groups under all circumstances.

To mark the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul, Taliban members marched through the city with US military equipment and their leaders spoke at a televised rally.

At the event, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi called on the world to cooperate with their government.

On social media, many Afghans spoke about their ordeal and called it a “black day” for the nation.

In a statement, the UN diplomatic mission in the country said that “without change, things can get worse”.

Source: IANS

Afghan resistance group claims arrest of Taliban forces

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United says ‘Gerrymandered’ class fail in military leave trial

By Grace Elletson (August 15, 2022, 1:25 p.m. EDT) — United Airlines has asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss a claim for class status in a pilot lawsuit alleging the airline had to pay workers periods of military leave, arguing that it would be too cumbersome to discern who fits into the proposed “gerrymandered” class.

United Airlines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. said Friday that Eric White’s proposed class would create too many individualized questions about whether workers are eligible for trial — those who have taken one or more short-term military leaves of 14 days or less between January 1, 2006, and the present. Therefore, the airline has declared that its class…

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Russia does not pay military reservists and civilian workers brought to Ukraine

Communal workers clean up debris after a rocket attack near a college in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Saturday amid the Russian military invasion. Kharkiv and its surroundings have been the target of intensive shelling since February. Photo by Vasiliy Zhlobsky/EPA-EFE

August 14 (UPI) — Russia would not pay military reservists and volunteer units fighting in Ukraine as well as Russian laborers brought to occupied areas.

Russian reservists and volunteer soldiers have reported that Russian authorities have failed to pay them, according to an analysis Saturday by the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington, DC-based think tank, which quoted the Radio news outlet. Free Europe Idel.Realii.

The recruits told Idel.Realii that they had no experience but were exploited as commanders at the company level or above.

Russia also did not provide enough food, ammunition or cigarettes to the soldiers, the recruits told Idel.Realii.

Russia has also failed to provide funeral arrangements for volunteer soldiers killed in action and those who returned from Ukraine say they felt “cheated”.

The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported on Friday that Russian officials have detained contract soldiers who refuse to fight in special detention camps in occupied Ukraine.

On Sunday, the Intelligence Department of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry posted an audio clip on Telegram claiming to be that of a Russian soldier in the Kharkiv region.

In the clip, the soldier would talk about the status of recruitment into the Russian armed forces, including the lifting of restrictions on recruitment and notes the absence of people from Crimea, according to intelligence officials.

The Institute for the Study of War also noted that Russian-backed occupation administrations “likely face internal challenges” that hamper their regimes and hamper the ability of occupation officials to carry out projects. reconstruction in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

MediaZona, another independent media in Russia, posted a video on Saturday in which workers at Russian water utility Mosvodokanal claimed they had never been paid for work in Ukraine’s Luhansk province, which together with Donetsk makes up the largest region of Donbass.

Petro Andryushchenko, a city councilor from Mariupol, claimed in a Telegram message on Saturday that Russian authorities had brought bricklayers and electricians from St. Petersburg to Mariupol who had been promised double their pay in Russian cities but who had never been paid.

“The occupiers are bringing workers from Russia to work in the occupied territories. They promise high wages, but in fact they are ‘throwing away’ money,” Andryushchenko said.

“Local residents are not hired for these jobs, they are second class people.”

Andryushchenko said the workers are working without contracts and have been “abandoned” by Russia.

“If this is the attitude towards ‘theirs’, then what can be said about local residents,” Andryushchenko said.

“The majority of residents of Mariupol are unemployed. And those who managed to find a job are not paid. For this reason, employees of the city’s water company have been protesting for several days, as they are used to a living wage for their work.”

The Institute for the Study of War said in its analysis that the ubiquity of imported Russian labor “suggests that Russian occupation authorities have difficulty in persuading or forcibly coercing significant numbers of Ukrainian residents to work on reconstruction projects”.

Tax experts warn of €335 billion black hole in social insurance fund


The Tax Strategy Group has sounded the alarm over the social insurance fund, warning it could leave a black hole of up to €335 billion by 2071.

Officials have warned the finance minister of the tax changes that will be needed to encourage an increase in the number of older workers.

The government is working on pension reforms that will keep the legal retirement age at 66, with higher pensions for those who choose to retire later.

Officials are also working on proposals to compare pensions and other social benefits to average wages.

Tax Strategy Group officials advised Minister Paschal Donohoe that due to the “rapidly aging” of the state’s population, tax changes need to be made to increase the number of older workers.

“Important structural reforms (such as raising the legal retirement age) and tax policy changes facilitating an increase in the participation of older workers and boosting productivity (such as tax credits for innovation-incentivizing research and development) will be needed to support this transition,” the tax strategy group said.

500,000 taxpayers and 10 multinationals represent a third of total tax revenue

The paper highlights how the state’s demographics are set to change “significantly” in the coming decades as Ireland becomes one of the “fastest-aging” EU member states.

The Social Insurance Fund, financed by PRSI contributions and responsible for pensions and social benefits, could rack up billions of euros in debt as early as 2030.

The department’s projections foresee a shortfall of more than 2.3 billion euros in 2030, reaching 13 billion euros by 2050.

Expected annual deficits are expected to increase steadily to around €21 billion in 2070.

However, the group warns that these deficits will worsen and leave a cumulative deficit of 335 billion euros by 2071.

The Tax Strategy Group also warns Minister Donohoe of the difficulty in funding pensions in the future.

“The main driver of the increase in overall planned spending is pension spending,” the group says.

“People are living longer than previous generations – and as a result the duration of state pension payments has increased steadily over time and will continue to do so.”

In 2030, the income of the Social Insurance Fund is expected to be €14.64 billion, with expenditures of €17 billion. Contributory state pension payments of €9.6 billion will leave a deficit of €2.36 billion.

In 1991, there were five people of working age per pensioner. This ratio is expected to be 3.5 to 1 by 2031 and 2.3 to 1 by 2051

However, the major pension reforms underway aim to improve the sustainability of the fund.

The number of retirees is expected to double by 2050 and tax levies will be lower because of the “scarcity” of jobs.

Officials point out that in 1991 there were five people of working age per retiree, but that ratio is expected to fall to 3.5:1 by 2031 and 2.3:1 by 2051.

The Pensions Commission had recommended a gradual increase in the retirement age to 67 between 2028 and 2031, before gradually increasing to 68 by 2039.

However, the government is set to maintain the official retirement age at 66, but allow workers to retire later in exchange for a higher pension.

Welfare Department officials are considering proposals to benchmark pensions, along with other social benefits, against the average industrial wage.

The group says that when setting future PRSI rates, “a range of cost-cutting and revenue-raising measures” will need to be considered.

The tax strategy group also raised serious concerns about the state’s overreliance on corporation tax, warning of ‘significant vulnerability’ in tax revenue and fiscal sustainability. public.

About 500,000 taxpayers and 10 multinationals represent just over a third of total tax revenue.

“A shock to the multinational sector could have an impact on income tax as well as corporate tax revenues, with significant implications for public finances,” the group says.

The “volatile” nature of the tax must be taken into account in determining whether or not the state should remain within the framework of the OECD, the group said.

17 Guns Used by Americans to Fight WWII – 24/7 Wall St.


In a speech delivered in decemberuh 1940, one youar before the United States officially entered World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that the United States “that must be itThe great arsenal of democracy. Roosevelt’s words proved prescient, as the United States produced 86,000 tanks, 96,000 bombers, 2.4 million trucks, and 6.5 million rifles to help deliver an Allied victory. (Here’s a look at the greatest war speeches in history.)

Prior to America’s direct involvement in the war, the United States used its industrial might to support the Allies, supporting their fight against Nazi Germany and the Axis powers by supplying them with weapons. Yet the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor found the United States on its heels, missing the Qamount of firearms needed to wage a full-scale war.

Pushed into war overnight, the U.S. government threw normal procurement protocol out the window, and virtually all domestic firearms development and manufacturing was moved to support the war effort. Some of these firearms carried into battle by American servicemen across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific are now iconic, while others have been largely forgotten.

Using data from a variety of sources, including War History Network, the National Park Service and the National WWII Museum, 24/7 Wall St. have identified 17 of the firearms that helped America fight World War II. Although this list is not exhaustive, we have considered a range of firearm types, including rifles, shotguns, machine guns and handguns.

Some of these weapons were developed specifically for warfare, while others – including some revolvers – had been around for decades. Several have been produced in the millions and carried by multiple service branches. Others, meanwhile, were not widely adopted but still found niche roles in the larger war effort. (Here’s a look at the guns that have made it to the Old West.)

Click here to see the weapons that helped America fight WWII.

San Francisco DA race heats up amid crime and reform debates


Candidates include the current appointed prosecutor, a frequent critic of the police department and a former police officer who calls himself both tough on crime and a reformer.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (CN) – Mired in a dispute over how to tackle crime and reform as leaders demand tougher policies for visible drug use and homelessness, voters in San Francisco now have five candidates in a contentious race for district attorney.

Even before the Mayor of London Breed chose Brooke Jenkins to replace DA Chesa Boudin after her recall, the city’s political climate was heated by frenzied debates over whether there was an increase in crime and homelessness. The recall blamed Boudin and even claimed his policies contributed to a homelessness and opioid crisis. But coalitions opposed to the recall and Bay Area criminal law experts have called the effort a $5 million conservative move to change the city’s approach to criminal justice.

Boudin announced last week that he would not be running to reclaim his job from former critic Jenkins.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin addresses a crowd gathered at City Hall on May 18, 2022 to honor the victims of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and to declare his new proposals to prevent hate crimes in the city. (Natalie Hanson/Courthouse News)

“I choose to put my family first: I will not stand for election in 2022”, he tweeted.

Jenkins garnered endorsements in November from Democrats in San Francisco who did not support the recall, including State Senator Scott Wiener. She says her goal is not “an extreme like the war on drugs” and said her policies include treatment options in addition to renewed arrest strategies designed to “suppress” various categories of crime.

She was criticized for firing most of Boudin’s employees, and others backed out of her tougher petty crime and homelessness policies. City attorneys and the Public Defender’s Office said his position stemmed from a return to failed drug war policies, and the researchers call those policies a political pushback for San Francisco that could be politically risky for Breed and Jenkins. .

A spokesperson for Jenkins’ campaign did not return a request for comment before press time.

Outspoken attorney John Hamasaki is officially challenging Jenkins, after claiming his policies will increase incarceration and police violence against residents.

Outspoken attorney John Hamasaki and district attorney critic Brooke Jenkins is running for district attorney in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo via John Hamasaki/Courthouse News)

He’s been a well-known critic of the police service union since his days on the Police Commission, publicly arguing with the police chief about how different cases were handled. The commission received calls for his removal citing his Twitter posts, and he decided to step down from the commission and be eligible for another term last April, saying there was not enough will to change the “culture of corruption and brutality” of the San Francisco Police Department.

Hamasaki said by phone that he wants the prosecutor’s office to seek justice and public safety – which he said has been framed as the arrest and incarceration of people for drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness. He said these methods have proven ineffective and prefers liability that is “equitable for both the victim and the aggressor”.

He also wants the mayor to have less political control over the prosecutor’s office.

“Having someone independent, not tied to political organizations, the mayor’s office, would allow people to have a functioning DA office without all the politics,” he said.

While he has remained active in the discourse on Twitter, often sharply criticizing Jenkins’ policies and supporters, critics this week pointed out that his posts from February had disappeared. Hamasaki said it happened accidentally when he asked his assistant to “clean up messages with low engagement” and he was “super pissed off about it.”

Another lawyer claims he may have the most experience of all the applicants. Maurice Chenier, who has practiced civil defense law since 1993, ran for the AD in 2007 against current Vice President Kamala Harris, but dropped out.

Chenier wants to represent people frustrated with homelessness, petty theft and burglary, as well as victims who died in homicides during the 2000s. He said he was frustrated at not seeing justice for the death by his nephew, rapper Max Chenier, in 2005, and believes progressive reforms “don’t work” to deal with serious crimes.

“I’m not a partisan, I’m just a person who wants to uphold the laws,” he said. “We need a firm commitment to punish crimes. And then the rehabilitation, for which I completely agree, can be applied by other agencies.

Documents filed at the city’s elections office also show civil rights attorney Joe Alioto Veronese is in the running.

A former police officer and police commissioner once affiliated with the Bay Area Democrats, Veronese said he doesn’t conform to political factions left or right – though he criticized criminal justice reforms on Fox News and supported Boudin’s recall.

He wants to see reform policies like worker protections, an end to no-knock warrants for non-violent crimes, and cash bail reform, but disagreed with Boudin’s methods.

“It’s going to be about getting to work and sending the signal to fentanyl dealers and the mayor’s office from day one that this won’t be tolerated,” he said.

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Ukrainian forces in the north have seen some territory gains recaptured, including areas near Kharkiv, a senior Defense Ministry official said today.

In the Ukrainian city of Kherson, Ukrainian forces continue to pressure the Russians, the official said. For example, they inflicted damage on bridges used by the Russians.

On August 9, Ukraine bombed Russia’s Saki air base, located in an area of ​​Crimea seized and annexed by Russia in 2014. The bombing had a significant impact on Russian airpower and personnel, said the manager.

The bombardment did not involve the army’s tactical missile system, which the United States did not supply to Ukraine, the official said.

This system can launch projectiles 190 miles, which is farther than the high-mobility artillery rocket system that the United States supplies to Ukraine.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in eastern Ukraine is currently under Russian control. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety, but that could change.

Russia continues to fire indiscriminately into Ukrainian territory, causing numerous civilian casualties, the official said.

“It is largely due to the indiscriminate bombardments that the [Russian forces] conduct,” the official said.

Although the Russians have a much larger force than Ukraine, “what goes against the Russians are the continuous impacts [of Ukraine’s progress] on their morale, their ability to support themselves – all of which have been affected by the Ukrainians’ ability to cope [Russian] command and control, ammunition, support and logistics,” the official said.

The official said that on a scale of zero to 10, the effectiveness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces would be 12″ just based on how they impressed us in so many different ways. … They found ways to make things we might not have thought were possible.”

Feeling like an overqualified “impostor” – Saker


For several years, I have been fascinated by the subject of impostor syndrome. The concept was originally proposed in the late 1970s in connection with studies of bright women who had been recognized but who felt they were not as bright or capable as their position suggested.

Successful women like Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama have confessed to suffering from the syndrome. If you add race and class issues into the intersectional mix, you realize that the concept inevitably impacts a wide range of people.

The syndrome can be found in men as well as women.

I remember a conversation I had with a professor at All Souls, Oxford who, despite being a leading authority on his subject and having been in office for 12 years, simply said that “you don’t you never get over the feeling that you are an impostor in this type of establishment.

People can easily sense cheating or perceive themselves outside the frame of reference of a particular social group. As discussed in previous AM articles, our industry has never been particularly attractive to employees of a number of ethnic backgrounds, which has led to them being significantly underrepresented in Workforce.

People want to feel “at home” in their work environment with a sense of belonging and not an impostor who, by chance, has an office there.

From a personal perspective, I was the first person in my family, church, youth club, or group of friends to go to college. I felt strange and quite alien to my past, having been brought up ‘on Old Kent Road’.

To make matters worse, my parents couldn’t afford the price of gas to drop me off on the first day. Now, this isn’t meant to be a confessional or a “pity party” on my behalf, but simply to put forward that I had the perception that I had no immediate role models I could relate to. identify and learn in the academic setting.

The challenge for many when looking at the automotive industry is that they do not see themselves reflected in the people already employed and therefore would not feel at home.

When I joined the auto industry, I was once again made to feel like an overqualified impostor and was simply known as “three degrees.”

One thing the auto industry has for an impostor is that most of the time the industry behaves like a meritocracy. If you deliver, you succeed.

Of course, there are glass ceiling issues for women and racial and disability biases for others.

What is reassuring is that when you succeed, success is usually rewarded and psychologically you start to feel like you belong.

With more diverse role models, we could encourage more people to have the confidence to join the industry and, in doing so, help address current staffing shortages.

Bolton’s plot should be a warning about Iran nuclear talks

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The Iranian regime has a long and disreputable history of assassination plots against dissidents and critics abroad, but ordering a hit against a former US national security adviser raises the bar when it comes to assassination. ‘effrontery. The revelation that a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted to have John Bolton assassinated – on American soil, at that – should serve as a reminder to President Joe Biden of Tehran’s depravity as he considers concluding a deal that will enrich and embolden those behind the plot.

The US Justice Department said Shahram Poursafi, an IRGC member based in Tehran, offered $300,000 “to individuals in the United States”. [to] commit the murder in Washington, DC or Maryland. The hit was likely intended in revenge for the 2020 US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, a senior IRGC commander designated by the US as a terrorist and also personally sanctioned by the European Union and the United Nations.

Poursafi began casting a casting call for an assassin last fall, even as Biden reiterated his promise to revive the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which Iran signed with the powers in the summer of 2015. President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the JCPOA in 2018, arguing that it had not done enough to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and imposed economic sanctions on the ‘Iran.

Biden has made returning to the deal one of his foreign policy priorities. After several rounds of negotiations in Vienna, the United States and Iran are now considering what is being touted by European mediators as the “final text” of an agreement to revive the nuclear deal. If they agree, the sanctions will be lifted, giving Tehran access to hundreds of billions of dollars in frozen assets and oil export revenues.

Like President Barack Obama, who championed the original deal, Biden seems to believe that if Iran’s leaders are allowed to make money, they will lessen aggression against their Arab neighbors as well as the United States: More trade , less terrorism.

The opposite is more likely. During the years the JCPOA was in effect, Iran has increased its financial and material support for a network of militias and terrorist groups that it uses to threaten the Middle East and international trade. Biden’s repeated assurances of his sincerity in reviving the deal — and his administration’s lax enforcement of Trump sanctions — have been met only with bad faith from Iran.

While pocketing billions from oil exports made in violation of sanctions, the regime has become more aggressive in its behavior. It has accelerated its uranium enrichment well beyond the stage of any non-military application. Tehran has also stepped up its hostage-taking program, specifically targeting people with Western passports.

And, as the plot against Bolton shows, Iran has become more ambitious in its international assassination campaign. Much of it is aimed at Israeli tourists and diplomats, apparently in retaliation for Israel’s killing of senior IRGC officials linked to the nuclear program. In June, Turkey arrested eight men in an Iranian operation to kill Israeli tourists in Istanbul.

Two months earlier, Israeli intelligence services foiled an IRGC plot to assassinate an Israeli diplomat in Turkey, a US general in Germany and a French journalist.

Iran has also become more brazen in planning attacks on the United States. In late July, a man carrying a loaded AK-47 was arrested outside the Brooklyn home of Masih Alinejad, a prominent critic of the regime. It was almost exactly one year after four Iranian agents were charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to kidnap Alinejad.

By targeting Bolton, the regime is signaling that its recklessness knows no bounds. And the former national security adviser may not even have been the IRGC’s primary target: According to the Justice Ministry, Poursafi said he would pay $1 million for another hit, presumably against someone even more prominent. The State Department recently told Congress it was paying to protect former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his top Iran aide, Brian Hook, who both face “serious and credible” threats. from Tehran.

It is particularly ironic that one of the Iranian demands that has stalled negotiations to revive the nuclear deal is that Biden remove the IRGC from the State Department’s list of designated terrorist groups. The president wisely refused to make this concession.

But Biden should now be wondering if such a reckless regime can be trusted with any deal.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

Biden Should Show Iran What ‘Plan B’ Would Look Like: Editorial

Biden’s new Gang of Four targets Iran and China: James Stavridis

Iran can’t afford to avenge Soleimani’s death: Bobby Ghosh

(Corrects former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s title in title and 11th paragraph.)

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Bobby Ghosh is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering foreign affairs. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Hindustan Times, Editor-in-Chief of Quartz and International Editor of Time.

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Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan accentuates US-China perception dilemma


President Nancy Pelosi (D-California) recently made world headlines when she arrived in Taiwan amid strong rebukes from the Chinese government. Pelosi is the most senior US government official to visit Taiwan since President Newt Gingrich visited in 1997.

Pelosi’s visit was meant to send an unequivocal signal: Taiwan is so important to the US government that senior officials are prepared to surrender despite stark warnings from Beijing. The logic behind the move is a simple case of diplomatic deterrence — by signaling force, Pelosi was aiming to deter China from exerting influence over Taiwan. His fear is that inaction is a sign of weakness, encouraging Beijing to act aggressively. But that’s only part of the story.

US government deterrence could increase the risks of confrontation, which could be immediate and obvious. For example, China responded to Pelosi’s visit by conducting military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. Fortunately, these drills did not result in unintended escalation, a real risk with shows of force.

But perhaps more importantly, Pelosi’s deterrence-focused visit could contribute to a longer-term “perception dilemma.” A perception dilemma exists when parties to a potential conflict prefer to cooperate but believe that the other party will benefit from their calming actions. Thus, each side avoids appearing weak.

The problem with deterrence is that it reinforces the fear on the other side that cooperative actions will be met with opportunism. The result is that conflict and confrontation are After probably both sides are flaunting their power. Whether deterrence works or contributes to a spiral of conflict is an open question. But it is something that must at least be considered in the case of Taiwan and beyond.

The US government has no legal obligation to defend Taiwan. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter canceled the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, which required the United States to defend Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands. The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 delineates US-Taiwanese relations but does not guarantee US military protection against invasion.

Perceptions are particularly important because the U.S. government has long pursued a “one China” policy, which recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the sole government of China, while engaging in “strategic ambiguity” regarding its commitment to defend Taiwan. Washington’s actions to signal force – even if motivated by benevolence – could increase the risks of conflict not only between China and Taiwan, but also between China and the United States, two nuclear powers.

This also matters beyond Taiwan. The US government maintains a global network of military bases, deploys special operations around the world, and is the world’s largest arms dealer. It spends more on its military than the next nine countries combined, including China and Russia. The logic behind these expansive forces and activities is the supposed need for a global hegemon to create and maintain order and freedom in the world. Maybe. But another result could be disorder and a greater risk of conflict by elevating force above peaceful cooperation. By signaling that force is the default strategy, power projection can make it harder for others to offer cooperative gestures.

None of this is to deny that there are real challenges in the world, as there always have been and always will be. Instead, it is to point out that the nature and scale of these challenges can be exacerbated by policies based on a global negative worldview akin to a global game of musical chairs. From this point of view, each nation only wins at the expense of the others and therefore possible adversaries must be controlled by deterrence.

Another view is that there are many opportunities to work together to find solutions with other nations. Instead of signaling weakness, working toward nonviolent solutions to pressing challenges shows significant strength through self-control and determination consistent with so-called American values. It is a perception to cultivate.

Christopher J. Coyne, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif., and professor of economics at George Mason University. He is the author of the forthcoming book “In Search of Monsters to Destroy: The Madness of the American Empire and the Paths to Peace.

4 al-Shabab terrorists killed in US airstrikes

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters carry out military exercises in February 2011 south of Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — Four al-Shabab terrorists who recently attacked Somali forces were killed Wednesday after a series of U.S. airstrikes, U.S. Africa Command said Wednesday.

US forces, in coordination with the Somali government, launched three airstrikes against terrorists who attacked Somali troops on Tuesday near Beledweyne, Somalia, AFRICOM reported.

“Command’s initial assessment is that the strikes killed four al-Shabab terrorists and no civilians were injured or killed,” AFRICOM said. “U.S. forces are authorized to conduct strikes in defense of designated partner forces.”

The announcement did not include further details of the al-Shabab attack.

Al-Shabab is the Somalia-based militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that controlled the southernmost part of the country in 2006, according to the US Director of National Intelligence. Although the main group was defeated in 2007, al-Shabab continued its violent insurgency.

“The Somali federal government and US Africa Command are taking great steps to prevent civilian casualties,” AFRICOM said. “These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that al-Shabab regularly carries out against the civilian population.”

The airstrikes come about two months after US special operations troops returned to Somalia. Former President Donald Trump had decided to withdraw around 700 US military personnel from the country in the last days of his administration.

President Joe Biden reversed Trump’s decision based on a request from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin out of “concern for the safety of our troops who have been at added risk by episodically deploying inland and outside Somalia,” John Kirby, then Pentagon press secretary. said at the time.

US forces practice convoy training with the Danab Brigade and Kenya <a class=Defense Force in Somalia in May 2021. US Africa Command conducted an airstrike on July 20, 2021 against al-Shabab militants who were attacking members of the Danab force.”/>

US forces practice convoy training with the Danab Brigade and Kenya Defense Force in Somalia in May 2021. US Africa Command conducted an airstrike on July 20, 2021 against al-Shabab militants who were attacking members of the Danab force. (Zoe Russell/US Air Force)

Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter have an abortion


OMAHA (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter terminate her pregnancy at around 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook posts in which the two discussed using drugs to induce an abortion and planned to burn the fetus afterwards.

The prosecutor handling the case said it was the first time he had charged someone with illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks, a restriction passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court n cripple Roe c. Wade in June, states were not allowed to enforce abortion bans until a fetus is considered viable outside the womb, at around 24 weeks.

In one of the Facebook posts, Jessica Burgess, 41, tells her then 17-year-old daughter that she got abortion pills for her and gives her instructions on how to take them to end the pregnancy .

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The girl, meanwhile, “talks about how she can’t wait to get the ‘thing’ out of her body,” a detective wrote in court papers. “I’m finally going to be able to wear jeans,” she says in one of the posts. Law enforcement obtained the messages with a search warrant and detailed some of them in court documents.

At the beginning of June, the mother and daughter were only charged with a single crime for kidnapping, concealment or abandonment of the body, and two offenses: concealment of the death of others and false reporting. It wasn’t until about a month later, after investigators reviewed the private Facebook posts, that they added the criminal abortion charges against the mother. The girl, who is now 18, is being charged as an adult at the request of prosecutors.

Burgess’ attorney did not immediately respond to a message Tuesday, and the public defender representing the girl declined to comment.

During their first interview, the two told investigators that the teenager unexpectedly delivered a stillborn baby in the shower in the early morning hours of April 22. They said they bagged the fetus, placed it in a box in the back of their van, then drove several miles north of town, where they buried the body with the help of a 22 year old man.

The man, whom The Associated Press is not identifying because he has only been charged with a misdemeanor, has not disputed helping to bury the fetus on rural land his parents own north of Norfolk, in northeastern Nebraska. He is expected to be sentenced later this month.

In court documents, the detective said the fetus showed signs of “thermal injuries” and the man told investigators that the mother and daughter had burned him. He also wrote that the daughter had confirmed in the Facebook exchange with her mother that the two would “burn the evidence afterwards”. According to medical records, the fetus was over 23 weeks old, the detective wrote.

Burgess later admitted to investigators that he purchased the abortion pills “for the purpose of inducing a miscarriage”.

At first, the mother and daughter said they could not remember the date the stillbirth occurred, but according to the detective, the daughter later confirmed the date by checking her Facebook posts. After that, he applied for the warrant, he said.

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Madison County District Attorney Joseph Smith told the Lincoln Journal Star that he had never filed a complaint like this for performing an illegal abortion in his 32 years as a county district attorney. He did not immediately respond to a message from the AP on Tuesday.

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which supports abortion rights, has documented 1,331 women arrested or detained for pregnancy-related crimes from 2006 to 2020.

In addition to its current 20-week abortion ban, Nebraska tried — but failed — earlier this year to pass a so-called trigger law that would have banned all abortions when the US Supreme Court ruled. United overturned Roe v. Wade.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on specifics of the case, but the company said officials at the social media giant are “always reviewing every government request we receive to ensure it is legally valid.” .

Facebook says it will fight requests it deems invalid or overbroad, but the company said it provided information to investigators in about 88% of the 59,996 times the government requested data in the second half of the year. last year.

Nueces County Commissioners Approve Jail Diversion Center


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales shuffled a bundle of papers as she reviewed plans for the jail’s new diversion center, a center Nueces County commissioners approved last week last for non-violent offenders with mental health issues.

The administrative building of the Nueces Center for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities on Brownlee Boulevard near Ayers Street will soon be renovated and converted into a diversion center.

The facility will house 16 men and 16 women. Canales said the facility will also have long-term outpatient services.

Last week, the court of commissioners approved $3.5 million for the remodel from the American Rescue Plan Act fund the county received.

Canales said they must use the money by 2026.

The rest of the money for center operations will come from NMHID