U.K. Marks 50 Years Without Death Penalty


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It’s been 50 years since the U.K. last instituted capital punishment, and most other developed nations have since followed suit. Is it time for the U.S. to join them? Mike Farrell and Matt Cherry of Death Penalty Focus join HuffPost Live to discuss.

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Zwölf Dänen nach Listerien-Infektion tot ++ Reederei schlägt AlarmGift-Wurst wurde auch auf Urlauber-Fähren verkauft!


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  • 12 Dänen tot: Gibt es die Killer-Keime aus der Giftwurst auch in Deutschland?

Zwölf Dänen nach Listerien-Infektion tot ++ Reederei schlägt AlarmGift-Wurst wurde auch auf Urlauber-Fähren verkauft!

Vergrößern Listerien-Infektionen fordeten 12 Tote: So töten die Keime in der dänischen Gift-Wurst
Die dänische Wurstspezialität „Rullepoelse“ (Foto) soll zum Tod der Konsumenten geführt haben
Foto: AFP, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung
13.08.2014 – 10:31 Uhr
  • Von INGRID RAAGAARD
Berlin/Kopenhagen – Zwölf Menschen starben in Dänemark nach dem Verzehr der Wurstspezialität „Rullepölse“. Jetzt schlägt die große Reederei „DFDS“ Alarm!
OFFENBAR WURDE DIE GIFT-WURST AUCH AUF URLAUBER-FÄHREN VERKAUFT!
Die Wurstprodukte der Giftwurstfabrik Jörn A.Rullepölser wurden nicht nur in Supermärkten in ganz Dänemark, sondern auch in den Fähren-Restaurants serviert, teilte die Reederei am Vormittag mit.
Die Wurst wurde auf den Fahrten zwischen Dänemark und Norwegen angeboten. DFDS bittet deshalb alle Passagiere, die nach dem 28. April auf der Fähre gegessen haben, sich genau zu informieren.
Wie die Reederei am Nachmittag mitteilte, wurde die Wurst in den Restaurants…

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Fresh suicides fuel military service concerns in S. Korea


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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fresh suicides fuel military service concerns in S. Korea
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Aug 12, 2014

South Korea’s military said Tuesday that three conscripts were found dead in apparent suicides, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units.

A 21-year-old private first class was found shot in his face at the shooting range of an engineer unit some 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Seoul, an army spokesman told AFP.

The soldier, who had been on watch due to mental instability, was believed to have killed himself with his rifle, he said.

Two unnamed corporals, who were both in their early 20s, were found hanged at one of their homes while on leave, the defence ministry said.

Both men were in the 28th Infantry Division serving near the border with North Korea and had been placed on a list of…

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New York – Bronx – Hart Island /NDR.de


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New York: Der Armenfriedhof auf der verbotenen Insel

Ein Schild verbietet den Zutritt zum Armenfriedhof auf Hart Island in den USA. © NDR
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Kein Zutritt: Den Armenfriedhof auf Hart Island darf niemand betreten – auch Angehörige der Verstorbenen nicht.

Laurie Grant hat noch nie Blumen an das Grab ihres toten Babys bringen können. Es liegt seit 20 Jahren auf Hart Island begraben. Hart Island ist eine Toteninsel. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren werden hier die Armen der Stadt begraben: Obdachlose, Namenlose – für die niemand das Geld für eine Beerdigung aufbringen kann. Hart Island ist einer der größten Friedhöfe der Welt. Doch niemand hat Zutritt, denn die Leichen werden von Strafgefangenen verscharrt. Sicherheit und Bewachung der Gefangenen scheint wichtiger, als das Andenken an die Toten.
Autor: Markus Schmidt http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/weltbilder/Weltbilder,sendung266162.html

In dem Film “Sag kein Wort” mit Michael Douglas spielte die Insel mal eine entscheidende Rolle. Naja sagen wir mal fast. Bis zum Fährableger auf City Island stimmte noch alles. Die tausenden von Holzkreuzen sind allerdings…

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Gaza homes ‘uninhabitable’ as tens of thousands come back to rubble


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Gaza homes ‘uninhabitable’ as tens of thousands come back to rubble

United Nations says the level of destruction is ‘unprecedented’ as 30,000 people in Beit Hanoun alone need rehousing
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A Palestinian woman inspects the damage of her home in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood on Monday 11 August. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people across Gaza returned to their homes on Monday as a tenuous ceasefire held and hopes rose of an end to the month-long conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Local officials and humanitarian workers began to inspect the latest damage the war had caused in the overcrowded enclave, with assessments indicating earlier estimates may have been optimistic….

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/damage-gaza-homes-israel-hamas-conflict?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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550 Elephants. 1 Bloody Civil War. How Did They Survive?


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550 Elephants. 1 Bloody Civil War. How Did They Survive?

When Mali descended into armed self-conflict, the Mali Elephant Project stepped in to safeguard the country’s rare pachyderms.

 

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A desert elephant walks in the north of Mali, known as the Gourma area, on May 26, 2010. Inhabitants of the Gourma region of Mali organized vigilante brigades, and even attached global positioning systems (GPS) on the pachyderms to protect them from poachers in the region. (Photo: STR / AFP / Getty Images):::

READ MORE; http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/26/elephant-poaching-conservation-africa

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Drunk cop shoots stranger at traffic light


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Drunk cop shoots stranger at traffic light.

(Washington Times) An off-duty officer with the New York Police Department got drunk Tuesday night and fired his gun 13 times at a complete stranger who was stopped at a traffic light, police said.

Officer Brendan Cronin, 27, has been charged with assault in the first degree after he randomly opened fire on Joe “The Truck” Felice, 47, while the two were stopped at the light in Pelham, Westchester, the New York Post reported.

The victim was hit six times, suffering wounds to his lungs, arms and torso. He is in stable condition at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/drunk-cop-shoots-stranger-at-traffic-light/#hwtJoHW3psyYlmOs.99

http://nypost.com/2014/04/30/off-duty-nypd-cop-questioned-after-allegedly-shooting-civilian/

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6 Articles From The New York Daily News’s Bizarre ‘Save The Horses’ Campaign


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6 Articles From The New York Daily News’s Bizarre ‘Save The Horses’ Campaign

Why is the New York Daily News trying to preserve New York City’s awful horse-drawn carriage industry?

6 Articles From The New York Daily News’s Bizarre ‘Save The Horses’ Campaign — read them here http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanl4ebffa219/6-headlines-from-the-new-york-daily-newss-bizarre-r5p8

Why is the New York Daily News trying to preserve New York City’s awful horse-drawn carriage industry? posted on May 30, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriages suck. We know this. But on April 16, the Daily News announced a campaign to

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U.S. “Humanitarian” Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual


U.S. “Humanitarian” Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual.

By Glenn Greenwald

 August 10, 2014 “ICH” – “The Intercept” –

Associated Press, December 1, 1990:

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New York Times, January 17, 1991:

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CNN, December 16, 1998:

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New York Times, December 17, 1998:

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CNN, March 1, 2003:

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Time, John Dickerson, January 28, 2003:

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CBS, March 22, 2003:

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The Daily Beast, July 24, 2014:

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New York Times, this morning:

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International Business Times, January 2, 2014:

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There are several brief points worth noting about all of this:

(1) For those who ask “what should be done?,” has the hideous aftermath of the NATO intervention in Libya – hailed as a grand success for “humanitarian interventions” – not taught the crucial lessons that (a) bombing for ostensibly “humanitarian” ends virtually never fulfills the claimed goals but rather almost always makes the situation worse; (b) the U.S. military is not designed, and is not deployed, for “humanitarian” purposes?; and (c) the U.S. military is not always capable of “doing something” positive about every humanitarian crisis even if that were really the goal of U.S. officials?

The suffering in Iraq is real, as is the brutality of ISIS, and the desire to fix it is understandable. There may be some ideal world in which a superpower is both able and eager to bomb for humanitarian purposes. But that is not this world. Just note how completely the welfare of Libya was ignored by most intervention advocates the minute the fun, glorious, exciting part – “We came, we saw, he died,” chuckled Hillary Clinton – was over.

(2) It is simply mystifying how anyone can look at U.S. actions in the Middle East and still believe that the goal of its military deployments is humanitarianism. The U.S. government does not oppose tyranny and violent oppression in the Middle East. To the contrary, it is and long has been American policy to do everything possible to subjugate the populations of that region with brutal force – as conclusively demonstrated by stalwart U.S. support for the region’s worst oppressors. Or, as Hillary Clinton so memorably put it in 2009: “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family.”

How can anyone believe that a government whose overt, explicit policy is “regime continuity” for Saudi Arabia, and who continues to lend all sorts of support to the military dictators of Egypt, is simultaneously driven by humanitarian missions in the region?

(3) “Humanitarianism” is the pretty packaging in which all wars – even the most blatantly aggressive ones – are wrapped, but it is almost never the actual purpose. There are often numerous steps the U.S. could take to advance actually humanitarian goals, but those take persistence and resources, and entail little means of control, and are thus usually ignored in favor of blowing things and people up with Freedom Bombs.

(4) Note how even the pretenses of constitutional democracy are now dispensed with: there is a reasonable legal debate over legality, but in essence: the President has the power to order bombing of Iraq because he decides it should happen.

(5) Perhaps having Israel and the U.S. simultaneously bombing Arabs in different countries – yet again – will create some extremely negative consequences?

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(6) This above-documented parade of “Saddam-is-worse-than-Hitler” campaigns was surrounded by stints of U.S. arming and funding of the very same Saddam (the same, of course, was true of the Taliban precursors, Gadhaffi, Iran, Manuel Noriega, and virtually every other Latest Villain who needed to be bombed; the US was roughly allied with ISIS allies in Syria and American allies fund ISIS itself). The propaganda has gone from “pulling babies from incubators: as bad as Hitler” to “rape rooms: worse than Hitler” to the new slogan: “worse than al-Qaeda!” What’s left?

For quite some time, it was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – the democratically elected president of Iran who left office peacefully at the end of his term and who never actually invaded anybody – who was The New Hitler. As all of this demonstrates, there certainly are some heinous, violent people in the world: often including America’s closest allies and the ones who unleash the violence documented here, as well as those at whom that violence is directed. But perhaps some perspective and serious skepticism is warranted the next time we’re relentlessly bombarded with messaging about The New Greatest Villainous Threat in History – and especially manipulative accusations that opposition to U.S. military attack is indicative of support for those New Villains – as a means to secure acquiescence to the next bombing campaign.

(7) Maybe this and this, rather than humanitarianism, is a more significant influence in this new bombing campaign? Targeted strikes against ISIS is obviously not remotely the same as a full-scale invasion of Iraq, but whatever else is true, and whatever one’s opinions are on this latest bombing, it is self-evidently significant that, as the NYT’s Peter Baker wrote today, “Mr. Obama became the fourth president in a row to order military action in that graveyard of American ambition” known as Iraq.

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. Prior to his collaboration with Pierre Omidyar, Glenn’s column was featured at the Guardian US and Salon.

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