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London preacher who called for gays to be killed now facing terror charges


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Nick Duffy | PinkNews | August 28, 2015

Radical London preacher Anjem Choudary, who previously called for gay people to be stoned to death, is set to face trial on terror charges after allegedly encouraging support for ISIS.

The 47-year-old is the former UK head of the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun or Islam4UK, which was banned in the UK in 2010.

He suggested at a press conference in 2009 that gay people should be stoned to death, and has maintained that stance since.

Choudary, who frequently causes controversy with his extremist views and high-profile protests, is charged with allegedly calling on social media for people to support ISIS.

The 48-year-old, from Ilford, east London, appeared in the Old Bailey via video link.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the US “Reconstruction” Effort in Afghanistan


Local Afghan police prepare for a mission in Kakeran, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2013. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

Local Afghan police prepare for a mission in Kakeran, Afghanistan, February 18, 2013. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

 

Kanya D’Almeida | Truthout | August 24, 2015

Let’s start with what we know: Since 2002, the US Congress has appropriated just over $109 billion for Afghanistan’s development, making this the largest foreign reconstruction program the government has ever undertaken (and surpassing the amount spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe’s economies following World War II). Much of the money has already been spent, with just $11.9 billion remaining in the kitty as of July 2015.

This much is clear. The rest – where the money has gone (and to whom), how it has been spent (and why), what there is to show for it (and where) – is guess work.

Last month a small government agency comprising 200 employees, also known as the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, submitted its quarterly report to Congress. Its findings do not inspire confidence; in fact, it reveals that billions of dollars earmarked for the development of this ravaged and bleeding country have all but disappeared into a black hole.

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Autopsy Indicates Officer Shot Unarmed Teen William Chapman From Distance


Officer Stephen Rankin leaves the US district court building in Norfolk, Virginia with his attorneys in February 2012. (photo: Brian J Clark/The Virginian-Pilot)
Officer Stephen Rankin leaves the US district court building in Norfolk, Virginia with his attorneys in February 2012. (photo: Brian J Clark/The Virginian-Pilot)

 

Jon Swaine | Guardian UK | Reader Support News | August 24, 2015

 

Eighteen-year-old was not close enough to officer Stephen Rankin to pose a threat, says family lawyer, as report shows he was subsequently handcuffed

 

n unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot in the face by a police officer from several feet away during their confrontation outside a supermarket in Virginia earlier this year, the findings of his autopsy indicate.

The typical signs of a close- or body-contact shooting were not found around the bullet wounds William Chapman sustained in the head and chest when he was killed by Officer Stephen Rankin in the parking lot of a Walmart in Portsmouth on 22 April. Chapman was the second unarmed man to be shot dead by Rankin.

“There is no evidence of close-range fire to visual inspection,” wrote Wendy Gunther, an assistant chief medical examiner for Virginia. Gunther said a definitive ruling would be made by the state’s department of forensic sciences.

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Thousands Rally In Support Of Clerks Who Refuse To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples


Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | August 23, 2015

Several thousand people showed up Saturday to rally behind three Kentucky clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kay Schwartz of Whitley County and Casey Davis of Casey County are each defying the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has called on the clerks to either issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples or quit.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the First Amendment Rally for County Clerks was held behind the Kentucky Capitol.

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Millennials ‘heart’ Bernie Sanders: Why the young and hip are #FeelingTheBern


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

 

 

 | Raw Story | August 20, 2015

It’s 8pm on a Wednesday and in a Brooklyn loft, a Bernie Sanders screen-printing event is in full swing.

“It’s a four-year-old workout shirt,” says Nick Kowalczyk, holding up a once-white cotton T-shirt that now has a lot of yellowing under the arms.

Kowalcyzk, 29, is an actor originally from Atlanta. His friend asks if he plans to wear his cowboy hat with the freshly printed shirt, which now has a red heart with a cutout face in the middle which vaguely resembles an outline of the head of the Vermont senator and leftwing candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Above the heart: “Bernie.” Below it: “For President.”

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Birthright citizenship: Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on the 14th Amendment


A marker embedded in the pavement shows the border between the United States and Mexico at California’s San Ysidro checkpoint. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

 

A marker embedded in the pavement shows the border between the United States and Mexico at California’s San Ysidro checkpoint. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Republican presidential primary frontrunner Donald Trump continues to inveigh against immigrants from Mexico, this week taking on the very concept of birthright citizenship that has allowed millions of people from all over the world — including the emancipated slaves — to become U.S. citizens and then bequeath that allegiance to their own offspring.

The U.S. Constitution has guaranteed U.S. citizenship to people born on United States soil, regardless of their parents’ nationality, since the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868. The amendment was designed to make sure that Americans of African ancestry were guaranteed U.S. citizenship — and attendant rights — after the Civil War and to reverse the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision of 1857, which declared that no American blacks, slave or free, had U.S. citizenship or the right to fight for their freedom in U.S. courts.

The 14th Amendment’s first sentence reads, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

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Hawaii gay father sues Department of Education over bullying in school


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