Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani stands trial for charges that include insulting members of parliament and spreading propaganda against the system.
Mahsa Alimardani reports: First, Iran’s leaders restricted access to contraception. Then artist Atena Farghadani wrote a cartoon depicting them as animals.
“The image that led to her arrest came while Iran sought to outlaw IUDs and vasectomies, as Iran’s leaders pushed to increase the nation’s population.”
What came next for the 28-year-old artist? Arrest. Solitary confinement. A heart attack. And on Tuesday, the start of her trial on charges of spreading anti-Tehran propaganda and insulting the country’s lawmakers and supreme leader.
The image that led to her arrest came while Iran sought to outlaw IUDs and vasectomies, as Iran’s leaders pushed to increase the nation’s population.
She was initially jailed for five months in 2014 at the notorious Evin prison. She was released in December, but was detained again after publicly discussing her mistreatment by prison guards.
“She was initially jailed for five months in 2014 at the notorious Evin prison. She was released in December, but was detained again after publicly discussing her mistreatment by prison guards.”
Three weeks after her second confinement, Atena went on a hunger strike to protest the poor prison conditions. The move led to a heart attack and a brief loss of consciousness in February, her lawyer told Amnesty International. Atena Farghadani has since been moved to another detention center and stopped her hunger strike, the human rights group reports, but advocates remain concerned about her health. Read the rest of this entry »
Klayman said a major reason for his lawsuit involves the fact that Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, and the secretary of state herself ‘lied to the lower court’ in by claiming there were no documents related to a pair of Freedom of Information Act requests he filed in 2012 while knowing those records actually did exist on the private server.
The lawsuit, filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, includes a legal request to have the Florida judge seize the private server on which Hillary Clinton and her aides hosted their emails while she served as secretary of state.
Klayman has filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clintons and other prominent politicians.
The racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case alleges the former first couple and their family philanthropy traded political favors for donations or generous speaking fees for Bill Clinton while his wife was the nation’s chief diplomat.
“Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 email messages from her email server that included her communications arranging, negotiating, and agreeing upon speaking engagements by Bill Clinton in return for large speaking fees and donations to The Clinton Foundation.”
“Negotiations by email about influencing U.S. foreign policy or U.S. Government actions to benefit donors to … The Clinton Foundation or sponsors of speaking engagements would not be captured on a U.S. Government email account because her emails would not be with a U.S. Government official,” Klayman said in court documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 email messages from her email server that included her communications arranging, negotiating, and agreeing upon speaking engagements by Bill Clinton in return for large speaking fees and donations to The Clinton Foundation,” the documents, dated May 20, said.
“It’s a perfect RICO case, it fits completely. Our Congress doesn’t even have the guts to subpoena her documents. They’d rather get on Fox News. So we felt had to bring that case. Somebody’s got to do it.”
— Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch
Klayman pushed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to order a “neutral forensic expert … to take custody and control of the private email server and reconstruct and preserve the official U.S. Government records relating to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy during Defendant Secretary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State.” Read the rest of this entry »
‘Do we really have to do journalism?’ Politico writer seems tired of covering Clinton Foundation scandalsPosted: May 27, 2015
GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
Allegory of the City of Madrid
Oil on canvas, 260 x 195 cm
Museo Municipal, Madrid
Some student groups won’t join annual vigil on June 4
HONG KONG— Isabella Steger reports: Every year for a quarter-century, large Hong Kong crowds have commemorated the 1989 crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This June 4, some young Hong Kongers say they won’t join in.
Much like in Beijing in 1989, student groups were at the forefront of the monthslong pro-democracy protests that paralyzed much of Hong Kong last year and which challenged Beijing on how Hong Kong should elect its leader.
“I feel very sad. It’s a watershed year in my life” she said. “To call the ocean of candlelight ceremonial or perfunctory, it’s just not fair.”
— Claudia Mo, an opposition lawmaker and former journalist who was in Beijing during the 1989 crackdown
Unlike in Beijing, the Hong Kong protests ended peacefully, though with no visible concession from the Chinese government. What the rallies also did was lay bare a growing chasm between old and young over Hong Kong’s identity and relationship with Beijing. That rift is now playing out over the annual Tiananmen vigil, with some student groups saying Hong Kongers should focus on democratic rights in the territory rather than on the mainland.
“Every year it’s the same, we sing the same songs and watch the same videos. For some people, going to the vigil is a bit like clocking in. Should we continue looking back on a historical event, or focus on the more urgent situation here now?”
— Cameron Chan, 20, a social-sciences student at the University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong’s student union will organize its own June 4 event “to reflect on the future of democracy in Hong Kong.” Separately, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, the main group leading last year’s protests, said that for the first time it won’t participate in the vigil as an organization.
“I feel very sad,” said Claudia Mo, an opposition lawmaker and former journalist who was in Beijing during the 1989 crackdown. “It’s a watershed year in my life” she said. “To call the ocean of candlelight ceremonial or perfunctory, it’s just not fair.”
“Going to the vigil is a bit like clocking in.”
—Cameron Chan, University of Hong Kong student
But to Cameron Chan, 20, a social-sciences student at the University of Hong Kong, it is precisely that the annual vigil has become such a fixture that is the problem.
The student group’s decision is baffling to many democracy supporters in the city, who see the annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to remember the Tiananmen victims as an important civic duty—not least because it’s the only mass commemoration of the event in the Greater China universe.
“I don’t see how Hong Kong can fully divorce itself from democracy movements on the mainland.”
—Joshua Wong, student leader
“I cannot understand [the students’] thinking,” said Jack Choi, a 36-year-old who works in finance and has been going to the vigil on and off since 2000. “It’s two separate issues. Our mother is China, if the mother is not free, how can the child be?” Read the rest of this entry »
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As Twitchy reported earlier, America’s most respected and revered scientist, Bill Nye, was waiting impatiently for the nation’s weather-casters to dare utter the phrase “climate change” in connection with the devastating flooding in Texas. It’s a recurring annoyance for Nye, who also blamed last year’s droughts out West and heavy snowfall in Boston (drawing the mythical Boston Yeti out of hiding) on climate change.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, also a trusted advisor to the president, has posted his question of the day, and it’s a good one: are the floods in Texas the effect of “climate control,” or is God punishing the state for some reason?
Did we mention that Sharpton not only hosts his own cable news show but is often found…
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it inadvertently shipped live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened.
The labs were supposed to receive dead — or inactivated — anthrax samples for research use.
Spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the Pentagon is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to retrieve the samples.
He says the government has confirmed one shipment contained live spores and suspects eight others did, too. Warren says the government believes there are no risks to the public.
The live spores were shipped from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah — a Defense Department facility — to government and commercial labs in Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia.
Contact with anthrax spores can cause severe illness.
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In an interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart last night, Senator Rand Paul continued his critique of the Patriot Act, mass surveillance, and the NSA—as well as Republicans who claim to support liberty and small government even as they fight to maintain Washington’s ability to spy on our most private communications.
Stewart noted that some Republicans claim to oppose big government, but “when it comes to government surveillance, when it comes to the security state, they seem very willing to allow the government—with what appears to be very little oversight—to get whatever they want.” Paul’s response was on point: “You didn’t see the other sign that they have? ‘We don’t like big government until we do like big government.’”
Watch the full interview below, or check out the full episode to see Stewart cover Paul’s recent filibuster—including a new iteration of his perfect imitation of Fearmongerer-in-Chief Senator Lindsey Graham.
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‘Delays the inevitable’: Harry Reid clings to hope following Fifth Circuit’s executive amnesty rulingPosted: May 27, 2015
Originally posted on Twitchy:
Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court declined to lift a stay on President Obama’s immigration plan, meaning executive amnesty remains on hold.
Harry Reid, having already lost his grip on sanity, clings to hope:
Don’t retire mad, Harry. Just retire.
Originally posted on CBS Seattle:
SEATTLE (AP) — With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries.
Murray on Tuesday announced plans to require a new special business license for marijuana establishments, akin to those required for taxi operators and pawn shops. Under the mayor’s plan, the businesses will be required to obtain the licenses by July 2016.
But just as the state’s new medical marijuana law gives priority in licensing to dispensaries that were in operation before Jan. 1, 2013, so does Murray’s proposal. Seattle officials say that by their tally, 54 of the city’s 99 medical marijuana storefronts opened after that date or have been operating without a city business license.
Murray’s office says those businesses won’t be getting the special license and need to shut down. The rest will be allowed to remain open long enough to see if…
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Originally posted on 9to5Mac:
Two interesting app updates out today that make enjoying media from your iOS device even better.
On the reading front, Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app to include a font called Bookerly that it says was designed especially for reading on a digital screen. The font, which was first made available on its Kindle Fire devices, is described by Amazon as “warm and contemporary.”
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Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) – Happy Birthday Miles!
“This order sent a very clear message to the Imperial dictators at the Obama White House, In Your Face!”
A federal appeals court rebukes his immigration order
“…The Fifth Circuit decision vindicates the rule of law and shows again how Mr. Obama is exceeding his legal authority. But it is also a tragedy for immigrants who Mr. Obama teased with his illegal legalization. After last year’s election, many GOP leaders believed they had a chance to pass reform that addressed specific immigration problems—for farm or high-tech workers, for example.
But by acting on his own Mr. Obama poisoned the politics of immigration reform for the rest of his tenure. Republicans who favor reform have no chance to bring along angry back-benchers who have zero trust in the President to follow any immigration reform that Congress passes. This may have been part of Mr. Obama’s plan, letting him take sole political credit among Hispanic voters for legalizing 4.3 million while causing Republicans to again seem anti-immigrant.
Mr. Obama could have avoided this mess if he had recalled his law classes on the separation of powers…”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 26, 2015
Thank you to all who have served and those currently serving in the Armed Forces. In honor of Memorial Day, Jim discusses 5 iconic rifles used in battle by the United States Military.
Originally posted on Strange Herring:
“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
—The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
You’ve seen this cover by now, yes?
These guys, presumably, constitute the GOP’s most prominent presidential nominees.
But where is Ben Carson, who has declared for the presidency? And where is Carly Fiorina, who has declared for the presidency? What happened to them?
We know what happened to them. An African-American and a businesswoman spoil the narrative of the racist, sexist GOP gearing up to wage war against…
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Originally posted on Twitchy:
An article on the front page of today’s New York Times by Robert Pear (@ropear) is winning praise for its comprehensive look at the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case and its conclusion, based on interviews with several legislators, that the four words at the center of the lawsuit that “imperil” the health care law were, in retrospect, “inadvertent,” “inartful,” or “a drafting error.”
One word missing from the New York Times piece, though, is Gruber, as in Jonathan Gruber, who served as the government’s principal expert as the Obamacare legislation moved through the lower courts. Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, writes that Gruber “was caught on tape, not once but twice, expressly explaining states that don’t establish an exchange won’t get subsidies. Oops.”
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