Xinjiang residents handcuffed to their homes in Covid lockdown

Xinjiang residents handcuffed to
their homes in Covid lockdown 0 replies

Posted by poster 8/25/2020 11:49:34 PM Post Reply

Residents in the capital of Xinjiang are being forced to take traditional Chinese medicine, being handcuffed to buildings and ordered to stay inside for weeks as part of a harsh range of measures to tackle coronavirus, according to posts online. Urumqi, the capital of the semi-autonomous region known for its draconian security measures, has been in a “wartime state” of lockdown for more than a month after a cluster of cases emerged in July, when the outbreak had been mostly contained elsewhere in China. Since Friday, internet users have flooded social media platforms with complaints about overly harsh measures and extended quarantine at home or in designated locations,

California fires: State, feds agree
to thin millions of acres of forests 16 replies

Posted by poster 8/23/2020 1:21:52 PM Post Reply

The two dozen major fires burning across Northern California were sparked by more than 12,000 lightning strikes, a freak weather occurrence that turned what had been a relatively mild fire season into a devastating catastrophe. Yet what’s driving these enormous fires is not sparks, but millions of acres of fuel: bone-dry trees and brush that haven’t burned in many years. Before the Gold Rush in 1849, large parts of California burned every few decades. Lightning fires burned for months, and native tribes burned the land, clearing out dead vegetation. But for much of the past century,(snip), firefighters have extinguished the flames (snip)allowing forests and other landscapes to become unnaturally dense.

DNC Features Convicted Murderer Who
Squeezed Victim’s Testicles with Pliers 8 replies

Posted by poster 8/23/2020 12:09:59 AM Post Reply

At the Democrat National Convention (DNC) this week, a convicted murderer and kidnapper implicated in a gruesome 1985 torture and killing case was featured as a “criminal justice reform advocate.” Donna Hylton, a 55-year-old Jamaican-American who was abused and molested as a child, was given a short slot in a DNC video montage where supporters of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden recited the Preamble of the Constitution. Hylton was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after she participated with six other people in the brutal kidnapping, torture, and murder of Long Island, New York, real estate broker Thomas Vigliarolo, 62-years-old, in 1985.

Charles Hurt: Biden Exhibits
Outright Racism in Picking
a Running Mate 5 replies

Posted by poster 8/19/2020 8:47:50 PM Post Reply

Joe Biden selected a running mate based on the color of her skin. He rejected other candidates based on the color of their skin. He did this openly and without apology. Think about that for a moment. Let that sink in. In the year 2020, more than six decades after America desegregated public schools, a nominee for president from a major political party brazenly displayed outright racism in picking a running mate. It is a mockery of everything Martin Luther King fought for. A perversion of the entire civil rights movement.For most Americans today, their parents would have spanked their little fannies raw if they had ever displayed such blatant racism

USCIS Staff Furloughs Will
Grind Legal Immigration To A Halt 6 replies

Posted by poster 8/17/2020 8:37:17 PM Post Reply

The Trump administration is about to achieve what many see as its long-held objective of bringing the U.S. legal immigration system to a halt. While the administration would not be allowed to stop processing immigration applications without incurring legal action, critics say that through policy choices and mismanagement of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) it may accomplish the same goal. “The federal agency tasked with offering citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants is planning to furlough about two-thirds of its workers at the end of the month after Congress failed to reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package,”(snip)Immigration Services notified about 13,400 of its 20,000 employees

Experts and volunteers scramble
to save Mauritius’s wildlife
after oil spill 4 replies

Posted by poster 8/16/2020 3:07:20 PM Post Reply

International experts and thousands of local volunteers were making frantic efforts on Sunday to protect Mauritius’s pristine beaches and rich marine wildlife after hundreds of tonnes of oil was dumped into the sea by a Japanese tanker in what some scientists called the country’s worst ecological disaster. The MV Wakashio, which ran aground almost three weeks ago, split in half on Saturday afternoon as Mauritian authorities said poor sea conditions made the removal of the remaining oil on the ship risky. The Panama-flagged tanker was carrying more than 4,000 tonnes of heavy oil, lubricants and diesel from China to Brazil.

Oman, also enjoying warming
ties with Israel, backs Israel-
UAE normalization 3 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 5:59:47 PM Post Reply

Oman said Friday that it backed the normalization of ties between the neighboring United Arab Emirates and Israel, expressing hope that the move would help achieve lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. A foreign ministry spokesman expressed the sultanate’s “support for the UAE’s decision regarding relations with Israel” according to a statement on Oman’s official news agency. The statement expressed hope that the move would “contribute to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East and in a manner that would serve the aspirations of the peoples of the region.”

Bahrain, Oman could be next
to normalize relations with Israel.
Saudi Arabia? Not so fast 6 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 5:43:00 PM Post Reply

The deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish diplomatic relations could lead other countries in the region to carve out their own plans, but it’s unlikely that Saudi Arabia, arguably the most important geo-political Gulf state, will follow suit anytime soon, according to experts who specialize in the region. Whether any other Persian Gulf state follows the U.A.E.’s lead will first depend upon the domestic reaction and reaction across the Arab world to the agreement, said (snip) Center for Israel Studies. Autocratic leaders in the Gulf, who are facing economic challenges and can be sensitive to public opinion, might hesitate if there is a major uproar,
.

China Is Saudi Arabia and
Iran’s New Friend. That’s a
Real Problem for Israel 3 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 4:39:23 PM Post Reply

The multiplicity of crises, from political to economic to coronavirus-related, is distracting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz from an important shift in the Middle East, which has major implications for Israel’s security. Namely: China’s moves in Iran and Saudi Arabia. When Netanyahu and Gantz talk about Iran, they dwell on the Iranian-Syrian axis and insist that the international community, especially the United States, should escalate the sanctions against the Islamic Republic. But this policy to which they and the entire Israeli defense establishment have been adhering becomes ever less relevant as indications mount that China is stepping up its involvement in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

3 Mississippi police officers
indicted in death of Black man 5 replies

Posted by poster 8/15/2020 12:03:32 AM Post Reply

Three Mississippi police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Black man last year, according to a recently unsealed indictment. A Hinds County grand jury indicted the officers in the January 2019 death of George Robinson, 62, according to the Aug. 5 indictment. It accuses the officers — Desmond Barney, Lincoln Lampley and Anthony Fox — with “willfully, unlawfully and feloniously” causing Robinson’s death, The Clarion Ledger reported. All three worked for the Jackson Police Department at the time.

State Dept. ‘Guts’ Donald Trump’s Curbs
on Fortune 500’s Visa Workers 12 replies

Posted by poster 8/13/2020 8:44:30 PM Post Reply

The State Department is allowing Fortune 500 companies to freely import H-1B visa workers for jobs needed by American voters, despite President Donald Trump’s June 22 Executive Order barring nearly all visa workers. “They have totally eviscerated the requirements” of Trump’s E.O., said (snip), a lawyer with the Immigration Reform Law Institute. “There is no doubt about it — whoever created this is thumbing their noses at President Trump,” he said, adding, “you can bet that the guys who did this are voting for [Joe] Biden.” ‘This is an insult to the President of the United States, it is an insult to working men and women of the United States

California to end eviction protections
as lawmakers mull fix 3 replies

Posted by poster 8/13/2020 7:38:31 PM Post Reply

California will resume eviction and foreclosure proceedings on Sept. 2, stoking fears of a wave of evictions during the coronavirus pandemic unless the governor and state Legislature can agree on a proposal to extend protections into 2021. The Judicial Council of California voted 19-1 on Thursday to end the temporary rules that had been in place since April 6. Since the pandemic began in March, more than 9.7 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in California. A survey from the U.S. Census shows more than 1.7 million renters in the state could not pay their rent on time last month.

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