11:37 AM, June 25th, 2013

Front Page— June 25, 2013

  1. SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights ActIn a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law.
  2. Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand.
  3. U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’: Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador.
  4. Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace: Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.
  5. Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters: Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then.

PHOTO:  The season for pineapples (yakuza slang for hand grenades) may finally be over. Jake Adelstein and Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky on the bloody, seven-year battle between the Dojin-kai and the Seido-kai. Read more here.

10:38 AM, June 12th, 2013

Front Page - June 12, 2013

1. Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty: Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to 329 charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder for the deaths of two unborn children one of the women miscarried after forced starvation and beatings.

2. Report: Snowden Seeking Legal Advice: According to the Oriental Daily News on Wednesday, Edward Snowden might still be in Hong Kong after all and looking for legal help.

3. World’s Oldest Man Dies in Japan: At 116, Jiroemon Kimura wasn’t just the world’s oldest person, he was the oldest man ever verified to have lived.

4. Wildfires Rage Across Colorado: Raging wildfires have prompted a mandatory evacuation order for about 5,000 homes across 24,000 acres in Colorado. 

5. Taksim Square Calm After Night of Violent Clashes: Tuesday’s night of violence between police and demonstrators in Istanbul’s Taksim Square has left an eerie calm over the area Wednesday, with traffic resuming and new police squads taking the place of those who’d spent the night firing water cannons and tear gas at protesters.

PhotoPolice fired massive volleys of tear gas and jets of water to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, after earlier apparently retreating. The gas sent crowds scrambling, raising tensions on a 12th day of violence after Prime Minister Recep Rayyup Erdogan warned he had “no more tolerance” for the mass demonstrations. By Bulent Kilic/Getty.

11:04 AM, June 11th, 2013

Front Page - June 11, 2013

1. Booz Allen Fires Snowden: “Snowden, who had a salary at the rate of $122,000, was terminated June 10, 2013, for violations of the firm’s code of ethics and firm policy,” the company said in a statement.

2. Greenwald: There’s Even More to Come: Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of the NSA’s widespread spying program, said there are “significant revelations” still to come from the documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden 

3. Turkish Police Storm Taksim Square: Turkish police on Tuesday stormed Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the heart of the two-week-long protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The demonstrators responded by throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and fireworks.

4. U.S. to Drop Plan B Limits: The U.S. government is stepping down on its attempt to block over-the-counter access to a morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages. 

5. White House Cancels Congress’s Picnic: The annual event is held for both Senate and House members and their families, but there are “scheduled-related, not sequester-related” problems with the picnic.

Photo: Khudaidad Mohmand, 28, an Afghan man, performs ablution for prayers in the Kabul River as the sun sets on the outskirts of town. By Rahmat Gul/AP. 

11:04 AM, May 31st, 2013


In Turkey, at least 100 injured as police use teargas, water cannons against protesters at Gezi Park:

“These people will not bow down to you” — protest banner 

Police raided the camps of demonstrators at dawn on Friday. The demonstrators have been in the park for days to protest plans to build a shopping mall. Clouds of teargas rose around Taksim Square, a historic venue for political protest in the country. 

Two Tumblrs are claiming to collect unconfirmed pictures of the protests: resistaksim.tumblr.com and occupygezipics.tumblr.com.

Protests began on Monday after developers destroyed trees in the park. It has since widened into a demonstration against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan political party, perceived policy brutality,  and the government’s stance on Syria.

The Istanbul Medical Chamber said at least 100 people sustained minor injuries, some when a wall collapsed as they tried to flee teargas. Amnesty International said it was concerned by what it described as “the use of excessive force” by the police.

Continue reading: http://reut.rs/18DxojA

Photos: Reuters photographers Osman Orsal and Murad Sezer

In Istanbul this morning… 

Reblogged from Reuters
10:37 AM, June 26th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, June 26th

1. Chicago Homicides Up 38 Percent: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed safer streets as one of his three top priorities when he became mayor, but the rate of homicides has risen 38 percent from last year. As of June 17, 240 people have been killed in the city.

2. Colo. Wildfire Burns 3,446 Acres: Four huge tankers dumped 3,000 gallons of flame-retardant material in less than five seconds on Monday in an effort to calm the massive High Park fire in Fort Collins, Colo.

3. Arizona Police Unsure of Role: Arizona police, who hoped that the Supreme Court ruling might clarify what role they should play in immigration enforcement, were left sorely disappointed on Monday.

4. Romney Makes Inroads in Silicon Valley: President Obama is finding less hope and more change in Silicon Valley this year. Though Obama is still outraising Mitt Romney in donations from tech-company employees, Romney has raised nearly $340,000 from tech companies this year, far more than the $240,000 John McCain had picked up through May 2008.

5. Turkish Forces on High Alert: The Turkish government on Tuesday condemned attacks on its military planes by Syria, with the prime minister saying Turkey’s forces are now on high alert. “The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces have changed given this new development,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

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Photo by Peter Van Agtmael via picturedept:

Quoted from his artist statement:

Reality was intersecting with my aspired ideals and I knew I had to cover the wars of my country and my generation. I first went to Iraq in the beginning of 2006 and began working in Afghanistan in 2007. I have been covering both wars since. When I returned home I showed the pictures to my friends and family. They were intrigued and troubled and sometimes moved but generally detached. I knew I could not emote my experiences how I wanted, so I began to look for intersections between home and war.

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11:02 AM, January 6th, 2012
Frontpage: Friday, Jan. 6th
  1. Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.5%: 200,000 jobs created in December, which exceeded the forecast of 155,000. While this will certainly help President Obama’s reelection bid, he will still likely have the highest unemployment rate of any sitting president since WWII.
  2. Santorum Has Lucrative Ties: While in the Senate, Santorum sponsored at least two bills that won hundreds of millions for Universal Health Services. After his Senate stint, he joined their board in 2006. 
  3. Explosions Kill 25 in Syria: A suicide bomber killed an estimated 25 people and wounded another 46 in Damascus Friday. 
  4. Penn State Hires New Head Coach: After an eight-week search, Penn State has hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to head the team. 
  5. Ex-Turkish General Arrested Over Coup: Former Turkish military chief Gen. Ilker Basbug was jailed Friday for allegations of leading a terror organization and attempting to stage a coup against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2009. 

Photo: Marek Solczynski, from Poland, and Charles John Brown, from the United States, lay on the floor before being appointed bishops by Pope Benedict XVI at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican. (Gabriel Bouys, AFP / Getty Images)

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