‚ÄúKang‚Äôs goal, as wildly optimistic as it may sound, is nothing less than the overthrow of the North Korean government. He believes that the Kim dynasty‚Äôs three-generation stranglehold on the North Korean people‚ÄĒand its draconian restriction on almost any information about the world beyond its borders‚ÄĒwill ultimately be broken not by drone strikes or caravans of Humvees but by a gradual, guerrilla invasion of thumb drives filled with bootleg episodes of Friends and Judd Apatow comedies.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSlager became one of at least three white officers to be charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Carolina over the past year. As Mother Jones has previously reported, Slager’s indictment is rare, given how few cases result in charges.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThose attacks, and Platini’s support for measures like salary caps and giving more spots in the wildly popular Champions League to clubs from small countries, have given him the vague air of a reformer. But the UEFA head was also a vocal supporter of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid that toppled Blatter and has so far killed hundreds of the guest workers building stadiums and other infrastructure for the tournament.Months after the vote, Platini’s son, Laurent, was made chief executive of a Qatari sports equipment company called Burrda; Platini denies any links between the vote and his son’s job.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLet me ask you, how many among you would put on a badge and a police uniform today?‚ÄĚ Berry said. ‚ÄúHow many of you would put on a badge, police uniform and be the first to respond ‚ÄĒ by yourself ‚ÄĒ to a crowd of teenagers, amped up ‚ÄĒ watch ‚Äėem! Man, they‚Äôre screaming! ‚ÄėGet outta here! Who are you?! You don‚Äôt know what you! You go! You get! Who are you?! You can‚Äôt do that! No man, we gon‚Äô get you! You bet ‚ÄĒ !‚Äô I mean you‚Äôre talking about like jungle animals. I mean this is wild, crazy, out of control.‚ÄĚ Berry said white people had probably been the ones to call the police at the pool party. ‚ÄúYes, they‚Äôre probably white people, scared to death, peeking through the blinds, ‚ÄėOh my God! There‚Äôs a bunch of black people and they‚Äôre out on the streets and they‚Äôre fightin‚Äô and carryin‚Äô on and they‚Äôre playing that music from Jay-Z,‚ÄĚ Berry said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre scared to death! That‚Äôs who his bosses are. He‚Äôs there to keep the peace in his community.‚ÄĚ (Emphasis added).
‚ÄúBurundi’s president has issued a decree delaying the presidential election to July 15 from June 26, his spokesman said on Wednesday, after six weeks of protests sparked by Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office.‚ÄôHe has published the decree,‚Äô spokesman Gervais Abayeho said, adding that the parliamentary vote – already delayed once – would now go ahead on June 29 about a month later than initially planned.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLetting one of the world‚Äôs most egregious human rights abusers host the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation‚Äôs (OIC) June 3 and 4 UN human rights conference is like having a Mafia godfather host a session on gun control.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLocal media reported that three assailants were killed in the attack and that four bystanders were injured. The assailants reportedly tried to storm a barricade at the temple, one of Egypt’s most popular tourist sites. Two of the attackers are believed to have been shot dead by police, but a third passed through barricade and detonated an explosive device. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but jihadist militants have killed hundreds of security forces and government personnel since the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOn Sunday, Turkey held an election in which voters could have handed authoritarian power to their current president and moved into autocracy. Instead, something surprising happened. They denied their president‚Äôs power grab and forced his party out of the majority for the first time. The results are a decisive victory for Turkey‚Äôs emerging democracy…In another win for its democracy, Turkey‚Äôs largest minority ‚ÄĒ ethnic Kurds ‚ÄĒ for the first time will be represented in the government. Kurds form 20 percent of Turkey‚Äôs population and are its largest minority. However, they have been excluded from its government and, historically, even prevented from using their native language.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúKanas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that would eliminate funding for the state‚Äôs courts if they overturn a contentious law passed last year, a move experts described as an unprecedented display of legislative power. The 2014 law, pushed by Republicans, stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of the power to appoint chief judges for the lower courts. A Kansas judge has sued to block it. Legal experts said the law signed late Thursday is likely the first instance of lawmakers tying a judicial budget to the outcome of a legal case. The budget language will almost certainly be challenged in court, but activists warned that the effects of triggering the clause could be far-reaching. It‚Äôs unclear whether or how long the courts could operate without a budget in place. Courts would be unable to sign off on search and arrest warrants, issue protective orders or preside over constitutionally-mandated first appearances for people arrested for crimes, they said.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a lawsuit that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs proposed Clean Power Plan [on] Tuesday, saying that because the rule isn‚Äôt yet in its final stage, it‚Äôs too soon for court challenges. ‚ÄėThey want us to do something that they candidly acknowledge we have never done before: review the legality of a proposed rule,‚Äô Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the opinion. ‚ÄėBut a proposed rule is just a proposal. In justiciable cases, this Court has authority to review the legality of final agency rules. We do not have authority to review proposed agency rules.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
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