China rejects open nominations for Hong Kong leadership
AP, August 31
China’s legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong’s leader, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.
The legislature’s powerful Standing Committee ruled that all candidates for chief executive must receive more than [...]
Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, August 15
CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.
As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with an [...]
The U.S. and U.K. collaborated to snatch Khadija al-Saadi’s family in Hong Kong and deliver them into the custody of a murderous dictator.
The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, August 7
President Obama is letting the CIA play a major part in censoring a report on brutal human-rights abuses perpetrated by CIA employees. This has [...]
On Monday, a federal court ruled the state’s same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional—the latest to be overturned. What makes the decision in the Old Dominion different?
The Atlantic, By Emma Green, July 29
“[T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free [...]
In my previous account, I mentioned my roommate was convinced that being informed involved more than the plain text of what you read in the news. You had to aggressively mine it and connect it to the things left unsaid (or unread) if you ever expected to arrive at a valid understanding of the world, [...]
The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% — ex CIA spy.
I posted this as a comment on a previous thread but it deserves more attention. Read at the link:
It appears our ammosexuality is contagious:
(CNN) — In a country often stereotyped for being too genteel, the Canadian city of Moncton prides itself on a special distinction: It was named the most polite.
So what happened here Wednesday seems unimaginable to residents.
A man dressed in fatigues and carrying a rifle went on [...]
People are allowed to think, say, and yes, even tweet whatever the hell they want, so long as their actions do not contravene the law. They are still American citizens:
Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2009, his father had become an expert on Guantanamo Bay’s detainees. [...]
The Nation, By Jules Boykoff & Dave Zirin, April 25
In news as shocking as it was unreported in the United States, the Brazilian press revealed earlier this week that Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup. The notorious company, responsible for the 2011 Nisour [...]
The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:
Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage…. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now [...]
The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.
ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20
The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]
McClatchy, By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins & Marisa Taylor, March 12/13
Washington – The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a [...]
Al Jazzera, March 14
The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.
A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]