‘Common-Sense Gun Control’

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Burundi’s President Tells His Citizens to Give Up Their Guns – Or Else.

Kayla Ruble reports: After weeks of assassinations, murders, and clashes with police in Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza has issued an ultimatum to the country’s citizens: Give up your guns by Saturday, or else you will “be dealt with as enemies of the nation.”

“This call could be a recipe for disaster. The concern is that he’s going to use this call to try and disarm the opposition to maintain the monopoly of use of force in the country.”

Nkurunziza made the announcement in a national speech on Monday, the same day that authorities said police killed eight people during a shootout with an alleged group of criminals near the capital Bujumbura. People who turn over their weapons by the November 7 deadline will also be “trained on patriotic education.”

“Those who will not do so… will be taken as criminals and be prosecuted according to the anti-terrorism law and be dealt with as enemies of the nation. This is the last call we make.”

— President Pierre Nkurunziza

At the same time, the leader ordered Burundi’s police force to restore security in the country by December. “You are allowed to use all the necessary means and authorized rules and regulations in security matters,” he told the country’s cops.

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“The successful re-election campaign sparked clashes in the streets of Bujumbura between Nkurunziza’s opponents and supporters, with violent crackdowns against demonstrators carried out by a police force that was largely loyal to the president.”

Assassins have targeted supporters of Burundi’s government, military officials, journalists, opposition members, and human rights workers since Nkurunziza won a controversial third term in office in July. Reports of dead bodies in the streets of the capital have regularly surfaced on social media, and security raids on alleged rebel groups have also occurred.

[Read the full story here, at VICE News]

According to the United Nations, more than 200 Burundians have been killed in unrest since Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader, announced in April that he would seek a third term in office.

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Critics argued the move was illegal due to the two-term limit outlined in the country’s constitution, which was established in 2005 after a decade-long civil war. The nation’s high court ultimately cleared Nkruniziza to run again, determining that it was legal because he had been appointed to his first term rather than democratically elected. Read the rest of this entry »


How About a Meat-Like Cup of Joe?

Ryan Ludwig, of Counter Culture Coffee, prepares a coffee cupping, or tasting, at the company's training center in lower Manhattan. Leslie Josephs/The Wall Street Journal

Ryan Ludwig, of Counter Culture Coffee, prepares a coffee cupping, or tasting, at the company’s training center in lower Manhattan. Leslie Josephs/The Wall Street Journal

Calling the Industry Standard Guide Too Technical, Timothy Hill Brews Up a New Flavor Wheel

For WSJ.comLeslie Josephs writes: Coffee buyer Timothy Hill has reinvented the wheel, and it is causing quite a stir.

The 31-year-old purchaser for Durham, N.C., roaster Counter Culture Coffee has rolled out a new version of a tool long used by coffee tasters to elicit the adjectives that may be on the tip of the tongue: a flavor wheel.

Flavor wheels are colorful reference tools that aid food and beverage tasters of all stripes. Mr. Hill’s pastel-hued downloadable disc includes 140 terms, each representing a food or flavor that may be used to describe a cup of coffee, from snow peas to black currant, from clementine to “meat-like.” The terms are ones the wheel’s defenders say are accessible to most coffee drinkers.

His new wheel is gaining traction, challenging the industry standard: the nearly 20-year-old flavor wheel of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, a trade group whose members include Mr. Hill’s employer.

What flavors are in your cup?

As the gourmet coffee industry grows, the industry is grappling with ways to best describe the countless flavors in a brewed cup. Compare two coffee wheels.

The SCAA’s own circular guide outlines the flavors and defects that are wafted, slurped and evaluated by coffee purveyors from Folgers to roasters like Counter Culture, whose retail coffee fetches around $15 for a 12-ounce bag. But that wheel is too technical, with terms like “enzymatic” and “nippy,” for many coffee drinkers to understand, Mr. Hill said. “It’s…not the most user-friendly wheel,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »