Jihadists impose taxes, set up checkpoints around Rafah and threaten Copts, causing over 100 Christian families to flee city of el-Arish, after military campaign eases
Source: Islamic State bolsters hold on north Sinai as army pulls back
Peter Newsham defends past mass arrests that cost city millions in legal judgments. At a time when the right to protest in the nation’s capital has never been more important, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed an abuser of First Amendment freedoms, Peter Newsham, as the city’s new police chief.
Source: Protesters Beware: D.C. Mayor Appoints New Police Chief With Long Record of Mass Arrests and Depriving Rights @alternet
A prisoner who was part of the 1993 Lucasville Uprising could face punishment for sharing his story on an episode of Netflix’s “Captive“
Source: Ohio Prisoner May Face Punishment For Participating In Netflix Show, ‘Captive’
Doctors don’t diagnose a mental illness without first interviewing a patient. These doctors went against protocol. Why? John Gartner, PhD.’s answer was on point.
Source: Doctors: We could not create a leader more dangerously MENTALLY ILL than Donald Trump (VIDEO)
The New Travel Ban You Didn’t Hear About Is Against U.S. Citizens
By Shaun Bradley
As emotions intensify over Trump’s recent immigration ban, the State Department and IRS have quietly used it as a smokescreen to roll out a new policy that targets U.S. citizens for unpaid taxes.
The passports of these individuals can now be revoked and their citizenship status undermined at the behest of one of the government’s most corrupt agencies. By granting the Internal Revenue Service control over passports, due process has been significantly undermined. The shield of protection that U.S. citizenship used to represent has transformed into an inescapable brand of ownership. The desperate financial condition of the federal government will only worsen in the future, forcing it to further consume its own people’s wealth in order to survive.
The new program is set to be implemented over the next few months, and currently only those with ‘seriously delinquent tax debt’ are in the crosshairs. An individual must have $50,000 worth of tax debt to be subject to revocation, but that number can easily be adjusted downward in the future. Once identified by the IRS, a certification is sent to the State Department to begin the process. The taxpayer is then informed of the action taken against them, but any recourse from there is extremely limited. This policy blatantly targets citizens living outside of the country who may not have filed with the IRS while earning an income abroad. …
When it comes to times of war, one should always be skeptical of a government beating the war drum against another government or entity. Ask yourself: Why now, why this entity, and what is at stake…
Source: The Media Is Refusing to Cover These Damning Leaks from the Syrian War
Nominated in short subject documentary category, film gives glimpse of daily lives of volunteer rescue workers in war-ravaged Syria
Source: Syria’s White Helmets get visas to travel to US for Oscars
Campaigners say Syria has been sullied by war, as cocktail of cancer-causing and radioactive chemicals leech into the ground and fill the air
Source: Syrians face toxic time-bomb of radiation, poison and pollution